When having political power is your goal, you will probably gain power. You might lack in principles, however. Likewise if having principles is your goal, you can achieve that. You just won't have any power. Depends on what you're interested in. Unfortunately only those with power get to make the decisions... and everybody has to live with them.
Why, I can smile, and murder while I smile,
And cry 'Content' to that which grieves my heart,
And wet my cheeks with artificial tears,
And frame my face to all occasions.
I can add colours to the chameleon,
Change shapes with Proteus for advantages,
And set the murderous Machiavel to school.
Can I do this, and cannot get a crown?
"Politics is the Art of Looking for Trouble, Finding it Everywhere, Diagnosing it Incorrectly, and Applying the Wrong Remedies".
It honestly seems like in gatherings of libertarians, no one really wants to step up and take a leadership role. The meetups for the Ron Paul campaigns were very much like that. No one seemed to want to step on the toes of anyone else.
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