• If innocent photographers get damned for shooting the dang dam,

    then it's long past time that every dang dam in the whole dammed-up country gets a darn, dang dam-jamming!

    "Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love." - MLK -

  • A nice piece of verbal jiu-jitsu,

    turning that dangerous label around. It may be a long time before she comes around to bait you again.

    "Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love." - MLK -

  • Thank you, Mr. Panetta

    The number of voters, the number of honorable defenders of the republic who will now become new recruits for ending the illicit, unsustainable wars, the slow boil of retribution for disrespecting the brotherhood of Marines...you have done more for liberty in one pusillanimous act than most people will in their lifetimes.

    "Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love." - MLK -

  • He's no Ron Paul, but you gotta make alliances where you can.

    He's one of only three senators (with Lee of Utah and Paul of Kentucky) to score at least an 80 on The New America's Freedom Index of voting records for the 112th Congress. Some real commitment to the cause would be nice, but the fact that he's one part patriot and one part politician still puts him a cut above the rest of those farded odalisques masquerading as statesmen.

    "Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love." - MLK -

  • Beautiful job, America Loves, keep the education coming

    +1

    "Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love." - MLK -

  • Thanks

    Appreciate your appreciation, ntwbn

    "Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love." - MLK -

  • Best citizen after-action of a traffic stop...

    ...ever.

    Ten foot tall and bullet-proof, the republic is safe in your hands!

    "Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love." - MLK -

  • You choose:

    “There is nothing more truly artistic than to love people”
    ―Vincent van Gogh, Dutch Painter―

    “Life is the flower for which love is the honey.”
    ― Victor Hugo, French author (1802 - 1885) ―

    “Weakness of character is the only defect that cannot be fixed.”
    ― Francois de La Rouchefoucald, French author (1630 - 1680) ―

    “Sometimes, it's a little better to travel than to arrive.”
    ― Robert Pirsig, in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (1928 -) ―

    “Let us endeavor to live so that when we die even the undertaker will be sorry.”
    ― Mark Twain, American novelist (1835-1910) ―

    “Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.”
    ― Benjamin Disraeli, British Prime Minister (1804 - 1881) ―

    “If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?”
    ―Will Rogers, American cowboy philosopher (1879-1935)―

    “I always think: SOMETHING GOOD IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN.”
    ― Pete Carroll, Champion College Football Coach on his trick for success ―

    “You can outdistance what is running after you, but not what is running inside you.”
    ― Proverb from Rwanda ―

    “Don't bother trying to be better than others. Try to be better than yourself.”
    ― William Faulkner, American novelist (1897 - 1962)―

    “A sharp tongue is the only edge tool that grows keener with constant use.”
    ―Washington Irving (1783 – 1859) American Writer ―

    “If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work.”
    ―Thich Nhat Hanh (1926 - ) Vietnamese Buddhist teacher ―

    “After one look at this planet any visitor from outer space would say, ‘I WANT TO SEE THE MANAGER.’”
    ―William S. Burroughs (1914- 1997 ) American Novelist ―

    “The tragedy of life is not so much what men suffer, but rather what they miss.”
    ― Thomas Carlyle, (1795 – 1881) Scottish Essayist ―

    “Any idiot can face a crisis. It's day to day living that wears you out.”
    ― Anton Chekhov, (1860 - 1904) Russian Playwright ―

    “Always love your country —but never trust your government!"
    ― Bob Novak, (1931-2009), American Political Essayist ―

    “People always told me that my natural ability and good eyes were the reasons for my success as a hitter. They never talked about the practice, practice, practice.”
    ―Ted Williams, (1918-2003) "The Kid", "The Splendid Splinter", "Teddy Ballgame", "The Thumper", "The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived"―

    “Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning to dance in the rain.”
    ―Anonymous―

    “I was married by a judge. I should have asked for a jury.”
    ―Groucho Marx―

    “Love the earth and sun and animals; despise riches; give alms to everyone that asks; stand up for the stupid and crazy; devote your income and labor to others... And your very flesh shall be a great poem.”
    ―Walt Whitman, American poet (1819 - 1892) ―

