Tea Party vs. GOP, the RNC Power Grab & the Future

Preface from the Bound:  call this a message on the “good cop” side — AW

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Tea Party Paul Revere


Mitt Romney will win the election in November. He has grassroots support from the tea party and the selection of Paul Ryan has cemented it. Gov. Romney must now concentrate on independent and moderate voters and make the case that he is the better choice for America. In that, Mitt will not fail.

Mitt, being a moderate Republican who won in Democrat controlled Massachusetts, is well suited to the task of winning moderate votes. As a man with a business background, he is better equipped to run America than his opponent. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are a better team, and they have my support.

With that said, once elected they will have to win my support on a day by day basis. This is because the GOP establishment opposes the grassroots movement. This is true in San Diego where volunteers have been replaced by donation-paid staff, soviet-style party rules and intimidation.  It is true in the state of California where the party is a complete failure. This is true at the national level, as is now evidenced by Tuesday’s assault on Ron Paul supporters, tea party supporters and other grassroots groups with the introduction of rules 15, 16 and 12 during the convention.

Fellow SLOB, Republican Mother‘s article over at Left Coast Rebel, “Rules Change = Dictatorship“outlines the story of rules 15, 16 and 12.

…if Mitt gets his way with this new rule change, he’ll be the one selecting all the RNC delegates in 2016, meaning that the grassroots will be mowed down permanently. This has not only (Ron) Paulers upset, but your run of the mill Tea Party types like Dick Armey, Michelle Malkin and even Mark Levin.

Additional Left Coast Rebel reporting continues:

Unfortunately,  just because I haven’t tuned in doesn’t mean I’m not privy to the GOP establishment’s delegate/grassroots shafting that just took place…

In short, rule 15 was renumbered rule 16 after being watered down. Rule 15 would have allowed the national party to veto state-elected delegates. It was effectively an establishment purge of the grassroots.The grassroots would no longer be a factor in selecting candidates. It was compromised and rewritten as rule 16 due to backlash.

Rule 12 allows for rules to be written between conventions. This empowers a group of establishment elitists to mold the party without grassroots input. Further, it makes the compromise on rule 16 null and void because a new rule could be created between conventions with no knowledge or input from the state parties.

Speaker of the House John Boehner passed rule 12 “unanimously” over an equal number of “nays” as witnessed by the following report:

Boehner over Angry Convention Crowd

Watch until about 2:39:00 when Speaker of the House John Boehner takes the podium and asks for a voice vote on the rules. The “nays” from the floor were at least as loud as the “yeas,” but Boehner approved the rules “without objection.”

What a joke.

Meanwhile, a North Dakota delegate texted me from the floor of the convention saying that they were instructed to chant “USA” (you can hear it during the video) to drown out the dissenters.

The tea party is often attacked by the progressive left. We know that the press and people like Aaron Sorkin demonize us due to their ignorance. Higher ranking progressive fear us as the embodiment of America’s individualist ideals. These blinded progressives are about to be confronted by the reality of the tea party.

Because tea party sentiment was conceived at the end of the Bush administration, a narrative of “racism” and anti-Obamaism was established by the statists. President Obama is worse than President Bush, but conservatives were horrified by the final months of the Bush administration. We had faith that a president who had brought 4%+ GDP growth for several years was knowledgeable enough to understand that bank bailouts and TARP was a bad idea. When that faith was betrayed, even by 2008 presidential candidate John McCain, new leaders emerged. Leaders like Indiana Rep. Mike Pence (R) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R) began to call for fiscal sanity.

President Obama took office and made matters worse. If he had listened to the voices of the tea party, he would have had a massively successful presidency.  The president is a basketball fan, as am I. To put the issue in that vernacular, he should have played the presidency “inside-out.” Shore up your “inside game”, in this case domestic policy and support from grassroots groups. “Get other players involved” by passing the ball to the tea party on issues where we are wide open to score. After the “inside” game is strong, start passing “outside” for game-changing foreign policy shots with misses rebounded by the strong “inside” game.

Instead he hogged the ball. President Obama never broke down the defense. He left financial conservatives in the wings to “get cold.” Every shot he took since has been contested and his misses have led to easy points for his opponents.

