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Ron Paul Revolution is well beyond the fringe

After a lengthy analysis of the Ron Paul influence evident at the Minnesota GOP Convention May 18-19 in St. Cloud ("Libertarian surge remakes state GOP," May 20), the burning question for the Star Tribune Editorial Board was whether "a caucus-based political system that magnifies populist tides [and enabled Paul supporters to dominate the state convention] serves this state well."

Couple that with a harsher Washington Post piece published in full online ("The party of Ron Paul?" May 24) -- which labeled recently adopted planks in the Iowa Republican Party platform "wacky" and "nutty" and gleefully anticipated "a few highly visible fights" erupting over "Paulite positions in the national platform" -- and it's evident the Strib is a more than a little confused about what the Ron Paul revolution is all about.

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The point at which it is

The point at which it is moving past critical threshold presents 2 major issues, one positive & one negative.

Positive being, of course that's what we've been thirsty for, for the longest time. We want new people who've genuinely figured out the source of the problem.

The negative point being : When movements like these grow beyond threshold, they could become particularly vulnerable. Similar to how original Tea party got infiltrated by Communists, need to watch for danger of infiltration. There could be 2 types: "popularity bandwagon jumpers" or "intentional troublemakers". The first type, I don't worry too much about. For the most part, they're sheep & could tend to retain sheep tendencies. It's the second type who could try to infiltrate & undermine the movement from inside that we need to be on close watch for. Basically the double "stealth-stealth" category.

Immoral funding of Military Industrial Complex by Federal Reserve and US taxation system must stop!!!! End illegal/unconstitutional wars! Preserve US currency!

I had a conversation with a

I had a conversation with a lady about the caucus versus the primary for Nevada. She wanted to go back to a caucus. I explained that a primary is to too easily swayed by the media. Since I do her computer work, I asked her, would you like the media to fix your computer, or someone that knows the problems.

Bad analogy, but she started to understand. I did extensive research over the years into politics, the Revolution, Wars, etc. She did not. She watched T.V. So I never once had to get into any real issue, just a casual conversation about the system, and how it was designed to be like this, not a primary. Example, electoral college. That implies "college" educated about things. I told her, "We aren't electing people to vote the popularity poll, we are voting for people we think can represent us - otherwise, why not do the whole thing as popular vote?"

I think it worked. She's starting to understand that I am aware of things she isn't, and I choose to keep my mouth shut about it (because of where I live), but instead chose to try and do something about it.

Primaries are easily

Primaries are easily corrupted too. I don't know about the whole state of TN but in Jackson, the voting machines are simply a touch-screen computerized voting machine with no paper trail. No proof. Nothing. Those machines are probably the easiest ones to manipulate the vote. I questioned it 4 years ago during the primary by asking for a paper ballot (just to see what would happen) and I got the third degree. They had them there at the precinct. When they pulled them out, it had big red capitalized letters "FOR EMERGENCIES ONLY" and the old precinct lady gave me a stern look like I was some kid doing something wrong and pointed hard at it. What an idiot. Sorry, I said it. ha ha. I told her I still wanted one. She called the county voting commission and I heard her saying, "I know. I already told her. You want to talk to her?" So I did. The voting commission gave me a stern "You can't have one!". That was it. Don't question in Jackson, TN. I used to work for the ABC affiliate so I went to them to bring it up and they sent a reporter over to the precinct. The segment was simply a story on whether we should have computerized voting. I didn't tell them anything other than I asked for a paper ballot and was told no. I simply want to know my vote counts. And I told them computerized voting with no paper trails can be changed easily. To be fair, they went to the voting commission for an interview. The voting commission head tried to skew it like I was saying they wouldn't allow me to vote. Typical. Don't question authority. Don't question how my vote is taken nor calculated. I would love black box voting to do a test on those machines in Madison County, Tennessee. Would be interesting

Great article. Bump. Comments

Great article. Bump.

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