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.
In Iowa, it is no exaggeration to say that Ron Paul’s people have taken over the GOP. After a stunning coup on April 21st, the new Iowa GOP state central committee now has six members who have publicly expressed support for Ron Paul’s candidacy– and that includes the new state chair of the Iowa Republican Party, A. J. Spiker, the former vice chairman for Ron Paul’s Iowa campaign! Think about that. This is major news. It signals a sea change in the Republican Party. We are now living in a world where the head of the Republican Party of Iowa is a Ron Paul supporter.
And it’s not just Iowa, though Iowa is especially significant because of its prominent role in the national primary process. Ron Paul’s supporters are taking over the Republican Party everywhere. This weekend during the April 28th district conventions, Ron Paul supporters also took over the GOP in Louisiana, with not a bare majority, but a whopping 74% of the delegates to Louisiana’s state convention in June. You can bet they’ll show up and you can bet they’ll elect their own to positions of leadership in the state GOP.
It’s the same story in Alaska, where the Ron Paul movement took over the Republican Party’s state convention on Saturday, and elected two Ron Paul supporters to the positions of state chair and co-chair, Russ Millete and Debbie Holland-Brown, respectively. Even in Mitt Romney’s own home state of Massachusetts, Ron Paul’s movement swept the state’s district conventions Saturday, and stacked the slate of delegates bound to vote for Romney on the first ballot in Tampa with activists who will vote for Ron Paul on the second ballot if there’s a brokered convention.
Looking back further to mid-April, Paul’s supporters also dominated conventions in Minnesota and made a strong showing in Colorado. Looking ahead, Paul’s supporters are poised to continue repeating their successful takeover strategy at the Nevada State GOP’s convention this weekend, and careful observers should look out for more possible surprises in the upcoming Texas and California processes, especially with the likelihood of Newt Gingrich’s withdrawal from the race, leaving Ron Paul as the only alternative to an electorate that is hardly enamored with Mitt Romney.
Again, the bigger story here is not Ron Paul’s chances at winning his party’s nomination, but his supporters’ marked success at winning control over the party apparatus itself.
Another important angle here is that what we’re seeing happen in states all over the country completely disproves the pervasive narrative that Ron Paul’s supporters are computer-bound, “armchair activists” that can win online polls but just never show up to vote in person. In fact, we can infer from their apparent tenacity that Ron Paul supporters are actually more energetic than typical Republicans, more likely to show up and vote, and more likely to get more deeply involved in the political process by becoming delegates and attending party conventions at every geographic level.
It now looks more like Paul has suffered in state-wide primaries and straw poll votes not because his supporters lack the energy and follow-through to vote, but because they are merely still outnumbered by voters more inclined to choose one of Paul’s opponents. But while Paul’s camp is outnumbered by people more likely to vote for a Romney or a Santorum on election day, the number of such voters with the energy to get as deeply involved as possible in the party process now appears lower than the number of Ron Paul supporters willing to do the same in states everywhere.
Whether media commentators consider this change a good or bad thing for the Republican Party and for the future of American politics, they have an obligation to report it to their audiences and acknowledge just how significant this change is. We are witnessing no less than a political revolution in the country and a major shift in the GOP’s internal composition. For two election cycles now, Paul’s supporters were an outside minority that had to make their case to the party establishment. It looks like in 2014 and 2016, Republican candidates will have to make their case to Ron Paul supporters in many places.
Start looking for more of Ron Paul’s platform of limited government, individual liberty, and constitutional rule-of-law in the rhetoric and on the agendas of candidates, policy-makers, and party leaders at every level of American government in the years to come.
The Grand Old Party is becoming a Grand New Party.
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As close to perfection as I could get. But it remains true. Permission to post on FB?
Don't forget there is a massive conspiracy by the Liberty movement to take over the government and leave you alone.
Dan Warner Wrote:
"We vote. We dontate. We buy or make our own campaign materials. We walk our neighborhoods and talk to our neighbors. We stand in the rain in huge crowds at campaign events. We cover the polling places handing out materials and talking to voters.
We will not be stopped. Once an idea takes hold no army can stop it, no media can block it, no party can ignore it. We are here to stay.
