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    Stop the Establishment from Rewriting the RNC Rules

    As you may know the Romney camp is pushing new rules, specifically Rule 15, which would strip grassroots activists of any meaningful ability to participate in presidential politics. The process has always been bottom-up, but Romney officials have rewritten the rules so that the nominee can stifle any dissent on the platform committee and even unseat delegates. Make no mistake, this will weaken the process by which Republicans chose their candidate for president and push the grassroots out of the party process.

    From Buzzfeed reporter Zeke Miller: "The Republican National Convention Rules Committee voted 63-38 to approve a new rule allowing granting the Republican National Committee — and Mitt Romney — sweeping new powers to amend the governing document of the GOP.

    The move came at the encouragement of Mitt Romney supporters on the committee, including Romney's top lawyer Ben Ginsberg, who stressed that it would grant "flexibility" to Romney and the committee to adapt to changing political environments. The rule allows the RNC to amend the party's rules without a vote by the full Republican National Convention. And it offers the Republican Establishment a new tool to keep at b[a]y Tea Party initiatives that threaten to embarrass or contradict party leadership and stray from a planned message." (emphasis added)

    UPDATE: Locate the phone number of your state's delegates on the Rules Committee here, call them immediately, and tell them to oppose Romney's Rule 15, that strips grassroots activists of the ability to participate in the Republican platform process.

    99 comments
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    Paul Barcomb
    08/28/2012

    What does it matter if wining simply means a different socialist commandant?

    Once I got past my Primary wounds I was 100% behind Mitt Romney until today. Now I fear he is on a chain and someone pulls it.

    Eric Poy Sr.
    08/27/2012

    I agree with you Dorothy 100% but, we can't get divided now!!! We can throw out "ALL the Rinos" & "ALL the Establishment IN BOTH PARTIES" by/come 2016!!! "THEN" it will be time for a 3rd Party!!! :-)

    Gil Reed
    08/26/2012

    Gov. Romney,
    There is only ONE WAY to win this election! UNITY ..... UNITY ..... UNITY!!! Please do not divide the Republican party by passing this rule. You will loose the votes of the Tea Party, Libertarians, and a lot of true conservatives. We cannot allow that to happen.
    Mr. Ryan,
    Kick some sense into your future boss's butt! Thanks

    C Bartlett
    08/28/2012

    Please Larry - NOT THIS TIME! I was a naiive just-out-of-college youngster when I voted for Ross Perot because we were fed up with the first Bush not being conservative enough. That action HANDED the election to Clinton - really bad news. I learned my lesson the haard way but the damage that Clinton did to the country pales in comparison to what Obama has already done. I shudder to think what he would do with another 4 years with no re-election worries. Please, please work to get more conservatives in the House and Senate and lets work together to keep Romney under control. He IS the nominee (almost anyway) and we need to be unified! Please don't go off the deep end now!

    Eric Poy Sr.
    08/27/2012

    Remember..."IT'S ALL IN" or "A FREE AMERICA WILL BE ALL OUT"!!! :-(

    Eric Poy Sr.
    08/27/2012

    Well Larry, that will be on "THEIR SHOULDERS" that they "VOTED OBAMA BACK IN TO DESTROY OUR COUNTRY"!!! "WE THE PEOPLE MUST STAY UNITED" for "THIS ELECTION" to get The "COMMIE, CRIMINAL, RACIST, FRAUD OUT"!!! We can throw Romney out in 2016!!! If THE COMMIE stays there will be "NO ELECTION COME 2016"!!! :-(

    Larry Mann
    08/26/2012

    Gil, Unfortunately the damage has already been done. I'm a PCO and most of the folks in my precinct have found out what has occurred. They are upset and vowing not to support Romney. They figure if he will do this what will he do to the rest of us if he got elected. We don't need a candidate that talks out of both sides of his mouth like Obama did. This was our chance to get him out and because of the media control and dis-info we have lost the election. I just hope we don't lose control of the House as well. You can't go around shooting yourself in the foot and make any progess. That is in essence what we have done. A large percentage of my constituents are looking at Gary Johnson and I can't blame them.

    Craig Nayrocker
    08/26/2012

    Bottom-up grassroots activists are where it is at. The most effective campaign tactic is the personal door knock followed by the personal pphone call. Top-down will NOT DO. We do NOT want people at the top of ANY party telling us they know better. That is how we got the bridge to nowhere and all this deficit spending.

