From the desk of Joshua Einstein -Chairman, Hudson County Young Republicans
Regardless of who one supports in the presidential primary race, it is important that Republicans in Hudson County and all urban areas are constantly engaged in outreach. It is important not only for our local county and municipal GOP groups and clubs but for the general population as well. A one party county devoid of a credible opposition will inevitably succumb to the timeless observation of Lord Acton that "power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely."
On behalf of the public good and our party, the Hudson County Young Republicans (HCYR’s) are dedicated to this mission. Engaging the public and exposing communities that traditionally lean liberal to the common sense conservative ideas of small government and individual liberty is just as important as collecting signatures for a particular candidate. In fact, it can be argued that engaging the unengaged has more potential value because it expands and grows our local GOP even in the absence of a looming election.
To this end, the Hudson County Young Republicans are proud to say that our programing has been geared toward this and that we will continue to outreach and engage different communities of faith, ethnicity, and economic background to develop a relationship between them and our party.
That government should "be giving people a hand up, not a hand out" is as common a saying as it is a sound idea. That the liberal policy of central planning has resulted in massive failures that particularly wound the working poor but hurt us all; that raising taxes has encouraged employers to limit hours and downsize their workforce; that while liberal big government policies have buoyed Wall Street, Main Street has been strangled by regulatory red tape; that healthcare costs have risen and that prices have gone up while the purchasing power of the dollar has gone down, are facts known to all.
The party must begin, and we in the HCYR's are, reaching out to professionals AND the working class, white folks AND people of color, native English speakers AND new immigrants, Evangelicals AND Jews (and everything in-between) because these issue affect us all. For too long, we Republicans have let Democrats win by playing the partisan politics of division and for too long have we relied on individual campaigns to bring our message of small government and individual liberty to traditionally Democratic voting groups. We must, and the HCYR's have begun, to develop relationships in these communities even when there is no immediate election on the horizon. We must co-sponsor programs and hold events in their communities and institutions to show the African American, Jewish, Catholic, Hispanic, Gay etc... communities that we are there for more than just the obligatory campaign one-off. We must be a persistent presence in their communities engaging them in a civil discourse about issues facing their communities, our municipalities, our county, our state and nation until we are excepted as fellow communal stakeholders.
This is not an easy task. It is not a small challenge, and it will not happen overnight. Some may see bringing our message where we have not dared to go for decades, whether into the synagogue community or public housing, as a tall order. But it is worth the effort to save our cities, county and country.