BRYCE ON POLITICS
- They are passionate about politics.
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For a long time, the Democrats have been trying to intimidate women voters, just as they have done with minority groups. Their message is clear, "Only a fool would vote Republican; any woman with half a brain should vote Democrat." They simply cannot imagine anyone, particularly women, supporting President Trump or Republican candidates. This has been going on for a long time, and is indicative of their demeaning perspective of women. There is one problem, a lot of women are not buying it.
Republican women are tired of being pushed around, and are fighting back, much to the consternation of the Democrats. Republican women are becoming active in various GOP clubs, including Trump "squads" designed to wave signs in support of the President and protest Democrats.
The passions of Republican women are high, the likes of which I haven't seen before. To illustrate, I recently attended a formation meeting of the Pinellas Federation of Republican Women. Pinellas is the most densely populated county in Florida and part of the Tampa Bay area. In 2018, Pinellas fell to the Democrats by an incredibly slim margin. The women do not want to see this happen again, and as such, are getting organized and mobilized, to wit, they are joining new Republican groups, such as...
The National Federation of Republican Women was founded in 1938, and operates autonomously from state and county Republican operations. It is one of the largest grassroots political organizations in the country with thousands of active members. Several prominent Republican women have come up through the ranks of the Federation clubs, including US Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, and numerous US Senators and members of the House.
According to the Federation's web site, their mission is...
"We empower women from all backgrounds in the political process and provide a forum for women to serve as leaders in the political, government, and civic arenas.
Our objectives are to:
- Inform the public through political and legislative education, training and activity;
- recruit, train and elect Republican candidates;
- protect the integrity of our electoral process;
- promote the principles, objectives and policies of the Republican Party;
- unite and facilitate cooperation among the state and club organizations; and,
- increase the effectiveness of women in the cause of good government."
They also perform philanthropic work to help others in their community.
In Florida, the Florida Federation of Republican Women was founded in 1950, and now has over 50 clubs in the state, including the new one here in Pinellas County.
I have met many women Republicans over the years. There is also a women's club in Clearwater, Florida operating under the Pinellas County Republican banner, but this new Federated group in Pinellas appears to be more proactive. As mentioned, this group is passionate in their beliefs, particularly Religion, Capitalism, Family, Public Education, and defenders of the Constitution. They also resent the browbeating by the Democrats and want to actively push back.
Some of these women are active in Trump clubs and other local GOP clubs, but they hope to do more through the new Federated group.
As an observer, I found the energy of the Pinellas Republican women rather inspiring. This was not a group who wanted to do nothing more than bitch; instead, they are forming a game plan aimed at moving Pinellas County back into the red column. To me, this group is "Women Power" in action. As I said, their passions were expressed, and much louder than the average men's political group. I wish them much success.
BTW, men can join the Federation, but make no mistake, this is a show run by the women.
As an aside, the new Pinellas Federated group will be meeting on the second Thursday of the month. For more information or to join, contact the Chapter President, Julie Vayne at [email protected].
See what happens when you rile the ladies. As one Republican woman explained to me, "I see what the Democrats are wanting to do to my country and they can all go to hell.”
Keep the Faith!
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