It has been a while since I've posted in this blog. Much has happened since the November elections. We have held organizational meetings for County, District, and State Central Committees. Our Larimer County Executive Board has seen much change with many new faces serving our party. Of course, a few members have continued on the board. I personally wish to thank all of the members of the board who have served so ably in the past, as well as all the volunteers across the county who carry on the real work of the party.
The Executive Board has organized our standing committees and begun the work for 2017. Much effort is being made to plan this year's Lincoln Day Dinner (details coming soon), which promises to be another great event this year! All of our committees can use more volunteers!
Among the top priorities for the Larimer County Republican Party is learning how to stay in touch with all of county Republicans. We know many want to serve the cause of liberty, but still don't know how they can be of most help. We will spend extra effort in communication and in coordinating our volunteer efforts in this cause. If you can assist in any way, from office work to reaching out to party members, to raising funds, to supporting candidates, please contact a member of the Board and express your interest.
The Colorado State Assembly is nearing the end of the 2017 session, and it is apparent to all that we need more Republican representation. We are pleased with the election of Republicans to federal offices and with the able service of our Republican county officials. We are truly grateful for our Republican representatives and senators who fight for us each day. But we cannot be satisfied with our representation in House Districts 52 and 53, nor can we be satisfied with a governor who puts party loyalty over the well-being of Colorado citizens. Larimer County deserves representatives who will defend and promote the principles and values that have long prospered our state and our nation.
The protection of our citizens, our families, our churches, and our businesses depends upon policies that respect the rights of our people to speak, to write, to assemble, to worship, and to associate as they choose. The well-being of our citizens, including any public works that are deemed important, depends on the strength of our economy. Over-regulation of everything from energy production to who can care for your fingernails can easily and quickly drain the life out of any economy. And even more dangerous, it can lead to corruption as permission from government must be sought (or bought) in order to run one's own life and business.
This is the time for all of us to stay engaged and step up to prepare for the 2018 elections. If you can give but a little time or money each month, find a way to help. We can show you how.
Yours in liberty, Bob Morain, LCRP Chairman
Election Results: Republicans Win Presidency and Congress
Please join us in welcoming the following Republicans into office:
Donald J. Trump, US President
Vicki Marble, Senate District 23
Hugh McKean, House District 51
Perry Buck, House District 49
Heidi Ganahl, University Regent At-Large
Clifford Riedel, District Attorney
Steve Johnson, County Commissioner
Tom Donnelly, County Commissioner
For more national results and details, google "election results 2016."
For Larimer County results and details, click here. Results are official 8 days after the election.
Letter from the Chairman
I have been asked to comment on the recent release of an old recording.
Of course, no one is pleased with the remarks heard on the 2005 tape. Such disrespect for women (or anyone) is unacceptable, whether voiced by a celebrity that would one day decide to run for office or by an anonymous person on the street. Each day I am offended by the increasingly common vulgarity and crassness in our popular culture including television, movies, music, comedy, dance, and more. From the university to the middle school, from the board room to the lunch room, from the television to the dinner table, all seem to be infected by this baseness. That Mr. Trump and Mr. Bush apparently thought such language and conversation were socially acceptable is not only an indictment on each of them but on our culture at large. We have confused "liberty" with "license," and the resulting licentiousness is exacting a large toll. If lewdness is unacceptable, can we spend at least as much time discussing how to purge it from our communities as we do harping over 11-year-old sound bites?
Many have called for Mr. Trump to withdraw from the race, but they have not outlined a path forward should he actually withdraw. With early voting already begun in some states and ballots already printed in most if not all states, it has not been made clear how Mr. Trump would withdraw or how a replacement candidate could be included on ballots.
As always, the electorate is asked to decide which path will secure the kind of government we need and want moving forward. I urge the voters to consider the most likely way to preserve our Constitutional form of government and to ensure the individual liberty of each American citizen. It has been made clear by the Democrat party that they prefer a "progressive" form of government, even if it means ignoring Constitutional limits on the federal government. Continuing to implement the Democrat agenda will further jeopardize the liberty, peace, and prosperity of the American people.
