Tampa, Florida (CNN) - As Rep. Ron Paul's third presidential bid is set to come to its formal end at the Republican National Convention, Paul sought to rally his loyal supporters with talk of a new era in American history.
"I'm convinced that we're living at the end of an era," Paul told the crowd at a rally in honor of him and his libertarian political movement. "The end of an era provides an opportunity," Paul added before laying out his view that an era in American government, foreign policy, and monetary policy that began in 1913 is coming to an end roughly a century later.
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After striking the familiar chords of the libertarian themes that have pervaded his two presidential bids in the last five years, Paul told the gathering that after a century of failed policies capped by the recent financial crisis and still struggling economy, a new era is starting.
"So how do we look at today? 2012?" Paul said. "We're living in a new era," he added. "We're going to start something different - completely different."
"It can happen that we can reverse this," Paul said near the end of his hour long speech that was received enthusiastically by attendees. "We can turn it around."
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After warning about the threats he sees from fascism and the power of large corporations in American society, Paul urged his followers to continue to carry his libertarian banner forward beyond this year's upcoming election.
"I think every one of us has a responsibility because people in an audience like this know and understand the problem," Paul said. Then, the Texas lawmaker paid a compliment to his notoriously loyal grassroots.
"You have more insight than essentially almost everybody in Washington. But the difficult task is you have more responsibility."
Paul told supporters to study issues relating to personal liberty, property rights, foreign policy and monetary policy and that an opportunity to share that knowledge will come.
"You don't have to worry about what your job's going to be. You know the answers and you speak out and you're available, somebody will use you," he said.
"And it may be in politics, you may run for office, you may organize, who knows what it will be."
Paul was the final speaker at a four-hour long rally held a day before the Republican convention was originally scheduled to begin.
The event was, in many respects, a counter-convention designed to celebrate Paul as the driving force behind what his supporters have dubbed "the liberty movement." The event also served to rally those loyal to Paul's movement, as his own political career is coming to an end with his planned retirement from Congress early next year and amid questions from political observers about the movement's future.
"We're here to fight for our liberty and our freedoms as a country," 47-year-old Todd Ellis of Little Rock, Arkansas told CNN before Paul spoke. Ellis, who is in Tampa as a Paul delegate to the GOP convention said the focus back in his state is on local "liberty candidates" who can eventually get to higher offices. Greta Gay, Ellis' companion, was also impressed with Ashley Ryan, an RNC committeewoman from Maine and Paul supporter, who gave a rousing speech earlier in the program. "She's one to watch. She's a little powerhouse," Gay said.
Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan also spoke to the gathering, saying it was "awesome" to work alongside Paul in the halls and hearing rooms of Congress.
For 29-year-old Cory Soulier, a Paul supporter from Connecticut, Amash is exactly the kind of elected official who can keep Paul's movement alive. "I have a lot of high hopes for him," Soulier said of Amash, "I feel he could carry the torch of liberty."
Sen. Rand Paul - Paul's son and the most obvious candidate to carry the torch of his father's movement - was also given the seal of approval by the thousands of his father's grassroots supporters at the rally. As the junior Paul took to the stage to introduce his father, he was greeted was repeated chants of "Paul '16! Paul '16! Paul '16!" - an apparent reference to the next presidential race.
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Wow, the media gave Ron Paul 5 minutes of their time, what's the occasion?
Paul's attractiveness to you folks shows that "base" GOPhers, with their fanatic attchment to evangi-delusionalism, are not the only nut jobs running around the fringes of politics.
I hope Ron Paul’s supporters will take his advice to study the issues, and that they do more than read the fictional works of Ayn Rand. Maybe they'll realize that Paul, though he makes some good points, proposes an economic and governing system that is implausible in the 21st century. Yes, our government is a mess, but some of Paul’s ideas would make us a third world agrarian society.
@DaveHarris: you don't know much about Ron Paul, because he DOES want to outlaw abortion!
"Paul added before laying out his view that an era in American government, foreign policy, and monetary policy that began in 1913 is coming to an end roughly a century later."
Ron Paul, apparently, isn't better off now than he was in 1913.
I agree with Ron Paul regarding the real threat of fascism that is creeping into the republican party, but I don't believe Rand Paul is a viable solution as a good politician. He has shown himself to be erratic, impulsive and an extremist. Extremism is dangerous whether it is conservative or liberal. What the U.S. needs are common sense politicians with a desire to better the country for the people, and a willingness to cooperate in a bipartisan way to accomplish that goal.
A century of failed policies, that launched us from a backwater regional power to the only superpower in the world. Yep, sounds failed to me.
