Some Ron Paul supporters not following principles of a republic

by Lea Williams

It is essential to such a [republic] government, that it be derived from the great body of the society, not from an inconsiderable proportion ~ James Madison

We are a Republic

Have we forgotten who we are? Our forefathers spent much time researching all the different types of governments and understood the flaws and strengths of each. By the time of the writing of the Constitution, the American people had jelled around a republic. In the Federalist Papers where James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and John Jay were trying to convince the American people that the Constitution should be ratified, James Madison wrote:

The question that offers itself is, whether the general form and aspect of the government be strictly republican? It is evident that no other form would be reconcilable with the genius of the people of America: with the fundamental principles of the revolution; or with the honorable determination, which animates every votary of freedom to rest all our political experiment on the capacity of mankind for self-government. If the plan of the Convention therefore be found to depart from the republican character, its advocates must abandon it as no longer defensible.

In simple terms if it wasn’t republican then there was no point in trying to convince people to accept it. So what does it mean to be a republic? James Madison, even in his time, understood it meant different things to different people. And some countries that called themselves a republic were not republican. So Madison defined what America saw a republic to be:

If we resort for a criterion to the different principles on which different forms of government are established, we may define a republic to be, or at least may bestow that name on, a government which derives all it powers directly or indirectly from the great body of the people; and is administered by persons holding their offices during pleasure, for a limited period, or during good behavior. It is essential to such a government, that it be derived from the great body of the society, not from an inconsiderable proportion, not a favored class of it; otherwise a handful of tyrannical nobles, exercising their oppressions by a delegation of their powers, might aspire to the rank of republicans, and claim for their government the honorable title of republic.

You can replace nobles with any group of people – socialists, Christians, secular humanists, libertarians, etc. If there is a small group of people (it does not matter the group), who force their views on the society – who instead of persuading the people that their way is superior, game the system to gain power, then we are no longer a republic. Our freedoms are based on allowing the free flow of ideas. When we close our minds to listening we all lose.

There is a small group in the Republican Party who has been trying to game the system. Take a look at the instructions given to Alaska Ron Paul delegates and alternates:

We vote as a block and never deviate from the voting instructions dispensed by our command center. On every vote, we vote together. We will be informing you via text message on how you need to vote on every vote that comes up. The Santorum, Gingrich, and Romney supporters will be splitting their votes because they will not be communicating with each other like we will be doing. Our internal numbers show that if Santorum, Gingrich, and Romney delegates vote as a block they have a majority at the state convention, So it is absolutely crucial we use whatever tactics necessary to promote division and confusion amongst their supporters. We promote confusion and division by: a) gaining the trust of our opponents’ supporters and taking advantage of their ignorance so that we can gain control of them….. b) deception and misinformation – use any means necessary to divide and conquer our opponents….

We had about 15 of these people elected in Oregon. If this is what Ron Paul stands for, it is very sad. For those of you who have been a follower of Ron Paul, is this the kind of America you want? One ruled by tyrants? If Ron Paul’s ways are truly the best for America, can you not convince the people by honest debate and truth? The truth sets people free – not lies and deception.

So what is a republican form of Government? It is a government that has freedom of speech, where we listen to everyone, try to persuade those who disagree with us why they are wrong and convince them that what we believe is true and right. We do not silence those who have a stronger and better argument and at the end of the day we let the majority opinion rule. As precinct committee people we are to represent our precinct. When we send people to the national convention they should be representing the majority of the people in the district we represent. You can look at the votes in your precinct and know who you should be sending to the convention. Those who are going to the convention should be voting for the candidate the people in Oregon voted for.

If we lose our republic, we lose our Freedom!

Lea Williams is the Washington County Republican Precinct Chair and a Delegate to the State Central Committee

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  • Rebecca

    Fake. The “letter” is a fake. Did you even read the article you linked in your blog post?

  • Ron Paul2012

    Boy these establishment types sure are desperate to keep the status quo!

    Sounds more like Romney’s clan and the RNC!

  • TheGreatCornholio

    The nobles have already taken over the republic. That’s how it’s been for the past couple of decades. Other than playing their game and taking the reins from within, the only other recourse is a repeat of the late 1700s if real change is to be instated. Personally, I prefer the quiet method.

