The protestation of the ‘blah blah blah’
You see them all over the place. In letters to the editor, in comments section of blogs (like ours), on Facebook. The complaints of folks who are fed up! Have had it! Know that the Constitution and the Party Platform are being ignored by elected and appointed officials! And these complaints are constant and much the same and bitter.
Often they are not grounded in reality such as “Vote them all out!” — Really? Do you have a candidate identified for every Statehouse member in your county?
Many times the complaints are comprehensible in theory but absolutely not in fact, at least not in our current political climate. “Impeach Obama!” Seriously? Have you seen the corruption of the Senate by Harry Reid? Can you write down in list form the exact steps you would take in January 2014 to impeach this president?
You all know what I’m talking about. And the frustration for me is, when there are actual concrete action items that can be taken … In Spartanburg … Right now … To accomplish some things that I hear constant rumblings about … personal property rights … education reform … adherence to platform and voting accordingly … I don’t see people putting feet, time, and talent to their anguish and complaints.
I think we are ready to channel our complaints and frustration into actionable items. Things we have within our control to impact and change. There is no action item, no hope for substantial change in just sharing your knowledge about how things SHOULD BE!
For a year I asked folks to run for school board seats for the November 2013 election cycle.
For 2 years I’ve been asking folks to get yourselves appointed to local board and commissions as a way to impact our county.
For several cycles I’ve been educating on the importance of growing our local party through precinct reorganization and bringing more conservatives into the position of being voting members of the Republican Party by becoming precinct delegates.
I congratulate that there were some who picked themselves up out of complaint-ville and made this happen! Cibby Krell has an appointed position! Steven Long has an appointed position! Carol Corson has an appointed position!
But there are SO many vacancies that we can take.
Not one person that I know of took a serious run at a school board seat in November.
And only three people showed up yesterday to walk a precinct in Boiling Springs to talk with GOP Primary voters about having a voice and a vote in the Spartanburg Republican Party.
Spartanburg Tea Party. We are four years old. We have accomplished much. Our county has felt the impact of our involvement, both locally and in Columbia.
It is time to move beyond complaining and wishing that “someone will do something!” There’s no point in learning about good governance … knowing what our platform says … having the skills and talents that I KNOW we have in our county … and thinking that activism is just complaining and pointing out what someone else … either a leader or an elected official … should be doing.
In 2014 I’m going to ask more. I’m going to ask for more solutions to situations you complain about. Implementable solutions. I’m going to ask for more involvement from those of you who I know can contribute. Can serve. Can plan. Can speak. I’m going to ask more of you to bring your time, resources, talents to campaigns, trips to Columbia, attendance at Council meetings.
Our precinct walking schedule is:
â€˘ Boiling Springs HS precinct walk: Saturday January 11 and February 8, volunteers meet at 9:30 AM at 2251 Old Furnace Road
â€˘ Chapman Elementary precinct walk: Saturday January 18 and February 22, volunteers meet at 9:30 AM at 230 Bryant Rd
â€˘ Mountain View Baptist precinct walk: Saturday January 25 and March 1, volunteers meet at 9:30 AM at 5555 Parris Bridge Rd
The next county council meeting is Monday January 27, committee meetings at 4 PM, general meeting at 5:30 pm
The next Spartanburg delegation meeting is Monday February 3 at 5:30 pm.
CLICK HERE for a list of board/commission vacancies.
CLICK HERE for an application form.
In February I expect we will hear about volunteer opportunities for several campaigns of candidates for local and state office, who will bring YOUR voice to good governance that is currently not listening to your voice. There will doors to knock, signs to put up, funds to raise, events to help at.
Send an email to email@example.com telling me I’m asking too much of you.