Ron Paul Supporters at Texas GOP Convention Acted Respectfully, Were Intelligent and Not Crazy

Sometimes a few crazy people can make an entire group look bad. Maybe that is what has happened with Ron Paul supporters. We see some crazy Ron Paul people on the news and we paint the entire group as being crazy. It is like these bad cops who think they are above the law and they break the law and do things like beating people up on video. That is why some people hate cops when, in fact, most cops are doing a great job and risking their lives for us. The problem is that the few bad cops you see on TV unfairly make all cops look bad.

At the 2012 Texas State Republican Convention this past weekend in Fort Worth, TX, I got a chance to meet a group of Ron Paul supporters. I am friends with many Ron Paul supporters but I am not part of any Ron Paul groups so I did not know what to expect. I had seen Internet articles telling people to watch out for Ron Paul people trying to take over conventions, so I was interested to see what would happen. The group that I got to meet did not have signs to stage a protest and they did not walk around asking people to legalize marijuana. In fact, you probably would have never known that they were even Ron Paul supporters. They came off just as very passionate conservatives. You might have known them for years and you might have thought they were probably just members of the tea party. There are many young people in the Ron Paul groups but there are also a surprising number of older people and minorities too. They are a very diverse group. I had great conversations with a Ron Paul group about the Federal Reserve and how printing more money with nothing to back it is destroying our economy by devaluating the dollar and not allowing the market to fix itself. Being in the military myself, I don’t entirely agree with some of Ron Paul’s war policy, but I had a great conversation about war policies and there are actually many things that I do agree with Ron Paul on. The President must not be allowed to start a war without getting congress to approve it. There are checks and balances that must be followed. We are sending money to help terrorist countries. It is especially frustrating now that President Obama is using the military as pawns and taking out bad governments, like Egypt, just to hand the government over to the Muslim Brotherhood.

One gentleman that I talked to has run Christian charities, and one of the reasons he stands with Ron Paul is because the government is slowly taking away our religious liberty. As the head of a Christian charity, he saw firsthand how the rights of Christians to freely practice and express their religious beliefs were being taken away. As a Christian, I know that he is right and this must be stopped. These people were not crazy. In fact, I agreed with most of what these Ron Paul supporters believe, as most conservatives probably do. No, I don’t agree with everything and I have no problem expressing where I do not agree. No one agrees with each other 100% of the time, but the many issues that I do agree with Ron Paul on, Ron Paul is 100% dead-on right.

I even got a chance to explain to these Ron Paul supporters why I was not in favor of Texas being proportional. Earlier this year, the RNC forced Texas to be proportional. Texas had always been winner take all by congressional district. This is what the Republicans in Texas voted to have because it gives Texas more of a say in the Presidential race and makes us more relevant (we have been completely irrelevant in recent Republican Presidential races unfortunately because the race is over before we even vote!) Well, the RNC comes along and tells us we have to be proportional. I stood up to the RNC and told them that they should not bully us and advocated that we stay winner take all by congressional district, which is what we already were before the Republican National Committee forced us to change. I was standing for Texas and what the grassroots in Texas wanted. I was standing for Texas to have a bigger voice instead of being pushed around. Well, I had some Ron Paul supporters upset with me because they thought that the reason I did not want to be proportional was so that I could keep Ron Paul from getting delegates under a proportional system. That is NOT the reason I did not want to be proportional. Hurting or helping Ron Paul was not even a factor in why I was saying NO to the RNC’s proportional system. In fact, I was able to explain that if Texas had gone back to winner take all by congressional district back when there were still four candidates in the race, it was very likely that Romney would not have won Texas and would not have received many of our delegates. This would possibly have forced a brokered convention which would have actually benefited the Ron Paul supporters. So we had a good conversation about that little misunderstanding and cleared some things up.

Ron Paul Supporters were elected to be National Delegates at Texas GOP Convention

Did these Ron Paul supporters try to get fellow Ron Paul supporters elected as national delegates? Sure they did. But who didn’t? The establishment passed out papers telling their people to vote for their establishment candidates. Just about every county Republican group nominated a candidate from their county who they know and are friends with. You had entire counties voting for the candidate from their county vs. candidates from other counties. Every group at the convention tried to put up a candidate to try to be elected to something, so why can’t the Ron Paul supporters do that to? They have every right to put up someone from their group to run.

