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Precinct Strategy IV – County and State Central Committees

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Submitted by Phil Glass on Sun, 03/11/2012 – 13:34
What is a Precinct and what is a Precinct Representative?

The United States of America is a representative republic. In a representative republic, we elect leaders to represent us. Those leaders set policy and pass our laws. Those leaders are the representatives of our towns, cities, counties, states, andfederal government.

There are 50 states in the United States. Those 50 states are divided into counties consisting of 3141 counties. Each of those counties are divided into precincts. A precinct is the collective of individuals in your neighborhood and also the place where you cast your vote in any given election. The average precinct size in the United States is approximately 1,100 registered voters. Kansas has the smallest average precinct size with 437 voters per precinct. There are between 150,000 -to- 180,000 precincts in the United States; there is a precinct representative for the republicans and one for the democrats. In each precinct is one voting place at election time. All the registered voters in your neighborhood precinct vote at this same location.

Here is what the politicians are not telling the general public… Every two years, in the primary elections, there is a precinct representative that is supposed to be elected to represent your precinct. This precinct representative is recognized in your state as an official party representative elected by the people. Why is the elected Precinct Representative important? It is important because:

1. your precinct representative is your nearest link to government (including the federal government)
2. they represent you in the county central committee
3. Your precinct representative votes to formulate governmental policy in your county
4. they vote to elect the county chairman and the executive committee.. in other words, the elected precinct representative will elect the county party leaders.

County Party Leaders have critical influence over who gets the party’s endorsement for office — AND the candidate who wins the party endorsement almost always wins the primary.

Soon after the election of your Precinct Representatives, there is a meeting of the central committee to elect the County Party leaders for your party.

That brings us to the question of… how can an individual run for Precinct Representative?

First, the people in your precinct must locate and nominate or draft a candidate. If you skip this process, an individual you “did not” choose will run. In the past, this has been a real problem. There are several things that can happen:

1. the position will remain vacant, leaving the people unrepresented
2. an individual you did not choose could run unopposed and will win the election by default (an unopposed race will never show on the ballot)
3. an individual could be appointed to the position by party leaders
4. or… the people can choose

The people have a right to choose their representation. What most Americans do not know is that if no other person runs for the position of Precinct Representative, the individual seeking election will win by default and it will never show on the ballot. Because most Americans have no knowledge of that position they are not aware of what has happened. The democrat and republican party have been doing this for years. Most of these seats have been vacant for years and the majority of the people acting as your Precinct Representative were either appointed by party leaders (not elected) or an individual coached by the party on how to get elected without opposition. In this way politicians have been able to control who gets elected into any representative position.

The precinct strategy will only work if the people are willing to get engaged and choose their own Precinct Representative.

In addition to Precinct Representative, there is another very powerful position unknown to most Americans. That position… also an elected position, is the State Central Committeeman and Committeewoman. In every state senatorial district there are two positions in each party. One is occupied by a man and the other is occupied by a woman. So… for each senatorial district you would have a committeeman and a committeewoman elected by the voters in their state senatorial district.

State Central Committeepersons meet in the State Capital about once every six months and discuss the party’s policies and interview potential candidates, amid other responsibilities that come up mostly during election years. As with the Precinct Representative, this is a very powerful position that is unknown to most Americans. The office of State Central committeeman/committeewoman as with your Precinct Representative is actually more important than that of any elected position including the U.S. Presidency. They will choose whose names will appear on the sample ballot for elective office and what will be the policies of the political parties.

Why are these positions so powerful? They have the power to change things!

To change the law, you have to change the people who make them; if you want your candidate to be elected, your candidate must be on the ballot; to get on the ballot in a general election, you have to win the party primary election; candidates endorsed by the party typically win the primary election; primary endorsements are often made by the party’s “County and State Executive Committee,” which is elected by the Central Committee of the party.

