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Rotten To The Floor

From a delegate to the LA State Republican Convention:

That politics has devolved from reason and principles to base emotions and power-plays is a fact that we will all rue one day…probably soon. Still, we can pray for the return of statesmen whose principle concerns are the nature of good government and the ethical considerations of how a people ought to be governed.

For now, we are left with the dysfunctional political parties. Witness the recent Louisiana State Republican Party convention, which I attended as a duly elected delegate. Suffice it to say that there was a difference of opinion as to how the delegates to the National Convention should be allocated. That question is still very much at issue and would be worthy of considerable debate.

Instead, the leadership of the Republican Party, along with some fawning bootlicks, tried to preemptively dictate the outcome in violation of any standards of fairness and decency. Though the majority of delegates (111 of 180) are variously depicted as “Ron Paul followers”, “libertarians” or “whackos”, the reality is that this majority delegation of certified republicans is principally a group of concerned citizens motivated by two primary notions:

• First, that America is in serious decline, and
• Second, that this is due in large part to our refusal to follow our foundational law, the Constitution. (For sake of clarity, we’ll call this subset, and rising power, of the republican party “constitutionalists”).

What is so radical about those ideas?

But the LAGOP leadership would have none of this. No discussion. No debate. We had no rights, they said. However, consider this. All delegates to the convention were elected on April 28th by republican voters throughout the state and the majority of these voters wanted the aforementioned constitutionalists. Each week thereafter, these delegates met, planned, formed committees, and debated issues in accordance with the known rules of the Republican Party.

Then, on May 31st at 3:30 pm, less than 48 hours before the convention, Roger Villere, Chairman of the Louisiana Republican Party, issued a set of “supplemental rules” completely undoing the month’s work of the delegation and seizing control of the convention for himself. Then to shore up his power grab, Mr. Villere emailed a “supplement to the supplement” at 11:21 pm on Friday, June 1st, less than 12 hours before the start of the convention.

The rest you can see on YouTube. When the leaders of the majority of delegates sought “requests for information”, “points of order” or objected to the proceedings, they were ignored, told not to speak and that they had no rights, and that they needed to sit down and be quiet…like good serfs…or be physically removed.

Some might say that this is just an internal squabble of the Republican Party, so why should we care? I answer that if your leaders (and remember that political conventions are all about selecting leaders) can be selected by such draconian means, then it won’t be long before we have an equally draconian leader. And for those who believe that the LAGOP leadership was justified in their actions, I submit the following evidence in contradiction.

• It was the constitutionalists who were the majority party. If you believe and respect democratic institutions at all, then the majority of republican caucus voters were denied their voice.
• It was the majority delegation, the constitutionalists, who respected and followed the rule of law. It was Mr. Villere who attempted to change the rules at the midnight hour.
• And finally, it was the constitutionalists, the majority party, who attempted to engage in rational, political debate and it was the republican leadership who responded with brute force to silence any objections.

For those who love “the land of the free”, this is not your father’s GOP.

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What is honest and true will win in the end.

Tell me Again

Why we are working "within the system" in the Republican Party? If, despite all our hard work and involvement, playing by the rules, being respectful, etc. if the Establishment can (and will) use any kind of fraud or violence it sees fit to undo it. They don't do this to Santorum or Newt - but they are part of the gang. Sorry guys, it *doesn't work* unless we are prepared to take it to the matt- and then what. Even if we take over a state party organization, they will just hoke up another "shadow" party and have it recognised as the "real" Republican Party.

And in a perverse way they are the "real" Republicans: neocons, religious fundamentalists and corporate/government looters that make up about 80% of Republican voters. Face it. These groups *do not* and *never will* agree with us. Are the Neocons going to renounce war and empire? Are the Corporatists going to renounce sweetheart deals from the Fed and Banksters to control our economy while looting trillions of $ in ill gotten "profit"? Are the religious fundamentalists going to renounce Jesus? Not in a million years.

We need to understand that Ron Paul is 76 year old. I'm amazed at his dedication (and stamina) to the cause of Liberty that he has done so much at great personal sacrifice. It's now up to us.


It Is Working And We Must Carry It Further

Thetis, believe me when I say that I share your discontent. But I disagree with your conclusion. The "within the system" counter-revolution is working. For example, four years ago in Louisiana we had a Ron Paul slate of delegates, but we did not win one congressional district delegation. This year, we won 4 1/2 congressional districts, have several pro-Paul supporters on the State Central Committee and are making inroads in many local campaigns and party organizations.

Plus, as the country sinks deeper into the socialistic abyss being foisted upon us, more "moderates" are waking up to the message and swelling our ranks. No, I do not know if we have enough time, but the reason we are trying to do this "within the system" is because it beats the alternative of a complete societal breakdown.

Yes, we will still have some tricks played on us by the powers that be, but, by my view, their ilk is dying and our side is young, growing and energetic. There are many dynamics at work and the good ol' boys do not control it all. Who knows what event will turn the tide, but unless we have people in place in some seats of authority, we will not be able to capitalize on that event.

I agree with you on how bad it is. Let's do whatever part we can by getting involved locally and helping to re-create the federalism our constitution calls for.

Thanks for your response and take care!

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write-up! Thanks for the professional (and obviously self-constrained) tone also.

"Government is the entertainment division of the military-industrial complex". - Frank Zappa

Wasn't Villere voted out?

Please say yes.

"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is argument of tyrants. It is the creed of slaves." William Pitt in the House of Commons November 18, 1783
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Wasn't Villere voted out?

Louisiana doesn't work like that. The Louisiana GOP (LAGOP) is governed by a body called the State Central Committee. SCC members are elected at the presidential primary election and serve for four years. The SCC then elects an executive committee which is supposed to handle the administrative tasks of the party. Villere was elected chairman by the SCC and he will have to serve his term (two years I think) where he would have to be re-elected.

I wish that Louisiana were like other states where delegates to the state convention ruled the entire process but its not. The SCC is a fractured body (with around 220 or so members) that frequently can't even achieve a quorum to get any business done.

It was the executive committee that illegally made these rules at the midnight hour even though the SCC bylaws stated that they were the only body able to create rules for the convention. Furthermore these rules went against RNC rules which state that all rules pertaining to conventions and the selection/binding of delegates must be in effect by October of the previous year. WHAT were they thinking? I can't answer that, but I can say that as a member of that delegation, they sure were acting like a bunch of petulant children.

thank you for that explanation

I was borned, raised, educated in Virginia.
I have lived in Louisiana for the last 27 years, and I still don't understand Louisiana politics.

I knew the state was corrupt, but I am very proud of all the Ron Paul delegates and supportors in Louisiana for doing what is necessary for freedom.

I think the LaGOP wants Jindal to be VicePresident, and thinks it would look bad if Romney didn't carry Louisiana.

Villere may still be there for 2 more years, but after what he did in 2008, and at the Convention in 2012, I think he will not have the support from the new majority.


smells like

gator blood in them swamp RINO's,WTH