There were several instances during the GOP primary debates where various candidates, at one time or another, seemed to espouse some of the top issues which Congressman Ron Paul had been marginalized for in prior years. One notable policy gaining steam is the desire of many citizens and elected officials to audit the Federal Reserve. Another hot topic is whether the United States should return to the gold standard of currency.

Some of these ideas are now being added to the GOP platform, report from the Financial Times:

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.

Drafts of the party platform, which it will adopt at a convention in Tampa Bay, Florida, next week, call for an audit of Federal Reserve monetary policy and a commission to look at restoring the link between the dollar and gold.

The move shows how five years of easy monetary policy – and the efforts of congressman Ron Paul – have made the once-fringe idea of returning to gold-as-money a legitimate part of Republican debate.

Marsha Blackburn, a Republican congresswoman from Tennessee and co-chair of the platform committee, said the issues were not adopted merely to placate Mr Paul and the delegates that he picked up during his campaign for the party’s nomination.

“These were adopted because they are things that Republicans agree on,” Ms Blackburn told the Financial Times. “The House recently passed a bill on this, and this is something that we think needs to be done.”

The party platforms will be evolving and forming up to the conventions. We’ll lay out both the DNC and RNC platforms as they become formed.


  1. Generally speaking, party platforms are an example of the expression, “talk is cheap.”

    One of Willard’s mouthpieces has already said the candidate will not be bound by the platform.

  2. Imagine this:

    The RP campaign continues striking deals with Romney to get delegates on the floor but not enough to be a plurality in any state with such a deal. At the convention, Rand Paul uses his speech time talking about ending the Fed, ending the wars, the need to cut $1 Trillion off the budget right now, and the need for Congress to grow some you-know-whats and reign in the federal judiciary. The house comes down, as 50% of the Romney/Gingrich/Santorum delegates, and all the Paul delegates (professed or not), are on their feet cheering. It looks like a tidal wave is forming. Then Bunce makes a motion from the floor saying the Nevada delegation nominates Ron Paul for President. None of the other RP states step up to the plate, as they have all cut deals with Romney. Bunce asks the chair to poll Louisiana, Iowa, Massachusetts, Missouri, Washington, Arizona, but one by one they all decline to join in the nomination. Without having the necessary official support from 5 state delegations, Bunce’s motion is ruled out of order. When the nomination vote comes, with only one candidate on the ballot, the chair asks for approval by acclamation and receives it (majority voice vote). Romney comes up to give his big acceptance speech and … 1000 pledged and unpledged supporters of Ron Paul stand up and walk out en masse, on national TV. As they file out the doors, the news media is trying to interview them all, but they get nothing, except one fellow (Rick Santorum’s nephew) who stops long enough to say “We’ve lost hope. There is no change.”

    I’m not a prophet, but there have been enough shenanigans and bad blood that it could happen, and maybe provide the kick in the pants so desperately needed.

  3. Neville:

    Reasonable scenario, but I’d make some changes. . .

    Rand Paul’s speech will extoll Romney, saying you know, he’s JUST like my father!! Several RP delegates faint. More boo. Rand ends his speech abruptly, and a team of circus elephants are trooped into the room. The media, seeing a “shiny object” don’t think to interview any of the RP delegates, because that suddenly seems like old news. Reporters report on the size and shape of he elephants, like in the old story, one saying from his vantage point, an elephant is like a snake, since all he can see is a tail.

    Then the pundits take over. They debate whether, in fact, an elephant CAN beat a donkey in a race, and bemoan today’s politics, saying it was more fun when there was a real HORSE race involved. (Issues are never mentioned.)

  4. Lexington 1775 — The Shot Heard Around The World.

    Tampa 2012 — The Shout Heard Around the World!

    Come to Tampa on the 26th American Patriots — a Million+ True Americans are expected to show — be One of Us!

    Last chance to voice our support for the only Real American that deserves to be US President: Ron Paul !!!

    Don’t delay — start your trip to Tampa today!

    An unpleasant surprise is awaiting Rmoney… that’s all I say for now….

    (partial clue — no delegates can be bound according to US Federal Election Law…that’s a Fact)

    • 3 more days to go…and you’ll see what surprises await Rmoney’s Machinery in Tampa — by then it will be too late for these creatures to react!

      1) The already obvious — Federal Election Law trumps private entity’s (RNC) rules (no-one can be forced to vote against their conscience).

      and then the Most Powerful:

      Rmoney’s Machinery has fallen pray to “Tactics of Mistake” — now they can read the book, but it will be too late to comprehend their inevitable demise and counter it!

  5. I praying that God’s hand be upon Ron Paul and that God uses Ron Paul to annihilate the neocons (republican version of liberals) as well as obama and the liberals from American politics. I invite you to join me in prayer.

  6. From the New York Times:

    Mr. Romney’s top lawyer had proposed a process of selecting delegates to the 2016 convention that would make it harder for someone like Mr. Paul to collect support.

    “This is the biggest power grab in the history of the Republican Party because it shifts the power to select delegates from the state party to the candidate,” Jim Bopp, a national committeeman from Indiana, said in a statement. “It would make the Republican Party a top-down, not bottom-up, party.”

  7. I love Ron Paul, his witticisms, his straight to the heart of the issue vision. But I think he is too simplistic for the big picture. I hope Romney finds a good place for him on his cabinet. Romney is the only candidate that has the business acumen, financial experience, and complete nice guy character to get America out of harms way during this downward spiraling national and global economic crisis. Everyone is impeded by the machinery of political parties and their propaganda. It takes perseverance and research to stay on top of and out from Media Malpractice. A vote for Paul at this stage is a wasted vote that detracts from the solidarity of all voters desperate to stop the Socialistic Obama administration. Think about it.

  8. Sam, I have definitely thought about it. My duty is to choose and align myself with the godly candidate who is also a capable leader and administrator for our country, and who I can trust to follow the law. If conventional wisdom says that person only stands a snowball’s chance of willing, then so be it. I’m not here to align myself with conventional wisdom. Pragmatism is for cowards, as far as I’m concerned. John Quincy Adams was once asked by a reporter why he was pursuing a particular “lost cause”. His response was “Duty is ours. Results are God’s.” My God is quite big enough to put a godly man in the right spot at the right time, even without my help. He has also instructed me not to harness myself up with fools and darkness, and so I refuse to do so.

  9. August 27, 2012
    Former Libertarian candidate in Missouri sends me this link, which ends with–

    “A dark thought: the Neocons have glommed onto Mitt Romney and will come to power if he does, and they still desperately want a war on Iran.”

    The story is written by a history professor at the University of Michigan. It’s about how the NeoCons attempted to start a war with IRAN in 2007, trying a sort of “Gulf of Tonkin” scenario (which allowed Johnson to ramp up the war in Vietnam). Of course, since these NeoCons were working outside of, and against, the Bush Administration, and his State Department, they had to try to instigate a REAL attack.

    A whistle-blower (Gwyneth Todd) found out about it, spoke out, and as usual, was punished for her service to our nation.

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