Tales of a RonPaulRevolution
(7 weeks and 5 states later)
A great deal has been
written about the Ron Paul Revolution
and how effectively people have used this
to advocate for the message of freedom that Ron Paul represents.
But criticism of a logo by people that don’t support their favorite candidate’s
name so closely associated with the word ‘revolution’ has been lost in an ocean
of support for the idea that Ron Paul’s campaign _is_ a revolution.
I want to take this
opportunity to address the minority of Ron Paul supporters that don’t feel that
their traditional Republican values are being represented by a sea of Ron
Paul Revolution signs.
Examining the wide ranging
support of Ron Paul, by individuals that represent many different perspectives,
will help us understand a lot about what is happening and why.
The earliest enthusiasm for
Ron Paul’s campaign included activist libertarians and what are often referred
to as small “L” libertarians.
These philosophical libertarians include
non-voters, activists and “just leave me alone” Americans that may be
registered with another political party other than Libertarian for any one or
combination of reasons. But they choose to identify themselves as ‘libertarian’.
The large “L” Libertarians are often thought to be more focused on the growth
and power of the Libertarian Party itself than the principles for which it was
founded and were stunned into silence with Ron Paul’s announcement. Here in Arizona this is called
Stieger’s Law,… “Whenever an organization of any type is created to promote,
defend or advocate any cause,… sooner or later the organization becomes more
important than the reason for which it was created”. Sam Stieger was a
Republican US Congressman in the ‘70s that ran for governor as a Libertarian in
1982 here in Arizona, and was recently the
past mayor of Prescott, Arizona until a stroke a few years ago.
With the stated goal of
increasing party membership (more money/power etc.) a growing effort inside the
Libertarian Party on a national level, and in many states, advocated for the
softening of the libertarian platform and message so timid Libertarian Party
candidates wouldn’t have to be embarrassed by being part of a political party
advocated the elimination of the IRS, The Federal Reserve, the US Department
of Education, Foreign Aid, extraction from the United Nations, a return to the
US Constitution etc. etc. etc. In July of 2006 there was a successful effort to
strip the Libertarian Party of a great deal of its ‘offensive language’. What
could not be changed without a 7/8ths vote was the primary mission statement
about the LP’s “Opposition to the Cult of the Omnipotent State”,
but there was a great effort to do so.
6 Months later the
Libertarian Candidate for President in 1988 would announce his intentions to
run for POTUS again. Ron Paul has been very clear about his positions, advocated
for them and lived them as a Republican congressman.
It is easy to understand
why philosophical libertarians that understand the foundations of freedom would
immediately come to the aid of someone willing to tell the truth and make it
clear what is the real definition of freedom, why this country was created and
on what principles.
Since the Libertarian Party
had just abandoned most of the reasons for supporting it, many of the party’s
members were easily supportive of the idea that a man of proven courage and
experience would advocate without fear on the national stage the very
principles and positions that had sent the LP into the fetal position.
Just as the Libertarian
Party was created in response to the Republican Party’s abandonment of
principle by the era of the Nixon Administration, the LP would now lose most of
its gains to the campaign of a man that stood on a platform created by the US
The US Constitution is not
perfect and requires the eternal vigilance of Americans for it to function as a
document in support of individual liberty. Anti-Federalist warned us of these
imperfections and statesmen like Ron Paul are required for any chance of it functioning
Critics of the US
Constitution included many of the names responsible for the moral arguments
that justified the revolution against the most powerful empire on the face of
the planet by a people that were considered to be very prosperous by most
humans on the planet.
Among these are Patrick“Give me Liberty or Give me Death” Henry - Thomas “Common Sense” Paine - Thomas “Declaration of Independence” Jefferson - Samuel “Boston Tea Party” Adams,
are some of the best known (learn that in public school did ‘ya?)
On July 30th 1796 Thomas Paine sent a LETTER TO GEORGE WASHINGTON making
it very clear what his thoughts were about the direction the US Constitution
was taking us. While Thomas Paine did support the idea of a much more limited
federal government, he could see what was already happening with too much
consolidated power in the hands of the corrupt and would separate himself from
the structure created by the US Constitution.
