A friend of mine recently wrote:
I’m surfing the normal round of sites this morning. I’ve seen this headline before and I keep thinking the same thing over and over every time I see it:
I haven’t read the article. It’s unnecessary to read the article. The main point for me was made in the headline: “Speak”
I can name quite a few people who are unafraid to speak truth to power. However, I can’t think of one in a leadership position who is unafraid to act and do right by the American people.
Words versus action. Words seem to win every time these days.
Where are our men of action?
Amen. Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson threatened to withhold unanimous consent in the Senate. Has he? Nope. “Just words, just speeches.” California Rep. Darrell Issa threatened to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress. Has he? Nope. “Just words, just speeches.” The House Republicans threatened to defund Obama’s unconstitutional czars. Have they? Nope. “Just words, just speeches.”
Now enter into into the fray two members of the chattering class. Jay Cost at The Weekly Standard and Matt Lewis at The Daily Caller both recently wrote articles stating and lamenting the obvious — that our Republican Party “leaders” don’t seem to act very conservatively. But neither writer provided any solution to the problem. They seem to believe that if they write about the problem, and then offer their advice, this will somehow fix the problem.
Here’s Cost’s article: Morning Jay: Who Is Responsible for the GOP?
Here’s Lewis’s article: Why the GOP must seize control of the primary debates
In Lewis’s case, the title of his article gives away much. First, can one think of a more obvious idea? Second, Lewis’s title gives away that he is clueless about the fact that the RNC, the “GOP,” IS in control of the primary debates. Who does he think sponsors the debates with MSNBC/ABC/CNN/etc.? Negotiates the contracts? Agrees to the moderators? The formats?
Shouting at the RNC and “the GOP” officers/leaders will not change what they do. Do Jay Cost and Matt Lewis actually believe the advice they publish at The Weekly Standard and The Daily Caller will be read, and then followed, by the people in charge at the RNC?
So, how to actually change what the RNC does? We have to ACT, not just write and chatter away on blogs. The ONLY way to change what the RNC does is to change the people in charge of it. And the way to do that is to get into a position to actually vote in new RNC committee members. The ONLY way to do that is to become a voting member of the Party. That means becoming a local committeeman.
If you want to actually change the RNC, your state committee, your county committee and your local committee; that is, if you want to change the Republican Party, you have to become a voting member of it. It’s not hard to do. And it works. With about half of the precinct committeemen slots in the Party vacant right now, if conservatives would flock into their local committee meetings and do the little bit of ACTION necessary to become voting members of the Party and then ACT to show up and vote for new, better, more conservative candidates in the Party officer ranks, and then ACT to help increase voter turnout in their respective precincts for the best conservative candidates in the all-important, traditionally-very-low-turnout primary elections, then maybe, just maybe, we could change the make up of the RNC and the Congress.
But, as I said, it takes ACTION. Not “just words, just speeches.”
It takes ACTION.
Will YOU act?
In 2012, will YOU become a “voting member” of the Republican Party in your precinct?