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Ron Paul supporters, who are you guys?

A similar thread was originally started by MashTheGas but I guess it was lost with the server crash. It lasted a few weeks with a few hundred responses.


Who are you guys?

How old are you?
Where are you from?
What do you do?
What’s your political history?
What brought you to Ron Paul?


Answer as much or as little as you want. It's great to see what an eclectic group supports Ron Paul.

    note: original thread, found nov 8 2009 ~
    http://www.dailypaul.com/node/8177





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I'm just an ordinary American with a hope

How old are you? 50

Where are you from? Born in SoCal, live in Lexington, KY

What do you do? Own a small business

What’s your political history? Very liberal when I was younger, was very alienated by the Republican Party because of the military interventionist policies, CIA shadow government meddling, big corporation / military industrial special interests, and the Christian Right intolerance. As I got older I started to see how liberal Big Government was not a solution to those problems, just a different set of problems. Became familiar with Goldwater conservatism, and learned more about Jeffersonian views of government. Became interested in libertarian philosophy, and found a lot there that I liked. As a result I began to see social dynamics and individual rights in a different context. The Democratic Party lost all appeal as the lesser of two evils a long time ago. I now realize that neither party gives more than lip service to the truth, and only pitches to different special interests. Individual liberty, the equal rule of law for everyone, and small government are the key to putting this country back. I admit that the forces opposing change are vast, but if this is the last shot I'm giving it everything I have. I'm currently a registered Republican, and not even a gun in my face will keep me from pulling the lever for Ron Paul.

What brought you to Ron Paul? I had a slight familiarity due to some friends, but the second debate got me going. Once I started to get up to speed on his positions I was amazed that there was one true, honest statesman left in the sea of filthy self-serving politicians. Ron Paul has lifted my cynicism, but I can't help feel that if my fellow countrymen cannot see this opportunity when it is laid before them then they truly don't deserve the Liberty that was once in their possession, and they will surely lose all that remains of it, and soon.

We all see now that the internet has been our salvation, and the only tool that has allowed us to learn, communicate and mobilize in sufficient numbers. The powers that be are only just now realizing the peril it presents to them, and the terrible miscalculation they made in underestimating its potential. By the 2012 elections it will not be outside of their controls any more. By then the economy will be in shambles, anyway, the social fabric will be unraveling, paving the way for a full-blown police state. This is a long shot, but the only shot.

If that sounds like conspiracy theory crackpot talk, I guess I'm guilty. I just wonder if any of the dissenting voices that preceded any of the fascist/totalitarian states of the 20th century were ridiculed as crackpots or morons before they were rounded up for speaking out.

If you want to know the worst that can possibly happen, study history.

I'm 27 years off age. I'm

I'm 27 years off age.
I'm from Beverwijk in the Netherlands near Amsterdam
I'm a history teacher.
I can't vote fore Ron Paul because i'm not American
I saw him for the first time on you-tube, the blowback debate, and I love him ever sinds.
I hope so much you guys will get him in the White House.
Good luck and do your best!!!!

hi, william

choosing a leader for our nation

Many people contend that Ron Paul, although an honest, plain-talking man, comes to the 2008 presidential campaign podium without a lot of achievement. While in office, he hasn’t steer-headed proposed legislation into law, or galvanized broad-based support for this national agenda or that, or even been on board with most post-911 bills and actions. For almost twenty years, he’s been a dedicated representative for his Texas District and has not a potpourri of achievements about which to boast on the presidential campaign trail. Is this exactly true? How could someone serve for so long, and have so little to show for it?

The following story took place centuries ago in the Far East.

The wise, old emperor was keenly aware that he was getting along in years, and he worried about finding a suitable replacement to lead the people. One day, he solicited the young people of his kingdom to gather, and he shocked them by telling them that he would be stepping down and that he would choose one of them to be his successor. “I am going to give each one of you a seed today, a very special seed. I want you to plant the seed, water it and come back here one year from today with what you have grown from the seed. I will then judge the plants that you bring, and the one I choose will be the next emperor!”

One young man named Ling, a son of a farmer, was there that day, and he was certain that he could cultivate that seed better than anyone else. He got a pot, filled it with rich soil and watered it carefully. Day after day, he checked the pot. Weeks passed by, then months, and still nothing had grown. Other youths from the kingdom began to talk about their plants and flowers and trees, but Ling said nothing. He was sure that he somehow had killed the seed.

