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Photos from the Rally for the Republic

IPR was on the scene at this past Tuesday’s Rally for the Republic, keeping tabs on third party activity as Libertarians, Constitutionalists and Ron Paul Republicans collided just 10 miles from the scene of a more subdued major party political gathering. The following photos survived stadium mood-lighting and a camera that was not as good as advertised to give you a feel for the eclecticism of the Campaign for Liberty‘s official kickoff celebration:

Libertarian Presidential Nominee Bob Barr arrived early to muster up support among the throngs of ticket holders lined up to enter the Target Center before the start of the program. Here Barr pauses for an impromptu media interview with local sign-waving Libertarians in tow.

Here Barr keeps his cool when confronted by a mustache that rivals his own.

The Libertarian Party’s display booth had a prime location right across from the official T-Shirt vendors and two high-traffic entrances to the Target Center. Free drawstring backpacks bearing the national party’s logo were popular among attendees eager to keep their hands free as they moved from one vendor the next.

Chuck Baldwin and the Constitution Party also maintained a strong presence. While the official display booth worked hard to keep up with its enthusiastic prospects, independent supporters throughout the stadium and vendor areas distributed bumper stickers and pamphlets to anyone who would take them. A projection screen in the booth highlighted Baldwin’s YouTube presence.

Once-rumored LP Presidential contender MC Tucker Carlson talked about his own experience growing up around libertarianism. With a clear foresight that the upcoming speakers were quite the mixed group, Carlson asked the crowd to maintain its respectfulness and hear out all the points of view they were about to imbibe. Video of his introduction here.

Speaking as Chairman of the Conservative Caucus, Constitution Party (then US Taxpayers Party) founder Howard Phillips lauded Ron Paul’s congressional record and denounced international government, relating opposition to the trans-Texas corridor and North American Union to the long chain of events that shaped the European Union.

Well-known libertarian Lew Rockwell took the stage to a chant of “Lew! Lew! Lew!” before calling on the assembled attendees to cast off the self-appellation “Conservative.” Here are parts 1 and 2 of his remarks.

Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura rocked the house with his calls for defense of free speech and the second amendment, as well as his discussion of the Justice Department’s reaction to 9/11 and intimation of a 2012 run. Full IPR article here, video here.

The present writer was shocked to discover that the former Governor was not universally beloved in his home state. When one passer-by remarked that “Everyone’s entitled to their opinion, I guess” another replied “Yeah, and it’s right where it belongs too.”

Here Minnesota Independence Party Senate hopeful Dean Barkley meets with a local supporter fresh on the heels of an on-stage endorsement from Governor Ventura, who deferred running this year in favor Barkley.

If it hasn’t been made clear yet, the main attraction of the evening was 1988 Libertarian Presidential nominee, former Republican Presidential candidate and sitting Congressman, Ron Paul. While cheered on as he reiterated the same policy themes expounded throughout his campaign, the Doctor was also showered with applause when calling for his Revolution to extend beyond the Republican Party to all parties and independents, and his point that the present political situation calls for serious urgency and maybe, in the near future, civil disobedience. A full video presentation of his remarks can be found here.

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  1. G.E. G.E. September 4, 2008

    Great pictorial story, Fred!

  2. Mike Theodore Mike Theodore September 4, 2008

    He’ll be having nightmares about that ‘stache experience, Fred.

  3. Fred Church Ortiz Fred Church Ortiz Post author | September 4, 2008

    Thanks guys. A few more points:

    -Anthony Gregory was manning the Independent Institute booth and Angela Keaton was at the booth. I wanted to get pictures and say goodbye to both, but got shut out of the Rally after RP’s speech. The usher at the entrance/exit refused to scan my ticket for re-entry saying it was unnecessary at that point – a lie. Since the usher was a woman, I believe what I’m supposed to say is “The bitch set me up.”

    -I searched for Chuck Baldwin for some time but to no avail. I asked at the booth and to his fans around the rally and got replies including “I don’t know where he is,” “I heard he’s around,” and “I don’t think he’s coming.” So I can’t say for sure what happened with him.

    -The Free State Project also had a booth, but it was so crowded every time I went back to it that I couldn’t get a clear shot.

    -From where I was sitting, Rockwell seemed to deflate the crowd with the dump conservatism line, but the video suggests otherwise, so maybe it was just my side of the stadium.

  4. G.E. G.E. September 4, 2008

    Although I agree wholeheartedly with Rockwell’s speech, it did seem an odd choice and was contradicted by almost every other speaker. I thought he’d rock a little harder, too. He was too laid back. Tom Woods brought the shock and awe.

  5. Trent Hill Trent Hill September 4, 2008

    Tom Woods and Bill Kaufmann were, by far, the best speakers.

    And I thought Rockwell really didnt fit in at all.

  6. G.E. G.E. September 4, 2008

    You just didn’t like that Rockwell made the argument that I did against you, Trent. And also, didn’t you use Rockwell to support your side back then, too? 🙂

  7. Fred Church Ortiz Fred Church Ortiz Post author | September 4, 2008

    My main problem with Rockwell’s speech was that at an event that drew together conservatives and libertarians around points they could share and work towards together, he called up the old arguments that helped cement their tactical split in the YAF. And after the point that one might mean “The constitutionalism of Robert Taft and Ron Paul” when speaking of conservatism, suggesting that the term should be ceded because of what the power establishment has shaped it into didn’t seem to fit with his previous denunciation of Orwellianism. Another speaker, I can’t recall which, made the point that the term “Patriot” should not be so easily redefined, and the same argument could be used against what LR said.

  8. Trent Hill Trent Hill September 4, 2008


    Still do. Rockwell repeatedly called Ron Paul the “true conservative” during the primaries. Also, regardless of Rockwell’s arguement–I’m not talking about the historical dichotomy,it does not matter in our particular political system. Just as it doesnt matter that Liberals arent the legacy of historical liberalism. Labels change.

  9. G.E. G.E. September 4, 2008

    Fred – The problem is that the ORIGINAL use of the term lines up nicely with Bush/Cheney. If anything is Orwellian, it’s the positive use of “conservative” or the notion that the “neocons” are “neo” at all — they’re classical conservatives.

    But you’re right: That was not the time or place to make that case.

  10. Fred Church Ortiz Fred Church Ortiz Post author | September 4, 2008

    GE: That wasn’t a point Rockwell made, and his case might have been stronger if he had. Having fleshed through the matter here and elsewhere dozens of times, we all have other arguments in the back of our heads. I don’t think he chose a good one for his case, and didn’t choose a good way to frame the one he made.

  11. Fred Church Ortiz Fred Church Ortiz Post author | September 4, 2008

    Trent: can you confirm one way or the other whether Baldwin was actually at the Rally?

  12. Trent Hill Trent Hill September 4, 2008


    Nope, sure cant. I THINK he was, but I dont know for sure.

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