Torgerson: GOP Convention 'Overrun by Ron Paul Libertarians'

Ellison rival posts statement after Republicans endorse Fields.

Lynne Torgerson, Republican candidate for U.S. Congress, posted the statement below at her campaign website Monday. (On Saturday, party delegates .)

On Saturday, April 14, 2012, I attended the Republican 5th Congressional District Endorsing Convention.

There was a stage at the front of the room. Approximately 6 people were seated on the stage. Every person seated was a Ron Paul Libertarian. The Convention was overrun by Ron Paul Libertarians. More than 2/3 of the delegates were Ron Paul Libertarians. When I mentioned that we were at a Republican Convention, they laughed out loud.

They began the Convention. There was no opening prayer. Not even a mention of it.

There was also no Pledge of Allegiance to the US flag.

Then, a man up front stood up and requested that we recite the Pledge of Allegiance. But alas, upon looking around, there was not a flag to be seen.

Then, a clown came forward, dressed in garb, with a very large hat, that somewhat resembled a flag. In Wikipedia, wearing a flag is a form of flag desecration. Wikipedia states the following:

It is increasingly common to see clothing with the image of the flags forming a substantial part of the piece. Views vary as to whether some of this is an act of disrespect.

Such actions may be undertaken for a variety of reasons:

- As a protest against a country's foreign policy.
- To distance oneself from the foreign or domestic policies of one's home country.
- As a protest at the very laws prohibiting the actions in question.
- As a protest against nationalism.
- As a protest against the government in power in the country, or against the country's form of government.
- A symbolic insult to the people of that country.

So it appears that this person was wearing the US flag in order to desecrate our flag.

The clown in the flag suit then went up front and stood on the stage. We were then led in the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America. Stunning. To me this seemed a further desecration of the US flag and the Pledge of Allegiance. I refused to participate.

Later, a vote was taken as to whether any endorsement of any Congressional candidate was going to take place. A decision was made to do so.

There were going to be 3 candidates allowed to speak. I was told a couple of days before the Convention by Adam Weigold, Chair, that I would be allowed an unlimited amount of time to speak. The first candidate allowed to speak, Chris Fields, a Libertarian, was allowed an unlimited amount of time. I was then asked by Chris Sinn, a Libertarian, how long my speech would take. I had prepared a 30 minute speech. I told Chris the length of time I expected my speech to take. They knew that I was going to criticize the Libertarian platform, and expose that Chris Fields is actually a Libertarian, and expose his positions, etc. Chris Fields has been trying to pass himself off as a moderate Republican, and has avoided taking any positions in public or on his website. Juliette Jordahl, a Libertarian, then quickly brought a motion to limit my speech to 10 minutes. It passed. I am currently reading a book, Dietrich Bonhoeffer. One of the first things the Nazis did was to outlaw speech criticizing the Nazis. I have been contacted by Libertarian Adam Weigold telling me not to expose Chris Fields, etc. I told Adam that he was infringing upon my liberty - freedom of political speech. One would think that the Libertarians would encourage critical thinking, freedom of speech, and expression of political speech.

Thus, instantaneously, I had to cut out 2/3 of my speech. During my presentation, as mentioned above, they laughed out loud when I mentioned that we were at a Republican Convention. The mention that the Constitution did not protect homosexual behavior brought jeers. I also mentioned that Chris Fields has said that Saddam Hussein got a bad deal, that he applauds Keith Ellison's representation of Muslims, that he thinks our cherished US Constitution is not perfect, that he supports gay rights legislation, and that he would not protect Life with legislation. When I then mentioned that Chris Fields had been advocating, to our Republican college youth, the legalization of pot smoking, this brought loud, lengthy cheering and clapping, and then the announcement that my time was up. I mentioned that President and General George Washington did not advocate pot smoking and that if he did, we probably would not have won the American Revolutionary War.

This is what is going on in your Republican Party folks.