After a year had passed, all the youths of the kingdom brought their plants to the emperor for inspection. Ling’s first inclination was not to attend, but he showed up that day, sick to his stomach. He was amazed at the plants that the others had brought. They were of all different varieties and all so beautiful. Some of the others made fun of Ling’s empty pot and others felt pity for him. Ling stood toward the back of the crowd.

The emperor looked over the vast array and seemed pleased. Then, he spotted Ling standing at the back of the room with his empty pot, and he ordered his guards to bring the young man to the front. Ling was led grudgingly, fearful that he may be punished for his utter failure. The emperor asked his name. “My name is Ling,” he replied. Now, all the youths were laughing and making fun. The emperor then announced to the crowd, “Behold your new emperor! His name is Ling!”
The emperor continued,

One year ago today, I gave everyone here a seed. I told you to take the seed, plant it, water it and bring it back to me today. But I gave you all boiled seeds which would not grow. The rest of you substituted your own seeds for the one I gave you, but Ling was the only one with the courage and honesty to bring me a pot with my seed in it. Therefore, he is the one who will be your new emperor.

Ron Paul, like Ling, is a great truth-teller. His voting record is one of the most consistent this writer has ever seen. No flip-flops are to be found. As well, he is a courageous and wise man, and a heck of an economist. Just ask the Wall Streeters. However, he bears to his fellow countrymen and countrywomen, an empty pot. He can’t claim to have brought you wars or higher taxes, which we now have. He never brought you an unbalanced budget, which is a perennial joke. He never voted himself a wage increase and, to this day, gives back part of his salary every year. He has always voted to preserve the Constitution, cut government spending, lower healthcare costs, end the war on drugs, secure our borders with immigration reform and protect our civil liberties. Sorrowfully, he was outvoted or shot down on all measures. The Constitution has been chiseled down, government spending is through the roof, healthcare costs are out of control, the war on drugs keeps getting less effective, immigration issues remain unresolved and our civil liberties have been crimped for our own safety. I’ll just throw in that Ron Paul opposes regulation of the internet, which has been a revolution in the exchange of ideas, this article being a case in point.

The eye-popping reality of the situation is this. No longer can it be said that Ron Paul is running for President. Amazingly enough, his candidacy has been hijacked, and it appears now that the people are running for President. . . through Ron Paul. That’s the true revolution about which your neighbors are speaking.

So, do you want the plants and flowers that your other government representatives have cultivated for you year after year, or do you want an open and honest effort at change, not for the powerful interests, but for you and for members of your family yet to arrive. If you want to see an unprecedented effort at change - starting with the only man on the campaign trail who is not afraid to tell you the truth - your action must start now. Get informed. Get motivated. Get talking to your neighbors. Then, get to the voting booths for the primaries, caucuses, and general election. We want our Republic back.

Hi, friend

"First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win."
-- Mahatma Gandhi

ME

37

Chicago, Illinois

Senior Manager for Big 4 Accounting Firm

College Idealist turned Ditto-Head, now Pissed Off Independent

Ron Paul is the first candidate I've donated to. He's an honest statesman in a field of ethically and morally bankrupt politicians.

We need more like him in our government. I first learned of Ron on YouTube after watching the "Family Guy - Peanut Butter Jelly Time" video:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=Jws57vtYSLg

Parent Advocate & Market Researcher

Age: 50
From: NYC/NJ, Illinois (NU), and, now, Boston (MIT)

Do:
. . . 1: New product market research/strategy
. . . 2: Parent empowerment via supplementing child's education
. . . . . Board: http://p196.ezboard.com/bafterschoolers


Political History:
. . . Pre-1980: Liberal
. . . 1980-Pres: libertarian
. . . 1988: Massachusetts delegate to Libertarian Convention
. . . 1990: Largely burned out, although always voted Libertarian
. . . . . . . if they were on the ballot, and suggested to anyone who
. . . . . . . would listen that allowing freedom and "live and let live"
. . . . . . . might not be an entirely terrible way to go.


Coming to Liberty from the Left, I appreciate Paul's hard money, anti-fed message, but it does not excite me.

My driver is what freedom would mean for the underclass (e.g., State Against Blacks) and for parents (e.g., school choice).


