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Petition to Deny Trump The Nomination at the Convention - First Draft

I brought up this idea yesterday here, and this is my attempt to get the ball rolling. I’ll be happy if y’all will take a look and make suggestions on how to shorten it, or write up a pithier and more impactful version.

The aim is to have as many people as possible, especially registered Republicans to print, sign, get others to sign and forward to the States’ Republican Party HQs and the Republican National Committee’s offices in Washington DC. An online version would also be good to have. The dream is to have truckloads upon truckloads of cartons being delivered and shown on TV – CAPTION: Second Thoughts; Republicans Reject Trump.

If, as I’m predicting (NOTE: I was wrong about Trump surviving past November), by July, the polling looks as bad as it will, and Trump remains Trump, the RNC, NRSC, NRCC, etc. will be looking for any way, any rationale, that would allow them to set aside the primary results and rescue what they can of the party from the carnage that would result from having Trump at the top of the ticket.

Thousands of cartons full of signed petitions by millions of Republicans and Independents (and even Democrats) demanding just that, would do very nicely.

See below;

PETITION TO REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION DELEGATES TO DENY THE PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATION TO DONALD TRUMP FOR CHARACTER UNBECOMING THE OFFICE OF PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

MISSION STATEMENT: The purpose of this petition is to urge the delegates to the Republican National Convention to use any and all means available to deny the 2016 Presidential nomination of the Republican Party to Donald Trump for reasons of character.

WHEREAS;

→ The Republican Party has an obligation to the people of the United States to present an individual of good character, honor, decency and integrity as its candidate for election to the office of President of the United States,

→ The Republican Party has a proud record of choosing individuals of good character, honor and decency as its nominees for the Presidency, starting from John Charles Fremont and Abraham Lincoln, from Theodore Roosevelt to Calvin Coolidge, from Dwight Eisenhower to Ronald Reagan,

→ Donald Trump has demonstrated an appalling lack of honor, integrity, decency, honesty, civility and respect for his primary opponents and members of their families throughout the course of his campaign,

→ Donald Trump continues to demonstrate a juvenile level of ignorance on the Constitution, the separation of powers, the duties and functions of the various branches and divisions of American government and basic issues of foreign and domestic policy,

→ Donald Trump’s personal history is one of excess, vice, and moral turpitude, including cheating on his spouses and sleeping with the spouses of others,

→ Donald Trump continues to engage in rhetoric that is both vulgar in language and often encouraging of his supporters to respond to provocation with violence,

→ Donald Trump has deliberately courted and encouraged the active support of white supremacists, segregationists, 9/11 ‘Truthers’, ‘Birthers’ and other fringe elements and hate groups,

→ The continued presence and participation of these fringe elements and hate groups in support of Donald Trump, with his encouragement, will leave an indelible taint on the reputation of the Republican Party for years decades to come,

→ The use of similar vulgar, insulting, misogynistic and disrespectful language, crude attacks on person and family, and the deliberate peddling of disproven falsehoods and conspiracy theories and other such reprehensible behavior by Donald Trump against the Democratic candidate will, unlike during the primaries, be aggressively challenged and condemned for public consumption by liberal members of the mainstream media,

→ Every single Republican in the country will be put in the untenable decision of having to defend the indefensible behavior of Donald Trump, or be forced to disassociate their campaign from the top of the Republican ticket,

→ Donald Trump is rightly viewed very unfavorably by every major demographic, including a majority of Republicans, such that he is behind the Democratic candidate by two digits in the nationwide polls and in the polls of every swing state, and, in addition, has rendered the Democrats competitive up and down the ballot even in heavily Republican states, including the key state of Texas, and states as solidly Republican as Utah,

→ Less than 10% of General Election voters split their tickets; the presence of Donald Trump at the top of the ticket for the Republican Party risks the wholesale destruction of the party’s strength down the ballot at all levels of government, in every state across the nation,

→ The final decision on who shall receive the Presidential nomination belongs to the delegates at the National Convention,

→ It is in the best interests of the nation to have the Republican Party nominate a credible candidate of good character for the Presidency, and that the continued strength and reputation of the Republican Party itself – the Party of Lincoln, Roosevelt, Coolidge, Eisenhower and Reagan – should stand higher than the personal interests of any one candidate,

→ There is precedent for a Party to disavow reprehensible candidates; in 1991, David Duke, a leader of the Ku Klux Klan, having qualified for the run-off in the Louisiana Gubernatorial election on the Republican line, was immediately disavowed by the Louisiana State Republican Party, the Republican National Committee, the Republican President of the United States, and every prominent elected Republican official,

→ David Duke has endorsed Donald Trump,

→ The only true obligation of a delegate, being a representative, is not to vote merely to ratify the choice of a plurality of Primary voters, but to vote based on the delegate’s own conscience and judgment in the best interests of the nation and the party, in that order,

→ The Republican Party’s convention and nominating rules and bylaws can be altered at will,

→ The Republican Party’s convention and nominating rules and bylaws are not a suicide pact,

Donald Trump is, by any reasonable criteria, manifestly unfit to be President of the United States and Commander-in-Chief of its Armed Forces,

WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, hereby submit our demand to the Republican National Committee, the Republican Party State Committees in every State and Territory, the Convention Rules Committee, and further to each of the delegates attending the Republican National Convention that, in the best interests of the nation, and in the interest of ensuring the continued existence of Republican Party, that the Primary results be set aide, any and all first-ballot restrictions be rescinded, and that the delegates, either by abstention or disaffirmation reject the nomination of Donald Trump to be the Republican Party’s candidate for the Presidency of the United States.

WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, hereby submit our demand that another person be given the Presidential nomination. We demand that he or she must be a person of good character, a man or woman of honor and decency. We urge the delegates to avoid any distracting intra-party political considerations, set aside any previous candidate preferences, and instead seek out an individual from among the ranks of our nation’s retired Admirals and Generals, who has served their country with honor and distinction, and who is well versed in matters of national security and foreign policy.

WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, hereby pledge that if these demands are not met, and Donald Trump is ratified as the Republican Party’s nominee for President of the United States, that we will join the overwhelming majority of American voters who will not vote for Donald Trump. We will not provide the Republican Party with any further financial, logistical or moral support. We will not man the phone banks, we will not walk the precincts, we will not send the checks, we will not volunteer, we will not vote for the Republican ticket, and most of all, we will end our relationship with the Republican Party.

Because #CharacterMatters …

Signed

The way I see it, we’ll start something of a referendum without the distraction of Cruz or Trump-agent Kasich/Weaver as alternatives; we’ll be giving the 65% of Republicans who rejected Trump but were divided between candidates to make their voices heard; Trump or Not-Trump? It’s also one of the reasons I believe we should not allow any of the also-rans (Cruz included) to be nominated instead.

A respected high ranking retired military officer (e.g. GEN Peter Pace, ADM Eric Olson, ADM James Stavridis, etc.) – I honestly think how Conservative he is, is a secondary issue at this point – along with one of the GOP’s Lt. Governors or Attorneys General to round out the ticket, would be a great compromise within the sane segment of the GOP electorate and allow us to present a respectable alternative to the American people and salvage something of the reputation of the GOP (and by extension, Conservatism).