by Allan Stevo: A
Healthy Disrespect of the Police
At 5:15 p.m.
Tuesday, Mitt Romney became the GOP nominee for President.
At about the
same time, 5:15 p.m., I watched a man involved with Ron Paul’s Louisiana
victory box up phones at an outpost of the Ron Paul Revolution –
a place from which some of the dispersed grassroots campaigns were
run. Boxing up those phones marked the end of the 2012 phone-banking
effort in that remote location. A room that I had seen abuzz with
volunteer activity for months from early morning until whatever
hour it is that Hawaiians start to no longer accept political phone
calls was now being packed into a few small boxes and being shipped
away. A few small boxes of equipment, a few hundred dollars to keep
the lights on, and a dream for freer times ahead filled rooms like
that across the country night-after-night. Tuesday that was all
The next night
Paul’s son would show
support for Mitt Romney at the RNC. There would be a video played
about Ron Paul there, a similar video about the grandeur of George
W. and H.W. Bush was also played. Just like the RNC would love to
mothball the embarrassing details of the Bushes’ time in DC, they
would like to see the same done for Ron Paul and the idealism of
his time in DC. The campaign had come to an end and in just a short
time his career in DC would come to an end as well.
All at once,
it felt like a death knell for the Ron Paul Revolution.
RNC, can’t fit Ron Paul’s career neatly into a little box to be
day, a man who’d never spoken about politics with me Googled me.
He commented later "I bet you were really disappointed with
how that whole Ron Paul thing turned out – how the Republicans treated
him – weren’t you?"
was my answer. Ron Paul pushed forward the liberty movement in a
way that it otherwise would not have been pushed forward. He inspired
talented people from around the country; he inspired them to interact,
to collaborate, to train together, and work together; he inspired
some of them to travel great distances; he created a framework for
greater interaction to happen among liberty-minded folks.
As a result,
a discussion took place and continues to take place. It is not the
debate I had hoped for 10 months ago; it’s still a discussion
in the right direction. Ron Paul 2012 has solidified a movement
that Ron Paul 2008 could not have solidified in the same way.
among Ron Paul supporters starts with a sentence like this "How
can you and I collaborate to make ourselves more effective together
than we are separately?" That discussion was repeated ad infinitum
over the past year of Ron Paul’s campaign.
to the Movement?
a day of saying goodbye to Ron Paul 2012 as I knew it, Wednesday
felt like the same – Rand Paul, George W., H.W. Barbara, and Laura
Bush, Mike Huckabee, Tim Pawlenty, Condoleezza Rice, John McCain,
and Paul Ryan all spoke in a single broadcast to a national audience
about electing Mitt Romney.
Is the Ron
Paul Revolution over? Far from it. It’s ready for the next chapter.
I am eager
to see what will happen next, yet I realize that good things may
take time. Persistence is needed to fell a mighty oak. That the
stubborn Ron Paulers persist in the absence of the motivational
Ron Paul candidacy will be the true test. With that persistence,
Ron Paul’s movement will be an engine for growth; it will be a virtual
Silicon Valley for political and for the more important non-political
As we move
forward with Ron Paul’s Revolution, I focus on the themes of books
Market for Liberty and The
Sovereign Individual – books that put politics into perspective.
Politics is one way to effect change. The number of non-political
opportunities to effect change are uncountable.
Is the Ron
Paul Revolution over? I have a phone book full of people who
believe in the same ideas as I do about freedom, just as intensely
as I do, and who are so very talented and resourceful. Why would
I suddenly stop collaborating with those people just because a few
suits in Tampa and some loser newspaper reporters who never understood
it to begin with now claim that the Ron Paul Revolution has come
to an end? If I were the only person with a phonebook full of people
like that, amazing things would still come out of Ron Paul’s movement
simply because of the work that I will bring people together to
do. More importantly, there are 10,000 other people similar to me
– young in spirit, battle-tested, eager to see greater freedom,
with a phone book full of contacts who will eagerly work alongside
of that, precisely because Ron Paul brought likeminded people together,
his effect on the world will be immeasurable large. Most of that
will have little
to do with politics. Even the day Ron Paul’s revolution marches
into DC it’ll be clear how insignificant politics will be to pursuits
of greater freedom. Politics is just one option out of a limitless
number of ways to bring change.
2016 will be
a benchmark for the movement – a time to reflect on how far we’ll
have come in four years. How far we’ll have come when we get together
again for a reunion then and refocus some of our efforts on politics that national distraction that pulls us away from the realities
of our own lives every four years. Maybe it will be a Ron Paul candidacy
in four years. Maybe it will be another worthwhile candidate. Something
tells me that Washington DC has not heard the last from the Ron
At that 2016
reunion, something will be clear to anyone who was involved in 2012,
2008, and perhaps even earlier – because a guy from Texas decided
to run for president in 2012, an endeavor that most observers will
call a failed attempt, because of that, the lives of many people
who rally around his message will never be the same.
Is the Ron
Paul Revolution over? Nope. The Ron Paul Revolution has already
grown so large as to be unquantifiable.
September 3, 2012
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