    Charlie Lyons
    08/26/2012

    It's the Romney way.. just ask Newt or Rick ..Why is anyone surprised?

    Alexis Rose
    08/26/2012

    This is the "Tea Party's" punishment for failing to support the only candidate who actually holds the positions that FreedomWorks professes to believe in. By sitting on the fence, it failed to influence the race, and got the worst possible candidate as a result.

    Enjoy getting yourself worked up to support a guy who behaves like John Kerry and has policies indistinguishable from Barack Obama's.

    Linda White
    08/28/2012

    Linda67, I'm not so sure Romney isn't a communist and fraud. Obama told one lie after another to get elected. I'm not so gullible as to think that Romney isn't another wolf in sheeps clothing, brought to us by the same league of elites that gave us Obama.

    Eric Poy Sr.
    08/27/2012

    At least Romney is "NOT A COMMIE, FRAUD" & "LOVES BEING AN AMERICAN"!!!! :-) There is two differences right there!!! And "BIG ONES" too!!!!

    Peter Cox
    08/26/2012

    Another reason I'm glad I vote Libertarian.

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    curt love
    08/27/2012

    If we divide we are through,We cant fall apart.Obama 1st,Then we do the real work.But Obama must go and we the people must stay together Period!!.

    Eric Poy Sr.
    08/27/2012

    "WE THE PEOPLE" can & will take that chance in "2016" when it's "SAFE TO TAKE THAT BIG CHANCE"!!!! "AFTER The COMMIE, CRIMINAL, RACIST, FRAUD is DEFEATED" & "CAN'T DESTROY OUR COUNTRY"!!!

    Eric Poy Sr.
    08/27/2012

    No Larry!!! STOP trying to "DIVIDE US"!!! It's "NOT" going to work!!! :-( A third party now would just "HAND THE ELECTION TO OBAMA"!!!! :-(

    Larry Mann
    08/26/2012

    over 40% of Americans are dissappointed with the choices we have in this election. That is enough to elect a 3rd party candidate to the oval office. THink about that! Wouldn't you like to get someone in the oval office that doesn't owe favours to the bankers or the elite? They have done fine the last 12 years. Now it's our turn but we must commit to making the change.

    Pete.Tustison
    08/26/2012

    If this happens it will lend credence to the Romney detractors who claim Romney is no different than Obama.

    Iris Nicholas
    08/26/2012

    Romney goes around and quotes the Constitution but behind the backs of the people who have influenced many candidacies and primaries. I had heard that Freedom Works was able to get 10 of "tea party" planks into the Republican Platfrom. Then this happens, making me wonder if this a fact. Where is Paul Ryan, who I thought agreed with much of the tea party principles? I am not surprised that the Romney faction would try to do this. Goes with his Moderate leanings and history of flip and flopping. If in fact they will try to unseat the delegates that have been identified or are tea party delegates, this would (I think) reduce the number of voting delegates that would be needed to ensure Romney's nomination. Texas has a large block of voters and I am sure there are other states (praying this is so) that will go against this decision of Romney's.

    Tracy Jacobs
    08/26/2012

    Sadly this is my first year being involved. Until I heard Ron Paul speak I just figured I needed a law degree to understand what the heck they were saying. Now I figured out they were saying nothing. I just knew Ron Paul would be a shoe in for sure. Since this I have learned about all the other rules that seem to come out of the air. I will not vote for either Romney nor Obama, but I WILL VOTE

    Gypsy Hale
    09/03/2012

    Congrats Tracy on becoming involved in the election process. Ron Paul 2012. RNC is afraid of him as they should be. Romney and Obama are two sides of the same coin. Dr Paul will bring home our troops, end our country's financial crisis, and take a pay cut to do it.

    Romney is a greedy thief who made his fortune loading others with debt. Obama is even less impressive, with his socialist/communist ideology.

    Eric Poy Sr.
    08/27/2012

    It seems that we have a lot of different forces tryin to divide us on this posting/subject!!!! :-(

    Eric Poy Sr.
    08/27/2012

    Listen folks, I don't like this anymore then you do! But, we have to stick together for this one because it's make or "BREAK FOR AMERICA"!!! We can go 3rd party & "WILL" come 2016!!! If you don't vote or you vote for someone else instead of "THE LESSER OF TWO EVILS" it's in the bag for "Mr OBAMA"!!! And that "WILL BE THE END OF FREE ELECTIONS & THE END OF FREE AMERICA"!!! As little of freedom as we have now, it WILL BE GONE in 2016 WITH Mr OBAMA! "IT'S OVER if we don't VOTE FOR ROMNEY IN THIS ELECTION"!!! "WE CAN GET OUR GUY/GIRL in 2016!!! We will have MORE CONSERVATIVES IN BOTH HOUSE AT THAT POINT!!! But, right now the country is too divided!!! :-( "THE MAIN GOAL FOR THIS ELECTION IS TO GET THE COMMIE OUT"!!!! Sorry!!!

