Tea Party gives people voice; GOP doesn’t

I want to personally thank the GOP Chairman, John McGlasson, of Livingston County, for having the class to invite both sitting congressmen to speak at their Lincoln Day dinner. It is an insult to a sitting congressman that some other counties within the 16th Congressional District would hold a dinner to celebrate the Lincoln legacy only to tarnish it by not asking Congressman Don Manzullo to speak. It is because of these kinds of tactics that the people are speaking out against the Illinois GOP.

When a party looks out for its own best interest instead of the people, it will not survive. The GOP should be the PEOPLE. Instead, it is looking out for itself. I hear it time and time again when I go out and KNOCK on doors. Because YOU do not reach OUT to the people, they fail to come to the polls. It is because they feel they are NOT being listened to. They are responding to the fact that many in the GOP in the 16th C.D. are slighting a congressman that the Illinois GOP doesn’t want. The message YOU, the Illinois GOP sends, is that only YOUR voice matters. The people are organizing, and they HAVE a voice. DO NOT fail to hear it. They ARE watching the votes. They are NOW an informed electorate. The sleeping giant is awake and on the move.

At Tea Party meetings all over the state, MANY come together on a monthly basis. They also communicate daily via social media to share what they know. They have been given a voice and tools in which to learn and to speak out. They go to local GOP meetings and see the poor turnout in relationship to the voters. They only see the inside party people. Your platform is good, your messaging is poor. Take the time to REALLY knock on doors; you would be SURPRISED what you may hear about the GOP and what needs to change!!!

“The whole state must be so well organized that every Whig can be brought to the polls. So divide the county into small districts and appoint in each a committee. Make a perfect list of the voters and ascertain with certainty for whom they will vote… Keep a constant watch on the doubtful voters and have them talked to by those in whom they have the most confidence… On Election Day, see that every Whig is brought to the polls.” — Abraham Lincoln, Letter to a friend, 1840

Do YOU really know your community???

Chris Arndt
Princeton, Ill.

From the Feb. 29-March 6, 2012, issue

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