RNC 2012 In Retrospect, From An Outsider - By Siobhan KümmSubmitted by TIME IS NOW on Mon, 10/08/2012 - 14:48
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.