The Ron Paul supporters I got a chance to meet this past weekend were respectful of the process and did not try to take over anything. They nominated fellow Ron Paul supporters and these nominees then got to stand in front of the entire group of Republicans and explain what they believe and explain why people should vote for them. Some of the Ron Paul supporters got elected by the group and some didn’t. These Ron Paul supporters are not stupid either. From what I got to hear from them, they understand that Romney probably already has the nomination. They understand that the chance of a brokered convention is slim to none unless there is a change of the current rules of how delegates can vote. They understand all that and they are not unrealistic. They were more focused on getting people involved in the process and who will go to the national convention and stand for less government and stand for the constitution. They know that, even though they might not prevail, you cannot give up and you still have to speak up and let your beliefs be heard. There is no chance of America ever going back to following the Constitution if everyone just accepts that the Constitution is gone and stops speaking up about it. They are simply not giving up.

To Defeat Obama, the Republican Party MUST Embrace Ron Paul Supporters. Also, If Romney is Smart, he will Appoint Ron Paul to his Cabinet, Maybe as Head of the Treasury.

Whether you agree with Ron Paul supporters or not, the Republican Party is going to need all hands on deck if we are going to defeat Obama. We will especially need Ron Paul supporters. Obama has the upper hand when it comes to young votes. Ron Paul groups are filled with young voters. Ron Paul groups are also filled with a ton of passion and dedication. By casting out these groups, not only are we losing those young voters, but we are also losing out on the passion and dedication they bring to the table.

The Republican Party must embrace Ron Paul Supporters. It was said to me this weekend that maybe the reason some of the Ron Paul supporters act a little bit crazy is due to the fact that acting crazy is the only way they can be heard. They don’t act crazy because they are crazy. They act crazy as a way to be heard because they have been rejected from the Republican Party and are having to fend for themselves and have to create their own unconventional platforms to speak from to get their message out.

Maybe if Ron Paul supporters were embraced by the Republican Party, we could all sit down together and have a conversation about how we can work together to promote the things that we agree on, like more states' rights, less federal government, following the Constitution, etc. We can work together to defeat Obama. The establishment in the Republican Party might not agree on everything that Ron Paul supporters believe, but there is probably agreement on at least 80% of the issues. The Republican Party could greatly benefit from Ron Paul supports in order to accomplish the many things that both sides agree on. We especially need Ron Paul supporters if we are going to defeat Obama.

After this weekend, I have a new respect for and understanding of Ron Paul supporters, and I fully believe that the Republican Party should embrace them and work with them instead of trying to ignore them. We need them. We might not all agree 100% on everything, but overall, Ron Paul is GOOD for the conservative cause and his supporters can help the Republican Party and help defeat Obama.

I am sure my little brother in high school will love me for writing this article. He is a big Ron Paul fan. I am not sure how he became one or how he even got to know anything about Ron Paul, but it happened. It is happening with youth all across America. It is something that we cannot ignore and we could greatly benefit from if we embrace the youth and passion of these Ron Paul supporters.



This is a very good article.
But you state "we could all sit down together and have a conversation about how we can work together to promote the things that we agree on" you're right.
But in 2008 this very same thing happened with democrats, did the delegates get what they wanted.

I voted for Obama because he said he would bring all the troops home, because he disagreed with Hilary on mandating health insurance. and a few other little things. Did the Obama delegates that wanted those things get what they wanted, No they did not. Obama did what he wanted.
Most Ron Paul supporters whats the troops home they want the wars to end. And Romney is not going to do that, It would not matter if Romney delegates embrace Ron Paul's policy to end the wars, Romney the man will not. If he got into office he is going to do what he wants. I wish he would end the wars. but in all honesty he will not.

I'm some what of an unusual Paul supporter, I don't care about the feds or gold standards. Yes I care about losing my freedoms but compared to a life that is being lost to a senseless war, I can fight for my freedoms that I may lose some other day. no one, and I do mean NO one, can bring back the lives that has been lost due to Obama's broken promises. Obama did what he wanted it did not matter what the delegate wanted.
The one thing that a president can do without congress Obama did not do, and Romney will not do. This is why I could NEVER vote for Romney. It would be very nice to be able to compromise, But some things can not be compromised.

