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Tag: Expansion Of Government
By JGillman, Section News
Perhaps the role of the Michigan Republican party should be examined.
What is the purpose of a political party? Asking nearly anyone in politics, the most common answer is that it is to raise money and elect candidates. A simple enough reason to exist, utilizing varying methods of fundraising and activities to realize the desired result. Goals are made, (elect the candidate) and presumably the shortest route is plotted to achieve those goals. Most folks might even think this accomplishes what is necessary to be properly represented; "we got our guy in", and "now there is nothing to worry about".
That particular perspective is lazy, presumptuous, and frankly pretty dangerous when one considers the power (and trust) we vest in our elected officials.
The Republican party ought not be so relaxed in its commonly accepted role of managing the benevolence of donors, keeping a place in line for electoral hopefuls, and delivering the occasional platitude release berating the opposing party however. Opposition because some are on the other side often follows, but that it provides red-meat for the membership is nearly too simple and unimaginative. And it is incomplete as other responsibilities become more clear alongside the breakdown of the social fabric and dissolution of individual liberties we face in multiple affronts daily.
The purpose for the existence of the Michigan Republican party could be driven so much more clearly, and the basis for action already exists within the organization.
We DO have a platform, do we not?
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