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The secret to Ron Paul’s $5,000,000: An Analysis.

October 10, 2007

Dear Campaign Managers:

I have heard whisperings that some of your campaigns have hired consultants to learn Dr. Paul’s secret to raising over $5,000,000 in the last quarter. I wish I had known, I could have saved you quite a bit of time, and I could have made a tidy sum by telling you what I, and most Americans already know.

If you would bear with me, I would like to summarize where we stand right now.

There is a growing unease in America. The Republicans would have us believe that it is due to an ever expanding host of foreign threats. If you aren’t afraid of impending terrorist attacks, then you’re not trying hard enough. Not scared silly by those hordes of illegal immigrants who want to mow your lawn? What about Chinese petfood? Spanish grapes? Bird flu, anyone? I sometimes feel I’ve unwillingly been enrolled in a terror of the month club. Their message seems to be that it’s a terror filled world out there, Skippy, but here in America everything is ok, or at least it could be if we could just do something about that danged terror. Don’t worry though, those clever Republicans have got all kinds of ideas on how to save us – ideas ranging from invading foreign countries who even dare to look at us the wrong way, to injecting us with computer chips, to joining forces with those bastions of military and economic might, Canada and Mexico. It’s all about safety. “We’ll make you safe”, they promise.

The Democrats want us to believe we’re uneasy because we’re feeling insecure. “Don’t worry,” they say, “We’ll house you. We’ll feed you, we’ll give you health insurance, we’ll walk your dog and weed your lawn. And if you don’t have a lawn, we’ll grow one for you. We’ll give you money if you have a baby, and we’ll give you money if you’re only thinking about having a baby.” I wonder how long it will be before they propose putting a quarter in every condom package. Not a bad idea actually, because all Americans have the same feeling about the government in general, and politicians in particular: somebody’s gonna get screwed, and we all know who that somebody’s gonna be. At least with the “Quarters for Quondoms” initiative we’ll get paid for it.


The media, who used to be the allies of the people, are no longer. They want to be the directors of history instead of the recorders of it. The major news networks have already decided who the two frontrunners are; they even have the polling numbers to prove it (Hello, this is a friendly and totally unbiased polling company. We would like to ask you a totally unbiased and impartial question. Do you want Guiliani or Clinton to win?). And their rationale for their behaviour? They’re only telling us what we want to hear.

Everyone’s just telling us what we want to hear, or at least what the polls say we want to hear. Promising everything – everything that is, except the truth: We have lost our identity as a nation and as individuals of that nation. The Republicans have told us that if we question their policies we are un-American. The Democrats have legitimized illegal immigration to the point that the rights of Americans, which were once inalienable, are now very much, well, alienable. To be American has lost its meaning and uniting quality. We have been splintered into so many groups and subgroups that we have all become hyphened Americans. Are there any just plain ol’ Americans left? Perhaps even worse, on the national stage, we must now defend the honor of our name and our actions through force or out and out bribery. When in history did unquestionable honor ever truly need to be defended?

A long, long time ago, before gallup polls and campaign finance reform and PACS, we were a country of people who all wanted one thing: Freedom to determine our own lives. A country by the people and for the people. Back then, Patriots weren’t missiles that killed innocent people in foreign lands; they were Americans who believed in Freedom and were willing to fight and die for innocent people in this land.

I know, I know. It’s a quaint idea. Quirky even. Some might call it down right loony or even… crazy! And when you finish laughing, I’ll tell you the secret to Dr. Paul’s success.

But, let’s start with what Dr. Paul doesn’t have.

Clearly he doesn’t have Romney’s Donny and Marie good looks (are they related?), Giuliani’s unwavering dedication to his personal motto (“I am the 9/11 man! Wanna see my tattoo?”) or Huckabee’s perfect understanding of God’s will (I believe in a God who loves me, and who wants me to torture people). Congressman Paul certainly doesn’t promote the single minded platform of the Democratic Candidates (“Throw the bums out! No, not us… the other bums!”) – he’s lacking Edward’s sincere interest in the hair styling arts, Obama’s celebrity friends network, Hillary’s heartwarming laugh or any of their willingness to shower you with money that they, and we, don’t have.

So, what is Dr. Paul’s secret? What is he doing? Simply this: He’s reminding us what it means to be American. Sure, he’s talking about Liberty, about the Constitution, about the Rights of Citizens, but what he’s really saying is, “Look here – this is what we came from; this is what we must return to. We were united once, not as sub-classed victims of our leaders’ whims, but as equal individuals. We can be united again. We were a sovereign nation once; we can be again. We once lead the world, not through force, but through integrity and ingenuity. We can do this again.” He has reminded us of what the government has clearly demonstrated through its handling of the Hurricane Katrina aftermath: In the final analysis, we as individuals are responsible for our own lives. The safety of our families and the integrity of our communities lies, not within the realm of the government, but with each of us. It’s such a simple message, but one so many know to be true. A message that has been waiting for someone brave enough to say it out loud.

Is it quixotic? Maybe. Is it crazy? In today’s climate, almost certainly. But more importantly, is it possible? I honestly don’t know, but I can tell you this: there are at least 5,000,000 George Washingtons out there who want to find out.

I hope this has provided you with some insight, although I think it more likely that your consultants will tell you something you like better. Something you want to hear. And that’s the name of the game, really, isn’t it?






Ames is hip deep in Ron Paul!

