THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA: OP-ED VERSION

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Posted on 20th September 2011 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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When I arrived at work today I left the parking garage and headed into the main building and proceeded to put Ron Paul position flyers next to every student computer and on every table in the building. I don’t know if they will be disregarded or tossed in the trash can. But maybe they will influence a few students to support Ron Paul and maybe they’ll influence a few other students, and so on. My article about Ron Paul has gotten pretty good circulation on the internet, with even Lew Rockwell picking it up this morning.

But many people still get their information from mainstream media newspapers. The only way to get an Op-Ed into a newspaper is emailing a Word version to an editor or publisher. I’ve found that anything over 1,000 words will not be published. My article was 4,300 words. I’ve hacked it down to 966 words. I think it is still powerful and makes a good case for supporting Ron Paul.

If you want to do your part to get Ron Paul elected, copy and paste the article below into Word and send it to the editor of your local paper. You don’t have to attribute the Op-Ed to me. Put it under your own name if that is what it takes to get it printed. Send this link to other Ron Paul supporters and ask them to do the same thing. We can reach millions of people if everyone does their part and it won’t cost a penny to do so. If you want me to email you a Word version, just let me know.

It’s time to be counted. It’s how you live your life that matters.

THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA – 2011

The Old Man and the Sea is a novel written by Ernest Hemingway about Santiago, an old fisherman whose life is approaching its conclusion, and his final heroic struggle against a great marlin and the evil sharks that ultimately devour his prize. Sadness, resignation and the inevitability of death permeate the pages of this brilliant novel. But it is grace under pressure in the face of overwhelming odds that is the true message Hemingway leaves with the reader. There is no avoiding death, but the critical test of mankind is how you live your life and how you endure the suffering and pain that are inflicted upon you.

Life is a journey. At the end of every worldly journey, death awaits. That is a certainty. The ending will be the same for everyone who walks this earth. What matters is the course chosen on the voyage through life. The vast sea represents life’s journey, with its ebbs, flows, and storms that must be navigated. In Hemingway’s portrait of the world, death is inevitable, but the finest men will nonetheless refuse to give in to its power.  In both the sea and in life, there are a number of possibilities that lie hidden from the common eye; some are gifts to be treasured and some are problems to be defeated. Neither will be found unless man embarks upon the journey. If man is lucky enough to discover a treasure he must fight until death to retain it; if man is unlucky enough to discover an evil lurking underneath the surface of the sea, he must fight it bravely and nobly until the end. In either case, it is the struggle that is all- important, and a man obtains the status of hero if he battles the sea (life) with grace under pressure. The only way to obtain the status of hero is to set sail on the uncertain sea of life.

Ron Paul’s years in Washington have been a never ending struggle against corruption, the military industrial complex, and Federal Reserve currency manipulators. He has been a lone fisherman fighting for truth and liberty for over three decades. Ron Paul has endured scorn and derision, much like Santiago endured from the other fishermen after going eighty four days without a catch. He has always stayed focused on the vital issues that have led to the relentless decline of the American Empire: liberty versus security, freedom versus government control, and sound money versus persistent Federal Reserve created inflation. He has fought forces within his own party and in the opposition party. Despite fighting this battle alone for decades and being bloodied and battered, he has never given up the fight.

Ron Paul has a clear vision of the America our forefathers imagined. It is a vision of a people free from government control of every aspect of their lives. It’s a vision where the people keep what they earn and don’t pay half to government to be redistributed based upon a politician’s re-election aspirations. It’s a vision where the people are free to make their own choices and free to succeed or fail based on their own merits. It’s a vision where a truly free market exists and private bankers do not control and manipulate the currency. It’s a vision that calls for a strong national defense, not being the policeman to the world. It’s a vision where we follow the U.S. Constitution and the rule of law. It’s a vision where a limited government ensures the liberties and freedoms of the population. It’s a vision that calls for balanced budgets, sound money, and citizens and corporations accepting the consequences of their actions.

Ron Paul’s goodness, patience and humility always shines through, along with his knowledge, diligence and charitable nature. The ideologues on the left wing and the right wing that dominate the dialogue in the mainstream media despise Dr. Paul and his message. They attempt to denigrate and humiliate him through their propaganda machines by twisting his words and misrepresenting his positions. They fear his message of individual responsibility and peaceful interaction with all nations. Those in power want to control our lives and force American values upon other nations. If Dr. Paul’s ideas were to take root with the American people, the era of corporate fascist big government would be over. The welfare – warfare state would begin to wither away.

All of the symbols employed by Hemingway add to premise that life is an endless struggle with illusory rewards. In order to achieve nobility in life, a person must exhibit bravery, poise, courage, patience, optimism, and intelligence during the struggle. Then, even if the prize is lost, the person has won the battle, proving himself capable of retaining grace under pressure, the ultimate test of mankind. Ron Paul’s life is a shining example of grace under pressure. He has single handedly battled his great fish (Big Government, Big Finance, Big Military) for four decades with no helpers and many detractors. His journey is nearing its end. But it isn’t how it ends that matters. The journey is what separates the noble lion (Ron Paul) from the hyenas (corrupt politicians) and jackals (media). Ron’s message will not die. His son will carry the torch. The young people who have been inspired by his words and example will carry the torch. All of our lives will end the same way. The lesson to be learned from Ron Paul is how we should live our lives.

