The January 27 Kickoff of the Washington State RLC Charter, in the persons of valiant State Legislators, presented a single vision of political idealism: Constitutionally protected Inalienable Rights. But the Most Significant thing that took place at that Kickoff went, perhaps, unnoticed at the time by many attendees. It was, in fact, a conflict of operational visions between two of its speakers, Matt Dubin, attorney and former Ron Paul figurehead, (who had been recruited for RLC Vice Chair by Sandi Belzer Brendale) and myself. The conflict is rooted in our radically different understandings of the nature of the Republican Party. We also have political differences, but none of that was apparent at the kickoff. As far as most Kickoff attendees knew, we were all in agreement with the Freedom Agenda. What is now clear is that it would have been difficult, if not impossible, for any inexperienced political activist, unfamiliar with Republican history, to evaluate, or even perceive the irreconcilable differences our speeches disclosed… but understanding those differences was and is crucial to the success of the RLC. I did not anticipate that Dubin would unveil the vision that he did, but as Providence would have it, my speech that followed, was (with the on-site addition of nine words) a fitting rebuttal. The two should be (moreover, for anyone interested in the success of the RLC must be) evaluated side by side, with the knowledge that choosing either one of those two paths will displace the other. No single organization can do both.
In his speech, Dubin described an idyllic Republican Party (of the 1980s) measured only by the words of Ronald Reagan, but ignoring that Reagan had to overcome the GOP Establishment to win the nomination and that his administration struggled – particularly in Washington State – against “Republican” leaders who disagreed with him on almost everything. Dubin’s speech, therefore, proffered a false history of the Republican Party and the “liberty movement” in the 1980s:
But just as we were getting started, something strange happened. One by one, the liberty activists left the party and it came to be led by people with different values…
Since Matt was not involved in the Party process at the time and had even less part in fighting the internal wars of that time than he did in fighting Ron Paul’s wars in 2008-2012, it could be overlooked that he has no idea what actually happened. The Party did NOT change because “liberty activists left” but because its leadership stayed the SAME (as we chronicled, from personal experience, here). The SAME Establishment pragmatists that fought Goldwater, fought Reagan, fought conservatives, and inserted Bush, Dole, Bush, McCain, and Romney as our nominees. Matt’s history is equally flawed when he says,
… for we liberty activists, there was really no place else for us to go. Some of us joined the Libertarian Party,
There were several places where actual participants, cheated by Republican corruption, went temporarily (including the Constitution and Reform parties) but, with only rare exceptions, the Libertarian Party wasn’t one of them. But “liberty activists,” throughout the entire post-Reagan era were still always in the MAJORITY in the REPUBLICAN PARTY anyway. Having a false picture of the facts on the ground, Dubin proceeds to a strategic error of titanic proportion:
At its heart, it’s a numbers game. Sufficient numbers will overcome cheating and manipulation every time. So we need the numbers IN THE PARTY. It’s that simple.
Dubin ignores the fact that we have always HAD a majority and that the cheating and lies have almost always defrauded that majority in Party elections by false appeals to Party “UNITY” that is never reciprocated. But a few sentences later, Matt suggests we contribute to that same “Unity.” Through the RLC Matt purports to lead the victims of an extraordinary Republican propaganda campaign we have called the “Star of David Strategy.” But it was first used to demonize what became the Christian Coalition. They were called the Religious Right Invasion of the Republican Party (though a majority of Republicans were Christian Conservatives). Beginning in 2008 Ron Paul supporters were called the Libertarian Invasion (though Ronald Reagan had called libertarianism the “heart” of conservatism). These accusations were not sincere, but a calculated digestion technique. The process used to digest the Christian Coalition is the same now in operation with Ron Paulers. The Party Establishment told newcomers “You’re not one of us” and dared them to “prove their loyalty.” The newcomers reacted predictably in their desire to disprove the false accusation that they were not “real” Republicans… by loyally re-electing the Party establishment. Over and over and over and over and over and over again for more than a quarter century. But what does Matt counsel?
We must show them that their fear is misplaced – that we are just like them. That we are Republicans.
