ON PARTISANSHIP & US
We are not, nor do we aspire to be, a political party
The common thread that binds a political party is ideological as expressed in its party platform. We believe that the Clallam County Republican Party's current platform runs about 4 single spaced pages. Most of the platform is devoted to State and National issues, not just local ones. When you as a candidate approach a political party for support, the first discussion you will have with them will be ideological.
When you approach the us, the first discussion we will have with you will be over your electability. We will then talk of character, experience and leadership. We will discuss whether or not you have the motivation and passion to see a campaign through to the end. Finally, there is that intangible: heart-of-service. It is important from a passion and commitment standpoint as well as how it affects your electability. Without it, an independent candidacy is an uphill climb all the way. When all of this is done we may get around to talking ideology. Maybe not.
We do not engage with extremists at either end of the ideological spectrum. Ideologues of either flavor: Bernie Sanders Marxists or Anti-Government TEA Partiers, lack the heart-of-service to their communities. We find them unelectable as independent candidates and of little use to the community if somehow elected.
Some in the media take this all for a whole lot of baloney. Therefore, we must be some kind of conspirators with some kind of hidden agenda. The fact that you do not see any of the usual suspect conspiracy theories listed on the pages of this site is just proof of how sneaky and underhanded we must be. So, reporters who love their libels slap the QAnon or some other label on us. Funny thing of it is, when it comes to QAnon, we are neither apologists nor are we opponents. We are simply deniers. We believe that it is a hoax or as Jim McEntire describes it: "a ghost in the social media universe" or as Donnie Hall describes it: "a vapor in the social media mist".
Unlike a political party, we make no demands for loyalty. We are fiercely loyal to the candidates we support but, at the same time, we encourage them to work with other organizations, such as the Committee for Common Sense Port Angeles or even the local Republican Party if they feel a kinship there. As can be seen from these pages, we are even willing to work with candidates who identify with a party. Partisanship at its most basic definitional level is all about loyalty to a faction. We fail in that regard. True to our name, we actually crave and strongly encourage your independence.
We do have a statement of core values that is presented elsewhere on this site. At 72 words, it reads much like the oath of office you would be required to take and uphold once elected to office. Once again the corporate media must weigh in and inform the public that this statement is controversial, makes us "partisan", and should disqualify us for participation in the marketplace of ideas or the process by which local officials are elected. We disagree. The market place of idea works only to the extent it is free. There is no room for gatekeepers. The corporate media know this so they try to cancel us instead. No thank you.