The ideologically myopic pundits that pass for the intelligentsia in the mainstream media scornfully declare that Ron Paul has no chance of winning, when all critical thinking citizens recognize that he has already won. They can destroy him, but he will not be defeated.  

24 Comments
  1. Administrator says:

    I just emailed the Op-Ed to six newspapers in 15 minutes.

    Anyone out there?

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    20th September 2011 at 3:20 pm

  2. Colma Rising says:

    I have to do it tonight…

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    20th September 2011 at 3:25 pm

  3. Stucky says:

    I emailed it to the Newark Star Ledger.

    Here is a link to the Op Ed’s of major newspapers and guidelines.

    http://view.fdu.edu/default.aspx?id=3324

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    20th September 2011 at 3:40 pm

  4. ecliptix543 says:

    I’ll send it to a few fish wrappers I know of to see what happens with it.

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    20th September 2011 at 4:04 pm

  5. The Dog says:

    Nice essay, however, there is one glaring problem with Ron Paul and all the libertarians of the Mises School of thought, and that is the advocacy of the “Gold Standard”

    I suggest you follow the below link to find out why, and perhaps if you are open minded, adjust your views Jim.

    https://libertyrevival.wordpress.com/documents/economic-conspiracy/

    Here is another well regarded economic expert on the topic…Martin Armstrong

    https://armstrongeconomics.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/armstrongeconomics-who-creates-money-091111.pdf

    https://armstrongeconomics.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/armstrongeconomics-gold-report-091511.pdf

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    20th September 2011 at 4:07 pm

  6. AWD says:

    The papers around here are too small for op-ed or editorial pages.

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    20th September 2011 at 4:21 pm

  7. Stucky says:

    Dog

    Be forewarned; knocking the Gold Standard will not be well received here … saying RP is wrong about anything is even more dangerous ground!! We are shit-throwing monkey ’round these parts, so be prepared.

    Thanks for posting that libertyrevival website. I added it to my economics-favorites folder. Some very interesting articles there.

    I’ve been reading Armstrong for several years. Another excellent site.

    Remember; let thick skin be your friend!

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    20th September 2011 at 4:22 pm

  8. The Dog says:

    Armstrong Economics: Bound by the Theories of the Past

    https://armstrongeconomics.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/armstrongeconomics-bound-to-past-090811.pdf

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    20th September 2011 at 4:27 pm

  9. Buchjoe says:

    Sent to the Ogden Newspapers, publishers of the Wheeling (WV) News Register/Intelligencer.
    I’ll forward hard copy if they print it.
    http://theintelligencer.net/

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    20th September 2011 at 4:29 pm

  10. Administrator says:

    Just sent it to 5 more newspapers.

    You go to the website of your local paper and find the Contact Us button. That will lead you to the editor and publisher’s email address. I send them an email with the Op-Ed attached as a Word document.

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    20th September 2011 at 4:38 pm

  11. Anonymous says:

    Just took some vitamin E for the skin Stucky, thanks for being honest about that, and open minded enough to read the liberty revival link. Believe me I want Freedom for all of us, just doing my due dilligence…

    I support most of what RP says and stands for, and have contributed in 2008 and this year as well.

    I am even reading “Money and Freedom” by his mentor Hans Sennholz.

    But something didn’t add up in my mind. So I kept digging…

    https://libertyrevival.wordpress.com/2010/12/01/were-all-austrians-now-on-a-road-to-serfdom/

    https://libertyrevival.wordpress.com/2010/11/29/austrian-school-of-economics-in-one-lesson/

    https://libertyrevival.wordpress.com/2011/01/09/ending-poverty-and-political-turmoil/

    I just really want the best for all of US. – Dog

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    20th September 2011 at 4:58 pm

  12. card802 says:

    I just copied, pasted, submitted. Pretty easy.

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    20th September 2011 at 5:04 pm

  13. Smokey says:

    Dog—not certain, but I have a strong hunch that you just may be full of shit.

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    20th September 2011 at 5:04 pm

  14. Dave Doe says:

    Our local paper limits you to 250 words !!!

    http://www.jacksonsun.com/section/CUSTOMERSERVICE47

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    20th September 2011 at 5:29 pm

  15. Dog says:

    Smokey, which part?

    Regardless, I didn’t create these theories, I am mearly looking for the must just one, as a wrong choice could be disasterous.

    Here is what Henry George said about money to ponder.

    http://www.politicaleconomy.org/speV_1.htm

    And here is the book that explains why we are having such a hard time to get to the truth.