In the presidential race, our voters must choose the candidate that will most likely succeed in defending the Constitution, including nominating Supreme Court justices that will not seek to skirt the clear limits outlined in that document. Many Republicans and Democrats alike wish their parties had put forth more honorable candidates, and if either party were to make a substitution, there would be much to talk about. However, until such substitutions are made, voting Republican remains the safest course.
I also urge every voter to remember the many other races on the ballot including U.S. Senate and House, state assembly, county board of commissioners, and UC regent. Each of these offices offers the possibility to protect and defend our freedoms, even as a check against federal overreach. Our Republican candidates in these races are committed to upholding the Constitution of the United States of America.
Your servant in liberty, Bob Morain, LCRP Chairman
Letter from the Chairman
In my last message, I emphasized the importance of being united in the cause of liberty. Now we are fast approaching the day of decision for each of us and for each elector in our county. What will we do? May I remind us of a few important political realities, trusting that clear knowledge will help each of us choose more wisely?
First, as chairman of the county party, I must emphasize that while it is exciting to focus on the presidential race, we must remember the importance of the other races on our ballots. Republican influence in the US House and Senate, the Colorado House and Senate, the Larimer County Board of Commissioners, and the CU Board of Regents must be maintained and increased. Ceding control of any of these can have devastating results. Please contribute to the success of our Republican candidates in these races.
Second, as we consider the qualifications of each candidate, whether for president or for local offices, we must remember that political influence requires more than the efforts of any single individual. As the saying goes, politics is a team sport. A legislator without the support of leadership committees cannot be very effective. A president without the support of the legislature cannot be effective. A legislature that lacks the support of the executive is limited in what it can do. And the nomination and ratification of good and wise federal justices and judges requires cooperation between the President and the Senate.
As we consider our vote for president, we must not only consider the candidates, but also the teams that will work with (or against) them. We have seen the Democrat team's obsessive dedication to a progressive agenda and its on-going erosion of individual liberty in our nation. And while minor parties may profess commitment to one or more ideals that appeal to us, only the Republican party has the strength of numbers and experience to win the presidency, control the Congress, restrain the progressives, and advance the cause of liberty.
While there was a period of time that a defender of liberty might hope for a third party candidate to provide a viable option, the results of months of campaigning have shown otherwise. In an election year in which large numbers of Democrats and Republicans are less than fully enthusiastic about their own party's candidate, minor parties have failed to rally sufficient support for theirs. While I will always respect a search for a better candidate, a better party, or a better way to protect freedom, when the search is completed and no such alternative is found, I trust that women and men who seek to defend freedom will support the Republican party and its candidates. I trust this is so because our devotion to the cause of freedom is greater than our commitment to individual candidates or issues. The team matters.
In Larimer county, I encourage all to support the Republican team: Donna Walter, Hugh McKean, Perry Buck, Vicki Marble, Hans Hochheimer, Tom Donnelly, Steve Johnson, Cliff Riedel, Heidi Ganahl, Nicholas Morse, Darryl Glenn, and Donald J. Trump/Mike Pence. Support them with your votes, your resources, and your time as a volunteer. If you are not sure how you can help, give us a call.
Finally, in addition to asking for your votes and your support of our candidates, I would make an even more important request. When our first Republican president, Abraham Lincoln, found the nation bitterly divided, he asked, "let us then rest humbly in the hope authorized by the Divine teachings, that the united cry of the nation will be heard on high and answered with blessing no less than the pardon of our national sins and the restoration of our now divided and suffering country to its former happy condition of unity and peace."
Please join me in prayer to the God of heaven to heal our nation, our people. Petition Him for protection for our children, grandchildren, and generations to come. Pray for wisdom and direction for ALL of our elected officials, regardless of political affiliation. And pray for peace, that we may live as true neighbors in America, the land of liberty. Pray with real faith, for it is true that "in God we trust."
