Imagine a pair of Ron Paul supporters and it’s doubtful that Carl and Leslie Bockenstedt come to mind: The couple is married, middle-aged and Mormon, and neither knows much about MySpace.
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Everywhere in America, the youngest members of families, sometimes first time voters, are flirting with the idea of voting for Ron Paul. From sea to shining sea, the lowest paid, least financially secure members of society are sensing that government only holds them back, but a minimal-government kind of guy like Ron Paul promises a world of opportunity.
The pendulum is swinging away from the unnatural socialist "discourage producers and encourage freeloaders" type state, and back to the natural "freedom to make one's own way and determine one's own fortunes." Why wouldn't young people favor Ron Paul? Why wouldn't economically struggling people support Ron Paul? Poor people can see what rich people become blind to: Government is the creator of poverty and a free market is the creator of wealth for everyone.
So what does it mean to wonder if Ron Paul can "go mainstream?" Is the question asker referring to an illusory mainstream of liberal-left "government knows best" nonsense? Or is reference being made to the mainstream of the deepest common inheritance of every human being, the truth that our own holy spirit knows what is best for each individual, that the good of each individual cannot contradict the good of society as a whole, and that government only needs to get out of the way?
What if Ron Paul is the only real "mainstreamer" among today's candidates?
But alas, there is a deeper current of the true mainstream: optimism, fearlessness, deep abiding love and caring for others, joy, and inner peace. So far these traits are being exhibited much more by Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee than by Ron Paul ... and of course so far the polls in Iowa reflect this fact.
No matter how close your ideas are to the inner mainstream shared by everyone, you will not receive the vast majority's support if you appear angry and attacking ... for people are well aware that anger is only self-defeating and attack is far from our natural state.
The way to undo the ego's results is merely to recognize that their source is not natural, being out of accord with your true nature. (ACIM Chap.10)
Ask yourself how far ahead a Republican libertarian candidate would be if he or she was not an angry attacker but instead was able to communicate the message: "I love you all and respect you all ... and I campaign on these ideas because I care about you."
See related article: Spirit of '76 Liberty Revolution
The device which prepares freedom lovers for success, A Course in Miracles , indicates success cannot be won by consciousness of separation:
The ego analyzes; the Holy Spirit ACCEPTS. The appreciation of wholeness comes ONLY through acceptance, for to analyze MEANS to separate out. The attempt to understand totality by BREAKING IT UP is clearly the characteristically contradictory approach of the ego to everything. Never forget that the ego believes power, understanding, AND TRUTH lie in separation. And to ESTABLISH this belief it MUST attack. Unaware that the belief cannot BE established, and obsessed with the conviction that separation is salvation, the ego attacks everything it perceives, by breaking it up into small and disconnected parts, without meaningful relationships, and thus without meaning. The ego will ALWAYS substitute chaos for meaning, for if separation is salvation, harmony is threat.
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