Its surprising how much you can accomplish if you don't care who gets the credit
We believe in Representative government. You know what that is: government of the people, for the people, by the people. No where in any Constitution in the United States of America does it say the people have to cave in to the elected officials who do not keep their oath of office. This concept makes it all the more stunning when you read the last sentence in the message by T. J. Shope. Here it is:
Rep TJ Shopes to Archie Dicksion: Thank you for contacting me regarding HB 2012. I appreciate hearing from you. As you may already know, HB 2012 would require political parties in Arizona to limit a precinct committeeman from voting more than two proxies at a political meeting. While the bill is well-intentioned, I have concerns about it. As a conservative, I believe that government interference in the internal processes used by political parties should be minimal and limited. In my opinion, the bill does not adhere to this principle and would micromanage how political parties carry out their responsibilities. For these reasons, I do not intend to consider HB 2012 in the House Rules Committee.(emphasis added) Thank you again for reaching out to me. I hope you hear from you again.” – Shopes is the Speaker Pro Tempore and Chairman, House Committee on Rules Contact: (602) 926-3012 email@example.com
Rep. Shopes is an establishment Representative and has consistently shown a profound disrespect for voters in his district and in Arizona. Every decision the legislators make touches each of us in Arizona, no matter what district they are in.
If you choose to send an email, you might want to Bcc Archie Dicksion.
I called his office and sent my letter to him.
Dear Representative T. J. Shope,
As Chairman of the House Rules Committee, I am asking that you bring HB 2012 before the Legislature . Why are you so afraid of doing this?
This is a Bill to limit the use of Proxies in political parties in the State of Arizona. This Bill applies to the rank and file members of all political parties of in the state.
You already know that Arizona Politics has the reputation of being corrupt or being corrupted by a few.
This has nothing to do with being a Conservative. It has to do with the legitimacy of the political party involved.
Sent Shope the following email and spotted it on the MCRC Briefs:
You already know, HB 2012 would require political parties in Arizona to limit a precinct committeeman from voting no more than two proxies at a political meeting. Natural law or God's law does not allow a group of political operatives to take advantage of an over sight by legislators in defining A.R.S. bills. The original A.R.S. 16-821 should have placed a proxy limitation in the first draft. But we are all human and mistakes are made. It is not meddling Sir. It is correcting a past oversight.
You sir are very far off the normal from being a conservative. You are not a conservative. I will accept you opinion of yourself but be assured you are not a constitutional conservative. Nor are you a Christian conservative. If you insist on being referred to as a conservative, I would have to modify that by calling you a political expedient conservative. Natural law or God's law is less understood than constitutional law. In the past you have demonstrated a lack of understanding the U.S. Constitution. You voted in favor of the National Popular Vote (NPV) compact which would negate the Electoral College. The brilliance of ignorance by you and the other 39 AZ Representative voting yes, which included the Speaker of the House, blinded any understanding of the U.S. Constitution. Had the NPV compact succeeded in growing from the current 165 Electoral College votes, Hillary would be President.
Since you do not understand the U.S. Constitution or the Electoral College or Natural Law, I am attaching a few articles for your education. Rep Shope you should resign immediately due to incompetence. Fortunate for you, I am not in your Legislative District. If I were in your LD, recall petitions would begin immediately. Since you do not understand the U.S. Constitution or the Electoral College or Natural Law, I recommend a few articles for your education:
9 page Heritage Foundation article on: Joseph Story, the Natural Law, and Modern Jurisprudence; The Honorable Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain.
10 page compilation summary of Natural Law defined as debated by Thomas Aquinas, Plato and Aristotle, Marcus Tullius Cicero, Thomas Hobbes, and Dr Alberico Gentili the founder of the science of international law.
5 page document defining Defining Natural-Born Citizen.
Add Emer de Vattel's "The Law of Nations, Or, Principles of the Law of Nature, Applied to the Conduct and Affairs of Nations and Sovereigns" HERE
Here is what I sent to firstname.lastname@example.org:
I was so very disappointed to read your rationale for killing HB2012, that you think you would be micromanaging state political parties, and that a Conservative should not do so. A Conservative believes in one person-one vote, transparency in election processes, integrity in elections, and not letting RINOs (or anyone else) cheat the system through disproportionate representation so they can maintain their personal power. A Conservative would also allow a bill like this to proceed to the COW for open and deliberative debate. Let the GOPe publicly defend their position of allowing one person to cast 5-40 votes, clearly a violation of fairness and Roberts Rules of Order.
If proxies were reasonable, then why don't we allow them in legislative primary and general elections?
Please reconsider and let all sides explain and debate their positions in an open, public format.
thank you, Mike White, Star Valley, AZ
As Speaker Pro-Tem, that means this phony Conservative may well be our next House Speaker. I just threw up in my mouth.
Is this GOPe front man good buddies with Jonathan Lines and maybe QC by any chance?
We have middle fingers too. Mr Shopes must feel insulated by the powers that be, as indicated by his response to Archie Dicksion on the Proxy issue. Now the question for us is "what are we going to do about it"? Or "what can we do about it"? The best answer to all of these questions is to somehow make Shopes go away in November. It may take the pain of having democrats take over the reins in our state for a while, in order to get our message across, and our will represented, by the "Republicans" we send to office. Looking at it these days I don't see much difference between the Democrats and the GOPe. If we refuse to help people like Shopes get elected, or even go so far as to work against him and anyone else seeking office who refuses to recognize our will, it will get their attention and maybe help to get our party back. The power is in our hands if we choose to use it.
When ti comes to "representatives" that refuse to represent, it is definitely time to get another. Let's remember him come election time!
In fact, let's replace the whole rules committee. They are allowing this nonsense to go on.
Oh, he's representing, all right. But just not his constituents, apparently instead favoring the wishes of the GOPe power brokers.
Does this RINO have an opponent in the primary? If so, it could be his/her lucky day. I wonder if his Democrat opponent is a leftist wacko or a moderate. O,r as Tom M noted, we may have to make some painful short-term decisions as Conservatives vis a vis our feckless GOPe state party.
I think we should target the Republicans who sided with TJ Shope by not speaking out against Shope's arrogant move for his establishment cronies.