Your servant in liberty,
Bob Morain, LCRP Chairman
Letter from the Chairman
As chairman of the LCRP in this election period I receive two kinds of questions repeatedly. Well, the polite pose them as questions, while others forcefully assert or demand that I do something. The first question is something like, "How can anyone say he or she is a good Republican and not support the Republican nominee for president?" This is then followed by a list of all the horrible things that will happen if the Democrat nominee wins the election. The second question goes something like, "How can any good Republican support a nominee who has not demonstrated a commitment to Republican principles?" This is then followed by a list of all the horrible things that might happen to the Party or to the nation should the Republican nominee be elected.
On both sides of this issue I see sincere, liberty loving, hard working, dedicated Republicans. They are united by a commitment to the same Republican principles of individual liberty and responsibility, family freedom, economic freedom, spiritual freedom, fiscal responsibility, and support for the Constitution. Yet this commitment to common principles has resulted in what appears to be divided Party.
I would ask each of us to remember what unites us. May we recognize the sincerity and intent of each of our members. On both sides of the issue are men and women committed to true Republican values. If there is a difference of opinion on how to support those values, it is not from a difference in devotion to them. If we are to come to a united approach to resolving the issue, it will not be by questioning the sincerity of those who are leaning to a different solution. Let us reason together and trust each other.
I can't predict who will win the presidency. Polls and pundits vary widely (and wildly). But one thing is certain: no matter who wins the presidency, this nation will need a Congress that will defend the Constitution, a Congress committed to Republican principles. And this nation will need state legislatures that are not constantly seeking federal money and direction. And this nation will need county officers that respect individual freedoms and property rights. And we have good candidates for all of these positions.
Become involved. Support a candidate. Talk to undecided neighbors. Write a letter to an editor. Share your support on social media. Give money. Give time. Knock on doors. Make phone calls.
My fellow Republicans, remember we are fellow Republicans. For my part, I am Republican to support the principles of liberty that have been the hallmark of this party from the beginning. First and foremost, I support the liberty of all of God's children. I am Republican because it seems to be the most effective way to unite like-minded supporters of liberty and to make the difference I hope to make. If we allow a single issue or a single candidate to divide us, then our effectiveness as a party is in jeopardy. If we will not continue to work together to identify and support candidates loyal to our principles, then our party becomes weak. If we occasionally disagree on a candidate, but stay united in the effort, our party can become ever stronger.
I have confidence in the future of our nation. I have confidence in the members of this party. I have confidence in you. Above all, I have confidence that God will prosper the cause of liberty. Please continue with me in the fight for freedom.
Your servant in liberty, Bob Morain, LCRP Chairman
Celebrating Constitution Day
Yesterday was Constitution Day marking 229 years since the representatives of thirteen states did “ordain and establish [the] Constitution of the United States of America.” To me, though not marked with fanfare and fireworks, this day is a sacred day.
In the months of May through September in 1787, a convention of wise and trusted representatives chosen by the people of each state performed a work of staggering import. In an attempt to bring more security and prosperity to the new states loosely united under the Articles of Confederation, these delegates proposed a new government for the federated states. On September 17, 1787, their studies, debates, labors, sacrifices, and prayers resulted in a charter that by unanimous vote appealed to the members of the convention. But not trusting their own wisdom, these delegates insisted that the citizens of the states must give the final approval. And not trusting such a momentous decision to a mere majority, they required the approval and ratification of at least three-fourths of the states before the new Constitution would become effective. Two years later, the required ratification was received, and the Constitution of the United States of America became the supreme law of the land.
This new Constitution, often called the Charter of Liberty, placed preeminence on the natural rights of the citizens of the states. Rather than presuming to grant rights to the people, the Constitution and the federal government it chartered were intended to safeguard the rights inherent in all citizens by nature of their very humanity. This Constitution established an order whereby the citizens would elect their own officers and determine their own laws. Checks and balances, the greatest being the votes of the citizens, were painstakingly established to ensure that neither king, nor oligarchy, nor even the elected officers of the nation would deprive the citizens of their natural rights to govern themselves and direct their own lives.