“Jefferson next opposed Hamilton
by declaring against his Bank of the United
States scheme on the ground that the Constitution did not
specifically authorize it, rejecting the doctrine of “implied powers,” invoked
supporters. In both these encounters Hamilton,
to Jefferson’s chagrin, emerged the victor.
Fearing a return
to monarchist ideals, if not to actual monarchy, Jefferson
became virtual leader of the Anti-Federalist forces. He drew to himself a group
of like-minded men who began to call themselves Republicans—a group to which
the present Democratic
traces its origin. An organization was developed, and the National
edited by Philip Freneau
was established (1791) to disseminate Republican sentiments.”
The US Constitution was made
far more acceptable to a very skeptical population by immediately adding 10
This Bill of Rights was to make it very clear what the US
Government was never to be allowed to do. These ‘Thou Shalt Nots’ of government
allowed for the greatest expansion of real wealth the world had ever known. So
much wealth in fact that it became an irresistible prize to those that knew how
to make it theirs, using the controlled force of government.
Hamilton’s desire to create a National Bank had the backing
of English Bankers that were friends of his father-in-law. One of the very
first actions of the newly formed US Government was the creation of a precedent
for indebting the American people and ‘obligating’ them to foreign “investors”.
But the monetary system was to be based on precious metals so that the value of
what was in the hands of the people could not be devalued by the whims of the
Over a century later the
link between the money in individual
American’s pockets and valuable
commodities was severed and allowed for the theft of its worth with the new
ability of private bankers to create money from nothing. We should have a great
deal of appreciation for men like Thomas Jefferson for their informing
Americans about what was being attempted and educating an entire generation so
that this country was given over a hundred years before the central bankers
were able to begin the looting.
For decades we have been
lead to believe that this information could never be turned into an issue that
would be of interest to the American people during an election cycle. Even if
that were true in the past it is no longer the case.
It was brought to my
attention, by a man of considerable means at a Las Vegas Ron Paul Rally of
hundreds, that the loudest cheering was for the elimination of the Federal
Reserve via real money competition. Since then I have paid attention and
noticed this to be consistent across the country.
I was so surprised to have
support for the ending of the Iraq War coming in a close second to the elimination
of the Federal Reserve, in arguably the most liberal town in the center of Iowa,
that I was motivated to call my friend Aaron Russo to share with him how
effective I think his movie “America: From Freedom to Fascism” has been.
I just learned a few hours
ago that Aaron had died from his long battle
with cancer. I’ve got to know
Aaron much better over the last 4-5 years but had first contact with him back
in early 1994 and followed his efforts ever since. He had several talents but
was able to bring them all together for the greatest benefit to us all before
his death and get to witness the effect firsthand. Aaron and I had a long phone
conversation a few days before the Iowa Straw Poll a couple of weeks ago and I
could tell that he wasn’t feeling well and had come to terms with the fact that
he would soon pass on. But Aaron was very grateful to hear about my witnessing
how much impact his movie had all over the country. He felt the overriding
issue to most of America’s
woes, the most cheered issue at Ron Paul speaking events,… was the elimination
of the Federal Reserve.
I can’t yet imagine a ‘good’
death for myself. But to have the love and admiration of an entire generation,
and likely many to come, for your contribution to liberty at time when it was sorely
needed, known to you as you take your last conscious breath, has to be one of
the better ones I can imagine.
Just before getting the news
about Aaron, my wife forwarded me an e-mail from her very liberal democratic mother
that detailed how she and my wife’s father were so moved by Aaron’s movie that
she was motivated to look for libertarians to share it with. She did get a call
back from a local Ron Paul supporter. Mr. Martin is a Republican and was very
excited by the RonPaulRevolution DVD goodie bags that my mother-in-law gave
him. The fact that he was a Republican was amusing to her since her oldest son watches way too much Fox News.
I’ve always liked and
respected my wife’s family and they have been
kind to me and knew us to be
sincere about our philosophical beliefs for the past quarter century that we’ve
known each other. But it is a relief to know that they are starting to share a
common perspective with us. My oldest brother-in-law will come around sooner or
later, he’s a smart guy. My other brother-in-law is an economist on Wall Street
and is getting an up close and personal lesson so maybe we’ll have much more in
common soon as well.
