“The oppression of any people for opinion’s sake has rarely had any other effect than to fix those opinions deeper, and render them more important.” Hosea Ballou
Despite video evidence of fraud, bad credentialing and an improper vote without roll call at the state convention, the Credentials Committee has ruled against Oklahoma.
The Oklahoma delegation are the brave souls that continued the improperly adjourned convention in the parking lot at the Embassy Suites in Oklahoma, after convention officials started putting up partitions that closed off part of the delegation from voting. Several hundred delegates attended the “rump convention” , citing improper procedure, inaccurate voting, and incorrect credentialing at the convention inside. They maintain that they continued the convention according to Republican rules.
The convention was live-streamed and watched by thousands of Paul supporters across the world. Americans donated to deliver pizza to those still in the parking lot via a Chip In Pizza Bomb. Local media also came to cover the rump convention. (I called a news station in Norman that night; they were being overwhelmed with callers requesting their presence at the Embassy Suites parking lot.)
Here is a video showing some of what was going on inside. One third of the delegation was shut off from view of the chair when a standing vote was called to adjourn. One delegate was actually assaulted by a Mitt Romney supporter.
Here is a video from the rump convention (1 of 10 that can be viewed):
“I’m amazed at the level of composure, civility, and organization among these people in the parking lot,” said an observer.
This was another bad decision on the part of the Republican National Committee. Those who watched the live stream of both conventions (or the continued convention, respectfully) saw the major differences in the way that they were handled. The “parking lot convention” was much more professional and to the letter of the Oklahoma GOP rules. The inside convention, however, was a farce.
The decisions today by the Credentials Committee are a blatant attempt to remove any Ron Paul delegates from influence on the convention floor. It seems that those who follow the rules are the ones that are being penalized. Maine also lost all but five delegates today, and their governor insists that the convention rules were followed.
Romney’s forces are sweeping Ron Paul supporters out the door. If Romney has secured the nomination, what is the GOP so afraid of? Why is the Romney campaign willing to pull out all stops, including fraud, to get rid of Paul supporters? Do they think Paul could win?
What is so wrong with freedom?
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.