Ron Paul’s We Are The Future Rally Draws Overflow Crowd

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Ron Paul speaks at his 2008 Rally for the Republic in Minneapolis (Credit: Declan McCullagh / CNET News)

Ron Paul’s We are the Future Rally drew an overflow crowd to the USF Sun Dome in Tampa Sunday afternoon. Event organizers at the Sun Dome, which seats over 10,000 people, had to turn supporters away to watch the event on television screens in overflow seating across the street.

In 2008, Ron Paul’s bid for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination catapulted the ten-term US congressman (TX) from obscurity into the national spotlight.

Paul’s philosophy of limited government, individual liberty, and rule-of-law resonated with a large and passionate segment of American voters. His platform of fiscal conservatism, foreign policy restraint, and civil libertarianism offered a fresh and interesting combination of policy positions to voters who felt out of place in the conventional politics of the two-party system.

A maverick who criticizes his own party with as much zeal as he criticizes Democrats, Ron Paul was shut out of the Republican National Convention in 2008, and held a separate rally in the same city.

After a second failed bid for the nomination despite a stronger showing in 2012, Ron Paul refused to speak at this year’s Republican National Convention in Tampa because his speaking slot came with two conditions: the speech would be vetted and approved by Gov. Mitt Romney’s campaign, and Ron Paul would have to endorse Romney for president.

So taking a page out of his 2008 playbook, Ron Paul’s We are the Future Rally held down the street from the Republican National Convention showcased his growing political movement, its platform, and its plans for the future. Reporting live from the Ron Paul rally Sunday afternoon, IVN contributor Tom Brown said, “It’s about Ron Paul, but it’s more about bringing the liberty movement forward, past Ron Paul.”

The overwhelming theme and message of the event, as emphasized by its name, is that Ron Paul’s supporters and their ideas about government are the future of the Republican Party and the future of the country. Brown reports that the message is more than merely rhetoric; the Ron Paul movement has detailed plans to continue pushing for its political philosophy and platform.

Brown says Paul supporters at the We are the Future Rally are being encouraged to get more involved in local politics, continue working within their local party apparatus, educate more voters about their philosophy of government and rights, and continue fighting to advocate for the political reforms they would like to see.

Near the end of his live report from Ron Paul’s We are the Future Rally, Brown revealed a powerful idea behind the energy and passion of Ron Paul’s supporters, an idea that Independent voters and all Americans across all party lines can take to heart regardless of their differing political views: “Leaders are not your congressman, your senators, your president. They’re followers. You’re the leader.”

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  1. Kelly Stamper @Stacy Alexander Dill - the powers at be won't allow it. I hope someone will pick up the charge after Dr. Paul isn't able to do this anymore.
  2. Stacy Alexander Dill Very inspiring... but that is all it can be, sadly.
  3. Ward Posey Agree with Dr. Paul or not the man has courage and fortitude. Well done Dr. Paul
  4. Jimmy Rose That old man has inspired a lot of young people and open the eyes of many others i say well done.
  5. Brandon Fallon Paul's views do seem to cover ideas from both main parties, but there is progress to be made. His movement grew out of his failed presidential runs, but the awareness is there and the Libertarian party will start targeting lower public office and grow more from there. What I feel most ncomfortable about, however, is the Libertarian view on the Civil Rights movement. The federal government acted on a federal level and progress was made. If it was up to the states, I feel that the process would have lasted much longer.
  6. James Don Perhaps it would have, perhaps it wouldn't. Unless you have a time machine we can borrow, it's moot to argue, "what ifs". States still have the right to govern themselves on all things not outlined as directly under control of the federal government though. You cannot simply say "states took too long on this issue, so we are taking all of the power from them", which is what has been done, revoking that right from states, for the most part. The Constitution came with provisions to amend and make things right on a national level, when necessary, and it's worked well for the most part, when there are issues that are very wrong, the states ratify and solve the problem. The structure is there, its up to the people to use it. If it takes too long, blame the people voting (and/or staying home instead), not the system; and certainly don't allow the federal power hungry warlords to circumvent our rights and dismantle state's rights over one issue. Fact is that libertarians mostly live by "live and let live". Most people just want the ability to do their own thing on their own land as long as they are not hurting or infringing on the rights of others.. to be free from someone on the other side of the country telling them what they can do or ingest in their own home.
  7. Brandon Fallon I like what you said about the Liberatarian motto "live and let live." Everything has an order to it and if anything goes wrong, it'll work itself out eventually. Left to the states, I still feel the Civil Rights movement would have resulted in a similar outcome. I believe in the power of the people and that government is for the benefit of people. I don't think the government to have the support of everybody on any issue, and differences arise. I still feel that there is a role for government in protecting its citizens and helping out when it could. If it isn't working for the majority, it is with the people, not the system and they will be voted out of office. That is when Ron Paul supports can start making progress at gaining Congressional seats.
  8. Donny Zaltzberg hopefully the liberty movement will become the truth movement and will absolutely shut down the other one party, yes i know there is technically 2 but considering there no difference between the 2 i say 1. Ron Paul should be the nominee, the GOP stole 3-5 states from him and are now reworking rules so they can cherry pick whom ever. The primaries are fraudulent and a waste of time and money, they are going to pick who ever they want wether they need to trash votes lose votes cancel votes or shut down voting due to fake snow storms. THE GOP IS DESPICABLE!
  9. Josh Coleman If you don't understand why central banking is dangerous, you really shouldn't be voting. It's one of the OLDEST problems our country AND society has EVER faced. Yes it's THAT simple.
  10. Thomas Brown That is a great point and really what yesterday's event was all about.
32 comments
Kelly Stamper
Kelly Stamper

