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Thursday, November 10, 2005

Withdraw from the GOP?

--posted by Tony Garcia on 11/10/2005

I just had an interesting conversation with a friend about what the members of the GOP want for the members. It actually confirms what I have been noticing.

I am looking for feedback on the validity of this observation:
To be a WELCOMED member of the MN GOP you must pass both of these litmus tests:
1) Active Christian (though some other religions may be acceptable)
2) Absolutely pro-life
Without passing these litmus tests you will not be a welcomed member of the GOP (but please send your money and can we count on your vote), you will have a difficult road to being a delegate, you likely will not get an endoresement as a candidate and your views on other topics will not be listened to/respected.

Is this an accurate view of the GOP members?


Blogger Jerry Plagge, Jr. said...

I have never been asked any questions about these issues and I have not had any road blocks.

This probably depends on the BPOU. I'm part of a local BPOU and I have not been asked about these issues at all. I can't speak for the state level yet.

November 11, 2005  
Blogger Brent Metzler said...

Jerome is right. This all depends on the BPOU and who chooses to be involved.

There's nothing in the party platform that says that you have to be a Pro-life Christian to be active. There's nothing even in the platform that says that certain views are prohibited and can't be a plank. The state platform could even have a pro-abortion plank if a majority of delegates approved.

But that's the problem. The people willing to get off their duff, and go to the caucus in March are often those pro-life Christians who feel that being involved politically is important in their lives. They have a right to their beliefs and the platform that they support.

If you feel the Republican party is the one that you want to make a difference in, you are welcome to participate. It just might take you a while to have enough clout to get elected as a delegate or to get plank you support in the platform. You may have to put some effort to get other people involved in the local BPOU who have the same values you have. It might not be easy, but it is possible.

In some cases, it might be easier to be heard and get in leadership positions. There often are a lack in people interested in making the effort to take those positions and they can be very influential. For instance, in Andy's BPOU he was the only candidate for Chair. Same with my BPOU. All the positions were unopposed. In fact, I was elected to my position and never had met any of the delegates previously. I could have been a god-hating, gun-hating, Goth dressing dude, and no one would have known the difference.

So, it's true that if you look at who most of the delegates are, you'd probably find that a majority of them are pro-life Christian delegates who support pro-life Christian planks and delegates, it is not a prerequisite to being a Republican. You can have other views, it just might be harder, and take more work to be supported.


November 14, 2005  

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