    “Every blade of grass has an angel that bends over it and whispers, 'Grow, grow.'”
    ―The Talmud, Jewish book of wisdom―

    “When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.”
    ― Cherokee Indian Proverb ―

    “Between dreams and success, there’s a lot of blood, sweat, and guts.”
    ― Paul “Bear” Bryant, (1913 - 1983) At one time, the winningest college football coach of all time ―

    “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”
    ― Jim Ryun, U.S. Congressman and long distance runner (1947 - )―

    “One’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.”
    ― Oliver Wendell Homes, Sr.,
    American physician and poet (1809 - 1894) ―

    “The future ain't what it used to be.”
    Also: “Half of baseball is ninety percent mental.”
    ― Yogi Berra, Hall of Fame baseball philosopher (1925 - ) ―

    “It hurteth not the tongue to give fair words.”
    ― John Heywood, British playwright (1497 - 1580) ―

    “Good nature is more agreeable in conversation than wit, and gives a certain air to the countenance which is more amiable than beauty.”
    ― Joseph Addison, British essayist and playwright (1672 - 1719) ―

    “To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury; and refinement rather than fashion;
    to be worthy, not respectable; and wealthy, not rich;
    to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly;
    to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart;
    to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasion, hurry never;
    in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious grow up through the common.
    This is to be my symphony.”
    ― William Ellery Channing, American minister (1780-1842) ―

    “Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.”
    ― Jimi Hendrix, American guitarist and composer (1942 – 1970) ―

    “How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in life, you will have been all of these.”
    ― George Washington Carver, American scientist and inventor, (1864 - 1943) ―

    “Here is a test to find out whether your life’s mission is complete: If you're alive, it isn't.
    ― Richard Bach, American novelist, (1936 - )―

    “The world belongs to the energetic.”
    ― Ralph Waldo Emerson, US essayist & poet (1803 - 1882) ―

    “My life has a superb cast, but I can't figure out the plot.”
    Also: “The older you get, the more important it is not to act your age.”
    ― Ashleigh Brilliant, American epigrammist and cartoonist (1933 - ) ―

    “In youth we learn; in age we understand.”
    ― Marie von Ebner Eschenbach, Austrian writer (1830-1916) ―

    We Ain't Got Time To Bleed. It's Time for the Revolution.
    "You control our world. You've poisoned the air we breathe, contaminated the water we drink, and copyrighted the food we eat. We fight in your wars, die for your causes, and sacrifice our freedoms to protect you.[…] You've liquidated our savings, destroyed our middle class, and used our tax dollars to bailout your unending greed. We are slaves to your corporations, zombies to your airwaves, servants to your decadence. […] You've stolen our elections, assassinated our leaders, and abolished our basic rights as human beings. […] You own our property, shipped away our jobs, and shredded our unions. You've profited off of disaster, destabilized our currencies, and raised our cost of living. You've monopolized our freedom, stripped away our education, and have almost extinguished our flame. […]We are hit...we are bleeding...but we ain't got time to bleed. We will bring the giants to their knees and you will witness our revolution! "
    Sincerely,
    The Serfs

    ― An open letter to the “ruling class” by former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura (1951- )―

    “The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved―loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves. ― Victor Hugo, French writer (1802-1885)

    “If you cannot be a poet, be the poem.”
    ― David Carradine, (1836-2009) American actor ―

    “And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.”
    ― Kahlil Gibran, (1883-1933)
    Lebanese-American author, third best-selling author of all time, behind only Shakespeare and Lao-Tzu―

    “I find it fascinating that most people plan their vacations with better care than they do their lives.”
    ― Jim Rohn (1930-2009), American inspirational speaker ―

    “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”
    ― Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948), Indian civil rights leader ―

    “Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars.”
    ― Henry Van Dyke, (1852-1933) American author, educator, and clergyman ―

    “I hope life isn't [one] big joke, because I don't get it.”
    ― Jack Handey, American Humorist (1949- )―

    “Anyone can carry his burden, however hard, until nightfall. Anyone can do his work, however hard, for one day. Anyone can live sweetly, patiently, lovingly, purely, till the sun goes down. And this is all life really means.”
    ― Robert Louis Stevenson, Scottish writer (1850-1894)―

