Monday, June 11, 2012

The Revolution is NOT About Ron Paul

Milo Nickels, Contributor
Activist Post

Like many of you, I sat in disbelief as I watched Rand Paul publicly endorse a gun-grabbing, healthcare-socializing, flip-flopping, border-opening, war-mongering, banker-controlled statist puppet.

I immediately felt like I'd been simultaneously kicked in the gut, stabbed in the back, and sold down the river. Yes, the endorsement made me angry. The realization that Ron Paul, himself, must have given his blessing to the endorsement made me feel ill.

I scoured the Internet looking for answers to some burning questions. Why did Rand Paul endorse Romney? Have they made some shady backroom deal? Was Ron Paul in on it? Had I been played for a fool? Have I been wrong all along?

Although I haven't found the answers to those specific questions, I've found something far more valuable. I've found that the liberty movement is still going strong.

I am not alone and neither are you. The blogosphere is ablaze with negative talk of Rand Paul and Ron Paul, calling them sell-outs, traitors, and con-men. And, like it or not, this is a very good thing.

At first, I'll admit, it broke my heart to see widespread negativity about the Pauls who I had come to view as champions of liberty. But I've gained a new perspective. As far as champions of liberty go, the champions aren't nearly as important as the liberty!


Where I may have lost some respect for the Pauls, I've gained immeasurable respect for everyone in the liberty movement. We are not anti-war protesters who stayed home when Obama expanded the wars. We are not advocates of small government who turned a blind eye to Bush's PATRIOT Act. No. We refuse to partake in the hypocrisy and flip-flopping of the two-party system where we follow our leaders like sheep. We are consistent even when our representatives are not. Our beliefs do not shift, or bend, or change depending on the political climate. We do not place the messenger above the message.

Yes, we may feel betrayed, but we must never forget the lessons we've learned from Ron Paul about individual liberty, personal responsibility, sound money, cooperation, property rights, charity, and voluntarism. We don't believe in these concepts because Ron Paul believes in them, but because they are true. Ron Paul will always be a hero in the freedom movement for shining a light on these issues.

So I don't care if Rand Paul endorses Mitt Romney. I will continue to endorse liberty. I don't care if Ron Paul concedes defeat. I will continue fighting for victory.

The Ron Paul revolution is NOT about Ron Paul. The revolution is about liberty. Ron Paul is only one man. You are the revolution.

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Milo Nickels began blogging and cartooning about politics in the year 2000. After achieving some notoriety at that time, Milo took a break. Now, Milo has launched a new website, Five Cent Revolution where he continues to write about political issues. In particular, Milo focuses on constitutionalism, critiques of modern liberalism and progressivism, and defends individual liberty above all else. Milo wants the government out of our wallets, out of our business, and out of our lives to the greatest extent possible.


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37 comments:

Mel said...

exactly milo!!

Anonymous said...

I agree with those that feel Ron Paul's real goal was to embed his ethos and constitutional code inside the party and take over the party over time...He knew he would never be president, and even if he became he would never have the support from its present structure. He knows the build has to be slow by injecting libertarian mindsets into the party and creating awareness in the public mind...he will be lauded years from now as the man who started the ball rolling in what could become the re-shaping and salvation of the western world.

Anonymous said...

S.W.P. CA.

Yes it is about the movement and not the Paul's but the question will be,still be,until we know,why did Rand back Romney when their views seem 180 degrees apart.Just what was it that lead Rand to decided to go ahead and back Romney??? when it seemed to be a slap in the face to the beliefs that Ron has held and professed to his supporters.The reason for Rand's backing does have to be address so it doesn't leave guessing,but,a clear understanding of what was gained for the Revolution and the Liberties that were sought

Anonymous said...

The problem is that Ron Paul was the spearhead of the movement and every movment needs such. with him winding down his political career, who will pick up the battle flag and charge the enemy now?

Anonymous said...

Maybe it's an inside job by the Paul's. Infiltrate and try to gain power from within and further the movement that way. Just a thought.

Anonymous said...

Just an idea from a dumb Irish lad who today is peeling the RP bumper sticker of his Caddy that's been there since 2008 - since there are no 'bound delegates' and the doctor seems out of the game, why not declare for Judge Andrew Napolitano? He would've made a great choice for RP's VP but since RP's seeking another future, what the hell?

