AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE RPSC CHAIRMAN
Dear Fellow Republicans,
Here we go again! Another year, another election. Every election seems to be the most important of our lifetime. Indeed, the fall 2022 election is going to be very significant for the residents of the state of Wisconsin. We have all experienced the tendencies of the current governor and attorney general to quash the rights and freedoms of Wisconsinites at every opportunity and are repulsed. At every turn we are confronted with reminders of how fragile our freedom is. The party of mandates (Democrats) is running amuck in many states. Fortunately, Wisconsin has been spared the worst because we have a Republican legislature and a Supreme Court that came to our rescue. In 2022 we have one more chance throw the bums overboard.
Unfortunately, we have an electoral system in Wisconsin that we do not trust. We have anguished over voting irregularities for the past year without a satisfactory resolution. Time will tell if the audit of the last election by the Legislative Audit Bureau, the Gableman Audit, or work done by independent groups will do anything to clean up the problems created by people with no respect for the rule of law. We will have one more chance to attack the corruption by winning the statewide elections next fall with an overwhelming turnout of Republican voters. Our legislature has passed election reforms, but only a Republican governor will sign them into law.
Wisconsin has a US senate seat on the line next November, also. Whoever gets the Republican nomination will need all the help we can give. Statewide, we must elect a Republican governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, and state treasurer. Locally, Senator LeMahieu, Rep. Katsma, Rep. Vorpagel, and Rep. Ramthun will all be on the ballot. We must be victorious all around.
Last, but most importantly, spring elections are coming up. Get to know the candidates in your area so that you can make an intelligent vote. We will be promoting our vetted candidates throughout the spring election at our Web Site.
Through it all, let’s be optimistic. America is not over yet. The Republican Party is still standing between you and the tyranny of the state. Please join us or renew your membership at Join RPSC. Your support, both financially, through your volunteer work and your advocacy of our principles is critical to the well-being of our state and country.
From the executive board of RPSC: thank you for the support that you have given us, and may your new year be filled happiness, prosperity, and blessings.
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HISTORY OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY
Founding of the Republican Party
On July 6, 1854, just after the anniversary of the nation, an anti-slavery state convention was held in Jackson, Michigan. The hot day forced the large crowd outside to a nearby oak grove. At this “Under the Oaks Convention” the first statewide candidates were selected for what would become the Republican Party.
United by desire to abolish slavery, it was in Jackson that the Platform of the Under the Oaks Convention read: “…we will cooperate and be known as REPUBLICANS…” Prior to July, smaller groups had gathered in intimate settings like the schoolhouse in Ripon, Wisconsin. However, the meeting in Jackson would be the first ever mass gathering of the Republican Party.
The name “Republican” was chosen, alluding to Thomas Jefferson’s Democratic-Republican Party and conveying a commitment to the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Party of Freedom
Though popularized in a Thomas Nast cartoon, the GOP’s elephant symbol originated during the 1860 campaign, as a symbol of Republican strength. Republicans envisioned “free soil, free speech, free labor.” Under the leadership of President Abraham Lincoln, the GOP became the Party of the Union as well.
President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, but it was the entire Republican Party who freed the slaves. The 1864 Republican National Convention called for the abolition of slavery, and Congressional Republicans passed the 13th Amendment unanimously, with only a few Democrat votes.
The early women’s rights movement was solidly Republican, as it was a continuation of abolitionism. They were careful not to be overly partisan, but as did Susan B. Anthony, most suffragists favored the GOP. The 19th Amendment was written by a Republican senator and garnered greater support from Republicans than from Democrats.