“The last honest true statesman. There will never be another.” Berni Richter
“His son is not one of those people…” FWO
“Why did Ron walk out on his own delegates who paid their way to the convention to fight to be seated FOR him? Berni, even he has something to answer for…? Just saying…” FWO
“Personally, I believe his life was at risk.” — Berni
“Then what is the point of getting involved if you are going to cave and back down at the end. Why should anyone take that same risk. You had people who BELIEVED IN YOU take a risk…. and sacrifice time and money they may never have again FOR you. That you can never get back. And you ask them to do it all over again, when you reserve the right to back down in the end to save yourself, and keep all that money to fund your family? Then refund the money… Why did he stop campaigning when he was “all in” the 2nd time? Why did he ask his supporters to raise money for a delegate challenge, when he was going to save himself, anyway…You see why I call out the “statesman” label, the saint label and general mythology of the Paul clan… Jesus went down the path. He didn’t ask for mercy. Ron had a calling and chose himself. Rand just decided to be honest about it from the get go. That I respect about him. But that is ALL I have to respect about him.” — FWO.
” I worked on his local grassroots campaign committee. I was never asked for anything but my vote. For me, there was no personal ‘risk’ involved. What did you risk?” Berni.
“Money, time, harrassment from police and GOP operatives, threatened with arrest after pay for delegates to get there. Surveilance from police and harrasment from anonymous phone calls. Solicitation for money from the GOP, who paid to harrass Paul supporters. Of course you are naieve about this… You just raised money, and let others take the abuse. Some of us won’t be put through that kind of crap again for anyone who doesn’t walk on water… FWO
” I understand your disappointment. We heard about the harassment. I’m sorry it happened to you. So imagine being Ron Paul, and what the covert forces had in mind for him and his.” Berni.
“Apparently he doesn’t think we deserve one, and I think after that, I don’t owe him (OR HIS SON) a damn thing… So all of this martyrdom is self inflicted, and at the very least discarding accountability of his actions, and the effect they had on the people who took him at his word. He can’t have it both ways, he can’t walk away with cash on hand, and then plea that he was wronged. And that we should be expected to give selflessly everything of ourselves again. Fool me once shame on you ’08, fool me twice shame on me, I aint about to be a three time loser, with nothing left in my pocket for his son, who compromised from the get go…” FWO
Martin Luther King will teach you more in an hour than Ron Paul ever could, and than Rand Paul could ever make you forget. Read Hitler, read Marx, read…. actually READ the founders writings, read the Bible, read the contradictions from others, evaluate them, the laws, ask yourselves what rights are, what property is, and what the word value, really means. What is life. What is it’s purpose? Do we follow the same thinking that has the same institutions behind it? If so, how is change possible? What about who doesn’t have anything, nor the opportunity for anything, and the hope for such? What about what Chris Hedges calls “the dispossessed,” the victims of all -isms, that power creates to organize the masses against themselves, and insulates the creators, orchestraitors, enablers and servants of this 21st century caste system. What about those who for every privilege they take to be a “maker” for the haves in/of this society, another opportunity for upward mobility, without slavery or acquiescing to anothers terms, on the basis of authority of granted or self granted (delusion) titles from nothing more than obedience. How can the people who are forced by “the makers,” to compete alongside each other so that “the makers” don’t have to, and thus can create even more privilege from the system, to create and transfer more wealth, and the rights AND opportunities,among themselves at the expense of everyone else, and even the planet… how can they ever be in the position to even contemplate the thought of resistance, let alone assemble to carry it out? And that is the plan. Assemble the best from the worst, give them privileges and immunities, and watch them enforce and defend to the end, unquestioned obedience from those like them, and the ultimate sanction for those who are not special or gifted, or useful to them and those they serve, who they think they are… when from birth they are not, and can not, and never will be. How does those who have within them the gift of discernment and the unfiltered conscience and beauty of the human soul and spirit, how do they speak out? Who would listen to them, or defend them? When they won’t even defend each other, as they are forced to compete among each other to even be in a position to do that? People will not listen without status, notoriety, money or credentials from their elected and unelected and pre-selected masters.They won’t even fight for their own property, their own thoughts, their own family members, or even themselves… Instead they will submit and be complicit to their own self imposed prison of silence, unquestioned obedience and intellectual, moral and physical sloth. With the only reward to be known as a fellow traveler, who was obedient to the end, and more often than not, an untimely death. That is the best we can ever hope to attain. The cheap thrill of attaining that which is meaningless, and has no lasting value, to keep making compromises with