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The problem with the GOP

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Sure, you’re upset with the Republican Party.  It’s elected officials have let you down time after time, and the party leadership doesn’t publicly denounce the headlong rush to socialism.  You may be angered that it doesn’t pursue social issues strongly enough, or believe that it’s been taken over by the religious right and promotes them too much.

I can’t really argue with you about that; the Republican Party is weaker and less outspoken than it should be, and there are a number of reasons for that.  However, there is one key individual at the core of both the problem and its solution.  That would be you.

During the 1968 Democrat Convention, the world watched on as waves of angry :”yippies” broke on the shoals of a massive police presence.  They shouted and jeered, they chanted and sang, they fought and were arrested.  But, at the end of the day, they accomplished little.

The reality is you can’t change an organization from the outside.  Oh, sure; you can influence it and public opinion, but a real change in direction and focus can only be accomplished from the inside.  So what did those “yippies” do?  They cleaned themselves up, got an education and became Democrats.

They started by simply registering as Democrats.  Then they became part of the Party organization at the county level.  In Oregon, we call those Precinct Committeepeople (PCP) but they’re found in every state, albeit by a number of different titles.  They were appointed to city and county boards and commissions;  they ran for and won leadership positions in the Party; they ran for and won positions at the city, county and state levels.

Meanwhile, after the flush of Ronald Reagan, what did Republicans do?  Why, when someone in the GOP did or said something you weren’t happy with, you left.   You changed your voter registration to “not-affiliated” or one of the glittering array of third parties.  You came to consider Republicans , for all intents and purposes, interchangeable with Democrats and, in some respects, you’re right.  But with all of you who should be keeping the GOP true to its principles abandoning it, who did you think would do it?

You can’t change anything from the outside. You have to be part of something to change it into what you want it to be!

With the socialists’ arrogant revelation of an America under their control in recent months, we have an unusual opportunity to reverse the trend and recover some of our lost liberties.  The fact is no third party is in a position to seriously challenge the ruling Democrats; only the Republican Party has the depth and support network to pull it off in 2010 and 2012.  So here’s what I challenge you to do.  Take a lesson from the 1968 “yippies” and take over the Republican Party from the inside.

Now, don’t assume everyone currently in the Republican Party is an enemy to be defeated.  There are quite a few of us still in the party, even in leadership positions, who agree with you and have been fighting for liberty from within while you were away.  In fact, you may find folks who’ll assist you in your takeover efforts.  Some county organizations are more conservative than others and some are going to be concerned by (or even opposed to) a pack of motivated and energized enemies of the left rocking the boat.  Don’t worry about the critics and the fearful; just find  your allies – even if you don’t agree on every issue – and work with them where and when you can.

But, first, change your voter registration.  That’s not too big a challenge, is it?  Only from the inside can you make changes.


Written by Jeffrey S. Smith

26 December 2009 at 10:53 am

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