To the casual observer, the news coverage of this year’s Republican National Convention would lead one to believe that nothing was amiss. Certainly, all the national news outlets presented a smooth picture of smiling people working harmoniously together in happy unanimity.
But that would be a false impression.
We are all busy people. We don’t often have the time to look deeper than the superficial portrayal of events spoon-fed to us in nice, 30-second segments by the handful of corporate conglomerates that is affectionately known as the mainstream media (MSM).
So we could be forgiven if we have been unaware of the things that went on at the 2012 Republican National Convention.
As a supporter of a candidate that was systematically marginalized by a train of injustices, I had cause to pay attention to what was really occurring, both on the convention floor, the breakout committees, and the proverbial smoke-filled back rooms.
Over the next week or two, I will present a number of incidents that occurred. Each of these, in isolation, may or may not rise to the level of obvious violations of the rule of law.
After presenting these in isolation, I will bring them together in a narrative that lays bare the inescapable conclusion that there is a power center within the RNC that will resort to any technique imaginable — legal, violation of bylaw, violation of parliamentary procedure, immorality, or outright criminality — to cement their power over the grassroots of the party.
Some of the evidence will include:
- scripted votes
- rule changes, and the manner adopted
- barring duly credentialed delegates from the grounds
- ignoring calls for division
- ignoring parliamentary procedure
- illegitimately disenfranchising delegates
- on the spot changes of qualification for nomination (5? no 8!)
- illegitimately disenfranchising entire delegations
- illegal indefinite detention
- and more!
If you follow the presentation of evidence, I fervently believe that you will come to the conclusion that the leadership of the RNC is playing the entire corpus of the party, while we dance to their tune.
Hang on – it’s going to be a bumpy ride