How to take Mesa County back from the Good Old Boy gang precinct by precinct -- Politics 101
By John Wilkenson
According to a 02/07/2012 story in the Denver Post titled "GOP worries that precinct confusion will triumph in Colorado caucuses", the number of precincts in Mesa County "dropped from 82 to 57 as some were consolidated and others were adjusted." All that means is that a practical grassroots "Take Back Mesa County" political1 strategy which might have been called "328 Boots On The Ground" can now be called "228 Boots On The Ground" because of the reduced number of precincts. "228 boots" extrapolates to 114 real live human beings. That's not very many in a county with a population of 150,000 or so. In fact, it's less that 1/10th of one percent. I was born and raised in Mesa County, so nobody can tell me that fewer than .1% of her people are interested in individual freedom and transparency and accountability in government. All that's needed is a little useful information and networking.
What I mean by "228 Boots On The Ground" is that you really only need two individual-freedom activists in each precinct to cover that precinct with door-to-door political literature whenever it is deemed necessary, one person to drive, and one person to hang the little plastic baggy containing the literature on a door knob or mail box handle.
To soundly thrash Mesa County's Good Old Boy (GOB) gang, all that is needed are 150 or so determined freedom activists who are sufficiently fed up with the local GOB corruptocrats that they, like the proverbial mountaineer, are willing to "climb the mountain just because it's there". That means distributing political1 literature, gathering signatures for a candidacy (or recall petition), and showing up every two years at all the precinct caucuses with a few of their friends and neighbors.
I'll get back to the Mesa County precinct caucuses in a minute, but first a bit of supporting background information.
For many years I have been a registered Republican. Why? Because, as Niccolò Machiavelli correctly noted, it is easier to change an established political1 power from within than it is to raise up a new political power from scratch. In Mesa County, the GOP has a functioning grassroots structure, whereas, the DEMS, for the most part, do not. Too many salt-of-the-Earth-type country folks instinctively reject the DEMS' inherently illogical and UNsustainable "steal-from-A-to-buy-the-vote-of B" agenda. What that means is if you want to have any say in who is going to get elected dog catcher, you should probably vote in the GOP primary race for dog catcher.
The way I maximize the power of my one little vote is: I vote AGAINST the "lesser of two (or however many) evils" in the primary election, and then I vote FOR my core values in the general election, which might very well mean voting for a third party candidate. I never vote for any unopposed candidate, because I don't want to validate the process.
So-called "RINOs" (Republican in name only) will vote for DEMS in the general election so as to retain their power in the GOP. "Conservative" Republicans must adopt the same strategy if they are to beat the GOB gang: if you lose the primary, then vote 3rd party (e.g. Libertarian) in the general election. I never vote DEM because stealing from A to buy B's vote with "freebies" is inherently and self-evidently an UNsustainable Economics-101 paradigm. I consider any person who pretends otherwise to be either intellectually dishonest -- (that's polite terminology for "liar") -- or too ignorant in the subject of Economics 101 to hold public office and try to run my life.
The reason third parties or independent candidates almost never win a general election is because the instant a 3rd party platform starts "gaining traction" with the voters, the GOP/DEMS duopoly will co-opt just enough of the 3rd party platform to siphon off enough voters away from that 3rd party to keep it from winning a general election. So the most effective grassroots strategy is to have just enough people to register Libertarian so the Libertarian candidates and platform get on the ballot in all 50 states. Everybody else should register Republican so they can maintain a viable ongoing movement to change the GOP from within during the primary elections. Then, if a GOB candidate wins the GOP primary election, vote Libertarian in the general election. Sound too "radical" for you? That's exactly what happened to pro-life GOP candidate for Representative to state House District 55, Shari Bjorkland, in 2004. HERE is a list of Republicans who voted for well-connected Democrat Bernie Buescher over the GOP candidate, Shari Bjorkland. Undoubtedly some of the names on that list are either part of Mesa County's inbred GOB gang, or at least GOB-friendly "normal" folks.
As Tip O'Neill famously said, "all politics is local", so let's get back to our main subject of local politics.
In the past, I have gone to GOP precinct caucus meetings. There's not all that much to them. Of course a few are controlled by GOBs & friends, but most are comprised of just a few "normal" people like you or me. One of the meetings I attended was hosted by the son of a person holding national office. Another one I attended was hosted by a local restaurant owner (and nice guy).
At a precinct caucus meeting, you elect two precinct "committee persons". Two are elected from each precinct, and the combined total comprise the "central committee" which elects the Mesa County chairman and other officers (vice-chairman, secretary, etc) of the county arm of the GOP and DEM parties. When I was active, delegates to the "county assembly" were also elected.
