Monthly Archives: August 2012
29-08-2012 19:40 Ron Paul RNC Tribute Video 2012
August 31, 2012 Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, talks with a Texas delegate on the floor at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012.AP/Jae C. Hong
Now that Mitt Romney officially secured the Republican Partys nomination for the presidency, Ron Paul supporters are finding new ways to make an impact in Novembers election.
The campus group Students for Ron Paul dissolved at the end of the spring semester, former Vice President Joe Paul, Class of 2012, said. It is now in the process of forming a new, libertarian-minded group, Young Americans for Liberty.
Jonathan Brandonisio (junior-psychology) said hes leading the creation of Young Americans for Liberty. The group is still in the process of getting recognition from Penn State but should be official by next week, he said.
He said he hopes to get people excited for Libertarian-style government.
Our main goal is to bring Libertarian ideas to people and let them embrace it for themselves, Brandonisio said. Were not trying to force anything on anybody. We just want people to know theres other options.
He said he expects about 10 members from Students for Ron Paul will be active in Young Americans for Liberty. They’re recruiting new members and want to educate anyone who wants to talk to them, regardless of political beliefs, Brandonisio said.
The group will talk about what candidates, if any, they will campaign for leading up to November.
Centre County Republican National Convention delegates Tom Brown and Tom Martin said they voted for Paul to be the party nominee. But when they come back from Tampa, Fla., theyll be volunteering for the Romney campaign.
Even though Paul didnt win the nomination, Martin said hes happy that Republicans put auditing the Federal Reserve Board one of Pauls main goals in their platform.
Ron Paul supporters shift focus leading up to election
If there was any doubt that Ron Paul was not going to win the Republican nomination for the presidency, it was undeniably removed when on Tuesday Mitt Romney received the 1,144 delegates needed to clinch it.
Does that mean Ron Paul failed? No. It is an open secret that the campaign was really about education all along. And in that regard, Ron Paul’s campaign was wildly successful. Chances are, any young libertarian you meet today will tell you that their chief influence in becoming a libertarian was Ron Paul. Ron Paul has swelled the ranks of the liberty movement to a greater extent than perhaps any other individual in history. If that’s not success, I don’t know what is.
Where should the energy of the Ron Paul rEVOLution be directed next? What cause is the most appropriate successor to the Ron Paul campaign? Another national political campaign? No, because, again, the Ron Paul campaign was never chiefly about winning office in the first place. Moreover, real, lasting progress toward liberty cannot be achieved through the offices of a gargantuan state. The most appropriate successor to a campaign of ideas is another campaign of ideas.
And which nonprofit, educational organization is most in harmony with Ron Paul’s message? You’re looking at it. Ron Paul is an ardent adherent of the Austrian School of economics, a champion of private-property rights, and a fierce critic of the Federal Reserve, fractional-reserve banking, and militarism. And the Ludwig von Mises Institute has been at the forefront and on the same side as Paul with all these issues for 30 years. That is why Ron Paul will be speaking at our Supporter’s Summit this October.
Ron Paul’s legacy is not in his legislative record but in the number of minds he changed. The way to perpetuate his legacy, then, is to continue and ramp up the “Paulian” educational campaign. And the most Paulian nonprofit educational organization in the world is the Ludwig von Mises Institute.
We have a lot of exciting things planned (overhauling the website, new ambitious programs, and more), but we need your support to see them through. Please help us finish what Ron Paul started. Help us bring to fruition an ideological revolution for liberty, property, and peace.
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The Real Ron Paul Revolution
WATERLOO, Iowa — Ron Paul’s movement swept through Iowa, putting together a concerted effort to lock up delegates at county, district and the state Republican conventions.
When it came time to vote for the Republican nominee for president, 22 of the 28 Iowa delegates cast their votes for Ron Paul.
The question is where Paul’s supporters go now, as Mitt Romney became the party’s official candidate this week in Tampa.
“I think there are different factions of the Ron Paul movement. I can’t speak for everybody. Some people will support Mitt Romney. Some will support Gary Johnson (a Libertarian candidate),” said Justin Jensen, a Cedar Falls Paul supporter who attended the state convention. “I’ve heard some people when the election comes are just going to write Ron Paul in. There’s some people that might just be completely disenfranchised and not vote at all. There might be some people that just decide to vote for Obama.”
Paul’s supporters seek a smaller government and debt reduction, two aspects that make them at home in the Republican Party. But Paul opposes large portions of American foreign policy and has views on monetary policy that aren’t always embraced by the Republican base.
Jensen, who supported Obama in 2008, hasn’t decided who will get his vote in 2012.
“I’m still gauging everything because it’s hard to go from supporting someone that has so many principles to going to either one of the candidates who flip flopped on lots of different issues,” Jensen said.
Jensen was disappointed with how the Republican National Convention went this week when delegates from Maine walked out when they were informed their votes would go to Romney. Paul himself told the New York Times he refused an invitation to speak at the convention because he would have to endorse Romney, something he wasn’t ready to do. The Texas congressman addressed a weekend rally in Tampa, at which supporters chanted “President Paul.”
Sarah Stokes of Waterloo was an alternate delegate and a Ron Paul supporter. As an alternate delegate, she didn’t vote at the convention.
She found her first national convention an exciting and exhilarating experience, but also found some frustration with the national party. She was willing to give Romney her consideration.
