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Mitt Romney, the Democrat in the Republican Trojan Horse

Beware of Greeks bearing gifts. The old lesson was learned the hard way by the ancient Trojans. Be careful of anything packaged so prettily and encouraged so strongly. The Republican Party has a long history of doing this. But we don’t have to go back too far in years; look at the past three decades. The candidates the Establishment GOP has supported left a lot to be desired, and the electorate proved it to them. Will we ever get over nominee John McCain, the guy who said, “Mr. Obama will make a fine president”? Looks like they’re about to do it again to the conservative base of the Party. Nominate someone for president who is lacking in conservative credentials, and who is desperately trying to find the words to portray himself as a conservative in order to fool the people one more time.

Mitt Romney – I have finally figured out what bothers me about the man. He is a Democrat, not a “moderate” Republican, and certainly not a conservative. Mitt Romney was mostly an unknown for many of the apolitical people in 2008, though it is clear he had been a politician for a long time. The trouble for me, and I am sure many others, is that the more we learn about Romney the more negative is our impression. Generally, he was known as the guy who turned around the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. Now we learn that he denied free passes to 9/11 families – widows and orphans, only to turn around and give them to Utah legislators.

Mitt Romney has been given the almost glib name of “flip flopper.” This is actually much more serious than many people realize. It is understandable when a person changes his views on one issue, but to see Romney flipping on everything makes him a little more than suspect. When I first learned that he was running, the thought crossed my mind, “well, at least he is a social conservative, after all he is a Mormon.” Mormons have some very solid social conservative beliefs. But no, Romney is not really a social conservative. When he ran for governor of Massachusetts in 2002, he was adamant in his stand for abortion, disguised as “pro-choice” and protecting women’s health. Now, he declares he is pro-life and anti-abortion. On this issue one might give him a pass, except his signature Romneycare (Commonwealth Care Act) which came after his “conversion” expanded all kinds of rights and privileges to Planned Parenthood, and includes forced coverage for not only birth control, but morning-after abortion pills, and taxpayer-funded abortions. What he couldn’t get in the front door, he moved to the back door. It’s called political expediency.

Mitt Romney has earned that dubious nickname, “flip flopper.” Take his stand on gays in the military; he was for the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy before he was against it. He was also for TARP before he was against TARP. He was for the Recovery Act before he was against it…all those stimulus funds frittered away. He was for the auto-bailout before he was against it. Read about them here; the Democrats have done their homework, why haven’t we? Let’s add one other that is important as it goes to the very heart and structure of society, the family unit. One man and one woman have been determined by over 5,000 years of human history to be best for the begetting and raising of children. Of course, there are variations – widows raising children, widowers raising children, grandma, grandpa, etc. But the idea that it is “normal” and “right” for two people of the same sex, which goes against the core beliefs of major religions, to adopt a child as a new societal construct, that isn’t social conservatism. And where did Romney stand on this issue? He supports gay couples adopting. He hides it in his trumpeting of making these things a states’ rights issue, but the end result is a decimation of the foundation of society. His progressive liberal beliefs have forced Catholic Charities in Massachusetts to shut down all of their adoption programs, because the State was coming after them for not letting children be adopted by gay couples. The State does not care if it violates their religious beliefs.

We now see the Federal government (Obama’s administration), passing laws and regulations which violate, on a national scale, religious institutions’ faith beliefs – they’re being forced to cover birth control and abortion medications and services. It is a downward and treacherous slide when the secular state can overrule faith-based institutions in a country which has had at its core, the foundation of religious freedom. Secularism and faith can exist side by side in a society, but not when one tries to destroy the other. Mitt Romney is representative of the liberal progressive cancer infecting this nation. The Establishment GOP, so-called moderates, are “Democrats” in the Republican sheep’s clothing, some worse than others, but most firmly believe in the idea of statist control over people’s lives. The founding fathers’ concepts of individual liberty and freedom has been slowly sapped from the public consciousness.

The push for Mitt Romney by the elitist Republican establishment is more than disturbing. Nominating a center left progressive as our candidate may actually cause us to lose the presidential election. Mitt Romney’s own political record shows his liberalism, and his party affiliation and voting record shows he was more aligned with Democrats than Republicans. His record shows he supports Big Government all the way. Despite Romney’s protestations, he isn’t fooling the conservative base, nor the Tea Party folks. A leopard does not change his spots. So why are all the pundits and so-called conservative media venues supporting him over other choices? Electability? No, we always lose when they put forth a “moderate.” The Establishment GOP, the so-called moderates, think they’ll be able to hold onto power and control by going this route. They’re willing to sacrifice all the principles which distinguish us from the leftist Democrat Party in order to maintain their own power. Our modern day political class has become the aristocracy we fought off over 200 years ago.

Mr. Romney is a Democrat in heart and mind, and is running on our ticket because we don’t throw these people out. The Establishment GOP has a bunch just like him. We are now seeing what has happened to our party. We’ve spent three years not only learning about the radical left turn our country has taken, but we’ve also learned about how our own Republican party has moved left. Unless we stand up and say “no” loud and clear, we’ll continue to be marginalized and forced to accept candidates like Mitt Romney. Furthermore, the current fracture in the GOP will become a fissure. Maybe it is supposed to happen. None of us know for sure, but operating from a mindset that the GOP will do the same things, only “better” is suicide for the nation. This then, is the Republican Trojan Horse delivering the “Democrat” Romney to the people.

Lady Penguin
Proud Conservative Woman. Steadfast belief: When Good Stands Up to Evil, Evil Blinks (VB)

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  1. I say it all the time, the so called “moderates” in our Party are the Democrats who have been forced out of their progressive Party for 5 decades, either the GOP becomes the standard bearer of conservatism or the TEA Party will have to become its own Party!

  2. You articulated my thoughts exactly, Lady P.

    Jaded, I do see a third party forming for 2016. The Republican Party has lost its base and continues to hobble and marginalize those conservatives we have managed to get into office. I’m done with the RP.

    • Thanks, you guys. Bob, I always figure everyone else has already said what I might think or believe. But this realization about Romney and seeing how the primaries have played out finally compelled me to speak up.

      In the end, I will vote for whoever the GOP nominee is, and likely we’ll have a lot of work to do to keep our guy on track. Still, it is sad, after all our gains over the past 3 yrs. that we’re going to the polls under the cloud of “anybody but Obama” vs someone who really believes in what we believe.

  3. Mitt has 8.3% of the delegates needed for the nomination. You’d think from the drumbeat last night and this morning he had 83%.

    There’s a long slog ahead, if the not Romneys can find the will and the money to continue.

  4. So, what do we DO about it?

    We conservatives need to get inside the Party ranks.

    Our best political tool is our Party, and we aren’t using it. (Lady P knows this — she’s become a voting member of the Party where she lives, as have others here at UP).

    I’m in Arizona, and the success we Arizona conservatives have had in changing the Arizona Republican Party has not come about through blogging about the Party, but by individual conservatives spending a few hours a month going to a two-hour or so local legislative district Party committee meeting to learn how to become a voting member of the Party. And then recruiting more conservatives to do the same. Yelling at the Party from outside it does not, cannot, change the officers of the Party or its platform. The only way we conservatives can change our best political tool, our Party and its machinery, is to become voting members of it. Period.

    For example, each state committee has three RNC committeemen, its state chairman and its two other RNC committee members, one male and one female. If conservatives in Arizona (like me) want to ensure all three are conservatives, then they have to make sure a majority of the state committeemen inside the Party are conservatives. How is that achieved? Well, each of the thirty legislative district Party committees in the state have precinct committeemen, one or more from each precinct. My LD has 69 precincts and we have a total of 277 allotted PC slots. Only 134 are filled right now. (Back in 2008, only about 65 of the slots are filled — we’ve made some progress.) For every three elected PCs we have, we get to elect one state committeemen. The more conservative PCs we get elected (they are elected by the registered voters in each precinct and almost all of the elections are uncontested because almost all of the precincts have fewer PC candidates than allotted slots), the greater number of conservative state committeemen we’ll elect.

    All of this is governed by the Election Code, the Rules of the Republican Party, and the Arizona Republican Party bylaws. The applicable portions of which consist of maybe ten pieces of paper. And it’s not difficult to figure out how it all works.

    We conservative Republicans in Arizona, who have taken the leap and become “ball players” inside the Party, as precinct committeemen, have had success both in my county and statewide in electing conservative officers almost across the board both on the Maricopa County committee, the most populous county in Arizona, and on the state committee. Again, not because we blogged (although some of us blog about The Neighborhood Precinct Committeeman Strategy and I have recruited conservative PCs in AZ and elsewhere through those efforts), but because we made the small effort to qualify for the ballot and then run for the office of precinct committeeman. Very easy to do in AZ. Each state has unique rules; none are onerous.

    Yet here we are in these perilous times, and still about half of the precinct committeeman slots in our Party, nationwide, on average, in each state, are vacant. But they could be filled overnight by conservatives. As we’ve got plenty of conservatives in the tea parties and 9.12 groups, etc. Millions. As I’ve advocated, if we could get them to “pivot” now into united and organized political activity inside the Republican Party itself, to fill up the 200,000 or so vacant PC slots across the country, that war going on inside the Party between moderates and conservatives would be won by the conservatives, as that 50-50 split between the existing 200,000 or so PCs would go to a 75-25 majority for the conservatives. And we’d have a Party at full strength. And all those conservative PCs would be there to help get out the vote in their precincts for the conservative Republicans.

    So that’s where I’ve gone. To the local tea parties and 9.12 and other grass roots conservative groups. To tell them that if they want to change the Republican Party and elect better Republicans the best way to do it is to get inside the Party itself. And many have answered the call. And then I’ve tried to reach them on the net at their web sites.

