Ron Paul Blimp, Tampa And The Grinch Who Stole Christmas
In Dr. Seuss's famous Christmas classic, "How The Grinch Stole Christmas", the main character of the film (the Grinch) steals all the presents from the Christmas loving "Whos" in the nearby town of Whoville, on Christmas eve. But on Christmas day the Whos do something unexpected. Without any presents they gather in the middle of their town and celebrate Christmas with just as much vim and vigor as any Christmas past. The Grinch is taken aback, and as the story goes, he is touched so deeply by the Whos love for Christmas, he finally sees that there is something more to it than he had previously realized. His heart grows three times its size, he returns all the presents to the Whos and celebrates Christmas with them from that day forward. The end.
Aren't we just a bit like the Whos of Whoville? Isn't the message of liberty something beautiful we hold within our hearts? And, haven't we (largely) had our election stolen from us by the GOP establishment and the mainstream media?
When the Whos faced hard times they got together and sang songs and celebrated what they loved most anyway, because they weren't going to let anyone or anything discourage them. It didn't matter that they didn't have any presents, or geese to feast on, or star capped Christmas trees - because that wasn't what Christmas was about. They went ahead and celebrated Christmas because celebrating Christmas was who they were and what they believed in.
The Whos knew that sometimes the symbolism behind what we do is the most powerful part about what we do. Indeed it was the symbolism of the Whos actions that made celebrating Christmas without presents become more powerful than celebrating Christmas WITH presents.
We're facing hard times, our movement has since its inception. And yes, we had this election (or at least parts of it) stolen from us by the GOP establishment and the mainstream media. They are our Grinch!
So how do we handle a Grinch? Do we let him get us down? Do we quit and give up? OR, do we go to Tampa and celebrate the wonderful message of liberty ANYWAY? Because after all, the truth is the message of liberty isn't about the election, it isn't about political parties and it isn't about the mainstream media. The message of liberty is something we can celebrate and grow and love without any of these things, just like the Whos of Whoville celebrated Christmas.
I don't imagine we'll make anyone's heart grow three times its size if we throw the largest celebration liberty has ever seen this year at the Tampa convention, but I do know that the symbolism of our actions will send a message to the GOP (and the nation) that will resonate for years to come. Our message? That we are here to stay, we are growing every day and that we believe in the message of liberty so strongly that no amount of lying, cheating or stealing will ever be enough to stop us.
How do we make sure that our celebration of liberty is the dominant celebration of the August convention? How do we make sure we sing loud enough for the Grinch-like establishment to hear our rally song of liberty above any other?
One thing is certain, there is no greater physical symbol of our liberty movement today than the Ron Paul blimp. It cannot be ignored, it cannot be outdone, and I believe its presence at the GOP convention in Tampa will help to make our movement the focus of the event. And if the delegates are freed to vote for whomever they like and Ron Paul grabs the delegates from Santorum and Gingrich, well, the blimps influence on remaining delegates could just help us win the nomination. We should certainly try our best!
I've spoken with the blimp company and the cost of the blimp will be approximately $265K for the two weeks we would need to rent it (five days to fly the blimp down from NC to FL, several days to be in FL, and five days to fly back up the coast to return the blimp).
If you want to use the Blimp to show the establishment that we are undeterred and that ours is not a flash in the pan political push tied to some cult of personality, but rather a maturing and permanent movement destined to reshape the future of our nation, then please pledge your support below for a fundraiser to fly the blimp at the convention.
In order to make this project a reality, we'll need proof that at least 5,000 people want to see the blimp fly and are willing to support the effort with a donation. Once we reach our 5,000 person goal we'll move forward with the blimp project and make it happen.
Please pledge now via email or Facebook below, spread the word about this important project and let's sing our song of liberty louder than we ever have before!
726 Total pledges as of 6/29/2012
Goal = 5,000 pledges by Monday, July 2nd.