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Repost – Open Letter to the Republican National Committee, Chairman Reince Priebus, Mitt Romney, and the Romney Campaign

August 23, 2012

[Please note, I did not write this letter.  This is a repost.]

Date: August 21, 2012

To: the RNC, Reince Priebus, Mitt Romney, the Romney Campaign

From: Delegates and Alternates to the 2012 National Republican Presidential Convention, supported by many members of other concerned liberty groups.

Re: The rules, platform, and credentials for delegations at the upcoming Republican Presidential Convention in Tampa, Florida (August 27-31, 2012)

To the leaders of the RNC, in their support of the Mitt Romney campaign:

According to the RNC convention website, “Our republic only holds one national election in which we all share the responsibility of participating. Part of that shared responsibility involves educating ourselves about the positions of the presidential candidates and the parties they represent.”

So what does the Republican Party “represent”? In the GOP party platform, your preamble states the following:

This is a platform of enduring principle, not passing convenience the product of the most open and transparent process in American political history. We offer it to our fellow Americans in the assurance that our Republican ideals are those that unify our country: Courage in the face of foreign foes. An optimistic patriotism, driven by a passion for freedom. Devotion to the inherent dignity and rights of every person. Faith in the virtues of self-reliance, civic commitment, and concern for one another. Distrust of government’s interference in people’s lives. Dedication to a rule of law that both protects and preserves liberty.”

It is clear that the goal of the GOP is to “unite” behind Romney as the Presidential nominee and to work together to defeat the Democrats.

The upcoming convention should be a meeting place where delegates and alternates work together to improve the party platform and to nominate the best person for the job as a candidate for President and Vice President. The delegates and alternates to the convention have earned their positions as elected representatives of the citizens of their state and many have been through at least a year long process to get to the floor of the convention.

Coming together with valuable ideas and principles from the various regions and states would be a difficult task if rules weren’t set in place. It is only logical that rules be defined to allow delegates and groups of delegates to make our voices heard in an orderly manner during the convention.

The question is do the rules apply to everyone involved?

RNC Stifled the voice of the people at the 2008 convention

In 2008, at the convention which nominated McCain-Palin, any competing buttons or signs were confiscated from delegates. So, for instance, no Ron Paul delegate was allowed to wear a Ron Paul button on the floor of the convention, or wave a Ron Paul sign.

This type of behavior by the RNC and the McCain campaign brings to mind a Communist Party gathering behind the Iron Curtain, or an event conducted by a tin-horn dictator in some third world country.

Even worse, microphones were turned off on delegates when they were NOT out of order, and so-called Sergeants-of-Arms, acting more like bouncers, were lining the convention floor to oust anyone who did not go along with the “Coronation” of John McCain.

Destroying the ‘Rule of Law’ is antithetical to the Republican Platform

Grassroots, liberty supporters have been constantly told to be respectful and follow the rules of the party and the rule of law, and they have; however, in sharp contrast, many RNC State organizations repeatedly violated the rule of law and basic fairness in every possible way with the goal in mind to silence all dissent or opposition to a Romney Coronation.

While there are dozens of examples of this blatant corruption at state conventions, there is no case more egregious than that of Maine.

– In Maine, the delegates for Ron Paul had a clear majority at the state convention, and, following the rules, elected a majority of Ron Paul delegates and alternates.

Then, on the last possible day to file a grievance, the Maine Republican Party filed a challenge without substantial evidence to the duly elected delegates and replaced them with unelected cronies.

THIS SITUATION IS SO BLATANTLY DISHONEST that Maine Governor Paul LePage, a Romney supporter, has stated that he will boycott the convention if the duly elected Maine delegates are not seated. As John Jones (Maine delegate and House Candidate) stated, “This isn’t really about the rules. It’s about having a picture-perfect convention down there.” (Ref: http://bangordailynews.com/2012/08/13/politics/dispute-over-maines-ron-paul-delegates-to-republican-convention-to-go-to-full-hearing/)

Chairman Priebus, are you going to let this blatant corruption continue? Or will you enforce the rule of law and seat the duly elected delegates in Maine and other states with similar issues??