    (Some of the “national coordinators” of the tea parties don’t want the local people to do this — why, if the little people figure out that their money and time and effort is better spent locally uniting and organizing inside a political party, to actually change the outcome of elections at the local and state levels, as well as at the federal level, maybe those people wouldn’t be interested in sending their money any more to the “national coordinators.”)

    The Neighborhood Precinct Committeeman Strategy is just good, old-fashioned, basic American Civics in action.

    I’ve ttried to explain it succinctly here:

    https://www.unifiedpatriots.com/2011/04/10/what-we-need-to-do-as-soon-as-possible-why-we-need-to-do-it-why-it-will-work-if-we-unite-now/cold-warrior

    I’ve explained why it works better than the “blogger” and “public interest group” strategies here:

    https://www.unifiedpatriots.com/2011/04/19/the-public-interest-group-and-blogger-strategies-vs-the-we-the-people-strategy/cold-warrior

    I’ve posted to YouTube video of some of the talks I’ve given. Here’s the first clip from one I did (you’ll be able to watch the other four parts if you like):

    https://youtu.be/-dSd8kjPz5Y

    Here are some success stories from Utah and Arizona:

    https://www.redstate.com/coldwarrior/2010/05/08/2101-of-3500-of-75000-denied-bob-bennett/

    https://www.unifiedpatriots.com/2012/01/14/1783-of-698940-maricopa-county-az-republicans-passed-resolutions-changed-bylaws-and-elected-officers-today/cold-warrior

    https://www.unifiedpatriots.com/2012/01/31/its-not-hard-to-get-involved-in-party-politics-it-matters-and-its-fun/cold-warrior

    Simply put, our Party is not “conservative enough” for some conservatives because not enough conservatives are inside the Party itself. We need to change that. No?

    I hope this helps.

    I hope it will spur you on to find your local Party committee and get to its next meeting where you’ll discover the shape your Party committee happens to be in. Maybe you’ll find it’s at full strength and fully conservative. Odds are you’ll find a less-than-half strength committee with conservative, moderate and “clueless” factions.

    We conservatives get the Republican Party our inaction deserves.

    Let’s act.

    Thank you.

    Cold Warrior

    • I understand what you are saying, CW, but I did as you recommended so long ago – I became a precinct captain, and that is when my disgust for the RP really started. And it takes a heck of a lot more time than just a few hours a month if you hope to make a difference. The only way to really get to know those in power and work toward change is to immerse oneself into party politics, and that is nearly impossible if you work full time and have family commitments. I have a retired friend in another state who is on the city committee. He made a two-year commitment, which he will keep, but he is disgusted and plans to leave the RP at the end of his two-year stint. It is taking far too much of his time with little result because of the business-as-usual, well-connected controllers of the party. And he’s in what would be considered a very solid red state. The Republican party is no longer the party of conservativism, and I do not see it ever returning.

      • Klondike,
        Thanks for getting involved. Every locale is different. The “two hours a month” is the estimated time to attend your local meeting where you get to do one very, very important thing once you are a voting member of the Party: you get to cast votes for the Party leadership. Here in AZ, according to our bylaws, one doesn’t even have to go to the meeting — you can send a proxy.

        You went on to say,

        The only way to really get to know those in power and work toward change is to immerse oneself into party politics, and that is nearly impossible if you work full time and have family commitments. I have a retired friend in another state who is on the city committee. He made a two-year commitment, which he will keep, but he is disgusted and plans to leave the RP at the end of his two-year stint. It is taking far too much of his time with little result because of the business-as-usual, well-connected controllers of the party. And he’s in what would be considered a very solid red state. The Republican party is no longer the party of conservativism, and I do not see it ever returning.

        There’s an old saying, “Many hands make light work.” The more conservatives we get into the Party, to fill up all the vacancies in the PC ranks, the lesser the burden is on each of us. Example: I’ve analyzed my precinct, using VoterVault, and determined that we have, out of 895 registered Republicans, 320 who either have voted 50% or less in each the last four primary or general elections or are brand new to the precinct (either newly-registered or have moved in from elsewhere). We’ve got 8 PC slots in my precinct. 8 are filled. Dividing that 320 among us means that each of us has to contact only 40 voters. Some of them will live in the same house, so it’s probably more like 30-35 households. (We won’t bother with the 75% and 100% Republicans — we figure almost all of them will vote in the general election this time). Each of us 8 PCs can spend the three to four hours it will take to reach these 40 voters, either by phone, with a door knock or by leaving candidate literature at their doorstep before the time to mail in absentee ballots or before the actual Election Day.

        If we had only 4 PCs, then we’d have double the work. And what about all the precincts with no PCs? They’ll not get any kind of personal “touch” from a PC.

