This is a tale of deception and ignorance.
Alaska State Convention:
Elected State Convention Delegates gathered at the Anchorage Hilton Hotel from April 26-28 for the 2012 Republican State Convention. The State Convention will adopt the 2012 Alaska Republican Platform & Resolutions and the ARP Rules. The State Officers & National Convention Delegates bound by the March 6 PPP vote will be elected. Article V of the ARP Rules provide the process for the State Convention. Here are the RULES of convention
I didn’t get to join in on the GOP activities until late Friday afternoon. Why? I had to work my day job. Besides, I wasn’t a delegate this time around! I and a couple other workerbee ladies decided that we were going to sit this one out and hang at the Alaska Federation of Republican Woman’s booth to be in a position to see and hear about all the day’s events from lots of different sources. Yes, Republicans like to wear lot’s of political swag! We had elephants on scarves, key chains, jackets, vests and pins! Oh, it didn’t take me long to spot a piece of trash hanging around since 2008. You guessed it! There was a pink McCain/Palin pin. I paid $2.00 and I quickly tossed it in the trash! It was worth it to me to get it out of circulation!
There are so many things that do happen regularly at convention that should bring anyone who takes time to participate; a sense of unity and renewal. Districts coming together and finally having an opportunity to meet people you may have never met in person, but have had contact by Facebook, Skype or email. There has been coordination and cooperation between membership on all sorts of state wide issues and events in the last two years. Republicans in all parts of Alaska break out into committee to discuss the party platform and how or if anything should be changed or amended.
My favorite part of a political gathering like this is the exchange of information on how to serve our respective communities and of course, all those creative fundraising ideas. Remember, this is not a regular year, it is a presidential campaign year. Let me say that when I first saw that there was an insurgence of energetic people I thought we should at least at the local level embrace these new people. Which leads me to the rest of the story…
I arrived around 4pm Friday at the Hilton Anchorage where this event was taking place. I was staying at the Ramada a block or two down 3rd. On my walk from the Ramada to the Hilton I passed a few Ron Paul people aggressively waving signs in your face as you walk by. I was told that there was a march heading our way. Alaska Democrats with signs of their own. They read, “Republicans are waging a war on women”. Nationally the Democrats have been ambushing Republicans almost daily with topics as varied as mammograms and day care. If Republicans are truly engaged in a “war on women,” as the Democrats claim, I don’t see it! What I see is a series of statements by Republicans that are in most cases taken out of context by some media and Dems. Except of course anything spoken byRush Limbaugh. He is on a war path against women, all women, any woman! Just look at his history with relationships.
I make my way into the hotel and I found the Federation’s table situated directly across from main convention hall. Oh, goody, I thought to myself, NO, I actually said it out loud! “Oh, goody, we are not going to miss a thing!”
And, we didn’t miss ‘a thing’! There was a movement afoot in Alaska’s GOP. I personally call it a cult based on the conversations and discussions that I’ve had with what most of us call “The Ron Paul People”. These folks are in my opinion, the same one’s who have a tendency to be sycophants, useful idiots, blind followers! These are whackadoodles organizing to support another whackadoodle! And, when I say organize, I mean nationally sending out emails with instructions on how to interrupt and take over the convention to essentially give Ron Paul the delegates.
Here is an email that was intercepted from the Ron Paul organization to its Alaska surrogates directing them on how to take over the Alaska Republican Party. These tactics are reprehensible.
Note: IT WAS MENTIONED AS STATED IN A COMMENT BELOW THE INDIVIDUAL TO WHOM THIS EMAIL IS SENT IS NOT TO ANYONE IN RP ALASKA MEMBERSHIP
Alaska Ron Paul Delegates and Alternates,
We have 48 hours left until the state convention. We have 3 goals over the next 48 hours:
1. Make sure all of Dr. Paul’s delegates and alternates show up at convention.
2. Educate all of our first timers on how to outmaneuver and confuse the Santorum, Gingrich, and Romney delegates.
3. Elect Ron Paul supporters to fill ALL 24 of Alaska’s national convention delegate slots.
There areas keys to success
1. This is a numbers game. If more of Dr. Paul’s supporters turn out than any other candidate’s delegates, we control them. If more of our people show up, we take over the state convention, we change the rules, and we take over the Republican Party. Turnout is key.
