New Mexico Tampa 8 Strike BackSubmitted by paddysforronpaul on Sun, 09/09/2012 - 11:35
This is being sent to every major Newspaper in New Mexico
Title: Epic Fail in Tampa
When the history of the 2012 presidential election is written, historians will likely identify the Republican National Committee’s treatment of Ron Paul delegates at the 2012 RNC convention as the major mistake of the campaign. Around 500 delegates and alternate delegates arrived in Tampa to support Ron Paul. It was known from the start that Ron Paul did not have enough votes to get the nomination, however the Ron Paul delegates wanted to place his name in nomination and count every vote. In other words, they wanted a little respect for Dr. Paul and an acknowledgment of the liberty movement. They also expected a compromise from the RNC that would throw a few bones to the liberty movement in exchange for a unified party coming out of the convention.
What actually happened was devastating. The first inkling that something was wrong was at the security line where every single Ron Paul sign was confiscated. Once inside, the entire convention was embedded with Romney-Ryan signs. The next major blow was the failure of the RNC to acknowledge that they lost the voice vote on credentialing. In fact, the teleprompter actually indicated a win for the RNC before the vote was taken. The result of the credentialing vote was that the majority Ron Paul delegation from Maine was illegally stripped of their credentials. It was at this point, that the Ron Paul delegates realized the fix was in and the demonstrations began. So much for party unity. Despite all of the obstacles, the Nevada delegation submitted a list of six states that had plurality votes for Dr. Paul (sufficient by RNC rules to place his name in nomination). The RNC simply ignored their own rules and refused to place Ron Paul’s name in formal nomination. The roll call itself was embarrassing to watch. The moderator would only acknowledge votes for Romney and ignored the Ron Paul votes, even in states like Iowa, Nevada, and Minnesota where Ron Paul actually won. No points of order were acknowledged from the floor, no roll call votes were allowed, and no verbal dissent was allowed from the floor or the podium. Then to add salt to the wound, the RNC proposed and passed two rules that would stifle any future grassroots movement. Under these new rules, the Reagan grassroots effort of 1976 and the Ron Paul movement of 2012 would no longer be possible.
It would be a mistake to think that only Ron Paul delegates noticed this outrage. Former RNC chair Michael Steele called it, “the height of rudeness and stupidity.” Haley Barbour called it “overreaching” by the old guard. The end result was an epic failure on the part of the RNC. Instead of a united party heading into a close election, there is now a schism in the party. The decision by the RNC and the Romney campaign to reject the Ron Paul wing of the party should trouble every member of the party. We should never forget that, Ronald Reagan, the greatest vote getter and most beloved figure in modern Republican history had this to say about the liberty wing of the party, “I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism.”
David K. Clements (Alternate Delegate)
Bev Courtney (Alternate Delegate)
Aaron Henry Diaz (Alternate Delegate)
Lance Klafeta (Alternate Delegate)
Patrick Marron (Delegate)
Charles Mellon, MD (Alternate Delegate)
Gary Miles (Alternate Delegate)
Aaron Moskowitz (Delegate)