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Pronk Pops Show 379: November 26, 2014

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Pronk Pops Show 308: August 4, 2014

Pronk Pops Show 307: August 1, 2014

Story 1:  The Lunatic Left Agitators and Activists and The Failure of Government Schools, Housing and Welfare State On Display In Ferguson,  Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles,  New York, Oakland,  Philadelphia, Seattle, St. Louis, Washington, D.C. — Dumbed Down — Hands Up — Don’t Shoot — Just Loot — Progressive Parade Plays With Traffic On U.S. Highways — Race Riot Route — Videos

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Giuliani Responds to Officer Wilson’s Interview

Darren Wilson Interview With George Stephanopoulos – FULL VIDEO

“This Country Values Property Over People”: Ferguson Activist Speaks Out as Protests Spread

Riot as the Language of the Unheard: Ferguson Protests Set to Continue In Fight For Racial Justice

Documents Released in the Ferguson Case

Ferguson decision sparks nationwide protests

Ferguson Missouri Riots & Protest – Michael Brown Shooting News

Crowds around nation protest after Ferguson Missouri decision shooting death of Michael Brown

Ferguson Verdict Sparks Protests In California, New York And Beyond

Boston Protests Ferguson Ruling

Progress Illinois: Chicagoans Protest At City Hall Following Ferguson Decision

Chicago Protests 11/25/2014

Ferguson MO Protest Downtown Dallas

USA: Clashes erupt in NYC following Ferguson Grand Jury verdict

NYC SHUTS DOWN FDR drive due to Ferguson protests

Driver Plows into Ferguson Protest Crowd in Minneapolis

Video captures car plowing through Ferguson protest in Minnesota

Protest in Support of Ferguson, Union Square Park NYC

FERGUSON : Protest: Demonstration In NYC. St Louis Missouri after Mike Brown Darren Wilson Verdict

Ferguson Riots, USA | Ferguson Erupts; Turning US Cities Into WARZONES

Michael Brown’s Stepdad Shouting ‘Burn This Bitch Down’ (VIDEO)

Alex Jones Show – Commercial Free Video: Tuesday (11-25-14) Ferguson

Black Genocide – Maafa 21 Full Length

“NUMBER ONE KILLER” by The Radiance Foundation

Just Tell Us The Truth…

 

Protesters Turn Out in U.S. Cities Following Ferguson Decision

Rallies Largely Peaceful, Though Some Vandalism Occurred in at Least One City

By

THOMAS MACMILLAN,
ALEJANDRO LAZO and
CAMERON MCWHIRTER

Protests broke out in a number of U.S. cities following the decision on Monday by a grand jury not to indict a Ferguson, Mo., police officer in the shooting death of a black teenager.

Marches and rallies had been planned in many of the nation’s largest cities, from New York to Chicago to Houston, regardless of the jury’s finding.

In New York, hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Union Square in Manhattan. When the grand jury decision was announced, word quickly spread through the crowd. In a few minutes, most were holding one fist up in the air as they observed a moment of silence that lasted nearly five minutes.

The only audible sound was the shutter of press cameras. Some demonstrators were in tears.

WSJ’s Ben Kesling reports from the scene in Ferguson, Mo., after a grand jury declined to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown Photo: Getty Images

Then, with the cooperation of New York Police Department officers, the protesters began a spontaneous march, moving north along Sixth Avenue, blocking traffic. Protesters occupied several blocks as they marched toward Times Square.

“I feel like I don’t have an outlet for my anger,” said Monica Thompson, 29 years old, a social worker who lives in Harlem. “There’s not been an indictment. There’s an acceptance that black and brown lives don’t matter.”

A police helicopter hovered overhead as protesters marched and a large police presence accompanied the protest. No arrests were reported as of 10:30 p.m.

A sense of anger pulsed through the crowd. “They don’t know what they just started,” said Precious Etsekhume, 22, referring to the government and police. “They are going to regret every bad decision they made.”

At a New York news conference, the Rev. Al Sharpton , who has worked to bring attention to the case since Ferguson officer Darren Wilson shot unarmed teenager Michael Brown, called for a federal investigation into the shooting, saying he had no confidence in local prosecutors.

Mr. Sharpton said the grand jury’s decision was expected but was “still an absolute blow to those of us that wanted to see a fair and open trial.”

Mr. Sharpton appeared with the family of Eric Garner, a New York City man whose death was caused by an apparent police chokehold, according to the city’s medical examiner. Mr. Garner’s family didn’t speak.

In Oakland, Calif. police and protesters clashed violently after groups of protesters blocked a major Bay Area freeway for hours, set piles of trash ablaze on city streets and looted retail shops in the city’s downtown area.

WSJ’s Ben Kesling reports from Ferguson, Mo., on the growing protests after a grand jury declined to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting of Michael Brown. Photo: AP

After marching relatively peacefully for more than an hour, the crowd gathered near City Hall grew to stretch more than two city blocks, and became increasingly unruly, vandalizing buildings and smashing windows of a Chase Bank branch as they marched through downtown and then through the city’s increasingly gentrifying Lake Merritt neighborhood.

About 500 protesters ran up a freeway on ramp near a Trader Joe’s grocery store, the Oakland Police Department said, bringing traffic to a halt for hours on Interstate 580. Several arrests were made, Oakland police said, and the freeway was eventually reopened.

But clashes continued both near the freeway and in the city’s downtown, where the protests had originated. By midnight, protesters had ignited large fires on a street in downtown Oakland and looters could be seen breaking into several stores.

Inside a Metro PCS store, one woman tossed packages through a smashed glass door to gathered crowds. Down the street, young men hurled beer bottles at people passing bye.

Close to the city’s police headquarters, protesters confronted officers in full riot gear and gas masks, linking arms and advancing toward the police shortly after midnight. The police, in turn, advanced toward the protesters and some in the crowd threw water bottles and other objects at the officers.

“This is an unlawful assembly,” a policeman announced via a speaker system. “You may be arrested and subject to removal by force if necessary.”

A man in the crowd wearing a sweatshirt and carrying a bullhorn answered back with his own announcement.

“The Oakland Police Department is now under citizen’s arrest,” he said. “By the power invested in the people of California, the Oakland Police Department is now under arrest. We are arresting you for violating our civil rights.”

Clashes continued into the early morning as police steadily moved up the street arresting and confronting protesters.

D’Andre Teeter, 70, from Berkeley, said before the grand jury’s decision was announced that anything less than an indictment for murder would be an “outrage.”

”We are out here to say this has to stop, and we think the whole country must come to a halt regardless of the outcome of the grand jury’s decision,” he said.

Across the bay in San Francisco, a crowd of a few dozen people gathered in the Mission District to await the grand jury decision. Carrying signs reading “Justice 4 Mike Brown,” they booed and chanted, “The people say guilty! The people say guilty!” when the news came that Officer Wilson wouldn’t be indicted.

In downtown Atlanta, a handful of civil-rights activists gathered outside the Richard B. Russell Federal Building to address the media after the verdict was announced. Markel Hutchins, an African American minister, choked back tears at one point when describing how frustrated he was by the decision.

“If you don’t look like Michael Brown, or have a son or grandson or cousin that looks like Michael Brown, you will never understand why we feel the way we feel tonight,” he said.

With unseasonably chilly temperatures that swept into the area Monday night, most of downtown Atlanta was desolate and no major disturbances were reported. Civil-rights leaders said they planned a peaceful protest Tuesday evening.

In Philadelphia, the city’s police department was monitoring the situation and watching social media, said a spokesman for Mayor Michael Nutter. The mayor earlier told reporters he recognizes the public’s right to demonstrate but urged people to do so nonviolently.

According to the Associated Press, several hundred protesters marched through downtown Philadelphia, yelling, “No justice, no peace, no racist police!” A similar protest of about 50 people in Pittsburgh was short-lived, with activists saying they plan to regroup Tuesday at the federal courthouse, the AP reported.

Law-enforcement officials in Los Angeles said they had prepared for potential unrest in the nation’s second-largest city, but a small protest march that started in Leimert Park in south L.A. blocked traffic along its route but otherwise remained peaceful.

As they marched on foot and on bicycles, the few dozen protesters carried signs, blew whistles and shouted: “If you’re sick of the murdering police, outta your house and into the street.” At one point, a few protesters briefly made their way onto a section of the I-10 freeway before police moved them back.

Cue Jnmarie, a 50-year-old pastor, said he met with police twice to prepare for the response to the grand jury’s decision. He said he is pushing for public policy changes, and doesn’t support violence. He said community organizers and religious leaders there aimed to do more than “blow off steam” about Michael Brown’s death.

”This is not just happening now,” he said. “It has been happening, and it’s part of the culture.”

Mr. Jnmarie described himself as a victim of racial profiling in Los Angeles and said the community is angry. “Police protect and serve everyone except people of color,” he said.

”We do everything in our power to facilitate lawful, peaceful demonstrations as long as they don’t become violent or destructive,” said Andy Neiman, spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department.

In Seattle, where a protest march also was reported to be nonviolent, the police department said it hadn’t made any major preparations for protests. The department prefers to take a “rather toned-down approach to that sort of thing,” said Patrick Michaud, a Seattle police detective with the force’s public affairs unit.

In Baltimore, two groups said they would wait until Tuesday afternoon to march through downtown, regardless of the grand jury’s decision. “We want the time to have the largest gathering possible,” said Sharon Black, local representative of one of the groups, the Peoples Power Assembly. “It’s difficult to get a large, large group out in the middle of the night. We want our message to be heard.”

http://online.wsj.com/articles/u-s-cities-prepare-for-reaction-to-ferguson-grand-jury-decision-1416874256

 

Ferguson and Other Cities React to Grand Jury Decision Not to Indict Darren Wilson

Journalists with The New York Times in Ferguson, Mo., are following a grand jury’s decision not to indict Darren Wilson, a white police officer, in the shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager. On Monday night, the scene in downtown Ferguson grew increasingly unruly as the night wore on with the police using tear gas to disperse crowds who were throwing rocks and shattering store windows. Some businesses were looted, the police said. Protests also broke out in other cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Oakland and Seattle.

Follow Tuesday’s live updates and other ongoing coverage here.

Transcript of the Grand Jury Proceedings

An Overview of What Happened in Ferguson

Timeline: Tracking the Events Following the Shooting

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A photograph of Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson presented as evidence to the grand jury.

A photograph of Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson presented as evidence to the grand jury.Credit via St. Louis County Prosecutor’s Office

Among the many things found in Darren Wilson’s grand jury testimony are several references to the way he felt intimidated by Michael Brown. Though Officer Wilson is himself a large man – nearly 6’4″, around 210 pounds, according to his own testimony — he repeatedly described Mr. Brown as aggressive, big, and threatening, often in vivid language. Here are a few excerpts from his description of the altercation at the window of his patrol car:

“I tried to hold his right arm and use my left hand to get out to have some kind of control and not be trapped in my car any more. And when I grabbed him, the only way I can describe it is I felt like a five-year-old holding onto Hulk Hogan.”

“I felt that another one of those punches in my face could knock me out or worse. I mean it was, he’s obviously bigger than I was and stronger and the, I’ve already taken two to the face and I didn’t think I would, the third one could be fatal if he hit me right.”

“After seeing the blood on my hand, I looked at him and was, this is my car door, he was here and he kind of stepped back and went like this. And then after he did that, he looked up at me and had the most intense aggressive face. The only way I can describe it, it looks like a demon, that’s how angry he looked. He comes back towards me again with his hands up.”

A police officer from the nearby suburb of University City was shot overnight, but it was unclear if it was related to the grand jury’s decision in the Ferguson case, the St. Louis County police said early Tuesday.
The officer was shot in the arm was expected to be “okay,” the police said in a Twitter post. The police were searching for a suspect.

The officer was shot at the intersection of Canton Avenue and Lamb Avenue in University City, a police spokesman said.