  • Supernevadasmith

    I am honestly not acquainted with these exact particulars, but in The Ron Paul supporter’s defense : If they had felt that they were already in an unfair delegate battle or “war”, with say Romney’s people, is this conduct not justified ?

  • RP_MI_RNC_Delegate

    Equating the Ron Paul activist at a state convention to Nobles referenced by Mr. Madison is irrational. The Ron Paul activist are merely organized and disciplined. The Pre-reform Republican establishment elite are the Nobles attempting to serve up another nominee too similar to the ways of the Democratic party so nothing changes in Washington and Wall Street is happy with more unsustainable spending. It is the Pre-reform Republican establishment’s current elected officials that is too worried about their own reelection, rather than nominating a President that is best for our nation and our planet’s peace, sovereignty, and prosperity. The Nobles argument is null and void as the general public gets the opportunity vote for the next President in November. The general public would embrace a healthy debate with a factual Dr. Paul and an articulate President Obama. With the recent passing of the Fed Audit in the House, we see the first of many Libertarian shifts in the Republican Party platform, constituents, and its base. American needs the Ron Paul movement more than ever. As Ron Paul said, “An idea whose time has come cannot be stopped by any army or any government.” The Ron Paul supporters are merely making the most of the rules afforded by the delegate process. Ron Paul campaign can’t and won’t rely on the mass media reporting nor corrupt Wall Street for funding. Ron Paul’s activists must leverage what they have, intelligent, informed followers ready to lead and do the leg-work of a grassroots campaign… of the people, by the people, for the people.

  • thinkingcloud

    With the exception of a few, almost the entirety of our federal government has abandoned the constitution. Our press has been taken over by the nobles, and they essentially choose our presidents with the information and spin they give to everything. Even back in late 2011, the mainstream media was saying that Romney was “the one most likely to beat Obama” and with that, he’s in.

    I’m all for listening and open conversation on the issues, but when the masses are diametrically opposed to a constitutional form of government, it’s time to take it back.

  • Shane Young

    It is truly discouraging, as a young voter who was saw hope in aligning himself with the Republican Party, to read something like this that equates a small group of Ron Paul supporters to Ron Paul himself and, more importantly, his ideas. Its even more discouraging when the arguments used are based off a letter that has been proven to have nothing to do with the actual Paul campaign. I, however, unlike the way that some Republicans act towards Paul, don’t want to extend this point of view to all, or even the majority, of Republicans, but it is nevertheless sad that Oregon Catalyst chooses to post articles based on things that are proven to be false. You will not get any support in the 2012 presidential elections by acting like the very thing you’re criticizing.

    Aside from this, I do find the claim, “…and at the end of the day, we let the majority opinion rule” to be odd. It’s a bit ironic that the very Republic that the writer of this “article” speaks of was built *because* of the fact that the majority opinion in England was unjust (it should also be noted that many of the founding fathers who brought this nation into being, went on to support slavery, unequal rights for women and children, laws that made it illegal to criticize the government and huge executive powers that made things like the Louisiana Purchase possible….so we shouldn’t think that whatever they said years ago is morally justified today). If today, 9 out of 10 people vote on robbing the one who didn’t agree, are we to simply “let the majority opinion rule?” Of course, not! Why? Because there are ideas that are much more fundamental than the Constitution or notions of a Republic, namely individual rights, and this has been Dr. Paul’s message all along.

    In Dr. Paul’s America it is not tyrants, nor “the majority opinion” that rules, its the individual and her/his right to self and right to property. Nothing else.

    (As a side note, if the “majority opinion” really did rule, shouldn’t of Al Gore been our 43rd President? Or does the majority opinion only apply when useful?)

  • That email was sent by an anti Ron Paul site that has a facebook page dedicated to that very purpose (being anti Ron Paul) It was debunked long ago. Fact check, much?

