I saw how democracy really works. It isn't "the people" who give the consent of the governed...it's "the people who give a shit." - Mark, The Sasquatch Files
In a story reported by the Strib (startribune.com) and set to hit the AP wire, I am reminded that I didn't share my story about the Congressional District Convention last Saturday. I'll spare you the gory details when they've been better written out already at this blog (thesasquatchfiles.blogspot.com), but I WILL give you the aerial view as I have seen it.
I'm part of the 5th Congressional District, where we stuck to the plan and elected three Ron Paul supporters (and two alternates, with the third spot going unfilled due to lack of a majority before adjournment) to the national convention. The blogosphere anxiously awaits their opportunity to remark on what an embarrassment for the GOP it will be when the host state doesn't come in 100% for McCain - likely conveniently ignoring the fact that Romney took our state in the preference poll - and this, THIS is the thing that'll get [Democrat] elected. I may be exaggerating...on the other hand, compared to certain blogs, I will surely be understating.
Fortunately (?), my involvement with the process ends here, unless the GOP comes calling for any other official action I have to take as a CD-5 delegate in the next two years. The party chair seemed unhappy when I told him I wasn't interested in giving them any money, though, so I don't know if my time will be requested or not. (The fact that I am not a registered Republican, strangely, STILL hasn't come up in conversation.)
Turns out I can STILL run for president in Minnesota if I want - I'd have to collect many thousands of signatures over the summer, and I'm thinking there are a myriad better ways to spend my time.
I want to say that the GOP leadership in OUR Congressional district was fair and impartial and accepted the results - it probably helped that all of "our guys" gave issues-based speeches, had strong conservative positions, and probably most importantly, didn't mention Ron Paul once. So really, what could they do? Still, they're all good cats and I'm sorry they're not going to get their entitled positions at the Convention - somehow, I think they'll still get to go, even if they don't get to vote.
Unfortunately, a story where everybody is civil and gets along (our CD-5 story) surely isn't as sexy as the CD-6 one, where people are already crying, rather loudly, about allegations of lies and unfairness (worldnetdaily.com), so that's probably the heat where the light will go. The problem is that all the "establishment" folk need to recognise that when you're so overwhelmingly outnumbered, it is probably for the best to step back and re-evaluate your system. At the same time, the Paulians need to understand that now, we ARE the establishment - so something could actually be DONE with this party to try to take it from "lucky to compete with the Independent Party for 2nd place" to a party that everybody wants to be a part of because by and large we share the positions and beliefs that just plain make sense - or we can be as lazy as everyone else has been and squander the opportunity. (And to be perfectly candid, you've probably figured this out from the paragraph up there but I'll tell you again right now, *I* will probably BE lazy - even after (x) months of activism, I still have no intention of registering to join this party.)
What we REALLY need is a leader. Who would be Minnesota's Ron Paul? I don't think we have an answer for that one. I don't know that one will emerge before the window closes.
Anyway, I did my part and after Saturday, Ron Paul has three more votes in the Convention than he had on Friday. In the long run it'll change nothing - McCain is the man with the most delegates - yet I still feel like I made a difference. And it feels good!
Oh, and I got to shake Sen. Coleman's hand, so that was cool. I was ONE person away from shaking Gov. Pawlenty's hand, too! Conventions are a good place to meet famous political types!
COMING UP: I jump on the Bob Barr wagon - hoo boy, here we go again... ;-)
Originally posted by CRZTurns out I can STILL run for president in Minnesota if I want - I'd have to collect many thousands of signatures over the summer, and I'm thinking there are a myriad better ways to spend my time.
Why would you settle for President when you have WWF WWE Champion on your resume?