As is typical, the Patriot/Liberty movement is divided. Like a pie cut into three pieces, there are hard lines marking the division of each piece, wholly separate and lifted out of the tin at any moment.
In viewing the upcoming election there are three distinct views: elect Obama again and get the ball rolling toward a reset; elect Romney and gain a little more time to make preparations and organize a resistance; or vote for an independent (most often Gary Johnson) and avoid the "lesser of two evils" vote so many of us detest.
The action part of the movement is divided into three separate divisions: hunker down and make preparations to survive the economic or political cataclysm that is inevitable; take the fight to Washington right now; or continue to work politically to find the right candidate and back them to the hilt.
The economic side is equally divided: get out of the system entirely, or as much as possible; drain the beast by obtaining as many government hand-outs as possible driving it close to insolvency and thereby expediting the collapse; or continue on as usual making preparations and buying precious metals as often as possible as insurance against the economic collapse.
I could agree with any and all of the above options. The point is not the method, it is the outcome, but it is all marred by where the movement currently stands: we are divided. As liberty-minded people we seek individuality, have our own thoughts and act by our own conscience. This makes us a very unwieldy group, one almost incapable of action because once a person steps out and says: "This is the way to go" there is as much resistance from within as from without.
Society in general is lagging behind our own steps, slow to arrive at a point of action, avoiding conflict wherever possible and some dependent upon the very system they now detest.
Kerodin's Citadel Project is a positive step in a modified "hunker down" strategy. As an individual thinker, Kerodin has come up with a hybrid of a few different outlooks. I commend him for it. At least it is action in the face of discussion.
The divisions among us prove that we are not ready to act, to rebel against an illegal, unconstitutional and out of control government. In lieu of action we wait for the economic calamity that is inevitable and marvel at how it has been avoided for so long. Surely, when faced with chaos we will respond from a position of strength, having prepared for it as well as we have.
We hope for the reason that will grasp the hearts of true American patriots when the collapse occurs. We hope they will see who it was and how it happened and rebel with us against the cause: an unrestricted government working against the people.
I can set up a simulation that works out just the way we want it to. The economic collapse, the wandering destitute in search of a reason or a direction, the guidance by liberty-minded people, the rectification of the Constitution. It all works wonderfully in theory, but we all know that every plan is good only until first contact.
My beliefs have changed a lot in the past few years. My vision of what is to come is dire and deadly. I believe that the time for action was long ago and without it there will be no rectification of the Constitution, that the best I will be able to say for myself is that when the time comes is I died in service to the ideals of the founders and the great cause of liberty. Nothing more.
I see a long period of cannibalism on the horizon, where the dependent consume the producers until the food is gone and we are left weak and incapable of defending ourselves from foreign aggression. The elite will strategically switch sides (if they have not done so already) to aid the foreign invasion and take up their little dachas in the country wagging their heads at the poor, failed vision of liberty their countrymen believed in for so long.
Of course the natural order of things is communist, of kings and queens, of barons and lords. The bureaucracy is supreme, it is where the little guy gets his fiefdom. Man must be led, forced to produce for the greater good, or he is nothing but a greedy little angry dog in his master's yard.
The future is not yet written, but the formula is tried and true. Some of us might fight a valiant battle against oppression in our own right, but it will not be covered, no patriot will gain courage and inspiration from it, but left alone to wage their private battle against the same forces with the same outcome.
Through PatComs we have all met like-minded people. We know each other is out there. We know that many of our neighbors feel the same, or close to the same as we do. We know co-workers who are of like mind in discussions, but it is action that is lacking, because timing is lacking. The ever-elusive "when" reminds us all that we are not ready, our neighbors are not ready. The question is, how will we find each other in the chaos?
It is for this reason that I will support Romney, not because of him or anything he stands for or says he stands for, but simply because we are not ready to do anything, yet. Four more years of Obama will not lead to action, only more oppression and ultimate disenfranchisement until all of our words become empty threats. I will not support Gary Johnson, because while it is not a wasted vote, it is a vote cast into the darkness without significance.
Maybe, once we are forced into the camps, or the prisons, we will start our resistance from there.