I suspect that this anecdote
is a common one across the country between most libertarians that held to their
beliefs and their extended families. And this is the best example I can
personally provide of how American families are coming together under an
increasingly understood philosophy of liberty
My experiences as a liberty
activist in the political process has provided me the confidence to act with
several simple truths to guide my actions. One of those is that I am firmly of
the opinion that the vast majority of people in America are good. At the very least
they desire to do what they believe to be good. In most cases I can rely on
logic and reason to produce an understanding of how they were deceived into
supporting what turned out to be bad. Often the emotional response is delayed.
But sooner or later most people develop a true and deep distrust and distaste
for those that lied to them.
I believe that this has
always been happening but it was not until the ability to communicate outside
the controlled mass media have we been able to understand how much effort had
been invested in keeping individual Americans separated from each other by
placing each of us into as many small groups as possible. Being an individual
that wishes to simply be left alone and is willing to support a philosophy of
government that was created for the purpose to make certain that peaceful
people were left alone, puts us into an alliance of thought that is too
dangerous to those that ‘will not leave us alone’.
The law has evolved into
separating Genders, Religions, Races, State Determined Intelligence, Physical
Abilities, Sexual Orientation, Age etc. It has got to the point that we can
understand how it would be possible for an 89 year old gay black Hindu female
in a wheel chair at a Mensa meeting would be the only person receiving some
government related benefit tailored just for that one individual in the USA
(citizen or not :)
The idea that the smallest
minority is a single individual who’s right to be left alone is the prime
directive of any valid government is now alien to many. But this was the
primary motivation for relatively prosperous people to wage a full blown
revolution against the most powerful force in the known universe at the time.
Their idea was to create a government that derives its justification for its
existence from the individuals that created it to protect their individual
rights,… not be the primary violator of them. The evolution of our government
has resulted in a collectivist state with the primary objective of sustaining
itself so that benefits can be split among the ‘favored’ entities now in
control,… and it isn’t ‘We the People’.
I share these random trains
of thought to provide the reader with some of the things that shape my personal
perspective regarding each of our futures and why I am so sensitive to the
methods used to oppose this collective of ‘special interest’ that have
abandoned the primary duty to protect the rights of each individual.
Immediately after learning
that an individual with a proven record spanning over decades was willing to
represent the founding principles of this country (not a warmed over shadow
version of it) my family and several friends were “all in”. We knew that we
could ‘Declare our Independence’
and begin a Revolution based on our love of liberty and our families. Our past
experiences had taught us how to do it, that it was way past time, and that the
chance for a peaceful solution to our monumental problems should be seized with
great passion in an all out effort to avoid what many of us feared would be the
result of the eventual and certain collapse of our economy.
The choice of the r3VOLution
logo was due to the emotional impact it had on each of us the moment each
individual was exposed to it.
I saw this particular idea on the Internet over a
year and a half ago and used it for a local race here in Arizona on only a few hundred stickers. The
logo filled otherwise unused space in the layout of other stickers and a sign
design that I used as my primary message in my race for Secretary of State here
in Arizona, “Still Voting” that was a campaign to highlight the fraud of
Newspaper poll after the election - "most popular campaign sign"
So while the r3VOLution artwork got a very small exposure in
the 2006 election cycle, there was enough real life feedback to know the impact
and understanding of how this would happen…
But it was never our intent
to “brand” the campaign. As the campaign matures you can expect more investment
by the Ron Paul campaign into “tagging” the campaign with what they want to see
visible at various functions. With nothing available from the campaign for
individuals to demonstrate their support it is very easy to see how the
RonPaulRevolution would become so visible. Our intent was to make it clear what
we knew this campaign to be. Political philosophy has made a full revolution
and returned us to an understanding of the founding principles of this country
with first hand knowledge now of what happens when those principles are
Ron Paul himself was the
first to understand the concept and has embraced the “revolution” at every stop
with the first words out of his mouth demonstrating an understanding of what is
happening and being happy to be part of the ‘r3VOLution’.