God is against the Republicans–why else would He send a hurricane for their convention
can we still write him in? i don't see him as the perfect president because charity isn't a REAL national health plan. But obviously dealing with the banksters is a TOP PRIORITY. End the Federal Reserve. Stop the wars. Jewish banking cartels should have to pay restitution for the damage they did to millions upon millions of people.
I don't necessarily agree 100% with everything Ron Paul says, but I do much more so than with Mitt Romney or Barack Obama. Those two are just spouting sound bites while Ron Paul has a clear message. Unfortunately, the media did a good job of shutting up someone who made sense, while pushing forward two idiots who are going to lead us completely down the wrong path. People need to educate themselves and find out what these people really stand for, not just listen to key words like "democracy" and "freedom" and whatever else is spoon fed to the ignorant masses. Sound bites are distractions. Ron Paul's ideas on the economy and foreign policy are so much more important than anything else the other two have come up with that it is a shame that he won't be on the ballot in November. Vote for a third party candidate.
The seniors will need it when their health care dollars run out.
It will be interesting to see what percentage of Paul supporters end up voting for Mitt Romney; after all of the dirty politics that the Republican establishment and the Romney camp engaged in, to keep Ron Paul from getting more electoral votes.
I am not a Paul supporter; if I was, there would be no way that I would vote for Romney.
The only man worth voting for is out. Expect 4 more years of the same thing America, no matter who wins it now.
If people had any idea about how any "democractic" government works including Ron Paul and his son, they would stop using absolute terms to define our governent and constitution. For every claim thay make it cannot be proven because it's just hysteria. It does not mean that any of their claims or any claims of any political party will not happen, but our system of government of checks and balances and free and open elections allows for these possibilities, and changes.
Paul has some good ideas, but his bad ideas trump his best ones, unfortunately. He voted against E-verify, for example, b/c he thinks govt shouldn't be able to tell business who they can and can't hire; however, if govt doesn't get involved, this will take us back to the days of the Robber Barons where corporations rule, which is why labor unions and the the Federal govt got involved in the first place! They can hire illgal immigrants, and govt should just let them – that is his position, silly as it sounds. He is silent about how to to prevent businesses from hiring illegal immigrants. And apparently Paul supporters are fine with that!!
Let the implosion begin !
I will vote for Ron Paul because anything else would be a waste of my vote.
While many belive that Ron Paul is too extreme and "pie-in-the-sky" to be a viable candidate for the position of president, I believe he is the ONLY one who would have stood up against politics as usual. Politics as usual means a congress that has been bought, a president that acts more like a dictator than the president of a Republic, an FDA owned by big agra, a medical system owned by big pharma, a financial system owned by foreign bankers and a tax system used to support the agenda of those foreign bankers. Unfortuanately, that leaves little left for the wellfare of the American people! Of course you're right, why would we want to change anything from what it has become?
Ron Paul is in it for Rand Paul and we all know he too can and will run and lose because the U.S. isn't Kentucky and we won't stand for the racist remarks he used to win his Kentucky Senate seat. Disgraceful.
Ron Paul would have been a real leader. Now we get another puppet.
Obama and the leftist media are in for a big surprise come November. It will become apparent that Romney is the candidate of about 55% of Americans in a lopsided win. Most Americans reject Obama's Marxist class warfare agenda.
That is "if" obama allows the election to take place. He is in panic mode already. All those hollow poiont bullets purchased for his SS agency and DHS are not for target practice.
I will never again support Rand Paul. He has disgraced his father and the cause of liberty by supporting Romney.
You know whats funny? People call us Paul supporters crazy when I think theyre straight up insane for thinking Obamney or Robama will do ANYTHING in their best intrest. Obama has put double the amount of debt this country has in 4 years than Bush did in his ENTIRE 8. Then we have these brainwashed Romney people who think he's going to come save the day from Obama. Is that not what all the Obama zombies thought in '08? That Obama was here to save the day? Romney CREATED Obamacare!! WAKE UP PEOPLE. Republicrats I mean Demublicans have been detroying this county little by little. Ron Paul is the only person you would ever see any real change with. But people are just too ignorant to see who really trying to help and who's lying to their face. All the peace activists over time were always criticized and bashed during their prime of popularity becuase the powers at be don't want to lose their power. If you want big brother to keep telling you what to eat, drink, how to educate your kids, spend countless money on wars, and bailouts for banks and busniesses KEEP VOTING FOR PEOPLE LIKE OBAMA AND ROMNEY. "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results" – Alebert Einstein
Ron Paul is a GENIUS.the best president America never had.
I do like some of Ron Paul's ideas concerning more freedom and less government, however I'm not convinced that he stands much of a chance of becoming elected President. This country has become a victim of the 2 party system and it boils down to a choice between bad or worse.