One of the most troublesome developments for Americans who like Democracy is the rise of the "top-two-go-through" voting system. America's political system is already rigged to ensure that Democrat or Republican partisans always win, but this new voting system is set to make things even worse.
Under this new system, a primary election is held among all candidates (of whatever party) for a particular office. Only the two who receive the most and second-most votes may compete in the "general election".
In a nation with a healthy multi-party democracy, a case can be made for such a voting system, but in a political duopoly such as exists in the USA, maintained by federal laws that protect that duopoly against ballot access and media access by others, such a system is pro-Establishment and anti-Democratic. It ensures that even insurgent non-Republicrat candidates are excluded from general elections, and prevents their ideas from being presented to the electorate.
The simple "most-votes-wins" system at least allows a strong third-party or Independent candidate to force the "major" Republican or Democratic candidates (his opponents) to campaign hard to secure a win against the potential "spoiler" effect of an Independent's pulling enough votes from the Republican (Democrat) to let the Democrat (Republican) win. In contrast, the new "first-two-go-through" system allows the dominant party in very red or very blue districts to fill both slots on the ballot, securing the seat for the party without having to spend even a dime to compete with anyone else.
A better name for such a system might be, "The Establishment Always Wins".
Petition To Gary Johnson: Change Your Foreign Policy, Get The Ron Paul Vote, Unite The Liberty Movement, and Win!
For most Ron Paul supporters, the largest issue of disagreement we have with Gary Johnson is his foreign policy. Rather than ask Ron Paul supporters to vote for a candidate who holds positions that are in direct conflict with their core principles, let's ask Gary Johnson to change his foreign policy stance so that he is more representative of the voters whose votes he is asking for.
Over the last year, many of Paul’s supporters have claimed that the GOP can’t win without them. That’s either a threat or a promise. As any parent knows, neither should be made emptily.
Following all of the shenanigans against them throughout the Primary season, and the RNC’s decision in Tampa to alienate them completely, Paul’s supporters have been considering how to vote in November.
Although most of them would like nothing more than to write his name in, they know that in most states, such write-in votes would not be counted, so as a statement of principle or protest, they would be rather ineffective, however satisfying they’d be to cast.
Therefore, I recently polled the 13,000-strong community of Blue Republicans, all Ron Paul supporters, to find out for whom they intended to vote for President.
An overwhelming 66% said they would be voting for Gary Johnson – the Libertarian candidate who shall be the only candidate other than Obama and Romney on the ballot in every state (absent yet more GOP mafia tactics). Sixteen (16) percent will be writing in Ron Paul, even though most don’t expect their vote to be counted, and Romney will attract the votes of a negligible 6%. (Margin of error +/-4%.)
These results may have serious implications for November’s election and signal the real possibly of an exciting shift in the trajectory of American politics.
In all fields of human endeavor, winning by cheating is losing.
In a competition, when someone cheats, he gets disqualified. The disqualification does not make the runner-up the winner. Rather, it reveals that the man who appeared to be the runner-up had in fact been the winner all along.
In the race for the GOP nomination for President, therefore, Ron Paul won.
As the New York Times wrote yesterday,
Delegates from Nevada tried to nominate Mr. Paul from the floor, submitting petitions from their own state as well as Minnesota, Maine, Iowa, Oregon, Alaska and the Virgin Islands. That should have done the trick: Rules require signatures from just five states. But the party changed the rules on the spot. Henceforth, delegates must gather petitions from eight states.
When Mr. Romney and the RNC cheat so blatantly, they make the game no longer about politics: they make themselves ineligible for the vote of anyone who cares about his own morality, his own honesty or his own integrity – regardless of his politics. And from a purely practical standpoint, they invite Americans to ask if they want to live in a nation governed with the same contempt for those who don’t toe the party line as has been displayed both in Tampa and throughout the primary process.
But as a Ron Paul supporter, I can’t remember feeling so invigorated and empowered in my cause.
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.
12:40 - Lew Rockwell speaking about Ron Paul challenging the IRS, Drug War "Ron position is that we the people should have all privacy and the Government should have no privacy" "Ron Paul opposes militarism and wants to bring the troops home all of them" biggest round of applause so far today.