– The fraudulent tactics of this election began in January with the Iowa caucus when the state GOP rushed to the microphone to declare Romney the winner – only to have to change the winner to Santorum two weeks later after certain facts and errors were made public by grassroots activists. For the full story go to www.watchthevote2012.com and click here (http://www.watchthevote2012.com/AffidavitTrue.htm) to see the Edward True affidavit which forced the change of the winner for the first time in American history in a major presidential caucus.

– In Louisiana, the Ron Paul delegates had a clear majority at their state convention but the sitting GOP officials used strong arm tactics (violently) to subvert the result, even breaking the hip of the man who had been legitimately elected the chairman to run that convention. Lew Rockwell explains very well why this occurred – http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/117984.html

– In Arizona, the ballots cast at the state convention were taken behind closed doors and it was announced two days later that Romney had “won”.

– In Oregon, the state chairman ignored the votes of the citizens for their alternates and, instead, “appointed” a slate of his Romney cronies during his own personal meeting.

– In Nevada, the GOP state organization “found” boxes and boxes of mystery votes on caucus day and stated that the final results may never be known.

– In Alaska, state committees were disproportionately stacked, agenda items pushed back, and the convention improperly adjourned causing a reconvention. It was also widely publicized via various forms of media, including personal phone calls by the Chairman and his staff, urging delegates not to attend in order to prevent a quorum and then the Chairman advised delegates to “go fishing”.

– In Colorado, a complaint has been filed against the GOP Chairman,
Ryan Call, after he decided to put his name against a 21-year old who is new to the convention and an email election was held. Vote fraud occurred when an ineligible person voted, votes were switched, and ballots weren’t the same, yet the chair refuses to correct it with a re-vote (http://coloradostatesman.com/content/993674-complaint-filed-against-gop-state-chairman).

– In Oklahoma, they closed down the convention before the delegate votes were even taken. (http://www.policymic.com/articles/8263/ron-paul-supporters-at-arizona-gop-convention-get-undeserved-media-attack)

– In Massachusetts, Ron Paul supporters carried the convention and elected many delegates – only to have the state GOP change the rules after the fact and seat their own cronies, completely against the rule of law. (Ref: http://blog.alexanderhiggins.com/2012/08/18/massachusetts-gop-bans-16-ron-paul-delegates-rnc-169951/)

– In North Dakota, Romney received all the delegates even though Santorum and Paul came in ahead of him. The former North Dakota GOP Chairman, Gary Emineth, stated that the convention had been “railroaded.” (Ref: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zD6_7mdcWSA)

Candidate Mitt Romney and his campaign have stood by silently while these injustices have unfolded over many, many months and in several states across the nation. This article documents many of the situations where the rule of law has been broken by the GOP: (http://www.examiner.com/article/gop-committee-on-contests-disenfranchises-paul-supporters-several-states).

These atrocities culminated to a level where a lawsuit with over 400 injured delegate plaintiffs was filed in the U.S. 9th circuit court against the RNC for election fraud violations. While the judge in the case ordered a dismissal of these charges, the fact that they were filed and are now part of the federal court record is serious and pending further action. The RNC can expect future lawsuit responses, if the same behavior continues.

The reason for all the election fraud is clear

According to the rules, it would take a plurality in five states to get a candidate besides Mitt Romney, such as Ron Paul, nominated for President, or to have a speaking slot at the convention.

So every time Ron Paul supporters gained a majority or plurality in the 5th state, the RNC, which you lead, and the state Republican Parties in league with you, changed the rules so that there “never was a fifth state” for Ron Paul or anyone else. Are you going to correct these outrages and enforce the rule of law or not?

What is the purpose of the delegations at the convention?

