HOT NEWS UPDATE2: Compromise insufficient by ANY means.. MORE HERE
HOT NEWS UPDATE: Reliable rumors (And it has now been broken to the papers) of a ‘grand compromise’ to be announced in the morning have surfaced. If so, Large kudos belong to Steve Munisteri for this. He stood up for the grassroots on this, initiating the fight, instead of tamping it down like the RNC surely wanted. We would NOT have wanted to go through the meeting he must have had with the DC ‘Powers That Be’. We have had serious differences with Steve before- and likely will again; but, IF this results in the states retaining their power of the delegates selected, then he’s done the grassroots a BIG favor for having Texas lead the way.
HOWEVER, no movement on the Rule 12 that would let the RNC make changes to the convention ‘off-season’ on a 3/4s vote; it seems a high standard, but the Chairman can call in enough favors to get that. ONLY acceptable IF the states have some veto ability (say half of the state executive committees).
Sorry, we don’t take to the leash well. And we haven’t had our shots.
The RNC is trying to fully dictate the direction and every aspect of the convention in Tampa- as some of us knew they would. This includes changing the actual rules of the convention at the last minute. this, after discounting some delegates by an after-the-fact requirement change (Paul delegates), changing the allocation in Michigan (Santorum delegate), And innumerable little shenanigans pulled across the nation. Most of this was done to minimize the DISRUPTIVE element of the Ron Paul supporters (most are far less disruptive and very interested in becoming part of the process. We were proud to support their representation in our Congressional delegation at an appropriate level) . However, now the Republican ‘Powers that Be’ have decided the states can no longer be trusted to pick delegates. Excuse us: states picking delegates is the REPUBLIC expression that our very country was founded on; you do away with that, and you are declaring open war on the grassroots.
How bad is it? John Sununu literally went into hiding rather than accept the ‘by-the-rules’ minority reports put together to allow a floor vote on this dictatorial power grab. If, based on this, the chair refuses to even ALLOW a vote on the minority reports (because they weren’t delivered in a timely fashion), we of the North Texas Tea Party request that ALL Republic-loving delegates, in the Texas delegate and elsewhere, stage a convention walkout.
UPDATE: This Monday morning, we’ve heard they are trying to armtwist enough names off of the Minority Report AFTER the fact, to not submit it to a vote. After trying to change the rules to where you need 40% to get a minority report. Again, if this does NOT go to a vote of the convention, we ask ALL Patriots who love our Republic form of governance to walk out on the convention.
Update 2: As usual, Texas is taking the lead to retain the current rules, with massive support for the Minority report. Other states are coming to TX and asking why we’re picking fights; why can’t we just get along? My answer: WE aren’t picking this fight; the RNC is by CHANGING THE RULES! But we in Texas do FINISH fights, as they are about to find out. any other states willing to give up their rights to pick their own delegates are not interested in representing their people.
UPDATE3: Texas is solid on this issue but the RNC is applying tremendous pressure on Rules committee member to pull their names off the Minority Report: The following state delegations may not know what their representatives on Rules are doing to them. If you can get through to the grass roots members in the following states (or any state!), we believe it would be helpful:
- North Carolina
- West Virginia
UPDATE 4: Michelle Malkin is tracking the convention fight; She reports form Liberty Caucus that: The first state to split from the establishment plan and speak up against proposed changes was Texas but it has now been joined by a number of other state delegations including Iowa, Nevada, Nebraska, Minnesota, Virginia, South Carolina, Indiana and probably more by the time you receive this. Groups that have joined the fray include Liberty Caucus, Freedomworks, Eagle forum and many Tea party groups. This is NOT a fight by Ron Paul’s troops, although they’ve entered in; this is a fight the RNC picked with the grassroots, figuring they were asleep.
Update 5: Mark Levin is beating the drum on this on Facebook.
Republic rule of the Republican Party Matters!
Keep it up RNC elitists. You pull off stunts like this and many of us in the Tea Party groups may plan to have serious, formal discussions with the Libertarian Party. Are they deliberately trying to encourage and promote a third party effort??