A friend, who I consider to be a very keen observer of the libertarian "movement" emails:
Ron Paul 'awoke' millions, but the "liberty movement" is at least half full of half-ass pseudo-libertarian statists. I see so many of them that have little good to say about RP now. He failed in their eyes. It's all about attaining the crown. So frustrating.If there's one thing that Ron Paul stressed, it's that we're engaged in a battle of ideas. The goal is to convince/teach people the ideas of liberty.
There are no short-cuts. It's a long and winding road.
Let Ron Paul's career in Congress act as a guide. How easy would it have been for him to just bend a little?
But he didn't. He knew that the ideas of liberty cannot (and should not) be watered down.
When did the results come in?
In the first year? No.
In the first decade? No.
Try around 30 years later!
The old saying remains true: As you sow, so shall you reap.
Ron Paul stayed true to principle, and sowed the seeds of liberty for 30 years. As a result, he (and all of us) were rewarded with the mother of all bumper crops!
Now is not the time to look for shortcuts, or to trade away some libertarian ideas in exchange for statist ideas, like they're baseball cards.
The goal is not to obtain some vicious Crown. A famous warning must be kept in mind: And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?
It's time to take the example that Ron Paul set and live it ourselves. We've seen what one man with principle can achieve. Imagine multiplying that by thousands, or even millions...
But it's a choice...and we all have to make it.
One of my favorite movie scenes came to mind that sums up the choice perfectly. It's only 40 seconds long, but it speaks volumes:
Stay true to the message...don't get squished.
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