The Power of the InternetSubmitted by Michael Nystrom on Mon, 05/28/2007 - 22:13
I received an email from Bill Stegmeier which read in part:
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I have supported Ron Paul with $100 -$ 200 contributions yearly for at least ten years now in his always successful bid for re-election to his Texas US Representative position (and I am from South Dakota!). Now he's running for President, and all the other candidates that are running are, well, running from him!
That said, I want to encourage everyone to buy and read the short book by Joe Trippi, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised. This is the internet idea that Ron Paul has also adopted and is using, and it's working. Here is the Amazon.com description of the book:
When Joe Trippi signed on to run Howard Dean's 2004 presidential campaign, the long-shot candidate had 432 known supporters and $100,000 in the bank. Within a year, Trippi and his team had transformed the most obscure candidate in the field into a Democratic front-runner with a groundswell of 640,000 supporters and more money than any Democrat in history -- mostly through donations of one hundred dollars or less. Trippi's revolutionary use of the Internet and an impassioned, contagious desire to overthrow politics as usual grew into a national grassroots movement and changed the face of politics forever.
As Trippi argues persuasively, the Internet is distributing power to the people right now. And the companies that understand the coming revolution will be the first movers in this new era, while those that wait will be left behind. From his behind-the-scenes look at Dean's shocking rise and fall to his "seven inviolable, irrefutable, ingenious things your business or institution or candidate can do in the age of the Internet that might keep you from getting your ass kicked, but then again might not," Joe Trippi offers an inspiring glimpse of the world we are becoming. And he shows how power, in the hands of all of us, changes everything.
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You can get the book "used" for as little as $ 3.00! And it's powerful.
This is where the Ron Paul Meetup idea came from, and I am proud to say that I was the first to start a Ron Paul Meetup group: South Dakota for Ron Paul
(Please don't get me wrong, just because I was the first "Ron Paul Meetup" group doesn't mean that I am (any longer) thinking I'm great for doing it. As you will see, the idea has left me in the dust, which is fantastic!)
And now, in just a little over a month, Ron Paul has over 160 "Ron Paul Meetup" groups with over 5,800 members! I will confidently predict that within one month from today we will double the number of groups we presently have. I will not be surprised if it's triple. (One reason is that the NH debates sponsored by CNN are coming up June 5! Watch it and vote for who you think won! Hint: Ron Paul!)
Ron Paul, what a refreshing breath of non-stale political air! So come on, get on the stick and do something! Go to http://ronpaul.meetup.com/ I would like to thank everyone in advance for getting off your butts and helping to save our country.
Oh, and your children also thank you.
P.S. I will be announcing a "South Dakota Ron Paul Meetup" soon.
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Thanks Bill! The book sounds great - I ordered it. I'll post a review of it once I finish reading it. Excellent work with the Meetup stuff. I've got a link to the Ron Paul Meetup on this site's main page, just below Dr. Paul's picture.