Ron Paul Still Setting Brush Fires All Over the United States

By LUIS MIRANDA | THE REAL AGENDA | MAY 10, 2012

For a campaign that has no correspondents assigned to it from the big four or five US corporate media outlets, the Ron Paul campaign is looking pretty good. For a candidate that according to those same media outlets has no chance to make it to the convention, the thousands of followers and hundreds of delegates that Ron Paul has collected during the campaign, seem to suggest otherwise. After being discarded by the US media as the impossible to elect candidate, the Ron Paul fire has grown larger all over the United States.

Mr. Paul has travelled all over the country meeting not with a few hundred people in some hotel conference room, but with thousands of Americans in parks, stadiums, theaters, college campuses and other venues averaging some 5000 supporters per event. In the meantime, the Romney campaign has decided to take a break and let inevitability do the work, while Obama hides from the press and changes his discourse in order to appeal to the former supporters who are leaving the ship of Change in which he arrived to Washington, DC.

No one but Paul supporters noticed the growing numbers of delegates the campaign was adding up to a growing number of Americans that forgot about American Idol and Sunday Baseball in order to tirelessly work to elect delegates who will vote for Ron Paul in Florida. But the media and the Romney campaign finally picked up, and even Fox News, a neocon mouth piece, has dedicated multiple reports to how the Paul campaign has managed to actually win states previously awarded to Mitt Romney or Rick Santorum. The beauty pageants, as they are called, carried out over the winter — caucuses and primaries — did not mean a thing, and the uncompromised delegates either flowed to Paul, or the campaign managed to send more people in and get more delegates than Romney in at least 5 states. Romney felt the power of hurricane Paul even in his home state, where the campaign managed to take a large number of delegates from the sleeping beauty Romney side.

Recently, Fox News had to publicly recognize Ron Paul’s surge in the campaign, even after being discounted as a candidate for the Republican nomination, much less as the elected candidate by the Republican party to go head to head with incumbent Barack Obama. The latest wave of Paul’s victories in Massachusetts, Iowa, Nevada, Missouri, Louisiana, Washington State and other locations around the country do not necessarily mean that Paul will be elected as the candidate to challenge Obama in November, but neither does the multiple victories scored by Mitt Romney officially put him on the saddle to ride to the November election. If there is anything that can be taken from the victories Ron Paul is having all over the United States, is that the campaign is not over yet; there is not consensus, to use a popular analogy. The people haven’t fully spoken and as time goes by, it seems more likely that Ron Paul will continue to amass more delegates than that Mitt Romney will parade his inevitability into the Florida convention.

“Representative Ron Paul says the campaign isn’t over yet. The man with the growing fan base, also has a growing roster of delegates.” This is how a recent report from Fox News addresses Ron Paul’s current surge. The report read by Brett Beir says that Paul campaign continues to outdo Romney’s all over the nation. According to Fox, when everything is said and done, the Paul campaign could dominate as much as half of votes from delegates coming from Massachusetts, which is Romney’s home state. An embarrassment? Hardly. Perhaps an incentive to the Romney campaign to implement more dirty games to try to swindle voters. During the election, the Romney campaign handed out fake ballots to voters, in order to slow down the number of votes in favor of fellow candidates. This and other forms of chicanery used by the establishment candidate — like counting the votes in secret — are expected to occur for the remaining time of the campaign. It is also expected that if the Paul campaign collects enough delegates before the election and into the convention, the Romney campaign will prevent those delegates voting for Paul from entering the venue, voting or even counting their votes. If you think Ron Paul followers are carrying out a revolution, wait until their votes aren’t counted.

Although the Fox News clip rightly reports on the growing number of Ron Paul committed delegates, it leaves out the fact that Mr. Paul has visited dozens of cities in the United States and has spoken to crowds that go from 2200 to 8500 people a piece. I wonder why. Perhaps they put together the pieces of evidence and concluded that a larger number of delegates paired with a large number of public support — lots of it coming from military men and college campuses — equals electability, and in a fair election inevitability. A pretty important point the main stream media refuses to cover or simply does not get so far, is that for every crowd of 8500 people in a determined city, Ron Paul, his campaign and his followers are not only assuring his candidate will have a voice in the Florida convention, but that they will have a say in the future of their country. Multiply those 8500 by the number of people they will reach and turn over to the Paul way of thinking of limited government, fiscal responsibility and sane monetary policy, and suddenly you have a small army that will grow larger in the years to come with people that will impregnate others with the ideas of personal freedom, small government and self-responsiblity.

