Today I will be writing from the heart! I won’t provide any links, map, or diagrams. This is just strictly my own personal views.
I have tried to figure out how we have lost focus as Conservatives of this Nation. Where are we going wrong???? What is it that the Democrats are doing that we are not???? Why people are attracted the Democrat Party even though deep down they are Conservative minded??? It can’t be just the “Entitlement Mentality”…… Many other people come to me asking these questions as well.
About 2 weeks ago I decided to go into the “bottom level” of Politics and voluntarily signed up to be a Precinct Committeeman of my Local GOP Legislative District. I was in absolute shock at what I found. There is so much in-fighting going on, people deciding who moves up and who doesn’t, and no one following any rules or Bylaws. People are railroading other people out simply because they don’t agree on Social Issues, meetings that come to violence at times because of differences. People (Libertarians, Liberty Minded, or just people the “Old Guard Republicans” disagree with), being told that they need to go back to their splinter parties or the Democrat Party. There were even smear campaigns against each other when it came to their own election process.
When I went there I went in ready to work, but you can’t work in a system that is failing and expect to get anywhere, especially where the people do not want to work together towards one common goal. I feel as if I stay with my local LD, it would be like banging my head up against a brick wall. In fact, the meetings I attended and the various GOP and LD Pages on Facebook gave me a whole new perspective and it was very disturbing. I cannot honestly tell anyone much less minorities that the GOP is the place for them.
It is sad to say, but after how things went and are going, I can’t honestly say one positive thing about the GOP; and that’s a first for me. Many folks don’t know, but I am a political radio guest speaker on radio stations all across our Country. I have been on CBS Radio with Dan Rhea on Nightside and Grassroots Radio out of Colorado to name a few. I have been putting off going on air since my local LD meeting. I’m also a political writer and even have a book out. My stuff has been featured on Red White and Blue news, Herman Cain PAC, enidnews.com, rightlinksblogs.com, amplify.com, The Conservative Praetorian, the Rowdy Republican, and many other places. I have been a political advisor to many people as well. I have always been one to say that the Republican Party is not as bad as people think it is. That is accepting of everyone no matter your age, sex, or color….That it is Conservatives Core Values, Morals, and Ideology that matters… But now….. I’m not so sure about that…… I have even put off writing on The Last Civil Right up until now, because I really don’t have anything positive to say about the GOP right now.
As in most Black families I was “born into” the Democrat Party. By the time I could carry things, I was helping out in various functions (They recruit very young in the Democrat Party), as I got older the responsibilities grew greater as most of my family are heavily involved in the Democrat Party. I have been to numerous meeting, events, and even Conventions of the Democrat Party growing up. It was only until I got out on my own, joined the Navy, and experienced the world for myself, did I choose to switch parties.
When I first switched parties I switched to being a Republican. I attended a few of their functions but eventually stopped because I felt extremely unwelcome. The few events that I did attend, no one talked to me, they all looked at me like “what is she doing here”, and I would sit by myself in the back. If anyone did talk to me it was because I initiated the conversation. They would be very quick in replying to me then they would walk off very rapidly like there was a fire in the room or like I had some kind of contagious disease to get back to their cliques.
I then went on to switch my party affiliation to being an Independent just so I could have my Conservative views, yet remain apart from the people who didn’t seem like they wanted me to be a part of them. Imagine how hard that is, to not be accepted in your own community because of your Conservative views, and then be felt left out by the people whose views you do for the most part agree with. I was an Independent up until I switched my affiliation in order to become a Committeeman.
I had chosen to remain an Independent up until I chose to become a Committeeman, because I do not like the dirtiness of politics on either side of the fence, but I thought I may be able to help in fixing this broken GOP system and breaking the minority barrier. To me, things should be straight forward. Either you are a Conservative or you are a Liberal. Not to what degree you are of either. It should not matter whose friends with whom, who you think is a Libertarian or not Republican enough, or what age or sex you are. The only things that should matter as a whole are Limited Government, Moral Fabric of the Nation, Fiscal Responsibility, Personal Responsibility, Rules of Law, National and State Sovereignty, and getting good Candidates in office. Everything else like Social Issues is secondary and should be handled as such.
