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From The New American
Tuesday, 28 August 2012 21:30
RNC Disenfranchises Paul Delegates; Rigs Rules to Nominate Romney
Written by Joe Wolverton, II
Drowning out shouting Ron Paul supporters is not an easy thing to do. Republican delegates voting for Mitt Romney found this out Tuesday as Paul’s contingent chanted “Point of Order” and “Let Him Speak” as they witnessed the rewriting of the GOP rules, clearing the way for the unchallenged coronation of the now-official Republican nominee for president — Mitt Romney.
The RNC’s rule change effectively disenfranchised Republicans supporting anyone other than the Establishment’s man and left 10 of Maine’s 24 delegates locked out of the process, preventing them from casting votes for Ron Paul.
Railroaded and rejected, the unseated Maine delegates walked out of the Tampa Bay Times Forum, leaving the convention in the hands of the predetermined winner and his proxies.
“It’s a disgusting, disgusting display of a hostile takeover from the top down,” said Maine delegate Ashley Ryan, according to an article in the Los Angeles Times. “It’s an embarrassment,” she’s quoted as saying.
Maine wasn’t alone in expressing its displeasure and disgust at the RNC’s pro-Romney rule manipulation.
Wayne Terhune, chairman of the Nevada delegation, reported that his state joined at least four others in submitting to the secretary of the convention, Kim Reynolds, valid and timely documents nominating Ron Paul.
“We are excited to get Dr. Paul nominated,” Terhune said. “Congressman Paul’s message of limited, Constitutional government, sound foreign policy, and personal liberty needs to be heard on this convention floor.”
Minnesota delegate Gary Heyer confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that his state joined Nevada, Minnesota, Iowa, Oregon, Alaska, and the Virgin Islands in submitting the forms to Reynolds.
Gary Heyer, a delegate from Minnesota, confirmed that his state was among those submitting papers showing a majority of delegates favoring Paul. Their goal, he said, is simply “to get him into nomination, so everybody here has a choice. If they vote for Romney and he’s democratically elected, then he’s democratically elected. We just want a choice.”
Disregarding the nominating rule and the Ron Paul delegates’ adherence thereto, when the roll call was read only the votes for Mitt Romney were announced. The nomination of Ron Paul was ignored in open and hostile violation of the RNC’s rules governing the presidential nomination process. No explanation. No chance for appeal. No recourse.
According to RNC Rule 40(b) in effect until Tuesday’s revisions:
Each candidate for nomination for President of the United States and Vice President of the United States shall demonstrate the support of a plurality of the delegates from each of five (5) or more states, severally, prior to the presentation of the name of that candidate for nomination.
Ron Paul unquestionably qualified for nomination under this rule, but he was denied placement on the ballot — and an opportunity to address the convention on behalf of his nomination — in what amounts to a total takeover of the Republican Party by the RNC and Mitt Romney.
Additional rule changes all but guaranteed that in the future the RNC will not allow itself to be embarrassed by “grassroots” candidates.
Not only did the RNC rob Ron Paul of delegates he won fairly at the Maine state convention, it prevented any who follow in his footsteps from winning any delegates in the first place.
According to the revised Rule 16, every state must amend its nominating process to ensure that their delegations are bound to vote in accordance with the winner of the popular vote as cast at state caucuses or primaries.
Another newly adopted rule — Rule 12 — empowers the RNC to bend the rules to suit their needs at any time without having changes approved at the quadrennial convention. This unprecedented revision places the control of the GOP in the hands of the Establishment candidate without suffering the inconvenience of listening to dissenting voices.
Prior to the roll call that would formally confirm the nomination of Mitt Romney for president, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus announced the results of the voice vote on the accepting of state delegation credentials as Paul supporters chanted “Seat them now! Seat them now!”
A Reason magazine blog reports that “boos rained down on the floor,” but the wheels were in motion and nothing would slow their roll toward Romney’s nomination.
Having successfully rammed the unseating of the Maine delegation down the throats of party members, House Speaker John Boehner than called for a voice vote on the revised RNC rules that will govern the party’s nomination process in 2016.
Despite what many report as an equal volume of “ayes” and “nays,” the parliamentarian announced the acceptance of the rules. Fait accompli.
Dailypaul.com reported that the final delegate vote count was 2,061 for Mitt Romney; 190 for Ron Paul; nine for Rick Santorum; one for Buddy Roehmer; one for Jon Hunstman; one for Michele Bachmann; and 18 abstentions.
At least one delegate from each of the following states voted for Ron Paul: Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. The Virgin Islands cast one vote for Dr. Paul, as well.
Although the events at the Republican convention were reminiscent of the electoral practices of the Soviet Union, circa 1980, where premiers were routinely re-elected by 99.9 percent of voters, Ron Paul told Fox New’s Neil Cavuto that “we knew what to expect.”
At his “We are the Future” rally held at the Sun Dome on Sunday, Paul expressed the same opinion of the party’s predetermined presidential nomination.
“They’ve learned how to bend rules, break rules, and now they want to re-write the rules!” the icon of the liberty movement told the nearly 10,000 devotees gathered to hear him speak.
Finally, regarding the Romney-Ryan nomination, Ron Paul reaffirmed that he has “not endorsed the ticket,” adding “I endorse the principles I’ve been talking about for a long time.”
Sadly, in the wake of the RNC’s disregard and dismantling of party rules and disenfranchising of duly elected delegates, there seems to be little room in the Republican Party for Dr. Paul, his principles, or the millions of Americans who cherish them.
Monday, 27 August 2012 21:00
RNC, Romney Combine to Quiet Ron Paul and his Delegates
Written by Joe Wolverton, II
Ashley Ryan knows an insult when she hears one. The Ron Paul delegate and incoming committeewoman of the Maine Republican Party described the Republican National Committee’s (RNC) radical rewriting of their rulebook as “a huge slap in the face.”
