Sunday, April 6, 2008

Ron Paul delegates sweep Minneapolis's congressional district

All Republican national delegates elected yesterday by Minneapolis's congressional district are Ron Paul supporters. I've heard this from two sources. Here's the story. Here's the district. This district, my district, includes Minnehaha Creek and the entire city of Minneapolis.

I no longer support Ron Paul, for strong reasons I have written about here and elsewhere where I fear the words of liberty are but camouflage, but I do support the message of liberty. I hope this is a signal for liberty, not for those who merely tout it.

Update (Apr 6, 2008, 6:00 pm Central): Reportedly Ron Paul supporters swept the Republican 4th district election, too. In the 6th, they elected all but one of the national and alternative delegates, amidst controversy.

Update (Apr 7, 2008, 10:48 pm Central): There's an interesting article by Bob von Sternberg and Kevin Duchschere in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Update (Apr 7, 2008, 11:27 pm Central): Reaction of Prof. King Banaian at St. Cloud State University - What the Hell Happened at the CD6 Convention?

Update (Apr 8, 2008, 3:04 pm Central): From Google Alert, these just in...
Update (Apr 9, 2008, 2:51 pm Central): More info on the 6th Congressional District convention, from the Wright County Republican

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Bob Barr 2008 opens presidential exploratory committee

Update (Apr 5, 2008, 9:00 pm Central):

Update (Apr 7, 2008, 9:00 am Central):Video of Bob Barr's announcement at the Heartland Libertarian Conference, Apr 5, 2008
Bob Barr, in his announcement, mentions [15:41-15:50] the newly released 2003 memo from the executive branch, which references another executive-branch memo which "concluded that the Fourth Amendment had no application to domestic military operations". For more on this, read Administration Asserts No Fourth Amendment for Domestic Military Operations. Barr argues [15:51-16:54],
It raises the interesting question, 'What is an administration doing talking about "domestic military operations" in the first place? What about posse comitatus?' Oh, that's probably another one like the Geneva Convention, just sort of quaint and outdated. Well, the notion that our military has no business whatsoever engaging in domestic operations needs to once again be reminded to the American people, and, in so doing, we need to let the American people know that there is in fact one party out there, maybe the only one, but there is one party out there, one political vehicle out there that they can latch onto, that they can ride with, that actually does believe in and preach and will defend to the death our Bill of Rights and freedoms, not just in the 4th Amendment, not just in the 2nd Amendment, not just in the 1st Amendment, but in the whole range, including those which are long forgotten to the American people.

Update (Apr 8, 2008): Here's a report from Atlanta, Georgia.
Hat tip: Third Party Watch

Update (Apr 11, 2008): Barr polling at 7%.