Why Rand Paul Reaches Voters On The Deepest Level

Posted by Christian Prophet | 7/12/2015


On the surface Rand Paul's appeal to people seems to be related to his attractive stance on various issues such as eliminating government spying on its own citizens, strong yet non-trespassing defense, or liberty being more important than elitist schemes. But the real appeal of Rand Paul to a vast majority of voters will be much deeper, an attraction which none of the other presidential candidates can match.

A politically neutral person who can see auras or sense auras will verify, "Rand Paul is much more open to his innate spirit than the other candidates." [Atheists please forgive this article's use of the term "spirit." Consider substituting for "spirit" the scientific phrase "universal holographic nature."]

It will also be verified to us that the overtly religious candidates like Mike Huckabee and Ron Santorum are actually more closed to our innate spirit, as if their religious beliefs at least in some ways render them closed-minded.

"Okay, but why is it so attractive for a politician to be open to spirit?"

Understanding the answer can bring a very worthwhile change in one's entire evaluation of all political candidates, so bear with the details.

Whether we consider ourselves religious or atheist or neither, we are nonetheless spiritual human beings. We experience a physical body, feelings, thoughts, and spiritual impulses. Many deny their spiritual impulses from time to time, but those impulses are present inside us ... and when we are honest we admit to them.

It is our spiritual nature which moves us to do marvelous things. We might be moved to write a wonderful novel, discover a cure for cancer, be a good mother, build a business that produces goods, or rescue a little animal who is trapped. Maybe we are moved to do something we can't even see the value of at first, but we do it because something deep inside us tells us it is right for us to do. That something deep inside us is our spiritual nature.

It is our spiritual nature which speaks to us from deep within saying, "We are all in this together ... every living being. What is truly good for one is good for all. What is truly good for all is good for one."

It is our spiritual nature which also says deep inside us, "It is I who will show you what is truly good."

OUR THINKING MIND CANNOT SHOW US WHAT IS TRULY GOOD

Our thoughts are based on limited information and limited perception. In order to make a correct intellectualized judgment as to what is truly good, we would have to be 100% completely aware of an inconceivably wide range of factors; past, present, and future. We would need to have certain advance knowledge of all the effects of our judgment on everyone and everything. We would have to be absolutely sure that we didn't have the slightest slanted angle of perception.

Who could possibly have this magnitude of information? Who except in the height of fantasy could imagine themselves to have such a totally all-seeing and all-knowing viewpoint? How many times have we been so thoroughly sure we knew the facts upon which to base correct judgment, only to find out later how wrong we were?

Because philosophers and lawyers are just like ourselves, subject to limited information and limited perception, neither can we rely on even the most scholarly who use the best intellectual reasoning to help us discover what is truly good.

OUR EMOTIONS CANNOT SHOW US WHAT IS TRULY GOOD

Our emotions are brought about by our thoughts and ideas. Since our thoughts are based on very limited information and a very limited viewpoint, so are our emotions. Should our thoughts not serve us well, neither will our emotions serve us well, even unto breakdown.

OUR PHYSICAL BODY CANNOT SHOW US WHAT IS TRULY GOOD

Our physical body is literally only a servant doing the bidding of our thoughts and feelings and spiritual impulses. Would a man ever risk bodily danger for a higher good if his body was his guide?

ONLY OUR SPIRITUAL NATURE CAN SHOW US WHAT IS TRULY GOOD

Our spiritual nature on the other hand, because it is shared with every living being, knows what is truly good for all. Our spiritual nature is present inside us to influence, teach, and guide our thoughts, emotions, and physical body. Whether or not we listen inside ourselves to our spiritual nature is another story, but our spiritual nature is inside us waiting to be heard.

In any situation, if we quiet our thoughts, quiet our emotions, quiet the urges of our body, and listen inside ourselves to our spirit, we know what is the truly right thing to say or do. We don't need a legislator, or philosopher, or psychologist, or political correctness detective, or church authority of any kind to tell us what is right. If we are honest with ourselves, we know the answer is inside of us. Our spirit is our guide.

