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I’m a Domestic Terrorist


Call your local G-man, dear readers, alert the media, hide your women and children. I have a confession to make: I’m a domestic terrorist.

The evidence against me is clear and I just can’t run from the facts anymore. I stand accused of wanting to see federal buildings blown up while filled with innocent people. If someone asked me I’m likely to volunteer to drive a rental truck stuffed with fertilizer up to the front door of the nearest government facility. At least that’s what talk host Glenn Beck would have you believe. Why? Because I support Ron Paul’s run for the GOP presidential nomination.

I’m sorry, you don’t get the connection? I’m not all that clear on it myself, so I’ll let the affable Mr. Beck explain it to you in his own words. (And look as hard as you dare at this clip, but you won’t find a representative of the Ron Paul campaign to respond. A craven setup, to be sure.)

Apparently, according to Beck’s mangled logic, because the Ron Paul campaign launched a one-day fundraising effort on November 5 — Guy Fawkes Day — that’s incriminating evidence in support of the fact that Ron Paul and his supporters are enemies of the state. Of course, old Guy’s been dead and in the ground – English ground – for more than 400 years, but no matter; I should be ashamed of myself! I should be locked up for the good of the nation and the safety of its fine citizens because I think Dr. Paul and his subversive beliefs might be worth considering!

Let’s take a look at some of these dangerous political positions:

Yeah, I guess I can see Beck’s point. Those are some threatening ideas. They may not rank up there with “no taxation without representation” or “don’t tread on me” in terms of inciting monarchs to fits of rage, but they seem to have gotten under Beck’s skin. Of course, Ron Paul’s managed to raise a lot of money – nearly $5 million in one day – for a campaign dismissed as “fringe” (translation: not a prayer) by most established media outlets even before it’s really gotten started .

As for the Ron Paul Revolution and Guy Fawkes, I’m not so sure what the big deal is. Beck likens Fawkes’ attempt to blow up Parliament on November 5, 1605 with Timothy McVeigh’s attack on the Alfred P. Murrah building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on April 19, 1995. While the superficial details may bear some resemblance, Beck conveniently forgets that just fifteen years after the Gunpowder Plot, a group of people, similarly fed up with their treatment under the crown, left England and settled in what is now Plymouth, Massachusetts, and that 150 years later guys with names like Washington, Jefferson, and Franklin led their own little rebellion against British rule.

The event was called the American Revolution in the history books I read in school, if that rings any bells. And, it gave guys like Glenn Beck the right to complete freedom of speech.

That fracas also resulted in American independence and the drafting of a document known as the Constitution of the United States of America. At the time, the ideas put forth in the Constitution were radical, but they set a fledgling nation on a course to greatness. More than 230 years after the American revolutionaries declared their independence and 220 years after the Constitution was drafted, that document still evokes fear on the part of those who would seek to wield the power and institutions of government as a weapon. Sadly, many of those who fear the ideas contained within the Constitution are found in Washington, D.C. and among lackeys who find more comfort in the trappings of political establishment than in personal liberty.

Ron Paul’s campaign has blossomed into something of a touchstone for voters like me who have grown frustrated with Washington’s tin ear. We want to believe that “We the People” are still the ones to whom our government answers, but that faith is waning. We want to believe that our elected representatives look out from their offices and see more than simply lobbyists and people looking for a handout. We want to believe in the concept of public servitude, and we believe we’ve found in Ron Paul a candidate who shares those beliefs and is willing to take that ideal back to the Capitol.

If that is what Beck and his followers find so threatening about the Ron Paul Revolution then we’re all in a world of trouble. For all the sanctimony Paul’s critics summon, they fail to see he is the one presidential candidate who truly seems to reflect the principles guys like Beck so righteously avow when the microphone and cameras are turned on. That they would lash out at those of us who support Ron Paul tells me there’s an empty hollowness behind the chests they beat so boldly.

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