Bring us together
'... a house divided upon itself - and upon that foundation
do our enemies build their hopes of subduing us'
Abigail Adams, 1812
Eric LaMont Gregory
The Ohio Republican Party is a house divided upon itself. The lingering intraparty fight between the Governor and the former GOP Chairman did not die with the resignation of the chairman but continues within almost every County Republican Party in this state. The divide is evident in the North as well as the South, East and West, within small counties and large ones, and in counties where there are Republican majorities and in counties where Republicans are not in the majority. It has severely undermined the relationship between the Republican Party and the Tea-Party, as well as other Liberty and Patriot groups, Independents and even Reagan Democrats.
Lake County GOP Chairman Dale Fellows in a November 2011 interview stated the major problem with the on-going dispute leading up to a very important presidential election, "You can't win," he suggested, "with a house divided." That very important election is now just three months away.
The destructive nature of many actions taken by the governor, the party chairman, and their allies as the intramural party war raged cannot be overstated. Too many of those actions were not confined to matters of principle, but affected the outcome of elections within the party structure itself and beyond. They affected peoples' lives as well as their careers within the party and in their communities as well.
There are many who see beyond the internecine turmoil and work tirelessly to accomplish the desired outcome in November, and this author counts himself amongst them. But, even that effort is not recognised readily by some who hold steadfast to a fight the full dimensions of which they hardly understand. The logic behind the apparent concentration of the former chairman's forces within the statewide presidential campaign, and the governor's forces within the ORP defies rational discernment, but explains the difficulty the presidential campaign managers have in mounting a sustained and substantial effort within the various counties. And, as significantly, helps to explain the reluctance of some Liberty and Patriot groups to align and work with them.
This is where we are in one of the critical swing states three months before one of the most important elections in the history of this nation.
We have all been in battles where circumstances were not ideally suited to wage them and yet we came shining through. Well, things are not ideally suited now, and yet we are embattled and what is at stake is the direction that this country will take over the next four years and beyond. That fact alone ought to focus the attention of everyone interested in a positive outcome in November.
It is easier admittedly to win when one possesses overwhelming force and, your troops are adequately equipped and prepared to engage ones foe. There is a different kind of patriot however, who will show up for a showdown when forces are stacked against them and there is less than favorable odds as to the outcome. When one knows that they have a real fight on their hands that will require them to summon all the energy and intelligence that can be summoned to the task at hand.
Given current circumstances, to win in November requires the service of those willing to face an uncertain outcome.
There are those who want to know who is to blame for the rather shambolic condition of our troops, our war effort and our campaign, and surely the blame lies with those whose voice was not strong enough to stop the battle, and those who foolishly sought power by riding the back of the tiger.
The power to right wrongs in this country is retained in the hands of the people. Those noble framers of this Republic saw the wisdom of a government of the people, by the people and for the people.
Senator Sam Ervin stood before the Senate and told the story about a visitor that came to see the Senate Chambers. When the visitor arrived Senator Ervin showed him the splendor of the Senate Chambers, and asked his guest what he wanted to see. The visitor told him he wanted to meet the Senate Chaplain. The visitor asked the Senate Chaplain, 'Reverend, when you pray, do you look at the tragic condition of our country and then pray for our leaders to find solutions?' The Chaplain replied, 'No, I look at the tragic condition of our leaders and pray for our country.'
When our leaders and our institutions fail to live up to their great and noble purpose; it is time for us the ordinary citizen to come to aid of our country. Afterall, is that not where this great republic began?