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30 touching seconds with Dr. Paul

It has been a long road, and along the way I have lost faith in pretty much everyone and everything, including Dr. Paul. Through it all, it was truth I sought, and that can be an elusive prey.

I came back to supporting Ron Paul's candidacy slowly, reluctantly, even grudgingly. I am not cut out for politics, I was chewed up and spit out by my last effort, and life has not really improved for any of us for my efforts. I was so bitter that when Dr. Paul came to Boise between campaigns, I did not go.

To be honest, it was mostly a need for a drive in the country that got me to go to Twin Falls the other day. I was glad to go see him, but I still just don't have the taste for politics. Watching him there, I remembered, this is so much more than politics, and he is much more than a politician. I was pretty excited about today's event, I collected names passed out registrations and gave out caucus info - it was all good stuff. It was nice to be "dabbling" - not toe to toe with the neocons. Not as "thrilling" but the thrill is kinda gone for me.... My efforts earned me a front row seat, near the end.

Dr. Paul entered from the far side, and gave one of his "typical" amazing speeches. Then he walked to my end, and started shaking hands of volunteers.

When he came to me, he literally stepped back, and I was stunned to realize he knew who I was. I half wondered if I was about to get ripped a new orifice, but of course not. He reached out to me, and said he was glad to see me, and thanked me for coming. I finally remembered to ask him what I really wanted to know all these years - "Do you remember my father, Leigh Latta?" and he did. (Goldwater campaign.) I just can't describe what that meant to me, and the warmth from him. And then he hugged me, and (it is making me cry to type this) I swear it felt like my father was hugging me, he has been dead for 20 years and that was just the most amazing gift.

Dr. Paul, your "prodigal daughter" is home. Thank you so much for all you have done, thank you for being there when I came home.

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From My Father:

Hi Fishy,

I know we haven't corresponded much if at all on DP, but my father ( LibBerte :-) and you have, and he has asked me to post a comment to this thread on his behalf since he seems to be blocked from posting/commenting/replying on DP :-/

I hope his note finds you well, and perhaps you or others can help him/me get his valued participation in this fine online community restored. please see his response below.

Warm Regards,



AWWww, Fishy/paul4won …

Thank you for all you do. Your considered discernment has always made you a True believer in my, now teary eyes.

Alter egos: [ My renaissance today is spurred by truly fishy circumstances of another sort. ( Any others experiencing something similar? ). I have not been able to post for weeks ( Error 500 ); so reluctantly I resort to this, hopefully temporary circumvention, to participate for the moment. ] ??

BTW: For those theorists who may help me sort out this conspiracy – Is it a gateway issue? I live outside the US. How or why is my account now flagged? The mods haven’t been able to help so far. It is not because I am timing out. I don’t think the form or content of my posts are controversial for the DP audience.

Curiously, as I attempted to open this new account, … the first new account since I joined ( 4 years ago and after lurking daily for more than a year ) the site kicked my application because my LibBerte@gmail account was already registered. (btw: These problems seem to coincide with the time the confounded new gmail format was imposed). But the alternative email account I next entered was also kicked as previously entered … which can’t be true since this was my first alter ego ( unless the was some occasion where we were asked to enter a back up). Any helpful suggestions or insight on how I may be relieved of my persona non grata status would be appreciated.

THE PLOT THICKENS: It seems posting comments on DP is now blocked somehow from my service provider and/or gateway ??? My new account: LibBerte2 is equally afflicted.


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Thank you!

I've been trying not to gratuitously bump this, but I found this today and this gives me a nice excuse to add this. I found a couple photos of "me" at the event - lol!
In photo 7, there is a dark haired young man applauding and the bare lower leg of a woman behind him visible. I was seated between them...
In photo 11 the red dot over his right shoulder is my sweater...
I am feeling quite photogenic, those are really good pictures of me! LOL!

(Side note, photo 19 is the guy I caught on video at the straw poll voting for RP - wait till I get time to tell you about him!)

Love or fear? Choose again with every breath.

