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A video taken in January of 2012 at the Longmont Republican Women’s “New Year, New GOP” event has recently become a topic of discussion on some of Colorado’s KLZ 560 AM talk shows.  This, of course, is flattering to me, because I was instrumental in organizing the panel and I was the one asking them the question “Why should I vote for the GOP?”  I am not writing this to excuse Mr. Call, whose job it is to lead the effort to elect Republicans and who should have been able to explain our party’s superiority in a few seconds.  (Hint:  “I want to live free, and there is no better vehicle right now to stop the Progressive’s Socialist agenda than the GOP winning the majority of elections in November.”)

New Year, New GOP: Jan. 2012

The purpose of taking the video was not to provide fodder for one side of our Party to use against the other, but for posterity to look back at that one step in the GOP and Liberty’s comeback.  The name of the event was “New Year, New GOP” & the purpose was to bring people together from different walks of life and encourage us all to create a new, more Liberty-minded GOP.  We sought to begin that important election year by unifying the “old guard Republicans,” the Tea Party/Liberty Movement, and different ethnic groups under the GOP banner. Consider the panel members and what they were doing at the time - Ryan Call, the Chairman of the State Republican Party.  Tom Tancredo, a former Congressman who boldly forced national attention on our illegal immigration problem as a one-issue candidate for the Republican Presidential Nomination.  Solomon Martinez, the Chairman of the Hispanic Republicans, and Derrick Wilburn, the Founder of the Rocky Mountain Black Tea Party.  The meeting was organized and advertised in only ten days, and drew over 130 people – confirming the urgent need for unity and direction in our fight to save our country from the Democrat’s Socialist takeover. 

Obviously, both the meeting and the video failed.  The Liberty Movement did not turn out the votes needed to elect their candidate and failed to stop Ryan Call from being reelected as the Chairman.  And in the Presidential election, the old guard GOP produced candidate Mitt Romney, who had experienced but failed to promote the wonder of the American Dream.  Once again, the majority of Americans favored Obama’s message that demonizes wealth creators and glorifies himself as the great black redistributor, and the GOP failed to stop him from being reelected.

The panel members are all still hard-working leaders in the fight for Liberty.  So, if you’re looking to blame someone for the GOP’s failure in 2012 and for the apathy leading into the 2014 elections, I suggest you do what I do, and go look in the mirror.  If you are an American citizen, the individual reflected there is an integral part of “We The People,” equally endowed with the God-given rights that the American Constitution was written to protect.  That person has the responsibility to participate in creating a group of people – a government – that will work to protect each citizen’s rights and defend the nation as a whole.    

While you’re there, ask yourself what it is worth to live free, and if there is any better vehicle right now to stop the Progressive’s agenda than the GOP winning the majority of elections in November.  In 15 seconds or less, tell yourself why you should vote for the GOP.  And now look yourself in the eye and decide what you’re going to do in the next few short weeks before the ballots drop to make sure most people vote for Liberty. 

Failure, this time, is not an option.  And this time, winning is merely a step in the right direction.  The real work starts on November 5th.  We The People must unify in the fight to restore our Liberty. 

Each day, we awake expecting things to be the same as they were the night before.  That's normal.  But things are always changing - darkness gives way to light, people get older, and each person's current situation changes.  We deal with the changes and that's normal.

America's current situation dictates that we are on the cusp of a new normal.  Like Colorado's September floods, the situation started slowly, was totally improbable (an average year's worth of rain in a week), and left all of us dealing with a new normal.  At the least, some valleys and streams have been permanently altered.  Bridges and roads were washed out and some of us had to find new routes to and from our homes.  Some people's homes are partially or totally gone.  Some people lost land, livestock, pets and at worst, family members.

There are two American Dreams right now, and they cannot exist simultaneously.  One is the old-fashioned American Dream, where under the Constitution's protection of each individual's natural rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, America became the most peaceful and prosperous nation on earth.  Knowing that all people are created equal and are to be equally protected under the law, we were free to dream and to work to achieve our dreams.

The other is the Dream of a Socialist Utopia, with the promise "From each according to their ability, to each according to their need."  With this government, an elite few decide which laws must be observed by whom and how much of what each person earns they will be allowed to keep.  Since this government must divide the population, taking by force from some and giving unearned to others, there is no "normal" Socialist, and no security in person or property.  Like Detroit, the society atrophies and the entire civilization is ruined. 

A good friend sent me an email on Friday, November 8th, suggesting that with Veteran's Day on the following Monday, we should do something that evening at the Boulder County Movie Nights to honor our Veterans.  As usual when I'm looking for something patriotic, I opened my copy of the Course of Study for the Public Schools of Colorado, printed for the school year of 1912.  And, as usual, it did not disappoint.  I couldn't help but think that if our current course of study for the State of Colorado was still only 296 pages long and still included a curriculum for all grades in all schools that offers suggestions for teaching all classes, but leaves the implementation of said teaching to the local teachers and families, then our children might still be getting a good education.  And if it was still suggested that "the following patriotic service is to be committed to memory," then the generations of students since 1912 might still know why it is so wonderful to be an American Citizen.

Prepared by Dr. John Grasse
(From pages 295 and 296, the last pages in the 1912 Course of Study for the Public Schools of Colorado, Issued by The Department of Public Instruction.)
The following patriotic service is to be committed to memory and used upon all patriotic anniversaries and occasions by the elementary and high schools.  The extent and frequency of its use in the elementary grades will be determined by the principal.

FIRST – Color-bearer enters room carrying the flag.  The pupils all rise to their feet and remain standing until the flag leaves the room.