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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  1. Publius

    Dianne, would you please posit an example of Tea Party violence? Thanks in advance

    September 27, 2011 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  2. RLA

    The violence will start as always with the have nots and governmnt supported city masses. When they don't get what they want they will react and the liberals will just want to throw money at them. Liberal inflated promises and the no fault, no self respect, no self responsibility, no discipline liberal ways will be the cause.

    September 27, 2011 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  3. orlandorays

    No it's not. Rep. Paul is underestimating the stupidity and laziness of the American people.

    September 27, 2011 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  4. AK

    Funny fact children: even if the "evil rich" would be taxed massively nothing would change. You yanks would still be going down, your national debt would still grow and your deficit would still be out of control.

    Don't believe it?

    Look into the EU. Germany is the perfect example. Criminally high taxes, yet the defict and national debt are growing and growing and nobody event ries to stop that. Why? Because if you give a politician 10 million, he will spend 20. That's why.

    And by the way, in Germany, everybody pays income tax. Even minimum wage. Yet it's not working. Strange, no?

    As for the "teabaggers" not wanting a "black man in charge". Really? That's your "argument"? Cause skin color is so important, right? You yanks are almost as dumb as the Germans.

    September 27, 2011 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  5. Kynthia

    In reading these few comments it is clear how media has influenced this country. I suggest people start doing some research on your own because this election is not about Republican/Democrat or black/white. Ron Paul may not be the perfect messenger but the message is as close to perfect as it is going to get.Watch a few videos of him 10-20 years ago. He predicted this financial meltdown and his message has not changed. He is a rare gem.

    September 27, 2011 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  6. zb

    The republican/tparty – which is really just the party of the old south – isn't interested in a revolution. What they really want is a to refight the civil war so they can go back to ignorance, slavery and exploitation.

    September 27, 2011 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  7. AntiFringe

    They continued to chant his name after he left the room. Then they all left, locked themselves into their bunkers, and slept soundly with their guns..........dreaming about the revolution.

    September 27, 2011 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  8. InsertSnarkyNameHere

    I would contend that he is actually correct if you look at it from an unbiased point of view. At the top, you have a powerful group of wealthy elites who feel as though they are being castrated by a socialized state. At the bottom, you have a welfare state both unhappy with what they are being given and yet unwilling to give any real effort to better their own situation. That leaves you with the middle who is getting squeezed by the former and bled to death by the latter.

    Something has to give sooner or later.

    September 27, 2011 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  9. fryguy

    some comments here are amusing given some left wing trolls. no, paul won't win but it does remind me of goldwater in 1964. he also had this kind of enthusiasm and was buried by the msm. what we got then was LBJ who took us to war costing nearly 60K lives. goldwater told JFK not to send advisors to vietnam but he didn't listen.

    hillary clinton was a "goldwater girl".

    September 27, 2011 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  10. Missing the point

    I think alot of people are missing the point when it comes to Ron Paul. He is talking about the FEDERAL government. Do you think your state and local governments, your schools, your police and fire departments are going to vanish in a puff of smoke? Your state and local governments would have more money and control because the FEDERAL government would be less involved. What part of this are you missing, or are you just willfully ignorant?

    Some of you folks really need to walk outside and look around and maybe go touch the walls of your city hall, your county courthouse, your state capitol building. Those things exist and will continue to exist. There ARE state, local and charity safety nets! The sky will not fall. Gun toteing drug addicted anarchists are not going to burn grandma over a bon fire.

    Ron Paul is running for president. Thattis a FEDERAL office. Ron Paul wants to get rid of some FEDERAL interference in your state and local governments. These are simple facts folks.

    September 27, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  11. why so much hate?

    Ron Paul stands for Liberty. Liberty = Maximum Freedom / Minimum Government. He 100% has my vote.

    September 27, 2011 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  12. Isyer1

    "Teabaggers just don't like black people in charge. Once Obama is gone they will go back under their rocks." – Ignorant comment ....Herman Cain gets most his support from the Tea Party....

    September 27, 2011 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  13. Donkey Party

    Ron Paul may be the most dangerous of all the right-wingers. He basically wants to privatize everything, and eliminate such necessary agencies as the FAA and DOT. Plus he's too old to be in politics, that fact alone makes him a dangerous liability. But if it's revolution he wants, I'll make sure I come looking for his head first to adorn my mailbox post.

