Originally Posted by tonton
Elected individuals. Individuals who can be elected out. Don't like the choice, support your candidate and develop new candidates from the grassroots. Everyone has a beginning. Ron Paul became a Senator, and a presidential candidate because of people like you who supported his ideas. Good on you! That's the power of our system. Keep working with the system, and some day more people like Ron Paul may have a better chance at making even more of an impact.
Except the election process is corrupt to the core. Votes and politicians are bought and sold to the highest better. Stories like Ron Paul's are the exception, not the rule. Most of the time we are presented with a false dilemma and made to believe that we are doing our "civic duty" in supporting and perpetuating the illusion of choice.
Ron Paul and his supporters tried to "work the system". They were systematically disenfranchised and defrauded by that system. The system is broken and is long past the point where it can be improved through reforms. It is fundamentally flawed. It's time for a new, different system.
I embrace the non-aggression principle, and I am working to bring about positive changes peacefully and voluntarily, and you call me a dictator. Amazing.
What makes you a dictator is that you want it to happen NOW, and if that doesn't happen, then you claim your rights are being trampled, and you call people who don't support your ideas stupid.
Of course I want it to happen now. I think we should give freedom a try. Let people enjoy their naturally endowed, Constitutionally guaranteed rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness and see what happens. I believe it's the only way to achieve lasting peace and prosperity.
But I still don't understand how the mere expression of my views and my desire for the changes I believe are necessary makes me a dictator.
Dictators want absolute power. Dictators wand to forcefully impose their will on others. That is the opposite of what I want.
I want people to be able to mind their own affairs, enjoy the fruits of their own labor, and interact with one another peacefully and voluntarily. In short, I want freedom.