Republican Tyranny in Tampa: What Happened and Why?

Republican Tyranny in Tampa: What Happened and Why? 

I just read on one of the social network sites I belong to that Ron Paul is planning a 3rd party run for President.  People have their panties in a bunch saying he will be the reason Obama gets re-elected.  I have a few thoughts to share and several questions to ask on this matter.  The questions I have need some answers from people who will take an objective look at what I write and respond with thought rather than emotion.  Put your partisan hat aside and read on.

For any who are not aware of the situation I will give a short “cliff notes” version of what happened at the RNC convention in Tampa.  The establishment was so afraid of Ron Paul that they threw the rules out the window for the benefit of Mitt Romney.  The Republican Party establishment, along with the Romney campaign advisors, managed to change the rules to allow Romney to “select” the delegates he desired and to disqualify those elected at the state level if he didn’t like who they were committed to vote for at the convention.  Essentially the “presumptive nominee” now chooses who the delegates are despite what the state conventions might have done to elect their own choices.  So, if I run for president and am the “presumptive nominee” I get to disqualify anyone I think might vote for a candidate who garnered enough votes in a state to have a few delegate votes at the convention?   How nice for me!!!  No more floor fights, EVER!!  This is the short version, not the epic story.

I thought the idea of the convention was to get together, and to work within the rules of the party to nominate a candidate for the presidential election; that it is the method to settle disputes and come out the other side in agreement.  Apparently I am under a misconception.  The result of this convention is an extremely fractured party with the Ron Paul delegation already being blamed for what could very well be the re-election of Barack Obama in November.  I have some questions that I hope readers will ponder objectively before they answer.

First of all, when Romney had a majority of the delegates sent by the states, why inflame passions by starting a big fight over changing the rules to silence what was obviously a minority of delegates?  Were they really trying to avoid a fight on the floor for the nomination or were they deliberately alienating people?   What about those whose delegates were aligned with Santorum or Gingrich?  Hasn’t the Romney camp and their establishment elitist allies just disenfranchised them as well?  Isn’t a party convention the place where these nominee fights are supposed to take place, in a fair, honest, and democratic way?  When the whole purpose of the convention was “unity”, with a strong and cohesive voice, why did they go to all of this trouble to keep passions enflamed and drive the fight to the general election in November?  I saw this same thing happen at the state convention in Oklahoma.  I was a Santorum supporter which left me without a dog in the fight.  The established rules of the party and parliamentary procedure were violated repeatedly in what I saw as a deliberate tactic by the party establishment to divide the party.  I was appalled at the way party officials behaved in Norman, Oklahoma.  And then I see what happened in Tampa!!!  Why was a war that didn’t need to be fought started?

If the Romney camp and the establishment who runs the party wanted a unified voice why did they not just allow the process to proceed and come to the end with everyone feeling like they had a fair chance, to “have their day in court” so to speak?  Why disenfranchise a huge block of party delegates, and the voters they represented in Tampa?  Could it be that the Republican Party would rather lose as they did in 2008 and then sit back and snipe from the bushes like they have been doing since the last presidential election?  Republicans took the House of Representatives in 2010, and by that election control the finances of the government; yet they blame Harry Reid for their own failure to stop Obama when they have the power to do so.

In 2008 John McCain was a very weak, very liberal, candidate who picked Sarah Palin, a fiery conservative, as his running mate.  The McCain handlers repeatedly silenced Palin while McCain made a mess of everything he did. He irritated and alienated every group he was supposed to reel in with the “charm” that was to overcome his liberal leanings.  When he got his head handed to him on a platter by Obama the McCain team came out the very next day blaming Palin in a smear campaign that makes the Obama “blame Bush” tactic look like child’s play.  It was all too plain to me.  McCain ran a pathetic campaign and used Palin as the patsy to “save face”.

Now, in 2012, Mitt Romney has the same campaign handlers used by McCain in what was a huge disaster four years ago.  I wonder WHY????  Why is Romney using the same people who couldn’t get McCain elected over a nobody with less experience in politics than Sarah Palin?   Why does he take a bunch of losers and employ them in what I have been told is the most critical election in our lifetime?  Does this seem odd to anyone else or is it just me?

I also find it odd that what could have been a very positive and unifying convention was handled in a manner that caused more fractures than an earthquake.  Are the people who run the party really so stupid they can’t figure out how to handle something as simple as a vote of delegates?  Aren’t these people the “professional political experts” who know everything us “rubes” don’t know about politics?  If they are as smart as they are supposed to be, and would like for us to believe they are, why did the convention erupt in the chaos it did?  Are we looking at incompetence here or it is something more sinister? 

