The PJ Tatler

How to Give Up Your Life for Ron Paul or Derrick Bell

Matthew 19:16-21:

Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?”
17 “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.”

18 “Which ones?” he inquired.

Jesus replied, “‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, 19 honor your father and mother,’[c] and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’[d]

20 “All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?”

21 Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

Rosie Gray at Buzzfeed this morning discovers “Ron Paul Volunteers Impoverish Themselves For The Cause”:

Ron Paul has inspired thousands of young supporters to join his libertarian cause, but the most devoted Paulites of all are the self-described “Ron Paul Roadies.”

The group of six young men from around the country started volunteering with Youth for Ron Paul before the primaries. Months later, all have quit their jobs and are on the road with the campaign full-time — but money’s running low, one of them has had to give up his truck, and all are having trouble affording proper meals.

Alexis Campestre, 25, of Texas, used to work for a marketing firm in Los Angeles, but left his job on January 2 to volunteer full-time for the Paul campaign. He met the other men “on the journey,” he says, and the group became close. They’ve been traveling together in Campestre’s truck.

“We consider ourselves kind of like the Paul Reveres of the 21st century,” Campestre said from the crew’s latest stop in Venice Beach, California, with his companions Anthony Librera and Les Redfield, both from the New York City area.

“The more we found out, the harder it is to sit around and do nothing about it,” said Redfield. The guys’ duties include phone banking and organizing grassroots outreach efforts for the campaign, and their YouTube video boasts of the number of phone calls each has made.

But money has been an increasingly worrisome issue. At first, the campaign was giving them a stipend as it did with all Youth for Ron Paul volunteers.

Now, “the campaign is getting tight with their money so we’re finding ourselves worse and worse off,” said Redfield.

Reminder: Real people give up their lives when the exciting, apocalyptic stories of charismatic con men fulfill an emotional need. Adherents of any political ideology can end up worshiping politicians and intellectuals as their superman sun gods, invoking us to “open up your hearts and your minds” to the cosmic truth they bring down to us from the heavens.

The fruits of Academia’s Critical Race Theory Marxist cult and the Paleolibertarian Anarcho-Capitalist political cult both taste the same: racism and antisemitism.

Both result from people trying to find the emotional healing in politics that they should be getting through religion, family, and culture.

The New York Times profile of Paul:

As a young doctor in training, dissecting cadavers or practicing surgery on dogs, he would tell all who would listen about how the country was headed down the wrong path, about the urgency of a strict gold standard and about the dangers of allowing government too much power over people’s lives.

“Once that got ingrained, that became his religion,” said his brother Jerrold, a minister and a psychotherapist. “He says he preaches the ‘gospel of freedom’ — that’s the money quote. Politics became his crusade.”