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End of the GOP?
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Dominant Social Theme: End of the GOP? Mitt Romney may lose but the vibrancy of the American system of democracy is never in doubt.
Free-Market Analysis: Here's a question: If the Republicans want to win the election, why did they just commit fraud against their libertarian/conservative wings? The Republican leadership used a series of dubious tactics to ram through a series of rule changes that are seemingly designed to disenfranchise the party's growing, small government liberty-movement.
The ramifications go far beyond any parochial power perspective, however. There are several messages that are likely being sent and one pragmatic one as well. In politics, especially nothing is quite what it seems. Here's how Human Events describes the most important rule change:
Although there are several changes contained in the rules, the one that many opponents said upset them the most was Rule 12, which permits a major change in the timing of rules governing the 2016 convention. Republicans traditionally decide their rules for the next national convention at the close of the last one, and there can be no changes in between.
Rule 12 alters this in an important way. Now, by a vote of three-fourths of the full Republican National Committee, there can be a mid-term convention or another vehicle between presidential election years to make alterations in Rules 1-24, which govern the presidential nomination process.
Party conservatives such as Republican National Committeemen Morton Blackwell of Virginia and Jim Bopp of Indiana voiced strong opposition. Such a change, they warned, could spell "evolving rules" during the four-year period between presidential elections. Moreover, conservatives feel, this is one more step toward the national party forcing its way on state parties—an argument that was pivotal to eliminating another proposed rule that would have given the presidential candidate and not the state party over who actually serves as a national convention delegate.
This is probably all about libertarian GOP Congressman Ron Paul (R-Tex). The top men at the GOP have been determined to head off Ron Paul and, more importantly, his delegates and backers.
Ronald Reagan became a viable candidate through the convention process and no doubt the Republican brain trust is looking ahead to 2016 and the possibility of someone else emerging as a viable free-market oriented candidate.
They don't want that any more than they wanted Ron Paul's emergence. Paul and his family were harassed by the TSA during their recent political travels. Who knows what has been indirectly intimated to the Paul campaign and to Ron Paul directly?
There seems no doubt that the Ron Paul campaign has been generally intimidated, for he and his son have been careful to warn people off protesting about what seems obviously a manipulated election. There was a point at which Paul probably could have become a major factor in GOP politics. He still is, of course, but nor formally.
It is also clear to unbiased observers that Paul likely never wanted the presidency. He wanted to educate. That's what motivates the man. He's a doctor first and an educator second. When he went to Washington, he didn't try to get ahead within the party structure. He voted "no" to any legislation he considered contrary to the US Constitution.
If he wanted the presidency he never would have run as a libertarian presidential candidate. His approach was one of a gadfly, someone more interested in spreading ideas than attaining power. Paul was close friends with hard money economist and fellow gadfly Murray Rothbard. He truly believed in Austrian economics and wanted to spread the word about liberty and sound money.
And now he has ... along with many others that constitute what we call the Internet Reformation. It is a fairly unstoppable phenomenon, based on the free flow of truthful information via the Internet.
The powers-that-be are well aware by now of the 'Net's impact on the West and the way it has made people question the organization of their society and how they live and work. In fact, the Internet has offered an entirely different perspective for those who pay attention – and as economic conditions worsen, more and more are doing so.
And by now the alternative media is offering a completely different paradigm of existence, one that emphasizes self-sufficiency, independent living within a moral structure and alternative forms of commerce, including "honest money" – gold and silver.
The power elite that wants to run the world and certainly controls major political parties in the West is not pleased by this sort of approach, even though the Internet developed under its watch, no doubt by mistake.
These elites are using the same tools as before, when they were trying to control the fallout from the Gutenberg Press, to try to ensure the continued primacy of their aggregate regime. War, economic ruin and authoritarian regulation are all part of the larger process of control. And these tools are being deployed aggressively.
Maintaining control of the GOP is part of the larger power elite effort at damage control, and at this point part of the procedure seems to be one of calculated intimidation. It is an emergent dominant social theme of sorts, that people are to be made aware that there is a ruling class, and that it is a ruthless one.
This is the reason for so much talk about torture and why US administrations have made it clear that torture can be aimed at US citizens that present themselves as "patriots" or "constitutionalists."
It is the reason as well that a critic of Rule 12, Morton Blackwell, was himself prevented from attending the recent GOP convention to suggest a compromise. Blackwell and others rode the bus to the convention but the bus driver refused to let them off at the convention.
This is outright fraudulent restraint, of course, as blatant as many of the manipulations that stripped Ron Paul of the opportunity to gather delegates. The cack-handed efforts of the GOP to ensure that Ron Paul's liberty-oriented vision had no traction at the convention extended to excising the very mention of his name.
