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Fellow Republican:

You may have thought that the story out of Tampa this week was going to be a celebration of the Romney-Ryan nomination, maybe spiced up with a bit of contention from the liberty wing of the party, but ultimately a celebration of party unity moving forward to defeat Obama in November.  That’s what we all expected and that should have been the story.

But for grassroots Republicans the story out of Tampa is becoming something very, very different.  The presidential nomination, which was supposed to be the focus, is taking a backseat to a growing controversy over an attempt by a small group of elite party insiders and the Romney campaign to fundamentally change the rules and structure of the party to disenfranchise grassroots Republicans activists and turn the GOP from a party of the people into a party of top-down governance from a select class of professional political organizers.

One of the cornerstones of the Grand Old Party is a belief in republicanism and the idea that power is distributed and limited by checks and balances.  Those values are embodied in our Constitution and they were the basis of the Republican Party when it was founded and for most of its history.  Historically this has meant that most of the power in the Republican Party has rested with the party members in the states, working as delegates through their local and state caucuses and conventions to generate policy for the party in a unique collaborative process where the voice of the people could be heard strongly.

Now there are those in Tampa who seek to overturn this traditional structure of the party, set restrictions on the free choice of party members and introduce a new and alien process which would minimize the input of the party’s rank and file and put power in the hands of party leaders and wealthy special interests who can buy the loyalty of the mob.  They have borrowed the organizing structure of the Democrats and authored rules which would casuse our delegates to be bound by the votes of primary voters who may not be Republcians or share our valeus, and they have further proposed the removal of control over the rule making process from the state parties to a small elite within the national committee of the party who can change the rules under which the party operates at any time.  Without fixed rules arrived at by the consent of the rank and file of the party we become pawns rather than participants in the political process..

These proposals which have come out of the Rules Committee in Tampa are contrary to the basic character of the party and they are opposed by many delegates who were not part of the handpicked group of insiders which dominated the committee.  Delegates from many states are speaking out in opposition and members of the committee who believe in a bottom-up party structure have issued a minority report to challenge what amounts to a powergrab by elite insiders and the Romney campaign.

I hope that all delegates in Tampa will join me in opposing this coup within the party.  If you are a delgate, please join with others in supporting the minority report and opposing these changes which will be voted on from the floor on Monday.  If you are watching from home, please realize that the media is not covering this issue and reach out to any delegates you know and encourage them to stand up for the rights of the state parties and the many dedicated Republicans who took part in the grassroots process which makes our party unique and protects the interests of all of its members.

I have attached copies of the proposed rules 12 and 15 which make these changes.  Please read them for yourself and see if they represent the kind of party governance you want to be under.  If you agree with me that they disenfranchise our party members and empower people who do not have the best interests of the party at heart, please join me in taking action to raise opposition before this issue is raised for a vote on the convention floor in Tampa on Monday.

Dave Nalle

Travis County Precinct 105 Chairman

 

Proposed Rules 12 and 15

“12: The Republican National Committee may, by three fourths (3/4) vote of its entire membership, amend Rules 1-11 and 13-24. Any such amendment shall be considered by the Republican National Committee only if it was passed by by a majority vote of the Standing Committee on Rules after having been submitted in writing at least ten (10) days in advance of its consideration by the Republican National Committee and shall take effect thirty (30) days after adoption. No such amendment shall be adopted after September 30, 2014.”

“15(a)(1) Any statewide presidential preference vote that permits a choice among candidates for the Republican nomination for president of the United States in a primary, caucus, or state convention must be used to allocate and bind the state’s delegation to the National Convention in either a proportional or winner-take-all manner, except for delegates and alternate delegates who appear on a ballot in a statewide election and are elected directly by primary voters.”

“15(a)(2) For any manner of binding or allocating delegates permitted by these Rules, no delegate or alternate who is bound or allocated to a particular presidential candidate may be certified under Rule 19 if the presidential candidate to whom the delegate or alternate delegate is bound or allocated has, in consultation with the State Party, disavowed the delegate or alternate delegate.”