"...winner take all... Texas more of a say in the Presidential race and makes us more relevant" 
I disagree, if WTA, then those who poll below the leader have no reason to come here and campaign.  If proportional, there is a chance that even the least popular candidate could be rewarded for campaigning in Texas. This brings more campaign dollars to our state.  I voted against you because of this reason, sorry.
"The establishment might not agree on everything Ron Paul supporters believe, but there is probably agreement on at least 80% of the issues."
Have you even checked Romney's record on the issues?  I doubt there is a 20% agreement with the self-proclaimed Progressive author of ObamneyCare.  Does Mitt motivate the youth, minorities, or independent voters?  NO!   Mitt was boo'ed the couple of times he was mentioned.  Paul received a standing ovation, Mitt didn't even send a promotional video!  Obama's religious beliefs are actually closer to Texas Christians then is Mitt's, whose pagan religion flies in the face of every Christian!   Ron Paul is the future of the GOP, if they are to have one.  The GOP is trying their hardest to throw this race to Obama, the only question is are they doing it intentionally or out of stupidity?  When we run a left of center moderate against a liberal WE LOSE every time.  When we run that actually represents change, then we win!  Romney offers NO change, a little tinkering around the edges.  Do you want ObamneyCare or RomneyCare?  That doesn't motivate voters!    The only hope is that something happens between here and Tampa.  Let's hope for a big Mittens scandal that forces him to withdraw!

Your comments are much appreciated. I can't help but wonder, what would've have happened had the GOP put all their support behind Ron Paul from the beginning? What with his rather large grassroots support all over the country. I imagine there being a large divot in the Oval Office where Obama had once parked his narrow socialist posterior. But with Mitt it's gonna be a toss up. 

I've suspected that the unruly "Paul supporters" were faux RP supporters acting up trying to make true Paul supporters look bad in the public eye.  No one ever seems to follow up on these characters to learn whether or not they are conservative or true patriots.  Who's to say?  Maybe the "Paul supporters" were really RNC people.  I'd come closer believing that than believing they were Ron Paul's supporters.  The ones I know are quite reputable, honest, and decent folks just fed up with our corrupt government.

I appreciate your tone, Mr. Bellow, and find it as refreshing as a cool breeze across a sweaty forehead.

I'd encourage you to take care not to mistake passion for crazy. I'd also encourage a healthy dose of salt toward any media reports you may hear as well as any recitations of such reports that you may come across from repeaters on the internet. After watching a youtube video called Ron Paul vs. the #HONESTMISTAKE you may fully understand why this is necessary.

I wish just half the GOP could think rationally like you, but unfortunately they are just in another world.  I am disgusted with the current administration, however I honestly view four more years with Obama as lower risk than four with Mitt Romney.  There is only one way I'd vote for Romney, and that would be if he flip-flops on some issues that bring him more in line with liberty minded folks.  It's just too late for the GOP, they have made myself and so many others sick to their stomach with the shameful corruption, and complete disregard for the voter. 

I do have secret hopes of a long-shot Ron Paul win but I can see that it will be unlikely, and for that reason I'll be voting for Obama as he offers the best chance our country will still be solvent in four years-- and let me tell you that I am not, and never was a fan of Obama.

Sadly, I fear that the chances of a violent revolution are "fair" in the next four years and I am far from a conspiracy theorist.  I believe that Obama can keep things from deteriorating too much in the next four years, but it's probably too late to save the country.

What scares me more than a violent revolution is Mitt Romney.  The reason is that there was only one thing I've seen in Romney that "excites" him and it was when he talked about going to Iran.  If Romney uses this time to complain about Obama, the people will begin to see that the propaganda machine is losing the war against painting Obama as a bad guy, and the people are seeing the GOP as the one who cannot be trusted.  When I think of the GOP sadly I think of Charlie Webster, but I will remember you and your *sincere* attitude -- if there comes a time I can help you get elected, I will be there with money or in person.

We are motivated for change and looking for people like yourself who want the same.

As the commenter "Bonnie" suggested, it's always possible that many or any of crazy behavior that may have occurred was done by plants intended to discredit Paul. There were already credible, verified stories about some (ultra-liberal?) anti-Paul activists conspiring to attend meetings/rallies in full KKK regalia as well as conducting phone banking in which they would portray themselves as Paul campaign staff while being completely rude to likely voters. Since such a scheme eventually came out in the light, it's safe to assume that much like cockroaches there were dozens or even hundreds of other similar schemes that remained hidden from view.