Do not fear us. embrace us. We love you all. We love America. We want ALL Americans to have a chance at the American dream. We don’t want to send your kids to war without a declaration, where the people understand the issues and fully support it and are willing to sacrafice to end the war quickly and with massive force. We want the government to stay out of your bedroom and out of your wallet. We demand that the government and those who represent us abide by the constitution, the law of the land.
These are American and conservative values. Join us!"
The idea that reporters have an obligation to report it is a bit naive. Reporters have an obligation to please their editors, most often through creative writing of fiction put forth as though fact. Anyone involved in reporting should already be well aware of this. Editors in turn have an obligation to their financiers, in order to keep their operation funded and growing. That informing the public in some unbiased way is the primary concern is a myth that's propagated strictly for marketing purposes.
He is the only one that believes the same as I do on all things!! Bring on the Revolution now! Let everyone get on TV with their support for Ron Paul.!! Today Plant you signs in you front yards !!
Their is so many people that would vote for Ron Paul, But they need to here from him more on Tv, and in the news ! That he really wants to be President. Know body I know wants Romney or Obama. Come a live with the Revolution, now is the time! We can win!!
I am a delegate and we are going win Nevada for Ron Paul...It is the only way we can beat the rigged system that has made this nation a bankrupt police state...Please , get involved and become a delegate...this is the only way we can restore our republic...
End the Fed and vote Ron Paul...
OK, GNP (Grand New Party). I suppose that underscores the party's benefit to the economy. A lot less government spending means a lot more economic growth and a higher Gross National Product (GNP).
"Ron Paul has built a political machine."
The funny thing is this - Ron Paul certainly inspired and motivated its construction, but the machine pretty much self assembled from the ground up around Dr. Paul.
I can vouch for this article on a county level.. we came, we conquered.. sent the previous exec. committee packing.
Ron Paul is the only candidate that makes perfect sense to vote for, unless of course
you get your news from the tv or radio, then your just a sheep and might not even know Ron Paul is kicking Mitt Romney's ass in this presidential race. Wake Up America!
There will NEVER ...... be ..... a Romney administration!
Romney can NOT ever be our president .... he can NOT win!
In a three way race Mitt would run THIRD .... wake UP ... old guard.
Only the most "yellow dog" old guard, dedicated republicans will back Mitt .
Reliable polls show that 22% of AMERICAN voters will NEVER vote for a Mormon.
Probably a unfair prejudice BUT life is not always fair.
ONLY Dr Paul can attract voters outside the GOP and win the General election.
A new and better ( much better ) way to elect a president ....
Check out www.americanselect.org ..... THIS CAN WORK .... if Tampa doesn't!
Great article. Nice to know that there's people out there who understand the importance of what the Ron Paul Revolution is accomplishing.
DR.RON PAUL 2012
Mr. Wead Could this be true? RNC rule 38?
RNC rules’ provision on the unit rule make it clear that delegates aren’t bound to vote according to how most delegates from their state are voting. In fact, delegates can vote according to their own judgment and conscience, and that this is most likely to take place in a state where a state party’s winner-take-all rule has allowed a candidate to win all delegates primarily due to a split in the majority vote, or due to votes cast by non-Republican voters participating in the contest.
To explain our case, we look to the language of Rule 38, which was adopted in its current form in 1964. The rule states: “no delegate shall be bound by any attempt of any state or Congressional district to impose the unit rule.” The unit rule does not prohibit a state from using a winner-take-all primary in the same way that Rule 15(b) prohibits most states from using a winner-take-all primary when holding a contest earlier than April 1st. However, the unit rule does prohibit binding delegates to vote according to how a majority of delegates from their state vote – again, a scenario most likely to occur in a state using the winner-take-all rule.
As set out in the Rules of the Republican Party, delegates have the ability to vote according to the delegates’ preference, even if that is contrary to the outcome of each state’s primary. According to one source, the legal counsel for the Republican National Convention in 2008 stated: “[The] RNC does not recognize a state’s binding of national delegates, but considers each delegate a free agent who can vote for whoever they choose.” Thus, if a delegate were to challenge his or her ability to vote as a free agent, he or she would have grounds under Rule 38.