“15(e)(3) The Republican National Committee may grant a waiver to a state Republican Party from the provisions of 15(a) and (b) where compliance is impossible, and the Republican National Committee determines that granting such a waiver is in the best interests of the Republican Party.”

 

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  • Glenn Contrarian

    Dave –

    To me, your entire article is a great example of “what goes around, comes around”, to wit:

    The presidential nomination, which was supposed to be the focus, is taking a backseat to a growing controversy over an attempt by a small group of elite party insiders and the Romney campaign to fundamentally change the rules and structure of the party to disenfranchise grassroots Republicans activists and turn the GOP from a party of the people into a party of top-down governance from a select class of professional political organizers.

    “Disenfranchisement”? A Republican is complaining about disenfranchisement? After supporting rules that will certainly disenfranchise many, many thousands of American citizens, supposedly for the purpose of stopping in-person voter fraud which is in fact nearly non-existent, since there have been a grand total of about twelve cases of such so far this century.

    Now there are those in Tampa who seek to overturn this traditional structure of the party, set restrictions on the free choice of party members and introduce a new and alien process which would minimize the input of the party’s rank and file and put power in the hands of party leaders and wealthy special interests who can buy the loyalty of the mob

    Speaking of wealthy special interests buying the loyalty of the mob, does anyone remember Citizens United?

    Dave, even before Obama took the oath of office, the Republican elite had decided to refuse to allow any bipartisanship whatsoever – which btw is the subject of my next article (which I hope to submit today). The evidence shows a deliberate decision by the Republican elite to require zero bipartisanship by the Republicans in Congress by essentially telling the Republican congressional rank-and-file what they would and would not support…and they would not allow any deviation from their orders. This decision was made because they saw this as their “path back to power”, apparently never realizing that by allowing zero bipartisanship by Republicans in Congress even when it came to positions they supported and legislation they had proposed and co-sponsored, they were quite literally putting party above country.

    Sound familiar? Because it’s not much different from what you’re describing concerning the Republican national convention. Look again at “…the removal of control over the rule making process from the state parties to a small elite within the national committee of the party who can change the rules under which the party operates at any time.” Talk about chickens coming home to roost!

    Dave, I’m taking no joy in pointing the deliberate intolerance of the GOP on the orders of the Republican elite, because just as you’re pointing out the injury it’s doing to the GOP, my article will point out the injury this has done and is doing to the nation as a whole. As without, so within. The same deliberate intolerance that the GOP elite has directed in Congress since Obama took office has now manifested itself within the party at the RNC. I’m glad you’ve had the courage to point it out.

    P.S. You might want to edit the second sentence of the fourth paragraph – there’s three misspelled words.

  • http://loftypremise.blogspot.com/ Tommy Mack

    Dave,
    The bright side is that this epoch will close and that you will have the opportunity to build a GOP worthy of its history.

    The Tampa show would be great if it was all about Amway or Pre-Paid Legal. It is the demonstration that money for the sake of money does not contribute to GDP. It is a show.

    The Speaker of the House even castigated the shows’ platform.

    The Romney-Ryan ticket and the GOP elite are the new CREEP — advantage Obama. Party’s go through this. You have good work to do ahead.

    Tommy Mack

  • Baronius

    Dave – There’s a potential interesting article in what you’ve written, but I think you got too emotional. You should state the changes and explain the changes. Instead, you vented, then stated the changes without an explanation. I understand why you laid things out as you did, but it wasn’t effective for explaining or persuading.

  • http://judefolly.com jude folly

    the intra-party strife is also known as ‘republicans eating their own’. unlike glenn’s gracious response to this predicament, i cannot resist this moment of schadenfreude.

    just like the republican party at large working to disenfranchise voters, it stands to reason that party elites cannot prevail by virtue of their ideas either. so they must resort to strong arm tactics that would make a bolshevik get misty eyed with pride.

  • Igor

    The astonishing thing about Dave’s article is his pretence of wide-eyed innocence and his sense of betrayal by his own beloved republicans.

