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RNC 2012 In Retrospect, From An Outsider - By Siobhan Kümm

The purpose of this entry is not to rehash everything that occurred in Tampa at the Republican National Convention. I’ll save that for another day. I want, instead, to focus on what I saw regarding the steadfastness of character within a group of people willing to put everything on the line and stand up for what was right; A group of people who were willing to dedicate months of their lives to fight for their rightful positions as Delegates and representatives of a movement; A movement that is based on hard work, honesty, and honour.

I write this as one of the people they represented; As someone who was there and saw what happened, but could feel only a fraction of its weight and the emotion involved. I was there as a spectator, supporting them in the only way I knew how.

When I decided to attend the RNC, I did so because I wanted to be able to tell others in Maine how things were faring for our Delegates. I knew we wouldn’t be able to rely on the media to tell us what was happening. I had no idea it would become something so much more than just a good learning experience.

What I witnessed in Tampa was the culmination of a battle by Maine’s Delegates to retain their seats and a battle waged by the grassroots movement of the GOP to keep the power to decide the future of the country in the hands of the people and out of the hands of the establishment leaders. The atmosphere was intense and heavy with emotion from the beginning. Even though I was in contact with a few of the Delegates and understood the process of what was happening, I had not invested as they had, nor had I endured the hours of brainstorming, strategizing, and meetings. Most importantly, I had not had the rights bestowed upon me by the voters stripped away by a force that was bigger than me.


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You may still vote for some of the Maine delegates!

Don't forget this :
Thank you for standing up for all of us!