Soon afterwards, in an effort to ensure that there would never be misunderstanding concerning the natural rights upon which the federal government would never trample, the people adopted a series of amendments to the Constitution, which amendments we now collectively refer to as the Bill of Rights. These amendments did not confer rights upon the citizens, but were a collective promise made by the citizens that the federal government would never abridge these rights.
As the people of the United States of America have lived according to the principles of this Constitution, they have prospered and lived in relative peace. So powerful has been this example that nearly every nation on the earth has at one time or another adopted a national constitution patterned after ours. And as they have abided by those same principles, their peoples have also prospered. As they have abandoned these principles, their peoples have suffered.
Now we live in a time when even the citizens of the United States of America have begun to forget the purpose and benefits of our Constitution. We are forgetting the weakness and peril of our nascent nation as it struggled under the Articles of Confederation. We are forgetting the miraculous prosperity that occurred immediately after the Constitution was adopted which allow us to repay an impossible mountain of debts incurred during the Revolutionary War in just three years. We are forgetting that under Constitutional authority, the Atlantic slave trade was ended in 1801 and legal slavery was entirely abolished in less than a century. We are forgetting that the freedom to live without overbearing government intrusion and arbitrary taxation allowed farms and businesses to prosper as never before. We are forgetting that this government enshrining individual liberty allowed the United States to rise from a rag-tag group of rebel colonies to a global superpower unrivaled in wealth or strength. We are forgetting that every nation on this earth, even and sometimes especially our enemies, has been blessed and prospered by the wealth and generosity of this nation. We are forgetting that despite any flaws in our government or our society, this Charter of Liberty has attracted and continues to attract people from every corner of the globe as they seek to live their lives and raise their families in prosperity and peace.
As we remember our Constitution, may we remember to teach the principles it embodies. May we defend this Constitution and its principles. As needed, may we refine this Constitution that it may more fully protect the rights of each citizen. And may we ever be humbly grateful and obedient to that hand of Providence that inspired the Constitution of the United States of America.
Radio Interviews with Dinesh D'Souza
Dinesh D'Souza is interviewing with radio stations for our Lincoln Day Dinner, "An Evening with Dinesh D'Souza."
CLICK HERE to listen to the interview with KCOL on 5/26/2016.
CLICK HERE to listen to the interview with Pirate Radio on 5/26/2016.
Letter from the Chairman
May 17, 2016
Dear Larimer County Republicans,
There has been much talk of late as to whether the Republican Party is still viable, or whether men and women committed to defending principles of liberty should still register as Republicans. May I share a few thoughts on this topic?
First, I am involved in the political process to defend and promote principles of liberty. I am not a Republican to elect Republicans nor to defeat Democrats. I have opted to register as a Republican to join with other like-minded people to find and promote candidates that will defend and promote principles of liberty. And I am pleased and honored to associate with thousands, even tens of thousands, of Larimer County citizens who similarly seek to preserve American liberty for their children and grandchildren.
Second, I am confident there are many men and women in other political parties that are also seeking to defend principles of liberty. I am grateful for their influence in their parties and for their support of that which is most dear to us.
Third, I believe the Constitution of the United States of America is an inspired document that miraculously defends these principles of liberty. Our Constitution restrains the federal government from meddling in our daily affairs, so we are free to speak, write, associate, worship, work, and live as we choose. Any law that is inconsistent with the principles of the Constitution is a threat to our liberty.
Fourth, because liberty is so essential to our American way of life (and to much more), elections are not so much about parties or even about candidates as they are about principles. Well before an election it is incumbent upon us to seek for good, wise, and honest candidates that are committed to defending principles of liberty – who will not compromise that principle for expediency. Perhaps the best indicator whether a candidate merits support is the degree to which that candidate understands the Constitution and how it is intended to preserve true liberty. Worthy candidates will support only those laws that are consistent with the Constitution.
