Let me state quite clearly that the previous post, Naivete, was not written to call for a leader, it was to expose some issues concerning leadership. My statement was that we need a leader, what needs to be done cannot be done arbitrarily, it must be done deliberately, with planning and tactics and overall strategy. We are too small in number to be effective otherwise.
Yes, if we were being invaded by a clear enemy with different uniforms and ways of speech, we could in a very random and arbitrary way resist by whatever means available. We could individually identify and clearly see our target and what could be done, with the assistance of other citizens who are also quite concerned with the invasion, perhaps.
But, we are not. We don't even know who the enemy is for sure, it might be the next door neighbor, or he might think it is us.
While I might often state things as questions, or play devil's advocate to inspire the debate, believe me, I have no misunderstanding of the issue. We need a leader. Now we might engage in any number of debates along those lines, who, when, how, etc. But the fact of it is not in dispute as far as I can tell.
The key issue, then, is who among us is acceptable to all? None? Okay, who is acceptable to most? None? Okay, of those who are acceptable to the few willing to follow them, why are they acceptable? The answer to that will have a million different reasons all pointing to the fact that few if any of us are willing to look at the other's favorite as ours.
The point of the debate was to expose the fact that when one leader gains favor here, for these reasons, he will necessarily lose favor there, for those reasons. We need a leader, but we are unwilling to be led by anyone except those we choose and for our reasons.
My purpose for raising the debate was not to call for a leader, but to expose the fact that as it stands, we cannot be led.
"Give it time, many more will have to become angry, much angrier than they are now and when that point occurs a leader will step forward."
This is undeniable truth, I believe it with my whole heart.
The difficulty I am having with it is that this will be a flash, not a slow fuse and the sort of people prepared to rise will be the worst of all leaders for our movement, not to get things straightened out, I believe someone will rise and sort things out, give people the peace of mind so rudely and recently ripped from them with the turmoil. But, he will not be "our" guy, will probably not believe in the Constitution at all. He will do us much more harm than we can imagine. But, he will make the trains run on time.
"And, that will produce the leader from our midst!"
Sorry, the train will have left the station as far as the rest of our would-be supporters are concerned. We are back to the numbers we have now, but with much less freedom of communication, much less liberty in general and probably hunted down individually for the very actions we take now to preserve the rights and liberties that are duly ours.
If we have years, by all means, build tribe, educate, persuade, cajole, anything that brings them around. Be prepared to pull them towards us for training as they wake when their own ox is gored, when finally they have cancelled television programming, or so drastically altered it that Dancing With The Stars cannot be aired.
But, if you woke up tomorrow, as we woke up in 2009, only this time the system did melt down, the European Union dissolved, the poor suddenly multiplied by millions overnight, tycoons jumped from buildings, crashed their planes, hung themselves, etc. The world called on America to put them back on track, but it was unable, broke, suddenly trembling on very wobbly supports itself. To who then would they turn? China? At what price? Do you think they won't pay it?
America, then, alone, suffering from riots and disorder. Banks closed, savings lost. Do we then step in front of the steam roller, the raging mobs of terrified people lost without a debit card, starving and looting and say: "The Constitution will save you? Here, come on our side, we have food and shelter?"
No, we will have to have been much better organized long before that, years ago.
I believe we are not far from 2009 again (certainly not three years, maybe not even three months) and it won't unfold as a well told story, each part in its place, but as a chaotic flash where the cries of even 300 patriots go unnoticed and discredited as the source of all the people's discomfort. "Without the limits of the Constitution, we could have solved this much sooner! Down with the Constitution."
That's what I think and why many of us who would like to be choosy about a leader, ought to seriously and honestly stop to think that the opportunity to spread the Gospel of Liberty is fading, if not gone already. I think we should be figuring out how to battle those who will come to power with the specific and popular purpose to put an end to all of this Constitution nonsense and just let the government do what it needs to, to help the people.
God help us.