I realized on June 4 that the things I see wrong with the world are happening everywhere, not just in big cities and other countries, but right here in Kearney.
On June 4, the Buffalo County Republican Party elected seven delegates, out of the 40-50 who registered, to go to the Republican state convention and vote for their candidate.
These seven were selected without an opportunity to consider other potential delegates, and the manner in which they were selected left me feeling frustrated and shut out.
Party leaders tried to move the meeting forward and told people the discussion was over, but the arguing continued for nearly an hour. In the end, with the aid of out-of-town help and the only copy of Robert’s Rules of Order in the building, they got their list approved and destroyed many registered delegates’ dreams for participating in real democracy.
This isn’t about supporting Ron Paul, Mitt Romney or any other candidate. This is about supporting open democracy. So many people at the meeting told me they were excited to see young people engaging in politics, but what use do we have for politics if we still have no say?
This letter is a call to all young people. Open your eyes. It’s not just about the big picture. Every little piece contributes to a whole, and we have the power to control what our piece contributes. We need to be active in furthering our ideas and making this world what we want it to be.
On June 10, a second meeting was held to elect delegates because a motion was left open on the floor during the first meeting. Although the Buffalo County Republican Party members were notified of this meeting by certified letters, none of them attended.
At the second meeting, a truly democratic election was held, and many of the young registered delegates were finally given their chance to represent our county at the Republican state convention. The BCRP’s predetermined list of delegates did not come into play, though some of their members were nominated out of courtesy.
This outcome is proof that young people can stand up for ourselves and can make the system work in our favor. We don’t have to blindly accept the world we’re given. We truly have the power to build our own society, but we must accept the responsibility and actively partake.