    Eric Poy Sr.
    08/27/2012

    Sorry Peter!!! "At this point" it would only "HAND THE ELECTION TO OBAMA"!!! Maybe in 2016!!! :-)

    Peter Cox
    08/26/2012

    Please vote for the only small-government candidate on the ballot nationwide: Gary Johnson http://garyjohnson2012.com

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    Russ Vansant
    08/26/2012

    DICK ARMEY for President!

    Larry Mann
    08/26/2012

    How true you are Michael. Dick Armey is not the person that he would like for you to believe he is. I sure hope others figure out who and what he is soon.

    Michael Openshaw
    08/26/2012

    Sorry, but Dick has been pretty rah-rah on the GOP handling of things- up to now. A bunch of us knew fully well that the RNC was going to try to screw us. Myself, I specifically requested to be only an alternate even at state, because I'm not big into farces.
    And, as usual, I have one question for Dick from the days where I was COunty chairman where Dick was still in economics professor; WHERE'S MY FLAT TAX, DICK?

    S T
    08/26/2012

    Well, it looks like Romney and Obama have even more than universal health care in common, they both go around Representative Democracy to get what they want.

    We ended up with McCain and Romney due to a flawed primary process run by media and skewed by Democrats. I say it's more than time for a new Party.

    C Bartlett
    08/28/2012

    Dittos Eric ------ NOT THIS TIME! We MUST get Obama out of there first! He is evil and this country doesn't stand any chance of moving on to anything resembling a reformed Republican Party or a new third party if Obama has 4 years to convert our republic to a socialist country. Please, please vote for Romney and don't hand this election to Obama. Fight these changes at the RNC convention with everything you have but don't just give up!

    Eric Poy Sr.
    08/27/2012

    But, Al & everyone that will hand Mr obama the election!!! I don't like it either but, "FOR THIS ELECTION" WE NEED TO STICK TOGETHER!!! In 2016 we can THROW THEM ALL OUT!!! We will have more Conservatives in BOTH houses & will be more powerful by then!!!! But, if Mr obama wins "THIS ELECTION" & he will "SADLY" if we let "THE POWERS DIVIDE US & we vote for other candidates!!! :-( Then, there will be "NO MORE AMERICA & NO MORE ELECTIONS" I'm sad to say!!!:-( "UNITED WE STAND" or "DIVIDED WE FALL"!!! :-(

    Al-harleyriderone Salmi
    08/27/2012

    I've worked in the Republican Trenches since 1960 (for Goldwater) and year after year it is the liberal/establishment, country club, blue blood republicans who shove aside we of the Tea Party/Conservative/Libertarian persuasion.
    If this rule goes through, and the grass roots are shot down once more, you can bet I will be voting for Johnson. My blood pressure has just risen 20 points!

    Peter Cox
    08/26/2012

    There is a “new” party with the only small-government who's on the ballot nationwide: Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party. http://garyjohnson2012.com

    Paula Tolan
    08/26/2012

    I left the Republican party just because of this kind of stuff. They forget they don't own my vote- they have to earn it! We all have a voice, and we deserve to be heard!

    Gloria Allen Dahms
    08/26/2012

    YOU TURNING INTO OBAMA? NO! NO! NO! WHY ARE YOU TRYING TO CUT OUT THE GRASS ROOTS THAT HAVE GOTTEN YOU WHERE YOU ARE, SO FAR? YOU DO THIS, YOU ARE NO BETTER THEN OBAMA. YOU ARE SHOWING US YOU WILL USE THE SAME TACTICS THAT HE DOES & IT IS DESTROYING THIS COUNTRY. GOV FOR THE PEOPLE BY THE PEOPLE, THEN & NOW!!!!! STOP! NOW! THIS BETTER NOT BE IMPLEMENTED.

    Jim Swantko
    08/26/2012

    Keep his feet to the fire. I WILL be calling and voicing my displeasure of this development. The establishment (left and right)... do NOT want to hear from the grassroots. They will play to us when it benefits them, then turn a deaf ear once elected. No more. Haven't they figured out that we are done playing that game with them??

