I took a Ron Paul sign to a Gingrich rally todaySubmitted by persona on Thu, 01/26/2012 - 12:10
I just returned from a 9:00 am GOP/Tea Party rally for Newt Gingrich in Mount Dora, Florida. I took an official Ron Paul For President 2012 sign and held it as I walked through the crowd of several hundred people, mostly retirees, who seemed very supportive of Mr. Gingrich. I dressed nicely and smiled and said hello to everyone I met. I did not see any other Ron Paul signs but I got mostly positive comments from many people, including a number of elderly women who gave me big smiles.
There was a huge media presence and I tried to stand in view of the big cameras but did not wave my sign at them. At one point a security guy in a dark suit approached me. He stared intently in my face, said I was on private property and ask me to put my sign away. I smiled and politely said I was just expressing my opinion, that I was being respectful of the people around me and not confronting anyone. Since I was 20 feet or so from where Newt passed by on the way to the stage I guess he thought I was not going to cause a problem so he left me alone. A roving reporter for a local paper spotted me, took several pictures and then asked for my name.
After listening for awhile to "the one person that has stood for the right and who was responsible for all good things that have happened in America in the last 30 years, the only hope for the future," I had heard enough. While walking towards the back of the crowd I kept the sign up and many people had a chance to see it, if only for a moment.
I've been fairly active on various blogs, contribute regularly to the campaign and have talked to many friends and family about Ron Paul, but this is the first time I've expressed my support in a public place. I did feel quite alone but I just focused on each individual I met and was pleasantly surprised by the mild or positive responses I got. I don't know if I swayed any votes but I had to put my beliefs into action for my own self respect as a committed supporter of Ron Paul.