2. We vote as a block and never deviate from the voting instructions dispensed by our command center. On every vote, we vote together. We will be informing you via text message on how you need to vote on every vote that comes up. If you have not sent us your cell phone number you will have with you on Saturday, please do so right away. The Santorum, Gingrich, and Romney supporters will be splitting their votes because they will not be communicating with each other like we will be doing. Our internal numbers show that if Santorum, Gingrich, and Romney delegates vote as a block, they have a majority at the state convention. So it is absolutely crucial that we use whatever tactics necessary to promote division and confusion amongst their supporters. We promote confusion and division by:
a. Gaining the trust of our opponents’ supporters and taking advantage of their ignorance so that we can gain control of them and tell them how they have to vote. For example if you are talking to Santorum supporters, tell them you are also pro-life and agree with a lot of what he has to say. Tell them you used to support him but now that he is out of the race you are supporting the only constitutional conservative remaining in the race. Tell them whatever they need to hear so that you gain their trust and establish credibility with them. Once you’ve done that you will control them.
b. Deception and Misinformation – use any means necessary to divide and conquer our opponents.
c. Prolonging the convention through parliamentary maneuvers. The longer the convention goes, the better for us. Our opposition will have a majority at the start of the convention but as the day goes on their delegates will have to leave because their baby sitter is only scheduled to watch the kids until 3pm or because they have dinner reservations, or because they just get too frustrated because the convention is taking so long. We will wait them out. We are disciplined and organized while they are weak willed and lazy. So the longer the convention goes, more and more of them will leave. All of a sudden what started out as a majority for them dwindles away and the balance of power shifts to us. We will use every parliamentary tactic in the book to prolong the meeting. Dr. Paul’s campaign has sent national lawyers who will run circles over the local Alaska lawyers. Our lawyers are ready to sue anyone who tries to get in our way.
After we take over the Alaska convention, we will be able to nominate Dr. Paul from the floor at the Republican National Convention. We will have a floor fight at the national convention and when it’s all said and done, Dr. Paul will be the nominee. Despite what the Republican Party wants us to believe, this election is not about beating Obama. This election is about cleansing the Republican Party. The poor excuse for Americans that support Santorum, Gingrich, and Romney need to be run out of the Republican Party. Once we have cleansed the Republican Party and President Paul is elected, we will end America’s wars of aggression, we will put an end to American imperialism, and we will end the Fed!
DO NOT FORWARD THIS EMAIL. The element of surprise is critical. Our opponents don’t know what is about to hit them so they will not be able to defend themselves against our superior convention organization. By the end of the day Saturday, the Santorum, Gingrich, and Romney elements within the Republican Party will be cleansed from the Republican Party and we will deliver all 24 of Alaska’s national delegates to Dr. Paul!
I have been told by those who have given their best to the party that they’ve learned through the years that to stop this kind of nefarious behavior one must turn the light on the perpetrator. Secret political maneuverings soon disappear once those responsible are identified and brought to task.
It is a fact that Alaska’s delegates do not carry any authority to change the outcome to who receives the party’s nomination at the national convention. That is of no value to these people.
With that I’m just sitting there minding my own business chatting with the other ladies about our fine jewelry selection when some guy who I had already noticed was just walking up and down the hall carrying a binder with Ron Paul stickers all over it, as thick as 3 layers! This guy shouted out “hey, a star pointing down is a pentagram, it’s of the devil!” So, if any of you know what I’ve been doing at the Alaska State Fair for the last 23 years you’d know that I had to talk to this guy. Even though, I promised I was going to shut my mouth and just observe. This is the first of many times I couldn’t just observe!..
