RNC Floor Brawl, Time to Take the Gloves Off –> "Establishment" Set to Neuter Grassroots

Alas, the battle for the soul of the GOP wages on… and the “establishment” power-grabbers in the Party rang the bell for the first major brawl on the RNC floor.  This one has everything to do with this Republic and the Republican party which is supposed to be fighting for its “Republic”an principles – which are now on the line.  This is one you’re not going to hear much about from the big media outlets.  So here it is. 

URGENT – If real people (ie, “you”) are going to hold individual power and influence in the only viable party standing between freedom and the left’s tyrannical agenda, read, share and get set to act.  EASY call to action and contact information at end of this post.

If you believe in grassroots control of the Republican Party, there has been a very serious development in the Convention Rules Committee.

From Tom Washington, Texas delegate to the RNC, h/t Alice Linahan Voices Empower:

Under the influence of Mitt Romney, there is a proposed Republican Party rules change which threatens removal of a State Convention’s right to send any delegate they elect to the National Convention. Here is the proposed rules change:

New rule inserted as number 15(a):

15(a)(1) Any statewide presidential preference vote that permits a choice
among candidates for the Republican nomination for president of the United States in a primary, caucus, or state convention must be used to allocate and bind the state’s delegation to the National Convention in either a proportional or winner-take-all manner, except for delegates and alternate delegates who appear on a ballot in a statewide election and are elected directly by primary voters.

15(a)(2) For any manner of binding or allocating delegates permitted by
these Rules, no delegate or alternate who is bound or allocated to a
particular presidential candidate may be certified under Rule 19 if the
presidential candidate to whom the delegate or alternate delegate is bound or allocated has, in consultation with the State Party, disavowed the
delegate or alternate delegate.

15(e)(3) The Republican National Committee may grant a waiver to a state
Republican Party from the provisions of 15(a) and (b) where compliance is
impossible, and the Republican National Committee determines that granting such a waiver is in the best interests of the Republican Party.

Delegates choose our party’s nominee for President, however, this rule would have the effect of having our Party’s presumptive nominee choosing his or her delegates in advance of the National Convention.

I believe that our State Conventions should have the unrestricted right to choose a delegate satisfactory to the State Convention delegates without restriction.

This is a matter of who’s in charge of the Republican Party…. us or the DC insiders?

National Convention delegates should VOTE AGAINST this rule change in Tampa. It is very important if you believe the grassroots of the party should choose their own nominee according to the rules of each State Party.”

Here’s an inside scoop, sound-the-alarm letter to the RNC delegates about this rules change, from an experienced RNC insider, Morton Blackwell.

h/t Republican Liberty Caucus

Dear Fellow Delegate,

On Tuesday of this week, as Republican National Convention delegates, you and I will be voting on rules changes that could fundamentally change our Republican Party — and not for the better.

Over the years, I’ve served on the Louisiana and Virginia GOP Rules Committees. I currently serve on both the Republican National Committee’s Standing Committee on Rules and on the National Convention’s Committee on Rules and Order of Business.

I was Barry Goldwater’s youngest elected delegate in 1964, I was honored to serve on President Ronald Reagan’s White House Staff from 1981-1984, and I have attended every Republican National Convention Rules Committee meeting since 1972. My wife and I have contributed major donations to the Romney-Ryan campaign.

These rule changes are the most awful I’ve ever seen come before any National Convention.

I’m writing you today to urge you to join the growing effort to stop the worst-ever changes in this Rules Committee’s Report and to vote in favor of amendments to Rules 12 and 15. The Minority Reports will restore important rights and protections which state parties and grassroots Republicans would lose under the Rules Committee Report as written.

These amendments to Rules 12 and 15 are contained in Minority Reports supported by at least 25% of the members of this convention’s Committee on Rules and Order of Business.

It’s rare for Minority Reports to come before our national convention, but the issues involved here are vital to the future of our party.

I must tell you there is tremendous arm-twisting now to peel signers off of the Minority Reports.

Finally, whether on Minority Reports or on voting down the Rules, it will require at least six states’ delegations to insist upon a roll call vote.

I will not pretend that the deck is not stacked against us.

But many state leaders, liberty-minded activists, and grass-roots conservatives are up-in-arms as word of this power grab spreads.

Our convention will make this important decision Tuesday as some of our first work. Many folks skip these procedural sessions thinking nothing of importance occurs.

This year, that is far from the truth.

If the Rules Committee Report were to pass without adoption of the Minority Reports, it would amount to a power grab by Washington, D.C. party insiders and consultants designed to silence the voice of state party activists and Republican grassroots by:

*** Handing national party officials the power to change national party rules adopted by state and grassroots leaders at the Republican National Convention. For generations, the prohibition of manipulated changes in the national Rules of the Republican Party between national conventions has served as one of the crown jewels of our party. It’s a power grab which opens the door to many future power grabs.

*** Stripping state parties in all states with binding primaries of the power of choosing who will represent their states as national delegates and alternate delegates.

This outrageous change would empower presidential campaigns to disapprove and remove delegates and alternate delegates selected by rules adopted by state Republican parties. Rather than grassroots activists who won delegate and alternate delegate slots by following state party rules, a large majority of positions would be handed to top donors of the winning campaign.

*** Gutting the great and successful reform adopted in the current election cycle to stop the dangerous trend to front-load the selection of national convention delegates. Our party would move again toward a national primary which would deny grassroots Republicans the opportunity to vet presidential candidates in a nomination contest of reasonable length. This reform must not be abandoned.

Like most of us delegates to this convention, I’ve spent years gladly battling in the trenches for our Republican Party.

And as the President of the Leadership Institute — which specializes in training thousands of conservative activists, students, and leaders to fight for our country’s future –I can’t tell you how disheartened I am to see these rules changes even considered.

These rule changes would give good folks like you less of a say over our Republican Party in favor of insiders and consultants in Washington, D.C.

At a time when Tea Party activists have re-invigorated our Republican Party — leading to massive gains in the U.S. House, the Senate, and many state legislatures in the 2010 elections — why would we want to discourage activism?

Thanks to their efforts, you and I have a new generation of exciting conservative leaders in Washington, D.C., who — in many instances –were elected despite the opposition of establishment-backed opponents.

Certainly this is not to say GOP leaders are always wrong.

But history shows that our Republican Party grows when we welcome newly active participants and treat them fairly.

Our Republican Party is strongest when we listen to the wishes of grassroots conservatives.

Instead of strengthening our party, these insider power grabs will weaken it.

For these reasons, I urge you to join the growing effort to adopt the Minority Reports when the Rules Committee Report comes up for consideration by the convention.

Morton Blackwell

P.S. Some of the most important work of the convention will take place on Tuesday where you and I will be voting on rules that could fundamentally change our Republican Party for the worse.

New rules will be voted on that have been designed to silence state Republican parties and Republican grassroots in favor of party insiders and Washington, D.C.-based consultants.

The vote will take place at Tuesday’s convention session, and I’m counting on you join the growing effort to defeat these new rules.

Please vote to adopt the Minority Reports on Rules and urge your delegation to call for a roll call vote on all Rules-related votes.

This fight is too important for us not to make a stand.

Stop this power grab which neuters your individual power and influence within the GOP, your action is needed now.  Contact your state’s delegates to the RNC and tell them to adopt the Minority Reports when the Rules Committee Report comes up for consideration at the convention.

Here’s the link to find your state’s delegates (h/t Freedomworks):


Call and email them now, the vote is TUESDAY.


Michelle Morin is a conservative blogger and speaker for freedom and America’s founding principles. Join her for updates here.


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