What little commentary we’ve seen from the media on Ron Paul’s silent coup presently underway in the Republican Party has focused mostly on its implications for the 2012 Republican Primary and whether Paul can hold back Romney’s delegate count just long enough to ensure a brokered convention, which is the only feasible scenario in which Paul could emerge as the party’s nominee.
But perhaps more important and far-reaching in its implications for the future of national politics in the US, is not Ron Paul’s delegate count, but the fact that his supporters are successfully taking over the Republican Party district by district, county by county, state by state. That the fiercely independent Republican congressman from Texas might still have a tiny chance at winning his party’s nomination, while interesting, is less important than what he will most certainly have succeeded at doing: Ron Paul has built a political machine.
Judging by recent events in state and local GOP conventions across the country, it may not be at all presumptuous for Ron Paul’s supporters to call their burgeoning movement a revolution.
Krugman took to his NYT blog the day after the Bloomberg debate with Ron Paul...and he acts like a jerk and insults Ron Paul and his fans who think RP won the debate:
As you may recall, Monday afternoon on Bloomberg TV’s Street Smart, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman got into a heated debate with Congressman Ron Paul. This morning, after he presumably received a great deal of criticism from Paul fans and/or read the general web buzz that declared Paul the victor, Krugman took to his blog to insult the congressman and his fans:
Read the whole thing at Mediaite
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.
Of course, it remains to be seen how many client news organizations repeat the AP heresy, that Ron Paul cannot be bought-like the others can be bought.
Little breaks like this one little mention by AP is how we chip away, slowly but surely.
Ron Paul’s sweeping victory in Saturday’s Republican Party caucuses in Louisiana was the latest in a series of guerilla caucus-state coups by the outsider campaign that may ultimately give him command of enough state delegations to place his name in nomination at the national convention in Tampa. The struggle to wrest control of the Louisiana delegation could also make the party’s June 2 state convention in Shreveport, at which the delegates to the national convention will be chosen, an interesting affair.
Saturday’s results, in which delegates backing the Texas congressman won all the spots in four of the state’s six new congressional districts, vindicated the campaign’s decision to largely forego the high-profile, low-stakes March 24 primary for the low-profile, higher-stakes caucuses. The Paul victory also confounded a state party that had devised a system for electing delegates to the 2012 convention so complicated it seemed designed to keep power in the hands of party insiders.
Even though I just created this new username, I have been here under a different name for over 4 years. I had to shed that old skin so that I could focus on representing Liberty as a candidate.
I am running for U.S. House of Representatives in Maryland's 3rd District (which I've been told is the 3rd most gerrymandered district in the country) against an incumbent who hasn't been a friend of the Constitution or it's values.
Prior to July of 2007, I considered myself a Liberal because I was against the wars in Iraq and Iran and didn't want to see the country going in the direction it was seemingly going. While watching the debate hosted in South Carolina, I saw this older gentleman I had never even heard of put Rudy Guiliani in his place and a fire was kindled immediately. In December of 2007 I quit my job (a very good one at that) to go campaigning for Dr. Ron Paul in both Iowa and in South Carolina. This is where my re-education began...
My education continued here on the Daily Paul (and continues to this day). I have spent many days and nights writing and replying and bouncing ideas off of you amazing liberty minded people and am now taking this knowledge forth to the streets.
Ron Paul seemed to have got the better of Krugman in their recent televised debate.
Face to face debates are useless! He belittled Ron Paul's arguments as "Gah Gah Goo Goo"
Nevada Delegates! Here's An Excellent Article About Our Convention. The Rest Of You Will Love It, Too!Submitted by ausscyn on Tue, 05/01/2012 - 17:10
I was looking thru Google to see if anything had been written lately about Saturday, & found this. It will REALLY make you feel inspired. WONDERFUL article!
I hope that history is made again in Nevada, but that this time what will make headlines is our Ron Paul slate getting ELECTED, and motioning for Sine Die after having a triumphant convention!
[Policy Mic] 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.
A showdown is ahead at the convention in the western corner of Nevada in the town of Sparks, where on Friday and Saturday, Ron Paul supporters will culminate their takeover of the Nevada GOP at all levels after being so brazenly rebuffed in 2008.
Continue reading at Policy Mic
Actually, Mitt Romney is secretly winning a lot FEWER delegates than you think
It's not just about Romney losing the upcoming contests, its also about him losing the delegates he supposedly already has...
The Mainstream Media and political bigwigs in both parties have declared Mitt Romney the presumptive GOP nominee. This “presumptive” declaration is at best premature when even favorable estimates have Romney hundreds of delegates short of reaching the magic number of 1,144 delegates required to win the Republican nomination.
Romney needs about 300 more delegates from the remaining 14 contests to claim the nomination.
Meanwhile, there is a final charge being mounted by the anti-Romney, pro-Paul alliance to make sure Romney does not reach the 1,144 by contesting the last 14 states or by winning hundreds of delegates in states he's supposedly already won.
By Nile Gardiner | Telegraph
"...New York Times columnist Paul Krugman’s latest piece “Death of a Fairy Tale” is yet another rant against austerity measures in Europe, especially in Britain. Such measures, he argues, would be disastrous for the United States, even though the world’s superpower is now more than $15 trillion in debt, with the highest deficits since World War Two. Krugman has consistently argued for a big government approach towards America’s economic problems – greater stimulus spending, higher taxes, and more bailouts.
The Nobel prize-winning economist’s article is highly misleading in its claim that austerity is the cause of Europe’s economic woes today, an assertion that is not backed up by any evidence..."
Continue at the Telegraph
[InfoWars] Warrantless checkpoints in the city of Liberty, Kentucky that were used by authorities to interrogate drivers who refused to display a sticker in their vehicle have been ruled unconstitutional by the Kentucky Supreme Court.
Residents who refused to buy the $10 dollar sticker were targeted after city officials ordered police to set up roadblocks. Those displaying the sticker were allowed through but refusniks were interrogated and had their vehicles searched, a clear violation of the Fourth Amendment.
By Victor Morton | Washington Times
May 1, 2012
The Obama campaign apparently didn't look backwards into history when selecting its new campaign slogan, "Forward" — a word with a long and rich association with European Marxism.
Many Communist and radical publications and entities throughout the 19th and 20th centuries had the name "Forward!" or its foreign cognates. Wikipedia has an entire section called "Forward (generic name of socialist publications)."
"The name Forward carries a special meaning in socialist political terminology. It has been frequently used as a name for socialist, communist and other left-wing newspapers and publications," the online encyclopedia explains.
The slogan "Forward!" reflected the conviction of European Marxists and radicals that their movements reflected the march of history, which would move forward past capitalism and into socialism and communism.