Gop Vote Is Invalid – Failed To Allow Ron Paul Nomination SpeechSubmitted by attackapathy on Tue, 08/28/2012 - 18:36
[20 hours putting this together, I'm bushed. I hope you all like it]
It was business as usual at the RNC today as the delegates began to arrive. First they had to enter through a sea of secret service, blackhawk helicopters and over one thousand cops. Protestors were kept in check in gulag zones and yes the TSA was there as well! The RNC is simply America writ small. We knew they would cheat we just had no idea how MUCH they would cheat.
Endless cheating at the ballot box, corrupt new laws for their own benefit, throwing away the rules (their constitution) and doing whatever it takes to stay in power, what the RNC is doing is just exactly what their elected people do in Washington DC. Abuse of power? You betcha! Stuffing the Ballot Boxes? It’s down to an art form. Control of the media? In spades. What we are really watching is all the criminality of Washington now made possible in a city state of terror.
Ron Paul successfully submitted his nomination from five states (seven if you counted Mass and Maine which had delegates illegally removed) and one territory meeting the five state requirement to be nominated. The GOP refused to recognize it even though this goes against all rules and precedent.
“It’s hard to get behind someone who’s cheated so hard to win.” said Romney delegate Anna Flatt.
The Main delegates were thrown out while others found themselves on buses being driven in circles and not allowed off by armed guards.
Harrassment of the Paul delegation began from the beginning. Their supporting states were sent off to bleacher seats with no microphones. All their Ron Paul signs were not allowed into the convention even though Romney delegates were able to bring theirs.
The rules committee met and worked out a new rule which would both grant the central committee full power to change any rule they wished at will (previously this required a vote) and also to be the ones who specify who gets to be a delegate. This would overturn the entire will of the people. They insisted this would allow them to ensure that delegates matched the straw poll vote. But the straw poll votes were easily manipulated by the people counting the vote. Only the delegate process was a counter check to cheating. Long time Republican and romney supporter Blackwell leaves to prepare a formal “minority” protest document.
John Sununu, chairman of the rules committee who pushed through new rules to make it impossible for a delegate fight to occur in the future claimed that by pushing the delegate process Ron Paul had undermined the votes of a million voters. They use that line rather than admit the rampant cheating in the popular vote, and as long as they can hide behind that facade they can have total control of the results. Even beyond rigged electronic voting machines, the popular vote was suppressed many ways with county election chairs reporting incorrect totals, refusing to keep any records, and of course there was Maine where they simply stopped the counting of the popular vote at 85% and left many county totals recorded as zero to get their winner in place. What Sununu is saying in effect, is they demand total right to cheat and have total control of the vote. The delegate process was a check and balance on that, and now it is gone forever.
At the same time the credentialing committee was busy voting to throw away ten of Maine’s duly elected delegates and replace them with romney supporters, tipping the scales to romney.
Meanwhile at morning breakfast meetings Paul supporters were being humiliated into giving up their positions by group think mob strategies. At the Georgia delegate morning meeting, the REFUSNIKS for Paul were required to stand while the whole room shamed them. How dare they believe in the constitution and freedom. How dare they! “Georgia has had a united vote since 1908″ she sneered like Emperor Palpatine. One could almost hear “From here, you will witness the final destruction of the Alliance and the end of your insignificant rebellion.”
Act One: Ron Paul Enters The Convention Floor To Thank His Delegates
Ron Paul arrived at the convention to screams of “President Paul” and “Let Him Speak” but the media simply cut their microphones away after three seconds. And CSPAN didn’t broadcast it at all using only the official microphone feed supplied by the RNC. It reminded one of the CPAC win where they piped in fake boos rather than cheers on the audio. Anything to keep the man down.
[watch cspan hide the cheers for Ron Paul]
“Ron Paul entered the room of the Republican National Convention with a lei given by the Hawaii delegation. The crowd erupted in chants for “President Paul.” Fox News’ Megyn Kelly cut her segment short because she could not be heard over the chants for the presidential contender. They are now chanting “Let Him Speak!” We were marginalized and overlooked and underestimated for too long. We responded by taking over conventions at the state level, organizing the greatest grassroots network since the American Revolution and spreading a message that would change the tone of the GOP. It’s been 15 minutes and the chants have not stopped. I have never been so proud to be a part of something in my life.” – Andrew Dellinger, Ron Paul Delegate
[Note: You can hear 2 seconds of what it really sounded like for ten minutes here and here ]
Act Two: The GOP decides to Kidnap Morton Blackwell
You can’t get into the GOP convention without being on the official bus. But they kidnapped the bus carrying Morton Blackwell – a 30 year republican and Romney supporter who was about to submit papers disputing the newly proposed unfair rules – and drove him around for three hours.
