“And In This Corner...”
Wolfe Impeachment, Our Mission, and Member Survey
Russ Otten, RPSC Chair
Fellow RPSC Members and Patriots,
I named this column "And in This Corner...." when I first became RPSC Chair because we are in a fight for the soul of this county, state, and nation. Some of us are natural fighters. Most of us are reluctant to fight but will if pushed to the edge. We are at that edge!
Take Back Sheboygan County--Why?
Several hundred years ago our nation’s founders established a completely new system of government. Because every society is too complex to be centrally micro-managed and power always corrupts, governments that used the old top-down systems had short, chaotic lives and usually died horrible deaths. (Communist and fascist dictatorships, monarchies, oligarchies). While these systems featured constant struggles for power with coups and countercoups, rioting, revolutions, and mass incarcerations and executions, the U.S. with its new system muddled along quite peacefully. What was its secret?
“In My Opinion”
Speak Up and Speak Freely
At the November 2023 Executive Committee meeting, a motion was proposed to censor speech/prohibit speech of executive committee members. Sadly I was unable to see this occur live, but I spoke with multiple members and read the minutes.
As defined by the ACLU, censorship is, “the suppression of words, images, or ideas that are “offensive,” happens whenever some people succeed in imposing their personal political or moral values on others.” What happened at the last Executive Committee meeting is 100% censorship, pure and simple, regardless of how anyone attempts to wordsmith or play language gymnastics with the text of the motion.
Two Music Videos With Powerful Messages Worth Noting
"Rich Men North of Richmond"
"Rich Men North of Richmond" is a song by American country music singer Oliver Anthony that was released in August 2023. The song became an overnight viral hit after gaining traction on social media, and has been described as a "blue-collar anthem", an "everyman anthem" and a "right-wing anthem". Within days of its release, it topped multiple sales and streaming charts.
"Try That in a Small Town"
"Try That in a Small Town" contrasts rural and urban lifestyles. It asserts that behavior such as flag burning or protests and attacks toward police officers will face stronger consequences in a rural setting than an urban one, stating, "try that in a small town, see how far ya make it down the road" and "if you're looking for a fight, try that in a small town".
"In the end, they're not coming after me. They're coming after you — and I'm just standing in their way,"
- Former President Donald Trump
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HISTORY OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY
Founding of the Republican Party
On July 6, 1854, just after the anniversary of the nation, an anti-slavery state convention was held in Jackson, Michigan. The hot day forced the large crowd outside to a nearby oak grove. At this “Under the Oaks Convention” the first statewide candidates were selected for what would become the Republican Party.
United by desire to abolish slavery, it was in Jackson that the Platform of the Under the Oaks Convention read: “…we will cooperate and be known as REPUBLICANS…” Prior to July, smaller groups had gathered in intimate settings like the schoolhouse in Ripon, Wisconsin. However, the meeting in Jackson would be the first ever mass gathering of the Republican Party. The name “Republican” was chosen, alluding to Thomas Jefferson’s Democratic-Republican Party and conveying a commitment to the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Party of Freedom
Though popularized in a Thomas Nast cartoon, the GOP’s elephant symbol originated during the 1860 campaign, as a symbol of Republican strength. Republicans envisioned “free soil, free speech, free labor.” Under the leadership of President Abraham Lincoln, the GOP became the Party of the Union as well.
President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, but it was the entire Republican Party who freed the slaves. The 1864 Republican National Convention called for the abolition of slavery, and Congressional Republicans passed the 13th Amendment unanimously, with only a few Democrat votes. The early women’s rights movement was solidly Republican, as it was a continuation of abolitionism. They were careful not to be overly partisan, but as did Susan B. Anthony, most suffragists favored the GOP. The 19th Amendment was written by a Republican senator and garnered greater support from Republicans than from Democrats.