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How the Republican Party lost the elections

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Rodney Ramsey


I was contacted last week by a citizen who had expressed an interest in running for elected office in Ellis County. His story is a screaming example of what has happened to the party.

He was allegedly advised that he could not run for office because he was not a "registered Republican," and that he would have to be sworn in as a "Republican" by our local county chair, and then be required to sign some sort of "oath." Nothing could be further from the truth, but it shows a problem within our local party, and speaks to bigger problems nationwide.

Texas is an open primary state. Any citizen who meets the statutory requirements to run for office can choose to run for any office, in any primary, in any party. They can even choose to run as an independent if they get the signatures needed.. There is no such thing as a "registered Republican." They must be a registered voter of the county and citizen of the state.

Today there are many, many American citizens who have shown an interest in running for political office.

They have done so for many different reasons, but the underlying themes seems to be they are tired of the same old game played by the same old players.

For some in the Republican party this is threatening. They see this new wave of potential candidates as a threat. It seems that some may not be "Republican" enough for their taste. Well too bad.

Many American citizens have, for the first time in many years, become involved and educated on the issues. They are dissatisfied with both parties. They are no longer willing to just sit by and watch our nation be destroyed. They have decided to take an active part in their future and that scares those in power.

For the first time in a long time the people are angry at their leaders. The people are tired of the rhetoric from Washington and all of the politicians.

Our government has run unchecked for so long those in power have finally lost all understanding of their duties and responsibilities. They have abandoned the people, and now the people are ready to abandoned them in return.

I am completely baffled as to why some in our local party would choose to exclude our citizens from the election process. I am more concerned with the infringement upon a Constitutionally guaranteed liberty to pursue elected office. This sort of behavior is one of the reasons why Obama and the democrats took the House, Senate and the Whitehouse and will continue to win if left unchecked.

I have advised those I have spoken with to fill out their applications to run for elected office and submit them to the county chairman. I have also advised them they have no duty to swear allegiance to any party, or to fill out any vague affidavits or oaths of allegiance to any party. As Americans they have a right to seek elected office and if that right is denied by a party member they have the right to seek redress through the legal system.

I support the right of all qualified citizens of Ellis County to seek elected office and will provide assistance if necessary to protect that right, and so should all of you.

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