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

    He is Right

    September 27, 2011 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  2. Lynda/Minnesota

    Mr. Paul thinks we are "ripe for revolution"? Interesting choice of words from a United States Representative and presidential candidate. Surely he isn't suggesting to our youth that committing an act of treason against the United States government should in any way be condoned?

    September 27, 2011 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  3. agentqbert

    you folks are miss informed about a lot of thing and ron paul .his statment is not diffrent then obama's we need change line used last time. and i dont understand why all you people jump on the bad wagon over the tea party ! i am a independen and i know somw tea party people and i went to a tea party meeting and i seen alll types of poeple their . maybe you should go to a meeting before you start calling people name's cause to me the name caller are the real issue and it seems to be dem's calling names starting fights not the other side or tea party people .

    September 27, 2011 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  4. Jeff in PA

    So many incorrect statements in these posts. Paul is not funded by the Kochs, in fact, they fund his opposition. Paul isn't talking about a violent revolution – he's talking about a revolution of ideas. Paul is an adamant fighter AGAINST crony-capitalism adn against corporatism. People, do some research.

    Paul gets, by far, more individual small donations than any of the other candidates. He wants the rich to stop using the government to force people into providing them with profits. He's a real candidate for the people. It's no wonder the youth are open to him, they are getting more information besides what the corporate media are selling them.

    It comes down to this:

    Obama will tell you he can rule you better than the Republicans.
    The Republicans tell you they can rule better than Obama.
    Ron Paul is telling you that you are big boys and girls and you can rule yourselves.

    You don't need the government taking your money to give to whatever special interest is funding their campaigns. Paul may be the last shot America has. He's the change you really wanted.

    September 27, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  5. Lan

    The tea party is made up of real hard working blue collar tax payers. The tea party critics are made up of a growing class of non contributing complainers that sit on their collective asses aka the tax eaters lead by their elitist slave masters like Soros.

    The sides are clearly forming in the class war lead by head cheerleader Barrack H. Obama. This country was made strong by individuals that took great risks and worked hard. The communist in the white house feels otherwise. He sees that our time is done and like a carpet bagger it's time to reap the spoils.

    There are two types of elite, those that earn it and those that take it. BHO is the later. Sure, he'll give you kool aid drinkers some table scraps to keep you happy... like a dog begging at the dinner table. Enjoy your lease and fenced in yard doggie.

    September 27, 2011 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  6. bOObOO

    Ha! The party of the old South was the Democratic Party and they did a great job keeping blacks on the plantation, still do! Ron Paul is a good man and is really a Libertarian which you libs would love if you made an effort to discover what that means.

    September 27, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  7. the other ken

    As I read the comments on this page, I see it is not the TEA Party that are full of hate. Watch the first TEA Party Rally in Washington DC, many of the speakers are black, they must hate black people too according to the reasoning of the many comments I read. May the best person win in 2012.

    September 27, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  8. mtumba djigouti

    Anti-Tea Party people continue to post the lie that the Tea Party is anti-black. However, they never post actual examples, and fail to acknowledge that Cain wins Tea Party straw polls. What anti-Tea Party people fear is a thinking black man who doesn't adhere to lib party line.

    September 27, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  9. Rex

    "Liberalism always attracts the younger crowd most of whom get all excited over the idea of legalizing drugs." Those of you who think that this is about legalizing drugs are yourselves delusional. Ron Paul wants to end the farsical and destructive federal war on drugs. It's nothing but a waste of time and money. Do you think that just because federal drug laws were repealed or no longer enforced that there would be no state or local laws against them? This is exactly what I meant in my previous post about people having come to rely too much on government. People are so reliant that they get in a tizzy any time someone suggests an non-government solution to an issue. They shout, "Oh my God! Without the federal government, we'll be overrun by drug-crazed zombies!" As they do so, our government overlords smile and realize that they have done a good job at brainwashing the sheeple.

    September 27, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  10. illferris

    Well, I support Herman Cain. And he is black - not a mixed - 50% white man - like Obama. I support a fully 100% black man for president. You support Obama? Then you are obviously a racist for not supporting the real black candidate. Newsflash: Obama isn't black! His father was from Africa and his mom is 100% white. Obama never grew up in black culture at all. He only grew up in beatnik Marxist culture, and that is a known fact. Herman Cain is a self made millionaire because he understands the value of hard work. He is an inspiration to all black people and all races. He is what MLK was dreamed of. Obama is a race baitor - just more of the same... He has only made race the issue. Herman Cain will make America the issue!