    The republicans have been following a “Rule or Ruin” policy for many years, and now Dave is learning what it is like to be one of the victims of their D9 Caterpillar assault as he is swept underneath. Rather like Rachel Correy, except that Dave’s distress is figurative and Correys was literal: she actually died. But Dave will simply go back to his fortress and nurse his ideological wounds. Eventually he will emerge and do battle again on behalf of the very people who betrayed him.

    But Rachel Correy has no such possibility.

  • Igor

    The fact is that the Republicans have become the party of oppression, not the party of freedom. They’ve betrayed their charter and their membership.

  • http://jetsgaypride.blogspot.com/ Jet Gardner

    Fact Check-Paul Ryan… In his Wednesday night a series of misleading statements were made. Let’s look at six of Ryan’s most controversial claims.
    ================== 1.

    The claim: Obama is responsible for the closing of the GM plant in Janesville

    Ahem… the plant closed before Mr. Obama took office.

    The plant’s last full shift was on Dec. 23, 2008. .

    President George W. Bush first approved $17.4 billion in auto bailout loans on Dec. 19, 2008, but it was too late to save the Janesville plant. Mr. Obama extended the bailout after he took office, and analysts have claimed more than 1 million jobs were saved by the bailout.

    Asked if there was anything Mr. Obama could have done to reverse that decision when he took office in January 2009, the GM spokeswoman said, “from a business perspective, it was a done deal. I don’t think I can add anymore.”

    ================== 2.

    In his most recent budget plan, Ryan proposed a controversial overhaul that would transform the nation’s entitlement system into a voucher program. Democrats immediately seized on the plan, which Obama argued would “end Medicare as we know it,” but the Romney campaign responded with a swift counter-attack, accusing the administration of trying to “rob” Medicare of $716 billion in order to fund the Affordable Care Act.

    Did President Obama raid Medicare to pay for the Affordable Care Act? The president’s health care reform law is indeed paid for in part by reducing Medicare’s expected rate of growth between now and 2022. According to data from the Kaiser Foundation, however, the reductions come primarily from cuts to Medicare Advantage plans, as well as in hospital reimbursements and in payments to other providers. The Obama administration casts them as “savings” that would streamline the system, reduce waste and fraud, reinforce the Medicare trust fund and extend its lifeline. It does not limit access to benefits for Medicare recipients, and actually offers new preventative care benefits, as well as increased prescription drug coverage.

    =================== 3.
    The claim: The president did “nothing” on debt

    What Ryan said:
    “He created a new bipartisan debt commission. They came back with an urgent report. He thanks them, sent them on their way, and then did exactly nothing.”

    Mr. Obama did, in fact, create a bipartisan debt commission – and Ryan was one of the 18 people on the committee.

    House and Senate leaders promised to hold votes on the committee’s recommendations for budget savings if 14 of the commission’s members agreed to the plan. Only 11 members, however, voted in favor of the plan. Ryan was one of the seven who voted against the final report, which would have theoretically cut $4 trillion from the federal budget over a decade.

    Every Republican in Congress has pledged to preventing Obama from accomplishing anything -no matter how trivial- in his first term. No president can pass any sort of legislation under those conditions, and the Republican led House’s record is clear on that.

    ==================== 4
    Ryan continued the GOP’s lie based on edited PARTIAL comments made by President Obama.

    I.E. “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” Republicans immediately seized on the phrase as evidence that the Obama administration believes that the government – and not the hard work of individuals – is responsible for the success of small businesses.

    Here are the president’s ACTUAL remarks from that day:

    “Look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something – there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there.

    If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business – you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.”

    ====================== 5.

    The claim: Romney balanced the budget without raising taxes

    “He was the Republican governor of a state where almost nine in ten legislators are Democrats, and yet he balanced the budget without raising taxes. Unemployment went down, household incomes went up, and Massachusetts, under Mitt Romney, saw its credit rating upgraded.

