Rand Paul can win the Republican nomination and the presidency by making only one offer. At the same time, there are seemingly endless offers that will not work.
Rand's early popularity came from his offer of a foreign policy of non-intervention. Such a policy was accepted by many Republicans and many non-Republicans who were tired of wars which boomerang on the United States.
Unfortunately it's too easy to view such a policy as unwillingness to help neighbors who are in trouble, or as weakness in national defense. Such an offer is too easy to reject, by too many.
Rand acted heroically in offering Americans loyal adherence to the Fourth Amendment in his fight against the Patriot Act's overreach. Again, as we saw, it was too easy for too many people to refuse Rand's offer, imagining home-grown terrorists will have smooth sailing if government agencies can't spy on U.S. citizens.
Let's suppose Rand Paul offered people marijuana. That wouldn't work either. There are too many people who have seen loved ones destroy lives with drugs. Rightly or wrongly these people say, "marijuana started it all." They would decline Rand's offer.
There must be something to offer which is so fundamentally necessary to the fullness of life that even if people reject it ... they could not really mean it. In other words, they could reject it on a surface ego level, but they would then be in conflict with their inner spirit.
There is only one such political offer: liberty, freedom.
People can say, "What in hell would I want to be free for!" But they cannot really mean it. Therein lies liberty's assurance of success.
Our spirit is free. Freedom is our inner state of being, our natural state of being. So if a man opts for something other than freedom, he is (probably unawares) in conflict with himself. Even if he loves dictatorship, he cannot love it 100%. Some percentage of himself deep inside wants freedom.
No one can fully, completely, 100% refuse his or her natural state of being. So all Rand has to do is offer freedom, and continue offering freedom, and never cease offering freedom.
It is the act of offering freedom which would really do the work of electing Rand Paul. Ronald Reagan offered freedom to the American public: "I want to give you back what America once had ... freedom!" Reagan said it loud and clear, and won elections by landslides.
Did people actually experience more freedom when Ronald Reagan was president? After all, the government continued to grow, taxes increased, and there was little perceptible movement toward more political freedom.
The answer is people did feel freer. They had voted for freedom. They had chosen the natural state of their spirit. Having so chosen, their predisposition was toward feeling more of their natural state regardless of conditions outside themselves. Whoever offers freedom, by virtue of the offer, ends up facilitating freedom. During the Reagan years many more people joined the liberty movement.
"That's all well and good," some will argue: "but candidates are expected to focus on more than one issue."
Okay ... so Rand Paul needs brutally honest self-evaluation, asking himself:
"What issues are my ego's favorites, and do my ego's favorite issues really awaken the desire for freedom in most other people?
"What am I offering? How clearly do my offers call upon people's natural desire for freedom?
"What issues really do resonate with everyone's inner desire for freedom?"
To see the self-defeating effect of ego-issues one needs only look at the Libertarian Party.
During many recent elections, the Libertarian Party has clung to one of the weakest, most worthless self-defeating possible campaign themes. The one consistently publicized campaign issue favored by the party leadership was, "We offer an alternative to Republicans and Democrats."
Big deal! Joseph Stalin would be an alternative to Republicans and Democrats. Adolph Hitler would be an alternative to Republicans and Democrats. Not voting at all would be an alternative to Democrats and Republicans.
Yes, most Republicans and all Democrats truly have forgotten their source, but they too will someday remember that deep down below all the liberal-progressive ego insanity they are libertarians. To offer merely an alternative to Democrats and Republicans is to offer no clearly defined opening into people's deepest desires. Is it any wonder that most Libertarian candidates receive a very small percentage of the vote?
So elections are winnable for Rand Paul. But he does need to listen inside and allow his inner spiritual voice to tell him what he really needs to focus on, to give him a list of issues which just about everyone on a deep level will respond favorably to.
Rand needs to never forget that issues given by his inner voice are issues worth campaigning for because these are issues that are going to open people's inner desire for freedom.
Rand's inner voice has already told him: "Freedom cannot be learned by tyranny of ANY kind, and the perfect equality of all cannot be recognized through the dominion of one will over another."
Now Rand needs to never forget that by offering freedom he is making the only offer that cannot be totally 100% refused.
To understand the evil psychology of modern "liberal progressives," read Ayn Rand's "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
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