ERIC YOLLICK, The Golden Hammer
Someone posted a comment today:
“I am so tired of all the infighting that I am seeing with our local Republicans. It is time for unity instead of division. Our goal is to get good Republican candidates elected–so let us work toward that goal and emphasize the positive within our party.”
I could not agree with that person more. Let’s break down what the person said. As long as I’ve been alive (a long time!), there has been a very easy mechanism to solve both of the problems identified in this quote. What are the two problems? #1 Lack of unity instead of division. #2 Get good Republican candidates elected instead of bad ones.
Problem #1 Lack of unity instead of division. Let’s take the easy mechanism the Republican Party has provided to us to solve that problem. It’s called the Republican Party of Texas Platform. Here’s how it works. People have legitimate disagreements and differences. They argue and have substantive discussions some of which are quite lengthy. They argue about matters amongst themselves, in Precinct Conventions, in Senatorial District Conventions, and at the State Convention. They argue in committees and on the Convention floors. Then they vote on the Platform. That’s precisely where the Republican Party should come together. IT’S BEHIND THE PLATFORM OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY, NOT WORSHIPPING ONE INDIVIDUAL POLITICIAN (not even worshipping a longtime County Party Chairman.)
Summary: Those who refuse to unite behind the Republican Party’s Platform are the CAUSE of the disunity.
Problem #2: Get good Republican candidates elected instead of bad ones.
Montgomery County seems quite adept at electing the bad ones.” We have a County Judge and Commissioners Court that is corrupt, extremely liberal, and completely out of touch with what the voters of this community actually want. They practice secrecy in order to hide their pro-government growth policies from the citizens of Montgomery County. In short, they don’t follow the Republican Party Platform.
Take the tollroads issue. Craig Doyal, Charlie Riley, Mike Meador, and the other two regularly violate the Republican Party of Texas Platform on tollroads. The other two are starting to do a bit better in following the Platform but they’ve got a long road to travel (and, hopefully, it’s not a tollroad!).
The local Republican Party clearly has failed at electing good Republican candidates instead of bad ones. The local Republican Party provides no institutional structure whatsoever to (1) communicate the Platform, (2) teach the Platform, or (3) discipline elected officials to fail to follow the Platform.
We should all unite behind the Republican Party’s Platform. We’ll solve both of the problems and many others along with it.