Just showing up: The path to victory

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It’s that simple.

Although many of you may doubt this, I can assure you that it IS that simple. Most people won’t hesitate to leave a scathing remark on a Facebook feed, a comment on an online article or have a strong opinion at the bar. Those same people would be better served to show up at a reorganization. Trust me, there’s no, and I mean ZERO, resistance. In most cases you will be the ONLY PERSON IN YOUR PRECINCT.

Last precinct reorganization I convinced my wife to join me. We were rookies and admittedly nervous. What we encountered shocked us. Out of, say, 13 precincts only 7 had people show up. Almost fully HALF of those precincts went unorganized. And only 3 precincts had more than 1 person which means that 4 precincts had an unopposed Executive Committeeman. There was an elderly gentleman in our precinct that attended. And even though we came to become an EC (Exec. Committeeman) and President, we offered him the EC position. He was so happy to see us “young people” show up and “give a damn” that he refused. We fumbled our way through the procedure but we did it! This website for the Liberty Tree Precinct Project is designed to instill confidence in you and prevent fear of fumbling.

I should mention that there may be a “miraculously” loaded precinct. Daniel Island did have a half dozen people show up. Of course it was chock full of establishment republicans. The entire reorganization process that we experienced was a cordial proceeding with no issues.
So why don’t you hear about these reorganizations? Maybe the status quo doesn’t want the competition, maybe they’re afraid of a take over? Most likely it’s apathy. Everyday Joe’s like myself find it difficult to believe that it’s easy to become an EC. This position allows you to vote in Excom meetings and it’s a critical step to become a State Delegate. At the State level we can affect our local government.

So don’t be like this:
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Tied up with the conviction that you cannot institute change.

The only thing stopping you is the illusion that you can’t do it. If this high school dropout, Yankee transplant that has been pummeled with liberal indoctrination tactics for 35 years can do it, anyone can!

[Editor’s note: CCGOP reorganization is scheduled Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 10:30AM to Noon.  Other counties may be scheduled differently.  For Charleston County this year, reorganization will be decentralized over many regional locations to make it even easier for you to attend.  Contact us for details.]

The Tao of Adversity

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“If thou faint in the day of adversity, thou strength is small.” Proverbs 24:10

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What kind of person are you? Do you flinch before adversity? Do you give up and go home when things don’t go your way?

Or are you more like the person Charles de Gaulle describes when he says, “A man of character finds a special attractiveness in difficulty, since it is only by coming to grips with difficulty that he can realize his potentialities?”

Certainly we all agree that the challenges before us are great; the obstacles are many; and those that oppose us are strong. A captive media is working hard to conceal the truth from you.

But you must admit that there is an awakening occurring. You see it with the Liberty movement gaining strength. It is happening on the internet, in conversations overheard in the hallways and lunchrooms, the organized meetings convened at churches, cafés, and in private living rooms. It is also happening in cities like Los Angeles, Tampa, St. Louis, and other places, including here in Charleston. If you need proof for yourself, get involved. You’ll see signs of it everywhere.

Despite the size of the problem, it is not insurmountable. As Lao-tzu the Chinese philosopher and father of Taoism is quoted as saying, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” A more correct interpretation from the original Chinese and consistent with the teachings of Taoism would be, “the journey of a thousand miles begins beneath one’s feet.” Rather than emphasizing the first step, Lao-tzu acknowledged that the journey was there regardless of the traveler and that action, or inaction, arises from being.

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Whether or not you choose to act is your decision, but the journey still exists whether one embarks or not. We hope you will join us however, because the journey represents, at its minimum, a chance to develop and strengthen a new community of leaders: heroes not afraid to confront challenges and overcome obstacles; champions who aren’t afraid of adversity. This can’t occur without you. Tao teaches us it will occur without you, nonetheless.

And, as Mark Twain states, “the secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and starting on the first one.”

So, let’s get started:

This week we need to organize you to run for Executive Committeeman of precinct James Island 11. You can see if you are eligible to run for this office by clicking on this link: https://info.scvotes.sc.gov/eng/voterinquiry/VoterInformationRequest.aspx?PageMode=VoterInfo

Contact us at the website: https://libertytreeprecinctproject.wordpress.com.

Join us at the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/people/LibertyTree-PrecinctProject/100005765087154

Work Smarter, Not Harder!

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You’re an excellent communicator. You have all your facts straight. You research every topic before you feel comfortable taking a side. You know that truth always prevails when one applies logic. You are tech savy. You know the ins-and-outs of Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and blogging; you make meaningful comments on every cutting edge political, economic and social website. People respect your opinion. Now you talk to them. You talk to your colleagues at work; your family during the holidays; perhaps the store clerk at checkout. Slowly, and with a lot of time and effort, you have been winning votes over to the side of Liberty. Maybe as much as two to three a day. No?! You are better than that? Let’s say you employ 4 hours a day and are able to convert twenty-five people a day. image My, you ARE a champion for liberty, aren’t you!

image Now what if I told you of a way to convert a few thousand votes every month at the personal cost of only two hours of your time, max?  Interested?  With a little extra work, you might be able to influence tens of thousands of votes.  Hard to believe, isn’t it?  Look at the green sidebar of this webpage. See the “South Carolina Precinct Data” page?  Click on it and look at your County population and the number of precincts in that County.  Let’s take Greenville as an example. Greenville County, South Carolina has 144 precincts divided among 438,119 citizens, according to our chart.  If we assume for the sake of argument that the population is roughly divided among the precincts, we can assume that each precinct contains, very roughly, 3000 citizens.  Now Greenville is a big county for South Carolina.  But even if one were to apply this formula to smaller counties, we find at least 600 voters in each precinct.  Though there are smaller numbers in the smaller counties, there may be an extra, hidden surprise in these smaller counties that make them “extra special.”

