Montgomery, June 11 – The Freedom & Liberty Conservatives Political Action Committee (FLCPAC), a grassroots organization of conservatives supporting reform of the Montgomery County government, endorsed the proposed changes to the Bylaws of the Montgomery County Republican Party yesterday, according to the groups’ Chairman Jon Bouche.
Bouche told The Golden Hammer, “Freedom and Liberty Conservative PAC is standing with the grassroots members of the Executive Committee and supporting and endorsing the proposed changes to the Montgomery County Republican Party By-Laws.”
Bouche, who is the Precinct 35 Republican Precinct Chairman for Oak Ridge North, added, “The grassroots members who comprise the ‘Conservative Precinct Chairs of the Montgomery County Executive Committee’ are seeking to decentralize power within the Executive Committee and have submitted a number of changes to the Montgomery County Republican Party By-Laws which will be voted on during the next Executive Committee meeting. The Freedom and Liberty Conservative PAC has reviewed these changes and we believe that this is a very important step in strengthening our representative government and improving the strategic initiatives of the Republican Party in Montgomery County.”
FLCPAC has explained its purpose in its mission statement:
“Freedom. The concentration of government power is morally wrong and is only acceptable where free competition doesn’t work. Smaller government makes for greater freedom. Government spending is morally justified only for national security, law enforcement, and infrastructure (where free markets won’t otherwise provide it.)
“Liberty. The Bill of Rights ensures individual liberty. There is no penumbra. Government power comes from the citizens who are the highest level of government. Government officials are public servants. With the limited exception of national security matters, government must be open to public scrutiny at all times.
“Conservatives. ‘Conservatives’ support less government spending and lower taxes. No government official should receive any benefit from government other than reasonable compensation for services directly provided.
“If some take the foregoing beliefs as divisive, that is no concern to us. We agree with Thomas Jefferson that ‘The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.’”
FLCPAC’s officers include Jon Bouche (Chairman), Christian Ehlming (Vice Chairman), Kelli Cook (Secretary), and Maureen Ball (Treasurer), respectively, from Commissioners Precincts 3, 4, 1, and 2.
In light of the basic philosophy of FLCPAC, Bouched explained, “There is a reason that the Founding Fathers opted for a Constitutional Republic and set up a federal system of government which decentralized power. Having experienced living under England’s rule, they understood well the dangers of a centralized government where just one person could unilaterally affect so many lives. They believed that having more people involved in the decision making process made our country stronger and much more difficult to corrupt.”
Montgomery County Republican Party Chairman Walter D. Wilkerson, Jr., has made clear his opposition to the proposed Bylaws changes which would take centralized power away from him.