New evidence is coming out about just how tough and dirty the Mitt Romney campaign fought to block the Ron Paul takeover of the Republican Party at the State Conventions last summer.
It may offer a little sneak preview of what a Romney presidency will be like. And make no mistake, barring war with Syria or some other dramatic October surprise, Romney will now win this election in a landslide. At least, that is my humble opinion, as one who loves and reads history. The economy will decide that.
It turns out that Mitt Romney and other Republican operatives were apparently very much aware of what was going on at the precinct, county, district and state conventions. This was not greedy state and country chairmen wanting to hang onto power so they could go to the RNC as delegates and get drunk. The hardball tactics were apparently approved and refined from state to state from Iowa, where the state chairman got money for the GOP and promises and conveniently kept a Santorum popularity vote win and a Ron Paul delegate win, out of the news for months, all the way to Tampa, where pudgy, Romney Brownshirt goons raced along the streets in golf cart-like vehicles, looking for demonstrators to divert into chain fence cages beyond view of the media. Welcome to Romney’s America.
Remember Arizona? Where there were accusations of voter fraud and physical violence against Ron Paul delegates? Where delegates were sweated out, kept in 100 degree temperatures without air conditioning and without breaks for water or toilet, in hopes of getting them to give up?
Remember Nathan Sproul?
Remember my blog last summer, claiming fraud and miscounts and ballots taken away for the night to be recounted with numbers changed the next day? Well, Mr. Sproul called Ron Paul headquarters and threatened a lawsuit so I had to take down one of those blogs. Now, what I wrote last summer, as a voice in the wilderness , is being published openly by the New York Times. The mainstream media didn’t mind seeing Ron Paul get mauled but their precious Obama is another matter. Now there are public reports of voter fraud at the hands of Mr. Sproul and a new revelation that he has recently been on the Republican Party payroll to the tune of millions of dollars and assigned to do his deeds in five states.
There is more. It turns out that Nathan Sproul is now linked to Karl Rove who may have hired him as well. Rove has a curiously malevolent streak of his own. In Tampa, at the Romney coronation, Rove suggested – in jest we all presume – the murder of fellow Republican Senate Candidate Todd Akin, who had won the Missouri primary fair and square but now refused to resign and let Rove’s favorite candidate, who had lost, take his place.
Akin misspoke on abortion. Rove, who misspoke on murder, is to be excused.
See: Karl Rove tied to shady GOP operative Nathan Sproul
Meanwhile, a major television network is now finally tracking the story of the Louisiana State GOP. Remember how Romney-Santorum people hired off duty policemen, telling them to arrest troublemakers when they pointed them out? And then after they were voted out and new Ron Paul people were voted in to run the convention they had the hired off duty policeman arrest the new duly elected chairmen who was manhandled? One was knocked to the ground another had his fingers broken while in police custody? Well, that is going to court. Yes, the Ron Paul victims will win, but the Romney people could care less, they got what they wanted and no apology has been offered. Welcome to Romney’s America.
Remember our Ron Paul hero in Missouri, Brent Stafford, who was elected county chairman in St. Charles? Who was arrested and hauled off to jail by off duty police hired by Romney people? He was finally acquitted and the Romney person who ordered the arrest actually applauded the court’s decision. Stafford, may file a lawsuit as well, but the Romney people won’t care. They got what they wanted.
Perhaps the most damaging news of all for the Romney campaign is the emerging story of Charlie “The Cheater” Nejedly. Charlie was caught in Maine, wearing a Ron Paul sticker, passing out fake Ron Paul slates at the Maine State Convention which the Romney people had clearly lost. He was outed on the floor in Maine and soon afterward overheard talking to Romney’s likely nominee for Attorney General, campaign legal counsel, Ben Ginsburg. According to the source, Ginsburg told Nejedly, “We need to get you to Boston.”
It now appears that Charlie “the Cheater” worked the Massachusetts convention too and that he was a paid staffer on the Romney payroll. What’s worse, he is a Notre Dame graduate, which leads to all kinds of conflicts for this author. I grew up in South Bend and I love Notre Dame. And this week they play Brigham Young University. And Manti Teo’s parents are in the audience. Oh my? What can I do?
I will still root for Notre Dame, of course, but Mitt Romney “the cheater” may have to wait for me to cool down a bit. What was he thinking? I know what he was thinking? He was thinking that we would all come around and vote for him instead of Obama because of the economy. So he could cheat and fake to his heart’s content. But the more clearly in focus it becomes the less impressed I am of Romney’s America. Where are we headed?
