“No Rules, Just Right” – Staking Rights

Outback Steakhouse is one of my favorites. The company aims to please, and yet “No Rules, Just Right” can have a twist to it. There are rules for medium rare as well as how customers are served. The people appreciate this. Certainly, one doesn’t just walk out after the meal saying, “No Rules” – you have to pay, and that’s just right.

Spartanburg County GOP Convention had a generally pleasant convention April 9, 2011. However, it is sad to see an arrogant attitude displayed in the 2009 SCGOP Convention find its way to county convention process this year. Delegates to the state convention May 16, 2009 may remember well that after one introduced himself and stated to the chair that he represented Spartanburg County, the Temporary President, Bobby Harrell, asked in a condescending tone, “And who are you?” Then  the motion to slightly amend the SCGOP platform was silenced with a “slight of the tongue” from a person on the platform behind the chair.

That parliamentary maneuver from Robert’s Rules incensed us then as was very clearly voiced to those who served in the “360 on the SCGOP Convention” evaluation May 30, 2009. These negative Party attitudes necessitate staking rights to insure that no rules subvert the pleasure of the people in convention.

Customs and rules obstructed what’s “Just Right” for the Spartanburg County GOP Convention, April 9, 2011, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Temporary President, Mr. David Britt, evidenced this when he announced “I’M going to get us out of here, as I said, by 1:00 p.m.” Later Mr. Britt disallowed a request to move a resolution from the floor, by repeating “This is NOT OUR CUSTOMARY procedure.” Is it customary for a single-issue resolution having received overwhelming support at the precinct level to be suppressed in the county convention? “Tradition” must not trump respectful speech. Will it be allowed at the state convention, or are we just fulfilling a “program” and then “Go Party?”

Again the chair disallowed an appropriate request for a 2/3 vote to suspend the rules and consider a motion from the floor. While the parliamentarian poorly advised the chair, a “Party attitude” that wreaks of an arrogant mindset holds hostage the convention with strict rules, agenda and a stopwatch. This suppresses the voice of WE THE PEOPLE and smacks of that same cocky attitude displayed by those on the platform of the 2009 state convention.

Delegates, pay close attention to the agenda and the LATER RULES hastily presented at the beginning of a convention! These could be modified.

Momma used to holler down the basement steps, “Don’t make me come down there!” The SC Patriots may come down when the right of the people is snatched by a “Ruler” – and we will not be alone.

Someone will say, “But what of the media or perhaps the reputation of a censured official?” The November 2010 election evidenced that THE PEOPLE have had enough! ENOUGH being run over rough shod because elected leaders communicate, “I know what’s best for the people.” We continually see this in the way “business” is done in the Capitol, and we’re not going to take it anymore.

Calm down. OK. Scripture admonishes us to “speak the truth in love.” It may more literally be translated “Truthing in love.” It’s an attitude from the heart. I can have Christian love for a person and disagree with that individual’s political pattern of going against the people served. We can attack the political pattern, but should an individual be singled out?

In my view this response, “You don’t want to have a floor fight ALL afternoon, do you?” lacks respect for The People’s Voice and their sacred honor. Our Founding Fathers invested long afternoons in sweltering Philadelphia heat forging words for our cherished liberty and freedoms. Should we expect less today in air-conditioned comfort?

Robert’s Rules parliamentary procedure is a METHOD whereby a body MAY be able to do business in a respectful fashion. While not an expert, in over twenty years of chairing, I allowed persons to speak respectfully and Robert’s Rules, or “convention rules” were never used as a WEAPON to circumvent the voice and choices of the people.

The GOP is not well served by having “open secrets” hidden behind “rules.” Our vote is secret. The voice is not secret. Actually, there are higher rules than Robert’s Rules – starting with the 1st Article, “The right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” If the Party plans to govern by the the constitution, let’s remember what comes first.

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8 thoughts on ““No Rules, Just Right” – Staking Rights

  1. MommaBear says:

    That’s right! They don’t exactly allow for the “body” to speak and just start to look like a giant middle finger to everyone, when they act that way. They need to have a look at their ‘servant’s heart’ and reconsider their actions. The people in this Party are our best hope of healing our Nation. The first thing that must be done is to clean out the wound and that sometimes means exposing things. Conservatives are strong though and we can help everyone recover quickly if they let us.

  2. Aristides M. (Artie) Brito says:

    Brilliantly on point and well stated. I hope the questions you raised in this blog are addressed by those in leadership.

    Having served on the county resolutions committee in 2009 and 2011 I have seen the work and recommendations of the committee ignored at the convention level with no prior notice. I understand there are time restraints in play but committee members should be aware of decisions made on their work before one walks onto the convention floor.

    I have suggested that the parliamentarian who “poorly advised” David Britt when the appropirate request was made for a 2/3 vote to suspend the rules offer a personal apology to Mr. Britt. He should extend that apology to the delegates who took time out of their busy day Saturday in a desire to have their voice heard.

    You rock…!!

  3. Elizabeth says:

    The purpose of an educated constituency is the protection of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness from undue governmental interference. The 2/3 vote or not to allow the voice of the people to be heard should never be objectionable to those who are suppose to serve their citizens. Humility and compassion for the will of the people is sorely lacking in our leadership today. Keep up the good fight…!

  4. Barbara Williams says:

    This is the very attitude you and I have been discussing via emails for months. Two years ago at County Convention we had a taste of it when valid candidates for D4 US Congressman were not only ignored, but summarily dismissed. And again when the resolutions, which the committee chairman worked on so diligently, were rushed through at the last minutes, practically not voted on at all but gaveled in or out at the convention chair’s whim. It’s distressing to find out that that experience was not anomalous, but apparently representative. But what is the answer? Certainly not a third party. That would be tantamount to handing elections to the statists, wrapped in silver paper and tied with a pretty bow.

  5. rick beltram says:

    Prior to the 2009 Convention, we had an active Resolutions Committee that would frequently bring Resolutions to the Executive Committee after the convention……..this way there was no need for a rush and all Resolutions would be allowed ample time….

  6. Bruce Littlejohn Boulevard says:

    At Morgan Square on the Daniel Morgan statue is a plaque awarded to the brave soldiers of The Battle of Cowpens who in 1781 fought victoriously for the Right of Self-Government and Civil Liberties.

    The only line on the plaque forged in italics is: “We enjoy the Result of their toil and sacrifice, let us emulate their fortitude and virtue.”

  7. Voice voting “God” and “Jerusalem” in the DNC ought to make people angry and ready for a change. 2012 Convention reveals a culture of corruption, still. There is more work to be done.

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