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I, Matt Ames, Chairman of the Fairfax County Republican Committee, do hereby call for a meeting to be held:
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
7:00 PM – Social Hour
8:00 PM – Meeting
Lake Braddock High School
9200 Burke Lake Rd., Burke, VA
- Call to Order
- Pledge of Allegiance
- Secretary’s Report
- Treasurer’s Report
- Operations Report
- Community Engagement Report
- Chairman’s Report
- Old business
A. Approval of 2017 Budget
- New business
A. Membership Renewal
Yesterday, Congressman Gerry Connolly sent the following tweet: “Maybe his enablers will rouse themselves when the Brownshirts come for them. I, for one, will resist.” If this doesn’t offend you, it should, regardless of your political leanings. This is not run-of-the-mill political invective, but short-sighted and dangerous talk.
For the uninitiated, the “Brownshirts” were the Nazi Party’s private army, formally known as the Sturmabteilung, or “SA”. They were Hitler’s political enforcers, numbering roughly three million at their peak. The SA committed countless crimes, including 1938’s infamous Kristallnacht, in which thousands of synagogues and Jewish businesses were destroyed, and tens of thousands of people killed and imprisoned.
Now, in all fairness, I’m not entirely certain who Gerry was referring to in his tweet. After all, it wasn’t masked Trump supporters who were breaking store windows in downtown Washington last week. It wasn’t the Tea Party that burned a Muslim limo driver’s car. And Republicans have no history of political violence that I’m aware of, unless you count the Civil War. Just so we’re clear, the Fairfax County GOP denounces the first two instances, and we’ll stand where our Party stood on that last one.
But I think it’s safe to say that Gerry had something else in mind, which is why we’re asking you to contact his office today and demand an apology. You can reach his office in DC at 202-225-1492 or click here to email him.
If Gerry Connolly wants to criticize Donald Trump on policy grounds, that’s well within his right. If he wants to make fun of the President’s hairstyle, that’s fine, too; childish, maybe, but certainly within bounds. There are lots of things Gerry can say and do to advance his political agenda, or block the Administration’s. But there are lines that must not be crossed, especially by a sitting member of the House of Representatives.
Here’s the problem: Gerry Connolly has constituents who know what totalitarian governments actually look like, and who have suffered the evil that they do. Our local Republican Party has members whose families, or who they themselves, left Europe one step ahead of the real Nazis; who left Castro’s Cuba, where to this day the slightest hint of political dissent is swiftly and viciously punished; who risked their lives to escape Communist Vietnam in the 1970s and 1980s; who gladly left authoritarian China and have since become proud American citizens. I myself grew up in countries where political kidnappings and killings were common, and tanks rolled through residential neighborhoods.
Gerry’s snarky tweet manages to malign the President, diminish the sacrifice and suffering of millions of Americans who have known real tyranny, and undermine faith in our system of government, all at once. As an act of subversion, it’s brilliant. As a statement by a sitting member of Congress, it’s a despicable lie.
There’s no doubt that President Trump is challenging Connolly’s perspective on how the world should work. There’s no doubt he presents himself as tough and uncompromising. (After all, if you know anything about American business, you know that the only thing tougher than a Manhattan real estate developer is a labor union negotiator.) There’s no doubt that his Administration plans big changes in Washington. But since when do Democrats object to tough politicians?
The central reason that Donald Trump was elected President is that far too many Americans have lost trust in our system of government. It’s not just on the right — Bernie Sanders supporters clearly have their own complaints. Connolly and his party should be trying to understand and respond to the deep concerns of all of those Americans, not creating further distrust. Instead of scoring points with his Twitter followers, Connolly needs to spend some time thinking about one area – just one – where maybe Donald Trump is right and he is wrong. That would be progress.
Sadly, Gerry missed what many of us think was the best line from President Trump’s inaugural address: “When you let patriotism into your heart, there is no room for prejudice.”
If you love your country and care about good government, tell Connolly to act like a responsible adult. Tell him he’s crossed the line, and if he has any respect for the system that elected him, he must apologize.
Call 202-225-1492 or email him by clicking here.
Fairfax County Republican Committee
During the January membership meeting, Executive Director Eric Johnson announced the results of the drive to the committee membership. “Chairman Matt Ames, myself, the members of the Executive Committee felt it was important that we express our gratitude to our law enforcement officials during a time when so many police officers are coming under attack by both word and deed,” Johnson said on Tuesday night. Members of the committee were encouraged to continue to support local law enforcement whenever the opportunity presented itself.
Do you want to get your foot in the door, help make a difference, and gain experience in the political process? The Fairfax County Republican Committee (FCRC) is seeking high school and college interns for Spring 2017! This is a big year for elections in Virginia, and our interns will play an important role.
FCRC Interns assist with a wide variety of tasks. Duties include (but are certainly not limited to):
*Individual Voter Contacts
*Special research projects
*Assist in planning and staffing special events
*Campaign Data Management
By working with FCRC, interns will develop political awareness and job skills.
Ideal candidates will have excellent written and verbal communication skills. Applicants must be detail oriented, professional, and highly organized.
Because it is a learning position, interns are exposed to a variety of tasks and must be flexible in their expectations. Interns report to the Political Director or Executive Director. The FCRC Executive Director is willing to work with students and their teachers in order to receive high school or college credit, if applicable.
Those interested should send an email to Eric Johnson at ExecutiveDirector@fairfaxgop.org.
PROPOSED RESOLUTION OF THE FAIRFAX COUNTY REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE
IN SUPPORT OF THE REGULATION FREEDOM AMENDMENT
WHEREAS, the business community in the United States, and especially small enterprises, currently struggles under numerous and onerous federal regulatory burdens imposed by unelected bureaucrats;
WHEREAS, these burdens eventually make themselves known to the American consumer in the form of cost increases on all facets of the essentials of life, becoming in essence a hidden tax;
AND WHEREAS, other Constitutional rights, including those guaranteed by the First and Second Amendments, are threatened by regulations imposed by bureaucrats who are not accountable to elected officials;
WHEREAS, despite broad support from Republican Members of Congress and some Democrats, attempts to curtail the abuses of federal regulators by legislative action have so far been met with little to no success;
AND WHEREAS, a federal law, even if enacted by Congress could be repealed, weakened or waived by a future Congress;
WHEREAS, the Regulation Freedom Amendment to the U.S. Constitution would permanently require that major new regulations be approved by Congress before they could go into effect;
AND WHEREAS, just as pressure from the states helped force Congress to propose the Bill of Rights, pressure from the states could also force Congress to propose the Regulation Freedom Amendment.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Fairfax County Republican Committee urges Congress to propose the Regulation Freedom Amendment, which says:
“Whenever one quarter of the Members of the U.S. House or the U.S. Senate transmit to the President their written declaration of opposition to a proposed federal regulation, it shall require a majority vote of the House and Senate to adopt that Regulation;” and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Fairfax County Republican Committee urges Virginia state legislators to join with us in urging that Congress propose the Regulation Freedom Amendment; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Chairman of the Fairfax County Republican Committee is hereby authorized to contact and encourage other local units of the Republican Party in the Commonwealth of Virginia to adopt the two foregoing resolutions.
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ADOPTED by majority vote at a duly called meeting of the Fairfax County Republican Committee on June 21, 2016.