Unexpected Returns

As I mentioned in a previous post, I held a social gathering for young conservatives in downtown Harrisonburg this past Thursday.  Why would I hold such an event, you might ask?  Well, with the notable exception of the College Republicans, not too many folks under the age of 30 take much of an interest in politics.  For example, at the last meeting of the Harrisonburg Republican Party, I was the youngest person in the room.  Although I don’t know how many people were more youthful than I at the last Tea Party meeting, I assure you that I was well below the median age…by at least ten years.  I get it.  Most people are not like I once was, a fifteen-year-old high school student champing at the bit to do his civic duty to improve his government.  Nevertheless, citizens should take an active interest because the government affects so many facets of life.  But let’s get back to our gathering…

I arrived at the library a few minutes after 6:00 PM but was dismayed to discover that the close parking lots were full.  Therefore, I had to park on the next block away.  Normally this setback wouldn’t be too troubling but, given that I had to haul multiple heavy items such as two gallons of tea, two gallons of water, and several boxes of cookies, I found the multiple treks to and from my car to be quite taxing.  The first guest to arrive was Mr. Mellott, a writer for the Daily News Record.  I was pretty surprised to see him because I didn’t think the local news would take much notice of my humble operation.  His presence made me a bit nervous, not because I have any objection to attention from the media, in fact I welcome it, but rather I was worried that the event would be sparsely attended and therefore reflect poorly on me.  Next to arrive was a handful of members of the Shenandoah Valley Tea Party.  Although they too were not in my expected age range, I greatly appreciated their company especially their willingness to help me set up the room and return the items to my car upon the conclusion of the event.

All in all, about twenty people showed up to the gathering.  We had a handful of people from the Young Republicans, the James Madison University College Republicans, Luis (a great guy who is very spirited about the cause), and even a few volunteers from Corey Stewart’s The Rule of Law Campaign. Even though I had prepared a few brief remarks for the crowd, I never had the opportunity to speak given that people came and went as they pleased.  I don’t believe that more than ten people were in the room in any given moment.  Then again, perhaps it was for the best.  After all, the event wasn’t for me, but for everyone.

Overall, the meeting was both a disappointment and a success.  It was a disappointment because, with the exception a few of the JMU CRs, I didn’t get to meet any new 18 to 40 year old conservatives.  I didn’t bring in any new blood.  By contrast, my unexpected accomplishment was the opportunity to spend a good bit of one-on-one time talking to the leaders of the local Tea Party.  Although, in general, they are both considerably older than I and don’t have nearly the experience in politics, it is refreshing to hear about and witness their dedication and vigor in support of our shared conservative principles.

Let me take the opportunity to infuse this post with a bit of political encouragement.  Don’t believe the lies.  One person can make a difference in politics, regardless of age or experience.  You are not alone.  Never forgot that there are many conservatives, just like you, out toiling in the trenches to promote our ideology.  But you should join a group.  Whether it is the College Republicans, Young Republicans, City or County Republicans, your local Tea Party, or something else, find activists who believe the same as yourself.  After all, while one person can carry away heavy stones, a multitude can move an entire mountain.

I guess in retrospect, I should have expanded my invitation for the event to conservatives of all ages.  It just would be nice to meet a few more unattached conservative young women.  Anyway, next time I hold a social event, I really hope you can join me.

In liberty!

Thursday’s Events

Good morning everyone.

For readers in the Shenandoah Valley, we have two events of note coming up this Thursday, May 20.  The first is the monthly gathering of the Shenandoah Valley Tea Party.  This meeting will take place at the Massanutten Regional Library in Downtown Harrisonburg (174 South Main Street) from 5.30 PM to 8:30 PM.  The second is the Young Republicans.  This meeting will happen at Ham’s Restaurant (221 University Boulevard) from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  Yes, you will likely notice that these two events overlap.  It is unfortunate that I’ll have to leave the party early in order to make the YR’s.  Nevertheless, both are venues to connect with likeminded folks, lovers of liberty and limited government.  If you happen to live in the Shenandoah Valley and share my political philosophy, you really should try to make at least one of these events.

Now, I know that many of you live in other parts of the state or country or even another nation entirely, so making the trek to Harrisonburg is not feasible.  Nevertheless, if you are passionate about politics (or freedom tempered with the rule of law), not only should you get involved, you must get involved.  Any government can change, but only if citizens like you and me are willing to take a stand for principle.  In whatever corner of the globe you might happen to live, why not make Thursday the day you finally take action?

Restarting the YRs Once Again

If you will recall, back about a year ago, I wrote about creating/restarting the Young Republicans in Harrisonburg.  Well, after a couple of false starts and a snow delay, I’m pleased to announce our first meeting this Saturday, April 17.  It will begin at 6:00 PM at Hams Restaurant (221 University Boulevard in Harrisonburg).  So if you are between the ages of 18 to 40, a conservative, a lover of liberty, a fan of limited government, and live in the cities of Harrisonburg, Staunton, Waynesboro, or the counties of Rockingham, Augusta, Shenandoah, Page, or Greene, you have to join us.   Heck, even if you live in the People’s Republic of Charlottesville, Albemarle County, or someplace else nearby, you are welcome too.  According to facebook, we’ve got 20 people confirmed so far, so don’t be left out!

So to recap:
What: Harrisonburg/Central Shenandoah Valley Young Republican Meeting
Where: Hams Restaurant 221 University Boulevard in Harrisonburg
When: 6 PM – 7 PM Saturday, April 17

See you on Saturday!

Restarting the YR’s

Good evening everyone.

Excellent news!  Earlier today on my trek over to Delegate Lohr’s and Senator Obenshain’s office Delegate Lohr’s legislative assistant, Joel Hensley told me that we are one step closer to bring back the Harrisonburg/Rockingham Young Republicans.  Although the group started up in the early part of 2007 and showed much promise, unfortunately it disintegrated prior to the election.  We must bring it back!  Therefore if you agree with this blog and live in the area you must join!  Ok…so if even you don’t agree with me but still hold to the ideals of the Republican creed you should get involved.  Your first step is to head on over to facebook and join the newly forming group.  Get to it.

I’ll see you there!