A Great Day!
My husband and I had the privilege of being elected to be delegates to the NH Republican Party Convention by the Republicans voting in the primary this September. We received the postcards informing us of the date, time and location of the convention on that Monday – just five days before the convention. Despite our busy personal schedules and short notice, once I saw that Governor Scott Walker was the keynote speaker, you couldn’t have kept me away! So we were both there at the convention in Derry on Saturday September 29.
I totally respect and admire Scott Walker and what he did in Wisconsin. He is a great man in my opinion! This man applied his Republican principles, stuck to them and was victorious despite the huge, expensive attacks from the liberals and public sector unions.
In an attempt to block the proposed changes in the law, the Democrats in the Wisconsin legislature ran away to another state. Eventually the legislature passed the proposed law anyway. The governor signed it and the liberals and media went crazy. Huge demonstrations – teachers calling in "sick" at work so they could demonstrate, public sector unions busing people in from out of state to demonstrate, public sector unions actually paying many of the demonstrators!
The liberals and unions lost the fight because the Republican legislators and Governor Walker would not back down. They pushed for recall elections. (The law in Wisconsin is written in such a way that elected officials can be forced into recall elections when they have done their job in a legal manner but the outcome is not popular with a segment of the society.) Recall elections cost taxpayer money but the public sector unions didn’t care. What was important to the unions was that their power and income was threatened by the new law. Hence the governor, lieutenant governor and four senate positions had recall elections.
In a state with slightly more than 5.5 million people, Governor Walker’s opponents spent $80 million trying to defeat him. Fortunately, the recall election did not occur until after the people began seeing the positive results of the new law. The people ignored the scare tactics being used and the fears being played upon because they saw the benefits the changes were bringing to the state and its communities.
Governor Scott Walker won his recall election by a larger majority than his original election! Governor Walker never faltered. Through all of this drama, during all of the months it dragged on through, he stood strong. He supported the changes and defended the principles they were founded on. What a pleasure to see a truly principled politician!
After the lunch, Governor Walker addressed the convention. He compared Obama’s failed economic policies with the substitute NFL referees' bad calls. The NFL listened to the people, acted and got the professional referees back on the field. We need to do the same. We need to send the Obama administration on its way and get someone in there who knows what he is doing.
He pointed out that if you compare all the states, the states that are doing the best are the states being led by Republican governors. That difference is true across the board. Republican Party principles – small government, less spending and lower taxes – are what we need to have a thriving society. Success is giving the less fortunate a hand up, helping them into the middle class. Success is not the liberal policy of a hand out, increasing a person’s dependency on government. The current sorry state of our country is because of failed liberal policies.
Now, before someone complains to me that Republicans as well as Democrats are responsible for the current mess in our country, let me say that I agree and that it is our fault. We, the people, are supposed to be paying attention to what the politicians are doing. If they betray us, or our principles, we are supposed to vote them out of office. We didn’t pay attention and didn’t vote them out of office. The RINO (Republican In Name Only) politicians should have been replaced with ones who respected conservative principles. As Justice Roberts reminded us in June – elections have consequences. It’s not too late to save our country but we need to start NOW. The election this November 6th is critical – we can’t afford four more years of these disastrous liberal policies!
After Governor Walker’s address, the delegates debated the revised NHGOP Platform: Statement of Principle and Application of Principles. I used to think that this nit-picking about wording was silly and a waste of time. Nowadays I see its importance. A simple change of just one word can change the meaning significantly. There were 20 amendments to the proposed Platform that were debated and voted on by the delegates.
This was the first time my husband has been to a convention. Part way through the Platform debates he commented to me that "This is really great." When I asked why, he said that what was great is that every single item being debated was being debated in order to assure more liberty for the people. I had not looked at it that way, but he was right. Every proposed word or phrase change, every proposed additional sentence that was being debated was intended to make the official NHGOP Platform clearer. The platform is built on two of the principles of our country’s founding: the individual is sovereign and the government is in service to the individual.
I have always been a Conservative. I became a Republican so I could vote in primaries and have a voice in choosing the candidates. This convention made me proud to be a Republican.
The only disappointment on Saturday was that I never got a chance to shake Governor Walker’s hand or get his autograph. Sigh.