"I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it."

~~~ Thomas Jefferson

ecorob's picture

thank you, patriot...

i pray the gop crashes and burns in one month!

the gop is dead, long live the gop!


its 'cos I owe ya, my young friend...
Rockin' the FREE world in Tennessee since 1957!
9/11 Truth.

henry9's picture

As a Mainer, all I can think to say is Thank You!

Nice job. We worked very hard here. It WILL have a lasting impact...count on it.

ytc's picture

Siobhan,thanks for writing the valuable eye-witness account of

how a duly elected Maine Veteran, Sam, was rudely brushed off by an appointed replacement establishment delegate, Day. You beautifully crystalized the emotional, social, philosophical battle we were engaged in at Tampa floor in this essay. Thank you.

Looking forward to reading many more chapters from you!

And, yes, we will REMEMBER MAINE! (I also walked out of the Tampa RNC convention hall in solidarity with the unseated Maine delegates.)


"...when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security."

Ventura 2016!

If able in your state...

Write-In (see tagline)

"I, __________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic."

There is no duration defined in the Oath

Although there is agreement

Although there is agreement on quite a number of issues between Obama and Romney it is not true that there is no difference between them and that it will not matter which of them is elected or re-elected.

Romney does not deserve to be elected after the way he approved of the treatment of Ron Paul people who were elected to be Romney delegates. In addition it was disrespectful for the RNC to find ways to keep Ron Paul from even getting to speak for fifteen minutes at the convention. Ron Paul supporters and delegates had met the RNC rules enabling Ron Paul to be nominated from the floor as he did have the requisite plurality of delegates in enough states.

The tactics used were unbecoming of anyone and remind me of all those throughout history of the world who cheat in order to steal an election.

But my main point is that Obama would be far worse if re-elected as he would be in a position to implement the plan of all socialist minded politicians to transform this country into a socialist utopia.

Despite his ignorance and flaws Romney has no such agenda.

There are good reasons to help the Libertarian Party gain recognition and credibility and the five percent they need to get matching funds in subsequent elections. One would sleep better knowing that you cast your vote for Gary Johnson or another third party candidate.

Those who fail to grasp the distinction between a potential human being and an actual human being will prefer to vote for the Constitution Party candidate.

But I think that my rights are thwarted day in and day out by the establishment via taxation, I spent two years in the military against my will because of the draft. I am intimidated by licensure require ments and other regulations in my work.

If you live in a state which will undoubtedly go for Obama anyway then it makes sense to vote your conscience. But if you live in a state where the outlook is close I would consider voting for Romney as I do think it is important to keep Obama out.

No Man's need constitutes an obligation on the part of another man to fulfill that need.

Democrat/Repulican Hegemony

I live in a state which will undoubtedly go for Romney, so then it makes sense to vote my conscience. I do not live in a state where the outlook is close, and so voted for Johnson as to me it is important to keep Obama and Romney out. You may try all manner of persuasions to entice a Romney vote, as is your right which I respect, nevertheless, I can not countenance a vote for him, having observed how ruthlessly he managed this campaign, dissed Ron Paul, and connived to acquire the nomination. My feeling is a person who so demonstrates his passion to win, is not my choice for a US President.

Galtgulch, you see

most of Ron Paul supporters are just parrots with poor comprehension skills. They read only the first paragraph before relying on collective power of thumb downs. This is combination of being young and being graduate from progressive schools.

Our parrots concentrate on things they like (NDAA, foreign aid, FED, etc) and ignore things they do not care (gay rights, abortions, etc.) Both Obama and Romney flipped-flopped on the issues to be more electable. Both try to cater to their party and constituency. But they cannot overlook the bigger statistics. For example, if majority of Americans favor short-term abortions, then even George Bush could not do anything to please his Evangelical and Catholic base. If RP were elected this year, the best case scenario he would had lasted till the next elections. With 75% Americans are being Affirmative-Action recipients (women + gays + some males), the easy approach is to b[i]tch about private banks and fluoride.

You may have some things right

but I am pretty sure that the down votes are mostly a result of the last sentence, with the suggestion that one vote for Romney if they live in a swing state. It is quite a jump to conclude that people only read the first paragraph when it is the last sentence that is most objectionable and is the most likely reason people downvote it.

I have no idea why people feel that people downvoting is somehow cowardly or an unworthy action. There is no need to comment if your comment has already been expressed by someone else and this is a way to express support or opposition to an idea, why some people are threatened by that is beyond me.

Free and Brave
or Cradle to Grave
You can't have both

ecorob's picture

you are a gosh damned liar...

and I spit on you, fool!

75% of Americans are affirmative action recipients?

what kind of dream world are you living in, you god damned liar!

its 'cos I owe ya, my young friend...
Rockin' the FREE world in Tennessee since 1957!
9/11 Truth.

ecorob's picture

you're lost, cousin...

you are a cancer on liberty!

your name is a mockery of liberty...

you will not be missed!

its 'cos I owe ya, my young friend...
Rockin' the FREE world in Tennessee since 1957!
9/11 Truth.

Differences between Obama and Romney

Please understand I am not trying to start an argument, but what, specifically, do you see are the differences between Obama and Romney? I don't know what they are. I've read a lot, and listened to him. I appreciate your input.

We are in another war for our Independence.

ytc's picture

If anything, Romney promises to make his foreign policy

"more belligerent" and "more aggressive", which he obviously thinks is a MAJOR improvement on Obm's failed policies of drones - NDAA - executive assassinations etc.

There is none. That's why their post was long.

But pointed out no difference between the two.

Denise B's picture

Awesome post!

Thanks so much for sharing it. They may have won this round, but I do believe that this war is far from over. It is true that, for those of us who love truth and liberty, there reaches a point where something inside you just shifts when you are confronted with the realization that the rule of law you thought you were living under is just an illusion and the American ideals of liberty and justice for all no longer is literally like being punched in the stomach. I am very proud of the Delegates hard work and determination and hope that all of this is looked back on one day as the beginning of the second American Revolution.

God bless you patriots.

Even though hs is not Ron Paul, I will be casting my vote for Gary Johnson and the Libertarians.

The GOP/RNC must pay for their misdeeds in Tampa.

And besides, there's not a dime's worth of difference between the two lying candidates from the 2 major political parties.

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul

It Is VERY Clear to Anyone Who Knows What Mitt Romney Did At

the Convention, and before, that he is NOT a man who belongs in the White House.

Of course, Obama does not belong there either, and that is the dilemma for the American people.

It is important

NOT to get carried away glorifying our suffering. Religious like to glorify martyrs, socialists - their own revolutionaries who withstood prison and torture. All for an abstract goal - faith, allegiance, fraternity, community, country, society, humanity.

There was no self-sacrifice here. Each of us did what they did for our personal selfish desire - to live in a free society where (we assume) our personal life (and that of our relatives and love ones) will be better. It is a rational self-interest.

Ron Paul even reminded, that if there is no fun in the mix, we do not do it right.

Sure Liberty_First

And it's a barrel of laughs being a Ron Paul National Delegate at the RNC in Tampa.

Ron Paul is My President


that was written beautifully.

Thank you.

Ron Paul is My President