Our meeting on February 28 2015 at Cheesy Lees Restaurant to hear Sheriff Justin Smith speak on “Threats to American Homeland” went extremely well. The Sheriff talked for about 35 minutes and then answered questions for another 50 minutes. He did a great job and was thanked by all those attending. The weather cooperated with sunshine and a few clouds. Cold but no snow! We want to thank all of you that came. By best count, we had 136 people. And as you can see the usual suspect returned to the scene.
Does the Republican Party really belong to its grassroots activists, the so-called rank and file, or does it belong to political machines, party lawyers, crony capitalists, and Washington D.C. consultants? That is the question facing the Colorado Republican Party Central Committee on March 14, 2015 when the Committee convenes to elect its next Chairman and party officers for two year terms.
The question keeps rearing its ugly head and did so again in a very small, poor, southern Colorado county that only has 300-400 Republicans in the entire county. Also involved is a retired, 69 year-old woman named Carole Naro who dared to step on the royal toes of the current Colorado Republican Party Chairman, Ryan Call. [For another story of the state party machine crushing the grassroots see the story of Dan Green]
You see the Costilla County Republican Party (CCRP) was essentially a dead party organization with all of its officers having previously resigned in 2013, with Naro herself as treasurer, resigning in February 2014 because of an apparent lack of interest by anyone in the county to continue operations. As a former New Yorker with a strong sense of perseverance, however, Naro on her own initiative decided to revive her county’s Republican Party and directly notified over 60 registered Republicans, whose names were maintained in the CCRP files, as well as placing 6 public notices in the county that she was going to conduct a regular county party organizational meeting within the timeframe set by state law for all county parties to hold such meetings. The purpose of the organizational meeting was to elect their officers and take care of any other party business. Significantly, county party officers each have a vote at the upcoming March 14 Central Committee meeting.
Prior to Naro’s meeting, no one, including the state party or its Chairman, felt the need to conduct any formal vacancy meetings or get involved in any meaningful way in rebuilding the Costilla County Republican Party.
So on February 11, 2015, Naro held her organizational meeting and only three individuals showed up. Naro and the others voted themselves officers, completed the required forms, and notified the state party office of their actions, as all county parties are required to do.
Significantly, no one from Costilla County objected to Naro’s meeting, yet strangely, upon receiving notice of the results of this election, Chairman Call decided unilaterally and without consulting anyone in Costilla County that he was going to hold his own Costilla County organizational meeting—despite the fact that Naro had just claimed to run an organizational meeting and elected officers.
Naro registered an objection with the state executive committee to holding this new organizational meeting and asked the Chairman and the committee to recognize the results of her meeting and cancel the second, organizational meeting. After refusing to allow Naro to personally tell her side of the story and give her version of the facts, and after Chairman Call laid out his version of the facts and stating what he says the law requires, the executive committee concluded that Naro was not authorized to call any such meeting, and that only Ryan Call could now reorganize Costilla County under the state party bylaws.
While the state party Bylaws give authority to the state party Chairman to call a meeting and appoint officers of a county central committee in the event of officer vacancies, there is nothing in the Bylaws that necessarily restricts another registered Republican from attempting to reorganize the party at a regularly scheduled organizational meeting within the statutory timeframe to elect its officers, even if there was a prior officer vacancy. Certainly any technical deficiencies could have been waived by unanimous vote or at least addressed by others in Costilla County who may have objected. Nor does state law provide direct guidance on the issue.
Some have questioned whether the Costilla County bylaws come into play. According to Chairman Call himself, because the CCRP was “dissolved”, those bylaws were no longer effective. Any failure to comply with those bylaws by Naro would not be relevant from a strictly legal perspective. Regardless, Naro notified a significant number of CCRP members on file, including those who ultimately won officer positions after the second organizational meeting. It was well within the purview of the executive committee to consider these exceptional circumstances and resolve the issue in a fair and open manner, allowing the CCRP the freedom to conduct its own business.
The reality is that the CCRP was in a unique situation where reasonable arguments could be made with respect to what the bylaws require. The bottom line is that Chairman Call and the executive committee could have simply let the Costilla County Republicans alone to run their own county organization and resolve any disputes with regard to leadership (which there were not any) by themselves. Nevertheless, with the exception of Vice-chairman Mark Baisley and Secretary Lana Fore both of whom supported Carole Naro, the committee once again deferred to the will of Chairman Call and refused to recognize the results of Naro’s meeting.
And what makes the entire situation even more questionable is that only two weeks out from the March 14, 2015 state chairman election, Chairman Call managed to find 23 people to show up to a state party-paid steak dinner in a blizzard, after he admittedly couldn’t find anyone to participate in county party governance for the prior two years. He also managed to get himself elected chairman-pro-tem to run the March 1 organizational meeting (when Ms. Naro in fact was asked and encouraged to run the meeting by the state executive committee), appointed the Democrat Clerk and Recorder to run the teller committee (after telling the executive committee that she was only there because she has to certify the results), and then succeeded in getting an individual who did not participate in county politics for two years elected Costilla County Chairman over Carole Naro by a fairly wide margin.
