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Ron Paul still inviting conversation. Tom Petty Concert!

My daughter and I went to see Tom Petty at the Gorge in WA last Friday evening. I usually buy a t-shirt while I'm at the show and it is usually hot there so I wanted to wear a shirt I could take off and leave at the show since I planned on wearing whatever shirt I bought at the show.

I went to my dresser drawer, I usually have a few old t-shirts in there that are ready to be sent to goodwill, to find a shirt to wear and when I opened my drawer, the first shirt I saw was a black one that was folded up nicely, my girlfriend is really a great woman, and I picked it up and held it by the top and let the bottom fall towards the floor and when it unfolded, I quickly realized it was a Ron Paul t shirt from the 2012 campaign. The shirt felt really great in my hands as they were actually made pretty well. I remember thinking about the time I had spent on the campaign, going to see Ron in Seattle and talking to many people about Ron. I went so far as to put up signs in my yard and windows of my house. I had buttons I would pass out when someone would show some interest in talking about Ron Paul and what he stands for. I had never before been involved in politics, other than talking with people about it. I remember all the great hope I had for Ron winning and being able to start the turn around of our country and what it could mean for the future of us all.

So I put the shirt on and walked out of the house to the car for the 3 hour drive to eastern WA. As we drove there, I talked with my daughter about Ron Paul and what he stands for. She has heard most of my thoughts many, many times so it wasn't unfamiliar to her. She is now 17 and is quite the thinker like myself. She asked how our country has slid so far from it's founding ideals and I could not give her just one answer. I realize it's much more complicated then a few words but the reality is, we have been sold out by almost every politician and bureaucrat to ever get a paycheck from the constant theft we have to pay on a daily basis known as our Government.

As our trip went on, I turned the conversation to the t-shirt I was wearing. I was making suggestions on what I was going to do with it when I bought the new shirt at the show. I was thinking I could hang it somewhere and have my picture taken with it and to leave it there to see how others would react. I kind of felt a little guilty for wanting to leave it there but I figured it would do more good hanging in plain site for many others to see and hopefully spark something in them. A few other ideas passed through my mind but I thought hanging it for all to see would be the best plan.

We finally arrived at the show and were directed to park in a massive grass parking lot. I turned the car off and stepped out to get a stretch of my legs and take a look around. I saw many people with many different shirts but I didn't see any Ron Paul wearers. Quite a few people where enjoying some sweet smelling cannabis and I realized I would surely like to be doing the same. I sat back in the car as my daughter was standing outside waiting for me to walk with her to show. I had a vapor pen and had stopped by a dispensary on the way to the show and had some really good smelling wax. I inhaled a few hits thought about my plan for the shirt and was ready to go.

As we walked through the grass I could feel the sun warming on my back, the shirt is black and sucked the heat right up, it was a beautiful day in WA and I was really looking forward to a good show. I had never seen Tom Petty live before.

As we approached the gate to enter it was time to really get close to people and all could easily see what they were wearing. I heard someone behind me say, it's too bad Ron Paul didn't win in 2012 and the other person said yeah the whole country could possibly be enjoying cannabis right now had Ron won. I didn't get a chance to say anything to them as the line split right then and they walked another direction. Nonetheless, I thought wow, nice to hear someone talking about Ron Paul. We made our way up to the gate and a nice looking young woman who was taking tickets motioned me to come to her line. I, of course went right in her direction, what male wouldn't when a young woman signals one to do so?, she immediately started talking to me about Ron and how she had voted for him and how her parents were not on the bandwagon. She said one was a democrat and the other a republican. She realized neither of them were working for her, maybe she just wanted to rebel but she said something that made me think otherwise. She thought that the were really one in the same and that we needed an alternative. She believed Ron to be that alternative and I was happy to agree with her. She told me that a few of her friends were starting to realize that things aren't what they seem and it was time to start to look outside the box. I told her I was very impressed by her thinking and to be sure to visit the Dailypaul.com. I thanked her for the wonderful conversation and inside the show we went.

As we walked inside, we were looking for the booth that sells the concert shirts and I was eyeing somewhere I could hang the shirt. As we stood in line, someone behind me said "Hey Ron Paul", I turned around to say hello and he started rambling on about Ron and how he should have won and how our country would be better off. I agreed and assured him we haven't lost just yet. Our country still has a chance if we can spread the word. I let him know there was a place he could talk with other liberty minded people and told him about the dailypaul.com. He smiled as we parted ways.

We got our shirts and I was looking around for some place to hang the shirt when I walked towards a group of young 20 something men. My mind was on finding somewhere to hang the shirt so I didn't at first realize they were looking my direction. Then one of them yelled out "Ron Paul, yeah!" I turned to look and him and about 5 of his friends all started hooting and hollering about Ron Paul. I yelled back "Freedom and Liberty" and then I said "go to dailypaul.com". We talked for a couple of minutes about freedom from the chains of government and we need a leader like Ron Paul to help everyone wake up, but my daughter was urging me to find a seat before there weren't any. We sat in the grass at the top of the venue.

As we were making our way, I kept hearing people yelling out "Ron Paul, Ron Paul" I would always turn their direction and smile or yell something back. One guy said he worked on the campaign as well and really had his hopes dashed. I'm sure most of us know that feeling.

I'm not sure of Tom Petty's politics but I will say many people who go and see him know of Ron Paul and have hope for liberty.