I am having a difficult time wrapping my brain around the developments I saw at the convention.  All of this contentious atmosphere could have been avoided by simply following the rules and being fair about how the convention was handled.  Instead of fighting and blaming each other why are Republican Party voters not asking these questions of those who caused the problems in the first place, the party “elites”?  Are Romney supporters Romneybots who fear a fair hearing for others or are they “useful idiots” being used by establishment insiders with an agenda that has yet to be seen?

Who does this bickering between Romney supporters and Paul supporters benefit?  The obvious answer is Barack Obama and Democrats but does it go deeper than that?  What happens if all of us get together and support Mitt Romney, and he is elected?  Will Romney and Republicans make good on their campaign promises or are those promises more empty hot air to garner votes from desperate citizens scared of a 2nd Obama term?  Has John Boehner fulfilled any of the promises he made so we would vote for Republicans in record numbers in 2010? 

If you will take a real close and objective look at the promises made by Boehner prior to November 2010 you will find he has done nothing but posture and bleat without really accomplishing anything.  We the People have seen repeated votes to raise the debt ceiling; and one continuing resolution after another to keep government funded at the levels established by the Democrats while Republicans blame Harry Reid for not passing a budget.  That is like complaining about a drug addict not getting clean while handing him the drugs he uses to stay wasted.  Boehner and the Republican Party sit in the shadows, doing nothing, and snipe at Democrats.  Obama does nothing to improve our nation yet spends all of his effort blaming George Bush.  So, Democrats blame Bush; Republicans blame Democrats; and now the Romney camp will blame Ron Paul if he loses in November.  And while all this “blame game” is happening nothing gets done as our nation goes ever faster towards the cliff that leads to the abyss of financial ruin, ending in poverty and slavery for all of us.

Am I the only one who has figured out that neither political party has any intention of fixing what ails our nation?  Am I the only one who cares where we are headed as a people?  The politicians go right along living the high life off of the taxes we pay to fund their lavish lifestyles, while blaming each other for the problems.  Most of the tax money collected goes to government overhead, at the clip of about 72%.  They use some of the money, about 28%, to buy the loyalty of illegal aliens, poor people, the elderly, and anyone else they can buy; knowing full well that the goose that lays the golden egg is almost out of eggs.  They know we will collapse like Greece in a very short time but neither party is really doing anything to stop it are they?  They do nothing to solve the problems, but instead spend their time pointing fingers at each other.

So while we sit and snipe at each other and try to fix blame on Ron Paul, Gary Johnson, John Dummett (www.johndummett.us ), or any one of a dozen others who have a plan to restore liberty and financial stability both political parties and their high dollar financiers go on living life in style and laughing at us peasants fighting over crumbs.  What a sight we must be to those who are in control.  We the People fight each other while our enemies (Republican and Democrat elitists) sit back, laughing and waiting for the right time to drop the hammer of tyranny on all of us.

When We People should be looking to God for salvation from the evil foisted upon us by political parties most are looking to those same political parties for answers.  Way too many people are looking to Mitt Romney to save this nation just as many looked to Obama four years ago. Obama wasn’t the answer then, and Romney isn’t the answer now.  Prayer and only prayer will save our nation from the ravages of tyranny that is being brought by the Republican and Democrat Parties.

I hope those who read this will read it several times and get the true meaning of what I write.  I would really like some thoughtful answers rather than sniping and name calling.  I have posed questions about some serious issues that need thought put into them if we are to find reasonable answers that can be used to correct the situation.  Partisanship is not the answer here.  I don’t care if you support Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, or someone else, that isn’t the point.  We the People are on the Titanic but the politicians aren’t on here with us.  They have set themselves above us and have insulated themselves and their friends from the effects of the disaster that we are facing in a very short time if we don’t find some solutions.

I submit this in the name of the Most Holy Trinity, in faith, with the responsibility given to me by Almighty God to honor His work and not let it die from neglect.