Please note that Libertarians, who actually have PROGRESSIVE positions:

- want to eliminate the TSA
- want to eliminate the Patriot Act
- are anti-war
- are pro gay rights
- don't want to protect Life with legislation
- have a pro Muslim agenda
- are generally anti-Christian
- don't want to support Israel
- don't want to prevent a nuclear Iran
- want to legalize illegal drugs
- want to legalize prostitution

Adam Weigold, a staunch Ron Paul Libertarian supporter, re-ran for Chair of the 5th Congressional District. He ran un-opposed. I do not understand why no Republican ran against him.

Mark Johnson, a Libertarian, SD 60 Chair, ran for Deputy Chair, and was elected. Red Bartholomew, a long time Republican ran against him. The vote was 100 to 40, in favor of Libertarian/Progressive Mark Johnson. Please note that Mark Johnson participated in Occupy Wall Street, at the Hennepin County Government Center.

Jacquelyn America proudly mentioned more than once that she has been working with the Somali community.

I recently read an article in Mother Jones. It reported that the Libertarians did a study and concluded that given its form of government, that the State of New Hampshire would be the easiest State in the Union to take over. Then, 14,000 Libertarians moved to New Hampshire. It appears that a similar strategy is being employed in Minneapolis, and the State of Minnesota.

This is your Republican Party folks. Do nothing at your peril.

(Note: The Mother Jones article that Torgerson refers to may be this one.)

