Most of us at M* (including me) will be voting for Mitt Romney in November. Obama has been a disaster, as many of us predicted he would. But this does not mean we must turn a blind eye to questionable if not evil behavior taking place, apparently with Romney’s consent, at the Republican convention.
Please watch this video, which summarizes the Romney team’s shenanigans.
The Romney team, which had his nomination in the bag, changed rules to ensure conformity and lack of dissent within the Republican party. The goal is to make sure that “establishment” candidates only get elected from now on. In just a few days, the Republican party has destroyed years of work carried out by Ron Paul and tea party activists to broaden the appeal of the party. There is broad consensus within the party on dealing with pressing fiscal issues and over-spending. Instead of using this consensus to improve the Republican brand and create a “big tent” party, the party hacks are instead deliberately trying to expel true fiscal conservatives from the party.
Such tactics would have kept “Rockefeller Republicans” in charge of the Republican party in the 1970s and prevented the rise of Ronald Reagan, who was the key dissident of his day.
The tactics employed, which included keeping party dissidents on a bus and preventing them from attending the convention, are those of secret combinations. Even if we support Mitt Romney as better than Obama, we should raise our voices to oppose such chicanery.