At the precinct caucus meetings, Robert's Rules Of Order (RRO) are supposed to govern, although quite often the chatter is of an informal nature. It would be a good idea to own a copy of RRO and study them before the meeting. In fact, it would also be a good idea to take your well-marked copy of RRO to the meeting. Most people at the meeting will probably be ignorant in the subject of RRO. One or two might pretend they know something about RRO. It is useful to be up to speed regarding RRO. Precinct caucus meetings are not unlike a bunch of friends and acquaintances just sitting around amiably chatting, with most everyone being careful to avoid stepping on anybody else's toes. Remember: while the party doesn't want you to understand the mechanics of what's really going on, the party also wants your vote and doesn't want to unnecessarily alienate you.
When I was active, some precincts, especially DEM precincts, were completely unrepresented because not one person showed up at the caucus meeting. In the precinct caucus meetings I attended, there were seldom more than 8 or 10 people in attendance. What that means is that you have a good chance being elected precinct committee person if you show up with two or three friends who are going to vote for you. (Just ask a couple of your neighbors to come and vote for you because you would like to serve as precinct committee person.)
The main idea of politics1 is to make people like you. You do that by putting on your "nice guy" hat and being a charming schmoozer, preferably with the same political goals as everyone else at the meeting -- which is beat the "socialistic-welfare-vermin" DEMS if your are at a GOP meeting, and beat the "corporatist-capitalist-pig" GOPers if you are at a DEM meeting. It makes for an interesting little duopoly dog-and-pony show.
Most precinct committee people pretend that they would love for somebody else to have a turn at being a precinct committee person. Most people at a precinct caucus meeting want your vote, so they will almost always "play nice". So all you have to do is say you would like to try your hand at being a precinct committee person and have one of your friends put your name in nomination, and another friend "second" your nomination. (That's why you need at least two friends to accompany you to the meeting.) Once you are nominated, you pretty much have as good a chance of actually getting elected as anybody else at the meeting, unless it's a larger meeting in a more populated precinct more likely to be controlled by organized GOB-friendly individuals. Most people at the meeting don't want the job.
In a tough, heavily populated GOB-dominated precinct, you might have to get a list of voters in that precinct and then run a campaign for precinct committee person prior to the caucus meeting. I have never seen that done, but I would love to see the looks on the GOBs' faces if somebody actually did that! I think it might be a fun project for some enterprising young freedom activist. (Of course, like any other political1 campaign, you might want to find out as much as possible about your opponent before printing up and disseminating your own campaign literature, just to reinforce your own assets with your opponent's liabilities.)
Once elected, you are ready to attend the Mesa County GOP/DEM Assembly. Of course, at that point, the politics1 start getting more intense. There is WAY more behind-the-scenes manipulation going on at this point. Pretty nearly everybody shows up at the County Assembly already knowing who they are going to vote for to be the party's county officers. It not unlike a sophomoric popularity contest for high school homecoming queen. Not that many GOBs are in attendance, it's just that the ones who are in attendance have already organized their low-information (LI) "normal-people" friends and neighbors to vote for them.
A good example of how it works is the GOP County Assembly choosing John Pennington over GOB favorite son, Steve King. After that happened, the GOBs and the GOP Central Committee pulled out all the stops (as they did in the Shari Bjorkland case) and GOB Steve King won the GOP primary even though he was beaten by Pennington at the GOP County Assembly.
What I despise most about duopoly party politics is that Power flows from the top down instead of from the bottom up the way it is supposed to. If the National Committee doesn't like any state delegation's political views, they can refuse to seat that state's delegation at the national convention. If the state committee doesn't like any county's delegation, they can refuse to seat that county's delegation at the state convention. So the only way the national officers of a party are going to get changed out is if an overwhelming majority of the state delegations were going to vote for change (preferably AFTER having been seated at the national convention). And the only way the state officers of a party are going to get changed out is if an overwhelming majority of the county delegations were going to vote for change (preferably AFTER having been seated at the state convention). Those kinds of situations would be where a tremendous amount of behind-the-scenes strategy and manipulation would occur. See, e.g., How the Republican Party Stole the Nomination from Ron Paul.
As another example of how top-down GOB power works, HERE is a letter to then-GOP-precinct-captain Brad Barker from Mesa County GOP Chairperson, Lois Dunn Susuras.
Notice how the letter starts off with the monarchial/misdirectional "we", as in "we with a mouse in our pocket". So, Ms. Dunn Susuras says "WE appreciate your willingness to be a District Captain for "US". In other words, Power in the duopoly parties clearly comes from the top down instead of from the bottom up as it should.
