Ron Paul for President

I have official endorsed Congressman Ron Paul for President in 2012.  My endorsement, which follows, has been released as part of a press release by the Ron Paul Presidential Campaign Committee:

“Congressman Ron Paul is the only candidate for President whose record matches his rhetoric.  As the only GOP candidate for President on the ballot in all 50 states he has always been pro-life both in his words and his actions as Congressman.  He is also the only candidate that follows the enumerated powers of our Divinely-inspired Constitution.  Hyrum Smith once said, ‘To vote for a wicked man, it would be sin.’  A wicked man would ignore what God has inspired.”

You can read the original press release, which includes my quote at: http://www.ronpaul2012.com/2012/01/18/ron-paul-nevada-team-names-new-%E2%80%98lds-for-ron-paul%E2%80%99-nationwide-coalition-members/

The Nevada GOP

A followup to my post on July 18 about the canceled Nevada GOP convention

An August 28, 2008 article in the Washington Times (and elsewhere):

A key Republican committee says it is troubled by the “ineptness” of the Nevada GOP and called the state party’s attempt to choose delegates for next week’s national convention “flawed, inadequate and unacceptable.”

A ruling from the Republican National Committee panel said the state party violated rules when it appointed, rather than elected, its group of 34 delegates and 31 alternates, according to a report obtained by The Associated Press on Thursday.

http://washtimes.com/news/2008/aug/28/rnc-panel-calls-nevada-gop-inept-1/

I think everyone who wasn’t drinking the NV GOP Kool-Aid could have told you this.

GOP Convention Roll Call Vote

I watched the Republican National Convention Roll Call Vote tonight on Dish Network’s RNC08 channel.

A couple of notes: 28 States/Territories passed on the first round of voting.

The final count: Mitt Romney: 2 (2nd Round: 2 from Utah)
Ron Paul: 15 | announced 5 (First round: 5 from Alaska [updated, originally, I had put “a state (I didn’t write down with one)”] / 2nd round: 4 from Oregon, 4 from Washington, and 2 from West Virginia
John McCain: 2343| announced 2372

Other interesting notes

In the 2nd round of voting, Tennessee had all votes for “George S. McCain”.

In the 2nd round of voting, West Virginia had 28 votes for McCain and 2 votes for Ron Paul, yet when the floor counters announced the vote of the West Virginia delegates, they announced 30 votes for John McCain.

Is the Clark County Republican Party really that desperate?

As many of my readers will know, I was a delegate to the Clark County GOP Convention.  Since that time, with my unhappiness with the state of the Republican Party (and especially the disaster known as McCain 2008), I’ve started supporting Constitution Party presidential candidate Chuck Baldwin.  However, I am still (at least for the time being) a registered Republican.  I still receive e-mails from the Clark County Republican Party.  I would guess I get about 1 e-mail a day, on average.  Recently, that has gone up, especially with presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain coming into town next week.  They keep sending out e-mails asking for volunteers.  It appears that they are getting desperate for volunteers.  Today, out of the blue, they called me and asked if I would volunteer.  I told them that I wasn’t interested in John McCain and wasn’t planning on voting for him.  Before I could say anything else, they said okay and hung up.  I wanted to tell them that if I was faced with a  socialist or an almost socialist, why not make the hidden 3rd choice of someone else.  I wanted to tell them that I love the inspired Constitution and I will not be volunteering for someone who is going to trample it under their feet.  I wanted to tell them that I believe the Declaration of Independence when it said that “We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are… are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life” even if John McCain doesn’t.  And the Democrats are just as bad or worse, on everything important to me.

Quote of the Moment

“If the Democratic Party wasn’t so liberal and out of touch with average Americans, the GOP would already be reduced to cinders.  The only thing that keeps the GOP afloat is the absurd liberalism of Democrats in Washington, D.C.  The question is, how long will the American people put up with the bumbling, stumbling, GOP?  I personally believe the GOP will continue to self-destruct.”

