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The Ron Paul picture is gone...

I know that the Daily Paul is moving past focusing on Ron Paul's 2012 campaign, but did the Ron Paul picture on the right of the DP really have to get taken down? After all, our movement and this website IS still inspired by the good doctor even if it's no longer mainly about getting him elected. And that's all the picture said: "The Daily Paul is inspired by Ron Paul". Now there is nothing about him, not even a smaller picture. Does anyone else feel the same way?

Nystrom Update: Please see my response in this comment, below. Thank you.

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Debbie's picture

This "worship" stuff is baloney - who ever came up with that

anyway? I have unabashed admiration and love for the man, which is quite healthy. I guess you could say I do worship him in the archaic sense: • "archaic honor given to someone in recognition of their merit".
It's a ridiculous that his picture should not be on the site anymore. I think someone has misinterpreted something Ron said, or the nature of this movement.


Then that is a separate problem

regarding those that worship him. Here, followers of Ron Paul have their gripes about his pic being taken down, regardless of their devotion to him (i.e. whether they worship him or just see him as a reference point).

Plus, Ron Paul has never "abdicated" his leadership. That's because he never had any claim to it in the first place. He merely offered himself as our chosen candidate and our teacher, and we took him up and chose him to be our chosen candidate and teacher. This is what sets him apart from the rest of them: that he offered himself, rather than sought our support.

As for those who worship him exclusively, well, that is as much their choice as that of another person who chosses to support GJ exclusively, or BOTH GJ and RP. But that is one thing; this is another.

I believe in the freedom to be what we choose to be.

Finally someone that gets it!

Finally someone that gets it!

How about this for an idea?

Instead of the "Inspired by" pic being exclusively focused on one man, keep the pic but have it rotate through all the heroes of liberty past and present, and every time one refreshes the page, a different "Inspired by" person appears. This would shift the focus from one man to the ideas and principles propounded by lovers of liberty through the ages.

Which raises the question, if one were to compose a list of say 30 persons who are the source of greatest inspiration to the liberty movement, who would they be?

Here's my 1st draft:

1) Moses
2) Socrates
3) Cato the Younger
4) Marcus Tulius Cicero
5) Jesus
6) Paul
7) William Wallace
8) Algernon Sidney
9) John Wilkes
10) Samuel Adams
11) Thomas Payne
12) Thomas Jefferson
13) James Madison
14) John Calhoun
15) Lord Acton
16) Lysander Spooner
17) Jesse James
18) Mark Twain
19) Ludwig Von Mises
20) Frederich Hayek
21) Dwight D. Eisenhower
22) John F. Kennedy
23) Martin Luther King
24) Murray Rothbard
25) Ron Paul
26) Lew Rockwell
27) Tom Woods
28) Thomas DiLorenzo
29) Jesse Ventura
30) Alex Jones

LOL. How's that for an eclectic rotation for the "Inspired by" pic?

Wow, kinda

sick trolling. Didn' saw such stupid thinking for a while. You should join occupy movement, seriously.

I wasn't trolling...

All of those people have inspired me. Just trying to start an interesting conversation to broaden the liberty perspective beyond the inspiration of Ron Paul. Truth is, Ron Paul has been inspired by many of those guys on my list, so they deserve at least equal recognition.

Mate, what on earth

are you playing at? Are you now being unreasonable, or just plain insulting?

I believe in the freedom to be what we choose to be.

supposing that was true

And 206 of us (and counting) did suffer from an idea that paul is jesus. That would make this place our church - and you, the devil.

Sounds a bit extreme doesn't it?

Now suppose, instead, the truth was somewhere in between.

That we've come together with a common goal and the person who lit the torch the brightest and is most responsible for bringing us all here in the first place. And I don't find your comment very inspiring.

there's something intuitively bothering me about this

Something is amiss. I feel it in my bones. Its not even about a picture. Something about the way things are being influenced seems wrong. I realize why there's such a big fuss. The very fact that it hasn't been brought back by popular demand is more unsettling. Its as if to say we are no longer the trusted advisors. The wisdom of crowds has taken second fiddle so some other plan. A plan that frames paul as an afterthought and with enough power that it can disregard the entire audience with impunity.

LittleWing's picture

Exactly! Thank you

for expressing it so perfectly. Rest assured, those who have been in tune to the site for a while are aware of this.

If Wars Can Be Started by Lies, They Can Be Stopped By Truth.


It boggles my mind that we are not keeping Ron Paul's picture with the link to his website. I mean he was the reason I came to this website. There are no possible arguments that justifies his removal. Even if the monetary argument can be brought into the picture, I sincerely believe that more money would be lost than kept by removing his iconic image. The responses are overwhelming. I will keep this thread open and alive until he is brought back. I encourage all of you to do the same. Think of the first time you rubbed the sleep from your eyes. Ron Paul is the catalyst. Peace.