From Ithaca, New York to Austin, Texas Ron Paul continues to invigorate people and the revolution seems to be secured.

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Will the Global Political Shakedown be for the best?

By LUIS MIRANDA | THE REAL AGENDA | MAY 7, 2012

All around the world there seems to be a wave of people kicking their leaders’ rear ends. The most recent examples of these manifestations of non-conformity with business as usual politics began in Spain, where Mariano Rajoy took over the steering wheel from a failed Jose Luis Zapatero. Then came Greece, who changed its leader George Papandreou for Lucas Papademos.

Over the weekend, elections in France and Germany, carried on the ball as Moamer Khadafi’s friend, Nicolas Zarkozy was unseated as France’s president. He yielded his post to Mr. Francois Hollande. Angela Merkel suffered significant loses in Germany, as her centre-right government coalition lost power in the state of Schleswig-Holstein. By the end of this week, once the counting of the votes is over with, she could also be a victim of what seems to be a generalized european mini-political quake. In Europe, the only nation that seems to have escaped the technocratic attack was Iceland, whose leaders were not totally in the pockets of the bankers who have now taken over Greece.

Meanwhile, in the United States, most of the media has collaborated to pick Mitt Romney as the Republican candidate for president after Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum realized they did not have enough cash to financed their campaigns or pay their debts. Both Santorum and Gingrich are lobbying Romney to take care of those debts in exchange for their vote and support. Most of the gains made by Romney comes from his beauty contest victories obtained during the caucus and primaries, which enabled him to get the highest number of unpledged delegates among his fellow candidates.

Different from the European contests, the American election system is more like a pageant, and the candidate is only elected during a national party meeting. Conventional wisdom would dictate that Romney would be elected as the man to face a decaying Barack Obama in November, and that is what the main stream media and the Republican Party’s machine has tried to do since both Santorum and Gingrich left the race. But in the middle of all the chicanery created to have Romney be the candidate for president, the wave of American discontent seems to be rising. Although many state caucuses and primaries were reported as won by Santorum, Gingrich and Romney himself, the official results in several of those states had not been announced. In the last two weeks, at least five states have changed the outcome of the previously announced results. It turns out that it wasn’t Romney, Santorum or Gingrich who won those states. It was Texas Representative Ron Paul.

Nevada, Washington State, Iowa, Maine and Louisiana are now official Paul’s states. He has also made significant gains in Minnesota and Missouri. So, while the Romney campaign was enjoying the feeling of inevitability, a hard working group of Paul supporters made sure that their votes had the weight they were supposed to have up until the last moment. The Paul campaign has quietly picked up an important number of delegates after Romney was officially ‘elected’ by the GOP to face Obama in November. With his recent gains, Paul is making strides to force a brokered convention in Florida, as supposed to allow Romney to enjoy a victory lap all by himself.

The issue with all the political revolts both in Europe and in the US is whether those revolts against the establishment corporate-backed candidates has rendered or will render anything positive for the people who booted their leaders out of office. In the case of Europe there has been little progress, especially in Greece. After George Papandreu left, the country accepted so-called financial aid from the European Union and adopted a harsh package of government austerity whose only significant result has been the increase in political suicides. Greece is in a worse condition than ever before. The thought that a rich country would eventually be able to pay for its debt in no longer the ephimerous guarantee that it was before. Greece, one of those supposed rich countries is now less capable of paying off his debt than before the sovereign debt problem became apparent. Neither is France, Spain, Portugal or any other European nation. So in the case of the Greek, the change has not been that great. It has been for the worse indeed.

In the case of Spain, things are much different. The government led by Mariano Rajoy has basically continues the same strategy that Zapatero had, which is a powerful government sponsored economy. Since Rajoy took power, the government has not done anything to generate more revenue other than raising taxes. It has also adopted austerity programs in exchange for financial bailouts as it increases government spending in traditional entitlement programs. Spain’s financial health is worse today that it was before, and perhaps it is even worse than Greece. In addition to the gigantic out of control debt, the socialist government continues to borrow money at a very high cost. The unemployment rate has reached 24% which has spurred major economic problems everywhere. Why will Spain be worse than Greece? Because its economy is four times the size of Greece. Economic activity in Spain adds up to just about 12% of the GDP generated in the Eurozone, which makes it the fourth most important in the old continent and number 10 in the world.  A Spanish default will cause a quake that whose ripples will be felt all over the planet. It could even mean the collapse of the Eurozone, analysts say.

