HAVE YOU HAD ENOUGH?
ARE YOU MAD AS HELL AND NOT GONNA TAKE IT ANYMORE?
If you don’t know what we’re talking about, this article probably isn’t for you. Please feel free to get back to your regularly-scheduled viewing of Dancing With the Stars, or whatever y’all do with your time.
If you are pretty sure you know what I’m talking about, please keep reading–and read to the end. This is important.
WHERE ARE WE AND HOW DID WE GET HERE?
A great many of us have had quite enough of the wishy-washy, spineless, go-along-to-get-along politicians of both political parties, but many of us are particularly disgusted with the squishy weasels in the Republican Party.
It is time for us to do something. It’s time for us to get very real and very serious. We are beyond the time for sitting around and hoping.
People ask why many of us seem to be more critical of the Republicans than we are on the Democrats. There is truth to that–and the reason is simple: the Democrats are, for the most part, openly and unabashedly working to advance the left-wing agenda that their own left-wing constituents support.
To the lefty voters of San Francisco, it is no criticism to say, “Nancy Pelosi is advancing leftist ideas.” She would likely say as much herself.
To the voters of Massachusetts’ 4th District, it is no smear to say, “Barney Frank has worked hard to move this country to the left.” He would wear that as a badge of honor.
Texans, however, are none-too-pleased to learn that John Cornyn has been cooperating with Barack Obama and Harry Reid, to allow them to advance their left-wing aganda. They are not happy that a Texas Republican congressman is bottling up a full investigation of the Benghazi killings. They are having difficulty understanding how a Republican-dominated state legislature is voting to break the constitutional spending limit. These things do not sit well at all–nor should they. We have let things go too far and trusted the wrong people.
WHEREIN LIES THE PROBLEM?
The problem is not the Democrats. They are what they are, but they could not succeed in their plans without the complicity of the squishy, weaselly Republicans. Our objection to the squishy, weaselly Republicans is not that they have honest and reasonable differences of opinion with the reformers. Our objection is that, in far too many cases, they’re spineless, duplicitous hypocrites who conceal their true thoughts and motives.
When we the people insist that our Republican elected servants fight tooth-and-nail against ObamaCare or to keep their hands off the Rainy Day Fund, or to put a stop to new debt, we’re not asking them to do anything unheard of. In most cases, we’re insisting only that they make good on the very promises they made to us–and continue to make to us–in their stump speeches back home in the district.
Whether you love him or hate him, Glenn Beck hits the nail on the head here:
When a politician promises his constituents he will do everything in his power to stop ObamaCare, those constituents have every reason to expect him to actually do everything in his power to stop ObamaCare.
And yet, we know they don’t. In many cases, they don’t even go through the trouble of putting on a puppet show for us.
If the candidate planned to re-evaluate all of his policy positions the day after election day, he really should’ve told us so up front. The candidate certainly could’ve said, right at the beginning, “Ya know, I’m really not so much in favor of amnesty, and I think we maybe need to do more to secure the border, and I’m generally in favor of cutting spending…but I’ll have to take another look at all that after I get to the capitol and meet with my donors and consultants.”
There’s no law that says a candidate has to take clear positions. Some don’t even pretend to, and others dance like ballerinas to avoid doing so, but many–likely most–do.
Charles Durning demonstrates here:
For those that do make commitments to the voters, they have an obligation to make good on those commitments at crunch time. Sadly, many–in fact, most–fail to do so.
WHAT MUST BE DONE?
If you are represented by a politician who says one thing and does another, there is only one thing you can do about them.
They cannot be persuaded. They cannot be reasoned with. You cannot negotiate with those who do not honor their commitments and who speak out of both sides of their mouths. You cannot nail Jell-o to the wall.
These people must be removed from power. All of them. Every last one of the politicians who thinks they can play you for a fool by showing one face in the district and a different face in the capitol needs to go–and the sooner, the better.
If you have truly had enough, and you truly understand the stakes, I call upon you to challenge the people who represent you–but not with a letter or a wagging finger. I call upon you to challenge their power directly.
IT’S TIME TO THROW DOWN THE GAUNTLET.
If you know someone who would make a good public servant, recruit them to run. If you can’t find someone, run for office yourself.
We’ve heard all of the excuses. “I don’t have a million dollars, I don’t have any campaign experience, I haven’t lived a perfect life, I tipped over some cows as a kid, my high school pictures are embarassing, my third cousin’s best friend’s uncle got caught jaywalking, etc., etc.”
You may not think you’re a perfect candidate–and you’re right. You’re not a perfect candidate–because there is no perfect candidate. Every one of us has flaws, but so does the incumbent you may be hesitant to challenge–likely more flaws than you know. We all have some blemishes on our records. We all have some oddball family members. We’ve all made mistakes, large and small. All have sinned and come short of the glory of God. We are all sinners. We are all imperfect. Any of us can find a thousand ways to talk ourselves out of stepping up, but consider what happens if no one challenges your two-faced State Representative, your sleazy County Commissioner or whatever other crooked weasel the people in your area are saddled with.
What is the alternative to not stepping up, or finding someone to do it? It is to let all this continue. If no one challenges these incumbents in the primaries, they’ll conclude that they’re doing a pretty decent job and have nothing to fear from the people.
And we wonder why they ignore us?
Whether it’s you or someone else, SOMEONE ought to challenge your weaselly incumbent. If not you, who? If not now, when?
WHAT DOES IT TAKE?
The scope of the challenge depends on the office. You can get on the ballot as a State Representative candidate for $750–or by filing a petition with 500 signatures.
Winning the race depends on the district, but many State Representative primaries involve fewer than 2,500 votes. Can you identify 1,250 people willing to vote for you–or against the incumbent–between now and March 4, 2014? If so, you may be in striking distance of replacing your incumbent.
The vote totals for the 2010 primaries are posted here:
Money is important, but you don’t have to match the incumbent, dollar-for-dollar. You will, however, have to outwork him or her in order to win.
There are those who will tell you that taking out an incumbent is an insurmountable task, and it is–except when it isn’t. If you think the establishment always wins, go talk to David Dewhurst.
If you don’t know who represents you, you can find out here:
If you don’t know how they vote, look them up here:
http://www.empowertexans.com/index/#house (fiscal issues)
Even if your State Representative voted decently during the session, consider this: every one of them, either actively or passively, placed the unanimous choice of the Democrats (Joe Straus) back in the Speakers’ chair. ALL OF THEM.
Suppose you run and you don’t win the race–what then? You will have spent time getting some exercise, meeting your neighbors, connecting with fellow patriots, building grassroots organization and spreading a message of liberty–in other words, doing all the things we need to be doing anyway. On top of that, you will have forced the incumbent to get out and talk to his own constituents face-to-face.
Tea partiers challenged many powerful incumbents in 2010. In some cases, the incumbents were defeated. In many other cases, the incumbent held on, but lost or withdrew in the next cycle. A run in one cycle may be a prelude to a win in the next cycle.
PLEASE GIVE THIS APPEAL YOUR SERIOUS AND PRAYERFUL CONSIDERATION
If anything said above resonates with you, and you are willing to seriously consider throwing your hat in the ring for a public office, please contact us by responding to this message. We will get you additional information, and will help you determine whether moving forward makes sense.
Time is short, my friends and fellow patriots. Please take heed and seriously consider this appeal.
Thank you for your time,
– Ken Emanuelson
The Grassroots Texans Network