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Ron Paul’s Election 2012 Lesson: Obeying the Constitution, No Sure Path to Freedom
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[Editor's Note: The following post is by TDV correspondent Justin O'Connell]
What is one to deduce from the 2012 Presidential elections? In my opinion, it is that obeying the Constitution is no sure path to freedom, and that voting is a real waste of time. The campaign of Ron Paul was by far one of the most popular campaigns in recent memory. It made the third party runs of Ross Perot (18% of the vote in 1992; 8.4% of vote in 1996) and Ralph Nader (.38% of the vote in 2004) appear tiny. Nobody in recent memory has captured the heart of a lost-but-looking-USA quite as much as has Paul.
Look at the search traffic by Republican candidate just ten months ago:
And now Romney is in a virtual tie with Obama. Based on this data alone, Paul would be beating Obama by a considerable margin. Unfortunately, the search traffic data presumes accounts for the younger generations, whereas it is generally the older generations who vote. Nonetheless, the US political system did not let a Ron Paul campaign get far enough to worry about that. He should have gone as far as any candidate, considering most of his views align much more with a broad popular base in the US than does Obama or Romney. But, Obama has still got the lingering hangover of a cult of personality, and Romney got the nod from the Republican Party brass thanks to his elitist proclivities.
Clearly detached from the two-party duopoly, Paul went about his election campaign and overall freedom agenda in all of the Constitutional ways. He ran under the moniker of the Republican Party and discussed US Empire and the Constitution’s role in governance, only to be sidelined by a corporate media controlled by the Keystone State-enterprise players that control both mainstream parties. Paul was scarcely even awarded his First Amendment right to free speech, muted by the tight-lipped media world as he was. Despite that, he marched on as long as he could trying to change the political system from within.
His opinions on things as disparate as war and marijuana line up much more with the sentiment of the waking lion’s share of US citizens than the opinions of Obama and Romney. That is a truism. But the “sadistic machine” was simply too much to overcome through an election. Along the way, some of the US’s favorite celebrities came out in favor of Ron Paul in 2012. We can’t forget Snoop Dogg’s January endorsement of Paul.
While it is likely that, considering the post was made around 9:30pm at night, Snoop Dogg was high on marijuana, the celebrity has never gone back on his sentiment while sober. That Snoop Dogg agrees with himself while high on marijuana, as well as sober, goes to show that marijuana is what comedian-Libertarian Doug Stanhope (and Ron Paul supporter) would qualify as a “good drug.” Therefore, Ron Paul’s stance on marijuana is the correct stance, and legalizing it is thus the sane step to take. But, really, Ron Paul's sentiment echoes that of Stanhope's in this clip:
The War on Drugs has created a monster of a machine that has locked up millions of people over the years for non-violent crimes. Still, drugs are cheaper and violence is up. Half of high school seniors have smoked marijuana. And they're probably better off for it. The alternative was to sit sober inside a worldview born of indoctrination and without any hope of seeing over the mountains of stifling institutions put upon them by their masters. Barack Obama still thinks the government can brainwash people out of smoking the naturally occurring substance marijuana, the US's drug bogeyman of choice. Ron Paul believes that, in a free society, we can trust most people to make non-violent decisions regarding their own personal drug use (at least as many as we trust now to handle their use of alcohol, probably more).
Currently, the slaves in the US are voting in three states regarding the legalization of marijuana; that is, not the legalization of medical marijuana, but the legalization of marijuana at the retail level. Oregon, Washington, and Montana are all looking to make marijuana legal. Voter fraud and slavish voters will probably mean that this does not become a reality. After all, the government would rather the people drown their brains with alcohol than thought-provoking THC. Maybe plenipotentiaries sent from the White House will ensure these measures don't pass. But, in a Ron Paul US, they certainly would not face any opposition from totalitarian federal government. The states would reserve their right to choose.
The people are on the side of Ron Paul, and have been since the beginning of this election cycle. The issue is that the US political system cannot allow opposition to the party line, not a lack of popularity.
Let us not forget the time when Kelly Clarkson was met with backlash after her Twitter endorsement of Paul. Still, her album sales spiked 400% in the wake of the endorsement, showing Ron Paul’s place in the hearts and minds of the US. Perhaps some endeavouring entrepreneurs could open up a Ron Paul celebrity exchange betting on the performance of a celebrities work based on whether a Paul endorsement arises in a timely manner.
Despite the popular support, despite the cross-party appeal, despite the likable personality (what, with his white tennis shoes and suit) and familial ties to politics (Rand Paul), Ron Paul could not pierce the veil. He did not expect to either. He is an experienced man who knows the inner-workings of the System, and what he represents must remain muted for the coming centuries. Still, he knows that the ideas he forwards will win the election. They always do, until the people are swept up in the rebellion-esque mania of the next US election and made to conform to the two party suffocation.
This was it, USA. Even some of the most pessimistic of analysts regarding the socio-historical/economic fate of the US still held out that, if Ron Paul won this election (Yes…Win!), there might be a way to stem the tide of elitist revolution. But, that opportunity – if it ever was one - has vanished.