    "When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth".
    Also: “It is a capital mistake to theorize before you have all the evidence.”
    ― Sherlock Holmes, Master Detective ―

    “The pen is mightier than the sword, and considerably easier to write with. “
    ― Marty Feldman (1934-1982) British Actor ―

    “In politics, if you want anything said ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman.”
    ― Margaret Thatcher (1925- ), Britain’s “Iron Lady” Prime Minister ―

    “Decorate yourself from the inside out.”
    ― Andrei Turnhollow ―

    “Life is just a mirror, and what you see out there, you must first see inside of you.”

    ― Wally 'Famous' Amos (1936-), American Cookie Mogul ―

    “Women will never be as successful as men because they have no wives to advise them.”
    ― Dick Van Dyke (1925- ), American Actor ―

    “The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit.”
    ― Somerset Maugham (1874-1965), British author ―

    “I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.”
    ― Jack London (1876-1916), American Writer ―

    "Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names."
    ―John F. Kennedy - 35th President of the United States, (1917 – 1963)―

    “How difficult it is to be simple.”
    ― Vincent van Gogh, (1853-1890) Dutch Painter, on creating great art ―

    "He that goes a borrowing goes a sorrowing."
    ― Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790) Author, Poor Richard’s Almanac ―

    "He who lives by the sword, dies by the sword."
    ― Jesus, Matthew 26: 52 ―

    "He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it easier to do a second time."
    ― Thomas Jefferson (1743 –1826), Third President of the United States ―

    "Hitch your wagon to a star."
    ― Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American lecturer, essayist, and poet ―

    "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure…We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God…We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same."
    ― Marianne Williamson, Author, A Return to Love ―

    “I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.”
    ―Wayne Gretzky, Canadian, greatest hockey player of all time―

    “A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed.”
    ― Henrik Ibsen, Norwegian playwright (1828-1906) ―

    “In the book of life, the answers aren't in the back.”
    ― Charlie Brown, comic book philosopher ―

    “Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.”
    ― John Lennon, British songwriter ¬―

    “If you surrender to the wind, you can ride it.”
    ― Toni Morrison, American novelist ―

    “You don’t get to choose how you are going to die. Or when. You can only decide how you are going to live. Now.”
    ― Joan Baez, American Folk Singer ―

    "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”
    ― Edmund Burke, British Statesman (1729-1797)

    “The supreme excellence in warfare is in defeating the enemy before the battlefield is reached”
    ― Sun Tzu, c. 544 – 496B.C. Author The Art Of War ―

    “Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave."
    ― Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) former slave, author ―

    “I have a simple philosophy: Fill what's empty. Empty what's full. Scratch where it itches.”
    Also: “If you can’t say something good about someone, come sit here next to me.”
    ― Alice Roosevelt Longworth (1884-1980), President Franklin Roosevelt’s notorious daughter known as “the other Washington Monument” ―

    "To know what is right and not to do it is the worst cowardice.”
    ― Confucius (551-479BC) Chinese philosopher, literally “Master Kong”―

    "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act."
    ―George Orwell (1903-1950) British spy and author ―

    "I didn't say it would be easy. I just said it would be the truth."

    ― Morpheus, movie character (and Greek god of dreams), on accepting the challenge to learn the truth ―

    “Everything happens for a reason: people change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so you can appreciate them when they're right, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can come together.”
    ― Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962) American actress ―

    “God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty.”
    ― Saint Paul, 1 Corinthians 1:27 ―

    "If you think you're too small to be effective, you've never been in bed with a mosquito."
    ―Betty Reese ―

    "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."
    ― Ghandi (1869-1948) on leading social revolution ―

    "I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do. What I can do, I should do. And what I should do, by the grace of God, I will do."
    ― Edward Everett Hale (1822-1909) American author, minister and social reformer ―

    “Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life.”
    ― Steve Jobs (1955-2011) American billionaire, founder of Apple Computers ―

    “Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It's not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it's when you've had everything to do, and you've done it.”
    ― Margaret Thatcher ―

