Join the Online Ron Paul Rally: rally.ronpaulplanet.orgSubmitted by Michael Nystrom on Thu, 07/26/2007 - 11:30
I received this letter from Dan Libby at Ron Paul Planet. It is a great idea! I encourage everyone to join the online rally. You can see, and join the online Ron Paul rally here
Fellow Ron Paul Supporters and Freedom Lovers,
We all know that Dr. Paul has a lot of supporters on the internet. We have seen the YouTube stats, the Alexa stats, the meetup stats, the technorati blogging stats, the online poll results, etc, etc.
But the problem with stats is that they are just faceless numbers. It is hard to visualize the people behind those numbers. And it is easy for detractors to claim those numbers are somehow faked and to continue ignoring us and Dr. Paul in the mass media.
So I was thinking about this issue, and about possible ways for us to more visually demonstrate our support online with something that would be hard to ignore. I wanted to show all doubters that there are LOTS of people that are standing with Dr. Paul. I wanted to show that we are real people, and that it is popular to want freedom and less government, and an end to this war. I wanted to dispel the notion that Dr. Paul is a "longshot" by demonstrating that we the people stand with him.
I decided to start a virtual rally online for Dr. Paul. A rally that lasts the length of the campaign. A rally that thunders out our support. I would like to see every person in the forums and YouTube, every person in the Meetup groups, every person that has donated to the campaign, every person that LOVES FREEDOM and STANDS WITH RON PAUL -- become a part of this rally.
To this end, I created a new website with a simple and novel approach. I believe it to be the first of its kind. The website contains a single, ever-expanding photo mosaic. Each Ron Paul supporter may upload his or her photo, and it will be added to the mosaic.
Also, each person is asked to make a brief statement about why they support Ron Paul, which state they live in, and some other details, most of which are optional. These messages of support appear in speech bubbles as you move your mouse around the mosaic. Clicking on a person will bring up a larger thumbnail photo.
In just 5 days of operation, we have generated over 560 photos and
expressions of support from enthusiastic supporters all over the country.
The mosaic looks really great, and it is fun to see what each person has to say. I cannot wait to see how much more impressive it will look with thousands upon thousands of Ron Paul supporters, as it expands out and down for several screens.
Indeed, I think we should be able to create the largest human photo mosaic on the internet. This in itself would be newsworthy, and could attract more positive attention to the campaign. Further, the mosaic images are available to anyone who would like to use them to promote Dr. Paul in other ways: creating posters, t-shirts, billboards and so on.
So if you'd like to be part of the Ron Paul Rally, head on over to:
Then please forward this message to anyone and everyone you think might be interested. Blog it, and so on.
ps, for anyone on the fence about doing this: Think about the thousands of people who spent time and money to go to the real rallies to show their support for Dr. Paul. Joining this rally is free, and it takes just a couple of minutes. You can do it *right now*.
pps, for anyone active in a Meetup group, please read this post with a simple activity suggestion:
Let's prove the naysayers wrong!
We are rallying together for Ron Paul. Join us!