I met someone online recently. I’m sure he wants to change the world. He is aggressive, obnoxious, belligerent, and exhibits stalker-like tendencies. Every freakish encounter left me saying, “Where’s the Love?”
On January 16, 2010, I attended the Nullification Rally at the Capitol in Austin, Texas. We brought the whole family because there are few political events young children will endure. The invocation was one of the more rousing speeches. That’s not sarcasm. He was a preacher with a passion! The woman from Columbia brought tears to my eyes, and John Stacey delivered a forceful and empowering speech. The strange part was the crowd. They weren’t always “with it.” It seemed significant portion of the crowd was interested in handing out flyers or pamphlets. Vote for this guy or gal, donate to my PAC, and so on. It’s hard to listen to speakers when someone interrupts you every 3 minutes to tell you about their organization and how it will change the world. The best and worst part was the end of the rally. A large portion of the crowd, including me, wanted to hear Debra Medina speak. She is the only gubernatorial candidate that supports nullification. But, alas, she was not invited to speak. Disappointing, but life often is. The scene started with chants from the crowd, “Debra, Debra,” but deteriorated into a few screaming matches, bullhorns, loud country music from the event coordinators, and scuffles over power cords. The blogs and (some) meetups were on fire for a few days with who is to blame. As I wandered through the small pockets of chaos with my wide-eyed children, I saw the atrocious, immature behavior from people donning Medina and Perry gear, as well as those with no political paraphernalia. Who is to blame? The individuals who behaved like immature children, regardless of who each supported… or his or her agenda. All sides had passion and fervor. But, again, where’s the love?
Do force and violence make a nation want to become a democracy? Does someone screaming in your face make you want to vote for their candidate? Will you change your mind on an issue if someone harasses you incessantly about it? Will you buy a Kirby vacuüm because the salesman won’t leave you alone for 30 seconds to think? For most normal people, the answer is no to all.
I’m no hippy, trust me. But how do you change hearts and minds without love? The R3VOLution taught me love is necessary for real change in our political world. Love. Peace. Dignity. Grace. Maybe it’s because I was raised in the South, but I have this notion that Southern hospitality still goes a long way. What’s wrong with a man speaking as a gentleman when he presents his viewpoint? Does it not take intelligence and self-control to harness your passion and present it concisely with love and respect? And ladies, why can’t we be steel magnolias? Beautiful, permeating with the fragrance of liberty, yet strong as steel in mind and conviction. Liberty is Beautiful. But who can tell if we are ugly in our words and behavior? The message is lost if it is cloaked in anger, hostility, and meanness.
This ideal completely coincides with my Christian faith. Love each person regardless of his or her beliefs or role in life. Show them the Light by your actions. Speak kind words. Give. Sacrifice. Work hard. Prior to joining the R3VOLution, I had only met hostile atheists. In the last 2 years, I’ve worked shoulder to shoulder with many flavors of religion or non-religion. We are all bound together with love. Love for humanity and personal sovereignty, the right for each person to live life without coercion or force by another human being. The right to live, work, own property, and keep the fruits of your labor. The right to live in peace and not be harmed by another human being.