    “I make the most of all that comes,
    and the least of all that goes.”
    Also: “No one worth possessing, can be quite possessed.”
    ― Sara Teasdale (1884-1933), American Poet (in “The Philosopher”)

    “The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family.”
    ― Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), American Statesman, Author, and Inventor ―

    "Does the government fear us? Or do we fear the government? When the people fear the government, tyranny has found victory. The federal government is our servant, not our master!"
    ― Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), American Statesman, Author, and Inventor ―

    Don't ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
    ― Howard Thurman (1899-1981), American Theologian and Civil Rights Leader ―

    “There are three faithful friends: an old wife, an old dog, and ready money.
    ― Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), American author, statesman, and inventor ―

    “Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.”
    ― Unknown ―

    “A day without laughter is a day wasted.”
    ― Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977),
    British Comedic Film Actor and Director ―

    “Some cause happiness wherever they come; others, whenever they go.”
    Also: “Life is too important to be taken seriously.”
    ― Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Irish writer and poet ―

    “Happiness is good health and a bad memory.”
    ― Ingrid Bergman (1915-1982), Swedish Actress ―

    “Happiness: a good bank account, a good cook, and a good digestion,”
    ― Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778), French Philosophe, writer, music theorist ―

    “Some people devote their whole life to the development one part of their body―the wishbone.”
    ― Robert Frost (1874-1963), American Poet ―

    “People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid.”
    ― Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855), Danish Philosopher ―

    “Common-looking people are the best in the world: that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them.”
    ― Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), American President ―

    “Most people would rather die than think; in fact, they do so.”
    Also: “War does not determine who is right―only who is left.”

    ― Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), British Philosopher ―

    “A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.”
    Also: “We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”
    ― George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Irish Playwright ―

    “Angels fly because they take themselves lightly.”
    ― G.K. Chesterton, (1874-1936) British writer ―

    “I wanted to do something nice, so I bought my mother-in-law a chair. Now they won't let me plug it in.”
    ―Henny Youngman (1906 - 1998),
    American comedian, king of the one-liner―

    “How come, if it's sent by ship it's cargo, but if it's sent by road it's a shipment?”
    ― Dave Allen, Irish comedian―

    "Never interrupt your enemy when he's making a mistake."
    ― Napoleon Bonaparte, (1769 – 1821) Military Genius, Emperor of France ―

    "If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead & rotten,
    either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing."
    ― Benjamin Franklin, (1706 - 1790) Writer, Ambassador, Inventor ―

    “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing in the world is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”
    ― Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933) 30th, and one of wisest, of American’s Presidents ―

    “Right is right, even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it .”
    ― William Penn (1644-1718) Quaker religious leader, founder of Pennsylvania ―

    ''Muddy water, let stand, becomes clear.”
    ― Lao Tzu, Chinese Sage (c. 600 BC) ―

    "You no got smile on yo’ face, no use open shop !"
    ― Jamaican proverb ―

    “Work like you don't need the money. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching.”
    ― Satchel Paige, (1906-1982) Hall of Fame pitcher, perhaps baseball’s greatest ―

    “Ten seconds on the lips and a lifetime on the hips.”
    ― Jack LaLanne, TV health and fitness guru, died at 96 years young ―

    “All truth goes through three stages. First it is ridiculed. Then it is violently opposed. Finally, it is accepted as self-evident."
    ―Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860), German philosopher ―

    "Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs."
    Also: “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right.”
    ― Henry Ford, American industrialist, Founder of Ford Motors (1863 – 1947) ―

    "God helps them that helps themselves."
    ―Benjamin Franklin, Inventor, Ambassador, Founding Father―

    "Do not rely on a rabbit's foot for luck. Look what it did for the for the rabbit."
    ― Anonymous ―

    “Some men see things as they are and say why. I dream of things that never were, and say why not.”
    ―Bobby Kennedy, United States Attorney General, brother of JFK―

    “Rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”
    ― King Solomon, Proverbs 12:18 ―

    “Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.”
    ― Frances Bacon (1561 - 1626), English Philosopher ―

    “Power Corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
    Also: “Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is the highest political end.”
    ― Lord Acton (1834 - 1902) British historian & politician ―

    “Once you say you're going to settle for second, that's what happens to you in life.”
    ― John F. Kennedy, (1917-1963) American President and Author ―

    “Neither a lofty degree of intelligence, nor imagination, nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius.”
    ―Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, (1756-1791) Musical genius.”

