Starting with, “Why?”

AmericaA message from Ted Stevenot, President of Ohio Rising.

In support of Ohio Precinct Project’s central committee training Saturday, June 27, I have been writing a lot about “how” elections work and “how” citizens can take the parties back.

Perhaps a better question is “why” get involved at all?

For the liberty work I am doing, I don’t get paid. Sometimes it is a pain in the neck. It can be uncomfortable. It can be confrontational. It can be inconvenient. It takes time away from my family and my business. It kills time I would otherwise have for hobbies. I have hunting dogs, for instance, but I haven’t taken them hunting in years.

I know some people who have given up on the political process. I am bombarded with their arguments all the time. They say, “The parties are corrupt!”, “The system is broken!”, “It makes no difference who gets elected, they’re all the same!”, “Why legitimize a corrupt system by participating in it?”

In the end, I just shake my head…

  • Is the system really “broken” when fewer than one in five voters – at their own choice – fail to show up for the primary, even though it is the deciding race?
  • Is the party system really “stacked against us” when hundreds – if not thousands – of central committee seats go unfilled because no one is willing to serve?
  • Who is really at fault when the establishment appoints their crony friends and allies to the open seats after no one bothers to file?
  • And to ice the cake, when the party insiders serve up the same unprincipled, tone-deaf candidates at election time, whom should we blame?

The system isn’t broken. It’s neglected.

And we have no one to blame but ourselves.

I am involved because I love my country. Because I think we shouldn’t be spending money we don’t have. Because I think the Constitution should be our rulebook. Because I believe in private property, protection of individual rights, and rule of law. And, because I believe that free market capitalism is the greatest power to elevate man’s prosperity on earth.

To those who have given up, I am not sure what to say.

I can only say that I cannot give up. There is too much at stake. If freedom dies in America, where will men take refuge? If we will not fight to preserve liberty, we will surely lose it.

Why are you involved?