Should The Ron Paul March On Washington Be On June 21, 2008?
Now that Ron Paul has called upon his supporters to organize a march on Washington to show our numbers and proclaim the revolution, the question has emerged as to what date we should choose. Here's why I think it should be June 21st.
Yesterday's video message from Ron Paul to his supporters has provided a jolt of energy to what was becoming a flagging campaign. The imaginations of his supporters are being stirred again, and the revolution is moving into its next phase.
The question that is on everyone's mind is this: what date should the march be? I propose that it should be June 21, 2008. There are a number of reasons for this:
(1) First and foremost, it's the day that the Constitution went into effect. On June 21, 1788 New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify the Constitution. Since Dr. Paul is so strongly associated with strict Constitutional support, it seems most appropriate that his rally be held on the date the Constitution took effect.
(2) June 21, 2008 is a Saturday. It's going to be important to make the march occur on a weekend day, so that people from far and wide can actually attend it.
(3) I oppose holding the march on July 4th, as some have proposed. The reason is that Washington, DC on July 4th is a mob scene. Also, July 4, 2008 is a Friday, and anyone who has ever been in DC on a Friday knows it's not the best day to be there! Even if we got over 1,000,000 to attend, our march would be dwarfed by the millions who descend upon DC each July 4th to watch the national fireworks. The big impact we're hoping for would almost certainly be ignored by the major media, because it would look like a drop in a much larger ocean. There are rallies of one kind or another held every single weekend during the Spring and Summer in Washington. Most are very small. June 21st would likely be a relatively non-competitive day to try to gain attention for what we're doing, making it easier for that attention to be gained.
(4) It probably will be easier to organize a late-June march and rally than one earlier in the Spring, because there's an awful lot to do in any case, including getting parade permits, meeting the legion of requirements that DC places on rally organizers, figuring out housing and transportation logistics for people travelling in from all over America, etc.
(5) The third weekend in June is the first weekend after school lets out, so there will probably be lots of families and kids in DC that day. The potential audience could be excellent.
(6) A quick Google search showed me that there are no other major rallies scheduled for the weekend of June 21-22, 2008 in Washington.
Whatever date we pick, we need to pick the date soon. And we need for the campaign's best grassroots organizers, the ones who organized the money bombs and the trips to New Hampshire and Nevada and everything else to take the bull by the horns and organize this March For Liberty.