    ”Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”
    ― Mark Twain, (1835-1910) American Humorist ―

    “It's not whether you get knocked down. It's whether you get back up.
    ― Vince Lombardi (1913-1970) One of football’s winningest coaches ―
    ”I haven't failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
    ―Thomas Edison, (1847-1931) history’s greatest inventor, explaining his attitude on unsuccessful attempts to produce a working lightbulb ―

    “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.”
    ― Benjamin Franklin, American Founding Father, Diplomat, and Inventor ―

    “An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.”
    ― Mahatma Gandhi, political and spiritual leader of India, advocate of non-violent revolution―

    “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
    ―Confucius, Chinese Philosopher―

    “You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”
    ―Robin Williams, (1951- )American comedian―

    “I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough: we must apply. Being willing is not enough: we must do.”
    ―Leonardo da Vinci, (1452-1519) perhaps history’s greatest genius, inventor, painter of the Last Supper―

    "Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love." - MLK -

  • Brother, from firsthand experience, I would urge extreme caution

    going toe-to-toe with the tax boys. You're a small businessman trying to survive; they have an army of lawyers who have nothing to do all day but think up ways to convince a judge you're a "tax protester" attempting to bilk the government of its rightful due. And guess which side usually gets the benefit of the doubt from the judge.

    If you're really thinking about this, you need to hunt down the case law, because that's what they'll use to establish that yours is already "settled" matter by previous precedent, and that you're bringing a "frivolous" action by attempting to fight it. I would at least contact a patriot attorney with a proven track record like Edwin Viera for his council or referral before entering into the legal lion's den.

    You might find, after serious reflection, that your efforts are best spent growing your business and contributing to Paul's campaign to end the IRS, rather than going mano-a-mano against a machine that has been imprisoning lone patriots from Irwin Schiff to John Kotmair for nearly 100 years.

    "Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love." - MLK -

  • I always thought the most effective sign/bumper sticker

    would simply say:

    Ron Paul
    ---------
    Freedom

    Link the two always and everywhere.

    "Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love." - MLK -

  • Your pain is the empathy that can save the world.

    Though it hurts you, it moves you to act for the best. So, actually, your pain is good, because it comes from a heart which feels the suffering of others. It obviously strongly motivates you to strive for peace and human understanding. That is something all of us should keep uppermost in our minds.

    What, then, is the most practical way to achieve such peaceful revolution?

    Christ, Tolstoy, Gandhi, King, Ron Paul have demonstrated the method of non-violent confrontation. In the political arena, its use is very new. It is not generally well understood that there is a moral gyroscope inside virtually everyone, and when they see a person of obvious goodwill stand up for righteous, and take the attacks and abuse from his opponents without attacking in return, they are moved. We win by taking the abuse and returning love. We win by making a tyrant show his true face while we return gentleness and forgiveness. We are not "passive" or "weak" while doing this. We are relentless, fearless, unwilling to be silenced or swayed from the goal of peace and freedom for all, but we remain too compassionate and even-handed to kill even our most vile enemy. If we apply this method humbly and consistently, most people will respect us, many will join us, and, sooner or later, enough stand with us to effect real change.

    "BE the change [the peaceful compassion] you wish to see in the world," said Gandhi. Though you may not win over all, you will win over many, and eventually, you will win.

    It's the hardest, longest road, but isn't that often the only way to get there?

    P.S. And I apologize if this seems preachy, as I'm sure you know all this; maybe just think of this as me thinking out loud to remind myself of how I can better deal with such difficult, lost souls next time I encounter them.

    "Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love." - MLK -

  • Yup, if the unspeakable happens,

    the core followers will be lit with incandescent fury, a million complacent fence-sitters will be galvanized to the cause, and he will be forever enshrined as the icon and rallying-cry for liberty.

    Every Empire should fear Obi-Wan Paulobi: "If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine."

