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Musings of a political novice

I was one of the sleeping masses until a few years ago. I always voted Republican even then, but felt/thought that this was the end of my responsibilities. Now that I’ve awoken and seen the light of my folly, I am continually astounded at how ignorant I was and how many still sleep blissfully on.

Until recently the electoral college and political conventions were a total mystery to me. The mechanics of these critical institutions were not explained in my high school ‘American Government’ class and it turns out that these are the two most important aspects of American politics. I’m still a novice concerning both of these, so I will not try to educate you, the reader, on these topics; however, I will encourage you to find out about them if you don’t already know. I will note that the mechanics are not difficult, and next week I expect to be appointed as an Associate Member of my county GOP central committee with full membership to follow quickly. (Thank you, ColdWarrior!)

Still, I look around me and see that the vast majority are still asleep. You all know the people I’m talking about. The ones who say, “My vote won’t make a difference!”, or “Neither candidate is worth voting for!”. Well, when I woke up I realized that several million people who didn’t feel like voting got us a POTUS who intends to convert our country into a weak third-world ‘banana republic’ where success is defined by your government pay rate.

So now what?

My county GOP is, quite frankly, pathetic. The ‘Headquarters’ is a small store front maybe 1,000 square feet, and during meetings they can seat perhaps 50 persons. I’ve attended several meetings now and I think the maximum attendance I’ve seen was about 30 to 35… Just before last Novembers’ historic elections… At the peak of Republican and Conservative enthusiasm. This in a county of nearly 1.5 million persons!

That leaves 1,499,970 who are either asleep or Democrats, (another form of slumber). Why? How? Isn’t the alarm clock of the 12.5% state unemployment rate enough to wake the dead? Can’t these people see the price signs on the gas station closest to their house? Don’t these people buy food? Haven’t they been told about a large section of the planet burning with the fires of radical revolutions?

Last year during the build up to the elections I was provided with a nifty aerial map of my voting precinct with a little elephant flag on the Republican voters’ houses and a little jackass on the Democrats’ houses. The most flags of any one type had DTS (Decline to State), on them. What struck me right away was the large number of houses with nothing on them. Can a household actually have no eligible voters? Sure, illegal aliens and other types who have no voting rights, but when you see a majority in a neighborhood with a good mix of ethnicities, the probable reason is they just never registered to vote.

The voter franchise is a precious thing. Wars have been fought for it. In Iraq, people risked their very lives to exercise their franchise. Now it seems, at least in this county, a growing minority, approaching a majority, have discarded this precious franchise as unimportant. It’s a free country and nobody will force these people to vote, but if they don’t wake up soon, they may wake to find their franchise gone and their country no longer free.

EastBayLarry
Proudly underemployed since May 11, 2007. Awakened by sheer desperation. @EastBayLarry

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  1. eastbaylarry, good for you for getting involved at that level. Well done. Just wanted to offer some words of encouragement if I can. I’m not in a position of get directly involved in activities yet, but if things go well for three more months, I can. I’ve been excited about it in a lot of ways, but our area hasn’t been proactively involved for years now…at least not until this recent election of new precinct officers.

    Now, it’s definitely a “boots on the ground” approach that is being taken. The new committee chairmen has this no-nonsense attitude about things that is very effective. One person over here could fall more into the category of establishment Republican and this person over there is a blazing, right-wing extremist conservative, and he somehow manages to succeed in getting them focused on the same priorities and working together to get things done.

    They’ve planned a lot of community events, just to generate interest in the general public and hope that it will open some doors in getting more people proactively involved. They’re reviving the teenage Republicans club in our area, which was all but dead and buried. And they’re in the process of establishing their own reference library.

    There are plenty of options out there. Go for it, EBL.

  2. Nicely done, EBL and congrats on your upcoming Committee appointment! I also echo your gratitude to ColdWarrior, “I love it when a plan comes together”!

    Waking people up is a toughie. The reasons (excuses) for non-involvement are infinite, and they’re all equally false. Way too many elections are decided by a literal handful of votes, especially in the off-year and primary contests. Getting Out The Vote can be a thankless task, doubly so when potential voters threaten to sic their big dogs on you! True story!

    Perhaps you can investigate how to enroll new voters and approach some of those DTS-flagged houses. Your new-found interest & enthusiasm will help you find & recruit newbies to your side, and your sales pitch is even stronger if you can sign ’em up right now. Then just be the good neighbor that you are, offer honest advice from your position of knowledge (committee) and do everything possible to ensure they get to the polls election day.

    You can for sure change the appearance of that arial map with some persistence and I wish you all the luck in the world in your efforts! (BTW, anybody know where I can get a nifty map like that for my precinct? I happen to know my Committee Secretary, ate breakfast with him just the other day…)

    • Mr. Riggio, I do not know where you live so this may or may not be helpful. In our state, only political candidates are able to obtain those maps. I received maps from our candidate during the campaign and still have them. You might contact your Rep.’s local office to see if they will give you copies for GOTV efforts. I should think they would be more than happy to provide them.

