Secretary of the NH Reform Party Endorses Gerry Moan for National Chairman.

by Romelle Winters

My family members were committed Democrats. Living in Chicago what else could you be? Parking tickets were fixed, jobs were found, precinct captains were your neighbors and friends. Everyone in your block, church, and local bar belonged to the cohesive party: the party that was able to help your errant cousin get out of a minor scrape with the law; the party that could get your zoning restrictions changed; the party that could convince the building inspector to turn a blind eye to the illegal apartment in your garage. What could I do but became a faithful Democrat also?

When did disillusionment begin? I can probably pinpoint it exactly as -- although I was a Kennedy supporter -- I saw Mayor Richard Daley steal the 1960 election from Nixon. You would have to be blind or stupid not to know what happened with the votes from Cook County. Looking back with a degree of shame, I admit that I was not particularly upset. After all, why would anyone want that “evil” Nixon in office? But there was a nagging sense that it was wrong, no matter how I tried to hide it from myself, because intrinsically, I knew dishonest actions can work both ways and dishonest actions can lead to more and more of them as you become desensitized by the slowly moving shift from right to wrong.

In college, I majored in History -- particularly US History with an emphasis on the Constitution. I marveled at how this document -- written by men -- was so perfect. My classes included reading the Federalist and anti-Federalist papers. I was impressed by the values and philosophies of the Founding Fathers and their abilities to express themselves so eloquently. Guided by a wonderful professor, I developed a deep appreciation for the Constitution which set the parameters of our government. I also realized that the Founding Fathers were correct when they admonished that the document was written for good people. I often thought of the Kennedy election and was a bit uncomfortable realizing that I had once accepted and excused the corruption needed to steal the presidency.

In my education classes, I was exposed to the leftwing beliefs of people such as Rousseau, Dewey, Thorndike and the cadre of “progressive” educators. I considered myself a liberal -- and was proud of it -- but I saw the flaws in their philosophies. They didn’t really help people: they only made themselves feel better. But again, I excused the imperfections in their schemes. After all, it was for the good of the people and nothing is perfect. I continued to vote for Democrats, as did the rest of my family.

Then strange things began to happen. My family left the Democrat party -- one by one -- as we began to see that the party was not really committed to helping the people, but dedicated to the promotion of bizarre principles -- principles that continued to be more and more outlandish and costly. We joined an uncle, who had been a lifetime Republican. Yes, we had snickered at him for a long time, but now rationalized that the Democrat Party had changed -- not us. (I guess we forgot FDR and his creeping socialism.) The first Republican I voted for was Ronald Reagan as I became dedicated to my new principles. I was proud to be a Republican and cringed when a friend said to me: “You were a LIBERAL?? Even I wasn’t that stupid.” I deserved the rebuke.

I began my evolution from liberal Democrat to conservative Republican. (Who says evolution is not proven? I am a perfect example.) The more I read, the more conservative I became. The more conservative I became, the more I realized that the Republican party was only partly conservative and was controlled by those who believed the same gobbledygook as the Democrats -- they only wanted to get to fascism more slowly.

I think my final conversion from Republican to conservative was at a BBQ held by George Bush (R, NWO) in New Hampshire in 1985. As planes and helicopters flew overhead protecting the Vice President, I listened carefully to his speech. Closing my eyes, I realized it could be Kennedy, Johnson, McGovern, or Mondale articulating those ideas. After he spoke, Bush shook hands with the crowd of Republicans. I couldn’t do it. As my turn drew near, I stepped out of the line past others with tears streaming down their cheeks. These savvy New Hampshire Republicans had been conned by a man I considered bumbling in his attempts to make socialism sound good. When faced with a choice between Mondale and Bush, I voted for Bush and am now totally ashamed that I fell for the “lesser of two evils” propaganda. That was the last time I voted for a Republican for president. The next two elections I wrote in Pat Buchanan. Did I think he could win? Of course not. But I had decided not to compromise my principles for false promises. Either you believe in your values or you don’t. It doesn’t matter if you can win elections by concession; you have become “them” if you agree to promote their beliefs over yours.

For a time, I felt that the Republican Party left me. It had abandoned its convictions. But I couldn’t fool myself for long. I mistakenly hoped the GOP shared my values, but soon came to the realization that neither party had changed. I only saw what I wanted them to be. I ignored the truth of their socialist leanings. I only fooled myself. I stayed with the party until after the 1996 election. As a Buchananite, I resented their treatment of this man of principle. Therefore, in 1996 I left the Republican Party. I sent them a letter which, I am sure, no one read. But I had to say it. And I must admit that each time I receive a fund-raising letter from the GOP, I send another copy of my letter with great relish -- in their postage-free envelope.

In 1999, I joined the Reform Party. Not because of Ross Perot, but because I realized that the country would slip further into fascism without the rise of a third party.

It is the only possible way back to our Constitutional principles and sovereignty. The behavior of the dupoply towards the Reform Party only confirms my opinion. The powers of the NWO are afraid of a Reform Party. We are a threat to them.

We members will not find success effortless or swift. We have to work to build a party by not only promoting a superior presidential candidate, but by putting in principled people at the federal, state, county, city, and town levels. We need people on the school board, in law enforcement, and in zoning departments. We cannot combat the media which has promoted its leftwing propaganda to a gullible public. We cannot afford it. But we can promote our ideals from the ground up. We can rebuild this country by making our presence known in the precincts, library boards, and unions. We don’t need everyone to agree -- less than 1/3 supported the Revolutionary War. But we must build trust among our neighbors. It won’t be easy or quick to lure them away from the brainwashing they have been subjected to for most of their lives. What we do not need is petty squabbling among ourselves. Yes, differences of opinion should be expected. But niggling digs are a turn-off and will do no good for the Party or the Country.

As a relative novice to the national political process, I attended the Reform Party Convention in Long Beach with great interest. Needless to say, it was certainly eye opening. I watched from the outer room as the Wrecking Crew left the hall and began their own rump caucus. I realized at that point that it could be all over for the Reform Party. The officers who remained would hold the key. Would they have enough intestinal fortitude and moral fiber to put party rules over personal aspirations? Or would they try to tear apart the party from inside by using their superior knowledge of the inner workings?

It has been said, that the Buchanan supporters came in and overpowered those who had worked for years to build the party, steamrolling their own agenda. Why deny the truth of that? But the Reform Party had fallen into a state of relative disrepair -- without a leader or cohesive team. In order to move quickly and be prepared for the election, things had to be rushed and forced through a nationwide party-building effort. Some people wouldn’t like it. Others would be offended. A few became obstructionists. Some, in a fit of pique, walked out. Several were forced out. The party was faced with a complete breakdown and needed strong leadership and organization to survive. The battles were fought in each state and at the national level. The continued existence of the Reform Party would be determined by the strength of its executive committee and the cooperation between new forces and the ancien regime. God must have been with us, because things worked. We had the support of enough long-time leaders to help us through the death-screech of the Mangias, Fulanis, and Verneys. And screech they did. Why did the press give them so much attention? Simply, because they feared the strong possibilities of the newly reformed Reform Party.

It couldn’t have been easy for those who stayed. Abandoning years of teamwork and friendship, Gerry Moan, Frank Reed, Tim McLaughlin, and Cedrick Scofield and many loyal Americans, maintained the integrity of the party they had worked so hard to build. Realizing that the large influx of new people were not necessarily allies, they still chose to keep the party intact and viable. And, although Ted and Caroline Kennedy will not give them a prize, they represented true Profiles in Courage. They put the good of the party and country over self-interests. And we are still here because of their commitment to principles. We could not have done it without them.

With what I believe to be fascist tactics, the Republican/Democrat party chose to turn their backs on whatever standards they may have had in the past. Joining together in an unholy marriage, they sabotaged the Reform Party candidate, thus removing any possibility that he would become a primary contender. Their plan was simple: keeping Pat Buchanan out of the debates would doom his candidacy. The duopoly must have been mighty frightened of his message.

We of the Reform Party knew that the election of 2000 would probably be one of the most important this country has ever seen. We knew we had the candidate most dedicated to the preservation of this country. We knew his words would move the citizens of the United States -- if only they could be heard. Since the election, the dire forecasts of Reformers have come to fruition. We realized from the beginning that the other candidates would cause untold harm to the sovereignty of this country. It was quite obvious that both Democrats and Republicans were committed to advancing the downward spiral leading straight to the New World Order. Each day we are confirmed that our fears for the sovereignty of this country are in serious jeopardy with the existing parties.

Now there is another convention quickly approaching. The Party needs to firm up its policies. A new, cohesive, strong party must be formed on the skeleton of the old party just as the Constitution was written on the foundation of the Articles of Confederation. A group of former Buchananites have stood up and asked to be made leaders of the Party. They want to completely take over the structure that was built by others. Should Buchanan supporters be turned away because they are newcomers? Of course not. Should the previous leaders be ignored because they were a part of the “old” party? No! We need to cooperate with each other. We must build the party together. Without the Gerald Moans, etc there would have been no principled place for us to go in 2000. Why do we Buchananites feel that the people who worked for years should step aside and make way for the newcomers? We don’t know the workings. We are not battle-scarred and war-weary -- at least not in the Reform Party. We need to become a blended group that will develop into a strong, cohesive, unified entity. That will not happen if resentments are held and promoted. We will become a squabbling bunch of spoiled brats pushing the Reform Party into an ignoble death.

Gerald Moan kept the party together. Was it through “deals” made with the Buchanan leaders? Frankly, I don’t know or care. It worked. We made the fascist duopoly scared to death of us. Why stop now? Why replace Gerald Moan with someone who doesn’t know how the party worked for this long? Why replace experience with the brash desire to control?

I have no doubt that the “Buchanan” slate is intelligent, committed, and strong. However, we are -- or at least we should be -- in the party for the long haul. We don’t need change for the sake of change. We should learn the inner workings, work to build strength, and not throw out the party members who worked to build the Reform Party into a viable possibility for change. We confronted the Republicans and Democrats with Gerald Moan as the head of the party. And we scared the hell out of them. Let’s keep it up.

I give my support to Gerald Moan to continue his job as Chairman of the Reform Party. He took the courageous road in 2000; I think he is capable of continuing to lead us through this perilous journey.

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