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Rumors of the Daily Paul's demise have been greatly exaggerated

That's all I have to say for right now.

I never wanted the Daily Paul to become a cult of personality around Ron Paul. That is why, when the campaign ended, I took down his picture and changed the name of the site. This is not a Ron Paul site, it is a site about principles: The principles of Peace (foreign policy) Gold (Au - sound money), and Love (L).

Ron Paul's presidential campaigns were educational. He was never running to win. Isn't that clear in retrospect?

Oh sure, he was running to win - on his terms. If the populace was moral, educated and informed, he would have walked away in a landslide. But alas, that is not the world we live in.

But what did we learn along the way? Principles are what matter, not personalities. I don't want this site to be a cult of personality around me any more than I wanted it to be a cult of personality around him.

- - - -

I made some comments in some threads, that got blown out of proportion.

At the moment, I'm frustrated. I live in Boston. I love this town. But the bombings and the martial law came at the end of a terrible week, at the end of a terrible couple of months, at the end of kind of a terrible year for me.

What can I say? I'm human. I hit a limit. I need a vacation.

- - - -

This week I turn 45. As a birthday gift, my wife booked us on a cruise across the Atlantic, to England. The trip takes a week, and we're going to spend a week there. She's going to show me Oxford, where she went to school and experienced a transformation of her own. I have never been. I have only seen it in my imagination, though the words she has described to me.

In the mean time, the site will be in good hands, with the moderators, and you. And when I get back, refreshed, we'll decide how to manage the DP going forward.

Thank you all. One thing that I do know is that the people of the Daily Paul have huge hearts. I am blessed to have been touched by your generosity and love.

And again, rumors of the Daily Paul's demise have been greatly exaggerated.


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egapele's picture

Ouch!! 10 seconds was all I could watch of that

I for one saw your post as genuine concern for a friend.

Jefferson's picture


egapele. It was concern, but it was also to make people think.(hopefully)

I'm going to unpublish my thread now.

Enjoy a full English breakfast or two and recharge!

Safe travels.

What would the Founders do?

That's great news!

And if you shut down Daily Paul, where would all of the trolls go??

Resist the temptation to feed the trolls.

Enjoy Your Time (Happy Birthday)

Across the pond, don't forget to get out and take a nature walk in the countryside if possible.

Peace... JC444

p.s. fish and chips, and a cold one at the pub. Cheers!

"I, __________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic."


There is no duration defined in the Oath

Have a great vacation Michael!

You deserve it!

Thank god!

I shat a brown bullion! Enjoy your vacation Michael and happy birthday!

Long live the Daily Paul!

Long live the Daily Paul!

To: Michael

Happy Birthday! I hope that you and the Mrs. have a wonderful time on the cruise :-)

I knew that you would come through.

"Principles are what matter, not personalities."

True dat, but there are few people who I would trust more than you to keep this site running as it should. Sometimes quotes and sayings are valuable and needed, but there are always exceptions, such as in this case. Why not have both!

Reading your thread reminds me how much I need a vacation, I hope to take one within the next month or so.

Liberty is alive and well today :-)

"What if the American people learn the truth" - Ron Paul

I must have missed the

I must have missed the controversy...

If you disagree with me on anything you are not a real libertarian...

Fair winds and following seas, budddy.

Fair winds and following seas to you and your wife, manystrom.

Find time during your passage to appreciate the deep blue waters. I work offshore for a living, yet I am still humbled by the vastness and true wonder of the deep blue out there.

Happy Birthday Michael

Enjoy your trip! Always checking this page, fwiw.


I hope you have a wonderful

I hope you have a wonderful trip!

Christians should not be warmongers! http://www.lewrockwell.com/vance/vance87.html



...you're the top dog, Michael. Your frustration spills over and impacts us, be it with any politician, the site, or one particular thread.

I, like many, come here for "news and analysis"....from the DP as a springboard, I've been directed all over the place through links...and...there is a 'family' aura about the site, we are our own unique community.

Good call about Ron Paul's "goal's"; he has definitely resurrected the concept Statesman, and overall that's where I'm going to plant my flag. Either we put statesmen in office, or, our politics FAIL...with the "you can't turn an aircraft carrier around on a dime" reality, we may not see a cadre of solid, courageous United States Congressmen elected for at least another dozen years because this nation's political will must be severely and painfully bent our way; so thank you for your commitment to what "we" all do here in our own individual way!

Have a great vacation!

Elmhurst, IL

You're not suppose to show your hand

Don't go to Vegas Michael...

Bon voyage have a nice trip

For Freedom!
The World is my country, all mankind is my brethren, to do good is my religion.

Happy Birthday

45 was a good year. No longer young, not yet old. Mature, stable, energetic, with a touch of wisdom.

I look forward to your return.

Well, guess who WON'T be travelling with you?


Hehehe... Have GREAT time!

Love or fear? Choose again with every breath.

Go Have Fun!

