Several supporters of Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) sustained injuries while being arrested during the Louisiana Republican Party’s state convention over the weekend, in a conflict that engulfed the meeting after Paul’s supporters overwhelmed other delegates and voted in new leadership, only to be ignored.
So now there are two entirely different sets of delegates, one selected by the Ron Paul alternative convention and one selected by the regular convention, and there’s going to be a big fight over which ones will actually represent the party in Tampa. A similar problem is going on in Nevada, where the RNC has threatened to block the entire state delegation from the national convention after Paul supporters took it over.
I think overall, the best thing for American politics would be to abolish the two-party system. It’s just ludicrous to think that two parties is sufficient to best represent such a wide range of people that we have in this country, and only serves to divide us in purely-artificial ways. Of course, the two parties are the only ones who could make such a change, so it’s just as ludicrous to think that it would ever happen in our lifetimes. Still, this story goes to show that it is something this country desperately needs.
And no, I do not think bi-partisan politics is the same thing.