The Republican National Convention
, like every political convention is an event that the political party will choose the nominees for President and Vice President. This GOP convention will be held during the week of August 27th
2012 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. It is custom for speakers to be chosen at every convention.
The RNC chairman is Reince Preibus, who provided a list of speakers:
· Ted Cruz
, former Texas solicitor general and 2012 Republican nominee from Texas for US Senate.
· Artur Davis
, former Congressman and 2010 Democratic candidate for Governor of Alabama.
· John McCain
, US Senator, Arizona and 2008 Republican nominee for President of the United States.
· Rick Santorum
, former US Senator, Pennsylvania and 2012 Republican candidate for President of the United States.
There were three original choices for the location of the RNC: Tampa, Florida; Salt Lake City, Utah; Phoenix, Arizona. Tampa as the choice and was announced on May 12th 2012.
The 2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee was tasked to implement various functions in connection with the 2012 RNC Convention that included raising $55,000,000 to pay for the Convention. The Host Committee is composed of prominent Florida business executives, civic leaders and other community leaders and is a 501©(3) not-for-profit corporation organized to manage the convention.
The intent of every convention is to inform the attendees what the political platform is for the political party, this one being Republican. In addition, it is an official function that nominates a candidate for President of the United States and VP picked by the presidential candidate. The convention CEO is William D. Harris
. The convention will last from August 27th
to August 30th
2012. It will host 2,286 delegates, 2m125 alternates, and 15,000 credentialed members of the media. It was announced that George H.W. Bush
, George W. Bush
, and Dick Cheney
would not attend the convention
Security is provided by the Secret Service, Department of Homeland Security and local/state law enforcement because it is designated as a National Special Security Event
Florida recognizes the Second Amendment with 6.5% of Florida adults licensed to carry concealed weapons
. Water guns have been banned (because they may be mistaken to be real weapons) and firearms will not be permitted inside the Convention Center, except for law enforcement officials. Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn
requested that state authorities allow a temporary firearm ban in downtown Tampa during the Convention; however, local governments are prohibited from having firearm ordinances stricter than state law. Governor Rick Scott rejected the request
Anticipating protests, Tampa city officials have had discussions and made plans for actions to prevent problems. American Civil Liberties Union officials stated that the convention should expect up to 10,000 protestors during the convention. Tampa officials have banned puppets from downtown convention area because puppets may conceal weapons, because of what happened at the 2000 RNC
. The ACLU plans to hold a forum on free speech
. The city plans to provide delegates and protestors potable water and toilets
. Protests in Tampa and Tallahassee demonstrated
prior to the convention to “emphasizing their feelings to prioritize people over corporate profits – calling for “good jobs, healthcare, affordable education, equality and peace.”
The convention will begin with a roll call of the states, which permits delegates to promote their home states
. To have a speech formally putting his/her name in nomination, a candidate has to show a plurality of delegates in five delegations as section 40(b) of the rules of the Republican Party adopted by the last convention specifies
Each candidate for nomination for President of the United States and Vice President of the United States shall demonstrate the support of a plurality of the delegates from each of five (5) or more states, severally, prior to the presentation of the name of that candidate for nomination.
Michele Bachmann, Jon Huntsman, Newt Gingrich, and Ron Paul all won delegates in the Republican primaries, however they were short of showing a plurality in five states.
