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One Very Angry Soldier

My friend Adam House of the Combat Veterans for Ron Paul is angry, and has been since Rand Paul shocked much of the world recently by endorsing Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign for 2012 recently.

Today he published his feelings in a new article at CVRP2012, RAND PAUL, BENEDICT ARNOLD, & PATRICK HENRY. In it, you’ll immediately notice that the words practically smoke on your monitor. Adam did not mince words, nor varnish his opinion…and I don’t blame him one bit!

He compared Rand Paul’s action to that of the traitor to the American Revolution, Benedict Arnold, and with good reason, in my opinion. I’ve never paid much attention to Rand Paul, but his rhetoric at least paid lip service to the issues those in the liberty movement are passionate about. Endorsing Romney, on the other hand, flies in the face of that rhetoric…Romney’s proven himself to be no friend of liberty and a statist of the first water, as I discuss in my own recent piece for the American Daily Herald, The ‘Anyone But Obama’ Trap.

To cement his point, Adam quoted the genuinely patriotic Patrick Henry on the eve of Virginia’s entry into the Revolutionary War:

 “It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace – but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! OUR BRETHREN ARE ALREADY IN THE FIELD. Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”

I was fortunate enough to have Adam visit my home yesterday, and we had a good time for several hours discussing all sorts of issues, including this one. He hinted at the time that he’d been fuming since the news of Rand Paul’s action was announced and had some choice words on the subject…boy, oh boy, did he!

I saw this essay just before its publication and was racking my brain on ways we might get it published in the Herald, which as a more phlegmatic journal does have some language restrictions, when Adam went ahead and published it in CVRP2012. I can’t claim I was surprised to see it so fast; Adam’s a man of action and doesn’t have an indecisive atom in him.

I wouldn’t presume to know Adam’s mind, and while I have some definite alarms going off about the whole Ron/Rand Paul situation this week myself…I think there’s a lot going on that we haven’t seen a fraction of at this point…we did concur about one thing in our discussions.

Nether Adam nor myself is going allow these disappointing events to slow us down in our enthusiasm to retrieve our stolen liberties, not now, not ever…in fact now’s the time to press for the return of our natural rights as never before!

We’ve all been saying for a long time that while Ron Paul has been the most visible focal point of the liberty movement, it’s never been about any one man. The bedrock of the liberty movement is the message of liberty itself, of the ideas of liberty and natural rights. As has been said many a time, nothing can stop an idea whose time has come. We’ll be putting our money where our mouths are and pressing on!

As for Rand Paul…well, I suspect that for whatever reason he endorsed Romney, it’ll make the Top Ten List of great historical blunders.

Nice work, Adam…I suspect somewhere Patrick Henry is smiling.

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