This analogy breaks down because the President has missed almost all of his shots. His only “three pointer” is the Bin Laden raid. Even in this, he wants full credit instead of acknowledging the American military. He has been a bad player for America. If this were actually basketball, he would have hit a better percentage or the coach would have pulled him from the game.

Back to reality:

Like many establishment Republicans, President Obama did not understand the credibility and power of the tea party. Many on the left are about to understand, because the grassroots tea party is about to take on the GOP establishment. We shall be the force that holds them accountable.

So much for the calls of racism and anti-Obamaism. Indisputable evidence will gather that the tea party is not against anyone, we are for America. We are Republican and Democrat. We are socially conservative and liberal. We are America.

Gov. Mitt Romney is not a tea party candidate. Mitt has a business background and can throw rhetoric to the tea party. However, his actions and policies are too often top-down. RomneyCare is one example. His campaign’s push for rules 12, 15 and 16 is a foreshadowing of trouble ahead.. This is their “pro-active” response to insulate President Romney from tea party backlash.

President Romney can side with us or against us. His decision will define his presidency. The question Mitt must answer is not whether we believe in him, but whether he believes in us.

It appears that the tea party will be President Romney’s loyal opposition. There may be a short lull as many conservatives breath a sigh of relief to the end of an error. Personally, I had hoped that the lull would be several months but it appears we needed to be energized Tuesday as the convention rules were “Boehnered.” The first shot has been fired upon us.

Was Paul Ryan duped?

The Paul Ryan pick for VP seems like an olive branch to the tea party. Rep. Ryan has been the leader of congressional calls for fiscal responsibility. After the events of the convention on Tuesday, it appears that Representative Ryan will be put on ice in the VP slot. Without Paul Ryan leading congress, the hard-won branch of government required to control spending is leaderless. A major force in credible leadership against massive spending has been removed from the equation.

Rep. Ryan will assist in winning the Oval Office. He adds gravitas in the policy discussion of the national budget.  Paul Ryan shores up tea party grassroots support.  Liberator Today comments upon the impressiveness of Paul Ryan’s Wednesday Speech from a tea party perspective:

The best line in his speech was about the so called Affordable Care Act:

Obamacare comes to more than two thousand pages of rules, mandates, taxes, fees, and fines that have no place in a free country.

The way he emphasized the words free country got my attention. It is that freedom which is under assault, …

If team Romney is looking ahead to see fight with the grassroots, the Paul Ryan pick is a triple-win for the GOP establishment. One of the fangs of tea party fiscal conservatism has been pulled.

It is time to ask for support from left-leaning Americans. Tea party supporters will prove to be motivated solely by the best intentions for America. In the coming months, the tea party has the opportunity to prove itself as the core of America. The core of an America which values both heart and mind and has traditionally found solution for liberals and conservatives.

It’s the case that the tea party has better solutions for all Americans. Humanity is best when hearts and minds are focused upon the same task. Thus far, false accusations have kept many liberals hearts from our fold. It is time to appeal to the fiscally conservative and moderate liberals who love America as the land of opportunity. It is time to present solutions that will sooth fears about “the end of upward social mobility.”  It is time for the media to clear it’s vision, and present our solutions instead of their fears.

The people in the tea party have differing strengths. Some can explain the damage of illegal immigration, and others the folly of centralized planning. We only need a microphone or a camera. People will see that the tea party could easily be named the Party of Reagan or the Party of Americans. It is the future, if we keep working.

It is incumbent upon us to send a message to liberal Americans. “The tea party will be the ones holding the GOP’s feet to the fire. The false narrative that the tea party is “racist” against President Obama is over. It is time to have a discussion about solutions. Working together we can create even better solutions. It is time for your support. Together we will take America back to prosperity.”


  1. The Tea Party will hold Romney accountable? Forgive me if I don’t hold my breath on that one. If there was any doubt that the RNC does not give a damn about what WE the People think, the 2012 GOP Convention should have erased all doubts.

    Albert Einstein once said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

    Voting for the same people that helped get us into this mess is not going to fix anything. The only way to get the GOP’s attention is to withdraw support completely. Money and Power is all the Democrat AND Republican Party crave, they need to be thrown out of office not elected and or re-elected.

