The days leading up to Monday’s election for BREC chair has seen many mentions of Reagan’s 11th Commandment: “Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican.” As we’ve written before, the subject of an attack usually invokes the commandment in hopes of forcing the aggressor to back off. Our words from September 2011 bear repeating; Broward Republicans crave leadership. We’ve had enough scandal. We’ve had enough “yes” men. We’ve had enough of “friends of friends” who just want to get along. We want a leader that can do his own dirty work. A leader that doesn’t need flunkies and bag-men. Broward Republicans want strong leaders. Leaders with ideas. Leaders willing to fight for those ideas even when being shouted down by a blowhard on MSNBC.
Come to think of it, we want someone like Ronald Reagan.
Just look at the recent past. In 2008 we got beat by the Democrats. The folks in charge talked about messaging, reaching out to new voters, raising more money and recruiting new candidates.
In 2010, Republicans did very well across the nation. Except in Broward. Congressman Allen West won but we sent him to Washington, D.C. without any other Broward Republicans to back him up. The folks in charge talked about messaging, reaching out to new voters, raising more money and recruiting new candidates.
Last year, Broward Republicans got trounced. Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti lost. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and Alcee Hastings still represent Broward citizens in Congress.
After the election, the folks in charge of BREC talked about messaging, reaching out to new voters, raising more money and recruiting new candidates.
See a pattern?
How many times are we going to get thumped by the Democrat machine with the same people in charge?
Fox News contributor Pat Caddell won praise at C-PAC, the conservative gathering in D.C., for blasting Republicans who are happy to be in second place. Caddell used some Civil War history to make his point. “Caddell called Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) ‘the Ambrose Burnside of American politics.’ Burnside was the commander of the Union’s Army of the Potomac during the Civil War. He was dismissed by Lincoln for his inability to press his advantage against the enemy, his plodding and unimaginative strategies, and his inability to focus resources on the tactics needed for victory.”
There are too many Burnsides running the Broward Republican party.
But this is no cry for radical change. No, our ideas and goals are sound. But our leaders fear “pressing the advantage.” Just like in Washington, D.C., too many Republicans play nice with Democrats to score invites to the best parties or Sunday talk shows. They’re the ones who gave us 8 years of Barack Obama.
They’re the ones happy with one State House seat and one County Commission seat. They ignore the rest of Broward county.
How long are you going to accept the status quo?
We need leaders who will loosen the reins. Leaders who will empower the BREC membership. Leaders who will stop ignoring Southwest Broward out of petty jealousy and rivalry.
We need leaders who will allow BREC members to actually pick up the phone to call other BREC members. Leaders who let us email each other with news, ideas and encouragement.
Why hide the list?
How can we get people to protest School Board action or County Commission votes if we can’t sound the alarm bells with phone calls or emails? Should we call the BREC HQ and hope Rico picks up the phone? What successful organization keeps its members in the dark with both hands tied behind their backs?
The key to winning elections is unleashing the power of the BREC membership. Our precinct letters make a difference. Our phone calls make a difference.
We need a leader who sees this vast potential. We need a leader who will use our clubs to build our ranks instead of keeping them in check to avoid building challengers to the BREC leaders.
We need leaders who are not afraid of dissenting voices. We need a leader who will engage the liberal media. We need a leader who loves the First Amendment as much as the Second Amendment.
We need a leader who doesn’t care about building a resume. We need a leader who will help us elect Republicans and beat Democrats. Period.
We need a leader who will do more than just listen. We need leadership that will finally hear our cries for help.
Red Broward has a no-endorsement policy. We don’t want to tell you who to vote for. We just want to give you as much information as possible to make an informed decision.
The choice is yours.
Do you want to be having the same conversation after the 2014 election? Do you want to keep wondering how we lose? How we come up short? How we fail to challenge Democrats? If you do, then keep the same folks at the helm.
But if you’re sick and tired of losing. If you’re sick and tired of corrupt politicians winning unopposed. If you want to WIN, then vote for someone who hasn’t been in charge over the last ten years.