January has been good for Liberty in Missouri!

This was a good week for Liberty in Missouri.

by  Paul Hamby

On Tuesday, the Missouri state milk board held a hearing on raw milk.   The turnout was standing room only.

The controversy over raw milk boils down to people’s basic right to choose what they eat, from whom they can purchase their food and how it is produced.

Springfield News Leader covered the story here;

http://www.news-leader.com/article/20100113/NEWS01/1130451/Advocates-of-raw-milk-consumption-state-case

You can read my written testimony to the state milk board here;

http://www.campaignforliberty.com/blog.php?view=31464

Ron Paul Forums heard us and offered some praise here;

http://www.ronpaulforums.com/showthread.php?p=2491283

Wednesday, was the Missouri State Sovereignty rally at the capital in Jefferson City.

More than a dozen campaign for liberty members attended along with a crowd of more than 500. The rally was put on and promoted by at least 14 grass roots organizations.  Following the rally,  hundreds of the fired up conservatives personally visited their state reps and senators asking them to support the push back legislation. One of the bills that was the main focus of the rally is SJR25 sponsored by Missouri Senator Jane Cunningham  The bill  “Prohibits laws interfering with freedom of choice in health care”

view it here;   http://house.mo.gov/content.aspx?info=/bills101/sbills/sj025.htm

Here is a photo of the capitol rotunda with the  standing room only rally.

http://www.facebook.com/search/?ref=search&q=larrymiller_7%40yahoo.com&init=quick#/photo.php?pid=31040827&id=1221782802

Grass roots training was provided after the rally.

The press was in attendance and more than 30 stories have aired on TV, radio and newspapers throughout the state.  The AP covered the event and sent the story nationwide.  Kansas had similar rallies on Friday.

The movement to push back the federal government is alive and well,  based on the 10th amendment of the US Constitution.

This event set the tone for the Missouri political climate in 2010.   The Missouri Sovereignty project, founded by Thomas Grady, sent a letter to Missouri AG Christ Koster asking him to challenge the Federal government on the Universal Health Care Control bill Congress is trying to pass.

http://www.missourisovereigntyproject.com/call-on-koster.html

If you want to volunteer to help,  join at www.missourisovereigntyproject.com Look at pledges tab to see if your rep and senator have signed on.  If not,  ask them to sign the MO Sov Pledge.  If they have signed,  let them know you are watching and appreciate their support.

Missouri Legislative leaders seemed to like the idea of asking our Attorney General to push back the Federal government, so they sent letters of their own this week.

http://primebuzz.kcstar.com/?q=node/21004

The conservative group Club for Growth now has a pledge asking elected officials to push back the federal health care control bill.

“I hereby pledge to the people of my state upon my election to the U.S. Senate to sponsor and support legislation to repeal any federal health takeover passed in 2010 and replace it with real reforms that lower health-care costs without growing government.”

State Senator Chuck Purgason was the first to sign their pledge.  Congressman Roy Blunt quickly jumped on the bandwagon.   Purgason and Blunt are both Republican candidates for Kit Bond’s US Senate seat.  http://www.stlbeacon.org/content/view/14218/314/

Seems that Thomas Grady has started a movement that everyone wants to pile on.

http://www.mogop.org/wp/2010/01/1672/

If the Universal Health Care Control bill somehow does get passed,  there is a nationwide effort to challenge it in court on a number of issues.  Oops,  I used Hillary’s title of her 1990’s effort at Universal Health Care.  Notice they stopped using that title.  Perhaps that is because according to the Democrats, there are 45 million uninsured Americans.  15 million don’t want health care and prefer to pay their own way.  15 million are illegal immigrants and Pelosi/Reid’s bills leave about 16 million still uninsured.   Hmmmmmm?

