This weekend, I had the opportunity to attend my first MDGOP convention. It was a lot of fun, very interesting, with a bit of soap opera mixed in.
Some of my friends have already posted on the event, and you should check them out here, here, and here. My post is going to be from a more personal perspective, highlighting my observations of the event and some of the dynamics that I find troublesome.
Friday night was a lot of fun, with several well done hospitality suites. I stayed up til the wee hours of the morning and hadn’t done that since high school. I found it interesting that the political conversations never stopped, even at 2am. There was a lot of speculation on how the session the next day would go, with a few ‘controversial’ resolutions hitting the floor.
I won’t highlight the specifics of the issues here, as that’s been done already by the posts I linked above. I will say that I found it intriguing and a little disheartening that our party was so divided on these issues, which was evident by some relatively close votes. I say disheartening, because the division within our own party has been something I’ve written about previously, and it continues to be a hot topic for me.
Once again, my disclaimer is, I don’t profess to have all the answers, but it remains abundantly clear, unless we are able to bridge these divides, we’re going to have a very hard time winning future elections. Many of those who spoke yesterday asked folks to look around the room, to look at the people next to them. They then reminded us, that those people are not the enemy. I hope that is true, and I hope many in the room recognize that we need to unify and work together to achieve what I hope are common goals. Whether we can be successful at that, remains to be seen. While I had one particular friend say she was so discouraged by the discourse, that she no longer wanted to be involved, I continued to encouraged her to stay the course. I refuse to give up, I refuse to cede any more ground. This state is our home, and we need to continue fighting, and focusing left on stabbing people in the back. The time of the circular firing squad needs to end.