As if it were not bad enough that members of this writer's Republican Party voted for NDAA, this past weekend rank and file Republicans suffered another betrayal at the hands of our party elite.
This Past Saturday, April 14, 2012, this writer served as a delegate at Minnesota CD6 Republican Convention at the Mounds Views Community Center in Mounds View, Minnesota.
As this writer’s regular readers know, for the past 3+ years this writer has submitted articles regarding the failure of various Government institutions to provide citizens with financial information which is supposed to be a matter of public record:
August 2,2009 Wright County MN Massive Financial Cover Up Continues http://exm.nr/ITBzcY
August 11,2009 Wright County MN Massive Financial Cover up Continues 2 http://exm.nr/nEgOuE
And for these past 3 years, Wright County has not provided, nor have any of my state elected officials been able to force Wright County to give me all of the information this author has requested. Not my State Senator or Representative, Not the State Auditor nor the State Attorney General.
Not even the MN IPAD http://www.ipad.state.mn.us The State IPAD agreed that this writer was entitled to the information and said they would prepare a legal brief to that affect. However, this writer would have to hire and attorney and sue the County for the information in Court.
We can thank all of our duplicitous elected State officials, Republican and Democrat alike, for providing all municipal entities with a way to avoid giving citizens information which is supposed to be a matter public record.
To defeat the duplicity of our elected officials, In 2010 this writer submitted approximately this TAR (Transparency, Accountability and Reform) resolution to his local precinct. It passed but somehow got lost in the process to be added to the Republican Platform.
“Requiring all Minnesota Municipalities (Cities, Counties, Schools, etc) to post their budgets and actual revenues and spending on the internet in layman’s terms with no aggregates over one hundred dollars.”
Now, at this point, this writer asks the reader if they would think that any elected official working in the best interests of rank and file Americans would have any problem enacting such legislation; especially given that this financial information is supposed to be public record. Keep that answer in mind while you read the rest of this article.
In pursuing adoption of this resolution and subsequent legislation, this writer had the 1st Principles of the Founding Fathers in mind:
The fundamental understanding our US Founding Fathers had in drafting our constitution, is People under Natural Law have free will, and are not virtuous by nature. Therefore, governments must be constructed in anticipation of the nature of man. Acting on this knowledge, our Founding Fathers built into our Government and Constitution, various checks and balances.
Amongst these checks and balances were transparency and accountability. All of our problems today emanate from the slow, persistent rolling back of the checks and balances, transparency and accountability our Founding Fathers built into our Government and Constitution.
Yet somehow, Amy Koch, then the Senate Majority leader and my State Senator would not even try to author or pass this bill. Senator Koch just stopped returning this writer’s calls and emails on this Fiscal TAR. (Nor on my proposals for Judicial TAR) 2 Republicans Legislators flat out told me in confidence that no one in the Minnesota Legislature wants great transparency.
This year this writer again had substantially the same resolution passed at the precinct level, then passed forward at the Wright County BPOU level. Finally this writer attended the MN CD6 Convention as a delegate to sheppard this Fiscal Tar resolution onto the next level.
This TAR Resolution passed my Minnesota Caucus http://exm.nr/zLjXzh
At the CD6 convention, about half way through the 4 page list of proposed resolutions, this writer noticed that his proposed Fiscal TAR Resolution was not on the list. At this point, which was about 30-45 minutes before the adjournment of the meeting, this writer passed a written request to the person seated to the left of the Chair. As a courtesy, this writer was letting the chair know that this matter needed to be addressed before this meeting ended.
At the beginning of this CD6 convention and several times during the convention, the chair had indicated that all persons wishing to speak and be heard had to stand at the one and only 1 podium and microphone provided for the audience. This podium was directly in front of the chair and about 20-30 feet from the Chair, One David FitzSimmons.
As the last resolution was about to be passed, I stepped to the Podium. When Mr. FitzSimmons ignored my presence at the podium, I began request a point of personal privilege.
Instead Mr. FitzSimmons went to someone in the crowd who moved to adjourn.
Despite this writers protests, that is what happened.
Now, to vet my own perspective, I ask the reader these questions?
1) Didn’t Mr. FitzSimmons as chair of CD6 have some responsibility in correcting this situation?
2) Didn’t Mr. FitzSimmons owe this writer an explanation of how this writer’s Fiscal TAR resolution was omitted?
3) Did not providing the written notification of the issue to Mr. FitzSimmons 30-45 minutes before the meeting take priority over adjournment?
4) Didn’t the Chair have a fiduciary or ethical responsibility to address the issue before the meeting was adjourned?
5) In fact, was the written notice, a motion itself that should have been heard before the motion to adjourn was entertained?
6) Shouldn’t the Chair have offered both an apology and a suggestion as to how to address this issue?
7) Can you think of any legitimate reason for the Minnesota Republicans to resist allowing Minnesota Citizens see the actual financial data of their Cities, Counties and Schools?
This writer puts it to the reader; “Are his expectations and perceptions erroneous or similar to your own?”
