I went to my county's GOP meeting...Submitted by csturmer on Wed, 05/18/2011 - 16:58
What a sad sight. This was my first GOP meeting, my first official "political involvement" other than voting. I live in a traditionally republican state but a traditionally democrat county. There were no more than 20 people attending this meeting, and I was easily half the age of the youngest other person there.
I went because I read a post featured on the DailyPaul about becoming a precinct chair, and how becoming a precinct chair and getting other Ron Paul supporters to become precinct chair was a good method for getting things DONE in 2012. The good news of course is that I will become Precinct chair and I will door-to-door canvas to get more volunteers. I was also encouraged because the communications coordinator (who ran my county gop's website) talked with me and asked if I would write for the site. I told him I loved discussing economics and he asked if I could write a section about voter education that touched on Henry Hazlitt's broken window theory. The fact that someone at an otherwise neo-conservative esque GOP meeting mentioned this gave me some hope...But here is what was disheartening:
At the beginning of the meeting the entire group held a prayer. Despite the objectionable content of the prayer which I will touch on in a second, it's worthwhile to note that this shouldn't even happen. Prayer at a political organization meeting? The two have nothing to do with each other. THEN, on top of a principal disagreement with that practice, the man leading the prayer said "Lord we pray those who do not believe in the son of god Jesus as our savior to fall dead."
Seriously?! I felt like I was in the twilight zone.
On top of that, I was handed the minutes from a past meeting, where there was a joke about muslims being a part of Hamas!
We got work to do folks!