Alternative, that is, to the mainstream media's version. I have tried to stay out of the election debate because you, the regular readers of this site, are intelligent folks who are quite capable of thinking for yourselves. It occurred to me however, that to see something perpetuated that is not true and fail to make any effort to provide an alternative view is irresponsible. Therefore, I provide this video for those who are interested. At the same time, I would like to address a couple of claims by Ron Paul's detractors.
First, the 9/11 thing. A lot of people are decrying Dr. Paul as a "crazy truther" for his assertion that the 9/11 terrorists attacked us because the US government sends troops to occupy Middle Eastern soil, rather than because they hate us for their perception of our way of life. I am by no means an expert on Middle Eastern politics, but my understanding is that the Muslim terrorists are not an organized army with centralized control. I am pretty sure that the typical terrorist makes his or her own decision as to degree of involvement in the conflict. What I am 100% sure of is that they are people, with the same basic motivations as the rest of us. Sure, when they hear about some of the things people do in the US, it probably does make a lot of them hate us. When we hear about slave labor being used in China, it makes most of us intensely dislike the Chinese slave masters. I'm sure some people actually hate them, based on what they hear. There are people in this country who literally hate those of us who hunt wild game. But how many of them would leave their family and fly to Africa, for example, and face certain death in an attempt to kill elephant hunters? There certainly are some who would, just as there are some Middle Eastern fanatics who welcome death for the glory of martyrdom. But the terrorists who come over here are not such complete morons, in my opinion. I base that on the fact that bringing down the World Trade Center was not the kind of thing a moron could pull off. Thus, while the terrorists who attacked us on our soil were undoubtedly full of hate for the US, it probably was not the blind hate of those who are incapable of reason.
Now, think about the very valid concerns about the UN that the average prepper holds. How many are willing to leave their home, never to return, and launch a suicide mission against the UN because of its desire to impose control over US citizens? There are a few within the US who would do so, but I daresay none of us would support them. If the UN were to land troops here to kick down the doors of suspected gun owners as some reports say is a possibility in the future, what then? Would you take up arms against them? Would you even be tempted to take the fight to their headquarters? Patriot fiction and online discussions that I have read indicates that at least some patriots would do so. I am not claiming (and do not believe) that the terrorists who brought their fight to us are morally equivalent, just that their mindset is similar. Again, there are certainly nutcases over there who would like to attack us here because of who we are, just as there are inner-city gangs who would take over entire suburban areas to rob, rape and pillage if they only had the wherewithal to do so. But they simply cannot pull it off. Not because there are cops patrolling their own neighborhoods, but because they would be cut off and rounded up like cattle before they got very far. I think what Ron Paul is saying is that those who do have that wherewithal would not undertake such an expensive, dead-end action if they didn't see US troops on their own soil. Why would someone do that otherwise, who is not a complete moron?
Another thing Ron Paul's detractors claim is that the polls that overwhelmingly support Dr. Paul are rigged; that he doesn't actually have that many supporters and that there are a relative handful of supporters who are computer geeks living in their mother's basements who spend their time smoking pot and hacking the polls in order to vote multiple times. My answer to that is simple: Ron Paul supporters raised over six million dollars in one day. That in itself indicates that he has widespread support.
Possum living is all about living on our own terms, slowing down and kicking back and doing what we really want to be doing instead of burning ourselves out in the pursuit of what society tells us we should strive for. It is about finding easier and more interesting ways of providing what we really need, as an alternative to paying the high price in time, money and freedom that society extracts in exchange for servicing these needs; and about finding the strength to say no to those services we don't really need.