On Political Piracy and the GOP....Submitted by james_C on Mon, 03/02/2009 - 15:02
I've seen a few comments questioning the merits and mechanisms of an actual party "takeover".
Let us first address our vocabulary regarding this subject. This is not a takeover, this is not an infiltration, this is not subterfuge. We are all Republicans in the truest form of the word. We believe in the Republican form of government as the prime protector of our earthly rights. Thus taking a controlling position in the party that bears our lineage is not a takeover, it is "a return to essential principals". (quote from WA State Constitution)
The GOP is a candidate electing machine. Though the machine is broken and outmoded, an infusion of real patriots and honest conservatives would surely bring our machine up to snuff.
But how do we affect such a repair? The bastions of corruption have been erected against us for so long, how are we to fight them?
The GOP needs to grow, alot. But it has alot less growing to do than the Constitution party or the Liberterians. Don't get me wrong, I would love to see a viable 4 or 5 party system, but we dont have that. Join your state party online and call your district chairperson. Tell them you want to be appointed a PCO. A Precinct Comittee Officer has access to most of the campaigning tools the party provides. Walking lists, voter databases, phone lists etc. Once you are inside and have access to the tools, your real work begins.
Now that you represent your neigborhood (about 300 housolds), you must meet these people and become their go-to guy/gal for all questions political. Hand out flyers, polls, campaign etc. As an official GOP office holder now you can lobby on behalf of YOUR consituents. Go to your State Capitol and speak at a hearing or meet with your legislator and let them know you represent hundreds of registered voters.
A maximally effective PCO would have a few people in the precicnt to help him identify issues important to the community and get the information out.
Make the rules:
Through your (hopefully) effective campaigning/volunteering/representing you have gained a reputation in the local political community. Ask your District Chair for additional responsibilities i.e. seargant at arms, vote watcher/counter, platform committee position or anything else. The key here is to put our people in as many of the functions of the party as possible. Once your organization has enough PCO's in your area you can control the voting for all party positions such as rules committee, state and county committeeman and woman. Here in Washington we have about 10 to 20% penetration into the party over all, with many counties as high as 60 or 70% (Spokane county sent 106 RP delegates of 114 total to the state convention)
This particular part of the action is the hardest and longest fought. It will take multple election cycles to fully implement and influence many state's GOPs. Effective and successful campaigns greatly increase your own credibility within the party and great inroads can be made through coalition building and honest friendly conversation.
In every meeting and every convention come ready to fight, know the rules and have a plan. You will win small victories at first, then you will pass a platform resolution, or perhaps a rules ammendment. These will lead to candidates and delegates.
Put their money to good use:
Here in King County we've been thrashed around a bit by the Neo-Cons in charge. In order to better equip ourselves for the 2010 election cycle (we got ZERO help and even opposition from the GOP in 2008) we are establishing Political Action Committees to raise funds for leg, district based campaigning. These PAC's allow citizens to donate to an organization that will use their money in their district. This will stem the cashflow to the central (corrupted) GOP coffers and infuse grass roots campaigns with the cash they need.
Through the intigration of our PAC's, C4L, the RP '08 campaign and coalition building with organizations such as Evergreen Freedom Foundation, respectwashington.us and many others we have affected true and meaningfull reforms in the name of Liberty here in Washington State, providing the "proof of concept". I am 100% sure our path is true, here in the Evergreen State it is just a matter of time and proper application of talent.
Viva la Revolution.