With the increased scrutiny and confusion regarding our efforts in Idaho’s upcoming primary election, our grassroots group of liberty activists would like to make a few remarks clarifying our intentions and the situation surrounding our precinct committeeman efforts.
First, ours is a decentralized group. No one individual can claim to speak for all of the grassroots supporters of freedom and liberty working to make a difference in Idaho. Some are very passionate about doing all they can to save our country, and want to make every effort possible within the rules to see it done; others are more limited in their ambitions and intentions.
The issue, though, is not a lack of following the rules, but rather, a strategy of following the Party rules which are already in place. These rules allow any faction or coalition to benefit from a supermajority at the convention. Some Ron Paul supporters are motivated, in part, by the State’s winner-take-all decision. They view it as unfair and contrary to the National GOP rules, which dictate that proportional delegates should instead be given. Santorum’s people had a similar concern ( http://voices.idahostatesman.com/2012/04/03/idahopolitics/santorum_super_pac_claims_idaho_gop_broke_rules_romney_winnertak ). Additionally, with over 2000 voting procedures that go into a party’s delegate selection process some believe it is morally wrong to bind any delegate based on the results of a single caucus vote because it would make the entire process meaningless.
There are provisions within the Republican Party rules that allow a supermajority to take control of the convention and reallocate delegates to the RNC as they feel appropriate. These provisions are in place so informed and involved members of the GOP can prevent the nomination of a candidate that will not perform well against an opposing party’s candidate, or to support a candidate that will most appropriately address the needs of this country. This is very much akin to Ronald Reagan’s actions in the 1970’s when competing against Gerald Ford ( http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1842&dat=19760721&id=zRosAAAAIBAJ&sjid=FckEAAAAIBAJ&pg=3250%2C3313281 ).
Regardless of whether one agrees with Ron Paul’s ideals to restore this country, it is undeniable that he has the ability to defeat Barack Obama, as evidenced in national polls. Furthermore, Ron Paul is the candidate who will have the strongest backing from the entire GOP, Constitutionalists, Libertarians, Blue Republicans, Independents and other factions when running against Obama. As you’ve seen, the attendance and diversity at Ron Paul events is unparalleled. Add to that the support of the remainder of the GOP, and you have an unbeatable force.
So not only do we support Ron Paul’s platform, but we support the Republican Party’s desire to remove Obama from office and reverse the harmful actions he’s initiated while being in office.
Our efforts to secure positions at the County and State level, here in Idaho, are motivated by a desire to bring to the forefront the importance of liberty and restore the Constitution; not only nationally, but even more importantly at the local and State level. These efforts are not simply to sway the presidential election.
Every political faction tries to follow the system in place to achieve their political ends; this idea is neither new nor subversive. Our goal is solely to influence the political landscape toward the fundamental principles of individual liberty, necessary to cure our ailing republic now more than ever. We hope you’ll join us in this crucial endeavor.
Idahoans For Liberty