Skip to comments.Ron Paul Supporters Attempt to Circumvent the Will of the People
Posted on 02/03/2010 9:09:15 AM PST by anymouse
Angleton and Brazosport Republican Womens clubs held a political forum this past weekend and invited all candidates for the upcoming elections to speak. Ron Paul chose not to attend, but Bruce Bolock asked to speak for Mr. Paul at the meeting (Mr. Bolock is the leader of the Brazoria County Campaign for Liberty ie -Ron Pauls political group). This request was denied because the floor was only open to candidates who were present. Although visibly angry, Mr. Bolock did not protest for long. Members of my family actually have had personal experience with the less than cordial attitude of Mr. Bolock, but that is not the real issue here. Bruce Bolocks actions are the issue. He will do anything, even try to circumvent the will of the people (and the constitution I dare say) in order to push his candidate. He epitomizes what is wrong with the Ron Paul Campaign. As my evidence I provide the following letter from the District 14 Electoral College Elector for the 2008 Presidential election, Judge Gordon Starkenburg. I encourage everyone to disseminate this letter to everyone you know.
Group of Paul supporters attempt to dilute the election.
In 2008, Ron Paul supporters from Brazoria County, Texas, petitioned and attempted to pressure Gordon Starkenburg, the official Elector from Congressional District 14 to cast the electoral vote in the Electoral College for Ron Paul instead of Senator John McCain who won the popular vote against Senator Barack Obama.
The Electoral College, by which the U.S. President is chosen, is a mechanism established by the U. S. Constitution to ensure that the votes of each state go to the candidate who wins that state. One citizen, called an Elector, is chosen by each political party at its state convention in each Congressional District to serve as an Elector for that district.
I (Gordon) had the honor of being elected as the US District 14 Electoral College Elector for the 2008 Presidential Election. My election took place at the 2008 Republican State Convention with the voters being the delegates to the State Convention from District 14. I had NO opposition in that election and my commitment to the delegation was to cast my Electoral Vote for the PEOPLES Choice in the November, 2008 General Election. The PEOPLE of Texas voted for John McCain to be President in the November, 2008 General Election. Senator McCain was the VOTERS Choice, as McCain received 64.3% of the vote in Brazoria County and I was committed to follow the VOTERS will and cast my electoral vote for John McCain.
Just prior to my trip to Austin to cast my Electoral College vote on December 15, 2008 a man named Bruce Bolock, a current candidate for Brazoria County Republican Chair (running against incumbent Yvonne Dewey), showed up at my residence with signed petitions. The petitions had 245 names from people mostly from the Angleton, Brazoria, Clute, Danbury, Freeport, Lake Jackson, and Sweeny areas. Although 67,444 (64.3%) of the voters in Brazoria County voted for John McCain in the November, 2008 General election, these 245 folks petitioned that I NOT vote the will of the people and vote for Ron Paul. Needless to say, I voted the will of the people for US District 14 and cast the Electoral Vote for John McCain.
However, I did wonder if Ron Paul was aware of what these 245 people were doing in his name since their actions were to circumvent the Electoral College which is an important part of the U.S. Constitution that I have heard him profess to defend.
It appears that the goal of a small group of Ron Paul supporters (please note that I did not say this is organized by or supported by all of Ron Paul supporters) but this small group wants to take over enough County Parties to assure that delegates to any Republican Party Conventions are ruled by this small group. Their documented actions with me indicate their desire to obtain Electoral Votes that will NOT vote the will of the VOTERS but will instead cast Electoral Votes based on the will of this small group. This type of political mischief could result in a very negative result in 2012. If this group secures up to twenty Electoral College voters via this takeover process, the Republican Electoral Vote could be hijacked. For example: Our hope and goal is to have a Wonderful, Conservative Candidate for President. If this candidate is not Ron Paul or someone that this group approves of, this group is known by firsthand experience to push for a protest vote. The result could very likely be that the Republican Candidate appears to win on Election night, but a surprise victory is gained in the Electoral College by current President Obama due to the Paul Protest Votes.
Republicans, this may sound far out but it is a real threat. Now is NOT the time to divide the Republican Party. Now is the time to seek Conservatives, work for them and whoever wins the Primary Vote, support the Republican Candidate! If the outcome is NOT to your liking, then start looking for a better candidate for the next primary. Do not dilute the Republican Party in the General Election or the Electoral College just to make your Protest Vote. If you do, All Conservatives lose and that is bad for our Country.
Please consider our current political landscape and stay involved.
Thank you - Gordon Starkenburg - Brazoria County Texas
I also happened to be in the CD 14 caucus at the Republican Party of Texas State Convention, as well as in one of the county conventions where this Paulbot mischief went down. When I discovered their plot, I alerted our local and Texas state Republican Party leadership to alert them. Given what they tried to pull, it was a good thing I did.
Wow...I used to be a member of the Republican Women’s Club in Angleton! Back in the early ‘80s.
As a Ron Paul supporter, I see these antics as counter-productive. All they do is tick people off and alienate potential allies.
The Paulbots were the first on the GOP side to pull the cry-conspiracy-and-protest stuff when they didn’t get their way. It’s now spread to the religious right groups and hopefully won’t infect tea party groups too bad.
Sometimes there’s dirty politics in an election or other losss, but alot of times you just lose fair and square by the will of the People. Get over it and move on and try to win next time.
Do they welcome small-government libertarians into the fold or bitch and moan when they stay home and vote 3rd party?
This is all a bunch of sour grapes. Ron Paul, despite his flaws, ran a brilliant campaign in 2008 that energized the small-government movement back in the GOP. Many of his supporters are simply not the kooks and anti-war nutcases portrayed on conservative blogs. They're the same people who represent the Tea Party movement now.
Either welcome the small-L Libertarians or don't say jack when they stay home or vote 3rd party.
There is also that whole Matt Collins thing in Tennessee. Big mess. I think it is more than just Paul, there is a movement by Libertarians to take over and re-funnel campaign money to their party candidates. They are moving into these positions then channeling donations to Republican candidates to Libertarians.
If they are/work/do positions, and have that choice, that just seems like basic, rubber meets the road politics.
Marxist, leftist have long taken over many institutions and they support like minded supporters. They even have a phrase about it, called, ‘the long march through the institutions’.
We complain about RINO’s, but they are the majority of elite, staff GOP, and have been forever. Until they are physically displaced, fired, they will control the funds, staff,party and support.
If they did it with honest intentions, that’s one thing, but like in the Collins case, when you lie about your party affiliation and then try to block any committee votes on your position, that is completely different.
Ron Paul-——useless piece of offal.
“Either welcome the small-L Libertarians or don’t say jack when they stay home or vote 3rd party.” Yeah these are the same holier than thou folks who voted for Ross Perot in 1992.
Staying home is fine by me. Paul is a 9/11 truther amongst other things. That is reason enough to vote against him
Sounds to me like states should have a law mandating that Electors vote for the will of the people.
Politics and honest intentions?
Even Jesus got sold out.
The Ron PaulBots know they can’t win so they resort to
their disrupter mode.
This is typical regardless what state they deal with.
Your opinions doesn’t square with the reality of 2008 election and the post-election grassroots uprising created in large part by supporters of Paul.