We drove three hours from Atlanta, GA to attend the Ron Paul Lunch Program with the Spartanburg Republican Party in South Carolina to listen to 10th-term Republican Congressman Ron Paul spread his message of freedom. I’m not one to normally become involved in politics, but Dr. Paul earned my respect in the Republican debates on Fox News, where he was the only candidate on stage courageous enough to speak out against the neoconservative party line.
This event was particularly important because GOP maverick Paul was shunned earlier in Spartanburg when Spartanburg County Republican Party Chairman Rick Beltram said that he was not welcome in his county. “The door is closed for him,” Beltram said. “He can stay home.” But two days later, thanks to our persistent e-mails and phone calls, Beltram changed his tune. “I was told by at least 125 e-mails and 25 voice mails that I didn’t hear correctly, newspapers didn’t report it correctly and live TV didn’t reflect it correctly,” Beltram said. “If we’re all that naive and we all misunderstood, I think they should come on down and tell us how we’re wrong, and I think the people of Spartanburg will be anxious to listen.”
And boy, were we anxious to listen. The Paul faithful flocked to the Spartanburg appearance, as about 400 people â€” half from out of state â€” were shoehorned into Summit Pointe for the event. Paul received no less than 16 standing ovations during his hour-plus speech, promoting the cause of Liberty.
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