A CALL TO ARMS AFTER CONVENTION: REFORM FROM WITHOUT NOT FROM WITHIN
Neutral parties observe: the Brooklyn GOP is in serious trouble.
It’s not just because Republicans have always had trouble in New York City. Republicans have been elected here before.
Our party is in deep trouble because it accepts no one and accomplishes nothing.
But reform is on the way. Where is it coming from? From the reformist Republicans tired of two things: losing and status quo.
Now is the time to fight back.
We already know what’s wrong with our party. I’ll give you an example. I once had this insane hope that one day the establishment (that reads Atlas, by the way) would actually do something with that horrific website they have.
They never did.
Why do I always harp on the website, you might ask? Because the website is a perfect analogy to what’s wrong with the party. It looks like an establishment site: boring, tired, and uneventful. It’s never changed. It’s never updated. It’s barely visited. No one responds to you if you write on it. In one sense, I guess, the Brooklyn GOP website is just like the Brooklyn GOP leadership: unresponsive, not inspiring, and allergic to reform. (And even if they were to respond to Atlas and make a new website, too little too late)
We all know the expression “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.” In this case, you couldn’t event “join ‘em” even if you wanted to. The Brooklyn GOP is such a private social club that you have to shine someone’s shoes or donate money just to get the light of day. And as for respect, well, obviously they’ve never listened to Aretha Franklin.
Now, since we’re certainly not going to “join ‘em,” how do you beat ‘em? How do we reform the party of LaGuardia and Reagan?
The sad fact is it’s not that hard. The establishment here is so weak, they have nothing to offer their supporters but the limited financial benefits they can provide through Board of Elections positions and other pathetic patronage positions.
What we need are new organizations, new activism, a fierce spirit of accountability, and an unwavering demand for reform. I challenge reformers reading this blog: make blogs of your own. Link them to Atlas Shrugs in Brooklyn. Take charge! Get your message out! Express your anger and discontent publicly and work just as passionately on the streets and among your friends to resurrect our party and make it something we can all be proud of! If you see something that sickens you, or if you are threatened by an establishment figure, let us know and then let the WHOLE world know. Let’s show these people ruining our party just what sad specimens they are and how powerful just one reformist warrior can be!
We can win. We will win.
Nothing can stop the tidal wave of reform that will ride high in Brooklyn. In no time, people will forget what the Brooklyn GOP was and dream of what the Brooklyn GOP could be. Then, the dream will become reality.
In the next few days, my Atlas colleagues and I will issue a formal call to arms for all local GOP reformers in Brooklyn. The reelection of The Duke makes one thing perfectly clear: if we are going to reform this party, it is going to come from the outside and not from within.
But always remember this: YOU are the first step in bringing about reform. YOU can make a change in our party. The power is YOURS to use.
In no time, my friends, we will show them just what we’re made of.
Auf wiedersehen, establishment. Hello reform.
Read Dagny Taggart’s First Post: https://atlasshrugsinbrooklyn.wordpress.com/2009/08/17/boys-will-be-boys%E2%80%A6.
Read Francisco D’Anconia’s First Post: https://atlasshrugsinbrooklyn.wordpress.com/2009/08/10/opening-remarks-from-francisco-danconia.
Read John Galt’s First Post: https://atlasshrugsinbrooklyn.wordpress.com/2009/08/04/introducing-atlas-shrugs-in-brooklyn.