Paul stands tall with talk on freedom

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Ron Paul wows ‘em in Spartanburg, South Carolina:

Paul received no less than 16 standing ovations during his hour-plus speech and question-and-answer session at the Summit Pointe Events Center. They started when he entered the room, continued when he re-entered after doing a quick TV interview and grew louder when he was formally introduced.

Thunderous applause also followed when he decried the Patriot Act (ovation No. 4), when he said America should never go to war without a declaration from Congress or because of a United Nations resolution (ovations No. 8 and 9), and when he attacked President Bush’s foreign policy and handling of the war in Iraq (ovations No. 11, 12 and 13).

“No nation building. No policing of the world. Peace is popular,” Paul said. “The sooner we get out of Iraq, the fewer Americans will die. And I say, it’s time to come home.”

Paul’s amazing impact, despite lack of an existing support structure, little name recognition, and a message that contradicts the mainstream, politically correct party line, is due to his articulate delivery of a message that people have yearned for, and have yet to find someone who actually delivers it. Reagan, Bush I, Clinton, Bush II, and now Benito Giuliani—all have assured voters they’re for freedom and traditional values, but what they meant were the continued growth of big government—the opposite of what they promised. Paul has cut through the pretense, and people know they’re hearing the astonishing truth—we’ve been lied to. We’ve been manipulated by those in power. Paul offers a new direction, one that offers an opportunity for reclaiming this nation’s true values. As one enthusiastic convert said, “"He’s basically saying what our Founding Fathers said. People today are taking away our freedoms by throwing fear in our face.”

Amen. And the crowd revealed just how powerfully Paul’s message was coming across when they expressed this anti-DC sentiment:

When he advocated eliminating the federal income tax, he asked, “What are you going to replace it with?” The crowd shouted: “Nothing!”

Now you’re talking.

Posted by Mike Tuggle on 07/22

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