Saturday, May 26, 2012

Bottom Up. Not Top Down

by Licentia Diligo

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? 


  1. Odd that you would seem to confuse a coordinated effort by the Paulbots to take over with a Tea Party movement.

    Unless the two are related?

  2. I think the author attempts to spell out exactly how they are related in the fourth paragraph.

  3. The effort was the brainchild of a Santorum supporter, so not sure why one would consider it a takeover, as you say, of Paulbots. Btw, do you know any of these Paulbots well? Could you define the particulars of a Paulbot?

  4. Well, when one is running for PCO and one has a picture taken in the Columbian at his rally wearing a Paul sweatshirt "made by his wife" then one qualifies as a Paulbot.

    This is an obviously organized effort. I don't have a problem with that sort of thing; after all, that's the American system as far as I can tell.

    But Paulbots are generally those people who can't seem to find a way to face reality. Politically, they continue to argue that Ron Paul has a chance to be elected President... or win the convention.

    And he does have a "chance," but in this case, my Cavalier Spaniels have a BETTER chance then he does.

    Like it or hate it, he hasn't won squat in terms of popular vote. His views on foreign policy (Let Iran have nukes? Seriously?) are suicidal and his bizarre isolationism mirrors that of America in, say, 1935.

    And how did that work for us?

    The ignorance of most Paul supporters mirrors that of most Obama supporters. Their tactics resemble that of the sturmabteilung.

    But this isn't a "ground swell" effort. And the people will not support it.

    Like anything else done for the Paul/Santorum ticket, it's a colossal waste of time.

    But it's their time to waste. Good luck with that.

    By the way, my distaste for the "establishment" that is bringing us candidates like McKenna, Dunn, Herrera, Boldt and the like is well known.

    I, for one, have been actively fighting this for years. But following a whack job that refuses to face ALL of reality, and not just the parts he likes?

    That ain't the way to get there.

    1. You are entitled to your opinions of Ron Paul's positions, certainly. So do not mistake the following comment with any defense of any political position of ANY presidential candidate:

      When it comes to the nature of this PCO movement, what animates it, what provides its cohesion, you have absolutely no idea what you are talking about. Should you care to cure your ignorance of the subject before commenting upon it any further, you are welcome to contact me. I am one of the people Lynda alludes to in her post.

  5. I'm a proud Paulbot and I disagree completely with your assessment above (of course), but basically I think the "I'm mad as hell & I'm not going to take it anymore" is probably a best description of myself and others in this coordinated effort. (This is Kenny Smith, BTW. I guess i have to figure out this profile thing.)

    The alternative is your approach, I guess so I'll just quote you:

    "By the way, my distaste for the "establishment" that is bringing us candidates like McKenna, Dunn, Herrera, Boldt and the like is well known.

    I, for one, have been actively fighting this for years."

    "And how did that work for us?" Apparently "That ain't the way to get there."

  6. For years the establishment (read: "moderate republicans") have encouraged infighting among conservatives as a way to hold on to their power. What scares them the most is if we wake up and realize that conservatives have majorities when they band together. I don't find the name 'Paulbot' helpful, and Paul supporters are some of the most patriotic, Godly, conservative people I've ever met. Actually, I'm getting pretty tired of listening to the name-calling from mindless blog-zombies. If you want to help conservatives get control of local government, get on board with this movement. Otherwise, get out of the way while others do the heavy lifting for you.

    1. I agree with the name calling is a moron's 'got no substanitive rebuttal'. But you have to admitt 'Paulbot' has a better meter than 'un- alienable rights- bot'

  7. "that a limited government is a necessary evil that cannot create opportunities,"

    This must have been a typo, right?