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Ron Paul Has Friends in Celebration

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Celebration, Fla.—Celebration used to be one of the happiest and wealthiest towns in Florida. Last year it had its first murder, which put a damper on the happy talk. But it's still something of an economic anomaly along US-192, a concentration of high incomes perched between the poverty and decay of West Kissimmee, where homeless families pay by the week or the night to live in ratty hotels, and Disney World, where dreams come true.

A sea of polo shirts and pleated Dockers shorts formed into a line outside Newt Gingrich's campaign bus in Celebration earlier today to have their pictures taken with the former House speaker and likely loser in the Sunshine State's GOP primary.

Standing at the edge of the crowd of Gingrich admirers are Clark and Shane. They are anomalies themselves; young, shaggy-headed, and holding Ron Paul signs.

Are they the only two Paul supporters in town? "I know of at least a few others," says Clark. Shane nods. "It's growing."

Clark, 24, has lived in Celebration for 12 years. He and Shane both went to Celebration High School, one of the best high schools—public or private—in the region. Clark then went to the local community college and the University of Central Florida. Along with Shane, he now works in a pizza shop in the center of Celebration called Upper Crust.

"The anti-war angle is his best thing," Clark says. "The war on drugs is a big problem. It's a war on Americans, basically."

They care about the Federal Reserve, but it's not their chief concern. "I found out about that stuff two or three years ago," Clark says. "It definitely concerns me."

The two thought about making a ruckus at Newt's event, but decided instead to walk over to the polling place and cast their votes for Paul. "I think he should've come to Florida," Clark says. "He's probably thinking there are a lot of old people who want their Social Security, and he's not for that, so the odds are against him down here. But they're better than he thinks."

Working at Upper Crust is "laid back," Clark says. (His boss also came to Gingrich's event, and is torn between Gingrich and Rick Santorum.) I ask them if they have big plans for the future.

"No," Clark says.

"Ron Paul 2012!" Shane says, laughing and shaking the sign.

Clark sighs.

"We probably look like stereotypes," he says. "A couple of dudes working in a pizza shop who like Ron Paul. But I do think about the future, and it does scare me. I don't like everything Ron Paul stands for, I don't like letting corporations do whatever they want, but Ron Paul also tells it like it is. All the other guys are war-mongering for Iran. It's like they didn't learn anything from Iraq. It's time to bring the troops home, and Ron Paul knows it."

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  2. A pizza shop called “Upper Crust”…

    ah Florida….you cease to amaze me..

    1. Has Bean

    2. There’s a pizza shop in Cambride MA called Upper Crust too ….fun fact

  3. Re: the top picture. So Ron Paul fans are essentially characters out of a Tenacious D movie?

  4. I don’t like everything Ron Paul stands for, I don’t like letting corporations do whatever they want

    If we can’t even get Paul voters over this hump we are doomed.

  5. “The anti-war angle is his best thing,” Clark says. “The war on drugs is a big problem. It’s a war on Americans, basically.”

    Sums it all up. All 100% of Ron Paul to the layman.

  6. I ask them if they have big plans for the future.

    “No,” Clark says.

    It’s your right to be a lazy bastard that works in a pizza shop, but if you have no big plans for your future, why the hell did you go to college?

    1. They could aspire to be the next Herman Cain at least — pizza hawker and bullshit artist.

      1. Fuck you you liberalterian!

      2. That puts Herman Cain one up on our current President, at least.

    2. It’s your right to be a lazy bastard that works in a pizza shop, but if you have no big plans for your future, why the hell did you go to college?

      Because the government-backed loans were there?

    3. Because its none of your business why he went to college, why he works in a pizza shop, or what his plans are?

      1. Because its none of your business why he went to college, why he works in a pizza shop, or what his plans are?

        That’s where you’d be wrong…

      2. You are a little defensive on the pizza and Cain stuff today.

        You do know that Cain punked you conservatives, don’t you?

        1. And Obama punked you liberals. So everyone’s even?

        2. From the indent, I would guess that this is a reply to me.

          But then I see you talking to some conservatives, so I guess not.

    4. Maybe he’s the best pizza shop worker in the world! You don’t know! YOU DON’T KNOW!

        1. He is the best pizza maker. I know~

  7. this is why Herman Cain should be President.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NknF4n44OCg

  8. They care about the Federal Reserve, but it’s not their chief concern. “I found out about that stuff two or three years ago,” Clark says. “It definitely concerns me.”

    It should concern them even more than the war on drugs, as the Federal Reserve represents the greatest threat to economic liberty ever devised, right after Juche.

  9. I don’t like letting corporations do whatever they want,

    The poor guy doesn’t know that the bigger the government, the greater the power of the corporations.

  10. What do you know, another blog trying to make Ron Paul supporters look like flunky potheads on a bandwagon. Ron Paul’s message has been spreading among liberty minded individuals since well before his 2008 campaign for GOP nominee. Its not a college fad, and the movement is comprised of more than just “young kids who have no plans for their future”.

    Mike Riggs has officially joined the, “Let’s make fun of Ron Paul and his supporters because its cool” club.

    Enjoy the unemployment line Mike. I am sure Obama has some food stamps ready with your name on ’em.

  11. Isn’t Celebration what is left of Walt Disney’s dream of the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow? As I recall, this isn’t the original “Epcot,” but it is a planned community originally developed by Disney after Epcot was turned into a theme park land instead of real working town.

  12. WHERE DID NEWT’S WIFE BUY THAT HELMET SHE WEARS EVERYDAY?

  13. WHERE DID NEWT’S WIFE BUY THAT HELMET SHE WEARS EVERYDAY?

    1. Ron Paul used to give those helmets away to subscribers to his racist newsletters. It’s a replica of a Wehrmacht helmet.

  14. Fort Lauderdale Tea Party is the scourge of Florida. The following was posted on redstate.com

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    paul is just a loon

    mikeymike143 (Diary) Monday, January 9th at 12:29PM EST (link)

    he wont win a single state.

    Senior Media Director, Tea Party Fort Lauderdale, America’s Longest Running Tea Party.

    http://www.teapartyfortlauderdale.com/

    I also own the largest anti Ron Paul page for conservatives on Facebook.

    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

  15. “It’s your right to be a lazy bastard that works in a pizza shop, but if you have no big plans for your future, why the hell did you go to college?”

    They have every right to work in a Pizza shop? This is not Communist Russia (not yet anyway) where the government tells you what job you do? This is still America where everybody has a right to pursue whatever job they want. As for being lazy, that makes no sense at all, they are WORKING, not depending on the GOVERNEMENT to take care of them.

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