Bob Russell

Claremore, Oklahoma

September 7, 2012

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Bob Russell

Graduated from Classen High School in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in May, 1968. Enlisted in the U S Army on December 11, 1968, serving 3 years in the 7th Special Forces Group as a Heavy Weapons Expert, attaining the rank of Sgt. E 5. upon separation went to work at Southwestern Bell Telephone on January 17, 1972 and retired on August 31, 2003. Also spent 1 year on active reserve as a member of the 14th Special Forces Group. attaining the rank of Staff Sgt. E6. started and operated a business installing wiring for telephone, data, and video surveillance systems from October 2003 until December 2011. Suffered a debilitating stroke on August 19, 2014. Now recovering and doing volunteer work at the Claremore, Oklahoma Veterans Center. Attends church in Claremore at CedarPoint and LifeChanger churches. Married to wife Marsha since August 2, 1989 with 4 daughters and a deceased son, 12 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

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  1. It seems like you can always count on the Republican Party to do the wrong thing. We have a candidate that doesn’t embrace conservative values so even if he wins, the policies and beliefs are not likely to occur.
    Make no mistake, I will vote Romney because Obama must be defeated. After the election I will be looking to find a 3rd party rise up that will represent the beliefs of true conservatives. This is probably my last election voting Republican. I truly believe a new party will rise, their are too many like me for it not to happen.

    1. Me too because it’s too late and we have to get rid Obama now! Or we are doomed! We can deal with Romney for 4 years and change things After that! Sorry Bob Russell you know I love you but I’m scared that if Obama is reelected we will never have a chance at all! Love Lois in Tulsa!

      1. Lois, fear of obama is wht they are counting on. A few days ago Reince Preibus, RNC chairman, said he has no concerns about a 3rd party because it won’t happen. He sees We the People as sheep with no other options but the demoncrats so he and his ilk in the party don’t care wht TEA Party people think. I will vote for mitty because my only other options are obama and not voting but don’t expect mitty to do anything to improve our nation.

  2. Bob Russel has made some very good points and has asked many of the same questions that a great many of us are also wondering about.

    I suspect the RNC’s reason behind their tactics is to continue expanding federal power. The two parties are two sides of the same coin. That coin is big government control of everything it can wrest from the governed. There always has been and apparently always will be a war between those in power and those who desire freedom. Many humans, seemingly above all else, desire power. That is the most damaging aspect of the species and is the underlying reason for many of our shortcomings. The republican elite are terrified and that terror (and emotional characteristic) caused them to react with an emotional response. People who allow their emotions to take the forefront of their decision making process the result is usually less than expected and often contrary to what is needed. As Bob pointed out, objectivity (intellect over emotion) would have provided a far more rational outcome. Alas, the emotion of desire to retain power overcame the objectivity and we witnessed first hand the destructive power of subjectivity.

  3. Bob;

    I agree with you and you ask a lot of worthy questions that should We The People should have answers to. However, no one including myself has a truly honest and meaningful answer to your questions.

    Myself, I only have one answer as follows: The evil corruption of, “Power,” has infiltrated our nation and seized control to the point that We The People are so overwhelmed with confusion we no longer know who is worthy of our trust for leadership.

    As a nation, we have become like a 300 million people mob with each individual wants or demands pushing for something different while many use the chaos of confusion to rob and loot; then escape free from justice.

    What I am about to say is a hard and bitter pill for each of us to swallow. Yet, it does correctly state the honest truth. The big question is can we handle the truth and respond with a positive meaningful course of action? So, here is the hard and bitter pill.

    We The People are the, “The Reflection,” of the leadership that has been elected and the compounding problems that have continued to accumulate for, “Many Decades.” We The People failed our responsibilities as citizens and as good stewards of our Constitution.

    Myself, and millions more just like me failed to devote the time to research and study the issues so that we could become better prepared to cast a, “Wise Vote,” that upholds our Constitution. Millions more did not even take the time to vote. How many Americans have even read the Constitution, “Ever?” How many have re-read it within the past 4 years?

    According to recent polls, 90% of Americans claim to be Christians. Yet only 50% are register to vote and only 50% of those do in fact vote. The results are 22% of all Americans are voting are Christians; while 78% do not vote.

    John Adams stated; “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

    Starting about 1905 or perhaps the late 1800’s America started a slow but steady drift away from the fundamentals of the United States Constitution plus a drift away from the Christian faith. The early changes in laws and regulations were achieved in small alterations and interruptions of the Constitution.

    This drift was no accident. The slow and deliberate erosion of both Christian faith and our Constitution was and is the result long range plans very carefully carried out by socialist Marxist groups to infiltrate major industry, media, entertainment, government and Christian organizations so they can seize control of America from within. The plan was and is to seize control without a typical war of airplanes, battle ships and guns. A key part of the plan was and is to discredit and destroy the Christian faith in America.

