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Please let us know by February 8th!
Every every year the Buncombe Republican Party holds a convention to address formal business. Odd year conventions are extra important because that is when we elect our new officers. That day – March 2nd – is just around the corner!
At our convention we will be electing leaders for the following positions-
Chairman – 1st Vice Chair – 2nd Vice Chair – Secretary – Treasurer – 5 AT LARGE members
Each year we ask experienced and engaged volunteers to serve on our BCGOP Nominating Committee. We are pleased that Glenda Weinert has agreed to chair this action committee and work with two other members, Betty Budd and Kyle Carver. Many thanks to these good folks for stepping up to help with this important piece of our organization’s leadership puzzle.
Glenda, Betty and Kyle are tasked with identifying, developing, interviewing and otherwise advancing a solid slate of possible officers to carry us forward. They have no advocacy position, but do want to vet candidates and otherwise help insure that those Republicans attending the convention have a solid body of candidates upon which to vote and count on to carry the BCGOP forward.
February 8th is the deadline they are asking all prospective candidates to consider in letting the committee know of their interest in running. The sooner our good committee knows, the sooner they can press on with interviews and securing a good pool of candidates.
If you have been considering stepping forward to support the Republican mission in Buncombe County, now is a great time to let us know. We’d like to help you do just that!
Glanda Weinert, Chair – 828-230-14444 – email@example.com
Betty Budd 828-707-4373 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Kyle Carver, 828-683-2075 – email@example.com
*You may also reach any of the officers (contact information is listed in the “Leadership” section of this website) or our Chair, Carl Mumpower, at 252-8390 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Republican Party remains the only political movement capable of impairing the growing excesses of the left…
Carl Mumpower, Chair – In a hard world, it’s good that time has a way of smoothing the edges off hard times. Even the memories of the recent tragedy of 9-11 softens amidst the never-ending challenges of a new day. In the face of that grace, it’s easy to believe the harsh realities of today are somehow worse than those in the past and that our future is thus fraught with peril. In truth, America has always had edgy times and some were really edgy. Today’s miseries are different, not necessarily worse.
The American Revolution pitted us against one another with a fierceness that left the outcome anything but predetermined. After we won that one, Great Britain tried round two and literally kicked our fannies all over the place until they ran into a stone wall down in New Orleans. Once again, it was touch and go.
The Civil War was a horrific event that literally tore us in two. Had Lee won Gettysburg, that war might have done so permanently. The intense darkness of those times still echoes five generations later.
When one looks back in detail, the cultural division and antagonism preceding our entry into WW I was astounding. Some of the anarchists of that day make today’s Antifa wannabees look like rebellious kindergartners.
Then there were the sixties. Were you around when the Black Panthers ambushed a New York police department with automatic weapons? How about the bombings, race riots, and chaos coming from other social activists deciding that anger and violence were more fun than peace?
Nothing of man’s hand is characterized by consistency, maturity or reason as a reliable pattern. We have always had challenging times – and have no reason to expect today to be different. What is different is how today’s chaos is unfolding, how many people are being pulled in and the weapons being applied.
If you’re reading this, you’re probably a conservative thinker. Congratulate yourself, you are on the right side of nature and history. You are going to be proven right and will eventually win the “smarter than your foe” prize. In the short-term, however, your position is not unlike that of America immediately after Pearl Harbor. For awhile its going to seem like the bad guys are having it all their way.
Make no mistake about it, the Progressive-Liberal-Socialist movement and their marketing agency – the 21st century Democratic Party – are the bad guys. We don’t say that because they are our opposition or because their view on the issues differs from our own. We say that because their methods and mission are dangerous. It’s simply not possible to get to good places through bad means and Republicans are dedicated to keeping America a good thing.
The left’s toolbox merits very direct challenge. By any objective social, scientific, spiritual or experiential measure one can find, anger, dishonesty, denial, violence, greed, and elitism are toxic. May we explain why?
Anger is a poison that destroys the container that holds it. Anger is addictive – and if you feed it, it grows in intensity. Anger blinds its victims and distorts their view of reality, reason, responsibility and right. When that happens, the seeds for self-destruction are sown. Need we argue that the left is angry – very, very angry?
Honesty is the foundation of everything that is good. Without it, nothing constructive can be accomplished. Dishonesty turns real mirrors into funhouse mirrors – it distorts our perception and when that happens, failure is eventually assured, every time and everywhere. The left’s “ends justifies the means thinking” is dedicated to dishonesty as a primary propaganda tool and though they routinely deny it, please remember that the most practiced liars lie to themselves first.