Rand Paul, being more in-touch with our spirit than the other presidential candidates, knows better than these other candidates what is right. This translates with crucial importance in the political realm.

THE BEGINNINGS OF LAW

We don't always listen inside to our spirit, do we? Maybe sometimes we listen to our thoughts, emotions, or even the urges of our body, instead of listening to our spirit. Does our spirit know we are not going to always listen deep inside? Of course. Our spirit knows about human shortcomings and mistakes.

So our spirit says, "Here ... in case you forget to listen inside yourself, I'll let you know in advance that I am never going to guide you to murder, nor am I ever going to guide you to commit adultery, nor am I ever going to guide you to steal, nor am I ever going to guide you to bear false witness against your neighbor. If you want to, you can call these laws."

Thus laws are born. In the beginning, laws are born of our spirit ... as reminders.

LAWS NOT OF THE SPIRIT

After a long time, when the beginning has been forgotten, many, many laws are born not of our spirit, but of the egos of men and women.

Therein lies the first and main reason why governments, legislatures, and laws should always be suspect. They may not be in rapport with the spiritual nature inside of men and women. They may be instruments of men and women's egos and not instruments of our spirit.

Rand Paul, being more in-touch with our spirit than other candidates, is therefore less influenced by ego than other candidates. Thus he can be trusted more than the others with the guardianship of laws.

People with strong ego-vested interests in the political realm will hate Rand Paul and attack him because he represents danger to ego-vested interests. But voters who sincerely want the highest good for everyone will automatically sense (maybe quite clearly, maybe more vaguely, but sense nonetheless) that Rand Paul is the best candidate. Because on a level deeper than thought or emotion or body ... the spirit we all share rejoices when seeing itself in Rand Paul.



fas-cism
noun
a socialist governmental system led by a dominant elite which seeks to control industry and commerce, and uses legislation and governmental decree to force Utopian programs on people.


free-dom
noun
one's natural state of being; a governmental system reflecting one's natural state, including voluntary funding and voluntary willingness to join and cooperate with minimal intrinsic rules, but with no programs of "good intention" forced on people "for their own good."



If you are newly waking up to your innate libertarian core and want to investigate deeper the underlying nonsense of the liberal-progressive religion of government worship, give yourself the pleasure of reading Ayn Rand's epic and masterful novel, Atlas Shrugged.



"God's laws will keep your minds at peace, because peace IS His Will, and His laws are established to uphold it. His are the laws of freedom, but yours are the laws of bondage. Since freedom and bondage are irreconcilable, their laws CANNOT BE UNDERSTOOD TOGETHER. The laws of God work only for your good, and there ARE no other laws beside His. Everything else is merely lawLESS, and therefore chaotic." -Jesus Christ in A Course in Miracles


Interesting factoid: for the last election year studied (1998) some of the highest percentage of votes for Libertarian Party candidates were for candidates who had been studying free of charge the lessons of: Course in Political Miracles

For a great discussion on Christianity vs. State Socialism see: Christianity vs. State Socialism



“I did not understand what made me free, nor what my freedom is, nor where to look to find it. Father, I have searched in vain until I heard Your Voice directing me. Now I would guide myself no more. For I have neither made nor understood the way to find my freedom. But I trust in You. You Who endowed me with my freedom as Your holy Son will not be lost to me. Your Voice directs me." (Prayer from A Course in Miracles)



"If libertarianism means anything, it means abandonment now and always of government attempts to better the lives of citizens economically." --Anonymous

From U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics: 92,986,000 16 yrs and older not in labor force

The reason "The Forgotten Man" by libertarian writer Amity Shlaes is important reading for current Americans is that President Obama has spent several years pursuing in essence the same destructive policies Shlaes describes in her book, and the latest Democratic Party presidential aspirants want to double down with even more insane Utopian policies.

