Dr. Ron Paul to Attend S.F. Anti-war RallySubmitted by legalizeliberty on Wed, 09/01/2010 - 14:42
If you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to wear a “Don’t Tread on Me” patch on your headband. Or a flower in your hair, as you like. It’s really up to you, as it should be in a free country. Chances are the Libertarian-minded folks attending the Campaign for Liberty anti-war rally Saturday in San Francisco won’t care what you wear – they’ll just be glad to see you exercising your constitutionally guaranteed freedom of assembly.
Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) will be attending the San Francisco rally in support of Republican candidate John Dennis, who faces a formidable and well-funded opponent in California’s 8th District – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.Former S.F. supervisor and Ralph Nader’s 2008 vice presidential candidate Matt Gonzalez will also be in attendance, urging voters to turn out Pelosi in exchange for representation from the anti-war Republican candidate. Gonzalez, running on the Green Party ticket, narrowly lost the 2003 S.F. mayoral race to Gavin Newsom.
The rally begins at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 4, at the San Francisco Civic Center at Polk and McAllister, with doors opening at 1 p.m. The free event, dubbed “Principles over Parties: Ending Washington’s War on Us” is being presented by Campaign for Liberty and Young Americans for Liberty. The speakers are expected to focus on anti-war, pro-liberty, Free Speech issues.
Although Pelosi - San Francisco's representative since 1987 -- would have to be considered the favorite in this race, former House Speaker Tom Foley(D-Washington) was considered the favorite in Seattle in 1994. He was dethroned by Republican George Nethercutt that year as voters rejected congressional Democrats and handed legislative control to the GOP in both the House and the Senate.
Given the strong anti-war sentiment in San Francisco and Pelosi’s continued doubletalk about the wars, the more voters learn about Dennis, the more likelihood of an upset.