It seems the growing tensions in Asia (Japan-China sabre-rattling and Indian capital controls) have prompted more great rotation out of fiat and into digital currency as China/India markets open. For the first time ever, the price of one unit of Bitcoin exceeds the price of an ounce of gold...
Back in October of 2007, I started getting interested in the presidential candidates. My parents were (real) anti-war Democrats, so I (as a young kid) just got on the Gore and Kerry train. When the Democrats took over the House back in 2007 and nothing changed, I felt pretty betrayed as a supporter of the Democratic Party. I also became interested in civil liberties issues (particularly the Patriot Act). So when early October roles around, I decide to go on Wikipedia and look up the presidential candidates. I ignored Obama and Clinton because by this time I figured they were just shills for the establishment. I saw Kucinich and Gravel, but knew they really had no chance to win. So I went ahead and did something I thought I would never do, see if their was a Republican I could support (I hated Bush, but was pretty pissed off at the Democrats). I see McCain (war mongerer) Giuliana (everything is wrong with him) Romney (just some rich guy) then I finally found him.......
I'm a good Christian, so why not support the Baptist minister? Sure he was for the war in Iraq, but he was a Christian!
After a few days (if that), I knew something did not feel right with Huckabee, so off to Wikipedia I went. That's when I finally stumbled upon Ron Paul. Holy $#!&. A lightbulb finally went off. This was the man I've been looking for all along. That afternoon there was a CNBC debate in Michigan. It was at this moment I was hooked:
I still didn't think Ron Paul had much of a chance at that point...until November 6th. I was watching CNN and heard about the previous day's moneybomb. I was extremely impressed by the money raised, and never wanted to miss another one...which is how I ended up on this site a couple of weeks later. The next two months were insane (December 16th moneybomb, the blimp , throwing snowballs at Sean Hannity).
Didn't expect to reminisce with this thread, but those first two big moneybombs always hold a special place in my heart. It made me want to get involved in the campaign, which lead to an education I never imagined. Thanks RPF!
[of course it ended up being over 4 million that day....]
That money bomb is the reason I joined RPF. I became a Ron Paul supporter after watching the CNBC debate the month before, but I had no idea he had so much support until I had CNN on in the background and heard Wolf Blitzer talk about Ron's amazing day. I was shocked because CNN was actually talking about Ron Paul, and that so much money was raised (I think the final total was just short of 5 million). After that, I didn't want to be left out of another great grassroots idea, and that eventually led me to RPF.
Now I'm getting a bit nostalgic thinking about the great ride during the last 5 years. Here's to 5 more years!