Why? Power struggles within a few of the area Republican committees and the numbers attending their meetings have to give pause to the Democratic Party in the Northern Shenandoah Valley. If anything, these events certainly should serve as a “wake-up call” to those who align themselves with the Democratic Party.
Some will say this competition for control of power within these groups, which has stirred a lot of this controversy, is a point of weakness. I believe that cannot be farther from the truth. The truth is in the numbers, and there is clear passion within that has sparked this mere wave into a rather large tsunami, headed straight for the Democratic Party.
In Warren County, tensions have ran high throughout the Republican ranks and have forced multiple new elections, along with multiple factions that have tried to lay claim to the title of Warren County Republican Committee. The number of people in attendance at these various meetings in Warren County, as quoted by area media sources, being around 150 to 200 individuals, is jaw-dropping.
Then we turn our eyes to Winchester’s Republican Committee and see a new chairman in place, with the former chair ousted by more than 150 in attendance at the meeting.
The local Democratic committees have not seen attendance numbers at their meetings reach even a quarter of that level on any regular basis in the past couple of years. Is there any wonder the area is quickly cementing itself into one of the deepest red areas in the Commonwealth of Virginia?
Is it time for the area’s Democratic Party faithful to respectfully pay mind to their foes from across the aisle, and maybe conjure up a little rebellion or two of their own?
It certainly can’t hurt.
The Democrats can learn a lot from the strength of the area’s Republican Party, while remembering its own very roots at the same time. For almost 200 years, Democrats have celebrated one of their “own,” Thomas Jefferson. They have been hailing him as one of the party’s greatest historical icons. Can the fallible Virginian, Jefferson himself, still serve as a modern-day hero of area Democrats? Along with allowing the area’s Republicans to teach them a valuable lesson?
It was Thomas Jefferson, who saw the necessity in “a little rebellion now and then” as “a good thing.”
Said Jefferson: “It prevents the degeneracy of government, and nourishes a general attention to the public affairs. I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical. It is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government.”
If the true-blue Democrats can get past the “gasps” after reading this. then maybe, just maybe, they can manage to swallow their pride, along with the simple truth for a change. There is still time for those who “believe” to grab hold of the torches of passion to light the way and lead their very own “rebellion” in blue, and back onto the map after near extinction.
I’d certainly raise my glass and drink to that!