Exhuming the Corpse of the Washington State Republican Censorship Agreement

Trw_logo_1While the government and their friends in the mainstream media would like to silence the blogosphere that’s sweeping the nation with a different perspective on the news; While the movement is afoot through a variety of laws to restrict free speech on the internet; the King County Republican Party feels just as threatened by pesky truth-tellers closer to home.

To our knowledge, thus far, this news has not yet been reported elsewhere. 

On Saturday, Dec. 2.  The King County Republican PCOs after sheepishly re-electing its liberal leaders who led us to defeat in November, went on to pass bylaws that would subvert the will of Republican voters by giving top-down power to the executive board to place sanctions on and prevent their ELECTED PCOs to do the business they are elected to do, including preventing participation in caucuses and conventions, if the executive board deems them guilty of "Egregious, flagrant and continued violations of the Fundamental Principles of Republican Conduct that risk doing damage to the Republican Party."  No objective criteria required. 

Here are the particular articles that gives them this absolute power:

19.1 Principles for Imposing Sanctions. Egregious, flagrant and continued violations of the Fundamental Principles of Republican Conduct that risk doing damage to the Republican Party may be appropriate cases for imposition of formal sanctions under this Article.

19.2 Resolution of Formal Repudiation. A Resolution of Formal Repudiation may be proposed and adopted in accord with the following procedures. (a) The Elected Officers of the Central Committee, acting as a committee, shall develop and propose the Resolution, which shall specify the activities being repudiated in sufficient detail to allow a response; (b) the proposed resolution shall be provided to the individual or organization that is the subject of the resolution, together with notice of the meeting at which the resolution shall be considered, which shall be not less than ten days from the date notice was provided, (c) the individual, or representative of organization, shall be entitled to be present at the meeting of the Executive Committee considering the resolution and shall have a full and reasonable opportunity to present his reasons in opposition to the resolution, (d) the Executive Committee shall vote on the resolution by recorded vote, and (e) passage shall require an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the members present and voting.

19.2.1 Any adopted Resolution of Formal Repudiation shall be communicated as the Chairman or Executive Committee shall determine.

19.3 Denial of Good Standing Status. Precinct Committee Officers and other Republican party activists may be denied the status of "good standing" by the action of the Elected Officers of the Central Committee acting as a committee pursuant to the following procedures; (a) a written complaint signed by a Precinct Committee Officer shall be presented to the Elected Officers who shall consider whether the complaint justifies further investigation, which decision shall be communicated to the complainant, (b) if so, the Elected Officers shall appoint a fact-finding committee, consisting of not less than three individuals who shall investigate the charges and make findings of fact germane to the charges, (c) the fact-finding committee shall provide the individual who is the subject of their investigation with a copy of the complaint and shall provide the individual with an opportunity to meet with them and provide evidence, (d) the factfinding committee shall engage in reasonable efforts to receive evidence from other individuals who may have relevant knowledge, (e) the fact-finding committee shall provide a written report of its conclusions to the Elected Officers, (f) a copy of the report shall be shall be provided to the individual who is the subject of the complaint, together with notice of the meeting at which the report shall be received and considered, which shall be not less than ten days from the date notice was provided, (g) the individual shall be entitled to be present when the Elected Officers meet to receive and consider the resolution and shall have a full and reasonable opportunity to present his reasons in opposition to the resolution, (h), The Elected Officers shall consider the report and by motion vote by recorded vote to determine whether the individual shall be determined to be not in good standing, (i) passage shall require an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the total number of Elected Officers.

19.3.1 Any individual found not to be in good standing with the King County Republican Central Committee shall have no further voting rights in any meeting of the Central Committee, or any of its constituent parts such as Legislative Districts and committees, shall be ineligible to hold a precinct caucus or to serve as an automatic or elected delegate to the King County Republican Convention, or any District Conventions, shall be ineligible to be elected to represent King County Republicans at any convention called by the Republican State Committee of Washington, and shall be ineligible to serve on any other committee established by or under the authority of the Central Committee.

These disabilities shall survive a subsequent election or reelection of the individual as a Precinct Committee Officer and shall last for a period of not less than two years, nor longer than six years, as determined by the resolution of the Elected Officers, and whichmay be reduced by subsequent action of a majority of the Elected Officers.

Why does this matter?  These bylaws give absolute power to a small number of individuals (the executive board) to override the election (and even reelection) of PCOs and/or convention delegates whom they deem guilty of "Egregious, flagrant and continued violations of the Fundamental Principles of Republican Conduct that risk doing damage to the Republican Party."   Without an objective criteria, PCOs stand the chance to be judged based on a subjective criteria of the executive board.  This is very similiar to the former policy of the Washington State Republican Party Pre-Primary Censorship Agreement.  Candidates running in Repubilcan primary elections were told they had to sign an agreement to not criticize their fellow Republican (including their primary opponent) with penalty of expensive fines, or else not receive access to party events and support.  After a grassroots outcry, the WSRP killed it.  It seems now that corpse has been exhumed to come after any Republican who dares to criticize party leaders. 

