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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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Rand sounds like a simpleton.

Either Rand Paul is a simpleton, or he's dumbed down the speech to appeal to the lowest common denominator.


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Well, duh. His speech was crafted for ROMNEY VOTERS.

'Nuf said.

I"m sick of the anti-Rand trollery that is drenching the DP. But I'm not fooled by it.

I'm not dumb enough to throw the Senator with the most pro-Liberty message out on his ass because I don't approve 100% of every single thing he says or does.

I'm not that stupid, and I hope my fellow Liberty voters aren't either.

No amount of anti-Rand trollery will convince me that cutting off my nose to spite my face is a good plan.

"Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid." - Ronald Reagan

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Aww, they made us a YouTube video.

I want my money back.

I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: "O Lord make my enemies ridiculous." And God granted it.

At The 11:55 Mark Of Rand's Speech...

...he says, "No terrorist and no country will ever conquer us if we remain steadfast to the principles of our founding documents". Yet the Republican nominee believes that you can just go to war and have "have your lawyers sort it out".

Rand is such a tool in all this for the GOP

It's too bad he's going to learn the hard way. Should have stuck to his guns.

It would be an interesting analysis to take

Take The average down voter of Rand and compare them to the average up voter of Johnson

Seems to me the Rand haters ARE the Johnson supporters.

Furthermore, the avg new dailypaul account holders that have more recently been created are also the ones who spend all their efforts promoting division and otherwise acting unfavorable against pauls wisdom to reclaim the GOP from within.


The people who hate Rand are the people who have supported Ron for his honer and integrity and thus are people who view integrity and honor as the most important virtues for their leaders, because thats the ONLY way you can be sure that he or she is on your side.

While on the other hand, the people who support Rand are people who don't place much imporatance on honor and intergrity or they are just a class of naive people willing to put their trust in liars, and I am sure that most of these people are the same people who have been victim to party politics for most of their lives.

I'm taking your point, but

I'm taking your point, but this is a complicated issue. I support Rand Paul. I think he's gone under cover to work within the system. I don't know if it will work or not. But I'm also thoroughly disgusted at what the establishment has done throughout this election process so far. I don't think I can vote for Romney after what has happened. I could have if RP had been nominated from the floor and been allowed to speak. I'm no Rand hater, but if I vote for Johnson, it will be reluctantly. I'm not afraid of Obama. If he wins another term, then Rand is a no brainer for 2016. And I'll be there.

My review of Rand's speech

Spoiler alert: I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by it. I think Rand is a man worthy of our respect, though I will still judge him more by his actions than his words.

Now for the detailed blow-by-blow...

The speech starts out with the first two sentences using the buzzwords "Obamacare" and "left-wing". I was ready to shut it off at that point, but I stuck with it, and I'm glad I did. Clearly, the speech had to be vetted (though I wonder if he might have interspersed a sentence or two that was off-script), so we got to hear about "Obamacare" and how the current president added to the debt (without mention of how much debt the last Repub prez added). But here are some observations about where I think Rand was clever in both trying to get liberals (if any might listen to this speech - I doubt many will) and the brain-dead Repubs in the room to think past the left vs right rhetoric...

1) The thrust of his speech attacked Obama's quote where he suggested that entrepeneurs didn't really "build" their business, and that the government helped build it. Rand spouted off several examples of small entrepeneurs he knew personally. Note that all were poor minorities/immigrants (and, I think, all were of Asian descent). He did two things here: First, he essentially attacked Obama from the left. Second, he threw cold water on the face of the xenophobic Repubs who equate China (and therefore Chinese workers) as being the next great evil.

2) He talked a good bit about the mistake of giving up liberty for security. He pointed out, in particular, that Repubs need to realize that the financial crisis cannot be solved without agreeing to cut "defense" spending.

This speech was not meant for Ron Paul supporters. We were not going to vote for Romney before Rand's speech, and we won't be voting for Romney after Rand's speech. I'd like to hope that it might have lit a small spark in the minds of a few of the otherwise-brain-dead Romney supporters in the room, though, that the left vs right rhetoric they've been feeding on isn't a healthy diet; they need to eat some vegetables, too.

Depending on how much air-time and enthusiasm Rand's speech gets, I think it also helps to paint Romney into a bit of a corner, in terms of framing the rhetoric that *he* starts using going forward. If Rand's speech is popular, then Romney, if he even cares about winning, would do well to carry forward those same themes, but that message will be opposed to the message that the military industrial complex wants him to convey (see point #2 above). And carrying forward point #1 will go against the demonizing of minorities/immigrants and general Islamophobia that has been, so far, a staple in the Repub diet.

As for Rand himself...I still hold him at arm's length. Ultimately, I will judge him less by what he *says*, and mostly by what he *does*. And so far, there isn't enough data to make a firm judgment.

