January 13, 2011
We will have an opportunity to impact the precinct meetings occurring all over the state in late January / early February with the stated Republican party date being February 1st. Many have complained about parties, but the only way to impact them is by participating. Can it truly be said that large numbers of people of principle have participated over a sustained period, starting at the precinct level? You have to attend to participate, or at least that is the best way to do so!
We know that you want to impact the process in a positive way. To that end, we are recommending the introduction of resolutions at those precinct meetings. In our experience, such an effort provides an opportunity to engage in a discussion and debate over principles, issues, and even can effect the legislative process. We have attached some recommended resolutions, addressing some of the key issues of the day, for your consideration. We ask that you share them with your network(s) as you deem appropriate, perhaps even adding your own to the mix.
Please reference the state party site – OKGOP, your county party site if there is one, and OK Grassroots network for more information. Recently OK-SAFE (Oklahomans for Sovereignty and Free Enterprise) did an outstanding piece on the importance of these meetings and the potential for impact.
Keep in mind that what you enter at the precinct level and discuss with your neighbors is going to change and be potentially tweaked as it moves through the party process. Should there be adequate support for any one or more of the resolutions, that internal party support can translate itself into action in the legislative process, and ultimately become law. Through this process we can engage in dialogue, the education of our friends, and yes, ourselves, on the important matters of our day. Five sample resolutions for your consideration are attached as follows in an expanded version (remember when submitting to a precinct meeting to present them in triplicate if at all possible):
* OK Grassroots has been most fortunate to have an intern this cycle, Jeremy Rhymes, who has done a lot of work on the State Sovereignty issue with Shelli Dawdy and Grassroots in Nebraska. Representative Charles Key has laid a lot of groundwork for us in this area over recent years for work presented here as a Resolution to Strengthen Oklahoma Sovereignty.
* Porter Davis has submitted two items for consideration: Resolution on Open Government and Resolution on Making Oklahoma the Freest State in the Nation.
* Shelli Dawdy and Kaye Beach collaborated to give us the Resolution Regarding REALID, RFID, Biometrics, Data Collection & Information Sharing.
* Nathan Dahm has given us a Resolution on the Sanctity of Life, which continues to be a core issue for life and liberty for all of us!
There are many others ideas that you may wish to expand into your own resolutions because this list is by no means exhaustive. Some summary information to get you started is attached also on those listed here:
Border Security and Immigration
Spending and Taxation
Right to Keep and Bear Arms
Sound Money and the Federal Reserve
Protect and Strengthen the Sovereignty of the United States of America
As you consider attending and presenting resolutions at your precinct meetings, please be ready to serve as a precinct chairman, vice chairman, or secretary.
Our willingness to serve in these positions will ensure that we keep building the party from the bottom up. If we lay a firm foundation and insist on wise leadership and constitutional principles, our communities and our nation will be blessed in the process. Thank you for serving wisely and promoting people of principle as you go.
For Life and Liberty,
Sandra Crosnoe Nathan Dahm Shelli Dawdy
Porter Davis Jeremy Rhymes Kaye Beach
Scribd document with downloadable resolutions here.
To answer the call to serve as a watchmen on the wall, I have been a grassroots activist for a long time almost fifty years now (and yes I started young!). Philosophically I am a conservative, limited government freedom lover and a co-founder of R3publicans in 2008. I currently live in Oklahoma and serve as Communications Director for OKGrassroots and Constitutional Liberty Coalition but I cut my teeth on politics with Associated Conservatives of Texas and the Traveling Liberty Bell. Thank you for all you do for life and liberty too! Finding Gems & Sharing Them R3publicans OKGrassroots Constitutional Liberty Coalition