December 19, 2014

Ron Paul delegate strategy is perfectly legitimate

For at least a month, the media have been ignoring compelling evidence that Ron Paul is doing much better in the Republican nomination race than he did in the primary/caucus popular votes. In their hurry to write the general election narrative, the media have forgotten to perform their primary function: to report the facts. The facts are that Ron Paul has won at least two states and will likely win more.

Now that Paul’s success is impossible to ignore, the media are writing a new narrative. Headlines like “Ron Paul’s stealth state convention takeover” and “Ron Paul People Playing Mischief with Delegates” indicate that instead of ignoring Paul’s victories, they now seek to imply that there is something sneaky or unfair about them. Some even suggest that his delegate success in states where he did not win the popular vote may even (gasp!) “undermine democracy.”

Undermining democracy would be a good thing.  If there is anything we have too much of in 21st century America; it’s democracy. The United States flourished as a free and prosperous society largely because it was founded as a republic. The reason for the bicameral legislature, the separation of powers, and the other so-called “checks and balances” was to protect us from democracy, which James Madison called “the most vile form of government.”

Based upon the belief that government “even in its best state, is but a necessary evil,” the American republic was built to check the will of the majority whenever it wished to confer more power on the government. That’s why there are two houses in Congress. In a democracy, there would be only one. Even after the House passes a law, it then has to pass the Senate, which originally represented the state governments, not the people. The 17th Amendment removed this important check on the power of the federal government.

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Comments

  1. Treg Loyden says:

    You could have also stated the obvious yet never gets said enough: There are two methods to winning delegates. Win the popular vote to get delegates and get your people deep inside the party to become delegates. Only in five (?) states does the popular vote “win all the delegates”. In the rest of the (45?) states a popular win only gets some portion of the delegates. For a candidate to get those other delegates, he must get his people active enough inside the GOP to “become” delegates. So there are two ways to collect & win delegates, win the popular vote and get your people deep inside the party. Which is to say, Ron Paul is “winning” delegates just as fairly as Romney has won delegates.

  2. liberranter says:

    Sadly, we’ve only seen the very beginning of the dirty tricks, intimidation, corruption, and outright fraud that the GOP Establishment will use to derail Ron’s campaign. Mark my words, these scumbags will stop at NOTHING to prevent Ron from getting the nomination. I see Tampa shaping up to be a very ugly affair.