Ron Paul en­thu­si­asts cheer al­ter­na­tive agenda for GOP

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

ST. PAUL, Minn. | Rep. Ron Paul’s “Rally for the Repub­lic” pledged to bring the Repub­li­can Party “back to its roots” on Sept. 2, draw­ing about 10,000 at the Tar­get Cen­ter in down­town Min­neapo­lis.

The sup­port­ers — a range of Repub­li­can del­e­gates, tra­di­tional lib­er­tar­i­ans and a hand­ful of an­ar­chist ac­tivists — roared to their feet when Howard Phillips of the U.S. Tax­pay­ers Party praised Mr. Paul’s call for the abo­li­tion of the Fed­eral Re­serve.

Chants of “No more Fed” rang out.

“If you want to end the war ma­chine, you have to end the money ma­chine,” Tom Woods, au­thor of “Who Killed the Con­sti­tu­tion?” told the en­er­getic crowd.

There was a sense of com­pe­ti­tion with the Repub­li­can con­ven­tion in St. Paul as speak­ers ex­pressed pride at the greater sense of en­thu­si­asm in their au­di­ence. Nu­mer­ous Repub­li­can del­e­gates chose to at­tend the rally in­stead of the con­ven­tion events, say­ing they are con­cerned about the party’s changed di­rec­tion.

Tracy Saboe, an ac­tivist from Sioux Falls, S.D., said, “I have al­ways been a Repub­li­can. I grew up be­liev­ing that Repub­li­cans stood for small gov­ern­ment, for lib­erty and for life. I voted for Ge­orge W. Bush the first time, but af­ter Iraq, I lost faith.”

The speak­ers also ex­pressed dis­dain for Sen. John McCain as the pre­sumed Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee.

Speaker Doug Wead, a po­lit­i­cal au­thor, bashed Mr. McCain and the Repub­li­can con­ven­tion say­ing, “You are not a fis­cal con­ser­va­tive, or any kind of con­ser­va­tive, if you are OK with stay­ing in Iraq for 100 years.”

While at­ten­dees rev­eled in the ex­pe­ri­ence, some were an­noyed with the lack of press at­ten­tion.

Nel­son Win­ters, a Web de­vel­oper who has sup­ported Mr. Paul for the past nine months, was re­sent­ful about the lack of me­dia cov­er­age of the rally.

“I have scanned [news­pa­pers] and looked at the front pages of USA To­day, the Pi­o­neer Press and as far as they’re con­cerned, this isn’t hap­pen­ing,” Mr. Win­ters said. “They’re all talk­ing about the pro­test­ers, even though most of them have been peace­ful. I don’t know about them, but I’m here to learn.”

De­spite the lack of cov­er­age, sup­port­ers stood strong on their pri­or­i­ties.

Mike McHugh, a Repub­li­can ac­tivist and Ron Paul sup­porter from Vir­ginia, handed out in­for­ma­tion on the pend­ing Real ID Act, ask­ing sup­ports to re­fer to it sim­ply as the “Danger­ous ID.”

Mr. McHugh thinks the card would open the door for mas­sive iden­tity theft by cre­at­ing a fed­eral data­base that would be vul­ner­a­ble to hack­ers.

“I am not a con­spir­acy the­o­rist,” Mr. McHugh said. “But this will al­low peo­ple’s move­ment and in­for­ma­tion to be tracked.”

An over­all op­ti­mism was shared by rally at­ten­dees as they cheered for their hero. In be­tween speak­ers and mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment, clips of Mr. Paul flashed across the screen, quot­ing Hope for Amer­ica.

Mr. McHugh was un­daunted by the mea­ger me­dia cov­er­age, say­ing, “There is no such thing as a lost cause.”

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