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KCRCC: Power of the people

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Posted: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 12:00 am

America is a fascinating nation. It exhibits elements of every religion and every political system human history has chosen to show us. And now, thanks to the misdirected energy of the Coeur d’Alene City Council, we have the elements of Fascism.

State and federal wage and hour laws set minimum wages. They tell us what we must pay people. The EEOC tells us whom we may hire. And anti-discrimination laws tell us whom we may engage in commerce with. If history has any salient thing to teach us it is that these laws will all become more invasive and yes; anti-discrimination laws will achieve federal status. These laws are not scriptural. That they are constitutional is equivocal at best. They do not protect personal freedom or property rights; they diminish personal freedom and property rights and Honorable Councilman Gookin stood in a room filled to overflowing with his constituents who overwhelmingly expressed their opposition to Coeur d’Alene’s proposed anti-discrimination ordinance which Honorable Councilman Gookin then voted in favor of.

Honorable Councilman Gookin was recently quoted in the Coeur d’Alene Press as saying the Republican Central Committee is powerless:

“They have no business stepping on our toes telling us to repeal an ordinance, it’s way out of line,” he said, calling the action a sign of “dysfunction. They have no political power whatsoever, but for some reason they think they do.”

It is my strident wish to disabuse Honorable Councilman Gookin, of that to which he has incautiously harkened; the PCs have power. With more than 65 of the 70 precinct positions filled we outnumber Honorable Councilman Gookin, and taken on an individual basis all elected officials in Kootenai County, more than 65 to one. If the PCs choose to go door to door in every precinct in Kootenai County and render any elected official unelected, it will be so. The power is inherent and it is ours to wield or withhold as we see fit. That is the very definition of power.

Honorable Councilman Gookin’s unsustainable accusation that the Republican Central Committee is “dysfunctional” should be formally retracted and as with any unsustainable accusation an apology should accompany the retraction.

We, all the elected officials in Kootenai County, must keep our discourse at the highest possible level. We must exhibit deference to one another’s power as the voters see fit to mete that power to us.


Kootenai County Republican Central Committee

Precinct 12 Committeeman

Legislative Subcommittee

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  • Miketeague posted at 10:40 am on Thu, Jul 4, 2013.

    Miketeague Posts: 2596

    Has anyone noticed that every group including republicans, democrats, homophobes, bigots, tea party, and thumpers claim “the principles our Founding Fathers established for us” while denying those very principles to anyone that can’t be pigeon hold into their group. I also like the way they spit out the term “anti-discrimination” like it’s a dirty word no matter the circumstance.

  • Tommy Pickles posted at 6:53 am on Thu, Jul 4, 2013.

    Tommy Pickles Posts: 1

    Dysfunctional: Anybody who votes in favor of a municipal anti-discrimination ordinance and then calls people names in a news paper article.

  • Truthful posted at 6:35 am on Thu, Jul 4, 2013.

    Truthful Posts: 135

    Dan your arrogance precedes your intelligence. In one interview you said that the Constitution protected marriage for everyone. Really? Was it the U.S. Constitution that you were reading or the U.N. Constitution? The Republican Party in Kootenai County is not perfect - it is a representative type of political entity representing the members of it and act accordingly. At the anti discrimination meeting you clearly had blinders on and earmuffs in your ears not to hear the will of the people. Did you hear the people or were you so enamored with the minority and their chosen lifestyle that you now represent them? Kudos to the local Republican Party for supporting the principles our Founding Fathers established for us. Thank you Mr. Maddux for the education on Precinct Committeemen in our area. They truly do represent us and hopefully influence future elections.

  • 3Cheers posted at 9:32 am on Wed, Jul 3, 2013.

    3Cheers Posts: 484

    Dan: Bruce received a majority of the votes in his precinct, therefore he was elected, and an elected official.
    Mike: All those laws concerning what happens in your bedroom were passed while democrats controlled Idaho. So thank the Dems.

  • Miketeague posted at 8:07 am on Wed, Jul 3, 2013.

    Miketeague Posts: 2596

    Looking at Maddux’s title gives the impression he might have some authority or at least a position of responsibility, neither of which is true. As a precinct chair or captain he is allowed one vote at the Kootenai county republican central committee meeting, an organization that also has no authority.
    Reading Maddux’s letter goes a long way in explaining why the republican party is in such disarray, with all of their attention focused on everyone’s bedroom, privatizing every thing from USPS to our schools and creating a plutocracy, nothing else is going to get done. As a liberal and a former democrat precinct chair I don’t think the Democrats are doing any better, I’m pretty sure most have sold their souls too.

  • Dan Gookin posted at 7:40 am on Wed, Jul 3, 2013.

    Dan Gookin Posts: 753

    Bruce, I'm sorry the KCRCC is dysfunctional. There.

    BTW, you are not an elected official. You are a party official. See? Dysfunction.

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