I concluded a report about recent happenings within the Oklahoma Republican Party with an editorial about lost causes. I emphasized the concept that those who fight for lost causes shape the history of our world. Implicit was the idea that the Ron Paul and/or Liberty movement in many cases looks like a lost cause, that his and its supporters are fighting an uphill battle, an impossible fight.
But all is not lost. Only a few years ago, there was a sort of break-out movement which became known as the TEA Party. Ordinary citizens suddenly or not so suddenly became aware of the tyranny that was in force in their government. Some of us met on the lawns of our state capitols, some in small buildings or churches. We gathered together for the sake of sending some sort of message to our representatives that we were not happy. Unlike even the “original” TEA Party, known to history as the Boston Tea Party, we did not overturn merchandise or disrupt order to make our point. In fact, it is commonly reported that TEA parties clean up after themselves and often leave the grounds where they meet better than they were to start off with.
All of the sudden, Americans who have never been involved in politics are running for office or helping campaign for those they believe deserve the position. We have begun educating ourselves with knowledge the teaching of which our public school systems have abandoned. We have woken up.
The Minority Report
Although a great awakening, sometimes even called the Third Great Awakening, has taken place, movements follow waves of enthusiasm that often resemble a bell curve on a chart. They start and swell, only to subside and fade away. At the beginning of this TEA Party movement, everyone seemed unified behind the idea of returning our Government to its Constitutional boundaries. Taxes should be lowered and government shrunk. 10th Amendment resolutions were passed in (x) states, reaffirming our dedication to limited governmental powers.
However, it seems that much of this enthusiasm has shifted from the primary message of the movement to taking more of a minority position. The movement has found its core in the Republican party, the party traditionally known for its social and fiscal conservative ideals. I say traditionally because in more recent years the two parties in power seem to mirror each other in so many ways. $4 trillion may have been added to our debt in the current Democrat president’s term, but an equal amount was added during the previous Republican president’s two terms, just over more time.
There is, however, what seems to be a minority within the Republican party that is determined to make its voice known. This group has a high degree of organization, though you wouldn’t expect it given their individualistic and grassroots nature. When I first encountered these people, some of whom were my friends, I was afraid of them. I thought they were nuts. No, seriously, I thought they were out of their minds. I’m struggling now to remember why I thought this, but doesn’t that seem to be the general idea? Aren’t Ron Paul supporters all crazy, mindless followers of their leader Dr. Paul? They must be brainwashed, because they all have the same message and goal.
Here’s what I’ve learned in the last couple of months, or years. It’s been a sort of personal journey. I hope you might stumble upon this and consider fighting alongside many others who have walked this path also.
This year I resolved to get involved in the political process like I did two years ago, except this time I was going to go all the way to the Oklahoma state convention. I have been a delegate to my county’s convention before, but that was as far as I had gone due to other obligations.
What changed? My priorities. I have sensed the urgency in our Nation. My precinct meeting was held this year in a school auditorium with all the other precincts in my county. There was a Ron Paul table there. I accidentally got in line, thinking it was for registration. I was surrounded. By Ron Paul supporters. I was afraid! One guy had a beard and looked like Abe Lincoln. So I slipped out of line, found the real registration line, and made my way to the auditorium, thinking I made it to safety. As I found my seat to meet the other present members of my precinct, I started looking around and noticed they all wore Ron Paul buttons. I was afraid again. Except I noticed something – my state Representative, whom I knew personally and respected, had one on as well.
They aren’t all crazy. My representative was one of the sponsors of Oklahoma’s 10th Amendment bill, and I was greatly in support of that. At the next meeting, I just so happened to sit next to two people from my church. We didn’t know each other when we sat down, but as we got to talking I learned they had recently moved to my city and started attending the same church as me. They were Paul supporters, too. As time has gone on, I have found out that a good portion of my fellow church members are also supporters, whether actively or nominally. I checked Facebook. A healthy number of my friends already “liked” Ron Paul. By the time of the state convention, virtually every politician I respected in the state of Oklahoma had endorsed a candidate for national committeeman who is a supporter of none other than Dr. Ron Paul.
To summarize, I had a wrong idea of the people involved in what I now refer to as the Liberty movement. The mainstream media and even a lot of the Republican party would have you to believe they are just a bunch of Libertarians who want to use the Republican party to get their agenda passed. It is true that some of them may be libertarian in philosophy. What is more true, however, is that they stand for the same principles most Americans would agree to in a one-on-one discussion. Don’t you think our federal government has overreached? Aren’t you just as upset as I am that we are now over $16 TRILLION in debt? Hasn’t it been long enough that we have invaded, yes invaded foreign nations in the name of democracy? I thought just like you did that we needed to go kick some tail after September 11, but we’ve been in some of the countries more than 10 years now. It’s time for some responsibility. It’s time for some Constitutionality.
A year ago if you had asked me whether I supported Ron Paul for President, I’d have laughed at you, but I couldn’t tell you why I was against him. Now, a year later, I’ve done my research, and I wonder how I never noticed this man before. Check out the debates, listen to what he says. Your choice should become clear. No he’s not perfect, but we overlook much bigger things in other candidates, why should that hinder our decision when so much is at stake?SHARE