Convention Gets Idaho GOP Refocused And Energized
The Idaho Republican Convention is held every two years in a different city in Idaho. The county Central committees will put on a presentation to vie for the vote of the delegates in the off years summer meeting. This summer it was in Pocatello and a fundamental change was seen on the floor and the voting outcomes.
For the last several years many of us have mentored young people into the party and helped to personally educate them on the Constitution and other foundational documents of our beautiful Country. This year the fruits of our labor were seen throughout the convention as you looked over the delegates and alternates from all over the state almost 500 in total. There were teenagers, 20, 30, 40 year-olds and up.
The newly elected County Chairmen of our 44 counties and precinct committeemen were predominantly conservative and of a libertarian ideology. It was a dramatic shift in the way the Republican party used to look in Idaho.
The Platform committee added some more conservative planks as did the Resolutions committee. The Rules committee followed suit. All were passed as a whole.
Jonathan Parker was elected unanimously as our Chairman of the GOP. He is the youngest in our history.
The power house counties are in order with number of delegates. Ada 84, Kootenai 43, Bonneville 34, Twin Falls 23, and Bannock 22. As a result we saw Chairman Parker doing an excellent job balancing, with the North and South receiving equal representation on the various committees and chairmanships.
For the first time that I can remember, we saw a new First Vice Chairman elected from North Idaho. Jennifer Locke from Kootenai County. The Second Vice Chairman is Bryan Smith from Bonneville County.
We had some great key speakers including Oliver North the new NRA President who really inspired our delegates to go out and work hard to fight for our rights. Shall Not be Infringed.
One of the most poignant moments was as Congressman Raul Labrador took the stage and spoke emotionally about his family and his time in Washington trying to change the way that many things are done. As he finished by saying that when his term is over in December he will be stepping out of the public view and concentrating on his family now. There weren’t many dry eyes after that.
Overall, take heart! It was amazing seeing the youth so heavily involved in the state politics this time and they are fiercely conservative and very motivated. As they run for office around the state, support them and mentor other young people as they try to make a difference.
Many times I think my generation – the Baby Boomers – got complacent and slipped into a hedonistic way of living. We forgot our roots and our rights. These new generations have not and they are coming roaring back to keep Freedoms flame lit.
God Bless America!!
It’s a great time to be here!!