Personal Account of the Ron Paul rally at Independence Mall in Philadelphia, PASubmitted by domenicsidoti on Fri, 05/11/2012 - 13:14
I vividly remember the sense of pride and excitement I felt as a six year old tourist a few miles across the river in the cradle of our nation, Philadelphia, PA. My dad, a naturalized citizen, could never say enough about how great this country was and enjoyed taking us over to visit the historical landmarks that bless the city. He loved talking about freedom, justice, and all the other buzzwords that eventually lost their meaning for me as I witnessed pandering sociopaths use them crassly throughout my maturing life. I recall looking at a glass encased original copy of the declaration of independence that he actually had the privilege of holding and framing in his job as a local carpenter, an experience that brought him a sense of career pride matched only by his handling of an original copy of the Constitution and Babe Ruth’s uniform in Cooperstown a few years later. I remember walking through Independence Hall and, even at that age, being overwhelmed by its historical gravity.
Living in the area, I have passed those hallowed halls many times since those early years and like most things experienced on a frequent basis, its awe inspiring grip on me faded to complacency. It merely became a cool looking backdrop to the restaurant and nightlife area in which it resides. Last Sunday, however, I woke up with a sense of that old pride and historical significance I relished in my youth. I was driving through our area’s first major rainstorm in quite some time to visit this enlightenment shrine once again. But this time, freedom, liberty, self reliance, and all the other fancy terms were not just pinned up behind glass frames or printed on Visitor Center tickets. These words, these ideas, these birthrights were living and breathing some 236 years later and I and many, many others, had the privilege and responsibility to be a part of it. The champion of liberty, the seed of the new American intellectual revolution, Dr. Ron Paul was coming to Independence Mall to stoke its flames.