Lessons From The Outrage In Tampa

What follows is a reblog from The Mason Conservative. I think it is a good follow-on to my last post, ARE YOU A REPUBLICAN? ARE YOU A TEA PARTY REPUBLICAN? SHOULD BE HOPPING MAD? MAYBE. There are lots of good thoughts here.

I was trying to figure out the best way to express my feelings that given what has happened in Tampa, its critical that Ron Paul liberty Republicans and the Tea Party unite to fight the common enemy.  But I got an email from “Anonymous” who said everything I wanted said so I decided to just cut and paste it with his/her permission.  I couldn’t say it better myself:

Lessons from the Outrage in Tampa

For those of you unaware, the Romney Campaign and establishment at the RNC convention yesterday orchestrated a naked powergrab to silence the voices of grassroots activists at future Republican National Conventions. They only accomplished this feat by selectively disqualifying rules committee members who opposed the changes (such as those from Florida) and ultimately sequestering the entire Virginia delegation (where opponent leaders Morton Blackwell and Anne Gentry are the rules committee representatives) on their bus driving around the convention site for an hour and a half to keep them away from the rules committee vote. (continued here)

Chris’ note from “Anonymous” addresses the political concerns. What it does not fully address are the roots of the problem. We are the roots of the problem, not some third-party political establishment.

  • We do not have the civics education the people who founded this nation once had. Unlike them, we do not from our early years learn how to actively participate in the life of a community. We do how learn how to volunteer our time. Nor do we learn the rewards of fully participating in community life.
  • We do not have the moral education the people who founded this nation once had. Time and a secularized education system has separated us from our nation’s Biblical roots. Thus, when challenged with moral questions, our political officials, people like the rest of us, too often and too willingly answer incorrectly.

Therefore, to solve our political problems, we need to turn our hearts towards our Creator. We need to pray, and we need to reacquaint ourselves with His Word, The Holy Bible. Only then can we study our nation’s history and gain an appropriate understanding. Only then can we study the words and works of the Founders and determine how they expected our system of government to function. Only then will we be able to make necessary repairs and thoughtful improvements.


I wonder it this will be the last time I will bother posting that elephant. What is the problem? Are the RINOs are so determined to control the Republican Party they are willing to destroy what it stands for? Could be. Consider this from an ABC blog.

ABC News’ Michael Falcone and Chris Good report:

TAMPA — Tampa may have avoided the worst of the soon-to-be hurricane, but a storm of a different kind is brewing at the Republican National Convention.

Members of the Republicans’ National Committee from across the country may be on the verge of a messy fight over party rules on the very same day they are poised to crown Mitt Romney as their presidential nominee.

At issue is whether presidential candidates can effectively pick and choose the delegates who attend the convention. Opponents of a new party rule have called it “the biggest power grab in the history of the Republican Party” while supporters are hoping to avoid a public dispute on the convention floor during a week meant to promote unity.

Last week, the RNC Rules Committee approved a controversial change to the delegate selection process. Currently, states hold primaries and caucuses to determine how many delegates will be awarded to each candidate, but state parties generally meet later at state conventions to actually choose those individuals.

The new rule, however, gives presidential candidates veto power over their own delegates, representing a big boost in power for the candidates and a reduction for states. If Mitt Romney, for instance, didn’t like a delegate slated to cast a vote in his favor at the convention, Romney could throw him out and choose an alternate. (continued here)

Here is what Sarah Palin had to say on her Facebook page.

Had a great time today in Gilbert, Arizona, at a rally for Kirk Adams. It’s very important to pay attention to these down ballot races like Kirk Adams, Jeff Flake, and Paul Gosar in Arizona. We have to remember that this election is not just about replacing the party in power. It’s about who and what we replace it with. Grassroots conservatives know this. Without the energy and wisdom of the grassroots, the GOP would not have had the historic 2010 electoral victories. That’s why the controversial rule change being debated at the RNC convention right now is so very disappointing. It’s a direct attack on grassroots activists by the GOP establishment, and it must be rejected. Please follow the link to Michelle Malkin’s article about this. (from here)

In Floor fight: Grass-roots activists battle attempt to rig GOP convention delegate rules Updated: Party bosses offer olive branch; “tense,” “dynamic” situation; Palin: “direct attack on the grass-roots”, Congressman Tom Tancredo’s blog quotes a number of respected sources, including Michelle Malkin.

Hot Air has this story.

What is going on in Tampa?  Apparently, the RNC and the GOP Establishment are content with trying to marginalize the grassroots efforts by amending portions outlined by the Rules Committee.  Jim Hoft and Shane Wright posted on Freedomworks yesterday that:  (continued here)

Whatever is going on in Tampa, it does not look good. In America, leaders serve the people, not the other way around. Has that changed? Have our leaders become so insistent upon controlling everything they risk becoming stupid with power? Who in their right mind thinks the better part of the Republican Party either serves as our party’s presidential nominee or sits in a chair at RNC headquarters? Don’t Romney and Ryan realize that if they want to win they need us, not the other way around? Do they think we are so afraid of Obama we will elect …..? What kind of a mess have we created?


It is a disappointment, but I don’t get many comments. Not sure why. I expect a more astute observer could explain it, but I wonder if I would understand. We each have our blind spots. So it is that I root through the spam queue, trying to make certain that that necessary evil does not steal away what few comments I do get.

What did I find today?


Joke, right? Nope. What’s better is that article linked appropriately to my post, DO WE KNOW ENOUGH ABOUT ISLAM? That is, the video and the references I cited help to build the case in Congressman Tom Tancredo’s post. Check out Tancredo’s post.

During a trip through Colorado in December of last year, President Obama spoke of his intention to implement his economic policies with or without the approval of Congress. Said Obama, “And where Congress is not willing to act, we’re going to go ahead and do it ourselves.” It now appears that such a mindset applies not only to economic matters but to the distribution of foreign aid as well–in particular, foreign military aid for the Muslim Brotherhood, who now hold the reigns in Egypt. (continue here)

Do Women Get Paid Less Than Men?

Am a I fan of the Equal Rights Amendment or affirmative action? No. When it comes to a enforced equality, I am more frightened by government than reassured. Here is the problem. We want government to treat us all equally before the Law, but I don’t think we  want government to make us equals.

If we have a small government that just protects our rights, then it is relatively easy for government to treat us as equals. What if you violate your neighbor’s rights? Then you should get the same punishment anyone else would get.

On the other hand, where does the drive to enforce equality stop? Consider differences between men and women.  We don’t have the same set of genes. So we don’t look the same, and we don’t think the same way. We don’t even have all the same parts.  Do we really want government to fix that?

Here is a video I discovered at this post, Do Women Get Paid Less Than Men? at SimplePolitiks.  I suggest checking out that post and the comments.