In the body of the letter are the party leadership's top-down requirements of their apparatchiks:
“1. You must be willing to actively support the designated Presidential, State, House and Senate candidates as well as local Republicans. As a District Captain, you are asked to refrain from;
a. openly or covertly working against any Republican candidate.
b. openly or covertly supporting a non-Republican in a partisan election in which a Republican candidate is running for the same office.
c. making public derogatory remarks about any Republican candidate or organization.
d. making public derogatory remarks about your district officers, Mesa County Republican Central Committee Officers, Mesa County Republican Executive/Central Committee and/or Republican National Committee members.”
Obviously, the party leadership can do as they please, because those rules sure weren't followed in the case of Shari Bjorkland. Of course, we grassroots' yokels are supposed to be too stupid to notice that smarmy little dab of hypocrisy!
Notice the use of the passive voice "you are asked" instead of the active voice "I, the Great Oz, am demanding". Idn't dat cute?!
Notice how the letter concludes with "WE wish you all the best in the future." Then it is signed "Lois Dunn Susuras". So, in effect, it says, "WE wish you all the best in the future, signed ME".
You may have noticed that OGRE said, "While the Establishment pretends they are focused on winning elections right now, they are spending much more time on securing their own power and paychecks behind the scenes." If I had worded that piece, I would have said, "while the duopoly GOB gang pretends they are focused on winning elections for their duopoly parties right now, they are spending much more time on securing their own cronyistic personal power and paychecks behind the scenes." Of course, the GOBs also find time to send their opponents anonymous "nastygrams". That's how the GOB game is played, boys and girls!
The GOBs' strength lies in the ignorance of the 70% of low-information lemmings who let themselves get manipulated into supporting GOBs who care absolutely NOTHING whatsoever for the U.S. Constitution or the GOPs' alleged core values/principles -- (although 100% of the GOBs will cheerfully lie with a straight face about that). I am particularly referring to the type of GOB scum who send the Bjorklands the anonymous nastygram. In contrast, the GOBs' weakness lies in the relative small percentage of the total voter population they comprise. Remember, the total number of precinct committee persons (114) is only .1% of Mesa County's total population. HERE is a 2014 list of Mesa County people who donated their time and/or money to the GOP.
My own attitude is, "Hey, Lois, dahling, WE, the Mesa County GOP grassroots, are going to replace YOUR arrogant little control-freak self (along with your GOB duopoly cronies) ASAP. Thank you for your 'service2' and WE wish YOU all best in the future."
Recently I was discussing politics1 with some friends and told them it is necessary to see beyond the surface. For example, the British would never have been driven out of India by Mahatma Gandhi's non-violence alone. It took a symbiotic relationship between the violent3 activists who were blowing up trains and the non-violent leaders who pretended (with seeming great sincerity) to decry the "tragic" violence. In other words, the violent activists and non-violent activists were on the same side and shared the same goal of driving the British out of India even though their tactics were different. It is precisely that type of political crossfire which the dominant GOBs who call themselves "government" can't handle.
Below, I embedded a hilarious satirical Monty Python video about political groups. It pokes fun at how the "People's Front of Judea" doesn't like the "Judean People's Front" or the "Judean Popular People's Front." The lesson I am hoping to convey is that in situations where you have locally competing political groups A, B, C, & D, A wants the members of B, C, & D to belong join A and work for A. B wants the members of A, C, & D to belong join B and work for B. C wants the members of A, B, & D to belong join C and work for C. And D wants the members of A, B, & C to belong join D and work for D. All four groups are competing for the "patriot" dollar and "patriot" time and effort for the cause, and all four groups are focusing more intensely on creating their control-oriented bureaucracies than on the common goal of removing the GOBs from power.
Naturally, a big part of maintaining and growing control is refusing to transparently share information such as voter/membership lists and email addresses, etc, etc. The "People's Front of Judea" might as well be a metaphor for the "Republican" or "Democrat" parties and many smaller groups who try to oppose the "Big Two" duopoly. For me, "The Romans" serves very nicely as a metaphor for "The Good Old Boys".
As seen in the video, that situation presents significant difficulties which are tangentially destructive to the shared goal (remove Mesa County's GOB gang from power). In contrast to trying to grow power, I have faith in the common sense of most people to be able to intellectually differentiate between good ideas and bad ideas if the discussion forum can be kept open and courteous. So I have no desire to belong to the "People's Front of Judea", regardless of its name. My passion is free speech (aka polemics), ideas and free flow of information.
In a complex situation, it will take everybody working together to achieve the goal. That means some groups or individuals will necessarily have names and high public profiles, while other groups or individuals will necessarily be anonymous and low-profile. In this time of Internet and computer technology, it is possible for one pajama-clad blogger working out of a cubicle in his mother's basement to present a huge and monarchial "WE"-type website to the whole world of cyberspace. As in our example of India, it will take a multi-faceted political crossfire to remove the GOB gang from power in Mesa County (and, indeed, the United States).
