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Editor’s note: This article was written within 48 hours of the first day of business at the 2012 Washington State Republican Convention in Tacoma and uploaded to The Reagan Wing, where it has waited for nearly a year, although regularly revisited by our staff… Like the story of the Republican Liberty Caucus Kickoff in January 2013, Something held us back from publishing …until now. The author, was an eyewitness to the events discussed in Lord of the RLC #9: The Silmarillion Secret. This article is published now as a response to the comments of  Michael & Katja Delavar.

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Standing on Principle at the Washington State Convention

Michele St. Pierre (c)2012 (more…)

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By: Matthew F. Pfefer, Spokane, Washington

[This article is a response to a friend's  Facebook  post describing his reasons for voting for the Governor against the President in the upcoming election, and  another friend's  argument against his reasoning, who asked me to  back her up.]

[Ed Note: Emphases ours]

I see three issues here: A moral issue as to oath-keeping, a moral issue as to blood-letting, and a practical issue. (more…)

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By: Matthew Pfeffer, Spokane, Washington

For this discussion, the following two provisions of the Twelfth Amendment apply:

The Electors shall meet in their respective states and vote by ballot for President and Vice-President, one of whom, at least, shall not be an inhabitant of the same state with themselves; they shall name in their ballots the person voted for as President, and in distinct ballots the person voted for as Vice-President, and they shall make distinct lists of all persons voted for as President, and of all persons voted for as Vice-President . . . . (more…)

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Originally posted at The Contrarian Conformist

Bruce Morton is a Snohomish County Republican activist.

In this and upcoming posts I will be discussing our political system and why voting 3rd party makes sense.

In my American Heritage class at BYU, I learned that most other countries in the world use whats called “Proportional Representation” to elect their legislators. Proportional representation is where the voters select political parties and the legislative seats are then assigned proportionally according to the vote. This system tends to produce many different parties, each with distinct political agendas. Executive leadership is then selected as the various parties form coalitions. The coalition that forms a majority becomes the ruling coalition.

In practice, these ruling coalitions are made up of one large party and several small parties. (For example, the UK House of Commons has members from 11 different parties.) The small parties, by virtue of providing the necessary votes to create the majority, often can leverage their position to gain greater influence to promote their particular issue. These small parties can maintain their outsized influence over their coalitions by threatening to leave.

In the USA, though, we have a winner-take-all, single-member district voting system. This system naturally causes there to be two parties, and it’s easy to see why. Small parties will never win. The narrow causes or strict philosophies of these smaller groups will never gain the majority vote. Of course there are exceptions, but almost always the winning politician is from one of the two major parties.

So do coalitions exist in a 2 party system? Yes, but there are some significant differences. First, the coalitions are formed before the election instead of after. Second, and most significantly, the factions in each party are factions of voters, not legislators.

American politicians rarely switch parties, but voters do so all the time. The coalitions that have formed the two major parties in US history have been in continual flux and can shift even from election to election. As new political issues arise, ad-hoc factions can form and then align with the party that chooses to adopt that new faction.

Factions from recent history include: The Tea Party, The Occupy Movement, Environmentalists, Reform Party (Ross Perot), Code Pink, and The Christian Coalition (Pat Robertson).

In general, these factions were formed outside of the two party system. As their voting power became recognized, they were integrated with open arms into one of the major parties.

Crushing Ron Paul

In 2007 one other political faction came into being. This faction was led by Ron Paul and was formed as part of his presidential campaign. I prefer to call this faction the libertarian wing of the Republican Party. So far, this faction has not been welcomed into the Republican coalition.

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I will follow up later on how this can be changed.

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Bruce Morton and his wife (Lake Stevens, Washington)  have four children.  A conservative activist, Bruce didn’t give up or go away after 2008. He is an electrical engineer and holds degrees from Brigham Young University and the University of Florida. He spent two years as a missionary in Guatemala. He blogs occasionally at  Bruce Morton contrarianconformist.blogspot.com

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For four years the disparate elements outlined in Train Wreck#1, though shrinking (as noted therein), held together waiting for a Washington State Ron Paul Campaign. Before the Republican National Convention in 2008, in fact, even before the close of the Washington State Convention, leaders of the 2008 grassroots campaign began preparing to win in 2012,  but we couldn’t overcome the national “Professionals” or their local proxies.

For four years the national “Professionals”  would create, then control The “Compromise for Liberty.” Then the 2012 presidential “Campaign” not only ignored the organization necessary for a successful Paul campaign, but actively prevented it, by  instead laboring to turn Paul’s supporters into a cash cow. That this was, to them, more important than a Paul victory is no longer debatable. I will tell that story. It is, in fact, still unfolding to the ultimate detriment of the movement spawned by Paul. (more…)

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What was at stake (in the following video from yesterdays National Convention proceedings) was the rule to end all rules – giving the National GOP Establishment the right to change rules in the middle of a contest… like the Washington State GOP Establishment has been doing. You know – the way Obama governs.

What you will see in the video is, on the first level, John Boehner serial-cheating in the adoption of National Convention Rules… by refusing to hold a standing vote despite calls for “division,”  then ignoring points of order shouted at high volume because the mics had been turned off. (more…)

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