The Kitsap County Republican Party sent out an invitation this
week for a gathering to watch the “We Surround Them” show as part
of “The Glenn Beck Program .
It’s not an official party event and it isn’t limited to
Republicans, but in some ways it does show some of the emphasis
being exerted by Sandra LaCelle, the party’s new county
LaCelle didn’t know a lot about the program itself, but said it
seemed like one way to get Republicans and other like-minded people
together on a grass roots level. Later efforts could include
getting local party members involved in local service, such as
making deliveries of donated food to food banks. The party may not
have much say in government right now, but it doesn’t have to be
mute or lie low.
Beck’s program has been advertised nationally as one for those
who don’t agree with the current direction of the country.
LaCelle herself said she isn’t “totally against government
involvement,” but in the case of President Barack Obama and the
Democratically controlled Congress, “I just think we’re going too
far.” She worries the current programs will place too much of a
financial burden on future generations. And she draws on her
experience as an attorney having witnessed families who pass down a
culture of welfare generation to generation. “What I fear most is
an entire generation of people dependent on government programs for
a living,” she said.
The little bit of information available about Friday’s
program centers on nine principles and 12 values. The
writers on the Web site say, “If you believe in at least seven of
them, then we have something in common.”
Frankly, I know many on the left who would conceivably believe
in all nine. In fact, I’m going to provide a quote for most of the
nine principles that I think demonstrates how the left could make
the same argument that’s being made by the program slated for
1. America is good.
“In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that
greatness is never a given. It must be earned.” — Barack
Obama, Inauguration speech.
2. I believe in God and He is the Center of my
“Accepting Jesus Christ in my life has been a
powerful guide for my conduct and my values and my ideals.” —
Barack Obama, Christianity Today
3. I must always try to be a more honest person than I
“Our challenges may be new, the instruments with which we meet
them may be new, but those values upon which our success depends,
honesty and hard work, courage and fair play, tolerance and
curiosity, loyalty and patriotism — these things are old. These
things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress
throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these
truths.” — Barack Obama, Inauguration Speech
4. The family is sacred. My spouse and I are the
ultimate authority, not the government.
“Of all the rocks upon which we build our lives, we are
reminded today that family is the most important.” — Barack
Obama, Father’s Day speech.
5. If you break the law you pay the penalty. Justice is
blind and no one is above it.
“As Democrats we are committed to being smart on crime. That
means being tough on violent crime, funding strategic and effective
commmunity policing and holding offenders accountable . . . “
— Democratic Party Platform
6. I have a right to life, liberty and pursuit of
happiness, but there is no guarantee of equal results.
“These education policies will open the doors of opportunity
for our children. But it is up to us to ensure they walk through
them. In the end, there is no program or policy that can substitute
for a parent — for a mother or father who will attend those
parent/teacher conferences, or help with homework, or turn off the
TV, put away the video games, read to their child. I speak to you
not just as a President, but as a father, when I say that
responsibility for our children’s education must begin at home.
That is not a Democratic issue or a Republican issue. That’s an
American issue.” — Barack Obama, address to Congress on Feb.
7. I work hard for what I have and I will share it with
who I want to. Government cannot force me to be
On this one I won’t put a quote, because it is both right and
wrong. For one, we’re talking degrees here. Government can and does
force charity, because your taxes go to pay for things that go far,
far beyond sharing “it with who I want to.” Technically, paying for
public education when you don’t have kids is charity, and I know
people who think the costs of education should lie on the backs of
parents. Now, if you’re talking about government not forcing you to
be “charitable” in the emotional sense, I agree. They can take your
money and make you work, but they can’t force you to feel good
8. It is not un-American for me to disagree with
authority or to share my personal opinion.
I won’t put one here either, because for the last seven years and
four months of the last presidential administration the ones who
would have yelled this principle the loudest were on the left.
9. The government works for me. I do not answer to them,
they answer to me.
“And those of us who manage the public’s dollars will be held
to account, to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business
in the light of day, because only then can we restore the vital
trust between a people and their government.” — Barack Obama —
My point in this laborious process is to show you that people
who differ politically can both claim to hold true to the same
principles. Where the real differences are lie in the details. Most
of the time, I think it’s a matter of degrees. Both Democrats and
Republicans honor the free market and government intervention, but
they differ in degrees. The folks who will go to the events Friday
are probably are in line with LaCelle’s comment, “I just think
we’re going too far.”
There will be two watching parties in Kitsap County. The program
begins at 2 p.m., but people are invited to start gathering as
early as 1 p.m. Group discussion might occur afterward.
One will be at the 19th Hole Tavern at 2171 Erlands Point Road
in Central Kitsap. The other is at Trophy Lake Golf and Casting at
3900 SW Lake Flora Road in South Kitsap.