The Second Declaration of Indepencence

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Ron Paul Still Cooking After Santorum Leaves Race

The presidential race for GOP nomination is still keeping most of us on the edge of our seats and with the withdrawal of Rick Santorum, we are wondering what is going to happen next.

One rumor has it that Rick may seek the VP position and try and throw his delegates to Mitt Romney and if that were true it could give Mitt some more delegates.

Some think that the Santorum votes were simply anti Romney votes and those votes could now very well go to either Newt Gingrich or more likely over to Ron Paul.

One thing for sure, a lot of folks are reluctant to get behind Mitt Romney as the polls have shown and Ron Paul continues to pack the halls to capacity with every appearance.

And so the big question is; if Ron Paul doesn’t get his very well deserved nomination, will he seek an independent run? And if he runs as an independent will the people get behind him?

And when you think about Goldman Sachs supporting both Obama and Romney, do you really think that one of them is going to protect your freedom that much better over the other?

I guess that the real question to that is; should we lose our freedom to someone that deliberately takes it from us or from someone who is just so far out of touch with reality that he lets Congress and the lobbyists take it behind our backs.

New Daily Bell Poll: A number of impassioned suggestions for Ron Paul's next steps have been put forward recently. Dr. Paul should:
• Stick with his campaign for Republican Party nomination. "No Paul = No Vote for the GOP" ... I'm demanding the GOP recognize my libertarian voice.
• Throw his hat in the ring for the Libertarian nomination. It's high time for a third party president and I think he can win.
• Keep promoting his message of liberty to the end of this race and then enjoy his well-deserved retirement.
• Run for president as an Independent candidate. The entire "party" system is a sham anyway.

I’m still very much hoping that somehow the majority of the people will wake up in time and see what is going on and how the media has stolen the Ron Paul ground swell and realize that not only is Ron Paul our only hope of keeping our country and our freedom, but that he is also the only one that could and will beat Obama in a land slide.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Alliances with the devil can go very, very bad

The Snohomish County, First District, WA caucus report

Or politics are ugly and alliances with the devil can go very, very bad.

It was a very long day for caucus delegates and staff as the caucus started at 7:30 AM with the doors opened and lasted until after 11:00PM.

Mostly the time lines were due to the scheduled campaign speeches by the two GOP governor elects and other state elects which lasted until nearly noon and the fact that the huge gymnasium was filled to over flowing capacity of around 2,500 and some folks were turned away due to a lack of space.

To our surprise and satisfaction however, the event was run strictly according to rules and there was no attempt to thwart proper proceedings. However, the proper proceeding did lead to a hand count with some unfortunate folks holding their hands high over their heads for well over half and hour in order to be counted. Is that cruel and unusual punishment, or what?

Ron Paul delegates held the majority at 32%, Mitt Romney at 28%, Rick Santorum approximately 20% and the balance to undecided and Newt Gingrich.

If the different factions would have had stuck to their own delegates, Ron Paul would have won all 28 delegates from the first district, as well as the other districts, and the Romney, Santorum and Gingrich folks would have received none.

Although the caucus was carefully run according to the rules; politics can be ugly and Ron Paul had to form an alliance with Santorum in order to prevent Mitt Romney from steeling the show with the very same methods that they were using.

Here is where the rub comes in, as there was an unexpected development because Rick Santorum had fired his Washington state staff because he was not happy with prospects of Ron Paul receiving delegates and the unhappy outgoing staff told the Santorum delegates not to join forces with the Ron Paul delegates and vote their conscience.

Although Santorum’s new staff tried to get their delegates back on track, many of them did not comply and the results were disastrous and as a result, Mitt Romney scored a big victory because of their proposed alliance with Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum.

If the Santorum delegates had stuck to their agreement, as the Ron Paul delegates did, and not played ball with both camps, Romney would have received no delegates and Ron Paul and Santorum would have gotten a better chance at a brokered convention.

The resulting fiasco gave Ron Paul only five delegates, Rick Santorum received at least 9 delegates from the Ron Paul supporters and Mitt Romney was bestowed the remaining or about 14 delegates.

I can only hope that the other districts fared out better with their Ron Paul majority and I can also hope that Santorum got the message.