(KATV) State lawmakers passed the "private option" Medicaid expansion last week to allow the State to use federal money to buy private insurance for low-income residents. But it didn't sit well with the husband of a Benton County GOP Committee Secretary. He is not taking some heat for how he responded to the vote.
Chris Nogy published his opinion in the Republican Party of Benton County newsletter about fellow republicans who voted for the "private option".
According to the Republican Party of Arkansas, Nogy and the person who allowed the article in the newsletter have both resigned from the committee.
The article is entitled Scathing. Referring to the Republican Party, Chris Nogy writes, "We have to take control of our representatives." It continues, "This betrayal deserves a quick implementation of my 2nd amendment rights to remove a threat domestic."
Nogy was apparently upset that republicans could not "Keep Obamacare from being implemented."
He continues with this paragraph that has sent shock waves through the republican party. "If we can't shoot them, we have to at least be firm in our threat to take immediate action against them .... Personally, I think a gun is quicker and more merciful, but hey, we can't."
Jon Woods is a Republican senator from Springdale. He says, "It's a bad oversight and I think to have a county committee send out a newsletter without filtering and reading through what is being sent out under their banner, they need to be very careful in the future about that."
Sen. Woods says it's been a fantastic session, especially for conservatives. "We just cut 153 million dollars in taxes, we've passed more pro-gun legislation this session than all the other sessions previously combined and we passed the strictest abortion, pro-life bills in the country."
State police say they didn't find evidence to suggest a criminal investigation needed to be started.
Chris Nogy's apology:
For those who have misinterpreted my editorial as calling for lethal violence in dealing with elected officials, I apologize for writing this in such a way as to be misunderstood. Understand that in being personally involved in so much of the party process for years, and putting so much work into the election of candidates who then turned and voted counter to the promises they made to the voters, I felt the need to write a forceful and scathing letter to the members of my local committee, not to make this a national soap-box issue.
And understand that need was born out of frustration, not uncontrolled frustration, but significant frustration nonetheless. I am deeply sorry if my words hurt anyone specifically, but I did not expect this to go beyond the local committee, and I expected it to spark some very serious and involved conversation and debate in that group. It was not meant for public consumption, and I would have written it differently if I was not writing to people who have known me for quite some time, know my family, and understand my frustration
I ask that any who have not read the editorial, who are simply acting on what is being reported in the headlines, please go back and read or reread the letter in it's entirity, and the follow up, which are still posted on the Benton County Republican Committee website.
When you read the entire letter, you will see that I am a very frustrated Benton County member of the Committee, voter, and politically active husband and father of three who has seen what I believe to be a critical breakdown in the proper process of representative government in our county, and felt the need to speak out not only with a complaint but with a solution.
The section of my editorial explaining the 2nd amendment and how it works was added as punctuation, defining the tool as functional only if the threat of it's use is credible, and then going on to say that the tool we must develop, applying political, social and civil pressures, must also be credible or it will be worthless.
I do not intend it to be a manifesto, or to drive anyone to believe that I advocate violence, I intended it to be essentially an inter-office memo written in frustration and anger to those also frustrated and angry, people who for the most part know me, and delivered in the club newsletter. And now it has become a PR nightmare and a real headache for the club members and officials, and for that I am sincerely sorry. While I am firm in my belief that serious steps have to be taken following this weeks legislative actions, those steps do not involve violence but must be based on legal civil, political and social methods.
Scathing by Chris Nogy
Before I wrote this, I asked my wife if she needed anything for this newsletter. She said she was torn between just letting the whole thing drop or writing a scathing letter or having me write a scathing letter. I realized that the reason we lost is because we are willing to just let our buddies slide even when they make the biggest mistakes of our generation, we do not have the ‘peer pressure' factor that the Democrats have.
And while I am not suggesting that we become like the Governor and start threatening our supposed friends and allies with nasty things like government audits if we don't comply with the wishes of the constituents and the ideals of the party, we need to get a LOT tougher if we are ever to assure that events like those that took place this week don't happen again.
Part of me feels that this betrayal deserves a quick implementation of my 2nd amendment rights to remove a threat domestic. Because no matter how much one group says it is inevitable to start down the road to socialism it isn't as long as we use our creativity and energy to creating solutions that don't take us that way.
And it is NEVER wrong to simply stand up against an option, even though the other existing options may not be optimal either, especially when there is still time. And 2015 would have been time, especially if we had simply passed legislation that said "Arkansas will NOT be forced into implementation of Obamacare or any socialized health care or Medicaid reform at least until the end of the 2015 legislative session." Not even an outright nullification, just buying time.
I don't feel the same way about the Democrats as bullet backstops as I do about the Republicans who joined them. The Democrats were doing what their party told them they had to do because they were elected to do that job. We wailed and cried and threw up our hands every time the Democrat socialist Governor driven Senate and House rammed through things that we knew were dangerous, but that was the fact of the elections.
Make no mistake, Arkansas is no less Democrat than it was before, it is just a lot less Obama, and we as Republicans had only one chance. That chance was to keep Obamacare from being implemented. The Democrat citizens were willing to stomach a few pro-life and pro-gun laws for us successfully keeping Obamacare out of the state, and we could have maintained our favorable status by doing just that.
