By Chris Rossini
The desire for liberty burns inside the minds and hearts of millions of Americans. Liberty is an inherent part of each of us and is so natural that it really takes an institutional effort to suppress it.
Once the fire of liberty is lit inside a person's mind, there often comes a desire to express it to others. In a country so thoroughly dominated by authoritarianism, the discovery of liberty propels many people to speak up!
It is here that many libertarians hit a wall. How do you speak up? What should each of us do?
Ron Paul has turned so many millions on to the ideas of liberty, that of course many end up asking him what they should do to help? It's a very common question that he receives.
Dr. Paul replies with the same brilliant answer: "Do what you want!"
The answer often frustrates libertarians because it's so concise, but it really is the perfect response. It embodies the spirit of liberty.
You'll notice right off the bat that Dr. Paul takes the responsibility off of himself. How many times have you heard him say that the work is not about him, but the message itself? He can't (and shouldn't) tell you what to do. So he challenges you and places the responsibility where it belongs....on you.
We live in a society where people are trained to bow before authority for everything. Personal responsibility is treated as an anachronism. Well, Dr. Paul, in a very libertarian fashion, says that if you're going to spread the message of liberty, it's your responsibility to figure out how.
"Do what you want."
Putting aside instances where government forces us to do otherwise, aren't we always doing what we want anyway? If we're thirsty and want a drink, we get a drink. If we're tired and want to relax, we lay down. At every moment, we're all picking and choosing exactly what to do. Why should spreading the ideas of liberty be any different?
Here's another secret buried in Ron Paul's advice: When you want something, your mind will focus on getting it. All of your thoughts will zero in on solving the problem. When you're so unbelievably thirsty, you'll figure out a way to get that water.
If you're responsible for figuring out a way to help spread the ideas of liberty, and if you want it bad enough, you'll figure out exactly what you should do. Nothing will stop you.
We're all amazingly unique individuals. No one else is like you. No one else is like Ron Paul. We each have our own thoughts, beliefs, habits, skills and talents. Dr. Paul is not going to tell you what to do. He doesn't know what you should do and isn't shy about saying it.
Since you're unique, it's up to you to figure out how to use that uniqueness for the cause of liberty.
No one else has been sired the responsibility to do what only you can do.
Now that's liberty.
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