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SEPTEMBER 22, 2023 | Friday File

Guest Column

by

Cheryl Reynolds

KSGOP Vice Chair


After the Storm


Hey, fellow Kansans, have you ever been to a pony pull? I used to go to the ones at the annual county fair near my grandparents’ house. Forget tractor pulls, pony pulls are where it’s at. It was a misnomer – because it was actually at a draft horse pull. And, it was fun, but at that point in my childhood, I didn’t realize it was also a life lesson.


One of the things that sticks in my mind from the many management books I’ve read over the years is the concept of synergy. The best illustration of the concept came from a fabulous book called EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey. If you haven’t read it and you are interested in business or well-performing teams in any arena of life, I highly recommend it.

The concept that really hit home is that you can have teams… and then you can have TEAMS! I know many of us that work with teams are probably familiar with the concept of Form, Storm, Norm, and Perform. Teams are formed – and the next step is the storm. Team members have to figure out their place and their role, so there is some storming. Once that settles, the team can norm – normalize – and begin taking care of business. If they work hard and work together, they will eventually reach the performing stage where the team is functioning as a super team.


Part of that is learning not just to coordinate with one another, but to be synergistic. To illustrate synergy, Ramsey used the example of the Belgian Draft Horse, a superman of strength among horses. Belgian horses are so strong that a single horse can pull 8,000 pounds. Yep, four tons.

Amazingly, if you put two Belgians together, they don’t just pull 16,000 pounds – they can pull 24,000 pounds. The team is stronger than the sum of its parts. And, even more amazingly, if you put together a team that has been raised and trained together from an early age, horses who think alike, they will be able to pull 32,000 pounds – 16,000 pounds each. That is the power of synergy.


We need synergy to save our country, to keep our state red, to protect liberty, and to be the America our forefathers imagined and created. The Kansas GOP is a team. We have formed through the election process in February, but we are struggling to get past the storm to the form. If we allow ourselves to do that, synergy will allow us to accomplish tremendous things. If we don’t, none of us are living up to our potential or our duty to serve the members of the Kansas GOP.

We need to focus on what we agree on. What we can do together. As Ronald Reagan reminded us, our 80% friend is not our 20% enemy.


Can we do that and allow our team to norm? Can we reach a portion of the potential of synergy? We might not be the team that can pull 32,000 pounds, but we can do better. Let’s find that common ground and plant some seeds for the future.

Note:

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Conservatively Speaking

by

KSGOP Chairman

Mike Brown

Chairman Brown Appointed to

RNC Election Integrity Committee

and

Voting Systems and Technology Subcommittee

KSGOP Chairman Mike Brown, who also

serves as a member of the Republican National Committee (RNC), recently accepted an appointment to serve on the RNC Election Integrity Committee.


Additionally, Brown accepted an appointment to the RNC Subcommittee on Voting Systems and Technology. The Subcommittee aims to research and evaluate voting systems and technology used in the United States to identify potential vulnerabilities, make recommendations to improve election administration and bolster Americans’ confidence in our elections.


“I look forward to serving on the Committee and Subcommittee. Safe and secure election processes and machinery rebuild confidence in our elections. This is an area of serious concern and I’m ready to begin reviewing the election methods and tools available to determine what provides the highest confidence and most accurate outcomes in our precious elections, said Brown. “Everything must be on the table. Nothing in American government and society is more critical than our elections. Fast returns may be preferred, but accuracy is paramount.”


Brown will update on the progress of these committees on a regular basis.

Southern Border Must Be Closed or Biden Jailed

The humanitarian disaster at the Southern Border is profoundly concerning and calls for immediate and decisive action. The call for permanent and complete border closure is an obvious national security, rule of law, and American citizen's safety concern.


Concerns about President Joe Biden's handling of border security are not limited to one political perspective. Some Republicans believe that he has failed in his constitutional duty to protect the country from all threats, foreign and domestic. Accusations of treason and corruption are serious and merit careful investigation and scrutiny.


We have people walking into America who are unknown, undetected, and bringing illness and disease to states across the USA. Some diseases outbreaks have occurred in Kansas and are connected to illegal immigrants being injected by Joe Biden into our communities and schools.


Ten thousand encounters according the CBP, occurred in one day this week. We are under assault and invasion yet our President simply doesn't care. Tragically, multiple incidents involving three children drowning while attempting to cross the border illegally against the background of others coming into America legally by safely walking across the river bridge above them. This is a stark reminder of the human cost and completely avoidable suffering of a wide open border. These deaths are a tragedy that never should have occurred. Their blood is on the hands of our failed POTUS and his derelict Administration.

The composition of illegal immigrants crossing into America from Mexico, including individuals from countries like Venezuela, China, Haiti, and others (and to be precise, they didn’t walk from China), highlights the dangerous international nature of this challenge. While it is vital to maintain a compassionate approach to legalimmigration, it is equally essential to ensure that immigration laws are enforced consistently and fairly and that our borders are genuinely closed to all illegal immigration.


The estimated 230,000 illegal border crossings last month, as reported by CBP, is a staggering number that poses significant security and logistical challenges. A nation's ability to control its borders is fundamental to its sovereignty and security. Strong border security is essential to a strong America. Rebuilding and maintaining the integrity of the US immigration system is paramount.

In conclusion, the call for a permanent and complete closure of the Southern Border is driven by a commitment to national security and the rule of law. The tragic loss of life, the diverse composition of illegal immigrants, and the overwhelming number of illegal border crossings demands a comprehensive and effective response. The growing number of accusations and pointed fingers is coming from Democrats and Republicans. The charges against President Biden are serious and legitimate. The president must be held accountable to his Oath of Office. This is especially critical as relates to border security.


Joe Biden has failed by every measure. His failure has compromised American Citizens, cities, counties, and states. His intentional negligence has compromised the country he swore to defend.


And that alone should have Joe Biden behind bars.

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Texas AG Paxton Acquitted, Talk of Retribution Comes Swiftly

Ken Paxton’s impeachment trial escalates Texas Republican civil war

~ The Texas Tribune

Hours after his acquittal in the Texas Senate, Attorney General Ken Paxton’s far-right supporters doubled down on their promises for swift retribution against fellow Republicans who supported his removal from office.


In particular, they vowed a scorched-earth campaign against House Speaker Dade Phelan, casting him as the ringleader responsible for the impeachment process and calling for him to resign immediately.

Meanwhile, prominent conservatives — including Trump — excoriated “RINOs” in the House and called for Phelan’s resignation. Paxton’s acquittal, some argued, was proof that the far right was the Texas GOP’s true standard bearer. And they promised that dramatic changes would consequently follow.

“Speaker Dade Phelan and his leadership team should be embarrassed for putting Texas through the time and expense of this political sham of an impeachment,” Matt Rinaldi, the chair of the Republican Party of Texas, said in a statement. “We invite the House Republican Caucus to choose leadership moving forward who will unify a Republican coalition behind our common goals, instead of sharing power with Democrats.”

Standing outside the Senate chamber on Saturday, Steve Toth, R- Spring, TX said he expects there to be "retribution" by voters for his fellow Republicans who supported Paxton's impeachment. And he agreed that the party's internecine conflict has no end in sight.

"It's a mess," he said.


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