Good evening. This report is from Fort Worth, Texas, on the scene of the 2012 Texas State GOP Convention. You may recall that I gave a lengthy report from the Oklahoma convention last month. As a result of those events, I have become convinced that I need to keep doing my part in the fight for freedom and liberty this year. I may do little more than report what I see, but hopefully in reporting things otherwise ignored by media outlets, I can manage to help a few people to see what I have seen.
In some states since Oklahoma, conventions have taken place with little or no conflict. Sometimes the Ron Paul delegations have had a minority and lost fair and square. Another time they had the majority, and won it without contest from local leadership. However, in the case of Louisiana in particular, even though a vast majority of the delegation was in support of Ron Paul, like in Oklahoma the leadership refused to recognize them. A rule change was made so that 1/3 of the convention could constitute a quorum. The majority of the delegation was not in favor of that change, voted to remove the chair and replace him with their own choice. Once that took place, the previous chair called for the police (reportedly off-duty officers) to remove the new chair. They did, and this man was injured in the process. The delegation elected another chairman, and the same thing happened again, except this time the man was shouting repeatedly “I’m handicapped!” until he collapsed to the floor when his hip was allegedly dislocated. Both incidents have been recorded on video.
I do not know if anything of this sort will take place in Texas, but it is better to be prepared. Since I am not a delegate, my main goal is to help those who are delegates, and in particular Ron Paul supporters.
On the Floor
Today, due to parking issues I was a few minutes late to the convention and missed some of the opening speeches. Governor Rick Perry was speaking about the time that I walked in, followed by state Attorney General Greg Abbott, and state party chairman Steve Munisteri. Others spoke and the business of the day started, but I met up with the Liberty Live Stream Team when they arrived around noon.
We began setting up our video equipment and started interviewing people. At first other Ron Paul supporters came by to see what we were doing, but eventually we sought out both Romney and Paul supporters to talk to. The questions were along the lines of, “Who do you support for president?” “Why do you support him?” Also we were asking some questions about officials running in the state of Texas for Senate or other offices, and finding out where they stand on certain issues, based upon their own knowledge. I’m not trying to be one-sided or totally subjective, but it was seriously difficult to find Romney supporters to interview. Don’t misunderstand – they were there, but it’s just that the numbers seemed to be so small that finding them for interviews was difficult.
On the subject of Romney vs. Paul support within the convention delegation, I believe the numbers are about equal. Even though it was difficult to identify many Romney delegates, it may be safe to assume that nominal delegates NOT part of the Ron Paul support would be equal to Romney supporters. Even though the feeling I get is that hardly anyone is actually excited about the concept of a Romney presidency, they have an idea deeply ingrained in their political cerebrums. This is nothing more than the idea that either he already is the party nominee, or that it so completely inevitable that it isn’t worth forcing the issue on anyone else. Also, along with this idea there is also the concept that the party “needs to unite” around Romney. I don’t directly blame the people; this thinking has been spoon-fed to them. However, at the same time there should be accountability. Individuals are responsible for their own conscience.
Now back to the convention. While we were conducting interviews, delegates from the convention hall broke for lunch, and so did I. When I finished eating, we made our way back to the now vacant convention hall, preparing for the first break-out session at which Dr. Ron Paul himself would be speaking. We got pretty good seats because many of the delegates were in congressional district meetings throughout the convention center until just about the time of his speech. When he did come out, he spoke for around 45 minutes. I was at such an angle that I could zoom in with my camera at the television monitors. I am happy to report that he did not use a teleprompter at any point in his speech. As far as I could tell he didn’t use any notes either, and for all I know he just made everything up on the fly. I will post a compiled vide of most of that speech later, but my storage card ran out while I was filming. The last few minutes will be missing from my recording, BUT the uStream video has it all. I’m so glad to be working with the Liberty Live Stream Team. They encourage my heart.
After the break-out session, we spent the next hour or so conducting more interviews and waiting to move on to a concert which would be held a few miles down the road that night. During our wait, some uStream viewers kindly ordered some pizzas to thank us for the service. This is almost becoming a standard handshake during these state conventions, and I think it’s kind of neat. It enhances the sense of camaraderie among liberty supporters, like knowing that you aren’t alone in the fight. Someone, somewhere else in the country sees you and wants to express his or her support. It is a very generous thing.
A brief word on the concert. Jordan Page, the official musician of the Ron Paul Revolution, played at River Ranch, a few miles from the convention center. Ron Paul spoke at this event as well, but for a much shorter time. The video of his speech is below.