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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Ron's crowds

A sampling from Google of the estimated sizes of the crowds Ron is drawing across the states:

Chico State University- 3,000 (according to CNN it was 6,200)
Bonner County Fairgrounds- 1,200
Louisiana College- 1,100
University of Maryland- "nearly 2,000"
Springfield, Virginia- 2,000, with about another 500 turned away.
UCLA (record breaker)- estimates range from 7,000+ to 10,000, with hundreds more turned away. Around 8,000 seems most likely; estimates vary based on conflicting reports of capacity for the tennis court.
Texas A&M- 3,000
University of Wisconsin- 5,200
Berkeley- "more than 1,000" according to the Daily Cal.
Denver- "more than 1,150"
Philadelphia- 4,300
Austin- 6,000 at a town hall meeting according to Jack Hunter (Daily Paul), 4,000 according to local sources.
Houston, 4/27/12- 3,000 (according to Jack Hunter)
UCSD, 5/4/12- est. 3,500 

MSNBC video-- Ron Paul's burgeoning movement

Interesting bit of info at the 4:20 mark:

"There are two dozen Ron Paul supporters running for House or Senate seats, and about 200 seeking local office."

Not a stat you see often. Apparently it came from this Politico article:

Jared Paine, who runs a site that tracks libertarian-minded candidates, is apparently responsible for this information. Have not been able to locate him or his site yet.

Interesting to see MSNBC pundits change their tune as well. They concede that Ron will be more of a force at the convention than Gingrich, and in a decent position to extract campaign promises from Romney. Benton mentions that auditing the Fed will be at the top of their list. Going forward, the punditry notes that Ron is the only "movement candidate" in this election, and his influence will continue to be a force on the GOP after the election is long over.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Ron Paul is winning delegates in MN, CO

From the Examiner

Ron Paul swept 3 district conventions in Minnesota, winning 9 of 9 delegates. In Colorado, a Santorum-Paul coalition won 20 delegates, with 12 delegates (and 13 alternates) going to Ron himself. Two Ron Paul supporters will serve on the Rules Committee and the Paul coalition dethroned known Romney supporter and Colorado State Party Chairman Ryan Call from his position as Delegation Chairman.

Inaugural Post

Welcome friends.

Nearly four years into the Ron Paul R3volution, it is eminently apparent to those of us who call ourselves libertarians, and this election season, to America at large, that something is amiss. What in 2008 might have been dismissed as a quirk of American politics--the loony, marginal fringe group we call libertarians--has become a force in the 2012 election cycle. What some of us call the "Liberty Movement," others know as the Ron Paul phenomenon... whatever it is, it is continuing to make an impact on the American political landscape.

We have witnessed, for the first time in its history, serious public scrutiny of the Federal Reserve system, once so mysterious that even most congressmen didn't understand it.For the first time in American history, 2012 saw two libertarians running for president, extolling the virtues of the young-- the belief that only deep, drastic change, the kind of change that drills down into our political and cultural foundations can shake things up enough to change the disastrous course that nearly everyone agrees our society is headed for. If the demographics of the Ron Paul movement that coalesced these past four years hold over the coming decades, we may witness a sea change in the American political landscape.

Whether we ever witness that sort of change in our lifetimes, or if the change we seek ever leads to the ends that we envision, remains to be seen. The purpose of this journal is to serve as a resource to both myself and other libertarians as a means of calculating the successes of our own movement, so that we have some idea of the improvements and accomplishments we can attribute to our own battles to increase awareness of the evils of statism, as well as legislative and judicial victories.

This blog is also for any people out there fighting for liberty who, like me, occasionally despair and need a pick me up-- just a quick read to remind you that, yes, what we are doing not just important, it is actually WORKING. I have studied revolutionary movements off and on over the past fourteen years and I can attest that incremental change can in fact pay off... and sometimes very quickly and unexpectedly as concatenating events move people to shape their destinies.

I honestly have no idea if I will find enough material to post with any regularity, so I welcome submissions. Send me links to articles, stats, whatever you find interesting. If something good happened, lets let people know!