                     

Winter Pruning in the Pro-life Movement

Winterpruning1_1Pruning is good for growth.  We took care of some of that in the November elections.  Some of it was easy for us.  Some of it was quite painful and was more of an act of Divine Providence than the collective will of the pro-life movement.  In this dormant season, let’s continue to assess where pruning is necessary.  "Pro-life" organizations and "Republican" politicians alike.

Yes, We DO worship a Fetus!

Innocencebougeureau_1"Fetus" is a latin word meaning "offspring" or "young one" (even tiny one). There is clever rhetoric spreading that pro-lifers are "fetus worshipers". As a Catholic preparing through Advent for the coming of the Christ Child, I confess that I do indeed worship a Fetus!

This thought struck me while listening to Christmas Carols, especially the Coventry Carol (I highly reccomend Donna Cori Gibson’s rendition–#13 on A Traditional Christmas), and hearing the phrase "Thou Little Tiny Child".

Below is the story behind this beautiful hymn and the lyrics.

The Coventry Carol actually is not a Christmas carol because the words refer to Jesus as an infant, and are not actually to do with the birth itself. However, in tradition it has been sung at Christmas through several centuries. This Renaissance carol is named after the city of Coventry, England. The 15th Century Pageant of the Shearmen and Tailors, which was performed in Coventry, depicted Herod’s slaughter of the innocent children. It was told in lyrics. The song is about the women mouring King Herod’s brutality.

Over the years it has also become a hymn to be sung on the Feast of the Holy Innocents, commemorating all of the innocent babes slaughtered by Herod’s men. How appropriate though, that we commemorate all of those innocent "little ones" slaughtered by abortion with this hymn.

Slaughter20of20the20innocents20by20carl2_1"When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under." Matthew 2:16

Coventry Carol

Lully, lullay, Thou little tiny Child,
By, by, lully, lullay.

O sisters too, how may we do,
For to preserve this day

This poor Youngling for Whom we sing
By, by, lully, lullay?

Herod the king, in his raging,
Charged he hath this day
His men of might, in his own sight,
All young children to slay.

That woe is me, poor Child for Thee!
And ever morn and day
For Thy parting neither say nor sing,
By, by, lully, lullay.

Lully, lullay, Thou little tiny Child,
By, by, lully, lullay.

Let’s continue to work and pray for the day when legalized abortion ceases, and when we will finally be freed from the hedonism that captivates our nation.

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.

Refrain:

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
shall come to thee, O Israel.

O Come, Thou Wisdom from on high,
And order all things mightily
To us the path of knowledge show
And teach us in her ways to go.
Refrain

O Come, O Come, Thou Lord of might:
Who to Thy tribes on Sinai’s height
In Ancient times did give the law
In cloud, and majesty, and awe.
Refrain

O Come, thou rod of Jesse’s stem,
From ev’ry foe deliver them
That trust Thy mighty power to save,
And give them victory o’er the grave.
Refrain

O Come, thou Key of David, come,
And open wide our heav’nly home,
Make safe the way that leads on high,
That we no more have cause to sigh.
Refrain

O Come, Thou Dayspring from on High
And cheer us by Thy drawing nigh.
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death’s dark shadow put to flight.
Refrain

O Come, Desire of nations, bind
In one the hearts of all mankind.
Bid every strife and quarrel cease
And fill the world with heaven’s peace.
Refrain

Republicans Didn’t Learn a Thing–Part 57

Since I am not a PCO in my own county (Snohomish), I decided it would be much more interesting to attend the King County reorganizational meeting this past Saturday, as there was not much contest happening in Snohomish.  It proved to be an excellent study in sheepish behaviour.  I intend to write about it soon, but meanwhile King Co. PCO and grassroots activist, Tracy Oetting has started her own blog, "Conservative and Post-Modern Watch".  Her first entry sums up the scene at the meeting.  She opens with the part that I missed, state chairman (or if you’re politically correct, chairwoman) Diane Tebelius’s encore of her "One Team, One Mission!" cheer.  I wrote about her original version back in May, and the reaction of the convention delegates in "Two Teams/Two Missions at the Washington State Convention".

Republicans Didn’t Learn a Thing–Part 57

Since I am not a PCO in my own county (Snohomish), I decided it would be much more interesting to attend the King County reorganizational meeting this past Saturday, as there was not much contest happening in Snohomish.  It proved to be an excellent study in sheepish behaviour.  I intend to write about it soon, but meanwhile King Co. PCO and grassroots activist, Tracy Oetting has started her own blog, "Conservative and Post-Modern Watch".  Her first entry sums up the scene at the meeting.  She opens with the part that I missed, state chairman (or if you’re politically correct, chairwoman) Diane Tebelius’s encore of her "One Team, One Mission!" cheer.  I wrote about her original version back in May, and the reaction of the convention delegates in "Two Teams/Two Missions at the Washington State Convention".