“This is a clear case of socialism for the rich and rugged, you’re-on-your-own individualism for everyone else.” – Bernie Sanders(I-VT)
Morgan Stanley: $2.04 trillion ($2,040,000,000,000)
Merrill Lynch: $1.949 trillion ($1,949,000,000,000)
Bank of America: $1.344 trillion ($1,344,000,000,000)
Barclays PLC (United Kingdom): $868 billion ($868,000,000,000)
Bear Sterns: $853 billion ($853,000,000,000)
Goldman Sachs: $814 billion ($814,000,000,000)
Royal Bank of Scotland (UK): $541 billion ($541,000,000,000)
JP Morgan Chase: $391 billion ($391,000,000,000)
Deutsche Bank (Germany): $354 billion ($354,000,000,000)
UBS (Switzerland): $287 billion ($287,000,000,000)
Credit Suisse (Switzerland): $262 billion ($262,000,000,000)
Lehman Brothers: $183 billion ($183,000,000,000)
Bank of Scotland (United Kingdom): $181 billion ($181,000,000,000)
BNP Paribas (France): $175 billion ($175,000,000,000)
and many many more including banks in Belgium of all places
FULL PDF on GAO server: http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d11696.pdf
Senator Sander’s Article: http://sanders.senate.gov/newsroom/news/?id=9e2a4ea8-6e73-4be2-a753-62060dcbb3c3
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RT @robport: ND delegate just texted me saying they were instructed to chant “USA” to drown out dissent. #RNCpowergrab”
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Romney’s moment: The Republicans’ chosen battleground is the very shape and scope of US government … Mitt Romney has been introduced to the American people in many guises: the hard-nosed executive who saved Utah’s Winter Olympics; the middle-of-the-road governor who brought universal health care to Massachusetts; the repentant and radicalised Right-winger who campaigned (twice) for his party’s presidential nomination; and now, since the selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate, as the fiscal conservative to bring sanity to the nation’s finances. – UK Telegraph
Dominant Social Theme: Paul Ryan believes in smaller government. This race is shaping up to be one of a legitimate clash of philosophies.
Free Market Analysis: It is almost time for the US presidential election. Let the lying begin. The biggest lie of all – an elite dominant social theme – is that Romney’s running mate, Paul Ryan, is some sort of small-government budget cutter, and that Romney now shares that view.
But to accept Ryan’s role, you have to accept the larger nonsense about this being a “generational” election – one defining America’s aggregate “soul.” To believe this, of course, one has to believe that modern US presidential elections actually bring change. This is hard to fathom. What’s the difference between George W. Bush and Barack Obama? Not much, we’d suggest.
Even Ronald Reagan, probably the most libertarian president of the late 20th century, was more of a rhetorical change-maker than a budget cutter. He talked a good “small government” approach and seemed sincere in his sentiments but the reality was that fedgov swelled under his stewardship, especially military and Intel budgets.
Nonetheless, the power elite that wants to run the world is trying again to portray the US presidential election as some sort of important event. It is important to this elite because they seek an “electoral” buy-in. They want to give the impression of choice. Here’s more from the article:
This week, in Tampa, Mr Romney will – if he can raise his voice above Tropical Storm Isaac – be attempting to synthesize these personae into something at once more complex and more simple: a commander-in-chief …
Americans’ attention will be on Tampa not merely because of the storm warnings, but because there is a palpable sense – thanks in part to the selection of Mr Ryan – of how much this contest matters.
Often in elections, what appears to be a cataclysmic contest of ideology turns out to be a choice between shades oftechnocracy. Not this time. The Republicans’ chosen battleground is the very shape and scope of US government, not least since a combination of political and fiscal pressures mean that whoever is elected will face choices that could ultimately determine whether the world’s greatest power remains not just prosperous, but even solvent.
Okay. Not so fast … An article in the Daily Beast, admittedly not one of our favorite publications, gives us a different perspective on Ryan. Entitled, “Defense Hawks, Rejoice—Paul Ryan’s Your Man!” and written by Eli Lake, the article reviews Ryan’s stance on budget cutting and finds that his attitudes tilt toward “neocon” regarding America’s “role in the world.”
We learn that Ryan has been extensively briefed by such people as Elliott Abrams and Fred Kagan, both prominent militarists during the Bush years.
According to Lake, Abrams believes that Ryan’s views are reflective of the historical GOP and thus, it is implied, he is more than ready to take up what could be said to be the “White Man’s burden” – making the world safe for a certain kind of sociopolitical philosophy.
Ultimately, this philosophy is globalist and has little or nothing to do with the GOP or even presidential elections generally. US presidents are merely caretakers at this point.
The animating force of nation-state politics these days has to do with ways of transferring power and authority to internationalist bodies like the IMF, World Bank and especially the UN. Whoever is elected in the US – Romney or current President Barack Obama – will merely continue this trend.