We are all guilty, and have been remiss in our duties as citizens. If we have learned anything from our past, we know that government, political parties, and politicians can not and should not be trusted to act alone on behalf of the citizens of the United States.

Ignorance will no longer be an excuse! We now know we can no longer be lazy and irresponsible with our civic duty. We can no longer allow political parties and government to go unchecked! We have seen it happen many times in the past when the people awaken for a moment, only to fall asleep once again and each time the people fell asleep, we drew closer and closer to where we are today.

Current events demand that we focus educational efforts upon the uniquely American system of self-governance. Those same circumstances demand that the American citizenry never again abdicate their rights and responsibilities to an elite ruling class, as a result of misinformation or apathy.

The American foundation will eventually crumble without engaged citizens in their precincts.

The correct way to reform the parties and then the nation is through the local precincts. We are a bottom up form of self-government.

Party policies and platforms are decided at the Central Committee level, made up of Precinct Representatives.

Implement a National Strategy to Promote Constitutional Government as intended by our Founding Fathers & provide an infrastructure for those who believe in our Constitutional Principles.

WARNING!!! Once you elect someone to represent you, that person becomes your sovereign. Once your sovereign, they can, if they choose to do so, perform their duties and vote as they wish.

Structure of the Parties

  • NATIONAL COMMITTEE
  • Chairman & Co-Chairman
  • 3 members from each U.S. State, Territory & Possession
  • STATE PARTY
  • Chairman & Vice Chairman
  • 1 man + 1 woman from each Senate District = SEC
  • COUNTY PARTY
  • County Chairman + Other Officers = Executive Committee
  • Executive Committee Elected by Central Committee
  • Precinct Executives = Central Committee
  • PRECINCT ORGANIZATION
  • Precinct Representative + Precinct Constituents

“He who knows the rules, rules.”

Governing Documents

  • STATE ELECTION CODE
  • STATE PARTY RULES
  • PARTY PLATFORM
  • STATE PARTY BYLAWS
  • COUNTY PARTY BYLAWS
  • ROBERT’S RULES OF ORDER

http://www.robertsrules.com/

What is a “Precinct”?

The smallest geographical/political subdivision within a county. A map of your precinct may be obtained from your County Board of Election

What is a Precinct Representative?

The Precinct Representative represents the people of his/her precinct.

The Precinct Representative is also known as:

  • Precinct Executive
  • Precinct Chair Person
  • Precinct Committeeman
  • Precinct Captain, etc.
  • Title varies according to your local area.

Precinct Representative

  • Is elected by the people
  • Represents the people of your precinct on the Party’s County Central Committee
  • Elects the County Chairman & Executive Committee
  • Determines policy; candidate nominations; candidate endorsements
  • Is the political leader of his/her precinct

Precinct Representative Qualifications:

  • Be a qualified voter & resident of the precinct
  • Not be a county, state, or federal public office holder or candidate
  • Be a Party Member (by Primary Vote or Oath)

Political Leader in Your Precinct

  • Precinct Representatives are representatives of the people in their respective precincts.
  • Build relationships with constituents.
  • Educate constituents on the political process using our Charters of Freedom as the foundation.
  • Answer questions on issues & candidates guided by the founding principles of our Constitution… not party politics.

Office of Precinct Representative

  • The office of Precinct Representative is not a government job.
  • The Precinct Executive is not paid by the government.
  • He/She is not paid by anyone.
  • The office of Precinct Representative is a voluntary post.
  • The job of Precinct Representative is an office within a political party. The Democrats have their Precinct Representative and the Republicans have theirs.
  • The function of Precinct Representative within the Party, is to represent the members of his party that reside in his precinct.
  • Precinct Representative represents them by occupying one of the seats on the Central Committee of his/her Party.
  • Basically, the terms, “Precinct Representative” and Member of the Party Central Committee” are interchangeable.
  • As a member of the Central Committee, the Precinct Representative will be called on to vote on issues, and for officers, during meetings of the Central Committee.
  • There is another very important committee in each party: the Executive Committee.
  • The main reason the Precinct Representative is so influential is because he directly decides who will sit on the Executive Committee.
  • The function of the Executive Committee is to “advise and consent” to the decisions of the Central Committee Chairman.
  • By far, the most predominant officer in the party is the Chairman of the Central Committee.
  • The Chairman presides over all the meetings of the Central and Executive Committees.
  • The Chairman of the Central Committee is elected to his office by the Precinct Representatives.
  • As you can see, the real base of influence in either party is the Precinct Representative

