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One Rule To Change Them All

An amazing act of stupidity has occurred at the 2012 GOP National Convention. Two Rule changes have been proposed, that would shift control of the Republican Party out of the hands of grassroots activists and into the hands of political power brokers. The first change - to Rule 15 - has met with such overwhelming opposition, from the grassroots, Tea Party, Liberty Movement (a.k.a. Ron Paul crowd) and conservative activists stretching back to the Goldwater era, that it has been pulled in a "compromise". Except it's not any such thing - it leaves one Rule change in place that must not stand.

If Rule 12 remains changed as proposed by the Rules Committee, any Rule can be changed by the RNC. The National Convention is therefore irrelevant in setting the Rules of the Party. This means the "compromise" trumpeted by Team Romney and those running this Rules Committee can be changed in a month, or early next year, or any time the RNC decides to change it - OR ANYTHING ELSE. This top-down, smoke filled room authoritarian control must be stopped.

We are a party that draws it's strength from the bottom up. We are strong when we have an army of motivated activists working to advance the Party and its principles of limited government, free enterprise, a strong national defense, and Constitutional Liberty. We can all unite behind those principles. We must continue to push power down to the lowest level - the one that is as close as possible to the people - to empower the individual rights of our citizens in their dealings with civil authority.

I call on all of my fellow Delegates to join me in opposing the Rules Report and reject this attempt at tyranny. There is no harm in keeping the Rules we are currently under. It is up to us to save our party from those who would disenfranchise the activist base in favor of the elite power brokers of Washington, DC.

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I think Nader has a solution


Return the misled taxpayers’ $36.4 million to the U.S. Treasury now.

I trust that the Problem Reaction Solution game is clear to all

First they propose a rule that they know everyone will oppose then they propose a "compromise" that was their goal from the beginning.

This a heads I win tails you lose strategy that they have been using since the beginning. It is also called red negotiation strategy which is a win lose proposition where they are on the win side. This is in contrast to the blue strategy that is win win.

This is how you know you are dealing with people who will do anything to win. The only thing you can trust is that you cannot trust them...ever. They are always lying because it is their nature to lie.

They do have one major weakness however. They ALWAYS go too far. They ALWAYS win until eventually they lose and when they lose they lose it ALL. We are near to that point even now.

"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)

This gags the grassroots in more ways than one.

We have to get this out. How much would it cost to put a LARGE ad on front page[ or page 2] of all [each and every one of our towns] neighborhood newspapers? Stating what he has done and all it's implications? Include letters to editors in the major cities? Everyone call Maddow too.

Come on, we can't quit. This is another battle to fight!


We are not welcome in the GOP

We will never get anywhere in the GOP - who wants to work four years more only to have the rug pulled out from under us again and again ? It's madness ....

lindalsalisbury's picture

Agree, but

we are stuck with what we have right now. If we can stand strong, maybe the delegates could turn the tide with a floor protest. Looks unlikely.

Good points

It's easy to see that they wanted to bind the delegates the way they wanted to all along (the cowards, trying to make us HAPPY to have bound delegates), but it's true that if they could arbitrarily change this rule, they could change any rule they want at any time. That is a real danger.

"Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice." -- Thomas Paine

lindalsalisbury's picture


Great danger!

One Rule to Change Them All

One Rule to Change Them All and in Darkness Bind Them...

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