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:

"We Agree" – 3rd Parties United

Ron Paul, former Presidential Candidate for the Republican Party, today held a press conference where he invited the three major 3rd Party (Constitution, Green, and Libertarian) and the 1 major independent presidential candidates. On stage with Congressman Paul were Constitution Party’s Chuck Baldwin, Green Party’s Cynthia McKinney, and Independent Ralph Nader. (Former Congressman Bob Barr, the Libertarian did not attend). At this meeting, statement was presented entitled “We Agree”, outlining 4 major points that all 4 of the major minor candidates agree on (Bob Barr, while not attending stated that he agreed with the “We Agree” statement). For those interested, here is that statement:

We Agree

Foreign Policy: The Iraq War must end as quickly as possible with removal of all our soldiers from the region. We must initiate the return of our soldiers from around the world, including Korea, Japan, Europe and the entire Middle East. We must cease the war propaganda, threats of a blockade and plans for attacks on Iran, nor should we reignite the cold war with Russia over Georgia. We must be willing to talk to all countries and offer friendship and trade and travel to all who are willing. We must take off the table the threat of a nuclear first strike against all nations.

Privacy: We must protect the privacy and civil liberties of all persons under US jurisdiction. We must repeal or radically change the Patriot Act, the Military Commissions Act, and the FISAlegislation. We must reject the notion and practice of torture, eliminations of habeas corpus, secret tribunals, and secret prisons. We must deny immunity for corporations that spy willingly on the people for the benefit of the government. We must reject the unitary presidency, the illegal use of signing statements and excessive use of executive orders.

The National Debt: We believe that there should be no increase in the national debt. The burden of debt placed on the next generation is unjust and already threatening our economy and the value of our dollar. We must pay our bills as we go along and not unfairly place this burden on a future generation.

The Federal Reserve: We seek a thorough investigation, evaluation and audit of the Federal Reserve System and its cozy relationships with the banking, corporate, and other financial institutions. The arbitrary power to create money and credit out of thin air behind closed doors for the benefit of commercial interests must be ended. There should be no taxpayer bailouts of corporations and no corporate subsidies. Corporations should be aggressively prosecuted for their crimes and frauds.


What do you guys think? Do you agree with the “We Agree” statements?  If so why?  If not, why not?

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.

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.

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.