By Andrea Lapp – Something I’d like to point out is that it wasn’t a “Republican Party Slate” vs. a “Grassroots Slate”. Since voting in a Republican primary qualifies one as a Republican, these were two Republican slates of delegates; one offered by the nominating committee and the other offered by those of us who might consider ourselves to be grassroots Republicans.
People tend to spend their time where they find it most effective in achieving their desired results. A few years back, thinking that attending the monthly meetings and running for precinct chair would be a good way to be involved, I quickly learned that I would instead simply become a cog in a machine that perpetuates mediocrity and the status quo. No vigorous discussion or debate occurred at the meetings. No hard questions were posed to our elected representatives. Therefore, I decided to spend my time affecting change outside of this core of the party.
Although in no way was the grassroots slate motion a “hi-jacking”, I can understand why some may have felt threatened and irritated that a change they weren’t anticipating was all of the sudden being considered. However, such is the nature of “governed by the people” as opposed to a select few. We were participating vigorously in the democratic process that day, and we adhered to the rules.
Of the nearly 900 or so delegates that could have participated in the county convention, less than 200 showed up. What if all 900 were there? Would there have been people calling them outsiders? How many people are allowed to be in the Republican Party?
On a day like Saturday was, people needed to set aside their emotions and see that this was the process in action. Vigorous, vital, lively, and much more productive than a rubber stamp approval of the nominating committee’s recommendations.
The grassroots folks were there to promote freedom–not the kind that pits liberals against conservatives, or Republicans against Democrats for control in the government, but true freedom. There is only one such freedom: individual liberty.
Only individual liberty, once properly understood, can bring people together like no other political philosophy. It was our hope to elect people who understand this as delegates to the state convention.
If the Republican Party is to survive and thrive, its members must educate themselves on what freedom really means–and then get to work pursuing it. I’m reminded of what one of my professors at A&M pointed out; that when two companies compete head to head, they essentially become the same. Think of Coke vs. Pepsi, Chevron vs. Exxon, Home Depot vs. Lowe’s, etc. And now think of Republican vs. Democrat as it very often is…why can’t we offer a real difference? How about individual liberty vs. big government?
I have the good doctor to thank for helping me see. Ron Paul 2012; the doctor will free you now!