How does Matt suggest we do that? By attending local Republican meetings and events (read: contributing our funds), supporting Republican candidates, making coffee, being Sergeant at Arms, and serving on their committees (in Matt’s King County this means helping Sotelo cheat; the late Sue Copeland was thrown off the King County Credentials committee for refusing to break State Law) . What, does Dubin tell us will result?
…our voices will begin to be heard.
Matt imagines that Republican leadership somehow “listens to” and reflects grass roots beliefs. He couldn’t be more mistaken. As a long-time participant (not a previously-uninvolved theoretician) I can tell you authoritatively that such voices might, occasionally, be “heard” but will have absolutely no impact on policy. The people in control of Republican policy don’t share any of our objectives and they rule without conscience. They are experts in digesting activists and have 50 years of practice and technique behind them. Dubin says
If every current liberty PCO could identify and recruit one additional person between now and 2014, our numbers would make us unstoppable.
But the lesson of history is to the contrary. If Matt’s prescription for action is followed, the followers he recruits will file into the Republican Party and re-elect the corrupt Party leaders Matt has taught them to serve. This process of digestion has already begun. Dani Bolyard, Elijah and Isaac Stanfield, Jill England, Brian and Mike Luke have already begun to support Establishment leadership against the forces of liberty (to be “accepted” and “work from within”). Chris Tibbs was elected chair in Kitsap by a “Liberty Majority” but has thrown his arms around the GOP/Left pragmatic establishment, including McCain McChair McKenna, and has literally replicated the agenda of his predecessor, Jack Hamilton. And the King County 37th Legislative District, solid for Ron Paul and liberty for years (whose admission fund$) Sotelo literally stole before she threw them into the street in 2012, has given up, thrown in the towel and ratified Sotelo’s appointed chair. These are the firstfruits of Matt’s “Let’s Party” vision.
Dubin’s vision, is to “stop complaining” about the ballot fraud, rules violations, and criminal activity in GOP leadership, but just recruit more and more “liberty people” to join the Republican Party and help them in their pointless tasks… losing elections. He guarantees that when this group is “in the majority” things will change. Why would they join to begin with? But if they did and once they were integrated, why wouldn’t they do what the rest of the sheep are doing and support their leadership? Matt seemed to be completely unaware that “liberty people” have always been in the majority in the Republican Party, continually having their own efforts and finances used to thwart their objectives by that same, corrupt leadership that Matt has befriended, golfed with, covered for and wants us all to “quit complaining” about. And the methodology he recommends for grass roots activism has been in continual operation, to no effect whatsoever, for more than a quarter century. Being in the majority does NOT automatically overcome cheating. Cheating is the means to prevent and overcome a majority. One of the worst aspects of Dubin’s speech was his verbal attacks on “liberty activists” in general:
I have seen petitions protesting the conduct of the party leadership. I have seen open letters advising the party what to do. I have seen angry liberty activists making threats and ultimatums to party leaders and grass roots members alike.
That’s interesting. I’ve been in this fight since before Dubin got here and I haven’t seen any of that. Listening to his speech, one might assume there is some evidence backing up his indictment of liberty activists, but Matt offers, and has offered… none. The historic, sociological fact is that people who are motivated by the Christian ideal that founded America, freedom under the rule of law, will not long tolerate schmoozing among slimy GOP lizards for the “honor” of rubbing shoulders with worthless compromising politicians. They will not become “rocks” in that stream of corruption.
We must hold ourselves as rocks in a stream, unmoving, letting the negativity flow past us. ~ Matt Dubin, RLC Kickoff, January 2013
They may come in, but in most cases activists will drop back out in 2 to 4 years when nothing changes. Most of those who stay longer are those who do so for personal ambition or who need a social outlet more than they care about principle. They will be the Ruth Gibbses and Kirby Wilburs of the Paul Movement, gradually or quickly being absorbed into, and learning to act just like the current GOP, the willing enablers of the politicians who are the willing enablers of American Socialist tyranny. Few in number are those who have stayed and endured the attacks to pursue a long fight for freedom: the Larry Stickneys and Jim Medleys and Bob Strubles and Jim Robinsons and Dottie Robertses. But how would you know this if you haven’t been there?