RNC confirms Ron Paul will be up for nomination
Bob, this sounds like a reporter's opinion. There is nothing from an actual RNC person on this. The RNC person simply quoted what the rule was. Paul never won Louisiana. That was the state where they brawled and had two separate conventions. I'm sure it is going to get disputed at the convention.
In the end, it doesn't matter. Whether Romney does the smart thing and let's Ron have his frankly well deserved moment in the sun or it turns into the Republican version of Chyicago 1968, when all is said and done, pro freedom and pro liberty voters will have only one genuine choice in November.
Fortunately, it also happens to be the most capable, best resumed choice in the race:
Libertarian Nominee and Former two term New Mexico governor Gary Johnson.
And don't forget Judge Gray as VP.
It clearly is the best LP ticket in 40 plus years.
Mark, it's a dream come true. Not only do Libertarians have a supremely qualified candidate, we have, by any reasonable, objective standard, the BEST QUALIFIED candidate in the race.
Libertarian Party must be much better funded and organized than it was years ago. I supported Gary Johnson while he was in the GOP primaries and caucuses but I became convinced as time dragged on that he couldn't run a decent campaign and had nothing but amateurs advising him. Twice in 2011, I gave Gary my face-to-face promise that I would stick with him through the New Hampshire primary but, if he didn't show well, I was a free agent. Then, at the beginning of the year, he jumped to the LP and all of a sudden is actually campaigning well. Would that he had been this good early in the Republican selection process.
If the fireworks at the RNC weren't going to be amazing before, they certainly are now.
Best example of damning with faint praise I've seen in a long, long time. To which I'd add: a perfect example of why I'm a small-L, rather than large-L, libertarian. The philosophy is brilliant. The pragmatism is non-existent.
The company you keep, and all that.
I'd say the pragmatism of voting for that finally offered by the two parties has come to fruition decades ago.
Perhaps with the "Liberty" takeover of the Maine Republican party, we should all be working a bit harder to get the Libertarian Party back on the ballot. Told them how to over a YEAR ago (the whole "organize a party around a candidate" thing...requires about 5000 signatures STATEWIDE) but the current Libertarian Party in Maine was too lazy to see/do it.
If you want someone gone, you have to give them somewhere to go.
pro freedom and pro liberty voters will have only one genuine choice in November.
Wait...I thought Ron Paul had a lock on every single pro-freedom and pro-liberty vote? You mean that Mike G and Roger Ek have been wrong all along? What about the true patriots? Who will they support? Because we've been assured that they're *all* in the Paul camp.
When you introduce such a high degree of exclusivity, you turn your entire argument into a complete bunch of hooey.
I love this little snippet from the article, “The Ron Paul Revolution is planning on amassing 100,000+ supporters to Tampa in order to celebrate Paul's 30+ year career in American politics…”
Ron Paul career in government is more than 3 times longer than Romney's.
What about the true patriots? Who will they support? Because we've been assured that they're *all* in the Paul camp.
This movement towards less government, less taxes, and more freedom is not about Ron Paul. Never has been, never will be. I don't speak for anyone other than me, but I don't see people writing in Ron Paul. If it comes down to Romney, Obama, or Johnson. I will vote for Johnson. Johnson may have a snowballs chance in hell of winning, but it will start a ball rolling that won't be able to be stopped.
Perhaps with the "Liberty" takeover of the Maine Republican party, we should all be working a bit harder to get the Libertarian Party back on the ballot.
Bob, Gary Johnson was a good Republican until the end of 2011 until he realized that Romney was the annointed one. So, it could be looked at as a Republican takeover of the Libertarian Party. It gives conservative Republicans a second option. ;-)
I supported the liberty candidate in 1964, Barry Goldwater. That led to Ronald Reagan's presidency. I have always supported liberty candidates and sadly have voted for the lesser of two evils on occasion. It was an evil thing to do and I have repented. I supported Ron Paul in 2008. I still have the 4 x 8 foot sign. I supported Ron Paul again this year. I found it humorous that the liberty children were trying to recruit me this year. I politely explained that we would like to recruit them since I was supporting liberty candidates before they were born. We had hoped to find some liberty candidates from Aroostook County to march in Aroostook County this Saturday. None have stepped up.
So... Is Gary Johnson even going to be on the ballot in Maine?
In 2008 I wrote in "Chuck" Baldwin, the Constitution Party Candidate, since he was the only one running who was not all for prenatal infanticide.
I think he got 7/10 of 1% of the vote. About what I expected.
Some woud say that I threw my vote away, or "voted for Obama" by not voting for the lesser of evils, Juan McLame. Bull Hooey.
I have to give an accounting of my vote not to fellow Republicans, but to my God, ultimately.
I didn't waste my vote; I sacrificed it on the altar of integrity and Faith.
And if all we have to choose from in November is Pro-Abort / pro sodomy Mitt v. pro abort / pro sodomy / Islamic communist Obozo, just watch me and see if I don't do it again!
The lesser of 2 evils is still evil - and I'm all done voting for damnned evil!
If this is the best America can do, perhaps we deserve to be ground under the jackboot heel of tyranny.
God gave Israel over to captivity, bondage and slavery several times after they rejected their God and gave themselves over to "progressive" licentiousness and perversion.
And we think we're any better than God's chosen People?
Good luck with that, folks!
Does the Libertarian Party still make you sign an oath to never commit violence to become a member?
Apollo, Republicans do not have to join the Libertarian Party in order to vote for Johnson. Like I said, Johson is another option for conservative Republicans.
Yes I know, I was just wondering if they still had that oath.
What difference does it make? The people I know that will vote for Johnson have no intentions of leaving the Republican Party, me included. ;-)
As Bob S and others have repeated numerous times, supporting liberty candidates does not begin and end with Ron Paul. Paul gave us a principled candidate to support. I will support other principled candidates who believe in liberty and individual freedom.
Just as important to me as supporting principled candidates is NOT supporting progressive centrist candidates.
I'm happy to say that the answer is yes. The petitions should be in to the SOS office in the next week, two at the most. There seems to be little question that he will be on the ballot in all 50.
It also appears that there is a good chance that he will be appearing at an event in the Portland area in late September.
I believe that the concession to the House Anti-American committee hysteria is still something you have to sign off on. I tend to look at it like the promise I made to obey all traffic laws when I got my drivers license. :)
Apollo . . . do you stand by our own Maine GOP Platform? Here it is . . . and I think you should re-read . . . Ron Paul is actually mentioned at least once:) This was voted on and accepted by at least a 2/3 majority in 2010 at the State Convention . . . and even with a platform committee emplaced afterwards to change said platform . . . it was voted on again to keep said platform in May: Have at it my friend . . . and if you disagree with said Republican Platform . . . then perhaps you should either try to change it . . . or make yourself another party . . . or join the Dems as a Blue Dog:) All Republicans running should adhere to our platform as you say . . . so either stand by those candidates that represent our platform or step aside. And why should we spend valuable resources and time to promote candidates who do not follow said platform . . . hmm.
Violet, it is easy to say they would adhere to a platform while running, I have yet to see a politician adhere to the platform after being elected.
Islander, If they do not adhere to most of the Platform when elected . . . . then they need a primary challenge:)
Is there anyone who adheres to the platform 100%?