“If you ask it of me, I will give you the One Ring.”
In The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkein, by allegory, demonstrates spiritual mechanics that have operated within and around the Liberty Movement.
When the Fellowship emerges from Moria to Lothlorien, its leaders are each tested, their ambitions and personal desires weighed against the higher claims of Principle. Some remain true; others fall to their personal desires and ambitions. Frodo meets with Galadriel and looks into her enchanted Mirror (a basin of water that acts as an oracle, showing each viewer prophetic visions significant to their past and future). In the mirror, Frodo’s resolve is tested and he remains true to his calling, but afterwards, when Galadriel reveals the Elven Ring of Power in her possession (“Nenya”), he offers her, in return, the ONE RING (“to rule them all”) and it is Galadriel who faces the larger test. Will she violate her mandate in order to reach out for the One Ring, the ultimate power on Middle Earth?
She describes how, if she yields to the temptation, her power would be multiplied, how she would be transformed, and the ultimate spiritual results of her transformation by the Ring’s evil:
Galadriel passed that test, refusing the temptation of the power of the Ring. But not all “Liberty Leaders” have fared so well.
As the broken grass roots remnant of the Ron Paul Campaign emerged from the (“weathered, crumbling and abandoned”) Presidential Campaign of 2012 (Moria), the character of key leaders has been tested, against their own ambitions. Were they willing to sacrifice their ambitions and remain true to principle, or…
Would they sacrifice principle and reach out to seize power?
As Sandra Belzer Brendale revealed the power given to her (in the form of the RLCWA), Liberty Leaders held out to her what, collectively, was the ONE RING that over the last five years has lured leader after leader to succumb to their personal ambitions: the chance to lead the Liberty Movement.
The RLC chapter is almost complete.
As we have chronicled (here, here, here), the Republican Liberty Caucus of Washington began with high hopes of, according to its vice-chairman, Matt Dubin, being able to show the Republican Party how to “do it right.” Members who chartered county chapters and convened the first state convention did not expect that cheating, corruption, and deceit would begin immediately in the RLC. They all thought they would be better. They all expected the RLCWA could hold to a higher standard. While we have chronicled the start of that corruption here, left unpublished until now as been the behind the scenes deceit of the elected board. With the unilateral banning of one of those elected board members by RLCWA Lord Sandra Belzer Brendale, and the upcoming Board meeting this coming Sunday, it is time to reveal the ongoing violations of the Bylaws delegates passed in April.
Board members Anthony Bosworth and Michele St Pierre were both elected on a platform of promising to serve the members in the cause of liberty. Michele finished her speech with a clarion call to those ideals:
The Republican Liberty Caucus, to have any real effect, must resolve to fight the corruption in the Republican Party and train the Liberty troops to fight. If we do not embrace this as a primary goal, we will fail to accomplish anything of substance, and the Patriots I know will not bother to participate. Not through any ill will, but because we have no time to waste as America stands at the precipice.
The Liberty Movement needs an engine to move it forward. The RLC can be that engine, or it can be a time-wasting, energy-sapping, meaningless social exercise. I will push for it to be a lean, mean fighting machine in the battle to save our Republic. That is my promise to you, if you elect me.
Yakima. April 26, 2013. The Washington chapter of the Republican Liberty Caucus, in convention assembled, passed the organization’s founding bylaws, including the following:
Article IV, Section 4. The Board shall conduct its meetings in conformance with the most recent edition of Robert’s Rules of Order, in the absence of standard or special rules it may adopt that conform with these Bylaws and Rules. The Board may conduct meetings or ballots by telephone, email, or any other means it deems appropriate. Regular meetings of the Board shall occur at least quarterly, with at least one week’s notice to all Regular members. A special meeting of the Board shall occur within 10 days following any Convention. Other special, emergency, or informal meetings of the Board may be called at the written request of any three members, on three days notice to all Board members. Any Regular member may attend or obtain the minutes of any Board meeting, unless two-thirds of the Board members agree to a closed session, at which the Board may deliberate, but not adopt, exceptional motions.
[NB: RONR: Article IV, §9, Electronic Meetings, ll 11 – 19: "...a group that attempts to conduct the deliberative process in writing (such as by ..."chat rooms"... – does not constitute a deliberative assembly...."]
Article IV, Section 1. …Any member of the Board may be removed for just cause by a unanimous vote with the exception the member whose removal is in question. Until such time as the body votes, the member whose removal is in question will be suspended from voting as a member of the board. Vacancies may be temporarily filled by a majority vote of all board members and permanently filled by a majority vote of all Regular members at a duly constituted convention.
We hold extensive, conclusive proof that the RLCWA Board has been acting in continual violation of Article IV, Section 4 of the Bylaws. And the reason is clear to discern.
They’re doing it:
- To eliminate internal opposition by facilitating slanders without affording their victims any defense,
- To usurp authority in order to make unilateral decisions without oversight, and…
- To hide these methods from their own members.
In conformance with the letter of the RLCWA bylaws, but singularly uninviting, was this email message sent July 29 to the membership.
The email contains a significant falsehood, significant in light of the fact that Chair Sandra Belzer Brendale proposed and led the board to initially determine to hold a closed meeting. Reagan Wing staff confirmed with Palace staff that there is no mandatory food purchase for members attending the meeting. Rather, the restaurant’s meeting room is available at no charge for patrons of the restaurant who are members of a group or organization who wish to meet there. It is expected that a reasonable number of those in attendance will be patronizing the restaurant. That does not, however, equate to “mandatory food purchase for members.” But apparently the unfriendly tone of the email, at least, drew enough flack that a “clarification” was sent out, removing, but not admitting the original fabrication.
It is clear that being able to actually watch the Board make decisions for its members, just as in the King County Republican Party, is a rare opportunity. If you are an RLC member we strongly suggest making the trip to Ellensburg on Sunday.
What follows, in Part Two, is some of the hidden history of the RLCWA Board’s actions since election.