Missouri Citizens for Property Rights, represented by Ron Calzone,  started gathering signatures for the epic eminent domain initiative at the capital rally Wednesday.  The support for MOCPR eminent domain effort was overwhelming as people wanting to sign the petition surrounded his booth at the capital.   This ballot initiative would stop government from using eminent domain for private use in Missouri.

The Missouri appeals court recently ruled in favor of MOCPR and cleared the way to start gathering signatures to get this issue on the ballot.   You can read an update on this here;

http://www.campaignforliberty.com/blog.php?view=31082 If you would like to help with this effort, contact Ron Calzone ron@mo-cpr.org http://www.mo-cpr.org

The  Missouri Rural Crises Center organized a Family Farm Day Rally at the state capital on Tuesday afternoon.   It was well attended – standing room only.   Tim and Rhonda provided grass roots training and sent the attendees out to talk to their legislators one on one.   They are fighting CAFOs in Missouri and opposing the establishment of a new livestock board that would take power away from legislators and give it to an appointed board.

Republican candidate for state auditor has given a new meaning to our popular term Audit The Fed.   Icet promised this week that he will audit the federal stimulus dollars spent in Missouri if he wins the auditor race.  http://www.stlbeacon.org/content/view/14198/314/

The current state auditor sought her 15 minutes of fame this week by proposing that businesses no longer be able to keep the small portion of sales tax they get for being forced to be the state’s tax collector.   In a political climate of anti government, anti taxes, and the ever growing voice to help businesses so we can get more jobs,  it is amazing how liberals like Auditor Montee continue their NeoMarxist anti-capitalist big government agenda

http://www.missourinet.com/2010/01/13/montee-questions-2-policy/

Friday Meanwhile in Massachusetts,  the race to fill the late Edward Kennedy’s seat has taken an unexpected turn.   The GOP had written of the seat,  but the grassroots conservative movement did not.  Scott Brown the GOP challenger gained steadily in the polls recently.  GOP National chair,  Michael Steele, on his radio tour of the nation was repeatedly dogged by questions on why the National GOP was not in the fight.  Last weekend,  Steele sent out a national appeal to help Scott Brown.  This was followed up by appeals from quite an array across the Center Right spectrum of groups.   Suddenly Brown was bringing in a million dollars a day,  his poll numbers are soaring and the race garnered the national spotlight as a public referendum on the Neo-Marxist Health Control bill in Congress.   Brown as US Senator would break the 60 vote filibuster proof majority the dems currently have in Congress.  National pundits are now saying the MA race will be considered judgment on Barack Obama’s first year in office.   In my opinion,  it already is.  The fact that a Republican has a fighting chance in the land of Barney Frank and Edward Kennedy speaks louder than words.  Back to Missouri,  Talk radio throughout the state has focused on the race with many encouraging Missourians to send money to support Scott Brown.  Today the MO GOP sent out a letter asking for support of the Scott Brown race.

Brown’s democrat opponent has abandoned an issue oriented campaign and decided instead to attack you!

MA Democrats press release: Scott Brown made a “deal with the devil” with “radical tea party groups”

http://hotair.com/archives/2010/01/12/dem-press-release-scott-brown-made-a-deal-with-the-devil-with-radical-tea-party-groups/

I do hope he made a deal with the tea party groups.  Cause the deal we have been asking for is a pledge to follow the constitution,  to balance the budget,  to remove barriers for business such as high taxes and regulations.   Now, that is a deal we can all live and prosper with.

KS rep Dennis Moore along with  Gordon, Tanner, and Baird announced retirements.  Conn Senator  Chris Dodd and ND Senator Dorgan also chose not to run again in a climate of angry hostile electorate.  The Grassroots conservative movement sent them pink slips.   Now folks are asking, when will Missouri’s Skelton announce he is stepping down?  Surely he can read the tea leaves!  http://primebuzz.kcstar.com/?q=node/21007

Upcoming events

Saturday, January 16  I&R training in KC with Ron Calzone of the Missouri  contact Ron Calzone ron@mo-cpr.org http://www.mo-cpr.org

Thursday January 21 6 pm.  State Sen. Chuck Purgason, a Republican candidate for the Missouri U.S. Senate seat now held by Kit Bond, will speak in St. Joseph on Thursday, Jan. 21.