But now the Dems are furious because they get pro-life, pro-gun, and Obamacare under our majority, the Republicans are furious because they get Obamacare because of their own, we will NOT win in 2014, and our hope of making things better evaporated with the vote of a handful of last-minute turncoats.
So what do we do? We can't fix this. There is no hope of repeal in the 2015 session, by that time the socialist machine will have the system already built to the point that it cannot be either controlled by us or dismantled by us. Rep. Charlie Collins refused to tell you one thing – the only way this plan leads to something better is if we are in charge of it in the future, and we will NOT be.
It is like having a cage full of hungry tigers in a large room full of people, those tigers being controlled by one great animal trainer who takes orders from the leaders in the room. Someone convinces them that keeping the cage locked would cost too much money, and so they decide to open the cage because they have the animal trainer there to control the tigers, nothing is going to happen to the people in the room.
Safety is guaranteed in exchange for their (the leaders, not the citizens in the room) decision to open the door. Suddenly, the animal trainer has something come up, the tigers are out in the room, and he must now go somewhere else.
No matter what promises were made, the tigers will now begin killing and eating the people in the room, and even though the leaders will wring their hands and cry "I was just trying to do what was best for the budget and the people', people start being mauled, killed, and destroyed. Families decimated, Lives destroyed. That is what will happen here, because there were some stupid people who thought they were big enough to control both the tigers and the tiger trainer, but they don't have the power, the control, or the personal ability to do so themselves even as unempowered citizens.
They passed this Socialist agenda without the most important part – a certainty that they could control it after it passes. And that is the part that will bite us all, because we will NOT be in control once it gets going, it will be the Democrats who have been, still are, and will be in the future the majority here. Better for us to have just left the cage locked and paid the lock tax.
So what do we do? While I believe that we as a party are done in Arkansas after this, if there is ANY hope of our survival, it is going to take not being forgiving. Not only for past actions, but to show those who will come in the future that the cost of failure to do the thing they were elected to do will be significant. We need to be making a point of this failure from this moment on. We need to make a public statement from our groups that we no longer support those who turned on us, that we will NOT be working to their re-election, that we will be actively seeking replacements, and perhaps even working towards recall.
We as the Party have to stand up and say ‘no more – you were given a job, you campaigned on the promise to do this job, you had the ability to do this job, you had the votes each time to do this job, and yet for no legitimate reason you betrayed the trust put in you by the electorate and you are now completely and permanently politically finished.' We need to let those who will come in the future to represent us that we are serious.
The 2nd amendment means nothing unless those in power believe you would have no problem simply walking up and shooting them if they got too far out of line and stopped responding as representatives. It seems that we are unable to muster that belief in any of our representatives on a state or federal level, but we have to have something, something costly, something that they will fear that we will use if they step out of line.
If we can't shoot them, we have to at least be firm in our threat to take immediate action against them politically, socially, and civically if they screw up on something this big. Personally, I think a gun is quicker and more merciful, but hey, we can't. But we have to do something, we have to gain control of our representatives, if we don't then what the hell are we doing as a party except having fundraiser dinners and meetings just to raise more money for future meetings and fundraisers, and giving money to empower and elect those who would betray us without having the control to keep them in line once we do? See the pattern – you have to know you can guide the processes you begin, if you don't, it is better not to start them. And we have to follow through, even if they are our ‘friends', because the future of the nation depends on it.
So we CAN'T just let this drop and live quietly with our disappointment. That doesn't fix what is wrong, and most importantly, doesn't prevent it from happening again. Hey, I have a 13 year old daughter who after the House vote stood up in a meeting of the Republican Women of Benton County and announced that she was returning the $200 scholarship and plaque that the Arkansas Federation of Republican Women gave her because she wasn't taking money from people who supported those who turncoated.
She is telling her mom that it no longer makes any difference to be part of the Republican Party in Benton County, and that she should quit and return to doing more important things. And most important, my daughter promises NEVER to be part of this party. We can't afford to have young people who can't vote do this, but we are driving older people who CAN to the same conclusion, and that is disastrous. We need better, we need to have the assurance that when we promise the Democrats we can deliver on a particular agenda if they elect us, that we deliver on that agenda.
We listened to the liberals and progressives this time, we didn't bother to hear what the conservatives said (even though at the town hall meeting I was at, in Washington County, at least 60% were against the Charlie Collins / Governor Beebe plan (he claimed it was an even room, but he knew better, he was just trying to make himself feel better for accepting his silver pieces). We can't go doing all the special things we do to get our friends elected and then not hold them fully responsible when they betray promises and trusts.
We need to make points AND examples of these people, and we need everyone to know that our actions will be unpleasant, immediate, and significant. If we can't do that, we will NEVER get the rest of the state behind us to vote us into positions of authority again. And that would be sad, because when this all comes down to it, our gun protection and our pro-life laws can be easily overturned if we are not in power at least long enough to give them some real stability – and they will not only because the Democrat majority in the state isn't happy with these laws, but now they are out for revenge as well. To the turncoats that sunk us, thank you.
It is now our responsibility to make sure that you are forever remembered in history, in big, bold, letters as the ones who placed Arkansas firmly on the path to Socialism, to the desires of Obama and Sebilius, and who made it easier for future traitors to introduce all kinds of other socialist laws and programs. You set the precedent, now I hope that we can do something to make sure the lesson learned by those who represent us in the future is that bad things will happen to you if you follow that precedent.
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