Founding Fathers and Precincts / Wards

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Thomas Jefferson had this to say about precincts and wards:

The article nearest my heart is the division of counties into wards. These will be pure and elementary republics, the sum of all which, taken together, composes the state, and will make of the whole a true democracy as to the business of the wards, which is that of nearest and daily concern. The affairs of the larger sections, of counties, of states, and of the Union, not admitting personal transactions by the people, will be delegated to agents elected by themselves; and representation will thus be substituted where personal action becomes impracticable. Yet, even over these representative organs, should they become corrupt and perverted, the division into wards, constituting the people… a regularly organized power, enables them by that organization to crush, regularly and peaceably, the usurpations of their unfaithful agents, and rescues them from the dreadful necessity of doing it insurrectionally. In this way we shall be as republican as a large society can be, and secure the continuance of purity in our government by the salutary, peaceable, and regular control of the people.

And of political parties, George Washington mused:

However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.

General Washington also believed:

The power of the Constitution will always be in the people. It is entrusted for certain defined purposes, and for a certain limited period, to representatives of their own choosing; and, whenever it is executed contrary to their interest, or not agreeable to their wishes, their servants can and undoubtedly will be recalled.

We have witnessed our failure to recall sufficient numbers of representatives to stop the trampling of our Constitutional Rights and even our Natural Rights.  Is it possible that only through a complete re-evolution at the precinct level that we can overcome the inertia currently set against our freedom and liberty?  A mere change of president and/or balance of power in the Senate or the House has proven to be insufficient, as it often merely transfers power from one establishment mentality to another, but the mentality remains.  Jefferson saw that our ultimate vehicle for peaceable revolution lies in our precincts and wards.  It is here that the reformation of our country must begin.  By activating the individual citizens within each of our individual precincts, to reawaken them to a realization of their empowerment, to help each group demand better of their local government, their state and their country by first activating their own power.

Washington clearly identified the “establishment mentality” in his warning about the natural evolution of political parties.  Fortunately, Jefferson’s vision of the power of the precinct and ward provides a way to correct the undesirable result of the evolution of our political party.  By activating our precincts we provide ourselves immediate and attainable correction of the establishment mentality at the county level.  By duplicating this process in multiple counties, we have the ability in the very near term to reset and redirect our state party’s focus from their own empowerment back to a focus on the empowerment of the people they were intended to represent.

Refocusing the priorities of the Clark County Republican Party to those of the people, instead of those of the party itself, is the first step in empowering all of us as peaceful offensive and pro-active defenders our our Constitution, our Freedom and Liberty, and our Nation.


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