I asked myself the day after Election Day, 2008, what I wanted.
I wanted an America that had the sense and means to make sure that a real charlatan, a real Manchurian Candidate, a real Marxist/Leninist/socialist/commie/pinko/Nancy-boy never again got elected President. Or, for that matter, to ANY seat in Congress.
So, what to do? How do we make that happen from November, 2008 and going forward?
Hmmm. [Scratching chin.] Gee, maybe making sure those kinds of charlatans never get more votes than good, decent conservative candidates.
Hmmm, how to make that happen? Well, maybe, just maybe, I’ve got to make sure that conservative Republican candidates actually make it onto the general election ballot. (Because people can only get votes to win the election if they, ultimately, get on THAT ballot.) And that means they have to have won the all-important, traditionally-very-low-turnout primary election. (In Arizona, for example, in “non-presidential” election years, Republican turnout for the primary elections might be as low as 25 per cent of registered Republicans.)
Will going to a “tea party” rally, without more, make the election of conservative Republicans happen? Nope. [I defy anyone to prove it.]
Will going to a town hall meeting and yelling at your elected servants, without more, make that happen? Nope. [Again, I defy anyone to prove it.]
Will organizing the next “patriot” bus tour, or sending pink slips to the congresscritters, or organizing the next set of “freedom rallies” or “tea parties, without more, make the election of conservative Republicans happen? Nope. [Again, prove it.]
Sorry, folks, the ONLY thing that matters in an election is who, after all the ballots have been cast in the general election, gets the number of votes required to be declared the legal winner. Period.
And the BEST way to make that happen for conservative Republican candidates is to make sure they (1) get the most votes in their primary election and (2) get more votes in the general election than any other candidate. It’s the “making sure” part that’s hard. “Making sure” it happens doesn’t mean hoping it happens, or wishing it happens. Going to a tea party, without more, won’t accomplish the election of conservative Republicans. Going to a town hall meeting, without more, won’t accomplish it. Blogging day after day after day to the conservative choir about the latest Obamaism, without more, won’t accomplish it.
In my humble opinion, the BEST way to “make sure” conservative Republican candidates will win in the remaining primary elections and general election in 2010 is by getting more conservatives to actually come into the Republican Party itself to help in door-to-door, telephone, and other, Get Out The Vote efforts for conservative candidates. And the BEST way to do that, again, in my humble opinion, is to become a Republican Party precinct committeeman. And that means [gasp!] actually going to a Republican Party local committee meeting.
I have found that many, many of the people at the tea parties, rallies and protests have been at those events because they don’t know what else to do – they want to “do something” politically but don’t seem to know how to penetrate the Republican Party itself. And the incumbent Republicans, for the most part, aren’t exactly imploring them to come into the Party (more on that in a second). I agree holding a sign at a rally is a good thing – IF that rally, and that sign-holding, leads to recruitment of precinct committeemen or actual Get Out The Vote volunteers. And so that’s why I go to these events with my sign that says “Want 2 Really Do Something Become a Rep. Precinct Committeeman — Talk 2 Me!” Otherwise, such sign-holding really doesn’t accomplish much. Sure didn’t stop the passage of Obamacare.
What motivates incumbents? Their prospects of re-election. The old saying is that the highest priority of any congresscritter is getting re-elected. If that’s true (and I think it is), should we not, to motivate them to follow the Constitution and fight for our individual rights, attack their prospects of getting re-elected? And, how do we conservatives demonstrate to the incumbents that we CAN challenge them in the primary with a viable conservative challenger when we have a Republican Party that’s at half strength in the precinct committeeman ranks? The ranks that elect the leadership of the Party and are instrumental in getting out the vote? The ranks of those eligible to vote to endorse conservatives in the primary (assuming they have sufficient votes)?
I propose we attempt to get every conservative who’s been going to tea parties and town hall meetings (and who’ve been blogging day in and day out) and turn them into Republican Party precinct committeemen as soon as possible. Two million conservatives showed up on the DC Mall on 9.12.2009. If we could get only ten per cent of them to become full-fledged members of the Republican Party – precinct committeemen – we’d have enough conservatives INSIDE the Party to essentially take it over and also mount a strong Get Out The Vote effort for all the conservative Republican candidates now running for office.
“Dad, why didn’t you do more in 2010 to make sure that Americans went to the polls and elected good, decent conservative Republicans to office to stop Obama and the other Marxist/Leninists?” That’s a question I don’t ever want to have asked of me by my kids.
You now know WHAT to do. Will you do it? You better decide soon – in 104 days we’ll know whether you’ll be asked that question – Nov. 2 arrives in 104 days.
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! (104 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!
“[Primary e]lections have consequences, my friends.” — John McCain