Forwarded to IPR by Don Lake:
Last night was a fantastic night for America.
Record turnouts all over the country…a decided swing from the Progressive Democrats in the direction of the (mostly) Progressive Republicans.
There were a few that made it in, though, that might not play ball…Rand Paul from Kentucky, just might not work so well with the Big Government ruling class, and Jim Demint has proven he is willing to buck the status quo. In the House, some newcomer Republicans might start to take a leadership role…like Alan West from down in Florida who will hopefully be as fiery on the House floor as he was in the campaign.
Time will tell. However, there’s an impossible-to-overlook, overwhelming chance that the Republicans will blow it this time as they have the last three, four, five times that they’ve sworn off Big Government profligacy and promised us Freedom. If they overcome those odds and the GOP becomes the party of limited Government for more than 45 minutes…for the first time in History…then the ACP will be eternally grateful.
But we’re NOT GOING TO COUNT ON IT!
All over the country, folks are poring over the numbers, talking about what we should do and what we should not for 2012. There are a lot of decisions to make, and you have a chance to be part of those decisions.
But now is our time to build. If the Republicans screw it up in Washington, D.C., voters need a place to go to that stands for a clear, concise set of Conservative Principles, and that refuses to play the Party-and-Power over ideas game. Three things to keep in mind:
1) The way we are going to have to take back our Country is by starting to look at our local Governments…from the Boards and Commissions to the State Houses to the Governors’ mansion…and find the areas where we can make the most difference. Some of these races are non-partisan, some positions are appointed…so the Oligopoly just doesn’t matter. The extra 8 or 9 Republican Governors and about as many Republican State Houses might keep Democrats from gerrymandering THEM out of existence…but there will STILL be lots of gerrymandering, so very little will change. We need principled people who can run…and communicate…and lead…based on principles of limited government.
2) It starts with you…you could be the only member in your county right now…or you might be one of a dozen, and you just haven’t met anyone. No way to know until you engage. Our leadership comes from the membership; it has to be that way, or the talk about grassroots and subsidiarity is just lip-service.
3) Most of all, we must be patient. It has taken us about 100 years to get this bad off…it’ll take at least 20 to 30 to get it back where it needs to be. And we’re going to do that by sticking to our principles, and fighting the right fights and gaining credibility through ideas.
If you’re ready to get started, then go to our Volunteer Page.
…and pick out the areas where you feel you can be the most helpful. Where we need the most help is Local Activism:
The best way to have a ground up organization is to build local chapters. If you believe in our principles and want to be a leader, then now is the time. Our conference in September and last night’s election have confirmed one very important thing: we’re doing the right thing…we’re on the right track…
If you should have any questions, concerns, or comments, please don’t hesitate to contact us by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yours in Liberty,
The American Conservative Party