  • Ron Glynn

    I am the Josephine County’s Delegate to the Republican State Central Committee. Since 1992, I have been on the State Central Committee nearly for a total of nearly 14 years. I have been a Republican political activist since 1990 when I was first elected a PCP in Multnomah County. Due to my activism, I have observed the dynamics of the Republican Party, both good and bad. Personally, I have made my share of mistakes and used poor judgment at times while being involved in Republican politics. However, I try to learn from my mistakes and also the mistakes of others.
    I am also the PCP coordinator for our Central Committee. Due to my past activities, I know Republicans around Oregon. Prior to the conventions, I received a call from a prominent Republican I know. I was asked if the “Paulites” were going to cause trouble at the conventions which would could result in our delegation not being seated at the National Convention. I told the caller that I no longer participate in labeling Republicans as it is discriminatory and counter-productive. I knew PCPs in my country who supported Ron Paul and they are all good Republicans. I support the right of all Republicans to participate in our Party activities without trying to reduce them to a lesser status by calling them names like “Paulbots”, “Mittwits, “Paultards” or “Romneyiacts.” Yes, it cuts both ways.
    The piece written by Lea Williams does not help us as a Party. I call upon on all Republicans of good will to stop this kind of divisive activity. We must now concentrate on Party Unity in order to work as a strong team to elect our candidates. We have too much to lose!

    • joe035

      Well said! Lies & deceit have no place in ORP leadership. We need to be better then those we oppose, but it can wait until Obama is gone.

  • What Ron Paul’s supporters were (are) trying to do is more like a revolution and I applaud them whole heartedly. Debating is for later when sane people are in government and we need to find reasonable solutions for problems. Right now the government is THE problem. The media is A problem.

    • joe035

      This lady along with Allen Alley lied to everyone attending the conventions. They are now trying to use conservative media to spin the reality of their fraudulent behaviors at the conventions. It is no wonder we keep getting choices like Romney & McCain these people are no better then Progressives.

  • Ozymandius

    How to talk to a Ron Paul supporter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EQSOwgWG1c

    • joe035

      An understanding of integrity & honesty works best unfrotunately the ORP leadership seems bankrupt of that!

  • gop election of delegates is mainly carried out by registered republicans so the whole process dose not agree with your definition of a republic, these are simply elections held by a club ( the republican party) and its members.
    The definition of a republic is : the rule of law
    The definition of a democracy is : the rule of the majority
    so it is only essential that a democracy goverment is derived from ‘the great body of society’ the great body can then persercute minority groups as it pleases because, after all ‘the great body’ agrees with it.
    youve already lost your freedoms, you are a democracy!
    when was the last time a president mentioned republic? when was the last time a president mentioned democracy?
    why dont you look at the crap that the romney people are trying to pull?

  • nunyabizness71

    …then we are no longer a republic. Our freedoms are based on allowing the free flow of ideas. When we close our minds to listening we all lose.”

    That train left the station a long time ago… Politicians have spent the last 80 – 100 years convincing us and the world we have a democracy and how good it is.

  • mnolan13

    We are not just a “republic” we are a Constitutional Republic ~ there is a difference.
    Republican party hacks are more interested in vacating the Constitution than the liberals these days. Everything that folks like Lea here want to do demands that our Constitution either be ignored, or accompanied with a mile high stack of case law to justify.
    Ms. Williams: there is a party that believes in a living breathing Constitution that isn’t worth the hemp it is written on ~ and that is the Democrats. You should join them.

  • Hey, Lea – can you provide me links to articles you did when CNN, ABC, Fox, and NBC were refusing to cover Dr. Paul? When he was left out of the Fox debate in NH, even as lesser candidates were invited? When polling companies left his name off of the poll? When Romney’s people were stuffing the ballot box at other state conventions? How about the debate where they turned off his earphone and tried to make out like he was too old because he didn’t hear the other answers?
    I’m reminded of Nelson Mandela’s answer to P.W. Botha when Botha said he’d release Mandela if Mandela renounced violence as a means to oppose apartheid. He said, “You first”.
    How about the article you undoubtedly have written recently about the Commission on Presidential debates requiring that Gary Johnson get 15% in polls – which refuse to carry his name – in order to get into the debates?
    I look forward to those links.

  • Stupified

    Lea –

    Are you an imbecile? Ron Paul and his minions are not the enemy. Obama is the enemy. The primary is over, why are you still fighting it? Did some Ron Paul supporter look at you funny or not show you the respect due your august position as
    Washington County Republican Precinct Chair? What, exactly, is your problem?

