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Earning respect

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One of the basic rules of life is that respect is earned, not given.  Most teenagers have trouble with this concept; they want credibility and respect, but then do and say things that hamper their getting it.  Eventually, most people learn that the best way to earn respect is by showing respect; not being rude or belittling to others, acting courteously and the like.

So, then, does this email indicate respect?

 

From: “Ian Cioffi”
Sent: Wednesday, August 22, 2012 3:22:40 PM
Subject: Poll Questions for All Ron Paul Delegates – LibertyChat.com

LibertyChat.com is conducting a poll of all Ron Paul delegates

 

You’re being emailed because you are a delegate that will be at the Republican Convention next week

If you have a moment, please answer the following questions

  1. Do you plan to boo Mitt Romney when he speaks?
  2. Do you plan to boo Mike Huckabee when he speaks?
  3. If Rand Paul says anything about voting for Mitt Romney, will you boo Rand?

Your name will not be published

Thank you for your time

 

Ian Cioffi

LibertyChat.com

 

Before you dismiss this as a fraud, you may want to view this podcast by The Washington Times, taped at the Convention site in Tampa August 24th.  The email is discussed in the last three minutes and, in fact, the entire 11:47 interview is revealing.

Whether or not the booing takes place  – and we’ll know that in a few days – the fact that the idea is even presented reflects poorly on the credibility of those who propose it, and does nothing but denigrate Dr. Paul.

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Written by Jeffrey S. Smith

26 August 2012 at 6:47 am

Vindication, Round 2

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On Monday, August 20 2012, the Committee on Contests for the Republican National Convention listened to arguments concerning the challenged Alternate Delegate elections from Oregon’s Second, Fourth and Fifth Congressional Districts.  The next morning, ORP Chairman Allen Alley reported on thier findings:

Delegates, Alternate Delegates, ORP Staff and ORP Executive Committee,

We have had lots of good news as we move toward Tampa (actually I am already in Tampa).  

I just left the Contests Committee meeting and they have upheld their previous August 10th ruling on every point.  In case you missed it, the Ron Paul campaign, challenged our Alternate Delegate selection process with the RNC.  The Contests Committee was very clear in their original ruling and today:

  1. Whether the ORP, pursuant to their Party Bylaws and Standing Rules, has the authority to conduct the Convention as one meeting in five locations?  Yes.
  2.  Did the Convention adjourn at 5:00p.m. as stated in the Official Agenda?  Yes.
  3. Were any of the elections of alternate delegates that occurred during any of the meetings after 5:00p.m. valid?  No.
  4. Was the ORP Executive Committee’s action on July 30, 2012, to select and certify alternate delegates to the national convention, authorized and legal?  Yes.

What this means is there are no changes to the list of Delegates and Alternates we previously published and all challenges are disallowed.  On the second challenge regarding alternates voting in our delegation meeting, the RNC ruled that they do not have jurisdiction therefore the elections stand.  

Other good news, I am so very pleased to see our new Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan take the fight directly to President Obama.  He is standing shoulder to shoulder with Governor Romney and standing up against the Chicago style politics of fear and negativity.  

Romney/Ryan also have a great ally in our Chairman Reince Priebus.  His clear unwavering message that we are going to save the American dream and we are not going to sit and take punches resonates with Americans all over our country.  Check out his interview today on Hannity.  It is worth 8 minutes of your time.

And finally, If you recall, there was a lawsuit filed in June, in the central district of California court, on behalf of about 100 delegates naming the RNC, Reince Priebus, the ORP and me (along with every other state chairman) as defendants.  The basic claim of that suit was that these delegates should be released from their pledges binding them to a candidate so they could vote as they wish (not as their primary results or convention results bound them to vote).  This suit made us aware that there was a national effort to elect delegates who had no intention to vote the will of the Republicans in their state.  We entered our State Convention with this lawsuit fresh in our minds and took extraordinary steps to run our Convention by the book.

I am pleased to say that on August 6th the court in the central district of California granted the RNC’s motion to dismiss in the Delegates v. RNC et. al. lawsuit.  In just about every way, the court recognized the unintelligibly and implausibility of the allegations.  

As with all legal type processes, we expect that the Ron Paul campaign and the attorneys representing the delegates who wish to break their pledges will continue appeal these decisions as long as the money to pay their attorneys continues to be available.  We will continue to defend our process but are very much looking forward to focusing on winning our state back and making Oregon the “1” in the Romney/Ryan 3-2-1 path to victory.  Click here to read about 3-2-1 by Karl Rove.

I am really looking forward to the convention.  With the announcement of Paul Ryan as our Vice Presidential nominee, I think we now have a ticket that the entire party, and the country can rally around.

On to Tampa!

