For as long as we have been a nation, there has always existed a remnant of patriots, willing, anxious, to defend Constitutional Government– freedom as conceived by our founders.
And when the Billion-dollar Bipartisan Bailout of 2008 declared war on free enterprise, it pulled some kind of cosmic trigger.
The patriot remnant began to surge into the streets demanding their country back.
Arising spontaneously, without recruitment, in a thousand places under innumerable names, Patriot groups under the general rubric of “Tea Party” poured into the streets of America, a phenomenal force. And like many predecessor (and ongoing) movements, they turned to the Republican Party as a political organization, because of its historic platform, because of its continued claims to conservatism, because it was long-established and because they saw no clear alternative.
We threw it all away.
For generations the Republican Party has had proven methods to incorporate popular uprisings exactly like this, weld them with millions of compatible citizens into a unified whole to both find and actually accomplish common political goals.
What this process does is astounding.
We used it to go from absolute scratch in 1854 to electing a U.S. President in only SIX YEARS. In 1980 Ronald Reagan used this methodology to summon the Patriot Remnant, defeat the Establishment, win the public debate, win two landslide elections, and began to turn the direction of government back from the ideals of Communism that then, as now, transparently drive the Democrat’s Party.
It is a political goldmine. And the Republican Party already has it:
- It gathers voters never before politically active from hundreds of thousands of neighborhoods across the nation.
- It enables them to share the concerns on their hearts, weigh and sharpen their ideas against those of their neighbors with free and open, but ordered discussion.
- It culls the best of everyone’s ideas to produce a common statement of purpose.
- It establishes exactly what the principles and priorities of the movement are, elects leaders from among them, chooses candidates who best represent the goals of the movement, then
- Organizes the grassroots to win elections at every level from the precinct to the nation, and
- It turns this juggernaut into a political ground-game campaign force.
It’s called a political convention. A real one. When I came into the Republican Party we still held them.
We threw it all away.
But we were warned. In 2009, my tax day address to the Tea Party in Westlake Park, downtown Seattle, called out a warning.
Here’s what I said:
… we need a Political Party, an organization cultivating grassroots, coordinating all the efforts of our groups, our candidate recruiting, our legal strategy, fundraising, campaign efforts, public and press relations and coordinating it all with our legislative agenda,. That Party must be organized only around restoring Freedom and Justice, the ideals of America embodied in our Constitution and Declaration of Independence, no more, no less. When voters go to the polls they must have a clear choice for shrinking government and more freedom and understand that choice. (The press won’t like it and won’t help us.)
Today when you go to the polls, in most cases you can’t find anyone to vote for. Today a small group of elitists have a stranglehold on the power of who the Republican Party runs or doesn’t. They consistently promote the worst of any two candidates, the “smart one” who cleverly compromises his principles and reaches across the aisle to bargain away our lives and property in a bipartisan spirit of cooperation with the socialists. The press love it and support him… until the primary is over.
If we are to save our nation we must take control of the Republican Party back.
We must nominate candidates by caucus and conventions run by rules of open discussion and openly counted voting however long that takes.
But the elitist forces within the GOP that fought Ronald Reagan have been in control of the Republican Party since 1988 and they have progressively killed the political convention. The caucuses and conventions now practiced in the Republican Party are a mockery of our old caucus and convention process.
- Instead of a mailed “call to convention” sent to everyone with the right to come, the elitists illegally manipulate the list.
- Instead of giving the remaining delegates the right to make the rules of procedure and choose their own agenda, the elitists decide their agenda behind closed doors and implement rules without amendment.
- Instead of allowing debate and discussion the elitists squelch speech, stifle discussion, and call legal motions “out of order.” National Conventions banished debate long ago.
- Instead of openly counted, observed voting, a chosen few count ballots in secret, behind closed doors, without independent oversight, and arrive at the outcome by blatant cheating. Lori Sotelo’s King County ballot fraud electronic system has now spread to other counties in Washington and even the State Convention.
Riddled with ballot fraud, procedural cheating and even violations of statutory law when necessary, the current Republican convention system exists only as a presentation, a stage show, complete with script. It is a fraud, a scam, bearing only cosmetic resemblance to what it used to be. It chews grass roots movements and political activists up and spits them out. The wreckage is everywhere. They are proud to be doing it. This has been a slow suicide.
As soon as Mitt Romney emerged from an illegally-held National Republican Convention, conducted by fraud on his behalf, a great national discussion took place, but on the internet, not in Republican conventions. The subject was whether or not the supporters of other candidates, those abused by the ballot and procedural cheating and violations of statutory law would loyally rally around the elitists who had done this to them to elect the elitist candidate.
Can pigs fly?
How could a unified Party possibly emerge from this atrocity? Instead of putting their shoulder to the wheel to elect “our” candidates over the socialists Barack Obama and Jay Inslee, the best and brightest conservatives in the nation and Washington State, fresh from being treated like garbage by the Republican elites, began debating if it was still possible to remove the evil corruption at the top of the Party or whether the time for a “third party” had finally arrived.
We threw it all away.
This is Part V in our 2012 post-election analysis. Previously, in this series: