REMEMBERING RON TODAY AND EVERY DAY
December 2, 1941-December 19, 2011
“He was a man, take him for all in all, I shall not look upon his like again.”
— Wm. Shakespeare, "Hamlet", Act I, Scene 2.
Here are some “Smithian” things you may recall:
-Ron was aware of Orwell's dictum that "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act."
-His basic conviction: “The times are changing and people should know how and why.”
-Ron said, “The powers-that-be are protecting people from the things that don’t harm them and subjecting them to the things that do.”
-He was passionate about history, politics, and the constant struggle between various theories and the hard, cold, facts of reality. He often said, “Reality always wins in the end”.
-His favorite quote was Fred Reed’s definition of Congress: “535 commoditized temple monkeys pawing through the ruins of America in search of bribes.”
-“If you want to know who’s really in charge, ask yourself who can’t be criticized.”
- “If your vote meant anything, they wouldn’t let you do it.”
-“Follow the money…”
-“All things end badly.”
-“We need a Ministry of Truth”
-Ron understood that people are tribal.
-He was a truth teller who followed the truth regardless of where it led him.
-He didn’t want people to think like he did, he just wanted them to think.
-He believed in the rights of men to be self-determining.
-About his vocabulary: “I swallowed a lexicon as a child and I’ve been spitting it out, word by word, ever since.”
-About Talk Radio: “Whatever you talk about, someone out there knows more than you do.”
-“Ah, the penalties of a value oriented upbringing and a high IQ!”
-He told us time and again that America's debts are unpayable and that future generations are going to rebel against being shackled with those past debts and obligations.
-Ron knew death is the intended consequence of life and he faced it with great dignity and courage.
-He was humbled by the many, many, emails, cards, calls, visits and other acts of kindness during his illness. At the end, he said, “My life has been completely ratified by affirmation.”