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The Street: Ron Paul isn't a Candidate, he's a Community

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When Ron Paul steps up to a podium, there isn't just a campaign behind him, but legions of followers chatting on RonPaulForums.com, sending out fundraising messages on YouTube, keeping up with him on DailyPaul.com and, for a brief while, finding love libertarian style on the now-defunct RonPaulSingles.com. It's a cohesive, committed community and woe to the candidate who underestimates it.

"For many of the Ron Paul supporters, it's like a lifestyle or a calling," [Trey] Grayson says. "I don't want to equate it to a church because that sounds cultlike and that's not fair, but people who believe in Congressman Paul have this sort of bond and kinship that causes them to do other things."

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Hope this wasn't rude, but...

Here's my response. I couldn't help it!

Hi, Thanks for your article on Ron Paul. I have to wonder though why you quote Trey Grayson as an expert, he got beat by Rand Paul by more than 2 to 1, and is *hardly* a credible source for expertise on Ron Paul.

Funny also how you quote Grayson while pretending with such an air of superiority that you are the master of determining all destiny and chance for a good man to be president.

Give the man a break already. Where do you get off judging someone who has so obviously accomplished much more than you or Grayson ever will??

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Trey sounds so innocuous these days, so logical.

That is not the way he was during the Senatorial election. After he got beat by more than 2:1 in Kentucky by Rand Paul, perhaps he has learned a little humility, albeit not much.

Grayson is still spouting sour grapes. What if, what if, what if.

Grayson says. "If Rand and I had been running in California, I would have been able to raise a lot more money as the establishment candidate, but he wouldn't have been able to raise that much more as the son of Ron Paul and a tea party candidate."

Money doesn't win elections. Whitman lost CA gov. race after $150M of her own money was spent. Jesse Ventura wins MN gov. race after hardly spending anything in comparison to the others.

If Ron Paul didn't have a son named Rand, and if Rand didn't live in Kentucky, then Grayson would have probably won the election. He's a joke.

Why are they always calling us "rabid"?

Everything we do is good-natured and fun, even throwing snowballs at Sean Hannity. The responses from Ron Paul fans in comment sections is usually articulate and superior to what others write. No foaming at the mouth that I've seen.

It's annoying that journalists don't do their homework anymore, and get away with it: this article says Ron Paul's tech team arranged the money bombs. Still...this makes me smile:

"They had the Fox News debate last week and there wasn't even a full-blown money bomb and they made $1 million in the snap of a finger," Grayson says. "For most candidates for president to raise $1 million in a matter of hours without lifting a phone or sending an email ... Mitt Romney might have the resources to raise money that quickly, but none of the others probably do."

Rabid: afflicted with madness, distemper, rabies

1913. Webster's Dictionary - Rabid Rab´id Pronunciation: răb´ĭd

  1. Furious; raging; extremely violent. The rabid flight, Of winds that ruin ships.
    - Chapman.
  2. Extreme, unreasonable, or fanatical in opinion; excessively zealous; as, a rabid socialist.
  3. Affected with the distemper called rabies; mad; as, a rabid dog or fox.
  4. (Medical) Of or pertaining to rabies, or hydrophobia; as, rabid virus.

Meanwhile, meaning shifts one century to the fore.

2011. Webster's Dictionary - Rabid

  1. a : extremely violent : furious
    b : going to extreme lengths in expressing or pursuing a feeling, interest, or opinion - e.g.: rabid editorials; rabid supporters
  2. affected with rabies
    — ra·bid·i·ty noun
    — ra·bid·ly adverb
    — ra·bid·ness noun

Examples of RABID

  • politician with rabid supporters
  • Origin of RABID - Latin rabidus mad, from rabere

First Known Use: 1594

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Trey is the protypical

Trey is the protypical Establishment politician, but I have gained some respect for him in the sense that I think he has some for us and has been a pretty good sport in defeat. We had a couple of groups between RPF (private forums and the like) and DP that became and buzzsaw for Greyson. The Greyson/McConnel/Establishment camp in DC and KY really only had a "Plan A" when they got started ... crown a GOP winner early, elliminate all challengers, and harness all the fundraising to make competition easy and move on to the General election. They didn't plan on us and it cost them.

Trey Grayson and people like him are a cancer. It needs to be

cut out and thrown into the fire. Any politician speaking ill of men of principal like Ron Paul are doomed. The people are waking up and the established entrenched democrats and republicans are dead politically and will be voted out by the growing tea party. The Tea party is a community of like minded individuals from all walks of life that are fed up with the lie.

Go ahead, turn off the internet. It is too late. The Jennie is out and the illuminati run world is coming to an end.