France’s economic prospects aren’t that much better. This state of affairs together with Nicolas Sarkozy’s thirst for war cost him his position as president. But will the change be for the best? Has socialism ever worked for the best? The questions is not rhetorical as France’s new leader is a socialist. France lost its AAA rating, if that means anything, while its unemployment continues to rise, even with cooked numbers to over 10%. The country is today in a similar situation than Spain and Italy, drowning in economic insecurity and a growing inability to pay its debt, which is a country’s best presentation card to gain trust and obtain cheap credit. The lousy results of Sarkozy’s window dressing economic and fiscal policies resulted in no growth, to which he responded with more proposals to change the direction of the country. Too little too late, many would say as he lost the election to François Hollande. Mr. Sarkozy wanted to impose a an increase in the value-added tax on consumption, allow companies more flexibility to negotiate working hours and pay, and enshrine a balanced-budget requirement in the Constitution. His intentions did not pick up speed with the French, who found out about his secret dealing with murdered Libyan leader Moamer Khadafi.

Perhaps the only country that looks better is Germany, both financially and politically. But this state of affairs may not last too long. Angela Merkel is also managed to shine panic among the german people. The latest example of her failure to deliver is the loss of support, although small, could begin to shape what the national election will look like in 2013. As Germany seems to be the only European state with a stronger footing, a different issue becomes center stage. As reported by the Express newspaper, German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle is working secretly to create an all powerful European leadership position that will merge the powers of the presidency of the European Council and the European Commission while leaving the United Kingdom out of the group. “This is a plot by people who want to abolish nation states and create a United States of Europe,” said one of the opponents of the secret group. Tory MP Douglas Carswell said that it doesn’t matter how the powers of the Council and the Commission are arranged, so long as the technocrats in control of Europe don’t have the ability to dictate the people’s way of living. “They are not elected so they have no legitimacy.”

With the new Greek Prime Minister mortgaging the future of the country by adopting new but ineffective austerity programs and calling austerity a “patriotic duty” there doesn’t seem to be a way out for the Mediterranean nation that now lays in the hands of its creditors. Spain, on the other hand seems to be walking in Greece’s direction as its leaders begin to adopt similar policies of indebtedness and government spending without generating any real job opportunities for the growing numbers of unemployed — especially those under 25 years of age — who are now called the lost generation. “This is the least hopeful and best educated generation in Spain,”   said local blogger Ignacio Escolar. Unemployment for the young in Spain has reached 52% this Spring.

It all comes down to the US then, doesn’t it? Will Americans start a ‘summer spring’ that will continue the wave of much needed change, or will they continue to foolishly trust their corporate chosen leaders to bring about change instead of kicking them out for good? It was the Americans who fought the British for temporary independence after all, wasn’t it? With a skyrocketing debt of over $16 trillion and a growing unemployment rate — some 100 million Americans are out of the work force today — Americans will have to choose between the two party dictatorship model that has dragged them downthe hole they’re in today, or the better option that will indeed get the ball rolling to bring about real change. A major shakedown in the United States could be the trigger for a worldwide awakening and/or rise of unimpressed people who will clamp down on their governments out of control collusion with corporate interests. Someone needs to light up the match in order for the fire to ignite.

Ron Paul Wins Most Maine Delegates

AP | MAY 6, 2012

With Mitt Romney’s GOP presidential nomination all but decided, Ron Paul supporters took control of the Maine Republican Convention and elected a majority slate supporting the Texas congressman to the GOP national convention, party officials said. The results gave the Texas congressman a late state victory.

In votes leading to the close of the two-day Maine convention, Paul supporters were elected to 21 of the 24 delegate spots from Maine to the GOP national convention in Tampa, Fla. The 24th delegate’s seat goes to party Chairman Charles Webster, who has remained uncommitted throughout the process.

Making the Paul takeover complete was the election of Paul supporters to a majority of the state committee seats.

“It’s certainly a significant victory,” said Jim Azzola of South Portland, Cumberland County coordinator for Paul.

Paul, the last challenger to remain in the contest, finished a close second behind Romney in Maine’s GOP caucuses in February, but those results were nonbinding. Not everyone had a chance to cast a ballot before the results were announced, and a snowstorm forced the cancellation of some caucuses, including one in a Paul stronghold. Romney won the February straw poll with 39 percent of the vote to Paul’s 36 percent. Rick Santorum trailed with 18 percent and Newt Gingrich got 6 percent.