Mr. Purgason will be the featured speaker at the January meeting of the Northwest Missouri Republican Club.

http://www.stjoenews.net/news/2010/jan/14/purgason-plans-st-joseph-speech/

Friday January 22 7 pm   Time to have some fun!  Come down and play Political Trivia Night at O’Dowd’s Zona Rosa.  Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online here;

http://acttrivia.eventbrite.com/

Thank you for fighting for Liberty!

Paul Hamby

Missouri Co-Coordinator

Campaign For Liberty

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Pulse of Health Freedom - May 19, 2009

FDA Calls Cheerios an "Unapproved Drug"

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The Food and Drug Administration learned that General Mills claimed on
its cereal box that Cheerios can help lower cholesterol, and said on
their website that "diets rich in whole grain foods can reduce
the risk of heart disease." So they declared that Cheerios is
now an unapproved drug, and must go through FDA new drug approval
process!

AAHF Asks Senate Finance Committee to Make Privacy, Transparency, and
Independent Research High Priorities in the New Healthcare Plan

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Last week, AAHF contacted the Senate Finance Committee, which is
working on proposals to improve patient care and reduce healthcare
costs. We asked them to ensure that patient participation in the
electronic health records database be strictly voluntary, that
healthcare planning decisions are not made by people with conflicts of
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Why Is FDA Protecting the BPA Lobby?

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As we have reported previously, bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical in the
packaging or contents of many products, may cause cancers,
reproductive defects, diabetes, ADD, asthma, and autism. Now emails
obtained by the (Milwaukee, WI) Journal Sentinel show that the FDA
sought information from the BPA industry's chief lobbyist to discredit
a Japanese study that found it caused miscarriages in workers who were
exposed to it. These emails show a pattern of preferential treatment
over the past nine years that was not afforded to independent
scientists.

Minnesota Court Orders Chemotherapy for 13-Year-Old

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In an update to an article we published last week, a judge has ruled
that Daniel Hauser, a 13-year-old boy from Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, must
receive conventional medical treatment for Hodgkin's
lymphoma--over his parents' objections. The Hausers, who
live on a dairy farm, prefer natural medicines and alternative
treatments for illnesses.

Senate HELP Committee Approves Margaret Hamburg as New FDA
Commissioner

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In the wake of FDA animosity against supplements and scientific
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City health commissioner, as the next commissioner of the Food and
Drug Administration. The approval process now moves to the full
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Inspiration from California Freedom Force

Ready to be inspired?

LOS ANGELES — On Saturday, December 6, 2008, the Republican Party of Los
Angeles County (RPLAC) met at the Ronald Reagan State Office Building in Los
Angeles to choose its leadership for the next two years. After a brief but
intensive parliamentary battle with the entrenched leadership, control was
wrested away by a newly formed coalition of those who were anxious to
re-dedicate and re-energize the Party along traditional Republican
principles and strategies. Ron Paul and Ed Griffin of Freedom Force
International have urged their supporters to become active in political
parties. That’s exactly what happened in Los Angeles, dramatically
demonstrating that it can be done.

