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Hi bear

I saw your thread last night, after getting home from a long meeting downtown. It was cold and rainy, and I hadn't worn enough clothes, and the traffic was bad and the bus was late so I walked the distance carrying a heavy bag, and was tired and achy when I got home. I checked in on the DP, as I do (partly to make sure it was still there, and hadn't been hacked by a pirate (which has happened before, not to this site, but my previous one), and I saw your thread.

Wow! What a nice surprise! I wanted to say something immediately, but I didn't know what to say. So instead I thought about what you had said, and this is what stood out most:

...and how I butted into one of his conversations this week and spoke to him as if I knew him and told him thank you for inviting us into his living room

And what I thought was - don't we all know each other, on some level? We're all so different, but we all have that one thing in common - that we're Ron Paul supporters. On a deeper level, it means that we share certain values in common and see the world in the same way. In that regard, we are alike and we do all know each other.

This is something that I would like to expand even further, if possible. I have a friend who is a Ron Paul supporter who likes to say he's related to other people, because, "His mother, and my mother -- they're both mothers."

Yes Ron Paul supporters are a family, and we're part of a bigger family too. That is what I always appreciated about Ron Paul - is that he always looks to find common ground, to emphasize similarities and not differences.

As for the living room... I have always sought to define exactly what the Daily Paul is... It is hard to define, except by analogy. One of the best analogies is that it is one big giant party. Everyone is here. We're all talking & exchanging ideas. But it is also like a costume party. People use names like 'bear' and 'The Granger' and 'rawhead' just to name a few. And there are others who come to the party but just peek in the windows and enjoy what is going on. One of those observer, we happen to know, is Ron Paul himself!

But I'm happy to host the party, and I'm glad that people enjoy the party, and party on when I'm not around.

And I really can't take too much credit for the DP. Really, without you - all of you - it would not be what it is: One big, long, never ending conversation... So thank you all.

And of course, without the technical support, the site would not be here at all. So special thanks goes to bigmikedude, Joη, Jaspreet, NCMarc and Jefferson who make up the core of the technical team that keeps the site on the air, through hurricanes, floods, fires, spammers, flamers, overloaded database tables, excessive db queries, and a bunch of other stuff that I don't understand.

What I am most happy to hear is how much people learn and grow from each other here on the site.

Thank you bear, and everyone on the thread.

To Liberty!
Michael

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.
- Alan Watts