Editor’s note: The following reflections on the Republican Liberty Caucus (RLC) were penned in the 48 hours following the kickoff event for the Washington chapter of the RLC, held in Yakima January 27. We intended to incorporate this material into the series we were publishing on the contrasting conventions that weekend in Olympia (The Roanoke Conference) and Yakima (where many from the liberty wing of the Republican party gathered, including significant members of the Washington state legislature). We have been working with this material for several months. We were held back from completing that series by Something.
By Michelle McIntyre
I was so encouraged by the RLCWA kick-off last Saturday. The large
turnout and the energy of this group of liberty activists, despite so
many setbacks, demonstrates the fortitude needed to continue the fight
to return the Republican Party back to its core principles and
It was refreshing to see several of our legislators there who spoke
and were not afraid to take strong positions on the most important
issues of our time. They were also not afraid to be seen with a group
that has been so maligned by the establishment. They know what’s
right and they do it. They know their partners in freedom and they
embrace us. In return, we’ll keep voting them in and giving them
Establishment Republicans, you’re on notice. We are multiplying our numbers.
By Michele St. Pierre
In order to maintain the momentum of the Ron Paul/Tea Party/2nd Amendment/10th Amendment/Campaign for Liberty and other various Constitutionally oriented movements, they need a place where the energy of these various movements can come together and be translated into political action.
Now that Presidential campaign season is over there is a tendency for some people to go-to-ground and work on fortifying the bunkers for the next four years, hoping that this won’t be the period where everything implodes. But for those still willing to work for a political solution to avoid a bloody confrontation with American tyranny, there needs to be an open forum where Constitutional Republicans can gather and meet and plan.
So on the weekend of January 27, in Yakima, cosmically juxtaposed against the Mainstream Roanoke Conference, the Liberty folks met to see if the Republican Liberty Caucus could be the political vehicle to carry the movement forward.
After listening to five liberty legislators speak (Matt Shea, David Taylor, Elizabeth Scott, Jason Overstreet and Jeff Holy) I was very moved at their open and outright advocacy of the dignity and morality of human individual liberty as the core of a free country. And they didn’t pull any punches or waste any breath kowtowing to oath-breakers and mainstreamers.
It was refreshing and the crowd of 160 plus agreed wholeheartedly. We love the ones who go and fight aggressively for the people’s rights in Olympia. (see Freedom Agenda)
I have had candidates come to me and ask, “What can I do to engage the Ron Paul Republicans in my campaign?” The answer is so blatantly, glaringly obvious that I try not to have a look of astonished wonder on my face when I reply, “Just pledge to follow your oath of office and support the Constitution – State and National.” Is that so hard to understand? So difficult to accomplish? Not for the Freedom Agenda group.
Disappointing for me was the speaker most lauded by Sandi Belzer Brendale – Matt Dubin. While he started by firmly espousing liberty traditions, he blundered badly in calling the liberty movement whiners and saying they were like his 3- year old child and needed to “grow up.” Not sure who he was referring to exactly, but I haven’t seen Matt in the trenches slugging it out against corruption since the past six years. In fact, he was completely absent until, in the wake of revolving-door leadership sent by the National Campaign, he was asked to be the Washington Ron Paul “Grassroots Head.” He agreed with the stipulation that he would not do any of the work, since he was too busy, but would just be the “titular head.”
Matt gave every indication that he thinks speaking out against corruption in the Republican Party is “whining” even though such corruption was probably the reason the Ron Paul Campaign didn’t win in this state.
Matt was given a half standing ovation at his introduction, but only modest applause AFTER his speech. He had recently publicly [be]friended Lori Sotelo on Facebook and asked everybody to be nice to her and at the King County organization meeting said that the problems with the Party were “not her fault.” If Matt continues schmoozing with the more corrupt members of the Party, I wonder what future he has with those who stand on principle, no matter what the cost. I can only surmise that he is looking to butter his bread on both sides to further a political career. Will he have the guts of the Freedom Agenda Legislators? I can only hope that he begins to get a feel for how corruption within the Republican Party is destroying any chance the Liberty Constitutionalists have of saving the Republic. Maybe he’ll even start whining a little about it.
In stark contrast to Matt Dubin, Doug Parris rocked the meeting and held its heart in his hands. Sandi’s introduction seemed to include a bit of trepidation as if she wondered if the crowd could “handle” the volatility of someone so openly hostile to the years of dishonest and fraudulent conduct by those in the power hierarchy of the Republican Party. But she need not have feared. The “Lion for Liberty” roared and received the rowdiest and loudest standing ovation of the day. No whining here, only straightforward “Braveheart” style calling for the patriots to rally to save America, before all of her dreams crumble to dust. Men and women were seen wiping their eyes. In a time where most so-called leaders tap dance around principles as if they were a basket of asps, Doug has stood strong for decades and gained the love of all of those who are truly committed to seeing their country return to righteousness and freedom in this lifetime.
The Republican Liberty Caucus is a Nationwide Organization and Sandi Belzer Brendale is the chair of this State’s Chapter. Sandi’s down-to-earth style and open love of liberty should be a good catalyst to getting this movement off the ground. Chapters are already chartered in many counties and more are organizing right now, having been inspired by the large turnout and enthusiasm of the meeting. The Liberty Movement needs a political arm where we can support and endorse candidates.
How soon will we know if this is the vehicle to take us where we need to go?