    "Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love." - MLK -

  • Yeah, buddy,

    People in SC listening this time! Got my:
    Mom and stepdad
    Dad and stepmom,
    my assistant, his dad, even his ex
    best friend and wife
    son's tutor

    At least 3 of these will admit to being Obama cross-overs.

    Paulism: dangerous and "contagerous"!

    "Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love." - MLK -

  • Can we come up with a snappy name?

    Five for Freedom
    -or-
    Five for Freedom Fridays
    -or-
    Coffee for Paul
    -or-
    Java for the doctor (Java for the Docta?)
    -or-
    Hop cup of Liberty
    -or-
    Pauluccino (sorry, couldn't resist)

    "Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love." - MLK -

  • "Opposition voters are 100% people"

    This is practically a Hall of Fame post, Jaktober. Lots of wisdom here on how to keep perspective and keep working for the win.

    "Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love." - MLK -

  • For what it's worth,

    I helped manage a national campaign a few years back, a Quixotic little exercise in Constitutionalism. My two cents, based on that exercise:

    1. Yes, play to win, but run a campaign of ideas and education too; stay true to your message. Ron Paul has been educating for 30 years, and it has taken that long to build his base. The country is in deep political darkness, so you may not get immediate resonance with the people, but every time you speak, you are planting seeds. Every time you do a meet-and-greet, your goal is to win over at least 1 person, who may vote for you next time, or a fellow Constitutionalist next time. So, because you primary mission is education for the long haul, EVERY TIME YOU SPEAK, YOU WIN. Remember that, and the long, crazy nights and wearying road trips won't seem so hard or fruitless.

    2. Get out and shake as many hands as possible. Study how populists like RP won his seats, or how Huey Long became the "Kingfish". Freedom, like RP says, is popular. Whatever party hat you're wearing, you're really running a populist campaign, selling ideas to the people for the good of the people. You will have no name recognition, probably little money, and probably little support if you're running as a Republican or Democrat. Therefore, get out there and meet people; win them over; talk to them, and then REALLY LISTEN. Find out where people are hurting (hint: Economy), and show how liberty best solves that. Get 12 wild-eyed volunteers to put up signs, call potential donors, and drive you around to county fairs and Rotarian BBQ's and church socials. You won't have much media, but you will have the advantage of being a real person if people get a chance to look you in the eye and hear the sincerity in your voice; people will remember that if you get out there. RP endlessly travels his district; you should too.

    3. Godspeed to you. This is how we take the country back.

    "Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love." - MLK -

  • SC says, please, Call for Paul

    Just got back from phonebanking HQ in SC, and a couple things:

      Who's peaking?

    1) Biggest voting block seems to be a split vote of the NeoCon twins: Romney and Gingrich...with Romney's support pretty soft
    2) Paul seems to be "nipping at their heels"; the polls putting all three of these guys at 20-some-% feels right
    3)Of the rest: Huntsman getting a smattering, Santorum the occasional second favorite choice, and Perry D.O.A.

      This phone program is superb

    Like the rest of this campaign, this seems brilliantly laid out. Without going into too much detail on a clear channel, the subtlety and nuance, the emotional undertone and flow of the short, effective script is outstanding. Somebody knows what they're doing. Do yourself and all of us a favor: make some time to Call for Paul.

    "Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love." - MLK -

  • Fun reading from Dr. McDonald, "We Hold These Truths:

    A Reverent Review of the U.S. Constitution"

    By the looks of things on Amazon, now out of print.

    http://www.amazon.com/We-Hold-These-Truths-Constitution/dp/0...

    "Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love." - MLK -

  • Beautiful analogy, SFTS,

    Who let the Taz in the tent?
    You made my day.

    "Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love." - MLK -

  • Here's a start

    Ron Paul Comparison Chart
    Obama Paul Mitt Perry Cain
    http://tonycasodesigns.com/RON_PAUL.aspx

    Also:
    Early 2012 field
    http://i1080.photobucket.com/albums/j334/BaneMaler/Candidate...

    A useful one from ACLU
    http://current.com/community/93602868_aclu-ron-paul-scores-h...

    "Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love." - MLK -