The road to Tampa went through Gulf Breeze this year where Julia Albath and I spent some heavy duty beach and pool time. We had a blast amid luxury accommodations and ate some great sea food while there too. Then we picked up just a little too much sun and headed on into Tampa. We arrived yesterday. Last night I had dinner with Tiana Wallace and caught up on several years of adventures. She is such a lovely young lady; God is using her ministry and continuing to grow her in Him!
Then we spent today at the Ron Paul Rally “We Are the Future” at the Sun Dome. It was a huge crowd — my estimate is somewhere around 10,000. I had special seating with delegates and alternates and lots of amenities while we listed to Doug Wead, Jack Hunter (Southern Avenger), Lew Rockwell, Barry Goldwater Jr., Jordan Page, John Popper, Aimee Allen, Rand Paul, Carol Paul and last but not leastRon Paul himself. It was a star studded cast with one new name on the list, Maine’s new National Committeewoman Ashley Ryan who I am sure we will see more of in the future.
We are picking up reports from people who worked with the committee process all week. Amidst on again / off again announcements for the convention (creating confusion for all) the delegates are busy networking and getting ready to meet the rest of the week.
I’ll give you more of a report later in the week, but suffice it to say there are those who think the consultants for the RNC and the executive committee should make all the decisions and those like Morton Blackwell and the rest of us ‘grassroots’ types who don’t think that is such a good idea. Of course if you aren’t going to follow the rules anyway, it makes very little difference what the rules say, but then most of us respect the rule of law and want to keep the rules and abide by the Constitution. The Republican Party really needs to at least look like it is trying to represent the people — especially if we want our people to continue to contribute time and money. At least that is the way I view matters and I’ve only been viewing matters since the Reagan years. More on the committee process here >>>
By the way, I’ll be wearing a pin this week that goes back to the Goldwater era which was a gift from my cousin Melinda this year when she knew I would be making this trip. It once belonged to my Aunt Alta.
Tonight, we had a dinner at Whiskey Joe’s on the bay near our hotel with Ron Paul and Carol Paul and all of his delegates and alternates tonight. It was very well attended and very crowded, but wonderful to be with everyone. I got to visit with Carol briefly and convey my love for her and the entire family. I had seen Robert Paul earlier and got to visit briefly also. I gave up the photo op with Ron because the line was too long but he looked good and spoke brilliantly and certainly thrilled the crowd all day!
Many are covering this convention and our nation in prayer. Many have been standing on principles for many years. Please join them and let us ask God for His guidance in all that we do and say this week. May we unite in standing for life and for liberty in our land!
More to come~