Linda Boyd had been the Chairman of RPLAC for six years, and many felt it
was time for her to leave and for the Republican Party to get back to its
roots of: limited constitutional government, fiscal responsibility, sound
monetary policy, Second Amendment rights, strong national defense, a
non-interventionist foreign policy, personal freedom, and opposition to
illegal immigration. Actually, the former Chairman supported all of these
concepts, but , but the coalition felt the Party was languishing under the
old leadership. It was not fielding candidates for many of the hundreds of
political offices available, and it was not providing strong support for the
ones who did run. Of the 26 Assembly Districts, there are now only 13
district offices open. Republicans were losing the majority of elections.
They had not been getting enough money to be effective, and most of the
money that was raised did not go to the individual districts or candidates.
So, it was felt that it was time for a change.
Several Freedom Force members formed a coalition with followers of Ron Paul
and formed a plan of action. Some, who had supported other alternative
candidates for President, also joined the coalition. About 40 Angelenos took
out papers to run for offices on the Central Committee. A majority (29) of
these were elected in the June 3rd Primary. Fourteen more were write-in
candidates. This unprecedented grass-roots action was the result of
freedom-minded people deciding to quit complaining and quit following
political leaders they did not like and, instead, offering themselves as
leaders instead. That is the mission of Freedom Force.

At the RPLAC meeting on Dec. 6, (which is an election of County and District
Officers who decide how the party is run), a Temporary Chairman was elected
to conduct the business of the Organizational Meeting that day. Linda Boyd’s
choice for Temporary Chairman was defeated 39 – 54. The new Temporary
Chairman asked who wanted to be Chairmen of the Credentials, Nominating,
Resolutions and By-Laws Committees. As Freedom Force members were unknown to
him, he selected Chairmen he had known; however, when he asked who wanted to
be members of those two most important committees, he picked two volunteers
who were Freedom Force members.

The Chairman and seven members made up the Credentials Committee. When the
Chairman of the Credentials Cte. tried to have 8 of the write-in candidates
disqualified for one reason or another and was unsuccessful arguing against
their logic, he put the question to members of the Credentials Cte: Should
the write-in candidates be seated in order to vote? On a 4-3 vote (with the
newly-appointed Freedom Force member casting the deciding vote), the
write-in members were seated. What a difference a single person can make.

After the write-in candidates were seated, and opposition to her slate of
candidates became known, Linda Boyd and several of her slate withdrew from
their own nominations. Later, she and a number of her followers walked out
of the Organizational Meeting, but the meeting continued without them. The
day was won by that small number of freedom activists in the coalition. The
slate of seven candidates picked by the coalition was elected in its
entirety to the Executive Board. One of those, because of his fairness,
knowledge, and integrity, was a carry-over from the previous Board. All the
others were new.

The new Executive Board has resolved to move quickly to re-build the
Republican Party based on the principles mentioned previously; and, through
candidate research and development, to find good men and women to run for
many offices who will carry the message of freedom, prosperity, and peace.
All candidates will be given support instead of favoring only “incumbent”
candidates who, in some instances, are members of the Council on Foreign
Relations.

Many district offices will be opened, and the Republican Party will have a
presence in these areas, attracting volunteers and candidates. Voters of
different persuasion will now look to Party members for answers. The goal of
the new Executive Board is to network with other county Republican
organizations in California; and, from there, the rest of the country. This
is the mechanism by which Freedom Force Members and others with the same
commitment to freedom can provide political leadership.

Members of the new RPLAC Executive Board are:
Glen Forsch, Chairman
Lydia Gutierrez, First Vice Chairman
Robert W. Vaughn, Second Vice Chairman
Gary Aminoff, Treasurer
Roger Eshleman, Secretary
Gwen Patrick, Assistant Treasurer
Connie Ruffley, Assistant Secretary

