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
A recent article in our local newspaper, The Idaho Statesman (read it here), describes how the Establishment GOP are plotting against and attacking the Ron Paul supporters. We need your immediate help to ensure that liberty has a voice and fair influence over the election process. Please click the paypal “donate” button (below) to make a generous donation to help us win our campaign races across the State of Idaho. Monetary donations to precinct candidates do NOT fall under the Sunshine laws, hence they can be anonymous.
Idahoans for Liberty
Our goal is to help Ron Paul win Idaho. So how does Ron Paul win Idaho? He must win the GOP Caucus on March 6th. The Republican Party of Idaho has changed the way selects delegates for the Presidential race. It used to be done via Primary Election, but is now done via Caucus.
On March 6, 2012 (Super Tuesday), Idaho will be holding 44 simultaneous caucuses, one in each county. In order to vote in a caucus, you must be registered to vote as a Republican in the State of Idaho AND you must also show up to your county’s caucus on March 6th.
Your mission: Contact as many Ron Paul supporters as you can. Inform them of the new method (Caucus instead of Primary) and get them to show up on March 6th to vote.
Other things you can do:
*Sign up to make phone calls from home (calling registered Idaho voters) Email us to get phone numbers.
*Canvas your neighborhood with Ron Paul fliers
*Write a letter to the newspaper editor about the Caucus and why Ron Paul is the best choice
*Donate to the Idaho Super Brochure Project
*Call friendly radio programs (i.e., Alex Jones, Coast to Coast AM) to remind/inform the listeners about the Caucus
We can do this! Ron Paul can win Idaho!!
Click here to register to vote.
Click here for information about your County’s Caucus.
Click here for the Rules of the Caucus from the Idaho GOP website.
Click here for more information about the Idaho State GOP Caucus.
Click here for the Idaho State GOP Caucus FAQ page.
To learn more about the historic March 6th caucuses, along with locations and directions for the county caucuses, visit the Idaho Republican Party Caucus website at www.idaho-republican-caucus.
Delegate Selection Process for Idaho
Precinct Committeeman Project