When you lose focus on the bigger picture, you allow room for failure of the system, like the mess the GOP is in now. When you are in an organization as big as this, NO ONE is going to agree on everything all of the time. They must learn to come together under a Big Umbrella and strive for the same BASIC thing if you are to begin to defeat the Democrat Party!!! Roberts Rules and Bylaws are a way of keeping this organization together as ONE because no one agrees with each other on every topic all of the time! They MUST be followed in order to maintain a healthy organization that is as big as this. I had one lady tell me she has NEVER read the Bylaws or Roberts Rules of Order, and she’s a long time Committeeman.
Minorities already feel like they don’t belong in the GOP and being a minority person, I can understand why……. That is why I chose to remain an Independent for so long. Minority Conservatives are already cast out of their own Communities and from the looks of things as they are now; the GOP is not equipped or ready for them either. The way I get treated at most GOP functions, most minority people would have already run. That is why you have separate party groups like Hispanic Republicans and Black Republicans. They don’t feel a part of the regular GOP, yet they consider themselves Republican because of their Conservative views and ideology. I however am more head strong and don’t get my feelings hurt as easily as most.
Do you know no one walked up and talked to me when I first went into my Local GOP meeting? It was only until I initiated conversation did people say something. Eventually some of the LD Leadership introduced me to a few people and they just looked at me in disdain and were very snotty and arrogant. I went to my local LD meeting with another Committeeman; she introduced me to a few people before we made it inside, but once inside it was a whole new ball game when it came to the people.
I know many Committeemen in other States as well. In fact one of our Co-Authors of the Last Civil Right is out of Illinois. She is a Republican and is Eric Holder’s cousin, so you can imagine the flack she takes! She is a Committeeman and see’s the same things I have, as have many other Minority people throughout the GOP……. So this is not just a small problem for the GOP, it is a big one! It pretty much leaves us Minority Conservatives displaced and disenfranchised…. We are cast out by our own communities for being Conservatives and yet minorities are still not fully accepted within the GOP……..
I myself am thinking I may switch back to being an Independent and better to serve elsewhere where the people actually get along, focus on the bigger picture, and want to work….. I’m beginning to think that working with my local LD is not my places for helping with change. It looks as if it may be too far gone and no one knows what they are doing. My local LD, other LD’s in AZ, and the GOP LD’s across the Nation; are not a good face to bring anyone into in its current condition.
I guess what people in the GOP are failing to understand is, the bottom of the rung is most people’s entry way into Politics (be it the Republican side or the Democrat side) and if it is corrupt, non-accepting, and chaotic; people will run for the hills! I do not think I can bring people (much less minorities) into an organization that eats their own. In fact, they are giving the Democrats the ammunition to call us minority Conservatives “Tokens” (and other foul names) to the GOP, making it a harder road for those who are already Conservative; and pushing away any who even think about coming out as a Conservative.
Early on I had been told I need to watch what I say and watch the people I associate with by various groups within the group in my local LD. I was told by several other PC’s that their paperwork was “lost” by the “powers that be” simply because they didn’t like them for one reason or another and they had to wait and be elected as a PC just to be able to be able to work in the LD. I had already heard through the grapevine that my paperwork as a PC was going to be stalled or “lost” this time around, because some of the people on the Executive Committee don’t like me already. Wow, that didn’t take long! I heard this news from people within my local LD and some that aren’t even in my LD. Amazing how news travels…..
Things like that are appalling. I guess they are not as open to having Minority Members or new Conservative Members for that matter in the GOP as they say they are, after all, they’re already trying to railroad their own out. They really should be more up front when they have people signing up to be a PC. Maybe put it on the PC informational flyers that in order to be a PC you have to think and be a certain way, and give a detailed listing of how you are supposed to look, be, and think to be a part of “their” GOP. The “powers that be” in my local LD and others in the GOP LD’s are going to have to understand at some point that, people come to the GOP voluntarily. They can also leave voluntarily too. If they continue to do things the way they are now, there will be no one left…….
So as to what I think is the GOP’s major problem is…..
The Democrats are more focused and accepting than the GOP is over-all. Being “born” Democrat, I know this well. They are able to put “petty” differences aside and focus on the big picture and a common goal. They accept everyone and don’t care whether you are Black, White, Brown, Red, Blue, Green or Purple. They are all in lock-step in one common goal and that is to defeat the Republican/Conservatives at all costs. When they put forth people in their party, take notice, they pick ONE and stand behind that person in UNISON!