The 10 cannots

In 1916, a minister and outspoken advocate for liberty, William J. H. Boetcker, published a pamphlet entitled The Ten Cannots .
“You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away man’s initiative and independence.
You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.
You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.
You cannot establish security on borrowed money.
You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they will not do for themselves.”
I was speaking with a friend recently, a man who lived most of his life under the Communist regime in the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic. He has spent several years and continues to incur many legal expenses in his endeavor to become a U.S. citizen, but he has since lost his enthusiasm.
“The socialist goal back home was that everyone had equal wealth. They met that goal—eventually no one had anything. Any attempt to work harder to achieve a better standard of living for your family was considered contrary to the welfare of the state, and dutifully discouraged. Socialism is a big hole, easy to fall into and hard to climb out of.”
He lamented, “The American dream is not something I want to wake up from—but too many Americans have no idea what they have, and are about to lose it. Socialism seems an appealing ideal, collective ownership, equal society, ‘sharing the wealth,’ et cetera. But it has a downside: It doesn’t work.”
Indeed it doesn’t work. It creates wards of the state—slaves, if you will.
In the 1980s, I spent enough time in Socialist countries, including the old USSR, to know that we want to avoid, at all costs, a USSA. If we could gather up all Americans who, knowingly or unknowingly, support collectivist policies and transport them to the old USSR for a week, they could see the terminus of such policies—the walking dead—and the wisest among them would rethink their support for statist concepts such as “sharing the wealth.”

Learn from your mistakes

 If you don’t learn from your past mistakes, you are doomed to repeat them. Some people do the same thing over and over again, but yet never do anything about the source of “why” they are doing them.

So guess, what, they will repeat them.

Now, keeping those quotes in mind, consider this… 

  • Huge expenditures from a massively expensive war are coming home to roost.
  • The U.S. economy and stock market are stalling; unemployment is rising.
  • In an attempt to pull the economy out of its funk, Washington is printing money like there’s no tomorrow.
  • Inflation – our cost of living – has begun rising.
  • Oil and gasoline prices are at all-time highs.
  • Food and raw materials are in increasingly short supply and prices are soaring worldwide.
  • Gold and silver prices are on a tear.
  • Congress is already controlled by the Democrats and voters are set to throw the Republicans out of the White House.

Have I left anything out?

Wait. You think I’m talking about TODAY’S headlines? 

Sorry. No. I was reading the above headlines 30 years ago – in the mid-1970s! 

The Declaration of Independence

In Congress, July 4, 1776

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident;

That all men (human beings) are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.

But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new guards for their future security.

— Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. — The history of the present (Washington Alogarchy) King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good. (executive orders giving the president war powers)

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.  (Federal agents seizing medical marijuana in states that have legalized it)

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.  (Social security, federal education grants, any time the federal government holds out dollars it comes with restrictions and above down regulations)

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our People, and eat out their substance. (FBI, department of homeland security, patriot act)

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power. (detaining US citizen as an enemy combatant in military custody without due process of the law)

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation: (IRS, FDA, Department of Education, USDA, Department of Homeland Security, NAFTA, etc.)

For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from Punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent: (or even asking for our consent for that matter)

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond seas to be tried for pretended offences:(Guatanamo Bay)

For abolishing the free system of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislature, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty and perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions we have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have we been wanting in attention to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.


John Hancock

Button Gwinnett
Lyman Hall
Geo. Walton

Wm. Hooper
Joseph Hewes
John Penn
Edward Rutledge
Thos. Heyward, Junr.
Thomas Lynch, Junr.
Arthur Middleton

Samuel Chase
Wm. Paca
Thos. Stone
Charles Carroll of Carrollton
George Wythe
Richard Henry Lee
Th. Jefferson
Benja. Harrison
Thos. Nelson, Jr.
Francis Lightfoot Lee
Carter Braxton

Robt. Morris
Benjamin Rush
Benja. Franklin
John Morton
Geo. Clymer
Jas. Smith
Geo. Taylor
James Wilson
Geo. Ross
Caesar Rodney
Geo. Read
Tho. Mckean

Wm. Floyd
Phil. Livingston
Frans. Lewis
Lewis Morris
Richd. Stockton
Jno. Witherspoon
Fras. Hopkinson
John Hart
Abra. Clark

Josiah Bartlett
Wm. Whipple
Saml. Adams
John Adams
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KC Star article discussing the revolution

Ron Paul’s Missouri supporters take charge of

weekend county caucuses

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Ron Paul

Ron Paul’s Missouri supporters aren’t giving up.

