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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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On August 6, 2012 Republicans in Washington filed a “Delegate Contest” with the Republican National Committee attesting that NO FEWER THAN

Delegates to the Washington State Convention had been elected by illegal procedure, that proper and timely filed challenges to their credentials had been illegally adjudicated because of unlawful intervention in the Credentials Committee and State Convention by state party chair Kirby Wilbur, his subordinates, staff, and appointees.  The Contest asks that the National Convention NOT SEAT

delegates to the upcoming nomination convention in Tampa.

What follows is the opening statement, limited to 1,000 words, filed with the Notice of Challenge. We present  it, here, unedited, an exclusive of  the http://www.Reagan Wing.com: (more…)

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Intercepted email from the chair(!) of the Washington State Republican Party:

From: Kirby Wilbur <KirbyWilbur@wsrp.org>
Subject: Delegate challenge
To: “Kirby Wilbur” <
KirbyWilbur@wsrp.org>
Date: Monday, July 30, 2012, 4:18 PM

I was contacted by the Romney campaign today with information that that most vile little man, Doug Paris, is filing challenges against many of our delegates. (more…)

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Terry Jones on the Passing of National Defense Authorization Act

[When is Mitt Romney going to say this? ~ Ed.]

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There are some scenes in your life that are so significant you can never forget them. And there is no common vocabulary to describe them. Words like “epiphany” and “allegorical” fall short even after the dictionary has been dragged out.

I went to a meeting early in 2008 to discuss “the future of the Ron Paul Movement” in an upscale South King County subdivision. Only four people showed up, but “as it happened” we (supernaturally?) represented four of five tributaries of the phenomenon, the R3VOLUTION that had unexpectedly exploded across America that year, re-igniting the grassroots nationwide and spawning “money bombs.”

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If some of our leaders fall in the battle,  we must move on. We must be relentless.”

Michele St. Pierre (c) 2012

Rand Paul a Traitor?

Along with many of you in the Liberty Movement, I watched and listened with sick horror to Rand Paul’s endorsement of Mitt Romney. But thinking about it, in a political sense, in a global context of what is happening in our world, I would like to offer a hypothesis. (more…)

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Wednesday afternoon, the State Credentials Committee held a surprise meeting at the Tacoma Convention Center, 24 hours before the date and time announced at the Moses Lake meeting. The tricky schedule and lack of notice did not deter Republicans across  the State from attending the meeting thanks to “leaks” from the ethical minority, but the leadership’s determination not to allow any testimony or any evidence unless it was hand-fed by Kirby Wilbur continued unabated. [Ed. note: An observer present at the meeting reports that at one point, the committee decided it wanted to hear from Whatcom County representatives, but no challengers had been invited to testify, thus no one from Whatcom was available to answer questions of the committee and instead, Whatcom resident and Credentials Committee co-chair Charlie Crabtree was fetched from his work at the state convention credentials desk, and predictably, assured the committee that all had been well in Whatcom County.]

Kirby Wilbur continues to act as a Romney Campaign surrogate, and as if he had authority to change State or National Rules at will. Whether or not the RNC Committee that will hear challenges to Delegations from the States agrees with this approach or decides to salvage some legitimacy for a Romney nomination remains to be seen.

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The Moses Lake Meeting of the 2012 Washington State GOP Credentials Committee was an atrocity.

All the authorities agree; the RNC rules, the WSRP rules, Robert Rules of Order… there must be a “call to convention,” a notice given to the qualified delegates of the place and time and inviting their participation to make it a valid Convention. Each authority stipulates rules for that call explicitly.

Why?

Because it is too easy for the people charged with running a Convention or caucus or committee to manipulate its outcome with people… that will vote the way they want… (more…)

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Returning from Washington State Republican Party Credentials Committee Meeting in Moses Lake, I could no longer escape the conclusion. The GOP presidential nomination was predetermined. By Republican insiders, much as it was for John McCain.

