The Most Powerful Office in the Land

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Precinct Reorganization meetings of a party are where executive committeemen and other local officers are elected to represent their neighbors within their party within each precinct. They occur bi-annually. These “reorgs” as they’re called, are where the party leaders at the county level are elected for the next 2 years.

Why is it that the office of executive committeeman (“EC”) has been called “the most powerful office in the land?” You might remember that our Constitution identified “We the People” as the most powerful sovereign entity in these United States. Until that moment in history, power originated from a King. Written edicts from a ruler would begin with the name of the King written in calligraphy identifying him as the source of the declaration. Our founders put “We the People” in similar ornate script to symbolize this radical shift in political structure. The people became King. As such, “We the People” is where power originates and flows to other entities, such as the States and Congress.

But because the EC is the closest structured political officeholder to the registered voter (or “We the People”) they are next in line for this power, even before the State or Congress. Even so, the average registered voter has no vote in internal party policy, but an executive committeeman does. An EC elects district, county and state party officers, delegates to the State convention and national party members. ECs attending the State convention vote on the “planks” in the party platform: the party principles that are advanced over the next two years. Additionally, ECs interact with their elected party officials to influence legislation every month. Principled local party leaders endorse and influence Liberty and Constitutional-minded Congressmen. They can change a nation.

It is at the precinct organizational meeting that inadequate party leaders can be removed and replaced with individuals like you, who understand their duty to represent the concerns and opinions of their neighbors and participate in a true representative democracy (a Republic) as described by our Constitution.

The Charleston County GOP, for example, held their bi-annual county precinct re-organization in March 2013. Despite this, over 60 precincts in the County of Charleston remain unorganized; there is no executive committeeman representing these areas. The weakness of the GOP is evidenced by this same absence of representation in other counties nationwide. Since current quorums within recent meetings seldom exceed 80 votes in large counties, filling these seats with like minded voting members would certainly ensure landslide victories. YOU CAN BECOME A COUNTY EXECUTIVE COMMITTEEMAN IN THE CHARLESTON GOP WITH VOTING PRIVILEGES IN AS LITTLE AS TWO WEEKS if you live in certain precincts. This is really a precious opportunity for YOU and your country, because some precincts never turn over their executive committeeman to just anyone. But because of where you live, you need only ask for it.

Other parties are not quite so weak, but would be influenced by participation of Liberty minded citizens at the executive committeeman level. It is up to us to wrest control from these parties by competing for committeeman positions and winning them.

Concerned Americans need to run for Executive Committeeman in their own neighborhood precinct. The Liberty Tree Precinct Project’s goal is to put you in touch with like-minded individuals who can guide you with your effort to become an executive committeeman and functional reformer of your party. We are creating a network of Liberty-minded individuals who can take back our country and restore the Republic as it was designed to function.

Our network is growing. Our strategy is working in Charleston. We’d like you to repeat our model in your own county. We are not asking for money. We need something more valuable: your time; your involvement; your integrity.

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