  • Principles? The GOP is a bunch of thugs! The GOP had Ron Paul supporters arrested and bones broken, in Louisiana for winning. Where were the principles there? And, that is only one incident, this has been going on across the country. And, then the media calls Ron Paul supporters “insurgents.” What a crock! https://youtu.be/rvS2DYoAF_4

  • I think Lea’s piece here in many ways reflects what the Oregon Republican Party has descended into under Allen Alley’s leadership. I am actually sick of writing about this, and would prefer to spend my spare time volunteering for Tom Cox’s campaign for Oregon Treasurer.

    Lea quotes from a FORGED message purported to be sent to “Ron Paul” supporters in Alaska. It has been exposed as a hoax long ago, but continues to be used to defame a growing caucus within the Republican Party. The Republican Liberty Caucus of Oregon is so open sourced, it is easy to intercept their open communication on Facebook. Why continue warning about the Alaskans? Perhaps it is because when the ORP held its district conventions last month, these folks did not behave the way the rumors spread about them predicted. The RLC simply showed up, were well behaved, and voted. That is what a republican form of government is all about: groups organizing, turning out, and voting.

    The only thing they did wrong was win. “Gaming the system” has become a code word for simply having more votes than the establishment’s slate. Perhaps a better definition of gaming the system would be the abuse of power by the ORP leadership to suddenly have trouble counting the votes and sharing them with each convention so that the alternates would not have been voted on by 5pm, and then illegally shutting down the conventions before they could finish their voting so the ORP executive committee could appoint its slate. What more resembles the tyrrany of a nobility?

    I think it is particularly illuminating that James Madison is being quoted here regarding a republican form of government. This particular quote is his contrasting it with both aristocracy and monarchy. Perhaps Lea should quote his other passages that contrast a republican form of government with democracy. I cannot help but speculate this is a response to my calling Jeff Smith out on his progressive arguments he made suggesting that the delegates going to the convention should subordinate their own representation to the general will of the people. It’s not so much that I was accusing him of actually being a progressive. There are many fine progressives out there, many of whom leave very thoughtful comments here under our articles at the Catalyst.

    No, the problem with many ORP leaders these days is that they don’t believe in much of anything beyond their own defense of their personal status. When they lose elections for internal party positions, it must necessarily be nothing more than mischief. They spread rumors that it is all being funded by George Soros, because they cannot fathom how a grass roots movement could be motivated by passionate belief in a cause prompting people to volunteer so much of their time. The ORP leadership is more accustomed to fundraising that pays more for consultants and TV ads than inspiring mass volunteerism.

    And yet, to get back to that Madison quote, it included the essence of that generation of Americans’ understanding of a republican form of government that “is administered by persons holding their offices during pleasure, for a limited period” leading as representatives, not following the fleeting passions of the population. To prevent the concentration of power, they are held accountable in an election. Between those elections they lead.

    This has become an issue, because after the claims that these delegates did not intend to live up to their pledge was shown to be nothing more than slander, a new argument has emerged, that somehow they do not represent the values of Oregon Republicans. I find this ironic since of all the people who don’t represent the values of Oregon Republicans, none fits that bill more than pro-choice Allen Alley whose only experience in government is helping our past two Democratic governors waste taxpayers money on alternative energy projects, silly transportation ideas that prioritize everything except mobility, and other forms of central planning of our economy. If there is anyone whom George Soros should fund, it’s Alley and the executive committee of the ORP that stands far to the left bank of their own party’s values.

    Let’s remember that the liberty caucus at most represented 45% of the PCPs at the conventions. This is a controlling stake in any organizational voting. If you owned 45% of Coca Cola stock, you would be deciding who sat on its board of directors. But notice that 45% alone is not enough to defeat a simply motion to adjourn. When these conventions were ordered to shut down at 5pm without finishing their voting, overwhelming majorities voted to extend, more than 2/3rds in three conventions, in CD3 is was a large majority but two votes short of 2/3rds, and the PCPs at CD1 never did vote. Its chairman made a motion calling for the orders of the day, but he failed to call the questions as Roberts Rules required him to. Notice that in the conventions that did vote, overwhelming majorities wanted to continue – far more than the 45% of the RLC. There were Tea Party folks there who smelled wrong doing. There were social conservatives who cared very deeply about the need to elect delegates that will preserve the party’s pro-life plank. Given Allen Alley’s role in watering down the social conservative language of our platform, they were outraged by his coup too. This was not just about the liberty caucus. This was about Allen Alleys arrogant disregard for his own activist base.

