Wow!! All I can say is WOW! This was the coolest thing I have done in a long time. For the past several days, I have been involved in one of the most interesting political events I've ever come across. The Republican State Convention. I was there Wednesday of last week all the way til Saturday evening. 15 hour days with about 5 hours sleep in between each of them. I would have been blogging about this while I was there but I have no FREAKIN' COMPUTER! My home computer has 22 new viruses on it (shout out to my son - ROSS!) and I can't even get to my word program much less the internet. Thank God for Wifi!! That kid, I swear. One of these days, he's going to turn into a giant Barney and skip off into the world of Give Me a Break! I keep telling him just because things are flashing or you see monkeys blinking does NOT mean you can click on it!!!!! So tired of seeing a pop-up of Paris Hilton giving me the come hither look when I try to google something like pretzles and peanut butter. ANYway............
So I get there on Wednesday. Two days after it all started but when you have a full time job, it's hard to get an entire week without having to take vacation days. I don't take vacation days unless it's for vacation. Period. Wednesday, I sat on my first day of the Rules Committee which is held by the SREC (state republican exec. committee) that basically sets the rules of the republican party of Texas. These are guidelines and bylaws that are adopted will become rules of the Republican Party of Texas. There are 42 rules. Too many to get into here. There were also meetings for the Republican Party Platform which is basically a set of platforms and ideals that we stand by as Republicans in the party and there is the Credentials Committee that gets to decide who gets to be a delegate and an alternate delegate at the State Convention as well as the National Convention. A delegate is someone who has earned the right to represent their senate and congressional districts in their state (usually their area of town) and can vote in all the voting proceedings in the general session and the caucuses. The alternate delegates are there so that in case a delegate does not show up, they will be seated in the place of said delegate and will be voting with the others. We placed our votes for National Committeeman and Committeewoman, at-large delegates and alternates, state chairman and members of the SREC. There were other administrative votes that I can't remember as well.
It really was very interesting to sit in on these meetings and the committee members were well aware of the eyes that were watching them throughout the entire week. One of the goals of our group was to amend the rules so that video recording were allowed at any and all GOP events and committee meetings, if someone so chooses to record. It's never been not allowed in past meetings but it's always been frowned upon and people were made to shut off their recording devices. Jeremy Blosser, our group trainer and "leader" (he *hates* being called that but I think it's fitting, lol) was the one to spearhead this amendment and we won! We won because we were there. This was a good win for people who want to be able to see what goes on in these meetings and how their representatives are voting in their behalf. Any committee meeting or GOP meeting of any kind needs to be recorded to make sure no one breaks the rules and that there is more transparency. They tried to take out term limits when it came to their group and there was a lot of discussion about that! Some were for, some were against it and one man even went so far as to say that even though he was fine with it, he didn't DARE vote for it until he took it back to his caucus to get their input, LOL! Greatness!!
During the General Session, which is where we all come together and debate the new changes and vote on them, I actually swallowed my fear of public speaking to get up and talk about why we should keep term limits when it comes to the SREC - they didn't want them, remember? Well, I wasn't the only one that had the idea that it was absurd that on page 6 of the GOP Platform, term limits was something our party insisted on when it came to the house and senate and the White House. They just didn't want to hold themselves to the same rules. But some woman beat me to it so I sat down. Blast! I was almost there. Finally, I got up to make a motion to amend rule 42 that pertains to the SREC members. I got right up to the mic, took a deep breath and waited for them to call on me. Shaking in ma SHOES, man! Just as I was about to say "Mr. Chairman..." they shut it down. DONE! Made me so mad, I was shouting "POINT OF ORDER, POINT OF ORDER" and they kept ignoring me! OMG, LOL! It was so disappointing. The Parliamentarian was mad, too. He was telling me to say this and that but it didn't work and I wasn't the only one they did that to, he said. That's the kind of fuckery we're trying to make stop! Now I know, though, that I can get up there and make a statement and not get the faints! :-)
We got to hear the likes of Rick Perry, John Cornyn, Kay Bailey Hutchison, David Dewhurst, Ted Cruz and a bunch of other lousy politicians give their big, feel good speeches while the people in the audience cheered! Why are these people cheering the ones that voted for NDAA? Don't they know what that means? What they did to us? It's amazing how truly stupid some people are! Ron Paul was also there but we were still caucusing so we didn't dare leave those rooms until the nominating and voting was finished. I saw a whole 4 minutes of RP speak. And that was ok. I saw him, I heard his voice and I heard him talk about LIBERTY! It reminded me of why I was there and how many of us were tirelessly working to make good changes.
This last picture says it all - this is what we're working for - this is why we should all get involved and stay involved. These establishment GOPers and the liberals are running scared. They know they're being replaced at breathtaking speed and they know who's doing it - WE THE PEOPLE!
and WEE the People, too!