our spirit until it is gone. And our worth comes from possessing that which is worthless, and our self worth comes not from ourselves, but from those who are just as spiritually dead as we are. And there is enough comfort in that, and all that comes with that to numb the pain. But it still lingers, our uneasiness coming not from merely just the system, but our complicity in our marginal role in the order of where we fit, or do not fit in this 21st century caste system. And they create so many tools to force us to justify this system. Drugs, sex, the deception of the education system, which is reduced to covert marketing for this system and the advertising which is direct marketing and indoctrination unto this system. The imposition of societal status and obedience in THE CHURCH, perhaps being their greatest triumph. What used to not judge and build man up, now serves to only judge and tear down, the already downtrodden. To be weak now, is to not have status because you were willful… too disobedient. To follow your conscience, your own path, to deviate from the devious and willfully docile and infantile, who have titles, but no humanity, who have money and poor character and moral integrity, who have material possessions, but no people who value them enough to defend them as their own. In a riot, the cop first act is to self-defense, then to his fellow cops, then… maybe… the people… Can you put your safety and the safety of your own family at that kind of a risk. Even the elite think that if they arm enough and train enough inhumane people to preserve them and their property, they will be exempt from judgement of those who they took opportunity from, and self respect from… But history has shown them and us that there is always a tipping point. There is always a reaction to every action. It is just a question of pressure and time. We get lost in the meaning of words and definitions, as they are defined and redefined by those granted the privilege from the privileged to define them. Perhaps it is not words, nor people given unto us, or people we select, among those selected FOR us that will resolve this unease and general, nonspecific, malaise or queasiness among us, the restless. Perhaps instead of lending an ear and using such to define for us, US and our inner conscience, we need to STOP battling and muting THAT voice… Perhaps, we as a people, yes even :”We, The People” NEED to learn from ourselves about us, and who we are, what we can live with and what kind of world we want to live in. History is important because it teaches us the folly of man, and in that we admit and see the folly of ourselves. Is a man who set out for world conquest any more of a man, or less of a coward for that matter, than the man who knows something is wrong but adamantly refuses to take responsibility to take action or even dare to ASK for his fellow man to do the same. When thought is crime, opportunity is lost. Because the impetus for ANY and EVERY opportunity is the natural human right, to question, to think and to ACT! If we cannot question, we cannot change. If we cannot think, we cannot see the need for change. If we cannot act, nothing will ever change. The condemned will stay condemned… and the only change possible is the number of those joining them in condemnation and intellectual, spiritual, and physical slavery. THIS…system….MUST end…!!! It can decay orderly and preserve those who created it, to their own end. Or we can choose to be disobedient, and disorderly deconstruct this maze of arrogance and insolence that is directed squarely and inhumanely against those it lives off of at the greatest expense. The richest man in this world took all of it, from masses of men, with nothing. The fundamental right to think, to create, and to act has been transferred and transformed into a privilege ONLY to those who dare not to think, only create what preserves this disorder, and refuse to act for anyone other than or unlike themselves or who they are told they are… their identity reduced to conformity to a group. Many groups. Their thoughts, just empty slogans or mere quotations, written by other men they never met and did not know. While they never care to know their fellow man, their neighbor, or even their own family, should they commit the cardinal sin of original thought, compassion for any other, and especially to act upon it, or assemble with others, to act for the betterment of man. With NO ONE excluded! If this is heresy, I stand guilty by your laws, and a traitor to your kind. I proudly stand up and stand out, even if I am alone, and even IF I hang separately. My conscience is eternal and I choose to keep the company of it, forever. As I know it shall remain. In this life, and the next, and the eternal beyond. I cannot look toward, nor relate to anyone who cannot recognize this. I stand, a man, apart from all men. And whether I ever accomplish anything of substance to them or among them, is not of my concern. I already have attained through suffering, and hard work, personal sacrifice and my conscience all that I will ever need in this life, and the next. What can you promise me that I already do not have? I was born with everything I am and will always be. You cannot have that, and will not ever touch it. Ever. I am free. I am ready for whatever happens in this life. I know my purpose and will carry it out, it is the right of every man, the right to their own free will. I will not give this up for no one or any one thing. Nobody has to save me. Nobody owes me. And Nobody owns me. I shall take my chances with the common man, over the servant of men. And if their is justice in this world let it be shown to the