July 31, 2007

I’m sorry I’ve taken so long to write about this weekend. Given the adventure that it was, one would think I couldn’t wait to get to the computer. In fact, that’s true, but other events got in my way, which I’ll save for another post…

Saturday dawned early, and Jana and I were at the park by 7:30, eagerly waiting for the first volunteers to show up. I had heard from some people, but I know that Ron Paul supporters are not into blabbing their plans at the request of a stranger, so I really had no idea how many would come.

The first to arrive were a mother and son who had driven all the way from… North Carolina. Yep. North Carolina. They had driven 20 hours to distribute the dvd’s that Jeff Lins and his team of true-hearted editors had made. They said they had been stopping at truck stops and giving Ron Paul flyers to people. She even brought a whole stack of Ron Paul Straw Poll flyers that she had printed at my request. And here’s the amazing part. They could only stay for one day, because she had to work on Monday. This is the kind of dedication I am witnessing again and again from Ron Paul supporters.

Shortly after, a young man arrived from St. Louis. He was young and full of energy, and he worked hard all weekend. Whenever I thought to invite him to rest, he was up and ready for another area to cover. People arrived throughout the morning and afternoon to work. And I mean work.
All in all we had folks from North Carolina, Missouri, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois, South Dakota, a beautiful family from Tennessee. Iowans, too, came from all over the state to distribute dvd’s, and many of them took dvd’s with them to distribute in their towns. They were all so motivated and steady – not a single complaint, not a single demand. They just wanted to help. They were inspiring.

So how did we do? In one and a half days, with a group of about 50 people, we distributed 10,000 dvd’s to the people of Ames and surrounding towns. How wonderful is that?

I wish you could have been there on Saturday afternoon to share in the adventure with everyone. We are a varied and delightful crew of characters. When we parted at the end of the day, I felt as though my family was dispersing; I didn’t want to say goodbye. And then something wonderful happened. When I turned to wish safe travels to a man who had traveled many hours to come to Ames, he looked at me and quietly said, “I’ll see you at the inauguration.” And that was how we said goodbye to each other.

Thank you to all of you who helped make the dvd, all of you who came, all of you who e-mailed your support, and all of you who are working to change the course of this country.

If I don’t see you before then, I’ll see you at the inauguration.

Calling all Students for Ron Paul

July 27, 2007

Amazing news….

Yesterday I spoke with a lawyer, Bill, in California who is offering $5000 in tickets to support students who want to vote for Ron Paul.  Dang!  He’s going to be here for the Straw Poll and will be in charge of getting the tickets to the students.

Can you help?  If you are a Iowan student or can get the word out to college and university students, you would be doing the campaign a great service.  Please tell them to go to to register.  We will contact them after they register, so please make sure to enter phone info.

If we get more students than the $5000 will cover, we’ll ask for donations.  I hope that happens soon!

“A hero is a man who does what he can.” – Romain Rolland

July 26, 2007

I thought yesterday was one of those banner days that life sometimes hands you – like a golden pear in late summer or a rainbow during a cool summer rain. Well, today was like standing in line for ice cream at the little small town stand everyone goes to on Friday nights and getting your favorite double dip. Or listening to the kids play kickball as the day dims into a lightening bug festooned evening.

Basically it was a pretty excellent day.

I got a call yesterday from a man named Bill who lives in South Dakota and is coming to help with the Great Iowa DVD Drop this weekend. We chatted for a bit and then he said in this really humble voice, “Do you want to hear about my project?” You know I did – I love stories. It seems that Bill owns a business and has about 250 clients (mostly farmers) in Iowa, and he had decided to send them all a letter and some literature about Dr. Paul.

I really admire people who are willing to speak their truth in a humble and unpretentious way. He wasn’t shouting it or pushing it in anyones face, but just offering it, almost as a service, to his clients. I think that takes more than a little bravery and a lot of integrity. When someone is like that, you just want to support them however you can. So, I asked him if he would like some dvd’s to send with the letter. He thought that was great, but he wanted to send the letters the next day. So, we agreed to meet halfway at the Iowa/Nebraska border and make a trade.

So at 6:30 this morning I hit the road and drove across Iowa (and it is truly a beautiful state), and met Bill, today’s hero. He gave me a copy of his letter – here are a couple of excerpts:

“The reason I decided to mail this to you is of a political nature, and I apologize if this mailing offends you in any way. I promise you will never receive any further political mailings from me…

… description of Dr. Paul and Ames …

…And if you are like me, you have serious reservations about the direction our country is heading. Ron Paul pledges to change that direction. With Ron Paul as President, if it’s not constitutional, it’s simply not going to happen…”

You see how humble this guy is? You gotta love it. Before we parted, he gave me a few Ron Paul yard signs that he made (OUR NEXT PRESIDENT IS… RON PAUL… GO AHEAD, GOOGLE HIM!), and shoved some money in my hand to help pay for gas.

All I have to say to you folks is, “Where have you been all my life?” I am grateful to Dr. Paul for many things, but meeting so many good hearted patriots is by far the greatest gift I have received since I first heard of him…

There’s more to today – a phone call from the West Coast with awesome news, but I’ll have to wait a bit to tell you…

Mama, Make it Stop!

July 26, 2007

I’m sitting here grinning like a complete idiot. You folks are amazing!

But, please stop printing now! <big grin> Unless you wanna do trifolds, which we also need! has them at the bottom of the page…

I am so happy to tell you that we’re setting up a Ron Paul office in downtown Des Moines in the next few days. Which is a good thing, because I’m going to need somewhere to put those 22,000 flyers that are arriving in the next few days! Not for long though –  those bad boys gotta hit the street and do their thing…

Man oh man. Life is good.