RLC National Convention May 10-12th 2013: RECAPSubmitted by Ulfilas on Wed, 04/17/2013 - 01:54
After attending the RLC National Convention in Austin last weekend I have a few things to summarize.
1) The RLC by itself is a great networking tool for the Liberty movement. Local chapters have a lot more unity and cohesiveness than the national chapter at large. The state of Washington has the largest amount of members and the most active chapters. Their state coordinator was elected to the executive board along with another member from the Washington party. She is a very active and energetic woman, she is very active at her precinct level and will be a boon going forward. As for the other states, many are just now getting their charters organized as new states come on board.
2) Judging by the guests and speakers invited, those that attended, were 'friends' of the Liberty movement but not great representatives. Jack Hunter is self explanatory and does not fit this category, nor did Chris Doss who is a YAL speaker, but the Hispanic GOP outreach panel and Steve Stockman were overly pro-GOP neocons and their only concern was getting GOP people elected regardless of values, morals, beliefs. I have a problem with that, but not so much that I'll leave the RLC. I'll wait it out and see where the new officers direct the organization.
3) The low turnout of Convention was not indicative of the overall interest for the group. It is a lot for people to drive and fly from all across the country to Central Texas. Alaska even had 1 delegate and there were 3 from Maine. It will be hard for a group that has no paid staff to produce turnout at future conventions except for the pure dedication of members, and their check books. The next National Convention is being planned to be held in Maine... Not the best choice as it is very far from other state. Texas is also, but a more central location could have been chosen.
4) The website is going to be redone, rebranding will follow, apparel, advertisement, and outreach are all on the slate. The RLC is slowly growing and is trying to advertise more and become more visible.
Update 5/10/2013 4:53pm:
Well I arrived at the hotel, and I have to say East Austin is a colossal steaming pile of excrement. The current schedule doesn't have Silver Circle as attending so that is disappointing. Going to a workshop at 5pm. Will post stuff later. Can't really tell how many people are here right now, maybe 60-70 as far as I can tell.
Thank Goodness Spec's is next door.
Just listened to Chris Doss's presentation on conveying the message of liberty. He outlined how you can better convince your audience and where you can go (think low hanging fruit, people who partially already agree with you) to spread your message.
Hotel forgot to set up for breakfast so we have been 30 minutes behind on everything. Jack Hunter talked (and still is at this posting) during lunch. During Q/A an older lady asked when the 'anti-israel" bigots will die down and go away. I had to suppress my giggling as not to out myself... But she and her money are welcome in the RLC as will be tolerated. Israel is not part of the US, nor is Africa, Europe, or Eurasia. We shouldn't be sending any foreign aide in general. Sorry for not updating this morning. Chris Doss is awesome. We vote on Bylaws at 3pm. Also, Jack Hunter is cool and hinted to an effort to beat out Lindsey Graham in SC.
Well we're 45 minutes behind now and people are kind of confused when we vote for the new chairman. Dave Nalle (current chairman) says we will do the scheduled talks, then do the business meeting at 4, since we had a 1 hour break after it anyways.
Vic Berdadelli runs an election boot camp on getting elected and can train potential candidates on being personable, how to talk, how to walk.
Here is his book:
He argued for being pragmatic over ideological when it counts. Ideologes win points on votes in congress, pragmatics get elected.
Waiting outside for the meeting to start, I met an interesting entrepenuer. John Jones, a former Maine RNC delegate made infamous when they were barred from participating in Tampa, of Rocky Mountain Miners are selling their off the shelf Bitcoin miner (Lite, BBQ, Feather). They don't have a website yet but they are building models for people to start mining without having preexisting knowledge of bitcoin. I'm one of the Bitcoin skeptics but might invest in one of their models later this year.
It is 6:33pm, we haven't even voted for the first candidate for Chairman and Steve Stockman was supposed to talk during dinner at 7:00pm. The board has a serious maturity and inexperience issue that they are unable to keep a meeting properly functioning and follow Robert's Rules. Will post later, I need a beer.
We finally struck down the two proposed ammendments for the bylaws which took an eternity due to formentioned issue. We ate dinner in front of Steve Stockman who said nothing of importance and is a neo-con. Not sure why he was invited...