just and delivered to the unjust from that which made and created him. His fellow man. Until that order is restored, there is no order to be had. Only disorder. Man must align with nature and natural law and what IS, vs. what is not now, and never will be. Stop living off of deceptions and the perceptions created for you and presented to you, from those who deceive and willingly deceive all, for their own gain, and privilege for the ultimate price, their own soul and personal conscience. The religious are right about one thing and one thing surely, the need for a revival. I agree. I would suggest a revival of man itself. And the concept of man, itself. Is a man nothing more than what he will submit to, and has no greater calling than unquestioned obedience and enforcement of such, with commitment, upto the ultimate sanction which no man should have, namely death? Or is man something more. A source of unlimited potential needing only the investment and enlightenment and scholarship of his fellow man to find a way he can serve his fellow man, and fulfill his own spiritual needs to be connected, to serve, and to be useful to a cause greater than himself alone. It has been said that “one man is easily broken.” Let me bravely count myself among those afflicted. But if there is to be any hope for any one of us, it has to come among us. Because we have the cause, to create cause. And that cause is unlimited opportunity for all men, no one excluded. Money divides us. Religion divides us. Education divides us. Gender divides us. Race divides us. Every advantage we had to come together has been used against us to tear us apart. By whom? It didn’t come from us. I wasn’t born a racist, or a sexist or a zealot, or with a sense of entitlement from anyone or anything. That was taught to me at a very young ages by influences, and reinforced with penalties and sanctions if I did not conform or submit and turn my conscience off, to accept what was being programmed into me. All I learned was how I was supposed to achieve and be successful by not asking questions, not challenging and not growing. I was being molded to be an empty vessel of shallow thoughts, and empty phrases, devoid of meaning, ANY meaning, whatsoever. All my life I have searched for that meaning, and to understand why… Why did I have to suffer and still suffer from the feeling of having no value, because according to what this system rewards, I have no value. I do not conform. I ask questions. I look to find answers. I will read to try to understand why people do things, especially why people I am told to hate and fear do things, and when I do read them, all I find is men who are trying to get an answer and resolution for injustice upon them and those like them. Were not ALL men valued the moment life is conceived? Would you please tell me then what changed the minute they were born? Were they entitled to life and all that comes from it, or merely just life, and nothing more. How can we have winners and losers in society if all life is valuable and sacred? How is discrimination possible? You can have diversity in appearance, but never thought? If that is for the benefit of man, why are the same conflicts still apparent? Religion hasn’t solved them, money hasn’t solved them, property hasn’t solved them, sexuality hasn’t solved them, traditions haven’t solved them, just what kind of behavior are we supporting and enabling and rewarding with our value system? Are we just or unjust. Do we act or demand others act on our behalf. Do we help people aid others and fix their problems, or do we instead “manage” problems, and turn the meaning of cause, on it’s head, and redefine it as the purpose of managing problems instead of fixing them? Making resolution and justice impossible and injustice permanent. Who dares not just to think but to ACT. Who dares to act, when everyone has something to loose, those with everything and those with nothing. That is the only unity we ever see today, and may well ever hope to see. That I wish I could change. And I wish you could change. Or that we could change so that it would be possible to change that. But I don’t see that today, or among the people of this day. Maybe we haven’t lost enough. I’ve lost all I can stand to lose. But there is still a hope that man, and a collection of the dispossed, and those who think they are exempt from being dispossed will one day see that what they have is not worth what others have to face, in order for them to have it. And that the greater the need of others, the more likely those with their needs met, will be sacrificed by those who gave them all they have, from their privileges, exemptions and immunities. The only hope for sanity and real peace, and justice and order is the hope that those who still have a conscience, have within them the naked self interest to seek out reconciliation with those at whose expense they live off of, and together they march in peace and demand justice from the creators and enforcers of this perverted system of injustice. We must invert the pyramid and demand THEY leave in peace or we will remove them. They will be exiled to their own private Atlantis, they crave and desire so much, and we will remake the world to serve all man. With man as our cause, justice our religion, and opportunity our birthright. No exceptions, no exclusions, except for those who would exclude us. My hope and my offer to you, is to take up this version of reality, and reject the unreality of this artificial life. My offer to you is the chance to fight for your own dignity. And to show that you have value. That you were born a free man, who answered to no other man… And reserved the right