The evidence of an energized Republican Party base, with the Democratic Party being held up against the ropes in the Northwestern corner of the state cannot be denied.
Why? Power struggles within a few of the area Republican Committees and the numbers attending these 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.
While some will say this competition for control of power within these groups, which has stirred a lot of this controversy, as 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 heart of 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 the City of Winchester’s Republican Committee and see a new chairman in place, with the former chair ousted by over 150 in attendance at the meeting being equally impressive.
The local Democratic Committees here have not seen attendance numbers at their meetings reach even a quarter of that level on any regular basis in the past handful of years.
Is there any wonder this area of the state 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 two hundred 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.
“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,” stated Jefferson. “It is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government.”
If the area’s true blue Democrats can get past the “gasps,” after reading this and then maybe, just maybe they manage to swallow their pride along with the simple truth for a change. There is still time for those who “believe” to grab a hold of the torches of passion to light the way and lead their very own rebellion in blue, back onto the map after near extinction.
I’d certainly raise my glass and drink to that!