Arizona Citizens Supporting Honest Representative Government At All Levels
[Editor: We continue to say: like the U.S. Constitution, as Benjamin Franklin said, [Bylaws] are for a moral people. [They] are useless for any other. You can say the same about rules, policies, etc. Organizations shouldn't have to have cops on site in order to follow the Bylaws and the rules. We talk about the Democrats but the Republicans are world-class rules violators, in too many instances.]
By Myrna Lieberman, founder Mobilization of Conservatives®
When I relocated from the progressive state of New Jersey to the great state of Arizona, I never realized that “Yavapai County Republican Women” (YCRW) seems to think they live in Australia (not to insult the Australians) because I just experienced my first kangaroo court.
I became a duly elected secretary for the Executive Board of YCRW 2018-2019 on November 27, 2017, was installed as an officer on January 22, 2018, and fired on February 22, 2018 which is an amazingly short tenure.
I was figuratively tarred, feathered and run out on a rail.
The people who wanted my removal were everything: Investigators, judge and jury.
The goal was to derail me from ever getting a seat on the Executive Board starting from the Nomination Committee until the time I was removed. The Nomination Chair did not arrange to have one meeting to interview all the candidates and review our applications. I was the only candidate at my meeting. All the candidates ran unopposed. On Election night, to my surprise the President announced from the podium that I had a challenger and that my challenger was the Chair of the Nomination Committee! The chair never announced my challenger’s intention and seemingly did not possess the technical skills needed to be Secretary not having email, texting or possession of a cell phone.
The most egregious was not informing me fully of the no less than 20 unsubstantiated allegations and denying me due process.
The Board never presented me an opportunity to discuss any concerns. Their decision was either I resign or be threatened with an investigation. I was never informed of all the charges, and not given time to prepare for my defense nor even told the date of the investigation. I was denied copies of recordings and minutes.
As the duly elected Secretary I was responsible for records and to keep a current inventory of club property. All records were to be given to the successors upon vacating the office. I was accused of denigration when I asked to see the inventory as the records were never received.
One of allegations told to me is that being a member of the Executive Board and a State Committeemen, my Facebook posts “denigrated” Republican candidate for Senate (AZ) Martha McSally.
My Facebook posts were entered under my group “Mobilization of Conservatives®” or my name. The bylaws prevent the clubs from endorsement but there is no bylaw preventing me as a private citizen. Candidates play to a generally uniformed audience and I had the audacity to point to this candidate’s deficiencies. Social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter are “conducting rampant censorships” targeting Conservatives for violation of “site rules”. Why is this club joining forces with them to shut down Conservative voices?
I was described as disruptive and not a team player.
There is a difference between being disruptive and a dissenter. I wanted to address the shortcomings in their bylaws and was passionate in my belief. They wanted to maintain the status quo, I wanted to challenge it. The Board wanted to re-invite two Republican women. One was suspended from another Republican club because she was the campaign manager for the Democrat candidate. The other woman lost the Republican primary and endorsed the Democrat candidate. I was passionate that these invitations not be extended as these women violated the bylaws and I suggested a bylaw be introduced to address that members who endorse or support opposition party candidates face the consequence of expulsion. I emphasized that 2018 was a significant election year for Arizona. I believed taking this action would prevent the disloyalties demonstrated during the recent bipartisan elections. The President would not allow discussion on my proposed bylaw. A vote was taken to re-invite the two women and I was the lone dissenter.
I was told that” going beyond parameters” when I contacted the Federation.
The local Executive Board refused to tell me what was involved in an investigation. I then proactively contacted the Federation who began to provide information until their communication suddenly and unexpectedly ceased. There is no bylaw that prohibits such contact and members of the club are automatically members of the Federation.
One of the allegations is that my shout out at the Arizona GOP meeting in Phoenix was not becoming as a member of the Club nor as a State Committeeman.
This club seems to have two different sets of rules: one for the Conservatives and the other for the Republican Establishment. The ranking Establishment members were sitting behind me at the meeting and their shout out was targeted at the Conservatives. I was told directly that the shout out was tempered because of me.
What were the motivations for this coup to remove me as a duly elected board member?
I have upheld the policies and objectives of all of the clubs of which I was/am a member and I have performed the duties of elected office. I have not violated any of the bylaws or standing rules, nor were there any complaints of ethics violations as a member of those organizations. When there are disagreements or concerns the goal of an organization should be “Let’s all reason together”. This club did not present any such opportunity. Investigations are reserved for only the most egregious of offenses. This investigation was based on very shaky grounds, not limited to actual duties not performed or rules broken but on personality issues and ideology differences. They knew I was a principled Conservative and was not a “go along just to get along” type. They were not willing to even try to resolve or work with a difference of opinion. The club expected 100% harmony but to do that, you would have to harmonize with them, you would have to conform. I am not a “good ole’ girl” and I don’t follow the bouncing ball. I didn’t give up my First Amendment rights when I became a duly elected officer of this club, or did I give them up when I became an elected State Committeeman or when I attend a Republican meeting.
