Gee, What a Shock.
Man alive, I do wish I’d been able to get to Tampa last week!
Apart from meeting all the wonderful people I’ve only encountered online, I wanted to feel the vibe particular to Paulfest and its participants from activists to the artists making their musical contributions. I’ll be writing on the topic to be sure, but I’m reliant on others’ reports for intel in composing a narrative, and nothing beats being someplace yourself to get a handle on something as subtle and complex as the aggregate spirit of the events.
On the political side, I’m not a bit surprised at the establishment GOP’s treatment of Ron Paul and his supporters in the liberty movement. They’ve made no secret of their detestation of everything they claim to represent from economic freedom to personal liberty. For months we’ve seen them act like cheap hustlers, blatant in their efforts to marginalize or ignore real liberty. They’ve got their prints all over the clear voter manipulation and fraud we’ve seen all along, using tacky procedural gimmicks, fudging numbers and ignoring their own rules to keep shoving their warhawk foreign policies and fascist corporate state economics down peoples’ throats, and the pièce de résistance was the last minute rule changes obviously intended to stack the deck in favor of the establishment.
Really? You’re so confident in your philosophy and course of action that you feel the need to make last minute changes in your own ground rules to eliminate competing ideas in the marketplace even after you’ve bent and broken those same rules to get your way? Well, I’ve said all along that I have little faith in political action and much as I admire Dr. Paul, assenting to political support for his presidential campaign was difficult for me. Political action is based on force, after all, and it takes an exceptional man like Ron Paul to avoid the hazards of a system like that.
I suspect that one of the reasons for his campaign was to demonstrate just how badly the American system is rigged, a result of that fundamental issue of a system based on violence. The GOP was only to happy to oblige, showing its ungloved tyrannical fist as at gave the knife it had already plunged into peoples’ backs a savage twist with this latest bit of skulduggery. Its hubris knows no bounds since it doesn’t seem to care a bit that it alienated millions of well intentioned people trying to effect change from within with this lesson in realpolitik. And alienated (not to mention hopping mad in many cases) they are:
Read the comments here and elsewhere: people are fed up with this dismal business and are withdrawing their consent in larger numbers all the time. Lots of those are seeing that we Americans need an entirely new paradigm in the methods we employ to conduct our affairs, not continually trying to shore up an inherently bad system. I don’t know the specifics of how such a new system would be implemented, but I’m convinced that it will have to be one that incorporates the nonaggression principle, respects property rights (including the most fundamental of these, self ownership), and acknowledges the potential of human beings to innovate and create when they’re free and unfettered by the violent distortions of conventional political action.
Thank you for showing this so clearly to Americans, GOP establishment! Rather than hurting the liberty movement, you’ve reinvigorated it, and I think you’ll see most people turning to peaceful voluntary action of their own, leaving you dinosaurs to flounder in the tar pit while they get on with living. My take, as usual, is that we as liberty activists need to communicate these ideas to the most people we can, mentoring and otherwise leading by example as we go to inspire people into similar actions rather than trying to scare them into actions running counter to their own best interests that serve only the fearmongers.
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