Many of those who are actively involved in the Parker County political machine, especially the Republican Party apparatus, gathered together Saturday morning at the WISD Ninth Grade Center for Precinct Conventions and the Republican Party County Convention.
For those who were a part of the team tasked with the responsibility of ensuring that the County Convention was a success, the morning’s activities were executed with precision. The entire team headed by County Chair Zan Prince did a remarkable job of following protocol and adhering to State Party guidelines. All are to be commended.
The morning was not without moments of excitement. One such moment occurred when members from the audience proposed replacing the Republican Party slate of delegates to the State Convention with their own slate of delegates.
However, after a lengthy period of discussion, the original list of Republican Party delegates was approved. A motion was then introduced by State Rep. Phil King to add names from the list that had been introduced from the floor, to the Republican Party list of alternate delegates. The motion carried.
Citizens who do not consider themselves a part of the Parker County Republican Party expressed dissatisfaction with the manner in which the Republican Party carries out its responsibilities. TEA Party members and Ron Paul supporters were especially vocal in their opposition to the party process. A suggestion was made to those who object to the Republican Parties manner of conducting business – get involved in party activities, start attending meetings, participate in voter registration drives, and run for public office or get involved in the campaign of someone who is running for office.
I recall thinking how futile their efforts to change the party are, from the outside looking in. That’s like attempting to renovate your home by throwing rocks at it from your driveway – probably not going to be very productive.
After many years of being involved in political activities, I have come to realize progress moves at a snail’s pace! And because progress grinds along at such a painfully slow pace, many become totally frustrated and walk away. That’s understandable, but disgruntled disengaged citizens are a big part of the problem.
To those who truly care about the future of our nation, our state and our community, I say join the team and stay the course – don’t become discouraged, and above all DON’T QUIT! Can you think of one quitter you have known in your life who deserves your respect; I can’t.
We are not, as a Republican Party, where we want to be, and certainly we are not where we should be. But we will never get there by walking away. It took many years for the Republican Party to become infested with RINOs and it is going to take years to purge the party of the stench of RINOs and incumbent cronyism!
Each one of us, are one of two things; part of the solution, or part of the problem. Which one are you?
by Lenny Leaatherman