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Larry Lyon: A Time for Inclusion

June 4th, 2012 by Halli

By Larry Lyon

As the US races to over 16 trillion dollars in debt with tens of trillions more in unfunded obligations to Federal entitlement programs, unity among liberty loving people everywhere has never been more important.

This is certainly no time for Republicans to be excluding people.

Over the last two years the BCRP has truly been a “big tent” party. Welcoming liberty-loving people from across the political spectrum who believe in the founding principles of America. Tea-Partiers, Conservatives, Libertarians, Glenn Beck fans or anyone who is committed to the Constitution and the Founding Father’s formula for a free society has been welcome.

Unfortunately there are some in the BCRP who seem to want to exclude anyone who doesn’t meet their own narrow definition of a “Party Republican.”
George Washington warned against this attitude when he said, “ The spirit [of party]…sharpened by the spirit of revenge natural to party dissension…has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, [and] is itself a frightful despotism.”

Washington also said, “A difference of opinion on political points is not to be imputed to freemen as a fault, since it is to be presumed that they are all actuated by… a sacred regard for the liberties of their country.”

Ronald Reagan is reported to have said, “The person who agrees with you 80 percent of the time is a friend and an ally — not a 20 percent traitor.”

In a move that exemplified the highest degree of statesmanship, Don Schanz; immediately after being elected as County Party Chairman two years ago, invited the winners of the various precinct races to consider nominating their defeated opponents as assistant precinct committeemen.

In so doing he exemplified the words of Abraham Lincoln from his second inaugural address: “With malice toward none, with charity for all, … let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the [BCRP’s] wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the [campaign] … to do all which may achieve … peace among ourselves…”

Under Chairman Schanz leadership, the culture of the BCRP has never been more diverse and inclusive. Patriots from across the Liberty spectrum have joined the Republican Party.

Will the BCRP devolve into a fragmented haven for social climbers and popularity seekers? Will this election have revealed the “big tent” claim to be nothing more than a cheap disguise covering the spirit of vengeance that Washington warned of?

There is no reason why every patriot cannot be included in the BCRP. Will newly elected Chairman Doyle Beck reach out to the former leadership in the spirit of Reagan and Lincoln, or will he view them as “20 percent traitors?” Only time will tell.

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