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Caucus for the Constitution

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I don’t like political parties. I understand why they exist in the United States, but they ultimately serve themselves more than serving the people. But I may attend my first party caucus next week.

I want to support the Constitution and it quirky proponent, Ron Paul. He can’t win, he’s crazy, he will get us all blown up by Iranians, blah, blah blah. But if I have integrity to my belief in our Founding Principles, and if this really is The Most Important Election Ever! I must go support the candidate who best represents my view. There are no bystanders.

I knew that Minnesota’s caucus was next week, on February 7th. I hadn’t made the leap to thinking of participating. But the Ron Paul campaign sent me a letter. Nobody else has bothered to remind me or inspire me. Paul wants my vote, and I want him to have it. So, being a newbie to the party system, what is required? Where do I go?

The Minnesota GOP isn’t much help. The Minneapolis Republicans are a little better. But both sites are geared toward people already involved. Why don’t the Republicans make it easy for newbies and first-timers? Being a political animal, I knew the keywords to find the location of my BPOU (basic political operating unit) caucus. But it was not clear if had to register as a Republican to participate.

Then I rembered the Blue Republicans, which I posted about a couple of weeks ago. One click on a map, and I have my answer:

Minnesota has an open caucus, so you do not need to switch parties.

I’m in! But will I be welcome? Does it matter, as long as my vote gets counted?

Since the GOP websites stink, and since I support all the minor parties, the Minnesota Secretary of State caucus page has the best list, and a one-stop Caucus Finder.

Don’t be a bystander.


Who knew the Whigs were active in Minnesota?

We reject the philosophy of "all or nothing" and understand that the "art of compromise" is in the best interest of the majority of the people, while at the same time, still achieveing the majority of our overall goals.

Probably not for me, but God Bless ’em.