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Ron Paul Delegates Taking Aim at Republican Party Platform

By Paul West

August 20, 2012, 8:09 a.m.

TAMPA, Fla. — It didn’t take long for strains within the Republican Party to surface Monday as national delegates got down to work on a final draft of the party platform, one week before the nominating convention opens.

Ron Paul delegates are making a diligent effort to wedge the defeated presidential candidate’s libertarian ideas into the party document. Among them: curbing the power of the Federal Reserve, enhancing the constitutional rights of individuals and opposing the overseas role of U.S. military forces.

There is no doubt about who is in charge, of course. Delegates for presumptive nominee Mitt Romney are voting down substantive changes to the platform language that was written at the direction of Romney’s campaign. The biggest question is whether the tone remains polite, as it was at the outset of two days of deliberations, or whether dissenters spoil the image of harmony that the Romney campaign is working hard to produce.

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I sure would like to see more information and context surrounding this statement in the article:
"At this morning’s drafting session, Paul delegate Linda Bean, an L. L. Bean heiress from Maine, sought unsuccessfully to insert language — which she said came originally from John Quincy Adams — that described the image of the U.S. military as a “murderous aggressor.”"

I've already seen people on social media latch onto this to say, "Ron Paul hates soldiers!"

What exactly was the "language" they were trying to add?

I spoke with our state's Platform Committee Guy yesterday

He reported that about 1/3 of the people on platform are avowed Ron Paul people. and about 1/3 are full on Romney, and the other 1/3 are agreeable people - who like Ron Paul but fear he just can't win in a general election.

That actually gave me some hope for humanity.

Here are the points that our Ron Paul delegate has covered in his Platform Sub-Committee:
Save Medicare, block grant Medicaid to the states, social security, regulatory reform, Internet freedom, financial services no more too big too fail, judiciary, US Postal System, TSA, immigration, American Indians, D.C, Space, Federal Civil Service, and American Territories,
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SteveMT's picture

It would behoove .....

Mitt Romney and the GOP to go on the record with these issues by putting on the platform. Instead, they wish to passively remain silent, probably because it's the Ron Paul supporters who want them addressed. Sad.

SteveMT's picture

The LA Times is a poor excuse for a newspaper.

They are bottom feeders who prey on the sheeple, which they have helped to create.

Hit Piece

The point of the article, or jab, is to mislead people into thinking that Ron Paul delegates are about higher taxes, when the reverse is true. Another poster virtually said the same thing, so let's not give this article too much credit.

Linda Bean sounds like a true Ron Paul delegate.


Romney is STILL The 'Presumptive Candidate!'

Join our Peace Prevails SILENT March to get delegates to VOTE WITH THEIR CONSCIENCE

romney the presumptive candidate ...

was in total contrul while ron paul candidates - annoying pipsqueaks who don't have a chance in hell - were powerless

You can work as hard as you

You can work as hard as you want to promote an "image" of harmony, but we all know it's a load of bull. There isn't harmony. It's a divided party. The GOP can take its illusions of harmony and agreement... and well, I think you all know where they can put them.

itzSteve's picture

Liars, Liars, Liars

According to the article, there is a RP supporter that is in favor of a tax increase? If that person was a true RP supporter he would have been fighting for cuts, not tax increases...

The platform is meaningless.

From what I understand the platform is not binding on the candidate for the Presidency. It is a shop window to convince voters that the Party means something the voters want it to mean but like the Constitution it is ignored when the elections are over and the people have gone back to sleep.

The important information from this article is that the LA Times is an organ of the oligarchy and they are still trying to reinforce the message that Dr. Paul has been defeated. They are being somewhat premature.

"Jesus answered them: 'Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.'" (John 8:34-36)

scawarren's picture

Doesn't really seem like

Doesn't really seem like they're being welcomed w/ "open arms" does it?

It is easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled. – Mark Twain

reedr3v's picture

Impressive, Linda Bean, Erickson and

our other Liberty delegates!

reedr3v's picture

Read it -- too good to miss!