In 2008, the Republican Party held its national convention in St. Paul, Minnesota. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) was there, bringing the house down at his "Rally for the Republic." And Reason's Matt Welch was there, too, surveying the skies for signs of optimism and engaging in what the Beats called "spontaneous bop prosody" and what you would likely call something else altogether.

As the Ron Paul Festival wraps up today in Tampa before the delayed Republican National Convention, take a listen to the greatest poem about Ron Paul that you will hear all day.

This originally aired on September 4, 2008. Here's the original text:

Over the skies of St. Paul, Minnesota/
There flew the banner of freedom/
High above where freedom was being destroyed/
By a Republican Party that cares more about/
Than it does about the rights of individual citizens/
To buy their marijuana with gold coins