Committees #1 (first
Committees #2 (second article)
We come now to the
"nitty-gritty" of the County Central Committee.
Influence! Through the channels discussed in the two former
articles about the "C. C. C." you, the new member of
that committee, may change the course of history. Really? Well,
yes. Of course, you need to realize that you are already
influencing history. History is made up of minute seconds filled
with activity of some kind or another, isn't it? How are you using
those seconds? (You probably have never kept track of the things
one can accomplish in a second of time. It really is amazing.)
been elected to the Central Committee. As you take your seat at
your first meeting, you doubtless are thinking, "I wonder
what good this is going to do. I donít even know what Iím
supposed to be doing." And then the meeting is called to
order, the chairman asks the committee to rise for prayer and the
salute to the American flag. "Good," you think.
least this is like a lot of other events Iíve attended."
You are more comfortable now. (I will now put all your thoughts in
parentheses so you know thatís what you are thinking at this
"meeting.") The chairman asks for the Secretaryís
The Report is
read. ("Well! That doesnít sound very impressive," you
think.) The treasurer rises to give his report.
His report is read.
("Hmmm. At least they are spending their money for something
"Weíve been praying for folks to come forward as candidates
for City Counsel and here we have with us Mr. Patrick Henry Brown
who has felt the need to become active in our cityís government.
Mr. Brown will be addressing us later this evening. Please give
him a welcoming hand. Thank you." The chairman then asks for
and is given several reports of, first, old business and then new
After the reports on
old and new business, the Chairman says, "Our delegates to
the State Convention will be Mr. Calm Athink, Mr. Ben Jeffers, and
Mrs. Connie Decllar.
("Now, let me
see. Delegates go to the State Convention where policy is decided.
I guess itís a good thing he chose Christians for that work
because Iíve heard they are going to discuss whether to retain
the pro-life plank in the platform. Thatís pretty important.
This meeting keeps getting more interesting. I wonder whatís
coming up next.")
A member asks to be
recognized after which he states, "Mr. Ziegler needs some
financial help if heís going to get his name out and win the
election in District Four for County Supervisor."
Another member asks
to be recognized.
Supervisor a non-partisan office? Should we be supporting
"Well, he is a member of our party and I think we should help
The chairman asks for
a motion in regard to this matter, gets it and discussion follows.
When the vote is taken it turns out that the committee thinks
itís all right to support Mr. Ziegler.
Another motion is
made and passed [according, of course, to the proper Robertís
Rules of Order] and fifty dollars is awarded to the candidate.
("What a lot of
rigmarole," you think. "And all this is being written
down diligently by the secretary.")
Founding Fathers Dinner is coming up again soon. Do I have some
volunteers? Thank you, Mr. York. Would you be willing to be the
chairman?" (Apparently Mr. York is willing for the chairman
says) "Thank you, Mr. York. Do I have any volunteers to help
Mr. York? Ah, our new member has indicated he would be glad to
look a bit dazed. After all, all you did was scratch your head and
here you find yourself volunteered to help with a dinner you
didnít even know was on the agenda. "Oh, well. I might as
well do what I can to help.")
recognizes another member who rises and takes the floor. (This
means [Robertís Rules] that he may talk about something on his
need to let our Assembly know we support a law protecting girls in
school who may be pregnant. The "parental permission
law" so parents must be notified that the child could be
planning (ie. the Ďhealth nurseí may be Ďhelping herí) to
get an abortion. I move that a letter from our committee be sent
to Senator Allen."
"It has been moved and seconded that a letter be sent from
our committee supporting the ĎParental Consent Law.í Is there
any discussion?" And the meeting continues.
at last, this article is coming to an end. Do you begin to see how
important these committees are? So you know someone who wants to
run for office! The CCC (or State or National ) Committee can help
(or hinder!) your friend.
you want me on your central committee? Samuel Adams said, in 1750:
therefore is the truest friend to the liberty of his country who
tries most to promote its virtue, and who, so far as his power and
influence extend, will not suffer a man to be chosen into any
office of power and trust who is not a wise and virtuous man.
must not conclude merely upon a man's haranguing upon liberty, and
using the charming sound, that he is fit to be trusted with the
liberties of his country.... The sum of all is, if we would most
truly enjoy this gift of Heaven, let us become a virtuous
people.... (The above excerpt is from W. V. Wells' "Life of
Samuel Adams" -1865)
truest friend of liberty
he who loveth virtue.
should promote it truly?
answer is, "YOU!"
those you choose as officers
wise and virtuous men,
these will use their powers
protect your property, my friend.
"With Liberty & Justice for All" by Dorothy Robbins)
Who coined the phrase "Iron Curtain"?
Answer: Former war-time Prime Minister of Great Britain,
the one who said, "Never, never, never give up," is also
the one who coined the phrase "Iron Curtain" to describe
Soviet Russia. Curtains can be brought down when our Lord pleases
to bring them down. (I am reminded of Matthew 27:51)
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