0 votes

Ron Paul is a Baby Elephant

It's about 8 o'clock on Saturday night, and Murphy's Taproom is going nuts with flash bulbs and cheering. The guy dressed as Santa Claus, a Staten Island limo driver named Lou Barrett, is trying to tell me about his new Meetup group, "Reindeer for Ron Paul," but the din of about a hundred soused Paul fans traps the words in his fake white beard. "Santa is Ron Paul's elf," he finally manages to tell me. "We want to give the gift of freedom this year." (read the rest at Salon.com)

Trending on the Web

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

Do the math

"A recent University of New Hampshire poll found that 61 percent of the state's likely Republican primary voters would not consider voting for Paul under any circumstances."

Does this mean that 39% would? And aren't many Ron Paul fans unlikely primary voters?

misrepresents the "Belgian" school of economics

I'm not making http://ronpaulchocolate.com to promote a return to gold-backed currency. Channukah Gelt is meant to remind us of the Maccabee Rebellion against idolatry in Jerusalem. It's about chocolate backed currency. Competing currencies are vanilla. I could care less for the shiny stuff.

Happy Ronukah!

The awesome part is at the very end

The most awesome quote comes at the very end. This from the young kid who is living with his parents who donated $2300 on a credit card that he's hoping to pay off in a year. What a beautiful analogy that really describes the situation with many Americans.

"But perhaps the best explanation of the Paul phenomenon came from Rammelkamp, the young man from Long Island who had taken on significant credit card debt for the Paul campaign. He told me that to understand Paul, I had to think of the American people as a baby elephant, chained to a tree. "It realizes that it can only walk 5 feet in each direction. It realizes that it is a slave. When it grows old enough, it is strong enough to break away from the tree. But it doesn't know." He pauses, to let this sink in -- the American people are a captive animal unaware of its own power to claim liberty. "When was the last time you tried it?" he asks me of breaking free. "Maybe you are strong enough."

And so for thousands of his supporters, Paul has begun to symbolize freedom itself. He is the baby elephant who broke his chains, the Guy Fawkes for a new millennium. And with his candidacy, his supporters believe he shows a way out of the morass in Iraq, a way away from the burden of taxation and the fear of economic insecurity, a way to strike back against the creeping power of the federal government and the free-spending culture of Washington. He is a political savior for people who feel trapped by two political parties that have failed to solve the nation's problems, by a political dialogue that often skirts the real issues, and by a federal government that expands its power by marketing fear. Ron Paul, they hope, is the way out. "It's like do or die," says Linda Hannan, a 35-year-old paralegal from Staten Island, N.Y., as the Murphy's celebrations continue. "Liberty and freedom are our future."

Wow, that is so beautiful. It's like poetry.

Tim Maitski
Atlanta real estate agent
Atlanta real estate website

Did anyone else notice

How Salon hastens to say the 21 year old still lives with his parents. With Long Island/NYC prices, it's understandable to me, but I wonder how others see this jab. I guess it can be interpreted as good news that this kind of attack is consistently the best our critics can do, but I still get annoyed at the bias.


he was HANDED the info:

FEMA camps,

electronic chips,

lives with mother.

what was he gonna do... not report it? The kid shouldn't have mentioned any of it.

It's incredibly frustrating to those of us trying our hardest to avoid the media painting ron paul fans as all crazies.. when someone has a little too much to drink and blabs about this crazy crap to a reporter.

To anyone not all that familiar with ron already.. what do you think is the most memorable part of that article?