For many Republicans who cannot understand the power of message or money, it is difficult for the establishment politicians to recognize how much young people of both parties are drawn to Ron Paul’s message of economic freedom, and positive idealism. This was the case on September 26th when lines of students at New York City’s Webster Hall came to hear Ron Paul speak to them of freedom, liberty, and an economic change that hasn’t been delivered to them since the promises of the 2008 campaign.
On this Monday night, there is already a long line of people winding down an East Village street waiting to be admitted into Webster Hall, which brands itself as “NYC’s largest and longest running nightclub” and boasts that it has hosted Green Day, Prince, and Mick Jagger.
But this isn’t a concert. This is an event featuring a keynote speech by GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul.
Paul’s acolytes have argued that he attracts young voters in a way that other GOP candidates don’t, and a quick survey of the crowd gathered in the deliberately dimmed room proves that it skews more hipster than hip-replacement. I saw college students waiting in line dressed in T-shirts, one calling for the Fed to be audited, another urging the Ron Paul revolution to begin, and a third featuring an iconic image of Paul riffing off of the Barack Obama “Hope” graphic. – Katrina Trinko, National Review Online
It is venues like this in 1994 which springboarded Bill Clinton into office on the ‘Rock the Vote’ project of MTV, and is creating a similar opportunity for Ron Paul through the grass roots efforts of America’s youth. History shows that the 1960’s protesters of Haight Ashbury and Greenwich Village spawned the leaders in government we have today. Change does not occur by the soldified elder citizens who are more prone to holding onto the status quo, but rather by the young and idyllic who have the strength, energy, and vision to create change.
Ron Paul at Webster Hall spoke the students and young people on their plight for finding employment now, and their future prospects in today’s economy. He laid out the need to change the system back to when capitalism wasn’t ruled by corporatism, and how cutting taxes, de-regulating, and changing the monetary environment of debt Keynsianism was crucial in bringing back America to industrial greatness.
In 2008, President Obama offered the youth the rhetoric of ‘Hope and Change’. Four years later, Presidential Candidate Ron Paul is offering those same youth a plan and blueprint on how to do it. Unlike the divisions that have spawned under the current President’s administration and economic policies, Ron Paul is proving that the message speaks to all Americans, whether liberal or conservative, and in one night in New York City, Ron Paul was the King of Greenwich Village.