    “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Benjamin Franklin

    There comes a time in every man’s life when he needs to draw a line in the sand and fight, well this is that time. If we don’t hold fast to our core principles and vote for the lesser of two evils (Romney), then we do not deserve to live in a free country. It will be our generation that let America gasp it’s last breath and quite frankly that thought makes me sick to my stomach. While others have laid down their lives to create and defend this country, the majority of the voters in this Country can not summon the moral courage to vote for the best Candidate for America. Most of the people voting for Romney are doing it because they bought into his and the RNC’s rhetoric that he is the only one that can win. No one is really happy with the Romney nomination, people are voting for Romney simply because he has a R after his name. I’ve got news for those who don’t already know, that R means absolutely nothing.

    There are only three candidates that are on the ballot in all fifty states: Barrack Obama, Mitt Romney, and Gary Johnson. There is only one candidate that is serious about balancing the budget and doing what is necessary to get this country back on the right track, that is the former Governor of New Mexico Gary Johnson. Do not believe the spin that we are a two-party system, that is a lie perpetuated by none other that the two major parties. The only reason Gary Johnson will not win is because people are not willing to break ranks with the corrupt party they continue to endorse.

    What this reminds me of is “Battered Wife Syndrome” where the husband (the GOP) beats the wife (the voters) and she keeps coming back with the promise that he has changed. All who observe this ask each other why she doesn’t leave for good? Why does she keep coming back to the man that makes her life a living terror? Perhaps the same reason why most voters won’t leave the GOP and DNC.

    • Did you mean to say,”if we don’t hold fast to our core principles and NOT vote for the lesser of two evils (Romney), then we do not deserve to live in a free country”? If you are true to your principles, you can’t support Obama or Romney IMO.

  2. This is different. I am 61 years of age. I have never seen evil like what occupies our oval. I will abandon my principles to see this traitor out of our House. This IS our last chance. There won’t be any voting after four more of the manchurian candidate. It IS all about obama. Period.

  3. Hobson has his choice, it seems, ostensibly the faster or slower of two poisons, though I am not thoroughly convinced even of that.

    It is time to ask Mitt Romney some hard questions, among which: “What are you doing, to show the sovereign American People that you are guarding yourself from your habit pattern of lying to us?”

    Plus, this (scroll down):

  4. How long is the Tea Party Supposed to carry the GOP’s water?


    At their convention The RNC deliberately disassociated the Republicans and Romney brands on the national stage from the Tea Party brand that has given them momentum against Barack Hussein Obama.
    It has been perceived by many in the Tea Party that the GOP just gave them the giant middle finger salute.

  5. Drivel.

  6. Weak Russian warning. RT @CFHeather: Russia warns strike on Iran would be 'disastrous' ow.ly/dwcwq | #wagb @terresamonroe..Save this Country! says

    Normally I would agree with going the route of a 3rd candidate & to’throw all the bums out’, but that is simply wishful thinking.

    Right now, we are far too close to the day we cast our ballots. And it really comes down to this; Four more years of an establishment America, where we at least have a voice to those shaping our nation & groups reflecting our values like the Heritage Foundation have an audience with the highest office.. Or, a final transformation to a soviet style America, a constitutional amendment where groups like heritage are no more, poverty in abundance, a bloody civil war & the completion of his transformation in regard to disarming what’s left of our nuclear armaments with stealth amnesty / open borders to millions of radical Muslims as they build up enough numbers for an American caliphate. The choice is death or preservation of our America, period.

    What those of you deciding to vote 3rd party don’t want to admit, but know is true is just that. If we have Romney holding office, at least we’ve got four years to even put together / promote even a brand new party if we need to. At least we will again have religious liberty / freedom of conscience allowing us to stand strong in our faith & at least there will be an America to save. There will be a chance! If we let the enemy in the WH keep his position it’s over folks. This is the fact.

    Voting a 3rd party is voting for BHO & hastening the death of our Republic. There is no honor in it. Though you may like to feel you’re doing the honorable thing so you can sleep at night, your heart will know the truth. That you had the resources to know better. To know that a third party has never won, not even when Ross Perot, someone with the knowledge & financial backing most third party candidates can only dream of ran. If you asked 20 random people off the street tomorrow who Johnson is, you’d be lucky to get one who knows. You know this deep down. Do not throw your vote away. Again, there’s no honor in it, & upon the death of your nation you will be abundantly regretful you went that way.