Let's Fight the Good Fight

LittleWing's picture

Ok Ya'll ! It's 'Line in the Sand' time!

By midnight tonight, or as soon as you read this, everyone who up-voted this post, just Sign out and go to read only ..(if there is anything left of interest to read.) Contribute no content or comments. Use the time to explore other sites and network with other DP members. This has become not only disrespect for Ron Paul but disrespect for the community of this site.We have spoken passionately from our hearts, reasonably from our minds with principle/logic and yet no one deigns us worthy of response. Draw a line ...this has gone on long enough! I read the many comments here and my heart breaks that there is no response. Who is with me?

If Wars Can Be Started by Lies, They Can Be Stopped By Truth.

Would be great if someone would start a new website

This is Michael's site and he has the right to do what he likes with it. Those of us who want a site dedicated to RP with his image and issues that hold us all together...plus activism that isn't 100% focused on presidential elections hopefully, need to start our own website. If anyone does so, please let the rest of us know on this thread and post a link. I'd gladly donate toward the maintenance of such a site.


There is one... read my tagline. ; )


The people of the DP have spoken

This post has almost 200 upvotes and over 250 comments. Bring back the picture!

“It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till." -J.R.R. Tolkien

Dr Paul's pic

I say we throw our wieght around. Boycott the dp
With out us there is no dp so we all stay away till Pic back
Up. Let's see if we have unity if not what's the sense of
Having this site



What everyone said.


Picture's gone?

You should be happy that the site is still here so you have some place to b!tch about useless topics like this.

Maybe one day you'll dial in and the whole site will be gone - no explanation - just gone. One big giant 404.

Maybe a little reflection on that will change people's perspective about a picture disappearing. At least the site is still here.

allegory - ˈalɪg(ə)ri/ - noun - 1. a story, poem, or picture which can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one.

Cyril's picture

You know, you're rather intriguing.

You know, you're rather intriguing.

(preliminary note : I don't care how long you've been on this site already, though I might check out your prior postings if only out of curiosity)

As I understood the OP's post, the topic doesn't require much more than either, for the two main options :

1. a positive support ("yes, please bring the picture back")

or, well,

2. indifference (for those who don't care or don't mind the picture being gone)

You have commented 7 times already herein (perhaps 8 by now ?) while I did 3 times, including this one.

By the rather harsh tone and mocking content of your comments on this thread, I suspect that, either, you have no clue about the following, or conversely, you've studied it very thoroughly :



That said, and just so you know : I won't even bother reading or replying to your response to this, if any.

Unless, maybe, if it's to tell "us" (e.g., to the OP's attention) that it just so happens you had A REALLY, REALLY BAD DAY that let your anger or bitterness go totally loose, and you wish you've had overcome it better.

I have no idea what's up with you currently, but in any case, I sure hope you feel better soon.


"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.


"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

seriously wtf Ron Paul is a

seriously wtf Ron Paul is a revolutionary...dammit IT IS THE RON PAUL REVOLUTION even Gary Johnson says so! Put that picture back up!


That was Quick..Bye Ron..Was nice to know ya..Maybe tomorrow there will be a nice shot of Romney and Ryan in tie dye shirts give all of us the Liberty Peace sign..

"I have found that being rich is not about having the most but about needing the least"


If Obama or Romney started tearing down Jefferson and Washington Statue's, It would create a civil war.

Why is the DP doing this?

Put it back as your avatar to fight the Ron Paul blackout


Fight the Ron Paul blackout on the Daily Paul (now 'P AU L'), put his removed poster back as your avatar:

The original "Inspired by" pic!


-->zdp_01-or8.png (Same pic, but emphasises "blackout" of RP)



I believe in the freedom to be what we choose to be.

Virus alert!!!

That zip file gave me a virus! My Norton stopped it cold. Do not download it!

allegory - ˈalɪg(ə)ri/ - noun - 1. a story, poem, or picture which can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one.

reedr3v's picture

You've been outed as a troll further down;

this thread.

I Demand the picture be put

I Demand the picture be put back up

I Demand it be changed to Rand's picture

Force the site owner to change it to Rand's picture!

I demand it!

allegory - ˈalɪg(ə)ri/ - noun - 1. a story, poem, or picture which can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one.

rpscallion's picture

I like that idea

Either Rand, or ZZ Top. I vote for ZZ Top though myself.

Not ZZ Top


He is the future of this movement - everyone agrees. The picture needs to be replaced with Rand Paul's picture.

Now make it so.

allegory - ˈalɪg(ə)ri/ - noun - 1. a story, poem, or picture which can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one.