Yesterday, a poster (freesociety) at Firedoglake posted an article referencing Glenn Greedwald’s take down of the media with regards to Ron Paul being disappeared after placing 2nd at the Iowa Ames poll. (You can also find the relevant portion from Glenn’s post here: Progressives, Bill Maher, Jon Stewart, and Steven Colbert Support Ron Paul.)
The message tacked on the end of that excerpt was an appeal to consider Ron Paul as a viable candidate meriting support by the progressive-left community:
We need to help out and support Ron Paul in the GOP Primaries, because he is the only person today on the political stage that is willing to put these very serious issues (anti-War, anti-Empire, anti-NAFTA, anti-Corporatism, anti-Central-Bank-Monopoly, anti-Drug-War, anti-Torture, anti-Police-State, etc.) out on the table for public discourse.
If Barack Obama is to be challanged from “the Left” on all these serious issues, it will come only from a Ron Paul GOP Nomination (whereas a Mitt Romney, Perry, or Bachmann nomination will only push Obama further to the right).I want to see that public debate.I want to see the Empire (and Obama) squirm as the truth is told.This Country will never grow-up without such a public debate.Vote in the GOP primaries for Ron Paul!
Considering that I was banished from Firedoglake 8 months ago for posting Embrace Doubt and Consider Ron Paul, and other such diaries, and arguing for precisely that same consideration of Ron Paul’s candidacy in the comment threads; with support being extended to me by no more than a few members, the response to “freesociety’s’ post in the comment thread was quite astounding.
Since my banishment from FDL, I have been also banished from Truthout, Truthdig, Digby’s Hullabaloo, and Common Dreams, for much the same reasons; arguing for a tactical alliance between the progressives and libertarians while linking to a plethora of posts on this site which attempted to pursue that line of thinking about our current predicament; the futility of progressive third party building efforts, and the necessity to unite as a post-political, post-partisan force with which to counter the (post-partisan, post-political) bipartisan/centrist attack on us all.
A few days ago, I stumbled upon several articles referencing the MSM’s bipartisan collusion of pundits in a similar manner to Glenzilla’s at Raw Story, here, and here, and was pleasantly surprised to see the comment threads substantially alive along the same tack which I have been doggedly pursuing at Mosquito Cloud.
Something is happening, and while I don’t know exactly what it is, it seems fresh and good. There’s work to do, which is difficult when access to the readership which one want’s to persuade and convert has been bared. But perhaps others will pick up this torch I’ve been carrying while I (and whomever would care to join and assist at MC, please do) will start working on debunking smears, putting into context incomplete quotes, and assemble arguments with which to point out the irrelevancy of many of the counter arguments which will be thrown in his direction by the loyally goose-stepping and mindlessly, derogatory bumper-sticker slogan, slapping, lizard brained and hapless supporters of the status-quo-by-default “Progressive Left”.
Again, your involvement and participation is highly welcomed!
Another post went up at FDL, in this case praising the consistency of his foreign policy views at a meeting at The American Arab Institute in Dearborn MI. Again, a rather lively debate ensued in the comment thread.
It could prove valuable for the dailypaul members to consider joining such threads. My advice would be to simply discount discussions of issues other than those with which both sides can agree upon, and which happen to offer solutions the the current kleptocratic and warmongering neoliberal malaise, which if not stopped dead in it’s tracks, will lead this country over the cliff.
So forget allusions to racism, God and choice along the socio-cultural plane, and concentrate on:
Wars, Empire, and Foreign Policy (moral, and fiscal)
Patriot Act (that and war is how a lefty should really be defending Bradley Manning—getting arrested protesting is a theatrical cop out)
Neoliberal job killing and wage depressing Trade “Agreements” (Deals)
Wall Street Banksters
Argue the validity of not raising the debt ceiling, in terms of loss of sovereignty to the financial banking sector. But stay away from the gold standard, although auditing the FED is fine.
Perhaps promoting independent State Banks structures like the Bank of North Dakota, along with Vermont’s single payer healthcare legislation, could be used in some arguments regarding States rights, (the pro and cons), but ultimately, our foreign entanglements and the President’s power as the Commander in Chief to shut the slaughterhouse down, is a damnably powerful argument. And NAFTA shit in terms of being pro-American worker beyond what even the Union’s status quo veal pen leadership on the left is demanding, should also become prime and center.
We must (I’m a libertarian socialist) find a way to unite into a true wage earner and populist revolutionary force, lest the fascists in power turn us against one another, and instead of a positive revolution, we will find ourselves in some insane neofeudal civil war. It would suit our overlords fine if such chaos was the outcome—the MOTU thrive on chaos.