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Among the Paulistas in New Hampshire

Posted on | January 9, 2012 | 57 Comments

HOLLIS, N.H.
The Only Man Who Can Save American Liberty™ — as he is regarded by his famously fanatical supporters — appeared today at the Lawrence Barn here, and I was pleased to discover that one of Lisa Graas‘s Twitter friends, “TradiCatholic,” was among the Paulistas in attendance. And I explained to her that, unlike some other conservatives in the blogosphere, I have sought to avoid the “urge to purge” attitude toward Ron Paul’s supporters.

We ought to distinguish, I believe, between the sincere, serious and well-meaning Paulistas, who will gladly close ranks with conservatives in opposition to Obama’s liberal agenda, and the relatively small number of insane hate-filled monsters who infest the dark corners of the Internet.

The scene inside the Lawrence Barn. This was an “invitation only” event that was originally planned for someone’s living room, but which outgrew the venue and had to be moved to a public facility. Among those on hand to support Ron Paul was this homeschooling family:

One of the highlights of the event for me was the performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” by these home-schooled girls:

Let those who wish to banish the Paulistas from the “Big Tent” explain: How is it in the interests of the conservative movement and/or the Republican Party to tell young people like this that their support and influence — their commitment, their energy, their enthusiasm — are unwelcome within our ranks? Here is Ron Paul being introduced at the Lawrence Barn:

Here is Paul answering a supporter’s question about the American “empire” during his appearance in Hollis:

Now, you may disagree with the congressman about these matters, and that’s OK. And certainly the vast majority of Republican voters (more than 80 percent, according to the Iowa caucus results) do not support Ron Paul as a presidential candidate. But why do so many conservatives go beyond mere opposition to Paul, and engage in demonization of him and his supporters?

Here is a brief interview with Dr. Lee Button of the National Heritage Center for Constitutional Studies, a New Hampshire home-schooling leader:

Perhaps I am exceptionally sensitive to the need for conservatives to include Paulistas in their ranks because I am an ex-Democrat. Unlike so many of my peers in conservative New Media, I was born and raised a Democrat and did not wise up to that inherited folly until I was in my 30s. Whatever errors of ideology or rhetoric you may attribute to Ron Paul’s supporters, I doubt many of them were ever so foolish as I was in 1984, when I voted for Walter Mondale.

Mea culpa. Mea magna culpa.

Therefore, my conservative friends, let us be civil and reasonable, and seek common ground with those of Ron Paul’s supporters who are also civil and reasonable, striving together to form a common front among those patriotic Americans who seek an end to the dreadful misrule of the Obama administration. And really, how can you not love this kind of enthusiasm for liberty?

This Paulista apparently drove all the way from Pennsylvania.


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  • Quartermaster

    From what I have seen, the neocons are just as bad as the Paulbots. Both are detestable.

    I have bigger problems with the Neocons, however. It would be nice if they didn’t love big government so much. All they are is liberals with a pro-defense bent and we could use far less of that crowd as well.

  • Quartermaster

    Adjoran is making the very mistake Sarah Palin has warned against, demonizing  Paul supporters. It is a very serious mistake to make and could very well lose the next election for us.

    He’s only partially right, but that is in retrospect. The CIA was woefully ignorant of the condition of teh Soviet sphere and that’s why they did not come west during the Carter adminstration. they were in as bad a shape as we were, and that worsened during the Reagan adminstration. That’s by Gorbachev was desperate to hold up our military research.

  • Quartermaster

    To call Paul a hypocrite is to claim you know the content of his heart. Are you now God?

    If there are any cranks in this mess, it isn’t Paul, but those who will demonize the man. I don’t agree with the man, but I don’t use the kind of language you, Adjoran and Pagan Temple use. It is foolish to do so.

  • Quartermaster

    Oh PLEASE! Surely you are that much of an idiot. You are playing the same game as the barking moonbats play. You call “Paultards” booger eaters then pull the same trash, on the same terms you decry? Give me a massive break. Your hypocrisy is palpable from a very large distance.

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  • http://thepagantemple.blogspot.com/ ThePaganTemple

    Sane people don’t go around spray painting graffiti on cars to start out with, but when they do it to their own cards that be a whole nuther level of ree-tard.

  • Tbasiala

    I think it’s unfortunate that the mass keeps being misled by the MEDIA. PEOPLE like Ron Paul are clearly aware of it. They will always look like they’re out to lunch simply because the media suggests so despite the truth ( do your personal research, it’s ok  ) .  What I don’t understand , is why this soceity is so keen on war and hate towards all these nations simply because these arguements were broadcasted on television by people who are clearly in support of war for PROFIT. If it’s the American way , then so be it , but I don’t think the mass populationis aware of the the truth. You can only see what they want you to see on tv ( there are regulations in place for that specific reason ) . I’m no Republican , Democrat  or whatever, I just listen to what these “leaders” have to say , then do some research .