As we have reported, on August 24 the RNC voted to rob Ron Paul of half of Ryan’s fellow Maine delegates won by the iconic Texas congressman at that state’s Republican convention held in May.
Later that same day the RNC Rules Committee voted 63-38 to create a new party rule granting the the ruling cabal — and by extension their candidate, Mitt Romney — unchecked power to change the party’s rules.
At the urging of the Romney campaign’s chief attorney, Ben Ginsberg, the new rule allows the RNC to rewrite the party’s rulebook without the approval of the full Republican National Convention.
The new scheme is an unprecedented power grab that gives the GOP’s presumptive nominee power to control the party and to effectively prevent any dissenting man or message from penetrating the thick veil of control draped by the Establishment over the nominating process.
Ryan reports that she and others opposed this takeover of the GOP. In an interview with Business Insider, she said that “committee members opposed to Romney’s plan drafted two minority reports immediately after the meeting, stating their position against the changes.”
Ryan’s reading of the RNC rules is correct. According to Rule 34 of the Rules for the Republican Party as adopted in 2008:
No resolution or amendment pertaining to the report of the Committee on Resolutions or the Committee on Rules and Order of Business shall be reported out or made a part of any report of such committee or otherwise read or debated before the convention, unless the same shall have been submitted to the chairman, vice chairman, or secretary of such committee or to the secretary of the convention in writing not later than one hour after the time at which such committee votes on its report to the convention and shall have been accompanied by a petition evidencing the affirmative written support of a minimum of twenty-five percent (25%) of the membership of such committee.
“The rules say that you have an hour after the meeting, but within 15 minutes, we couldn’t find [Chairman John Sununu] anywhere,” Ryan, told Business Insider. “Finally, we asked an RNC official if they had seen former New Hampshire Governor John Sununu. He said, ‘John Sununu! Everyone’s looking for him! But he left the building.’”
Calls and emails from The New American to the RNC asking for an explanation of this violation of the rules were not answered by press time.
Ryan, a 21-year-old math major at the University of Southern Maine, realizes that Ron Paul is the reason behind the RNC’s rapid and reprehensible rule change. That doesn’t deter her from supporting him, however. In fact, she says that she is “on an adrenaline rush this high” after delivering an inspiring speech at the “We Are the Future” rally held Sunday at the Sun Dome in Tampa and sponsored by the Ron Paul campaign.
In her speech, Ryan told the 10,000 patriots in attendance that “the credential committee used faulty logic to rule against my state’s duly elected delegates.” She called this behavior “devastating,” and the faithful rocked the Sun Dome with shouts of support.
Speaking to reporters after the event, Ryan said that the Maine delegation is “trying to stay positive,” and that delegates from Texas, Iowa, and elsewhere were rallying to the cause of openness and fairness in the nominating process.
Ron Paul’s representatives at the Republican convention can’t catch a break. Under a headline reading, “Ron Paul Delegates get Nosebleed Seats,” Politico reported that an RNC seating chart obtained by them “shows the delegations from Nevada, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota and Oklahoma all located on the outer fringe of the convention floor.” As The New American has reported, Ron Paul supporters in these states successfully elected liberty-minded delegates to represent them at the national convention.
Contrast that unfavorable treatment with the fact that, as Politico reports, the “delegation for the Northern Mariana Islands … is right in front behind the gang from Michigan, birth state of Republican nominee Mitt Romney. Other groups with pretty good seats include those from the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and American Samoa. None has electoral votes that can impact the outcome of the election.”
Does the RNC believe that such effrontery will somehow convince the Ron Paul delegates to quietly consent to the coronation of Mitt Romney? Perhaps they believe that flexing their manipulative muscle will pressure Dr. Paul to endorse Romney’s run for the White House.
Not likely. In an interview with the New York Times, the libertarian-leaning icon said that although the RNC reached out to him and offered him a slot in the convention schedule, he refused to consent to the two conditions demanded by the organizers: First, that he allow Romney’s people to approve his speech, and second, that he endorse Mitt Romney without reservation.
“It wouldn’t be my speech,” Paul told the Times. “That would undo everything I’ve done in the last 30 years. I don’t fully endorse him for president.”
Paul restated this sentiment during his speech at Sunday’s rally, joking with the crowd that the RNC had called him and told him he could have an hour at the convention to say anything he wanted. “Just kidding, just kidding,” he added.
What makes the Paul faithful so devoted is the fact that they know when it comes to his commitment to the principles of peace, property rights, constitutionalism, and sound economic policy Ron Paul is very serious.
The RNC doesn’t get it and likely they don’t see a need to. As Dr. Paul said Sunday, “They’ve learned how to bend rules, break rules, and now they want to re-write the rules!” The small coterie of Establishment elites that control both major political parties know that so long as they remain in power, the rules will be theirs to bend and the law will be theirs to make. Put simply, the fix is in at the top — but that does not mean they won’t throw bones at those Republicans who do not do their bidding in order to create the appearance of a big tent.
One such bone is the short film in tribute to Dr. Paul scheduled to be played Wednesday night at the convention. Another is the speaking slot given to Dr. Paul’s son Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) slated for later that evening.
Speaking of Senator Paul, Ashley Ryan told the New York Times that “there were a lot of people who were upset” by his decision to endorse Mitt Romney. The Times quotes Ryan saying that “Rand’s going to have a lot of work ahead of him to secure his base if he wants to be the next liberty candidate.”
Politico writes that while Rand may be the voice of the liberty movement going forward, his father will forever be the “conscience.”
It remains to be seen whether the collective conscience of the marginalized and mistreated Ron Paul delegates will keep them from outdoing Hurricane Isaac and raining on the Romney/RNC parade.