The Granger NorCalGOP Report: My First MeetingSubmitted by The Granger on Thu, 08/18/2011 - 14:08
Last night, I attended my first GOP meeting. I'm sharing my experience with y'all; for any advice and networking. The group meets every third Wednesday of each month. I plan to miss the next meeting, here's the story:
The meeting was scheduled at 7PM, in a very nice Chinese restaurant, Ana's Asian Garden, in Willits CA. When I pulled into the parking lot, a man who had parked just moments before me, was not very kind seeing my Ron Paul stickers. I followed him into the restaurant, and into the back banquet room, where three people were seated, two eating chow mein while sitting next to the American flag.
They stopped eating and were shocked to see someone they didn't expect appear. I introduced myself, and I recognised Judy from my Church, she did not recognise me as we don't attend the same Mass, and I recognised Stan because he's THE "active" Republican in these parts. Of course we have mutual friends. The man who walked in before me was named Mike, and there was another man, Mark, who was not a Republican, but there to make a presentation seeking support for a local tax to fund county libraries.
Stan handed us the agenda, we saluted the flag, and got down to business, Mark made his presentation and left (being a flaming LIBERAL, it was obvious he was nearly sick just being in GOP camp). We then discussed old and new business.
I'm going to skip the details, although if anyone wants to know, we are a transparent group, I have been told by Stan. I will bring up a few highlights:
*I learned about the redistricting in more detail.
*I received a list of "job opportunities", offices open in the county for boards.
*I learned they need help manning booths and being in a local parade.
When the meeting was preparing to end, I asked if I could say something, wanting this in the minutes; I told them that the Ron Paul meetings I have attended are bigger than this GOP meeting (that is true). I told them, as a county, we could turn it GOP by supporting Ron Paul. Judy said Bachmann. And I responded, by explaining that Bachmann bought her votes at the Iowa straw poll. Ron Paul sold tee shirts and that paid for his spot. Stan jumps in with, "Perry", I said, "He was Al Gore's campaign manager for Christs' sake". Stan says, "I know but he learned". I said. Ron Paul is the ticket to turn this county GOP. Judy said, well, everyone has to have their literature on the table. I said, that's FINE. That means that without my having attended, they would have not had Ron Paul literature on their GOP table, and I must provide the Ron Paul for president 2012 material!!!! I can't afford this, so anyone know how I can do this?
Then we got down to real business.. this is after the meeting was over. Mike, the man who saw my stickers in the parking lot, claimed his wife wrote a book about the Tea Party. So I tell him that RP started the Tea Party, and he says his wife would dispute that. So I said, I want to read the book. Mike left without telling me how to get a copy, but I will eventually get a copy to read (if it's in print). And finally, Stan tells me that there is room for 4 delegates and I'm going to find the GOP corrupt inside out, so be prepared for dirty politics.
Guess who's going to be a delegate? That's right. CA convention is Sept 16th.., the same time and date as our next county meeting. So I will not be at the next county meeting, but I will be in Los Angeles, where Bachmann is speaking (BFD). Anyone else? It's pretty apparent that CA GOP is planning to hi-jack the selection and leave RP OUT.
And so, I have allot of work cut out for myself. But I do believe that now, with this kind of local GOP "blessing", in that the cards are on the table, and my enthusiasm is very exciting to this very weak GOP. There are now 7 members meeting in my county including me, which represents 22% of the voters, Democrats having 44% and the remaining third party and decline to state.
Finally, what I learned most of all is that the GOP doesn't even have enough members to operate legally. If people who support Ron Paul joined the GOP and showed up at meetings, WE WILL WIN. (if the GOPs are all like mine, they could be sued for operating illegally); But the power in control is not weak or tired, and it is not sleeping or resting, but already setting up dirty tricks against Ron Paul and his supporters. All the tee shirts and slim joms and stickers are not worth a damn if you do not join the GOP and get involved.
If you are anywhere near Mendocino County CA and would like to be in a parade or help out, we sure could have some FUN... join me!!!