The Obama Administration has been following the footsteps of the Roosevelt Administration from the 1930s: attempting to "cure" perceived economic problems by vast government expenditures to fund Utopian welfare programs. Just as in the 1930s, insane government spending (even ignoring idiotic modern levels of business regulation) continues to pour sugar into the gas tank of the job-creating, prosperity-creating engine of capitalism. Maybe you are one of the lucky ones who is thriving economically, but how many other Americans are at the mercy of government elites who know not what they do?

Government by so-called "progressives" can only be economically regressive; creates more poverty than ever; eventually leads to citizen-robots going through the motions, feeling their spirit stirring only occasionally in forbidden black markets; and if carried far enough inevitably ends in martial law and slavery to government.

In Ayn Rand's astoundingly prophetic novel "Atlas Shrugged" (which every liberty lover should trumpet far and wide) the elites have destroyed the economy to such a degree that they feel the need to issue a dictatorship directive (while of course providing for themselves):

"I have a question about Point Seven [of the directive]," said Kinnan. "It says that all wages, prices, salaries, dividends, profits, and so forth will be frozen on the date of the directive. Taxes, too?"

"Oh, no!" cried Mouch. "How can we tell what funds we'll need in the future?"

Politicians and bureaucrats using government policies to meddle in an economy always begins and ends in dictatorship. Meddling in the economy is not the reason governments are formed. It is an unnatural function artificially inserted into government by the dictatorship urge of progressives. Just as human beings were not born to live under water like fish or to fly from treetop to treetop like birds, so it is not and can never be a proper function of governments to mind the economic welfare of people.

Libertarians say "No!" to a welfare state telling people how they must live, and robbing people of the opportunity to teach themselves (through the lessons they create for themselves) how to survive and thrive. Libertarians say to politicians and bureaucrats, "Mind your own business! We'll mind ours!"

Libertarians are grounded in natural law, not man-made law. If in the minds of libertarians there is any reason at all for government's existence, the sole and only reason is to uphold natural laws. Spiritual libertarians might say "laws given by God," while atheist libertarians might say "common sense laws." No difference. People cannot live together in peace if they are allowed to murder each other, steal from each other, bear false witness, defraud each other, etc. The highest good for everyone is served only when men and women live by a "rule of law." But not just any law. Not man-made law, not ego-made law which stifles risk-taking spirit in the vain dream of lessening people's material challenges.

In "The Forgotten Man," Amity Shlaes illustrates how starry-eyed communist sympathizers ruled within the Roosevelt Administrations and would have wrecked the American economy forever had it not been for a few heroic men and women who said "No!" to an American fascism masquerading under the label "progressive." While Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" illustrates in fiction the deeply warped psychology of liberal-progressives, Amity Shlaes' shows the very real effects of such a warped psychology ... in very real world history.




fas-cism
noun
a socialist governmental system led by a dominant elite which seeks to control industry and commerce, and uses legislation and governmental decree to force Utopian programs on people.


free-dom
noun
one's natural state of being; a governmental system reflecting one's natural state, including voluntary funding and voluntary willingness to join and cooperate with minimal intrinsic rules, but with no programs of "good intention" forced on people "for their own good."



If you are newly waking up to your innate libertarian core and want to investigate deeper the underlying nonsense of the liberal-progressive religion of government worship, give yourself the pleasure of reading Ayn Rand's epic and masterful novel, Atlas Shrugged.



