Aug 30, 2007
I spoke to a group of Ron Paul supporters at the Village Pourhouse
in New York City last night. The NYC Ron Paul Meet-Up
group had invited me to talk about the mainstream
media's misreporting of Ron Paul's burgeoning campaign for the
I was impressed. It's always good meeting people with whom you have conversed online - in this case, Ryan and Avery and Kevin. But there was something else in this group.
Here was a group of people, assembled in the back room of a noisy bar on a hot summer evening. Men and women, different ages, different accents. Brought together by a desire to truly improve this country by working to elect a candidate with an old-fashioned idea: follow the Constitution of the United States. Don't go to war without a Declaration. Don't muzzle the media in contradiction of the First Amendment. Clear, straightforward points, really, that almost every other politician and public official seem to have forgotten.
I was impressed. The questions I received were perceptive. There was something in the air, and it was more than the fine spirits wafting in from the other room.
It was a different spirit. Democracy. I've seen it a few times in my life, first hand like this. Eugene McCarthy challenging Lyndon Johnson to stop the Vietnam War in 1968. Working in his campaign on the streets of New York. Working for John Lindsay, running for a second term as Mayor in New York, a year later.
It's rare to see democracy so directly. It was there in the Village Pourhouse last night. Not like on the television screen. Right there in the room.
It was good to see.