Leave the computer at home! No checking in. Forget everything and everyone and just enjoy life! We'll hear from you when you get back.


metalhed19's picture

Enjoy your trip with the

Enjoy your trip with the Mrs., Buddy :)

*Wisconsin Constitution* Article I, Section 25 "The people have the right to keep and bear arms for security,defense,hunting,recreation or any other law-abiding purpose"

Hey yo Mikey!

Move to Texas!

When can I expect you?!

Happy birthday! Have a sweet vacation! We'll look after the DP!

Thanks for all your support with RCB!

I'm a serial entrepreneur and liberty activist from Texas!


In my mind's eye, I tried on your DP shoes.

It occurred to me that there is no goal. If I were you Michael, what is there to strive for. Site maintenance is a means to an end. What ends?

Of, course it was a mental exercise and the shoes didn't fit.

Cash flow would be nice, no doubt.

Maybe a community generated "Peace, Gold, Love; the Best of the Daily Paul." Burn to CD or print copies for sale. Profit sharing with the authors, editorial and production staffs.

Like the mods, the staff would be by invitation of paid subscribers to finance the project and share any profit.

How many would drop a silver quarter for a Best of DP CD? There is enough material here to create a dozen CDs, maybe.

What could we leave that kids that pick one up at a garage sale in 240 years would appreciate. What will they say when the talk of the "Great Restoration". Will they wonder how it happened?

Can DP content be turned to Gold? Is there a fun way to do it?

Happy Birthday Michael, and Bon voyage to you and yours.

Free includes debt-free!

I agree. Having a goal is key to the success of the site

With Ron Paul's presidency no longer a goal, it really is time to set some new objectives. If for Michael Nystrom it's now come down to "site maintenance" and "not having this be a financial drain" - yeah, I can imagine that would be a drag!

As in marketing any product or service, you'd set objectives (primary & secondary), then develop strategies by which to meet those objectives. Once that was done, I'd think it would make site maintenance easier. There'd be a litmus test should something be at issue, the question to be answered being: "Does this meet our objectives?" From the viewpoint of members, it would help provide a sense of what would be acceptable, but also desireable, to post, hopefully motivating people to be more pro-active towards helping the site to *meet* its stated objectives.

I was grateful to see this post, relieved to know rumours were exaggerated. There are great people here (and maybe with the site re-invigorated, some who've left would return); it's a great format; it's based on worthy principles. There is no reason it couldn't continue to serve a valuable purpose. I think you're right that this is what it really boils down to: creating a new vision for the DP - really a vision of the future in which the DP had a role. Bottom line, as MN's site, it would reflect his "sight" in that regard. But as he's enjoying his vacation, we can all be thinking about the same so as to have that discussion he mentioned upon his return.

Steven Covey made the "mission statement" famous - for both personal life goals and business goals. It's the same thing.

It's even Biblical. :)
"Where there is no vision, the people perish..." Proverbs 29:18

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

Skamania is for Ron Paul 52 percent's picture

how 'bout "Genesis of Daily P Au L" for the best is yet to come

I've just returned from a weekend filled with COS (committee of safety) meetings and the Washington State Republican Liberty Caucus' founding state convention (Jordan Page sang for us :-) in Yakima. The Daily Paul is the FIRST place I go in the morning and usually the last at night. I daresay it's the oxygen to catalyze the fuel in my Liberty machine. Your idea of a "best of" collection is great but the title is wrong! The BEST of the DailyPaul is yet to come! To quote an earlier comment, "LONG LIVE THE DAILY PAUL!" And of course rest well, Michael Nystrom.

No law can give power to private persons; every law transfers power from private persons to government.
-Isabel Paterson

Agreed!! maybe something like this?

Best of the Daily Paul.

Then if Michael wants to avoid personalities


Free includes debt-free!

I recommended we...

I recommended we make some Peace.Gold.Love chrome car emblems like the Revolution car badges I made.

I can think of tons of ways to monetize the DP!

We can start our own newspaper! The silver dime cards were a big hit too!

I'm a serial entrepreneur and liberty activist from Texas!


Funny you should mention that, RobHino.

Yesterday I was looking at the Ron Paul sign that's still standing at the front of my house, and I thought that it's time for that sign to come down. Then I wished there would be a Daily Paul sign to replace it with.

You know, many of us make things for fun and/or profit. Maybe we could have a place here where we could "sell" our stuff, with the proceeds going to DP. If someone wants to buy something someone is "selling" ("donating" would be a better word), there could be a link to pay that the funds go to DP. Doable?

“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
―Emmet Fox

Thanks Michael! This has

Thanks Michael! This has been, and still is, a great website. I use this as one of my main news hubs. Happy birthday, and I hope it's a great cruise. I'll actually be in Oxford for a semester next year. I'm pretty excited about that. Anyways, I hope things improve for you in the second half of the year.

Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)

Thank you for providing so many with a place where we can be ourselves.

Happy birthday, and bon voyage!

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

Cool, BTW

I really like the Peace-Gold-Love theme. Perhaps we can focus more on those. Anyway, it gives me something to think about.

Have fun on your trip!
bon anniversaire :-)