Local Paul backers' Romney support uncertain
COMMENTARY | How would you feel if you were a democratically elected delegate to a convention and was not allowed to cast your vote for the candidate for whom your constituents had chosen you to cast your vote? How about a scenario where you could cast the vote but it would not be counted? Doesn’t sound too democratic, does it? But that is exactly what happened during the nomination and roll call of states in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday during the Republican National Convention when Ron Paul delegates attempted to support their candidate.
In an odd move earlier in the week, Republican officials decided to replace half of Maine’s Paul delegation with Mitt Romney delegates. Met with protest, the Maine Paul contingent was still voicing their dissatisfaction on Tuesday evening when the roll call of states began. As Time magazine reported , the Maine delegation attempted to protest once more but their cries went unheeded.
So they walked out. All nine of them.
But that wasn’t the end of it. When Paul himself took to the floor of the convention, supporters chanted “Let him speak!,” a rebuke of Republican officials and the Romney camp for their demands for allowing Paul a place at the RNC podium. Earlier in the week Paul declined to give a speech , telling the New York Times that to meet the demands would have went against all he’s stood for over the years. In order to speak, Paul was to meet two demands: Allow his speech to be vetted by Romney’s people and he had to fully endorse Romney.
“I don’t fully endorse him [Romney] for president,” he told the Times.
And when Virginia Ron Paul delegate Braedon Wilkerson held up a “Ron Paul 2012″ placard on the convention floor to support the Maine delegation, security was called.
So much for a united Republican Party.
But what does it say about a political party that disallows dissent within its ranks? Although a full united front is optimal, unanimity is a rare occurrence in politics. So what if Ron Paul delegates wanted to vote for the delegate they were at the RNC to represent? They were chosen to do so and were within their party rights to do so.
Except they weren’t allowed to do so.
In fact, even when states announced delegate counts that included Ron Paul delegates that stayed loyal to the 76-year-old retiring Texas congressman, those votes went uncounted. Only the Romney votes were recorded.
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Ron Paul Delegates See No Democracy in Action
Ron Paul-supporting Republican delegates staged a protest march and walked out of the convention hall — and Romney supporters wished them good riddance.
TAMPA — The chant went up near the tail end of John McCain’s speech to the Republican convention, its rhythm but not its words audible from within the convention hall. Out on the arena concourse, a large group of delegates was making a circuit of the perimeter. What they were saying was, “As Maine goes, so goes the nation!” Several wore T-shirts with Ron Paul’s name on the front and, on the back, the words “WE ARE THE FUTURE” superimposed on a picture of the Constitution.
“There is no legitimate nominee!” cried Zach Smart, an Arkansas delegate with a swatch of his dark hair dyed bright red. Smart, an engineer, wouldn’t give me his age because he didn’t want to be judged for his youth. “This process has been compromised! We stand with Maine!” And with that, Smart and his fellow Paul supporters — there appeared to be at least a hundred of them — marched out of the Republican convention. (The slogan, a historical reference, alludes to Maine’s onetime status as a presidential bellwether, something that hasn’t been the case since 1932.)
If you haven’t been following the Ron Paul convention subplot, a quick recap: Many Paul supporters got themselves elected national convention delegates by diligently following the arcane party rules in their states. On Sunday before the convention began, some 10,000 of them attended a rally in Tampa at which Paul, the 77-year-old libertarian congressman and failed presidential candidate, spoke for more than an hour and declined to endorse Romney. During Tuesday’s convention session, the Paul delegates tried and failed to head off a rule change disenfranchising them, and their votes were ignored in the roll call. But nothing grated more than the treatment of Maine, where an all-Paul delegation was selected in the state’s caucuses, only to be stripped of their delegate slots by the RNC and replaced with Romney delegates.
Nonetheless, Paul got nearly 200 votes in the roll call that nominated Romney, and Smart, whose delegation listed him against his will as a Romney vote, said he understood why the establishment forces were so desperate to suppress the Paulites. “He was afraid if we got Maine in, we would have had a real vote, Mitt Romney versus Dr. Paul, and we would have nominated Dr. Paul,” he said. Since the betrayal, he said, the Paul supporters had been meeting to decide what to do, and the walkout was the result.
Just before the protest, a video tribute to Ron Paul had aired on the convention floor, followed by a speech from the congressman’s son, Sen. Rand Paul — concessions the party had hoped, in vain, would be enough to placate the Paul supporters. (Rep. Paul said he was offered a speaking spot but turned it down rather than endorse Romney.) Rand Paul, for his part, gave a Romney-boosting speech consisting almost entirely of Republican rhetoric, with virtually no nod to his father’s movement — a seemingly clear signal that he sees his future not as his father’s rebellious heir, but as a mainline GOP politician.
As the Paulites filed out of the convention hall, Romney delegates watched them go, displaying more relief than angst. “Go home!” one man called, while another chuckled, “Looks like we’ll have more elbow room on the floor now!”
Claude Pope, a 52-year-old North Carolinian in a crisp blue seersucker suit, strolled to the edge of the arena patio and took out a pack of Winstons. “I think it’s a childish, immature, sophomoric stunt,” he drawled. “If you’re going to be a member of a party — we have our battles, we have our primaries, and then it’s over and everyone needs to come together and support a nominee.”
Then again, Pope reflected, the Paul supporters don’t seem that interested in being Republican Party members. “I really think they’re libertarians,” he said.
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'As Maine Goes, So Goes the Nation': The Ron Paul Movement's Last Stand
28-08-2012 20:05 Ron Paul delegates erupt after getting barred from Republican convention.