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Samuel Adams

American Patriot & Politician

1722 - 1803

If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.
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Hot Issues From Linn County Iowa
Thursday, 14 March 2024
Be Seen And Not Heard

Recently I got an Email which contained

 Setting the Table (03-4-24)


Imagine being invited to dinner at the house of some friends. Because they want you to really enjoy the

meal, they have given you a preview of what’s going to be served, which includes many of your favorite

items. You sit down at the table with great anticipation for that on which you are about to dine.

But as you get seated, you notice that the hosts also place on the dinner table some items that you don’t

recognize. They explain that these are “leftovers” that they thought folks might like. A little while later,

there’s a ring at the door. It’s an anchovy pizza (lucky you). A little while later there’s another ring and

another guest has brought some carry out. What a smorgasbord, right? You feel a little obligated to try

the additional items as a gesture of “good faith” even though it may not appeal to your palate or


This is what our central committee meeting is presently like. We attempt to “set the table” but the

menu and offerings get changed or re-directed, taking us down paths and delving into issues that could

be addressed in a much better way. We end up acting impulsively rather than with deliberation. We

compress an important matter into a small segment of time or prolong a debate to the “wearing out of

the saints”.

So, let’s “set the table” and consume what’s in front us. As Anne Fairchild aptly observed, our central

committee meeting should be primarily for reporting the work of our committees. The committees

should be doing the “groundwork” and then bring their presentation and recommendations to the

larger group. Any decisions that need to be made by the body can then be placed on the meeting

agenda and accorded an appropriate allotment of time for fair consideration.

So, what does this mean in practice? Unless it’s a motion to have an emergency adjournment (fire), let’s

work all motions, as time and circumstances warrant, through a committee. With an abundance of

counselors, an issue can be researched, pros and cons considered, and proposals and motions

formulated, resulting in great outcomes.

So, please join a committee and let’s eat!


Chair, Linn Co. Republicans

It would appear that the desire of the New Executive Board and their Supporters is that anyone who does not belong to a Subcommittee

Or desires to bring something to the attention of the Linn County Central Committee that has not been approved by a Subcommittee

 During the meetings of the Linn County Central Committee

Should Be Seen and Not Heard.

Why am I not surprised?

The Votes of the Last Officers Election had no sooner been tarried than they left the County Constitution laying in tatters on the Floor.

 They immediately took over the meeting throwing away the agenda which had been voted and approved by the Body, which they had no authority to do.

Then proceded to announce that all subcommittees and chairs that had been installed by a Vote of the Body were disbanded and were to turn in their keys, Which they had no authority to do.

 Since in  Section VIII. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE the last sentence reads

The Executive Committee is subject to the orders of the Linn County Central Committee, and none of its acts shall conflict with actions of the Linn County Central Committee. 

But did it matter that they were in violation of the Constitution of the Linn County Central Committee, over riding votes of the Body of the Linn County Central Committee?  Of course not. They had won the Election and could do as they chose, Petty things like Constitutions and Bylaws are only to be followed if they agree with them. Otherwise they are to be ignored.

It seems that NOW they want everything to be run through the Subcommittees that they control and whose Chairs, they chose.

All Others are to be

Seen and Not Heard. 


Posted by ky/kentuckydan at 9:50 PM CDT
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