The Ron Paul campaign believes there was corruption at the GOP convention in Arizona. Among the various infractions reported by supporters of Congressman Paul are ballot stuffing, rule violations, and improper vote counting that occurred behind closed doors.
Paul supporters believe the Congressman had the majority of electors at the Arizona convention, and if there was a fair process the Congressman would have come away with the majority of the national delegates. The Arizona officials decided to make the process secretive, despite majority objections at the convention, so it is difficult even at this late date to know how many delegates were selected from each candidate's team. The best estimates available are that because of the apparent corruption and outright cheating, very few of the delegates selected from Arizona for the national convention in Tampa will be Ron Paul supporters.
Update 05/22/12 - This is an eyewitness account from an Arizona delegate that chronicles what appears to be deliberate Establishment GOP malfeasance at the Arizona convention (see comments below). A similar eyewitness account can be found here. Both accounts are extremely troubling.
This video parody captures the apparent attitude of GOP establishment forces in Arizona when they discovered just how motivated the Ron Paul forces were to win the day. In the hilarious video, the Ron Paul forces overcome evil to beat back the Establishment. In real life Arizona, it looks as if evil may have won a temporary victory.
In this revealing video, a delegate to the convention discloses that he witnessed ballot stuffing and other improprieties first-hand and was told by GOP workers that their superiors told them to ignore it. This video, recorded on the day of the Arizona convention, reveals the same crime and perpetrator by omission pattern. Near the end of the video another attendee says she was told by another Paul supporter that he had been physically threatened by establishment operatives behind closed doors, and that the Establishment seemed like one big mafia operation.
The senior advisor to the Ron Paul campaign, Doug Wead, named names yesterday, implicating Nathan Sproul, a GOP operative who has been in trouble in the past for allegedly being involved in electioneering shenanigans. Mr. Sproul, a GOP activist and former head of the Arizona Christian Coalition, was investigated for massive voter registration fraud after the 2004 presidential election. His consulting group, Sproul and Associates, has received millions from the GOP for "consulting fees". Mr. Wead is suggesting that Mr. Sproul may have been hired by the Arizona GOP to manipulate the convention result.
These are serious charges that have the Ron Paul camp up in arms. They believe similar corruption probably occurred during primaries and caucuses around the country and also at several other state conventions including Maine and Oklahoma. Despite these proven infractions that are occurring all over the country, the mainstream media seems reluctant to chronicle the corruption, which seems strange, given that the big media usually thrives on scandal. It is beginning to look as if the big corporate media may be seeing dollar signs, recognizing that both Governor Romney and President Obama and their corporate backers will buy a lot of advertising between now and November. By not reporting on these scandals, the big media is also participating in a perpetrator by omission scheme.
Honest Americans are undoubtedly wondering what happened to their country as they see this blatant corruption unfold. The ends justify the means philosophy appears to have overtaken our political process and civic virtue seems to have all but disappeared. Insider politicians and their corrupt accomplices in the trenches keep on keeping on and the mainstream media ignores their behavior.
Kevin Kervick is the author of Discovering Possibility: A Common Sense Conservative Manifesto (For Classical Liberals Too).
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