There has been some talk about Ron Paul being present at the upcoming Minnesota State Republican Convention in Rochester, Minnesota. I do not represent Ron Paul's campaign in any official capacity, and therefore I do not speak for him. However, I am a delegate to the upcoming state convention, and I would like to see him speak. An updated convention call with convention notes I received from the Republican Party of Minnesota revealed that Karl Rove was going to speak to our convention. Karl Rove, but not Ron Paul. Pearls of wisdom from me about Karl Rove are outside the scope of this post, but I would commend the reader to the Internet for their own research on the individual George W. Bush calls "Terdblossom."
Yesterday, I wrote a letter to Ron Carey, Chair of the Republican Party of Minnesota, outlining my concerns as a delegate about Ron Paul potentially speaking at the Minnesota State Convention and the release of the state delegate and alternate list. Here is the text of my letter to Ron Carey:
Ron Carey, Chair
Republican Party of Minnesota
525 Park Street, Suite 250
St Paul, MN 55103
Dear Mr. Carey:
I write to you in my capacity as a Republican who has been elected a delegate to the Congressional District Four Convention and the Minnesota State Convention and as an alternate to the National Convention this coming September.
It is my understanding that the state delegate and alternate list has been released to some folks who are running for the Presidential nomination. It is further my understanding that you have been unwilling to provide this list to the Ron Paul Campaign in Minnesota. I respectfully request that a copy of this list be provided to Ron Paul supporters and any other persons seeking to campaign for Republican nominations.
As you are probably well aware, Ron Paul may be in attendance for some portion of our state convention. It is my understanding and my fear given past performance of party “regulars” that there may be an unwillingness to let Dr. Paul speak at our state convention.
Dr. Paul’s conservative record is impeccable. He has never voted to raise taxes, has never voted for a Federal restriction on firearms ownership, and has always returned a portion of his Congressional Office’s budget to the U.S. Treasury each year. His personal credentials as a public servant and as an individual are impeccable. His new book, “The Revolution: A Manifesto,” is currently the number one non-fiction book on the New York Times Best Seller List.
On the other hand, the media-appointed “presumptive” nominee, John McCain, has been involved in scandals for most of his professional life. His involvement in the “Keating Five” scandal is particularly disturbing. What’s even more disturbing is that this man has co-sponsored EIGHTY-SIX Bills with Senators Clinton and Obama since 2005 . To call this man a “Republican in Name Only” is an understatement.
Regardless of John McCain’s close cooperation with his Democrat friends, true small government conservatives deserve their voices to be heard. I cannot understand why any true conservative would not want to hear what Dr. Paul has to say.
In light of the foregoing, I respectfully request that the state delegate and alternate list be provided to the Ron Paul Campaign, or even to myself and I will provide it to them.
Further, and more importantly, I would be embarrassed as a Republican in Minnesota if we as a party lack the class to let this visiting dignitary speak at our convention. I am confident that someone with as much class and leadership ability as you will take affirmative steps to see that Dr. Ron Paul is given the welcome to Minnesota that he deserves.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me any time. My mobile phone number is 651-216-6044.
I thank you kindly for your attention to these matters.
Nathan M. Hansen
I have not yet heard anything back from Mr. Carey. It is my understanding that he has also not responded to other folks who have made requests similar to the ones I made in my letter.
The Republican Party in Minnesota has grown weak by being insular and controlled by Trotzkyite Neocons. Its status right now reminds me of the Old King in the Lord of the Rings who falls under the influence of the evil sorcerer via the toad-like man who always whispers in his ear about what to do. That man reminds me of Karl Rove. Eventually, Gandolf comes and casts a spell freeing the King of the nefarious influence. Hopefully Ron Paul supporters together with like-minded freedom loving conservatives can break the Neocon Spell.
So how about it Ron Carey? How about opening up the party and the process so we can get some more Republicans in office? What in the world are you afraid of? Freedom? Liberty? People thinking their own thoughts? I respectfully ask you to please consider what we are saying. I think you may find that "Ron Paul people" are smart, educated, and sincere people.