Anonymous said...

You have done NOTHING but trumpet and celebrate this fraud for the past two years............and you just move on???

Not 1 minute to pause or reflect on HOW you were played like some hayseed at the carnival by our bankster sponsored political system???
The Ron Paul phenomena was nothing but a cheap and effective ploy to keep war loving medicare hating Bush Republicans in the fold, within the confines of the Republican party.

Of course Obama Democrats are every bit as dumb, every bit as deluded and completely as guilty as the Bush lovers.............that is the point.
Everyone needs to move beyond the bankster constructed right left R vs. D divide and rule trap. You are so vested in maintaining the fight between right and left. You must be working for the establishment, just like Ron Paul was. Brutal.

Anonymous said...

This whole political movement seems like molasses flowing uphill. Events are unfolding much faster than any political change can address. GMO, HARP, fiat death, Police Statism, end of growth paradigm, Fukushima, mass mind control, and the list goes on. We need to move as lightning.

Anonymous said...

“The singular role of any government is to secure the rights of the people, any law that does not hold this basic tenant is unconstitutional.” – kdtroxel (corporations are not people, people are not corporations)

Anonymous said...

Weak people need a leader to guide them.

Political Atheist said...

Great article Milo! I agree completely. all these people wringing their hands saying "who's going to lead us now??" are no better than the obamanoids who thought they'd have their mortgage paid. liberty is much bigger than the Pauls. We can't give up now or we will give TPTB exactly what they want.

Anonymous said...

Not defending him but maybe Rand Paul doesn't want to be marginalized for the rest of this life like his father was. Maybe Ron Paul advised him not to follow too closely in his footsteps.

Anonymous said...

Dr.Ron Paul is still the ONLY one talking about items like the FED and stopping Foreign Aid! No one else is close.

Anonymous said...

You would think that people in this country would at least attempt to begin to understand the electoral process involved in our country before blindly jumping in with the crowd and thinking 1 person or candidate will change the whole system when it comes to a potential presidential candidate. It is the collective will of those responsible for governing "the people" that brings about real changes in government not our president and with our current system of electing a president through an electoral college, the popular vote offers the populous no real power in picking a candidate. Yes we vote and they pretend that it counts toward the candidate of your choosing, well it isn't even a factor that the electoral college have to take into account when the 538 members vote for president and vice president through the process know as indirect election, "the election of the US President is an indirect election. Voters elect the electoral college, which then elects the President." So it's meaningless to think that you being a citizen and one of the populous have a vote that counts when picking a president until the popular vote of the individual citizens of this country count in a presidential election again as it once did prior to 1944. "The Electoral College's existence is controversial. A 2001 Gallup article noted that "a majority of Americans have continually expressed support for the notion of an official amendment of the U.S. Constitution that would allow for direct election of the president" since one of the first-ever public polls on the matter in 1944, and Gallup found no significant change in 2004.Critics argue that the Electoral College is archaic, inherently undemocratic and gives certain swing states disproportionate influence in selecting the President and Vice President. Proponents argue that the Electoral College is an important, distinguishing feature of federalism in the United States and that it protects the rights of smaller states. Numerous constitutional amendments have been introduced in the Congress seeking to alter the Electoral College or replace it with a direct popular vote; however, no proposal has ever passed the Congress". Presidential electors are selected on a state-by-state basis, as determined by the laws of each state. Generally (with Maine and Nebraska being the exceptions), each state appoints its electors on a winner-take-all basis, based on the statewide popular vote on Election Day. Although ballots list the names of the presidential candidates, voters within the 50 states and Washington, D.C. actually choose electors for their state when they vote for President and Vice President. These presidential electors in turn cast electoral votes for those two offices. Even though the aggregate national popular vote is calculated by state officials and media organizations, the national popular vote is not the basis for electing a President or Vice President. So regardless of how polished their speeches and public relations appear to be, the outcome will always be the same, they will serve the interest of the electoral college who elects them into office.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electoral_College_%28United_States%29

Paul Panza said...

Well it's not like I told you so, but I did. The suit and tie people leave a lot to be desired when it comes to the real fight, the one the rest of US have against the alien/military/industrial/complex. The lessons learned here are there is no system, you are disenfranchised and owning a gun won't change any of this for the better.

