Major County Oklahoma County ConventionSubmitted by fiodax on Sat, 03/10/2012 - 15:34
Had a good turnout at the Major County GOP convention here in Oklahoma, about 30 people showed up. Major county is a rural county in northwest Oklahoma. At least 5 identified themselves as Ron Paul supporters. There were many neo-cons in attendance, however I was able to become the county representative to the state convention for the platform committee, and a member of the delegation to the state convention along with several of the other Ron Paul supporters. The group goes as an open delegation and divides our 7 votes up according to the votes of whoever decides to go. So if 21 people go, each person gets 1/3 of a vote. There should be several Ron Paul supporters going as part of that delegation so Ron Paul will surely get a good share of our delegates!
We passed a few platform resolutions, one of which using the recent statements by Panetta to persuade a room full of neo-cons to pass a party platform resolution reaffirming that our military can only be deployed by a constitutional declaration of war by the Congress.
We also passed a resolution in support of Rep. Charles Key's HB 1004 "Open Government in the Oklahoma Legislature", which simply states that if a legislator requests that his bill get a hearing in the committee it has been assigned to, the chairman of that committee must hear the bill and allow a vote. It’s that simple. As it stands now, a committee chairman, under direction of the Speaker, can prevent a bill from ever being heard in committee, effectively exerting top-down control of the legislative process.
One man in attendance had changed his party affiliation to Republican after 50 years of being a registered independent leaning to the left. He did this just to support Ron Paul and is now also planning on attending the state convention with our delegation.
The Ron Paul supporters were by far the most vocal and informed people in the meeting, and I think that after years of having a pretty stagnant Republican party in our county we may actually now have some new life and liberty based ideas at the core of it!