Greg Bishop's thoughts after attending the 2012 Illinois Republican Convention
The sun wasn't even over the horizon when we met to leave town. It was a normal morning for me. For my two travel and lodging partners, it was a little early.
We had a seemingly routine three-hour trek to the Tinley Park Conference Center just outside Chicago. During the drive, we talked about the different committees we should attend and try to provide input.
WHEREAS, public sector employees in the state of Illinois are required to take a portion of their pay to give to public sector unions; and
WHEREAS, more money taken from an employee acts as a tax and Illinois is taxed enough already; and
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT WE THE REPUBLICAN PARTY OF ILLINOIS HEREBY:
|The resolution Bishop wanted to propose in committee|
I even had some platforms that I felt would be good to submit to the Illinois Republican Party all ready to go--platforms supporting reformation of the Illinois Eavesdropping Act or maybe supporting "Right To Work" legislation.
I thought these would be good issues to get some attention and spark some debate.
There was also the committee of at-large delegates and alternate delegates where a group of 19 appointed republican leaders would nominate a list to fill the twelve available spots for the national convention.
Another committee of interest was the committeeman and committeewoman nomination.
Our drive north wasn't just on the road with our overnight bags in the truck bed with suit, slacks and shirts hanging in the extended cab. Our drive was also the substance and desire to get involved for the sake of liberty.
I was approved as a delegate by my GOP county chairman, as were the eight other people I personally encouraged to get set up and registered to take part in the state convention.
Being a delegate means you have a certain privilege--you can vote on things and provide input--or so we thought.
For full disclosure, I'm a Ron Paul guy, as were the around two-hundred others we were soon to meet with at the convention center. Sure our candidate didn't win anything over ten percent in the state's primary. With Illinois 64 delegates being sent to the national convention in Tampa this summer, us Illinois Ron Paul supporters were going to claim the fruits of our months of labor.
We had the goal of not only influencing the republican platform with a list of possible motions important to Illinoisans liberty like banning red light cameras, reforming the eavesdropping act, adopting the Tax Payer's Bill of Rights, etc., we also wanted to submit six names to be considered national delegates.
These were just motions for the floor we wanted all the state GOP delegates, over one thousand from around Illinois (another record turnout), to vote on while taking part in the Saturday assembly.
The big tent was not very inclusive