Patrick Henry – “We are apt to shut our eyes against a
painful truth... For my part, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the
worst; and to provide for it.” – “I have but one lamp by which my feet are
guided, and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging the
future but by the past.”
The most visible support for
Ron Paul on the Internet and in the streets has come from those new to the
political process. They are mostly young and not on the lists of pollsters that
seek their opinion. On this past trip around the country I came to realize what
the common denominator was for support of Ron Paul and the r3VOLution,… it was
exposure to the truth. Those born after 1980 would come into puberty along with
the maturing of the Internet in the mid 90’s. The ability to push the “truth
button” immediately stripped away the monopoly of access to the next
generation’s minds. Older supporters shared the same demand for truth.
The Mandatory Indoctrination
Youth Camps (public schools), government licensed and ultimately controlled
Mass Media, and even Churches could
no longer be counted on to produce obedient supporters of The State. The
evolution of ‘controls’ to maintain the Matrix would add tools such as Computer
Voting and State supported “FEAR” of
(fill in the blank) to increase the ‘Mind Fog’ required to keep the
American people from rising up in a focused effort to shed themselves of the
parasites the Declaration of Independence http://www.ushistory.org/declaration/document/index.htm
clearly detailed for us.
But these types of
individuals that understood what has happened to this country and why, were the
first to embrace the r3VOLution because it most closely represented the
emotions that they felt. Good people with love in their hearts were not willing
to allow their future and the futures of their loved ones to be sacrificed for
the benefit of others. The stripping of their individual rights was experienced
daily and they had become unwilling servants to an insatiable beast that was
‘eating out their substance’.
And then there are those that are
uncomfortable with the r3VOLution.
The perspective I’ve shared
above can help many understand why the r3VOLution is so popular. Those few that
are not so supportive that have shared their opinions with me personally
haven’t been very articulate in their opposition. After lengthy discussions the
best I can come up with is that the general feeling is that the mass media
won’t be supportive of a candidate associated with the word ‘revolution’. When
I remind them of the popularity of the Reagan Revolution or the Republican
Revolution of 1994 they don’t seem to make a connection,… and I agree. The
RonPaulRevolution is genuine and not a Madison Avenue marketing campaign that
was parroted by the party’s functionaries, and that is what scares them.
A few times I was asked what
the backward ‘LOVE” means, “I just don’t get it, I just don’t get it” (which
really meant, ‘I just don’t like it’). One man asked if it was suppose to be a
‘subjective thing’ where he was supposed to come up with his own meaning of the
logo. The few times that I’ve had these conversations I have tried to get their
initial impression and what it meant to them, just to see if they even knew.
This “ink blot’ sort of question always drew a blank response. I don’t even know
what that revealed about them. The best response I have is to say, “Well, I
didn’t think a silhouette of an AK-47 would have produced the emotion I think
best describes the feeling behind the support for Ron Paul’s message”, said
with a smile.
Now that I have had time to
think about it and have paid attention to the activities chosen by these people
in their efforts to support Ron Paul, I think I can better comment on some of
the common traits that those in opposition to the r3VOLution have. One of the
most prominent is that they are very concerned about what the media has to say.
The words coming out of a Fox News anchor is more important to them than to
most of the supporters from other presidential campaigns I’ve met. And a
negative comment on their local talk radio station will haunt them endlessly.
Add to this the treatment they receive from local GOP officers at Republican
functions that they have always enjoyed in the past and they are devastated.
Republicans are easy converts to the Ron Paul presidential campaign, but they
have been so invested into the social structure that the GOP has created around
supporting The Party that it is very easy to weaken their resolve. Acceptance
and even admiration for their support of Ron Paul is very important to many.
The fact that they seek it from people and institutions whose opinions should
matter the least comes from a lack of experience. Even over a period of a few
days as large planned events would draw closer it was clear that they were
coming to understand just how corrupt the system was at the most local level
and that a r3VOLution was exactly what was required.
