The Most Influential Tea Party Group That Began It All: Ron Paul’s Campaign For Liberty

The Northwest Report
October 31, 2010

The influence of the Campaign for Liberty is undeniable. I’ve been following the Tea Party movement for quite some time. Ron Paul played an instrumental roll in starting the Tea Party movement with his strong message of liberty via his continual preaching of the U.S. Constitution. His message is so strong that Ron Paul People created the modern day Tea Party. Soon after, Ron Paul created the Campaign for Liberty when his 2008 Presidential run came to an end. Eventually, the Campaign for Liberty became so successful that the FEC was called to investigate (harass) them.

Long before the days of the Fox’s heavy handed Neocon agenda to co-opt the Tea Party movement, there was the Campaign for Liberty: Born from the dissatisfaction of the blatant false left-right paradigm. The Campaign for Liberty was created for those who needed a place to help facilitate knowledge and progress via the actions of people who wanted to resuscitate the U.S. Constitution. An excerpt from their Statement of Principles states:

“The U.S. Constitution is at the heart of what the Campaign for Liberty stands for, since the very least we can demand of our government is fidelity to its own governing document. Claims that our Constitution was meant to be a “living document” that judges may interpret as they please are fraudulent, incompatible with republican government, and without foundation in the constitutional text or the thinking of the Framers. Thomas Jefferson spoke of binding our rulers down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution, and we are proud to follow in his distinguished lineage.”

This highly influential liberty group began when the Mainstream Republican Media was nakedly promoting the virtues of John McCain and his fellow Neocons on a daily basis. The grassroots played a highly vital role in it’s development. Members of the Campaign for Liberty are broken down into states and counties. Some members like to utilize meetup as a way to meet with local activists.

The Origins of The Tea Party:

The Tea Party movement began long before Rick Santelli was calling for a Tea Party in Chicago on February 19, 2009. One of the earliest documented Tea Party gatherings occurred on December 16, 2007 at a Ron Paul rally in Austin, Texas; approximately two years before Rick Santelli’s CNBC broadcast. This is one reason why the Campaign for Liberty is the most influential Tea Party group: The Campaign for Liberty vis-a-vis Ron Paul People created the modern day Tea Party movement.

Note: Costumes and wooden cargo boxes:

The Beginning of Campaign for Liberty:

The following video is Ron Paul’s announcement stating that he’s going through the legal formalities of ending his 2008 Presidential Campaign. He then states that unlike his presidential campaign, the message of liberty will never end. Lastly, he announces the launching of “Phase II: The Campaign for Liberty”; a political group designed to take the Republican Party back to it’s Libertarian roots (the intent of the Tea Party movement):

Young Americans for Liberty (YAL):

Understanding the importance of the younger generation, Young Americans for Liberty was born:

Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) is the continuation of Students for Ron Paul (SFP). In less than 8 months, SFP established over 500 college and high school chapters in all 50 states and over 26,000 students joined the Ron Paul 2008 campaign.

With this network, YAL seeks to recruit, train, educate, and mobilize students on the ideals of liberty and the Constitution. This is not a new beginning but a continuation of a youth movement already brewing in this country. Our objective is to facilitate its success.

The Rally for the Republic:

Ron Paul’s presidential campaign eventually evolved into the massive liberty movement you see today. Even in it’s infancy, it was so powerful that Ron Paul’s campaign managed to organize a historical Rally for the Republic on September 2, 2008. The Rally for the Republic was an event where thousands of people gathered to register their refusal to go along with the sheep-like herd despite the continual marginalization, brainwashing, and outright thuggery by the Mainstream Republican Media. They realized there was no turning back. They owed their dedication to liberty as espoused by Ron Paul; not to a group of people who completely ignored their oaths to uphold and defend the U.S. Constitution.

The Rally for the Republic wasn’t so much about Ron Paul as it was for the reassurance that the message of liberty would continue to thrive. More than 10,000 lovers of liberty gathered at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota; a short distance from the ongoing Republican National Convention that was taking place in St. Paul. This event is another reason why the Campaign for Liberty the most influential Tea Party group: They thrive when faced with adversity.

The Ongoing War and Unstoppable Outcome:

The war on the Ron Paul style liberty movement is no surprise. Those who have been in power for so long obviously want to keep it. They will stop at nothing to do so; including the desperate act of co-option. The government/corporate media will continue to distort and marginalize the authentic liberty movement. They will continue to make outrageous statements claiming that you’re an isolationist if you don’t believe in interventionist wars; that you’re a domestic terrorist if you raise four million dollars in one day.

The MRM promotes candidates who claim to be lovers of the U.S. Constitution. These candidates ignore the parts that don’t fit into their needless, dangerous, costly, and unconstitutional Neocon agenda that is fed to them by power brokers. They will continue to attempt to go as far as manipulating the audio feed of candidates such as Deborah Medina who threaten their power. They will continue to dish out Astroturf Tea Party groups such as the Tea Party Express.

Everyone wants to attack the front runner. Obviously, the Democrats/Progressives/Lefitsts/etc. are also going after Ron Paul and those who truly believe in liberty as defined within the U.S. Constitution. “Racist” has been thrown more times than mashed potatoes during a middle school food fight. Moreover, the FEC was interested in the Campaign for Liberty. Not even the most corrupt in New Jersey’s warehouse district is subject to this action.

Sadly, many of those who are a part of the Campaign for Liberty realize a lot of the Tea Party has regressed into a cornucopia of ideas that stray far from the U.S Constitution. Some of these ideas consist of a Neocon philosophy. The MRM is more than happy to peddle those values. This is why the Tea Party of today has become somewhat irrelevant to those who originally founded the movement. Many liberty activists have grown to bemoan the very Tea Party that they founded. They may understandably flat out deny the Tea Party connection to Ron Paul and the Campaign for Liberty, but to do so is to deny your heritage. Ron Paul had a few words concerning this dilemma: “…our job is spreading ideas and those ideas being so pervasive that they will influence not only the parties, but the Tea Parties.” (1)

As the future unravels, the Campaign for Liberty will continue to quietly spread the message of liberty like a never ending brush fire via intense grassroots activism. They will continue to be the most influential liberty advocate group as evidenced by the unprecedented number attempts to stop them. They will continue to thrive as the same Republicans and special interests who are partially responsible for the current state of the Republic are heavily promoted (C4L heavily marginalized and ignored) by the corporate/government controlled media. They may own a large portion of the media, but they will never own the unstoppable grass root revolutionaries.

“It does not take a majority to prevail…but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brush fires of freedom in the minds of men.” -Samuel Adams

Copyright 2010 – The Northwest Report. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is gladly granted, provided full credit is given.

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