Denial is a by-product of addiction. All of the destructive behaviors mentioned above are addictive and the consequence is simple – for every ounce of addiction there will be a matching ounce of denial. Over time denial blinds one to reality and when we lose connection to reality we run into walls. Denial is raging through the left like an epidemic.
The destructive powers of violence are self-explanatory. Its temptations are also apparent – it’s more stimulating to blow things up than build things. The impact is violence is immediate and powerful. The long-term consequences are equally powerful, but in a harmful way. The left is embracing violence – verbal and physical – with increasing enthusiasm and it’s going to get worse before it gets better.
Greed is one of the most dangerous of the seven deadly sins. Man has always been vulnerable to the promise of something for nothing. When you boil it down, this is the essence of our opposition’s platform – “we will give you a whole lot of whatever it is you as a voter want and you will have to sacrifice nothing for it”. That’s not how the real-world works – so we know it’s a lie – but many voters – especially the impaired, vulnerable and young – don’t. It’s just so easy to overlook the much-echoed caution that any government with the power to give you everything has a matching capacity to take everything.
Elitism is the subtlest of the left’s licenses to destruct. Like despots and authoritarian power grabbers throughout history, the idea “I know more than you” is an enticing entitlement. Once the vision of personal enlightenment seizes the brain, it takes over like a cancer. That’s why so many authoritarian thinkers are so brazen in 21st century America. Narcissism, not reason, is in cognitive control.
We share this dark information with a positive purpose – that you will resist the temptation to take the much-perceived inevitability of the left’s success too seriously. In deeper fact, they are doomed to fail because the tools they are using are broken.
But there is a problem – actually a couple of them.
Too many people on our side are clinging to the assumption that America has some kind of special immunity from self-destruction. That silly notion makes it exceedingly easy to stay out of the fight and rely on divine intervention to secure our future. God – indeed – has a reliable history of helping those who help themselves. A quick review of the Republican Party platform thankfully reveals we are still a party of faith and thus have that accountability filter – but we have to have skin in the game.
Secondly, even though the left is doomed to fail, it won’t necessarily happen quickly or without accelerating mayhem. Shooting stars burn the brightest just before they burn out.
That means we are in for some rough times and though in the long run nature’s relentless dedication to reality, reason, responsibility and right are on our side – bad means can rule ruthlessly for short times.
Standing up to the left’s malevolent means thus remains important. We know they will lose – we don’t know how much of what makes America so special will go down with them…
Conserve [v. kuh n-surv] To use or manage wisely; preserve; save…
Mr. President – We Have Your Back!
From the chair – Last night’s televised effort to address the what, why and how of the unfolding border protection drama can be summed in one word – Presidential. Our country’s C.E.O. was compelling, factual, courageous, dignified, passionate and reasoned from start to finish. In the face of unrelenting criticism, deception and bias, his courage under fire is nothing short of remarkable.
The contrasting presentation by his opposition was remarkable for different reasons. Their wooden, dishonest, inconsistent, and disingenuous countering view was widely panned for good reason – their’s was a mission of malice vs. leadership. If a picture says a thousand words – or clarifies the question of the underlying lightness or darkness – this picture has lots to say.
We wanted to take this opportunity to remind Buncombe’s Republicans that our President is out on a limb. He needs your help and support. Whether it’s writing a letter to the editor, letting him know, calling into a radio station, contributing to his campaign or your party, of encouraging our representatives to stay strong behind him, please take a moment to add your good touch to this momentous moment in the history of your people.
We have a man in office who is taking the risks of being truthful, not kicking the can endlessly down the road, and refusing to pretend that Progressive-Democratic-Socialist calls for “unity” are about anything but “give in to our will.”
The number of calls we have received on the BCGOP phone since yesterday have been amazing – so has what those callers have said. To a man and woman they have called to share how proud they are of our President and that they are behind him.
We know you are too – and wanted to ask if there’s a way to turn that good will into good action? It’s our turn…
Carl Mumpower, Chair – the Buncombe GOP family
Why be a Republican?
Because we get The American Success Equation – Liberty + Opportunity + Responsibility = Prosperity.
We don’t pretend that skipping ingredients will produce the same results.
Nor does our President…
Yesterday, the current Buncombe Republican Party Chair shared a letter with the BCGOP Executive Committee that among other things noted he would not be seeking reelection to that post.
Today, out of that decision, he sent a letter to President Trump. We thought you might enjoy what was shared.
January 3rd, 2019
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Dear President Trump:
Over the past two years, I have had the opportunity to serve as chair of the local Republican Party. That tenure is fast approaching its conclusion, and there are a number of people I need to thank. You are at the top of my list.