So, I let him try to explain why all his pins with a star are pinned upside down. He said he’s a Christian and evoked the name of Christ when ever he could. He tried to make his case saying a star, any star that points down is pagan. FYI, stay away from using words like ALWAYS and NEVER when trying to make your case. I simply asked him ” How does this affect your salvation?” That pretty much stopped him in his tracks on that subject. But this guy was looking for someone to spew to, I listened for a while. Between my answers were “yes, ma’am”. He was nice enough and some of his rants were justified, but, most were total crazy talk! The guy is a 911 conspiracy believer, that is his true endeavor, to spread the conspiracy theory of deceit by our nation’s government . I said, “Alright, if you want to believe such nonsense it is still legal, the government has not called Marshall law, yet.” From there this guy would pass by us dozens of times an hour.
As the evening progressed the delegates and alternates were gathering for the banquet and guest speakers. Because we were not delegates we were not able to enter any of the meeting rooms. And, because armed guards were stationed at every door! So, we had to wait to hear from others or sometimes the events were televised and shown down the hall in a room made available. The ugly and ignorant of these Ron Paul people was on display in a very big way Friday night. People milling around wearing tags like WIN. So, I asked what does WIN ‘really’ mean? A lady very honestly said that she’s a captain of a group, and that she’s in charge of texting these people to give them a yes/no on the votes and to que individuals to act. Later that evening….
The plot thickens, during dinner there were several speakers from districts talking about general political topics. Later our sitting Senator Lisa Murkowski got up and headed to the podium. She was only going to be introducing the keynote speaker. All of the sudden a woman appeared she stood on her chair and was yelling out to the Senator “You’re a little Hitler” I tried to speak to you 9 years ago, you shunned me”. And, of course Senator Murkowski was unmoved and handled it by the accounts I heard with class and dignity. The only thing is that it showed the visitor to Alaska what a bunch of buffoons us Alaskans could be. The Republican Ron Paul ones, of course. But, that’s not what he’ll take back with him to his home state.
Anyway, on Saturday some people from the RP movement approached Lisa to apologize for that person’s behavior. I was standing right next to her, in fact. So on that she was asked to speak again to the delegation. Some of us were very leery that would be a good idea. An older woman who Lisa was quite fond of said to her that this action is putting her out there, again to have someone take a shot at her wasn’t necessary at this point in convention process. But, as it turned out Lisa Murkowski is indeed a class act and a true Alaskan leader who knows the value of people having passion for politics. She simply made a point that we all have more in common than we may think! Convention people sometime leave broken or think they don’t matter to the process. She said, everyone matters, and we need to have your input. She appreciates the passion and zeal from the RP people but it has to be positive, not combative.
And, finally from the bully file.
A friend and I stepped into the room where the proceedings were being televised. Remember that guy with the stickers on his binder? Well, he was in there ranting and to nobody in general! He started to recant his story about former President George Bush being part of the Illuminati. He said he had a letter. My friend and webradio co/host asked from where? he said, Washington DC, ma’am. Then she asked from who? He said, I can’t tell you that. He might be murdered! I said, is he a 911 conspiracy person too?” Out of nowhere this guy who was 6’2 steps right in front of me with his chest popped out and aggressively says, “Hey woman, what’s wrong with someone who believes in the 911 conspiracy theory? I looked up and said “quite a bit, actually. And FYI, I wasn’t talking to you sir, step back, please!!” He retreated and went back to his dark, pathetic corner of the room. I realized I should have called for security, I did feel threatened for a minute!
Reviewing some the events of the weekend with others it’s clear there is some history to this kind of thing. Where these movements roll over everyone and get into leadership positions and after all the fun and games are over and the real work begins, they are never heard of again! So, as it turned out, the outcome of the divisive and deceptive movement of Ron Paul followers is that the Alaska Republican Party has a new chairman, a Sarah Palin, Ron Paul follower with no real experience running anything, let alone a political party.
To confirm that this group is completely out of touch with reality of Alaska’s political culture, is when a friend was speaking with one of this people they made a statement that Governor Leman as in, former Lt. Governor Loren Leman, is a good man. Indeed, he is a good man, but he’s NEVER been the Governor! So, there’s the tale of a fractured Alaska Republican Party, now you know!
This is currently NOT my Alaska Republican Party.