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Hudson County Young Republican Chair – ‘Progress comes with ending absolute power’

From the desk of Joshua Einstein -Chairman, Hudson County Young Republicans
Regardless of who one supports in the presidential primary
race, it is important that Republicans in Hudson County and all urban areas are
constantly engaged in outreach. It is important not only for our local county
and municipal GOP groups and clubs but for the general population as well. A
one party county devoid of a credible opposition will inevitably succumb to the
timeless observation of Lord Acton that “power tends to corrupt and
absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
On behalf of the public good and our party, the Hudson
County Young Republicans (HCYR’s) are dedicated to this mission. Engaging the
public and exposing communities that traditionally lean liberal to the common
sense conservative ideas of small government and individual liberty is just as
important as collecting signatures for a particular candidate. In fact, it can
be argued that engaging the unengaged has more potential value because it
expands and grows our local GOP even in the absence of a looming election.
To this end, the Hudson County Young Republicans are proud
to say that our programing has been geared toward this and that we will
continue to outreach and engage different communities of faith, ethnicity, and
economic background to develop a relationship between them and our party.
That government should “be giving people a hand up, not
a hand out” is as common a saying as it is a sound idea. That the liberal
policy of central planning has resulted in massive failures that particularly
wound the working poor but hurt us all; that raising taxes has encouraged
employers to limit hours and downsize their workforce; that while liberal big
government policies have buoyed Wall Street, Main Street has been strangled by
regulatory red tape; that healthcare costs have risen and that prices have gone
up while the purchasing power of the dollar has gone down, are facts known to
all.
The party must begin, and we in the HCYR’s are, reaching out
to professionals AND the working class, white folks AND people of color, native
English speakers AND new immigrants, Evangelicals AND Jews (and everything
in-between) because these issue affect us all. For too long, we Republicans
have let Democrats win by playing the partisan politics of division and for too
long have we relied on individual campaigns to bring our message of small
government and individual liberty to traditionally Democratic voting groups. We
must, and the HCYR’s have begun, to develop relationships in these communities
even when there is no immediate election on the horizon. We must co-sponsor
programs and hold events in their communities and institutions to show the
African American, Jewish, Catholic, Hispanic, Gay etc… communities that we
are there for more than just the obligatory campaign one-off. We must be a
persistent presence in their communities engaging them in a civil discourse
about issues facing their communities, our municipalities, our county, our
state and nation until we are excepted as fellow communal stakeholders.

This is not an easy task. It is not a small challenge, and
it will not happen overnight. Some may see bringing our message where we have
not dared to go for decades, whether into the synagogue community or public
housing, as a tall order. But it is worth the effort to save our cities, county
and country.

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