August 2018

Montgomery County Republican Party

E-Newsletter 

In This Issue

Executive Committee Meeting August 28
Munch & Mingle at Headquarters Prior to Meeting
Refreshments Provided by Liberty Belles Republican Women
  
Dr. Wally Wilkerson,
Montgomery County Republican Party Chairman
COUNTY EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING
TUESDAY, AUGUST 28TH AT 7:30 PM

The third meeting of the Montgomery County Texas Republican Party Executive Committee (CEC) will convene Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at 7:30 pm in Room 402 of the Alan B. Sadler County Commissioners Court Building at 501 North Thompson Street in Conroe 77301 to complete unfinished business left over from the previous CEC meeting in June including Standing Committee appointments by the County Chairman and the Executive Committee; to hear a Treasurer's report; a Campaign Committee report and SREC members report. A Munch & Mingle Social will be held in the County Headquarters at 310 Metcalf Street in Conroe 77301-2856 beginning at 5:30 pm prior to the CEC meeting. Light refreshments will be provided by the Liberty Belles Republican Women. The public is invited to attend both of these events.
 
County Chairman Wilkerson has issued the following statement:
 I wanted to inform Republicans about multiple complaints I have received about confusion created by a "Steering Committee" calling Republicans to set up Committees. As I have stated previously, amended bylaws that were submitted at the June 26th CEC meeting were not passed because they were not approved by a 2/3 vote. Because those bylaws were not passed by a 2/3 vote, a Steering Committee was not created. This same group has also passed around an email from State Chairman James Dickey, claiming that the Chairman has ruled in their favor. However, Dickey has stated that "There is no ambiguity in the Republican Party of Texas Rules for me to clarify" and therefore, he has no authority to make a ruling. He then quoted a part of Robert's Rules of Order that refers to a "society brought into being." However, the Montgomery County Republican Party (MCRP) has been in existence since 1962 and there are many documents in place that display its ongoing existence. Accordingly, our bylaws are adopted as revised bylaws and can only be amended after proper procedures and a 2/3 approval vote. To solve this dispute, I have asked for legal opinion from four attorneys, which we will be forwarding to our email list.They all informed me that MCRP is not a brand new society that is brought into being every two years and that any bylaw changes require a 2/3 vote for approval.
 
Some Precinct Chairmen have expressed concern that the County Chairman has too much control under current bylaws. You should know that our current bylaws are similar to those recommended by the Republican Party of Texas and have been amended a number of times. They provide for a 60%-40% makeup on the six Standing Committees- 60% from the Executive Committee and 40%, including the Committee Chairmen, from the County Chairman, giving the Executive Committee a 22 member majority. I call this a shared responsibility. I submit that any successful organization has a chief executive officer who has some authority to appoint certain officials as part of a team. We have been a successful team: No Democrat has been elected to a district, county or precinct office since 1994. Please let me know if you have any questions. If you are interested in serving on a committee and have not yet contacted me, please do so now at info@mcrp.org or 936-441-5621.



Senator Cruz in Montgomery County!


Earlier this week, Senator Ted Cruz made a campaign stop in Montgomery County! Our own Congressman Kevin Brady introduced Senator Cruz. It was standing room only at McKenzie's Barbeque in Conroe! We support you all the way, Senator Cruz! 
 
 
North Shore Republican Women turned out to cheer on Senator Cruz!

Immigration Discussion
 
This Discussion appeared in the Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC) magazine, a conservative organization and a contrast to the liberal AARP. Cole P. Zail wrote this article which will be summarized by the Montgomery County Republican. It began by quoting "The New Colossus", a poem written by Emma Lazarus that appears on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. We have all become familiar with it- "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" Zail wrote about the 'millions of people who have entered this great nation as pilgrims, refugees, entrepreneurs, opportunists, nomads, missionaries and pioneers". This mass migration or legal immigration has been part of the foundation our nation was built upon. America is a nation that unites people in spite of their vast differences. Zail discussed the major "waves" of immigration. The Pilgrims of the 1600s came in search of religious freedom while later waves sought economic opportunity and relief from government oppression.
 
The discovery of gold in 1848 and construction of the transcontinental railroad in 1862 brought a wave of Asian immigrants. By the 1900s the largest mass migration of the world was underway when approximately 1.25 million immigrants were processed by New York's Ellis Island. The majority of immigrants during the past century were of European descent, today's immigrants come from Mexico, China, India, the Philippines, El Salvador and Vietnam. The United States is the "golden doors" where those from all corners of the world can come to build new lives. The poem "New Colossus" is not the only bit of American immigration history. The 13 letter phrase E Pluribus Unum, "Out of many, one", was our motto until 1956 when "In God We Trust" was officially adopted. "Out of many, one", originated from the union of the thirteen colonies into a single united nation. We should celebrate our differences and celebrate the fact that we have joined together and blended ourselves into one nation. With the increased prevalence of illegal immigration steps have been taken to limit unlawful entry while encouraging naturalized American citizenship. Zail concludes with this: "While legal immigration into the country can lead to the exchange of values, knowledge, skills, and new perspectives, it should also lead to the cohesion and fortification of our republic. By adhering to the core principles that shaped our nation and celebrating our collective unity as an American people, we may fully embody the spirit of our national motifs- from E Pluribus Unum to "golden door", to the American dream itself."


