If you are unhappy with the intensity of the “fight” in Rep. Eric Cantor, the Republican House Whip, and want him to fight harder for our individual rights, then you’ve got to somehow convince the conservatives in his district to get involved in their local Republican Party committees so they can organize politically to not only challenge him in the 2012 primary but also elect better, more conservative leaders of those Party committees. Did you know that, on average, every local Republican Party committee has more than half of its committeeman slots currently vacant? That means two things. First, our Party goes into battle at less than half strength where it really matters — at the precinct level. Second, it represents a HUGE opportunity for conservative Republicans. If conservative Republicans would just flock into the Republican Party at the local committee level, and fill up all the vacant, voting slots, not only would they turn the Party into a 100 per cent strength, Get Out The Vote machine, but they would also have a solid majority of conservatives inside the Party and be able to elect better, more conservative Party leaders.
The Virginia Republican Party web site is actually enouraging Republicans to join the Party as “official members.” They inform Virginia Republicans who visit their web site that the first step in the process is to donate $45 to the Party. https://rpva.net/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=1 But that’s about all the information they give you. To really change the Republican Party, you have to get inside it. Where you live. At your local committee meeting.
If you live in the 7th Congressional District, I have listed below the web sites for the Republican Party county and city committees that correspond to the list of counties and city governments listed on Rep. Cantor’s web site, also linked below. You’ll see from those committee web sites that in most cases the current committee leaders are not exactly imploring Republicans who visit their sites to become voting members of the Party. For those county committee web sites that actually provide information on how to join the Party, I have listed that separate link after the main site link.
Caroline County: http://www.northernneckrepublicans.org/caroline.asp
Chesterfield County: http://www.chesterfieldgop.com http://www.chesterfieldgop.com/index-5.html
Culpeper County: http://www.culpepergop.org/
Goochland County: http://goochlandgop.org/
Hanover County: http://www.hanovergop.com/ (site contains link to membership application form)
Henrico County: http://henricovagop.ning.com/ (site contains link to membership application form)
Louisa County: http://louisacountyrepublicans.blogspot.com/
Madison County: http://madisonvagop.blogspot.com/
Page County: http://pagerepublicans.org/
Rappahannock County: http://www.demarismiller.com/RappRepublicans.html
Rep. Cantor also provides information about the 7th Congressional District here http://cantor.house.gov/district/index.htm and provides links to the county and city government web sites within the District that correspond to the Party web sites listed above.
Bottom line: if you want to change Rep. Cantor, then get conservatives in the 7th Congressional District to get to their respective local Republican Party committee meetings and become precinct committeemen. If we conservatives can greatly increase the percentage of conservatives at the precinct level within the 7th Congressional District, then we’ll have a hope convincing Rep. Cantor that a more conservative challenger might have a hope of defeating him in the 2012 primary election — that all-important, traditionally-very-low-turnout election that he must win, just like every other incumbent Republican, to go on to the general election.
The Virginia State Board of Elections web site’s unofficial results of the 2010 Republican House races that they listed show that no race had more than a ten per cent turnout of active voters and one race had a turnout of less than four per cent! The average turnout percentage for active Republicans in primaries in Virginia in 2010 was 7.21 per cent! https://www.voterinfo.sbe.virginia.gov/election/DATA/2010/3429C052-221D-420E-B117-AB75E2FD4894/Official/95_s.shtml
Hereâ€™s a link to a tutorial on how to become a Republican Party precinct committeeman in Virginia provided at Redstate by penguin2: http://www.redstate.com/penguin2/2010/04/16/saturday-morning-breakfasts-evening-meetings-joining-your-local-gop/.
It’s not hard. You just have to show up. Will you?
Most conservatives have a lame excuse. “I can do more with my writing.” Probably not. “I’m too busy.” Reset your priorities — this only takes a couple of hours a month. “I’m not good with people.” Grow up.
No cavalry is going to come galloping to the country’s rescue. “We the People” have to fix this. We’re in the crisis we’re in because we’ve all been too damn lazy, enjoying our liberties, to bother spending a few hours a month carrying out our civic duty to be engage in party politics and, thereby, be the political guardians of our Republic. (I’m guilty as charged.) Each one of us, now, at this time of national crisis, must do as much as we possibly can politically. The best way to do the most is to become involved in party politics where you live by attending your local Republican Party committee meeting. Find yours. Get to it. Even if you can’t become a precinct committeeman, you can at least volunteer in some other way to help the precinct committeemen. You won’t regret it. If we lose our country because of your inaction, you will forever regret that.
Cross-posted at Procinct.