Well, the 2013 Michigan Republican State Convention has come and gone. It was great to observe representative government in action! Many liberty minded candidates provided the grassroots a chance to vote for limited government and fiscal responsibility. And, something really exciting happened in the 2nd District Caucus: a vote on the caucus rules to improve access to liberty! Although previous discussions to amend the rules failed over the last few weeks, the caucus chair allowed the debate and a vote on Friday night. THAT is a huge improvement over past attempts to set liberty free in the GOP!
Here is the story: Second District Committee had a meeting early February to write the rules for Friday night’s caucus. Upon reflection after reading these rules, some precinct delegates felt the rules needed improving so access to liberty would not be infringed. The main concern was the appointing of county chairs as automatic ‘at large’ delegates. Appointing rather than adding county chair names to the ballot interferes with the precinct delegates’ liberty to choose their representation. The substitute rules would allow the delegates to choose 15 at large representatives for the district rather than being restricted to 8. After these concerns were communicated to the Second District Committee, the delegates were ignored. The Second District Committee refrained from sharing their copy of the rules with all delegates as the weeks went by before convention. Michael Kuras of Ottawa County Patriots testified to this at the caucus Friday night. Finally, after substitute rules were shared by these concerned delegates, the District Chair relented and emailed a copy of the rules to all delegates one day before convention.
Alternate delegates for Newaygo County never received a copy of the caucus rules from the Second District Chair. Only after liberty minded precinct delegates issued their substitute rules for consideration did they receive a copy of the amended official rules from Kurt Van Koevering, Second District Chairman. In light of Kurt Van Koevering shirking his duty toward duly elected precinct delegates, the Second District Chairman made this statement, “I know some of you received this earlier, I used the States Delegate and alternate list, but in case you didn’t here it goes again. I don’t want to be accused of leaving someone off the list” Yet, he did.
If Mr. Van Koevering does not want to be accused of leaving anyone off the list, then why did he leave Newaygo alternates off the first mailing? How many other delegates were left off the list? And why? As Mr. Van Koevering states “some of you received this earlier” he knew not all delegates received the rules. Was this deliberate? These shenanigans caused the liberty minded delegates to work together to improve the rules for liberty. Apparently, establishment worked together to stop them. Keeping the rules from all delegates and preparing a slate of preferred candidates were the methods preferred to keep liberty at bay in 2nd District. One Newaygo delegate admits there was a preferred slate from the District leadership:
Despite these attempts to snuff out Liberty, Mr. Van Koevering did allow the debate and subsequent vote. He could have followed the example of leadership at the Republican National Convention…just change the rules to steal the voices of the delegates completely. Interestingly, the substitute rules were voted down and the District’s rules were upheld. Liberty delegates followed the rules and graciously accepted the outcome (see vote beginning at 6:14 in video). Most importantly, the arguments for Liberty were HEARD. Similar to blowing on embers to ignite a flame, sharing knowledge fans the flames of Liberty. One small step for Liberty, one giant leap for mankind!
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