Posted by Curt on 26 May, 2013 at 12:06 am. 2 comments already!


Rob Robinson @ Redstate:

It seemed like the one thousandth call I’d taken from a Tea Party activist attempting our well-known strategy of putting our people in voting seats in our local county and state parties.   This activist and his Tea Party cohort had actually had far more success than he fully realized.

In a well known county in Colorado, they had put several Tea Party members in voting seats in their local county party.  The new members’ influence and voting power were enough that the old guard party leaders had to resort to extraordinary parliamentary tactics in order to stay in power. My friend felt as if they had lost their bid for power within the party.

I don’t see it that way.

While such parliamentary tactics are deplorable in any organization, my activist friend missed the salient point. He was proposing that they start yet another club, or that they organize within another party to try to mark more immediate, faster progress. He even mentioned the dreaded ‘third party’ idea.

I felt that I had to point out to him that the party has had over 150 years of experience in resisting ‘outside influences’ (and the PC Strategy is not an ‘outside influence’ anyway!), — that his local tea party organizing to exert influence within the party had met with astonishing success for having been underway for less than 2 years.

In less than 2 years, his groups’ organizing had forced party leaders to engage in unsavory tactics just to stay in power.  Obviously, the previous power structure was teetering.

I laid it out for him this way: if you start a third party, or start yet another club, succeed in starting a third party, or take over the Libertarian party, what then? You then have the task of advancing that party to become a majority in Congress. Big job. Our mission, after all is to change the way our country is currently governed, and for that, you need to control the government.

The Republicans are already a majority in the US House and with the current scandals issuing from the White House, look more and more likely to form a majority in the US Senate in 2014. In many counties, we’ve made enough progress that true conservatives are either in the majority, or they’ve exerted enough pressure on existing party leaders that they resort to extra-legal tactics to retain party control. In LA county in California, it went far beyond unsavory parliamentary struggles, all the way to superior court decisions.

And yet some of us plan to give up this opportunity to control the party that promises soon to control the country??

Needless to say, my advice to my friend was simple and direct: get still more of your people seated as voting members in your county and state party.

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