Ron Paul Fans Are Dating Themselves
Are you a small-government patriot looking for love? ISO that special libertarian somebody who enjoys red wine, laughter, walking on the beach and upholding the U.S. Constitution?
Well, you're in luck: The Ron Paul Revolution has hit online dating.
The Republican congressman from Texas, whose libertarian insurgency enlivened the 2008 presidential race, is the inspiration behind the new Web dating service RonPaulSingles.com. "We put the LOVE in Revolution," the site proclaims.
While the online dating industry long ago spawned niches for certain ideologies or other affinities, this was the first site we'd heard of based on a specific politician. But Paul was no ordinary long-shot candidate; the fervor of his young followers pushed him further than his paltry name-recognition and campaign funds would predict. Paul has no involvement in the Web site, but sounded kind of tickled by the whole thing in an e-mail exchange with our colleague Mary Ann Akers.
"I never thought I'd speak to crowds of 5,000 college kids chanting 'End the Fed' and burning Federal Reserve notes, so I guess nothing surprises me that much anymore," Paul wrote to Akers. "I suppose it's all about Freedom bringing people together -- spiritually, politically, and now, romantically. ... And, I've always been sympathetic to the slogan 'make love, not war.'"
As of Sunday, the site featured nearly 200 profiles from singles across the country, more than three-quarters of them (check it out, ladies!) from men.
Cael51 describes himself as a "freedom loving government teacher," age 29, while Californio, 26, declared "anyone that loves Ron Paul is implicitly awesome in my book." Chrisforliberty posted a photo of himself with Michael Badnarik, the 2004 Libertarian candidate for president. Atxgrrl loves "cats, camping, Christians, family and liberty," hates "living in a city surrounded by liberals."
There's a "freedom loving guy looking to take his country back and looking for a nice lady to join me in that battle." Maybe he'll click with ladyliberty, who wants "to meet another freedom-loving, libertarian-minded patriot that is as equally demanding of economic AND personal liberty. I'm in this fight for the long haul."
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