Here is genuine feedback from a first-timer's experience through the time that we were involved in both the Senate District and the State Convention this year.
Let me first start by saying that this year we represented “the local business owner” as citizens of Texas, USA! We have consistently voted Republican, but we have never participated this intimately in politics ever in our lives! It was fantastic to see our vote affecting the State level results, and we helped elect several people (whom we have met and know), that will represent our view on the National stage from our State, and even from our home town!! Wehoooooooo! That is really a thrilling experience. That is what I wanted my wife and I to be a part of this year! Now, who’s gonna say I didn’t do my part!? I hope you understand (which I know you do) that this is a real boots on the ground testimony of how our group as a whole came together and successfully became representatives within a hierarchical establishment system, and truly legitimized our cause. Now I can say that there is something better than getting the “I voted” sticker to wear around. I went into this thing with no faith in the electoral process, and came out the other side, having a lot more to say about it, for the positive1. I am still struggling in my political faith! But, now I know what to expect for the next time that I get involved. Let me tell you, there will be a next time!
OK, all of that said, I knew some of the participants in the room who were more established within the ranks. That comes from having been a business owner in Texas for seven years, and having been a tax-paying citizen who actively votes, for 17 years. (Though, I have never participated beyond the voting booth until this year!) I have good relations with the other participants, so that might influence what I’m going to say next. We felt welcome, and we had some great interactions with everyone. There was not one negative interaction that we experienced, in or out of the convention setting. In fact, I think those we interacted with were friendly, very personable, and impressed upon me their willingness to include the younger, less experienced participants, such as us. Because of their willingness to engage with us in the process, we will continue to work alongside specific people in the next election, to struggle for our cause, and continue to change the platform to be more appropriately reflective of a desire to preserve the future of our personal liberty, locally, and then nationally.
I’m sorry for my lack of experience, but I have to transcribe my best description into a hypothetical of what I believe Ron Paul would respectfully say, when he is asked if he will endorse Mitt Romney.
I will consider working together with those established participants, because that’s what I strive to do daily, in every facet of my life, and this will be no different. Furthermore, I am quite familiar with this normal struggle, as a business owner, and a husband. In fact, it was an assumption of mine that while this was everyone’s desire at the State Convention, “working together” was not to trump the power of my vote ! With all due respect, I’m afraid that this attitude appears to imply that I haven’t considered “working together” to get to the State Convention, or even to write this letter. So, I hope this is a clear indication to the reader, whomever it is that should have interest in my response, that I have quite thoroughly considered working together, just as successfully as I have duly accomplished my goals of speaking my voice, influencing the platform, voting my delegate choices, and walking away proudly flashing my distinguished delegate badge at every person I walked by on the street that day! I found this question initially unsettling, but after writing this letter, I realize that this is a great start to the very interaction that I seek, which is in getting the readers attention to such a degree that I have to reply with this tone. I don’t think I’ll be able to support any ideology that I can’t agree with, or more importantly, one that cannot reflect The Constitution of the United States.
Until I begin to SEE an active platform that is:
- indicative of a more fiscally conservative view point in Defense, Immigration, and Domestic Infrastructural Rebuilding and Improvement (roads, bridges, over-passes)
- a constitutionally focused dialogue that invites serious debate on returning to a pre-Federal Reserve Bank (Gold and Silver Standard) non-fiat currency
- proving to truly struggle and fight to preserve the health of an accountable democratic process that embraces a reduction of Governmental Power, and Increased Liberty
Until I begin to see a platform taking strides to embrace this verbiage with forward motion, I won’t feel that I am representing a genuine voice for those who have died to preserve The Constitution of the United States.
Instead, I think the perception that is “US against THEM” on both sides of this pink elephant in the room, exists simply because there is an appearance that those representing The Constitution of the United States are under reasonable suspicion of not doing so. I urge you to remain above reproach with regard to protecting The Constitution of the United States in your public service, when possible, and be blatant about it, when impossible! Please re-read my bullet points, because I suggest that they would be good first-steps to “tear down this wall”, and represent the opinions of so many people who are being
chained down by forced inflation, increasing slavery, depleting resources for prosperity, and an ever-diminishing sense of empowerment to vote their conscience! If those citizens whom I’ve just described knew that this kind of self-empowering opportunity existed within the public debate, and their own voices could impact the national election, like mine just did, I believe they would stop blaming the past, and they would immediately begin to create the future. It can take effect that fast! I have just learned how to vote people into office that want this, like I do. Thank you for enabling me in this effort. Imagine, they would wake up from the dream that money grows on shovel-ready trees, and they would begin truly struggling and fighting for the front of the line to join our team of Liberty Warriors. That is who we all are, I hope.
That would cause me to want to have continued participation, and not just passively let the Obama-types have unobstructed access to the Oval Office. All in the same spirit of why I began listening to, and eventually voting for Ron Paul, because of his genuine commitment, above everything else, to The Constitution of the United States. Thank you for enabling my opportunity, and serving with me this year in celebrating freedom, by participating in our most powerful expression of freedom; Voting our Conscience.
- esp. How Votes Truly Count ↩