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Don't be afraid to be who you were meant to be by R. Lee Wrights When I was young and just starting out in political life, I believe I went through the same terrible experience Ron Paul supporters just went through in Tampa. Part of my political awakening was learning that the views I held, the belief in individual rights and personal responsibility, had a name -- libertarian. I also learned that these views weren't always acceptable in politics. People who held such views, or dared to speak of such things as individual rights, fiscal responsibility and limited government, were very often ignored, derided, mistreated, and sometimes threatened by the leadership of the establishment parties. Ron Paul supporters paid their dues to the GOP, played by the rules, and elected enough delegates to place Dr. Paul’s name in consideration for nomination for the presidency. But when their grassroots, libertarian movement was successful, it threatened the status quo. So the GOP establishment changed the rules, disenfranchised them and made sure their movement would never be as successful again. Why were they surprised? I wasn't. Dr. Mike Munger , a Duke University economics and political science professor and former Libertarian candidate for governor in my home state of North Carolina, explained this phenomenon exactly. He said complaining about the lack of integrity and corruption in politics is like complaining about dogs eating garbage. "They can't help it. It's what they do." One of the first things I learned in my early years of political activism was that neither of the so-called major political parties want their members to speak their minds. Their primary goal is not to advance ideas and certainly not to promote liberty and freedom. The primary goals is control and submission, and to gain and maintain power. And in a two-party state that means everyone in the party must be...