Rather than helping Carole Naro and giving her the benefit of the doubt, and taking the time to conduct a basic investigation into what happened in Costilla County, Naro was ignored and put on the defensive. After the Chairman and many members of the executive committee spent their meeting looking for anything and everything Carole Naro did wrong in holding her meeting, and despite the technical defects of the Chairman’s own call for an organizational meeting, Carole Naro became the bad guy—Ryan Call the hero. Chairman Call became the savior from Denver who was going to help the ignorant bumpkins of Costilla County fix the mess they created, and treat them to a nice steak dinner on top of it. See video of portions of this second organizational meeting here.
Naturally, as is often the case, Chairman Call misses the big picture. The story of Costilla County is not about technical bylaws and statutes; it is about a heavy-handed Chairman not only unwilling to help an energized grassroots activist revive an essentially dead Republican organization, but to make sure she was shut down and marginalized in order to make way for himself to come in and reorganize the county party as he saw fit. And not to mention the obvious appearance of chicanery when he calls an unnecessary meeting to elect officers that will have a vote in his own reelection bid in two weeks that could have been conducted at any point over the last year. And people wonder why the base of the Republican Party is defecting and registering as independents in droves.
It’s like the biblical story of David and Goliath, except this time Goliath won. It is time for a new Party Chairman.
Our meeting today to hear our Sheriff Justin Smith speak on Threats to American Homeland went extremely well. The Sheriff talked for about 35 minutes and then answered questions for another 50 minutes. He did a great job and was thanked by all those attending. The weather cooperated with sunshine and a few clouds. Cold but no snow! We want to thank all of you that came. By best count, we had 136 people.
Thanks, Mack, Bill, Judy, Michelle and Mike
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“Why should I vote for you?” Its a good question, & hopefully one you’ve been asking of the candidates for Colorado State GOP offices lately. I have a lengthy list of answers to the question but let me present just a few to you here now.
Of the candidates in the race for Vice Chairman only I:
#1 – Bring a national profile to the Colorado GOP.
Patriots, the battle for our second Senate seat (Michael Bennet, 2016) is not going to be a rollover. As we’ve seen with “The Blueprint“, the left specifically targeted Colorado & we continue to be in their cross-hairs. We’ve been the target of an onslaught. I penned a column about this, in 2013 that’s as true today as then, I hope you’ll take a moment to read it:
Unseating Senator Bennet will require combating this level of attention from the left. I’m no big shot but do have some connections. Allen West, C.L. Bryant, Alveda King, Kcarl Smith, Niger Innis – all in my speed dial. Those connections could come in handy one day as we try to knock Bennet off. The bully pulpit of being a nationally-known pundit adds another dimension of attention I’m able to bring to Colorado politics. We added this photo album to the campaign Facebook just the other day, check it out.
#2 – Sizable social media following & new media experience. New media is a must in today’s day & age. Voter attention span -especially younger voters/Millennials- is extremely brief. To capture attention today we must be adept at communicating via Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Instagram, etc. Of the players in this race I come in the door with an active Youtube channel, Twitter following, multiple Facebook pages, thousands of newsletter recipients. Through these we can can broadcast our message to tens & tens of thousands of eyeballs with a single click of a mouse.
We cannot effectively reach Millenials without a solid social media presence. My analysis, thoughts, writings & videos are viewed by thousands; from this the state will immediately benefit. Anyone else in the race already on top of this?
#3 – Proven support of both Republican AND Liberty/Tea Party groups through out the state. Who else in this race got in their car & drove 5 hours (each way) in order to support Liberty/Tea Party Coloradans on the western slope? In May of 2014 an amazing group of patriots from Mesa County put on their annual Freedom Rally in Grand Junction. They contacted me & said, “Will you come keynote our rally this year?” I said, “I’ll be there!” And so got up at 0-dark-30 and rolled thru the I-70 tunnel, 300+ miles each way, delivered a rousing message (so I was told), met folks, talked about local issues, drank, ate & supported those patriots at a fantastic event that went on all day. Music, hotdogs, vendors, American flags, babies,…everything. Looked for them all day; never saw a soul from state party leadership nor anyone else who now wants to be your State Vice Chair. Not being mean; discussing facts. And not just the Grand Junction Freedom Rally, I’ve been all over the state attending your functions for years. With your support on March 14th in Castle Rock and as Vice Chair for the next two years I’ll be able to spend even more time traveling our great state, getting out to your events and working with you face-to-face on growing Republican voter numbers. Please feel welcomed to reply to this email or call me anytime at 719.237.0070 to discuss anything at all.