I often get asked, "Why are Ron Paul "followers" (not supporters) so crazy?" Being a "crazy" RP follower myself, please allow me to explain. The typical RP supporter has done his in-depth research. He knows about Austrian Economics, sound money, NDAA, Audit the Fed, CISPA, SOPA, Patriot, Resource Preparedness Act, executive orders, the Bill of Rights and the US Constitution. He knows Robert's Rules. He knows the majority of the active military wants the wars to end so they can come HOME, and the majority supports RP's foreign policy. So to watch the majority of Americans and the media marginalise, dismiss, and ignore Ron Paul's Constitutional message is equivalent to insanity. This intellectual grassroots revolution is PURE backing of big banks, Goldman Sachs, or JP Morgan. Even though we liberty-loving Americans have held huge rallies, sign waves, concerts, money bombs, parades, marches, and more, the media and GOP has continued to ignore us. When we attend and VOTE at our caucus and convention, we are "hijacking" the convention. We simply want one thing: to follow the US Constitution. That's it. Very simple. We realize that Obama and Mitt both approve of more endless wars, more bailouts, more spending, more printing, mandated healthcare, the NDAA, the Patriot Act, CISPA, and less individual liberties of We the People. Voting for the same exact candidates equals the same exact results. When will America wake up and realize that both parties are to blame? Ron Paul happens to be the voice and the messenger that screams "Just follow the Constitution!" Until then, we will continue to watch America crumble. The GOP has chosen to fight and divide with their passionate, enthusiastic, intellectual liberty-loving newest members. What a shame. 

It is so unfair to depict a group of Patriotic and Constitutionally oriented individuals in a negative light solely because a minority within the Party seeks to retain control. And its not just Ron Paul Republicans aren't the only ones tired of it. I met many great people at our State convention last week and made many new friends -despite the pararnoia sown by these controllers. Ron Paul Republicans love the Constitution, we fight for freedoms- religious, individual, and for the unborn. Let's face it: We are only looked as different because of the lies spread about Ron Paul! Most of us, you could NEVER identify in a crowd. And we are here to stay!! Whether the old guard likes it or not. So, I thank you, Mr. Bellows -for being civilized and honest. You are appreciated.

Good Job describing our attitude & behaviour at the convention in Ft. Worth, David !

My daughter & I, along with around 100 others, were proudly Ron Paul favoring delegates from East Texas.  In our CD, we saw about 25 % of the delegates elected were of our camp.

In other CD's (congressional districts) similar #'s were reported.  Quite a few 'At Large' delegates were chosen, who also favor Ron Paul.

Who knows how much larger that proportion COULD be if the media distortions about Ron Paul were replaced with honest & accurate reporting.

To highlight just one example, many "Romney" favoring delegates expressed the fear that Ron Paul wants to 'cut Social Security' or even eliminate the program.     Therefore, they favor Romney over Ron Paul.

But is this accurate ?  Not at all.  Dr. Ron Paul has pointed out that our reckless $ 1 Trillion dollar a year spending on building a worldwide military empire (900 bases @ 130 countries)  is adding debt, which threatens our whole system.

He advises scaling back to ACTUAL national defense, and ending the worldwide military empire - as the Founding Fathers & Constitution actually allow, to avoid Fiscal disaster. 

This return to sanity would reduce the economic drain, allowing Social Security to fulfill it's promises to those who have contributed thus far.

(He DOES propose 'winding down' the SS system, so that younger citizens won't be forced to join a failing system, but rather can choose their options from Free Market solutions which are Constitionally sound.)

So, his ACTUAL position is the opposite of the "Fear".  Suprised ?

How much of this misunderstanding is due to dishonest media reporting or the reluctance of many on our "GOP team" to exercise due dilligence to search out Dr. Paul's True Position is anyone's guess !

I know that, to me, in either case it's proof that 'Eternal Vigilance is the price of Liberty' !  

And no man can insure your or my Liberty more than our own constant & unrelenting efforts, coupled with God's Providential blessings !

That is why we supported (& will continue to...) Dr. Ron Paul for President, come what may !

Yours In Liberty !

David A - East Texas



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