I spend most of my time researching how to increase parents' control of their own children's education (e.g., vouchers).

Don't Vote For Ron Paul for anything less than
Re[love]ution & Renaissance
Dennis

I'm a 43 year old

Commodity Futures Broker , 3 time kidney transplant patient and cancer survivor. I am a victim of the war on drugs in my fight for cancer here in texas and officially a "criminal". I'm a father of 2 teenage girls and my wife is a housewife.

I have been a fan of Dr. Paul since 1988. I live in the 14th disctrict and he is my congressman. I've voted Republican since 1984, exception 1988 for Dr. Paul, and after that Republican. Also, 2004 I voted libertarian because I couldn't vote for Bush after Iraq.

The war on drugs is a huge issue with me and industrial hemp. Just like the Iraq War, Ron Paul is the only candidate who doesn't want to play god with our lives. Other than the war on drugs I'm a huge social conservative, pro-life and family values.

Perhaps the biggest reason I support Dr. PAul is his understanding of monetary policy and his adherance to the constitution.

zamboni's post

Did you happen to catch that RP bike riding guy when he passed thru your town down there? I saw an article on him somewhere. He was there around Thanksgiving time and RP actually rode a bike with him for 10 miles. I think he is still on the road biking to Washington DC.

Sorry to get off of the topic.

That's all true. He gave

That's all true. He gave little heads up notice, so very few people got to see him unfortunately, but he did get to ride with Ron Paul. He was blown away. We all adore Ron Paul and to meet him is awesome. That biker has a web site. www.ronpaulriders.com He is someplace in Alabama about now. Ron Paul lives in Lake Jackson which is 40 miles due south of Houston. Michael went through Austin, then Houston for Thanksgiving with a meetup here and then down to Lake Jackson. So neat that Ron Paul was in town when he was. Sorry I missed Michael though.

mad as hell....

I have enough with these neocon scum!

oh...and im a student....a philosophy major in indiana

"Truth is treason in the empire of lies." - Ron Paul

A South American Copper Baron

Not really.

I'm a 28 year old Plant Geneticist from Southern New Mexico (I can see land in Mexico and Texas if I stand on my roof)

I'm a Libertarian, well temporarily a Republican.

My wife and I also run a coffee roasting business, she has a coffee shop too.

Do you really need to ask why a young capitalist is a RP supporter? Nobody has more to gain from peace and free trade than my demographic; and as the screen name suggest I'm not in this for any alturistic BS, the Paul presidency is what is best for me and my family.

I am a 57 year old disabled veteran

living in Wetumpka, Al. I am college educated and a former helluvacopter pilot for the US Army.
But, as I said in the original post
WE ARE America!
WE ARE taking our country back!

Who am I?

I mis-posted the first time... lol

Who are you?
My name is Eric Allen. I am single...

How old are you?
23

Where are you from?
I grew up in NW Arkansas (dope spot), spent the last 5 1/2 years in Orlando, FL, where I attended Rollins College. I helped start the first MeetUp group in Orlando. I have since moved back to AR and am temporarily in Washington, DC at the Ron Paul HQ applying for a full-time spot, staying at a staffer's house, sleeping on his couch. I may, or may not, come on full-time.

What do you do?
I majored in History, so I guess you could say at heart I am an historian. I own a company with my business partner A.A. called Pimpin' Turtle Incorporated. We specialize in customized artistic hip-hop surfer clothing and operate an alternative news and media website called www.pimpinturtle.com. It is constantly flooded with all the newest Ron Paul news and has been ever since we heard about Ron Paul over 9 months ago.

What’s your political history?
Never voted before
Never registered to vote
Never contributed to a political campaign
My family supported Bush in the first election (so that means that I kind of had to too. I learned growing up that "You should support the same person that your family does because it will benefit you more then supporting someone they don't." We all know that is bullshit now though!)
When I found out about RP, I was so happy that I had always been a Republican.... I had just never known about what a republican was truly about...

What brought you to Ron Paul?
I kinda already explained this... but, in reality my business partner introduced me to RP... I watched the debate where he confronted Rudy and I was hooked... I have been a die-hard Ron Paul supporter ever since...

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"I would gladly take a bullet for Ron Paul if he was in danger. Gladly. Would you?"