@Stacy Alexander Dill - the powers at be won't allow it. I hope someone will pick up the charge after Dr. Paul isn't able to do this anymore.

Ward Posey
Ward Posey

Agree with Dr. Paul or not the man has courage and fortitude. Well done Dr. Paul

Jimmy Rose
Jimmy Rose

That old man has inspired a lot of young people and open the eyes of many others i say well done.

Brandon Fallon
Brandon Fallon

Paul's views do seem to cover ideas from both main parties, but there is progress to be made. His movement grew out of his failed presidential runs, but the awareness is there and the Libertarian party will start targeting lower public office and grow more from there. What I feel most ncomfortable about, however, is the Libertarian view on the Civil Rights movement. The federal government acted on a federal level and progress was made. If it was up to the states, I feel that the process would have lasted much longer.

Donny Zaltzberg
Donny Zaltzberg

hopefully the liberty movement will become the truth movement and will absolutely shut down the other one party, yes i know there is technically 2 but considering there no difference between the 2 i say 1. Ron Paul should be the nominee, the GOP stole 3-5 states from him and are now reworking rules so they can cherry pick whom ever. The primaries are fraudulent and a waste of time and money, they are going to pick who ever they want wether they need to trash votes lose votes cancel votes or shut down voting due to fake snow storms. THE GOP IS DESPICABLE!

Josh Coleman
Josh Coleman

If you don't understand why central banking is dangerous, you really shouldn't be voting. It's one of the OLDEST problems our country AND society has EVER faced. Yes it's THAT simple.

Sarah Anne Bower
Sarah Anne Bower

I watched the Ron Paul Rally and must say he laid some truth cards on the table. I can see why the far fright wing and neo cons want to shut him up. I am very liberal and I agree with what he has to say on our first amendment rights and privacy being high jacked. Fascism IS looming right around the corner. Now to take our social advances back 100 years is just shooting our selves in the foot. Do people need to be made to feel useful and productive? Absolutly. Should all able bodied people be doing something. Absolutly.But to guilt and demean people into compliance isn't the answer either. There needs to be a societal change not a govermental change. Society needs to be able to find a niche for everyone with a fair recompense for their labor. No million dollars for people who care for money and 5.00 for people who care for people, That's part of the big problem. Why so much disparity in everything? Our War Profiteers are driving us to the brink. And the drugs? Why are they so valuable? Illegal. Take most of the profit out. Has worked all over the world. If you didn't listen don't criticize. some great points.

Juliet Giles
Juliet Giles

people blame ron paul if hes against his own party ;for god sake ron paul were going to unite .. riomey-ryan ticket.

Juliet Giles
Juliet Giles

over all-all in l we cant afford to be like ross perot; we united mr. ron paul pls.

Josh Coleman
Josh Coleman

Awesome! How many of you people have fought for your principles at at the Congressional level for over 30 years? No flipflopping. Being marginalized by the media after being a successful doctor? No wonder we're fucked. You people deserve what's coming! Pathetic.

Ben Marcus
Ben Marcus

Not much if they try to hold on to the Republican party. His supporters need to do what he never had the will to do and find a new way.

Randle Pink
Randle Pink

I'm still waiting for a Libertarian to tell me what their definition of 'liberty' is. Just sayin'.

