Lew: This anti-Ron Paul Salon article by Alex Pareene reflects the mindset that attends members of the establishment media generally: the belief that Ron’s political campaign — like everything else in our institutionalized world — is run from the top-down. The question “What will he do with his delegates?” totally misses the decentralist nature of what drives the Paulians. Pareene is still living in the Lyndon Johnson/Richard Nixon/Kennedy family era when delegates and other supporters were treated as fungible resources or Monopoly-game board pieces to be traded or moved at the will of the player. The Paul delegates are not “his” to be disposed of as suits his personal interests. Ron can no more “deliver” the delegates or the voters who support his policies than could George W. Bush or Barack Obama “free” the people of Tibet with an executive order!
In contrast with the politically-ambitious who parade, proselytize, and otherwise pimp on behalf of one or the other franchise of the establishment’s political racket, the dedicated Paul supporters are reminiscent of the classic Thoreau observation: “If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.” These predominantly young men and women are akin to Albert Jay Nock’s “Remnant,” who are not to be found by others, but who will seek out those who share their dispositions. Following the collapse of the civilization, they will help to “build up a new society” founded upon “the august order of nature.” Ron has not found these people; they have found him. They will go not where he directs, but to where their individually-directed judgments take them. These are the people who have already grown tired of being “delivered” by others to purposes not of their own making, and are demanding a world organized on the premises of peace and liberty. This is what scares the hell out of all who feed from the corporate-state trough.12:14 pm on May 18, 2012 Email Butler Shaffer