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Friday, March 25, 2011

The Republican Party was founded in Jackson and the RNC can sit on a pin

I may have trouble associating myself with the contemporary Republican Party in Michigan, have my conflicts with the formal group, the Executive Committee of the Eaton County Republican Party, and never really thought of the Republican National Committee as necessary but I have always been proud that the Party of Lincoln was formally and officially founded in my state.

Which is to say, whatever justifiably bad things I have to say about "the Republicans", in the broad spectrum what the group purports to stand for is worth praise. The Party, nationally and relevantly, was founded in Jackson, Michigan. Later a candidate for President was nominated.

The Republican National Committee and its Wisconsinite chieftain has ignored and erased genuine history from its website and has turned to Fremont as the bullet point of history. They rewrote history, as should be expected by faux Conservatives.
Jackson is the birthplace of the Republican Party, but you wouldn’t know that if it were up to the Republican National Committee.
While for decades, there has been a dispute between Jackson and the town of Ripon, Wisc., over where the party was formed, the RNC’s website had always previously mentioned that both cities had a part in the formation of the party.
The site used to state that, “The first informal meeting of the party took place in Ripon, Wisconsin, a small town northwest of Milwaukee. The first official Republican meeting took place on July 6th, 1854 in Jackson, Michigan.”
Now that history has been wiped from the site.
It skips over both meetings and says the Republicans became a national party in 1856 by nominating John C. Fremont for president.
Now Jerry Roe speaks the truth.

Jerry Roe, a former executive director of the Michigan Republican Party, who once owned the property in Jackson where that first meeting took place, said the RNC can’t just erase that piece of history.
“Do they have some blessed authority that lets them do that? The birth of the party is the birth of the party,” said Roe who has promoted Jackson’s claim on a national level for much of his life. “We started our history on July 6, 1854. You can’t start in 1856.”
A spokeswoman for the RNC stated the history page on the party’s website has not been altered since Reince Priebus, who is from Wisconsin, became party chairman...
That first official meeting of the GOP in Jackson took place “under the oaks,” as more than 1,000 people met to denounce slavery after being outraged over the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act, which had opened new territories to slavery.
The Under the Oaks park is located at what is now Second and Franklin streets in Jackson and is a park recognized by the Michigan Historical Center, where an historical marker was erected in 1972....
Roe said there has always been a dispute between Jackson and Ripon, but said Jackson had the first meeting that culminated in the nominations of candidates for office.
He said the removal of the history from the party’s site could lead to further discussion about the true birthplace and settle it once and for all.
“Maybe it’s time to have the great debate,” Roe said.
Jerry Roe knows the real truth. 

The Wisconsites are really quick to assert their pathetic claim, especially with the Ripon Society and Rince Priebus.   I suppose that is fitting.
On Thursday, Priebus was the keynote speaker at the Ripon Society in D.C. The public policy organization takes “its name from Ripon, Wisconsin, the birthplace of the Republican Party,” according to its website.
After his speech, Priebus was presented with a framed map of the town of Ripon, from Ripon Society President Jim Conzelman.
Inscribed on a metal plate below the map are the words;
"Birthplace of the GOP
Presented to Reince Priebus
Chairman of the Republican National Committee
In appreciation of his speech to The Ripon Society
March 24, 2011"
Former Michigan Republican Party chairman Saul Anuzis, who campaigned against Priebus to become chairman of the RNC tweeted his reaction to the story this morning; "Really?!? Republican National Committee no longer lists Jackson as birthplace of Republican Party."
The Ripon Society is another one of those Republican groups which does not work for a big tent including Moderates, which a Reaganite would fight for, but actually belittles Conservatives and Conservatism as a backbone of the Party and demands Moderate leadership (which has served us real well from January 2001 to present day).  Naturally if the community of Ripon lost its significance in reputation then the group would need to change its name to "We Don't Like Conservatives Much" or something else less memorable.  Let's look to DC-based individuals and organizations for the truth, I guess.

The Politico tried to weigh in but made it clear that Karin Tanabe doesn't know much about either Michigan or Wisconsin.

In the meantime I question what good comes from Wisconsin.

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