Fifth, there is more than one election in November. While the media like to focus on the presidential race, we should remember that we will also be electing federal and state legislators, county commissioners, and others. Our party is not limited to seeking and supporting presidential candidates, but as a county party, our greater duty is to support local candidates who will defend the Constitution and the principles of liberty it defends.
To my knowledge, the Republican Party is still the largest and most influential organization of citizens united to defend liberty. While acknowledging missteps and setbacks, I hope we will work to strengthen our party by retaining and welcoming as many liberty minded citizens as possible into our ranks. And I hope we will not be deterred from our goal; may we always work for – and vote for – the principles of liberty more than for any candidate or party.
Sincerely, your servant in liberty,
Bob Morain Chairman, Larimer County Republican Party
Letter from the Chairman
April 12, 2016
Thanks for coming to our website. We hope you find the information you need. If you need further assistance, or if you would like to get involved, please contact us.
We recognize that many people have concerns about the recent caucuses, assemblies, and conventions. Please understand that much of the process is directed by state law. For example, if you would prefer to have statewide primaries instead of caucuses, you will need to persuade the state legislature. Also note that the county party cannot control how state assemblies and conventions are conducted.
We are happy to answer questions about our processes and help you know how you can be of influence in making changes. Unfortunately, some have resorted to making threats against party officials and volunteers. Note that we will take all threats to individuals and property seriously and pursue all appropriate remedies.
If you have suggestions for improving the caucus and assembly process here in Larimer County, please email your suggestions to me at email@example.com. I will be happy to consider each suggestion. I will also be glad to help you know how you may help to improve the process.
Thank you for your interest and efforts in advancing the liberty and prosperity of the citizens of our county, state, and nation.
Yours in liberty, Bob Morain
New Website Design
Welcome to the new site design for the LCRP. Navigating this new site can be done by using the new mobile friendly menu at the top left corner of your browser window.
Why did the site change?
The old site design was not phone or tablet friendly and many visitors were unable to navigate the website. This new design allows full website access for all visitors regardless of the device they are using.
- The LCRP Tech Team
Larimer County Straw Poll Final Results
(169 of 171 precincts reporting, 2 precincts abstaining)
Larimer County Assembly Passed Resolutions
The final list of resolutions that were voted on and successfully passed by majority vote is now available for download.
Pictures from the Larimer County Assembly
Thank you to everyone who was able to participate and help out in this event. Please enjoy these photos taken by our friend Don from Loveland Co.
Seven Reasons I'm a Conservative
- John Hawkins, Townhall.com
1) I'm a pragmatist: At its heart, isn't politics supposed to be about making life better for people? If an education program sounds good, but doesn't help kids learn, what good is it? No matter how good an economic policy sounds today, if it turns your city into Detroit over the long-term, what good is it? If your stimulus program just adds to the deficit and doesn't actually "stimulate" the economy, what good is it? Unfortunately, a lot of liberals seem to choose what policies to support based on whether they make them feel nice or mean, instead of whether they work. That's a short-sighted, destructive way to govern and as a conservative, it's not something I could ever support.
2) I believe every human being has great potential: Not everybody can be Einstein, Steve Jobs, or Babe Ruth, but everybody can be good at something. A person can be a good parent, a good volunteer, the best cashier in the store -- people can do something they can take pride in. This matters a great deal because as Abraham Maslow said, "If you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being, you will probably be unhappy all the days of your life." Encouraging other human beings to be their best matters not just on the human level, but as a society. Conservatives believe that everyone, no matter what his race, gender, sex or religion, has that potential to be something special.
On the other hand, the essence of liberalism is encouraging people to fail, both because failures are more likely to vote Democratic and because it makes liberals feel better to tell other people how to live their lives. So much of modern liberalism is oriented around teaching people to see themselves as victims, to be dependent on government and to nurse a sense of grievance against the rest of society. You don't become a champion on welfare. If you're waiting for the government to solve your problems, you're going to be waiting a long time. Happy, successful people don't ramble on about imaginary "micro aggressions," "white privilege," and "being held down by the patriarchy." Independence, self-reliance and seeing the government as an obstacle, not a sugar daddy are the first steps towards being all you can be in America.