Democrats Embracing Socialism
      
IF SOCIALISM IS SO GREAT, WHY DO PEOPLE FLEE IT?
 
"If Socialism works, why do people subjected to it invariably abandon it for more capitalistic destinations?" Timothy Lee asks this question in March 2018 article in the Center for Individual Freedom. Consider this he wrote: "According to Gallup Poll this week, fully four in ten Venezuelans wish to flee their country." They are fleeing their country in "droves" amid the "chaos". The past several years have been very difficult. The socialistic policies have resulted in a crisis that continues to worsen, leaving residents unable to afford basic necessities such as food and housing, and without a sense of security as they walk their streets." Even such basic consumer goods such as toilet paper have become unavailable. Venezuelans are "shocked" by the rapid, downward spiral of their country which was a 'powerhouse" in Latin America in the 1990s until the socialists took control of the government. The fact that fully one-fifth of Venezuelans would choose the great capitalist giant America as their desired destination must come as a shock to defenders of softer socialism Senator Bernie Sanders. Sanders responded by declaring that Venezuela does not represent "true democratic socialism" he advocates. Lee concluded: "The unavoidable fact is that people vote with their feet, and they consistently flee more socialistic locales in favor of places offering greater degrees of individual freedom."

 

Selling Hate
 
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), founded in 1971 by two young Alabama lawyers, Morris Dees and Joseph Levin, Jr., has become a central player in the conversation about "hate groups" and other extremists groups. Every year the SPLC spotlights neo-Nazis, the Aryan Brotherhood and other racists organizations but also targets prestigious conservative groups like the Family Research Council and Federation for American Immigration Reform as well individuals like Ben Carson, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. They joined forces with the leftwing civil rights activist, Julian Bond who served as President from 1971-1979. The mission was to fight "hate and bigotry". Most of the groups it targets are not at all "hate groups", but rather mainstream conservative organizations it seeks to de-legitimate and destroy by associating them with actual hate groups. Actually, SPLC is a leftwing "smear operation" that dupes liberals into believing that it is an important arbiter of hate. According to David Horowitz Freedom Center pamphlet about the SPLC, if the SPLC was honest, it would have to put itself near the top of the list of "hate groups". The Freedom Center's pamphlet "Selling Hate" wrote: "The evidence piles up that the SPLC is a "shell and pea game" but its leaders continue to "laugh all the way to the bank" at home and in the Cayman Islands. "Hate is a perpetual motion machine; the gift that keeps on giving". The SPLC's endowment passed the $100 million plateau in the late 1990s, at which time "the Center was spending about twice as much on fundraising as on legal services". It is little wonder "critics began to deride the SPLC as a money machine merchandising 'hate'."

 

MCRP's Newly Designed Website
 
 
Montgomery County Republican Party's website recently underwent a major overhaul. Sporting a more updated look, it is now easier to navigate, includes more useful and interesting information, as well as a more accessible and useful calendar. The new website is also much more mobile friendly.
 
The navigation bars are now at the left side as well as the top on every page, making information easier to find throughout the website. The new calendar is more powerful and capable of including more information about upcoming Republican events.
 
An especially helpful addition to the website is the ability to highlight the CEC meetings on the front page that links to the meeting's agenda as well as the previous meeting's minutes.
 
The front page includes an image carousel in which every Republican candidate on the ballot in November is included. Clicking on the candidate's photo leads to a page where the candidate's website (if they have one) can be accessed.
 
A fun addition to the website is the "MCRP Historical Archives" page which features items that are included in the archives housed at the Headquarters. Another new fun page about MCRP's mascot, Miss Ellie, also is included. 
 
Dr. Wilkerson's "From the Chairman's Desk" publications have been transformed into a blog, which can be accessed from the lower left corner of the front page.
 
Other new items will be added soon, such as a twitter feed.
 
If you have any suggestions or feedback, please send a kindly-worded :-) email to info@mcrp.org. A couple of people already have provided feedback that we have incorporated into the new website. The newly designed website is at the same location as always: www.mcrp.org .

 

Donations Help Keep Montgomery County Red
Your financial donation to the local Republican Party does the following:

  • Helps maintain marketing and all services of the County Headquarters
  • Helps finance purchase of materials, supplies, equipment and major services
  • Helps maintain computerized voter list of Get-Out-the-Vote program
  • Helps strengthen and expand our Precinct and neighborhood organization
  • Helps expand outreach program to minorities and independents

We have three membership programs to choose from.

  • Sustaining Membership Program
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Calendar of Events

Many fun and important activities are on the horizon! Republican Womens' clubs are having great speakers at their monthly meetings. Young Republicans and High School Republican groups are making plans. And more!