Even though the Republican National Convention was delayed because of the tropical storm, Isaac didn’t stop Ron Paul and his supporters from holding a massive rally at the University of South Florida Sundome.
The Republican National Convention kicked off today and immediately went on recess afterwards, due to the threat of Hurricane Isaac. The storm will most likely miss Tampa, where the RNC is being held, and the weather was not enough to keep thousands of Ron Paul supporters out of town. Unlike other former Republican Candidates for President like Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul was not only not in debt, he had a $2.5 million surplus, much of which he spent on a rally at the University of South Florida Sundome on Sunday.
Fans donned Ron Paul Revolution T-shirts and many others wore clothes with the words of the U.S. Constitution written on them and packed the arena.
Ron Paul was introduced by his son Rand, who many believe could be the Republican Presidential nominee in 2016. Ron Paul spoke for nearly an hour, thanking his fans, and encouraging people to carry the torch.
“I have been taught and I am convinced that Patriotism is that quality that permits us in a free society to criticize our own govt when they’re wrong,” Rep. Paul said.
Kevin Singer, visiting from Louisville, KY echoed the sentiments of so many Ron Paul Supporters, in talking about what he likes so much.
“Liberty, freedom, less government, smaller government, more rights to do what we want to do, rights to keep our money that we work hard for and earn.”
John Finn flew from Ireland to see Dr. Paul speak.
“I was up at 4 or 5 o’clock in the morning watching the debates live when i was in Ireland,” Finn said. “You have to see the man, he’s like a Moses for all time.”
On the other side of the city at the Florida State fairgrounds, the three day Paul Festival drew smaller crowds, but was put on by other longtime supporters.
These events are going on as delegates from Maine are still trying to fight the fact that the RNC only sat half of them, who support Ron Paul, putting in place ten others who support Mitt Romney.
Pat Robertson’s CBN suggests God moved hurricane to protect Republicans
By David Edwards
Monday, August 27, 2012 14:26 EDT
The religious lifestyle show hosted by televangelist Pat Robertson on Monday suggested that Christians in Florida had convinced God to move soon-to-be Hurricane Isaac away from Tampa, Florida to protect Republicans.
During a segment about how Isaac forced the first day of Republican National Convention to be cancelled, Christian Broadcasting Network’s Paul Strand noted that Current TV host Jennifer Granholm sent out a “snarky tweet” saying that “God has ways to shut that whole thing down.”
“For anybody who’s a liberal who’s part of a party that would like to whitewash God out of America, it’s amazing that she’s acknowledging that God has any part in the storm,” conservative radio host Bill Bunkley told CBN.
“But gratitude’s been a predominant attitude in Tampa’s Christian circles as it looks like the city will escape much of Isaac’s wrath,” Strand reported, pointing out that the group “Pray Tampa Bay” was leading an effort to “cover the party conventions in prayer.”
“We have had lots and lots of people praying around the clock that it would move,” Rev. Jesten Peters explained. “And if you watch from the very beginning where they were saying it was coming up and now where they’re saying it’s going, then it’s really moved a lot for us, and we appreciate God doing that and moving it for us.”
Tropical Storm Isaac is project to strengthen into a hurricane within a day, sparing Tampa, but making landfall south of New Orleans almost exactly seven years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city.
At the time, Robertson suggested that then-Supreme Court nominee John Roberts’ unwillingness to overturn abortion rights caused the storm.
Watch this video from CBN’s 700 Club via Right Wing Watch, broadcast Aug. 27, 2012.
Stormy weather forces delay of grand ol’ party in Tampa
- Sun News Canada
9:44 am, August 27th, 2012
- 8:35 am, August 26th, 2012
A view shows thousands of seats at the Republican National Convention as preparations continue for the delayed start of the convention in Tampa, Florida August 26, 2012.
BRYN WEESE | QMI AGENCY
WASHINGTON, DC — Republicans are waiting a day to start their grand ol’ party in Tampa because of Tropical Storm Isaac, which threatens to become a hurricane and make landfall on the eastern shore of the Gulf of Mexico as early as Monday.
The Republican National Convention was to start Monday and run all week, but over the weekend, party and state officials decided to start the events Tuesday afternoon instead.
“Due to the severe weather reports for the Tampa Bay area, the Republican National Convention is going to convene on Monday August 27th and then immediately recess until Tuesday afternoon, August 28th,” GOP chairman Reince Priebus told reporters in a telephone briefing Saturday. But, he added, “the Republican convention is going to take place.”
So it appears not even God can stop Mitt Romney from becoming the party’s standard-bearer, which will formally occur this week.
Anarchists, too, have threatened to disrupt both the Republican and Democrat conventions, according to an intelligence bulletin from the FBI.
But threats and the weather aside, whenever the Republican convention does get underway, there is little serious business for them left to do.
Mitt Romney has been the presumptive Republican presidential candidate since April, and the general election campaign has been raging since then.
But the convention, will still offer the party a chance to energize its members, speak to Americans at large in an unfiltered way and also finalize the party and candidate’s image heading into the final stretch of the election campaign.
And this year the GOP is clearly keen to promote itself as a party friendly to women, given the 10-point lead President Barack Obama has among female voters.
Police Outnumber Convention Protesters by 4-1 in Tampa
By Jordy Yager
August 27, 2012
Police outnumbered demonstrators Monday as hundreds took to Tampa’s streets to protest the Republican convention.
Roughly 250 protesters took part in Monday’s “March on the RNC,” a figure dramatically lower than the 5,000 people organizers said would take part in the rally.
