Many of Ron Paul's supporters are currently abuzz with a letter that was written by Jennifer Sheehan, the RNC's legal council in 2008, which appears to state that no state delegate to the GOP convention is bound by his state to vote for a particular candidate. The excitement derives from the fact that if it were true, an outright Romney victory in the first round of voting at the convention in Tampa would be rather unlikely. But if it is not true - and I am sure the GOP will change rules if necessary to make it untrue - there may be just as much excitement to be had in the possibility of something that is rather more in the control of Paul's supporters.
It's the big "What if?" question that the letter begs but that few have asked.
What if Paul's supporters just ignore the binding rules and vote their consciences? What if, in Tampa, all those Paul supporters who are bound by state rules to vote for Romney put the ball firmly back in the GOP's court, and say, "Your move"?
One's first reaction might be to point out that if that were possible, it would have happened before.
But that would be a mistake. The GOP is now in uncharted territory.
Doug Wead Senior advisor to the Ron Paul 2012 campaign joins Daily Paul Radio with Kurt Wallace for ‘Doug Wead ‘We are not out, We are Up!’ The fight has just begun!’ to discuss today’s email from the Ron Paul campaign and the media spin that Ron Paul has ended his campaign. Doug also explains the reasons for the campaign allocating resources to win this primary election with the delegate strategy and the need for help to fight the corruption state by state.
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.