After Ron leaves politics we'll still be here, but ... I wonder what they'll call us.
"It does not take a majority to prevail... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men." -Samuel Adams
Aren't any of you concerned with how undemocratic this plan is? Shouldn't the candidate with the most votes win?
This R3volution cannot be hidden anylonger
This is the e age
the msm cant stop social networking until the net plug is pulled
and THAT will ignite what even TPTB dont want to do, just yet.
We are "RE-Branding Liberty" inside the 2 Party Duopoly. Now its time for Jeffersonian Democrats to start taking up positions inside the DNC. For more on re-branding Liberty inside the 2 party duopoly, read this: http://www.dailypaul.com/217383/go-libertarian-or-go-freedom-democrat#comment-2420399
Unless people get their facts from the Internet, they have NO CLUE what's actually going on. CNN, FOX, NBS, CBS, ABC = MSM They are pure propaganda being pushed by ALL special interest groups. Bailed-out companies, and billionaires are controlling every aspect of this GOP campaign season. When GoldmannSachs is the largest contributer to both Romney AND Obama............. what can we take from that fact?
Beautiful article. It's true, and has never been needed more in this country than it is right now! No matter what your political views are, you can't deny the government is out of control. We the people are under attack by our own elected officials, and those of us empowered by the message of Freedom have to stand up and take back the power that was never meant to belong to government.
Ron Paul is a huge threat to the two parties that have merged into one, and all he wants to do is legalize the constitution! The fact that Rep. and Dem. party both consistantly go against the COTUS should be enough for everone to vote for Ron Paul. The COTUS is the only thing that has given us, and protected our freedom for all this time.
Go RON GO!
We vote. We dontate. We buy or make our own campaign materials. We walk our neighborhoods and talk to our neighbors. We stand in the rain in huge crowds at campaign events. We cover the polling places handing out materials and talking to voters.
We will not be stopped. Once an idea takes hold no army can stop it, no media can block it, no party can ignore it. We are here to stay.
Do not fear us. embrace us. We love you all. We love America. We want ALL Americans to have a chance at the American dream. We don't want to send your kids to war without a declaration, where the people understand the issues and fully support it and are willing to sacrafice to end the war quickly and with massive force. We want the government to stay out of your bedroom and out of your wallet. We demand that the government and those who represent us abide by the constitution, the law of the land.
These are American and conservative values. Join us!
MUST REGISTER "REPUBLICAN" TO VOTE FOR RON PAUL PRIMARIES & BE RON PAUL DELEGATES!!!
AMERICANS ELECT IS SCAM TO DISQUALIFY RON PAUL VOTERS.& ESPECIALLY HIS DELEGATES!
His chance is far better than slim at gaining the nomination now.
California's Republican Party is impotent and almost completely irrelevant organization. It is ripe for a Paul takeover. Who's with me?
How else do you expect Dr Paul to get voted in? He doesn't get fair visibility on national television. Electronic voting can never be fully trusted. All that remains are the well educated few that see beyond the headlines and are willing to commit their collective passion to change this country for the better.
Americans select is a scam, its run by the Rothschild's, it is set up to make Ron Paul delegates ineligible to vote in Tampa!!!
It will work, its about Delegates, If the trend continues we can very well have majority of the delegation in Tampa including (undercover Delegates in the other camps), We can then elect a new RNC president, VP, committee, change the rules of the convention, set the national RNC charter. With RNC rule 38, Delegates do not have to be "bound", meaning they can vote their conscience, meaning no need for a brokered convention.
Some day soon the forces of reaction that operate to divide us all by party, ideology, class, (etc.) will wither away and they'll just call us all Americans.
As a writer here at the Independent Voter Network, I agree totally that the two parties in America wield an unhealthy amount of power in our electoral processes, disenfranchise voters, perpetuate an undemocratic system, and then use their influence to expand their own power structures rather than to reform policies for the general welfare of our country and communities.
But that isn't Ron Paul's fault, and this is actually a great example of participatory democracy at work. A fired-up grassroots is working hard to get a different candidate nominated than the clear favorite of the Republican Party establishment. The party wrote its own rules, not Ron Paul. Can't fault his campaign for reading those rules and trying to win. Nothing is stopping Mitt Romney's supporters from doing the same thing.