12:42 A.M.Protesters Block Interstate 44 in St. Louis
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Protesters shut down Interstate 44 at Grand Avenue in both directions in St. Louis on Monday.

Protesters shut down Interstate 44 at Grand Avenue in both directions in St. Louis on Monday.Credit J.B. Forbes/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, via Associated Press

12:33 A.M.Sounds of Gunfire and Alarms on Ferguson Streets
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Fire roared through a Little Caesar's restaurant on Monday night in Ferguson, Mo.

Fire roared through a Little Caesar’s restaurant on Monday night in Ferguson, Mo.CreditTannen Maury/European Pressphoto Agency

There were numerous stretches of Ferguson late Monday night where all was calm, all was well. Stores with “I Love Ferguson” signs in the windows. The red bows and holiday lights wrapped around the light poles downtown still perfectly intact.

But there were pockets that felt like a city under siege.

A Little Caesars Pizza shop was in flames. There were shattered windows at El Palenque Mexican restaurant, and at a UMB Bank branch. Thick smoke poured from the busted front entrance of a Walgreens pharmacy. Men stepped in but quickly stepped out, complaining that it was too hard to see anything because of the smoke. The sound of gunfire occasionally rang out in the distance, and the acidic smell and aftertaste of tear gas filled the air. One man exited the store and jokingly asked if anyone wanted cigarettes.

At the intersection of North Florissant Road and Hereford Avenue – “Ferguson, a city since 1894,” reads the sign at the corner – firefighters worked on putting out the Little Caesars blaze, but there were no police or fire officials at Walgreens. The fire inside continued to burn. Spectators drove up to the store, as did news crews. All the while, the pharmacy’s high-pitched security bell echoed, the soundtrack of the evening’s drama.

“Not often you get to see anarchy, huh?” one man taking pictures outside Walgreens said.

MANNY FERNANDEZ

12:09 A.M.Protesters Block Highway in Oakland
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Protesters in Oakland blocked a highway on Monday night in response to the grand jury's decision in Ferguson, Mo.

Protesters in Oakland blocked a highway on Monday night in response to the grand jury’s decision in Ferguson, Mo.Credit Jim Wilson/The New York Times

In Oakland, Calif., protesters blocked a portion of Interstate 580, forcing cars to stop. One man said he had been sitting in his car for about 45 minutes. “I knew there would be protests, but I didn’t think it would get this hectic with shutting down the freeway and all the cops,” said the man, Alex Perez, 28, of Oakland. He was trying to get home, but said he was sympathetic to what the protesters were trying to do. “It was unwarranted for a kid to get shot.”

MOMO CHANG

12:30 A.M.Protesting Coast to Coast
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Demonstrators outside the White House on Monday.

Demonstrators outside the White House on Monday.Credit Jabin Botsford/The New York Times

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A gathering in downtown Seattle.

A gathering in downtown Seattle.Credit Evan McGlinn for The New York Times

12:29 A.M.Flight restrictions at Lambert-St. Louis International

Inbound flights to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport were not being permitted to land late Monday as a safety precaution, officials said. The Federal Aviation Administration issued a temporary flight restriction, or TFR, affecting inbound flights, the airport said in a post on Twitter.

EMMA FITZSIMMONS

12:13 A.M.Michael Brown’s Mother Reacts

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11:54 P.M.Protesters March in South Los Angeles
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Demonstrators reacted on Monday night in Los Angeles  to the grand jury's decision not to indict Office Darren Wilson in the  fatal shooting of Michael Brown.

Demonstrators reacted on Monday night in Los Angeles  to the grand jury’s decision not to indict Office Darren Wilson in the  fatal shooting of Michael Brown.Credit Ringo Chiu/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Late on Monday night, a crowd of about 200 people had blocked traffic on Crenshaw Boulevard, a main thoroughfare through South Los Angeles. The crowd swelled to over 250 as it marched north, then turned east on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, a central strip that cuts through South Los Angeles toward downtown Los Angeles.

Beating drums, the crowd chanted: “Turn up, turn down, we do this for Mike Brown.”

The crowd was young, mostly in their 20s and 30s. Police squad cars and officers stood by at a few intersections. Some protesters carried their cellphones, recording officers or photographing the scene. Helicopters hovered overhead.

John K. Givens, 45, a Los Angeles resident who works at a freight trading company, marched with the crowd, wearing a gray Dodgers cap and a navy blue vest jacket. “I was emotionally bothered by the decision,” Mr. Givens said of the grand jury in the Ferguson, Mo., case.

Mr. Givens said that as a black male, violent interactions were to be expected. His younger brother, Mr. Givens said, had been beaten by a Los Angeles police officer. “It’s nothing new,” he said. “This is the one that got the most media attention.”

http://news.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/11/24/live-updates-from-ferguson-on-the-grand-jury-decision-in-michael-brown-shooting/?_r=0

 

A town ravaged by anger: Before and after pictures show extent of damage to buildings in Ferguson

  • Pictures compares buildings in Ferguson before and after Monday
  • The grand jury decision in Derren Wilson case led to riots in city
  • Buildings were looted and set on fire as protests turned violent
  • Jury ruled Wilson will not be charged over killing Michael Brown 

Although Michael Brown’s family, President Barack Obama, and authorities called for peaceful protests, the Ferguson was soon out of control.

The riots saw a return to the looting, fires and property damages which took place on a smaller scale in August, immediately after the shooting of Brown.

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Damage done: Two buildings still smoulder after the riots that ravaged Ferguson, Missouri overnight

Damage done: Two buildings still smoulder after the riots that ravaged Ferguson, Missouri overnight

Before: A satellite image taken by Google in September 2012 show the buildings intact

Before: A satellite image taken by Google in September 2012 show the buildings intact

As the sun rose on Tuesday, the cityscape of Ferguson looked worlds away from satellite and Google Street View snaps taken just months earlier.

Pictures from yesterday in comparison with images from before, tracked down byThe Wall Street Journal, show the damage done.

Last night, tens of thousands of people in more than 170 cities across America – including Atlanta, Boston, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles, among others – were demonstrating against the long-awaited verdict.

However, despite the St. Louis grand jury decision, federal investigations into the shooting of Michael Brown continue the US Attorney General said on Monday.

The Justice Department will continue to pursue two investigations, one into potential civil rights violations by Officer Wilson when he shot dead unarmed Brown in August this year, and one into the practices of the Ferguson Police force.

Beauty lost: A beauty supply store has been left in ruins after Monday night's riots

Beauty lost: A beauty supply store has been left in ruins after Monday night’s riots

True beauty: A Google Street View snap from 2010 shows the shop in its original state

True beauty: A Google Street View snap from 2010 shows the shop in its original state

Burned out: A building in Ferguson only has its four walls left after being destroyed by fire

Burned out: A building in Ferguson only has its four walls left after being destroyed by fire

Better times: The building, which appears to be a shop, is pictured on Google earlier this year

Better times: The building, which appears to be a shop, is pictured on Google earlier this year

The fire at the local Little Ceasars restaurant left the big orange sign in a melted lump on the ground

The fire at the local Little Ceasars restaurant left the big orange sign in a melted lump on the ground

Neighborhood joint: There is no sign of its former glory, captured by Google in August 2012

Neighborhood joint: There is no sign of its former glory, captured by Google in August 2012

Distraught: The manager of the Little Caesar’s said he understood the protesters were angry but added: ‘Speaking your mind – that’s America. You are supposed to be able to protest peacefully and make your point. But this…’

More destruction: The arson frenzy also hit South Florissant Street, about a mile away. This branch of Little Casear's was burned out

More destruction: The arson frenzy also hit South Florissant Street, about a mile away. This branch of Little Casear’s was burned out

Et tu: The neighboring antique shop to the Little Caesar's was also destroyed in the orgy of violence which hit Ferguson

Long way back: A woman stops to take a picture using her phone of the damage done

Long way back: A woman stops to take a picture using her phone of the damage done

Still intact: The local Clean World Laundromat was still standing on Monday morning

Still intact: The local Clean World Laundromat was still standing on Monday morning

Residents on the streets told MailOnline that the wreckage to Ferguson was so bad that it looked like ‘Ferganistan’.

Another said that it ‘looked like Iraq’.

Almost every building along South Florissant Street, where the Ferguson police station is located, had been ransacked or vandalised.

Tony Koenig and his brother Ray, 38 and 40, had taken the day off from working as school groundskeepers to help rebuild a Mexican restaurant run by a friend.

Tony said: ‘I have lived in Ferguson for 38 years and I have never seen anything like this. They just want street justice and they don’t care about how they get it.

‘This young generation. I cannot understand why they do what they do. The parents are to blame. When me and my brother grew up both our parents worked and we were raised knowing how to show respect, and that doesn’t happen these days.

‘We’ve had a hard enough time paying our mortgages after the economy went down. We don’t need this’.

Their friend Drew Canaday, who was also helping them, lives in the street next to South Florissant and said that it was ‘like a war’ the night before.

Destruction: :A rioter uses a stick to break a window at the Hunan Chop Suey Chinese Restaurant along West Florissant Ave last night

Destruction: :A rioter uses a stick to break a window at the Hunan Chop Suey Chinese Restaurant along West Florissant Ave last night

Nothing left: This was all that was left of the Hunan Chop Suey Chinese restaurant this morning after the fire wrecked it 

Nothing left: This was all that was left of the Hunan Chop Suey Chinese restaurant this morning after the fire wrecked it

Picture: 'I don't condone this but I can understand it. I have been racially profiled myself,' said Jason Westbrook of Ferguson as he took video of the burning of the Title Max Loans business on West Florissant

As they were: The Hunan Chop Suey and TitleMax loans were both intact before last night's orgy of violence

As they were: The Hunan Chop Suey and TitleMax loans were both intact before last night's orgy of violence

As they were: The Hunan Chop Suey and TitleMax loans were both intact before last night’s orgy of violence

Burning: Cars parked outside one row of shops on West Florissant were targeted in the destruction spree

Burning: Cars parked outside one row of shops on West Florissant were targeted in the destruction spree

Burned out: Cars parked outside one row of shops on West Florissant were targeted in the destruction spree 

Inspection: The scale of destruction became clear today after a night which saw fires raised across the St Louis suburb of Ferguson

Attacked: McDonald's on West Florissant was smashed up although not set on fire. It had previously avoided damage

Attacked: McDonald's on West Florissant was smashed up although not set on fire. It had previously avoided damage

Attacked: McDonald’s on West Florissant was smashed up although not set on fire. It had previously (right) avoided damage

Devastated: A gas station was among the targets of the violence. Today property manager Terri Willits witnessed the destruction

Crime scene: Much of West Florissant was under police guard today and described by officers as an active crime scene

Crime scene: Much of West Florissant was under police guard today and described by officers as an active crime scene

Crime scene: Much of West Florissant was under police guard today and described by officers as an active crime scene

‘Especially something this big. It takes dialogue and not everyone will be happy but that’s compromise.

‘These people don’t want to wait. That what today’s society has come to, not just here in Ferguson – this is America, this is the world.’

Further up South Florissant a Little Caesar’s pizza restaurant had been burned to the ground, as had the antiques store next to it.

The manager of the restaurant, who declined to give his name for fear of reprisals, said that 12 people had now been put out of work and did not know if the owners would rebuild.

The manager said that the store was destroyed by a tornado three years earlier and they did build it back but it cost ‘a lot of money’.

He said: ‘Most of the people here have families and they are very worried about what will come next for them.

‘I’m proud to work here and started as the dishwasher and worked my way up. I had a motorcycle accident and had my foot amputated and they were good enough to give me a job,

The manger, a widower with two children in their 20s, said that he was in principle on the side of the protesters but that this was ‘too far’.

He said: ‘I believe in their right to protest and what they’re doing is a just case.