The Precinct Representative will decide who is:

  • Central Committee Chairman
  • Executive Committee members
  • and therefore, who will guide the philosophy and policies of the Party.

It is important to remember that the Republican Party is not intrinsically conservative, and the Democratic Party is not intrinsically liberal. This phenomenon is in accord with the First Law of Civics that “People are Policy.” If the majority of Precinct Representatives believe in our Constitutional Republic, then that will be the underlying principle of all policy made by that party. If the majority of Precinct Representatives believe that the current opinions of the majority (Mob Rule) is the basis of law, then this will also be the policy of that party.

To fully appreciate what a sensitive pressure point membership in the Central Committee is, it is necessary to make some observations on how the average voter makes up his mind in voting for a candidate.

First, many citizens would like to take the time and energy required to thoroughly investigate each candidate, but they simply do not have enough time. It appears that the most popular decision-making technique can be described thus: “My Grandfather was a Republican, my father was a Republican, I am a Republican, therefore I vote for the candidates endorsed by the Republican Party.” Of course, the “Democrat Party” could easily be substituted in our example.

Most citizens trust the Executive Committee of their party to do the right thing and endorse candidates who possess integrity, honesty and who are sincere about the oath of office to “support the Constitution”. Unfortunately, it is all too often the case that the Executive Committee will recommend candidates whose principles are more aligned with those of the Central Committee Chairman than those of the Constitution.

Regardless of what the beliefs are of the Executive Committee, and therefore those of the candidates they endorse, the ordinary voter will simply use the Party’s Sample Ballot to steer their voting.

What then, is this “Sample Ballot”?

A Sample Ballot is a list of candidates and the office they are running for, and recommended for endorsement by the Party. This Sample Ballot is therefore the most prized tool in campaigning for any particular, or group of, candidates.

To summarize:

The Precinct Representatives are members of the Party’s Central Committee, who elect a Chairman of the Central Committee.

Depending on your county, the Central Committee or the Chairman will decide the Executive Committee members.

The Executive Committee recommends candidates for endorsement, and the Executive (or Central Committee depending on the County that you live in) votes to endorse these recommended candidates.

The Party then publishes the names of the endorsed candidates on the Sample Ballot. This Sample Ballot will be used by the average voter as a guide of who to vote for at the polls.

The important concept to remember is that many people can run for a single position (say, County Auditor) during the Primary Election, but only ONE can receive the Party’s endorsement

thus only ONE per position is on the Sample Ballot.

Although Independent and write-in candidates can, and do sometimes win, the vast majority of those who sit in the seats of power in this country are not independent; they are Party.

You may hear some folks say that they are neither Democrat nor Republican, that they are Independent and vote for the Man, not the Party. Just think for a moment, that virtually everyone for whom this “independent spirit” is voting has already been selected for him by one of the parties. Is he really independent or disenfranchised? Is he not merely shunning his responsibility to insure that only those dedicated to our Constitutional form of government succeed in getting their names on that ballot in November?

Whether we like it or not, only those people on the ballot can win, and ultimately, only the Precinct Representative determines whose names turn up on the sample ballot.

If you have ever wanted to do something about our problems – county, state and federal… but wanted to be sure that your effort really meant something, and that your work was not merely an exercise in futility, then the “Precinct Strategy” is for you.

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