There have been many heated discussions on C4P as of late, and unfortunately, many readers are not on the same page as we all once were. No, that all changed on October 5th, 2011.
For those of you who have forgotten, Governor Palin stated the following on that day:
After much prayer and serious consideration, I have decided that I will not be seeking the 2012 GOP nomination for President of the United States. As always, my family comes first and obviously Todd and I put great consideration into family life before making this decision. When we serve, we devote ourselves to God, family and country. My decision maintains this order.
My decision is based upon a review of what common sense Conservatives and Independents have accomplished, especially over the last year. I believe that at this time I can be more effective in a decisive role to help elect other true public servants to office – from the nation’s governors to Congressional seats and the Presidency. We need to continue to actively and aggressively help those who will stop the “fundamental transformation” of our nation and instead seek the restoration of our greatness, our goodness and our constitutional republic based on the rule of law.
From the bottom of my heart I thank those who have supported me and defended my record throughout the years, and encouraged me to run for President. Know that by working together we can bring this country back – and as I’ve always said, one doesn’t need a title to help do it.
I will continue driving the discussion for freedom and free markets, including in the race for President where our candidates must embrace immediate action toward energy independence through domestic resource developments of conventional energy sources, along with renewables. We must reduce tax burdens and onerous regulations that kill American industry, and our candidates must always push to minimize government to strengthen the economy and allow the private sector to create jobs.
Those will be our priorities so Americans can be confident that a smaller, smarter government that is truly of the people, by the people, and for the people can better serve this most exceptional nation.
She decided that she wasn’t running for President, she wrote it out for everyone to read… But some in our ranks never fully accepted this. They searched for answers that somehow still included Governor Palin seeking office, even though she clearly stated that she did not think this was her time to do so.
First, they began as the “reconsider” movement, which later turned into the “Earthquake” movement. At this time, they have websites, Facebook pages, raise money, and post continuously on pro-Palin forums. What began as political theory, has morphed into organized political conspiracy theory. And anytime you have conspiracy theories dominating the comment boards on your website, you have a problem. C4P has a problem.
I have told the people who push these theories on our site, that I do not choose to get into endless battle of semantics with them, and I meant that. This is because I do not accept their premise at all. To believe that Governor Palin has some sort of secret plan to steal the nomination from Mitt Romney, based on things she said in the past (much before October 5th) is out-of-touch with current day reality.
There is no mathematical way that Governor Palin could get the nomination this year. She has no delegates. Mitt Romney has enough delegates to take it. He currently has 1,473, while only needing 1,144 to win. People looking to Ron Paul delegates for assistance to knock Mitt out of the race, need to consider that Ron Paul’s has conceded and has asked his supporters to be “respectful” in Tampa.
A Ron Paul supporter I follow on Twitter asked:
Good question, because it isn’t possible.
Now, you may not like this reality, but it is reality. I don’t like it. Anyone who knows me, knows how I feel about Mitt Romney. I am not a fan, but I do recognize the fact that he will be representing the GOP ticket in 2012, not Governor Palin.
Some however, are ignoring this reality, spinning Governor Palin’s words, and currently building a case against Governor Palin’s character on our forum. That is not going to be tolerated on C4P any longer. To insinuate that Governor Palin will lose her credibility if she doesn’t do what people (who cherry-pick her words) want her to do, is indeed building a case for the future. And the future clearly tells us that what these people want to happen, isn’t going to happen, so this only has one way to go.
Conservatives4Palin has given its readers the Open Thread forum for a free flow of communication. We have allowed free-thinking, free posting, free arguing, and now that free movement has turned to poison. It’s shapes one side versus the other, and is breeding intolerance towards everyone. It is hard to look at, and it’s chasing good people away. Do we really want to chase away people who believe in what Governor Palin stands for?
Governor Palin wrote in her October 5th statement what our priorities should be. Bickering at each other, and floating impossible conspiracies theories weren’t listed. We, her supporters owe Governor Palin a more responsible dialog. We should be helping candidates she has endorsed, and fighting for better, smaller government in our communities. We should be watching the media, and blowing holes through their false narratives. Productive things! Also, this site has her name on it, show some respect and try hard to act like adults, please.
Now, many are wondering what I meant when I said we will be taking “measures” to get a handle on this situation, on the last Open Thread.
Here’s the deal: No longer will you be permitted to post “Earthquake” conspiracy theories on C4p. We will NOT ban you for doing so, however, your post will be deleted. Once the “credibility” threshold had been passed, you left us with no option. Zero tolerance for this, by the way. Enough is enough.
Also, people watch the name-calling please. I don’t care what point you are trying to make, you make less of one when you get nasty.
Just know that we appreciate our readers, and that this isn’t personal in the least. We have to take steps towards restoring civility on C4P, and reality is the best place to start.