Allen Alley
Chairman
Oregon Republican Party
Oregon Delegation RNC

It’s unlikely this will satisfy those who seek to drive a wedge between the Republican Party and Ron Paul supporters.  There will still be rabble-rouser who continue to attack Allen Alley, denounce the ORP Executive Committee, characterize the RNC as corrupt and just generally try to damage the only effective means to counter Barack Hussein Obama.

But here’s the bottom line; the Committee on Contests, in less than 24 hours, decided the ORP followed the rules, and the challengers didn’t.

 

UPDATE: August 23 2012 7:00pm

This writer was under the mistaken impression Monday’s meeting was the final step in the process, and it isn’t.  One more was held and at least one more is scheduled before the entire Convention decides on the issue next week.  During today’s regular Oregon Republican county leadership conference call, Chairman Alley reported ours is not the only challenge being considered, but it’s one that has successfully defended itself.  Louisiana and Maine have lost their challenges, having failed to document a clear audit process, procedures and adherence to the rules.  There are two take-sways from this:

  • The Committee on Contests isn’t a “rubber stamp”.  The evidence for and against the contesting perspectives were reviewed, considered and, at times, fiercely questioned.  If it didn’t meet criteria, the delegation suffered.
  • Oregon played by the rules.  If and only if that were true would the Committee have ruled in favor of the ORP.

 

Written by Jeffrey S. Smith

23 August 2012 at 5:45 am

Smokescreen

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Dr. Ron Paul has a reputation for integrity – for being consistent with his beliefs, with being honest to Congress, the President and the American people, for being above-board in his dealings and a stickler for the rule of law.  Whatever else you might think about his perspectives and political persuasions, even his critics have to admit he’s above reproach.

That, as it turns out, isn’t always the case with the more determined of his supporters.  Even four years ago, they stuffed ballots in straw polls and, disrupted conventions and delayed caucuses in an effort to get Dr. Paul nominated.  The effort continued and expanded this year, culminating in a scheme to elect “false flag” candidates to the Republican National Convention – people committed to Dr. Paul but running as Delegates and Alternates for other candidates.  In Oregon, this effort was frustrated by the adjournment of the District Convention on June 23rd; several of their candidates were elected as Delegates but Alternates were appointed by the ORP Executive Committee.

This blog has, in recent weeks, focused on this event and its ramifications so there’s no point in going over the details; articles and comments cover the differing perspectives well enough we don’t need to bo over the what and how.  The purpose of this article is to peel back the basic debate and talk a bit about the why.  After all, this isn’t the first time the Convention was truncated – it happened in CD3 in 2004 and CD1 in 2008 – but tis the first time there’s been this sort of controversy.  Up to this point, no one has really addressed why it’s such a big deal.

It’s the opinion of this writer that, under all the posturing and protestations, the real reason some Paul supporters in Oregon are so upset is that their plan to scam the system was thwarted.  If you boil down the anger toward Allen Alley, the recriminations and attacks on the ORP and denunciation of the RNC, it all comes back to the fact they didn’t get to elect their “false flag” Alternates.

This, of course, begs the question of why that stratagem was so important to complete.  What is it about having an entire Delegation – Delegates and Alternates both – dominated by Paul devotees that is so important?  A clue can be found, perhaps, in the resistance raised to the Delegates and Alternates voting for Delegation Chair and members of the various National Convention Committees raised by local Paul followers despite an existing Standing Rule demanding both vote for the positions and the fact that, with one exception, Oregon has always allowed both Delegates and Alternates to cast votes.  Is it possible that, had the Paul forces won both Delegate and Alternate majorities from Oregon there would have been no objection to the Standing Rules of the Oregon Republican Party?

Those positions perform key functions during the National Convention – determining credentials of the delegations from the various states and territories, the national Platform, the Rules of the RNC and reporting delegation votes during the nomination process.   A Republican National Convention dominated by Ron Paul would be significantly different from one providing a launching pad for the Presidential candidate endorsed by the majority of Republicans around the country.

So, the protestations and videos released recently intended to mollify the majority that Paul supporters will, in fact, honor their pledge and vote for the candidate they were elected to vote for is simply a smokescreen.  The vote, and the pledge to make it, was never the point.  A local Paul activist and organizer who ran as a Romney Alternate has admitted the Liberty Movement – the name Paul supporter’s give themselves – see Mitt Romney as virtually identical to President Barak Obama.  Why would anyone with a shred of integrity sully himself by nominating a person he considers among the worst the GOP has to offer unless something more important was the real goal?  There’s no question this person is a man of character and integrity, so that nomination, and therefore that pledge, must be relatively meaningless.

It’s not the goal of this article to determine the full extent of the scheme as it was (or is) intended to be played out at the National Convention.  It’s never a good idea for someone who doesn’t have first-hand knowledge of what’s going on to confidently declare the thoughts and intentions of a group or an individual.  In any event, we’ll all see what remains of this plan over the coming couple of weeks.