America will be tried in the fire. Virtue will be tested as temptations are increased.

Men like Ron Paul are the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. There are thousands of Ron Pauls you haven't heard from yet. They are in our Army, our Navy and in the Marines and Air Force. They are noble quality. They are policemen that do their jobs well. They stand as a contrast to the self indulgent, steroid filled degenerate want to bee cowards that like beating up helpless old men, women and children.

There is a new golden age coming and Ron Paul is the first of a new breed of honest statesmen who will lead the charge for a better America.

Help is on the way..

Peace Love and Prosperity


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Trey Grayson is returning his favor to the McConnell - Cheney -

Giuliani's failed endorsements to add to the manufactured illusion that "The perception that Paul won't win in the fall" is pervasive.

He is a part of the Rep machine, which is working overtime to "prevent the GOP mainstream from investing in him [RP] in the spring. . ."

What a shame to see the "director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government" stoop to serve the master-puppeteers of the bailed-out Wall St.

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I think the bigger shame is that respected

educational institutions stoop to hiring political hacks. Under a very thin veneer of objectivity in this article is Grayson's usual establishment allegiance and his ending is an excuse for his rejection by voters. It's not that my ideas were rejected, it was just a technicality of location.

Thank you Ron Paul for

warning against turning strict libertarians into demagogues

So may Libertarians are demagogues when it comes to issues like monetary reform and immigration.

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Headline Main Street Journal: Ron Paul is a Candidate!

Ron Paul is a Candidate!

  • He's a Community!
    • Faster than....
      • More powerful than...

Available on Main Street everywhere.
Editor's note: TheStreet is bought & paid for by Wall Street minions. See second declarative meaning; very mean.
1913. Definition of Minion (note second meaning)
Min´ion noun. Minimum.

  1. A loved one; one highly esteemed and favored; in a good sense. --- God's disciple and his dearest minion.
    - Sylvester.
  2. An obsequious or servile dependent or agent of another; a fawning favorite. --- Go, rate thy minions, proud, insulting boy!
    - Shak.
  3. A small kind of print type, in size between brevier and nonpareil. [Meant to be overlooked: fine print]
  4. An ancient form of ordnance (bullet), the caliber of which was about three inches. [Though large, seldom seen incoming.]

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I kinda liked it. I like to

I kinda liked it. I like to read what Greyson's got to say. Found it interesting that his staff was trolling RFP (as we suspected). DP, RPF and others ... We are Ron Paul!

I'm not sure they

intended that comment to be positive in nature Michael. The article has a very negative slant to it. We can't ignore reality, but we need to think positive and be positive.

Grayson is a communist imo

...and I will not link to anything he writes.


Interesting information included

The author, and Grayson, make an effort to be respectful. Sure, they fall back on the "he can't win" mantra, but they cite a realistic reason--because the flow of real money is controlled by the establishment, and that's how high-level candidates get elected.

That statement is actually pretty shocking in the context that it's given. A mainstream, self-described establishment candidate frankly saying the whole thing is more or less rigged.

Notice: DailyPaul cited. See DailyPaul.com citation. Citation #1

1. Ron Paul isn't a candidate, he's a community

[Actually, he is both. The derisive, TheSteet is neither.]

"When Ron Paul steps up to a podium, there isn't just a campaign behind him, but legions of followers chatting on RonPaulForums.com, sending out fundraising messages on YouTube,

... It's a cohesive, committed community and woe to the candidate who underestimates it. "

Ron Paul, 2012, http://RonPaul2010.com

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Ron Paul has that affect on people ... they expose themselves!

The truth is embarassing for a liars.

And never forget, “Humans, despite our artistic pretensions, our sophistication and many accomplishments, owe the fact of our existence to a six-inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains.”

Thank you!

Trey Grayson seems to have a new career as a pundit commenting on the Pauls!

Integrity means having to say things that people don't want to hear & especially to say things that the regime doesnt want to hear -RonPaul

Well look what the cat

Well look what the cat dragged in..... Trey Grayson. Seems like the establishment got him a nice job at Harvard after his electoral loss.

Tu ne cede malis sed contra audentior ito!

I actually posted this

I actually posted this yesterday.

But does anyone else notice that they used an old Rasmussen poll? If you click the link provided, it says April 12th, but the data is from March. The NEW Rasmussen data showed Ron with 41% to Obama's 42%...the poll in the article said it was like 42%-34%.

The dates are right on the chart..

I mean sheesh, a little misleading?


It clearly has a negative slant to it. Grayson appears to be reeling from the ass whooping he received.