It is this writer’s allegation that Chairman FitzSimmons personally “lost” or caused the Fiscal TAR resolution to be lost. And that Chairman FitzSimmons sealed the fate of the allegedly “lost” Fiscal TAR resolution by taking the motion to adjourn without recognizing this writer’s written motion nor this writer standing at the 1 and only podium for the audience.
Mr. FitzSimmons has not tried to follow up nor apologize. In fact, all of Mr. FitzSimmons actions immediately following the adjournment of the convention convince me that my assumptions and allegations are correct. While individual delegates told me they thought I should be heard, Mr. FitzSimmons reacted to my overtures as a man with something to hide.
No other person from CD6 has called to explain how my resolution got lost.
The Republican Party is supposed to be the party of fiscal responsibility. Yet, at the National level they have been unable to pass a budget. In fact, Mr Boehner has blown off the TEA Party’s input on the Budget Process?
At the State Level, the Minnesota GOP is million dollars in debt and unable to pay its rent. This writer finds it ironic that the Minnesota GOP might not be in dire fiscal stared if it had some kind of financial transparency. Yet its those same old guard members, BPOU and Congressional Disctrict Chairpersons and our elected officials who caused or failed to prevent the financial collapse of the Minnesota Republican party have exerted great effort to prevent Financial TAR of our Government.
The County has retaliated against this writer for asking for the information by disproportionately raising this writer’s property taxes and engaging in other forms of black listing. As this writer previously indicated, his elected officials wont carry Fiscal TAR bills nor return his calls. And now this writer’s elected officials have party officials unethically and amorally “losing” his Fiscal TAR resolutions.
My Fellow Citizens, you must ask yourselves, “What must they all be hiding to fight and retaliate vigorously for 3 years to prevent posting municipal financial data that is suppose to be public record on the internet? (Don’t let them tell you the data is already available, what is available is equivalent to 10 million revenue – 10 million expenses = 0, plenty of room to hide stuff in big numbers)
Taxes go up, Budgets can’t be passed and our elected officials won’t let us see the complete financial picture by posting all of this data in layman‘s terms with no aggregates over 100 dollars on the internet. Mr. Boehner blew off the TEA Party’s input on the Federal Budget. We are printing worthless money to pay our bills. And we are up to our necks in debt with China. Destroying our Bill of Righrts and out privacy with NDAA, SOPA, ACTA and CISPA. Refusing to crack down on Government and Judicial Corruption. The $3.87 Trillion Dollar "Ghost Stock" Law Suit Being Hidden from American People http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-484171. Refusing to audit, End and/or Nationalize the Federal Reserve Bank.
Is it not obvious from the preponderance of the evidence, that even our own elected Republican officials are involved in covering up some massive financial skullduggery, or at the very least, extremely bad financial news?
Fellow Conservatives, When will you stop allowing yourselves to stop question the motives, loyalties and actions of certain people just because they also call themselves Republicans?
For 20 years, this writer has often voted for Republican candidates because the Party said we had to or the other party would win.
In 20 years, the incumbent ruling class elite have reduced us from the undisputed super power in the world to the brink of collapse. Why do we continue to vote for them? http://GOOOH.com
And now, these trusted elected politicians and party officials, want we rank and file Republicans to trust RINO Flipflop Romneycare Romney as the party nominee? They want us once again to vote for their candidate because otherwise the other party will win.
Rank and File Conservatives, this writer can see no way we can continue to blindly accept that our Republican Party is acting in the best interests of rank and file Americans in general nor in the best interest of even we rank and file Republicans in particular.
The GOP Elite have so little respect for us rank and file constituents that it thinks it can treat us unethically and we have no choice but to accept it.
This writer will no longer out of loyalty just vote for the GOP’s Candidate to keep the other party from winning. This writer will not allow himself to be bullied into voting for a candidate that he believes was fraudulently machinated into the lead position.
My fellow rank and file Republicans, I put it to you that the continued indifference of the party elite to the fiscal planks and principles of the party despite repeated warnings, require us to strongly consider forming a third party before the 2016 election.
The Republican elite only had to allow us a non polarizing presidential candidate to guarantee defeat of Obama. Instead they have given us almost the most polarizing candidate possible.
Our best hope for this election is a brokered convention, that allows us to install a champion of rank and file Americans as the Republican Candidate instead a champion for the Ruling class elite that requires no champion.
For those of you who have not yet had your caucus or primary yet, please vote NOT MITT. Please allow us the opportunity of a brokered convention to select our own champion, or at the very least, to force a tough nomination process that welds Romney’s tongue and hands to his promises.
And if we rank and file Republicans are not given a strong voice and respect of the GOP elite and our elected officials to the Republican platform, we must form a 3rd political party before the 2014 mid term elections.
UPDATE - MN GOP State Chair Shortridge was given an opportunity to read, comment and correct errors in the rough draft of this article and failed to avail himself of that opportunity.
Those were my thoughts.
Thank you, my fellow citizens, for taking your valuable time to read and reflect upon what is written here.
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This article is written with the same intentions as Thomas Paine http://ushistory.org/paine. I seek no leadership role. I seek only to help the American People find their own way using their own “Common Sense” http://amzn.to/kbRuar
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