Thursday, June 30, 2016

Changes

As the new leadership begins moving in, Liberty County prepares for its long standing home advantage to the State  Representative to be moved to another home county in the district. Perhaps this is a good thing in one light as it gives the new leadership in the local party time to rebuild what was burnt to the ground by the outgoing leadership. In this unique instant, Liberty County GOP can rebuild with more than a system of old Democrats running a conservative party. Chances of voter outreach and building of coalitions can begin without the added pressure of a sitting State Rep. being in the business of the party as well as a senior staffer of said Rep. serving as a party official. On the other hand, comments by incoming State Rep. Bailes of "I don't need the Liberty County Republican Party" upon invites and new leadership reaching out to him,  may come back to haunt him in time.  Ernest Bailes was the clear winner in the runoff. As such, the office and Ernest himself, deserves respect. However, if the one holding that office doesn't respect the enormous gift given to him to represent an entire district, whether he agrees with them or not, will only cause hurt feelings of primaries to linger instead of moving on with the people's business.

Either way, Mr. Bailes has a grueling first session coming up. Like it or not, like the individuals or not, Liberty County and HD 18 in general has strong grassroots activists that work the legislative session very hard. That includes people in San Jacinto, Liberty and Walker Counties. The groups vary from Republican Clubs to Tea Parties and others. The key is they all work together for common Conservative advancements over infighting. Their connections flow through many Representatives and Senators besides 'needing Mr. Bailes' if the tables are turned and his attitude is returned to him. If only some put as much effort in battling liberal agendas as they do in fighting each other with the same beliefs, great things could come out of the new leadership in the Statehouse and the local party.  Simply listening, with respect, even if Mr. Bailes disagrees with the context and principle, will go a long way to serve him and all of HD 18 Republicans. After all, running in two years with a record, conservative or not, will make a lot of difference.  


Liberty County also embraces new Republican leadership and Democrat leadership in each party here as well. New times and new strategies are needed. An active Democrat party may be in the beginning stages here. While Republicans have claimed a solid red plot in Liberty County, do they do so in principle, or only in riding the Anti-Obama wave? It's a valid question. To say finding Republicans that were so long before the change is an understatement. In fact, they can be counted on less than two hands. Incoming leadership finds itself in a new cycle where they will have to stand on their beliefs and platform and hope the voters in this county have truly opted into conservatism and not Democrats who simply like guns and dislike abortion. In effect, some of those old Republicans that left the party in disgust during the Lester Ray and Coleman years may need to regain some strength and return to fighting for Conservative causes. Something the last few chairs have not had to do. 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

New Chairman Sworn In LCGOP

New days are here for the local Republican Party as on June 13, 2016 a new county chairman was sworn in to take over the Liberty County Republican Party. This clearly marks the beginning of the transition of the party to a new generation of Republicans as Ryan Daniel will be one of the youngest county chairmen in recent memory. 

Some embrace this change and some don't, as always. However, the reality of the situation is the Republican Party youth are coming of age and while the hard work of elders is respected, we must carry on. The conservative message remains strong. Even our founders pondered these issues. "The question, Whether one generation of men has a right to bind another..." said Jefferson in a letter Madison. Additionally, "The generations of men may be considered as bodies or corporations. Each generation has the usufruct of the Earth during the period of its continuance. When it ceases to exist, the usufruct passes on to the succeeding generation free and unencumbered and so on successively from one generation to another forever. We may consider each generation as a distinct nation, with a right, by the will of its majority, to bind themselves, but none to bind the succeeding generation, more than the inhabitants of another country." Jefferson to John Wayles Eppers.

And so, we're proud to see the party move forward. The new Facebook page is already up and functioning, censor free, finally. https://www.facebook.com/libertycountyrepublicans/. Also, it appears the official GOP page that was once used to slander candidates and conservative organizations is being updated. We're excited to see its replacement, a page that will serve its original intent and purposes. Great job on the new leadership of the LCGOP, and good luck!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

I have read both accounts of Mr. Coleman’s actions at the local county convention. As tired as some of you may feel and as reluctant to go through the events one more time, you need to revisit the whole situation as soon as the new chairman takes over and proper discussion can occur.

“Why do this?”, some may ask.

“Let it go.” ,  others may express.

But the fact of the matter is, Ken Coleman made allegations against some of the most active people in the party. They are tarnished. From Mr. and Mrs. LeBlanc to Keith Strahan. They made these people and others and all that believe like them sound like nuts. 

They sent a message to the public, “ We will embarrass you if you believe like these people and come to party meetings.”

With Robert’s Rules of Order followed and everyone given notice, you can restore the image of the party by publicizing the results. By letting the public now that the local party has an order to it and it will be followed and people do not have to worry about this kind of authoritarian, cliquish behavior.


If you leave this alone, I believe Ken Coleman and his control over the website for weeks after this will leave a poor image in the public’s mind. You can be generous in allowing Coleman his say and it will make the public know all the more that the party is fair and that the people Coleman accused are a vital part of the party.

Name witheld by request