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"I would gladly take a bullet for Ron Paul if he was in danger. Gladly. Would you?"

How old are you? 43Where

How old are you? 43
Where are you from? San Diego
What do you do? Artist
What’s your political history? Conservative Small Gov
What brought you to Ron Paul? Yahoo news on Nov 5 Moneybomb

Go Ron Paul
Go We The People

How old are you? 40 Where

How old are you? 40
Where are you from? Birmingham, AL
What do you do? QA Analyst
What’s your political history? Former liberal - I grew out of it though.
What brought you to Ron Paul? This big huge wave picked me up... :)

Ron Paul all the way

I am a married 31 year old stay at homeschooling mommy of 5.
Absolutely love Dr. Paul!!

Just happened to be flipping channels and NBC nightly news had maybe a 5 minute piece on Dr. Paul. Something to the likes of... who is this guy curing the apathy of America? I told my husband later that night about this Ron Paul guy that they were talking about on the news and the enthusiasm the people had. We checked him out and said that is OUR PRESIDENT.

Oops

mistake post

On the younger end of the spectrum

How old are you? 24 -- college grad,
Where are you from? The midwest
What do you do? I tutor high school kids
What’s your political history? Republican all the way, but sad to see the party's direction.
What brought you to Ron Paul? My dad sent me an email from an old friend in Michigan involved in conservative politics for many years mentioning RP. I looked him up and was hooked. I told my family all about him and now all 6 voters in my immed. family are voting for him. We started a meetup group, and the rest is history.

We are Americans

I am 32 yaers old
I live inParker, Colorado
I am a Business Manager for a large construction company
I dont really have a political history
I have been following Ron Paul's actions in congress for about 4 or 5 years as he is the only one who would vote the way I would.

Anyway, we are Americans from all walks of life who just want a fair shake from our government. I remember when I was a little boy I asked my dad why the government sent all this money to help other countries when we had problems in our own country that could use that money. Something is seriously wrong when a kid can recognize that we send more aid to other countries and yet our own infrastructure is failing.

America NEEDS Ron Paul.....

Who are you guys? - James

How old are you? - 34 Years old

Where are you from? - Athens, TX

What do you do? - Internet Technical Support

What’s your political history? - N/A...The world we live in today has gotten me interested in politics, and helping fix the problems we see everyday.

What brought you to Ron Paul? - Word of mouth..the internet..and hope.

49 MARRIED 2 KIDS

im here because i know whats going on. ive been a stockbroker for 20 years and have known about ron paul for 15 of those years. started buying gold for clients as well as silver and oil in 2002 we couldnt have done better. this countries economic system is built on a house of cards, no substance. the money peddlers on wall street where i work and never had it better at the expense of the working people of this country. when you make million you dont worry about inflation gas price foood prices it doesnt matter unless you have hyperinflation and destroy all the paper money. how can paper mon ey have any real value it doesnt. your dollars are worth no more than youer confidence to accept it as barter. this country doesnt have 10 years left maybe not even 5. we cannot consume what we cannot afford on borrowed money forever its just a matter of time. you can support ron and save this country or you will be homeless on the street in the years to come. i have never been so sure of the outcome. the federal reserve is not federal it a cartel of the riches people on earth who get sap sucker like ourselves to get up and work for them. they own everything. wake the ehll up before it to late. ron paul ron paul.

31, married, with a 2 year

31, married, with a 2 year old son. I own my own computer repair business, and my wife teaches 1st grade in a public school. We live in western Virginia near a couple cities of about 20,000 people each. I used to be a loyal neo-con supporter. 9/11 and the events that have happened since woke me up. I found Ron Paul on My Space, and I've been hooked ever since. Both my wife and I will be voting for Ron Paul in the Virginia primary. I'm also a committed Christian who doesn't believe that we should be policing the world or forcing our views on others. My family is still hooked on the neo-cons, but I'm working on them.

I am a liberty lover :-)

Who are you guys? I am an American who wants our country restored to its former glory, as imperfect as it was, it was 1,000% better than that into which it has been made.

How old are you? 44

Where are you from? The Bay Area, California - Yes! There are even some of us around the San Francisco area! :-)

What do you do? I work, reap the fruit of my labor, and try to keep entanglements with the Federal Government to a minimum!