"God's laws will keep your minds at peace, because peace IS His Will, and His laws are established to uphold it. His are the laws of freedom, but yours are the laws of bondage. Since freedom and bondage are irreconcilable, their laws CANNOT BE UNDERSTOOD TOGETHER. The laws of God work only for your good, and there ARE no other laws beside His. Everything else is merely lawLESS, and therefore chaotic." -Jesus Christ in A Course in Miracles


Interesting factoid: for the last election year studied (1998) some of the highest percentage of votes for Libertarian Party candidates were for candidates who had been studying free of charge the lessons of: Course in Political Miracles

For a great discussion on Christianity vs. State Socialism see: Christianity vs. State Socialism



“I did not understand what made me free, nor what my freedom is, nor where to look to find it. Father, I have searched in vain until I heard Your Voice directing me. Now I would guide myself no more. For I have neither made nor understood the way to find my freedom. But I trust in You. You Who endowed me with my freedom as Your holy Son will not be lost to me. Your Voice directs me." (Prayer from A Course in Miracles)


Liberal-progressives feel the need to prove to themselves they are open-minded by championing diversity and ever new Utopian schemes. However, their feeling that they need to resort to government dictatorship to attempt to create their Utopia shows they are not really open-minded at all. Honestly open-minded men and women trust that if something is truly of value it will evolve in it's own way and time, and does not need to be forced into existence by government.

American conservatives are far more trusting of the natural evolution of mankind's thinking and circumstances. They feel no need to force into existence new conditions or new lifestyles, and are usually open to new ways of seeing unless.... Unless what? Unless the new thinking contradicts age-old "wisdom?" Unless the new perception is pointing out how the U.S. Constitution, even if influenced by God, was put together by men of flawed understanding?

Libertarians, however, enjoy a glowing opportunity. Libertarians have freed themselves from the need to force their values on others; and because they are willing to consider the possibility that age-old "wisdom" could possibly be incorrect, and are willing to consider that the U.S. Constitution could be improved; their minds are not constricted in the ways liberal-progressive and conservative minds are constricted. At least in these respects, the door to true open-mindedness is open to them.

But not all libertarians take advantage of this golden opportunity. Remember, ego's goal is to sabotage whatever is of value. Ego offers strong and constantly renewed temptation to close one's mind in some way or another. This series of articles has already discussed "puritan" libertarians who use their intellectually derived conception of purity to slam shut their minds when viewing imperfect candidates who in reality could actually further the progress of liberty. "Give me liberty!" is a sentiment arising from our spirit, which is free. The add-on "or give me death!" is ego's insertion.

Truly open minds do not say, "I'll take death if I can't have what I want," or some basically equivalent statement like, "I'll take political failure before I'll accept the lesser of two evils." Truly open minds actually understand that in reality they don't know everything, and in reality any judgment they make using limited perception and intellectual reasoning based on such narrow perception is more likely to be wrong than right.

How then are political decisions to be made?

When faced with a decision, a truly open mind immediately lets go of all past learning and preconceived ideas. A truly open mind looks at each situation with the attitude "I have no idea what is going on beneath surface appearances, and therefore I cannot judge what is in my own best interest. So I'm open to being taught."

But who then is the teacher?

Remember, it is our deep inner spirit having us proclaim "Give me liberty!" So why not listen to our deep inner spirit regarding how liberty is to be achieved? Why not forgo the unreliability of intellectual guesswork and ego-satisfaction, and listen inside to the voice of reason rising from the depths of our being?

Recall the old adage: "Thoughts held in mind produce after their kind." Every moment we are teaching what we are experiencing inside. To truly teach freedom, men and women's minds must be free of the bondage of ego thoughts. A closed mind is self-imprisoned and unconsciously teaches servitude. An open mind is free and intentionally or not ... teaches liberty.




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To fully grasp how insane the psychology of modern "liberal progressives" really is, read Ayn Rand's novel "Atlas Shrugged."



"God's laws will keep your minds at peace, because peace IS His Will, and His laws are established to uphold it. His are the laws of freedom, but yours are the laws of bondage. Since freedom and bondage are irreconcilable, their laws CANNOT BE UNDERSTOOD TOGETHER. The laws of God work only for your good, and there ARE no other laws beside His. Everything else is merely lawLESS, and therefore chaotic." -Jesus Christ in A Course in Miracles

 
"I think of myself as a freedom zealot."

