Saturday, June 13, 2009

It’s Can The Republicans Wake Up, Not Will They?

On Tuesday June 9th the Co-Chairman of the Republican National Committee, Jan Larimer, held a town hall meeting at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria, Il. Several 9-12’ers were in attendance hoping to see a new push from the GOP toward conservative values in line with those held by the 9-12 project.
The town hall meeting began with a moment of prayer, the Pledge of Allegiance, and a brief introduction by the Illinois State Chairperson of the RNC. The crowd of about 100 was made up of prominent local business owners, local city councilmen, county board members, State Representatives, and , most importantly, average citizens.
The hope among 9-12’ers was to hear a new message of a return to strong conservative principles by the GOP. Unfortunately, 9-12’ers and many others in attendance walked away more disheartened about the future of the conservative movement.
Larimer began with a brief statement informing the audience of her background, as well as the RNC’s new direction. In the opening statement she mentioned things like: a return to conservative values, not compromising our values, returning to the base of the Republican party, etc…
The crowd was noticeably enthused about these statements, but the thought in the back of everyone’s mind was, “How do we do this?”
Larimer went on to explain how Republicans need to become more tech savvy. They need to use Facebook, Myspace, and begin using Twitter and other forms of social networking to grow the base of conservatives in this country. Many agreed.
After answering the question of how to get the message out, it became clear very quickly, that she skipped over the most important thing. What is message the RNC wants to get out?
Several members of the audience tried to pin down exactly what the RNC stands for with piercing questions. The answers ranged from “A return to conservative values” to “working with our base” and other vague statements. As the audience members cut through the smoke, an energy began to resonate. You could feel the mood change among members, not just 9-12’ers.
At one point Larimer began to lecture on the point that the Republicans need to appeal to the moderates and independents. She said the GOP needs to focus on the Hispanic vote, the black vote, and came as close as possible to saying Republicans should shelf the more controversial social issues(Pro-life, anti-amnesty) in order to appease those offended by the conservative position on these topics.
It became pretty clear that while the RNC says they want to “hold true to their conservative values”, when it actually comes to doing it, they are still too scared of losing strategic voting groups to make a clear statement.
At one point Larimer began to speak of strategic areas of the country that the GOP needs to win elections. She talked about the Northeast and New England areas. She spoke of the problems the GOP had because of the liberal hold on these areas. She explained the urgency of winning elections in these areas at whatever cost. She said this was imperative the Republicans gaining power again.
After various audience members pleaded with her to stand strong as a conservative and others will follow, she kept with the argument, “we want to win don’t we?”
Win at all cost was the theme of the day. The audience was angry. The people were witnessing the RNC’s attempt to get back in power rather to get back to principles.
When leaving the town hall meeting it was depressing to think that after the tough elections Republicans faced in the fall, they still had not figured out that nominating one of the most progressive Republican Candidates in John McCain did not work.
The strategy of appealing to the moderates, and “reaching across the isle” did not work and can not work. Republicans should pay attention to the people at the town hall meetings. Stop thinking of this country as some sort of strategic map and start standing for something.
Citizens in the country need a clear alternative to the liberal agenda of the left. We need to get back to speaking to the individual and the rights of each individual instead of segmenting the population into focus groups, ethnic groups, and voting factions.
Speak to the individual and appeal to the God given rights within each of us, and people will follow. Unfortunately, at this point the RNC is not demonstrating that they are prepared to stand up for conservatives. Until they do, it is hard to trust that they are even capable of it. It seems their goal is to win the election at all cost.
9-12’ers believe it is better to lose an election standing hard for your principles than to win an election through compromise. Sending a compromising individual to Washington results in an individual that compromises the people in Washington.

Written by:
Jody Pitcher
Peoria 9-12 Project
Chapter Leader


Anonymous said...

Love your commitment and devotion to conservatism. Please check out this website:, the page about the RNCC, and the RNC resolutions which we pushed through in May...we are organized to defend liberty and freedom at the RNC. Your national committeewoman, Demetra Demonte is one of our founding members and was Chief Sponsor of one of the resolutions. Tks. Solomon Yue Co-Founder of the RNCC

Jacob Roecker said...

Why wait for the GOP to wake up? You can start looking for your 9/12 Candidates now. Then when the GOP figures it out, you will have already showed them what your standards are.

-Jacob Roecker

Anonymous said...

According to Mr Glen Beck the 9-12 group is non partisan oranization so what is this I guess you really dont believe in what he stands for kind of ruins your principles.

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