Back during the 2007-08 Republican Presidential Campaign, the phenomenon of the Meetup group was a bit of a peculiar oddity associated heavily with the Ron Paul movement. Across the country, ordinary (and often otherwise apolitical) folks gathered together in their own communities. In many cases, they did not have much experience with traditional campaigning, but came together to voice their support for the good doctor from Texas.
Here in my hometown of Harrisonburg, there were a group of us who advanced his candidacy in a multitude of ways; we made signs, we wrote letters, we discussed philosophy. Once I took an official position with the campaign and relocated down to South Carolina, like with Virginia, I discovered a whole host of Meetup groups in that state. They were all over the place: Greenville, Charleston, and Rock Hill…just to name a few.
Regardless of your feelings regarding Dr. Paul, you really should admire the remarkable way his candidacy attracted support. It wasn’t based so much on some sort of cult of personality, but rather to a steadfast commitment to the Constitution and the principles of limited government.
Well, I’m pleased to say that the Ron Paul Meetup groups are springing forth once more. Shenandoah County is the first area in the Shenandoah Valley to both reform their group and hold meetings in this new election season. Although it appears that the Charlottesville group has reactivated their organization from 2007 as well, as far as I can tell, they have not held a general meeting in this cycle yet.
But I’m here to offer a bit of good news to my fellow lovers of liberty and Ron Paul supporters in and around my own community. Although it is not an official Meetup group, there is a Harrisonburg & Rockingham County Facebook group devoted to Rep. Paul. That’s right! In fact, they will be holding the first gathering later today (July 31st).
So here at the details:
Location – Westover Park in Harrisonburg
Dogwood Drive and West Market Street
At the open pavilion
Time – starting at 6 PM!
Although I have a few important things to do today, I’m certainly planning to join my fellow Ron Paul supporters. If you like Ron Paul, or if you simply support the idea of liberty, I encourage you to come to the meeting.
Now, even if you live in another part of the state or country, you should find a group near you. If one doesn’t exist yet, go on Meetup.com and create it. Not only will you get the chance to meet like-minded individuals, but also, by being in a group you’ll be able to more effectively promote your ideology.
After all, as Ron Paul himself says, “freedom is popular!”