    • The arial maps (Google Earth), were from https://www.precinctcoalition.com/ which I believe is a local project. The website is pretty uninformative unless you have a login. I have a 10M training video that shows how it works if you’d like have that sent to your email, (can’t figure out how to embed a locally stored video). You can try to contact the webmaster at pcinfo(at)precinctcoalition.com

      BTW: Went to the Obama/Facebook thing yesterday and got my mug in TV for 3 seconds 😉

  3. Congratulations on your committee appointment, EBL! I’m excited that so many here are taking this step.

    You are absolutely correct that nobody learns political conventions and electoral college in school any more. I certainly didn’t. The paranoid cynic in me says that’s on purpose. The optimist says it’s just part of the general dumbing down of the curriculum. Either way, it’s a shame. I’m wondering if local parties don’t need to start some sort of educational program to be taken into local schools. We sure can’t count on Dept. of Education to do it.

    If folks only realized how easy it is to have substantial influence on the process. The voting strength at our district convention last weekend was 162. You do the math to see what a simple majority and 2/3 majority of that is, and you see *how few votes* decide who gets into leadership positions in the party. It was a real eye-opener for me.

    And yes….thank you, Cold Warrior!

  1. eastbaylarry, good for you for getting involved at that level. Well done. Just wanted to offer some words of encouragement if I can. I’m not in a position of get directly involved in activities yet, but if things go well for three more months, I can. I’ve been excited about it in a lot of ways, but our area hasn’t been proactively involved for years now…at least not until this recent election of new precinct officers.

    Now, it’s definitely a “boots on the ground” approach that is being taken. The new committee chairmen has this no-nonsense attitude about things that is very effective. One person over here could fall more into the category of establishment Republican and this person over there is a blazing, right-wing extremist conservative, and he somehow manages to succeed in getting them focused on the same priorities and working together to get things done.

    They’ve planned a lot of community events, just to generate interest in the general public and hope that it will open some doors in getting more people proactively involved. They’re reviving the teenage Republicans club in our area, which was all but dead and buried. And they’re in the process of establishing their own reference library.

    There are plenty of options out there. Go for it, EBL.

  2. Nicely done, EBL and congrats on your upcoming Committee appointment! I also echo your gratitude to ColdWarrior, “I love it when a plan comes together”!

    Waking people up is a toughie. The reasons (excuses) for non-involvement are infinite, and they’re all equally false. Way too many elections are decided by a literal handful of votes, especially in the off-year and primary contests. Getting Out The Vote can be a thankless task, doubly so when potential voters threaten to sic their big dogs on you! True story!

    Perhaps you can investigate how to enroll new voters and approach some of those DTS-flagged houses. Your new-found interest & enthusiasm will help you find & recruit newbies to your side, and your sales pitch is even stronger if you can sign ’em up right now. Then just be the good neighbor that you are, offer honest advice from your position of knowledge (committee) and do everything possible to ensure they get to the polls election day.

    You can for sure change the appearance of that arial map with some persistence and I wish you all the luck in the world in your efforts! (BTW, anybody know where I can get a nifty map like that for my precinct? I happen to know my Committee Secretary, ate breakfast with him just the other day…)

    • Mr. Riggio, I do not know where you live so this may or may not be helpful. In our state, only political candidates are able to obtain those maps. I received maps from our candidate during the campaign and still have them. You might contact your Rep.’s local office to see if they will give you copies for GOTV efforts. I should think they would be more than happy to provide them.

    • The arial maps (Google Earth), were from https://www.precinctcoalition.com/ which I believe is a local project. The website is pretty uninformative unless you have a login. I have a 10M training video that shows how it works if you’d like have that sent to your email, (can’t figure out how to embed a locally stored video). You can try to contact the webmaster at pcinfo(at)precinctcoalition.com

      BTW: Went to the Obama/Facebook thing yesterday and got my mug in TV for 3 seconds 😉

  3. Congratulations on your committee appointment, EBL! I’m excited that so many here are taking this step.

    You are absolutely correct that nobody learns political conventions and electoral college in school any more. I certainly didn’t. The paranoid cynic in me says that’s on purpose. The optimist says it’s just part of the general dumbing down of the curriculum. Either way, it’s a shame. I’m wondering if local parties don’t need to start some sort of educational program to be taken into local schools. We sure can’t count on Dept. of Education to do it.

    If folks only realized how easy it is to have substantial influence on the process. The voting strength at our district convention last weekend was 162. You do the math to see what a simple majority and 2/3 majority of that is, and you see *how few votes* decide who gets into leadership positions in the party. It was a real eye-opener for me.

    And yes….thank you, Cold Warrior!

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