I got an opportunity to hear Presidential candidate Gary Johnson speak, to meet him and question him directly, early in 2010. He is not pro-life. I do not support his candidacy. But his recently released open letter to RNC Chair Reince Priebus is of unsurpassed significance. Everyone in the Republican Party should read it.
Why have we allowed the enemies of our Freedom to control the Republican Party’s Nomination Process? As a direct victim of that wicked circumstance, Johnson puts the question with historic specificity. In doing so he repeats points I made, here: “Electability” is KILLING America.
Our skewed nomination process, in point of fact, imperils the Republic.
In just 700 words Johnson dropped a 30 megaton TRUTH on the RNC’s doorstep:
There is one thing about which all Republicans agree: Our greatest imperative in 2012 is to elect a Republican President of the United States.
It is the simple reality that our country is headed in a disastrous financial direction that prompted me to seek the Republican nomination for president. As a Republican who was elected – and reelected – governor of New Mexico, an overwhelmingly Democrat state, I recognized that the right kind of leadership is essential if we are to regain the White House in 2012.
Having compiled a record as governor that, by any measure, demonstrates the ability to curb spending, cut taxes and create an economic and regulatory environment that will bring about real job creation, I entered the race for president with the belief that I bring to the table not only the credentials, but ideas that Republicans would like to see and hear. Never did it occur to me that I would be excluded from the conversation; however, that is precisely what is happening – and I believe the Republican National Committee bears some responsibility for what is going on.
Debates, such as the one this week in Las Vegas, are supposed to be opportunities for voters to see the candidates, hear their views, and judge their qualifications without the distortions of money, recognition and favoritism. However, when organizing those debates is left to the national news media, the result has been an absurd Catch-22. Invitations to participate in the debates are based upon arbitrary polling criteria decided in the conference rooms of media organizations such as CNN or NBC or the Washington Post.
Of course poll performance in the early stages of a campaign is almost entirely a function of money and name recognition – those same distortions debates are intended to eliminate. Even worse, the same organizations who organize the debates are the ones who conduct the polls upon which their invitations are based. In my case, most of those organizations do not include me in their polling. The net result is that a handful of media executives have largely denied Republicans the opportunity to hear from a former governor whose record clearly merits their consideration.
I recognize that the RNC is not in the business of helping one candidate for the nomination or another. However, I would suggest that it is the business of the RNC to insure that the Republican nominating process is not ceded to the likes of CNN and the Washington Post. Commentators across the board have pointed to the fundamental unfairness of my exclusion from the process. Even other candidates have done the same. But nowhere have we heard the voice of the Republican National Committee. As a lifelong Republican and a former Republican governor, I would suggest that allowing the national news media – who do not have the best interests of the Republican Party in mind – to pre-select the presidential field is nothing less than irresponsible.
It is no secret that not all of my views, particularly on some so-called ‘social issues’ are shared by certain elements of the Republican Party – elements who frankly exert inordinate influence within the Party. Many of my supporters who are Independents – and even Democrats – are quick to suggest that the Republican “establishment” doesn’t want my voice heard. I hope that is not the case. To the contrary, as I travel the country, I find a great number of Republicans who not only share my views, but who feel disenfranchised by a vocal minority that has become the face of the Party.
My electoral success in a heavily Democrat state should serve as proof that my candidacy presents an opportunity to demonstrate that the Republican Party is big enough to allow a slightly different voice to be heard. That will be important next year when it comes time to turn our attention to the ultimate goal: Convincing a majority of Americans that they want a Republican in the White House.
With the early Republican primaries and caucuses fast approaching, I urge you to exert some leadership and reclaim the nominating process from the national news media who are today pre-ordaining the viability and success of candidates. It is Republican voters who ultimately lose when the process is skewed, and serving the interests of those voters is, in fact, your responsibility, as is the integrity of the nominating process.”
Of course not. But this is a question asked by people unfamiliar with the mechanisms of free choice, highly evolved more than a hundred years ago, to allow a body of people to consider such questions rationally and democratically. We have a political party Elite that holds this mechanism but eschews it to grasp power for themselves. Let us revive parliamentary procedure. Let us revive the Convention procedure and let us, by open discussion and majority vote, remake our Party.
The purpose of a PLATFORM
…is NOT to allow the grass roots to blow off steam, but to define our reason to exist. Let it work. Men who hold long records of hostility to Republican principles should be the first eliminated from the nomination process, not by the media, but the Party itself, in Convention, by delegation and majority vote.
Neither Mitt Romney, the lying Massachusetts liberal, nor John McCain, the enemy of the Constitution, should ever have appeared in any televised Republican Presidential debate, by the standards of our PLATFORM. They are not on our side. Gary Johnson and Alan Keyes, by contrast, BOTH should have had access to the process.
The purpose of PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE
… is simply “to help people make group decisions after a full, fair, and free discussion.”
Let us remake the process by observing our current rules(!) We have the tools. The methods of open discussion and majority decision are available. But those who profit by manipulating the process will continue to fight like demons to preserve their power.
Do we have the courage?