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Saturday, April 28, 2007
Utah County Republican Convention: During
Miscellaneous notes and the fate of the opposition to "Satan's Plan" -- which is their term for illegal immigration, not mine.
The general session of the Utah County Republican Party 2007 Organizing Convention started a little late and ended less than an hour late. I as a delegate feel that relatively few of my minutes were wasted, which is saying something about a meeting. Here are some scattered observations, followed by -- cue the brimstone -- Satan's Plan.
These things begin on a solemn note. Republicans take the Pledge of Allegiance, the flag, and our national anthem very seriously. Miss Provo, Erika Richards, sang the national anthem beautifully in two languages at once (English and ASL), but nobody applauded immediately after she finished. After the Pledge, which followed her singing, we applauded her generously. First things first.
Then there were motions and nominations and speeches and explanations and votes and reports and more speeches, short and long, with more than enough applause lines. All have their place, and they were all handled with reasonable dispatch. A few notes:
Now, about Satan's Plan . . .
One of the incumbent Central Committee members, a precinct chair from . . . wherever . . . thinks that the influx of illegal aliens (along with big business and several other familiar far-right bogeymen) are a major component of Satan's plan to overthrow the United States, or at least destroy our freedom. His resolution says something about us becoming a third-world country, and his little convention speech said the illegals, if they ever become legal, will vote Democratic, and the Democrats will get control of everything. And if the Democrats ever get control, as everyone knows, all is lost. Or something like that.
I hoped to speak for a minute or two myself in opposition to this tasteless and inappropriate resolution, but was not called upon. One or two others did so, more or less adequately. I'll say more about this resolution and the general subject of zealots who damage their own cause here at the blog sometime very soon.
By that point in the day, we were slightly short of the required quorum (70 percent) of credentialed delegates. Therefore no vote was possible on the resolution itself or on a motion to suspend the rules forbidding amendment, in order to make the resolution more palatable. Some wanted to save the part about rule of law and protecting our borders from illegal immigration, and jettison the ridiculous portions; I could have voted for that.
Had there been a vote on the resolution as proposed, I don't think it would have passed. There were only about 27 candidates for 20 Central Committee seats. Mr. Sponsor was an incumbent . . . but he managed to lose anyway.
Maybe there's hope.
Mark Steele of American Fork comments (4/30/07):
David, thanks for your succinct but thorough review of the convention. Could I add a few things:
Speaking of sordid discussions: a large number of delegates feel their primary responsibility at the organizing convention is to do housekeeping on our county party rules and platform and vote in the next set of officers. Not debate some random person's political, and often left field itch-scratching. This is why in the ten years since they moved resolutions to the end of the day, there's never a quorum left. It may be time to jettison resolutions entirely from the convention agenda.
David Rodeback replies (5/1/07):
It would be interesting to ask Sen. Bramble your question. I wonder if he -- or party leadership -- was worried what would happened if they suppressed the baloney. Or maybe he was in favor of it, but I'm hoping he's too smart for that.
Mark Steele comments (5/1/07):
My guess was that he was honoring Don Larson for his long work for the Republican Party, regardless of the merits of the resolution. I think it would be good of me to ask Curtis directly, now that I've broached the subject on your blog.
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