‘Speaking your mind – that’s America. You are supposed to be able to protest peacefully and make your point. But this…’

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2850383/A-town-ravaged-anger-pictures-extent-damage-buildings-Ferguson.html#ixzz3KCPcRKOm

Ferguson: In Defense of Rioting

Darlena Cunha

Darlena Cunha is a Florida-based contributor to The Washington Post and TIME among dozens of other publications.

The violent protests in Ferguson, Mo., are part of the American experience. Peaceful protesting is a luxury only available to those safely in mainstream culture

When a police officer shoots a young, unarmed black man in the streets, then does not face indictment, anger in the community is inevitable. It’s what we do with that anger that counts. In such a case, is rioting so wrong?

Riots are a necessary part of the evolution of society. Unfortunately, we do not live in a universal utopia where people have the basic human rights they deserve simply for existing, and until we get there, the legitimate frustration, sorrow and pain of the marginalized voices will boil over, spilling out into our streets. As “normal” citizens watch the events of Fergusonunfurl on their television screens and Twitter feeds, there is a lot of head shaking, finger pointing, and privileged explanation going on. We wish to seclude the incident and the people involved. To separate it from our history as a nation, to dehumanize the change agents because of their bad and sometimes violent decisions—because if we can separate the underlying racial tensions that clearly exist in our country from the looting and rioting of select individuals, we can continue to ignore the problem.

While the most famous rant against the riots thus far comes from Hercules actor Kevin Sorbo, where he calls the rioters “animals” and “losers,” there are thousands of people echoing these sentiments. Sorbo correctly ascertains that the rioting has little to do with the shooting of an unarmed black man in the street, but he blames it on the typical privileged American’s stereotype of a less fortunate sect of human being—that the looting is a result of frustration built up over years of “blaming everyone else, The Man, for their failures.”

Because when you have succeeded, it ceases to be a possibility, in our capitalist society, that anyone else helped you. And if no one helped you succeed, then no one is holding anyone else back from succeeding. Except they did help you, and they are holding people back. So that blaming someone else for your failures in the United States may very well be an astute observation of reality, particularly as it comes to white privilege versus black privilege. And, yes, they are different, and they are tied to race, and that doesn’t make me a racist, it makes me a realist. If anything, I am racist because I am white. Until I have had to walk in a person of color’s skin, I will never understand, I will always take things for granted, and I will be inherently privileged. But by ignoring the very real issues this country still faces in terms of race to promote an as-of-yet imaginary colorblind society, we contribute to the problem at hand, which is centuries of abuses lobbied against other humans on no basis but that of their skin color.

Sorbo is not alone. A webpage devoted to Tea Party politics has hundreds of comments disparaging the rioters, bemoaning the state of our country and very much blaming skin color as the culprit of this debauched way of dealing with the state of our society.

“To hear the libs, one would think that burning and looting are a justifiable way to judge negative events that effect (sic) the black,” one person wrote. “I intentionally used black because of a fact that you do not hear of these events when another skin color is in play. It is about time that the blacks start cleaning their own backyards before they start on ours.”

However, even the Tea Party gets its name from a riot, The Boston Tea Party. For those who need a quick history brush-up, in 1773 American protesters dumped an entire shipment of tea into the Boston Harbor to protest The Tea Act, which colonists maintained violated their rights. In response to this costly protest and civil unrest, the British government enforced The Coercive Acts, ending local government in Massachusetts, which in turn led to the American Revolution and created our great country.

Samuel Adams wrote of the incident, claiming it “was not the act of a lawless mob, but was instead a principled protest and the only remaining option the people had to defend their constitutional rights” according to John K. Alexander, author ofSamuel Adams: America’s Revolutionary Politician.

That protest back in 1773 was meant to effect political and societal change, and while the destruction of property in that case may not have ended in loss of human life, the revolutionthat took place afterward certainly did. What separates a heralded victory in history from an attempt at societal change, a cry for help from the country’s trampled, today? The fact that we won.

In terms of riots being more common in black communities, that is true only when the riots are politically aimed.

The obvious example here is the L.A. Riots of 1992, after the Rodney King beating and verdict. I would put forth that peaceful protesting is a luxury of those already in mainstream culture, those who can be assured their voices will be heard without violence, those who can afford to wait for the change they want.

“I risk sounding racist but if this was a white kid there would be no riot,” another person wrote on the Tea Party page. “History shows us that blacks in this country are more apt to riot than any other population. They are stirred up by racist black people and set out to cause problems. End of story.”

Blacks in this country are more apt to riot because they are one of the populations here who still need to. In the case of the 1992 riots, 30 years of black people trying to talk about their struggles of racial profiling and muted, but still vastly unfair, treatment, came to a boil. Sometimes, enough is simply too much. And after that catalyst event, the landscape of southern California changed, and nationally, police forces took note.

And the racism they are fighting, the racism we are all fighting, is still alive and well throughout our nation. The modern racism may not culminate in separate water fountains and separate seating in the backs of buses, but its insidious nature is perhaps even more dangerous to the individuals who have to live under the shroud of stereotypical lies society foists upon them.

Instead of tearing down other human beings who are acting upon decades of pent-up anger at a system decidedly against them, a system that has told them they are less than human for years, we ought to be reaching out to help them regain the humanity they lost, not when a few set fire to the buildings in Ferguson, but when they were born the wrong color in the post-racial America.

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Dozens in Boston face charges for Ferguson protest

By Martin Finucane and Peter Schworm

Dozens of people are facing charges after crowds took to the streets of Boston Tuesday night to protest a grand jury’s decision not to charge a Ferguson, Mo., police officer in the fatal shooting of a black teenager who was unarmed.

Boston police arrested 47 people on charges that include disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace, said police spokesman Officer James Kenneally.
Still, there were no major incidents or injuries reported in the mostly peaceful demonstrations.

“All in all, I think everybody handled themselves pretty well last night,” said Police Commissioner William Evans. “We wanted people to be able to express their frustration but, at the same time, we did want everybody to be safe.”

Demonstrations also took place in other cities around the country, including in New York, Seattle, and Washington, D.C., as the decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown sparked a heated national debate about law enforcement’s relationship with minority communities.

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Though most of the gatherings were peaceful the day after the announcement, many cities saw marchers disrupting traffic and getting into confrontations with police.
Photos: Protesters march
Anthony Braga: Why Boston’s protests were mostly peaceful
Sense of resigned anger in Boston

The Boston marchers faced arraignment Wednesday in Roxbury District Court and Boston Municipal Court. About half those arrested were Boston residents. Most were college students, Kenneally said.

Many were arrested at Melnea Cass Boulevard and Massachusetts Avenue, where there was a sit-in, he said.

Evans said at a news conference that police had gone with a “real soft approach.”

He said he felt the protest went well “because of our whole style,” which includes “great community relations” and a constant dialogue with the community.

He said police recognized a number of the protesters from Occupy Boston, which occupied an area in downtown Boston in 2011.

Police expect protests to continue as long as Ferguson itself is “hot,” but he said, “I’d like to continue dialogue so Boston can be a model of how protests should go.”

At Roxbury District Court, one protester being arraigned painted a less sunny view of how police behaved.

“I was struck in the face by police. They put me in a headlock and dragged me out of the protest group and they hit me in the face, they threw me on the ground. … They handled it pretty poorly,” said David Meredith, a Salem State junior from Revere. Meredith had a black eye, which he said police had inflicted on him.

“I wasn’t shocked. I was appalled, but I wasn’t shocked. The police were being very confrontational. They seemed very angry the entire time,” he said, noting that he saw an officer choking another man, who was holding a camera.
Both Boston police and State Police interacted with demonstrators. It wasn’t clear what agency the officers who confronted Meredith came from.

David Procopio, a State Police spokesman, said that “because of superb cooperation and coordination between State and Boston police, we were able to prevent protesters from entering the Southeast Expressway and the Mass. Turnpike.”

He added that monitoring social media “provided critical intelligence about protesters’ plans to try to disrupt traffic on state highways.”

One state trooper was bitten on the wrist by a protester, Procopio said. He was treated by Boston EMS on the scene.

An estimated 1,400 protesters marched from Dudley Square to the South Bay House of Correction, then onto the Massachusetts Avenue Connector near Interstate 93 before being blocked by police, the Globe reported Wednesday morning

The protesters spread across Boston, through Back Bay and the Financial District, meeting police again in Dewey Square — the former site of the Occupy encampment — outside South Station late Tuesday night, the Globe reported.

State troopers also assisted with other largely peaceful protests in Worcester, Northampton, and Springfield Tuesday night, Procopio said. No tactical and riot-control units were used, though they were on standby.

Procopio said State Police would maintain an increased presence at potential demonstration sites in Boston over the next several days.

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Extraordinary heroism and selflessness above and beyond the call of duty

By Raymond Thomas Pronk

In a ceremony at the White House on Oct. 15, President Barack Obama awarded Captain William D. Swenson the nation’s highest military honor for valor, the Medal of Honor.

Captain Swenson was assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, as an adviser to the Afghan Border Police Mentor Team on Sept.8, 2009, when both Afghan soldiers and their American military trainers were ambushed near the village of Ganjgal in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, by more than 50 Taliban fighters.

The official citation for the award reads in part: “Surrounded on three sides by enemy forces inflicting effective and accurate fire, Captain Swenson coordinated air assets, indirect fire support and medical evacuation helicopter support to allow for the evacuation of the wounded. Captain Swenson ignored enemy radio transmissions demanding surrender and maneuvered uncovered to render medical aid to a wounded fellow soldier. Captain Swenson stopped administering aid long enough to throw a grenade at approaching enemy forces, before assisting with moving the soldier for air evacuation.”

“With complete disregard for his own safety, Captain Swenson unhesitatingly led a team in an unarmored vehicle into the kill zone, exposing himself to enemy fire on at least two occasions, to recover the wounded and search for four missing comrades. After using aviation support to mark locations of fallen and wounded comrades, it became clear that ground recovery of the fallen was required due to heavy enemy fire on helicopter landing zones. Captain Swenson’s team returned to the kill zone another time in a Humvee. Captain Swenson voluntarily exited the vehicle, exposing himself to enemy fire, to locate and recover three fallen Marines and one fallen Navy corpsman.”

Swenson is the sixth living person awarded the Medal Honor for valor in the Iraq and Afghanistan war, according to the Defense Department.

Marine Cpl. Dakota Meyer was awarded the Medal of Honor by Obama in 2011 for rescuing troops that same day and recovering the remains of four Americans killed in the battle of Ganjgal and served beside Captain Swenson. Meyer in his book, “Into the Fire: A Firsthand Account of the Most Extraordinary Battle in the Afghan War” said he would not be alive today if it was not for the actions of Captain Swenson and advocated that Swenson should receive the Medal of Honor.

Swenson was outspoken and critical of his superiors for not receiving timely air and artillery support. An investigation subsequently led to three Army officers being reprimanded. Swenson’s Medal of Honor was delayed when the paperwork for the award was lost.

Captain Swenson helped rescue and deliver to the medevac helicopter Sgt. Kenneth W. Westbrook, 41, of Shiprock, N.M. who later died from complications from his wounds in the United States. This small part of the battle was captured in a video on YouTube titled “Army Capt. William Swenson Receives Medal of Honor.”

Gone but not forgotten are the four Americans killed in the ambush: 1st Lt. Michael Johnson, 25, of Virginia Beach, Staff Sgt. Aaron Keneflick, 30 of Roswell, Ga., Corpsman James Layton, 22 of Riverbank, Calif., and Gunnery Sgt. Edwin Wayne Johnson Jr., 31, of Columbus, Ga. Also killed that day were 10 Afghan troops and an interpreter.

Swenson left the Army in February 2011 but has asked to return and is waiting for a decision by the Army.

After the ceremony Swenson standing in front of the West Wing, said, “Today, I stand with the Medal of Honor…but this award is earned with a team, a team of our finest, Marines, Army, Air Force, Navy and our Afghan partners, standing side by side. This medal represents them, represents us.”

Obama bestows Medal of Honor on former Army captain for actions during Afghanistan firefight

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE

WASHINGTON — A former Army captain whose heroic actions in a deadly Afghan battle were captured on video received the nation’s highest military award, the Medal of Honor, from President Barack Obama at the White House Tuesday.

Obama placed the award around the neck of William D. Swenson for his actions in a lengthy battle against the Taliban in the Ganjgal valley near the Pakistan border four years ago, which claimed the lives of five Americans, 10 Afghan army troops and an interpreter.

Obama noted that although the honor has been bestowed nearly 3,500 times in U.S. history, never before had Americans been able to witness of a small part of the bravery that led to it. The video captured from cameras mounted on the helmets of evacuation helicopter pilots showed Swenson delivering a severely wounded soldier to the helicopter and placing a kiss on his head as he placed him inside.

Swenson, 34, retired from the military in February 2011 and has been living in Seattle. But two U.S. officials told The Associated Press that Swenson has asked to return to active duty, and the Army is working to allow it.

Swenson was serving as a trainer and mentor embedded with the Afghan National Security Forces in Kunar Province in eastern Afghanistan when they came under fire near dawn on Sept. 8, 2009. Obama recounted how Swenson dodged enemy fire, without a helmet, and risked his life to recover bodies and help save fellow troops. “Will Swenson was there for his brothers,” Obama said.

The president called Swenson a “pretty low key guy,” who would rather be on a Pacific Northwest mountain trail surrounded by cedar trees instead of in front of the cameras at the White House. But Obama, perhaps thinking of the current partisan budget dispute gripping Washington, said, “I think our nation needs this ceremony today.”

President Barack Obama awards the Medal of Honor to former Army Capt. William D. Swenson of Seattle, Wash., during a ceremony in the East Room at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. Swenson was being awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in a lengthy battle against the Taliban insurgents in the Ganjgal valley near the Pakistan border on Sept. 8, 2009, which claimed the lives of five Americans, 10 Afghan army troops and an interpreter.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

“In moments like this, Americans like Will remind us of what our country can be at its best, a nation of citizens who look out for one another, who meet our obligations to one another not just when it’s easy, but also when it’s hard — maybe especially when it’s hard,” Obama said. “And, Will, you’re an example to everyone in this city and to our whole country of the professionalism and patriotism that we should strive for, whether we wear a uniform or not, not just on particular occasions but all the time.”

After the Ganjgal battle, Swenson complained to military leaders after the fight that many of his calls for help were rejected by superior officers. Two Army officers were reprimanded for being “inadequate and ineffective” and for “contributing directly to the loss of life” following an investigation into the day’s events.

Four Americans died in the ambush: 1st Lt. Michael Johnson, a 25-year-old from Virginia Beach; Staff Sgt. Aaron Kenefick, 30, of Roswell, Georgia; Corpsman James Layton, 22, of Riverbank, California; and Edwin Wayne Johnson Jr., a 31-year-old gunnery sergeant from Columbus, Georgia Army Sgt. Kenneth W. Westbrook, 41, of Shiprock, New Mexico, who Swenson delivered to the helicopter with a kiss, later died from his wounds.

The military says Swenson’s initial medal nomination was lost. Another man who fought in the battle, Marine Cpl. Dakota Meyer, was awarded the Medal of Honor in 2011.

Swenson is the sixth living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan. Vice President Joe Biden and first lady Michelle Obama also attended Tuesday’s medal ceremony in the East Room of the White House.

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Former Army Capt. William Swenson to receive Medal of Honor at White House

It was a tender moment that demonstrates the brotherhood of the U.S. servicemen who fought for their lives in a remote Afghanistan province four years ago. But former Army Capt. William Swenson said he does not recall the brief kiss he laid on the head of his severely wounded partner that day.

The video, recorded on the shaky helmet camera of a Medevac crewman, captured the kiss without the soldiers’ knowledge. There is Swenson, helping Sgt. 1st Class Kenneth Westbrook into the rescue helicopter, two hours into a firefight against heavily armed Taliban insurgents in the Ganjgal valley and after Westbrook was shot through the mouth and shoulder. Wearing wrap-around sunglasses but no helmet, Swenson kisses the top of Westbrook’s head and pats him on the shoulder before returning to the battle.

Swenson, 34, of Seattle, is credited with risking his life to help save his comrades and Afghan allies and retrieve the bodies of four Americans who were killed during the seven-hour battle on Sept. 8, 2009. He will accept the Medal of Honor from President Obama before 250 guests at the White House on Tuesday afternoon, the first Army officer to receive the U.S. military’s highest valor award since the Vietnam war.

“You could have told me it happened, and I wouldn’t have believed you,” Swenson said in one of his first extended interviews since the battle. “But it did, and it was captured on film. And it offered a glimpse of the humanity that does occur on battlefields.”

Swenson’s path to the White House ceremony has been a rocky one, as The Washington Post reported Sunday. After he criticized his Army superiors for failing to provide enough air and artillery support, his award nomination was delayed for years. At times, it seemed like he would never receive it.

During the interview with the Post, Swenson said he would accept the medal in honor of the fellow soldiers and Marines with whom he fought, many of whom will be at the ceremony, along with family members of those who died.

“It does not really belong to me, it belongs to that event and the people I stood with,” he said of the medal. “I’ll be thinking of everyone in that valley who gave more than could be expected of anybody.”

Westbrook, a married father of three, survived for a month after leaving the battlefield on the helicopter, but he died at a U.S. hospital of complications from a blood transfusion. His widow, Charlene Westbrook, will be at the White House on Tuesday.

‘Alright, buddy, hang on’

Swenson and Westbrook had been working for a year as trainers with the Afghan Border Police in Kunar province in eastern Afghanistan near the Pakistan border. They were trying to help prepare the Afghan forces to oversee remote tribal areas that were often teeming with insurgents and not aligned with the Afghanistan national government.

On the day of the battle, a group of about 11 U.S. trainers and 80 Afghan troops set out to meet with the town elders. As soon as they reached the valley, they were ambushed by Taliban fighters who had hidden in the higher mountain terrain that ringed the valley on three sides. In all, five Americans and 10 Afghan troops, along with an Afghan translator, were slain.

Swenson never saw Kenneth Westbrook again after helping him into the helicopter. He said Westbrook, who had served 22 years in the Army and was planning to retire soon, was shot in the neck while attempting to return fire on Taliban targets as a group of U.S. and Afghan troops was trying to retreat to safety.

“He called out and said, ‘Will, I’m hit.’ It was very matter-of-fact,” Swenson recalled. “I yelled back to him, ‘Alright, buddy, hang on, I can’t get to you.’ I was pinned down. He continued fighting and some time passed until it was getting serious, and we did not know how much longer he could hold on.”

When the rescue helicopter arrived, Swenson said, Westbrook “was beginning to lose consciousness. He had made a hundreds of meters dash. He was bleeding, and the wounds were significant. He had made a heroic effort but was finally giving out.”

At the final rock terrace, as Swenson and others tried to assist him into the helicopter, Westbrook “realizes he needs one more burst of energy, and he gets up on his feet and walks onto the helicopter — on his own two feet.”

Swenson received a copy of the video from the medevac crew, and he passed on a copy to Charlene Westbrook earlier this year. In an interview, she said Swenson had called her from Afghanistan while she was waiting in the hospital during her husband’s recovery.

Kenneth had just been taken from the surgical unit to the rehabilitation unit, she remembers telling Swenson, so he was not available to talk. Swenson asked how she was doing and then promised to call back. But Kenneth died unexpectedly soon after.

Looking back on their last moments together on that video, Swenson said: “To see him and to see me in that situation gives me comfort to see him walk off the battlefield. . . . I would trade anything for that not to be our last moment, but that was our last moment and I’ll always have that now.”

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MEDAL OF HONOR WINNER ASKS TO RETURN TO DUTY

By LOLITA BALDOR
Associated Press
WASHINGTON
The former Army captain who received the Medal of Honor on Tuesday has asked to return to active duty in the Army, a rare move by an officer who has lived to wear the military’s highest award.

Two U.S. officials tell The Associated Press that William D. Swenson has submitted a formal request to the Army and officials are working with him to allow his return.

Swenson was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama in the White House Tuesday afternoon for risking his life to recover bodies and save fellow troops during a lengthy battle against the Taliban in Afghanistan near the Pakistan border in 2009.

The U.S. officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the request until a decision was made.

Swenson, 34, left the military in February 2011 as a captain, but he could rise to the rank of major once he rejoins. In order to successfully re-enlist, Swenson will have to pass a physical, a drug test and other routine reviews. But officials Tuesday were optimistic it would all fall into place.

In the aftermath of 9/11, when the Army was growing in size to meet the combat requirements of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, it was not unusual for former soldiers to rejoin the service and go back on active duty. It is rare, if not unprecedented, for an officer holding the Medal of Honor, to do so. Officials were unsure if that had ever happened before.

Swenson also has a Purple Heart and Bronze Star Medal and lives in Seattle.

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Expanded, Revised and Updated March 30, 2012

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Romney Wins Maine Caucus – February 11, 2012

Ron Paul speech after 2nd place finish in Maine caucus 2/11/2012 

Santorum scores hat-trick in the Republican race

Rick Santorum Sweeps Missouri, Minnesota, Colorado Primaries; Mitt Romney Losing Frontrunner Status? 

 

27% Second Place Finish in Minnesota: Ron Paul Breaks through Yet Another Ceiling! 

Romney wins Nevada, hanging on to frontrunner status  

Romney Triumphs in Florida 

Ron Paul Interview on ABC’s ‘This Week’

The World is Endorsing Ron Paul For President 2012

Ron Paul ~ I Think We Can Get Out Of Our Mess By Having People Read The Constitution And Obey It 

Ron Paul Post FL Primary Speech ~ 1-30-2012 

2 Parties vs Ron Paul – Judge Andrew Napolitano

Who is winning the race for the 2012 Republican Party presidential nomination?

On March 13 Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum won 18 delegates in Alabama, 13 delegates in Mississippi and no delegates in America Soma.  Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won 11 delegates in Alabama, 12 delegates in Mississippi, and 9 delegates in America Soma. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich won 12 delegates in Alabama and 11 delegates in Mississippii and none in Americ Soma. Texas Rep Ron Paul did win a single delegate.

On March 10 Romney won 9 delegates in Guam, 9 delegates in the Northern Marinas, 7 delegates in the Virgin Islands and 7 delegates in Kansas for a total of 32 delegates.  Santorum won the most delegates in Kansas, 33. Paul won a single delegate in the Virgin Islands.  Gingrich won no delegates.

Romney with 449 delegates is clearly the front-runner in the race for the 1,144 delegates needed to be nominated the Republican presidential candidate. Santorum is in second place with 224 delegates. Gingrich is in third place with 144 delegates. Paul is in fourth place with 73 delegates.

On March 6 Super TuesdayRomney won the most delegates in Alaska, Idaho, Massachusetts, Ohio Vermont and Virginia. Sen. Rick Santorum won the most delegates in Oklahoma, North Dakota and Tennessee.   Gingrich won 43 delegates out of 76 delegates in his home state of Georgia. Paul did not win a single state but did add a total of 21 delegates in Alaska, North Dakota, Vermont and Virginia.

On March 3 Romney won the Washington primary with 19,111 votes or 37.65 percent of the popular vote winning 16 delegates. Ron Paul came in second with 12,954 votes or 24.81 percent of the popular vote winning 10 delegates. Santorum came in third with 12,089 votes or 23.81 percent. Gingrich received 5,221 votes or 10.28 percent of the popular vote.

On Feb.28, Romney won the Michigan and Arizona primaries. Both Michigan and Arizona were penalized for scheduling their primary early and lost 50 percent of their delegates. Arizona was a closed primary with the statewide winner taking all the 29 delegates. Michigan was an open primary with winner-take-all in each congressional district and proportional for the statewide delegates.

Romney received 216,085 votes or 44.27 percent of the popular vote, thereby winning all of Arizona’s 29 delegates. Santorum received 122,008 votes or 26.62 percent of the popular vote. Gingrich received 74,110 votes or 16.66 percent of the popular vote. Paul received 38,753 votes or 8.45 percent of the popular vote.

Romney defeated Santorum in Michigan’s open primary by over 30,000 vote. Romney received 409,131 votes or 40.07 percent of the popular vote, winning 15 delegates. Santorum received 377, 153 or 37.86 of the popular vote, winning 13 delegates. Paul came in third with 115,778 votes or 11.62percent of the vote and received zero delegates. Gingrich came in fourth with 65,007 or 6.53 percent and received zero delegates.

On Feb. 11, Romney narrowly beat Paul in the Maine caucus by just 194 votes. Romney received 2,190 or 39.6 percent of the popular vote, winning eight delegates. Paul received 1,996 or 36.1 percent of the popular vote, winning eight delegates. Santorum came in third with 989 or 17.9 percent of the popular vote, winning four delegates. Gingrich came in fourth with 349 or 6.3 percent of the popular vote, winning one delegate.

Since several Maine counties have scheduled their county caucuses after Feb. 11, the vote count will change. Washington County was the only county caucus scheduled for Feb. 11 that was postponed due to a forecasted 3-5-inch snow storm. Washington County was expected to heavily favor Paul over Romney based on the Feb. 7 precinct caucus results.

The voters of Maine are usually accustomed to driving on snow-covered roads. Several counties along Maine’s coastline had the same snow storm forecast including Cumberland County, which includes Portland, where Romney ran ahead of Paul. The Washington County caucus postponement appears politically motivated. Romney’s campaign needed a first-place win in Maine to counter the momentum of Santorum’s three wins in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri. Paul was apparently robbed of a first-place finish by Maine’s Republican Party’s decision to postpone the Washington County caucus due to snow.

When all the votes are counted next week, Paul said, “If I were a betting man, I would bet that we will control the Maine caucus when we go to Tampa,” the site of the Republican National Convention.

Romney is still the national front-runner in the race for the Republican Party’s nomination for president with an estimated total of 107 delegates. Santorum is second with 43 delegates, former Speaker of the House Gingrich is third with 42 delegates and Paul is fourth with 36 delegates.

On Feb. 7, Santorum jolted the race for 1,144 delegates and the 2012 Republican Party presidential nomination by a three state sweep of first place finishes in Colorado, Minnesota, and Missouri. In his victory speech to his supporters, Santorum said, “Ladies and gentlemen, I don’t stand here to claim to be the conservative alternative to Mitt Romney. I stand here to be the conservative alternative to Barack Obama.” His supporters shouted, “We pick Rick.”

Santorum won the Republican open non-binding Minnesota caucus on Feb. 7 with 21,436 or 44.81 percent of the popular vote, winning 17 delegates. Paul came in second with 13,030 or 27.24 percent of the popular vote, winning 10 delegates. Romney came in third with 8,096 or 16.92 percent of the popular vote, winning 6 delegates. Gingrich came in fourth with 5,134 or 10.73 percent or 10.73 percent of the popular vote, winning 4 delegates.

No candidate won any of the 52 delegates in the Missouri “straw poll” or non-binding primary on Feb.7. However, Santorum won with the primary with 138,957 or 55.17 percent of the popular vote. Romney came in second with 63,826 or 25.34 percent of the popular vote. Paul came in third with 30,641 or 12.17 percent of the popular vote. Delegates will be selected on the March 7 county caucus.

Santorum also won the Republican closed non-binding Colorado caucus on Feb.7 with 26,372 or 40.24 percent of the populat vote, winning 13 delegates. Romney came in second with 22,875 or 34.91 percent of the popular vote winning 12 delegates. Gingrich came in third with 8,394 or 12.81 percent of the popular vote, winning 4 delegates. Paul came in fourth with 7,713 or 11.77 percent of the popular vote, winning 4 delegates.

Romney won the Republican closed Nevada Caucus on Feb. 5 with 16,486 or 50.10 percent of the popular vote, winning 14 delegates. Romney beat out second place finisher, Gingrich, with 6,956 votes or 21.10 percent of the popular vote, winning 6 delegates. Paul finished third with 6,175 votes or 18.73 percent of the popular vote, winning 5 delegates. Santorum came in fourth with 3,277 votes or 9.94percent of the popular vote. winning 3 delegates.

Romney won the Republican Party’s closed Florida primary on Jan 31 with 774,989 votes or 46.42 percent of the popular vote, thereby winning all of the state’s 50 delegates. Romney beat out second place finisher, Gingrich, with 533,091 votes or 31.93 percent of the popular vote. Santorum came in third with 222,790 votes or 13.34 percent of the popular vote. Paul finished fourth with 117,100 votes or 7.01 percent of the popular vote.

Romney has now won in five states–Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina Florida and Nevada–and has a total of 99 delegates with an estimated total popular vote of 1,117,894. In second place is Gingrich, with a total of 41delegates with an estimated total popular vote of 837,302. In third place is former Santorum with 39 delegates with an estimated total popular vote of 381,793 votes. In fourth place is Paul with 28 delegates with an estimated total popular vote of 305,228.

Gingrich will petition the Republican Party of Florida to allocate delegates proportionally rather than on a winner-take-all basis. Republican Party rule 15 (b) (2) clearly states “Any presidential primary, caucus, convention, or other meeting held for the purpose of selecting delegates to the national convention which occurs prior to the first day of April in the year in which the national convention is held, shall provide for the allocation of delegates on a proportional basis.” This rule was approved by the Republican Party National committee in August 2010 for the 2012 Presidential nominating process. If Gingrich is successful, Romney would receive 23 delegates instead of 50 and Gingrich would receive 16 delegates instead of zero. Gingrich would then have a total of 48 delegates and would be slightly behind Romney with 54 delegates.

The estimated total delegate count is summarized in the table below:

Republican Party U.S. Presidential 2012

Estimated Delegate Count By Candidate and State

State

Romney

Gingrich

Santorum

Paul

Totals*

Iowa

6

4

6

6

28

New Hampshire

9

0

0

3

12

South Carolina

2

23

0

0

25

Florida

50

0

0

0

50

Nevada

14

6

3

5

28

Minnesota

6

4

17

10

40

Colorado

12

4

13

4

36

Maine

8

2

4

7

24

Arizona

29

0

0

0

29

Michigan

15

0

15

0

30

Wyoming

10

2

8

6

29

Washington

16

4

10

10

43

Alaska

 8  3  7  6

27

Georgia

 13  46  2  0

76

Idaho

 32  0  0  0

32

Massachusetts

 38  0  0  0

41

North Dakota

 7  2  11  8

28

Ohio

 35  0  21  0

66

Oklahoma

 13  13  14  0

43

Tennessee

 10  8  25  0

58

Vermont

 9  0  4  4

17

Virginia

 43  0  0  3

49

Guam

9 0 0 0

9

Northern Marianas

9 0 0 0

9

Virgin Islands

7 0 0 1

9

Kansas

7 0 33 0

40

America Soma

9 0 0 0

9

Alabama

11 14 22 0

50

Mississippi

12 12 13 0

40

Hawaii

9 0 5 3

20

Missouri

0 0 0 0

52

Utah

0 0 0 0

40

Washington

16 4 10 10

43

Puerto Rico

20 0 0 0

23

Illinois

42 0 12 0

69

Louisiana

5 0 10 0

46

District of Columbia

0 0 0 0

19

Maryland

0 0 0 0

37

Wisconsin

0 0 0 0

42

0 0 0 0

0

Totals

521

148

249

73

1205

*Totals include all delegates including those that are available but not pledged to a candidate such as each state’s party leadership delegates or delegates for candidates that have dropped out of the race.

Source: The Green Papers, 2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses and Conventions: http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/IA-R    http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/NH-R http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/SC-R    http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/FL-R http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/NV-R    http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/MN-R http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/CO-R    http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/ME-R http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/AZ-R     http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/MI-R http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/WY-R    http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/WA-R http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/AK-R    http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/GA-R http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/ID-R    http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/MA-R http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/ND-R    http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/OH-R http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/OK-R    http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/TN-R http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/VT-R    http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/VA-R http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/GU-R   http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/MP-R http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/VI-R    http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/KS-R  http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/AS-R   http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/AL-R  http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/MS-R  http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/HI-R    http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/WA     http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/PR-R   http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/IL-R   http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/LA-R

The estimated popular vote count is set forth in the table below:

Republican Party U.S. Presidential 2012

Estimated Popular Vote By Candidate and State

State

Romney

Gingrich

Santorum

Paul

Totals*

Iowa

29,805

16,163

29,839

26,036

121,501

New Hampshire

97,591

23,421

23,432

56,872

248,475

South Carolina

168,152

244,113

102,482

78,362

603,856

Florida

776,159

534,121

223,429

117,461

1,672,634

Nevada

16,486

6,956

3,277

6,175

32,963

Colorado

23,012

8,445

26,614

7,759

66,027

Minnesota

8,222

5,272

21,932

13,228

48,795

Maine

2,269

391

1,052

2,030

5,814

Arizona

216,805

74,110

122,088

38,753

458,631

Michigan

409,120

65,002

377,144

115,778

996,156

Wyoming

822

165

673

439

2,108

Washington

19,111

5,221

12,089

12,594

50,764

Alaska

 4,224  1,832  3,760  3,106     12,956

Georgia

     225,925  417,362  172,471  57,126  879,763

Idaho

 27,513  938  8,113  8,087   44,667

Massachusetts

 260,508  16,754  43,612  34,576  361,387

North Dakota

 2,690 960  4,508  3,187  11,345

Ohio

453,926 174,604 441,906  110,634  1,194,873

Oklahoma

80,290 78,684  96,757  27,573  286,301

Tennessee

153,888 132,140  204,976  49,783  550,174

Vermont

 22,532  4,606  13,399  14,408  59,614

Virginia

 158,049  0  0  107.471  265,520

Guam

207 0 0 0 207

Northern Marianas

740 27 53 78 848

Virgin Islands

101 18 23 112 384

Kansas

6,250 4,298 15,290 3,767 29,855

American Soma

0 0 0 0 70

Alabama

180,249 182,195 214,543 30,893 621,747

Mississippi

88,714 90,407 94,749 12,750 289,939

Hawaii

4,513 1,096 2,555 1,902 10,066

Missouri

63,826 0 138,957 30,641 251,868

Utah

0 0 0 0 0

Washington

19,111 5,221 12,089 12,594 50,764

Puerto Rico

98,375 2,431 9,524 1,452 118,696

Illinois

433,695 73,999 325,482 86,602 929,015

Louisiana

49,749 29,655 91,305 11.460 186,377

District of Columbia

0 0 0 0 0

Maryland

0 0 0 0 0

Wisconsin

0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 0

Total Vote*

   2,929,937

1,815,603

1,948,919 895,395

8,005,619

Popular Vote Percentage

36.60%

22.68%

24.34%

11.18%

100.00%

*For all candidates on the ballot and write-ins.

Source: The Green Papers, 2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses and Conventions.

http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/IA-R    http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/NH-R http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/SC-R    http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/FL-R http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/NV-R    http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/MN-R http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/CO-R    http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/ME-R http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/AZ-R     http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/MI-R http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/WY-R    http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/WA-R http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/AK-R    http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/GA-R http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/ID-R    http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/MA-R http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/ND-R    http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/OH-R http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/OK-R    http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/TN-R http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/VT-R    http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/VA-R http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/GU-R   http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/MP-R http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/VI-R    http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/KS-R  http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/AS-R   http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/AL-R  http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/MS-R  http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/HI-R    http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/WA     http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/PR-R   http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/IL-R   http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/LA-R

 On March 24 the voters of Louisiana voted in a closed primary.