    I report, you decide friend.

    http://www.amazon.com/Corruption-Economics-Georgist-Paradigm/dp/0856832448/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1316554283&sr=8-1

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    20th September 2011 at 5:32 pm

  16. Thinker says:

    Jim, a couple more you may want to consider:

    Yahoo! Contributor Network — citizen journalists

    Op-Ed submission pages for major news & business papers

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    20th September 2011 at 5:57 pm

  17. Smokey says:

    Dog,

    “MEARLY looking for the MUST just one, as a wrong choice could be DISASTEROUS.”

    LOL

    None of those links you provided mean shit.

    You are getting all bound up in fucking bullshit.

    All that shit you quote is just some academic cocksucker wanted to be perceived as some kind of fucking deep thinker.

    You’ll understand what I’m talking about when this motherfucker goes down, which it will within five years.

    And when it goes, it won’t make a fucking shit what Keynes or Mises or Greenspan or Marx or Bernanke or Henry George or Bugs fucking Bunny held forth on their shit-eating theories.

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    20th September 2011 at 6:00 pm

  18. Muck About says:

    I have done my part and hit all the Central FL rags.

    I agree, the gold standard sucks when it comes to modern civilization and trade. But it does provide a source of discipline to those who drive the monetary boat which is why Nixon had no choice but to default on the international debts of the USA back in 1971.

    We need a better system to enable limiting CONgressional spending – anything is better than what we now have (which is nothing). Gold may work in the short term, revalued to $5k/oz or more but if CONgress is not prevented from printing and spending, it wouldn’t work any better now than it did from Bretton Woods to 1971.

    I could be a goody two-shoes and say a balanced budget Constitutional amendment but that wouldn’t work either as there are times when one must run a deficit (finance war for example).

    I see no permanent solution for the problem under the kleptocracy in which we live. All I see is failure of the current system world wide and what will take its’ place is totally unknown. I see a lot of dead people out there in the collapse – if not here so much, then in poorer areas of the world where there is no reserves, little education and less resources. A real conundrum..

    MA

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    20th September 2011 at 6:03 pm

  19. card802 says:

    Received this reply after submitting to three “newspapers”:

    This is just an automated message to let you know that your Letter to the Editor submission has been received. If your letter is approved for publication you will receive an e-mail requesting your confirmation of authorship.

    Due to the volume of letters we are receiving it can take up to five weeks for letters to publish and eight weeks for viewpoints.

    Just a reminder: Our letter requirements state that all submissions are subject to editing.

    Great, I wonder how much “editing?”

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    20th September 2011 at 6:57 pm

  20. llpoh says:

    Smokey – see what happens when you go soft and give them the benefit of the doubt? Dog seems a bit like Flash – except he spares us – so far – the cut and paste. I have – much to my horror – learned a few things from Flash especially regarding some anti-civilian actions taken in the US, but in general I would much prefer some original thouught. So far, Dog has shown no such ability – he simply echoes whatever he has read most recently. Hopefully he will abandon his link gathering while he still has some skin left.

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    20th September 2011 at 7:07 pm

  21. Me No Likey says:

    Emailed to the Lost Angeles Times. However, as they are an Official Ministry of Propoganda Outlet, there isn”t much hope for it being published.

    Interesting: LAT wanted all my contact information and advised that by submitting the article I could be also contacted by 3rd parties with offers. Whores.

    Totally off topic, but why doesn’t Warren Buffet do the world a favor and just die? Just asking…

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    20th September 2011 at 9:34 pm

  22. Novista says:

    Me No Likey

    what makes you think WB is alive? Does he go out in the sunlight? I’d be surprised.

    Same goes for Henry Kissinger. Vampyres!

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    20th September 2011 at 8:32 am

  23. RT says:

    “Face it, you cannot be in politics without being in the satanic network. Period. Ron Paul is there as a lightening rod for the disenchanted and those stupid enough to believe that politics still means representation for the people, ie, those still brainwashed and unable to see the truth.”

    —Don Bradley

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    20th September 2011 at 4:03 pm

  24. Dog says:

    This article explains it pretty well Smokey. – Have a good day.

    Austrians, like classical economists before them and like neoclassical economists today, circumvent this zero sum arithmetic problem by conflating “goods values” with “money”. The tailor converts $10 “worth of” cloth into $100 “worth of” coats, which “adds value” into the economic system. Then, ignoring the logical gap between an immaterial idea like “value”, and a physical commodity like gold bullion, the classicals and Austrians assume that somehow the tailor is manufacturing not only “worth of” coats but is also somehow creating “money” to “buy” that added value.

    Which is magical thinking, because in a gold money system ONLY miners and refiners and coin minters actually “produce” money. Everybody else produces other economic goods and services, but they produce exactly zero money. How the money is to get into the hands of buyers and sellers in the non money-producing sectors of the economy is always glossed over and never explained coherently by Austrians and neoclassicals, for the very good reason that such a system CANNOT be made to work in an economy that does all of its “trading” via the medium of “money”.

    In fact we do not “trade”. We do not “exchange goods values”. We buy and sell. That is the critical difference between an imaginary barter economy and real world money economies.

    http://www.opednews.com/articles/1/Assuming-Money-by-Derryl-Hermanutz-110924-756.html

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    20th September 2011 at 2:54 pm

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