David said...

For PROOF of who Ron and Rand are go to http://www.TARPLY.net
For a third choice this fall go to http://www.writeindavidbrucehamrickforpresident.org

Anonymous said...

Bilderbergs and their masters in the Club of Rome led by QE2 and her freemasons, had a discussion about why the Occupy Bilderberg had grown so bold as to protest in their faces. They decided to pull back one of their pieces, who we thought was ours, and watch us scramble for new leadership as the wolves encircle us. And the main reason we will lose is the gatekeepers in the truth movement holding back the big scary truths, so that people might be prepared and get informed of ALL OF IT while they can. They saw we were letting the puppet RP get us thinking we could have a say in things. They just reminded you: you have no say at all.

Anonymous said...

I have also been confused by the recent events and because it is so hard to really know for sure what the chances of a RP nomination might be, it has in some ways been a committed shot in the dark accompanied with prayer. However, it is very important to realize that people have been stirred up and they are involved for the first time since I have been old enough to know what is going on. Having an infiltration of one of the major parties by freedom loving individuals who have decided to be responsible for their future is "priceless" - even "epic"! I'll be on Ron Paul's support team from now on because it really is bigger than any man - even if he is the one who may have been the primary catalyst for the movement. We must all also realize that no one is perfect. If we do feel at some point we have been let down, we should remember the progress that is made and rev up our engines. We have a very exciting time ahead. Thanks to Ron Paul! Onward to Freedom!

Rashid Miraj said...

Maybe the way back machine can help....In 1992 Ross Perot was kicking ass. His efforts to run as a third party candidate was attacked and ridiculed by the mainstream media even though he was winning followers left and right. Then all of a sudden he dropped out of the campaign. He would later claim that the George Bush campaign, i.e. the republican establishment had threatened his daughter, disupted her marriage ceremony and was busy with "dirty tricks" against him and other members of his family. He did eventually return to the race, but the momentum was lost and American Freedom had to take a back seat once again. I do not know nor cannot claim that Ron Paul was threatened. However, it would not surprise me. It would also not surprise me to learn that Rand Paul is an over-ambitious cad. Should Father pick the son over his nation??? Tough call. But the last American to stand-up to the full force of the evil empire was Jack Kennedy. Modifying a quote from the famous 1988 Vice presidential debates, Mr. Paul Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Mr. Paul ....unless you choose the country over the career of your son....Your are no jack Kennedy. We need a hero now more than ever. We need a warrior ready to stand up to these monster and lead the army of freedom lovers. Is Ron Paul that man ??? I sure hope so. Because if he declines then the real revolution must start the very next day.

Very Dumb Government said...

It's about so-called conservative politicians stabbing the people in the back. Stop voting for any of these jerks. When you vote for them you condone and approve of their dirty deeds. Conservative politicians almost always stab the people in the back and then expect you to sing the Star Spangled Banner.

Anonymous said...

You bet Milo, where I had all those same feeling, it has given way to an even firmer resolve to stand for all that we have stood for together. It's like a status post i put on my face book,.. I was out walking in the woods last night where I met a space alien. He said to me,take me to your leader? I told him your talking to my leader. we are all leaders.

Anonymous said...

whay about gary johnson? isnt he the libertarian candidate?

stoptherot said...

I can't believe that you didn't see it coming. ALL Politicians are not to be trusted, because of the nature of their jobs. They are paid handsomely, to take you and sell you down the river. If you didn't know that already, we have got problems bigger than the Paul family in the movement.

Anonymous said...

I agree with all of you on many issues but Ron Paul is not what we thought and many well known people are coming forward and saying see I otld you so, I have no answer. Ron Paul has 65 memb ers of his family in office in one caapacity or another, he wants everything for Rand,I think this was the plan, I don't like Rand, I think he is sneaky. I just sent a donation and two days later he says this? I disagree with the person who claims it is not one many who will change the country, yes it is, if you had a decent President he would get us ourt of the UN adn end agenda 21 by doin gthat, save us millions of dollars. He would overturn everything obama has signed and all deals he has made since he was not eligible to sdign anything. IHe would get rid of the Supreme court who have not done their job and hav ecovered for a usurper since day 1. It only takes one decent man, Mitt Romney is not that man.

Anonymous said...