“Morton Blackwell put up the first minority report in 30 years to oppose the rule. He got on his bus [carrying the official protest papers against the Zeigh Heil rule change that granted the central committee total power to change any rule at will and that they would now nominate all delegates] and they drove around the building five six times so that he missed the rules committee [and was unable to formally submit the protest minority report] … Virginia Rhode Island North Carolina all these states were detained their buses were held for an hour there were guys with guns outside… After the vote happened then they were allowed to go into the RNC. I was looking on the floor … those seats were filled with somebody but it wasn’t the delegates that’s for sure.” – ejected Maine Delegate
gop throws away ron paul
Just like the Patriot Act and NDAA which took away all Americans constitutional rights, the GOP proposed a new rule change to grant the committee the right to designate all delegates. To help get it passed they redirected Paul delegation buses in circles. The Virginia and Rhode Island delegates were not surprised by the dirty tricks which seem to be commonplace at this years convention. When the delegates didn’t appear because their buses were driving in circles or under armed arrest, the GOP voted in “alternates”. This was critical because two members of the rules committee which were in the Ron Paul camp were from Virginia. They didn’t make it to the meeting and the rules committee was able to then push forward the rules which let them throw away Maine’s delegates and also grant full power to the committee to make any rule changes without delegate vote. Part of this was new language to rule 16 which was changed to state that if a delegate did not vote according to their bound state or “inconsistent with the delegates obligation under state law” they are to be immediately considered a “resigned delegate” and their vote is to be struck from the record.
“The Virginia and Rhode Island delegations are apparently being blocked from entering the Republican National Convention. They’re keeping us all on a bus and not allowing us in the security perimeter.” -Chris Stearns, Delegate from Virginia on the bus.
Act Three: The Two Critical Votes For Credentialing of Delegates and For Rules Changes are met with Loud Protest and Ignored
When a voice vote is called and the result is unclear, a formal vote is the required. When the leaders tried to skip this step, the delegates followed procedure and chanted “Point of Order” but this was ignored as well.
Mike Duncan’s credentials speech declaring the Maine delegates thrown away was loudly BOOED but was accepted “without objection.” They did a voice vote with a loud contingent of “NAYs” equally matching the AYEs. “In the opinion of the chair the Ayes have it” claimed Boehner. A loud never ending series of LOUD SCREAMS broke out for several minutes. Disenfranchisement in ten seconds Republican Style. In an orchestrated and planned move sent out over twitter, any time the Paul delegates began to chant “Seat them now!” the traitor delegates screamed over them “USA USA”. Since none of the media microphones were in the Paul delegate states people watching on TV might have wondered why the delegates were suddenly cheering USA. They ended all political process when they turned off the microphones so that all calls for division or motions to reconsider were impossible. After Bohener announced falsely that it was approved that they were throwing away the Maine delegates, the entire state of Texas stood up and screamed “Point of Order Point of Order” for ten minutes. The GOP ignored them. This was the breaking point in the convention. At this point the GOP ripped itself apart into two groups – the criminals lusting for power and those who believed in following the rules.
“rules changes failed .. the party has destroyed itself … bye bye america” -rftbunny”
“I’ve heard 2 votes with more Nays and Yeas. [and they declared the rule change passed anyways]” – ch4d
During the vote CSPAN referred to the opposing Ron Paul supporters as “Trouble Makers and Refuseniks!” Ok, well they didn’t say refuseniks but they might as well have. Never again will the will of the people be able to manifest because now they have re-designed the process to be top down. The “party” will appoint it’s underlings. Now where have we seen that before and why does the phrase “Mao Tse Dung” keep pouring into my head?
“When that [the credentialing report to strip Maine delegates] came up the Nays were at lest as loud as the Ayes the right thing to do was take a roll vote but they just accepted it … they [the Texas delegation] immediately started chanting really loudly SEAT MAINE NOW. … Once the vote went through Texas began to chant again POINT OF ORDER POINT OF ORDER. At that point they have to recognize them but they didn’t…Immediately after the GOP came up to adopt the rules report which would allow the GOP to do to every delegate what they just did to Maine” – Ginger Taylor
In fact, if you really want to the correct model for the RNC think not to China but to North Korea. Romney is their “Feerless Leader” in fact they even officially scheduled him to give his acceptance speech even before the vote? Why? Well of course we all know that the votes don’t matter and it’s all rigged!
At this point the appropriate music for the RNC to be playing would be “this is the end” by the Doors. Because democracy and hope has faded from America. Like Hitler storming the Reichstag we have now ceded power to a gang of thugs. Instead they played “I want you to want me”
Every time the Paul convention tried to call them out on Illegality, the GOP blasted loud music. This was especially disgusting after the white washed nomination vote. “They present this whole electoral process – the primaries, the ‘voting’ – to placate the superficial ones, the gullible ones, and put up this dog and pony show pretending that it’s real. But it’s not. It is as fake as a 3 dollar bill, and it blatant, in “in your face” with no apologies at this point.” – Von
Another tactic was to quickly push a new speaker up on stage like the terrified speaker form Puerto Rico who was placed at the pulpit in midst of screaming protests.
Act Four: A Sham Nomination Process is Held Without Allowing Ron Paul to Participate
Ron Paul’s delegates successfully prepared notarized nomination documents from five states and one territory meeting the GOP rules to be placed in nomination and be given a fifteen minute supporting speech. So when the GOP skipped over his speech and immediately began to ask for votes many Ron Paul supporters were shocked.
