The Do-It-Yourself Campaign of Ron PaulSubmitted by Cornmeal Smithy on Wed, 08/29/2007 - 11:28
This is an EXCELLENT article from the American Chronicle. Here is just a snip. Very inspiring, and well worth reading.
Forget the all internet activity, You Tube videos, or Facebook pages for a moment and focus on meat-and-potatoes politicking. Out of all the candidates running for President in 2008, who among them has supporters willing to hang signs on freeway overpasses, to stand with signs outside events whatever the weather, who will volunteer their time to make phone calls or write letters to voters or do lit drops as well? Who among the candidates has supporters willing to pay for advertising in newspapers and radio out of their own pocket or are willing to write scripts for cable TV ads? Who among the candidates has supporters so dedicated that they attend his rallies thousands of miles from home?
The Ron Paul campaign isnâ€™t spending a lot of money right now because they donâ€™t have to. The spending time, money and talent coming from Ron Paul supporters across the country is cash one cannot measure but has become important to the credibility of the campaign. You cannot write off Ron Paul because he has thousands of supporters in all 50 states willing to do things on their own initiative while other campaigns simply spend money on TV ads or give handouts to voters like free bus trips, straw poll tickets and meals. Indeed, former Massachusetts Governor Willard Romneyâ€™s campaign has become a literal welfare agency in order to win votes.
Ron Paul supporters donâ€™t need handouts to vote for him at local straw poll. They donâ€™t need orders from the central campaign office either. Much of what is done for Ron Paul by his supporters is done upon their own ideas and their own initiative. For example, two weeks before the Iowa Straw Poll, Ron Paul supporters set up an account through Pay Pal.com to pool their money to buy advertising on Iowa radio stations and newspapers. One person made the ads buys, a few enterprising fellows came up with the idea for the ads (including a beautiful mosaic ad of Ron Paulâ€™s head made up of pictures from thousands of supporters across the country with the Constitution itself as a backdrop.) and before the official campaign came up with their own radio and TV ads, Ron Paulâ€™s message was being heard on the airwaves and in the pages. Plans are afoot to do the same in New Hampshire and Iowa again and to expand to television as well. All on their own they did this. Thatâ€™s how devoted they are. As Ron Paul himself said. â€œI didnâ€™t start a campaign, I joined a campaign.â€ Like the Minutemen of Lexington and Concord of old, Ron Paul supporters do not need â€œordersâ€ to shoot the Redcoats. All they needed were their rifles.
Ladies and gentlemen, we are the Revolution! Great article.