Thank you for sharing

I am a strong believer that everything happens for a reason, while at the same time, that you have the power to control the outcome through your actions/decisions in life, as meaningless as they may seem to you at the time. I believe you had to be "lost" in order for you to make the decision and take the step you did by going to Twin Falls, which led to the impact and outcome this had on you, as well as the rest of us. It should be kept in mind as a good lesson learned, even if it's just to inspire others through your story. Thank you so much for sharing, for we all came out stronger for it. :)

Beautiful and i can relate

I to lived through 2007 ROn Paul ReLOVEolution as I live in the Ron Paul 14 distritc of Texas I have supported him so many years but I was so discouraged after the cheating lieing and typical evil that happened that i disengaged completely. When he said he would go again I also said I would go again and I have dedicated myself to become a undercover caucus Ron Paul delegate in Texas. God Bless.


It is a long way home

Most never make if back so you have been blessed.


Liberty = Responsibility

Thanks, fishy

Your comments are always insightful, and this was no exception. :)

Thank you for sharing this touching moment...

Thank you for that touching story. Remember, the will of God will not take you where the grace of God cannot protect you. Even if that means you find yourself urged into the pool of snakes that we know as politics.


brought a couple tears.

I think humans are here to be virtuous. Ron Paul is that kind of man.

The struggles we go through in life, and the tests that confront us, and the decisions between good and evil we're supposed to make...THOSE are what life is all about, because they define you and change the quality of your consciousness.

In a better world, more people would have realized that TRUE living, TRUE fulfillment comes through becoming a great person, as is Ron Paul.

Greatness in an individual is a reflection of the greatness of the universe, of the collective beauty that are the people, planets, and atoms of this world.

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thank you, fishy--


I do know that innocent people get caught up in horrific things all the time, but I do know some truly good people.

I am SO glad that I do--

I highly suspect Dr. Paul of being one of them--


it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

why did you think Dr. Paul was going to "rip you a new orifice?"

I can't even imagine! Lol!

Liberty is Spiritual

We invest a very true part of ourselves in this quest, because it is indeed a spiritual quest...establishing the golden rule on earth, "thy kingdom come" type stuff. This is not about winning a football game or taking your neighbor's stuff. This is about living free, which is our soul's highest calling. It is important to note, however, that We are all already free in our spirit, heart and mind.

That being said, "Fight the good fight"!

My life has been a poor attempt to imitate the man

I'm just a living legacy to the Leader of the Band.

I miss my Dad too!!!

Freedom is not: doing everything you want to.
Freedom is: not having to do what you don't want to do.
~ Joyce Meyer


can be a very depressing thing. Questioning everything, everyone, trying to see the light at the end of the tunnel, and at the same time, hoping there is one. I often look around and think, when will this all end, is it going to end, are we going to witness the end of the world or are we going to witness the beginning of a free world. My faith tells me we could be fighting a losing battle, but at the same time I find myself wondering if maybe we have a shot to save this thing. I guess we all just have to do our best and still learn that we have to enjoy our lives no matter the outcome. If it all goes down, we either rebuild, or God rebuilds this place. If we can change the course of this country and God gives us a shot at fixing it then we live in a world of human harmony like has not been on the earth since it's beginnings. We have the weight of the world on our shoulders. God bless you fishyculture and thanks for all of your hard work you have done. Keep the faith, either way it goes down we win if we live our lives right.

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must. like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.-Thomas Paine

The R3volution requires action, not observation!!!!

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you made me cry too...

liberty does that to ya!

thanks, fishy

Ron Paul
'cause he brings it all home!

its 'cos I owe ya, my young friend...
Rockin' the FREE world in Tennessee since 1957!
9/11 Truth.

You are not alone Fishy

And welcome home.
I can only echo the approvals you've received, not add anew. But I felt inclined to add my words nevertheless, just to let you know, we love you.

Drew, by the very grace of GOD through the blood of Christ Jesus.
"there shall come after us men whom shall garner great wealth using our system, and having done so shall seek to slam the door of prosperity behind them." George Washington

Thank you

I am very glad to see that you found the time to find a second opinion in your soul searching of Dr. Paul. I am very glad it worked out as it did and it makes my heart feel better for You, Myself and Dr.Paul. Truly, Thank you.

