(Editor’s note: A message to the Charleston-LTPP from John Steinberger)
“The best way to predict your future is to create it.”- author unknown
It seems the torch of Liberty continues to burn brightly as evidenced by the waves of inquiries we have been receiving with regard to the precinct project. It is obvious that many of you understand it is time to stop blaming our circumstances, and instead of looking for the circumstances we want, or waiting for them to arrive on some imaginary ship that never comes in, we need to go out and make them. This is how the Founders imagined a functioning Republic would survive: with you actively participating at the precinct level. So, thanks for everyone’s patience while waiting for the reorganization locations to announced. The 2015 CCGOP Precinct Re-organization is scheduled for Saturday, March 7 from 10 AM to Noon. In some cases, it starts at 9:30 (see below).
If you vote in Awendah/McClellanville: Awendah Town Hall
6971 Doar Rd. (March 14 @ 11 AM)
If you vote Mt Pleasant 1-16: the Mount Pleasant Waterworks,1619 Rifle Range Rd.
If you vote in Mt Pleasant 17-29: Seacoast Church 750 Long Point Rd.
If you vote in Mt Pleasant 30-39: Rusty Rudder Restaurant 3563 N. Hwy 17 and will start at 10AM to 11AM. “It will start and finish on time. For sociality, we are encouraging attendees and precinct officers to stay for lunch after the re-org.”
If you vote on IOP/Sullivan’s Island: the IOP Exchange Club, 201 Palm Blvd at 11 AM.
If you vote on the Charleston Peninsula: Charleston Math and Science Charter, 1002 King St.
If you vote in St. Andrews 1-6, 9: Ryan’s Steak House, 3563 N. Hwy 17
If you vote in St. Andrews 7,8,10,14,15,16,17,18 and 26: International Church of God, 1560 Ashley River Rd.
If you vote in St. Andrews 11,12,13, 20, 21, 22, 23, and 24 Northbridge Baptist, 1160 Sam Rittenberg Blvd.
If you vote in St. Andrews 27-37: McAlister-Smith Bees Ferry 2501 Bees Ferry Rd.
If you vote in St Paul’s/Edisto: Dean Walker’s Family Restaurant, 6281 Hwy 162, Meggett 9:30- 11:00 AM
If you vote on John’s Island, Seabrook or Wadmalaw: the Berkeley Electric Building, 3351 Maybank Hwy.
If you vote on James Island or Folly Beach: location has CHANGED to McAlister-Smith Funeral Chapel, 347 Folly Rd. 10AM to Noon.
SITE CHANGED – Deer Park & ALL North Charleston Precincts -Felix C. Davis Community Center, Park Circle.
Other dates to save are:
Saturday, April 11 at 11AM for the County Convention where you will be making a difference by voting for the local party officers. There will also be a straw poll for Presidential candidates!
Saturday, May 2 for the State Convention where you will make a difference by voting for the State leadership and the State party platform.
We will discuss strategy for these events in the near future.
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.
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.]
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. My, you ARE a champion for liberty, aren’t you!
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!
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.
Earlier, 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!
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?’ Now, 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?
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.