Everyone chanting Lew as he entered and left the stage
There are many different ways to define the differences between a republic and a democracy, but at the core is this:
A Republic is ruled by the Law, a Democracy is ruled by the Majority.
That may seem a simple explanation, but it is a core issue. Benjamin Franklin is frequently attributed to this quote and he may not have said it, but I like it:
Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.
Political Conventions are a flurry of different activities. Although business is conducted that is very serious, there are a number of events to attend for the Delegates, Alternates, and their guests. This year's GOP National Convention is no different. The big show starts off with "The Welcome Event" at Tropicana Field, billed as the "largest welcome event in the history of the Convention". This is where it gets interesting.
In the 1960s, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, then the French Minister of Finance, coined the term "exorbitant privilege" to refer to the special benefits enjoyed by the USA by virtue of the fact that it is the issuer of the world's reserve currency.
Most Americans remain largely unaware of what these short-term benefits are and the long-term fall for which they have set us up.
Aimee Allen music artist known for the Ron Paul Revolution song joins Daily Paul Radio with Kurt Wallace for ‘Aimee Allen Exclusive: Brandon Raub, the NDAA and her new band The Interrupters’ to discuss the recent tyranny imposed by the federal government and President Obama, her appeal to Obama supporters and her appearence at the Sundome in Tampa Sunday August 26th. She also tells us about her call with Ron and Carol Paul and her new Liberty band The Interrupters.
This morning, at 9 a.m. local time, the seven member Committee on Contests of the Republican National Committee (RNC) held a hearing regarding a challenge to the At-Large delegation from Oklahoma to next weeks Republican National Convention. The Contestants were represented by non-attorney representatives Porter Davis and Mike Stopp, with Qadoshyah Fish available as a witness. The Respondents were represented by legal counsel and had as witnesses Oklahoma GOP Chairman Matt Pinnell along with 2012 OK GOP Convention Chair Marc Nuttle.
Although there were many issues of dispute at the May 12th, 2012 Oklahoma GOP Convention, the Contestants decided to focus on just one: a Roll Call Vote. On July 26th, 2012, an official Statement of Grounds was filed with the Secretary of the Republican National Convention, Demetra DeMonte, along with notification to each of the challenged potential At-Large Delegates and At-Large Alternates. A challenge against improper procedures and the breaking of rules does not go against those who broke the rules, but against those who, through no fault of their own, may benefit from the actions of others. Over $600 was spent on postage of the small amount of funds raised for this challenge, mostly for registered letters - each of which cost $11.80.
On Thursday, July 26th, 2012, a group of concerned Delegates and Alternates representing the Precinct, County, District, State and National levels filed a Challenge with the Committee on Contests. At this time, we have chosen not to publicize the details, nor are we seeking press, aside from informing interested parties here on the Daily Paul. Today we are filing the Statement of Position, which is basically a legal brief with supporting evidence. We were given this deadline Monday night, so time has been short.
Dennis Kucinich on the Fed ‘What's at stake here is our liberty, our national sovereignty – Ron Paul knows that’
Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) cosponsor of H.R. 459, the Federal Reserve Transparency Act joins Daily Paul Radio with Kurt Wallace for ‘Dennis Kucinich on the Fed ’What's at stake here is our liberty, our national sovereignty – Ron Paul knows that’ to discuss the Federal Reserve Transparency Act – what are they hiding? He discusses working with Ron Paul ‘Ron Paul is a great American’. He discusses working with Dr. Paul on fighting against the wars, defending our civil liberties and the patriot act.
Ben Swann of Reality Check with Ben Swann and an award winning nightime news anchor at WXIX FOX 19 in Cincinnati joins Daily Paul Radio with Kurt Wallace for ‘Facts: Clarification from the RNC rules committee, Ron Paul has 6 states' to discuss the details about his converstaions with rules committee and what that means for the many states in question regarding the nomination of Ron Paul eligibility at the RNC in Tampa. Ben also explains more regarding the unbound and bound delegates lawsuit and what a decision made prior to convention would do.
Dana Loesch, CNN TV commentator, was asked if she had a principle that permitted her to decide when we should go to war, and when we should not? She answered: I haven't even thought about it, implying that she didn't have a principle. When confronted with the fact that she didn't have a principle, she argued that she did have a principle and that her principle was, whenever our interests are threatened we should go to war. An examination of her principle proved that there was no principle.