We are trying to get the disconnected Republicans of south Minneapolis a site to connect and share information. Please give me any comments, suggests, or connections you think would be good for our site. The email address is at the end.
The state of the Republican Party in south Minneapolis is dire. We live in a one-party city with absolute control by the DFL challenged only by the occasional Green Party candidate. It would seem Republicans, conservatives, libertarians, and people concerned about corrupt government policies and spending are without a voice.
We are working to change that.
In Minnesota’s state senate district 62, we are fighting back and gathering to speak truth to power. For too long, we have felt isolated, alone, outnumbered, and powerless. That is going to change. We are launching a place for Minneapolis dissenters can go for information, contacts, and camaraderie. This is based on a practice developed by George McGovern over sixty years ago with 21st century applications.
The South Dakota Democratic Party was a mess in the 1950’s. They had only elected two representatives compared to 108 Republicans to the South Dakota legislature in 1952. McGovern took over as party executive secretary in 1953 and began the hard work.
“Undaunted, McGovern set to work traveling around the state to rebuild the party.
“When he met someone new, he wrote notes about the person on a 3×5 note card. He filed the cards in a shoe box, with tabs for counties and cities. When he made a repeat visit somewhere, he reviewed the cards for that place so he could call people by name and inquire about things they discussed previously. He continued the practice throughout his political career, eventually accumulating thousands of cards and switching from a shoebox to metal file cases.
In 1954, with McGovern’s help, the Democrats improved their numbers in the Legislature from two to 24.
In 1956, McGovern ran for and won a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. He served two terms and then ran for the Senate, but he lost a close race to incumbent Republican Karl Mundt.”
Unlike McGovern, I have no intention to run for office, but we can use these techniques of gathering together and speaking out as concerned citizens. We can use new media to gather and share information. Instead of notecards, we will use email, social media, and a website as a means to get together in the virtual public square.
We have a website, a Facebook page, an email address, and a Twitter feed. We will be using these tools to connect you with other Minneapolitans of like sentiment. We encourage you to send us information. Connect with your neighbors. Give us ideas to make the Republican Party of SD 62 a voice to be reckoned with. This is your site. Let’s make the vital connections and spread the word.
If not now, when?
If not you, who?