Tangent force over time can cause anything to change direction. The Pauls would have split the conservative vote to the benifit of the far left. It is sometimes better to swollow one's pride, hold ones nose to get a stinking job done or at least started. To save this country we must first stop, think then act accordingly. Rushing to judgement and over-reacting will do the opposite. NWdO or New World dis-Order is a social disease and needs to be treated as such. Initial large dose of anti-biotic and then repeated smaller doses to purge the system of this social disease. If not the collective body will perish. Overreact and the enemies of humanity will have an excuse, or "moral high ground" to respond with overwhelming force and all efforts will then become null and void. Coooler heads, wiser heads must prevail. The fate of this nation and the entire world and all of humanity is at stake. Do not be a useful idiot yourselves. Realize that God is in control and things must play out according to his plans. The anti-humans have been at this for some time and human efforts first begin with education of all. Frank John Holmquist

Frank said...

Old Lefty Web Tarpley called this one,although all you stupid Ron Paul worshippers should have learned your lesson back in 08 when the little scamp ran off with over $12 million in little people's money! Having his grandson in law run his campaign along with over 5 dozen relatives drawing down hundreds of thousands of dollars in salaries at your and the taxpayers expense! How deliciously and ordinarely corrupt the man is IMHO!

Anonymous said...

Rand Paul is not Ron Paul. If the evil powermongers have not killed him by November, I will cast my vote for Ron Paul

Fred Mangels said...

Those of you Ron Paul fans that still want to be in the Liberty movement; You can vote for past two-term Governor of New Mexico for President. He should be on the ballot in all 50 states come November: www.garyjohnson2012.com

KDelphi said...

The Revolution is about everybody. It made this Socialist have to turn her back to hear chants of "Ron Paul!" resounding to chants of "O-ba-ma!". If we can get on with what we have in common as Social Libertarians, maybe we can accomplish something, but neither Obama, nor either Paul is invited....no boergeoisie, I say...;)

Anonymous said...

The great left right divide previously relied on the fake Dumbocrat vs. Republikkkan staged fight.

As people from both left and right wake up to this, they unite on 911 truth, money supply and other big issues. And they are leaving the two dirty D and R parties in droves.

Kucinich was a ruse to keep Democrats in line.
Paul was a ruse to keep Republicans in line.
Both sides got played, both sides need to move on.

So what would the powers that be do to us once we reject their dirty fake political system?
Surely they would attempt to keep us divided and fighting amongst ourselves.
They would probably have their yellow media write provocative divisive stories designed to keep the left and the right fighting each other.
They would probably want stories exactly like this one by Millo. Brutal!

Anonymous said...

The way I see it, the repulican and democratic party is 2 sides to the same coin. Neither party represents the majority of the people that work for a living. Does the masses or common people want to live under monopoly and predatory capitalism with no middle class? Or do they want a more equitable distribution of wealth where the scales of economic justice are more evenly balanced. Greed breeds corruption and fraud. What ever happen to low profit high volume? What ever happen to enforcing the anti-trust laws that were past when Tedy Roosevelt was president? And what happen to the Glass Steagal Act that regulated the banks? And what ever happen to business ethics? The economic system has been turned into the wild west and a casino mentality. I'm sorry, but that is not the kind of free enterprise system that I believe in. I believe in a system that has a fair playing field where small business can compete. Monopoly capitalist don't believe in competition. John D Rockelfeller siad that competion is a sin. The greed corruption and fraud needs to be purged from the system. Without major reforms, it will be business as usual. Change does not come from the top, it comes from the bottom with a grass roots movement. United we stand divided we fall.

Anonymous said...

I am amazed that there is question as to why Rand Paul backed Mitt Romney. To me it is quiet simple. Rand understood all too well that Ron Paul could not win and we are in dire need of some one to replace BHO. Who better stands a chance @ that than Mitt?
Lets be real, we can't survive another four years of BHO, so choosing the lesser of the two evils is what we are faced with. If people think they can choose a 3rd party candidate and do anything other than give BHO the election, they are fooling themselves.

toto said...

Presidential elections don't have to be this way.

The National Popular Vote bill would guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states (and DC).

Every vote, everywhere, would be politically relevant and equal in presidential elections. No more distorting and divisive red and blue state maps. There would no longer be a handful of 'battleground' states where voters and policies are more important than those of the voters in more than 3/4ths of the states that now are just 'spectators' and ignored after the primaries.

