I’m beginning to feel like something of a broken record—my intentions for more posting, more reading, more…whatever, always find me saying “well, if I get through next week”, or “if we make it through July”, etc.
This week, the election is over, and I’ve got our Republican Liberty Caucus-Nebraska convention coming up this weekend. Looking at my calendar, things should start to normalize after this weekend—there’s nothing really big on my schedule (oh, well, except for having the family here for Thanksgiving, and then getting ready for Christmas…).
I’m actually operating in a state of optimism about the future of the liberty movement in the Republican Party. Angela’s post on the death (or likely death, or critical wounding) of the neocon element is part of that optimism, but even more, I see other things happening—on a small scale, perhaps, but the next 4 years will be fun.
The RLC has largely been a gnat on the but of a hippo for the first 20 years of its existence. I see that changing now, though. In Nebraska, our numbers of PAID members has quintupled this year; our members make up a pretty good chunk of the County Central Committees of several large counties, and we hold the county chairmanships of several smaller counties; and, maybe even more exciting for me—this weekend is our biennial convention. While we’ll conduct business, the best part of it is that we have nearly 50 people coming for activist training (provided by a trainer from the Leadership Institute). In putting together nametags last night, we’ll have people being trained from at least 10 of the counties scattered throughout the state. And I had someone contact me last night to see if they could still get in on the training!
Here in Nebraska, the liberty element of the Party sees the election that was, as the launching point for our next move. Anecdotally, I’m hearing reports of similar things happening around the country. In the Midwest region of the RLC, we’ve added both Dakotas to our lists of chartered states in the last 2 years. Indiana is in the process of re-chartering; Kansas and Iowa are in the early stages of chartering—joining Missouri, Nebraska, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota as active charters.
Be of good cheer—whether it’s in the Republican Party, or the Libertarian Party—or just an independent remnant, the game’s not over yet. Still, if I can make it through the weekend (or maybe December), I have hopes of being able to catch my breath…