Inspiring Video Bio of Mitt Romney

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One of the things that struck me about this video is the concept of payback and service. The great industrialists of our country, Carnegie, Ford, Rockefeller and others, took up a moral imperative to share their wealth in an attempt to solve some of our country’s greatest social dilemmas. Whether it was eliminating poverty or instructing people about how to leverage capitalism for a larger benefit, they established foundational trusts to carry on their concerns after they had passed.

Mitt Romney, on the other hand, while having achieved great wealth, is willing to invest something even more precious to the benefit of our nation: his time. The greatest philanthropists in the history of our country weren’t able or interested in doing that. Mitt is a remarkably notable exception, willing to bring his business expertise and success to the benefit of our troubling times, through service to our nation.

This truly is an inspiring video and I hope it’s uplifting to you as well.

I must admit that I have not always been a supporter of Mitt Romney, but today, after watching the GOP Convention conclude last night, I can only hope that he’s the right man at the right time. I pray that he doesn’t let me down!

UPDATE, 9-01-2012:

Now that the euphoria of the moment has left me, I’m reminded of THIS. How do I support a candidate that deliberately moved to silence my voice? Something else is bothering me as well. During the entire GOP Convention, we were feted with speeches from numerous young, conservative women of the GOP. Why was there absolutely no mention of the first female to be nominated as the Republican candidate for Vice President in 2008, Sarah Palin?

I’m starting to think that Mark America is on the right track, both here and here.

The RNC Purposefully Silenced Grassroots Conservatives

Since last Wednesday, there hasn’t been a lot of talk about the despicable rules changes foisted on the GOP Convention by the GOPe.

Michael Duncan at FreedomWorks provides a good synopsis of what happened (emphasis his):

When the Romney camp and the Republican establishment rewrote Rule 15 at the RNC to centralize more power within the party hierarchy, they created a massive grassroots backlash from grassroots activists, Tea Partiers, and Ron Paul supporters.

To placate the grassroots, the establishment pushed a “compromise” on Rule 15, which conservative commentator Erick Erickson called a “red herring“, and simply shifted even more unsettling changes into Rule 12. The Romney camp then launched a misdirection campaign to placate and confuse grassroots activists.

The Romney camp even went as far as preemptively removing Rules Committee members and replacing them with Romney-appointed delegates, a move one can only imagine was done to secure passage of the rule changes.

A grassroots insurrection against the changes led by Morton Blackwell, FreedomWorks, Rush Limbaugh, Michelle Malkin, Ron Paul supporters and countless others, encouraged full Minority Reports on the Rules when the RNC convened to adopt the rules.

This is where the establishment got even more brazen. When Speaker John Boehner asked for the “ayes” and “noes” on the adoption of the rules, the “noes” were at the very least just as loud as the “ayes”, and yet in the opinion of Speaker Boehner the “ayes” had it. Gavel.

I suggest you read the whole piece at the lead-in link above and make sure to read this post by Dean Clancy, also from FreedomWorks:

Romney’s “RNC Power Grab”: What Really Happened

Despite the mainstream media narrative that this was an attempt to tamp down Ron Paul supporters, it was clearly intended to include ALL conservative, grassroots members.

Does a third party beckon the Tea Party?

Rush Limbaugh on GOP Convention Rules Fight

As a follow-up to Rush’s comments, here is an update via Michelle Malkin at 4:34pm Eastern:

Well, that was…something else. First, Maine delegates were replaced with Romney people. Then, rules chairman John Sununu and GOP Speaker of the House John Boehner stood on stage at the RNC to rule on the compromise rules report. No minority report was mentioned. When asked for yeas and nays on the report, the room seemed equally divided. Boehner forged ahead and approved the report over loud boos and calls of “point of order” from activists on the floor.

No vote on the minority report.

FreedomWorks’ Dean Clancy observes: “If @SpeakerBoehner had been wielding the Speaker’s gavel instead of the GOP convention gavel, he wouldn’t have gotten away with that trick.”

And the show went on…GOP Rep. Marsha Blackburn just declared that “this has been a great exercise in grass-roots” and that GOP stands for “Great Opportunity Party.”

Rob Port:

Watch until about 2:39:00 when Speaker of the House John Boehner takes the podium and asks for a voice vote on the rules. The “nays” from the floor were at least as loud as the “yeas,” but Boehner approved the rules “without objection.”

What a joke.

Meanwhile, a North Dakota delegate texted me from the floor of the convention saying that they were instructed to chant “USA” (you can hear it during the video) to drown out the dissenters.

Can I hear someone say THIRD PARTY?

Rules Committee Shenanigans

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Michael Duncan is reporting via FreedomWorks that the Romney camp is replacing Rules Committee members with its own delegates:

I just got off the phone with a concerned Florida activist, Laura Noble, who informed me that both of Florida’s Rules Committee members, Peter Feaman and Kathleen King, have been removed from the Rules committee and replaced with Romney-appointed delegates.

Clearly anticipating a grassroots backlash against the “compromise” on Rule 15 and the changes on Rule 12 has caused the Romney camp to preemptively replace delegates to ensure they have support on the Rules Committee.

It’s enough to make your blood boil. Please call your state’s Rules Committee delegates here and ask that they oppose the “compromise” on Rule 15, oppose the changes to Rule 12, and support the full Minority Reports on the Rules.

UPDATE: Delegations we should be focusing on include the following states: North Carolina, Oregon, Indiana, Ohio, Nebraska, Kansas, Arkansas, Tennessee, and West Virginia.

Follow our coverage of the fallout between the Romney camp and grassroots activists at these links.

UPDATE, 2:50pm ET, via Michelle Malkin:

The Rules Committee just voted 78-14 to accept the Romney-approved deal on Rules 15(16) and 12. There is now an effort to gather enough signatures to force a floor vote on the minority report. 25 percent of committee members are needed.

Apparently, the Virginia delegation was stuck on a bus and didn’t make it in time for the vote.

Rules Fight at GOP Convention Not Over!

Just when you thought it was safely buried, comes this from Erick Erickson at Red State:

At 2:00 p.m. today in Tampa, the Republican National Committee, led by Team Romney, is moving to shut down conservative grassroots activists. I’ve been on the phone with several individuals involved in the fight who tell me that the fight is not over, it is only just starting.

Specifically, the media is reporting that the rules fight is over because Team Romney is abandoning Ben Ginsberg’s effort to allow candidates to control delegates. Under an initial proposal, delegates would, in effect, be chosen by the presumed nominee’s campaign and not based on votes in the states and delegate selection processes in the states.

That issue appears resolved, but several people I’ve spoken to make clear that Team Romney and the RNC establishment are using that compromise as a red herring to distract from two major rules change proposals that would decimate Republican grassroots and prevent upstart political campaigns.

The first rule to be proposed is one that would give the Republican National Committee the power to change rules between conventions with a three-quarters vote of the RNC. One source tells me, “With a Republican President, of course this is doable. Everybody will roll over if a President Romney asks them too. They’ll be able to get Ben Ginsberg’s proposal next year.”

In other words, if Team Romney prevails in this rules change, they don’t have to worry about Ben Ginsberg not getting his way today on the delegate changes. They’ll be able to do it later when the press and grassroots are not watching.

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