RI GOP Seeks Chairman
It has been an honor to serve as the Chairman these past 2 years. We've accomplished much in that time, from adding infrastructure to gaining seats in the RI House of Representatives. However, I cannot continue in the position. The position is an enormous responsibility and a drain on both time and finances. Thank you to all that have supported me.
This email serves to call candidates forward to run for General Office in the RI Republican State Central Committee. If you intend to run for office and be interviewed by the nominating committee, you must notify the RI Republican State Central Committee Chairman, via email, by 5 PM Friday January 30th, 2015. I will then notify declared candidates of when they will be interviewed by the nominating committee, as well as any additional rules.
The list of offices that are available:
1st Vice Chairman
2nd Vice Chairman
I will be available to the next Chair for whatever they may need of me. Please contact me with any questions.
RI Republican State Central Committee
In Birmingham Jail in 1963, while under arrest for a non-violent demonstration, Martin Luther King met eight white priests who had recently published the letter ‘A Call for unity’. While the priests did concede the existence of social injustice, they expressed a belief that the battle against segregation should be fought in the courts, not in the streets. Martin Luther’s reply was that without direct and powerful efforts such as the ones he undertook, civil rights would never be achieved. He argued that civil disobedience is justified not only to deal with an unjust law, but that "everyone has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws." The letter includes the famous quote "An injustice wherever it is, is a threat to justice everywhere" he also repeats the words of Thurgood Marshall: "A justice too long delayed is justice denied.”
Until the end of his life, Martin Luther King remained against radicalization and violence such as advocated by the Black Power Movement and stresses that "the riots do nothing" and considering this method largely ineffective.
In his doctrine of non-violence Luther writes: "If we say that power is the ability to change or the ability to achieve its objectives, then this is not the power to engage in an act that does not do this." "The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a downward spiral, causing the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of weakening evil, it multiplies. Using violence, you can kill the liar, but you cannot kill the lie, nor establish the truth. Using violence, you can kill the hate, but you cannot kill hatred. There hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night without stars. Darkness cannot drive away the darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive hate: only love can do that. "
Non-violence is not only the right thing to do; it is a necessity for any movement looking for real political gains.
There are many Democrats who say they want to address
the problem of inequality of wealth. It would be much
better if they would say they want to address the *causes*
of inequality of wealth.
Otherwise, when most people hear that someone wants to
address wealth inequality, they assume that person means
raising income taxes, on individuals and businesses - so,
many people then turn away and won't listen further or read further, and wouldn't hear whether you might be
talking about addressing the *causes* of wealth inequality, and are not advocating higher income taxes.
So, if you word it as addressing the *causes* of wealth inequality, then you have a better chance that they
would listen further or read further. Then they could find that addressing the main *causes* of wealth
inequality means addressing corporate subsidies and other favoritism to special interests.
That includes such corporate welfare and other favoritism as: bailouts to favored corporations; special tax breaks that only they get, not other people; various laws that hurt other companies but not theirs; and especially the problem of laws that promote concentrated control of land and natural resources, which skews the entire economy - it raises the prices of everything, hinders job creation (so that job shortages lead to lower wages), results in concentrated control over industry, and leads to unnecessary poverty.
The corporate welfare and special interest problem is the main cause of wealth inequality and economic problems - yet most politicians don't address that central issue, which is why we see the continued misleading and superficial debates between different political parties. So, addressing those central *causes* of wealth inequality could be an important and fruitful approach for the Democratic Party, and this approach is compatible with the DFC Platform and Principles.
Democratic Freedom Caucus (DFC)
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