Typically, “moderate” Republicans are chosen to speak at conventions chosen by the GOP political establishment, which has a large force of Tea Party movement supporters against the established political platform of the GOP establishment that are known as RINOs. More conservatives are pushing for candidates who are constitutionalists, rather than “moderates” who compromise constitutional law to keep the status quo and/or prevent confrontation with political adversaries – Democrats. Note that Artur Davis, a former Democrat, has been chosen by the committee to speak. He left the Democrats to join the Republicans in 2012. He served as a Representative in the US House and represents Alabama’s 7th congressional district. He was also a Democratic Gubernatorial candidate in the primary election of 2010. Davis made one of the nominating speeches for Obama in 2008 at the Democratic National Convention and is serving on the House Ways and Means Committee, who was the first African American member of Congress to advocate that former Chairman Charles Rangel surrender his gavel due to ethics charges. In 2009 and 2010, Davis was the only member of the Congressional Black Caucus who voted against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare). He lost support of black voters because of that action. In 2012, Davis became a visiting fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics and began writing a column for the conservative National Review. Davis moved from Alabama to Virginia, now a resident there. Davis supports the nominee for President, Mitt Romney. Davis retired from politics in 2011 after being attacked for his stand against ObamaCare – the only black congressman in Democrat Party to do so. He told Politico that some Democrats wanted to argue that Obama’s critics were motivated by racism, which Davis stated it was a huge mistake … a tactic that’s likely to backfire and lead to a substantial number of Americans to believe they were being called racists because they did not support Obama. Apparently, because of his extreme criticism of Barack Obama’s policies, it was decided by the GOP establishment that he should speak at the 2012 RNC.
If one examines American political history, one can see that those running for office to represent the people became politicians over statesmanship (including stateswomen) – an ethical difference that moved government policy and actions farther away from constitutional law as time went on. Whatever race a senator or representative may be, they are supposed to be representing ALL constituents of their state and congressional district. Racism is racism, no matter what side it comes from.
Speakers that have not been included in consideration to be speakers are those Republicans who actually stand for what the GOP political platform should consist of – promoting the Constitution and its amendments, as the Tea Party movement has emphasized. As Conservapedia states:
Questions to be resolved at the 2012 convention include:
The official Republican Party Platform is considered and adopted pursuant to customary parliamentary procedure by the delegates to the Republican National Convention that is held during presidential election years– every four years. The new platform is typically written and approved by the platform committee during the week before the convention itself, in time to be formally approved by delegates at the same convention. Each state is represented by a man and a woman on the committee that drafts and approves the platform for consideration by all the delegates to the convention.
The 2008 Republican Party Platform was too liberal and needs drastic changes – too many moderates willing to compromise constitutional law and forfeit rights and liberties of the People in order to appease the political opponents. This is what “conservatism” has become, diluted and polluted just as the “liberals” are called “progressives” because of their movement toward democratic socialism.
Ron Paul and others have been ignored who call for the reduction or removal of the US from United Nations activities as well as controversy over US involvement in the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Democratic approved legislation has allowed US funds to the IMF for foreign bailouts at over the prescribed amount of $100 million; of which true Republicans are pushing to rescind (before it is paid). Many lawmakers believe, and rightly so, that US tax dollars will be lost in IMF bailouts for Portugal, Greece, and Ireland because the national leadership has not adopted changes in government policy and laws that will improve their financial status.
A major subject is restoration of the GOP platform that was for abolishing the Department of Education, in the platform from 1980 until 2000 (when GW Bush took office). Once again, it was because “moderates” compromised; indeed GW Bush
insisted that the education plank be removed
and Chairman Tommy Thompson
supported that move, who was then the governor of Wisconsin. Tommy Thompson is running for the senate and has won the primaries. Thompson is considered to be a GOP establishment lackey.
Reformation of our government, especially the federal level cannot take place with weak leadership who gives in to political opposition in the farcical excuse of “compromise” or “bipartisanship”. When it comes to the Constitution and its amendments, there is no compromise. In order for the People to have their rights returned, such as property rights and freedom of choice, it will take strong-willed and wise leadership, which the present candidates do not appear to have what it takes.
Is this going to be a repeat of the GW Bush sell out?
Can we trust a president who had a version of ObamaCare when he was governor?
The GOP establishment pushed Mitt Romney’s candidacy, but he was not popular in the primaries until towards the end. This is another case of choosing the lesser evil (Romney/Ryan) instead of allowing the incumbent president (Obama/Biden) to continue to severely damage the economy and address important issues of government that require a firm position – to include anti-constitutional actions.
Tough decisions and perseverance is required in the next presidential administration with cooperation from Congress in order to reform the government and get America back on the track to being a constitutional republic again as the founders created.
Do Romney/Ryan have the right stuff?