Rep. Ron Paul: The country is ripe for revolution
September 27th, 2011
08:08 AM ET
11 years ago

Rep. Ron Paul: The country is ripe for revolution

(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul rallied a sold- out crowd of more than 1800 of his most ardent under-thirty-year-old supporters in New York City Monday night.

Tickets to the event cost $20-25. It was originally scheduled to take place at the famed Webster Hall's Marlin Room, but, the event had to be moved to a room twice as large at the last minute due to an overwhelming response. The final setting was in the Grand Ballroom, which has hosted celebrities to the scale of Mick Jagger and Madonna.

"We are seeing a level of enthusiasm for Ron Paul that can be compared with President Obama in 2008", said Eric Brakey, Media Coordinator for NYC Liberty HQ, the grassroots organization hosting the rally for the candidate. "Congressman Paul's youth support is different now than it was during his last presidential campaign. It's more organized and it's picking up steam and continues to grow".

As the longtime congressman from Texas stepped onto the stage, the crowd screamed with enthusiasm. The audience's biggest reaction came when he spoke about ending the Federal Reserve. "The country has changed in the last four years, but my message hasn't changed" Paul said. "The country is ripe for a true revolution".

Responding to an earlier interview with Jon Stewart, he told the crowd that he is largely ignored by the media for a couple of reasons, one being that "people in charge don't want to hear our message".

Paul, who's making his third bid for the White House, devoted the final moments of his speech to President Obama. "Obama thinks he is going to spend a billion dollars on his [re-election] campaign", but "when truth prevails you don't need a billion dollars".

And to that, the audience burst out chanting the candidate's name and didn't stop until long after he excited the room.

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    Well, considering he ACTUALLY does remember the Boston Tea Party he would know.

    September 27, 2011 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  2. Clwyd

    The revolution is being brought on by the nut case teabuggers and their refusal to take away or even consider ending the loopholes for the rich. Evan his son thinks that oil pipeline safety does not have to be considered. Revolutions tart at the bottom from the lower and middle class not from the top you fool! Bring it on!

    September 27, 2011 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  3. Anonymous

    i wasnt sure about ron paul at first. but now I think he would be the president we need to turn this country around. He is definitely growing in support despite the lack of coverage. the young people in this country is taking a stand for what the believe in. they know this country is fallen apart and ron paul honestly has the idea to get things back on track. i thinks its for real. its amazing whats happening in his campaign. its inspiring! theres no other candidate that inspires a revolution to bring america back! They all seem so fake to me and i think people are fed up. its time for a real change i think. we'll see if he does it. good luck ron!

    September 27, 2011 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  4. BEn275

    Teabaggers just don't like black people in charge. Once Obama is gone they will go back under their rocks.

    September 27, 2011 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  5. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Luckily for America, the crowd in attendance was probably his entire group of National supporters.

    September 27, 2011 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  6. GI Joe

    Let me know when and where - I'm all for anything that gets the baggers/republicans out of our lives.

    September 27, 2011 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  7. The Real Tom Paine

    Sam Adams, Johns Adams, Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, you are not, sir. Your ideas revolution is being funded by people who have their own freedom in mind, and could care less about you.

    Ron Paul is a tool for the Kochs and their ilk.

    September 27, 2011 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  8. I tea-bag/teabaggers

    What they forgot to mention was, that was ALL his supporters not just the ones in NY lol

    September 27, 2011 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  9. diridi

    Listen, didn't I write we need the Bigger Revolt? He says the same. GOP robbery led to this. Wake up, Banks, Wall Street, Moguls, Companies that are with greed to go abroad, etc, It is a warning. You Ignored, but this man is absolutely right. We need revolt on Immigration, Greed, Energy Efficiency, Cheap Labor, Madicare Fraud, etc, Wake up, it is truth. Vote direct Democratic ticket, at least it subsides some thing. GOP is for Rich, Rich is for Greed, and Banks. Banks are robbing this nation. Wake up. Yes, we need revolt. This man is 190 percent right......God bless this nation...

    September 27, 2011 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  10. Dianne

    Those teapartiers are a violent group – crosshairs, lock and reload, revolutions.....sounds awfully militant! Watch out, America!!

    September 27, 2011 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "Obama thinks he is going to spend a billion dollars on his [re-election] campaign", but "when truth prevails you don't need a billion dollars".
    The President does not need a billion dollars to TELL the truth, Mr. Paul. He needs a billion dollars to help him DISPEL the lies that the GOP has been promulgating since his inauguration. We expect they will only pick up speed and intensity as the election draws near.
    Obama 2012.

