Most rank and file politicos in Clark County are only somewhat aware of a battle that currently rages amongst the Republican leadership in the Clark County GOP. Currently there is a groundswell movement to put more conservative constitutionalists into Precinct Committee Officer (PCO) positions in an effort to change the local party from the ground up. Liberty supporters and Tea Party activists appear to be at the core of this movement and therefore the establishment has circled its wagons and tried to thwart this latest effort.
I consider myself to be a member of the Tea Party and have to ask the question; why are some in the establishment fighting this? What part of the principles of conservatism and the Constitution are they afraid of?
I joined the Tea Party because the establishment GOP/Republicans didn’t support very core ideas and principles that the party itself was founded on. So why should they be surprised that after 4 years of trying to work with them and being treated like the redheaded step child that we, like our founders, have decided to chart our own course? I can only speak for myself but I know that I am not alone when I say that I’m tired of being given handpicked establishment candidates that have only one issue. What is that issue? That is fiscal conservatism (and they aren’t very good at that). Almost since the dawn of the Tea Party movement the establishment has tried to harness the Tea Party’s energy by trying to define it as the same one issue movement.
The movement, however, will not be defined by those outside it. It is defined by those of us who believe that public virtue is more precious than compromise, that a limited government is a necessary evil that cannot create opportunities, that the rights of man are a gift from the creator and not government, we believe in the right to life (born and unborn), that marriage is to be between one man and one woman, that following the Constitution is the best way to prosperity, that the people should have a voice in who represents them at every level.
These are the very issues that scare some in the party establishment to death! They are so concerned about “winning” that they will compromise core platform party values. The result is that they may win, but true conservatives lose no matter who gets into office.
Can you blame us for trying to change things?