What’s your political history? I have been registered independent since I registered as a teenager. Will be changing affiliation shortly! :-) But will most likely change back after any opportunity of voting for Ron Paul is gone.

What brought you to Ron Paul? hmmm I guess ultimately it is as the founding fathers believed they were brought to liberty from tyranny - I was brought to Ron Paul by Divine Providence.

I have know about him for years. When I learned that he would be running for President, I couldn't believe it! I thought all hope, other than some kind of miracle, was lost for this land. But, I do believe what the Bible says - If God's people will humble themselves and pray and forsake their wicked ways, then He will hear from heaven and will heal our land! And that starts right here, with me!

Ron Paul has been a great example of humility to follow. Have you noticed how he never attacks in a vicious way when he has sooooooo much ammunition with which to go for the jugular for a complete and total kill!? He is wise and resists the temptation, but does point out the opposition's folly. Following Ron's example will be a magnificent example to others that are looking on. And while we follow Ron's example, how about following his God too! He is a steadfast Christian.

Oakland, CA here

I want to help build up the liberty mindset here in the Bay. It is very liberal, we just need the Free Market aspect. Silicon Valley has really helped out, with Google and such, but we still have work to do, especially in Oakland. I'll do my best.

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Freedom - Peace - Prosperity

Who am I? A ron paul Supporter

59 year or recent widow, 4 children, 3 grandchildren,

Live in:
North Carolina

Occupation:
Retired

I found about Dr. Paul on the internet, researching the different candiates,
A life long Republican, even though do not always vote Republican. He is the only hope we have to save America, the first thing that attracted me to him was his anti-illegal immigration beliefs, and then the more I reasearched him the more I found he complimented my thoughts, Listening to him has been a refreshed course in USA history.

Who am I?

How old are you? 26/single

Where are you from? Chicago

What do you do? attorney

What’s your political history? Have been Libertarian/Republican since highschool. During law school I really learned more about how our constitution has been effectively destroyed.

What brought you to Ron Paul? Finally there is someone who is truly for limited government

i'm a 26 year-old man,

i'm a 26 year-old man, married for 3 1/2 years, no kids.

live in orange county, CA.

i am a lawyer (civil litigation), although i suppose i am of a rare variety -- i work to live, and not the other way around.

since i was old enough to vote i have had a libertarian streak. until my early 20s i was an evangelical christian, so i was more conservative in my social views. i have since shed the christianity cocoon, so i have a much more "live and let live" attitude when it comes to matters of personal morality.

i have never voted for a major-party presidential candidate. i voted for nader (out of irony) in 2000, and for Badnarik (out of irony) in 2004.

I and my wife had never registered with a political party until this week, when we both registered republican so we can vote for paul in the california primary.

ron paul's message first brought me to ron paul, but the ron paul movement has kept me with him. what i love about paul is that he motivates we, the People, to take back our individual sovereignty. Because Paul is in this race for the right reasons, he allows the Revolution to be less about him and more about Us -- that speaks to the very core of this nation's founding principles.

one final point -- if i weren't for Paul, i would be for Kucinich.

Who are you??????????

I keep seeing this come up.
I am wondering who you are?
Why are you in need to know who we are?

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31, Bardstown, KY

Who are you?
My name is David. I've been married for the past six years, have three children with a fourth on the way. We homeschool and are traditional Catholics.

How old are you?
31

Where are you from?
Bardstown, KY

What do you do?
Factory Worker

What’s your political history?
Never voted before
Never registered to vote
Never contributed to a political campaign

I've known for quite some time the direction that we Americans were being herded in, as well as the final destination. Up until now, I simply did not see a political solution for our country's ills.

What brought you to Ron Paul?
I found out a little bit about Dr. Paul from many years ago, when he stepped up to the plate and helped to defeat an anti-homeschooling bill that was going through Congress. I found out he was thinking about running for president back in March or April, and since mid June I have been following his campaign with what my wife would characterize as "obsessive compulsion".

I have since registered to vote, contributed (several times) to his campaign, and have

David, another Trad Catholic here

Akron, OH 7 kids
Voted for Bush once and Browne (LP) once if I recall as a protest vote
Only enthusiastic about primaries with Buchanan and Keyes
Always a republican theoretically but not happy with choices
Life insurance guy, my job is history if the tax code gets axed but that's OK