I just finished watching Herman Cainâ€™s remarks to the crowd of grass roots conservatives who had gathered at the Wisconsin Capitol steps on February 19, 2011.Â The crowd was there to support Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.Â At one point during Mr. Cainâ€™s speech, a man yelled, â€œSomethingâ€™s got to be done.â€
â€œSomethingâ€™s got to be done.â€Â Amen.
Going to a rally is not the â€œsomethingâ€ that needs to be done.Â Or why else would that man have shouted what he shouted?Â Of course he knew, deep inside, that merely going to a rally was not going to change things politically.
The Four Boxes
An analysis of American rights exists called â€œthe four boxes.â€Â Essentially, the explanation goes, Americans have the soap box, the ballot box, the jury box and the cartridge box.Â The soap box represents our rights of free speech, to peaceably assemble and to petition the government for redress of grievances.Â The ballot box is our right to vote (and all that goes along with it â€“ which is the crux of the matter).Â The jury box can be used to acquit those who have been charged with violating unjust laws.Â And, as a last resort, if our government were ever to destroy the first three boxes, the Founders and Framers explicitly guaranteed that the â€œright of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.â€
Our rights are like muscles; if not used regularly, they atrophy.Â It seems the good, decent, conservative Americans who have flocked into the grass roots conservative organizations like the tea parties and 9.12 groups and We Surround Them groups have lost the ability to see that it is not enough to just show up at mass rallies on the steps of a government building to change things politically.Â The soap box is not enough.Â Writing letters to elected officials, gathering at rallies for speeches, creating web pages and blogs â€“ all part of the â€œsoap box,â€ but not enough, alone, to change things politically.
The Ballot Box â€“ and more
So we come to the next box, the ballot box.Â Seems today, and for about the last thirty or forty years, conservative Americans have put their faith in the Republican Party to present them with candidates who would fight for their rights in the state and federal legislatures and in the executive branches.Â And conservative Americans have been sorely disappointed.Â And our country now is in a fiscal crisis.Â And a leadership crisis.
Is going to the polls, all by itself, enough?Â Is hoping enough other conservatives will vote enough?Â Is hoping enough conservatives will go to the polls so that constitutional conservatives will win the primary elections enough?
Or can more be done?
More Can Be Done
More can be done. Easily.
At virtually no cost, other than a little bit of time and effort.
The â€œsomethingâ€ that can be done can be accomplished easily and can have immediate positive effects on the incumbent elected public servants.
With the telephone, e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, talk radio, etc. (all avenues for the soap box), conservatives ought to be able, easily, to organize politically to truly â€œdo somethingâ€ that positively affects what happens at the second box, the ballot box.
And itâ€™s not a big secret.Â Just a simple set of facts.Â The elections are determined by the two main political parties.Â We conservatives havenâ€™t been using our political party.Â Not by a long shot.Â And that partyâ€™s incumbents and leaders, overwhelmingly, donâ€™t want you to know this.Â Because itâ€™s not in their self-interest for new conservatives to come into the Partyâ€™s grass roots ranks to throw out the deadwood â€“ the â€œRepublican In Name Onlyâ€ deadwood.
Using Our Best Tool â€“ the Republican Party
If you are a conservative and you want to actually â€œdo somethingâ€ to change the outcomes of the 2012 primary and general elections, you have to get into a position where you can help get out the vote for the best conservative candidates in the primary and general elections.Â And the best place for you to do that is at your local Republican Party committee meetings.Â If you donâ€™t know what â€œlocal Republican Party committee meetingâ€ means, exactly, do not feel bad.Â Most conservative Americans donâ€™t seem to, either.Â Because if they did, theyâ€™d already be at these meetings. Â Because itâ€™s at these meetings where the real ball game of politics gets played.Â Itâ€™s where the local party leaders are elected.Â Itâ€™s where you can become a voting member of the party.Â And itâ€™s where you can organize with other conservative precinct committeemen to develop get-out-the-vote strategies for the primary elections for those Republican candidates you favor.Â If you and the other conservative candidates occupy a majority of the committeeman slots, then you can vote to endorse the conservative candidates in the Republican primary elections (assuming your committeeâ€™s bylaws allow endorsements to be made).
If you are not a precinct committeeman, ask yourself why you arenâ€™t one.
Ask yourself if you even know if there are any vacancies in your precinct.
Ask yourself if you even know the geographical boundaries of your precinct.
If you donâ€™t know the answers to these questions, donâ€™t you think you ought to?
It does not take a lot of time to become a precinct committeeman.Â There are probably plenty of vacancies where you live, because, on average, over half of the precinct committeemen slots are vacant in every precinct.
And if you havenâ€™t thought it through yet, all those vacancies mean the Republican Party is there for the taking by conservative Republicans.
All we have to do is show up.
I cannot guarantee that if you become a precinct committeeman in the Republican Party in this election cycle that we will save our nation.Â But, I think I can confidently say that the chances of saving our nation, at the ballot box, will go up dramatically if our Republican Party transformed from its present state of being — less-than-half strength and with about a 50-50 split between conservatives and moderates in the precinct committeeman ranks — to a full-strength, overwhelmingly conservative party in the precinct committeeman ranks.
Just about any registered Republican can volunteer to become a precinct committeeman.Â The specific requirements vary from state to state.Â None are onerous.Â Your country is calling for you in its hour of need.Â You have a civic duty to heed that call.
Go here to learn more: www.theprecinctproject.wordpress.com