Results for Louisiana Republican Closed Primary

U.S. Presidential March 24, 2012

Candidate

Popular Vote

Percentage

Delegates*

Richard J. “Rick” Santorum 91,305 48.99% 10
Willard “Mitt” Romney 49,749 26.69% 5
Newton Leroy “Newt” Gingrich 26,655 15.91% 0
Ronald E. “Ron” Paul 11,460 6.15% 0
Available

31

Totals 12,956 100.00%

46

Source: The Green Papers, 2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses and Conventions. http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/LA-R

*Alaska has a total of 46 delegates consisting of 18 congressional district delegates, 10 at-large delegates, 3 party leader delegates and 15 bonus.

On March 20 the voters of Illinois voted in a open primary.

Results for Illinois Republican Open Primary

U.S. Presidential March 20, 2012

Candidate

Popular Vote

Percentage

Delegates*

Willard “Mitt” Romney 433,695 46.68% 44
Richard J. “Rick” Santorum 325,482 35.04% 12
Ronald E. “Ron” Paul 86,602 9.32% 0
Newton Leroy “Newt” Gingrich 73,999 7.97% 0
Available

13

Totals 929,015 100.00%

69

Source: The Green Papers, 2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses and Conventions. http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/IL-R

*Illinois has a total of 69 delegates consisting of 54 congressional district delegates, 10 at-large delegates, 3 party leader delegates and 2 bonus.

On March 18 the voters of Puerto Rico voted in a open primary.

Results for Puerto Rico Republican Open Primary

U.S. Presidential March 18, 2012

Candidate

Popular Vote

Percentage

Delegates*

Willard “Mitt” Romney 98,375 82.88% 20
Richard J. “Rick” Santorum 69,524 8.02% 0
Newton Leroy “Newt” Gingrich 2,431 2.05% 0
Ronald E. “Ron” Paul 1,452 1.22% 0
Available/Uncommitted

3

Totals 118,696 100.00%

23

Source: The Green Papers, 2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses and Conventions. http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/PR-R

*Puerto Rico has a total of 23 delegates consisting of 20 at-large delegates and 3 party leader delegates.

On March 3 the voters of Washington voted in a closed caucus.

Results for Washington Republican Closed Caucus

U.S. Presidential March 3, 2012

Candidate

Popular Vote

Percentage

Delegates*

Willard “Mitt” Romney 19,111 37.65% 16
Ronald E. “Ron” Paul 12,594 24.81% 10
Richard J. “Rick” Santorum 12,089 23.81% 10
Newton Leroy “Newt” Gingrich 5,221 10.28% 4
Available

3

Totals 50,764 100.00%

43

Source: The Green Papers, 2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses and Conventions. http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/WA-R

*Washington has a total of 43 delegates consisting of 30 congressional district delegates, 10 at-large delegates and 3 party leader delegates.

On February 7 the voters of  Missouri voted in a non-binding primary.

Results for Missouri Republican Non-binding Primary

U.S. Presidential February 7, 2012

Candidate

Popular Vote

Percentage

Delegates*

Richard J. “Rick” Santorum 138,957 55.17% 0
Willard “Mitt” Romney 63,826 25.34% 0
Ronald E. “Ron” Paul 30,641 14.40% 0
 Newton Leroy “Newt” Gingrich 0 0.00% 0
Available

0

Totals 251,868 100.00%

52

Source: The Green Papers, 2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses and Conventions. http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/MO-R

*Missouri has a total of 52 delegates consisting of 24 congressional district delegates, 10 at-large delegates, 3 party leader delegates and 15 bonus.

On March 13 the voters of Hawaii voted in a closed caucus.

Results for Hawaii Republican Closed Caucus

U.S. Presidential March 13, 2012

Candidate

Popular Vote

Percentage

Delegates*

Willard “Mitt” Romney 4,513 44.83% 9
Richard J. “Rick” Santorum 2,555 25.38% 5
Ronald E. “Ron” Paul 1,902 18.09% 3
Newton Leroy “Newt” Gingrich 1,096 10.89% 0
Available/Uncommitted

3

Totals 10,066 100.00%

20

Source: The Green Papers, 2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses and Conventions. http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/AK-R

*Hawaii has a total of 20 delegates consisting of 6 congressional district delegates, 10 at-large delegates, 3 party leader delegates and 1 bonus.

On March 13 the voters of Mississippi voted in a open primary.

Results for Mississippi Republican Open Primary

U.S. Presidential March 13, 2012

Candidate

Popular Vote

Percentage

Delegates*

Richard J. “Rick” Santorum 94,979 32.76% 13
Willard “Mitt” Romney 90,407 31.18% 12
Newton Leroy “Newt” Gingrich 88,714 30.60% 12
Ronald E. “Ron” Paul 12,750 4.40% 0
Available/Uncommitted

3

Totals 289.939 100.00%

40

Source: The Green Papers, 2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses and Conventions. http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/MS-R

*Mississippi has a total of 40 delegates consisting of 12 congressional district delegates, 10 at-large delegates, 3 party leader delegates and 15 bonus.

On March 13 the voters of Alabama voted in an open primary.

Results for Alabama Republican Open Primary

U.S. Presidential March 13, 2012

Candidate

Popular Vote

Percentage

Delegates*

Richard J. “Rick” Santorum 214,543 34.51% 22
Newton Leroy “Newt” Gingrich 182,195 29.30% 14
Willard “Mitt” Romney 180,249 28.99% 11
Ronald E. “Ron” Paul 30,893 4.97% 0
Available/Uncommitted

3

Totals 621,747 100.00%

50

Source: The Green Papers, 2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses and Conventions. http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/AL-R

*Alabama has a total of 50delegates consisting of 21 congressional district delegates, 10 at-large delegates, 3 party leader delegates and 16 bonus.

On March 13 the voters of America Soma voted in a open caucus.

Results for America Soma Republican Open Caucus

U.S. Presidential March 13, 2012

Candidate

Popular Vote

Percentage

Delegates*

Willard “Mitt” Romney 9
Richard J. “Rick” Santorum 0
Ronald E. “Ron” Paul 0
Newton Leroy “Newt” Gingrich 0
Available

0

Totals 70 estimate 100.00%

9

Source: The Green Papers, 2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses and Conventions. http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/AS-R

*America Soma has a total of 9 delegates consisting of 6 at-large delegates and 3 party leader delegates.

On March 10 the voters of Kansas voted in a closed caucus.

Results for Kansas Republican Closed Caucus

U.S. Presidential March 10, 2012

Candidate

Popular Vote

Percentage

Delegates*

Richard J. “Rick” Santorum 15,290 51.21% 33
Willard “Mitt” Romney 6,250 20.93% 7
Newton Leroy “Newt” Gingrich 4,298 14.40% 0
Ronald E. “Ron” Paul 3,767 12.62% 0
Available

0

Totals 29,855 100.00%

40

Source: The Green Papers, 2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses and Conventions. http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/KS-R

*Kansas has a total of 40 delegates consisting of 12 congressional district delegates, 10 at-large delegates, 3 party leader delegates and 15 bonus.

On March 10 the voters of Virgin Islands voted in a closed caucus.

Results for Virgin Islands Republican Closed Caucus

U.S. Presidential March 10, 2012

Candidate

Popular Vote

Percentage

Delegates*

Ronald E. “Ron” Paul 112 29.17% 1
Willard “Mitt” Romney 101 23.60% 3
Richard J. “Rick” Santorum 23 5.99% 0
Newton Leroy “Newt” Gingrich 18 4.69% 0
Available/Uncommitted  130  33.85%

5

Totals 12,956 100.00%

9

Source: The Green Papers, 2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses and Conventions. http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/VI-R

*Virgin Islands has a total of 9 delegates consisting of 6 at-large delegates and 3 party leader delegates.

On March 10 the voters of Northern Marianas voted in a closed caucus.

Results for Northern Marianas Closed Caucus

U.S. Presidential March 10, 2012

Candidate

Popular Vote

Percentage

Delegates*

Willard “Mitt” Romney 740 87.26% 9
 Richard J. “Rick” Santorum 53 20.93% 0
Ronald E. “Ron” Paul 28 14.40% 0
Newton Leroy “Newt” Gingrich 27 12.62% 0
Available

0

Totals 848 100.00%

9

Source: The Green Papers, 2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses and Conventions. http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/MP-R

* Northern Marianas has a total of 9 delegates consisting of6 at-large delegates and 3 party leader delegates.

On March 10 the voters of Guam voted in a closed caucus.

Results for Guam Republican Closed Caucus

U.S. Presidential March 10, 2012

Candidate

Popular Vote

Percentage

Delegates*

Willard “Mitt” Romney 207 100.00% 9
Richard J. “Rick” Santorum 0 0.00% 0
Newton Leroy “Newt” Gingrich 0 0.00% 0
Ronald E. “Ron” Paul 0 0.00% 0
Available

0

Totals 29,855 100.00%

9

Source: The Green Papers, 2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses and Conventions. http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/GU-R

*Guam has a total of 9 delegates consisting of 6 at-large delegates and 3 party leader delegates.

On March 6 the voters of Alaska voted in a closed caucus.

Results for Alaska Republican Closed Caucus

U.S. Presidential March 6 2012

Candidate

Popular Vote

Percentage

Delegates*

Willard “Mitt” Romney  4,224  32.60%  8
Richard J. “Rick” Santorum  3,760  29.02%  7
Ronald E. “Ron” Paul  3,106  23.97%  6
Newton Leroy “Newt” Gingrich  1,832  14.14%  3
Available

3

Totals  12,956  100.00%

27

Source: The Green Papers, 2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses and Conventions. http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/AK-R

*Alaska has a total of 27 delegates consisting of 3 congressional district delegates, 10 at-large delegates, 3 party leader delegates and 11 bonus.

On March 6 the voters of Georgia voted in a modified primary.

Results for Georgia Republican Modified Primary

U.S. Presidential March 7, 2012

Candidate

Popular Vote

Percentage

Delegates*

Newton Leroy “Newt” Gingrich
    417,362    47.44%  46
Willard “Mitt” Romney    225,925   25.68%  13
Richard J. “Rick” Santorum    172,471   19.60%  2
Ronald E. “Ron” Paul     57,126  6.49%  0
Available  15
Totals     879,763

100.00%

76

Source: The Green Papers, 2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses and Conventions. http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/GA-R

*Georgia has a total of 76 delegates consisting of 42 congressional district delegates, 10 at-large delegates, 3 party leader delegates and 21 bonus delegates.

On March 6 the voters of Idaho voted in a closed caucus.

Results for Idaho Republican Closed Caucus

U.S. Presidential March 6, 2012

Candidate

Popular Vote

Percentage

Delegates*

Willard “Mitt” Romney  27,513  61.60%  32
Richard J. “Rick” Santorum  8,113  18.16%  0
Ronald E. “Ron” Paul  8,087  18.11%  0
Newton Leroy “Newt” Gingrich  938  2.10%  0
Available  0
Totals  44,667

100.00%

32

Source: The Green Papers, 2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses and Conventions. http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/ID-R

*Idaho has a total of 32 delegates consisting of 6 congressional district delegates, 10 at-large delegates, 3 party leader delegates and 13 bonus delegates

On March 6 the voters of Massachusetts voted in a modified primary.

