Note I've been on DP 5 years 8 months (actually longer, but DP had a change up over 5 years ago and posters were "set back") Anyways.. when I joined DP I had been registered NO PARTY since 1993. I really wanted Ron Paul to run third party or Indy. He didn't. I worked my ass off, went broke, went through hell really.. but he didn't go Indy.. so when he said he was going to run for 2012.. It make me sick, but I registered Republican.
Then I'm told.. BE A DELEGATE FOR RON PAUL. How do I do that? Well I have to be on a committee. COMMITTEE??? What committee? My local GOP committee. There's a local GOP committee? Yep. So I was VERY AFRAID, but I went.. and there was 2 people. TWO people. That was it. That is what I was afraid of????
OK,, so I'm going to these committee meetings.. so how do I become a delegate for Ron Paul? I have to be ELECTED to my committee.
So I petitioned as a RON PAUL REPUBLICAN, and I got my signatures (no help from my local committee who really wished I would go away) No one ran against me, and I got my seat.
Once I got my seat, I had to go to the COUNTY CLERKS office and sign papers.
1. Loyalty to the U.S. Constitution. (I was very happy to sign that)
2. Loyalty to the GOP. (what? whatever, because I want to be a delegate for Ron Paul more than anything)
3. Will not commit perjury agreement. (Ok)
Soon, I get a letter from Ron Paul's campaign (first I ever heard from them ever) I am selected as a delegate for Ron Paul.. and it was [posted on the CA Sec of State web page.. so there was no being stealth.. I was a Ron Paul delegate and now, I had to get Ron Paul to WIN the primary.
I became the team leader in 4 counties, Mendo, Humboldt, Del Norte and Trinity.. we all worked very hard, and the promary election.. we did way better than most counties in CA. SF was #1 25%, Santa Cruz was #2 19% I think I wound up #5 with 15% out of 54 counties.. so even though we did well.. Romney won the primary.
I was still clueless about the loyalty oath..
I thought I could BE LIKE RON PAUL. That was my motto.. I thought I could still vote for Ron Paul. I thought, I could do what I want.
No way Jose.
My first clue was Rand Paul endorsing Romney. WTF???? WTF????
I even made a post about how upset I was.. HOW COULD HE???? Well, I was informed then.. Granger, you signed a loyalty oath, Romney won the primary.. so you will have to vote Romney. WHAT?!!! But, Ron Paul doesn't.. why do I?? Because no one cared about Ron Paul.. the GOP ignored him.. they are NOT ignoring you and all your Ron Paulbots. they will OUT you if you don't.
Well how would they know?
Because you SIGN your name on the envelope, and do you really think that the people who broke bones, lied, cheated and stole will not look? Hmmmmmm Why wouldn't they look?
So I made a post on DP.. the notorious one where my popularity went from 200 to -zone in one day.. why I will vote Romney not FOR I did not vote FOR Romney.. I voted FOR my seat.. I threw my vote away.. Ron Paul wasn't going to win.. it didn't matter anymore.. what mattered is that I kept my seat so I could continue to vote for and promote the rEVOLution. And that's what I did.
Meanwhile.. I have been learning a lot from Rand.. Rand is no dummy and he takes a learning curve, just like Ron Paul.. I didn't agree with Ron paul 100% when I began supporting him. Eventually it was hard for me to see where we differed because he taught me so much.. Now it is the same with Rand. I learn, and I appreciate how he is changing the GOP. I have no doubt the GOP is going to become THE LIBERTY PARTY.
This burns not just the Neocons who are leaving the GOP, but the Libertarians who really hoped we would leave the GOP and grow their party, and the same for the Constitution/ American Independent Party (different parties, feild the same cadidates)
So.. I had to sign an oath to become a Ron Paul delegate.. now I'm in, elected to my seat and elected treasurer.. I am empowered to vote at the state conventions.. and I totally intend to do that. It's not cheap. This is a huge investment.. and it will take more campaigning and fundraising of my own. I could use $100K NOW.
You may not agree with signing an oath.. but that is how ALL parties officers get into office and keeping that oath is how you stay. In politics you have to stay in to accomplish anything.
Do you understand now?