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Should I give up if I can't get 21 people to pledge at least $8 today?

Should I give up if I can't find 21 people to pledge just $8 today?

We're so close to making this pledge for 100 people succeed yet so far away:


It's not so much the money as it is the idea that we need to get all supporters working together in a common goal to make this $12 million for Ron Paul happen. I thought this message would catch on, but it's more difficult than I thought. Am I missing something?

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No, you should donate anyway

Quit worrying about what other people are doing. Don't let your actions be controlled by a bunch of other (heretofore unknown) people. If the number of people who have already donated to this campaign is NOT ENOUGH to motivate those few dollars out of your wallet... well then will ANYTHING actually be enough???

LEAD by example.

Plan for what you CAN donate and then ACTUALLY DONATE IT.

PLEDGES are IMHO just an easy and cowardly way for people to be able to NOT donate (or do anything)... with a "challenge pledge" what you are actually saying is that "I will do XXX if 100 other people will do XXX" -- which also implies its corrollary: ".,.and if I don't get 100 other people to agree that they will do XXX, then I won't either."

You are NOT putting together a baseball team, you are donating to a campaign.

Just DO IT!

And then, once you've donated all you can and/or maxed out (like me) you can harp at everyone else to get them to follow your lead!

This pledge succeeded!

You're right: a pledge can have a negative impact and prevent someone from donating. On the flip side, it can have a positive impact and get someone to donate who wouldn't otherwise.

This pledge succeeded, and your negativity is not necessary.

Donating is not the whole point of this pledge. The message was more about working together to achieve a common goal. As individuals, we're donating $8 (and some much more). But, as a group, we're donating over $1,000 this week!

This week, everyone in this pledge can say, "I contributed $8 and helped encourage 100 others to do the same for a $1,000+ total." How much did you contribute? How many people did you encourage?

So, the question is: do you think it's better to donate as an individual or be part of a cohesive group working towards a common goal?


Great... you succeeded.

But YOU were the one who was complaining that you should just "give up" because everyone else wasn't going along with your plan.

Actually, I have no idea how much your "encouragement" really succeeded. Some may not have donated, others may have donated anyway, regardless of the pledge.

BTW I was not being negative on your pledge... pledge away all you want. Create 5, 10, 100 different pledges... but I think you are out of line in DESPAIRING -- OR DISPARAGING OTHERS -- if your personally preset quota doesn't get reached when you make such a "challenge".

And as far as myself, I literally CANNOT donate any more personally -- the campaign would just have to waste money refunding it anyway. Instead I have been doing everything I can locally, donating funds and supplies to my own and other area meetups.

And, unless you are setting up a PAC, then EVERYONE is donating individually... whether you are doing it in "batches" or not, it is still an individual donation -- and don't forget, the CAMPAIGN as a whole is the "COMMON GOAL" -- much more than anyone's specific "pledge bank."


If you'd like to respond to this, please send me a private message as I won't be monitoring this thread. I believe you can click on my alias to do so, now.

I was asking if I should give up not stating I should. By any reasonable measure, $8 is not a large sum of money. With thousands of supporters online, it would seem "easy" enough to get 100 people in 6 days, but, believe me, it wasn't. Anyway, my message was loud and clear, and instead of getting others down, the community pulled through and made this a resounding success! (Thank you, again, to everyone!)

55% had not already donated as marked on the site. While it's true that I cannot confirm any donation, I don't think that matters. If I hand out 100 slim jims and only get one other to vote for Ron Paul, then I succeeded not failed. But, perhaps I should put an asterisk on the figures I present. And, really, we can be reasonably confident that we had 100% participation in this $8 pledge. I got a few confirmations already.

Thank you for your personal sacrifice for Ron Paul.

While true we're not a PAC, we are working in concert for a common goal. The campaign defines the large goals, but it's up to us to organize to divide it up and conquer it with smaller, more manageable goals.

Thank you to everyone!

Thank you to everyone! We've reached the goal of 100. But, you can still sign up to be a part of this success:


Ron Paul needs more than 100 donors!

I signed the pledge already

And I'm not waiting for the last signatures. I just donated $25 toward the money bomb.

Looking forward to November 5.

Anyone know where I can get a Guy Fawkes mask?

V for Vendetta/Guy Fawkes mask

I found them on ebay. I put in V for Vendetta, but some are listed as Guy Fawkes as well. Some are going for quite a bit, some come with the hair and hat; just the mask is around $8. I was thinking of mounting one on my Jeep somehow....

"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."
- Plato

"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."
- Plato

Just freakin donate

whether monkeys fly, or you got no pledges , just donate ....
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"The time is near at hand which we must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves."

George Washington
First President of the USA.

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"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make
violent revolution inevitable."
John F. Kennedy

I just donated 100.00.

So now you need 6.

Thank you, Tim!

Thank you!

Now we only need 3!

Only 7 more people are needed for this to succeed!

Only 7 more people are needed for this to succeed:


Just signed up

"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."
- Plato

"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."
- Plato

great quote!

I'm going to have to use that one, too!

make that 6

just signed up

Thank you!

Thank you, Todd!

Money bomb

With the inaugural money bombing mere hours away, I think your issue is a matter on people not using Pledge Bank rather than not donating.

Hey all, if you guys get in the money bomb, why don't you help a brotha out and sign this pledge to activate the rest?

thank you

Thank you for your support!

Thank you.

To all who have pledged: thank you!

We just need 15 more to believe in the message that we can make this Q4 fundraising goal but only if we work together:



...on my way to pledge

I feel you and Ron Paul definitely feels you.

It's kind of like having 500 people in meetup groups and only getting a third of those to vote in a straw poll at your local state fair. It's very demoralizing. It would be nice to know that everyone that has signed up to meetup groups and contribute their thoughts online actually would get involved. How long can you sit back and just watch the tally go up and think " it's ok without me, look how well we're doing". Why the heck there aren't 100,000 people in America that could give 25 - 50 dollars a week I don't know. At $25/wk that would be 2.5 million a week! Quick math tells me that would be 30 million over the quarter!! Why don't you people understand that? 100,000 people commit, and if you can't do it one week, find 5 people to donate $5 apiece to make up for it...how hard is that? I am slowly going to make it to my max amount and that doesn't count the hundreds of dollars that have gone into signs, pamplets, t-shirts, buttons...etc.. But then I know what's at stake here, apparently most don't.

I only hope that people finally start understanding what is at stake in Ron Pauls Presidential bid.