3) I lack faith in government: Whether you view government as a "necessary evil" or a "good" will make all the difference in the world in what policies you support. Our government doesn't do anything as well as the private sector. It spends more, takes longer, is dumber, is less compassionate, provides terrible customer service, is difficult to deal with and incessantly congratulates bureaucrats for their mediocre performances. The more government you have in your life, the worse off you will be. The more government we have in our country, the worse off we'll all be. Despite all of that, liberals love government for a simple reason: it gives them a way to control people who would never freely choose liberalism.
4) I'm a Christian: As imperfect of a Christian as I may be, my priorities are still God, family, friends, country and conservatism. On the other hand, you can't really be a liberal and a Christian because both liberalism and Jesus Christ demand to be put first in a person's life. If you're a Christian, you're against killing babies and against gay marriage and you support Christianity. To be a liberal in good standing, you have to support killing babies, support gay marriage and at a minimum, you have to turn a blind eye to people smearing Christians on a regular basis. Calling yourself a "liberal Christian" is almost as much of an oxymoron as a "Satanist Christian."
5) I'm a student of human nature: I have a degree in psychology and have always loved figuring out what makes people tick. However, it doesn't take Sigmund Freud to conclude that people will work harder for themselves than someone across the country, that people respond to economic incentives, that morals matter, and that self-reliance is better than dependency. Liberals are forever trying to rewrite human nature from scratch in order to try to fit into some utopian vision of how the world should be. Communism wouldn't have worked if different people were in charge of it. Rewarding illegal aliens for breaking the law encourages more illegal aliens to come to this country. Paying mothers who have children out of wedlock with welfare and food stamps increases the number of single mothers. Where liberals do understand of human nature, they use it in an insidious fashion to hurt people and benefit themselves. Encouraging people to become dependent on the government so that they're more likely to vote for you is an evil act that no decent human being would condone.
6) I'm a student of history: If you crack open a history book once in a while, it's amazing how much you'll learn. If you do, it'll quickly become apparent that capitalism far outstrips every other economic system known to man. You'll also find that as a general rule, the more power that's concentrated in the hands of the government, the worse off the people inevitably seem to be. You'll see that corruption and degeneracy rots societies from within, war will be ever present and most importantly, that freedom, democracy, and prosperity are rare in human history and that wise people should never take those things for granted. The wheels of history turn very slowly, but they do grind civilizations that don't pay attention to their lessons into a very bloody pulp.
7) I believe in the collective wisdom of the people who came before me: Thomas Sowell also spoke for me when he said, "Out of every hundred new ideas ninety-nine or more will probably be inferior to the traditional responses which they propose to replace. No one man, however brilliant or well-informed, can come in one lifetime to such fullness of understanding as to safely judge and dismiss the customs or institutions of his society, for those are the wisdom of generations after centuries of experiment in the laboratory of history."
Liberals are heedless, careless and foolish with the past. They call for the overturning of traditions and doctrine that have served us well for hundreds of years based on nothing more than feelings and just shrug off the almost incalculable damage their policies cause. Like an alcoholic who thinks about nothing but where his next drink is coming from, liberals think about nothing other than their feelings in the moment without considering the consequences of their actions.
Corn Roast Parade
Corny Wagon! Corny Jokes! Corny Fun! with Paul A., Bill D., Greg S., County Clerk Angela Meyers and hubby, Jim W., Gary D. and our Chairman, Jim C., among the stalks
CLICK HERE to view information on Islam and the Middle East.
The LCRP set a new record for fundraising this year, estimating $47,000 in proceeds from it's Lincoln Day Dinner. It was a huge success! We'd like to thank everyone who participated and helped out. It was a pleasant and memorable event. A little more of this, and we'll be in super shape for the 2016 presidential election year!
And the WINNER of the Rifle Raffle is: MACK HUNT OF ESTES PARK!
Congratulations ED HAYNES: Super Volunteer of the Year!