Ryan has been presented as a budget cutter because there has been a big upswell of free-market thinking thanks to the Internet and what we call the Internet Reformation. It is a convenient persona but not a real one.
Congressman Ron Paul, a real free-market thinker, was denied a Republican nomination he might well have received if not for a variety of dirty tricks that sapped his momentum. Whether Ron Paul would have won or not may be debatable but there can be no doubt that Ryan has been selected to present a small-government facade behind which the Romney campaign can take shelter.
The fascinating thing about Ron Paul was that he actually attacked the military-industrial wing of the power elite. US soldiers and the entire establishment, in fact, are seemingly merely a means to a globalist end, he explained.
Of course, you won’t hear this sort rhetoric anymore. The election is to be presented as an important one to ensure that people focus on the outward facade of democracy rather than the proverbial man behind the curtain. Here’s how Lake sums up Ryan and his positions:
Ryan is best known as the chairman of the House Budget Committee, a position he has used to make a national case for significant cuts to social-welfare programs like Medicare and Social Security.
Though he voted for a 2011 bill that forces the Pentagon to cut up to $600 billion from defense spending over the next 10 years if a balanced-budget deal is not reached by January, he has also worked closely with Republican defense hawks to stave off those cuts.
The Republican chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Howard “Buck” McKeon, said he was “very happy” with the Ryan pick. McKeon said he has worked closely with Ryan to come up with ways to at least put off what is known as the sequestration cuts, and he praised the Wisconsin lawmaker for his overall philosophy in defense.
“He understands the Reagan principle of having a strong defense and the Eisenhower principle of having a big enough military that no one would ever think about attacking you,” McKeon told The Daily Beast.
This election is not a “game changer.” It is a pretend affair designed to distract people from the reality of their situation, which is that they are powerless to affect the globalist, militaristic drift of their country and culture. The REAL philosophical struggle being waged is between those who have used the Internet to awaken people and those who serve the elites in sowing obfuscation and confusion.
Conclusion: There is a real process of change occurring, and people are making up their minds about how they want to live and work. But it is not taking place at the ballot box.
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At one point during the Ron Paul Revolution there was no bigger advocate for the advancement of the Texas congressman than Adam Kokesh. He was the poster boy for disaffected military veterans and agitated twenty-somethings who gravitated to Paul’s unique blend of paleoconservativism and libertarianism. Kokesh organized Veterans for Ron Paul, donated an estimated $1,000 to the campaign, led marches, and even ran for Congress in New Mexico in 2010. He was Mr. Ron Paul for President.
Sitting backstage at the unofficial Ron Paul Festival at the Florida State Fairgounds in a tight “Liberty” t-shirt Kokesh tells me that’s all over.
“I am not a Ron Paul supporter anymore,” said Kokesh while waiting for a band to go on.
“I support his message, love the man but there was a point that turned for me back in January and if anything I should have been more upfront about it sooner. I used to be able to say no matter how much money or support you invested in him he would use it as effectively as you would to forward the message, advance the cause. I can’t say that anymore,” he said.
Kokesh referred to the Paul political organization as “Ron Paul Inc.” and said he was attempting to transition over to “Rand Paul Inc.,” something he is not thrilled about.
“I like Rand but he’s not one of us. He’s not a voluntaryist like his father. He’s an ally and a principled conservative.”
Is Rand a libertarian?
“No, absolutely not,” said Kokesh.
Ron is though, right?
“Absolutely,” he answered.
What about Gary Johnson?
“In the intellectual sense but not in the philosophical sense,” he said.
According to various Paul fan sites Kokesh was banned from the official Paul campaign event at the Sun Dome. Kokesh poo-pooed the rally, noting all the empty seats at a venue that was smaller than the one used for a similar rally in 2008. When reached by phone, Paul campaign manager Jesse Benton declined to comment on these claims but did say, “We respect Adam’s service but he’s a very troubled young man. We just hope he can get his life together.”
Kokesh didn’t want to talk about his relationship with the campaign but had harsh words for Benton. “If [Benton] wants a career as a political operative, that’s fine,” he said, “but nobody that donated to Ron Paul for the right reasons, because they believe in the message, is going to give money to anything that Jesse Benton has his name on.”
Though disaffected with the Paul campaign, Kokesh said he plans to stay active in electoral politics.
“I feel like I am behind the curve of the movement. I had an unhealthy emotional attachment to the campaign, to the idea of the Ron Paul presidency and what he represented. I let it affect my decisions in a negative way,” he said.
*Author’s note: An earlier version of this post said that Kokesh was having a beer during this interview. He was not.
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http://www.paulfestival.org | Peter Schiff reads a text message from Jesse Benton to Paul Festival Organizer Deborah Robinet.
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