        I’ve got four kids and a wife who would just as soon I do nothing Party-related. Then I think of the futures of those kids. And then I recommit to my resolve. And keep recruiting. Yes, it’s not for everyone. Some will give up. Some simply can’t make the commitment because of other responsibilities. I may find myself in that boat, too. If I do, I will withdraw. But until then, I will do what I can to get more conservatives into the Party.

        Again, you said,

        The Republican party is no longer the party of conservativism, and I do not see it ever returning.

        You are absolutely correct, IF not enough conservatives come into the Party.

        It’s up to us conservatives. And, so far, apparently, we don’t have enough who will unite and organize inside the Party itself.

        Thank you.

        Cold Warrior

        • CW, you inspired me to get involved, and you continue to inspire me with your energy. The Republican Party has been Cocktail Party Establishment for a good 30 years. For how many decades do we have to send back RNC solicitations for donations with notes saying “not one more dime until you start supporting conservatives.” Nothing has changed.

          Having been on the inside, I now know that I don’t want the Republican Party to survive. There is nothing conservative about it. I saw early on that I made more of a difference just walking my dog in my neighborhood and talking to others than being a member of the Republican Party. Not to mention the fact that I can talk to these people at no cost. To be involved in our RP, you have to pay $50 for the “privilege” of being a member.

          You do a lot of good work, CW, and I admire you for it. At this point, however, after seeing the Republican Party machine for what it is, I have to say that getting involved again would be like pissing upstream. I truly mean it when I say I would like see the Republican Party die out and a new party emerge that has conservative values.

          • Klondike,
            You said, “I truly mean it when I say I would like see the Republican Party die out and a new party emerge that has conservative values.”

            It won’t happen by wishing it.

            I want conservatives to take over the Republican Party. Doing so in some locales, some counties, some states will be easy. In some it will be hard. In some, impossible. But . . . with 200,000 of the 400,000 Republican PC slots nationwide vacant, we conservatives CAN take over the Republican Party almost overnight if we unite and organize.

            I sure hope you will write up a Dispatch here about your experiences so far inside the Party. It might help some who are thinking about following in your footsteps.

            Keep in mind, the RINOs inside the Party want you to give up. Once conservatives have a majority on a local, county or state committee, EVERYTHING changes for the better. I’ve seen it with my own eyes on my legislative district committee, my county committee, and my Arizona state committee.

            Thanks again for getting involved.

            Cold Warrior
            http://www.theprecinctproject.wordpress.com

            • CW just an FYI. In my current effort I was talking to one of the County Chairmen and he let me know he just appointed several folks to be committeemen because nobody filed to run.
              It really is a wide open field in many places.
              In his case he has 900 registered Republicans to go against about 5000 Democrats and there may be some futility effect at work.

              • Rogue,
                Thanks for that info.
                Every state is unique, every county is unique, every locale is unique, every precinct is unique.
                In a case where Republicans are outnumbered by Democrats by so great a margin, I still think conservative Republicans ought to try to fill up all the vacancies inside the Party because they’ll at least have a conservative, rather than a moderate, Party machinery. Conservatism is always preferable to moderation. And a conservative Party will attract more Americans than a moderate Party.
                Plus, it’s fun. You’ll meet interesting people! Some will become your friends.
                Thanks,
                CW

    • I added one of your “how to get involved in the Party” links to the post, Dan.

      It is slow going, this conversion of the Party. Many challenges yet remain, and actually I believe the most change will come about when people get uncomfortable enough to change course.

  5. Got any stats, CW, for the so-called Conservatives who join the party only to, ultimately, become moderates themselves because the party machine convinces them that such a transformation will be necessary in order to get, and stay, in power?

    I know that almost all of the sitting elected Republicans did so as they climbed the ladder (made the transformation)… a quick look through the rolls of Congress is enough to support that claim.

    I don’t believe – personally – that the one event (joining the party) automatically causes the other (making it more Conservative)… perhaps you know of the efforts being made to prevent the newbies from going over to the Moderate’s in order that they “go along to get along”.

    • Haystack,
      I don’t have any such stats. All I have is about five years experience inside the Party where I live and seeing the number of conservatives in the PC ranks having a direct correlation of the stiffness of the spines of the conservatives in elected office, both inside the Party as officers and in the public offices.

      One quick example. We just had an election of the first, second, and third vice chairman and the assistant treasurer and assistant secretary on the AZ state GOP committee. Some very staunch conservatives decided they needed to add to their “conservative slate” of candidates for these offices a well-known, long-term McCain supporter. Why did they feel the need to do this? Simple. Numbers. Right now, only about half of the PC slots in the Arizona Repubilcan Party are filled, and they are split about 60/40 between conservatives and moderates. That translates into about a 60/40 split between the state committeemen, whom the PCs elect here in AZ (as explained above). Now, what if all of those vacant PC slots had been filled by conservatives? That 60/40 split would have been close to an 80/20 split in favor of the conservatives. Then there would have been no need to extend the fig leaf to the McCain-leaning moderates.