    September 27, 2011 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  12. diridi

    I wrote long time ago, yes he is totally right. GOP nasty tricks caused this to revolt. We need revolt on immigration, Medicare fraud, Bank's Greed, wall street greed, immigration, companies going abroad for greed, Manufacturing in America, etc, yes he is 190 percent right, I wrote this long time ago....o.k,

    September 27, 2011 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  13. Rosslaw

    As long as we have a guillitine with his name on it. 31 years in Congress and the Tea Baggers consider him an outsider. What exactly has he ever done.

    September 27, 2011 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  14. anonoped

    clwyd, stop deluding yourself. Go actually listen to Ron Pauls message on youtube.

    September 27, 2011 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  15. FM

    The man rallied a crowd most of them under thirty and they paid 20 – 25 dollars.
    He has no shame. Where does he think these kids get money from? It is like milking a he-cow!

    September 27, 2011 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  16. 1crusader

    Ron Paul is a reactionary, who wants a revolution that would turn the clock back on America, to the good ole days before FEMA, the EPA, the Dept. of Education, and federally – mandated and enforced Civil Rights and Voting Rights laws.He wants to dismantle the federal government, and "return the power to the states ", or in other words, have " states rights ", which was the cry of the confederate states that seceded from the union.Those young people agree with his stance on the wars, but I wonder how many understand what he really stands for.

    September 27, 2011 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  17. Ferret out the B.S.

    This candidate is delusional, it's understandable that he has enthusiastic followers. Convicted serial killers have followers too. More and more the politicos from Texas, including the last President, are totally out of touch with reality. Must be the wide expanses of nothing, or maybe too much petroleum fumes, or natural gas seeping up through the ground.

    September 27, 2011 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  18. sicuw

    We really need to start considering treason charges for some people on the right. Things like, "the South will rise again" and calling for "Second amendment solutions". The right is filled with spoiled, white people that even with untold advantages in life whine about literally anything that doesn't go 100% in their favor. I am white BTW.

    September 27, 2011 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  19. Capt. Mark

    Ron Paul has allways been commited to the best interest of the American people and not big goverment or big corperate sponsership. While the others suck up to thier rich friends and make empty promises's he stays on track. No hype. Just facts. The next four years won't be flashy and fun but he will bring some honesty back to our government. He doesn't have anything against rich people but he does have something against poor unemployed, uneducated Americans policeing the world when the world is passing us by.

    September 27, 2011 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  20. Liz the First

    Let's hope the revolution consists of folks finally reallizing what the rethuglikkklan party really wants and sends them to the dustbin of history, where they belong!

    September 27, 2011 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  21. ZTTim

    I think I've figured out why Ron Paul supporters so vociferously defend him and his policies. Case in point, Godzilla1 and Clwyd. Not a single substantive argument....just hyperbolic tripe. If folks didn't take the time to educate themselves about Ron Paul, and not listen to corporate media, they'd never get the truth about him.

    I will give Clwyd credit for noting that revolutions start at the bottom. But take a look at who is contributing to the Ron Paul campaign....just average citizens....not corporations....sounds like the bottom to me. Well, them and the military. Politifact reports that Ron Paul has received over 71% of all the military contributions to the various presidential campaigns. Doubling that of every other candidate COMBINED....and more than the current president. If you know more about what's happening with our foreign policy better than the men and women in our military....then I bow to your obvious omnipotence....

    September 27, 2011 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  22. Seattle Sue

    But in the end, Ron Paul will just be another retired Congressman drawing a pension. A few years after that he will be forgotten. Ron Paul will never be President. He has already struck out twice, this will be his third strike and he is out for good.

    September 27, 2011 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  23. JD in Moraga, CA

    Please explain, Congressman Paul, how a "revolution" could be spear-headed by a 12-term congressman? It sounds like you've been part of the problem for the last twenty years.

    September 27, 2011 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  24. NoMorePhonyCronies

    End the wars- Stop the cronies- Bring back freedom...

    If you support Ron Paul, then please donate to his End-of-Quarter PUSH going on now at

    September 27, 2011 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  25. The Real Tom Paine

    Where's his biplane? I hear the Red Baron's back in town.

    September 27, 2011 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
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