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Video Update: Ron Paul Tribute Video + Rand Paul Speech from RNC

From the RNC Schedule: Tonight around 7pm the Ron Paul tribute video will be aired at the Republican National Convention, followed by a short speech by Rand Paul.

Ron Paul Tribute Video at RNC: (Thanks MGWHAT for the link)


Rand Paul's Speech below:


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Betrayed his father by

Betrayed his father by playing their BS game so he can lead the liberty movement further than its ever been before? LOL. You've got to be kidding me. Rand Paul is YOUR best hope in terms of representing YOUR interests on any REAL level. And you're trashing him? You're betraying Ron Paul and Rand Paul as a keyboard warrior. Go win a Senate seat and try it out Keyboard Tough Guy. Ron Paul probably TOLD Rand exactly what to do to distance himself, play the game, etc. What PLANET are you on?



I put together my own Mitt

I put together my own Mitt Romney tribute to highlight all the amazing and rare qualities he portrays, qualities that I believe will make him the next president of the United States. Follow the link below...


I want to borrow this snarky little bit of irony...

And post it on the neocon website I've been harassing for the past few months...

“Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.” —Thomas Jefferson

Love it.

Just love it.



Rand's speech was well crafted

Surprised that he didn't generate more or an audience connection. I think Rand's heart is in the right place, as are his ideals. The speech had a lot of very good points to it.

1) Liked the fact that he was talking about the accomplishments of nonwhites (twice, in fact). This was a nice touch.

2) Liked the way he developed the counterpoint to the you didn't build that comment of O'Bama.

3) Brought in defense spending; (ok, only a little)

4) Was quite strong in terms of individual liberties.

5) Perhaps a bit vague on the budget.

6) Only one (probably obligatory) mention of Romney.

7) Closed the speech not about Romney, but about individual liberty.

8) Not so sure the part about Reagan and the drunk father was useful or even pertinent.

High pitched voice, little emotional connection to the audience. Seemed like most were not really comfortable with him. I guess you either have the latter or you don't, but I guess the Romney folk were mostly suspicious and the Ron Paul folk somewhat disappointed.

Rand is still a whole lot better than most (any?) Senators that I know of on the issues that are important to me. No one is perfect. Let's give Rand a break and a big cheer.

That's the problem...

Dr. Paul awoke so many because he spoke unscripted, raw, and off the cuff. Anyone...even those who aren't supporters.... can feel the honesty and conviction in what he is saying. Not many have that ability... the ability to move MILLIONS of average americans to donate their hard earned dollars and their precious time for a cause that we all knew was an uphill battle. Ron Paul made us believe. Unless Rand can dig deep and put his heart into it.... he is not our man to help lead us forward. Quite honestly though.... do we really need any further leadership? The plan is the same as it ever was... Dr. Paul has lain the plan before us... this fiasco in Tampa did nothing to change the plan. I don't know about you, but it only served to cement my burning desire to turn the republican party even further on it's ear. Take back what's yours folks... this is a speed bump in a long long effing road.


Yes. Well crafted by a top-notch speechwriter.

But, not Rand Paul's words. That's why it really was unnatural. Because it was unnatural, it was insincere. Because it was insincere, it did not connect.

Rand, remember, you always have that health care practice to return to. Don't give up your day job, just yet.

No Justice

I agree with hadabazinka below. Rand Paul will never run for office as long as Romney wins this election. The next 8 years are crucial for the Corporatist Elite to enact there North American Union. Romney is for it. When Romney started talking about his "energy policy" for the United States a few days ago he reiterated that he was going to turn it into a North American "energy policy". Obamas the Bait and Romneys the switch. Rand Paul (if he is and stays true to principles) will run in 2020 (against me) but it will be too late. Lost cause. If we ban together and stick to the local elections and start obsoleting the multi-trillion dollar media apparatus we can nominate our own candidate that has nothing to do with Rand or the Republican Establishment. Ron Paul is disappointed in the positions that Rand has taken. I can see it when it comes to the fact that Ron didn't stay to see his son speak at his first national convention. The Convention screwed his delegates and i find it humbling that he would boycott his own sons speech for us (of coarse that may or may not be the case). As I see it, regardless of who is elected, rand will have to impress a lot of us just to get some of us to vote republican 'nationally' in 2016.