    FactCheck.org has pointed out repeatedly that while it’s true Romney consistently balanced the Massachusetts budget without raising personal income taxes, he “did hike government fees by hundreds of millions of dollars, and he also closed loopholes on some corporate taxes.” The Associated Press detailed some of those fees, reporting that Romney, along with Democratic state lawmakers “raised hundreds of millions of dollars for cash-strapped state coffers by approving new and higher fees on everything from marriage licenses to real estate transactions to gun licenses.” These fees weren’t characterized as taxes, so the Ryan claim is technically accurate, but many argue that the fees he raised in place of taxes amount to more or less the same thing.

    In the same sentence, Ryan claimed that “unemployment went down, household incomes went up, and Massachusetts, under Mitt Romney, saw its credit rating upgraded.”

    According to Bureau of Labor Statistics and FactCheck.org, unemployment was reduced under Romney from 5.6 percent to 4.6 percent. In the context of the national economic climate, however, the same data shows that the Massachusetts unemployment rate was slightly lower than the national rate when Romney took office and was roughly the same as the national rate when he left office.

    ======================== and finally
    Ryan suggests that voters got nothing but debt from the stimulus. However, they also got tax cuts.

    The 2009 stimulus, or the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will ultimately cost about $833 billion from 2009 through 2019, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office’s latest estimate.

    The latest CBO report explains the ongoing economic benefits of the package, concluding the legislation will raise real GDP in 2012 by between 0.1 percent and 0.8 percent and will increase the number of people employed in 2012 by between 0.2 million and 1.1 million.

    The nonpartisan Tax Foundation lays out the eight stimulus provisions that affected the individual income tax, including the Making Work Pay tax credit and the expansion of the First-Time Homebuyer credit.

    It should also be noted that Ryan this month initially denied requesting stimulus funds for Wisconsin businesses but later admitted his office did request the funds. In fact many of the states now struggling, are in the situations they now face because their Republican Governors refused the stimulus money as a political ploy to sabotage the program towards this election.

  • Igor

    Good post, Jet.

    People should especially note the last point: republican state officials laid heavy financial costs on citizens of their states merely to pursue their own political objectives, to try to make Obama look bad. That’s irresponsible.

  • Clav

    According to The Janesville Gazette’s website, GazetteXtradotcom dated April 21, 2009, well into the Obama administration:

    “Exactly four months after General Motors ended sport utility vehicle production in Janesville, the automaker will shut down its medium-duty assembly line.

    Production will end Thursday on the local plant’s Isuzu line that dates back to 1994. Fifty-seven production workers will lose their jobs.

    GM spokesman Chris Lee said another 40 to 50 employees in skilled trade will work to decommission the plant that after nearly 90 years is no longer in the automaker’s immediate production plans.

    GM said last June it would end local production of light-duty trucks, Suburbans, Tahoes and GMC Yukons, by the end of 2010 at the latest. It also said it would shut down the medium-duty Isuzu line sometime in 2009.

    SUV production ended in Janesville on Dec. 23, a little more than five months after the plant lost a second shift of production. More than 2,000 hourly and salaried GM workers were laid off as a result of the production cuts. Supplier companies laid off another 1,200 people.

    For the Isuzu line, “sometime in 2009″ means Thursday.

    Vehicle production at the Janesville plant can be traced to 1919 and the Samson Model M tractor. Chevrolet production started in Janesville in 1923.”

  • Clav

    Here’s what The Weekly Standard has to say about the money “borrowed” from Medicare to help pay for Obamacare, discussed by Rep. Ryan in his RNC speech:

    “Last night, Paul Ryan said this about Medicare:

    And the biggest, coldest power play of all in Obama Care came at the expense of the elderly. You see, even with all the hidden taxes to pay for the health care takeover, even with the new law and new taxes on nearly a million small businesses, the planners in Washington still didn’t have enough money; they needed more. They needed hundreds of billions more. So they just took it all away from Medicare, $716 billion funneled out of Medicare by President Obama.

    This is an entirely true statement. In fact, some have been suggesting for years that the Democrats would pay a dear price for their raid on Medicare. And the time has come to pony up.

    Here are the facts:

    (1) Obamacare cost about $1 trillion dollars over 10 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Democrats raised roughly half of that money through new taxes, and the other half was “raised” from cuts in Medicare.

