My theme for 2017 A to Z blog is Cities in the State of Oregon. I started not sure how I wanted to pick cities so I turned to the goggle machine to give me definitions of what a city is. I ended up picking the definition that I felt like it agreed with what I wanted to do. From Dictionary.com an incorporated municipality, usually governed by a mayor and a board of aldermen or councilmen. So no matter the size whether under 1,000 like Adair Village or over a half a million like Portland. This April I’m going to take you on a journey around Oregon.
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I wanted to share my entire speech that I had prepared to deliver this morning at the Washington County Republican Organizational Meeting. Due to time constraints I had to edit.
Good morning, I’m Christiana and I am running for vice chair.
Just like the rest of you, I was disappointed that the red wave stopped at the Cascades. I worked very hard during this election cycle with many of you who are here today to take back our country, our state, our county. Be we fell short and we actually lost ground. And I am tired of losing. I thought long and hard about it and realized that we make changes.
There are three things that we have to change. First is fund raising, we need a strong pledge program. Money is the lifeblood of politics. We cannot be scrambling at the time of an election trying to raise funds to do a mailing to our voters, or just before the county fair, or to do general outreach. I have designed and run monthly pledge programs. They are easy to maintain and I will work with our Treasurer to get one established. If all of us gave just a few dollars a month we would have enough to accomplish our goals.
The second is transparency. As members of the executive committee we need to be communicating with our constituency. That’s you the PCPs who are here today. Creating an atmosphere of openness will help empower you to take ownership of the party and help us accomplish the next change we have to make.
And it is simple. Recruitment, recruitment, recruitment. And no I’m not a broken record. We need to be recruiting candidates to run for every office. We need to be recruiting more PCPs to get involved with our candidates. And we need to be recruiting more volunteers. There are many who have walked away from the Republican Party. The time has come to bring them back and show them that we can win.
We have a great system of organization with our house captains. We have access to an excellent voter outreach system developed by our county chair. We are blessed to have the most dedicated PCP’s and volunteers that I have ever seen. But we don’t have enough people. We are seriously outnumbered and unless we change that we will keep loosing.
We can not be a party of exclusion. We need to be a party of inclusion. As President Reagan said “The person who agrees with you 80 percent of the time is a friend and an ally, not a 20 percent traitor.”
I am not running on a slate or with a faction, I am running as who I am. A Republican. And when I look around this room all I see are fellow Republicans.
I am Christiana and I ask for your vote because this is not about our past, it is about our future. Thank you.
H is for history. “Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.” by Edmund Burke is my favorite quote about history. To me that means you either learn from the past or you exist in an endless cycle.
I think that most people learn from history and do not repeat it again and again. When you look back on your life you will most likely see cycles. It is important to learn and make sure that you are always growing and learning. When I look back at my life I want to make sure that I made the most of my life and learned from the past and made better choices.
Energy. Energy is something that is needed by everyone to survive but always seems to be in short supply. Humans gain energy by sleeping. When was the last time you got enough sleep that you didn’t feel like you needed a pick me up during the day.
Plants need energy aka sunlight in order to grow. I live in Oregon and during spring sunlight is a scare thing. In our part of the world we call rain liquid sunshine. However the low humidity of the summer makes putting up with the rain bearable. It is cool that at 9pm on June night it will still be light in Oregon.
Energy is something that is needed to power the world.Depending on who you talk to we are either running out of certain types of energy; are not using the right type of energy to power our world and a thousand other things.