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Rand's "speech was not meant for Ron Paul supporters."

Neither was this convention. Neither has been the last several months. I'm wondering what IS meant for Ron Paul supporters? So far, not much. I'm just venting. Nothing directed against you.

That video just made a difference.

Out of the hundreds of delegates in attendance there, that video certainly had to have cut someone to the heart. Someone came to this convention knowing that ron paul was good on economics and that's about it... hadn't really thought about his underlying convictions or endurance though... Saw the floor fights and the changed rules, saw impassioned rp supporters getting kicked out and thought it was pretty unfair, even if they were supporters of someone else... Then saw this video and things have started clicking. He or she will go home and start reading, looking up videos. It may take days, may take weeks or months. Maybe a year of acknowledging in real time the poor convictions of the establishment leadership... but that video caused a paradigm shift in someone's core tonight. I'm confident of that.

"You must be frank with the world; frankness is the child of honesty and courage...Never do anything wrong to make a friend or keep one...Above all do not appear to others what you are not" - Robert E. Lee, CSA

Being a member here for over 4 1/2 years--I've noticed something

I was suspicious about all these Rand Paul posts, so I started checking, and I discovered that virtually ALL of these people who are posting have only been around 6 to 11 months on this website.

There is no doubt in my mind that they are "operatives" either from Rand's backers, or from the Cass Sunstein-type Internet folks. Why? Because there was more continuity amongst all of us, especially when Rand first came out endorsing Romney....than now. The percentage of all Ron Paul supporters was at least 90% against the behavior of Rand in his decision to support Romney, especially where he did it and when he did it. THAT HAS NOT CHANGED.

Although his speech was rather benign, it also obviously reiterated his STRONG SUPPORT for Romney. So, nothing has changed folks.

Anyway, I highly recommend just skipping over these OVER-THE-TOP PRO-Rand Paul comments. I do not believe they represent the majority of supporters for Ron Paul

It is my feeling that the majority of Ron Paul supporters believe that Rand is a non-entity now & just a part of the fabric of the RINO elites, and he is now no different than the other people in Congress, in that we will judge him on his individual votes, keep track of them, and that is about it, nothing more, nothing less. It is my sense that most of us just don't care one way or the other anymore. Rand has been a sad disappointment to all of us, indeed. We're over it, as they say, but that doesn't mean we support Rand Paul as some kind of replacement for Ron. He cooked his goose on that one, and he will never be this group's leader. A person who cries wolf one too many times cannot be trusted. ONLY RON PAUL could be trusted. There will be others we can trust wholeheartedly, like Tom Woods, etc.

In the meantime, be aware these are either 10 month old paid trolls, or people who have come to the aid of Rand from the outside. When you read EXTREME COMMENTS, either too positive or too negative, I would raise an eyebrow & just move on from that post. Don't be surprised if the trolls vote this post down. Just move on.

I'm not an operative

but I did in fact register for this sight after Rand Paul's endorsement of Romney.

Why? Certainly not because I'm an "operative," but rather, I could not stand coming on this sight (a long time favorite) and reading irrationally histarical bloggers rants about how evil Rand is. The stupid horse**** comments prompted me to register and reply.

Sue me; I must be an operative.

The reality is that the greater majority of Ron Paul supporters are not tireless Dailypaul commentators. Sorry to break the news.

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cepivon, Your analysis is correct.

What attracted us to Ron Paul? His purity of purpose, and the consistency of his words and his actions times decades. How do we move on and modify those characteristics? There is no way. There is nowhere to go but down from the absolute, 100% level. The filter of Liberty that everyone must past through is the filter of the Constitution. Rand included, Gary Johnson, and anyone else who wants to try. The test of Liberty has been passed by only one man to date, and that man is Ron Paul. Are the others even trying?

Your analysis is horrible.

Don't post these kinds of things. Makes no sense whatsoever.

In case you haven't observed, many freedom loving people choose not "join" online forums and get too tied into the internet - namely because of total violation of personal privacy. We still have a right to privacy I think.

Did you ever consider it might have been necessary for more people to join in and get involved after the realization that 2012 was the last chance to re-build an America based on true Constitutional values?

OldWest---Consider the Source

That's all you have to do, just consider the source, read the post, and if it sounds too over the top, move on. It's not that some posts aren't legit. It's that there are way too many of the other type to be credible.

Just wondering...

Why is there a speech of someone endorsing Mitt Romney on the front of the Daily Paul?

I thought it was a great speech

I,of course, stopped the playback just after the bit about Ronald Reagan.

Attention All Delegates! Break your "Binds" and vote for the Constitution in Tampa! Ron Paul 2012

Rand is doing his part

All the claims that Romney and Obama are the same are just not true. I watched a video Obama made while a state senator where he trashed the constitution. He thinks the problem with the Constitution is that it limits government. Obama has set out to change the way the Constitution is interpreted to remove it an impediment to government control. Obama’s action have been entirely consistent with his comments – He thinks nothing of the constitution –Obama is a socialist/communist who is truly doing his best to take down this country.