      So, what happened? All of the conservative candidates on the slate won. With 60% or more of the votes cast. But the grass roots conservatives who had come into the Party rejected the McCain-leaning candidate for first vice chair. He lost by three votes out of about 1,100 cast.

      You can read about it here:

      https://seeingredaz.wordpress.com/2012/01/28/az-gop-elects-officers-today/

      We have plenty of conservatives who complain about the Republican Party from outside it. Complaining about it won’t change it. The only way to change it is to get inside it, outnumber those inside it who refuse to adhere to its principles, and replace the officers they elect with OUR conservative candidates for those offices. By uniting inside it, we conservatives can organize to elect better, more conservative Party officers all the way up to the RNC ranks and also be in the best position to help the best conservatives in the all-important, traditionally-very-low-turnout primary elections win those elections.

      It’s not hard to read a few bylaws and figure them out. It’s not hard to go to a monthly two-hour committee meeting. It’s not all that hard with e-mail and cell phones and social media tools to get organized with other conservatives. Our best political tool is the Republican Party, and too few of us conservatives are using it.

      Hope this helps.

      Thanks,
      CW

    • Thank you, Rogue and CW. As the primary season unfolded, I did see behaviors on Mr. Romney’s part that bothered me. I did the research on him, this was my conclusion. I don’t believe he is a “bad” man, and I believe he is patriotic, and he would be far better than the current occupant in the White House; but neither do I want him or those around him, and from our own Republican Party, and the so-called conservative pundits to try and sell him as anything other than what he is. He is a progressive, a liberal. Whether we can “push” him to policies that rescue our country and restore liberty remains to be seen. All we can do is try, regardless of who the candidate is in the end. Also, as you can see I addressed the way the Establishment GOP does business, how every election they come around selling us something all prettied up and disguised, and then We The People spend the time in between elections wondering how we were “had” once again.

  6. Well done, Lady P.

    And on top of everything else you said, I truly believe that Mitt sees the Presidency as just one more notch on his resume’. He wants the job too badly and is willing to do anything and say anything to get it.

    Witness him loaning his own campaign $45 million in 2008 and his carpetbombing FL with $12 million in ads, 95% of which were negative. I don’t trust *anyone* who wants to be President *that* badly.

  7. So, the guy who I (we) thought was a Democrat in 2012, really still is, but this is the guy whom the Establishment GOP made our nominee and pressured us to vote for. Remember who was in the VP slot? Paul Ryan, yes, the new Speaker. See how well that is working out for us.

    I’m too ladylike to say what his vitriol spewed today against Donald Trump brought to mind, but it seems like we weren’t wrong about the GOP-E. Only now we know the enemy really is the Republican Party Establishment, working in tandem with the Democrats in DC.

  1. I say it all the time, the so called “moderates” in our Party are the Democrats who have been forced out of their progressive Party for 5 decades, either the GOP becomes the standard bearer of conservatism or the TEA Party will have to become its own Party!

  2. You articulated my thoughts exactly, Lady P.

    Jaded, I do see a third party forming for 2016. The Republican Party has lost its base and continues to hobble and marginalize those conservatives we have managed to get into office. I’m done with the RP.

    • Thanks, you guys. Bob, I always figure everyone else has already said what I might think or believe. But this realization about Romney and seeing how the primaries have played out finally compelled me to speak up.

      In the end, I will vote for whoever the GOP nominee is, and likely we’ll have a lot of work to do to keep our guy on track. Still, it is sad, after all our gains over the past 3 yrs. that we’re going to the polls under the cloud of “anybody but Obama” vs someone who really believes in what we believe.

  3. Mitt has 8.3% of the delegates needed for the nomination. You’d think from the drumbeat last night and this morning he had 83%.

    There’s a long slog ahead, if the not Romneys can find the will and the money to continue.

  4. So, what do we DO about it?

    We conservatives need to get inside the Party ranks.

    Our best political tool is our Party, and we aren’t using it. (Lady P knows this — she’s become a voting member of the Party where she lives, as have others here at UP).

    I’m in Arizona, and the success we Arizona conservatives have had in changing the Arizona Republican Party has not come about through blogging about the Party, but by individual conservatives spending a few hours a month going to a two-hour or so local legislative district Party committee meeting to learn how to become a voting member of the Party. And then recruiting more conservatives to do the same. Yelling at the Party from outside it does not, cannot, change the officers of the Party or its platform. The only way we conservatives can change our best political tool, our Party and its machinery, is to become voting members of it. Period.

    For example, each state committee has three RNC committeemen, its state chairman and its two other RNC committee members, one male and one female. If conservatives in Arizona (like me) want to ensure all three are conservatives, then they have to make sure a majority of the state committeemen inside the Party are conservatives. How is that achieved? Well, each of the thirty legislative district Party committees in the state have precinct committeemen, one or more from each precinct. My LD has 69 precincts and we have a total of 277 allotted PC slots. Only 134 are filled right now. (Back in 2008, only about 65 of the slots are filled — we’ve made some progress.) For every three elected PCs we have, we get to elect one state committeemen. The more conservative PCs we get elected (they are elected by the registered voters in each precinct and almost all of the elections are uncontested because almost all of the precincts have fewer PC candidates than allotted slots), the greater number of conservative state committeemen we’ll elect.

    All of this is governed by the Election Code, the Rules of the Republican Party, and the Arizona Republican Party bylaws. The applicable portions of which consist of maybe ten pieces of paper. And it’s not difficult to figure out how it all works.

    We conservative Republicans in Arizona, who have taken the leap and become “ball players” inside the Party, as precinct committeemen, have had success both in my county and statewide in electing conservative officers almost across the board both on the Maricopa County committee, the most populous county in Arizona, and on the state committee. Again, not because we blogged (although some of us blog about The Neighborhood Precinct Committeeman Strategy and I have recruited conservative PCs in AZ and elsewhere through those efforts), but because we made the small effort to qualify for the ballot and then run for the office of precinct committeeman. Very easy to do in AZ. Each state has unique rules; none are onerous.

    Yet here we are in these perilous times, and still about half of the precinct committeeman slots in our Party, nationwide, on average, in each state, are vacant. But they could be filled overnight by conservatives. As we’ve got plenty of conservatives in the tea parties and 9.12 groups, etc. Millions. As I’ve advocated, if we could get them to “pivot” now into united and organized political activity inside the Republican Party itself, to fill up the 200,000 or so vacant PC slots across the country, that war going on inside the Party between moderates and conservatives would be won by the conservatives, as that 50-50 split between the existing 200,000 or so PCs would go to a 75-25 majority for the conservatives. And we’d have a Party at full strength. And all those conservative PCs would be there to help get out the vote in their precincts for the conservative Republicans.

    So that’s where I’ve gone. To the local tea parties and 9.12 and other grass roots conservative groups. To tell them that if they want to change the Republican Party and elect better Republicans the best way to do it is to get inside the Party itself. And many have answered the call. And then I’ve tried to reach them on the net at their web sites.

    (Some of the “national coordinators” of the tea parties don’t want the local people to do this — why, if the little people figure out that their money and time and effort is better spent locally uniting and organizing inside a political party, to actually change the outcome of elections at the local and state levels, as well as at the federal level, maybe those people wouldn’t be interested in sending their money any more to the “national coordinators.”)

    The Neighborhood Precinct Committeeman Strategy is just good, old-fashioned, basic American Civics in action.

    I’ve ttried to explain it succinctly here:

    https://www.unifiedpatriots.com/2011/04/10/what-we-need-to-do-as-soon-as-possible-why-we-need-to-do-it-why-it-will-work-if-we-unite-now/cold-warrior

    I’ve explained why it works better than the “blogger” and “public interest group” strategies here:

    https://www.unifiedpatriots.com/2011/04/19/the-public-interest-group-and-blogger-strategies-vs-the-we-the-people-strategy/cold-warrior

    I’ve posted to YouTube video of some of the talks I’ve given. Here’s the first clip from one I did (you’ll be able to watch the other four parts if you like):

    https://youtu.be/-dSd8kjPz5Y

    Here are some success stories from Utah and Arizona:

    https://www.redstate.com/coldwarrior/2010/05/08/2101-of-3500-of-75000-denied-bob-bennett/

    https://www.unifiedpatriots.com/2012/01/14/1783-of-698940-maricopa-county-az-republicans-passed-resolutions-changed-bylaws-and-elected-officers-today/cold-warrior

    https://www.unifiedpatriots.com/2012/01/31/its-not-hard-to-get-involved-in-party-politics-it-matters-and-its-fun/cold-warrior

    Simply put, our Party is not “conservative enough” for some conservatives because not enough conservatives are inside the Party itself. We need to change that. No?

    I hope this helps.

    I hope it will spur you on to find your local Party committee and get to its next meeting where you’ll discover the shape your Party committee happens to be in. Maybe you’ll find it’s at full strength and fully conservative. Odds are you’ll find a less-than-half strength committee with conservative, moderate and “clueless” factions.

    We conservatives get the Republican Party our inaction deserves.

    Let’s act.

    Thank you.

    Cold Warrior

    • I understand what you are saying, CW, but I did as you recommended so long ago – I became a precinct captain, and that is when my disgust for the RP really started. And it takes a heck of a lot more time than just a few hours a month if you hope to make a difference. The only way to really get to know those in power and work toward change is to immerse oneself into party politics, and that is nearly impossible if you work full time and have family commitments. I have a retired friend in another state who is on the city committee. He made a two-year commitment, which he will keep, but he is disgusted and plans to leave the RP at the end of his two-year stint. It is taking far too much of his time with little result because of the business-as-usual, well-connected controllers of the party. And he’s in what would be considered a very solid red state. The Republican party is no longer the party of conservativism, and I do not see it ever returning.

