Failed presidential candidate, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) has not been invited to speak at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul this week, so he’s decided to hold his own. Rally for the Republic also called “Ronstock ’08” will be held at the same time as the RNC but across the river in Minneapolis. Read more about it, see photos and video.

Well, they’re back! Ron Paul and his dedicated followers of malcontents, misfits, weirdos and misguided normal people are having a party and you’re invited!

Almost 9,800 tickets had been sold for the Rally for the Republic, which hopes to bring together paultards activists who are anti-war, anti-government regulation, anti-immigration, anti-taxes, anti-Federal Reserve, anti-outsourcing, pro-individual liberty, pro-civil liberties and very pro-Ron Paul.

“We only want to cause noise in the sense of letting people know there are other movements out there that other people believe in,” said Kathleen Buchholz, 28, of Denver.

Ron Paul himself considers the rally a celebration of traditional Republican values of limited government as well as a poke in the eye of the GOP. They say they don’t plan to crash the Republican party exactly, but want to show they and their Campaign for Liberty are not going away.

“No matter how much our message is ignored or ridiculed, as was done in the campaign, no matter how much they did to us, it only energized our grass roots,” Paul said.

Don’t worry Dr. Paul, I am sure the media will be more then helpful in giving you and your rally maximum exposure this week.

There’s an interesting speaker lineup for the rally which include former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, tax activist Grover Norquist, former California Rep. Barry Goldwater Jr., political commentator Tucker Carlson, former two-term New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson and the baby-delivering doctor paultards supporters call “Dr. Paul.”

Entertainers also are joining in, such as country singer Sara Evans; singer Aimee Allen, known for the song “Cooties” from Hairspray but whose favorite song among the faithful is “Ron Paul Anthem” (you can see this video at the end of this post); and the very cool Texas blues guitarist Jimmie Vaughan.

Paultards Attendees who aren’t staying at the Minneapolis hotel site or a local budget motel, plan on bunking in group cabins at Camp Ihduhapi on Lake Independence, park RVs, or pitch tents at the campgrounds.

Many plan on going to a Goodhue, Minnesota dairy farm for “Ronstock ’08” – a knockoff of the 1960’s Woodstock counterculture festival. Paultards Organizers there say a neighbor of the farm’s owner is donating a cow to feed the flock. So remember people:


Ron Paul Video
“MTV’s Aimee Allen, Ron Paul Anthem Music”