    (2) If they had cut Social Security, Democrats would not have been able to apply that revenue to Obamacare because money that comes from Social Security actually belongs to the Social Security Trust Fund. When the federal government uses it for other purposes, it is actually borrowing the money, to be paid back with interest at a later date. The exact same is true of Medicare; the catch is that the rules of CBO budgeting allowed the Democrats to count it as an offset to the new spending. So, Obamacare looked deficit neutral on paper, when in fact half of it was paid for with borrowed money.

    (3) The $500 billion in cuts to Medicare do not amount to cuts in benefits to patients, at least nominally. However, government accountants believe that is what effectively will happen. Obamacare imposes efficiency requirements on doctors and hospitals that, over time, will be virtually impossible to maintain. Richard Foster, the government’s chief accountant for Medicare, estimates that 15 percent of all hospitals will fall into the red because of these cuts. Thus, seniors will have the same benefits on paper, but, much like those in the Medicaid program, they will find it difficult to find a doctor or hospital willing to provide the service. (Emphasis added)

    (4) The original version of the Ryan budget retained these cuts. However, there was an important difference: the money was not funneled out to sponsor a new entitlement. Instead, it was credited back to the Medicare Trust Fund, thus strengthening our long term deficit situation. [In my opinion, this was a mistake: Medicare needs reforms that lower its costs, but the Obamacare cuts are poorly designed and impractical.]

    (5) The Romney-Ryan plan restores all of the lost funding to Medicare.

    His criticism of Obamacare is perfectly legitimate. It is a simple matter of mathematics, and the verdict of the government’s top accountant for the program: Obama cut $500 billion from the program; he used that money to cover the cost of Obamacare; the cuts are likely going to result in barriers to access for seniors. (emphasis added)

    Democrats made a terrible political mistake with Obamacare. They should not have used Medicare funds as a way to pay for it; Republicans were always going to burn them on this (just as Democrats burned the GOP in 1996 for the same kind of trick). And in fact, conservative analysts everywhere were commenting on this in 2009 and 2010. Democrats blithely ignored them, and now their chickens have come home to roost.”

  • Clav

    Investor’s Business Daily’s website, investorsdotcom’s take on the “fact check” flap over Rep. Ryan’s speech.

    Some tidbits:

    “If media “fact checkers” are just impartial guardians of the truth, how come they got their own facts wrong about Paul Ryan’s speech, and did so in a way that helped President Obama’s re-election effort?”

    On the GM plant closing in Janesville:

    “Ryan didn’t suggest Obama was responsible for shuttering the plant. Instead, he correctly noted that Obama promised during the campaign that the troubled plant “will be here for another hundred years” if his policies were enacted.

    Also, the plant didn’t close in December 2008. It was still producing cars until April 2009.”

    Regarding the Obama Medicare cuts:

    “In any case, Obama himself admitted that he’s doing what Ryan says. In a November 2009 interview with ABC News, reporter Jake Tapper said to Obama that ‘one-third of the funding comes from cuts to Medicare,’ to which Obama’s response was: ‘Right.'”

    Last, but not least:

    “The rest of Ryan’s alleged factual errors aren’t errors at all; it’s just that the media didn’t like how he said it.”

  • http://jetsgaypride.blogspot.com/ Jet Gardner

    Clavos, I’m sitting here shaking my head and pondering your brain and asking myself, “what’s it like in there?”

    How can you go through life convinced that facts are only opinions, and that only certain RNC opinions are actually facts?

    The fact is that the plant was closed in December, and only produced cars until its inventory ran out… sigh. Of course you’re ignoring all the jobs at GM and Chrysler that would’ve been lost if Romney had his way and just let them die due to unfair market forces.

    This country is in the position it is in because the day after Obama was elected the GOP was determined to make sure that the President could not accomplish anything by sending bills to him with hidden right-wing social agenda items that had nothing to do with the bill itself.

    What about the tea baggers that screamed bloody murder about the cost to help the northeast after that hurricane nearly tore it to pieces. They didn’t want to send financial aid unless money was cut somewhere else. Think that had something to do with the region being mostly Democratic voters?

