As of last Tuesday, August 29th, two hundred sixty-nine courageous conservatives signed our call letter. That number guaranteed that a special meeting would be held, and that Jonathan Lines would have to face a vote by the membership of the state committee, to remove him from office--an enormous victory for conservatives in Arizona! Twenty courageous conservatives all over the state worked for weeks to gather those signatures and organize meetings in their locales. Meanwhile, uncounted others were busy handling the logistics for the meeting, itself.
In one phone call, Jim O'C. destroyed all of that progress by some 300 people, plus the hopes of hundreds more, when he called to let me know he had arranged to have 21 people instruct AZGOP Secretary Gabby Mercer to strike out their signatures, thus disqualifying the entire call letter and six months of meticulous work. The reason Jim gave me was that he “knew” we could not win the vote, and, if we lost, “it will make all of us look bad. We’ll have egg on our faces.”
In my view, that is an unacceptable reason to give up, when just holding the meeting, at all, represented a huge victory. More importantly, Jim had no authority or right to interfere with our initiative. Nor would he have known exactly how many signatures we had gathered, had I not confided in him as a trusted friend. In short, Jim abused, betrayed, and forfeited my respect, my trust, and my friendship.
That’s all that need be said. The last thing I want is for any of us to waste any more time arguing back and forth about who said what, who’s right and who’s wrong. I immediately resigned my membership from AZRA, and that will suffice, for me, personally.
But, because of this very strange ending to my effort to call a special meeting, I have an ominous feeling about where we stand, as a conservative movement. I think large changes are in process that are not good for us, but we are not paying attention. What does systematic purging of conservatives from party positions tell us? It is the story of a complete takeover in progress, right? Should we not feel urgency, knowing that? Should we not be changing our tactics, because of that? I’m beginning to realize that it may have only been a half-measure to try to unseat the chairman, using the bylaws. So, I’m not questioning only you, I’m questioning myself. It took a good number of us 6 months to set up that special meeting. Maybe there is something much larger and more direct that we all should have done together.
I believe the key lies in the truth about the RINOs. They are not Republicans, and everybody knows it, but nobody does anything about it! No one calls them RINOs to their faces. They need to hear that! No one insists that they get out of the party. In fact, they are RUNNING the party. Like dictators. What does that tell us? I say it tells us we have become complacent, even as our situation has worsened. We have accepted the unacceptable. Why? Now, the unacceptable are entrenched and in charge, and we can’t remove them, because some conservatives say it isn’t the right time, even though the RINOs are busy removing us!
Let me repeat myself: Our AZGOP is being occupied by non-republicans who are being funded by huge donors from other states. Given 1st Vice Chair Parallee Schneider’s statement to me, it appears that unelected, unaccountable people, some of them very well paid, are doing the jobs we elected people to do for free. These RINOs in charge are systematically removing conservatives from the PC and SC ranks, if the many, many reports to that effect are to be believed. Some would call that an emergency. If you don’t see it as an emergency, it is incumbent on you, at the very least, to ask yourself why not.
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