    The ideological priorities of those liberty caucus delegates is to support two new planks in the national platform: 1) language calling for an audit of the Fed 2) language calling for the president not to commit the US military to war without a congressional declaration of war. The Oregon primary had no referendum on these two issues, but it did elect PCPs to make these party decisions. That is what a republican form of government is all about. The way the ORP leadership intentionally sabotaged these conventions can fin no defense in the philosophy of James Madison. It is not even clear to me the ORP leadership objects to these two policy goals themselves. The real issue here is that the ORP leadership can no longer deliver to their own slate of donors, consultants, and friends rewards such as the right to go to Tampa.

    No doubt the ORP leadership is beginning to realize that if they cannot deliver seats to Tampa, perhaps their own status as leaders of their party might soon be jeopardized. That is why it is more a priority to attack fellow Republicans right now with forged emails from Alaska and other slanderous rumors, than to win state wide offices in 2012. The ORP leadership now seems to be more focused on its own organizational election than the general election. Why else would they be doing all they can to alienate a block of voters not only critical for the ORP turnout to win office, but whose grass roots energy Republicans have been in desperate need of for quite some time. Why did Allen Alley choose to pick this fight with his own base, for something as trivial as appointing his own state to the conventions, hitting this beehive at the worst of all possible times? Obviously he has other priorities than leading a united party in 2012. Perhaps he has his mind too focused on 2014?

  • What baloney! Talk about gaming the system! try looking at real history, like the republican convention that elected Abe Lincoln. The RNC are the ones trying to game the system! They are trying to hold onto power by breaking their own rules to put into place the candidate that they have dubbed king of the hill! Ron Paul supporters haven’t been gaming the system, certainly not in the way Abraham Lincoln the father of the Republican party did when he printed all those fake tickets!

    Give me a break! What we have been doing is fighting to save AMERICA, from those that have tearing apart this republic the author proclaims to be defending! To have a supporter of the current RNC talk about anyone endangering the republic is not only laughable, but downright ridiculous! It was not Ron Paul supporters who have colluded with progressives to rob us of our constitutional rights by installing the Patriot Act, spying on citizen’s private communications, denying citizens the right to a fair trial, Stepping on the heads of farmers through illegal invasion of farmer’s rights and property! No my dear, that was your side the RNC, gaming the system to destroy America!!!

    Yeah, it is so convenient to try and re-write history and pretend that convention politics has always been the let’s play nice nice thing, but the truth is, that is baloney! Throughout the history of both party groups have worked together to change America for the better. Can you say McCarthy??? Ring any bells??? His movement brought in Ronald Reagan, remember him??? This whole article is so dishonest it’s pitiful, because it ignores the history of politics in the US as a whole. Whine, whine, whine! Bein’ picked on by those old Ron Paul supporters! Boo Hoo! Yeah right!

    And here is the thing, we aren’t going away! We aren’t Ron Paul supporters. No that is what you want to call us, but the truth is we are patriots, and constitutionalists! Ron Paul has been our vehicle for change, and it is working! We aren’t leaving. Oh our candidate may change, but we are not letting any traitors to the Constitution off easy! We have pledged our lives, our fortunes(such as you have left us), and the sacred honor which you cannot destroy to restore America, and we ain’t goin’ anywhere!

    What you guys don’t realize is that you have already lost the war! You’ve done it to yourselves by not being devoted to what made America great! All we are doing is sweeping up the shards of the mess you made, and blowing the hot glass of liberty back into the beautiful vase she once was!

    I sincerely hope that you remember this day in your heart, because one of two things are going to happen: 1) We, Patriots of America are going to lay it all on the line to pull our nation from the brink of it’s destruction! If we are successful, you will get to live in a country of freedom and liberty, knowing that we are the reason it exists! 2) We, after fighting for liberty with every fiber of our beings, could fail to wrest this country from the tyranny that is going to come, and you will also have to live with the guilt, and painful consequences of that, while watching your descendents struggle to survive! In the end, you better hope that we, the evil Ron Paul supporters gaming the system, win!

    I wish you good luck with Mitt Romney as a presidential candidate:^) He is what the RNC deserves!

