Reflections on the 2009 California Republican Party Convention

by Michael J. Fell

The 2009 California GOP Convention in Indian Wells, CA, is now but a fond memory.

There were fine people, rousing speeches, workshops chock full of useful information, liquid receptions, excellent cigars (thanks Mr. Shawn Steel), campaign signs and bumper stickers galore. Even driving out there and back was a pleasant experience (thank God for air conditioning).

With all due respect to the Party leaders who took time out of their hectic schedules to participate in the proceedings, the most compelling event was the Media Panel with Andrew Breitbart, Inga Barks and Evan Sayet, which was hosted by Republican Party Vice Chairman Tom Del Beccaro. It was truly great to hear the real story of how average every day Americans are fighting the seemingly endless corruption of the radical left. To those with eyes that see and ears that hear, it’s painfully obvious that this internal threat to the United States Constitution is being substantially aided and abetted by its friends in the fringe media, or to coin a phrase: the Democratic Party Pravda.

For the uninitiated, you can find the pertinent back-story information here:

What’s most illuminating is how this story’s about brave individuals putting themselves on the line in defense of their fellow Americans, without regard to party affiliation, partisan agenda or political hierarchy. This is the true spirit of America; the willingness to voluntarily stand under fire to protect the individual freedoms of others. The exceptional call to a cause greater than oneself. Without doubt, Hannah Giles, James O’Keefe and Andrew Breitbart are great American Patriots who deserve the support of every man, woman and child who’s proud to be an American.

Which brings to bear the focal point of this writing: Tea Party Patriots and their relationship to the Republican Party.

It was wonderful to hear the words of welcome and acceptance which greeted attending Tea Party Patriots. Acknowledgement of and appreciation for their hard work, grassroots organizing and indomitable spirit did not fall on deaf ears. To the credit of the GOP, there’s a sense of “job well done” for the attention that the Tea Parties have drawn to traditional Conservative ideals and principles.

That being said, it’s important for the GOP to recognize that those with ears that hear are capable of discerning the subtle (or not) suggestions that Tea Party Patriots might want to start getting into line and listening to GOP advice about how the next election will be run. To put it bluntly, there persists within some ranks of the Republican Party a view that Tea Parties as rolls of voters who should get back into step with the Party and without input, start blindly supporting the next crop of GOP candidates. The message seems to be: “Thanks for drawing attention to the Conservative cause, now shut up and listen to us.”

What this demonstrates is that some in the Republican Party have largely missed the point of the Tea Parties. Tea Party Patriots are people who’re rookies at demonstrating. They’re ordinary, every day citizens who’re so disgusted with corruption, lack of accountability, growing government and massive spending that they’re compelled to get off their butts, take to the streets and fight for their God given rights. They’re frightened by the Chief Executive’s emerging shadow government that’s unchecked by a Congress that won’t read the bills they didn’t write before passing them on to a seeming pathological liar to sign into law. A man who told his supporters right before his inauguration that they were “five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America”.

Don’t get me wrong. Despite the fact that with the exception of the past few months I’ve been registered as Declined to State for my entire adult life, I’m now a proud, registered member of the Republican Party and fully participating in a recognized, Republican Club.

Before that, I was a Tea Party Patriot. I’m still a Tea Party Patriot.

To those in the GOP who continue to view today’s political climate as a time for business as usual I offer these thoughts. Take the time to sit down and listen to Tea Party Patriots. Hear them. Discover what they want in their candidates: accountability, someone willing to listen to the people, someone who’ll stand by their principles, say what they mean and mean what they say.

Put these types of people on the ballot and you’ll find that they’re electable. Fail to do this and you risk further alienating a huge natural constituency who support bread-and-butter issues of lower taxes, reduced government, strong national defense, secure borders, and a return to the traditional American values of E Pluribus Unum, Liberty and in God we trust. This constituency will revitalize the GOP and remove the need for a third party split that will doom the United States to the fulfillment of the progressive agenda.

The choice is yours.

We the people are waiting…


One Response to “Reflections on the 2009 California Republican Party Convention”

  1. Kurt Schroeder Says:

    DAMN, Michael. That was good! Keep up the good work.

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