My Experience Meeting the Greatest Man Living: Ron Paul

I had seen Ron Paul speak in person once previously, at the 2010 Florida Liberty Summit. I however, missed the opportunity to meet him on the Saturday of that event.

Not so in 2011. I made damn sure I would be present at the event, no matter the cost, as well as the “liberty breakfast” where attendees would have a chance to meet Ron, take pictures, get autographs, etc.

Indeed, I got a chance to meet Ron, briefly speak with him, take a few pictures, get his signature, and invite him to The 21 Convention 2012 of Austin Texas (via his chief campaign manager seen in the background of the above photo).


So what was is like meeting the greatest man living?

It was unforgettable to say the least. Ron Paul, by my judgement, is the greatest man alive. He is the embodiment of  the hero in man’s soul. He is, a living legend. There is no one else alive I cared more to meet and shake hands with — the man who has stood up to the greatest evils of our day, if not some of the greatest (yet subtle) in man’s history.

While president of the united American States Barrack Obama proudly proclaims “I am my brother’s keeper”, Ron Paul, our next president, ardently believes every individual man on earth has a right to his own life — and government does not.

This difference could not be any greater.

Our current president is convinced man is a slave to his brothers and their “needs” — Ron Paul states clearly that you have a right to your own life and liberty — an unalienable, individual, absolute right that exists independent of government.

Good vs. evil, cowardice vs. conviction, truth vs. falsehood — all at their finest.

And Ron Paul is well on his way to earning the republican nomination, and subsequently, the chief executive office of our federal union.


I was pretty nervous meeting Ron Paul. In fact I don’t think my heart has raced that fast in years, outside of my HIT workouts that is.

Nervous because I admire this man so much — more than anyone on earth. Shaking his hand and speaking with him briefly was great regardless though. He actually reminds me very much of my grandfather, who died at the same exact age in 2006.


As fate would have it, I met Ron Paul on his 76th birthday, and not only took a picture with him, but got his signature on my copy of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America.


I can’t help but grin seeing Ron’s signature “on” the Declaration of Independence — a signature I think all of our founding fathers would have eagerly welcomed — a signature by a man who would carry on their work over 200 years later, as passionately and with every ounce of conviction they held for what amounts to the greatest country on earth, and in the history of the world.

A union of States founded on the rights of man — the triumph of man over men, the one, free from the many, protected, not enslaved by government.


I recognized Jesse Benton, Ron Paul’s campaign manager, instantly. As soon as I got done speaking with Ron I spoke to Jesse, pulled him aside, and after a quick discussion of my toe shoes, invited Ron Paul to The 21 Convention 2012 of Austin Texas. While he can’t commit Ron to anything that far out, they are seriously interested. An event of young men, in the capital of Ron’s home state, with a commitment to the best and highest of themselves, and of their country.

I will also be inviting Ron’s son Rand Paul, as well as a few other related speakers, such as Jack Hunter and Peter Schiff. If Ron and/or Rand confirms, I will be scheduling them on Friday of the event (the first day), and making the event free and open to the public that entire day.

— Anthony Dream Johnson

ps– there is a statue of Ayn Rand in the left hand side of the picture. I cannot help but grin at the idea that Ayn Rand stands behind Ron and I — the men of the mind.

About Anthony Dream Johnson

CEO, founder, and architect of The 21 Convention, Anthony Dream Johnson is the leading force behind the world's first and only "panorama event for life on earth". He has been featured on WGN Chicago, and in the NY Times #1 best seller The Four Hour Work Week.    His stated purpose for the work he does is "the actualization of the ideal man", a purpose that has led him to found and host The 21 Convention across 3 continents and for 6 years in a row. Anthony blogs vigorously at and

7 Responses to My Experience Meeting the Greatest Man Living: Ron Paul

  1. Quant Fund September 8, 2011 at 3:53 pm #

    I like Ron Paul. He spoke at my highschool every spring (we were the largest highschool in his district). That said, despite the “friction,” and despite his superior qualities – he’s not going to win. He’ not even going to get the republican nod.