  • The Republican Establishment hasn’t picked a winner in decades. They keep choosing RINOs under the premise that they look, smell and talk like Democrats. Things didn’t change as of the statewide convention designed to block the Paulees. Their weakness is demonstrated by their inability to hold a meeting at one location instead of five locations. Their weakness is exhibited in this article. It is time for the establishment to retire and leave. Let the young take the reins and get the hell out of the way!

  • 2old4that

    Lea: Did Jeff Smith put you up to this ?

  • Get a Clue

    Well Lea, looks like I hit a real nerve. Looks like both my speculations were correct – you were fool enough to fall for a phony email (hey – I heard Bill Gates is giving away free money, you’d better get right on that), and you suffer from thin-skinned arrogance. Here’s a hint – your job is to bring Republicans together, not drive them apart. Looking forward to your successor.

  • paul

    How about articles posing as mis-information?

  • TommyO

    Similar shill tactic tried in other states with bogus “email letter”! The RNC/GOP is corrupt to the core and the majority of state leadership as well! When the GOP loses the 2012 election due their support for Romney – they will have no one to blame but themselves!

    • 3H


      When the GOP loses the 2012 election due their support for Romney.”

      Then why hasn’t Paul garnered a majority of the votes in the primaries? Evidently there are some people in the various states that are voting for Mitt. Putting the whole delegate issue aside, isn’t Romney going to be the candidate because that is evidently what a majority of the Republicans want?

  • 2old4that

    Well Lea based on the comments you have been found out ! The propaganda of the ORP didn’t work! Silly rabbit TRIX are for Kids !

  • AnOrdinaryVoter

    I’m not sure if this author is a bald faced liar spouting propaganda, or merely extremely ignorant. Using long- debunked false “instructions” to defame a candidate and his supporters is despicable, and her bigotry, stupidity, and lack of historical knowledge, as well as her lack of knowledge of the political process, is truly staggering. This person has NO business in any sort of leadership capacity. I hope Washington County Republicans will remove her as Precinct Chair at the earliest possible opportunity. In my youth Oregon was what we would now call a solidly Red state (Nixon even won Oregon in 1960). It’s people such as she who have been ruining the Republican Party, and the sooner we excise the scum from leadership positions, the sooner we can return to a Constitutional Republic.

  • LessGovPlease

    Sincerely Lea, I’m going to have to call you out on your little propaganda piece here. Check out “Oregon Republican Convention Chaos” on Youtube. Too bad for you more and more people are getting the truth out.

  • I want to touch on another issue, The GOP is NOT the government. The Republican Party is a private coalition of individuals which have joined together to put forth a candidate for the consideration of the American people as President, in addition to other candidates in state and national offices. They do not have to comply with a republican form of government, because they aren’t the government! They should however, stick by their own rules, at least if they want to continue to have relevance on the national stage!

    One would think that the GOP would have more sense than to alienate people who wish to help them win in November! Since there are more Democrats than Republicans, it would only be common sense that the GOP would do their best to keep all of their members in the fold, not run around alienating them from the party at the most critical time that they are needed! The GOP ought to be glad that all those Ron Paul supporters are even in the party! However, it seems that what is good for the country, does not take precedence on crowning the king of the GOP!

  • I have been active in the Republican party for awhile and I must say that I was ashamed of Allen Alley and the ORP’s actions. Allen Alley and Solomon Yue should both resign for the good of the party. We need to unite the party to work together to get our state back on track. Until they are gone the focus will not be on working together to effect change. It will be about getting the crooks out of control of the party. If they had any integrity or cared about continuing the movement the RLC has aided in tying up the OR Legislature (from a 2/3 Dem majority in 1 election) they would apologize, undo their illegal appointments and resign. I am so disappointed. I once thought Mr Alley had integrity and he seemed like a nice guy.

  • Kevin Starrett

    As a person whose reports have sometimes been reproduced on this site, I want t make it clear that until this fraud is officially denounced I no longer want my name or reports associated with the Catalyst.

  • Pat in the hat

    No comment, Lea Williams?

  • RonC777

    > If we lose our republic, we lose our Freedom!

    Patriot Act.
    NDAA.
    Trespass Bill.
    Drones assassinating American citizens.
    Endless bailouts and “quantitative easing”.
    And now they’re coming for your guns.

    Just what freedoms do you think you have left???

    Wake up, lady.

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