For decades, Dr. Ron Paul has been a force in the fight for liberty. The groundswell of support that surrounds Dr. Paul has grown with each passing year, culminating in the current 2012 race for the White House.
But let’s be real about the situation for a minute. Dr. Paul is 76 years old. He has been fighting for Freedom and Liberty for many decades. How much longer can Dr. Paul lead this charge? How much longer will he want to lead this charge? Eventually, Ron Paul will need a successor to be the face and voice of ”The Liberty Movement”.
Who among us will be the leader for the next generation? Who possesses the strength, ability, and intelligence to bear the burden that Dr. Paul has carried? I believe that Dr. Ron Paul himself unknowingly anointed his successor in 2010 when he endorsed a congressional candidate in the state of New Mexico.
That man is Adam Kokesh.
Undoubtedly, if you have heard of him, you have an opinion of him. And I’m certain that there are a few people who stopped reading once they saw his name because of the personal opinion they have manifested about Adam.
This is not a bad thing.
Why is this not a bad thing? When Barack Obama gives a speech, I don’t listen because I love to hear him speak. Frankly his voice is more annoying to me than Fran Drescher. I listen to President Obama’s speeches because I dislike him so severely that I want to know what he is going to say.
I believe that is the very reason why the “Anti-Adam” crowd will listen when Adam Kokesh speaks. The more ears listening to the message of Liberty, Limited Government & Individual Liberty, the better.
I expect the “Anti-Adam” crowd will attack me for this because of things that Adam has done in the past. I’m not referring to Adam’s time spent as a Marine deployed in Iraq. I’m talking about his activities post-military:
- March 19, 2007 – To mark the 4th anniversary of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Kokesh and 12 other Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) members participated in an occupation-like mock patrol of Washington D.C.
- April 2007 – Kokesh was arrested for protesting the Iraq war in the Senate Hart Office Building.
- September 4, 2008 – Kokesh interrupted Senator John McCain’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, holding a sign reading “McCain Votes Against Vets” on one side and “You can’t win an occupation” on the other
- May 28, 2011, Kokesh and other activists participated in a silent dance at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. in protest of a recent ruling against dancing at federal monuments; the activists were arrested via the use of excessive physical force by U.S. Park Police.
- Mid-2011 – Kokesh’s show “Adam Vs. The Man” was aired on RT (Russia Today) Television, which is a non-profit organization largely funded by the Russian government
Many people read the above list and say “He’s a troublemaker” or “He’s just got a big mouth”. The same attributes were applied to Thomas Paine, and now he is revered in American history. Then there is the inevitable, “Adam worked for Russian TV, that’s un-American!”
Really? Since when is it “un-American” to exercise the Freedom Of Speech? When is it un-American to call out the US Government for its faults and injustices? Using all available outlets to get this message out is the very foundation that built the First Amendment.
Why do I even bring up this list of events? Why would I highlight things that may be viewed as negative? Because they are not negatives, but rather positives. Adam Kokesh is doing something aside from just bemoaning the current state of the union. He is actively fighting for change. He is going out and facing the issues with the same courage that our Founding Fathers had.
“Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” –Thomas Paine–
Speaking the truth often has blowback, and standing on principle often has repercussions. Adam Kokesh has faced these ramifications, and trudged forward, head-on. So while you sit and ponder what snarky comment you will cleverly leave below this article, I ask: What cause have you fought for? When have you put yourself out there to try and effect change? When have you faced threats to your life and livelihood, yet continued to stand for what you believe?
I have. Adam has. Have you?
There will always be detractors. There will always be naysayers. These people are abundant and plentiful, and have often stood for nothing in their lives. The rare breed is the person who fights for a cause – and not a cause with selfish intentions.
While you silently and obediently sit back in a complacent manner with your microwave dinners and ‘American Idol’, your freedom and liberty is being stripped from you.
Meanwhile, Adam Kokesh and “The Liberty Legion” will be out here: Fighting, scratching, and clawing to keep those liberties…. yours included.
….And we will not be silent.
“While it is our responsibility now to resist tyranny civily, while we still can, there may come a time when we will say to the powers that be, be it with your blood or ours we have come to water the tree of liberty … who will stand with me?”
—- Adam Kokesh, 9/2/2008, at Ron Paul’s Rally for the Republic —-