The Revolution is Over Long Live the Revolution!
by Bretigne Shaffer: Did
Obama Let You Down? Thereís†Still†Hope!
many posts like this one today, from Antonia Litsinger:
I'm not going to get into the classic insanity mode doing things
over and over and expecting different results. I'm done with this
whole political shit. It was fun for a while and I met a whole
bunch of great people in the liberty movement. Let the crooks
and the deviants have it. I've withdrawn my consent and am turning
my back to them all.
This is good.
This is someone waking up. This is someone and there are many
of them who has put a real effort into changing things for the
better through the political system. Many have been doing it since
2007, some even longer. And while some will continue the fight,
continue working to get good people into bad offices,
others are starting to look a little deeper, are starting to recognize
that it is the system itself that is broken, not the particular
individuals who happen to be heading it up at the moment.
be, but I am still surprised when I hear people urging me to support
Romney because Obama will be so much worse, or Obama because Romney
will be so much worse. I hear this from smart people, people I respect,
and I have to do a double take because I cant believe what
Im hearing. I cant believe they cant see that
both of these people or more accurately, the interests that support
both of these people are phenomenally evil and that to support
either one is to support driving our country further toward a police
state, aggressive military adventurism, economic cronyism and ultimately
are so tribal, and so ruled by fear. I dont know where the
tribalism comes from. Some of it is learned, but I fear some of
it is innate, and it still astounds me to see how powerful it is,
to watch otherwise intelligent and caring people throw their support
behind what can only be described as a fascist dictator, all because
hes one of them. Hes a Democrat and
Im a Democrat and Democrats are good! Or yes,
hes awful, but the other guy is so much worse! It is
such a powerless position to be in, and is precisely how the power
elite maintain their control over our lives through fear.
Fear of the terrorists their own policies incited; fear of rich
people; fear of illegal immigrants; fear of the other
guy who might win if you dont throw your support behind our
equally awful candidate.
me, in reading the Tweets of those watching the proceedings, was
this: Those who today were cheering because now Ron Paul will
finally retire and well be done with him, or berating
him for not falling in line and supporting Romney like a good Party
Member, really dont get it. Its not that they dont
get Ron Paul, its not that they dont agree
with his message or dont understand why so many people are
so passionate about him. Its not even that they dont
get that Romney and Obama are essentially the same.
What they dont get is that the point of the liberty movement
is not simply to win elections, and it is certainly not to win elections
just for the sake of winning them. The point of the liberty movement
is to bring about liberty. And after witnessing the corruption and
dishonesty of the 2008 election proceedings and now the 2012 elections
so far, it just may be dawning on more than a few in this movement
that participating in the establishments rigged game is not
an effective way of bringing about a free society.
If there is
anything good that comes out of the Republican National Convention
of 2012, it will be this: That the Republican Party leaderships
blatant disregard for its own procedures, its willingness to change
the rules at the last minute to prevent an outcome it does not want,
will be instructive to those who still believe in working
within the system to change the system. It will push more
liberty activists to start thinking of more creative ways, more
productive ways of bringing about a free society. And its
of us were cynical about building a free society by using the machinery
of the state all along. But we supported Ron Paul because we had
to say we tried. For myself, I felt that if his presidency was even
a possibility (even though I dont even believe in the office
of the presidency) I had to do what I could to make it happen, for
the sake of the lives that would be saved by reining in an aggressive
foreign policy if nothing else. And I did, and I dont regret
it. But now its time to get serious about building a free
society. The illusion that we can do it through the voting booth
should by now be thoroughly discredited. Our focus should now be
on building the society we believe in one that is based on
peaceful, voluntary interactions, where violence is only acceptable
as a response to violence. The coercive system is failing, and it
will only get worse. Its time for us to get to work.
Bretigne Shaffer [send
her mail] was a journalist in Asia for many years. She
is the author of Urban
Yogini (A Superhero Who Canít Use Violence) and Why
Mommy Loves the State. She blogs at www.bretigne.com.
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