In her weekly column, Nancy Churchill discusses the current dilemma for Republicans
Within the Republican Party, at both the Washington state and national level, frustration is at an all-time high. Because of the obvious failures of the Democratic party, many new people have become involved as precinct officers and volunteers. They want to elect Republicans and save America. These political neophytes are a breath of fresh air and bring much needed energy and enthusiasm to their county and state committees.
Those of us who have been active volunteers in the Republican committees are thankful to have their support. We feel like Bruce Willis’ character in the movie “Die Hard” when backup finally arrives: “Welcome to the party, Pal!”
Unfortunately, some new precinct committee officers (PCOs) are angry at their current leadership. They think the experienced county leaders are the reason for so many election losses. Instead of rolling up their sleeves and asking how to help, newcomers are often taking control of county committees and showing their most experienced and knowledgeable volunteers the door. That attitude is going to cause more harm than good.
Should we throw the bums out?
At the recent WSRP state committee reorganizational meeting, Chairman Caleb Heimlich was reelected as the chair after winning about two-thirds of the vote of the state committee. The same vote split happened at the national committee, where Chairman Ronna McDaniel also won about two-thirds of the votes to retain her seat. In both situations, frustrated armchair quarterbacks and new activists blame “the party” or “the leadership” for election losses. People often ask me, “Why don’t they DO SOMETHING?” Please remember, everyday people like you and me ARE “the party”. The volunteers who donate their time, energy, and attention are the one percent who are willing to do something more than just complain. Unfortunately, in most cases, Republican losses are not from easy-to-solve problems such as a lack of good candidates or a lack of funding, or lack of get-out-the-vote efforts. Those are relatively “easy” problems to address because those elements are within our control to fix at the national, state and local level.
It’s a culture war
Republicans are losing races in Washington state because we have failed to fight back against the Marxist/socialist takeover of our educational system which began more that 50 years ago. Rather than have tough conversations, conservatives go along to get along; we “live and let live”. I’ve done this myself.
Today’s younger leaders often don’t believe in American exceptionalism, capitalism, free markets, personal responsibility or objective truth. Many are narcissistic, nihilistic and even anti-human.
Conservatives ignored the culture war, and now we are facing a cultural holocaust similar to what happened to the Kulaks during the Russian Revolution (tinyurl.com/2p8x3rns). State and national government agencies, the media, the educational system, and even medicine has all been weaponized against anyone who believes in the Constitution, personal freedom and responsibility, the rule of law and objective truth.
Hang together or hang separately.
The founding fathers were a contentious group, with many disagreements. During the talks which formed the United States, Benjamin Franklin noted “We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.”
Today’s Republicans need to remember Franklin’s words of wisdom. If “MAGA Republicans” attack the “mainstream republicans”; if the pro-life Republicans refuse to compromise with the pro-choice Republicans; if conservative Christians refuse to work alongside non-Christian conservatives, America is surely lost.
We must focus on preserving the American ideals we all believe in. The authoritarian left is trying to destroy our democracy. Now is not the time to abandon the Republican Party.
Now is the time to come together and join the fight for the American dream. Do whatever you can to share your beliefs and values with your friends and neighbors. We’ll win the culture war one positive conversation at a time.
Nancy Churchill is the state committeewoman for the Ferry County Republican Party. She may be reached at DangerousRhetoric@pm.me. The opinions expressed in Dangerous Rhetoric are her own.
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I believe a very big problem with this country’s politics is the ” two party” system and need for labels, right, left, liberal, conservative, maga, rino, etc. It seems everyone feels like if you don’t agree with them 100% they are not going to go along with anything you bring up. We need to work on what we agree on and make some progress.
“We need to work on what we agree on and make some progress”…. In other words give the democrats everything they want and everybody else sit down and shut up?
I may have worded my post wrong. I did not mean to not stand strong on our beliefs. I was referring to situations like the vaccine a republican president fast tracked and the democrats said to stay away from them until they were in control, then they decided to mandate them. It makes me wonder if either “party” is actually for or against vaccines and mandates.
TJ: all you really need to know is that BOTH “parties” (better known as the UniParty) are against the American People. The establishment GOP (GOPe) doesn’t care anything about what their constituents want,only about getting re-elected. The RNC is run by rino ROMNEY, and she was overwhelmingly re-elected to lead the RNC even though she is a proflagate spendthrift on herself and anybody but who the constituents want. So, what does that tell you about the RNC? BOTH groups worked against Joe Kent. The only thing the democrats care about is money, sex, and staying in control regardless of who is “voting”. As for the “vaccines”: people are dying right and left from climate change, coincidences, unknown causes, sudden adult death syndrome, and anything but the clotshot, and Trump is still pushing the clotshot and the democrats want to kill anybody (especially white people – see CDC video) that doesn’t go along with the clotshot program.
Thank you Nike! You are better with words than I am.
You are welcome.
Ms. Churchill seems to miss some very critical points in her commentary. In Clark County, the “young” people, fully assisted by older people fed up with incompetent rinos, have thrown out the pathetic excuses for leadership rinos and are attempting to build a strong, conservative republican base that won’t support rinos.
As far as Ms. Churchill’s statements regarding Christian Republicans bending a knee to “pro-choice” (molech worshippers), and non-christians, she might want to take a good long look at the Bible, and especially John where she will learn that if Christians condone “pro-choice” and non-christians, the Christians that Fear the Lord are just as guilty as the people they are bending a knee to. Just sayin’.
We are in a Blue State with a Top 2 Voting system. The refusal to accept this fact is leading some to double-down on losing strategies from their echo chambers believing the WA GOP is there to represent their religion. It is not. The WA GOP supports Freedom of Religion. The party stands for the Constitution and Bill of Rights. We don’t legislate based on the bible. Your religion guides your personal choices. In 2024 this narrative will not go unchallenged by those you have pushed out and vilified choosing to use your bible as a weapon. Jesus did not bring people to him by taking over government and using it as a tool of force.
Nancy, I appreciate your thoughts, but got a bit of whiplash reading your article. As a 35 year political activist deep in the trenches of the cultural war for most of that time, I agree that because we are now at the cliff, many new people are rushing to help, but have never been to cultural war boot camp. So, they do need seasoned generals to teach them. Here is where we might diverge. Many of the old generals have been corrupted. They are the go along to get along crowd. (I say many, not all!) So, yes, we must join together to save our Courtry. JOIN or DIE! Patriots united. Greedy, self-serving, corrupt leaders or silly political groupies need to get out of the way.