Grassroots Activists Turned Away at the RNC | United Liberty | Free Market – Individual Liberty – Limited Government

Just days after the Republican National Committee (RNC) rejected most proposed rules changes that would undo the power grab from last year’s convention, a number of grassroots activists stopped by to express their disappointment with party leaders and let them know that they would not give up the fight.Shortly after 10am, around 50 activists (pictured above) showed up at RNC headquarters in Washington, DC to present a representative from the party with a open letter to Chairman Reince Priebus that hit at the heart of grassroots’ frustration with the party.“As grassroots fiscally conservative activists from states across the country, we are stopping by the RNC Headquarters in Washington today to express our disappointment in the Party’s continuing marginalization of the individuals who are driving the only credible ground game to combat the progressive liberal political machine,” read the activist-signed letter to Priebus. “After reading the 100-page Growth and Opportunity Project, we had a glimmer of hope that the Republican Party was going to make a sincere effort to make the Party process more bottom-up and transparent in structure.”“The opportunity to repeal the ‘Tampa Power Grab’ last week was your first big shot at beginning to mend the relationship between the Party and the principled, small-government grassroots activists that you’ve disenfranchised,” the letter continued. “And you blew it.”At issue are two specific rules — Rule 16 (A) (1) and Rule 16 (A) (2) — which grassroots activists consider unfair.“Rule 16 (A) (1) was upheld on the floor, giving national leaders the power to dictate how states bind delegates,” the letter stated. “This rule puts underdog challengers to the establishment at an immediate disadvantage with fewer delegates sent to the convention. This is only made worse by 16 (A) (2), which prevents principled challengers from growing their delegate count on the convention floor.”The activists say that Rule 16 (A) (2) was “a watered down version of a power grab.” They also note that the changes made at last week’s RNC meeting “fail to restore the authority to state delegations to enforce and create their own rules.”“In fact, it strengthens and reinforces the RNC power grab that outraged the grassroots last summer by giving the RNC Secretary full authority to ignore the delegates’ wishes,” the letter explained. “The language may protect delegates from being stripped of their titles for switching support to another candidate, but it still restricts them from changing their vote at the convention. If you have to make up your mind and cast your vote of support before you even step on the convention floor, then why have a convention at all?”The letter also brought up the way the rules were adopted at the convention, which only highlights the distrust the grassroots has towards establishment.“We played by the rules, but when we started winning you changed the rules from behind closed doors in Tampa to shut us out,” the letter added. “We haven’t forgotten that the ‘aye’ result of the voice vote on the convention floor was pre-scripted on Speaker Boehner’s Teleprompter, moving the changes forward despite an objection sufficiently strong enough to force a vote.”Activists who signed the letter made a clear statement that expect inclusion, not to be shut out of the process through a power grab.“This is our Party too, and we are going to continue to show up and fight for fair representation in the Party’s political process,” the letter said in closing. “The Republican Party answers to its members on the ground, not the other way around.”The activists who made the trek from the Hyatt Regency in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, DC expected to be heard by someone from the RNC. However, they found out when they arrived that the party that they work so hard for every election year wasn’t willing to listen to their grievances.As you can see in the videos below, Jackie Bodnar, Communications Director of FreedomWorks, was told by security guards that her and the two activists — Drew Martin and Corie Whalen — presenting the letter to Priebus and some 12,000 petitions signatures against the RNC rules would not be allowed in the building.“We’re a bunch of fiscal conservative activists. We’d like to come in and drop off an open letter, will someone let us in?” Bodnar asked the two security guards standing behind the closed glass door. “I just kind of feel like we’re getting shut out again.”

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