Ron Paul brings his ‘Freedom Revolution’ to Independence Hall Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul spoke to about 3000-5000 people Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia.
A report from Ken on the Ron Paul rally in Philly. Ken K is a L friend from the other side of the commonwealth.
You had to be there to hear it. Thousands of people -- yes, thousands! -- cheering a pure libertarian message. Three to five thousand, according to USA Daily. See link above. In my 15 years as a libertarian activist, I have never, EVER seen anything even remotely like it! The word is that it was THE largest Paul rally ever. I believe it.
In his 45-minute speech, Paul covered it all: habeas corpus, eminent domain, the Amero, the War on Drugs, the IRS, the Fed, hemp, Real ID, UN regulating vitamins, WTO, guns on airplanes, Social Security, property rights, North American union, enemies foreign AND DOMESTIC, auditing the gold in Fort Knox, executive orders, etc., etc., etc.!
Everything we as a party have been talking about for thirty five years. And people were actually cheering!
It's like someone flipped a switch and all of a sudden it's became hip to champion the constitution. Un-friggin-believable!
Lots of prominent libs there too, past and present: Babb, Golobek, Gordon, House, Jahn, Keslar, Leard, Magoon, Martin, Nixson, Piotrowski, Schwarz, Sturzenacker, and lots others I'm sure I didn't see or forgot to mention. Lots of third-party types, too. Best of all, there were thousands of people I never saw before. Thousands.
Before the rally there was a private gathering with about 200 MeetUp members. Carol Paul spent about a half hour telling stories and taking questions, then Dr. Paul spoke for about 15-20 minutes and hobnobbed with the audience. He autographed my constitution -- on the same inside cover where John Hospers and Toni Nathan autographed it. Precious.
Also, Dave Jahn put together a great post-rally party with Poker Face playing -- and he put it all together starting one day before the rally! Dave's da man!
I could go on and on, but you can watch it yourself: http://www.justin.tv/ronpaul/46004/ Watch for the YouTube version. It'll have better pictures of the crowd taken from the stage rather than from the ground.
A unique day. I'm left speechless.