DEFENDING THE CONSTITUTION
As most of you know by now, a scheme was developed by certain members of the St. Charles County Republican Central Committee that would have denied others their Constitutional rights at the March 17 St Charles County Republican Caucus: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKe0dxBJy1A&feature=player_embedded
We have our doubts that Chairman Dokes of the Central Committee was the originator of the plan because it exhibits the trappings of "deal making" by much more experienced individuals. However, there can be NO doubt that he wholeheartedly supported it and the record shows that he and others in league with him aggressively tried to implement it at the caucus. When it became obvious that a serious intent was under way to implement this denial of rights the Publisher of The Missouri Patriot, along with local leadership of the Romney and Paul campaigns, actively opposed it. I wish to make it clear that I have no indication that Republican State Party leaders were in any way involved in this ill conceived St Charles County Central Committee scheme.
Prior to the caucus the writer of this column sought to dissuade the Central Committee leadership from pursuing this plan and we also encouraged others to oppose it. One of those who was advised by us of the unconstitutional aspects of this scheme was the President of K & N Patriots. As an elected member of the County Republican Central Committee, she had accepted an invitation to be nominated as permanent Secretary of the caucus. Discussion concerning the fraudulent caucus plan failed to reach agreement and her support of those on the Central Committee who were in favor of the scheme created a "landmark" difference of opinion between us. Despite my years of support and hard work on behalf of K & N Patriots, this difference made it necessary for me to decide to withdraw from the activities of K & N Patriots until such time as the organization's leadership returns to the stated purpose of "Defending the Constitution."
We cannot support the leadership of any organization that agrees to violate the very principles upon which the organization was founded, no matter how zealous they want to be in defending their favorite candidate. Further, we cannot agree with the misuse of police power to silence the free expression of citizens at an officially scheduled meeting of a major political party. The use of police to "maintain order" is one often used by people in authority to deny constitutionally protected political activity and bend differences of opinion their way. When there is such an unnecessary and unwarranted use of police power, the motive is shallow and transparent. In our judgment this happened at the march 17 caucus and worked to deny Constitutional rights to those who reasonably opposed a pre-conceived scheme that the leaders of the Central Committee and their supporters were attempting to implement. We will not support any leader of an organization that does not agree with reasonable action when it comes to the basic concepts that protect freedom and our Constitution.