    The socialist Marxist groups have always known and understood that as long as America has strong Christian values Americans would never embrace and accept socialist Marxist rulers. Today among young Americans age 18 – 29; 43% favor and support capitalism and 43% favor and support socialism.

    The socialist Marxist groups have been very dedicated, committed and successful with their 100 year plan and efforts while we, including myself, have been preoccupied with personal self-interest.

    That is the hard and bitter pill truth and facts. While the truth hurts and it is very disappointing; the good news is as follows.

    Millions of ordinary individual Americans have become, “Awakened,” and are preparing themselves with the truth and we are networking, organizing and fighting back with our voices, emails, phone calls and pressures on elected office holders. We have discovered two “Key” important facts:

    (1) The Democratic Party has become over powered and is controlled by socialist Marxist groups.

    (2) The Republican Party evolved into a establishment of, “Rino’s,” willing to compromise with socialist Marxist in efforts to get re-elected.

    History has continued to prove that the majority of, “Votes,” are divided between Democratic and Republican parties. 3rd party efforts have a long history of failure. So, the logical plan of actions for millions of American Patriots, Tea Partiers and Grassroots people is to take control of the Republican Party and vote out the Republican, “Rino’s,” and Democratic socialist Marxist and replace them with Constitutional Conservatives.

    Assuming Constitutional Conservatives can gain a majority control then we can begin to repair the damage and rebuild Constitutional principles and values. This is the plan that is supported by millions American Patriots, Tea Partiers and Grassroots people and FreedomWorks. It is the plan that makes the most logical sense to me.

    I am not a fan of Mitt Romney. He has never been my personal choice. Yet, I strongly oppose re-election of Obama. Based on Obama’s relationships with known communist Marxist and socialist along with his words and actions, I am convinced he is in fact a communist in denial. His vision for America is not the same as the vision set forth by America’s founders or the principles set forth in the Constitution.

    Our only hope and chance of defeating Obama is to vote for Romney. Many of us may not like Mitt Romney, yet in spite of whatever he may be, I am convinced he is not a communist in denial.

    I have hopes that with the continued efforts of the millions of American Patriots, Tea Partiers and Grassroots people we can keep a President Romney in check and balance. Even if we fail to do that we will at least remove Obama from power and give America more time to select worthy leadership in future elections.

    Learn about – “The 1954 Johnson Amendment” Go to:

    Protestants, Catholics and Jews To Unite and Vote for Important Issues
    See Church Vote Video

    Best Regards and God Bless America,
    Jim Paullus – Founder
    Restore Freedom America
    “One Nation Under God”

  4. Vince and Bob, Thank you for your thoughtful responses. Some of the responses I have received on the sites I posted this on weren’t so thoughtful. Too many still go with the “Romney or 4 more years of obama” without bothering to look at the underlying problems I highlighted. Too many are so scared they don’t think and that is why we have the government we have. One thing I learned in the military is panic leads to death and disaster, and that is where most voters sit now. I have a lot of answers that I believe in but my goal here was to get people to think instead of react emotionally. Some just can’t get beyond emotions and those will never be any good when we need help straightening this out. Nov. 7th I begin working to build the Constitution Party as a viable source of political voice.

  5. If memory serves me, The selection of a president was the most debated item in the Constitutional Convention before they ‘spelled it out’ for us to follow. Even the simple will not be learned if not taught. Ben Franklin said that “power & love of money are the most driving force behind those seeking office.” The office of President has both. So it only truly attracts the wrong type of candidates. It was also suggested by the Founders that office holders have another profession & that public office was a ‘temporary’ job. (a nod towards term limits) Reaching waaaay back in our history & teaching the intents & lessons of our begining would go a long way to righting wrong, without the need of a 3rd party or Party Conventions.

  6. Bob, Your take on what happened in Tampa is spot on. It is the same thing that has been going on the Republican party for a long time. I came to the same conclusions you did but really didn’t know how to express the concept. It’s almost as if the Republican party is in bed with the Democratic party. They’re acting like they want to lose. Why would they disenfranchise so many grassroots voters? They don’t even have to pay them off with anything. They’re just cutting their own throats. My take is that this is what is going on because they’re all on the same team.

  7. America’s Party has seen the se problems and takes a principled approach. Our candidate for President in 2008 was Dr. Alan Keyes, who was ignored when he wasn’t being run over by the Republican establishment. Check out America’s Party platform at https://www.selfgovernment.us/platform.html. This year our candidate is Tom Hoefling, but the Democratic-Republican Party controlled system does not make it easy to get “minor” party candidates on the ballot or even available as write-ins.

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