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John Galt is not my name. That is not me in the pic. I am a frustrated American who, like the character in the Ayn Rand book, is witnessing his society crumble around him. I'm not so sure how to change things, but like John Kennedy once said: "One person can make a difference, and everyone should try"

MAY 2, 2012 12:12PM

WaPo Blog: Ron Paul’s Stealth State Convention Takeover

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by Rachel Weiner 

The Washington Post

Remember Ron Paul?

He has yet to win a primary. All his other fellow long-shots have dropped out (or will by the end of the day). The Republican National Committee is calling former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney the “presumptive nominee.”

Yet at state conventions around the country, Paul supporters are increasing the candidate’s support by taking over state party committees and educating fellow Paul fans in arcane rules.

While at many conventions Romney backers are split between numerous would-be delegates, Paul supporters are showing up in droves and voting with discipline for a delegate slate.

With a plurality of delegates from five states, Paul supporters could nominate him from the convention floor — the goal of at least some Paul supporters. .

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A brokered convention is still unlikely. But a strong showing among delegates could help Paul score a speaking spot and some control over the party platform. 

Here’s the latest on Paul’s strength in state committees and conventions:

At Massachusetts’ state convention less than half of Romney’s 27 chosen delegates won tickets to Tampa. Paul supporters were chosen instead. While all of the state’s delegates are committed to vote for Romney, the delegates get to decide on the party chairman, platform, and VP nominee.

Paul backers in Alaska were elected as party chairman and co-chairman but failed to change the rules to give Paul the state’s 24 delegates. (He will get six.)

Paul supporters are a majority in the Iowa GOP’s State Central Committee, and he’s set to claim a majority of the state’s delegates despite finishing third in the caucuses.

They dominated the caucuses in Louisiana, carrying four out of six congressional districts with a tie in a fifth. That means 74 percent of the state’s convention delegates will be Paul backers.

In Minnesota, Paul won 20 of 24 delegates allocated at congressional district conventions, and he’s expected to take more at the statewide convention.

Paul supporters teamed up with backers of former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum in Colorado to get 13 delegates.

The candidate has also picked up small delegate gains in states where Romney won big — for example, five delegates in Pennsylvania and four in Rhode Island. 

Attempts to replicate these successes are taking place in other states across the country — for example, the upcoming state convention in Nevada.

“Taken together, these victories and those yet to happen forecast a prominent role for Ron Paul at the RNC,” Paul campaign manager John Tate said after the Colorado and Minnesota gains. “They also signal that the convention will feature a spirited discussion over whether conservatism will triumph over the status quo.”

Paul has only 80 delegates to Romney’s 847, according to an AP count. When all the various state conventions are over we’ll see how much support he’s gathered — and whether Romney should have paid more attention. 

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Do I have evidence? If you consider Rachel Maddow reporting the same thing, then yes:

If doing away with the privately owned/psuedo governmental Federal Reserve and shrinking the government responsible for $15 trillion of debt and TARP bailouts makes you laugh, then I guess we'll agree to disagree.

Decriminalization of narcotics has been tried in many other countries, and amazingly, has succeeded. Just take a look at what has happened in Portugal since they effectively legalized drugs:

Also, with the CIA getting caught dealing drugs (see Iran-Contra, The Golden triangle, and the Kerry Committee report...all very easily searchable), I think getting the government out of the drug business through decriminalization is an idea worth exploring.

In light of the info mentioned above, your last paragraph makes no sense to me.

Nobody is buying into Ron Paul? Well, I am proud to say that I was 1 of an estimated 4,300 people who stood in the pouring rain to hear Ron Paul speak in Philly 2 weeks ago. I also read stories of Paul drawing crowds of 5,000+ on college campuses and other events across the country. His supporters are energetic, committed to getting their message out, and have so far successfully infiltrated the political machine that gives us the choice of a clown in Romney and a clown in Obama through the delegate process.

I think you may not be paying close enough attention.

With all that said, I'm not here to argue via a blog comment section. I welcome your opinion and would love to read any thoughts you may have :)
Excellent response, John, especially in regards to drug legalization. Spain has also decriminalized most drugs, and Obama is totally out of step with the presidents of Mexico and most Latin American nations - they definitely want marijuana decriminalized to start, with a hard look at cocaine and heroin.
All your points are taken, Aureole. What I meant to write with regards to Ron Paul was that the WaPo blog isn't the only publication talking about Ron Pauls delegate strategy and included Rachel Maddow. There are hyperlinks in the article above and you can check this one out:

The way people are talking about it, it seems like there is plenty of evidence to me.

I was an inner city kid. I saw all that there was to see with gangs, violence, drugs, alcohol etc. I was not born with a silver spoon in my mouth (not that you implied that), and I grew up with good people who fell victim to bad things. I don't pretend to have all the answers, but I fundamentally disagree with the idea that someone caught with a joint's worth of weed in their pocket is on par with a burglar or a thug and deserves jail time. Now if that same person caught with the joint was blowing the smoke into their newborn baby's face, that's obviously another story. To be brief, I think people are going to do what they do whether its legal or not, and just like prohibition, when to make something illegal, you bring a criminal element into it automatically. Again, I'm not saying decriminalization is the be-all-end-all solution, but clearly our nation's policy of sending non-violent offenders to jail and our "War on Drugs" is not working. We need a national debate on many issues like never-ending wars of aggression, "free trade", and drugs.

Do you have any thoughts on the CIA and their role in drug dealing? How about the fact that Geraldo Rivera was on FoxNews not 3 years ago talking to a Marine officer about their tolerance of the Afghan people growing poppy (youtube it), and that heroin coming out of that country has increased exponentially since we got there in 2002? It makes me furious to know that our military tolerates poppy cultivation and our intelligence apparatus have been caught with their proverbial pants down shipping dope into this country but they're not held accountable.

As far as gun ownership goes, I am a proud gun owner. In my state, you have to jump through circus rings on fire while blindfolded to purchase a gun. The process included a background check, fingerprinting, and all other sorts of fun stuff, but I passed it all. I think you're reffering to guns obtained illegally, like the kind Attorney General Holder shipped into Mexico and gave to cartels to use in the drug war to...blame the second amendment. I'm not saying all illegal guns are the AG's fault, but people kill people, not guns. If thugs were terrorizing the streets with staple guns, do we have to ban all staple guns? Automobile deaths happen all the time, many not because of drugs or booze. Do we ban all cars? How far does it go? I suspect the founders of this nation included to right to keep and bear arms into the Bill of Rights to give the people protection against the same kind of tyranny many had just given their lives for. Without an armed populace, who watches the watchers?

I love talking about this stuff. Let's debate this further (in a friendly way, of course)

Any thoughts?
Rumor has it that when Iowa holds its convention to nominate real delegates, Paul will walk away with most of the marbles.