I understand that Bush was not much better and neither is Romney. But Romney is better. I understand that the RNC has cheated, but the RNC has a long way to go before it even approaches the corruption and dishonesty in the Democratic Party – a long way.

Perhaps Rand Paul simply cares about this country enough to stop Obama. I’m glad he is. Yes Ron Paul would be much better. But here we are – I say go Rand Paul. He is one of the very best we have in Congress. It is up to us now to go fill congress with like minded people.

Nice video. Better than I

Nice video. Better than I expected. The only thing is, where was these Jim Demint, Mitch McConnel, etc., 8 months ago when this video would have mattered. I mean, making this video now is absurd. It's like a big joke played on the delegates. Lets celebrate Ron Paul, the man who never wavered from the constitution, the man who can't be bought, the man who always voted in favor of personal liberty, etc., etc. PEOPLE, YOU COULD HAVE NOMINATED HIM! Now we got Flip Flop S..t Mitt Romney who stands for nothing and is basically a blank slate for the foreign interests that have basically stolen our country.

As I watched, I wondered

How many of the people in that arena thought..."oh geez...why weren't we listening?"

Attention All Delegates! Break your "Binds" and vote for the Constitution in Tampa! Ron Paul 2012

I know. At the end of the

I know. At the end of the video I thought, how many people are saying to themselves..."oops, I think we made a big mistake."

Ron Tribute Video

I would've been just as interested in seeing the crowd's reaction to the Ron tribute video

6:40 and 15:48

Rand's speech.

Watch it full screen on a large monitor, high volume on a QUALITY sound system or good headphones.

6:40 - You can actually hear an "mm" as he reflects on his grandfather having seen his father run for president. Look at his face, and listen to that sound. He is TORN UP about Ron.

15:48 - The face. The swallowing. The eyes. He's not liking that endorsement.

He brings in Ron's message about never trading liberty for security.

He brings in a nugget about military spending not being a sacred cow.

He throws in some anti-Obama red meat. And he gets applause.

This man is promoting the cause of liberty in the way he best knows how.

If 2016 has him, Justin Amash, and Tom Davis in the debates I will be quite pleased.

What just happened?

I was kind of looking forward to seeing the tribute video. Instead it just ticked me off more. It felt like the perfect campaign commercial for Ron Paul. If those guys in the video are being truthful about how great Ron is, how in the world was he not up for nomination?

If they had shown this video to the delegates before the convention and given them a fair choice between Romney and Ron Paul, I suspect all of them would at least give pause, and most would change their mind. If the RNC had played this on TV nationwide back in January, Ron Paul would have dominated.

I just can't reconcile how they blatantly do all they can to ignore Ron Paul and now somehow agree that he's a great guy. I don't think I've ever been more confused.

Can any of you explain what just happened???

Ron Paul advice you to be a political activist

Just before Ron Paul left Tampa, he did a private briefing and talked about being political active. You can listen to it here: http://youtu.be/zUwp46HlueI?t=32s

Rand is doing just that, if you can do it better than him, why don't you?

You know I don`t

Always agree with Rand but to all of you who will criticize Rand let me tell you that to make the inroads that we need to make we will for now have to play the game,if you don`t believe that just look what happened during this primary. If we had had 10 million standing with us then things would have been different but we DID`T,so we got what we got. Now we can either come together and work to take back our country or we can stand around and argue and get nothing done! And let me tell you I fight this everyday and I have helped get some people elected that aren`t Liberty people YET but they will be and if not I have told them that in the next election I will work to replace them plain and simple but if I had said will this guy is not 100% a liberty candidate then we would have had a spend thrift clueless POS in that position,oh by the way did I say that we won with less then 2 votes and our guy knows that without our help he and our community would have both lost!
So the way I see it either lets stop the work and argue for a while longer or lets get to work and take back the system so that in another year they won`t even know how they lost so much control!

In Liberty Dan
Only Ron Paul 2012

You missed the entire point. Rand completely turned on his

fathers Presidential career. How can he be trusted?

I'm sorry, but Rand = Romney = Obama = Biden etc, etc.. No difference.

Down vote me all night long.

You trust Rand now? Support him, but don't come back crying once he's betrayed you too.

Rand Paul turned on his father?

Rand Paul turned on his father? That is your opinion. But I'm not going to defend Rand Paul for anybody.

If you think you can do it better than Rand, then why don't you?

People can continue to be kicking and screaming, but will that accomplish anything?

Has Ron Paul ever bad mouthing Obama, Bernanke, or Romney? If people are honestly adopting the principles of Ron Paul, then they surely must be humble like him. Not the bickering attitude toward other people.