First off, thank you for motivating me to step toward this responsibility. My initial decision to run was in direct response to your election. I saw in you a man with the unique potential to act on the word you gave as a candidate – and that potential merited support. Thank you for validating that hope. I know of no President in my lifetime – including Ronald Reagan – who has demonstrated more perseverance, sacrifice, and honesty in attempting to be in office what he said he would be in his campaign.
Thank you for your creativity. I find the way you bedazzle entrenched bureaucrats, unprincipled politicians, biased media pundits and insincere world leaders extraordinarily effective and refreshing.
Thank you also for being a game changer. You have shown patriotic Americans something many have lost sight of – one person can make a difference. Indeed, you are personification of a core American reality – one man or woman at the right time in the right place doing the right thing has always made the best differences.
Thank you for refusing to discard the American Success Equation. Liberty + Opportunity + Responsibility = Prosperity has defined the American Dream from our inception. How fortunate we are to have a chief executive officer who gets the specialness of this formula and who refuses to pretend we can leave out ingredients and achieve the same outcome.
Thank you for putting so much on the table to secure our borders. Thank you for your understanding of the monumental importance of grounding our immigration policy in reason and the rule of law versus corruption and postponement. Thank you for understanding that we need secure borders for the same reason people lock their doors and former Presidents build walls around mansions.
Thank you for putting your principles, platform and promises above popularity and for giving conservative leaders and voters a reason to reengage and fight back. We are blessed to have someone at the helm who is more concerned with the rocks ahead than making sure the brass is catching the sun’s reflection.
Thank you for being willing to frustrate, disappoint, anger, irritate, intimidate and ignore when it is right to do so. Thank you for just as surely being willing to engage, befriend, encourage, respect, back-up and love when those skills are important.
Thank you for your courage. Though – like all human beings – you have fear, doubt, hurt, anger, selfish, and worry buttons, it is clear your courage button is bigger.
Above all else, thank you for your time, energy, and family sacrifices. In your eyes and actions, I see a man with the mileage to know these are the essence of life. Thank you giving them to us so selflessly.
In close, I appreciate the opportunity to thank you for stepping forward to run and serve as our nation’s leader. Though you are persistently disparaged, misjudged and ridiculed for your motives and methods, it has been my privilege to witness in you an eclipsing mark of nobility. Unlike so many of your peers and antagonists, you understood before you started that the Presidency was a daunting responsibility – not a validating prize. And you stepped forward anyway…
Carl Mumpower, Chair – The Buncombe County Republican Party family
Conserve [v. kuh n-surv] To use or manage wisely; preserve; save
-from the desk of-
Carl Mumpower, Chair
Buncombe County Republican Party of North Carolina
One Oak Plaza – Suite 309
Asheville, North Carolina 28801
(828) 252-8390 ~ email@example.com ~ Buncombe GOP.org
January 2nd, 2019
From: Carl Mumpower, Chair
To: Buncombe County Republican Party Executive Board
Subj: Upcoming convention and election
Dear Board Members:
It’s been a little shy of two years since we assumed our respective leadership roles with the Buncombe Republican Party. It has been an honor to join with you in representing our community’s 46,000 Republicans. I am especially grateful for the many volunteers who understood and embraced our two central themes – unity and stepping around the negative toward the positive with a full measure of energy, creativity and sincerity.
The initial decision to run for the Chair’s position centered largely on one pivotal political event – the election of our current President. In this gentleman there was potential for an elected official who would uniquely attempt to fulfill the promises upon which he campaigned. That potential has been validated – and I am indebted for the opportunity to generate support for President Trump and our Republican representatives in Washington, Raleigh and elsewhere. We are indeed fortunate to have such special people serving under such trying circumstances.
Approaching the completion of my tenure, I have made the decision to clear the way for new leadership and shift to other responsibilities. Come Saturday, March 2nd, we will hold our county convention at our secured location in the Buncombe County Courthouse. At that time, we will elect and get behind a new team to carry the BCGOP forward as a crucial bridge between the 10th & 11th Districts.
In the interim two months we will press on with enthusiasm and strengthen the foundation for those who will come later. It is my hope that volunteers who have supported my personal efforts over the past two years will carry that commitment forward with our new leadership team.
I remain grateful for the many Republicans who have aided in building on the good works of our predecessors. It was important work – for today’s Republican Party truly stands as the only organized political movement capable of countering the expanding harmful extremes of our opposition. Together, we have had many special moments, opportunities and impacts in support of that special mission.
Carl Mumpower, Chair – The Buncombe County GOP family
Why be a Republican? Because we get The American Success Equation.
Liberty + Opportunity + Responsibility = Prosperity
And we don’t pretend that skipping ingredients produces the same results…