NEW - Videos from St Paul.Submitted by Ozark Hillbilly on Wed, 10/15/2008 - 08:36
Two Texans travel to St Paul for the Republican National Convention. As a guest of an Alternate Delegate, I was camera man / tech guy for interviewing the protestors on and near the Capitol Building of Minneapolis. The Ron Paul Alternate Delegate interviews some of the people trying to get a grasp of their knowledge of our government and what a Republic is.
When questioned on what form of government was created by America, all but one answered that we are a democracy. This lead to questions about the pledge of allegiance which of course they all new and finally figured out that they are in a Republic and not a Democracy.
When questioned on what is the difference between a Democrat and a Republican, they either didn't know or would talk about issues. When informed that the main difference is that a Republican supports an advocates a republic form of government and a Democrat supports and advocates a democratic form of government they became somewhat curious.
This lead to trying to get them to understand that individual rights could be voted away in a democracy and that they couldn't be (at least they're or not SUPPOSED to be able to) in a republic.
When given the question: Do you find it *interesting* that your entire life, you have lived in a republic and yet for your entire life your Media, government and even your clergy have convinced you that you live in a democracy. At that point, you could almost see them beginning to use parts of their brains that haven't been accessed in a long time and their eyes beginning to clear.
I'm not trying to say that we "changed the world" but I truly feel that some of those that we interviewed were thinking things a little differently when we walked away.
I wanted to have these up much sooner, but I have never edited video files from a camera before so it was a learning experience to say the least. The fact that my Nero software was apparently co-written by Fischer-Price really didn't help speed things up…
Now during the same visit to St Paul, OF COURSE we went to the Rally for the Republic. That was most excellent. Well I interviewed Ron Paul supporters there (I was on my own at this point) and it is very interesting to note not only then difference in knowledge of the protesters vs. the supporters, but also the actual energy level that was different between the two. It even comes through on youTube videos.
So with much ado, here are the videos, I hope that someone will bump this up in the morning so that these vids get seen because some of them are really good. Pay particular attention to a lady named Ann Wright.; retired Lieutenant Colonel and former Diplomat for the U.S. She's really great!
St Paul Protesters