If you’d like to follow along as the campaign progresses, see endorsements when they come in, photos from the trail, updates, etc., bookmark the DW4VC Facebook. Even if you aren’t a Facebooker you can check in periodically take a peak.
Thank you and may God richly bless,
Friday Night or Saturday Morning: Come to a Skills Clinic in Loveland
Holding Congress accountable takes hard work. Whether you are new to the fight or a seasoned activist, our upcoming Skills Clinics will help.
As conservatives, our voice needs to be heard in Congress. Heritage Action has a plan to cut through the spin and noise and make a meaningful difference. Our workshop will arm you with the skills you need to take action in your community, keep Congress accountable and restore our country to constitutional values. Join fellow liberty-minded conservatives for this FREE training as we provide the tools.
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Where: Colorado Christian University – Loveland Center 3553 Clydesdale Pkwy, #300 Loveland, CO 80538
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Just put this together:
Ignorance of Islam is Islam’s greatest weapon.
Cicero reminds us that to be ignorant of what happened before we were born, is to remain a child forever. Obama recently said: “Here in America, Islam has been woven into the fabric of our country since its founding. Generations of Muslim immigrants came here and went to work as farmers and merchants and factory workers, helped to lay railroads and to build up America”. Considering these statements, we must remember that only honest knowledge of historical facts will result in truth.
There is very little information on Muslim immigrants serving as farmers and merchants, but there is evidence that there may have been hundreds of Muslims in the United States in 1776—imported as slaves from areas of Africa where Islam slave markets flourished. There is no evidence that the Founders were aware of the religious convictions of their slaves. However it is clear that the Founding Fathers thought about the relationship of Islam to the new nation and were prepared to make a place for it in the new Republic because that is what Christianity and the Constitution teaches.
Shortly after America’s founding, the United States was dragged into the affairs of the Islamic world by an escalating series of unprovoked attacks on Americans by Muslim pirates, the terrorists of the era. These Muslims looted American ships and captured American sailors, holding them for ransom or selling them as slaves. The Muslim slave market had been flourishing for centuries and they captured and sold thousands and thousands of Europeans and sold them as slaves. Modern historians often overlook the magnitude of white enslavement by Africans that pre-dates the black African transatlantic slave trade. According to a study by Ohio State University history Professor Robert Davis and detailed in his book Christian Slaves, Muslim Masters: White Slavery in the Mediterranean, the Barbary Coast and Italy, 1500-1800 about 1.25 million Europeans were captured by the Muslim Barbary pirates and sold as slaves in North Africa between the 16th and 19th centuries. This number relates to the slave trade in Tunis, Algiers and Tripoli alone. These numbers do not include the European people which were enslaved by Morocco and by other raiders and traders of the Mediterranean coast, such as the Ottoman Empire. Captives from the Black Sea area appear to have been much larger. A compilation of statistics and historic estimates indicates that about 2 million Russians, Ukrainians and Poles were seized from 1468 to 1694. Additionally there were slaves from the Caucasus obtained by a mixture of raiding and trading. Sixteenth and seventeenth century customs statistics suggest that Istanbul’s white slave market from the Black Sea area alone totaled around 2.5 million from 1450 to 1700. The Muslim slave traders were also very active in Africa for many years. Historians estimate that between 10-18 million Africans were enslaved by the these slave traders between 650-1900.
The continued attacks on American ships lead to two wars with the Muslim raiders. The First Barbary War (1801–1805), also known as the Tripolitan War or the Barbary Coast War, was the first of two wars fought between the United States and the Northwest African Muslim States known collectively as the Barbary States. These were the Ottoman provinces of Tripoli, Algiers, and Tunis, which were enjoying independence, as well as the independent Muslim Sultanate of Morocco. The war was fought because U.S. President Thomas Jefferson refused to pay the high tributes, or protection money demanded by the Barbary States and because they were seizing American merchant ships and enslaving the crews for high ransoms or to be sold in the slave markets. It was the first military conflict authorized by Congress that the United States fought on foreign land and seas
Jefferson then wrote a letter to John Jay that read: “The Muslim Ambassador answered us that it was founded on the Laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as Prisoners, and that every Musselman [Muslim] who should be slain in battle was sure to go to Paradise.” This is based upon the Qur’an’s teaching from Surah 47:4
Jefferson believed that wisdom could be “gleaned” from the Muslim Quran. At the time Jefferson owned and studied the book, he needed to know everything possible about Muslims because he was about to advocate war against the Islamic “Barbary” states of Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Tripoli. It was not until the second war with Algiers, in 1815, that naval victories by the U.S. Navy and victories on the shores of Tripoli by U.S. Marines led to treaties ending all tribute payments by the United States.