But first, back to Greenville.  Let’s say you live in this county and would like to find out what precinct you are in.  Go back to the green side bar and select the “Find Your Precinct by State” page.  Select “South Carolina Voters” and enter the required information (these links are provided and maintained by each States’ election board).  You now know your precinct (and other pertinent information).  You can learn more about your particular precinct, such as the zip-code that applies to it, by additionally exploring the “Precincts by Zip-code” link, also within the “South Carolina Precinct Data” page.  Now, call your County Chairman for your party and ask if your precinct is unorganized.  If not, tell them you have been considering joining the party, and getting involved locally, and you would like to represent your precinct as an executive committeeman.  In South Carolina, this is all you may have to do.  In other States, there may be a few additional steps.  Congratulations!  You now literally vote for 600 to 3000 people when you show up to your party’s monthly meetings.  You don’t need to convince them to sign up for your blog or ask them to ‘friend’ you on Facebook!

image There is the other possibility, of course, that your precinct is already organized. As discussed in an earlier post, regularly scheduled reorganizations occur every two years in most States. At the time of writing this post, we are a full year away from South Carolina’s next reorganization. That’s actually good, because you’ll need some time to prepare. Contact us through this website to get some guidance on what to do next. In some cases, we may be able to get you installed sooner. In other cases, not.

imageEarlier, we mentioned some “hidden gold” in some of the smaller counties.  Let’s talk about that now.  Did you know that not every county has an operating party established?  If you are motivated to find one or two other like minded individuals, you could create your own county party and now control all votes within the county.  At the very least, your County deserves to be represented!

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Additionally, every County gets to send at least one delegate to the State convention. Therein lies the gold!  Candidates for State delegate from larger Counties have to duke it out to be selected or win an election of their peers to be a State delegate. You would only have to select the best choice among three friends that you have personally hand picked. The State delegate represents tens of thousands of voters at the State level. How many hours of your time would have been required to affect that many votes doing it the ‘old way?’ imageNow, for those that live in bigger Counties, you can still compete among your peers to be selected for State delegate. But even if unsuccessful, you could still locate friends and like minded individuals within unorganized precincts within your County, and tell them about this strategy.  Now, instead of controlling only 3000 votes, you are multiplying your influence with each recruitment.  If you are good and can install only five more executive committeemen, you now have influence over 15,000 voters.  Become a good recruiter, and even the ‘other side’ will begin to be influenced.

The goal of the Liberty Tree Precinct Project is to help you succeed.  We want to assist you in any way possible.  So if you have questions, or concerns, or need help, don’t hesitate to contact us.  We can be reached by filling out the form under the “I Want to Advance Liberty!” page.  We can also discuss things by email at the address located on the sidebar or in the “About Us” page.  Additionally, you can ask questions via the comments forum.  Don’t forget to follow our progress by signing up on the “follow” tab.

What kind of Champion for Liberty can you become?

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LIBERTY TREE precinct project

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The original Liberty Tree was a Grand Elm that stood in Boston, Massachusetts prior to the American Revolution. From its branches, ten years before formal declaration of hostilities, American patriots hung an effigy of Andrew Oliver, a colonist chosen to impose the Stamp Act by King George the III. With this courageously defiant act, America was born.

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The tree immediately became the symbol and rallying point for American resistance. A period of building violence from both sides of this conflict ensued under the canopy of this great tree, culminating in the British felling the tree in an attempt to demoralize the American colonists. It was probably this very elm Jefferson had in mind when he said, “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.

Astute observers may have noticed that we have chosen the olive, instead of the Elm, as our symbolic Liberty Tree. The olive tree is hearty.  She can be denuded of her branches, dug up and hauled to unfamiliar lands and will, if planted with care, still flower and bear fruit. Her branches symbolize peace. These trees are long lived. And they might be 100 years old before they bear quality fruit. The fruit they bear is full of essential nutrients.

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Is Liberty not like the precious fruit of the olive? Does the olive branch get broken and abused by those that would steal her fruit rather than grow it? Will it take some time to restore the tree to health and vigor? Will her roots suffer from negligence, and will she still need the blood of patriots? Can she grow from an infusion of new blood, rather than a drenching of spilt blood? What better tree is there to symbolize a peaceful return to our Founding Fathers’ vision of Liberty?

The Precinct system has been set up for almost 200 years, and it is perhaps the only peaceful and constitutional way to take back our country. For half of these years, our citizens have been lulled into complacency and away from a basic understanding of the Precinct system. Briefly, “people are policy.” Because our Founders set up this country as a representative democracy, or a Republic, the more involved you are with your party, the more weight your opinion carries.

As a precinct leader, you set policy for our elected officials. It turns out, therefore, that when you, dear reader, become the Precinct Executive of your party (the Executive Committeeman who helps set policy) you now hold the most powerful office in America. And, since many of these positions lie vacant, it is often a shockingly easy office to attain.

Jefferson said, “the natural process of things is for liberty to yield, and government to gain ground.” Will restoring Liberty take some effort? Yes! Because to resist a “natural process,” by definition, requires energy. The amount of energy required is determined by the force of the “process.” This “process” has likely been going on for 100 years, and is growing exponentially. So, simply put, this will take a steady application of effort for some time to come.

Like the long-lived olive, it may be decades before we see thriving fruit again. We cannot rely on one individual, or some “cult of personality” to rescue us; it is, very simply, UP TO US! But take solace in what Samuel Adams once said: “it does not take a majority to prevail… but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.

In Liberty,

The Liberty Tree Precinct Project