    Today I saw in the news that Putin strongly favors Obama to Romney, why do you think that is?? I am sure you can figure it out without my spelling it out. Most of us know the cold war never ended.

    Lastly if you’ve taken the time to look at the R platform, I must say it’s absolutely beautiful. The tea party is all over it, and let me just say if Romney can accomplish just 1/4 of the things that’s spelled out in it, he will solidify himself as the BEST president America’s ever had and I think he knows that!

    It is up to all of us to keep his feet to the fire. We have the resources, we CAN do this! Money interests will have to compete with the potential to be remembered & loved throughout history. He already has plenty of money, so what do you think he’ll choose?

    Romney / Ryan 2012 GOD Bless America!!

    • A vote for a constitutional candidate is a vote for Obama? How about we change that to “A vote for Romney the Progressive is the same as voting for Obama himself”? The vote you cast is for the person you voted for and nobody else. I am quite tired of that old piece of propaganda put out by the establishment, it doesn’t hold water.

      If you asked 20 random people on the street if they know Romney’s real record as Governor of Massachusetts, you would be lucky to get one who knows. So what’s your point? That the majority of the people are voting uninformed so the rest of us have to follow them off the cliff like lemmings? Sorry, that is not a real solution and only continues our slide into Despotism.

      If your Putin quote is supposed to sway minds to vote for Romney, what do you have to say about the George Soros quote, “If it’s between Obama and Romney there isn’t all that much difference except for the crowd that they bring with them.”?

      You can read more about it here:

      If Romney was a true constitutionally bound Conservative then he would have a chance of being the BEST president America has ever had. Unfortunately his one term as Governor tells the real story of how he will actually govern. Does anybody remember Mitt smiling to Sen. Ted Kennedy as he signed Romney Care into law or his implementation of UN Agenda 21 on the State level?
      Gulag Bound has wonderful resources on this subject in case anybody is unfamiliar with Romney’s real record and UN Agenda 21.

      “Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.” — from the Declaration of Independence

      We have arrived at this critical juncture in time because the words up above were not heeded. We have continually elected the more sufferable of two evils and where has that gotten us other than where we are today? How is doing more of the same going to change anything? The National Debt Ticking Time Bomb is going to go off regardless if it’s Romney or Obama because neither one has proposed any serious solutions of getting the Country solvent was again. All the solutions they have proposed don’t come anywhere close to doing what is needed to stop our countries demise. This is not leadership or rational, it’s just doing the littlest as possible to get elected to continue this process of “fundamental change”.

      “The greatest guilt of today is that of people who accept collectivism by moral default; the people who seek protection from the necessity of taking a stand, by refusing to admit to themselves the nature of that which they are accepting; the people who support plans specifically designed to achieve serfdom, but hide behind the empty assertion that they are lovers of freedom, with no concrete meaning attached to the word; the people who believe that the content of ideas need not be examined, that principles need not be defined, and that facts can be eliminated by keeping one’s eyes shut. They expect, when they find themselves in a world of bloody ruins and concentration camps, to escape moral responsibility by wailing: “But I didn’t mean this!””
      (Ayn Rand)

      Johnson/Gray 2012

  7. as I see it the real serious fighters on the left are the Obama Media. constantly demoralizing with lies and faux poll numbers. they must be countered constantly…blow for blow. Get in their faces with the debt and how exactly Obama care will bring those over 50 to an earlier death. Make them disprove that. MR Romney: whatever John Mccain did in 08 PLEASE do the opposite and move fast. Our nation turns its weary frightened eyes to you. You’ve got a huge powerhouse in Governor Palin…not to use her as a weapon would be so foolish. She’s gracious and brilliant and no one takes it to obama like she does. Solicit her advice you should be higher in the polls at this point.

  8. http://www.jameslstreet.com/2012/09/rip-tea-party-2010-2012-we-barely-knew-thee/

    The Tea Party has been completely co-opted by the neocon/neo-lib/neo-fascist GOP establishment. They’re as good as useless now.

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