    Richard Clark
    08/26/2012

    Texas RNC delegation met today and will reject RNC rule changes proposed by the Romney organization and will be voting for minority report(s) in support of the state parties and grassroots!

    "We got a report from Melinda Fredrick and Butch Davis, who are on the Rules Committee. They confirmed the rumor about the rule change. They encouraged a vote for the Minority Report, and got a standing ovation. It looks like Texas will be voting in block to follow the current rule of Texas choosing its delegates." - Dan Hunt, TX RNC Delegate

    C Bartlett
    08/28/2012

    Richard - thank you for posting! Glad to know Texas is hanging in there and not taking this abuse. I keep getting notifications from FreedomWorks and now Redstate about these rule changes and that we need to be protesting them. I could send emails but can't make phone calls from work. Surely Texas has enough delegates to make a "statement"! Yeah!

    Michael Openshaw
    08/26/2012

    If they ALLOW a vote on the Minority report. Sununu literally went into hiding to make sure the requirement for a minority report to be filed within an hour after the meeting adjourned was not met. The one hour requirement itself was an attempt to squash dissent. If they DON'T allow such a vote, there needs to be a major walkout from the floor.

    William Donnell
    08/26/2012

    Romney camp!! wake up!!!!!! You need us to Beat Obama. The RNC, can not and will not do it alone. Romney officials need to be stifle. God Bless America for the Tea Party.

    Sarah Jarrett
    08/26/2012

    Seriously? Does he not understand how many Tea Party activists are planning to vote for him rather than split the vote. He needs a reality check. This is very disappointing!

    Thomas Millington
    08/27/2012

    Damn Right Eric, 2012 is the RESET! 2016 is the BEGINNING! Stay with us AMERICANS!

    Eric Poy Sr.
    08/27/2012

    Yes, Sarah I agree!!! "VERY DISAPPOINTING" but, WE THE PEOPLE need to keep our cool & remember "FOR THIS ELECTION" the main goal is to "DEFEAT THE COMMIE, CRIMINAL, RACIST, FRAUD"!!! We can't & sadly won't CHANGE WASHINGTON IN TWO ELECTIONS"!!! It took about a hundred years for "BOTH PARTIES" to get us where we are today!!! :-( "2016" IS OUR YEAR!!! If we can "STOP THE COMMIE THAT HATES AMERICA"!!!! If we don't there "WON'T BE NO 2016 ELECTIONS"!!! :-(

    Michael Openshaw
    08/26/2012

    If they stunt this- refusing to have a vote on the minority report- we are calling for a walkout. http://wp.me/pygru-1h3

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    curt love
    08/27/2012

    This will not happen,What the hell is wrong with you .We are the people and the tea party are a huge part of this.Why would you take such a chance,We have had enough of politicians telling us how it works.You will have my vote only if you are honest and fair.You must think we dont pay attention,You are wrong!!

    Louis J Trauth III
    08/26/2012

    This is how Republicans lose elections! The Republican Party needs groups like the Tea Party to keep it honest! If I want lies and false promises, I'll vote for a goddamn Democrat!

    Tom Holmes
    08/26/2012

    Wow, this sounds like an Executive Order from the White House. This must be stopped!

    Vickie Montney
    08/27/2012

    Damn it, what the hell are they thinking? It is bad enough that we must fight the leftists and wackos on the other side. I am sick of spending every spare moment trying to keep on top of how Obama and his party are turning the USA into a giant Cuba. There are many that believe passionately that we need to have a new party - because of stuff like this. Time will tell if they are correct, but this just adds fuel to the fire.

    Sincerely,

    Vickie Montney

    Seffner Florida

    813-409-

    Thomas Millington
    08/27/2012

    Mr. Romney,
    Seriously? I agree with with other posts - we are voting for you because we do not want BHO!. But we also do not want another squishy Rhino! Would you please listen to US?! the AMERICAN people! not some go along to get along consultant! Come out here to the HEARTLAND in Minnesota (not Minneapolis) and hear the Americans who want our country back! I (we) want a government that keeps us safe and leaves us alone! After this election, I would like nothing better than never having to listen/watch political comentary! this is a republic (as far as I know, the only functional one), we elect you guys and gals because we believe that you are going to do what you said you were going to do! Damn it! Be honest! We are informed!, we are motivated! and we are vigilant! Do The Right Thing!