Remember: Soon the debate will no longer be about who is right or left because the truth will shift the minds and the debate to who is right or wrong. Liberty is right.

"My fellow citizens: let no one doubt that this is a difficult and dangerous effort on which we have set out. No one can see precisely what course it will take or what costs or casualties will be incurred. Many months of sacrifice and self-discipline lie ahead--months in which our patience and our will will be tested--months in which many threats and denunciations will keep us aware of our dangers. But the greatest danger of all would be to do nothing.

The path we have chosen for the present is full of hazards, as all paths are--but it is the one most consistent with our character and courage as a nation and our commitments around the world. The cost of freedom is always high--and Americans have always paid it. But the one path we shall never choose, that is the path of surrender."

35th President of the United States
October 22, 1962

~Good Night, And Good Luck~

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As much as I disagree with his "endorsement" of Romney...

...I understand...as he is (unlike his father) a SHREWD politician.

That being said...his speech was BRILLIANT.

Just enough red meat to the blond, dolled-up, but philistine audience before him...while he slipped in things like "we should never give up any liberty for security" (to resounding cheers).

Also the individual vs collectivist theme was a tribute to his name...and Ayn would be proudl

Rand is definitely a stealth weapon.

But the grief of the RNC's treatment of Paul delegates who spent money they did not have...only to be unseated AT the convention...still makes my blood boil and I will NOT accept this success as a substitute for those injustices.


(But....Congrats Rand. Your dad is proud, I am sure).

Stealth baby, stealth.

Norfolk, VA

Time to INVESTIGATE the investigators of 9/11. PROSECUTE the prosecutors. EXPOSE the cover-up.

Applause lines from Rand's speech

- I still think Obamacare is unconstitutional [repeated 3 times]
- We have to have a new president
- [Obama] so fundamentally misunderstands American greatness [and is] uniquely unqualified to lead this great nation
- [Obama] don't go telling the Tang family you-didn't-build-that
- Success in America is not based on who you are but what you did
- A certain congressman from Texas... [strong applause, repeated twice]
- [Obama] don't go telling the Tring family you didn't build that [light applause]
- When you seek to punish the rich, the jobs that are lost are the poor's and middle class
- Block the keystone pipeline, you punish the welder who works on the pipeline
- I'm hoping it's just one term. [Obama's term]
- Mr. President, we will not let you bankrupt this great nation
- Republicans must acknowledge that not every dollar spent on the military is necessary
- Democrats must release that domestic entitlements must be reformed
- No terrorist will ever conquer us if we remain steadfast to the principles of our founding documents
- We have nothing to fear but our own unwillingness to defend out God given rights
- We might never trade our liberty for any fleeting promise of our security [strong applause]
- [Reagan was so great that] a generation of democrats became Republicans
- that man is Mitt Romney! [strong applause]

He played it as best he could to all audiences. To me the cheering sounded more enthusiastic for alluding to Ron Paul, never trading liberty for security, and of course when he said Romney's name.

I wonder if it sounded the same to someone actually there or if the mic volumes are manipulated.

good post...

i can dig it as far as Rand goes BUT i still aint backing rombie.

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The tribute video was too well done. Why isn't Ron the nominee?

I watched this tribute video wondering what the hell is wrong with this party. How did this happen? How could this happen? How could Ron Paul have been repeatedly put out into the cold by this same republican party that made such an inspiring video? If they thought this much of Ron Paul and what he has stood for for all of these years, then why have they continuously treated him like a pair of badly fitting shoes?