The high-profile groups will need to take care to "triangulate" more voters to join their groups. The low-profile groups don't need to triangulate anything. Anybody wanting to form a PAC (Political Action Committee) to support a candidate will have to be public and follow the relevant Colorado statutes.
Not being much of a group-oriented person, and not wanting to run for any public office, I very much prefer to function as external critic and communications facilitator. That is the primary purpose for which I founded Mesa County Committee of Correspondence and this website. I want to make it easier for persons and groups, who might otherwise wind up quarrelling (and failing in our common goal) because they don't agree on every little point of ideology, to discuss IDEAS with each other in a "safe" neutral public place: cyberspace. Accordingly, I will publish submissions from anybody which I believe to be nonlibelous, whether the author uses his or her own name or a pseudonym. I reserve the right to invent pseudonyms for any person, group or place being talked about, when I deem it necessary to keeping the public discussion focused on competing ideas instead of conflicting personalities. Needless to say (so I'll say it anyway), profanity -- (e.g. George Carlin's "Seven Words You Can't Say") -- will automatically be edited out in the interests of comity and the common goal of removing the duopoly (GOP/DEM) GOB gang from power in Mesa County. Other than that, as a self-ownership activist and free-speech absolutist -- I truly believe good ideas will prevail over bad ideas in a free marketplace of ideas -- I am generally UNfriendly to the idea of agenda-based censorship and control over The Other.
This website is 100% 1st-Amendment-protected political, informational and educational speech. I will NOT solicit, nor will I accept, donations of any sort. I refuse to give the cutesy GOBs any type of toehold with which to involve me in any sort of legal hassles. When I achieve the necessary level of coding skills, I plan to put up a subscribe/unsubscribe box which interested individuals can use to get on a free online newsletter/bulletin list.
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The People's Front - YouTube video - Monty Python's hilarious satirical take on political groups - (WARNING: Although IMO this video snippet is funnier than a rubber crutch, there are a couple of cuss words in it.)
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1. Always remember, "politics" = person or group A trying to persuade person or group B to obey the will of A, most frequently for the personal financial benefit of A and to the personal financial detriment (higher taxes) of B. In other words, "politics" = manipulation. That's all it is. That is why deception = the so-called "art" of politics. That is also why "politician" = professional deceiver/manipulator, and why "political" = deception-based, manipulation-based, and/or having to do with deception and/or manipulation.
Everybody is competing for the inherently evil and inevitably corrupting One-Ring of "political" Power (over the Other) to steal labor and money out of the "other guy's" pocket and put it in their own. Politicians get votes by promising to be all things to all people. Because that is a physical/material impossibility, most of politicians' promises of necessity get broken. Because all politicians know this in advance, they are ALL liars to one degree or another. The king is always the most corrupt person in the kingdom. (The first two kings of ancient Israel, Saul and David, were murderers.) In my opinion, any person who sincerely wants to be the king is criminally insane and an implacable deadly enemy to the inalienable Creator-endowed rights of individual freedom and self-ownership.
"We have a two-party tyranny in this country, and that is the greatest enemy of the United States of America, period. Nothing else matters except this two-party tyranny. And as long as we have this two-party of crooks – and they're just light weight crooks … What they're not telling you is that the printing presses are going 24 hours a day. We're borrowing a trillion dollars a year in fake digital money … and basically these guys are going to go until we burn the capitol down ... We have 18 suicides daily among our veterans ...The US government is not here to serve you ... You can't substute technology for thinking ... The CIA should be burned to the ground and salt plowed in... Look at Congress: all of these Congressmen are millionaires by the end of their first term, and all of them now are actually planning for post-Congress K-Street lobbyist jobs .. If I were God, Congress would be like jury duty, because I absolutely guarantee you that anybody in this room would make a better congressman than the sh*t we have today." ~ Robert D. Steele (former CIA insider)
The tyranny spoken of by Mr. Steele is ultimately implemented via use of manipulation-based words designed to have opposite meanings -- words such as "God", "law", "government", "religion", "money", etc. The key to understanding these dual-purpose (i.e. good-evil words) is being able to recognize the difference between when they are used to mean self-ownership and when they are used to mean feudalistic "government" ownership/control over B by A.
2. Such as giving the citizens of Mesa County a pro-political-policing, pro-primacy-of-the-police, pro-police-as-master-instead-of-servant, anti-constitutional sheriff at a dangerous point in history when America is being turned by the GOP/DEM duopoly and a constitutionally ineligible President/Usurper into a full-fledged banana-republic-style dictatorship.