Arizona is the only state in the west that still allows unlimited proxy voting in its internal party elections. Some conservatives want them outlawed entirely. Others still want one or two. They compromised on two, and presented a bill, HR 2012, in the Arizona House. The bill barely passed its first committee hearing, by a single vote. But it looks like it is in the process of being killed--or, rather, buried--by the Rules Committee. I have some pointed thoughts on the matter:
ARCHIE DICKSION GOT 900 SIGNATURES TO MAKE THE PROXY BILL HAPPEN
ARIZONA CONSERVATIVES: 1) This situation is a LITMUS TEST, and we must make the most of it. 2) This issue has the potential to unite all voters, not just conservatives, against the re-election of any given member of the state legislature who fails to support the proxy limiting bill. 3) If we can expose it broadly enough, between now and November, it is even possible that successful write-in candidates could be elected in their places.
HAVE they really stopped that bill dead in its tracks? HAVE they really beaten us again? Is there NOTHING we can do, now that they have signaled they will not bring the bill for a vote? I learned something last year, while challenging the AZGOP, by organizing a special meeting to remove the chairman.
There is only one thing those who work against our founding principles fear, and that is EXPOSURE, the single most powerful antidote to lawlessness. I learned something else about this that I feel is even more important: It doesn't matter if you win or lose the actual battle for the issue that exposes those working against our system, as founded. It ONLY matters that they be exposed. To get our heads on straight to accomplish this, we need to:
Turn our backs on any concern over losing the proxy bill.
Turn our backs on our anxiety about losing yet another battle.
Define winning as exposing. Period! Anything else we win is just extra. The more exposure, the more winning.
The byproduct of exposing will be the same one that I--and those who helped expose the leadership--experienced last summer: We were happy warriors. We won by exposing. And it was exciting and very satisfying to win.
If I may momentarily digress, I'd like to point out that this is precisely what President Trump has been doing since the beginning of his campaign, and throughout his first year+ in office. Yes, there are mixed results. For example, a federal court just put a stop to his DACA executive order--AGAIN!!! If you look at just this fact, you will say, "He can't win for losing!!" But, in truth, the lawlessness of the 9th Circuit Court--and our judiciary in general--is that much more exposed to a public now FAR more aware than in the past.
At the same time, Trump continues to win in other areas--steel and aluminum tariffs, North Korea, the FISA Court scandal... In each of these cases, the huge win is the exposure of the falseness and lawlessness of every entity that is working against Trump, against Americans, and against America and its founding principles. And the ultimate result of multiple exposures is absolute defeat for the lawless. No other outcome is possible. We KNOW this, just as we KNEW, as tea partiers, that the only reason we couldn't get more traction was that, back then, no one was paying attention! Exposure, again! We couldn't get any, back them. But now we are dealing with an aroused nation. So it's time for US to switch gears. Ask yourselves: What is the single Achilles Heel of elected representatives? Easy, right? Re-election. HENCE, THE CONCEPT OF THE LITMUS TEST.
Let's make the passage (NOT the vote--the PASSAGE!) of the proxy bill a LITMUS TEST on every single Republican AND Democratic member of the AZ legislature. If they fail to pass the bill, they fail to pass our LITMUS TEST. Consequence: We will then dedicate ourselves to informing all voters-- Republican voters AND Democratic and Independent voters--about this whole mess and how the entire legislature is screwing every voter, with this bill--AND WHY. From now until the primaries, and after that, until November to deprive any or all of them of either renomination or re-election, via much more exposure. And while we are doing all of the work involved in that, believe me, we will be happy warriors. And let's publicize a list of write-in candidates--one for every single race, and give that list of names to every voter we can, across the state. It's time that the voters of Arizona be HEARD. And it does NOT matter if none of them win. It only matters that we did it. Every step we take helps to expose. It's concrete proof that we're made enough that we will not take it anymore.
Why will this work? Because, I believe, not just Republican voters, but democrats and independents will fully understand the very deep unfairness of this proxy situation. It works against EVERY voter. Not just Republicans. And another reason: Because this issue hurts ALL voters, it will be a tremendously unifying issue that will cut hard against the current// effort to turn Arizona blue. This could be something we could build on, in other ways. One point bears repeating, because this is OUR Achilles Heel: DO NOT WORRY ABOUT LOSING THE EFFORT TO GET THEM TO PASS THE BILL. THE PROXY BILL ISSUE IS THE MECHANISM OF EXPOSURE, THE PROOF OF THE WRONGDOING. THAT. IS. ALL. LOSING ALMOST HELPS US! IT PROMPTS THE PUNISHMENT AND CAN MOTIVATE ALL VOTERS. Instead of our knee-jerk disappointment and sense of powerlessness, we can view their failure to pass the bill as a very clear message to all the voters in the state: They do not care about us. In fact, they are actively working against every one of us. Therefore, they do not deserve to be re-elected. Period. In essence, they will hand us the message that will undo them.