Skip to comments.Ron Paul Makes Rock Star Appearance in New Orleans
Posted on 09/03/2009 9:51:41 AM PDT by freepersunite
If a presidential election were held last night on the campus of Loyola University New Orleans, the winner would not have been the 48 year old occupant of the White House, but a spry 74 year old physician from Texas.
U..S. Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) enthralled a huge crowd of supporters and students with a one hour address on topics ranging from the war in Afghanistan to the Federal Reserve. The crowd was so large that the university set up five overflow rooms to accommodate the intense interest in Dr. Pauls message.
It was amazing to see such an enthusiastic reception for Pauls message of limited government, freedom and adherence to the U.S. Constitution. The event was mostly promoted on the Internet and, as usual, the mainstream media was nowhere to be seen. Nevertheless, more and more people are learning about Ron Paul and they agree with his message.
Last night, Paul warned that the U.S. foreign policy was creating enemies for this country around the world. He noted that as innocent civilians are killed in war, Muslim families with long memories will spend the rest of their lives seeking vengeance against Americans. Paul said that the easiest place to cut the federal budget is the defense department and that the U.S. should bring home our troops from not only the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but also countries such as South Korea, Japan and Germany.
In keeping with his staunch libertarian principles, Paul advocated an end to selective service and the draft and the war on drugs. He called for an end to all foreign aid and said that if people wanted to help the poor in other countries, they should give handsome donations. Such generosity will be made easier if Paul is successful in eliminating the federal income tax.
The Congressman is delighted with the tea parties and the town hall meetings and the anger being directed at Washington D.C. He said that the Congress should get government off of our backs and out of our lives and allow individuals to keep the fruits of their labor. He said that the government has expanded beyond the restraints of the Constitution and there is no constitutional right to medical care, education or free meals.
In Pauls view, the real problem is the continual devaluing of the U..S. dollar and the resulting inflation which hits the poor and the middle class the worst. Paul noted that it is ironic that our former communist enemies are now our bankers. If the dollar continues to lose its value, the Congressman believes that the result will be higher interest rates and rampant inflation. He said that the only way to improve the value of the dollar is to restrain the printing press.
While the Obama administration may be brainwashing themselves that their policies are working, Paul believes that a correction is inevitable. There will be tough days ahead to correct for the extravagance of the past. As more people become upset and disillusioned with their government, Paul sees the possibility for a de facto nullification in which people ignore our government and just walk away.
Even though he sounded the alarm about our problems, Paul is optimistic because the new generation has a different attitude about government. He also noted that the rise of the Internet allows for people to learn about these issues, study the documents of the Founding Fathers and become aware of what is going on in our government.
Overall, Paul believes that the country is headed for perilous times unless more Americans wake up. Yet, due to Ron Paul and other critics of the Obama administration, the American public is finally waking up and attempting to take back control of their government. While the stakes are very high and the problems quite immense, it is at least encouraging that a greater number of Americans are aware of what is happening with their government.
Progress is also gradually occurring in Washington D.C. Dr. Paul noted that there is increased support for his bill to audit the Federal Reserve. Paul has over 280 co-sponsors for the legislation, all Republicans and over 100 Democrats in the House.
If the crowd in Loyola University is any indication, the Ron Paul revolution is alive and well. Pauls message strongly resonated with the audience, both students and adults. It followed months of unprecedented citizen activism at tea parties and town hall meetings throughout the country.
Dr. Ron Paul deserves a good deal of credit for this movement for he raised many of these issues during his 2008 presidential campaign. In fact, he predicted the financial crisis which has engulfed this country over the past year. While he was not able to wrest the GOP nomination from the favorite of party leaders, Paul attracted millions of supporters to his cause.
Now Paul is even more credible and Americans are even more receptive to his pro-liberty message. The time might be right for Ron Paul to achieve mass appeal in this country. Certainly, he has as much appeal on the Loyola campus as any rock star.
Lets hope America starts learning the words to the song this rock star is singing.
Ok, I’ve had about enough of this!
As a REAL rockstar, I have had it with these morons being compared to what I do for a living!
maybe you should start listening to what he says
I think we’ve had enough rock stars. How about we get public officials who SERVE with wisdom, restraint, and reliance on God?
Even if Ron Paul and his supporters were actually sane, he would still be too old.
Thank you for posting this!
A truly cheap and ridiculous shot, which makes no point but to make you look cheap and silly.
Maybe you should spend another few weeks on Free Republic getting the lay of the land before suggesting to someone like Artemis Webb what he should be doing.
Personally, I think every politician who has the label “Rock Star” applied to them should be cast into a pit of molten lava.
Just my opinion.
The refrain that ‘Ron Paul understands the constitution better than anyone’ was the biggest turn-off of his candidacy.
His rabid supporters are the reason why he was never viable and never will be viable.
“Personally, I think every politician who has the label Rock Star applied to them should be cast into a pit of molten lava.”
I’ll man the entrance to the volcano, you round the kooks up...
Well....people have also called Palin a “rock star.” At least, unlike some, Ron Paul never lets it go to his head.
“In keeping with his staunch libertarian principles”
If he was genuinely principled, he would run as a Libertarian candidate and not a Republican.
If Mr. Paul can kill the Fed Income Tax, The Federal Reserve, The Dept. of Education, the NEA and foreign aid, then everything else will fall into line.
I supported Ron Paul in the Ohio Primary, and attended meetings of other supporters. I never heard anyone justify his candidacy on a mere appeal to authority, such as you suggest. Everyone with whom I had contact was prepared to argue for his stands based upon reasoned arguments. I do not know where you are from, or what is the basis for your comment. You may have simply been offended by an obnoxious individual supporter. No one is immune from that.
While I may not agree with Dr. Paul or any other man on every issue, I have never heard him or read of his having gone off on a tangent.
He needs to run as a Democrat, not a Republican.
It is a two part problem:
1.) People who think politicians should be “Rock Stars” and refer to them as such.
2.) Politicians who feel that they ARE “Rock Stars” and should be treated as such.
I have equal disdain for both halves of the problem, but I have a special animus for politicians who subscribe to it.
What is the old saying? Politics is Show Business for Ugly People...
Ah, the good Dr. Ron.
1) Wants illicit drugs legalized
2) Thinks is OK for the government to withhold fluids of terminally ill.
3) Lives WAY to close the Austin.
Let him stay there and keep it weird. We have enough dope smoking hippies in washington already
His supporters were really obnoxious. Ron Paul won practically every poll taken but remained in low digits in every primary. Obviously they were slamming the polls!
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