    While Ron Paul is a reason of truth, he is just not pragmatic. The ideals he spouts are great, but the world only likes the idea of change while retaining a comfortable immutability.

    One of Paul’s tenets is small government and free markets – I think you mentioned a favorable impression of Atlas Shrugged so we’ll go from there: That was an industrial age, when owning the means of production meant creating infrastructure, jobs, and contributing something of value. In the digital age much of what is preached in Atlas is no longer true. What value does social media provide? Some sentiment of networking and continuity? it’s just a large timesink. It’s just noise.

    Also, a free market would allow the financial sector to completely overshadow every other sector of the U.S. economy. I work at a hedge fund – this is great news, for financiers and Private Equity people – not citizens at large. Finance made up nearly 40% of U.S. GDP in 2006 – but to be honest, we’re just (well paid) bean counters. A free market would let functionless finance run wild.

    *functionless finance defined as financial activity long and short that doesn’t actually fund meaningful innovation or efficient allocation of resources*

    I realize that you will vehemently degree with much of what I’ve put forth, and I don’t really intend a debate centered on ideology – I’d rather focus on what is actually forthcoming so my prediction (in contrast to your’s, that Paul will be elected POTUS):

    1. Perry gets the Republican nod

    2. Paul goes rogue, becomes 3rd candidate breaking from the elephantine party.

    3. Obama gets reelected.

    Corollary: If Paul doesn’t break from the reps, then Perry becomes POTUS.

    I can’t think of a worse outcome but that’s where I see the cards falling.

    • Anthony Dream Johnson September 8, 2011 at 4:55 pm #

      Perry? Last week it was Bachman. The week before it was Romney. The week before that it was Godfather Pizza boy.

      This week it’s Perry. Wake up little sheep. Whether you like it or not, liberty has come and it goes by the name “Ron Paul” — the man who has campaigned for liberty for 30+ years now.

  2. Quant Fund September 8, 2011 at 7:08 pm #

    It was never bachman, it could have been Romney I guess. I’m not really looking at what the media says persay, more so the candidates electability from the delegates perspective.

    I mean, this isn’t a “pure democracy”, we’re watered down by party lines and representatives.

    Make no mistake, I think Paul is the best candidate in the running currently, I just don’t
    think it will happen.


    with regards to friction, I disagree that if the media ignores Paul he gains more traction. If you ignore anyone they lose relevance – it doesn’t really matter if it is done in an overt fashion. It’s very much like amogging (the archaic idea that it is).

    • MC September 8, 2011 at 8:28 pm #

      The media is ignoring Ron Paul precisely because they think he can win. That’s why they want to sell people on the idea that he’s not a major name, that he can’t get elected as a republican representative so don’t bother voting for him. Ron Paul is not unelectable. Don’t believe it, no matter how much they try and convince you of it.

  3. Quant Fund September 8, 2011 at 7:10 pm #

    I am surprised you are not involved in his campaign though, a high school buddy of mine worked with him in 2008. He is very receptive towards volunteers, if you are interested.

    • Anthony Dream Johnson September 8, 2011 at 7:56 pm #

      I believe my efforts are infinitely better spent blogging and producing events — including one I think he should speak at. In a sense, I have a unique ability to support him in my own way.

      • MC September 8, 2011 at 8:50 pm #

        I can attest to the fact that I had no idea who Ron Paul was until you mentioned him on your blog. So your blog is getting Ron Paul awareness out there. Since I’ve also passed on Ron Paul knowledge to one of my American friends, and he passed the knowledge on to his wife, and her relatives, his relatives.

        And that’s the only American I know personally. I’m sure your American readers can have an even bigger impact, even if it’s just awareness of him that’s getting out there.

        So I’d say you’re definitely supporting him through your blogging efforts, more then you would probably do just volunteering.

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