to work and to engage in debate for a cause, or your own cause and let ideas matter, to let opportunity be the device by which man succeeds or fails, and if he does, man sees that any man without proves that any man, could be without. What does man need but the company, compassion and brotherhood of his fellow man? What have we been made to do without since industrialization and the commoditization of man? Once you were a free natural human being with unlimited potential. Now you are nothing but a “human resource,” a debt slave who exists to pay back your debt to a master you never chose, you did not elect, and who your own family informed on you, and gave their dominion of you, over unto. We take the need of community and protection from the natural word and human interaction, and create an artificial world where value is on you being obedient to serve the system that enslaves you, that did not ask your consent, and rewards you for obedience, conformity, and living off of privileges for yourself subject to behavior, and at the expense of your fellow man. Then they highlight and reinforce that which artificially separates us, where we constantly finding ourselves alone, and easily broken. Value has to come from that which makes us human. Not artificial. You can not fight a hurricane. You have to find a way to adapt to live in harmony with nature. If you build a house and a tornado destroys it, and you rebuild it… you can bet the next house will be destroyed like the last. You have to acknowledge that which is greater than you and submit to it. Man cannot conquer nature, but he can conquer himself, internally and externally. We can conquer inhumane madmen who create all that which destroys man in this world, first by conquering ourselves. Can we love ourselves enough to love each other, to see to it that those in need are provided for, whatever the need, and that the next generation will have more opportunity than the last? When they do not, it is We, the People who have failed them, but ourselves most of all. Do we value our own life enough to reform and change for the better. Or is our life a meaningless nothing, and will be forgotten the moment we are gone. If the best we can hope for is to be a one day news story with people obsessed about our possessions, our liaisons, our sins, how much money we had and everything we can’t take with us, that in fact isn’t even US… then what are we so hysterically worried about… The end is already here. If there is any hope to be better, we have to be better, and demand more from ourselves and of ourselves… instead of demanding other men appoint themselves to be the ones making demands, by those with means, for those with means, with everyone else without. That system is insane and must be destroyed before it destroys itself and everyone with it. You have to change, I have to change, we all have to change… That begins when you ask questions of each other, instead of shout slogans towards each other. That were written for the person who took from you at birth, and now demands you have permission to exist, and for how long, if you do. If humanity has any soul, we have to change and fix this first. Without this, nothing is possible.
deviant: different from what is considered to be normal or morally correct
zealot: a person who has very strong feelings about something (such as religion or politics) and who wants other people to have those feelings : a zealous person
Upon 1st glance these two words do not seem to match. One supposedly is anathema to the other. Most people if you asked them would not care to be described or see themselves as a zealot. Most people probably don’t even know what deviant is or even means. But look harder and you will see a basic incompatibility with these two camps of thought and behavior.
The deviant usually is the person who is quiet, the critical thinker, the person trying to solve problems they are anguished by, either through personal experience or empathy for those who are victimized in some way by the existing social and political order. Often they will be criticized, mocked and ridiculed by their family, loved ones, strangers and the larger society as a whole, simply in most cases for questioning the values and belief systems of modern society and the communities, cultures and subcultures they live in and are exposed to.
Sometimes it is ordinary people that engage in the practice of contradicting, negating, invalidating and even slandering those who dare to speak out, and keep those who would speak out, permanently silent. At other times, it is the zealots who start the cycle of abuse.
The motivation of the zealot can come from naked ambition and self interest or even a more severe belief and calling of themselves to the cause of the person they are ridiculing. There is no room for dissent, there is only one way. One answer. One cause. One solution. And you are either in the way or a part of making that way, and that way only THE course of action.
Often in politics and religion, the reason we are told not to talk about it, is because we are precisely told HOW to talk about it. There are paths to action and a general order of “the order,” those appointed or self appointed, selected or self selected, to tell the rest of society how to live, how to think, how to act, and every other major decision of their lives.
But one must ask: Why do we need the permission? And from whom?
Did we choose to mute our own voice… our own conscience? Or was that implanted into us at an early age? Upon graduation from an institution? Or just from peers…
Is this rational? Is this the best we can do and have to offer ourselves and each other?
You tell me.