Wendy April 17, 2012 at 02:49 PM
But WHICH is the truth? When did restoration of the constitution become progressive? Satan is the father of lies. Libertarians want to STOP the progressive agenda. To state otherwise is to tell a BIG, FAT lie.
Micheal Foley April 17, 2012 at 02:56 PM
I wonder if Torgerson realizes that the Pledge of Allegiance was written by a Christian socialist to instill the idea of American nationalism in the populace: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pledge_of_Allegiance When I cover government meetings, I stand when the pledge is recited, but I never recite it myself. To do so is to subjugate the individualism guaranteed to me under the Declaration and the Constitution.
Wendy April 17, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Yes America was founded on FREEDOM in matters of conscience and religious beliefs. Gregory, it was those religious tests that led to the first amendment which states that government can not force a religion on us, neither can it prevent us from believing as we choose. It's about freedom, which includes freedom NOT to believe or freedom to believe something other than Christianity.
Brian April 17, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Ms. Torgeson is way off base. I am a Republican, I am over 50, I do not smoke pot, I do not support prostitution, I am a Christian and I do support Ron Paul. She eludes to the notion that she is a Christian, but I have to wonder if she is aware of the only time Christ got mad and who he got mad at? I also have to wonder who and what she is really afraid of? On the subject of Christianity, if Ms. Torgeson is a Christian, she should ask herself what Jesus would do. Would Jesus invade Iran and mercilessly kill thousands of innocent people because He was afraid? Would Jesus help a prostitute to have a better life or would He condemn her? Would Jesus grapple women and children to make sure they didn't have a weapon before getting on an airplane? Would Jesus put drug addicts in prison, treat them like animals and force the people to pay for their keep? Would Jesus support the notion that Israel is for sale and that the highest bidder should control her? As for the TSA, the Patriot Act and let’s throw in the NDAA. Yes, I think these should all be eliminated. They are unconstitutional and open the door for massive tyranny.
McRilan April 17, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Surely the knowledgeable lady knows the difference between a Libertarian and a libertarian. Or not.
F. Eidbo April 17, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Exactly, she did a great job explaining the "Ron Paul Libertarians" platform and making her seem crazy and the libertarians seem very sane. Props to Patch for posting this and then putting it out on the email newsletter!
Daniel April 17, 2012 at 05:08 PM
I've never seen someone call a Ron Paul Republican a progressive. Lynne Torgerson you just need to embrace freedom because we are going to win it for you whether you like it or not!
Joe April 17, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Soylent Green is made of people! It's PEOPLE!!!
Freedom_Revolution April 18, 2012 at 03:29 AM
Ron Paul views are Progressive? Anti-Christian? That's just ignorant. It's about views that are Constitutional. If it ain't in the Constitution, then the federal government has NO BUSINESS doing it. It's so sad that the Republican party has drifted so far, that it calls progressive, any policy that doesn't reward one part of the population while punishing another. It doesn't have to be that way. If their government has the power to legislate for you, it can legislate against you as well. I'd rather not give them that much power in the first place.
Freedom_Revolution April 18, 2012 at 03:33 AM
Thank you.
Freedom_Revolution April 18, 2012 at 03:35 AM
Those aren't Republicans. They're just a bunch of Fascists that have been trying to subvert the party and Presidency for some time.
Will April 18, 2012 at 04:57 AM
This writer disgusts me... I hope you are voted out of office with this bile ... I was on the fence as to who to vote for, but thanks to your MSM regurgitating crap. It's obvious if you dislike the man, he is obviously the one I should support. I'm sharing this disengenuous rhetoric just to show how not to treat a consistent congressman with a strict following from the masses.
Chet McAteer April 18, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Torgerson is a Neo-Con Trotskyte, they are the other Leftist on the Right side of the Marxist equation, but they are most definitely NOT CONSERVATIVES! I asked Ms. Torgerson to compare her Neo-Con policies with the actual Conservative policies noted in the preamble of the 1952 Republican Party Platform, the Neo-Con Radicalization of the Republican Party began when the "former" Trotskyte Leftist in the Democratic Party left and infiltrated the Republican Party back in the 70s and today we essentially have two sides to the Marxist coin, one calling itself the Democratic Party, the other calling itself the Republican Party. They should all be tried for TREASON!
Chet McAteer April 18, 2012 at 01:36 PM
M. Rawls, Gen. Clark is absolutely correct about this appropriation of illegal power at the top, it is nothing less than Treason that has been committed by these groups of power-hungry thugs in government. This is part of the Neo-Con Leftists ideal of continual revolution espoused by their fountainhead Leo Trotsky! They do not operate in the best interest of this country nor of the American People, they operate with a totally different agenda, one that is based on the ideal of the State being All and in All. String them up and let them rot where they hang!
Chet McAteer April 18, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Thats a great point Brad, the duality and duplicity of the establishment Republican Party is so apparent to everyone but themselves, it is truly amazing!
Chet McAteer April 18, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Yeah, it's time to end this Neo-Con Jihad and get back to the Principles of actual Constitutional neutrality, where all Americans are viewed and treated as individuals, not government concocted classifications, groupings, statuses...all intent on creating and maintaining divisions and strife in order for this government to maintain powers unauthorized to it by the Constitution.
Chet McAteer April 18, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Chet McAteer April 18, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Astute observation Wendy and so very true!
