The amazing demonstration of unnecessary totalitarian action, manipulation, and out-and-out dismissal of Ron Paul delegates at the Republican National Convention reveals a group of people at the head of a party who are unfit to hold executive office in the USA.
What makes the proof of their unfitness do egregious was the fact that it was totally unnecessary. The Ron Paul delegates could have marched around the convention, waving their "Ron Paul" signs, and after a half hour or so the process to anoint Romney the presidential nominee would have continued.
That's not what happened. First, the Republican Gestapo banned Ron Paul signs--but not, it turns out, Romney signs. Second, convention secretary Kim Reynolds refused to read out the delegate votes for any candidate other than Romney. Said one Ron Paul Republican on the floor:
"The Republican Party is so afraid of Ron Paul that they won't repeat his name," shouted Jim Ayala, a Nevada delegate and Paul supporter wearing an Oath Keepers t-shirt.
Things only got worse:
Minutes earlier, the Paulites were enraged when the convention adopted the new set of rules on a voice vote during which the Paul backers out-shouted the other delegates. One Nevada delegate and Paul supporter, Mark Carducci, thrust two middle fingers into the air toward RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), screaming "Fuck you, tyrants!" (That's him in the above picture.)
A revealing reflection on what happened comes from Yelena Vorobyov, a 30-year-old Paul delegate from Apple Valley, Minnesota (she's pictured above holding a hand-made sign):
"This is just evidence of the manipulation of the Republican Party. They're not even allowing us to bring signs in, but they brought in their own [pro-Romney] signs. We couldn't nominate Ron Paul. The 'no' for not passing the rules was louder than the 'aye' and they ruled in favor of the rules. They're cheating. The Republican National Committee is not transparent and does not have integrity. They stole votes. They stole delegates. They refused to send buses for our delegates. It's a totalitarian process. This is not democracy. It's a really sad day for us. I've worked for Republican candidates since I was 16. We believed the Republican Party had more integrity. Boy, did they prove us wrong."
This is deeply unsettling and truly revealing. Whoever the folks are behind the curtain, they show no class, no intellect, no flexibility, and no anything that would show them worthy of running the government with their talking-head Mitt Romney.
I do not think this is reason for supporting Obama, who is more skillfully totalitarian. It is reason for checking out Jill Stein or Johnson, the two viable Third Party Candidates. My support goes to Jill Stein, but that's a different article.