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Brian Doherty: Paul Festival: The Fight for the Ron Paul Grassroots' Soul

The Ron Paul grassroots are celebrating their final hurrah, at least during the actual political career of their inspiration, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), at Tampa’s Florida fairgrounds this weekend. (Paul will be holding his own farewell rally on Sunday.) Day one of the Paul Festival showed a movement less unified, present, and excited than it wants to be. But most of them are still sure that, whether or not the Republican Party will continue to be the horse they ride, they’ll keep up a fight for political liberty that’s turning out to be more complicated and difficult than many expected.

The event was thinly attended on day one; my estimate is no more than 800 were present at any one time. The festival occupied two linked huge hanger-like buildings. One was filled with exhibitor booths of appeal to the Paul world—the Free State Project, Ron Paul candy bars and T-shirts, the Independent Institute, the Libertarian Party, and purveyors of hard money and soft beef jerky.


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He wrote a book about Ron Paul

But Brian Dougherty is not like us. He is making money off his book and the movement but he is not a friend of ours. He is using us for a platform but is careful not to disinfranchise himself from the main stream media. He is another Neo-Con Shill.

Yeah, the liberty movement

is defeated. We're all just whipped dogs ready to accept rule of our betters. REASON mag sucks. I had a subscription once and quickly regretted it. They're on a par with CATO.

Absolutely! Other day, RT had

Absolutely! Other day, RT had a paid Monsanto lobbyist stooge from reason magazine on, pushing for GMO foods. Disgusting.


This is the stooge named Ronald Bailey I'm talking about specifically:


These are the garbage books reason magazine pushes. They are propaganda tools of Koch Brothers, big pharma & Monsanto.


These are the people who would brainwash you into believing Paul Ryan stands for the principles of liberty by being an Ayn Rand fan.

Immoral funding of Military Industrial Complex by Federal Reserve and US taxation system must stop!!!! End illegal/unconstitutional wars! Preserve US currency!

Utter BS

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