Despite his distant fourth-place finish in the state’s presidential primary, with just 4.5 percent of the vote, more than a thousand Paul supporters crowded into Republican county caucuses last weekend, electing hundreds of delegates to upcoming congressional district and state conventions.

Those caucus results aren’t expected to change Missouri’s votes at the party’s national convention — they should still go to Sen. John McCain.

But they’re a complication for McCain, the presumptive nominee, and an embarrassment for party regulars across Missouri. There are Internet rumors that Paul supporters have or will attempt similar actions in other states, though national GOP leaders say it does not appear to be an issue nationally.

Here, one Republican — the chairman of the Jackson County Republican committee — was so upset at the behavior of some Paul sympathizers that he led a walkout from his party’s caucus Saturday.

Independence attorney Bunk Farrington said he was angry that Paul supporters reneged on an agreement to divide the county’s 187 caucus delegates between those sympathetic to the Texas congressman and supporters of other candidates.

“We had a compromise,” Farrington said. “They broke the deal.”

After the walkout, Jackson County caucus attendees narrowly elected a nearly full slate of Paul supporters — more than 175 delegates. They, along with other delegates picked across Missouri, will eventually choose 55 of the party’s 58 delegates to the Republican National Convention.

Those national delegates must vote for McCain, the primary winner, under state party rules. But Farrington says the turnout at Saturday’s caucus suggests Paul supporters want to change those rules before the convention.

“They’re trying to pass a resolution that they don’t have to vote for John McCain,” he said. “Did they tell you that?”

Paul volunteer organizer Larry Holland, who attended the caucus, rejected that concern.

“We all know that on the first ballot we have to vote for McCain,” Holland said, but “we can also help affect the Republican platform, and bring it back to its conservative, libertarian values.”

Holland said the decision to overturn the delegate selection compromise was prompted by a Paul voter at the caucus, and not Paul’s Missouri campaign, which had negotiated the informal agreement.

And, he said, had Farrington and his supporters not walked out, the compromise slate might have been elected.

Some party officials say they aren’t worried — yet — that the caucus results pose a threat to McCain’s campaign.

But they say a disruptive platform battle, either in Missouri or at the national convention, could cause problems. Paul, for example, strongly opposes the war in Iraq, a position distinctly at odds with McCain’s view.

Some county conventions passed resolutions endorsing some of Paul’s positions, including repudiation of the Federal Reserve and income taxes.

“There’s a potential for embarrassing press coverage,” said state Republican committeeman David Buie, “with no substantive effect on the outcome.”

The Paul campaign’s success here and in other counties virtually guarantees that at least some of Missouri’s national convention delegates will be Paul sympathizers.

The Texas Republican hasn’t officially dropped out of the race, although he has told supporters that “victory in the traditional political sense is not available in the presidential race.” Independent counts show McCain with enough delegates to win the nomination.

Despite that outlook, Paul’s Missouri supporters posted several Internet appeals last week, encouraging like-minded voters to attend Saturday’s caucuses.

The appeal worked in Jackson County, where Paul voters outnumbered those for other candidates by roughly a two-to-one margin.

Once Paul supporters realized their advantage, both sides say, plans to divide the county’s delegates — with a slight advantage to Paul supporters — collapsed, leading to the walkout by Farrington and roughly 50 other attendees.

A spokesman for the state Republican Party said the Paul campaign made similar efforts in other counties, but could not say how many local delegates Paul’s campaign could claim.

Some Paul supporters said they might have elected 20 percent of the available county delegates in the state.

Delegates picked at Saturday’s caucuses will attend one of nine congressional district conventions in mid-April, choosing 27 national convention delegates at that time (three delegates per district).

The state convention, comprised of representatives from those caucuses, will pick another 28 convention delegates in late May. Three spots are reserved for Missouri members of the Republican National Committee.