The cheating IN the Washington State GOP convention credentials committee that convened at Moses Lake replicated much of the cheating they were supposed to be adjudicating. Slander, suppression of speech, and illegal procedures were dominant.

The State GOP, at the direction of Kirby Wilbur, has been acting on behalf of the Romney campaign to protect it from the corrective operation of rules, grossly manipulating the process and we will give it to you line-by-line. (more…)

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Subject: **Republican PCO sign up deadline today at 4 pm***
Date: Fri, 18 May 2012 15:02:48 -0700
From: Apollo <fuhriman@hotmail.com>
To: Apollo– <fuhriman@hotmail.com>
Hello!
I am looking for someone to run as PCO (precinct committee officer—your neighborhood leader) in your precinct, and I hope that you will be able to do it. (more…)

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It’s been a while.

Two score and two years ago Ronald Reagan brought forth in this State a new Party, conceived in Liberty and dedicated to the proposition that  all Republicans are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that Party, or any Party, so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. (more…)

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Fighting the Media

King County GOP Chair Lori Sotelo has been getting a lot of unwanted press exposure recently for her astonishing behavior in conventions and caucuses, attempting to coerce delegates to elect her chosen meeting controllers, lying to sheriff deputies about meeting rules, stealing the delegate election ballots and literally evicting an entire caucus from the meeting location she was obligated, under the rules, to provide:

Ben Swann’s Lead story – Washington State-Lori Sotelo at District 37 (more…)

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from kelleigh nelson:

GO NEVADA!!!! YAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Ron Paul supporters wave campaign signs at the Nevada state GOP convention on Saturday May 5, 2012.

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No man can save America, no President or any movement’s leader. No Governor can save a State. Without the requisite mindset in the populace, all such “change” is illusory, all real improvement, temporary. Attempts to “plant democracy” without the cultural topsoil have failed all over the world. The question we face now is whether Liberty still has a habitat in American culture. The answer, based on Washington State Republican Party behavior, is murky. (more…)

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By Adrian Murry  (author of A Santorum supporter visits a Ron Paul Event)

[emphases ours]

HAVE WE LOST OUR SOUL?
Immediately following the attacks of September 11, 2001, pundits and others in the media said it was a day which would change America forever. We had lost our innocence, they told us. We had lost our sense of security. We had lost our trust of our fellow man.

But no one told us we would lose our soul. (more…)

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…the Ron Paul people were ambushed by Romney’s Goldman Sachs brigade.

~ Doug Wead on his blog, 4/27/2012

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Acting King County Republican Party Premier Lori Sotelo  demonstrated two things, yesterday, beyond any remaining doubt:

  • That the GOP Pragmatic/Romney left has very good reasons to hate video taping, and,

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King County Chair Lori Sotelo

How the mighty have fallen! In the years since the end of the Reagan Administration the Republican Party’s internal ethics have been allowed to deteriorate dramatically. In King County, Washington, the seat of Seattle, a County larger than 13 States, the corruption has gone so far that cheating is the rule and fair process is the exception. Filmmaker George Abrantes captured a glimpse of it* on the first week of the caucuses to elect State delegates in an award-winning news clip: (more…)

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The New Romney Team is the Old McCain Team.

Jack Hamilton

Across Washington State as county conventions take place, our petty would-be fuhrers are polishing up their goose-steps and trying on their toothbrush mustaches, breaking rules and even laws to cheat at conventions and bring in the delegates for the former Massachusetts Governor who blueprinted Obama’s fascist health care law.

“But Doug!” (you say) “Aren’t your claims just hyperbole?”
Well, no. If a forger were to sit down and fabricate an email with the specific intent to implicate Kitsap County Chair Jack Hamilton in systematic rules violations, misusing his authority and seizing despotic authority he does not have he could hardly do better than the actual email Hamilton sent out himself. And we have it  all here on The Reagan Wing.

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