For NEBRASKA: The Speech I didn't get to give in IowaSubmitted by nuzlum on Sat, 07/07/2012 - 16:45
Here in Iowa, support for RP during the convention was kept on the down-low. That was the strategy. I decided early on though, that if prompted, I wasn't going to hide from the fact I was a Ron Paul supporter (I've always been a little defiant that way). I felt it was something to be proud of, and the reasons why - something the rest of the GOP should hear. I prepared this speech (in addition to a couple other variations), because we didn't know what to expect the day of the convention, and I wanted to be ready if someone publicly questioned or attacked my nomination and support for Ron Paul. (which the DSM Register had already done once). Our slate was passed, however, and I never did have to (or get to) defend myself.
I'm not exactly sure how the Nebraska process works, but should anyone have to give a speech, perhaps you might look to this for inspiration to garner some heartfelt confidence, stand proudly in your support for Ron Paul (while still being neo-Republican friendly), and win people over with honesty. :)
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Hello Everyone – My name is ___________. I am a delegate from ___________ County and I work as a ____________ for the ___________ in Polk County. I have become increasingly active within the Republican Party and am a young, fervent advocate for the conservative philosophy. I am now going to do what I do best, and that is speak, unfiltered and from the heart – addressing, if you will, the big Republican elephant in the room.
Yes. I have and will always have a great admiration for Ron Paul and the policies he endorses – Because they’re the same policies the Republican Party was founded on and are the very same policies I can assume most of us here in this room agree – the policy of respecting our Constitution, recognizing a right to life, living freely and within our means, liberty, small government, state sovereignty, free markets, limiting taxation, protecting gun rights – all of the things it means to BE a conservative.
It’s Ron Paul I credit for inspiring me to become active, by role-modeling decades of principle, using simple common sense, logic, and years of wisdom to spark the education of hundreds of thousands, not just here in the United States, but around the world; causing them, and myself, to become interested and involved in advocating conservative issues I never before found relevant or cared to concern myself with. However, it’s not about a passion for Ron Paul as many misunderstood mistake it to be; it’s about a passion – once dormant inside me merely ignited by him – an inspiration to become active, explore the Republican party, the process and what it really means to BE a conservative.
Around the country, people with an admiration for Dr. Paul are being scorned and cast aside by their brothers and sisters in the GOP – misrepresented as enemies or infiltrates within the party or a threat to what really is a common goal we ALL share. It would be a shame for Iowa Republicans to carry ourselves in the manner which has been showcased elsewhere. I certainly hope here in Iowa we have a greater mutual respect for each other and for what are simply minor, inevitable variances in perspective.
I think people get so caught up in irrelevant details of policy – the minor things we, even as a unified party, are bound to disagree on – (or at the very least carry varying perspectives) – we get so caught up in those details, that in the process we abandon and contradict our own platform and underlying Republican philosophy, those things we value most, and the essence of what it means to be a true conservative –
I believe when we as a party learn to place a higher emphasis on those things, uniting behind each other, behind policy, and behind our core philosophies – that 80-90% of things we can agree on – rather than placing our emphasis on uniting behind a single individual or clashing against another, we will be a much more successful Republican party and have a much greater impact on our country and within the political community.
To be perfectly honest, the respect and admiration I may have for Dr. Paul will not have much influence on the outcome of the nomination, and to be quite frank, there really is no correlation between my respect for him, and how it will influence my representation as a delegate to all of you. As a delegate, I understand I will have a job to do in Tampa, and that job is to not only contribute to uniting the party so we can OUST OBAMA, his administration and their reckless policies, but to also rally support for what we here in Iowa hold near and dear – to fight for what we value as Iowa Republicans. Thank you.