Sleepers Awake! You are already part of the Ron Paul rEVOLution or one of its many beneficiaries:
…remember that this precious Constitution, thus wise, thus just, is your birth-right. It has been earned for you by your fathers, who counseled much, labored long, and shed their dearest blood, to win it for their children. To them, it was the fruit of toil and danger — to you, it is a gift. Do not slight it on that account, but prize it as you ought. It is yours, no human power can deprive you of it but your own folly and wickedness. To undervalue, is one of the surest ways to lose it. Take pains to know what the Constitution is — the more you study, the higher you will esteem it. The better you understand your own rights, the more likely you will be to preserve and guard them. And, in the last place, my beloved young countrymen, your country’s hope, her treasure, and one day to be her pride and her defence; remember that a constitution which gives to the people so much freedom, and entrusts them with so much power, rests for its permanency, on their knowledge and virtue…
The virtuous citizen is the true noble. He who enlightens his understanding — controls his passions — feels for his country’s honor — rejoices in her prosperity — steps forth to aid her in the hour of danger — devotes to her advancement the fruits of his mind, and consecrates to her cause, his time, his property, and his noblest powers, such a man is one of God’s nobility… We have seen such men among us; we hope to see many more…
The words above were published in a Catechism on the Constitution in 1828, by Arthur J. Stansbury, a clergyman and educator, also a reporter, and the artist who sketched a picture of his friend John Quincy Adams as Adams lay on his deathbed. Arthur got around you might say. He did some other artwork as well.
Don't underestimate this little children's book. Virtually sophistry free, its perspective on the Constitution is superior to that of our sitting Supreme Court — and it has been used to wake up attorneys who already had their Juris Doctorates. The Constitution was not really part of the agenda in their law schools. They have been able to trust the judges to tell them what the law "means."
The words of the first paragraph from Stansbury could be describing Ron Paul's aspirations for the next generation or his campaign platform and the second could be describing the character of Ron Paul himself. Tragically, the entire field of candidates for the Presidency does not contain one other person who could hold a candle to Doctor Paul — not one who could begin to articulate the founding principles of our Republic with any degree of accuracy or reverence.
There are many of us who have been nurturing the seeds of this rEVOLution for a long time against some considerable opposition. We have been designing the curriculum if you will. And it will continue to expand and cover the globe.
Our country did not arrive at this dangerous place in time without a lot of planning by someone. But identifying the perpetrators is of far less importance than taking up the cause which is primarily educational in nature at this point. "They" are "banking" on a plan to keep us distracted. We now possess the tools to make our fellow citizens immune to their rhetoric and propaganda. Lights On! Cockroaches Gone!
The enjoyment of human Liberty rests on the assumption that human beings prefer freedom to slavery. Jeffersonian, Madisonian, and now, Ron Paulian theory presumes that mankind can achieve escape velocity when education reaches a certain level of saturation in the populace:
I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education [emphasis added].
~ Thomas Jefferson in a Letter to Wm. C. Jarvis, 1820
The apparent support for the other candidates comes from quarters of our society who have been deceived into believing they can have everything PDQ. This support is fickle and ultimately ineffectual. Their ends are not justified and they seem to care little about their means — or they are ignorant of cause and effect relationships in politics, economics, and especially War.
There is another quarter that is not often directly heard from. Someone else usually speaks or acts on their behalf. It is always easy for them to find lackeys and sycophants among those who think they are politically astute — among those who lust for power over others [most politicians crave power even more than money or they would be bankers]. They are also much more patient than most of us. When we cannot wait, they are only too happy to take long positions and harvest the fruits of our labor along with our liberty. But they are not divinely chosen to rule over us. They are merely the buzzards who patiently wait to pick the bones of our neglected liberties. How quickly buzzards are scattered by almost any commotion. They know they are buzzards.
“By the rude bridge that arched the flood, Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled, Here once the embattled farmers stood And fired the shot heard round the world.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Almost everyone is noticing that the bright young folks we see being interviewed at Ron Paul gatherings are also cut from the same parchment. They are articulate and well informed. The light has been turned on — and it’s not going out. They are beginning to understand the meaning and power of words like no other generation since 1776. This is a new phenomenon. When challenged, they don't just refer to Ron Paul like a Hillary, McCain, or Obama, Zombie might do if asked about their champion. Ron Paul's young Patriot friends draw in the interviewers and point them to the principles of original American Greatness. This revolution is not a cult of personality. They imitate Ron Paul as he imitates the Founders. And they will have global counterparts.
We will continue to honor this next generation by bequeathing the legacy of liberty that alone recognizes "that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
We will not diss them by perpetuating the lie that government should be their Nanny Over We The People taking care of their every contrived "need" and expecting to have the discretion to control, abuse, or destroy them at will.
Once these kids are awakened they can easily compare the platforms of the other candidates and the Communist Manifesto and come up with some cogent conclusions. After some informed analysis they may not prefer communism at all — no matter how it is sugar-coated and marketed.
Would you underestimate the potential of an acorn at first glance? How about a tiny trickle of water that creeps into a small crevice before freezing and splitting a huge granite bolder?
Keep learning and educating everyone you can — realizing that any gains from a victorious election will be short-lived if the society has not been properly prepared. Without All of its philosophical underpinnings our first rEVOLution would have been a dismal failure. As it is, the world is still studying it as the only precedent for returning the lawful powers of government to the control of the People — subject only to their informed consent — executed through their written constitutions and laws — "and at all times amenable to them."
"An immense effect may be produced by small powers wisely and steadily directed."
~ Noah Webster, Founding Father of American Education, 1828
It is up to us to shorten the learning curve to Liberty!
February 14, 2008