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Wake up, Republican Party loyalist. It's time to look at what you don't want to see.

Are you tired of the status quo? Are you against Obama's "fundamental transformation" of America? If your answer is "yes," let's do something about it. The Republican Party has been engaged in its own version of "fundamental transformation" for a few years now.

Fundamentally anything goes, as long as there is an "R" in front of the candidate's name. That "R" affords a candidate or legislator a cloak of protection - don't look behind the curtain, don't question voting records, don't assume donors say something about the candidate, and don't measure a candidate on his/her willingness to fight for issues - the party loyalist will surely shoot you down.

Each year thousands of dollars are raised by the Republican Party - and they decide who to give "our donated money" to. The criteria are not character, principles and voting record - what really counts is a candidate's "electability." This is the disconnect between principle and expedience that has opened the gate for "progressives." The party loyalists' mantra is "We don't know what they stand for, but let's vote for them anyway - they are electable."

Let the Party loyalists know that expediency is no longer the guiding principle for candidate selection and support. It's time to bid adieu to the Party loyalists. It's time to take back the ground floor of our parties and make them count again. We are not divided - the parties divide us.

How to take the party back: A precinct captain is the most basic grassroots level of activism. It is an elected (unpaid) position. Some of the duties include: know your neighbors; cast a vote for county executive committee; approve expenditures; support and endorse ethical candidates; and canvass your precinct - inform voters about ballot issues - truly represent the people in your precinct by giving them a voice through you as their representative. If we want our country back, we're going to have to start at the county level.

Art and Kathy Hassan,

Trout Creek

 

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