|“We Are the Future Rally” at the Sun Dome at the University of South Florida. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times|
The Sunday before the 2012 RNC, a unique political event took place. "We Are The Future Rally" with Ron Paul drew an overflow crowd of more than 10,000 young people. While the GOP Establishment was busy pushing Ron Paul's delegates to the margins with rule changes, the R3VOLUTION was making other plans.
"We Are The Future" isn't just a name, it is a declaration. What we are looking at is a "libertarian long-march", to borrow a Marxist term (it's pay back for stealing the word liberal). What this means is that the Ron Paul Revolutionaries are not going to quietly assimilate into the machine and become good cogs that do what they are told.
They will "throw their bodies upon the gears". They will keep pushing every way they can until a free society is achieved. The method of each activist is less important than that they are truly radical in their pursuit of liberty. Murray Rothbard stated July 1977, "What divides the movement now, the true division, is not anarchist vs. minarchist, but radical vs. conservative." Ron Paul's movement is one of radicals who are in revolt against the established order. Some will run for office, others will run agorist black markets, but they will all do their part to fulfill the dream of living free.
Ron Paul in his address at the rally spoke of the changing of eras. This is a powerful idea that gives a broader perspective to the libertarian mission. The Progressive era of big-government corporatism is coming to an end. It is ending not just in policy, but in the hearts and minds of people everywhere. Ron Paul announced that we have already entered a Libertarian Age and we are just seeing the last vestiges of the old guard scrambling to prevent the inevitable.
With that in mind, take a look at this exert from a recent American Conservative article,
What the reactions to Akin’s gaffe ... expose[s] is a fear in the soul of the GOP that history is passing it by and the end may be near. For decades, the GOP has been the party that cuts marginal tax rates, opposes abortion, defends traditional marriage, sends troops to fight for our values abroad and slashes government spending.I have a message for the Grand Old Party: History IS passing you by! What ever relevance the GOP Old Guard still had they destroyed in Tampa at the 2012 RNC.
Today’s GOP establishment is queasy even talking about social issues and recognizes that the new America has had it with the Afghanistans and Iraqs, wants to raise taxes on the wealthiest 1 percent and contains scores of millions who will punish any politician who threatens their benefits.
The GOP’s insoluble problem is that the multicultural, multiethnic and multilingual country they created with their open borders appears not to like the brand of dog food the party sells.
How can anyone be so sure of this? Why, when straits seem so dire?
Because the old regime is in the process of imploding on itself and more and more are becoming libertarian everyday. Ron Paul more than doubled his votes from 2008 to 2012 in just 4 years. Most people do not vote in primaries unless they are motivated and paying attention, so most of Ron Paul's votes were not mere punched chads to be forgotten by history- they are newly awakened and invigorated political activists who are in the game for R3VOLUTION. The number of votes hasn't just doubled, the number of people that hold libertarian values and are willing to act on them has doubled.
That is significant.
But it isn't just Ron Paul people though. The trend across America is that folks are loosening up on social issues, and losing faith in the government's competence to solve economic problems. Increasingly socially liberal and economically conservative, or broadly speaking, libertarian. Why then would the GOP push away the one man that can bring this in this new generation? Let's ask the former chair of the Republican National Committee, Micheal Steele. He said on the Daily Show,
"What the Republican National Committee did to Ron Paul was the height of rudeness and stupidity for this reason: Why would you alienate an individual who has the ability to attract a new generation of voters, who are already skeptical of your institution but are willing to at least listen through the vehicle of this individual and the words that he is saying?Let's read that one more time:
Why would you alienate them, get on the floor and not let them speak? Not have his name go up on the board and see the number of electoral votes that he receives? This is crazy! ... They are afraid of that which they cannot control."
They are afraid of that which they cannot control.
What we saw at the RNC is nothing more than Party dinosaurs refusing to let go of the anti-woman, anti-liberty, and anti-reason Party of the "Moral Majority". They are staring history dead in the eyes and will not blink until their eye sockets are dried out.
There will come a day when the generation that grew up with Leave it to Beaver will be too few to support candidates cookie-cuttered from the 1950s. As time goes on there will be less "Moral Majority" type voters, and more "live-and-let-live" type voters. The Republican Party alienates Ron Paul's followers, libertarians, grassroots conservatives, and voters under 35 at their own peril.
Conventional Republicans are invited to join, rather than fight, The R3VOLTION. Rather than be left behind in the "dustbin of history", be a part of the Libertarian Era.
“Instead of seeing this as a continuation of the era of the 20th century that gave us so much death and destruction and undermining our liberties, and conditions today that are so dangerous, let us think that we are now moving into a new era.Eric Sharp,
A new era where we’re going to concentrate on liberty and freedom and property and peace. I believe that is the cause that we should lead and I thank you very much for being a part of it.” Ron Paul
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