The power of Ron Paul's movement, right in Obama's backyard: Chicago.Submitted by fjehlik on Mon, 01/09/2012 - 14:50
I wouldn't have been able to believe how much and how far we've come as a movement from four short years ago. Today, I stand humbled and more energized than ever. Hopefully this small story can remind you of how far we have come, and how far we will go in realizing liberty in our lifetime.
I organized a get together right here in the heart of Chicago to celebrate the wildly successful Delegate signature push to get our man Ron Paul on the ballot, as well as field an entire slate of delegates and alternate delegates (I myself being a Delegate). I had drafted the invite two weeks before the event, however, our local Delegate organizer (great friend of mine) wanted to wait until after the Iowa Caucus before sending it out. This left us a couple of days to promote. So, the caucus passed and the invite went out. We were all going to meet at Wise Fools Pub in Lincoln Park, Chicago (yes, this is a shameless plug for Wise Fools Pub as the owner has been exceptional to Ron Paul supporters- and I mean exceptional- If you ever come to Chicago, stop by there and tell them you heard great things from Ron Paul's folks). We had one prior event about a month before for a debate party and had 40 or so people come out.
This Saturday, with only a couple of days notice, over 200 supporters came out and packed the place- I mean wall to wall packed. The energy was unreal, so amazingly positive and encouraging. We collected over 50 signatures for volunteers to assist with the Delegate campaigns, and at the end had a man sing a song he wrote for Ron Paul to the crowd- the place went absolutely wild. This older gentleman, Mike, collected by himself over 600 signatures in his district. The demographics were amazing: young, old, in between, races of all nationalities (even had a Palestinian with us), personal orientations, everyone. It was pure Liberty, and the atmosphere was electric- I only wish words could describe it. We wish you were there with us.
Fortunately, some press showed up and wrote about the event- a certain William Kelly who I didn't get to meet but plan on thanking later. Review his article, and thank him for his excellent piece. I think you will agree he did a superb job.
...and the best part? We are in discussion to have another event within the month or so, actually giving us a couple of weeks to promote. Anticipate double the size that came to this one, with video to follow. The manager told me following the event that he could hardly believe how kind, friendly, and wonderful the entire group was. He said he will do anything for us- and doesn't charge us a dime for using his place (we bring good business).
So we humbly thank you, to all of you fighting the good liberty fight in this country and around the world:
From Chicago- You inspire us.