Traits of True Teachers of Liberty: #6 Tolerance

Posted by Christian Prophet | 4/12/2015

In one respect, today's libertarian movement is like the Protestant Reformation of the 16th-century.

Although the Protestant Reformation helped many, many individuals free themselves from Catholic Church oppression, some of the reformers pursued to extreme what they considered to be moral purity, and became known as "Puritans."

Puritans never attracted a widespread following for two reasons: (1) They were viciously judgmental of any who were not as "pure" as themselves. (2) They could not accept those who were less pure, join with them fully, and enjoy life fully.

Puritans eventually disappeared from history. Their stance was simply too dishonest to be perpetuated.

Are there puritans in the current libertarian movement? Oh, yes!

We know them by their manta, "Principles above political success!" as if political success would not further their principles. To see how illogical this is, imagine liberal-progressives saying, "We don't want to take over the Democratic Party because some Democrats don't really want the same dictatorship over people's lives that we want."

Because political success can further principles, and because liberty principles apply in a political context and are not furthered in the absence of political success, the mantra, "Principles above political success!" identifies a lose-lose position.

We also know libertarian puritans by their attacks on Rand Paul or any other liberty-oriented Republican who believes in expanding liberty through actual political success.

Finally, we know puritan libertarians by their refusal to join in spirit with, and work with, those who they perceive to be less pure than themselves.

As has been pointed out in previous articles here, libertarians believe in "live and let live," where "live life to the fullest" is the fundamental axiom and "let live" [the NAP] is an important corollary. The very essence of "let live" is tolerance. But questions also arise from the axiom. Is it living life to the fullest to eschew political success? Is it living life to the fullest to be on the attack rather than extending love and joy and inner peace? Is it living life to the fullest to hold oneself apart from joining with others who share extensive common beliefs?

By not being tolerant and accepting, libertarian puritans are not living the libertarian ideal.

But wait! Puritans are dishonest?

Yes, because of their fierce pre-judgment of others. Our Course in Miracles addresses such judgments this way:

"To judge is to be dishonest, for to judge is to assume a position you do not have.  Judgment without self-deception is impossible. In order to judge anything rightly, one would have to be fully aware of an inconceivably wide range of things; past, present and to come.  One would have to recognize in advance all the effects of his judgments on everyone and everything involved in them in any way.  And one would have to be certain there is no distortion in his perception, so that his judgment would be wholly fair to everyone on whom it rests now and in the future.  Who is in a position to do this?  Who except in grandiose fantasies would claim this for himself?

"Remember how many times you thought you knew all the 'facts' you needed for judgment, and how wrong you were!  Is there anyone who has not had this experience?  Would you know how many times you merely thought you were right, without ever realizing you were wrong?  Why would you choose such an arbitrary basis for decision making?  Wisdom is not judgment; it is the relinquishment of judgment."

Relinquishing judgment until the future brings proof is the wise strategy of true teachers of liberty. True teachers of liberty do not point to what may or may not actually be contradictory positions of a professed liberty candidate and say dishonestly, "This proves he is not really for liberty," or "This proves he will never learn and grow and shed seeming contradictions," or "This proves he will never change his position after becoming elected and learning new facts," or "This proves.... (whatever)." Honesty says "nothing whatsoever has yet been proven."

As the liberty movement grows, there will be many candidates who profess to be working for liberty and who are obviously sincere about liberty, but who may or may not be mistaken on some issues. A true teacher of liberty does not judge beforehand. A true teacher of liberty does not close down his or her love and joy and inner peace like a puritan ... but opens up and happily radiates tolerance.

History tells us that in the New England colonies, individual freedom only began gaining successes where Puritanism weakened. That's the way tolerance works. So you might want to join with us in declaring:

"When puritanism wanes, freedom reigns!"





To fully grasp how insane the psychology of modern "liberal progressives" really is, read Ayn Rand's novel "Atlas Shrugged."



