For at least a year, Ron Paul has been ignored by the media and has been dealing with that resoundingly well. In a move that will give him a little attention in the media – since it fits the message that is often echoed of Mitt Romney being the GOP nominee – Ron Paul announced today in a letter to supporters that he will not campaign for the popular vote in states that have yet to held their primaries.
In his under-reported IDD strategy (“It’s the Delegates, Dummy”), Paul has focused on the fact that presidential nominees are chosen by delegates, not by popular vote. Paul’s campaign has focused to date especially on states that allow committed Republican Party members to have a greater voice in the process. States like Iowa, Nevada, Maine, Louisiana, Washington, and Colorado have been states where Paul supporters have made tremendous inroads in winning party leadership positions and being influential in the national delegate selection process. While many states have yet to finish the delegate selection process, it increasingly looks like Paul could dominate the nationwide delegate process called long ago in Romney’s favor.
Alex Castellanos, TV commentator for CNN gives his views on redistribution of wealth. Castellanos says that if politicians had to take the money from the citizens personally, they would not be so enthusiastic about redistributing wealth. He thinks that if we let people keep their own money and decide how to spend it, they will do a better job than the government. He explained that the government is far away from the decision-making and therefore, can not make efficient decisions. Finally, he is in favor doing anything we can to reduce and mitigate redistribution of wealth.
The week before last, Warren Buffett's right-hand man and Berkshire Hathaway's vice chairman, Charles Munger, told CNBC, "Gold is a great thing to sew into your garments if you're a Jewish family in Vienna in 1939... but I think civilized people don't buy gold; they invest in productive businesses."
I just unpublished a thread, by a DPer called "chabotjo." The thread, which received a net positive 8 votes (only one vote against) reads, in its entirety:
Banned At Romney Chat After 1 Comment! Wooo Hooo!
I wrote, "I have been a Romney supporter for a long time, but him not being able to manage the delegat process is certainly raising my eyebrow."
When I tried to post again. Banned. LOL What turd burglers. Just needed to say that!
There are those who would have you believe that Mitt Romney is overwhelming choice of Oklahoma Republicans. 72% of Oklahoma Republicans voted for “not Romney” on March 6th, also known as Super Tuesday. That is a significant number of voters who reject the former Governor of Massachusetts. As other candidates have fallen away, only one man stands against the tide: Ron Paul.
But 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. – from the Declaration of Independence
A long train of abuses continues. “Elements” within the Republican Party continue to abuse their position, to the gain of one candidate over another. This time, both a Tea Party group and the Ron Paul campaign are accused of trying to “takeover” the Republican State Convention. A few points:
Rick Santorum is a pro-Life. Mitt Romney is sometimes. Rick Santorum is a social conservative. Mitt Romney is also, sometimes. Rick Santorum wants to repeal Obamacare. Mitt Romney does too (although he created Romneycare – never mind!).
Come join us as we rally for liberty with Tom Woods, Jordan Page, and Jason Rink! Let’s celebrate our growth and success in 2012, and get pumped about taking this movement to the Oklahoma GOP State Convention!
The rally will kick off at 7pm at the Remington Park Casino. Enter at the casino, and go straight back to the left of the escalators to the banquet hall. This event is FREE and open to the public! All ages welcome. There will be a cash bar available.
The following story was first reported by The McCarville Report on May 3rd, 2012.
A political party is governed by rules and procedures. When rules and procedures are not followed the will of the members is not represented. One of the most basic and fundamental principles of the Republican Party is adherence to the Rule of Law. In our Republic, the Rule of Law (a republic) protects the minority from tyranny of the majority (a democracy). Similarly, the Rules of the Republican Party should be held as the "law" governing the party. When violated by those in power, action must be taken. In this case, it is - GOP State Chairman Matt Pinnell is quoted in the McCarville report saying “We are reviewing the complaint and talking with all parties involved. Ultimately it’s an issue that may be addressed at State Convention.”.
Oklahoma has 43 National Delegates to the Republican National Convention. Three of those are RNC members: the Chairman, the National Committeeman, and the National Committeewoman. Three are chosen at each of the five District Conventions, and 25 are chosen as "at-large" Delegates during the State Convention (to be held on May 12th). On April 14th, the First Congressional District Convention was held at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Here is a video of what transpired:
Ambassador John Bolton first claims to have a principle to determine when we should go to war. He says that the Iraqi war was justified because they had attacked another country, had weapons of mass destruction and had attacked their own people. On further questioning, it turns out that if another country like North Korea is in the same situation, we should not attack them, thus that is not his principle. The same thing happened when he justified the war in Afghanistan based on them harboring terrorists that have attacked us.
Four years ago, Nevada State GOP insiders so disliked Ron Paul supporters that they actually walked out of the state convention and turned off the lights behind them. In a windowless assembly room with some 2,000 people in it, one might imagine the terror this might cause. In what had been an otherwise orderly meeting, this move took place when it became clear that Ron Paul would sweep the Nevada delegation to the Republican National Convention. A bunch of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington types, inspired by Ron Paul, got involved in their party to effect change, and the party insiders didn’t like having these idealists around.
This year looks a little different. Ron Paul’s supporters have assumed a significant portion of the Republican Party leadership and Ron Paul’s supporters seem like they will show up in droves as delegates to assure their candidate is the best represented in Nevada. At the Nevada Republican Convention this year, 25 of the 28 Nevada delegates will be decided.
May 1, 2012 | The Corbett Report
The ease with which political and governmental bodies have been able to block the publication of books that are uncomfortable to the Washington elite, and even to destroy entire print runs of tell-all whistleblower stories, has greatly increased. Simultaneously, books that fulfill a social function of rallying the populace around the flag and supporting the dominant narratives of our time, from the war on terror to the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere, are given copious attention by a fawning lapdog press.
To those who care about such things, the silence of the media about the extraordinary events around Ron Paul's campaign is deafening.
Some see conspiracy. I don't. I see the expected reaction to a paradigm shift -- a complete change in the concepts we use to make sense of our politics and culture.
An excellent illustration of the power of a "paradigm" is the Perceptions of Incongruity experiment that was conducted at Harvard in 1949.
In this experiment, subjects were shown playing cards and asked to call out what they saw. They would consistently identify the cards correctly. After a while, however, the experimenters would slip in "incongruous cards" in which the colors red and black were switched, such as black hearts or diamonds and red clubs or spades.
Now that the GOP primary battle is down to the two-man race Ron Paul initially predicted, it is time to get to know our opponent. Who is Mitt Romney? The answers cannot be found in what he says, for his words change with the wind and his promises are never set in stone. His record and statements flip and flop around more than the large-mouthed bass I accidentally caught while practicing casting techniques. Who is Mitt Romney deep down inside? A simple peek at his face hints at the answers.