    September 27, 2011 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  14. Jlenta

    looking at the posts in the comments section, really makes me scared for the the kids everyone is having for future generations. Most of the posts on here seem to be for gimme gimme gimme, and take care of me, and a bunch of name calling. Ron Paul has the only true message, it is not a democratic or republican message, white black or yellow, it is an american message.

    Ron Paul 2012

    September 27, 2011 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  15. Heh

    The comments here are absolutely hilarious. Enjoy the bread lines.

    September 27, 2011 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  16. bellestarrr

    Ron Paul is right about some things and dead wrong about others..he doesnt get the coverage because of the way he comes off...he looks and sounds like a cranky old man(do we want a president like that??)..he's not polished and professional(that is part of the package..but not the whole package)...whoever his handlers are need to fired immediately and Mr Paul needs some serious professional grooming....that might be a big help

    September 27, 2011 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  17. Andy

    I think I'm on board! I like his talk of freedom! When was the last time you heard a Presidential candidate talk about true freedom. I'll take this bus!!!

    September 27, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  18. zippy

    The genius of this speech is that it was held in the middle of Manhattan's Anarchist-leftist East Village. He is pulling the libertarian mesage all the way around to the left, and if the social conservatives don't understand that now, they are in for a shock. The left/right matrix here shows just how dangerous our times are. See Russia in 1989. The Left collapsed because so many wer on the dole (sound familiar?) and the small-government left/right took over the country to create the Oligarchs. Get rid of most government and let charity or the markets solve our social ills. Food for thought: the Customs House in NYC (One Bowling Green?) is an amazing place. Thetaxes collected in that one building on imports paid for half of the US government a hundred years ago. High Tariffs, low taxes? hmmmmmmm. Buy a small house outside the city, and stash some gold and silver. This is why gem and metal prices are going up – everyone wants their money "off the grid".

    September 27, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  19. Keeping it Real

    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!
    Spoken like a true liberal. I applaud the price for a change! Meanwhile Obama and other GOP candidates have plate prices in the thousands. At least Paul recognizes the value of a dollar and it's importance to the average citizen.

    September 27, 2011 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  20. LeoBassy

    Paul is right on so many issues that I won't bother going into them. Instead I shall retort with the words many of you have used in describing Ron Paul and that is the truly delusional people here are the ones that would cast a vote for Obama in 2012.

    September 27, 2011 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  21. Barry is a loser

    Look at all the paid Sorros bloggers here.

    September 27, 2011 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  22. tumay

    All the Ron Paul haters here sound like a bunch of ignorant people. Jealous that their crossdresser is losing steam. If you dont know what Dr Paul stands for, then you just best keep quiet.

    September 27, 2011 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  23. Professorjoe

    It's about time we turn the clock back ! We're facing certain bankruptcy if we continue with these never ending wars.Many folks that voted Obama in the last election are turning to PAUL now, Instead of getting us out of Afghanistan and Iraq he's gotten us into two more: Libya and Pakistan where pilots in Tampa Florida fly model airplanes that sometimes kill innocent civilians.PAUL is the real deal.Thank you Ms Kaplan for a non- biased article and for not trying to lecture us on how he "Can't win the nomination" Ron Paul 2012 !

    September 27, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  24. Paolo

    Paul is correct; Obama is successfully doing what foreign enemies have never been able to do, divide and conquer. Obama is accomplishing this by stirring hate on many levels, race, economic, religious and political to name a few. Obama doesn’t care about any group, only that enough of any group or groups will blindly support him to re-election. For Obama and his handlers this is about supreme leadership and the only way to get away with it is to cause the free citizens of America to fight among ourselves. This will give the Obama government the justification they need to impose their oppressive leadership on us. The box cars await those who refuse to comply. History proves that ignoring the signs never make the problem go away, I am amazed at how willing people are to ignore the facts.

    September 27, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  25. Gina

    Sorry, but that wasn't all of Ron Paul's supporters. His message has hit home with many, many people. It is time for people to really wake up and smell the coffee. Our nation is in serious trouble, and if we continue down this path we are finished! I hope others will not let the media tell them who to vote for next November, because most of the major news sources have been bought and sold they are no longer impartial , beware people! Do your own research, and then decide who is talking sense and who is blowing smoke. Best of luck Ron Paul, a true American hero!

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