Ron Paul still inviting conversation. Tom Petty Concert!Submitted by Kevin Byrd on Tue, 08/19/2014 - 21:33
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.