While we’re on the subject of ends and the means to them, it would be a good idea to take a deeper look at the discussion of the ORP Rule concerning Delegation election and related issues.  It can’t be clearer:

STANDING RULE #11

OREGON DELEGATION TO THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION

The persons elected to be Delegates and Alternates to the Republican National Convention shall be bound by the following:

  1. Except to the extent specified by the Republican National Convention rules, all Delegates (special Delegates and regular Delegates) and Alternates are eligible to cast votes on any matter requiring a decision by the Delegation..

The RNC Rules are silent on the issue, so this Rule applies – as was confirmed recently by the RNC.  And yet, the Liberty Movement members of the Oregon Delegation spent quite a bit of time and effort during the Delegation Meeting on July 14th trying to block this Rule from being followed.  This fits a pattern that can be seen during this debate; while quick to denounce Rules and Bylaws that run counter to their goal, occasionally inventing rule interpretations never before encountered and offering opinions on things of which they have no direct knowledge, they seem eager to disregard or dismiss Rules that invalidate their own actions.

In Links in the chain Part 2, the problem regarding Convention Rule 7.1.1 through 7.1.4; that is, that those elected after the Adjournment did so without getting the results from the other Districts – was discussed.  That’s not the only Convention Rule violated but, to preserve some tactical elements until the presentation to the Committee on Credentials, they weren’t publically discussed before.  They include but are not necessarily limited to:

  • CR 7.2, detailing election integrity procedures following each Ballot, could not have been followed in CD4 or CD5.
  • CR 7.3, another election integrity procedure taking place upon adjournment, was not and could not have been followed in CD4 or CD5.
  • There’s no evidence any of the people required by CR 8 – Teller’s committee, Sergeants at Arms, etc. – were in place in any of the elections that followed the adjournment in any District, and even less that those who stepped into those roles were forwarded to the ORP at least a week before the Convention.

The bottom line is this; the issue isn’t really the adjournment; it’s whether the folks who planned so long and so hard to scam the system were thwarted in their efforts.  Even if you accept that the adjourn of the District Convention was invalid – a position most heartily not shared by this writer – there’s still the larger question of why is it so important to certain folks that “false flag” Alternates be elected as well as their Delegate counterparts.  Again, we may get an idea from their actions in Tampa; in any event, we’ll most likely get a better picture when they try again in 2016.

Written by Jeffrey S. Smith

21 August 2012 at 2:17 pm

Vindication!

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Readers of this blog may recall the point of everything that was done in regards to the District Convention was to make sure the Oregon Delegation to the Republican National Convention would be seated (see Links in the chain Part 1 and Part 2).  Some participants and commentators have said they have a different goal in mind, but ORP Chairman Allen Alley, party staff and the Executive Committee were working to accomplish this one thing.  After all, the point of the District Convention is to select that Delegation and, if we failed to do that in a way that met RNC requirements, then it was an exercise in futility; the months of preparation and the votes of those who participated were pointless.

This past weekend, the efforts are vindicated.  On Saturday, August 11 2012, the ORP released the following.

ORP Executive Committee,

This email just went out to all of the Delegates and Alternate Delegates:

All Delegates and Alternate Delegates,

I am pleased to announce that the RNC has ruled on the Alternate Delegate contests.  They were very clear.  The following are their rulings:

  1. Whether the ORP, pursuant to their Party Bylaws and Standing Rules, has the authority to conduct the Convention as one meeting in five locations?  Yes.
  2. Did the Convention adjourn at 5:00p.m. as stated in the Official Agenda?  Yes.
  3. Were any of the elections of alternate delegates that occurred during any of the meetings after 5:00pm valid?  No.
  4. Was the ORP Executive Committee’s action on July 30, 2012, to select and certify alternate delegates to the national convention, authorized and legal?  Yes.

What this means is there are no changes to the list of Delegates and Alternates we previously published and all challenges are disallowed.  On the second challenge regarding alternates voting in our delegation meeting, the RNC ruled that they do not have jurisdiction therefore the elections stand.  There could be an appeal to the decisions but as I said before, the committee was very clear on their rulings.

I want to thank you all for working with us as we go through this process.  I am really looking forward to the convention.  With the announcement of Paul Ryan as our Vice Presidential nominee, I think we now have a ticket that the entire party, and the country can rally around.

On to Tampa!

Allen Alley
Chairman

Oregon Republican Party

Oregon Delegation RNC

It’s unlikely this will mollify the critics and rabble-rousers; they, after all, appearfocused on another objective, and we’ll all just have to wait and see how that plays out.  However, it’s clear the target the ORP was aiming for was hit right in the center.

Written by Jeffrey S. Smith

14 August 2012 at 9:27 am

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