The GOP picks 3 or 4 and then argues as to who is a Rhino, the more Conservative or a “real” Republican. I do understand that people want to put the best candidates in place. Take Romney for instance, a lot of Conservatives did not want Romney and felt as if he was being rammed down their throats. They expressed their feelings on this all over social media outlets as well. I myself am guilty of this as I said I didn’t have Romney in mind when he was picked but I would support him as he was the GOP Nominee on my Facebook Page. Tell me how many times did you hear a Democrat say “I didn’t want Obama, he’s not Democrat enough for my tastes”??? Yes, exactly!!! Said 1 democrat, NEVER!!! Get the point yet???
The Democrats are basking in glory right now! They think it’s funny how the GOP eats its own and divides themselves. It makes their jobs a lot easier. Even at the bottom rung of the GOP you see the division between Conservatives. I just recently had a woman in my local LD tell me she didn’t like the candidate I advised during his campaign (who won in a Democrat held District by the way) because “he talks to everyone (even Democrats) so he’s leaning too far left and is not a real Republican”. How do you expect to win hearts and minds if you close yourself off to everyone in your community and only talk with people “like-minded”???? It’s no wonder the candidate who she was the campaign manager for is getting “frozen out” by the GOP at higher levels.
You cannot forget who you represent when you take office. Not only are you there to represent your Party, but you are also there to represent your community as well. Often you can change someone’s mind about the GOP and Conservatives by being open to hearing them out and talking with them. You can’t accurately judge someone or put someone down, if you don’t know where they are coming from and why they hold their views or ideology. Listening to them does not mean you are changing your morals, ideology, or political stance, but at the very least you are showing that you are personable and willing to reach across the aisle and try to work with people. A lot of people would do better for themselves to learn from that concept.
Many people don’t want to hear what I have had to say, and some may even get mad. To tell you the truth, I really don’t care if you get mad, I’m mad as hell too! This is not how the Conservative Movement should be!!! I’ve grown up in Politics and know a lot about how things are supposed to work, imagine being a fresh face to it and how one might react to the things I have described above!!! You would think I was talking about Democrats, but instead it was Conservatives!!!
The GOP has a long way to go if they want to defeat the Democrats. Until they can come together under one big banner and put their pettiness aside, they will not be an effective opponent against the Left. They will have to figure out a way to encompass all ages, Conservative ideologies, racial backgrounds, monetary backgrounds, religious backgrounds, and even sexes; if they are to be successful against the Democrat Party. It they don’t, there will be more Conservative minded 3rd Parties popping up and it will eventually lead to the GOP’s demise.
In conclusion of my from the heart rant, I will leave you all with a quote from a song made by Depeche Mode:
“You can’t change the world
But you can change the facts
When you change the facts
You change points of view
We change points of view
You make change a vote
And when you change a vote
You may change the world….”
From the beginning and after much speculation with days, weeks, and months of primary campaigning to narrow the GOP’s pool of candidates for a strong choice of those that most closely represent the core values of Conservatives. The great race officially began. What we as conservatives, as well as those that identify more as “Christian first”, than conservatives underestimated was the “new deal direction” of this nation. The constant but subtle teachings in schools, universities, and even some churches with the sneaky infiltration of liberal leanings and desires. Which is why immediately into the primary campaign season conservatives watched the brutal character attacks upon their primary candidates, as one by one Bachmann, Cain, and Santorum faced some of the most despicable character assassinations seen in the political arena in years. Everything from sexual innuendo photos circulating of Michelle Bachmann (not to mention the grossly racially twisted misuse of her statements), the mysteriously appearing then disappearing ”ladies of Cain”, to the false and widely liberal spread lie of Santorum’s wife having an abortion. Everything and anything to tear down those that dared speak of, “christian values”, morals, ethics, regardless of messages that spoke of economics and employment. The movement of liberal progressiveness is to remove any religion that stands alone, one that will not submit to merging its theological views with another or even that of man’s rule is abhorred.
Conservatives are excellent at working hard, rallying back, as well as being strong warriors. We quickly banded primary candidate supporters together, and threw our energies with renewed vigor behind the few remaining GOP primary candidates to rally support for the primary elections. Once that choice was determined by the voters, we thrust ourselves into preparing for the republican convention. We (republican/conservatives/tea party) held well attended if not full house rallies. Millions of dollars were raised, on both sides of the political aisle to be spent on campaign ads, campaign signs, billboards and other paraphernalia, with last-minute stomps through “toss-up” states. The greatest race and most followed known to Americans, finished last night for President of the United States. Pres. Barack H. Obama won his race for reelection. Last night for many conservatives became too much to bear and for democrats a sweet victory of course with the opportunity to gloat and goad, all that gloating from those that call themselves the party of tolerance!
