witnessed an amazing event November 5th when the Ron Paul campaign
raised some $4.2 million, almost entirely over the internet; thanks to the
effort involving over 36,000 donors. The lamestream media were forced to take
notice and report the unprecedented result that day. Indeed the Lamestream Idiot Media Pundits
were so impressed that some managed to report the event without adding their usual
comment that Ron Paul has no chance of winning. Could it be that it’s starting
to occur to them that he might?
If so, then maybe we should find a way to bring their
nightmare into sharper focus. I mean, seeing as how they’ve been so fair and
balanced in their coverage of Ron Paul to date. It’s a rare report indeed where
the LIMPs aren’t dismissive, disingenuous, and downright dishonest in their
coverage of Ron Paul, his campaign, and his supporters. To be fair, outlets
such as The
have treated Paul with the dignity and respect he deserves;
but those are entertainment shows rather than news outlets.
If at first you DO succeed
There’s no point in whining or worrying about it though. As
November 5th has proven, nothing succeeds like success. We’ve shown
them we can do something they hadn’t imagined possible. We simply need to do it
again, only bigger and better this time. It’s time to convince them that we can
do something that they believe is impossible.
Once we convince them of that, they’ll do the job of convincing their audiences
– intentionally or not.
In other words, it’s those of us who support Ron Paul who will decide the outcome in
2008; thanks to our ability to bypass the lamestream media. We need to both co-opt and correct the cynical Fox News slogan – We
Decide. You Just Report. At some point, the LIMPs will try and convince
everyone, including themselves, that they were the deciding factor. Of course,
by that time they’ll probably have to wait for their audiences to get home from
a Ron Paul rally.
How deliciously ironic. Can’t you just picture it now – Rupert
Murdoch at the Republican convention delivering Ron Paul’s nominating speech. Sweet! Okay, maybe not. I guess we’ll
have to settle for savoring the look on John Roberts’ face as he delivers the
oath of office to Ron Paul.
Anyhow, this is all just my rather lengthy lead in to what
I’m really getting at. Namely, how to top November 5th in such a way
that everyone will sit up and take notice. In fact, I think the only downside
to November 5th is that we have
to do better before anyone will notice this time. Anything less is passé at
this point. Fortunately, I think we’re positioned do much better and here’s
It’s a helluva start…
First take the basic blueprint and duplicate it. Done,
thanks to the talented people who brought us www.ThisNovember5th.com
. Enter www.TeaParty07.com
. As before, the goal
is to get 100,000 people online to donate $100; this time on December 16th
to commemorate the Boston Tea Party which took place on that date in 1773. This
is a great idea, as it’s only fitting that our latter day revolution should pay
homage to its historical ancestor.
It could be made into
TeaParty07 is a great opportunity to multiply our media
coverage this time around. To do so we need only add a little splash of
political theater to the effort. Supporters around the country can gather
together that day, dressed as Indians, to take turns sitting at a computer to
make their donations. It will be a nationwide rally with an online fundraising
twist. Naturally, you can dress it up as you see fit by serving tea, maybe
tossing teabags into a body of water, or whatever. But a group of people gathered together dressed as Indians to make
their TeaParty07 contribution should be the common theme
provides a great LOCAL media hook and each local event should be independently planned,
and promoted accordingly.[ii]
all pull together as a team!
The great strength of the Ron Paul Revolution is in the number
and diverse talents of its supporters, who all share a love of the ideas that
Ron Paul embodies. There are hundreds of MeetUp groups, as well as countless individuals
and informal groups blanketing the country. They’ve all done incredible things
to promote Ron Paul to date. TeaParty07 is a unique opportunity for all of them
to join together for one day in a common effort. The best part is that the
effort needs no central planning. It’s simply an idea to be voluntarily adopted
and implemented by Ron Paul supporters in their own home towns, and tailored to
suit each locality.
Throughout the campaign to date, the lamestream media and online
opponents have tried to pass the Ron Paul Revolution off as the work of
either nefarious Spambots
or a few geeky “Paultards”
who don’t really exist outside of some online poll. The time is ripe for us all
to step out from behind our computers and emerge simultaneously in both local
and national news media in a way that leaves no doubt that we’ve gone off the
reservation to reclaim our birthright.
So come December 16th, let’s party like it’s
You can read more from Mike Dugger at his blog
Not that this is a particularly original idea on my
part; I know of at least one group in the Midwest
that is planning an event along these lines. I have no doubt that others are
planning, or at least considering, activities for December 16th
as well. This is merely a natural expansion of the TeaParty07 idea that should
be considered by supporters while there is still plenty of time to prepare.
See my quick and dirty TeaParty To-Do
for my suggestions and some important considerations for a rally of