Chet McAteer April 18, 2012 at 01:57 PM
The vast majority of our Congress has never read the Constitution, or the Federalist or Anti-Federalist Papers or the vast amount of historical commentary on the Constitution. They don't write or read the legislation they pass and don't have a clue about the laws they legislate, they are a Rubber Stamp Legislature functioning illegitimately under a Rubber Stamp Executive with a Rubber Stamp Judicial Branch. It is time the Free, Sovereign and Independent States reassert themselves as the Rightful Constitutional Power and once again put this federal government in its place as their deputized agent functioning within the very restrictive limitations enumerated in the Constitutional Compact that created the federal government in the first place.
Chet McAteer April 18, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Torgerson has the same mentality as the Radical Republicans of the Lincolnites, the Republican Party was once considered Radical Liberals in the 1850s and 1860s, in that it believed in Big Government, Mercantilism and Corporatism. Remember, it was Lincoln who illegally invaded the States and made war against THEM...that is the Constitutional definition of Treason, by the way. It was Lincoln who supported the issue of the fiat Greenbacks, the National Banking Act which created the forerunner of the Federal Reserve. It was Lincoln who violated the Constitution, destroyed the system of Federalism in favor for Consolidation and Centralization. The fact is that we can never allow the Republican Party to become the Party of Lincoln again. Remember, Lincoln is the hero of Obama, not only that, but Lincoln was lauded by Marx, admired by Hitler and was as Anti-Constitutional as a President could get. Torgerson would fit right in the Old Radical Republican Party.
Chet McAteer April 18, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Washington and Jefferson would have been imprisoned for illegally grown pot today, not only that, but judging from the various laws now enacted the Founding Fathers and Mothers would have been considered Terrorists and targeted for assassination by the Obama Administration with Drone attacks.
Rick Saffery April 20, 2012 at 02:59 AM
Ron Paul is going to restore the republican party by returning it to its platform. Liberty is popular. Liberty brings people together. Liberty, that's Ron Paul's message. It's important. it's worth preserving. We can help restore Liberty by restricting the federal government with the chains of the constitution. I look forward to seeing Ron Paul shock the GOP to its core when he wins a brokered convention at Tampa, FL come August. Fellow republicans, it's time to get on board with the grassroots choice found in Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul. Do it for the party if you want. Do it for the republic as you must. Ron Paul 2012. Peace & Prosperity.
ATROPOS JUNO April 20, 2012 at 11:28 PM
Ditto to Ron Paul REPUBLICANS
ATROPOS JUNO April 20, 2012 at 11:30 PM
The only good point she made was the issue about her speech. she should have had as long as the others. Getting upset because the majority of the audience disagrees with you is not going to help her cause. She needs to understand that most of the country is sick of the way things are,
Ben Israel April 21, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Please note that Libertarians, who actually have PROGRESSIVE positions: - want to eliminate the TSA Yes. A disgusting and miserable organization they are. Republicans are joke when they say "small government" anything. They deserve to be laughed at. Their support for the TSA is a prime example. - want to eliminate the Patriot Act Yes. See constitution. It's blatantly unconstitutional. OI course that would be to make the mistake most Republicans give a crap about it. They don't. - are anti-war Yes. What kind of sociopath isn't? Wait, just answered my own question. - are pro gay rights Pro rights regardless of class. Check it out. It's called freedom. - don't want to protect Life with legislation Generally true, but a little controversial even within libertarians. - have a pro Muslim agenda Have a pro human agenda. - are generally anti-Christian A wonderfully unfalsifiable claim. Of course RP sure is Christian. - don't want to support Israel Don't want to give foreign aid to ANYONE. - don't want to prevent a nuclear Iran Through diplomacy yes. It's pretty easy to understand why they'd want a nuke. Check history. We don't invade and kill people who have nukes. What would you do? - want to legalize illegal drugs Yes. Then they won't be illegal. A ha! - want to legalize prostitution Yes. It's none of your gd business.
Dennis J April 22, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Her list sounds like she wants a police state, like the one we faugh WWII in Europe over. except without the genocide. I'm not a "Conservative" in her eyes because I don't think we need Restrictions on what we can or cannot do. I'm actually a Smaller Government Liberal. and I think Paul is slightly Crazy, yet at times is correct. WAR is not an AMERICAN Value. to believe such is to allow evil into the world, something a God fearing Christian should realize. Republican does not equate to Conservatism, it hasn't in decades. Reagan would be too far to the left for many of the clowns that call themselves Conservative these days, as he at least was pragmatic about his beliefs.
Dennis J April 22, 2012 at 02:23 PM
so how is WAR a Christian belief... what part of "Do onto other as you have them do onto you." or "hate the Sin, but Love the sinner" is part of her outrage?
Dennis J April 22, 2012 at 02:25 PM
there isn't if they remain Illegal she has Job Security.
Peter May 14, 2012 at 01:35 AM
This article was comical. It is amazing how close to Statism the GOP establish platform has become. The thing that I love about the liberty movement is that it draws people like Lynne Torgerson to the surface. Just a comment, my dislike for pro-life legislation is that Life is an inalienable right. The reason why the the federalists did not draft "Life, Liberty, and Property", into the Constitution was because doing so is blasphemy, implying that Government not God gives us our rights, this is true for abortion law as well.
Robert Whittle May 23, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Social Conservatives are fake conservatives. They try to legislate lifestyle. We are taking the party back!


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