The Less-Well-Known Ron Paul Victory in GeorgiaSubmitted by jfacemyer on Sun, 05/20/2012 - 00:54
While all of the attention is on Minnesota's brilliant Ron Paul victory, maybe few people know about the battle which took place at the Georgia state GOP convention on Saturday.
They had no shining victory, winning a majority of Paul-devoted delegates to the RNC. The establishment slate was elected.
They had no coup, placing their chosen leaders in top ranking GOP positions. The expected establishment national chairman and woman were elected.
They went into the fight without knowing the odds, having no clue what the outcome might be, and only guessing what might be thrown up against them.
But there were many bright moments of victory in the battle!
Most notable was the courageous and tireless effort of hundreds of liberty-loving delegates, many of whom came from several hours away, all of whom gave time, effort and expense for the cause. Though I never received a final count of known Ron Paul supporting delegates, I estimate that we had 35-40% of over 1800* delegates. (Many Paul-supporting alternates who should have moved up to fill the empty delegate spots were not allowed to do so by their counties, and the number would likely have been somewhat larger if they had.)
These delegates sat through hours of establishment speakers' rhetoric (which included an address by Newt Gingrich), enduring condescending and patronizing assurances that "we are all here with the same goal, to send President Obama back to Chicago" and warnings that if we do not vote for the "presumptive nominee", then we have most certainly aided the re-election of President Obama.
They endured jeers, murmured speculations as to what their intentions were, insinuations that they were part of some zombie hive-mind Borg-like organization, and the typical bullying that follows any liberty-minded activist.
They fought the best they could, with rallying floor speeches, rebuffs against the establishment's attempts to squelch their efforts, and compelling appeals to equity and justice. There were myriad moments of inspiration from these delegates, contrasted by an almost complete lack of inspiration from the banal rhetoric of the establishment.
Regardless, through all of this, and knowing that it was entirely possible that the worst case scenario (in which they gained no tangible victory) might occur, they remained stalwart in support of American liberty and its champion, Ron Paul.
These hundreds of men and women should be commended for their valiant effort against the odds.
Incidentally, at one point in the convention, a group of Romney supporters were overheard musing about the Ron Paul crowd and what to make of them. One of the group speculated that, though the Tea Party members had stirred things up a few years ago, they had eventually been "assimilated" into the party, and presumably the Ron Paul supporters would too.
If this is any indication of what the majority of state GOP members think, I believe they are in for a rude awakening. Ron Paul supporters don't compromise with those who militate against liberty.
We are not going away. We are here for the long haul, and are even more motivated because we were shut out of participation at our district and state conventions. We are going to change the party from the inside out, and sooner or later it will belong to us completely.
Though a victory was not won on the Georgia State Convention floor, we continue to be victorious in our motivation and organization, the connections and network we're forming with each other, our distaste for party politics-as-usual, and our renewed desire to change the party from within (which is, ironically, fueled by their efforts to shut us out at every step.)
We are not going away. We are determined to be victorious in the Georgia GOP - today, tomorrow, and long into the future.
(A few corrections have been made to numbers, etc. Thanks to the people who pointed them out, and if you have any others, let me know.)