“Friends of freedom must quickly assemble and plan strategy. Everyone has a vital interest in the outcome. Broad agreements are crucial; arguing minute details of solutions to difficult problems can undermine the movement and become purely negative. Perfection by man in the struggle for freedom is not achievable. Denial of personality differences and legitimate differences of opinion are a mistake. Refusing to agree on generalized and precise principles guarantees failure.”
Dr. Paul’s Freedom Under Siege – 1987
Where to Begin an 8-Year Plan?
I submit to you; readers and voters, a means in which the various political movements of the day can work together while not compromising their ideals. I call it Trans-Partisan because it makes use of the current Party system without giving credence to it. I use Federalism and “Friends of Freedom” as ways of terming the end product of, what simplified and collected, are the organic decentralized unification of the libertarian (“Liberty”, “Ron Paul”) and socialist (“Occupy”, “Green”) political movements.
Even when I began my trip around the U.S. I already saw this type of thinking in play. While at a Green Party meeting in Colorado one of the attendees was a member of the Libertarian Party that works across party-lines on an electoral system reform called “Approval Voting.” He was the Libertarian Liaison to the Green Party. The end of my trip cemented the fact that this is a trend of the movement (a shift toward a progressive-libertarian agreement) when I attended a “Move to Amend” meeting in D.C. that was hosted by a number of groups including the Green Party, in which it was proposed that Occupy members probably have the best access to Ron Paul Republicans to reach out to in order to work on the issue of Corporate Person-hood.
Cognitive vs. Logistical
I have written a collection of articles giving some basic and easily adjusted logistical strategy for “Friends of Freedom” in all Parties. The cognitive strategy I urge is to stop trying to get everyone to do the same thing, or to agree on all the issues. Just stop that and start working with people on the issues you agree on. My prediction is that everything else will be a lot easier to work out if we work together on the issues we do agree on.
With that said, the first half of this “8-Year Plan” is that of trans-partisan integration. Whether a member of Occupy or the Ron Paul campaign; everyone should simply go the way they want while maintaining the “greater association.” Each of us have come to these movements for different reasons. We need to take what we have learned, our experience, and the network we have built, and continue to work on those issues in a more focused and effective manner. Think of it as breaking off into “Work Groups.”
For the next four years, if you want to, pick a Party and work with it; if one of the two major parties that work will most likely be that of reform, if a third-party, that work will most likely be that of building. Work across party-lines with other “Friends of Freedom” on specific issues. Build local coalitions to get control of City and County Councils, and the various boards. Here are some ideas for each of the four major political parties (I will update and expand these articles over the next few years):
Depending the outcome of the 2016 Election (and the 2012 election if Ron Paul pulls an upset at the Convention), the “Plan” into 2020 must bring us together, either in government, or as a focused campaign to reach government.
Despite what happens in the 2012 Election, if in 2016 we do not elect a “Friend of Freedom” to the White House, and have not gained a majority in Congress, then we can either form a new party, a “Federalist Party” with a Platform that would look something like this:
Or we can join together on an Independent Presidential Campaign and continue to work within our independent Parties if we feel significant ground is being made.
If a “Liberty” candidate; such as Rand Paul, is able to win the Presidency 2016, then we can focus in 2018 on putting our candidates in Congress, and in 2020 we can work to make sure either the Democratic Nominee is a strong “Peace and Freedom” progressive and/or that the Green Party Nominee is in the Debate.
“Winning” is getting the majority of the Federalist Platform in place. If that is done through the two-parties, a third-party, or an independent movement; we Win.
In addition, by bringing power back locally and individually, and removing the Federal Government from many of its responsibilities, we can help maintain a Federalist Platform organically.
Discuss this topic in the following forums:
Political Forum: http://www.politicalforum.com/elections-campaigns/257729-new-american-federalist-movement-uniting-libertarianism-socialism.html#post1061489567
Ron Paul Forum: http://www.ronpaulforums.com/showthread.php?383962-The-Future-of-the-Movement-Friends-of-Freedom-Unite!&p=4546868#post4546868
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