Organizers blamed the depressed turnout on Tropical Storm Isaac, which led Republicans to postpone high-profile GOP speakers originally set to take the stage on Monday, such as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.).
Nearly 1,000 officers were on hand to ensure the rally was peaceful, about four times the number of demonstrators in the streets.
RNC 2012: You Are On a Watch List
While Tampa experiences frequent rain throughout the year, rains began in earnest on the afternoon of Sunday, August 26th as Tropical Storm Isaac moved into the southern portion of the Gulf of Mexico. It is anticipated that the storm — while passing through the center of the gulf and not striking Tampa directly — will bring heavy rains and high winds late Monday and into Tuesday. The expected stormy weather has caused the RNC’s planners to cancel the first day of the convention, packing the event into three days instead of four, with the show still ending on Thursday, August 30th as scheduled when Mitt Romney will address the republican faithful
The day before the convention was set to begin, social justice activists began with protests in both Tampa and nearby St. Petersburg. Seven activists were ejected from the Tampa Theater for chanting and hanging a “Working Families” banner during a speech by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker at Ralph Reed’s Faith & Freedom Coalition event. On the other side of the Tampa Bay, a Death of Democracy March was held to draw attention to the “worlds largest cocktail party” being held at taxpayers expense. They were joined by local faith leaders for a community vigil and march on the same “RNC Kick-Off Party” being held at Tropicana Field in In St. Petersburg. In all, nearly a thousand people turned out to protest the event.
In the evening, while taking the photographs seen here of downtown Tampa, a Hillsborough County sheriff’s deputy stopped myself and videographer Jacob Crawford to ask what we were doing. He said we were not being detained but demanded identification. When he was provided with identification, he went to his patrol car and entered our names into his computer, checking for warrants and outstanding legal issues, as well as to file an “information sheet” on his contact with us. While the deputy was doing the background check, and initiating the contact report, his partner at the roadblock, a Tampa police officer with his own patrol car, informed us that they had been instructed to view anyone photographing in the area as suspicious and to demand identification. They said they had stopped two other people with cameras earlier in the day. I asserted that they would not be stopping us, in the rain no less, if we had large video cameras with a corporate news logo on the side.
Security Meltdown at Republican Convention in Tampa
When I started counting, inside the perimeter of the Tampa Bay Times Forum, the number of machine guns strapped to National Guard or Secret Service personnel totaled 28. All roads but one leading to the Forum—where networks are broadcasting Sunday morning shows—were barricaded, some with snowplow trucks, and the line of cars and trucks angling to make it through wrapped around two blocks.
Ditching the car, it took an hour to make it inside through twisting paths marked by security fences and confused guards. And that was before making it to a dark, covered, leaky passageway featuring wet blue Astroturf.
This is no way to run a convention, and it isn’t even raining yet.
The reason, according to Reince Priebus, the Republican Party chairman, is that the Secret Service insisted on closing its tents as Tropical Storm Isaac approached, reducing the number of entrance points to the convention center complex. And that produced mass confusion with journalists and others trying to make their hit times for live TV appearances. When the convention actually starts, this could mean endless headaches for everyone—not just the media—trying to get to their seats and work spaces.
TAMPA: TSA Takeover at Greyhound Station Filmed As DHS Agents Nearly Detain Houston Free Thinkers
TAMPA — As the Houston Free Thinker Crew filmed a TSA takeover of a Greyhound station they were being watched by DHS agents who were apparently tasked with intimidating legitimate journalists rather than protecting America from any real threat.
Later after filming the DHS counter surveillance of their news crew, independent journalists with Houston Free Thinkers were almost detained.
Republicans Consider Returning To Gold Standard: Real Or Red Herring?
Stranger than fiction perhaps but the FT is reporting that the gold standard has returned to mainstream US politics for the first time in 30 years with a ‘gold commission’ set to become part of official Republican party policy.
While this could simply be a reach for as many Ron Paul marginal voters as possible (with the view that the GOP would never really go for it); it appears drafts of the party platform from the forthcoming rain-soaked convention call for an audit of the Fed and a commission to look at restoring the link between the dollar and gold. The FT, citing a spokesperson, adds that “There is a growing recognition within the Republican party and in America more generally that we’re not going to be able to print our way to prosperity,” but “We’re not going to go from a standing start to the gold standard,” although it would provide a chance to educate politicians and the public about the merits of a return to gold. Interestingly, the Republican platform in 1980 referred to “restoration of a dependable monetary standard”, while the 1984 platform said that “the gold standard may be a useful mechanism.”
The FT does its best to placate the hysteria and walk it back with:
A return to a fixed money supply would also remove the central bank’s ability to offset demand shocks by varying interest rates. That could mean a more volatile economy and higher average unemployment over time.
But we remind readers of the actual lengths (and volatilities) of economic cycles over time (as per Deutsche’s Jim Reid):
…we think that the three ‘super-cycles’ between 1982-2007 were the exception rather than the norm and existed largely because of a near 30 year secular global decline in inflation that transcended the business cycle.
…every business cycle threatening incident was dealt with using aggressive intervention. This led to more and more confidence in the ability of the authorities which coupled with lower and lower interest rates increased public and private leverage to previously unthinkable levels.
One could argue that the most recent three ‘Golden-Era’ mega-business-cycles are ‘unsustainable’ fiat-driven monstrosities. The business cycle appears to be naturally shorter but we have centrally-planned it by creating more and more debt since 1971 – perhaps a return to the gold standard or hard money will increase the frequency of recessions but they can be projected and planned for and managed – as opposed to the cliff-like plunges and bubblicious thrusts of their current unsustainable experiment.
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