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Friday, November 16, 2007

West Hartford Republican Town Committee meeting : November 19, 2007

One of our this years' candidates, Peter Martin, reported on this blog that the next West Hartford GOP Town Committee Meeting is Monday, November 19, 2007 at 7:15 p.m. at the West Hartford Town Hall Auditorium. While Peter and I disagree on the capability of our current West Hartford Republican Town Leadership, and the manner in which campaigns and business are conducted - we do agree that it's TIME to do something about it.

Obviously, we Republicans are fresh off a major defeat, and a lot of folks are burned out and wanting to put politics on the side for a while. Case in point - the major blogs around town seem to be void of new material and posts. And the energy level is astoundingly low. Again, not a shock for only a week past an election.

Of course, people are entitled their space, and deserve the time to recharge their batteries. But keep in mind that there are those in town that are hell-bent on keeping the status quo in tact and wish to keep fresh ideas and new faces from getting involved. To some of these people, the West Hartford GOP is their little social club and as long as they can meet with "old" friends and sip martinis, then they they are happy campers. And this is the state of the West Hartford Republican Town Committee. But its up to registered Republicans to do something about it. Change won't happen unless people make it happen.

In this town, it doesn't take a lot of effort to dissuade people from participating or getting involved. It's bad enough that demographically it's an uphill battle. But the old adage that you can't influence what you can't see does have some merit. Martin calls on people to "participate", and I call on people to be "activist". We probably mean nearly the same thing.

Political Activism means proactively engaging in creating, formulating and campaigning year round on issues that matter. First, you need leaders that buy into the notion that its the job of the Republican Chairman to lead from the front and surround himself (or herself) with leaders that are willing to take the issues to the street. Any approach less than this from the start will guarantee doom for West Hartford Republicans (and taxpayers) in 2009. The battle of ideas starts today, and the war for majority representation on the Council begins anew, right now.

This doesn't mean we have to stand outside of city hall with signs every week. No. This means creating an artful campaign of outreach, communication, expanding the leadership, relationship building, press strategy, steady opposition in the form of representation at all public meetings, or through letter writing (all year log), and engagement in all debates on all issues where they matter. This starts with rejuvenating our base. We cannot simply pick this up in August of 2009 and expect to make a go of it. We are not in upstate NY or in a Republican mid-west stronghold.

So on that note, I'll leave you with something I found off the Leon County Republican Party webpage. What's interesting is that it hits the nail on the head without going overboard with fancy language and unnecessary sophistication. I particularly call your attention to the last paragraph below:

I am a Republican because

I am a REPUBLICAN because......

The proper function of government is to do for the people those things that have to be done but cannot be done, or cannot be done as well, by individuals, and that the most effective government is government closest to the people.

Good government is based upon the individual and that each person’s ability, dignity, freedom and responsibility must be honored and recognized.

That free enterprise and the encouragement of individual initiative and incentive have given this nation an economic system second to none.

Sound money management should be our goal.

In equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity for all, regardless of race, creed, age, sex or national origin.

We must retain those principles of the past worth retaining, yet always be receptive to new ideas with an outlook broad enough to accommodate thoughtful change and varying points of view.

That Americans value and should preserve their feeling of national pride, and at the same time share with people everywhere a desire for peace and freedom and the extension of human rights throughout the world.

The Republican Party is the best vehicle for translating these ideals into positive and successful principles of government.


Anonymous said...

Why do I get the feeling that this blog consists of five or six people who already know each other's identity, yet go online and post their vitriol just to make themselves feel better about the fact that they won't say it to each other's faces?

The King said...

Yeah, doesn't seem likely. It's a lot of random hits from all over the place. Most of these people probably don't know each other.

This isn't a political blog, it just happens to have a bit of political commentary on it.

You can get the same thing over at Curt Schilling's blog now that the baseball season is over.

The discourse isn't as bad as you claim it is, you can go to other blogs and find real vitriol.

Elliot Check said...

That's a laugh, someone complaining about anonymous posters while posting anonymously.

The discussion here has if anything been very polite even when antagonistic.

I think the convesation on the GOP Committee may prove helpful in the long run and was said without "vitriol".

At the very least it helps clear the air of things that were going around behind the scenes

Anonymous said...

Right on, King!

We are sick of paying high taxes in this town. When are we going to see the Republican Party in this town act like they care about us regular people?

Keep writing!

Anonymous said...

King and everyone,

The GOP Town Committe meeting will not be held tonight as previously reported, but will be held next Monday (11/26) at 7:15pm at the Town Hall Auditorium. Sorry for the mix-up. Hope to see you all there.