When the bill is enacted by states possessing a majority of the electoral votes– enough electoral votes to elect a President (270 of 538), all the electoral votes from the enacting states would be awarded to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and DC.

The bill uses the power given to each state by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution to change how they award their electoral votes for President. Historically, virtually all of the major changes in the method of electing the President, including ending the requirement that only men who owned substantial property could vote and 48 current state-by-state winner-take-all laws, have come about by state legislative action.

In Gallup polls since 1944, only about 20% of the public has supported the current system of awarding all of a state's electoral votes to the presidential candidate who receives the most votes in each separate state (with about 70% opposed and about 10% undecided). Support for a national popular vote is strong among Republicans, Democrats, and Independent voters, as well as every demographic group in virtually every state surveyed in recent polls in closely divided Battleground states: CO – 68%, FL – 78%, IA 75%, MI – 73%, MO – 70%, NH – 69%, NV – 72%, NM– 76%, NC – 74%, OH – 70%, PA – 78%, VA – 74%, and WI – 71%; in Small states (3 to 5 electoral votes): AK – 70%, DC – 76%, DE – 75%, ID – 77%, ME – 77%, MT – 72%, NE 74%, NH – 69%, NV – 72%, NM – 76%, OK – 81%, RI – 74%, SD – 71%, UT – 70%, VT – 75%, WV – 81%, and WY – 69%; in Southern and Border states: AR – 80%,, KY- 80%, MS – 77%, MO – 70%, NC – 74%, OK – 81%, SC – 71%, TN – 83%, VA – 74%, and WV – 81%; and in other states polled: AZ – 67%, CA – 70%, CT – 74%, MA – 73%, MN – 75%, NY – 79%, OR – 76%, and WA – 77%. Americans believe that the candidate who receives the most votes should win.

The bill has passed 31 state legislative chambers in 21 states. The bill has been enacted by 9 jurisdictions possessing 132 electoral votes - 49% of the 270 necessary to go into effect.

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Anonymous said...

I'M AMAZED HOW PEOPLE LEAP FROM ONE 4-YEAR MESSIAH TO ANOTHER! GOVERNMENT AS NOW PRACTICED IS NO MORE THAN THE WORSHIP OF JANUS--THE TWO-FACED GOD. DEMOCRAT OR REPUBLICAN, IT'S THE SAME BODY W/TWO DIFFERENT FACES! AS FOR ANY PRESIDENT GETTING INTO OFFICE AND UNILATERALY CHANGING ANYTHING--FORGETABOUTIT! I WAS IN THE CORPS WHEN KENNEDY WAS KILLED--AND WE LAUGHED OURSELVES SILLY WHEN THEY HELD UP "OSWALD'S RIFLE"--A BOLT-
ACTION WEAPON--AND PROCLAIMED HIM THE ASSASIN--ONLY TO KILL HIM THE NEXT DAY TO KEEP HIM FROM REALLY TALKING! GROW UP/GET A LIFE/LOOK IN THE MIRROR--THERE'S YOUR LEADER,UNDER GOD!

Anonymous said...

People might want to wake up, a vot for anyone other than Mitt Romney is a vote for Obama.
Think what you might, this is the way it is.
Don't give the Presedency back to Obama because you are caught up in this candidate or that one. Place a vote that will count and get Obama out of the Whitehouse and save our nation.

Anonymous said...

And how many years will all this take? Reps and Dems are 2 wings on the same bird.

From an expat.

Anonymous said...

The MSM Blacked Out Ron Paul.
The NeoCons Shanghai'd the Primaries and Caucasus' to keep power.
The Dems are afraid of Ron Paul because he would get rid of bureaucracies.
Only 2 Lobbyist gave Ron Paul money ($750), so Lobbyist don't like Dr. No.
If Ron Paul were to become President, the NeoCons and Dems would have to work together to override his veto and show their stripes.
The RNC and DNC are Oligarchies with other hidden Oligarchies controlling them. Why does Goldman-Sachs, etc,...give to both parties?

The Revolution is NOT about Ron Paul is correct, it is about getting rid of the Oligarchs. Ron Paul was one politician that couldn't be swayed by them.

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