      • Klondike,
        Thanks for getting involved. Every locale is different. The “two hours a month” is the estimated time to attend your local meeting where you get to do one very, very important thing once you are a voting member of the Party: you get to cast votes for the Party leadership. Here in AZ, according to our bylaws, one doesn’t even have to go to the meeting — you can send a proxy.

        You went on to say,

        The only way to really get to know those in power and work toward change is to immerse oneself into party politics, and that is nearly impossible if you work full time and have family commitments. I have a retired friend in another state who is on the city committee. He made a two-year commitment, which he will keep, but he is disgusted and plans to leave the RP at the end of his two-year stint. It is taking far too much of his time with little result because of the business-as-usual, well-connected controllers of the party. And he’s in what would be considered a very solid red state. The Republican party is no longer the party of conservativism, and I do not see it ever returning.

        There’s an old saying, “Many hands make light work.” The more conservatives we get into the Party, to fill up all the vacancies in the PC ranks, the lesser the burden is on each of us. Example: I’ve analyzed my precinct, using VoterVault, and determined that we have, out of 895 registered Republicans, 320 who either have voted 50% or less in each the last four primary or general elections or are brand new to the precinct (either newly-registered or have moved in from elsewhere). We’ve got 8 PC slots in my precinct. 8 are filled. Dividing that 320 among us means that each of us has to contact only 40 voters. Some of them will live in the same house, so it’s probably more like 30-35 households. (We won’t bother with the 75% and 100% Republicans — we figure almost all of them will vote in the general election this time). Each of us 8 PCs can spend the three to four hours it will take to reach these 40 voters, either by phone, with a door knock or by leaving candidate literature at their doorstep before the time to mail in absentee ballots or before the actual Election Day.

        If we had only 4 PCs, then we’d have double the work. And what about all the precincts with no PCs? They’ll not get any kind of personal “touch” from a PC.

        I’ve got four kids and a wife who would just as soon I do nothing Party-related. Then I think of the futures of those kids. And then I recommit to my resolve. And keep recruiting. Yes, it’s not for everyone. Some will give up. Some simply can’t make the commitment because of other responsibilities. I may find myself in that boat, too. If I do, I will withdraw. But until then, I will do what I can to get more conservatives into the Party.

        Again, you said,

        The Republican party is no longer the party of conservativism, and I do not see it ever returning.

        You are absolutely correct, IF not enough conservatives come into the Party.

        It’s up to us conservatives. And, so far, apparently, we don’t have enough who will unite and organize inside the Party itself.

        Thank you.

        Cold Warrior

        • CW, you inspired me to get involved, and you continue to inspire me with your energy. The Republican Party has been Cocktail Party Establishment for a good 30 years. For how many decades do we have to send back RNC solicitations for donations with notes saying “not one more dime until you start supporting conservatives.” Nothing has changed.

          Having been on the inside, I now know that I don’t want the Republican Party to survive. There is nothing conservative about it. I saw early on that I made more of a difference just walking my dog in my neighborhood and talking to others than being a member of the Republican Party. Not to mention the fact that I can talk to these people at no cost. To be involved in our RP, you have to pay $50 for the “privilege” of being a member.

          You do a lot of good work, CW, and I admire you for it. At this point, however, after seeing the Republican Party machine for what it is, I have to say that getting involved again would be like pissing upstream. I truly mean it when I say I would like see the Republican Party die out and a new party emerge that has conservative values.

          • Klondike,
            You said, “I truly mean it when I say I would like see the Republican Party die out and a new party emerge that has conservative values.”

            It won’t happen by wishing it.

            I want conservatives to take over the Republican Party. Doing so in some locales, some counties, some states will be easy. In some it will be hard. In some, impossible. But . . . with 200,000 of the 400,000 Republican PC slots nationwide vacant, we conservatives CAN take over the Republican Party almost overnight if we unite and organize.

            I sure hope you will write up a Dispatch here about your experiences so far inside the Party. It might help some who are thinking about following in your footsteps.

            Keep in mind, the RINOs inside the Party want you to give up. Once conservatives have a majority on a local, county or state committee, EVERYTHING changes for the better. I’ve seen it with my own eyes on my legislative district committee, my county committee, and my Arizona state committee.

            Thanks again for getting involved.

            Cold Warrior
            http://www.theprecinctproject.wordpress.com

            • CW just an FYI. In my current effort I was talking to one of the County Chairmen and he let me know he just appointed several folks to be committeemen because nobody filed to run.
              It really is a wide open field in many places.
              In his case he has 900 registered Republicans to go against about 5000 Democrats and there may be some futility effect at work.