Timmy Cat Chores
Timmy Cat Chores

It's a mixed-blessing for me. I'm happy to see so many people fed-up with plutocracy, but libertarian economic ideas are frighteningly regressive. The way Ron Paul style libertarians 'demonize' anything collectivist seems extremist and cult-like. I believe promoting individualism is important, but should not come at the expense of a respect for some fundamental, collectivist aspects of society on which we rely, and take for granted.

One thing I'd like libertarians to consider, is that the middle-class was built in large part by setting a high corporate taxe-rate in the 1930s. After deregulation in the 80's, we are back to the wealth-disparity we saw pre-Great Depression. If you think further deregulation will fix any problems for the middle-class, I can tell you're ignoring the history of the US, and the present reality of other 1st world countries with high corporate tax-rates.

Daniel Meyer
Daniel Meyer

Overflow crowd? You have got to be kidding!

Var Enyo
Var Enyo

@James That is the reason along with Citizens United that other parties never have a chance. Old Neocons from Bush/Cheney and Blackwater infest the Romney camp. Can more war be far behind?

Paula Ralaford Davis
Paula Ralaford Davis

Dr. Paul needs to get out of congress and help give the Libertarian party some legs while he is still vibrant enough to do so. Gary Johnson doesn't have a prayer because he is a lousy speaker.

Mark Hedges
Mark Hedges

In the words of Elmer Fud " They should b Berry Berry Quiet! The plan 2 restore America need not be spoken loudly! Don't let em hear ya coming!

Dan Stanard
Dan Stanard

I see ignorant fake Americans critisizing him because he cares about our country.. Just shows the ignorance of some wasted pukes!

Michael Snider
Michael Snider

We either have a revolution or we submit to the loss of our freedoms, the loss of our constitution and watch what was once the greatest country the world has ever seen crash and burn just like the Romans

Josh Coleman
Josh Coleman

Why the hell are you on Independent Voter Sandra Terreberry? Critical thinking does not seem to be your strong-point. Just sayin'

Bill Rogers
Bill Rogers

That if the likes of AynRon Paul is running it, he borrowed its moniker from Oceania (war is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength); he knows no more about liberty than I do about calculus.

Dino Sanfilippo
Dino Sanfilippo

Dr. Paul has influenced a movement that will revitalize the GOP for years to come.

Chad Chilstrom
Chad Chilstrom

Its funny watching people try to put people down with a bunch of name calling insults. Makes them look really credible and respectable ;)

Sandra Terreberry
Sandra Terreberry

Absolutely nothing from these losers. Ron Paul is a bitter old man. His son Rand is smarter !!

ChrisInMaryville
ChrisInMaryville

Honesty in events and news will only come from us outside the lame stream media. Great post, as always and will share with credits. Love your work to keep freedom and truth alive!

James Don
James Don

Perhaps it would have, perhaps it wouldn't. Unless you have a time machine we can borrow, it's moot to argue, "what ifs".

States still have the right to govern themselves on all things not outlined as directly under control of the federal government though. You cannot simply say "states took too long on this issue, so we are taking all of the power from them", which is what has been done, revoking that right from states, for the most part. The Constitution came with provisions to amend and make things right on a national level, when necessary, and it's worked well for the most part, when there are issues that are very wrong, the states ratify and solve the problem. The structure is there, its up to the people to use it. If it takes too long, blame the people voting (and/or staying home instead), not the system; and certainly don't allow the federal power hungry warlords to circumvent our rights and dismantle state's rights over one issue. Fact is that libertarians mostly live by "live and let live". Most people just want the ability to do their own thing on their own land as long as they are not hurting or infringing on the rights of others.. to be free from someone on the other side of the country telling them what they can do or ingest in their own home.

Thomas Brown
Thomas Brown

That is a great point and really what yesterday's event was all about.

Brandon Fallon
Brandon Fallon

I like what you said about the Liberatarian motto "live and let live." Everything has an order to it and if anything goes wrong, it'll work itself out eventually. Left to the states, I still feel the Civil Rights movement would have resulted in a similar outcome.

I believe in the power of the people and that government is for the benefit of people. I don't think the government to have the support of everybody on any issue, and differences arise. I still feel that there is a role for government in protecting its citizens and helping out when it could. If it isn't working for the majority, it is with the people, not the system and they will be voted out of office. That is when Ron Paul supports can start making progress at gaining Congressional seats.