View Full Version : JIm Quinn on Ron Paul at Valley Forge

09-21-2009, 04:46 AM


I attended the Campaign for Liberty conference in Valley Forge last night after work. Just to let the mainstream media know. There were no guns, no racist signs and no anti-Obama literature. There were young, middle aged and older people attending. Some had suits, other were in jeans. They struck me as normal every day middle class people. I'm not good at estimating crowds, but it appeared to be about 1,000 people.

The 1st speaker was Phil Giraldi, a former CIA officer. Maybe SSS knows him. He was in the CIA until 2002, so he was there in the days following 9/11. He said it was known in the halls of the CIA and Defense Dept that we would use the 9/11 attack as the reason for launching an attack on Iraq. His speech was convincing.

The 2nd speaker was Mike Doherty. For those of you who live in NJ, I think you have a rising star in the Republican party. He is in the NJ assembly and is running for State Senator in November. He is a West Point grad who spent 8 years in the military. All three of his sons are currently serving in the military. The man is no dove. He supports Ron Paul's foreign policy stance 100%. When you go to war, you go to win. The military will obey their civilian leaders, but they know their duty is to uphold the Constitution. He is for a strong defense, not for provoking no win conflicts throughout the world.

Ron Paul's son, Ronnie, then introduced his father. I had never seen Ron Paul in person before. He looks like your grandfather. He's not slick. He doesn't overwhelm the room with his mere presence. He is not a smooth talker. But, he did speak for 1 hour and 15 minutes without the use of a teleprompter or notes. He can speak this way because he doesn't have to remember his lies. He doesn't lie. He doesn't tell half truths. He doesn't deceive his audience. He speaks from his heart. He believes what he says.

As he spoke, it sounded like the discussions we have every day on TheBurningPlatfrom. Truth, individual liberty, less government, and freedom were the themes of his speech. The part of the speech that struck me was his trust and faith in the citizens of this country. He truly believes that people will make the right decisions if given the chance. This is the major difference between Ron Paul and the elites running our government and the two parties. He believes that if individuals are given the freedom to earn and keep their money our society would be stronger. Individuals, because they have virtue, would take care of those less fortunate through the charity of their time and money.

The ruling elite don't trust the citizens. They believe in their own infallibility and their own brilliance. They want government to solve all the ills in our country and our world. Give them more power and they will coddle and take care of you. Just give them 40% of your income and allow them to run $2 trillion deficits every year and they will solve all your problems. How has that worked out so far?

He got the most animated while speaking about the Federal Reserve. He is convinced they have caused the vast majority of our economic misery. His Audit the Fed bill HR1207 now has 290 co-sponsors, including 110 Democrats. He was very clear that the printing of more dollars will eventually lead to the collapse of the USD. He doesn't know when, but the existing policies will lead to that conclusion. He was fearful at what will happen when the dollar does collapse. Will the government then attempt to seize more power. At this point he pointed out that the government has a lot of guns. Then he said, "the citizens of this country have a lot of guns too." This received a standing ovation from the crowd.

Ron Paul did not speak badly of any individual person. He is a true gentleman. He cares about this country. He cares about people. He doesn't care about power or personal agendas or getting rich when he leaves Washington.

As I pulled out of the parking lot, and drove past the entrance to Valley Forge National Park I was struck by the similarities of George Washington and Ron Paul. Washington arrived at Valley Forge with a 12,000 man ragtag army. Soldiers received irregular supplies of meat and bread, some getting their only nourishment from "fire cake," a tasteless mixture of flour and water. Long marches had destroyed shoes. Blankets were scarce. Tattered garments were seldom replaced. At one point these shortages caused nearly 4,000 men to be listed as unfit for duty. Eventually. 2,000 men died that winter. Our entire country depended upon one leader and 10,000 dedicated patriots. Las Vegas wouldn't have given Washington a chance at victory. Our victory 5 years later was a victory of will, not a victory of weapons.

We are in the same position today. Maybe there are 100,000 out of 307 million Americans who are behind Ron Paul and his Campaign for Liberty. George Washington was honest, truthful, unwavering, dedicated to his troops and his country, bold in action, and trusting in his officers and men. Ron Paul is the most honest, truthful man in Washington DC. He cares about the country and its citizens. Ron Paul's message has been the same for 30 years. Trust the people, not the government. At the end of his speech, Ron quoted Samuel Adams:

"It does not take a majority to prevail... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men."