The GOP top men could have compromised. Instead, they went out of their way to make it clear that the mainstream GOP vision was the one that would be fully represented and that there was no room for alternative visions.
They were sending a message. By alienating literally millions who might be supportive of part or all of Ron Paul's message, those at the top are telling us quite clearly that the political structure is NOT about winning or losing anymore. It is about maintaining control.
Like so many other elements of central banking "dreamtime," the modern political system turns out to be one more fantasy. The Republicans, even more than the Democrats were participative in this fantasy.
Republicans, we were supposed to believe, espoused small government, decentralized authority and free markets. But Ron Paul's campaign in particular exposed all that. The GOP braintrust turned out to be the mirror image of the Democratic Party.
In focusing directly on the military-industrial complex and the expanse of the American Empire, Paul provoked an educational response. It soon became apparent via public comments just how invested top Republicans were in the "warfare" state.
This had NOT been evident so clearly before, and the Republicans will be dealing with the fallout of these revelations for years to come.
It is perfectly likely, in fact, that the powers-that-be have realized this as well. The Internet, Ron Paul and the alternative media generally have made it impossible for the elites to continue to promote the pretense of a "free" society.
The recent actions of the GOP seem to indicate that this is a possibility. The entire process of nominating Romney and disenfranchising the conservative/constitutionalist wing of the party seems to indicate that goal is intimidation rather than victory.
It is difficult to avoid the conclusion that the GOP is in some kind of terminal disarray. The conservative, free-market wing of the party is the GOP's most vibrant and now the most alienated. No sensible leadership would act in this fashion.
Conclusion: It is possible that the power elite plan is to turn the elective process into an obvious sham as another deliberate warning. Alternatively, or as part of this larger objective, they are simply assuring the re-election of Barack Obama.
Posted by speedygonzales on 09/08/12 04:40 AM
Like so many other elements of central banking "dreamtime," the modern political system turns out to be one more fantasy.
Posted by speedygonzales on 09/08/12 04:35 AM
"Then Madison took yet another theoretical step, generally regarded by most historians and constitutional scholars as his most brilliant contribution to modern political science. The conventional assumption, most famously articulated by Montesquieu, held that republics worked best in small geographic area, where elected representatives remained close to the interests of the citizens who elected them. This prevailing assumption had in fact shaped the argument against parliamentary authority during the pre-revolutionary debates over British taxation and was the major reason why control of the purse was vested in the colonial, then state, assemblies. But Madison had just spent many pages in 'Vices' demonstrating that proximity to the electorate had not produced responsible political behavior by state legislators. Quite the opposite: the overwhelming evidence, as Madison read it, revealed a discernible pattern of gross irresponsibility, a cacophony of shrill voices, a veritable kaleidoscope of local interests with no collective cohesion whatsoever." (p.105)
Rulers of Evil : Useful Knowledge about Governing Bodies,by
E. Tupper Saussy
Posted by speedygonzales on 09/08/12 04:32 AM
GenX will ignore them ...
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Posted by venkat on 09/06/12 02:06 PM
Was it is a Rmoney dupe we saw in the acceptance speech ? Somehow I did not think stiff and plastic Romney could speak for more than a few minutes w/o some paper to read from, not that I am a fan of Bilobama speeches.
Posted by turbomango on 09/06/12 02:46 AM
I do believe the politicians have been set up and encouraged to attend to their own corruption until the public loses all faith in the sovereign political systemm or it collapses on itself. The intended solution being global governance, since the public is assumed/expected to run to the UN to intervene in that created chaos.
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Posted by MetaCynic on 09/05/12 10:06 AM
I think that the GOP elite would rather alienate the liberty wing of the party and lose the election to Obama than allow the liberty wing to make major inroads in reforming the party. The former outcome would still allow the GOP elite to participate with their Democratic Party counterparts in the political spoils system while the latter would force the party elite out of power and end the plunder. As always, it's all about holding onto power in order to rake in the money.
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Posted by Tom on 09/05/12 07:43 AM
I strongly agree then neither the Republicans or the Dems have much of a different plan for our country. I too, will be votoing write-in for Ron Paul.
It is time for to stop being the world's Policeman and take care of our own people without making this a welfare state.
We need to get back to the gold standard as well as state govenment run instead of Fed run.
Posted by ghendric on 09/05/12 06:38 AM
I've been a Republican all my voting life. What the RNC did to the Ron Paul delegates was the last straw. I'm done with those people. I think they may be retarded.. I hope Ron Paul gets more write in votes than Romney does in regular votes..
Posted by the_IRF on 09/05/12 05:25 AM
~ The GOP is Dead. Long live the RNC.
