Unsurprisingly to Liberty’s Place 4U WY, the moderates in the NCGOP hierarchy weren’t nervous about the 2022 Midterms. Not because they had any intuition about what was about to happen, but because they were arrogant, over-confident, and out-of-touch with voters. Local political wizards and NCGOP deep pocket advisors told the establishment guardians like Joe McGinley, Joe McGuire, Pat Sweeney, and County Commissioners Paul Bertoglio and Rob Hendry, among others, to ignore our saber rattling, and Liberty’s Place 4U WY voices. They continued business as usual. Spend more money, relax, and perhaps, we might go away, they reasoned.
While many NCGOP candidates “drank the cool-aide” and eased up on the gas, upstart liberty-loving citizens, who had been voiceless, were frustrated, but ready to fight back. “Enough is enough,” we opined. The dynamics quickly shifted. Edgerton’s Bill Allemand, a political novice, spent time at Liberty’s Place 4U WY’s weekly breakfast and listened intently. Ultimately, he vowed to run for House District 58, held by moderate darling Pat Sweeney, political gadfly, and avowed supporter of the Damsels of Death. Before we could catch our collective breaths, business savvy Bob Ide, decided he would challenge Senator Drew Perkins, as he had six years ago. This time was different. “What audacity,” some naysayers thought.
As the smoke cleared, another political novice, strategist Tony Locke challenged Joe McGuire. With less than a year in Wyoming, Illinois refugee, diminutive Jeanette Ward, was encouraged to run for Chuck Grays former HD 57 seat. She was sorely underestimated. Another in a series of miscalculations by the NCGOP braintrust. Living in an echo chamber has severe limitations.
Once again, they were mistakingly over confident that these candidates would fold like a cheap tent. After all, what did those candidates know about getting elected without NCGOP blessing? They underestimated the resolve of virtuous Liberty loving citizens. A small flicker of Liberty turned into a roaring inferno in some pockets in Natrona County, fanned by their desire to reverse the assault by the NCGOP’s habit of ignoring the consequences of their tone-deaf response to the rumblings of these upstart candidates. Unsurprisingly again, the moderates continued to use familiar rhetoric, sophistry and hypocrisy, claiming that they solely represent the GOP, as they have for generations. That was their answer, and they were sticking to it. No matter what it cost.
What was the response of Liberty’s Place 4U WY and our newly minted Liberty minded grass root candidates? We saw the chink in the NCGOP candidate’s rusty armor. There were pivotal house and senate seats up for grabs in 2022. We exposed the moderates lousy voting record in terms of individual liberty, taxes and smaller government. Our candidates also offered a superior message that resonated with Natrona County citizens, who were fed-up with being marginalized and ignored by the NCGOP elites for years.
It was past time to oust these political malingerers, driven by careerist impulses, whose love of occupancy threatened liberty in our county and state. Our phalanx was mighty and resolute to outwork those political opponents who had outlived our patience. We preferred being underestimated. Our arrows narrowly missed NCGOP’s poster boy, Representative Steve Harshman by six points. 2024 will be different.
Daunting issues remained, but the NCGOP ignored the signs. It was obvious to us that Liberty isn’t grasped by proclamation, but heroic exertion by a few brave souls. We understood that our efforts would be dismissed, be we knew that virtuous Liberty is our guardrail, and God our strength. Importantly, Liberty minded citizens stepped up as a formidable force to be reckoned with this political cycle.
The 2022 Midterms were brutal to those endorsed by the NCGOP. The misery index was through the roof. They were in shock and disbelief, when they assembled at a downtown pub for a would-be Midterm celebration. Observers confirmed that those who had been overly confident of victory, once again miscalculating their sway and leverage to now savvy Natrona County voters. Two longterm NC Commissioners were ousted. Three House members and one senator upset. But how? To the inane, pompous and obnoxious, the answer mystified them. To this day, they refuse to acknowledge what happened. Is it denial or political obfuscation?
How do we know that? On March 15, 2023, the NCGOP assembled for a Central Committee meeting to conduct elections for new Executive Committee members. Liberty’s Place 4U WY assembled a slate of liberty minded candidates, for most vacant positions to oppose the moderates. To no ones surprise, the moderates dominated the slate. From Chairman to the eight at-large spots. Immediately, new Chairman, Joe MacGuire, who lost District 35 toTony Locke, promised to “mend fences” with the State GOP and local party. His proclivity is self-interest. It’s business as usual once again, as smugness ruled the night. However, we’ve moved on to real issues and removing obstacles to Liberty. As a precinct member, suddenly, proxies are very attractive.
At the March 2nd Executive Meeting, MacGuire, and McGinley, playing victims, vowed to explore yet another legal maneuver, over a $58 bill from the State GOP party. Both set a toxic blaze that can only be extinguished by the strong winds of liberty. Liberty minded citizens should ignore such distractions, and help us pack the legislature with constitutional Liberty minded candidates, who support legislation that protects our constitutional rights, and advance individual virtuous Liberty in 2024.
We must be vigilant to engage a large number of Natrona County citizens, still disenfranchised, offering them a voice in the political process, where Liberty has been cudgeled by the current NCGOP’s party apparatus. There are no visible signs of any change from their recalcitrant, unrepentant habits. Liberty’s Place 4U WY supporters understand where Liberty lives. It’s not in the NCGOP. Don’t be deceived. The 2022 Midterm victories was a shot over their bow, and further proof that genuine liberty was unrecognizable to the NCGOP leadership.
How irrational it was for the NCGOP to believe that the state party is the bogeyman, yet the NCGOP is as pure as the driven snow, as once again they are blinded by business as usual. Our allegiance isn’t to bureaucratic chicanery. Sadly, there are new precinct members duped by the smoke n’ mirrors magic show conducted by NCGOP theatrics. If so inclined, invite them to join us where Liberty is alive.
Are there not substantial issues to yet engage? We are poised to invite a large gathering of grass root liberty minded Patriots this April, to Casper, to further advance the tide of Liberty in Wyoming; to find electable candidates willing to run on a platform of constitutional individual Liberty; form a PAC, and raise funds. Don’t waste time criticizing the inane remarks from the NCGOP. Move beyond the shackles of banality and join us to seize an opportunity to leave a legacy to a generation we are unlikely to see.
Avoid being easily beguiled and distracted by peripheral issues of less gravity-like the NCGOP. Our artifice must be wiser. This pursuit must be singularly focused on virtuous Liberty, and simultaneously reinvigorate Biblical principles as our unshakable foundation. To do so requires our acknowledgement that the Sovereignty of God is the basis for good government, not the whimsical impulses of political hirelings.
Perhaps, some day, our grandkids will read about this time in future history books, new clips or websites. As God grants us breath, let’s move toward virtuous Liberty. We must be courageous and radicals for Truth. Courage works 24/7. Bravery’s on call when needed. Under God, Liberty’s Place 4U WY is obligated to be guardians and stewards of both. Any call for unity must unambiguously include virtuous Liberty as foundational.
Patriots, the mantle is upon our shoulders. Once again, board the Liberty train before it leaves the station. As long as we have breath, this is our calling. We still need your help and support. Watch for “Liberty’s Hunt 2024.” This, my friends, is what intentional Liberty looks like. Our cause is noble. Does that make your heart race?
For Virtuous Liberty, Liberty’s Place 4 U WY Founders