    I bet you don’t hear a word out of them to help the gulf coast’s current mess-I wonder if that has something to do with the south’s politics?

    Hussein Obama said it best after the election that the Republicans ran this country’s financial car into a ditch, then expected him to pull it out as fast as they got it in there, and indeed began bitching he wasn’t doing it fast enough.

    Well it took 8 years of a very expensive war in Iraq that turned out to be unnecessary and millions of tax breaks to millionaires to get us into that ditch, and it could take ten more to get us back out.

    Those damned millionaires got their tax breaks to trickle-down by hiring more people and stimulating jobs, but instead they took the money and stuck it in their off-shore bank accounts and laughed as the middle class died.

    The republican’t-led House has done nothing but send bills to the Senaate KNOWING they’d never pass the Senate, thus giving them the false claim that Obama has done nothing, when in reality, next-to-nothing reaches his desk to sign so something can get done.

  • Clav

    The fact is that the plant was closed in December…

    The fact is, as the local newspaper (as well as a number of major newspapers all day today) says, the plant “closed” (actually was put on “standby,”) in April, 2009. Fact, not some hysterical media creep, fact.

    This country is in the position it is in because the day after Obama was elected the GOP was determined to make sure that the President could not accomplish anything by sending bills to him with hidden right-wing social agenda items that had nothing to do with the bill itself.

    Oh shit, you’re right! As a republican conspirator myself I even got the memo, along with the necessary decoder ring so I could read it. I forgot, everybody in the party, including my grandmother and the nursing home groundskeeper who’s boinking her, both Republicans since the Lincoln administration, was on the mailing list for that memo from the Republican National Conspiracy Committee, which as all the left wing media knows, owns the GOP these days.

    I bet you don’t hear a word out of them to help the gulf coast’s current mess

    Nope and I didn’t earlier this week after Isaac paid us a visit, either, and we’re not even Crackers!! What’s up with that?

    Those damned millionaires… according to the CBO, ” In 2007, households in the highest quintile earned 55 percent of before-tax income and paid almost 70 percent of federal taxes; for all other quintiles, the share of federal taxes was less than the share of income.” Bastards!! They managed to keep 30% thanks to those damn loopholes!

    The republican’t-led House has done nothing but send bills to the Senaate KNOWING they’d never pass the Senate, thus giving them the false claim that Obama has done nothing… Those lying sacks of shit Republicans!! Obama has done LOTS of things! He sent troops back into Afghanistan just in the nick of time, that war was about to end! By the this past June, he had played 100 rounds of golf, kicking the shit out of Bush’s puny record of only 25 rounds at that point in his administration. And who can forget the glorious “Beer Summit,” in which Obama drank beer with Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates and Cambridge PD Sgt. James Crowley (whom Obama had insulted by falsely accusing him and the PD of “acting stupidly” during a prime time national news conference after Crowley, in response to a telephone report from a neighbor, had arrested Gates for disorderly conduct when he argued and struggled with Crowley.

    The man’s a dynamo!! He never stops!! Those freakin’ Republicans all have their heads where the sun don’t shine…

  • http://jetsgaypride.blogspot.com/ Jet Gardner

    You should join the airforce’s efforts at disproving UFO’s. You’re very adept at taking reasonal arguments to their extreem in order to make them sound ridiculous and unbelievable.

    There are a lot of red states, but god made the sky blue… I wonder what that means?

  • http://jetsgaypride.blogspot.com/ Jet Gardner

    Fact: The plant was largely closed in December 2008 when production of General Motors SUVs ceased – before Obama was sworn in. A small crew of about 100 workers completed a contract for production of medium-duty trucks for Isuzu Motors, a contract that ended in April 2009.

    Note that Ryan called the plant “locked up” rather than “shut down.” That’s because the plant has not been completely shut down; it remains on “standby” and could reopen if GM production reaches the right level, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

  • pablo

    Well Dave your republican buddies finally sold you out at the convention, hook line and sinker. Let there be no doubt that they will not tolerate a liberty wing of the republican party.