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Central Committees #1  (first article

Central 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.)


Youíve just 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.  "At 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 report. 


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 worth while!")


Mr. Chairman:  "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 business.


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.


"Isnít County Supervisor a non-partisan office?  Should we be supporting him?"


First man. "Well, he is a member of our party and I think we should help him."


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.")


Chairman: Our 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 help."


(You 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.")


The chairman recognizes another member who rises and takes the floor.  (This means [Robertís Rules] that he may talk about something on his mind.)


"We 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."




Chairman: "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.


And, 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.


Would you want me on your central committee?  Samuel Adams said, in 1750:


He 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.  We 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)


The truest friend of liberty

Is he who loveth virtue. 

Who should promote it truly?

The answer is, "YOU!"

Let those you choose as officers

Be wise and virtuous men,

For these will use their powers

To protect your property, my friend.

(From "With Liberty & Justice for All" by Dorothy Robbins)

Question: 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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