This, ladies and gentlemen, is "a Republic, if you can keep it", according to Ben Franklin. He also said "Democracy is two wolves and a sheep voting on what's for dinner". This is why we are a Republic, please pay attention.
First of all, we do not live in a Democracy..., so in that sense it is undemocratic. As much as you may hear politicians, MSM talking heads and your and my own mom and dad tell us. We live in a Republic. There is a seminal difference. I won't bore you with details if you want to know, it's easy to find the difference. The election system that has been set up is for representative purposes.
Re: most votes: It is clear to me that the voting machines and those that count the votes, certainly this time around are crooked. Please see, (http://www.dailypaul.com/220841/proof-of-election-fraud-algorithm-discovered). We can only go by the rules that are set up. And we do. Even then phrases such as "take over", and "ganging up" etc. are used to suggest in the minds of the people that illegal activity was taking place. Even to the point of calling police and SWAT with helicopters. Big show no charges that stick or stand up in court. If there was any breaking of rules or laws they would certainly bring that out. But to this point...mum on that. The main issue at hand is that people have a hard enough time getting to the polls to vote much less stay or return at a later date to be a delegate (which by the way is the only thing that really counts). So by design the system is set up to reward the most passionate believers in the Republic. Even if they are a minority. If you want to keep this Republic you have to fight for it! Anything worth keeping is worth fighting for. Apparently some candidates do not inspire their supporters to fight for their platform. Obviously Dr. Paul's platform is one that does.
If the voting process was fair I would maybe agree, as it stands now it is the only fair chance freedom and liberty has at returning.
The corrupt control the media, they control the party leadership, and they control the vote count. You have to look at the whole picture stop focusing on a single aspect.
The solution is to turn off the TV and support independent media. Thank you so much for visiting IVN.us and reading my article.
Ron Paul still has a chance, and these victories over the past month definitely strengthen that possibility, but I think the article there at DP is taking it a little far to say that Romney's chances of winning the bare majority of delegates he needs is "slim to none." The possibility of a Ron Paul upset is real enough and certainly interesting enough to merit more attention than it's receiving, but he's definitely still the underdog in this race.
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We've got to keep fighting! The straw polls are fixed, plain and simple. We need to control the delegates. It's the only way this time around.
I've heard the same about American select.. if you are a republican delegate.. get out of it. It's a conflict .. as you are considered a delegate for this organization if you have selected a candidate with american select.. research it..... GET OUT!
W.E. - I would encourage you to watch this short video. A Democracy is not what our founding fathers intended...we are a Republic. Great Article, Thanks
Note to Neo-Cons including the Trailer-trash Twins and current Fed bagman - and "Peace Laureate" : Afghan mercifully swallows juntas. And so with the largess and egesta.
Because while secularizing and genocide masquerade as patriotism; Crony Capitalism that socializes debt - is neither entrepreneurship nor growth.
They have a problem. That 800-lb gorilla and elephant in the room isn't Anne and Michelle's "back door man", he's the next President.
A world statesman and America's only statesman in a century of Progressive wh0res and psychopaths; his positions are simple truth. Only the healthcare tragedy is complicated - I think myriad subsidies should be unified under a single healthcare plan during the 5-yr interim it would take to return to a free market. However this is better than Neo-Cons and Neo-Liberals not understanding their own speechwriters' talking points plagiarized from Ron. Think "pro-Life" debaucherer, Bush the Younger - with earpiece - aborting fratboy love-child(ren) and blocking 5,6 state, anti-abortion measures : while murdering the sons of the politically non-connected, and followers of the world’s three, great religions (all Semitic in origin) -- some for their oil, all for their industry;
Shrub and Bolton playing musical chairs with National Guards, doctor-son Cheney on 5 yrs bed rest - Sambo deferred for "close and personal" punjis and point.
Obviously they only give lip-service to Statesman Paul's traditional Republican and true Conservative agenda of liberty and prosperity through Free-Market Capitalism [ANTI-protectionism]; because they'll never be more than Chickenhawk demagogues.