Chair’s Update: 02 October 2013
Vice-Chair, Deborah Bucknam


As I write this, I can’t help but think of two quotes that are relevant to today’s Vermont Republican Party:

Revolutionary pamphleteer Tom Paine said : “These are the Times that try Men’s Souls” One hundred fifty years later, our own President Calvin Coolidge spoke from his heart: “If ever the spirit of liberty should vanish from the rest of the Union, it could be restored by the generous share held by the people in this brave little State of Vermont.”

These are trying times: Chairman Jack Lindley is still hospitalized, and recovering, but slowly. Please keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers. We are faced with a massive, unsustainably expensive government intrusion on what used to be a fundamentally private area of our lives: the doctor patient relationship. We are facing more and more restrictions on our liberty in other areas as well: Campaign finance laws that restrict free speech. Laws supposedly curbing “climate change” that seek to regulate, as Secretary of Agency of Natural Resources Deb Markowitz admitted, “every aspect of our lives”.

In these challenges we are inspired by Silent Cal. We Republicans believe that Vermonters in this brave little state will, in Winston Churchill’s phrase, “Arise and take our stand for freedom as in the olden time.” Vermont Republicans want to restore power to each and every Vermonter. We believe in People Power, not Government Power.

Here is where we need your help: The strength of a party is in its membership. We urge you delegates to attend your county committee meeting this month. We want you to help recruit candidates for all local and state offices, speak out in forums and in newspapers, help candidates get elected, and run for office yourselves.

How to help? Here is a start: I have set up a separate email account just for you. I want to hear from you about your ideas for the party, and how you can help us. We need to hear from you about who we should be recruiting for local and state offices, what problems you perceive the party has,–but only if you have suggestions on how to fix the problems-what issues you think the party should be talking about, and what you want to do to volunteer for the party. This email will go to me, and I promise to answer every one.

Here it is:

I look forward to hearing from you!

Warm regards,

Deb Bucknam
Vermont Republican Party

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