Constitutionalists often cite the Thomas Jefferson refrain that the people need revolutions. He has spoken of this belief in numerous ways, such as in a letter to James Madison after Shay’s Rebellion:
“I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical. Unsuccessful rebellions, indeed, generally establish the encroachments on the rights of the people which have produced them. An observation of this truth should render honest republican governors so mild in their punishment of rebellions as not to discourage them too much. It is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government.”
Thomas Jefferson also said that when a goal’s outcome became unlikely, such as the goals of the Constitution when considered in the present, one should not change the goals, but rather change the course of action. It is now time to change our founders’ course of action. I think they would concur. If not, forget them. And forget their ultimately useless corpse of a Constitution, too.
Philosophers have longed dedicated powers of ratiocination to the question of where psychology ends and action begins. Our human cognitive niche informs us that they are, in some ways, the same thing. Thinking is action, and action is thinking. The nature of the thought-action, however, rests on whether it is inactive or proactive. While the former represents the theory-heavy procrastination of wordplay, the latter represents a mélange of theory and living. The theory of the doer is always tested, and, due to his/her predisposition towards living (action), the Constitution as writing on a piece of paper is nothing to defend. What is to defend, however, is the “Constitution” of living itself.
And the constitution of living does not need to be determined by borders. National sovereignty merely means politically centralized, top-down, weapons-enforced claims of humans born in certain regions. This is an utterly obsolete practice, and the world knows it. That's why the Ron Paul revolution is just beginning.
The Ron Paul revolution was not contained in an election. The powers that be certainly wish it had been. Instead, the Ron Paul is a worldwide phenomenon. Lew Rockwell has mentioned that Brazilians tell him Ron Paul could run for president there. In Poland, during a Mitt Romney visit, the people were parading Ron Paul signs.
In other elections, when a candidate loses, either long before the general election or during the general election, their supporters fall to the wayside, and are no longer supporters of their once-candidate. How many Al Gore supporters are out there today? John Kerry? None.
Ron Paul supporters? Millions still.
Justin O’Connell joined the Dollar Vigilante crew in the aftermath of his own incarceration amid the bright, blinding lights of police state Las Vegas. Justin brings his own brand of blowback to blow up in the face of tyrants everywhere. Having graduated with honors (despite his irreverent, anti-establishmentarianism) and a Bachelor’s degree in History, Justin is familiar with the makeup of states, and how over time and space they all resemble each other with tiny concessions made based on the cultures of the world. His mission is to expose them through unrelenting vigilantism, never becoming a shadow of his former self. No FEMA camp or firing line can remake his mind, and 2+2 will always equal 4, as long as he roams the planet. He also writes at the Dollar Vigilante-inspired site, Silver Vigilante.
I'm back stateside and had occasion to go driving around uptown Minneapolis this morning. The brainwashed were lined up outside the VFW halls and other voting spots. The lines often stretched down the block and around the corner.
I drove back home through a more residential corner with rolling lawns and lovely old homes. There too the fall beauty was marred by the coincidence of the four-year political season. The lawns were littered with signs with the names of whatever idiot political actors are currently in vogue (I forget exactly what they said “Robamba 2012”, or something like that). Some of the signs boldly told me exactly how I should vote, too!
Perhaps this is all just sour grapes. I was cautiously optimistic about Ron Paul's campaign this time around. I even donated money—twice! I did this feeling like a hypocrite. I'm always going on about how utterly useless political solutions are. Working within a monopoly on violence in a geographic region to make it less violent is like joining the Ku Klux Klan in order to convert them into an organization supporting multiculturalism and interracial group sex.
Still I gave Ron Paul money, even if just to send a puerile and ultimately empty message, like a resonant fart during high prayer. I wanted to help make those money bombs large enough to turn heads again. And make the world start to wonder if maybe a new reality was on its way, even if it wouldn't show up this particular election cycle.
My money would have been better spend on getting the advice from TDV's Golden Trader and investing in it. And right now, might I humbly suggest that your time is better spent not paying attention to politics, but prepping your own life for the tough times that are descending upon the world now, and focused squarely on the USSA? That's why every month TDV puts out TDV Homegrown, full of practical advice for those of you who for whatever reason will be forced to stick out the tough times in the belly of the beast. Homegrown regularly features today's contributor, Justin O'Connell, as well as a cast of other very helpful TDV characters and their useful advice (like the ever popular Dear Slavey). You can sign up here.
You know, I don't even think I really wanted Ron Paul to win the presidency. Good lord! Could you imagine a libertarian president at the helm when the empire inevitably collapsed and the promises of the welfare state were broken? The sheep would throw themselves into the arms of the total state and for the next millennium would lynch mob anybody who dared breathe a word about “liberty” or “free markets”. The suckers are still mumbling brainless propaganda about “robber barons” and “unfettered markets causing the Depression”, after all.
There is a way to a peaceful world, free of the monstrous, centralized violence of the state. But using the state is not that way, I'm sure.
Here's to surviving the rest of Election Day without vomiting!
Editor, The Dollar Vigilante
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