The story of tonight's "big announcement" PLUS: clarification on Doug Wead's emailSubmitted by Muhammad Mossadegh on Wed, 05/09/2012 - 23:33
Like many people, tonight I thought Doug Wead would announce something absolutely amazing. I had been well aware of John Stossel predicting, on two separate occasions, that Ron Paul would "catch on" this week. I was also well aware of Doug Wead saying May 9th is an "important day" and that he would be on tonight to chat about it. Also like many, I had waited days and, after connecting the dots, expected something big tonight.
I personally fantasized about how we would all hear about how Ron Paul is actually winning, with Wead pulling up all kinds of numbers showing how our delegates laughably outnumber Romney's. Yes, yes, I know all about how if you actually go through the numbers, we pretty much already are winning, but still, hearing it from Doug himself and seeing it like that would've been great. Then, I saw this comment by the member "DEEKEY"
FOX JUST SAID ' TUNE IN TONIGHT, RON PAUL IS THE LAST MAN STANDING IN THE REPUBLICAN RACE!!!
wonder if Romney is disqualified because of the swiss legal issue
AND is THIS the announcement DW was going to make??????
comment credit: http://www.dailypaul.com/comment/2441929
I read that and my mind was blown. I thought, "this has to be it".
I came home at about 4 PM Central time today, and spent most of the four hours before the announcement came at 8 PM CT customizing my new laptop that I had just gotten due to my previous one being broken. I had been aware of Doug trying to get on at 2 CT, but having technical difficulties. Doug said everything would be okay by tonight. I thought, no worries, he'll be all set by 8.
8:00 PM on the dot and me and my bowl of ice cream were ready for the big announcement, with "Sing Sing Sing" by Benny Goodman in another tab blaring in victorious anticipation. Then, disaster struck. The numbers of people on the live chat kept going up. 300, 400, then soon 1000 and 1400. I never saw it higher than 1457, then the numbers began to go down. Within seconds, I knew why. My stream cut out. Connection lost. No big deal, I thought. Just need to refresh. Or so I thought.
Literally at least 20 times I refreshed and still got nothing. Then, I thought I had it. After audio cutting out and being choppy to the point of unintelligibility, I heard Doug Wead say the words, "making sure we're taking care of you", and then the stream cut out again. Fellow Paul supporters began telling people in the chat that Doug was making updates on his Facebook and Twitter. People in the comments were divided between those who were closely engaged with what Doug was saying, and the people crying out, "Get on with it!" "What's the big announcement!" "Stop beating around the bush!" "Get to the point!" Admittedly, I sympathized with the latter group of people.
In my mind I was thinking, Doug Wead is not telling me anything I don't already know. Is something wrong? My enthusiasm began to die.
At approximately 8:40 CT, Doug Wead was live on Ustream, hosting another live chat in order to make up for the failure of the 8 PM livestream on facebook. Noticeably, he was saying some of the exact things he wrote already in his facebook posts, about how this is 2012, not 1992, and all that. He then began responding to comments that people were making on his official facebook page. The only one I remember in full was that someone asked, why did Ron Paul's website scrub all of their events? Doug Wead said he didn't know. Um, okay...
Wead began to talk about how the media is about to go all out on us big time, and to be prepared and inform people about everything correctly and politely. He said if you are a delegate, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org He also said that the campaign needs an SEO team, which, at least how I understand it (and I in no way am an expert on these things) means that the media will come down hard on Ron Paul, and SEO people do certain things to help positive coverage of Ron Paul come up higher in search engines when people look him up.
I was about to post a question on Wead's facebook about the ponzi scheme Romney is possibly connected to, post credit: http://www.dailypaul.com/232210/romney-investigated-for-two-...
Then, all of a sudden, Wead says that he's ending the stream. Night everyone!
To all DPers reading this, I feel the pain of everyone disappointed by the "big announcement" that never showed up.
Did we bring this on ourselves by expecting too much? Maybe, but really, no one expressed how I feel better than someone on Doug's facebook page named Eric Gibbs. This is what he wrote:
"No talk of Rule 11, No Talk of Rule 38, No talk of Romney illegal activity, heck not even about fake delegate list. No talk of the campaign announcing anything. He doesnt know why Ron Paul events were cancelled. He tells us to stand up and continue working while the national campaign does what? They dont call out the media. They dont call out the RNC. They dont call out Mitt Romney. They just tell us to keep giving money in their same monotone style email, and to keep doing the legwork. I for one want to see more out of the campaign itself. You tell us not to keep quiet, well then YOU SHOULDNT KEEP QUIET EITHER. DO SOMETHING. You wants us to tell people and the media they are incorrect, so should you! Bring up Rule 11. File a request for the chairman to step down. Bring up Romney paying people to survey current delegates to see if theyre Ron Paul supporters. Bring up Rule 38. Bring up Romney people passing out Copyright protected Delegate slates. If you want me to do something, YOU do something also. I'm tired of being a work dog for this campaign who wont help us in return."
Really, in my opinion, there is no better way to put tonight's events than that. I am not angry at Doug Wead. He is a patriot who does all he can for the campaign and the cause of liberty. But really, there is a right way and a wrong way to hold events like these. Hopefully next time things turn out better...
And about Doug Wead's email? Well, judging by the upvotes on this post, apparently a lot of people are worried or skeptical about it.
I for one saw him live on camera asking people to email him at email@example.com If he said out of his own mouth to email him, I don't understand why it would be a problem.
There is a very important comment by fellow patriot "jz4maine" that I felt the need to showcase on the post, saying:
this tomorrow... people think for yourself. I'm a delegate from Maine and i'm going to take two steps tomorrow morning:
1. Contact HQ in Maine
2. Contact national HQ
This will provide the clarity I need.... I didn't see Twead's video, but it sounds like this was done in a haphazard way. I will confirm it for myself... good night all
comment credit: http://www.dailypaul.com/comment/2443428
DPers can expect a post from him soon detailing everything with real confirmation on what's what, no doubt.
So there you have it, folks. Don't be too down about tonight. There is always the next state convention to win! Ron Paul 2012!