Some have even suggested
that the r3VOLution has served its purpose of getting Ron Paul the recognition
he deserves and that its time has passed. They argue that people should be
encouraged to adopt more traditional forms of demonstrating their support. I’m
not sure what that would be but the RonPaulRevolution was never about a
particular way to do anything. The goal was to create an atmosphere of
‘anything goes’. Too often we were asked ‘permission’ to do something. We were
very clear about our encouragement of them doing anything that they wanted.
As long time political
activists we knew that good ideas flourish and bad ideas evaporate when individuals are left alone.
However, when committees, or boards, or panels are created to spend other
people’s money and direct their efforts, you can count on a bad idea being
subsidized long past the time it is obvious to most that it should never have
With students returning to
class, at every educational level, I expect that we’ll see a new wave of RPR
efforts. I also expect that a new slogan will catch fire and will be added to
the mix. I have no idea what it might be, but history has shown that the
American people are very creative. I hope it will be even more popular than the
RPR logo and that RPRevolutionaries will use all effective tools to spread the
message of liberty, and support for the man that has championed the cause.
As a reward for reading all
of this I am sharing with you the first news of an event you are certain to
find of interest.
The Freedom Summit
annual event in the Fall every year since 2001. The Freedom Summit has featured
Ron Paul as a speaker twice in the past and our attendees have been very
supportive of his efforts from the beginning. In fact it was several of these
people that were responsible for the initial funding of the Ron Paul Revolution
efforts immediately after learning about Ron Paul’s intentions in January of
This year the Freedom Summit
integrate its efforts with the RonPaulRevolution and hold the event in Los Angeles as soon as
the weekend of September 29th 2007. I travel to California this next Weds. to finalize site
selection and dates.
The date will not be earlier
but later weekends are possible. The latest weekend possible will be Veterans
Day 3 day weekend in mid November but the goal is to have this event as soon as
possible. Normally I wouldn’t even bring this event to your attention for at
least another 2 weeks but these things have a way of making their way into
cyberspace on their own once we start coordination with others.
Speakers are already being
lined up but the main focus of this event is to highlight all of the activity
around the country and to provide an opportunity for everyone to have their
ideas and projects featured. Workshops on the production of campaign material
in all forms will be constantly ongoing. Classes in video editing and posting
will certainly be popular. Networking with people around the country AND THE
will be unavoidable. Hundreds of square feet will be made available for
the display of attendee’s artwork. CDs featuring all of the work the RPR has
accumulated will be made available to all attendees. DVDs, Graphics files,
apparel, equipment, techniques and the enthusiasm of hundreds of street
activists will mark the beginning of an explosion of activism in California that is in
This event is totally
outside of the official Ron Paul campaign for President. But there is a desire
from the campaign that they are able to share important information with the
gathering so that the opportunities in California
are maximized. Depending on the scheduling of the event we may have Ron Paul
participate himself. But we are very understanding of the demands for his
time,… we’ll keep you informed.
The theme of the RPR Summit
I am very supportive of the
idea that every individual should be encouraged to express their support for Ron
Paul. And just because I may not share your perspective, hundreds or even
millions of others may. No idea will be judged. But neither should anyone else
be expected to support it. What you’ll experience at the RPR Freedom Summit are
hundreds of people willing to help their fellow freedom fighters learn how to
express themselves using many low and high tech methods that have creativity as
their common factor. If you’ve ever felt like working for freedom meant that
you had to be in the employ of a freedom slave master telling you that in order
to earn your freedom you had to put aside what you wanted to do and do what you
were told,… then this is an event you’ll love.
Freedom Summits in the past
have averaged about $175 each but we are sensitive to the resource levels of
the young and street activists for freedom. So instead of one set price that
includes lunches, dinners and special events that add a great deal to our costs,
we will do our best to keep the entire event as cheap as possible for the
The RonPaulRevolution has
been traveling the country sparking activity as best we can. We are now
encouraging all of those that have benefited from each other’s efforts to focus
a bit of their attention on the importance of the California primary. The more this issue is
discussed the more we’ll understand why.
As a special bonus for
reading this far I share an idea from an activist at a university in Texas,… “Spray On Chalk”
in various colors. I know some of you already have their imaginations swirling : )
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