In the few days and weeks BEFORE the RLCWA Convention but AFTER we knew that RLC (National)’s structure was in danger of aborting (you’ll pardon the expression) the Washington State liberty movement, a bunch of stuff happened.
Stuff in Category A
The Snohomish County Chapter had already learned that Sandi Belzer Brendale’s assertion that “Washington can do what we want” had been based in blind optimism. That Chapter had passed a SnoCo “Statement of Principles” on human life (Ron Paul’s position) that conflicted with National’s pro-choice principle (Gary Johnson’s position) on abortion and Sandi said they couldn’t do that (despite the absence of any Washington bylaws preventing it or giving her the authority to say so).
I had told Clayton Strang, the firebrand driving the issue, that this conflict was inevitable (it was) but I wouldn’t press it at the County level. He didn’t. They changed their Statement of Principles to a “Platform,” and, somehow, this absurd solution satisfied National or Sandi or Something. That issue went away temporarily, but now…
- Strang debated the pro-choice wing of the RLCWA on Facebook. Sandi couldn’t stand it.
During those days, Sandi appeared to be unfamiliar with the nature of the Pro-life vs Pro-abortion debate itself. It is a life and death struggle, just as once was the debate on slavery. Tolerating the torture, murder or slavery of innocent people is not “tolerance.” It has nothing in common with “liberty.” People get “emotional” about torture, murder, and slavery. That is not an excuse to condone them. But the very terms of the debate seemed to put Sandi off. Matt Dubin had insisted on extracting Ron Paul’s position on the issue from the Movement, and in reply, the indigenous liberty movement of Snohomish County began to march on his position as methodically as the Ents marched on Isengaard. Sandi was enamored of Dubin. Clayton was accurate and zealous in his debate with Matt. Sandi called it “vicious.” And a foundation was laid – at that time, by those struggles – for an eventual agenda of slander at the State Convention.
Sandi also appeared to want to thwart Clayton by process, asserting the existence of rules not yet passed and proposing an agenda that would improperly coerce the body.
We told Sandi that those tactics were contrary to the nature of a deliberative assembly; that such tactics mimicked the behavior of the GOP-Left, pragmatic, RINO, Establishment. She seemed to relent, saying that the printed AGENDA would not prevent the body from taking action by providing inadequate time.
Stuff in Category B
Meanwhile, Doug Parris had recognized that, at least as far as Washington State is concerned, the Movement to restore the Constitutional Republic was running out of options. The obstruction of the Ron Paul Presidential campaign AND the Liberty Movement by Ron Paul’s self-serving national leaders had hitherto ravaged the opportunity for Paul’s legacy to address Republican reform and now the National RLC’s autocratic control was threatening to consume the efforts of Sandi, her Yakima movement, and all those who had survived the C4L, but – because of her work – were now joining RLC Washington.
Because I have been working on it for nine years and inadvertently training for it for 40, I was able to outline a concrete plan to save the Washington RLC, re-ignite the Republican Party, and transform Washington politics … from the RLC’s growing state-wide base. And to to do all of this despite the National RLC’s bylaws that shackle their State Charters to their Neocon social policy. We went to Yakima with a proposed alteration to the State Bylaws to make it possible, a proposal that had Sandi’s full support.
I had Sandi’s support, but it was essential that the CONVENTION adopt the plan or it couldn’t work.
And I committed myself to prayer.
I did not want to do this if the foundation (the people and their intentions) was not adequate to support it in spirit.
The Convention was the test.
Would the RLC follow the path that consumed all their predecessors and that Dubin now proposed, wasting the time and lives of its supporters for the years of their decline?
Could we open the door to the operation that I had prayed for at the RP Delegate rally in the basement of the Red Lion at the Washington State Republican Convention in 2008?
The Convention would be the test.
The basement prayer:
Previously in this series: