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Get Involved!

By Greg L | 29 June 2011 | RPV | 12 Comments

Tenth District Chairman Howie Lind recorded a series of short videos that urge grass-roots Republicans to get involved in this year’s elections and this is the first installment. This message is absolutely on the mark — this is an important election and we all need to be activists this year.

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  1. Harry said on 29 Jun 2011 at 11:58 am:
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    I applaud Lind for making the effort to get people involved, but he’s missing the point. Actually, the entire Republican Party has been missing the point for about the last 20 years.

    We have to stop thinking in terms of “winning elections,” which Lind points out is the party’s main focus. Winning elections doesn’t do anything to serve our Republic. All winning elections does is put people into positions of power who claim party affiliation, totally missing the point.

    The real effort should be made to change hearts and minds of people, not to convince them to vote a particular way.

    What’s more important:

    Staunch support of property rights, or being a Republican?
    Believing in limited government, or being a Republican?
    Standing up for individualism, or being a Republican?
    Supporting free market principles, or being a Republican?

    For too long, the GOP has forgotten what they stand for. They have embraced the notion that winning elections is what it’s all about.

    It’s not.

    It is about changing the way people think. Making people understand that hand-outs, big government, and high taxes are not okay. Making people embrace the idea of self determination, self-sufficiency and a limited and proper role of government.

    Once people understand the difference between party and principle, they will rally around the party that best meets their ideals.

    Door knocking and bumper stickers are fine and dandy. But when they do not have a compelling principle behind them, the messages fall on deaf ears.

    How about teaching people to use Facebook, Twitter, blogs, email and other vehicles to promote conservatism, instead of beating the drum of party politics?

    I believe that when people believe in the principles, the party affiliation and activity will follow.

  2. Henry said on 29 Jun 2011 at 12:51 pm:
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    Well said Harry

  3. John T said on 29 Jun 2011 at 1:45 pm:
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    When “we” didn’t win elections “we” ended up having Dick Saslaw road blocking every piece of important legislation with his Democrat majority in the Senate. As important as it is to elect conservatives it is equally important to ensure liberals don’t gain or maintain majority status in any legislative body.

    If you want to see anything reasonably significant done about illegal aliens, Republicans must gain a majority in the Senate, for example. If you want Castle Doctrine in Virginia, that’s not going to ever happen if Saslaw is majority leader. If you want to see entitlement reform so future budgets aren’t swamped by ever-rising entitlement costs, Republicans have to control the Senate. No matter how many conservatives are elected, if Republicans are the minority party no progress will be made.

  4. Harry said on 29 Jun 2011 at 4:28 pm:
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    @John T - your comment is exactly what I’m talking about. Winning elections has a terrible effect, when the winners are just progressives with a R next to their name. Take John McCain for example - he didn’t win the Presidency, but he won plenty of times in Arizona. What did we get for it? Amnesty, McCain Feingold, to name a couple. How about George “We have to sacrifice free market principles to save the free market” Bush? Not nearly as bad as Obama, but he still left a $400B debt and grew the federal government substantially. How about every other R who has voted us into a debt load we can’t possibly pay back? Obviously, I’m talking mostly about the federal level. But the idea is the same locally.

    Just yesterday I heard Bob McDonnell, who I support, talk about how his number one priority it to create jobs. Pardon me, but when did it become the government’s responsibility, or proper role, to create jobs? It isn’t and it can’t. Only people, free to work and create, can create jobs. The government can only take and dole out; it cannot create. McDonnell is a good executive, but on this point, he is misguided.

    John, I am like you in that I want to win elections. Our apparent difference of opinion is that I want to dominate elections with conservative Republicans, not just anyone with an R next to their name.

    It is my strong belief that if more people understand and believe in conservative principles, they will flock to the polls to vote in Republicans.

    It’s like treating the symptom instead of the disease. I’d like to attack the disease of leftist ideology. Rallying troops merely to go vote “R” is treating the symptom, but leaving the disease to fester.

    Lind’s message (at least so far) seems to be to just win and I think he is missing an important step.

