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The Dwayne Hall Experience

Posted at 4:16 PM on August 11, 2008 by Tim Nelson (5 Comments)

hall.dwayne.jpgDwayne Hall is an accountant from Texarkana, Arkansas. You've likely never heard of him, but you're going to get the chance to hear a lot from him next month.

He's one of 36 people who applied for the 48 spots on the Open Forum Stage sitting in front of the Xcel Energy Center during the Republican National Convention. He'll have the stage to himself for 50 minutes.

"That's it. Man, I thought I was going to get like 5 or 10 minutes, you know," he said, after hearing he'd made the cut to speak at -- though not inside -- the 2008 Republican National Convention. "Fifty is a long time to fill, but I am a friend of Zig Ziglar's, and a graduate of Toastmasters. I've been waiting on this my whole life."

Hall said that he's planning to use his first, second and third 15 minutes of fame talking about the Constitution, the wars on drugs and in the Middle East and his own personal support for the erstwhile presidential campaign of Ron Paul.

"Of course, you know, he suspended his campaign, and I understand that. But we've still got something to say," Hall told me. "Seriously. I think our country is going in the wrong direction, and we're going to go broke trying to run the world and become an empire. We need to become an example to other people. And when you hear that vote that's 434 to 1 up there in Congress, you need to look into it. Last week there was one like that, a China resolution. Dr. Paul was the only one that was against it. He said that, since we've got Guantanamo Bay open, we're creating human rights abuses and we shouldn't be griping at China for doing the same thing."

Others, like Connie Weiland, a single mom from Maplweood, who lost her job at a downtown St. Paul deli, want to talk about her personal experience. She's part of a group called "Low Income Fellows Together" hoping to highlight the concerns of the low income outside the convention.

Some other usual suspects, like Planned Parenthood and Pro Life Action Ministries are also on the bill so far. Watch this space for further developements.

Here's the a PDF of all the applicants and their information so far.

Comments (5)

Thank you so much Tim for the positive media coverage. I think its important for average citizens to get involved at every level possible and demand that our country is ran according to the constitution.

Posted by Dwayne Hall | August 12, 2008 8:54 AM

yes, keep up the reporting!
i'll be one of those 36...

Posted by Matt | August 12, 2008 4:00 PM


Looking forward to hearing your talk in St. Paul Keep up the good fight for liberty!

Eldersburg, MD

Posted by Harold Owen | August 12, 2008 5:46 PM

i'm happy to see people realize their awareness brings about the responsibility to share the message, and exercise the freedom found. i'm sure you will deliver a thrilling and inspiring speech, and help turn that convention inside out. 'a time comes, when silence is betrayal' said mlk. this is not a time for silence.

Posted by dave | August 12, 2008 6:12 PM

Thank you Mr.Hall for exercising your constitutional right to freedom of speech. It's time that we,the American public, stand up against the repeated violations of our rights. You obviously are very passionate on the direction our country is headed. I whole heartily agree that if our government does not cease there attempts in policing the world,we are headed for some very difficult times. The only chance we have is for everyone to get more involved in running our country. I am so tired of hearing from people that don't even bother to show up at the polls,complaining about the way our country is ran. We need to know where our elected officials stand on policies and make them accountable for each of their votes. Our freedoms are slowly being taken from us. The call for action is NOW. We, the common man, have every opportunity to fight for our rights and for the way this county is ran. It is time that we take a STAND, if we do not, we may end up being "sat down" permanently.One issue that is close to my my heart is the gorging of medicare and medicaid funding by health care providers. If you, (or any other of the brave souls scheduled to speak) have a few extra minutes in your speech to address this issue,I would be glad to contribute in anyway possible.Good luck with your speech. You sound like like you are very intelligent and well equipped to make a difference. My thoughts and prayers go with you.God Speed-Tammie Duck

Posted by Tammie | August 14, 2008 9:26 AM

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