WE are now the target of the Insiders. How do WE fight back? *Updated*Submitted by spacehabitats on Fri, 05/18/2012 - 22:34
Just got a letter from the Republican Party of Iowa asking for donations and asking me to return it within 9 days. That would have it arrive before the state convention. Coincidence? Read on.
The insiders have shifted their focus from attacking Ron Paul to attacking US. Why? Because WE are winning. Not Ron Paul, WE are.
WE are the ones that are keeping the establishment up at night. They keep throwing all of the "Paultard" epithets at us and WE keep on winning and growing.
You think THEY are afraid of a President Paul?
That's nothing compared to a Republican Party controlled top to bottom by Ron Paul Republicans. A runaway GOP gives THEM nightmares.
So what are they doing and how should we respond?
Let me summarize a little recent history:
(April 18) At the Iowa district conventions Ron Paul supporters manage to win the majority of state central committee members AND the majority of members on the state nominating committee. We won despite the fact that Ron Paul delegates did not have a majority at ANY of the district conventions.
(April 24) Rachel Maddow (prematurely) announces that Ron Paul just won Iowa. She states that Ron Paul is guaranteed 13 delegates (14 including the state chairman). She conveniently ignores little details like the fact that the delegate 'slate' still has to be approved by the state convention and that it would probably cause talk (and insure the slate's defeat) if we left Iowa's REPUBLICAN Governor off of the list. But never mind, hilarity ensues and everyone on the Daily Paul starts giveing everyone else high fives and sprains their fingers voting up the post "Rachel Maddow Talks About Ron Paul Winning Iowa!". Meanwhile Maddow has outed our committee members and set us up for a very public and humiliating defeat if we fall short of HER (unrealistic) delegate projections.
(May 5) The state nominating committee (including my wife) meets in Des Moines and produces a slate including a fair number of influential party activists and bigwigs (like Governor "If Ron Paul wins the Iowa caucuses you should ignore the results" Branstad) in addition to a smattering of "constitutional conservatives". I won't give the numbers who support Ron Paul, but it sure isn't 13. Thanks a lot, Rachel.
(May 9) The Des Moines Register comes out with an article entitled "Iowa GOP donations fall; Paul activists blamed: Members worried about direction of state party". It blames the Paulites for driving donors AND key staff members away. It implies that we will soon be driving rank and file members away too.
(May 10) I get an email announcing a meeting of 11 county chairs where they will discuss the implosion of the Republican Party of Iowa.
I post "Help! We could still LOSE Iowa. - We Need a Money Bomb."
(A similar post by someone else goes up on Ron Paul Forums.) I explain how we could lose ALL of the delegates from Iowa, setting off a chain reaction that would destroy any chance for Ron Paul's nomination AND set us back YEARS in our effort to take back the Republican Party.
(May 11 & 12) The establishment simultaneously wins delegates by pulling dirty tricks at the Arizona and Oklahoma conventions (which no one will ever hear about) and wins the public relations battle by making the "Boo's Heard Round the World" front page news.
(May 16) "RNC, Romney Campaign Will Erect 'Shadow State Party' to Bypass State GOP in Nevada". But at least Nevada has already had their state convention and the delegates have already been elected. The RNC may fight their credentials, but in Iowa they may beat us 'fair and square'.
(May 18) slickchick75 posts a reply to my "money bomb" post:
"We are having some problems here in Iowa, and it could get ugly. Bob Johnson, who is an SCC member, gave a speech in Cedar Rapids a couple of nights ago and called for a "unity slate". He believes that we need to strike the Paul slate. There's a lot of talk going on about the new SCC not doing their jobs (which is stupid, because there really hasn't been anything to do yet) and people have shifted their donations to the shadow party for Romney that is being set up through Matt Strawn and GOPAC. Our party IS suffering loss here...the Lincoln Dinner was a big disappointment. I agree that we need to show people that the Iowa GOP can raise money, but right now, the neo-cons have cut us off. We have no leverage, and if we don't raise money, we will lose our slate, and Paul will no longer have Iowa."
Folks, I don't want to suck donations away from the Ron Paul 2012. But I have to tell you, we NEED to MONEY BOMB one of OUR state parties, and SOON.
It doesn't even have to be Iowa, but it DOES have to be BIG and from US.
Brothers and Sisters, we can't win by nickel and diming a party that has gotten hooked on schmoozing fat cats for megabucks.
We have to create a paradigm shift in the thinking of the rank and file Republicans.
We have to drive a stake through the heart of the image of liberty-minded Republicans as being disruptive RINO's who only care about their cult hero, Ron Paul.
We need to show everyone (but especially the rank and file Republicans) that we know what to do with a political party once we have one.
I'm telling you, this would be huge.
This is what THEY fear the most.
This is the suckerpunch that will stop their propaganda campaign in its tracks.
Here is the link to IowaGOP.org
There is a tab for "Donate" in the right upper corner.
I just dropped a $50 to test it out. But I wish we could have a graph or something like a real money bomb and maybe a couple of days advance notice so we could hype it. Don't know how that's done.
P.S. Don't Google "iowa gop donate" or it will take you to an RNC page complete with a video of Rinse Prius.