This could be big news for the Ron Paul/liberty movement. A few weeks ago, we heard that delegates to the Republican National Convention might be unbound, citing RNC Rule 38. If you need to catch up on the concept of delegate binding and this story, Ben Swan did a good report on it:

There is still debate as to whether the Unit Rule and Rule 38 come into play  and how and where it would be applied, but the entire discussion may have just been superseded by a (re)discovery in the US Code prohibiting anyone from coercing voters (here delegates) to vote for a specific nominee. (Thanks to matlarson10 on YouTube for bringing this to my attention.)

As we should all remember now, laws supersede rules. The law in question here is  “42 USC 1971 – Sec. 1971. Voting rights“. The statement of particular interest is the following in Section (3)(B):

No person, whether acting under color of law or otherwise, shall intimidate, threaten, coerce, or attempt to intimidate, threaten, or coerce any other person for the purpose of interfering with the right of such other person to vote or to vote as he may choose, or of causing such other person to vote for, or not to vote for, any candidate for the office of President[…] at any general, special, or primary election held solely or in part for the purpose of selecting or electing any such candidate.

The Republican National Convention is an election of candidates for the office of President, held partly for the purpose of electing such a candidate (and partly for defining the party platform, etc.). So it would seem out of order for the RNC to make any attempt to bind any delegates to any candidate at any level or at any point in the process.

To reiterate: laws supersede rules every time and if you become a National Delegate, you can and will go to Tampa to vote your conscience!

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