Then there is Rand's speech, the speech that Ron Paul should have given, but was not permitted to by this same republican party. The content of that Ron Paul speech that now will never be given would have had a much different focus and would have had a much different message than what we heard from Rand. He sounded like a typical politician. Instead, the words "undeclared wars," "bring the troops home," and "stop the empire building" would have been emphatically enunciated by Ron Paul along with the words "the Federal Reserve has bankrupted this country, and we need gold and silver as sound currencies to compete with Federal Reserve notes." Has anyone yet uttered the word "war" at this convention? I doubt it very much.

Watching both of these videos has made me very sad. I can see why Ron and Carol Paul left Tampa yesterday.


I feel like I am in the god damn twilight zone.... WHY ON EARTH ISN'T THIS MAN OUR PRESIDENT? Are all these freaking people that blind or idiotic? I am so angry and so sad and so confused....

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They are diabolical, power hungry, very little people,...

who have been given power by the puppet-masters. They can do whatever they want (as long as they can talk their way out of whatever they get caught doing) as long as they vote the way the puppet-masters want them to. That is politics in a nutshell, bought and paid for puppets. Without morals or a soul to deal with, what kind of horrible things could they perpetrate on others?

Yup. It's the Twilight Zone alright.

Politics is like professional football with the exception

the team that has all the experienced players can change and modify the rules at will.

The outcome of Romney/Ryan was prepared with precision and delicate detailed planning to ensure all plays were executed exactly right.

Problem is the plays were not executed perfectly and now the RNC is exposed for robbing 100s of delegates and Ron Paul of their true voice at the convention.

Just imagine watching a rehearsed movie and thinking it's all real just because the people are standing in front of you acting the parts. That's what 80% of that audience was doing.

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Yup. Just like this movie.

So right about that, a scripted performance, every word.


Rand has the "it" factor

Rand has that fire and swagger. Rand's NEXT!

Drivel. Nothing special. Nothing unique.

Over-rehearsed. Nothing special. No natural charisma.

Ron Paul's charisma comes from his sincerity. He just had some stuff to get off his chest.

Rand Paul's presentation was flowery, and contrived.

Ron has

40 years of practice.
Rand is a newby.
Give him a chance i think he will surprise us all.

Screw him. None of my attention and less of my money.

I've judged Rand and found him wanting.

The weakest link. Adios.

We got into this mess because

We got into this mess because people pay attention to rhetoric over record. Endorsements are a form of rhetoric. You have judged Rand based on his rhetoric, yet his record is fantastic. Please, please, please base your votes on actual voting record, not what they say.

I can't vote for him 'cause I live in California. But

I did max out on RP 2012 and sent money to CFL.


Almost now maxed on Gary Johnson.

NO "soup" FOR RAND!

Ron has

40 years of practice.
Rand is a newby.
Give him a chance i think he will surprise us all.

Whoever the idiots voting me down..

You have taken this movement from something positive to nothing but negative all the time unless youre watching a Youtube video of Ron. Ron's political career is over. Get over it. Rand is next. How could you disagree with one thing Rand said in his speech? How can you disagree with anything Rand does in the Senate? You people are ruining this movement.

I don't think it's that people disagree with what Rand was

saying. It's more how can he be trusted for not sticking with his father and all his supporters - who by the way made a lot happen for him over the years.

yeah, these people suck. rand

yeah, these people suck. rand totally has the 'it' factor.

I didn't see your other posts....

Nor have I heard anything regarding foreign policy from Rand that resembles this movements position on foreign policy and the military industrial machine.

Show me an article or video of Rand that sounds like the rest of us, including Ron on that issue and I'll vote you up.

Other than that one issue, which is HUGE IMHO, I agree with most of what Rand says. Though, I fear he is too swayed by the social conservatives to make enough of a difference with the movement. Another words, to me he sounds a little too much like an ideologue, rather than someone ideologically pure to the meaning of freedom.

But, I could be wrong.

Nonetheless, I would still support him in the larger sense.

The "one thing " I disagree with is *drum roll*