The various reports of 2012 state GOP conventions — with the institutional establishment doing whatever it takes to prevent the Ron Paul delegates from having any significant voice in the direction of the party — is not new. The same corrupt games were played in 2008, with convention rules being changed on the spot, efforts to adjourn before the agenda had been completed, and other violations of the most basic procedures long applicable in formal meetings. I wrote of this in June, 2008, following my observing the Minnesota state convention. The same song-and-dance occurred: "John McCain is the Republican nominee; let's get behind him and stop all this debating." The GOP is self-destructing, no longer pretending to be a voice for anything but the right-wing of the corporate-state party's bird of prey.