If you tuned in to “Sting 5” News (early) to get your update on Rand Paul’s Seattle visit, you saw clips of their short interview with me. [Ed. note: before the video was edited … Parris’ remarks remain in the King5 text, as we go to press, but the video clips have been expunged & replaced with other footage.] I told them I went to the event sort-of “undecided.”
Most King 5 viewers familiar with Ron Paul’s campaigns in Washington State in 2008 and 2012 will be mumbling under their breath, “Undecided… yeah, right.” Because most expect Rand to simply get Ron’s supporters by natural rights of inheritance.
But those who read my article announcing the event won’t doubt it.
As many certainly discerned, I went to Rand Paul’s “homeless” Rally a skeptic. Few, I’m guessing, really understood why. Several Rand supporters encountered at the Rally openly expressed dislike for the satirical twist of that previous article. It wasn’t fanfare.
The important thing to understand is that I have not been alone in my skepticism. Many of the best Ron activists from 2008 and 2012 have not committed to do anything for Rand. There is a very loud “wait-and-see .”
It is not because of Ron Paul’s defeat in 2008. The best and brightest from that campaign recognized – in defeat – the enormous opportunity to take it all in 2012. And I worked with “the Liberty family,” starting from the final day of the 2008 State Convention, (where Luke Esser and Rob McKenna completed their weekend of crime (no – that is not hyperbole – I mean literal and multiple violations of Washington State Law) to shut out the Ron Paul Campaign) and not stopping until the final deadline of credentials challenges to the 2012 National Convention (where RNC operatives removed all doubt that they deserve the descriptor “evil”) working with those same “best and brightest” to martial the forces of the unprecedented Ron Paul grassroots to secure the first conservative Republican Presidential nomination since 1984.
Blatant cheating and ballot fraud is what we had already grown to expect from the pro-abortion, gay rights, tax and spend, anti-Constitutional, anti-property rights, environmentally Marxist, funny money Republican Party Establishment. No surprises there. What was infuriating was watching the Paul campaign betrayed by its own team for their own self-interest. And in justification:
“Ron didn’t really want to win.”
“We knew Ron couldn’t win.”
Thousands who spent their life’s blood to win were fooled. What was heart-breaking was watching Washington State Paul leaders kiss away the last chance to stop a Romney nomination and endorse GOP Establishment cheating and ballot fraud in a tragically misguided attempt to win favor with Paul’s sworn enemies, a reward both disgraceful to pursue and impossible to attain.
So… in the wake of Lew Moore and Jesse Benton and John Tate and Debbie Hopper… Not to mention the endorsement, by Rand himself, of a pro-abortion, gay rights, tax and spend, anti-Constitutional, anti-property rights, environmentally Marxist, funny money Republican Party Establishment presidential candidate (that did untold damage among his own base), I was more than just a little skeptical.
This rally seemed that it might have some of the earmarks of the internal sabotage we saw in the 2012 cycle: a local appearance by the candidate, announced WAY too late, in a venue difficult to attend, without publicity, at a terrible time, as if to make it impossible for it to succeed.
And it almost was. The Seattle Town Hall capacity is only 832 seats. With advance notice and an accessible time of the event, it would be less than a third large enough. The way it was done, though, drew only a little over 500. Rand has had grassroots on the ground, waiting for just such an opportunity for MONTHS. In how many cities will this mistake be replicated?
As the “Homeless” article telegraphed, I did not expect to come away happy. I expected to see Rand purveying platitudes he hoped would move him to some imagined “middle” between the principles (at the foundation of both the Republic and the Republican Party) and the RINO Establishment’s disingenuous B.S.
There was NOTHING close. What actually happened changed everything.
This morning I watched one of the best Challengers for a Congressional seat I’ve ever seen introduce the feature-length thriller
“Son of Ron Paul for President”
And Rand Paul, simply measured as a speaker, is one of the best candidates for President I’ve ever seen, just as I told King 5.
This was “The Speech” (by Ronald Reagan, October 27, 1964) all over again.
If God will, by some miracle, bless this man with a campaign team equal to the task at hand, this could be the campaign to match the T-shirts I designed in 2009:
Excerpts from Rand’s speech that drew cheers:
Just because you don’t want to be [invading] everywhere all the time doesn’t mean you are an isolationist, it just means you are just not a complete interventionist!
If you are eager for war, there will always be a Bush or Clinton for you to vote for.
When we go around the world and search for these monsters to destroy, we don’t think about what comes afterwards.
The reason the Republican Party is in trouble and doesn’t win, is because we’re not boldly FOR what we’re supposed to be for!”
If we’re going to defend the 2nd amendment, we have to defend the first… and the 4th, and the 5th, and the 6th.
WE NEED TO BECOME THE PARTY OF JUSTICE AGAIN.
Rand spoke for about 35 minutes and covered about 2 hours worth of material. His word product was eloquent, repeatedly rising to inspiring climaxes, yet he had no notes, no teleprompter, and obviously was expressing himself extemporaneously. This is a man at one with his message and his message, from beginning to end, will win the hearts of the Republican Party…
… if they get a chance to listen.