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Guest Commentary: Meeting in Buffalo

Modified: Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

“…faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” (James 2:17) The weekend of April 5-6, 2013 the hypocrites, liars, manipulators, and Pollyannas (aka Good Ol’ Boys Club or to the politically correct, state Republican Party) met in Buffalo.

The implied and hoped-for outcome was to “keep from splitting the party”, to do some “damage control”, “to make change from the inside”, and to breath some life back into an organization that has become infamous because of corrupt practices and support of corrupt politicians. What better way to do this than to pass a resolution supporting the repeal of SF104.

SF104 was an act passed by our predominately Republican Wyoming legislature and promoted, supported and signed into law by our Republican Governor Matt Mead. This act removed a number of constitutionally assigned duties from the elected position of Superintendent of Public Instruction and gave them to a governor appointed “director”, thus bypassing the amendment process and the voters.

Let’s take an analytical look at the real facts. Shortly after the legislature passed this piece of legislation and the legislature adjourned for the session, the Constitution Party of Wyoming (CPWYO), under the valiant leadership of state chairman Jennifer Young, began to mobilize efforts to repeal this unconstitutional piece of legislation. Along with Mrs. Young were Linda Bergeron of Natrona County, Dan Garnett of Washakie County, Joyce Collins of Big Horn County and Miriam Dapra of Platte County. This group (all of the CPWYO) began the tasks of contacting the Wyoming Secretary of State’s (WSOS) office to determine the repeal process, figuring out how to fund the efforts, contacting lawyers to ensure proper legal standing and language for the documents required by the WSOS, getting documents printed and contacting and organizing volunteers to assist with the petition process. Granted, some of the volunteers came as individuals from the Republican Party. Some of the volunteers also came from the Democrat and Libertarian parties as well. The CPWYO took this on because the state Republican Party Central Committee and 21of 23 county Republican Party committees did not want to touch this issue. To do so would mean they would have to accept the foundational responsibility for SF104, getting the Republicans in the legislature who concocted, supported and voted for SF104, elected. This includes the Republican governor they worked so hard to get elected. The only two county Republican committees that immediately got behind the CPWYO repeal efforts prior to the meeting in Buffalo were Sublette and Lincoln, and of these two, only Lincoln County put any money behind their words.

Next, the CPWYO put together and hosted a statewide meeting in Casper on March 22-23, 2013 to get all of these volunteers trained on what they could or could not do while gathering signatures on petitions to Repeal SF104 and then launched the petition campaign. Again, CPWYO state chairman Mrs. Young traveled throughout the state assisting volunteers, organizing town meetings, and making media presentations. Where were the Republican Party state and county leadership and their official stand?

Now, in their state meeting in Buffalo they finally decide they ought to do something. So a resolution is formulated, voted on and passed. Now they could all go home feeling good about what they had done over the weekend to protect the Good Ol’ Boys Club, and hopefully dupe (buffalo) the registered Republican voters of Wyoming yet once again.

Let’s now go back to the beginning quote of this article, “…faith, by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” When you read the resolution that was passed, you will find that there are at least three things missing. First, there is no condemnation of the act created by SF104, secondly, there is no by name condemnation of those Republican politicians who were responsible for this unconstitutional action, and thirdly, there are no funds allocated to assist in the repeal efforts. There is no action in their resolution, only empty words, as is the case with their platform and their political campaign statements.

It is time to take a serious look at the Constitution Party of Wyoming, what it stands for, what it stands against and what it’s ready to do. Visit www.wyomingconstitutionparty.com for more information.

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