"God's laws will keep your minds at peace, because peace IS His Will, and His laws are established to uphold it. His are the laws of freedom, but yours are the laws of bondage. Since freedom and bondage are irreconcilable, their laws CANNOT BE UNDERSTOOD TOGETHER. The laws of God work only for your good, and there ARE no other laws beside His. Everything else is merely lawLESS, and therefore chaotic." -Jesus Christ in A Course in Miracles

 
"I think of myself as a freedom zealot."

Traits of True Teachers of Liberty: #5 Joy

Posted by Christian Prophet | 3/12/2015


"Tread on me? That's funny! I'm free!"

The libertarian core lifestyle is "live and let live," where "let live" is one of the main corollaries to the fundamental axiom "live life to the fullest." [See Traits Of True Teachers Of Liberty #2] Therefore to really recognize those who are truly teaching liberty it is necessary to understand what it means to live life to the fullest.

Ayn Rand did her best to portray fictional heroes who lived life to the fullest. Her novel The Fountainhead begins with the words, "Howard Roark laughed." Then a few paragraphs later in her narrative: "He laughed at the thing which had happened to him that morning and at the things which now lay ahead." That morning Roark had been expelled from Architectural school. The authorities were doing their best to tread on Roark and squash his future. But Roark could only feel the laughter of his deep-seated inner joy. His freedom did not depend on any authorities.

In Rand's novel Atlas Shrugged, liberal-progressive dictatorship has caused the country to fall apart, all hell has broken loose, and Dagny Taggart has dedicated herself to the impossible task of saving Taggart Transcontinental Railroad or die trying. Her assistant, Eddie Willers, is in emotional chaos and he finds his occasional cafeteria acquaintance, John Galt, the novel's hero, sitting at a lunch table. Eddie joins Galt and begins venting his troubles and frustrations, rambling on. Galt listens, saying little. Suddenly Eddie focuses on Galt:

"You know, I never thought you cared whether you saw me or not, me or anybody, you seemed so complete in yourself, and that's why I liked to talk to you, because I felt that you always understood, but nothing could hurt you - and it made me feel free, as if ... as if there were no pain in the world. Do you know what's strange about your face? You look as if you've never known pain, or fear, or guilt."

Did you catch Eddie's admission? "And it made me feel free." Do you see how Galt was a true teacher of freedom? He taught wordlessly by being free of pain, or fear, or guilt inside himself.

Later in their conversation Galt laughs joyously. Willers responds, "Stop it, will you? Why do you laugh like that?" It doesn't take much for a joyous laugh to erupt spontaneously from Galt.  Without pain, fear or guilt, his inner natural joy is always happily percolating just beneath the surface ready to burst forth.

Our true nature is joy. When we are free, we can't help feeling joy. Yes, we can imprison our joy, lock it down, hold it captive inside ... by creating pain, by thinking there is something to fear, or by letting guilt grip us. And such pain, fear, or guilt would teach bondage to the world. But our joy teaches freedom ... and our joy attracts people to us to learn from us.

It is impossible to truly teach liberty without joy because those who are not experiencing joy are in some way restricting themselves inside, and those who restrict themselves are teaching restriction to the world, not liberty.

Some libertarians like to think of themselves as porcupines. But true teachers of liberty do not get their quills up and squeal "Don't tread on me!" True teachers of liberty are more likely to laugh with joy like Howard Roark, and with sparkling eyes pronounce something like:

"Tread on me? 
That's funny!
I'm free!"





To fully grasp how insane the psychology of modern "liberal progressives" really is, read Ayn Rand's novel "Atlas Shrugged."



"God's laws will keep your minds at peace, because peace IS His Will, and His laws are established to uphold it. His are the laws of freedom, but yours are the laws of bondage. Since freedom and bondage are irreconcilable, their laws CANNOT BE UNDERSTOOD TOGETHER. The laws of God work only for your good, and there ARE no other laws beside His. Everything else is merely lawLESS, and therefore chaotic." -Jesus Christ in A Course in Miracles

 
"I think of myself as a freedom zealot."