I recently read an article by Ed Hubbard on Big Jolly Politics and was surprised that as the country is on the brink of losing freedoms with out of control spending and the "most important" Presidential election ever, Harris County Texas Republicans now must add keeping a more watchful eye on our own Party to our list of things to do.
Candidates that are able to raise thousands upon thousands of dollars and obtain local Party endorsements usually prevail in the primary. And here in Texas, if a candidate obtains the backing of the Harris County Republican Party (HCRP), one of the largest in the country, they're pretty golden ... so, why is said Party going to make candidates pay between $500 and $5,000 to speak to county convention participants?!
I love capitalism, but making candidates pay this "tax" to simply speak is crippling grassroots candidates. There have been many within the party that have done wonderful things to promote candidates who stand for conservatism, but allowing a "pay to play" system to continue is unacceptable. The Party should be raising money FOR the candidates, not the other way around!
From Ed Hubbard at Big Jolly Politics:
In a year when we have so much interest in public participation in our party’s primary, either as candidates or as voters, is this the system we want for choosing our candidates? Is this a system that we would be proud to explain to a middle school or high school civics class to promote the GOP to our children? Will a perpetuation of this system provide us with the tools we Republicans will need to meet the great challenges we have to address over the next two decades, including:
Reforming the federal government to return power and responsibility to state and local governments, which will allow for reform of federal spending and taxation;
Reforming state and local governments, and school districts to prepare them to accept and effectively manage the re-invigorated powers and responsibilities they will have to manage, which will require reform of state and local spending and taxation, and policies;
Expanding our party demographically to reach young people, and to reach into precincts where we currently have no infrastructure; and
Identifying, developing and supporting candidates for all offices who will effectively promote Republican principles and our agenda?
If you answered these questions with a resounding “no,” than we have some work to do.
With millions of tea partiers, 912ers and other grassroots conservatives across our great nation, we still need to get the word out to the rest of our population who sits quietly by admiring anything other than politics. We must unite and organize for and within the Party and ensure things like this "pay to play" cease to exist. We're better than this!
Do you wonder what you can do to make a difference?