Being as active as I am on a good number of social media sites, I got to witness many acts of poor, make that distasteful in way, winners attacking and mocking conservatives, Christians, and anyone that declared “independent” in the past on these vessels of mass communication. I also saw some that represented themselves as one way, such as; Christian, behave in a manner that was most unchristian like! The thing about building affiliations with those that you can only assume to take at “screen value” is you have to give a benefit of a doubt to the content of their character, and regardless of their value similarity to your values, it’s still a gamble on their true person. I will be fair though and say, this country has been so divided by race, what is truthful, and a sinful disregard towards Christians, that I have to believe that some people were just extremely overwrought with the pent-up emotions from years of desiring better for this nation and for it to go back to the church not backwards in civil rights, pity though that their emotions got the best of them and spiraled out of control.
Reflecting back on last nights attacks to my person, over a simple Facebook posting of a picture that had Ron Paul’s picture on it, and even though I was only using for the worded message (yes I know Paul-bot, and an enemy of division to the true conservative cause as seen by many and myself), I in my tired state and trying to stay strong didn’t even think about the fact that Ron Paul’s image, a mistake that led to several people who address themselves very adamantly as “Christian first” conservatives, made some rude comments and then chose to block themselves from my page. Fine by me, because like I stated, allusions of character are prominent on social media sites. What came to mind though with their actions is this thought, “why would a christian be so distraught over a picture”? Then another thought occurred and this one I credit to God, as I do all those ideas, and thoughts in my head that makes more sense than I could have alone, “You all put too much faith in a man for your salvation”.
How true is that thought of putting so much faith in a mere mortal human-being during this earthly activity of electing a president? I woke up this morning reflecting on that thought (didn’t sleep well at all). I know I fell into that behavior too, all the while praying for God’s intervention into politics. I can say it appeared based on my own assumption that many others did the same exact thing too. We got caught up in the political fervor, not to say we lost sight of who the true leader, the king of Christians is, but we started looking to Gov. Mitt Romney to save us from the trials and tribulations in our lives and this nation as if he has Godly powers.
I had an uplifting and brief discussion this morning with some wonderful people on a social media site, and an acquaintance of a friend in this prayerful and uplifting conversation stated:
“…you know what… I have to ask myself questions too. Am I putting too much stock in this worlds government? Am I putting too much stock in America? Jesus wasn’t political, and he even said to render to Caesar what belongs to him, and to God what belongs to Him. It is time we as Christians no longer put our stock in this faulty system. It has divided us as a body. It has caused me to look at my brothers and sisters with disdain for voting for Obama. That shouldn’t be so. Be angry, but sin not (not even in your heart). I don’t appreciate the lame jokes and remarks I see. All the while knowing that spiritual darkness has been given a license to grow in America.
But even as I type this, The Lord is telling me “that is the problem. You CAN’T stop the kingdom of darkness through earthly government and politics. The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but SPIRITUAL.”
Eloquence of words and truth that I couldn’t express, were expressed above by someone I would be proud to call my friend!
That my friends is the true answer! Our fundamental foundation in spiritual belief is shattered in pieces and while not being pieced together they are being trodden upon with impunity. God’s judgement will rain down and those blows will be with a ferocity of fury unlike any known to mankind. Christians are fed up and yet we are too forgiving in some sense, sugar-coating, and softly tread with those that are advocating to uprooting of christian’s true path instead of speaking with brimstone fire upon the conviction of their truth!
It is time friends for us to go towards the future with a new affirmation of how we continue about our lives in this nation and what actions each of us will choose. The time has come for you to make a choice that has nothing to do with a man’s governmental position, idolatry, or displaced blind faith in humanly powers all while shouting hallelujah at Sunday church services. Another wonderful christian friend shared with me and many others publicly the scripture of God quoted below. This scripture clearly addresses the true polarization of this nation’s progressive political movement that is leading us into darkness and judgement,
Isaiah 29:13: The Lord says, “These people worship me with their mouths and honor me with their lips. But their hearts are far from me, and their worship of me is Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men..
Your choices and the path you choose has been laid out before you, it is now the time to make that choice. God Bless.