If you’re not aware of Morton Blackwell’s letter to RNC delegates, I suggest strongly that you read it here. As the controversy continues, there was on Monday night a so-called “compromise” floated that would strike Rule 15, the objectionable rule that would permit the party to dominate the State parties, but hidden behind all of this was the unchanged rule 12, that would permit the Party to change the rules at will. In other words, they were willing to pull back the most obviously objectionable rule now, but maintain the rule that is a complete abomination in the long run. This sort of trick is precisely the kind of thing we have come to expect from Democrats, and from the Obama administration. As usual, Michelle Malkin is doing great work on keeping us updated on the state of all of this, but I must tell you that your input is required. Read Mr. Blackwell’s letter. Act accordingly. (RAISE HELL!)
If the GOP establishment has its way, our voices will be muffled and silenced.
“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.”
As I reported, the Republican establishment seems to be obsessed with dominating the grass roots, and this calls into question the future of the Republican Party. Rule 12 is Mitt Romney’s insurance policy against a primary challenge in 2016 if he moves too far to the left. What leverage will the grass roots have if he were to appoint another Harriet Miers or to go along with some sort of modified Obama-care? None. It’s also the Bush Clan’s insurance policy if Romney fails in 2012. Any way you look at this, it’s all about controlling the party from the smoke-filled rooms of political consultancy in Washington DC, leaving you in the dark as they feed you manure. The GOP establishment prefers mushrooms. It’s our job to force them into the light.
Update(8/28/2012 6:45am): Apparently, not satisfied with having tried to rig this, the establishment tried another dirty trick. They sent details of the alleged compromise over rule 15/16 to the Hearst papers (via the Houston Chronicle,) but omitted the discussion of rule 12. This was done to trick people into believing that the controversy was over, but it isn’t over. As long as rule 12 remains, the truth is that they will retain the ability to change the rules at any time.
Update(8/28/2012 7:15am):The truly unseemly part of this is the Chronicle’s attempt to refer to only “the Texas delegation” and “the Ron Paul delegates.” There is much more involved in this than a few wild-eyed Ron Paul supporters. Washington (state) is supporting the minority report opposed to rule 12 also, and the possibility of an all-out floor fight continues. This is simply astonishing. They are hoping by associating this solely with Ron Paul supporters, you’ll shrug it off and walk away. The fact is that rule 12 is a problem whomever you support, now or in the future, in 2016, and in perpetuity.