An Open Letter to the Honorable Members of the Central Committee of the Ohio Republican Party
5 January 2012
Dear Central Committee Member,
“Facts are stubborn things,” John Adams wrote, “and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”
Adams did not write those words as an elderly statesman, founding father, or president of the United States, but as a young although brilliant country lawyer who had just been chosen to defend the British soldiers implicated in the Boston Massacre. It did not make Adams popular; much to the contrary.
Adams defended those British soldiers because of his belief in the rule of law. Central to his decision to accept the case was his desire to found a nation where the truth, facts and evidence, was more important than the popular passions of the day. A disturbing reality emerged in the course of that trial which laid bare the evidence that those British soldiers fired their weapons in fear of their lives when confronted by a club wielding mob. They had not fired into that crowd merely to control it, but in self-defense.
Although, immortalized to this day as the Boston Massacre, largely through John Adam’s insistence that the outcome of that trial result from the facts of the case and not from the outcry of public opinion at the time, justice prevailed. And, we are a better nation because of it.
Our creed; one Nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all, would ring hollow otherwise.
We are approaching one of the most important elections in recent American history, and you have a vital role to play in supporting the best candidate to represent the Great State of Ohio in the United States Senate.
I would remind you of the danger that Barry Goldwater saw in men turning even the highest levels of public service into mere personal opportunity.
Some suggest that you endorse a candidate for the United States Senate before the primary, in spite of a long tradition of not doing so.
This fact alone should suggest a course of action, and that course is clearly to await the outcome of the primary.
If we weigh the outcome of a change in course at this time, a reasonable conclusion suggests that to do so would erode public confidence in the leadership of the Ohio Republican Party.
A united party is best able to win. A party that brings forth fair judgments from its deliberations is better able to summon the resources around which the voting public will rally. It is the force of a party-public partnership that will bring victory in November.
In Boston, had friendship for those killed or hatred for those accused of killing them been the hallmark upon which the outcome of that trial hinged, justice would not have prevailed.
Honorable Members of the Central Committee of the Ohio Republican Party, let justice prevail.
With best regards,
Eric LaMont Gregory MSc Oxford
The Eric LaMont Gregory Campaign for the United States Senate
1. A positive campaign
2. An articulate candidate with a high approval rating among voters
3. Experience with the workings of federal, state, local governments, and international agencies
4. First-hand experience with issues of war and peace, and
5. The role of American forces in humanitarian relief and post conflict stability initiatives
6. A knowledge of the ways and means of significant health care restructuring and finance
7. An understanding of the relationship between education and jobs
8. The vision to set this state and nation on a course for significant job creation
9. An understanding of the relationship between job creation and environmental protection
10. A candidate that can garner the votes of Reagan supporters from across the political spectrum