quinta-feira, 6 de setembro de 2007

"Kipling knew men like Ron Paul"

"... last night was for libertarians Ron Paul's John Elway moment. Not that the Constitution is the epitome of individual liberty or libertarian philosophy. But, that there's a principled man out there, nearing the end of his career, who dove headfirst against the linebackers of statism, warmongering, and dictatorial power, all under intense pressure and extreme ridicule. Few, especially among libertarians, have the courage to put their heads down and fight the way Paul did. We live in especially troubling times, and it takes the courageous example of Ron Paul to learn how to hold our ground amidst the shifting winds in the vile justifications of collectivism" (Casey Khan )


IF you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you.
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: 'Hold on!'

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,'
Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch, if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minuteWith sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!

(Via LRCBlog)

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