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

Glad you were sitting in

Glad you were sitting in front so he could see you. Meant to happen.


I'm not kidding-

This was like reading the author's prologue to a really good book I'd like to read! I got a lump in my throat during the first para. then full blown sinus-clearing tears at the end. You've been thru a lot, I can only imagine. But it's so nice you're home where you belong, even if 'the thrill is kinda gone', fishyculture! Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

"If you want something you've never had before, you have to do something you've never done before." Debra Medina


what a beautiful story. thanks for that. made me cry too.

glad you're back fishy.

Ron Paul is My President



"When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know Peace." - Jimi Hendrix

Thanks, an inspiring Share!

I write this with tissue in one hand. I am reminded of Toshiro Kanemori, a Japanese teacher, who taught pre-teens in Japan how to be mature in a way we don’t observe in the U.S. He said, “Let people live in your heart.” His classes transcended academics as he showed students how they must watch out for each other so that they would learn how to connect with their fellow man and forever remember the kindnesses shown. In this way their goals would be accomplished, and at the same time they would never fear being alone as they ventured out in the world. Your story beautifully reflects the special connection Mr. Kanemori emphasized with his students. The humanness of Dr. Paul’s remembering you and your father assuaging your feeling adrift reminds us of how important it is that we stick together so as not to allow Dr. Paul’s freedom message to wane and ourselves to feel defeated or discouraged. Thanks for such a inspiring share!

Okay, I just learned

Okay, I just learned something from your Japanese teacher. I absolutely love that line "Let people live in your heart" What a wise man. You were lucky to have him for a teacher. And we are so fortunate to have Dr. Paul.


Bump for liberty!

Indeed, bump for liberty! Dr. Paul lives in our hearts.

hey fishy...

I get frustrated and upset too. The media.. the GOP.. make me so furious. We are not mentally challenged although both are happy to paint us that way. Imagine how much ridicule Ron has had to suffer through. In all honesty I get it so much now I feel like giving up. What keeps me steadfast is knowing that I'm on the right side. Through all the name calling and snide crap I just remind myself what I will tell my amazing daughter. 'Your daddy always defended our rights, the value of out money and represented peace.'

Very happy to have you back. We all get beat down. The sinister shit put against us wears all of us down sometimes. Just remember that our movement is founded on truth and peace. Its a hard burden to fight for the ignorant.

But its worth.

'Peace is a powerful message.' Ron Paul

My First Post

This is a great story, but more importantly, you told it very well. You could write for a living, I mean that sincerely. I look forward to reading more of your posts.

By the way, seeing that this is my first post on this site, I must say, it's so refreshing to be a part of a community that believes passionately in the morality of respecting individuals' freedom. I've become remarkably disenchanted with politics, especially after seeing the recent blatant corruption throughout the election processes, but isn't that exactly why we all love Dr. Paul and his message so much? It's precisely because he's not a politician and this isn't about politics (thank God) that our intuition allows us to open up to his message- and it's why we must overcome the crooks of this country and take Dr. Ron Paul to the white house.

Thank you for contributing to this lovely, informed community. I'm so proud to be a part of it.

While your story was touching..

I find it hard to believe that your enthusiasm for Ron Paul was suddenly "revived" 2 days ago when you've been posting regularly on this site.


I'm going to get my testosterone levels checked next week, and I'm sending you the bill. : )

πολλα γαρ πταιομεν απαντες ει τις εν λογω ου πταιει ουτος τελειος ανηρ δυνατος χαλιναγωγησαι και ολον το σωμα

LoL - Ditto!

LoL - Ditto!

Thank you so much for this story my friend

Posts like this one make me feel at home here on the Daily Paul. It is all worth it to read half the night read and read and watch vids with children smiling seeing the good doc.

This is where all the beautiful souls come together and just read watch and tell others what it really means to be a human being free human being.

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Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

Neat that He Remembered You

I was in grade school when Goldwater was running. I remember we had a straw pole in class. Between Goldwater and Johnson. That certainly was a while ago.