Chuck Baldwin
6 October 2006
2008 Constitution Party Presidential Candidate

Quote of the Moment

“If the Democratic Party wasn’t so liberal and out of touch with average Americans, the GOP would already be reduced to cinders.  The only thing that keeps the GOP afloat is the absurd liberalism of Democrats in Washington, D.C.  The question is, how long will the American people put up with the bumbling, stumbling, GOP?  I personally believe the GOP will continue to self-destruct.”

Chuck Baldwin
6 October 2006
2008 Constitution Party Presidential Candidate

Nevada GOP Convention canceled

The Nevada State Republican convention (held on April 26, 2008) was put into recess without a vote from the delegates.  This happened for one of two reasons, depending on who you ask.  Many of the delegates (most of whom were supports of Ron Paul) vote for and gained a rule change on electing delegates to the national convention.  As my regular readers may remember, I went to the Clark County Republican convention back in March.  One of the phrases I used to describe the county convention is that there were a lot of “people splitting hairs” over various issue and lots of arguing.  I’m sure at the State Convention had a lot of the same thing going on.  However, one item that the Ron Paul supporters were able to get past I fully agree with.  At the start of the State Convention, only people who were “preapproved” by the State party’s executive board could run to be a delegate to the national party.  These Ron Paul supporters (with others) were able to get this rule changed to say that any delegate to the state convention could run to be a delegate to the national party.  I believe that anyone interested should be able to do that.  Shortly after this rule changed finally happened, the state party leaders put the convention in recess as the convention was an hour over the time the room was rented for.

Some of the delegates decided to gather together and, following Robert’s Rules of Order, voted to resume the convention.  The State Party was invited to attend, but declined, saying that they were planning on resuming the convention themselves.  To quote from these delegates’ website (emphasis added): “It’s well over a month since the Nevada state Republican convention was recessed and it is becoming apparent that the Nevada GOP has not made any plans to reconvene“.  Today, the State Party canceled the upcoming resume convention, and I believe that the party never had any plans on resuming the convention after they lost the ability to decide/control who could go to the National Convention.

There was some debate a month or so ago on what would happen when the “Ron Paul Convention” elected delegates (which they did) and when the resumed “State Party Convention” elected delegates, who would the National Convention seat?  According to a news report on KXNT “the party’s executive board will likely appoint delegates to September’s Republican National Convention”.  However, does the State Party not resuming the convention and chosen their own delegates change anything?  I hope that the “Ron Paul Convention” delegates sue if the State Party’s delegates (chosen in secret, backroom meetings) are seated and not there’s.  Insults like this to the good people of Nevada who chose delegates at the February caucus can not be allowed.  This is another nail in the GOP coffin that is known as McCain 2008 and almost enough to cause me to change my voter registration from GOP to Independent American/Constution Party.

More on the Clark County Republican Convention

So, its been a few day now since the Clark County Republican Convention. Of course, I’ve thought a lot about it. For about half of the Convention, I was sitting next to my friend Denise. I have since released that the last time I was next to Denise at a political function was back in High School. We both attended the Advanced Technologies Academy, in Southern Nevada.  In 1996, then US Vice President Al Gore visited.  People held up “Gore 2000” signs and what not.  And, to be honest, I do not remember much difference between what Gore was talking about and what the people holding up signs on Saturday for John McCain were talking about.  Their policies, their believes, their voting records.  It’s hard to find much that different between those two, just one has a “D” after their name and one has a “R”.  And that’s not what I care about.

Romney pulls in the lead

Mitt Romney today won the Wyoming GOP Caucus.  He received 8 delegates for the National Convention.  Add those to the 12 estimated delegates he received for his 2nd place win in Iowa, Romney is now the leader in the GOP race. 

Romney – 20 delegates
Huckabee – 17 delegates
Thompson – 5 delegates
McCain – 3 delegates
Paul – 2 delegates
Giuliani – 1 delegate
Hunter – 1 delegate

Please note, however, that they are still counting in Wyoming, so it is possible that these numbers may change a little bit.  But, as of 3:50 PM PST, Mitt Romney is in the lead.