Results for Massachusetts Republican Modified Primary

U.S. Presidential March 6, 2012

Candidate

Popular Vote

Percentage

Delegates*

Willard “Mitt” Romney  260,508  72.09%  38

Richard J. “Rick” Santorum

 43,612  12.07%  0
Ronald E. “Ron” Paul  34,576  9.57%  0
Newton Leroy “Newt” Gingrich  16,754  4.64%  0
Available

3

Totals  361,387

100.00%

41

Source: The Green Papers, 2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses and Conventions. http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/MA-R

*Massachusetts has a total of 41 delegates consisting of 9 congressional district delegates, 10 at-large delegates, 3 party leader delegates and 1 bonus delegate.

On March 6 the voters of North Dakota voted in a closed caucus.

Results for North Dakota Republican Closed Caucus

U.S. Presidential March 6, 2012

Candidate

Popular Vote

Percentage

Delegates*

Richard J. “Rick” Santorum
4,508  39.74%  11
Ronald E. “Ron” Paul  3,187  28.09%  8
Willard “Mitt” Romney  2,690  23.71%  7
Newton Leroy “Newt” Gingrich  960  8.46%  2
Available  0
Totals  11,345

100.00%

28

Source: The Green Papers, 2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses and Conventions. http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/ND-R

*North Dakota has a total of 28 delegates consisting of 3 congressional district delegates, 10 at-large delegates, 3 party leader delegates and 12 bonus delegates.

On March 6 the voters of Ohio voted in a modified primary.

Results for Ohio Republican Modified Primary

U.S. Presidential March 6, 2012

Candidate

Popular Vote

Percentage

Delegates*

Willard “Mitt” Romney   453,926  37.99%  35
Richard J. “Rick” Santorum  441,906  36.98%  21
Newton Leroy “Newt” Gingrich  174,604  14.61%  0
Ronald E. “Ron” Paul  110,634  9.26%  0
Available

10

Totals 1,194,873

100.00%

66

Source: The Green Papers, 2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses and Conventions. http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/OH-R

*Ohio has a total of 66 delegates consisting of 48 congressional district delegates, 10 at-large delegates and 3 party leader delegates and 5 bonus delegates.

On March 6 the voters of Oklahoma voted in a closed caucus.

Results for Oklahoma Republican Closed Caucus

U.S. Presidential March 6, 2012

Candidate

Popular Vote

Percentage

Delegates*

Richard J. “Rick” Santorum  96,757  33.80%  14
Willard “Mitt” Romney  80,290  28.04%  13
Newton Leroy “Newt” Gingrich  78,684  27.48%  13
Ronald E. “Ron” Paul  27,573  9.63%  0
Available

3

Totals

100.00%

43

Source: The Green Papers, 2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses and Conventions. http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/OK-R

*Oklahoma has a total of 43 delegates consisting of 15 congressional district delegates, 10 at-large delegates, 3 party leader delegates and 15 bonus delegates.

On March 6 the voters of  Tennessee voted in a open primary.

Results for Tennessee Republican Open Primary

U.S. Presidential March 6, 2012

Candidate

Popular Vote

Percentage

Delegates*

Richard J. “Rick” Santorum  204,976  37.26%  25
Willard “Mitt” Romney  153,888  27.97% 10
Newton Leroy “Newt” Gingrich  132,140  24.02%  8
Ronald E. “Ron” Paul  49,783  9.05%  0
Available

15

Totals  550,174

100.00%

58

Source: The Green Papers, 2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses and Conventions. http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/TN-R

*Tennessee has a total of 58 delegates consisting of 27 congressional district delegates, 10 at-large delegates and 3 party leader delegates and 18 bonus delegates

On March 6 the voters of Vermont voted in an open primary.

Results for Vermont Republican Open Primary

U.S. Presidential March 6, 2012

Candidate

Popular Vote

Percentage

Delegates*

Willard “Mitt” Romney 22,532  39.80%  9
Ronald E. “Ron” Paul  14,408  25.45%  4
Richard J. “Rick” Santorum  13,399  23.67%  4
Newton Leroy “Newt” Gingrich  4,606  8.14% 0
Available
Totals  56,614

100.00%

17

Source: The Green Papers, 2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses and Conventions. http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/VT-R

*Vermont has a total of 17 delegates consisting of 3 congressional district delegates, 10 at-large delegates, 3 party leader delegates and 1 bonus delegate.

On March 6 the voters of Virginia voted in an open primary.

Results for Virginia Republican Closed Caucus

U.S. Presidential March 6, 2012

Candidate

Popular Vote

Percentage

Delegates*

Willard “Mitt” Romney   158,049  59.52%  43
Ronald E. “Ron” Paul  107.471  40.48%  3
Richard J. “Rick” Santorum 0  0.00%  0
Newton Leroy “Newt” Gingrich  0 0.00%  0
Available  3
Totals    265,520

100.00%

49

Source: The Green Papers, 2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses and Conventions. http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/VA-R

*Virginia has a total of 49 delegates consisting of 33 congressional district delegates, 10 at-large delegates, 3 party leader delegates and 3 bonus delegates.

On March 3 the voters of Washington voted in a closed caucus.

Results for Washington Republican Closed Caucus 

U.S.   Presidential March 3, 2012

Candidate

Popular Vote

Percentage

Delegates*

Willard   “Mitt” Romney

19,111

37.65%

16

Ronald E.   “Ron” Paul

12,594

24.81%

10

Richard J.   “Rick” Santorum

12,089

23.81%

10

Newton Leroy “Newt” Gingrich

5,221

10.28%

4

Available

3

Totals

996,156

100.00%

43

Source: The Green Papers, 2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses and Conventions. http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/WA-R

*Wyoming has a total of  43 delegates consisting of 30 congressional district delegates, 10  at-large delegates and 3 party leader delegates.

On Feb. 29 the voters of Wyoming voted in a closed caucus.

Results for Wyoming Republican Caucus

U.S.   Presidential Feb. 29, 2012

Candidate

Popular Vote

Percentage

Delegates*

Willard   “Mitt” Romney

822

38.99%

10

Ronald E.   “Ron” Paul

673

31.03%

8

Richard J.   “Rick” Santorum

439

20.83%

6

Newton Leroy “Newt” Gingrich

165

7.83%

2

Available

3

Totals

996,156

100.00%

29

Source: The Green Papers, 2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses and Conventions. http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/WY-R

*Wyoming has a total of  29 delegates consisting of 3 congressional district delegates, 10 at-large delegates, 3 party leader delegates and 13 bonus delegates.

On Feb. 28 the voters of Michigan voted in an open primary.

Results for Michigan Republican Primary

U.S.   Presidential Feb. 28, 2012

Candidate

Popular Vote

Percentage

Delegates*

Willard   “Mitt” Romney

409,131

40.07%

15

Richard J.   “Rick” Santorum

377,153

37.86%

13

Ronald E.   “Ron” Paul

115,778

11.62%

0

Newton Leroy “Newt” Gingrich

65,007

6.53%

0

Available

2

Totals

996,156

100.00%

30

Source: The Green Papers, 2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses and   Conventions.http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/MI-R*Michigan would have had a total of  59 delegates consisting of 42 congressional district delegates, 10   at-large delegates, 3 party leader delegates and 4 bonus delegates.   However, the state rescheduled the state primary to Feb. 28 and under the   Rules of the Republican Party forfeited 50 percent of its delegates. Also, the three state party leader delegates attend the national convention as guests.
On Feb. 28 the voters of Arizona voted in an open primary.

Results for Arizona Republican Primary

U.S.   Presidential Feb. 28, 2012

Candidate

Popular Vote

Percentage

Delegates*

Willard   “Mitt” Romney

216,805

47.27%

29

Richard J.   “Rick” Santorum

122,088

26.62%

0

Newton Leroy   “Newt” Gingrich

74,110

16.66%

0

Ronald E.   “Ron” Paul

38,753

8.45%

0

Totals

458,681

100.00%

50

Source: The Green Papers, 2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses and   Conventions.http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/AZ-R#0228*Arizona would have had a total of 58 delegates consisting of 27 congressional district delegates, 10 at-large delegates, 3 party leader delegates and 18 bonus delegates.   However, the state rescheduled the state primary to Jan. 22 and under the   Rules of the Republican Party forfeited 50 percent of its delegates. Also, the three state party leader delegates attend the national convention as guests.

From Feb.3-11 the voters of Maine voted in a closed causus.

Results for Maine Republican Caucus

U.S.   Presidential Feb. 11, 2012

Candidate

Popular Vote

Percentage

Delegates*

Willard   “Mitt” Romney

2,190

39.64%

8

Ronald E.   “Ron” Paul

1,996

36.13%

8

Richard J.   “Rick” Santorum

989

17.90%

4

Newton Leroy “Newt” Gingrich

349

6.32%

1

Available

3

Totals

5,585

100.00%

24

Source: The Green Papers, 2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses and Conventions.

http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/ME-R#0211

*Maine has a total of 24 delegates consisting of 6 congressional district delegates, 10 at-large delegates, 3 party leader delegates and 5 bonus delegates. The 24 National Convention delegates are not bound to the candidate.

On Feb. 7 the voters of Minnesota voted in a closed causus.

Results for Minnesota Republican Caucus

U.S.   Presidential Feb. 7, 2012

Candidate

Popular Vote

Percentage

Delegates*

Richard J.   “Rick” Santorum

21,436

44.81%

17

Ronald E.   “Ron” Paul

13,030

27.24%

10

Willard   “Mitt” Romney

8,096

16.92%

6

Newton Leroy “Newt” Gingrich

5,134

10.73%

4

Available

3

Totals

47,836

100.00%

40

Source: The Green Papers, 2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses and Conventions.

http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/MN-R#0207

*Minnesota has a total of 40 delegates consisting of 24 congressional district delegates, 10 at-large delegates, 3 party leader delegates and 3 bonus delegates. The 40 National Convention delegates are proportionally bound to Presidential candidates based on the caucus vote.

On Feb. 7 the voters of Colorado voted in a closed causus.

Results for Colorado Republican Caucus

U.S.   Presidential Feb. 7, 2012

Candidate

Popular Vote

Percentage

Delegates*

Richard J.   “Rick” Santorum

26,372

40.24%

13

Willard   “Mitt” Romney

22,875

43.91%

12

Newton Leroy   “Newt” Gingrich

8,394

12.81%

4

Ronald E.   “Ron” Paul

7,713

11.77%

4

Available

3

Totals

32,961

100.00%

36

Source: The Green Papers, 2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses and Conventions.

http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/CO-R#0207

*Colorado has a total of 36 delegates consisting of 21 congressional district delegates, 10 at-large delegates, 3 party leader delegates and 2 bonus delegates. The 36 National Convention delegates are are not bound to Presidential candidates.

On Feb.5 the voters of Nevada voted in the second closed causus state.

Results for Nevada Republican Primary

U.S.   Presidential Feb. 7, 2012

Candidate

Popular Vote

Percentage

Delegates*

Willard   “Mitt” Romney

16,486

50.02%

14

Newton Leroy   “Newt” Gingrich

6,956

21.10%

6

Ronald E.   “Ron” Paul

6,175

18.73%

5

Richard J.   “Rick” Santorum

3,277

9.94%

3

Totals

32,961

100.00%

28

Source: The Green Papers, 2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses and   Conventions.

http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/NV-R#0204

*Nevada has a total of 28 delegates consisting of 12 congressional district delegates, 10 at-large delegates, 3 party leader delegates and 3 bonus delegates. The 28 National Convention delegates are proportionally bounf to Presidential candidates based on the caucus vote.

On Jan. 31 the voters of Florida voted in the first closed primary state where the candidate with the most votes statewide receives all of the state’s 50 delegates. Romney won and received all Florida’s 50 delegates.

