There’s more than just politics at the recent GOP Spring Dinner in Alta Sierra (that’s State Sen. Ted Gaines addressing the group in a photo from Facebook under a bold “Taking Back America” sign. My mom and dad were lifelong Republicans, without the high-pitched rhetoric, though. My mom met Ronald Reagan numerous times when he was Governor and volunteered in many GOP campaigns.)
“At the Nevada County Republican Party Spring Social on Saturday, April 28, Vice Chairman, Greg Marks presented the Ruth & Drew Bedwell Memorial Scholarship to Richard Young,” Rich Ulery reports on the GOP website.
“Richard is a senior at Bear River High School and will attend Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington this coming fall.
“This year’s essay question was ‘What do you think our Constitution means when defining our freedom and limited government?’ Young pointed the finger at President Obama, ignoring Congress, reading in part: “Unfortunately, since President Obama took office, the U.S. government has drastically strayed from our constitutional ideals. As a result, government has greatly expanded in size and today there is increased federal control over the lives of U.S. citizens.”
So it goes nowadays. Personalizing and oversimplifying politics — in fact, a very complicated process — is a sign of the times, too, just like a “Taking Back America” sign. But it happens on both sides of the aisle. I largely blame the rise of television, going back to Nixon’s famous Checker’s speech. We debate in “sound bites.”
I admire the efforts of Rich Ulery as chairman of local GOP group, as I’ve written before. There are many shades of GOPers in our county — from moderates to the extreme right. Rich is a good public spokesperson for the local GOP. He keeps it issue-oriented.
(credit: Local GOP’s Facebook page)
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