To be specific, one of the items that many of the delegates and alternates would like to see come before this year’s Republican National Convention – is a platform vote to repeal the indefinite detention provisions of the NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act).

How do we, as elected representatives of the party, get such a resolution introduced before the convention?

As delegates, we should not be treated like “extras” that have come to a theatrical production to be part of a pre-written script.

We should be treated as knowledgeable individuals who have earned our right to be delegates and we should be able to bring ideas to the convention floor on behalf of ourselves and those who elected us.

National conventions used to be clashes of ideas and individuals

In the “old days”, national conventions were actually clashes of candidates and ideas which strengthened the party. They weren’t just a waste of tax payer money only to have a coronation or beauty pageant.

At the 1968 Republican National Convention, there were floor demonstrations with signs and buttons for FOUR candidates: Gov. Ronald Reagan (CA), Gov. Nelson Rockefeller (NY), Gov. George Romney (MI), and Richard Nixon.

The Democratic Convention of 1968 saw a fight between Vice President Hubert Humphrey and Senator Eugene McCarthy.

In 1976, there was a contest at the Republican National Convention between Ronald Reagan and President Gerald Ford. Ford won in a very tight contest but both spoke at the convention.

In 1980, at the Democratic National Convention, Sen. Ted Kennedy challenged President Jimmy Carter, and Carter prevailed, but again they both spoke at the convention.

In recent years, conventions have turned into totalitarian-like displays where the people really don’t have a choice. The strong arm tactics used against Buchanan delegates in the 1996 GOP Presidential Convention were just as disgraceful as those used against Ron Paul delegates in 2008.

So, what’s it going to be in 2012? –  A traditional American style convention with free speech and the orderly rule of law where the rights of delegates are respected?

…Or a repeat of the regimented GOP Convention of 2008, where the rights and duties of delegates were repressed, and which called to mind the type of gathering one would expect to find in some variation of a totalitarian state?

We request that you follow the rule of law that is at the core of this nation and seat the delegates that have been duly elected by the citizens in their states. We also request that you allow motions for hand counts in public of ALL votes made at the convention (including committees and subcommittees) because the fraud MUST stop! The voice of the people MUST be cherished or we have no Republic.

If you do not do the right thing here for the citizens of the United States of America, then how can you expect the supporters of any other candidates to ‘unite’ behind your preferred candidate? In addition, how can you expect Romney supporters to endorse such fraud?

Signed,

We the People, concerned about our Constitutional Republic

(See below for supporting organizations and signatures)

P.S. This letter will be signed by the people in an online petition and will also be released to the press.

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4 Comments
  1. SANDRA GIPSON permalink

    THIS HAS BEEN A ONE SIDED PREDUDICE SHERADE FROM THE BEGINNING. NO FAIRNESS WHAT SO EVER HAVE BEEN SHOWN TO THE CANDIDATES FROM DAY ONE. WE HAVE HAD ROMNEY SHOVED DOWN OUR THROATS JUST LIKE OBAMA AND OBAMACARE AND WE ARE SICK TO DEATH OF OUR FREEDOMS AND LIBERTIES BEING TAKEN AWAY. DO THE RIGHT THING AND BRING THIS CONVENTION AND THE DELEGATES UNDER ORDER AS TO THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY DESERVE.

  2. Eric Ross permalink

    Where do I sign

  3. Perpetually Disgusted permalink

    There’s one place I see that I know needs correction:

    “Then, on the last possible day to file a grievance, the Maine Republican Party filed a challenge without substantial evidence to the duly elected delegates and replaced them with unelected cronies.”

    It was not the Maine Republican Party. It was Jan Staples, Maine State National Committee woman on behalf of Peter Cianchette. Jan lost her re-election at our convention. Our National Committee man, Rick Bennett, our Chairman, Charlie Webster, our Governor, Paul LePage have clearly stated that our duly elected delegates should be seated as have more then half our GOP State Committee. Jan Staples is not the Maine Republican Party. She’s just Jan Staples.

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