Results for Florida Republican Primary

U.S.   Presidential Jan. 31, 2012

Candidate

Popular Vote

Percentage

Delegates*

Willard   “Mitt” Romney

774,989

46.42%

50

Newton Leroy   “Newt” Gingrich

533,091

31.93%

0

Richard J.   “Rick” Santorum

222,790

13.34%

0

Ronald E.   “Ron” Paul

117,100

7.01%

0

Totals

1,669,585

100.00%

50

Source: The Green Papers, 2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses and Conventions.

http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/FL-R

*Florida would have had a total of   99 delegates consisting of 21 congressional district delegates, 10   at-large delegates, 3 party leader delegates and 16 bonus delegates.   However, the state rescheduled the state primary to Jan. 22 and under the   Rules of the Republican Party forfeited 50 percent of its delegates. Also,   the three state party leader delegates attend the national convention as   guests.

On Jan. 21 the voters of South Carolina voted in the second open primary state where the candidate with the most votes statewide receives 11 delegates and the winner in each congressional district receives two delegates. Gingrich won statewide and received 11 delegates and won six congressional districts for additional 12 delegates for a total of 23 delegates. Romney won one congressional district and received two delegates.

Results for South Carolina Republican Primary

U.S.   Presidential Jan. 21, 2012

Candidate

Popular Vote

Percentage

Delegates*

Newton Leroy   “Newt” Gingrich

244,113

40.43%

23

Willard   “Mitt” Romney

168,152

27.85%

2

Richard J.   “Rick” Santorum

102,482

16.97%

0

Ronald E.   “Ron” Paul

78,362

12.98%

0

Herman Cain

6,338

1.05%

0

James Richard   “Rick” Perry

2,534

0.42%

0

Jon M.   Huntsman, Jr.

1,173

0.19%

0

Michele   M. Bachmann

491

0.03%

0

Totals

603,856

100.00%

25

Source: The Green Papers, 2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses and   Conventions.     http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/SC-R

*South Carolina would have had a   total of 50 delegates consisting of 21 congressional district delegates,   10 at-large delegates, 3 party leader delegates and 16 bonus delegates.   However, the state rescheduled the state primary to Jan. 22 and under   the Rules of the Republican Party forfeited 50 percent of its delegates.   Also, the three state party leader delegates attend the national convention   as guests.

On Jan 10 the voters of New Hampshire voted in the first state primary where the states 12 delegates were bound proportionally to presidential contenders based on the primary vote statewide.

Results for New Hampshire Republican Primary

U.S.   Presidential Jan. 10, 2012

Candidate

Popular   Vote

Percentage

Delegates*

Willard   “Mitt” Romney

97,591

39.28%

7

Ronald   E. “Ron” Paul

56,872

22.89%

3

Jon M.   Huntsman, Jr.

41,964

16.89%

2

Newton Leroy “Newt” Gingrich

23,421

9.43%

0

Richard   J. “Rick” Santorum

23,405

9.42%

0

James   Richard “Rick” Perry

1,764

.71%

0

Michele   M. Bachmann

350

.14%

0

Available

3

Totals

248,448

100.00%

15

Source: The Green Papers, 2012   Presidential Primaries, Caucuses and Conventions.       http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/NH-R

*New Hampshire  would have had a total of 23 delegates consisting of six district delegates,   10 at-large delegates, three party leader delegates and four bonus delegates.   However, the state rescheduled the state primary to Jan. 10 and under the   rules of the Republican Party forfeited 50 percent of its delegates. Also,   the three state party leader delegates attend the national convention as   nonvoting delegates.

On Jan. 3 the voters of Iowa met in 1,774 precinct caucuses to vote for their choice for the Republican presidential candidate by electing delegates to their county conventions.  The 99 county conventions then select delegates to the Iowa Congressional District Convention and the State Convention on June 12. This convention determines the delegates to the Republican National Convention. In 2012 Iowa will send 28 delegates to the nominating convention including 10 at-large, 12 for the four congressional districts (three per district), three party and three bonus. However, unlike other states where delegates are usually bound for the first vote, Iowa delegates are soft-pledged or not bound to vote for a particular candidate.

Results for Iowa   Republican Caucus

U.S. Presidential Jan. 03, 2012

Candidate

Popular Vote

Percentage

Delegates*

Richard J. “Rick” Santorum

29,839

24.56%

6

Willard “Mitt” Romney

29,805

24.53%

6

Ronald E. “Ron” Paul

26,036

21.43%

6

Newton Leroy “Newt” Gingrich

16,163

13.30%

4

Richard J. “Rick” Perry

12,557

10.33%

3

Michele M. Bachmann

6,046

4.98%

0

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

739

0.61%

0

Available

3

Totals 

121,501

100.000%

28

Source: The Green Papers, 2012   Presidential Primaries, Caucuses and Conventions. http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/IA-R   

*Iowa has a total of 28 delegates   consisting of 12 district delegates, 10 at-large delegates, three party   leader delegates and three bonus delegates. The 25 non- party leader   delegates were allocated to the candidates with more than five percent of the   popular vote. This is an estimate that will change by the time the state   convention meets.

On Super Tuesday, March 6, the greatest number of states hold their primary and caucus elections with the greatest number of national convention delegates, 437, elected on a single date. There are seven primary states–Georgia, Massachusetts, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia; and three caucus states–Alaska, Idaho and North Dakota holding elections on this date.

A firm date for the Texas open primary is still awaiting a federal court decision by a three-judge panel in San Antonio approving Texas voting maps. The primary will most likely take place on May 29 for 155 delegates.

 [Raymond Thomas Pronk is host of the Pronk Pops Show on KDUX web radio from 3-5 p.m. Wednesdays and author of the companion blog www.pronkpops.wordpress.com]

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Thanksgiving Proclamations–Presidents Washington and Lincoln

Posted on November 27, 2008. Filed under: Blogroll, Communications, Education, Life, People, Quotations, Religion | Tags: , , , , |

 Happy Thanksgiving

 

Washington & Lincolns Thanksgiving Day Proclamations

 

Thanksgiving 1863

 

General Thanksgiving

By the PRESIDENT of the United States Of America

A PROCLAMATION

 

 


 

 

WHEREAS it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favour; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a DAY OF PUBLICK THANKSGIVING and PRAYER, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:”

NOW THEREFORE, I do recommend and assign THURSDAY, the TWENTY-SIXTH DAY of NOVEMBER next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed;– for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish Constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted;– for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge;– and, in general, for all the great and various favours which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also, that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions;– to enable us all, whether in publick or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us); and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

GIVEN under my hand, at the city of New-York, the third day of October, in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine.

(signed) G. Washington

 

Lincolns Thanksgiving Day Proclamation

The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften the heart which is habitually insensible to the everwatchful providence of almighty God.

In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign states to invite and provoke their aggressions, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere, except in the theater of military conflict; while that theater has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union.

Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defense have not arrested the plow, the shuttle, or the ship; the ax has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege, and the battlefield, and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom.

No human counsel hath devised, nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the most high God, who while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.

It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American people. I do, therefore, invite my fellow-citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens. And I recommend to them that, while offering up the ascriptions justly due to him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners, or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the almighty hand to heal the wounds of the nation, and to restore it, as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes, to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity, and union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United Stated States to be affixed.

PRESIDENT LINCOLN’S THANKSGIVING DAY PROCLAMATION, OCTOBER 3, 1863.

 

The Real Story of Thanksgiving  

RUSH: Now, the real story of Thanksgiving: “On August 1, 1620, the Mayflower set sail. It carried a total of 102 passengers, including forty Pilgrims led by William Bradford. On the journey, Bradford set up an agreement, a contract, that established just and equal laws for all members of the new community, irrespective of their religious beliefs. Where did the revolutionary ideas expressed in the Mayflower Compact come from? From the Bible,” and this is what’s not taught. This is what’s left out. “The Pilgrims were a people completely steeped in the lessons of the Old and New Testaments. They looked to the ancient Israelites for their example. And, because of the biblical precedents set forth in Scripture, they never doubted that their experiment would work. But this was no pleasure cruise, friends. The journey to the New World was a long and arduous one. And when the Pilgrims landed in New England in November, they found, according to Bradford’s detailed journal, a cold, barren, desolate wilderness. There were no friends to greet them, he wrote. There were no houses to shelter them. There were no inns where they could refresh themselves. And the sacrifice they had made for freedom was just beginning. During the first winter, half the Pilgrims — including Bradford’s own wife — died of either starvation, sickness, or exposure.

 

“When spring finally came, Indians taught the settlers how to plant corn, fish for cod and skin beavers for coats. Life improved for the Pilgrims, but they did not yet prosper! This is important to understand because this is where modern American history lessons often end. Thanksgiving is actually explained in some textbooks as a holiday for which the Pilgrims gave thanks to the Indians for saving their lives, rather than as a devout expression of gratitude grounded in the tradition of both the Old and New Testaments. Here is the part that has been omitted: The original contract the Pilgrims had entered into with their merchant-sponsors in London called for everything they produced to go into a common store, and each member of the community was entitled to one common share. All of the land they cleared and the houses they built belong to the community as well.” They were collectivists! Now, “Bradford, who had become the new governor of the colony, recognized that this form of collectivism was as costly and destructive to the Pilgrims as that first harsh winter, which had taken so many lives.

“He decided to take bold action. Bradford assigned a plot of land to each family to work and manage, thus turning loose the power of the marketplace. … Long before Karl Marx was even born, the Pilgrims had discovered and experimented with what could only be described as socialism. And what happened? It didn’t work! Surprise, surprise, huh? What Bradford and his community found was that the most creative and industrious people had no incentive to work any harder than anyone else, unless they could utilize the power of personal motivation!  But while most of the rest of the world has been experimenting with socialism for well over a hundred years — trying to refine it, perfect it, and re-invent it — the Pilgrims decided early on to scrap it permanently. What Bradford wrote about this social experiment should be in every schoolchild’s history lesson,” every kid gets. “If it were, we might prevent much needless suffering in the future.” Here’s what he wrote: “‘The experience that we had in this common course and condition, tried sundry years…that by taking away property, and bringing community into a common wealth, would make them happy and flourishing — as if they were wiser than God,’ Bradford wrote.

“‘For this community [so far as it was] was found to breed much confusion and discontent, and retard much employment that would have been to their benefit and comfort. For young men that were most able and fit for labor and service did repine that they should spend their time and strength to work for other men’s wives and children without any recompense…that was thought injustice.'” That was thought injustice. “Do you hear what he was saying, ladies and gentlemen? The Pilgrims found that people could not be expected to do their best work without incentive. So what did Bradford’s community try next? They unharnessed the power of good old free enterprise by invoking the undergirding capitalistic principle of private property. Every family was assigned its own plot of land to work and permitted to market its own crops and products. And what was the result?” ‘This had very good success,’ wrote Bradford, “for it made all hands industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been.” Bradford doesn’t sound like much of a Clintonite, does he? Is it possible that supply-side economics could have existed before the 1980s? … In no time, the Pilgrims found they had more food than they could eat themselves. … So they set up trading posts and exchanged goods with the Indians.

 
“The profits allowed them to pay off their debts to the merchants in London. And the success and prosperity of the Plymouth settlement attracted more Europeans and began what came to be known as the ‘Great Puritan Migration.'” Now, aside from this program, have you heard this before? Is this “being taught to children — and if not, why not? I mean, is there a more important lesson one could derive from the Pilgrim experience than this?” What if Bill and Hillary Clinton had been exposed to these lessons in school? Do you realize what we face in next year’s election is the equivalent of people who want to set up these original collectivists communes that didn’t work, with nobody having incentive to do anything except get on the government dole somehow because the people running the government want that kind of power.  So the Pilgrims decided to thank God for all of their good fortune.  And that’s Thanksgiving.  And read George Washington’s first Thanksgiving address and count the number of times God is mentioned and how many times he’s thanked.  None of this is taught today.  It should be.  Have a happy Thanksgiving, folks.  You deserve it.  Do what you can to be happy, and especially do what you can to be thankful, because in this country you have more reasons than you’ve ever stopped to consider.

 

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