              • Rogue,
                Thanks for that info.
                Every state is unique, every county is unique, every locale is unique, every precinct is unique.
                In a case where Republicans are outnumbered by Democrats by so great a margin, I still think conservative Republicans ought to try to fill up all the vacancies inside the Party because they’ll at least have a conservative, rather than a moderate, Party machinery. Conservatism is always preferable to moderation. And a conservative Party will attract more Americans than a moderate Party.
                Plus, it’s fun. You’ll meet interesting people! Some will become your friends.
                Thanks,
                CW

    • I added one of your “how to get involved in the Party” links to the post, Dan.

      It is slow going, this conversion of the Party. Many challenges yet remain, and actually I believe the most change will come about when people get uncomfortable enough to change course.

  5. Got any stats, CW, for the so-called Conservatives who join the party only to, ultimately, become moderates themselves because the party machine convinces them that such a transformation will be necessary in order to get, and stay, in power?

    I know that almost all of the sitting elected Republicans did so as they climbed the ladder (made the transformation)… a quick look through the rolls of Congress is enough to support that claim.

    I don’t believe – personally – that the one event (joining the party) automatically causes the other (making it more Conservative)… perhaps you know of the efforts being made to prevent the newbies from going over to the Moderate’s in order that they “go along to get along”.

    • Haystack,
      I don’t have any such stats. All I have is about five years experience inside the Party where I live and seeing the number of conservatives in the PC ranks having a direct correlation of the stiffness of the spines of the conservatives in elected office, both inside the Party as officers and in the public offices.

      One quick example. We just had an election of the first, second, and third vice chairman and the assistant treasurer and assistant secretary on the AZ state GOP committee. Some very staunch conservatives decided they needed to add to their “conservative slate” of candidates for these offices a well-known, long-term McCain supporter. Why did they feel the need to do this? Simple. Numbers. Right now, only about half of the PC slots in the Arizona Repubilcan Party are filled, and they are split about 60/40 between conservatives and moderates. That translates into about a 60/40 split between the state committeemen, whom the PCs elect here in AZ (as explained above). Now, what if all of those vacant PC slots had been filled by conservatives? That 60/40 split would have been close to an 80/20 split in favor of the conservatives. Then there would have been no need to extend the fig leaf to the McCain-leaning moderates.

      So, what happened? All of the conservative candidates on the slate won. With 60% or more of the votes cast. But the grass roots conservatives who had come into the Party rejected the McCain-leaning candidate for first vice chair. He lost by three votes out of about 1,100 cast.

      You can read about it here:

      https://seeingredaz.wordpress.com/2012/01/28/az-gop-elects-officers-today/

      We have plenty of conservatives who complain about the Republican Party from outside it. Complaining about it won’t change it. The only way to change it is to get inside it, outnumber those inside it who refuse to adhere to its principles, and replace the officers they elect with OUR conservative candidates for those offices. By uniting inside it, we conservatives can organize to elect better, more conservative Party officers all the way up to the RNC ranks and also be in the best position to help the best conservatives in the all-important, traditionally-very-low-turnout primary elections win those elections.

      It’s not hard to read a few bylaws and figure them out. It’s not hard to go to a monthly two-hour committee meeting. It’s not all that hard with e-mail and cell phones and social media tools to get organized with other conservatives. Our best political tool is the Republican Party, and too few of us conservatives are using it.

      Hope this helps.

      Thanks,
      CW

    • Thank you, Rogue and CW. As the primary season unfolded, I did see behaviors on Mr. Romney’s part that bothered me. I did the research on him, this was my conclusion. I don’t believe he is a “bad” man, and I believe he is patriotic, and he would be far better than the current occupant in the White House; but neither do I want him or those around him, and from our own Republican Party, and the so-called conservative pundits to try and sell him as anything other than what he is. He is a progressive, a liberal. Whether we can “push” him to policies that rescue our country and restore liberty remains to be seen. All we can do is try, regardless of who the candidate is in the end. Also, as you can see I addressed the way the Establishment GOP does business, how every election they come around selling us something all prettied up and disguised, and then We The People spend the time in between elections wondering how we were “had” once again.

  6. Well done, Lady P.

    And on top of everything else you said, I truly believe that Mitt sees the Presidency as just one more notch on his resume’. He wants the job too badly and is willing to do anything and say anything to get it.

    Witness him loaning his own campaign $45 million in 2008 and his carpetbombing FL with $12 million in ads, 95% of which were negative. I don’t trust *anyone* who wants to be President *that* badly.

  7. So, the guy who I (we) thought was a Democrat in 2012, really still is, but this is the guy whom the Establishment GOP made our nominee and pressured us to vote for. Remember who was in the VP slot? Paul Ryan, yes, the new Speaker. See how well that is working out for us.

    I’m too ladylike to say what his vitriol spewed today against Donald Trump brought to mind, but it seems like we weren’t wrong about the GOP-E. Only now we know the enemy really is the Republican Party Establishment, working in tandem with the Democrats in DC.

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