Tomorrow evening, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 7 PM, the Greene County TEA Party will have its regular first-Tuesday liberty activist discussion and planning meeting. (The meeting will be held at the Beavercreek Fire Station, 2195 Dayton Xenia Rd, near N. Orchard Lane [north of Route 35]. The meeting is in the lower level Community Room. Parking on the west side.) Two things are now happening: we are shifting gears to start preparing for the March 2016 primary elections and we are shifting into offense politically.
GCTP booth at Cedarfest 2014
Above is a photo of the Greene County TEA Party (GCTP) booth at this weekend’s Cedarfest. The banner that runs across the booth says “Are YOU happy with the direction America is heading? See HOW your vote can make a REAL DIFFERENCE!” Well, are you happy?
If you are old enough to remember the 1992 election when Bill Clinton was elected, then you may see the same warning signs now emerging for the 2016 campaign. In 1992, President George H. W. Bush, fresh from the victory of the first Gulf War, betrayed his 1988 campaign pledge to not raise taxes. This lost him support among many Americans. Ross Perot arose as the protest candidate focusing on the rising federal debt. This split the center-right vote giving Bill Clinton the win in the Electoral College even though he only won 43% of the popular vote. (Bush got 38% and Perot got 19%.) Establishment republicans will blame Perot for the loss. However, my view is that the candidate must earn the vote—no one owes their vote just because of a “D” or “R” behind the candidate’s name. Bush made a poor political decision and many American’s lost confidence in him. Trying to push the blame on the voter for the consequences of Bush’s poor decision is wrong. (Just look at what President Obama is doing. Confident that the D voters will back him no matter what, he is increasingly acting unconstitutionally and unlawfully. This is what blind allegiance to a party brings.)
Right now I think, if Hillary Clinton is the D candidate, she has two shots at winning in 2016. She can win outright or she can win in the Electoral College without a plurality of the popular vote if there is, again, a conservative protest candidate. Why would there be a conservative protest candidate? Because, the Republican National Committee is giving every indication that they are working to “ramrod” a center-left candidate into the nomination by holding a less than fair and open primary campaign. We’ve seen this in the behavior of the Republican Party in Mississippi and in Ohio working hard to oppose a conservative candidate in the party’s primary election when the party should be neutral.
Also, there is substantial R voter discouragement, at this point, with the Republican Party. Just look at Florida where the incumbent R governor is having a very difficult time gaining advantage over the RINO turned D governor candidate who is openly very pro-Obama. Look at three of the recent U.S. Senate primaries where more than 50% of the R primary voters voted against the incumbent/establishment-backed candidate. Look at what happened to Eric Cantor in Virginia. Extrapolating this behavior forward towards the 2016 presidential primaries, is it unreasonable to see the possibility of a Perot-style conservative candidate emerge? This is why I now see Hillary having two-shots at winning in 2016. The RNC is giving her a free “game-winning” foul shot due to the R voter discouragement they are now fostering. To be very candid, the RNC appears to be working to lose the election in Ohio in 2016.
How do we prevent this from happening? Remember, Republicans must win Ohio to win the White House in 2016. Hence, Ohio voter interests carry weight. The key is to empower the Ohio R primary voters to insist that the R presidential nomination process be fair and open so that all candidates of interest to Ohio R primary voters have a fair opportunity to campaign without unfair influences of personal attacks, lop-sided campaign spending, hidden RNC agreements, etc. If such were to occur then this would likely disenfranchise many R primary voters leading to the potential of failing support for the eventual R nominee in the general election. The winning candidate, by not working to empower Ohio voters for the primary, would likely lose their support.
Today, only the TEA Party movement in Ohio can prevent this repeat of 1992 from happening—not by picking a candidate to back but by informing Ohio’s R primary voters of the substantial power they hold in the 2016 nomination process to demand a fair and open primary—by demanding that their March 2016 primary vote count! Lacking any action by the Ohio Republican Party’s County Central Committees to champion this justifiable demand of R primary voters, TEA Party groups across southern Ohio are now organizing to empower Ohio’s R primary voters. So far, when this situation is explained, the response of many voters has been, of course, they want to empower their March 2016 primary vote!
In 2012, Romney got fewer votes in Ohio than did McCain in 2008, despite all that was going wrong with the Obama administration. What is the Republican Party doing in Ohio to reverse/correct this?
This topic is one of several important topics to be discussed Tuesday evening. The time for liberty activism is now here. We must prepare for the 2016 elections, not just the presidential primary but the full range of offices to be contested in the March 2016 primary.
P.S. Politics is all about WHO rules you and HOW they rule you. Your vote in the primary election in 2016 gives you the greatest leverage to move Ohio/American politics in the “right” direction—but only if organized center-right voter activism now happens.
See you Tuesday!
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