Former Florida Governor, Republican Charlie Crist, has made a stinging attack on Romney and the GOP, and a ringing endorsement of Obama.
Read it at Tampa Bay.com
There is no path to a win for Mitt now. Just losing Florida is enough to seal his loss. Neocon apologists are already up in arms about it. They KNOW it is the DEATH KNELL for Romney.
The Preamble to the Rules of the Republican Party state, “Be it resolved, that the Republican Party is the party of the Open door. Ours is the party of liberty, the party of equality, of opportunity for all, and favoritism for none. It is the intent and purpose of these rules to encourage and allow the broadest possible participation of all voters in Republican Party activities at all levels and to assure that the Republican Party is open and accessible to all Americans.”
As the committee was ready to adjourn yesterday, Florence Sebern, delegate from Colorado, bravely moved to strike the Preamble, as, “It’s inconsistent with what we did today.”
Just a day after Brandon Raub was released following his incarceration in a psychiatric ward over political Facebook posts, news has emerged of a similar case involving a veteran who had his guns seized after being labeled a “mental defective’ and faces being committed by a judge.
Radio host Steve Quayle was sent news of an Army combat veteran and Purple Heart recipient in west central Ohio who was the victim of a police raid on the evening of August 22nd during which Miami County Ohio Sheriff’s deputies executed a search warrant to seize the man’s firearms for the “safety of the defendant and the general public,” according to the warrant.
The veteran, who is currently unnamed, had his guns taken because he was adjudged to be mentally incompetent, despite the fact that his previous VA psychiatric evaluations were all clear, he is not on medication, and he had no criminal record. The man appears to be a respected member of the community – he works for a Christian company and his father is a police officer and a pastor.
"Whatever you do, remember the example of Ron Paul. In a world of cowards, stick to your principles. In a sea of lies, tell the truth. Into the darkness, shine a light. Do those things, be that person. That is what Ron Paul wants from you. Be courageous, and studious, and persistent. Remember that the one person on this earth you have full power to improve is yourself. Learn and teach whenever and wherever you can. Be your own army of one, and then you will be carrying on the Ron Paul legacy."
Another Tampa area NBC News Channel 8, Tampa Bay Online article:
Ron Paul rally attracts a disenchanted crowd
The Ron Paul grassroots are celebrating their final hurrah, at least during the actual political career of their inspiration, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), at Tampa’s Florida fairgrounds this weekend. (Paul will be holding his own farewell rally on Sunday.) Day one of the Paul Festival showed a movement less unified, present, and excited than it wants to be. But most of them are still sure that, whether or not the Republican Party will continue to be the horse they ride, they’ll keep up a fight for political liberty that’s turning out to be more complicated and difficult than many expected.
The event was thinly attended on day one; my estimate is no more than 800 were present at any one time. The festival occupied two linked huge hanger-like buildings. One was filled with exhibitor booths of appeal to the Paul world—the Free State Project, Ron Paul candy bars and T-shirts, the Independent Institute, the Libertarian Party, and purveyors of hard money and soft beef jerky.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, however, told ABC’s Steven Portnoy that he isn’t concerned.
“I think it’s pretty great that we’re totally unified, that we’ve got everybody on board, everybody happy,” Priebus said. “I can tell you, all week we’ve been spending a lot of good times with the Ron Paul folks and their campaign, having a good time even in our meetings where we’ve had some disagreements, but for the most part everybody sees eye to eye on the most important issues facing America.”
Tampa, Florida, August 25, 2012 – The RNC Credentials Committee ruled yesterday to overturn the delegate election results of Maine’s Republican Convention. In their decision, 20 elected members of Maine’s delegation were replaced with individuals chosen by the Republican National Committee.
“We are very disappointed in the ruling,” asserted Brent Tweed, the elected Delegation Chair for Maine. “Essentially, they have replaced half of Maine’s duly elected delegates with those of their own choosing. Maine’s delegates should be elected by Mainers. Instead, they are being appointed by nine RNC members from states like California, Mississippi, Washington, Kentucky and Arkansas. For a party that claims to respect the rights of states and individuals, the Republican Party should respect the right of Maine to select its own representatives.”
In response to the ruling, Governor Paul LePage---who had previously promised to boycott the Republican National Convention if the duly elected Maine Delegation was not seated---fulfilled his promise. Within minutes of the decision yesterday, the Governor stated, "I have decided not to attend the 2012 Republican National Convention… I made it clear, when the challenge was issued, that I felt the Maine Delegates selected at the Maine Convention should be seated in Tampa. It is unfortunate that not all of these Delegates will be seated.”
“On behalf of all Maine’s duly elected delegates, I thank Paul LePage for his bold, principled stand in support of the democratic process,” added Chairman Tweed. “He has set an example for all public servants.”
Speaking on the delegation’s next move, Tweed stated, “We can carry our heads high. Despite pressures and intimidation to accept backroom deals, we always said no. We refused to forsake our elected duty without a fight. We were elected to serve as Maine’s representatives in Tampa and we are determined to continue to that end. We are not done fighting.”
As a fervent Ron Paul supporter the first twenty seconds really gets me, as the dad explains the reason and incident that triggered this unfortunate outcome.
I know this has nothing to do with Ron Paul but I have believe many of you will understand it. It has been a very long time since I have uploaded a video but I am back and I really hope everyone enjoys my latest video. After hearing this speech by Alan Watts I just had to make a video for it and this was the result I hope everyone enjoys!
Rachel Maddow: Republicans Move Convention Delegate Vote to Time with No TV Coverage, to Hide Ron PaulSubmitted by telepathic on Sat, 08/25/2012 - 06:36
BuzzFeed - TAMPA — The Republican National Convention Rules Committee voted 63-38 to approve a new rule allowing granting the Republican National Committee — and Mitt Romney — sweeping new powers to amend the governing document of the GOP.
The move came at the encouragement of Mitt Romney supporters on the committee, including Romney's top lawyer Ben Ginsberg, who stressed that it would grant "flexibility" to Romney and the committee to adapt to changing political environments. The rule allows the RNC to amend the party's rules without a vote by the full Republican National Convention. And it offers the Republican Establishment a new tool to keep at by Tea Party initiatives that threaten to embarrass or contradict party leadership and stray from a planned message.
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Washington (CNN) -- With Ron Paul having struck a deal over the seating of his delegates at the Republican convention and the likelihood of a dramatic floor challenge fading, his supporters are now thinking beyond the national political gathering next week in Tampa.
"I think Ron Paul should have fought to the end of the nomination," Danny Panzella, a Paul grassroots organizer said. "I think the campaign should have been run more on principle than typical politics. That is kind of what Ron Paul symbolizes."
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