The Founders’ Legacy: Free Elections. Will we honor the legacy and put our house in order?
Some of you may recall much talk during your schooling about the fact that unlike many countries around the world, we Americans enjoy free and fair elections and that, if our government becomes unresponsive to the sovereign, “we the people,” then “we the people” can vote the rascals out.
And you may also recall that you were taught the concept of “civic duty;” that is, that each American was called upon to at least stay somewhat informed on the political issues of the day and at least be in a position to vote intelligently on primary and general election day every two years. And to be active in party politics if at all possible.
Then along came the 2008 presidential election. Oh my. 53 per cent of “we the people” who bothered to to vote in the 2008 presidential election voted for the empty suit Barack Hussein Obama. Doh!
I don’t blame Obama for the idiotic decisions he’s been making. I blame the 53 per cent of the Americans, who bothered to vote, who cast their votes for him. And for the 47 per cent who didn’t do a good enough job educating their friends and neighbors about the empty suit.
Immediately after the 2008 election, many Americans tried to figure out a quick fix for getting rid of Obama. Since the 2008 election, I’ve seen all sorts of “silver bullets” advocated for fixing things. Impeach! (Uh, kind of hard to do when the Dems control the House of Representatives.) Obama doesn’t have a valid birth certificate! (Uh, and then what? Assuming that is proven, then what?) I know, let’s have a Continental Congress 2009! (Uh, and when you’ve created your Bill of Particulars, then what? The Continental Congress came and went, and nothing happened.) Or, maybe we can create a brand new system called Get Out Of Our House! (First, get 500,000 members and then do . . . something!?) Or, we can indict Obama with Citizens Grand Juries! (Uh, even assuming you could come back with a valid indictment, what are you going to do with it?)
All the while, the answer is right in front of us: get more votes for our candidates at the ballot box on election day.
Our political system evolved into a two-party system. We conservatives have a party — it’s called the Republican Party. We need to use it. We use it by going to our local party committee meetings. Did you know that, on average, in every state, about HALF of the grass roots, precinct-level positions within the Party are vacant? And that it’s the people in these positions who are in the best position to help Get Out The Vote? And that these Republicans, and ONLY these Republicans, get to vote for the leadership of the Party? (In other words — think about it — our Republican Party operated at half-strength in the 2008 election cycle. Half strength! Were YOU in it? Oh, and did you know that those conservatives who WERE in it were in a stalemate with the moderates — that the Party was essentially split about 50-50 between conservatives and moderates within the precinct-level ranks? Ever wonder why we have Michael Steele as our RNC chairman? That’s why.)
But, it’s too late now for you to become a “card carrying member” of the Party for the upcoming local, county, state and national committee leadership elections. You blew it if you didn’t get into the fray earlier this year. But, there’s still something meaningful you can do between now and the Nov. 2 election. And that meaningful thing is to actually get involved in Get Out The Vote. Please, get to a a campaign. Please, volunteer. Please, do what ever the campaign tells you to do. Please, help GET OUT THE VOTE.
We are not slaves . . . yet. We have an easy way to fix things. At the ballot box. Our Founders gave us four boxes. The soap box (protected by the First Amendment). The ballot box (our republican form of government guaranteed by the Constitution). The jury box (protected by the Sixth Amendment). And, as a last resort, the cartridge box (guaranteed by the Second Amendment). Their words, not mine.
Let’s use our soap box to help get like-minded people to use our ballot box so we don’t have to nullify unconstitutional laws (like Obamacare) with the jury box or have to resort to using our cartridge boxes. Again, their words, not mine.
Please call the campaigns of your local candidates and volunteer. Please volunteer to be a poll watcher.
You’ve got 29 days to make a difference.
ColdWarrior, PC (that’s “precinct committeeman,” not “political child!”)
Conservatives, UNITE! CHANGE the Republican Party and save the world by UNITING INSIDE the Party as precinct committeemen. NOW! (29 days until Nov. 2 — what are YOU DOING to help get out the vote in your precinct?)
American first, conservative second, Republican precinct committeeman BY NECESSITY!
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
– Edmund Burke