This weekend, the GAGOP State Committee has a meeting called in Milledgeville. Part of the agenda is to discuss and debate the proposed resolutions not considered at the State Convention as a result of the quorum call. Some of the nine resolutions are pretty easy to consider and some will take serious time to discuss and debate. The resolution that is going to take the most time and energy, methinks, calls for a reform of the GAGOP nominating process from a primary to conventions. You can download a copy here.
I have serious problems with this resolution and what it’s calling for. Undoubtedly, those favoring the resolution will come prepared to make a show of the discussion this weekend in order to get their point across. My gut feeling is that the resolution won’t have widespread support of state committee members. Instead, I really think what’s going to happen is that supports will make a showing and report on it in such a fashion that they communicate a “strong showing” that doesn’t really exist.
This is nothing more than the same ol’ tactics that anybody uses in politics when their particular brand is losing. In order to win the elections, you need to change the rules. I can appreciate the sentiment even if I don’t appreciate the effort. Arbitrary and capricious rules meant to keep people out of the nominating process are detrimental to the democratic process. However, to claim that about the primary system where registered voters have the opportunity to choose the standard-bearer for their brand in the general is ridiculous. Republicans who aren’t activists have as much claim to choose their candidates as the activists themselves. To claim otherwise is to essentially make the same claim of being “established” that the resolution rails against.
Georgia can make some simple reforms to the elections process, that much is true. Closed primaries is one such reform. If you want to claim yourself a Republican, then make it so for registration purposes. If nothing else, that should maintain that minimal level of party integrity needed. However, it doesn’t actively make difficult to process of nominating candidates. Over the course of this week, I’ll post some individual arguments against this resolution and ask for some feedback from fellow Republicans in the 11th District I represent on the State Committee.
A few days ago, MSNBC ran an ad featuring Melissa Harris-Perry talking about the need for more educational investments. Most of the time it’s a leftist plug for more spending on public education in this country. Usually, those on the right are able to get past the mantra because it is pretty consistent. There’s never enough money. Nothing’s more important than education.
This video just takes a turn to Oddsville real quick, so let me put this bluntly. Melissa Harris-Perry is demonstrating some of the most evil views about family and society, and there is no quicker route to destroy and dehumanize individuals than through a collectivized education system.
Let’s break this video down piece by piece, starting from the front.
Right now, Republicans are going through a deep analysis of what they’re doing wrong in the public political discourse.
Here are five lessons that, taken together, might do well going into future elections and persuading voters to support the conservative agenda:
1. Understand the difference between value and numbers.
Republicans tend to think that stating the factual case of numbers is going to win the argument. If they were arguing in front of a parliament of machines, the arguments would win the day hands down. However, humans are non-solely numbers driven. We’re contextual thinkers, who develop abstract concepts of what’s good and bad that add definition to the world around us. It’s what makes us unique as a species, and in the end, highly unpredictable in some of our behaviors.
Think of it in terms like this. You are selling a home across the street from a foreclosure listed at the same price. The foreclosure is immaculate — four bedrooms, stainless appliances, big garage. Yours is a ranch home, two bedrooms, with a big yard out back. A prospetive family comes in, looks at both, and chooses your home over the foreclosure.
Why? They have four dachshunds that hate stairs and love the sunshine. Price being equal, they chose yours because of the value they place on their pets as part of their family. Republicans needs to understand how to market to the dachshund owners better. Not everyone is an investor.
Having a federal governing system, we experience law making at all levels. County commissions and city councils manage day-to-day affairs for our neighborhoods, and state governments express reserved powers not specifically given as a responsibility to the federal government. Some states have done alright, and some are not so good. However, one thing that binds every state is that they have some pretty stupid laws on the books.
Here is a look at one law from every state that should just make us scratch our heads a little bit.