Romney’s aides say they do not view Paul as a threat to winning the nomination. But Romney and his team have also been mindful not to do or say anything that might anger Paul’s loyal supporters.

“I think he’s being very careful because he knows how important the Ron Paul voters are — they obviously represent a very different dynamic,” said Mike Dennehy, a former top aide to Republican John McCain’s 2008 campaign. “They are the most passionate and the most frustrated of any voters heading to the polls. And many of them are independents.”

The weekend’s turn of events — in a state neighboring one where Romney served as governor — would indicate the GOP has not yet united behind the presumptive nominee, and there are indications the infighting may last all the way to the national convention.

Paul supporters accused the Romney crowd Saturday of dirty tricks to garner more delegates. “We came here to see democracy in action. We are floored by what happened, absolutely floored to see the cheating,” said Elizabeth Shardlow of Auburn, a Paul activist.

Charles Cragin, a Romney supporter who lost Saturday’s bid to chair the convention, called the turn of events at the Maine convention “bizarre.” Cragin said the Paul-led delegation may not be recognized at the national convention because of violations of rules of procedure this weekend in Augusta.

“They have so phenomenally screwed this up that they will go to Tampa and not be seated,” Cragin said.

Another Romney supporter, delegate John Carson of Kittery, acknowledged “this is a split convention.”

“The Paul supporters have had a successful process and should be congratulated on that,” said Carson, a veteran of numerous state conventions. “I think it’s important that the Romney camp and Paul camp come together and support a single candidate,” Carson said, adding that candidate should be Romney.

Ron Paul Officially Wins Washington, Readies Strong Convention Appearance

The Texas Congressmen has won a total of three states — Iowa and Minnesota — and large amounts of delegates in other states, but the main stream media censors the official results.

By CHRIS MILES | POLICYMIC | APRIL 25, 2012

The Ron Paul “delegate strategy” seems to be working. And he could very well be nominated at the Republican National Convention in Tampa in late summer.

Wow. Twist.

The Texas libertarian has based his entire 2012 presidential campaign on the ability to win over state delegates — rather than winning the popular vote. To do this, Paul has utilized an extensive grassroots campaign network to influence local officials, who in turn would influence the higher-up officials. Until recently, this strategy had shown only limited results: the ground-level Paul delegates had not been able to immediately influence the wider state delegate situation. Now, though, caucus states like Washington, Minnesota, and Iowa — each with a complicated system of “bound” and “unbound” delegates — are nominating their delegates to the GOP national convention in Tampa. And the Paul ground game is starting to work, but with some institutional backlash.

Here’s a micro-level example: In Washington over the weekend, Republicans in the 37thLegislative District gathered to vote on their delegates. The meeting saw Ron Paul supporters elect one of their own to chair the process. A Republican Party chairman, though, refused to accept the Paul-supporting chairperson, and ended the meeting, declaring that the meeting was no longer a Republican Party event, but rather a Ron Paul campaign event.

The caucus finished its business outside in the sun, and elected 11 Ron Paul supporters to the state convention, which begins May 31 in Tacoma.

Boom, Ron Paul’s system looks like it is working.

Paul loyalists, of course, still harbor hope for getting their man nominated at the national convention in Tampa in late August. In order to do that, Paul must have a majority of support from at least five state delegations. With states like North Dakota, Minnesota, Maine, and others on track, his supporters could then attempt to nominate him from the floor.

And it’s looking like he’ll get the states he needs.

Earlier this week in Iowa and Minnesota, Ron Paul’s covert, submarine delegate strategy paid off. Iowa has 28 total delegates that it can award, and one of those delegates is the state chairman, a Ron Paul supporter. Paul also picked up 13 delegates from the state’s nomination committee, which decided yesterday to go for Ron Paul. Weeks after the Iowa race was called for Rick Santorum, Paul’s grinding delegate game has paid off, and at the very worst, he will earn half of Iowa’s delegates.

He pulled off the same thing in Minnesota. The state has 40 delegates and Ron Paul has secured at least 20 of them, confirming Paul’s prediction at the time that “when the dust settles, there is a very good chance that we’ll have the maximum number of delegates coming out of Minnesota.”

Ron Paul is very much on track to change the course of this GOP presidential race.