The news broke right before Christmas that Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich have failed to qualify for the Virginia primary. Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum and Jon Huntsman found the qualifications so difficult that they did not even try.
There are seven contenders for the GOP nomination and only two will be on the ballot in March, unless something is done.
What can be done?
This whole situation is simply not right. In November, less than two months before the qualifications, Virginia CHANGED THE RULES for qualifications.
The end result is five of seven serious Republican candidates not even being on the ballot. The result is that Virginia voters will not have a choice, unless the Republican Party of Virginia changes its mind.
Tea Party groups are gathering in support of all of the candidates appearing on the Virginia ballot. The only way to change this terrible outcome is public pressure on Virginia.
A group of Tea Party leaders is sending a letter to the Virginia Republican Party. The letter is below. If you would like to be a signer of this letter, please reply to this post and put your name, the Tea Party group you are associated with and if you have a title with that group, put it as well. We are on a tight time frame. Signatures must be collected by 8 PM tonight, Pacific Time.
If you think it is wrong that Virginia is excluding five of the seven major Republican candidates, now is the time to speak. Take a moment and tell your friends, those in Tea Party groups and other groups who believe the people should be heard, about this letter. Ask them to come on to Tea Party Nation and sign this letter today so we can get it to the Virginia Republican Party.
Here is the letter:
Republican Party of Virginia,
America is about choice and representation, especially when it comes to elections. Civil, lively and extended debate and discussion about our voting options is what keeps our nation free and independent. Our freedom to choose whom we want to vote for, and the freedom to actually vote for that person is one of America’s unique defining features.
Elections encapsulate the vision of America’s freedom. Securing free and fair voting for citizens is part of an incredible birthright about the choice of electing representatives for any office in the land. Access for any citizen to become a candidate for any office should not be so limited that only a select few are able to participate in the process. The creation of rules that make running for office prohibitive rather than participatory and open limits the very freedoms guaranteed by our founding documents. Limiting the choice of a myriad of candidates further limits the debate, discussion and dialogue essential to the United States of America’s republic.
America is at a critical juncture in our history and the coming 2012 elections will prove to be one of the most important in our young republic’s history. This is no time to place exclusionary provisions on the electoral process. Our inherent and inalienable rights as Americans should be open, secure and inclusive in order to give voters the power of choice as we discuss the candidates for 2012, including the candidates for the president of the United States.
Virginia’s GOP presidential primary ballot is a perfect example of the exclusionary process for potential candidates. Our point is that when five out of seven GOP presidential candidates are either unable to secure the 10,000 votes needed to get on the primary ballot—something is wrong. The Republican Party should provide the maximum freedom of choice when it comes to conservative candidates.
Does the Republican party of Virginia want to elect a conservative president in 2012? If so, why are they denying the citizens of Virginia the opportunity to choose from all the candidates? As citizens of the republic of the United States of America we expect the freedom to choose our representatives and we invite the Republican Party of the Commonwealth of Virginia to expand our choices and do the right thing by allowing all the GOP presidential candidates a spot on the ballot in their primary.
Dean Meason; The best chance that we had to Remove All Political Parties from our Electoral System may have passed us by?
When the grass roots T.E.A. movement sprung up in 2009, People from all walks of life and political views, United All Across America, to Protest "Our Out of Control Government", We Finally Wanted 'Real Change' from Washington Politics as Usual!..We The People were Outwardly Protesting The President, The House, The Senate, from Both Parties, for Real Change!....Throw All The Bums Out Now!.. Was Our Rallying Cry!
But, What Happened?????????????????
Instead of running Non-Partisian Candidates to run against Both Party's Candidates; while Momentum was at it's Strongest?..The Tea Party Leaders Started to Allow, or Even Invited some Republican Politicians to Attend, or Speak at T.E.A. Rallies? These local groups united to support hand-picked candidates to run as Republican Candidates in elections, trying to elect enough candidates to take over the Republican Party; Which Happens to be Half of the Problem in Washington?????...Electing enough to make A Real Difference in The Republican Party could take Decades, or may Never Happen!
George Washinton Warned Us Not To Allow Any Political Parties Into Our Representative Republic, and What would happen to America If We Did, in His Farewell Address to The Nation!..... But Who is He That We Should Heed His Words of Warning Today???????
"Those That Don't Learn From History Are Destined To Repeat It!"
PS.: "We Don't Need Political Parties To Elect Our Representatives!"
"Political Parties Need Our Support To Survive!"
A very thought provoking post Dennis.But, if we didn't have a democratic party, where would all the socialist/marxist ,liberals,progressives fabians and luddites hide?
Dennis wrote:"The best chance that we had to Remove All Political Parties from our Electoral System may have passed us by?"
Why would you want to get rid of all political parties -- just because Washington didn't like them?
Do you know what a Non-Partisan candidate looks like, or is?
1. He/she is a ne're-do-well who hasn't been vetted by peers with the same set of values.
2. He/she may well be a Liberal wearing Conservative clothes and spouting conservative-sounding hot air.
3. He/she will be someone whom you can't trust when the vote is tight.
Why would you want people like that in your Congress?
Charlotte Alicia Clark,
founder: Hopewell 9-12,
member: Tea Party Nation!
Donald M. Flippin, member of Tea Pary Nation, Texas.
I just saw this Judson, early morning of the 28th. Am I too late?
Wayne T Inman member TPN North Carolina
Mike Painter, member Tea Party Nation
Jay Fadely, Tea Party Manatee
I am signing this letter, for I am sick and tired of other people telling other people who or how to vote.
David N Taylor
Laurens County TeaParty, S.C.
Beverly Coloma, TPN
I hate to differ with you, but the only way to deal with this kind of un-Tea Party reality is to be the Tea Party despite what those who would ignore the best interests of a nation. Vote, but do not vote for either of the two remaining choices. Write in a protest vote that will win. Establish, once and for all, that the Tea Party is about principle and policy and those who ignore the great good that Tea Partier"s represent do so at their peril.
If we will do that, we will change the Republican Party in a heartbeat, no matter what the media says about us. Then, we can be about changing the Democrat Party. We will show America what independent voters who care about results, not re-election, jobs, not crony capitalism, balanced budget, not European fiscal insanity, and debt reduction in our time, not in some socialist future, can accomplish here, now in 2012.
It is either that or the ash heap of history for this great nation.