A funny thing happened at the Ohio Lincoln-Reagan dinnerSubmitted by Delysid on Fri, 03/22/2013 - 21:35
Rand Paul was the honorary speaker. His face was on a placecard at every table. It was the largest event the Franklin GOP has ever hosted (and 100 bucks a plate). No question this was because of Rand.
Unfortunately Rand Paul could not attend because Harry Reid called the Senate into session for the budget. I was pissed because I went there for Rand, and the Ohio GOP has been very hostile towards Ron Paul and libertarianism. Thev event started poorly with a glowing tribute tribute to Reagan for being a beacon of conservatism and to Lincoln for ending a war torn America (you know, ignoring that he started the Civil War).
Then a prominent judge led a prayer. It was a typical prayer for the troops and America, but then she slipped and said, plain as day so no one missed it, "and pray for senator RON Paul." Every single person heard it, a group of possibly the most hostile Republicans to Ron Paul. I had to bite my lip to not laugh out loud.
Then the event starting getting good. The random guy next to me was my CCW instructor and a libertarian. The couple across from me were two libertarians, one of who is LibertarianGirl, who has made several videos that have appeared on the DailyPaul (small world).
Then a standing ovation was giving to a group of veterans. As I found out later, the entire group of veterans were young Ron Paul supporting libertarians. The most passionate and active Ohio Republicans gave them a standing ovation.
At the end of the event, a special message by Rand was played. It was very well done, and it started with clips of his historical filibuster, to applause. I was teary eyed. It was well done. Then Rand gave a kick ass speech, like always, but he had a strong message...
He told the Ohio GOP, gently but clearly, that the GOP is broken, and the activists need to "keep being conservative, but they need to add a twist. They need to start being more LIBERTARIAN." It recieved significant applause and cheering. A lot of the old guard was silent, but the cheers were powerful at this line.
Before tonight I thought the Ohio GOP was hopeless. I WAS WRONG.