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Most Powerful Office in the World is NOT The President of the United
is an Office YOU can hold if you care about the kind of country you live
in - and leave to your children.
The President IS indeed the most powerful person in the world, but the Presidency is NOT the most powerful office in the world.
Are there things about our country you want to change? Taxes? Deficits? Schools? Crime? Government over-regulation of business?
Our Constitution makes Congress the most powerful branch of government. Congress can pass laws, impose taxes, and spend our money. It's the same at the state and local level.
Congress and the State and Local Legislatures pass thousands of laws every year. No citizen or group can possibly read them all or research them to find out their effect in advance. Congressmen and State and Local Legislators who are liberal will not be receptive to your messages anyway.
If you want to change the laws or taxes, you have to elect representatives you can reliably count on to vote the Republican agenda all of the time.
How often have you voted for "the lesser of 2 evils" when you didn't like either of the two candidates running for an important office? Have you ever wondered why, despite the rhetoric, both candidates seem to back the same agenda? How often does it happen that a good conservative or Republican is not even on the ballot?
Most voters don't investigate the Primary Candidates, or even find out who they are. Sometimes in the Primary, many candidates run for the same office, and the voters are confused. Only a small minority of Americans vote in the Primary Elections. One of the reasons for the small turnout in Primaries (in addition to voter apathy) is that every voter must register as a member of one of political parties in order to vote in the Primary.
Many Americans don't register as a member of a political party. The result is that persons nominated to be "Republican candidates" on the ballot in the General Election are chosen only by those willing to declare themselves "Republicans" in the Primary Election.
Sometimes the Party Organization endorses candidates in the Primary Election. Many voters who don't know about the candidates vote for the "endorsed" candidate just because they are disposed to support the Party's candidate.
It is not necessary to
have a majority of local committee people to influence the endorsement process.
In a typical county, some committee people will be liberals and some
conservatives, but the majority will be Party regulars who are interested in
patronage and power, not issues. They can be influenced to support your
candidate if you can persuasively show that your candidate has a good chance to
win. For Party regulars, winning is the name of the game.
The way to get elected
as a local committee person is to contact the County Department of Elections and
get the petition form. You must then get 10 registered Republican neighbors
residing in your district to sign the petition requesting that you be placed on
the ballot in the Primary as a candidate for committee person, and file the
petition by the required date. Then you walk around your district, knocking on
doors of Republican voters and say, "I would appreciate if you would vote for
me for District Committee Man (or Woman). You will find my name on the
Republican ballot in the Primary election on Tuesday________." If you win, you
become the elected District Committee Man (or Woman). Each district can have a
Republican Committee Man and a Committee Woman.
Of course if your
district already has good committee people doing their job, they may not take
kindly to you as an upstart and may defeat you. You should find out the
situation before making your decision, by attending the local Republican
However, typically many
districts have unfilled committee positions because no one has bothered to run.
It is often easy to be appointed to one of these unfilled committee positions by
contacting the local Committee Chairman.
To change things, we must change
To change the laws, we must
change the people who make the laws.
To get elected, your candidate
must be on the ballot.
To get on the November ballot, a
candidate must win the Primary Election.
To win the Primary, the candidate
must get the support of people who make endorsements in the Primary, who
reliably vote in the Primary, and who get out the votes of others in the
Primary. These people are the local committee people.
District Committee People are legally charged with getting out the vote on
Election Day. If he or she does their job well, he/she will ring the doorbell of
every household in the district and ask polite questions to find out the Party
and other political views of every voter. Then, before each election the
Committee Person will personally deliver campaign literature to every Republican
voter. Then the Committee Person makes sure that all the voters in his/her
district get to the polls on Election Day. This is the way elections are won.
of District Committee Men and Women:
Friendly access to neighbors. Most people are eager to know more about their government and the people
who run it. When you introduce yourself to your Republican neighbors as the
"Republican Committee Man (or Woman)," they assume you have something to
say. You can provide them with information on candidates and issues.
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