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Ron Paul Will Not Be Speaking at Paul Festival

As you may know, Dr. Paul just sent out an email stating that his event ".....will be the ONLY pre-Convention event at which I'll be speaking, so I hope to see you'll be able to make it."

We hope you'll make it too. As a matter of fact, when we learned he was having his own event we posted this: http://www.dailypaul.com/242552/paul-festival-plans-for-sunday

While we have been hopeful that there was a chance he would still make an appearance at our event, we now know definitively, that he will not. Of course, this is disappointing to us since we have been planning this event for many months now. But, we know first hand that he is very appreciative of our efforts and he told us he didn't want his event to interfere with ours. And of course it won't, as you can read in the above linked thread, we intend to fully support his event.

Paul Festival will provide a way, and a venue for supporters, in all our diversity, to converge on Tampa in a moment of celebration and unity with music, comedy, great speakers, and much more.

Through Dr. Paul's message we have been able to build a strong coalition of organizations, and though some within our ranks are controversial, our message is pure and consistent - that unless individual freedom is allowed to flourish, the future of our country is at risk. We realize that WE are Dr. Paul's legacy, and we must move forward and effect change in the following ways:

1. Get Liberty Candidates elected

2. Expose the corrupt electoral process. Reform local, state, and federal election laws

3. Educate the movement within our communities, to prepare for "what comes next".

Our speakers will address the above issues and help make these objectives a reality, because what good is the movement that Dr. Paul has founded, unless we take action? These goals will certainly help aide Dr. Paul's objectives in influencing the Republican party.

Now is the time to show the country and the world our numbers. The liberty movement is the fastest growing political movement in America. And, Paul Festival will be our launching pad. It is our hope that Dr. Paul will support us in our efforts.

Deborah Robinet

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With Dr. Paul not attending...

This festival will be an expression of grassroots energy and cooperation rather than just attending another speech (which are always great of course) by Dr. Paul. Can the liberty movement stands on its own 2 feet with or without Dr. Paul? One man can not carry the burden of leadership forever. I really hope and pray that this festival (thank God the organizers didn't call it a conference or a convention) is by far the biggest and best event in the liberty movement's history. If the grassroots can remain strong and independent then we really are the future.

"All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent."
Thomas Jefferson

Ron and Rand don't recognize the Vets March either

Veterans for Ron Paul and Combat Vets for Ron Paul and Adam Kokesh will be ignored by the Pauls also, so why should they march? The top campaign donors, it is said, are the veterans and active duty military, but when they put themselves on the line to march for liberty, their oath to uphold the US constitution, and fight for what is the real info wars like calling for ending the fed, Ron and Rand ignore the troops. IF Ron got something like $2 mill for Peter Thiel, a top 2012 Bilderberg meeting organizer, the Paypal billionaire, why isn't he listed as top donor, because that donation is much more than the troops sent Ron???

Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.
C. S. Lewis

without Paul, why go?

It's another waste of time and energy. Rename it, but include some type of honorary place for Ron Paul since he is retiring from congress and that is the place he stood up for us against all odds. He and Rand and the rest of his campaign are going to ignore this, so why should we go? Money is tight!

Love to all you liberty loving Ron Paul supporters who got thrown under the GOP Romney bus anyways. You didn't deserve that, nor the remarks recently by Jack Hunter. Ungrateful and disrespectful treatment to the very people who gave their time and money and trust. Time to move on. They have.

Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.
C. S. Lewis

I've always known somehow that Dr. Paul's laisser-faire approach

was a challenge to our individual resolve. Tampa or Bust. Come what may. This is history in the making- again.

I'm so claustrophobic, but I will be there. What person who claims to be honest with himself would not be there?

This is so much bigger than our own selves. It's a second chance to get it right.

Tampa or Bust. The world is watching.

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

Not Sure But

I was told that Ron Paul couldn't show up at the festival because it could disqualify him at the RNC. Anybody know about this?


It's a legal thing.

If the organization running Paul Festival is a PAC, then no, he can have no contact with it. Plus, it appears that people took matters into their own hands and didn't bother figuring in that the campaign itself would plan something.

If this was the reason

If this being a PAC was the reason then Ron Paul could have stated as much, he didn't, there for it isn't. It's his own selfish reasons and nothing more.

I've got a question.

Goal no. 2 states: "2. Expose the corrupt electoral process. Reform local, state, and federal election laws"

What kind of exact reform in the election laws are we shooting for?


the ones that ensure that people's votes actually
get counted (for the person that they actually voted for).

That would be a step in the right direction.

ytc's picture

Deborah R, kudos to your gracious offer to fully support

Ron Paul's Rally for the Liberty Delegates parallel event! Your willingness to accept Ron's desire to minimize his speaking time at the beginning of the Convention week, which promises to be extremely arduous on his soul, mind & body, is a testament to the depth of your love and respect for Ron Paul.

Thanks to the months you & your preparation team poured into Paul Festival, so many of us are already set to come to Tampa. There is no doubt that you ARE infusing & channelling the Liberty passion & spirit into Ron's Rally.

I am SO proud to see these multiple initiatives converging for the shared faith & hope in LIBERTY. I trust that the freedom-loving remnants across the entire earth will be with us through a robust super-duper simulcast internet feed.

Looking forward to seeing you in Tampa!

reedr3v's picture

Well said ytc. Thank you Deborah



i wanna go. :( no job and no money. :(

Please help us spread the

Please help us spread the word... :O)


it will be livestreamed and people from all over the world,who cant make it, can have freedom fest events in their own homes and areas.



Don't be suprised if he ends up at the Paul Fest.

Where else can they handle the crowd that is sure to come?


No Offense, But Somehow

....I think he wanted to tell US....not have us hear it from some small group of inner circle talking to each other. He wanted to make sure that we all heard it from him...at the same time.

Thank you Dr. Paul!


We wanted to give him a

We wanted to give him a venue, where campaign money didn't have to be spent, in order to be able to access the largest crowd possible in Tampa, in order to hear what he has to say.

We also wanted everyone to hear his message at the same time. And that is what Paul Festival will allow - his message, to be heard by tens of thousands, together for liberty.

Paul Festival will be the largest liberty event ever held by the grassroots - and the organizers of Paul Festival currently hold that record from when we organized the Revolution March in DC. We plan to break that record. :)


Great comment

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

He was never going to be at the rally and that's fine

First, legally he couldn't go because it would have crossed too many barriers for electors/electorates etc.

Second, this is a pre-party to get the young folk jazzed up, get the blood flowing.

Trust me you will not see anyone over 42 past 8:30 and that's just fine, y'all.

The guest of honor gets his honor next morning come sunrise.

Don't feed the pandas. Ever.


Nobody over 42 past 8:30? How did you come up with such a goofy statement? Why 42 and not 41? Does that mean Ronnie Keel is playing early in the day? Wait, I get it! You mean 8:30 AM the next day....assuming you can hang with those over 42 all night. lol
C'mon man......

Susie 4 Liberty's picture

You can bet that - if I could be there

I'd be staying far later than 8:30! Not ALL RP Supporters/Liberty Lovers are of the 'younger crowd', although everyone's looking 'young' to me, it seems!

Susie 4 Liberty

Paul Festival 2012 <3 I

Paul Festival 2012 <3 I wouldn't miss it, OR Dr. Paul's event, for the world!