The move from direct mail as the backbone of political activism to Internet-based communication already was under way in 2008, propelling Barack Obama to victory through hundreds of millions, maybe even billions, of emails.
The left side of the political spectrum exploded, carrying Obama to victory again in 2012.
But now there’s something new on the Web that seeks to return the nation to its constitutional roots.
The site, Voices of Liberty, is part of “The Freedom Movement: To Unite and Strengthen the Voices of Liberty – Make Your Voice Truly Matter.”
It asks Americans if they are tire of “unjustified wars, unconstitutional surveillance, extrajudicial drone assassinations, the continual weakening of the dollar, draconian drug laws, and the outright lies and deceptive doublespeak spouted by politicians with clandestine agendas.”
If so, Voices of Liberty is where they need to go, according to Tiffany Rider, managing editor of the new expansion of the Ron Paul Channel.
Paul is the longtime Republican congressman who never hesitated to make waves through his libertarian ideas, even among members of his own party, from his advocacy for an audit of the Federal Reserve to his opposition to involvement in military conflicts.
The site is intended to “leverage” the technology and “crowd source” the next generation of liberty-minded thought leaders.
“On the digital platform, both world-famous advocates and local citizens work together to brainstorm solutions, build consensus on issues, create petitions, and organize online events,” the site explains.
“Simply put, if Ron Paul can find common ground with Dennis Kucinich and Ralph Nader, why can’t the individuals and organizations that share the values of liberty also unite as one?”
Rider told WND it’s a way for people to gather online as previous generations met in town meetings.
On the site, one can ask questions, offer solutions, make suggestions and more, she said.
Paul has said the goal is to move the ideas that work for liberty in one community or region onto a national platform, allowing even those “who often don’t come from the D.C. Beltway elite” access to success.
Features will include conversations among the established leaders of the “liberty movement, new stars and visitors to the site.”
Options include brainstorming solutions, building a consensus, creating petitions and organizing events.
In an interview with WND, Rider said the anti-war, non-interventionist, sound money and liberty-minded comments will grow on each other.
Experts, including Paul, will respond to questions and sound off on issues.
“We’re seeing people want more, and to engage with each other [and] participate in issues,” she said.
As an example, Paul, in an online posting, recently warned of the consequences of more government regulation.
“Since the 1930s that’s all we have been doing and it has brought us to where we are today,” he wrote. “The Securities and Exchange Commission, deposit insurance, minimum wage laws, excessive debt, currency debasement, welfarism, retirement guarantees, Sarbanes-Oxley and more recently Dodd-Frank have not help[ed].
“So the message stays the same, and some of the super rich are worried about what may be coming when the poor are no longer content,” Paul said.
He noted that Nick Hanauer, who “describes himself as a ‘zillionaire,’” has warned other wealthy people that “the pitchforks are coming.”
“He’s obviously uncomfortable with the disparity in wealth distribution in the United States and probably has a touch of guilty about it,” Paul wrote.
“Try a true free market. Get rid of the notion that well-managed capitalism with the Federal Reserve as the central economic planner is achievable. Forget the notion that progressive taxation is how you create wealth and distribute it fairly to the middle class. And please recognize that ownership of property and ourselves is the most basic human right conceivable.”
Rider said no issue will be off-limits at the new platform, from local zoning to global governance.
Paul worked for years to get Congress to authorize an audit of the Federal Reserve but didn’t succeed. However, his leadership provided the basis for others, including Rep. Paul Broun, R-Ga., to continue the battle.
In fact, Broun noted Thursday that the most recent Audit the Fed bill was reported favorably out of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
“I am pleased by the recent efforts made by House leadership to advance my Audit the Fed bill through the legislative process. Today’s markup takes us one step closer toward a vote before the full House and bringing much-needed transparency to our nation’s monetary policy,” he said.
“To date, more than 225 members of the House have joined my efforts to require a full audit of the Federal Reserve and Federal Reserve banks. Not only is H.R. 24 one of the most important pieces of legislation pending in this Congress, but it is also highly likely to pass the House with a strong bipartisan vote. I urge House leadership to continue to advance this essential bill and bring it up for a vote as soon as possible so that we can work toward delivering the transparency and government accountability the American people deserve. I look forward to the House’s passage of this crucial bill.”