~ The Democrat Party is Dead. Long live the DNC.
No one i know, either Democrat or Republican intends to vote.
If 10% of eligible voters in the country vote this time, i will be surprised. The world needs to see we are a third world banana republic. The low vote will document this.
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Posted by banh on 09/04/12 11:31 PM
The Republican Party can only be thoroughly flushed out like well-used trash can. Same for the Dems.
This election for the NeoCons is, in my opinion, about Israel and the Evangelical obsession with biblical prophecies/doctrines.
Think of this for a moment. Does the average Evangelical truly CARE about Jews or Israel, or do they profess to care in God's eye to win their ticket to heaven? Is this Evangelical obsession a godly act or a selfish act? As exhibited in Tampa, they do not hesitate to use heinous maneuvers and outright corruption to force their convictions on the entire US conservative population. They fear Ron Paul's foreign policy intentions so much that they will sully their own "righteousness" in order to drive our country into Armageddon. This is not righteousness, it is mental instability and the height of narcissism.
Add to the religious obsession the financial cabal nesting inside the R Party which runs the Military Ind. Complex and provides the weapons for the New Crusades, and you have something which borders demonic.
Then there is Ron Paul who actually seeks to give Israel her sovereignty, to let her seek her own course, to learn to cooperate with her neighbors as a country. He's the most ethical Christian in the Beltway in my opinion, and he does not try to legislate with a religious flare. The Beltway is not the Vatican, but the NeoCons don't know that.
Posted by banh on 09/04/12 11:15 PM
So, now we have a religious-based dictatorship posing as the Republican Party, financed by the military industrial complex and multinational oligarchy.
We need a huge Russian Orthodox church in the Beltway. Moscow and DC are sister cities.
Let's see... Marxism/Theocracy.. Theocracy/Marxism... stinks either way. Both parties need gutting and remodeling or we must form a third party.
Posted by Stacey on 09/04/12 10:35 PM
I chose to denounce my GOP affiliation and am now a declared, 'none'. I have never really understood the party loyalty thing anyway, and I surely do not now. I am a loyal person, but not to a letter behind a name.
Posted by LloydMiller on 09/04/12 08:50 PM
I think the Republican over-reaction to Ron Paul stems from Jewish/Zionist donors, not the Rockefeller Establishment. Sheldon Adelson, the Newt Gingrich supporting Las Vegas Billionaire, is the most well known of these donors. These donors consider Ron Paul and anti-Semite because of his position on Israel.
Ron Paul, as a follower of Murray Rothbard who was totally opposed to Israel, root and branch, is believed to also be more than just an "isolationist/non-interventionist" re: these matters. Remember that, as David Rockefeller explained in his Autobiography, Rockefeller, the primary backer of Obama, is an opponent of the traditional pro-Israel foreign policy that still dominates the Republicans. Understandably, the Zionists are anxious for a pro-Israel Republican Party to regain the White House and reverse the Rockefeller/Obama policies re: Israel and Islam. Clearly, it is the Rockefellers with their Saudi allies that are behind the sweep of Muslim lands by the Muslim Brotherhood.
Posted by Charlie on 09/04/12 07:13 PM
Why bother with elections at all? It is obvious to even casual observers that they are a sham. Are they depending on the continued denial of reality and indoctrination to maintain control?
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Our point was the farce sees more and more difficult to carry out ...
Posted by NAPpy on 09/04/12 06:31 PM
One of the nice things about embracing anarchism is I no longer feel attached to the political process. It's bread and circuses. By all means, do your absolute best to try to reform this criminal organization from within. Invest your blood, sweat, and tears. The more invested you are, the better the lesson you'll eventually learn--you can't solve social problems by voting. Meanwhile, I'll embrace Brown's philosophy of trying to live free in an unfree world.
Posted by Frank on 09/04/12 03:57 PM
I agree 100% with the main points above. I'm still not 100% sure the GOP cannot be reformed, but I doubt it. Anyone that really wants a small government, Constitution-loving candidate will vote for neither the author of big government RomneyCare nor the author of big government ObamaCare. They need to vote 3rd Party this time around. Romney has no plans to balance the budget "soon" (like in 3-4 years). Basically, whoever wins (Obama or Romney), the nation will continue on its unsustainable welfare/warfare/police state path... at perhaps slightly different rates. Neither one is willing to turn this nation around from the disaster looming dead ahead.
I appreciate johnweaver's suggestion below & indeed that might be the best option.
Posted by johnjweaver on 09/04/12 10:47 AM
The first step we should take is to renounce our GOP affiliation and reregister as independents or no affiliation at all. Maybe just a tremendous drop in membership would begin sending a strong message during this selection season.