You tell me the next time somebody who has done what they were told, and followed the general orders from the general “order,” dares to speak out and gets called names, has their sacrifice dismissed and their appeal to others from their own conscience, to HAVE a conscience, and to ACT upon it… NOW, in real time, imminently and without delay… gets “their ass handed to them” for daring to question “the order” the politicians, the pastor, the lawyer, the judge, the cop, the teacher, the professor, the doctor… ANYONE! You tell me that person of conscience who has a need, or sees a need in and of his fellow man, is “vile, ignorant, stupid, out of line…” you know the names. You have heard them before how no man has “the right” to dissent or say anything to criticize, even constructively and substantively, to even CONTRIBUTE towards the principle of collaboration and contributing something of real value and insight to call for, and make real, tangible change POSSIBLE… You tell ME how in the hell things change for the better for the common man…
What about the underclass? What about those who have to struggle for everything they have, or have to steal to have anything at all…. The political class will tell you that they will provide for the least by taking from the most. But it is the most who get the exemptions, and those who are next to have nothing who have to give everything. To provide for themselves and those who have the ability to abuse the system. Those who cannot do that are left to fend for themselves. With not even the church to provide for them. Church, were the ambitions are many, the resources are stretched…. but the pastor does well. The leadership is taken care of. Even if it has to come from the last dollar of the last man, woman and child in the church.
Congregations, not communities. Having a bigger church and more funds, over people in dire need, having anything at all.. and if they won’t be a part of the church, and submit and grovel, then go to the government. And if the government doesn’t think the person has anything to give back to them, tough shit! Fend for yourself. And if your neighbor tries to steal from you, call a cop. Maybe if you are lucky, he will just shoot your dog, instead of your child. And you will be tasered, instead of killed. The cop will be called a “hero,” and you will be called out… for not submitting to authority, the established social and political order of the day.
Do the zealots march for justice? Or just for themselves. Do those who sit outside the established order, have a role to play? Along with the victims of the order and those who serve it? Most definitely. But to think that we still have to argue over the RIGHT of the individual to do anything of the sort, to speak out and stand up, for any individual, for ANY reason… this is nothing more than anarchy. Nothing more than the anarchy of the oligarchy. The class of those served, and the serfs, who exists to be exploited and subjugated. The superclass, and the underclass, and the deluded class who think they can achieve superclass status through a calculated formula of submission, and appointing themselves to be the soft enforcement for the superclass, while making excuses for or outright ignoring the crimes of the enforcers. Who even reserve for themselves the ultimate sanction for disloyalty… DEATH!
How many victims are justified by the silence of the willful and the willing. Christians cry out and hold grudges for those who did not act nor care to help a condemned man…. but they willingly choose to do the same to their neighbor and fellow man, in need and similarly condemned by society TODAY!
In THIS time!
At THIS time!
Where will the men of conscience be? Must they all be on the cross, or the cage, or in the cross-hairs of an agent of the state?
Who will speak out for them now, to save them from that fate…
so that there will be people of conscience there to save you from the same fate?
We are all in this together, whether we like it or not.
The only prison is what we choose to believe, and the only hell is what we allow our fellow man to be subjected to…
For far too long, we have let others speak for us as we let those with the most, crucify those with the least for the simple act of disobedience, simply affirming their fundamental natural human right to exist.
Until we have the courage to speak for ourselves, in our own voice, in our own name… and for that man next to us… we will be next. And the suffering will be severe, maybe this life, or what comes after…
It’s all a choice.
Do we still have a conscience and the courage to do the right thing and be done right by, or do we let that go…. and wait for the final sanction that ends this life and condemns us in the next one.
Stand up while you still can…
Take NO master, except what your own conscience will allow…
Gigi, you thought a citizen could be permitted to participate in politics, if they wanted to reform it. The system just told you “We’re NOT changing….” what did you expect? They listen to $$$ NOT the common man or woman… Forsake politics… it has already forsaken you….
(If you are a long term reader of this blog, you already know, I knew, and said this would happen…)
Chris Titus: Love screwed up people, though. I could hang out with screwed up people forever. Screwed up people are great, ’cause screwed up people have been through some stuff. They know what can happen. They know the problems. ‘Cause if you’ve been through a lot of shit in your life, you know every time you see the shit just about the hit the fan… you step to the side of the fan.
[laughter and applause]
Chris Titus: That’s right. But all the poor little normal people? BTTTHHH!
Chris Titus: Hey, you learned something didn’t you? Not gonna do that again are ya?