  5. jon wong said on 29 Jun 2011 at 4:45 pm:
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    need OOlong republicans….no eat babies!

  6. Greg L said on 29 Jun 2011 at 5:11 pm:
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    The guy is the Chairman of the Republican party in the 10th Congressional District. What do you expect him to say, that party doesn’t matter?

    I want conservatives elected, and there’s plenty of trash that needs to be taken out within the Republican party, particularly in the Senate. We got some doozies there, although fortunately a few of the more troublesome ones have announced retirements this cycle. The focus has to be defeating the Saslaw-lead Democrats however because even if we replace some weak R’s in the Senate if we don’t have a majority we can’t get a darned thing done in that body.

    Dems have a 22-18 majority, but they stack the Courts committee (where all illegal alien and 2A bills end up) 10-5 Democrat in another example of how un-democratic the Democrats are. Marsh appoints a three member subcommittee that kills every one of these bills with an unrecorded vote, and even if they passed Marsh can decide not to put the bills on the agenda.

    I don’t particularly care where you fall on the conservative spectrum, but if you don’t get that winning a majority in the Senate is priority number one this cycle you haven’t been paying much attention to what’s been happening.

  7. The BulletProof Monk said on 29 Jun 2011 at 7:26 pm:
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    Glad that John T and Greg stepped in to interject some good ol’ fashioned common sense …
    First, you stop the hemmoraging. Then, when you have the LUXURY of controlling the houses, you can look around and set Republicans straight if they aren’t towing the line.
    To knock them off before the election or dismiss them before you control things is lame-brained at best.

  8. Anonymous said on 29 Jun 2011 at 9:00 pm:
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    Greg L said on 29 Jun 2011 at 5:11 pm:

    “I want conservatives elected, and there‚Äôs plenty of trash that needs to be taken out within the Republican party, particularly in the Senate.”

    We have some right here elected in the Prince William County government. RINOS hiding in the Prince William Republican Party. We need to clean our own house.

  9. Harry said on 30 Jun 2011 at 8:05 am:
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    I get that the GOP party chair has to promote the party. What I am suggesting is that the best way to promote the party is to promote conservative principles.

    If people believe in conservatism, they will almost always vote Republican.

    If people are passionate about their beliefs, they will be more inclined to door knock and do all the things that Lind is talking about.

    This is an age old marketing precept: Sell the sizzle, not the steak; sell the hole, not the drill; etc.

    That is, would a voter be more likely to turn out to win Republican seats? Or to prevent illegal aliens from burdening our communities?

    My point is that people will take action for the latter, but not so much the former.

  10. Loudoun Lady said on 1 Jul 2011 at 11:58 am:
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    Harry, Howie Lind is always promoting conservative principles in the role of 10th District Chair - which it is why he was elected. Emphasizing principles and elections can be done simultaneously, but if we get into just the business of promoting principles and neglect the actual elections - we will have the Senate controlled by the D’s for another 4 years. Heck, we might loose the House in the meantime.

    This argument has been around for decades - but the reality is that we operate within a timeframe and a system for elections. We don’t have a year to wait create passion that will spring the masses into action.

    My advise is for everyone to find the candidate they are most passionate about, whether it be state or local - they don’t even have to be in your district - and go out and create some passion for them on your own. One person’s contribution to any campaign can be priceless, and don’t wait around for the party structure to perfect the image and message, or the principles to be outlined in such a way that there is a near riot.

    There are hundreds of R all across the state hustling the butts of in this massivie election year. Everyone has to get rolling, and stop complaining.

  11. Loudoun Lady said on 1 Jul 2011 at 12:00 pm:
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    Ugh - so many errors in my typing - my apologies!

    Should read (and this is just a partial correction):

    There are hundreds of Rs all across the state hustling their butts off in this massive election year. Everyone has to get rolling, and stop complaining

  12. The BulletProof Monk said on 9 Jul 2011 at 8:24 pm:
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    Loudoun Lady has it EXACTLY correct. You are part of the problem if you want to take Republicans down BEFORE the democrats are evicted.

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