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Guest Commentary: Before you elect your officers

Posted: Monday, Mar 4th, 2013

Fellow Republicans,

There are three subjects on which I would like to share some thoughts of mine with you. I would beg to ask that you please bear these in mind as you prepare to elect county, then state Republican Party Officers.

1. Lois Van Mark’s statement near the end of the day on Saturday, Feb. 9, I found gravely alarming and greatly saddening. When she noted that the state party should be careful of taking a stance regarding the performance of the legislature because “they control the money,” I was utterly appalled. In a republic when the people fear the actions of their elected representatives, you have tyranny. When the elected representatives of the people fear the actions of the voters, you have democracy. Or are we all truly bought and sold, leaving our ethics at the door and silently falling in line behind elected representatives that we may not trust and may not respect out of fear? I thank God that our founding fathers were better people than this, or we would not be here today as a nation. Sadly, we may not be here much longer if this attitude of fear is held by some of our party and public leaders.

2. Our values as a party should be a continuum from the most recently registered Republican to the most senior leadership in the RNC. If at any level in this chain of trust we find that our elected Republican office holders are intentionally violating our collectively espoused values, any and all of us must speak up and correct them. This means individuals and it also means county, state and national party leadership. If the party at any level does not stand up to support that which we believe in and to openly oppose that which we do not believe in, what is the value of the party besides as a fundraising machine to get leaders elected that may well then ignore our values? The Wyoming GOP has been AWOL on this subject for as long as I have been involved with it. After all, if one does not exercise their proclaimed values, defending what they believe to be right, do they really have those values or is it all just sophistry? Where is our moral courage as a party? Have we none? Winning for the sake of winning (elect and re-elect “republicans”) is useless if your candidate(s) turns out not to be as they marketed themselves and then we do nothing about it as a team. If we do not police our own ranks, no one will for us, and we will lose the trust and confidence of the public.

3. During Superintendant Hill’s address to the central committee, Chairman Hooper repeatedly rolled her eyes and made sarcastic faces. Superintendant Hill is an elected Republican office holder; the people overwhelmingly elected her. Surely as we cow-tow to many far more offensive elected "republicans," so, too, can our state party chairman show a modicum of civility and respect, leaving the adolescent behavior at home. We do not need, nor should we want, anyone in a position of leadership representing all of us whom thinks that such is acceptable public behavior. I am gravely disappointed. A public apology is required.

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