    September 27, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  11. W L Jones

    What a revolution these people wont!! band all cars off the street, turn street walking pass , pay S.50 cent for men labor per day, band all school except for the rich and well to do, stop people from asemble other than in church with a chosen one. What a revolution.?!! Bless.

    September 27, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  12. ty

    The democrats try to paint the tea party as something bad. If you are reading this and not a hateful liberal democrat then do not beleive these bad negative liberals. They attack anyone that threatens their power. Most are stupid and don't really understand what damage the democrats have done to our nation. They are left over from the socialist/communist thinking idiots like in soviet union. They think like the Germans did in the 1930's, that they can bully the general public into believing bad things about the general public and make people fearful to stand up for their rights. We, the people, whether it's called "tea party", "conservative", or just plain american voters, will not be scared away from stopping a socialist like Obama and his crowd. We've never had a strong socialist in power like Obama, that doesn't care about the majority of people, and thinks that he has the blacks, union thugs, and criminal executives, on his side. They may succeed in scaring you away from tea party activities, but they will soon start fighting among themselves, and we will all be in trouble. Stop them now....

    September 27, 2011 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  13. Sorros

    We don't have any facts on our side, so lets call them names!

    September 27, 2011 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  14. ty

    Stop them now....VOTE REPUBLICAN....

    September 27, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  15. Steven Bulcroft

    I guess teachers really did fail in school if there are "hordes" of young people believing this BS from this old man. There was a time when business and banks got a free ride we ended up in the Great Depression. How can people cheer this BS? A revolution? Yes, quite possibly and it will be brought on by these nut cases, but it won't be to elevate the likes of them it will be in response to their continual repression of the masses NOT repression of the rich. That is what brings on revolutions read your history books you young fools.

    September 27, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  16. kmp

    Look at New York it is happening just not against who he wishes it would be against.

    September 27, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  17. Karen

    We can love Ron Paul for what he stands for but the only way to get him into office where he can implement our ideas and principals is to DONATE to the campaign, REGISTER republican and VOTE for Ron Paul in the primary as well as in the general election. The time is now! Get started today at Merchandise purchase proceeds goes towards the campaign so it's a win win.

    September 27, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  18. Ranch RG

    Delivering an honest and direct message in NYC, where the "let's bomb Iran" psychotics are in abundance. I love it. Keep going Ron Paul you can win this election.

    September 27, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  19. xRedfoxx

    Mostly under 30? I'm over 40 and nearly all of my friends support Ron Paul. As most people want, Ron Paul will get the federal government out of our personal lives and will focus on border and national security!!.

    September 27, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  20. ThinkAgain

    @tcrusader: "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."

    Exactly right. And let's not forget that Ron Paul was so enamored with Ayn Rand that he named his son after her.

    For those who've never read her books, Rand believed that only the monied class were worth anything; thought that altruism was the greatest evil; was an self-centered atheist; was very promiscuous; and had incredible contempt for the average working person.

    September 27, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  21. Tom

    I refused to vote for him before, but now I might. If he wins, we'll see how the country will turn around when people realize the government will no longer help pay for their retirement, fixing the roads, the schools, provide research funding to fighting cancer. Call the police after they become controlled by a private organization and see how their complaints department cares and reacts. Ron Paul, taking everything good for America now and in the future and dumping it in the trash.

    September 27, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  22. drdon

    How much more elite can you get than control of the Senate, control of the White House, control of the Federal Reserve, control of General Motors, General Electric, and of Wall Street?

    September 27, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  23. Pookie

    Ron Paul actually predicted the housing crisis in 2001. The video is on You Tube. These comments prove most people are naive, uninformed, and narrow minded.

    September 27, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  24. DeathtoCorporateMedia

    Ron Paul is the only candidate talking about the military industrial complex, the insanity of having a private bank run our monetary policy, the dangers of cronyism, and our declining civil liberties and people want to dismiss him?! Shame on you America for failing to understand Dr. Paul's message. In 20 years, at a time when America is decimated by endless wars and the destruction of her currency, we will look back and realize we should have listened to that old man from Pittsburgh. America ignore this man at your own peril. My ears and eyes are wide open to you Dr. Paul. You have my support.

    September 27, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  25. stopthe

    For those of you wondering what Ron Paul has been doing for 31 years in congress, and saying that he's "part of the problem" – go look at his voting record. For 31 years he has been the Cassandra that no one will listen to – but if we had listened to him, we wouldn't be in this mess.

    For 31 years he consistently voted to start fixing our problems, and the political establishment ignored him, as well as the press AND the voters. Those that ignored him are the problem.

    If he gets the nomination he will win the presidency by a landslide. 2012 may be very interesting indeed.

    September 27, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
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