So in the end, I couldn't dare take the shirt off and hang it somewhere. Hell I was nearly a celebrity while I was wearing that shirt! It felt so good to realize that other's are thinking about liberty and many others truly are awake. I'm glad we have this site to connect with others and to help keep hope alive. I realize now that I won't be letting that shirt go anytime soon, as a matter of fact I've decided to wear it twice a month and to talk with as many people as I can about what Ron Paul stands for. I always tell them to come to the dailypaul.com and to be sure to take a look around. Don't give up! There is still hope!

I wanted to post a pic but I'm new here and just not that computer bright.

Kevin Byrd

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Man in black

I am a balding old guy (54) who was wearing his black Ron Paul 2012 shirt the night we stopped the cops from arresting the Ron Paul truck at Whiskey Joes in Tampa. Thanks to 20 recording smart phones.

That same night 3 really young hot girls (over 18 barely) wanted to know where I got my swag, I told them it's Ron Paul Swag, Baby.

Our town is having its festival this weekend, guess what I'll be wearing tonight.

This time don't give us Barabbus!

Awesome story

It's real nice to hear stories like this. It is hard to know the level that free and righteous consciousness has reached within society, and pretty much the only gauge I have is hearing stuff like this, so it is always heartening to hear.. thanks.

Freedom is a byproduct of acceptance - judge not.

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Kevin, that was great. You

Kevin, that was great. You put a smile on my face and for that I thank you :)

It is easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled. – Mark Twain


You put a smile on my face as well.

Wish I could give this more

Wish I could give this more than 1 upvote! Thanks for sharing!

And if there is a MOD listening, could you please look into the "+10 button"? /jk.

With LOVE!


Appreciate the comment!

Tom Petty is a typical lefty sadly

At least from what I heard on public radio. It was on Veri Gross show I think.

He seems like the typical, "I got mine, now I'm gonna promote stealing from you, in the name of minorities, the environment, because when you're rich, it's just too easy to be a fascist and get accepted by the elites than stand up for freedom and get blackballed" kind of celebrity.

Worried about wealth disparity while promoting the policies that cause it.

Maybe he was just fronting because he knew that was what Veri wanted to hear, but it sounded a bit sincere.

A little anecdote...

It sure does add fuel to the tiny burning fire that still resides in my belly to hear of your experience. Thanks for sharing!

And he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth.

You got it Raven!

The fire is still there and there is still time! Minds around the country and world are waking up everyday.

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There should be a..

Wear your Ron Paul shirt day. If we can start that much conversation over a tee shirt what would happen if everyone wore their Ron Paul shirt on the same day? Good post my man. Thanks for the read.

Well, It is His Birthday...

Today's a good day.

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Tom Petty in Orlando

I saw Tom Petty in Orlando, FL in 2012 - wore my best Ron Paul shirt and had a similiar experience. :)

How was his show? How is his new music?

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world.

Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has...

John Stevens
Jacksonville Ron Paul 2008 Meetup Organizer

Like the new Album

His show was good! The music sounded just like his records. His new music was actually quite good. The Gorge is one of the best venues I've been to.

As a birthday gesture....wish I / we would have

thought of all wearing our t-shirts that day. Hopefully next year, I guess !

Ron Paul awakened humanity

HE awakened humanity to the Rothschild zio counterfeit false debt central bank system of debt slavery.

Until the Rothschild scourge ends humanity will be bound by chains of false national debt and claims of collections.

Good post

Keep up the good fight.


"I Won't Back Down" ... (Tom Petty) ...

This was the song that was used at the Rally for the Republic in Minneapolis in 2008 when Ron Paul came out to speak.

A good choice indeed!

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul

Did you take

any photos?

Ron Paul Is My President


I do have a photo but don't know hot to upload it here.

Thank you!

Thank you for sharing. A great story.

"If you want to change government, you have to become government" Ron Paul

For Freedom!

thanks for the story

I love Petty's music. To bad he is a big lefty. He has mentioned it many times. He is against big corporations. Yet he supports people who take money from them. To me that is being just a little bit of a hypocrite.

I travel to a different state

I travel to a different state every week, and see Ron Paul bumper stickers or signs at least once while I'm there. And when I talk to people in those states, they speak like libertarians and claim they never voted for the oligarchy candidate that is notorious in their state. This leads me to believe, without a doubt, that the elections were and will continue to be rigged as long as we trust a software program and cannot authenticate our votes.

Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. - Matthew 10:16

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Great first post, Kevin

and it is at the top of the front page!
Welcome to DP and thank you for sharing this with us. I really enjoyed it! I love it when people approach me to talk or thumbs up when they see my Ron Paul Bumper stickers! ;)

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

Ron Paul

Thanks and yes it's great when other's want to talk about Ron and his values.

Big Tom Petty Fan

For the most part Tom Petty keeps his politics to himself, but a few things have slipped out that suggest he is a lefty.

The liner notes to his box set refer to his "green politics": http://discog.fleetwoodmac.net/discog.php?pid=211

In 2000, at the Bridge School benefit concert, he talked about how George Bush asked to use ""I Won't Back Down" as his campaign song. "He asked me," Petty told the crowd, "and I had to say 'You're not gonna hang that on me.'": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1Toyorx41U

But how did Petty feel when the DNC used the song when President Obama took the stage to speak at the Democratic National Convention?: "I got chills": http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/tom-petty-got-chills-...

"Bipartisan: both parties acting in concert to put both of their hands in your pocket."-Rothbard

Really enjoyed your post...

If not already, it should end up on the front page.

Great stuff!

Thanks for sharing Kevin!

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