By Tracy Kearns
Last weekend I attended the Indiana Republican Convention in Indianapolis and was stunned. I had no delusions of this party being at the forefront of freedom; however, I was under the illusion that I could make a difference for the people of Indiana and the United States of America. Instead, I found that I was an elected audience member.
I ran to be a delegate to the Republican State Convention to help nominate a presidential candidate that believes in true freedom and overturning unconstitutional and tyrannical acts passed by the federal government. When I arrived I found myself in the minority, lost in a sea of old-line republicans dressed for a day at the yacht club.
Friday night I attended my district’s caucus in the hope of nominating delegates to the national convention, who would represent and fight for the freedom the Constitution ensures, and to discuss ideas important to the Republican Party. Instead I was presented with a list of people who were pre-selected, by a few elite delegates, to attend the national convention where they would vote on the Republican presidential nominee. I was then asked to vote aye or nay on this slate.
I knew nothing more about these people than a name, had no time to meet them, and was not allowed to nominate anyone. Over a third of us voted to stop the oppression that was taking place by not allowing 1735 of the 1775 state-wide elected delegates to have a voice through discussions and nominations afforded an open convention. Some snickered at us. They were losing their freedom to have a say in what was going on in the meeting, and they were snickering at those of us who value our freedom of speech?
I’d been prepared for hours of nominations, speeches and debates; the meeting took a little over thirty minutes. If other delegates didn’t want to do their job, why did they run for the position? Apparently to rub elbows and attend parties.
On Saturday I was hoping to be more effective at the state convention: to listen, discuss and vote on state business. Instead, I was expected to be a spirited and supportive audience member during nearly three hours of campaign speeches, given by several politicians who believe in oppression and don’t represent the will of the people. Again, I was in the minority in nearly every vote, except for a motion to amend the party’s platform to make it more transparent and to call for an audit of the Federal Reserve. We weren’t even given the chance to vote no on four nominees to become republican candidates, simply told the ayes have it.
When I walked out of the convention hall, the Libertarian Party was standing with signs, welcoming those of us who had been laughed at. I’m not a member of the Libertarian Party; however, they did what the Republican Party should have done: they were willing to encourage and support patriots who believe in the Constitution.
Last weekend was full of rubber stamping, pyramid scam privileges, and pats on the back too detailed to explain in one story. Perhaps I was supposed to be intimidated, as a new member, to simply go along with the crowd. On the contrary it has given me a great boost of confidence to do what is right. Every time I stood and looked at those who remained seated supporting the status quo, I realized that they may have more money than I do, but I have a lot more courage.
I will continue to fight for the rights and responsibilities of all Americans, even those who don’t realize the importance of a free society.
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