Following the rules by the book at 2:30 p.m. the delegation submitted the slates, complete with delegates’ signatures, directly to the Convention Chair, Iowa’s Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds. These signatures included even Romney delegates, who wanted to ensure fair play and looked forward to the Paul nomination. The delegates handed the slates proving the plurality directly to Reynolds in front of at least four media cameras, including VOA News.
For instance, the Iowa slate was signed (and notarized) by 22 delegates, including Iowa GOP Chair, Drew Ivers. These were carefully crafted and legitimate documents.
So, it was in Reynold’s hands by 3:00. The roll call wasn’t until 5:00. They fought hard and correctly to finish it with style and get Dr. Paul in nomination, get him his 15 minutes before the entire world.
After this our dedicated delegates had a phenomenal feeling, a kind of high. One of them, Iowa’s Roger Leahy, actually encountered Ron Paul on the floor, saying, “Are you ready to be nominated?” when the always-wise doctor responded, “I don’t think it will be possible.”
So, it was true. Reynold’s refused to bring the doctor into nomination. A Romney cohort, she responded to the delegates, who questioned her repeatedly, “Uh, we weren’t able to contact any people or many people,” as if she needed approval from the media or some other irrelevant group before performing her required role. One delegate responded, “Then, I’ll go get the people and help you contact people.” She responded, “There’s not any time to contact anyone,” even though some two hours remained before the roll call.
When the delegates pressed her on the issue, she responded even more inanely, saying, “I’m NOT going to deal with this.” In other words, the decision had been made, and there was no way, rules or not, that Paul would be nominated.
Nevada’s speaker during the vote made it clear that Ron Paul had five states and one territory nominating him, yet they skipped the Ron Paul nomination speeches illegally.
“six states have voted for Ron Paul’s nomination – iowa minnesota alaska virgin islands oregon and nevada” By rights Ron Paul should have had fifteen minutes of supporting speeches before the votes. But the GOP doesn’t care about that.
During the official state vote they cut the microphone on the state of Georgia when they had to announce that 3 of their voters defected for Ron Paul. On TV they listed the vote as for “Romney” and “Other” refusing to show Ron Paul’s name and when the chair repeated the vote count they only announced the votes for Romney. “The Republican Party is so afraid of Ron Paul that they won’t repeat his name” said delegate Jim Ayala. When Iowa declared they had voted 22 for Ron Paul and only six for Romney she repeated “Iowa six Romney”. The horror continued as Maine officially announced fourteen votes for Romney and only 10 for Ron Paul. But since they had thrown away 10 delegates for Paul the true vote would have been a win for Ron Paul in Maine. Finally it became apparent WHY she was announcing only votes for Romney – they had rejected Ron Pauls notarized nomination papers out of spite.
The outraged Maine delegation immediately began to give press conferences making it clear that any semblance of due process was a sham. The blogosphere went wild. The GOP Party had forever shamed themselves by their antics. As more and more of the story came out it just kept looking worse and worse.
It is a scary time in America where simply by controlling the media they can put any candidate through even a warmonger candidate who believes in the murder of American citizens without trial and the destruction of the constitution. One Daily Paul commenter sums it up
“The ties are finally severed. The lies, the cheating, the corruption, the belittling, the absolute dismantling of democratic procedure, have succeeded. But, as a little well known band in my country said back in the 90s to their rivals who eclipsed them in the charts, “You may have won the battle, but you have NOT won the war.”
“Ron Paul attracted independents, traditional conservatives and turned activists out to the GOP en mass. The pushed conservative values and turned many democrats into the party. They gave the GOP all the leverage they need to defeat Obama.
Yet when these supporters showed up, they isolated them, mocked them, marginalized them, and disenfranchised them of their hard won votes within the GOP primaries. Then they have the audacity to tell Ron Paul supporters that now they want our votes?”- Hayek
As Ron Paul left Tampa, he and his wife Carol were met by TSA Thugs who insisted on grope downs and molestation. One last reminder of the new police state.
With so many of the state GOP parties controlled by Ron Paul supporters, the fallout of this is going to be huge all throughout romney’s campaign – “His [Ron Paul's] folks have taken over half of our party, as a result of which we are split down the middle, totally ineffective, screwed up … we’ve got two or three independent expenditure efforts going by business leaders. We were split down the middle and had constant civil war within the party — nobody would be doing the basic get-out-the-vote.” -former Rep. Vin Weber (R-Minn.)
“We had superior numbers we won everything that wasn’t nailed down and they couldn’t handle that so they brought the contest and they got the result they wanted today … if it had gone for a vote we would have won but they brought the gavel down.. they tried deal after deal and we never waivered, we never waivered on our principals and our integrity.” – Marc Willis Maine Delegate
When asked “What Now?” Brent Tweed chairman of the Maine delegation replied “We’re going to grab a beer with Texas. God Bless Texas!” [Texas was the state that screamed and demanded for a point of order]
Can liberty and freedom and everything we fought for in 1776 be squashed like a bug simply by stuffing the ballot boxes, controlling the central committee, and the media? I guess it can! But the rebel attack will begin after his coronation, and there is no way that he will win. Evil never does. How do you defeat an enemy when your votes and the ballot box has been corrupted, when ...