Occasionally, I post here at Redstate to urge conservatives to unite politically in their respective locales inside the Republican Party. My premise is simple: our Republican Party is weakest at the place it should be strongest -- at the local, precinct level. Go to my blog linked in my signature below to learn more.
Back in April of 2010, I posted a Diary entitled, "What's the [precinct committeeman] count?"
Why become a precinct committeeman? Well, because, in our two-party political system, real political power, that determines the outcome of the all-important, traditionally-very-low-turnout primary elections, resides at the most basic unit of our political system -- the precinct. And that's where we're weakest within the Republican Party. And that's where the greatest opportunity exists for united conservatives to regain the upper hand -- if conservatives fill up these vacant precinct committeeman slots, they'll effectively take over the Republican Party, because over half of these slots are vacant in the Party. And this isn't theory -- I've seen this work first-hand.
Again, go to my little blog and spend a few minutes learning about The Neighborhood Precinct Committeeman Strategy, which is nothing more than good, old-fashioned, basic American Civics. It's the unremarkable proposition that "we the people" really are the masters of our government -- if we choose to be. The reason we're in the mess we're in is because for that last thirty to forty years "we the conservative people" have been absent from the real ball game of politics in our respective locales.
Ever been to a Republican Party monthly committee meeting? No? Ever been a precinct committeeman? No? But we're supposed to listen to your pontifications about all the things that are wrong with "the Republican Party?" Newsflash: "The Republican Party" consists of its "voting members." It's "voting members" -- that is, those who are eligible to vote for the Party leaders at the local, county, state and RNC levels -- are the precinct committeeman. Don't you want to be part of voting membership of the Party? (Pssst: it's not hard or expensive -- and it's a lot of fun!)
Since that April, 2010 Diary, I've compiled a list of Redstaters who have indicated that they have either become precinct committeemen or would endeavor to do so. Here it is:
earlgrey (precinct has a captain, but he helps out in TN)
George Neitz (was hoping to become a PC)
Jonas Parker, PC
scarlos (not a PC but active at CalPoly and recruiting parents)sjkohut
shaitra and mr. shaitra
This list is incomplete, and I apologize if your name is not on the list. I've been a little busy and haven't had time to devote to updating the list.
I am hoping if you are a precinct committeeman, and you consider yourself a Redstater, and your name is not on the list, you'll post here in the comments and let us know your status. And, please share with us any information about your journey into party politics that you believe might be helpful to others who might be thinking about becoming a ball player in the real ball game of politics.
Will YOU help make 2011 "The Year of the Precinct Committeeman?"