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REPUBLICAN CLUBS FALTER

Posted by Tim Bryce on May 27, 2021

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– Members are moving to new activist groups.

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Conservative political clubs are proliferating following the 2020 election. Now we hear about such groups as “Republican Liberty Caucus,” “Community Patriots,” not to mention “Trump Clubs,” and even old Tea Party groups are going through a Renaissance. In the mean time, traditional Republican clubs are going through turbulent times as people are gravitating to the new clubs. One can only ask why.

To me, the Republican clubs are showing signs of impotency. They have evolved into more of a social committee as opposed to an activist group. I have been visiting the new groups recently and can readily see a sharp contrast between the old and new.

The new clubs appear to be more in tune with the issues and legislation. They are also more organized and enthusiastically make their presence known at School Board and County Commissioner meetings. Whereas the old GOP clubs are playing defense, the new groups are on the offense, something very important to those unhappy with the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.

Whereas the staid old GOP groups are content following rote procedures, the new groups are more proactive and think outside of the box. Not surprising, the enthusiasm at the new clubs is infectious.

Recently, I wrote about “Turning Nonprofits Upside-Down” where I suggest instead of top-down monarchies, bottom-up grassroots institutions are actually more effective. This is precisely what we are seeing in the new conservative clubs.

To illustrate, consider the principles of the Republican Liberty Caucus (RLC), where all members must embrace a pledge (click for FLORIDA’s page). Further, they will not endorse any political candidate that doesn’t support the following “Liberty Compact”:

“I pledge to the citizens of this State, and to the American people, that as their elected representative I will work to restore liberty, not restrict it; shrink government, not expand it; reduce taxes, not raise them; abolish programs, not create them; promote the freedom and independence of citizens, not the interference of government in their lives; and observe the limited, enumerated powers of our Constitution, not ignore them.”

Those politicians who fail to take the pledge will not be embraced by the RLC, plain and simple. In fact, they will now have an organized group working to stop the politician.

The RLC also keeps tabs on the voting records of government officials and even has a “Hall of Shame,” complete with certificate for politicians who have really screwed-up, a clever way for their members to express dissatisfaction with specific politicians. All of this is pro-active as opposed to reactive as typically found in traditional GOP groups.

Because of such changes, some Republican clubs are cancelling party sanctions, and switching over to the new groups. As one example, the North Suncoast Republican Club (NSRC) in Citrus County, Florida recently had its charter pulled inexplicably by the Citrus County GOP. They were not provided anything in writing as to why this occurred. The club tried to appeal the action, but, so far, nothing from the Republican Party of Florida. Because of this, the group seized on the opportunity to drop the Republican moniker and go independent, as the “North Suncoast Conservative Club.” Remarkably, after switching over, they had a windfall of new members. Keep in mind, this had been the oldest GOP club in the county. Their message to the Republican establishment is simple, “Don’t tread on me.”

Such political shenanigans will haunt the Republican party as they are no longer the only game in town. In terms of activity, political parties would be wise to spend less time dictating policy and more time listening to their constituents. Failure to do so will only weaken the party. To illustrate, when was the last time a GOP club organized a simple poll to define constituent interests? I, for one, have never seen it. Such input is essential for political campaigns, as well as to help voters decide which candidates to support.

As I keep saying, it is time to “turn nonprofits upside-down.”

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is an author, freelance writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb1557@gmail.com

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9 Responses to “REPUBLICAN CLUBS FALTER”

  1. Tim Bryce said

    A J.P. wrote…

    “True. I can see the difference too and hope both groups can come together when it is needed.”

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  2. Tim Bryce said

    An H.N. of East Lake, Florida wrote…

    “Loved your article Tim. Glad to see this change in the Republican Clubs. It was sorely needed.”

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  3. Lawrence P. Marlin said

    This is outstanding. I am sending it to the president of a Republican Club here in Bryan, Texas. Many good ideas.

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  4. Tim Bryce said

    A K.J. wrote…

    “The difference is the old groups act in a professional way. They act like adults. They are respectful and play within the rules. Our NEW groups are just balls to the walls “SCREW YOU, SCREW YOUR FEELINGS, WE ARE RIGHT AND WE ARE DOING IT OUR WAY!!!”. We may be a minority of voters, but we are going to just mow down those people who stand in our way and take over this country for ourselves.”

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  5. Tim Bryce said

    An A.B. wrote…

    “Yes, my club was the Tarpon Springs Republican Club and about 5 yrs ago we unanimously voted to be the Constitution Club of Tampa Bay. Right now we are not meeting as the place we love is not having people there for meetings. We have met a few times at homes, but there is not the right space. If we could all be in the PATRIOT party we would as the REP party has many problems. I wish TRUMP would do what Lincoln did and crush it like he did the Whig party.”

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  6. Marge Weismantel said

    It’s the old globalist RHINOS vs the MAGA America First movement. The globalists really don’t care about the working class. They just want more power. Well, if they aren’t willing to put America First, they may has well join the Dems in the Uniparty.

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  7. Tim Bryce said

    A P.S. of Oldsmar, Florida wrote…

    “I’ve seen this as well Tim. I’ve also seen the D party be organized enough at the street level in ways the Rs are not. They have targeted the local nonpartisan races and are winning because of this. The old ways are not working, and rather than give up our country, conservatives are finding other groups to join. It’s a new day.”

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  8. Tim Bryce said

    A B.M. of Tampa, Florida wrote…

    “I think the article is correct but misses a few of the main issues: a lack of conservatives within the traditional RPOF, and, voters are tired of the career politicians supported by the traditionalists.”

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  9. D R said

    Hi Tim back in December of last year you actually spoke at a meeting of the Republican Liberty Caucus’ Pinellas chapter. I’m happy to see you spread the word. We now have a chapter in Pasco County. I hope you could speak there in the future.

    Thanks. I’ve already been there but would be happy to go again.

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