Modern democracy is predicated on principles of due process and the assumption of innocence as stated in the U.S. Constitution. How can these clubs call themselves Republicans when they are so unmoored from these tenets? Do they assume the role of a junta? Who needs elections when they can be nullified by opaque bylaws? My forced vacancy was immediately filled by the board until the next biennial election. Any good Republican should be concerned about this type of action.
The Federation is well aware of the shameful conduct of this club and let’s hope it will have the integrity to force the necessary reforms at the local club level.
Hi Marianne, they go against Republican Orthodoxy, respect and value different opinions. They knew I wasnt one of the good ole' girls and that is what they wanted . Thank you for your support... It means very much to me. I thank Arizona Alliance for allowing my story to be told
There is an alternative. It's the Constitution party. If people would use common sense, accept that a failure to plan is a plan to fail, rally around a plan than would permit unity on actions of common interest while assuring all concerned retain their freedom to pursue their special interests, perhaps we could yet restore lawful government. A proposed plan is summarized at http://thecnc.org/Documents/RestoringGovernment.htm. Unfortunately, common sense grows in too few gardens.
It is a shame they are like this. The Arrowhead Club is about the same as far as I can tell. They don't want anyone to rock the boat with the RINO incumbents and their minions who work with and for them and attend the club. It is much easier to alienate true Conservative Republicans than to face the wrath of the RINOs.
Absolutely.. they spend much of their energy trying to extinguish Conservatives instead of using their energy to unite us and fight the leftists. Unfortunately the McCain operative are at work throughout Arizona.
Thank you John for your thoughts on my story.
The real shame, I think, is that this kind of behavior is rampant throughout most republican clubs. It's why I stopped being in them. There is never anyone to talk to on a real level about the real problems of the party. I keep looking for any Republican Club that actually does anything effective about our political swamp. Everyone just smiles and talks about the next social event coming up. Still looking.
The clubs exist for the personal aggrandizement of its leaders. It has no real effect on how the Republican party operates .
The Federation collects money from the local clubs and frankly I don't know what they do with it except what they report to the public, which is charity. I wonder what they do with the rest of the money.
John, is the arrowhead club affiliated with the Federation? Is this Yavapai or Maricopa County?
Myrna: Arrowhead is NW Maricopa County.
yes they meet in Sun City West.
How much more foolish can the republicans in the republican party get? Sabotage is our greatest and most used weapon against Constitutional principles. Myrna is a brave woman to post this article. The wrath of those old biddies (age not important) may come down hard on you, Myrna. Stand your ground. Stand for principles. I don't care whether you call yourself a Conservative, even tho when Flake and McCain call themselves conservatives, the word has no meaning, or any other label, you are a patriot to bust these women. We are at a cross-roads in the party and it looks like the elitists are winning. I have come to like the idea of a new party. The time is ripe.
This is part of a letter I sent to some of the PC’s in Yavapai County where I reside as I too have experienced the “shut your mouth and only say nice things about the candidates.” I felt it necessary to resign from my position as Area Director because I will not be silenced when we are in the process of losing the liberties we have in this nation due to the deceitful, self-serving politicians we continuously send to serve us in the AZ Legislature or Congress.
“The fact all conservatives must face is that RINOs have succeeded in infiltrating our party, in great measure by using our best qualities against us. As RINO’S, they know that conservatives care about doing the right thing. That is why so many RINO and Progressive talking points stress things like “That’s not who we ARE!” They are appealing to perhaps the key element in our natures, that we want to be good, we want to do right, we don’t want to harm anyone, or offend, or slight anyone. They use this against us by accusing us of doing the opposite! Always, the purpose is to get us to silence our own message, our principles and values, and any chance we might have of overthrowing their unjust domination of our party.
I am honor bound, as a patriotic American, to share my views on the candidates with others. If I did not do that, they would hear only the much louder RINO voice, the voice of those who want only their own candidates to win, the better and quicker to tear down our party. “
No, I will not be silenced just so I may be accepted to a political party, club or any association whose bylaws or rules are intended to limit my speech. I would then be like the ignorant people that Samuel Adams consistently warned who were losing their liberties to a nation that would send them into servitude. For the most part, they too buried their heads in the sand and that part of history seems to be repeating itself today. I was at the AZGOP meeting in January when Myrna yelled out to give Gabby Mercer the records that she’s consistently asked for since she was elected to office over a year ago. Perhaps if more people would show their blatant frustration as she did, this party would return to the moral principles and values that President Lincoln had when he was elected the first Republican President.