The 2013 Kansas Republican Convention in Hutchinson was a great example of the issues facing the Republican Party in the next couple of years. The Kansas Republican Party leadership is full of dedicated, America-loving people who have dedicated themselves to fight for America and Kansas. They work hard, work for free, and give tirelessly to the battle. We applaud their efforts and their intent to stand up for Republican principles.
The problem with the machine is its insulating, narrowing view of the problems. The Executive Committee meeting discussed yard signs and bumper stickers. That's all great, but our problems are bigger than that. Another example are the US representatives. We heard Kevin Yoder and Mike Pompeo discuss the importance of getting Obama out of office in 4 years, and the need for funds to get the job done. The representatives discussed Harry Reid and Obama as roadblocks to economic growth and liberty. Rep. Yoder talked about forcing the Senate to take a stand and make a budget. They aren't wrong. They just don't get it. In contrast, 5 CHIPS legislator Tim Huelskamp stole the weekend by discussing the importance of fighting for TODAY. The latest debt ceiling 'compromise' leaves the door open for unlimited damage in the next 4 months. Rep. Huelskamp sees the big picture and doesn't believe in passing the buck to someone else. We need more of that. Lots more of that.
Another great moment of the weekend is 5 CHIPS leglistaor John Rubin's report of what's coming in the next couple of weeks for Kansas. He is working on 2 bills: a Second Amendment Protection bill and a Judiciary Selection Bill. Both are exciting and needed for Kansas. We need more of that. Lots more of that.
Again, the Republican Party needs to change. They need our help to do it. The expectation that someone else will make a difference or that someone else is responsible for taking the lead is no longer acceptable. The country's situation is too serious to leave in the hands of others. It's time to put it all on the table.