Changing the Course of a Nation

Happy New Year

January 1, 2015

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Doug Enyart

Doug Enyart

As we enter into a New Year, there are a few things I’d like to share with you.

First, I appreciate the faith you have shown in choosing me to take the State Chair position. I must admit I was ambivalent up to the end. I haven’t been with the Party all that long, so finding myself in this position is a bit of a shock. Not being able to run for any office also factored into my thoughts…

We need people.

Recruiting is everyone’s job. We need members, lots more members. We need County Committee members and leaders at every level. We need candidates. No other activity gets the Constitution Party name out in the public eye more than running candidates. Let me emphasize, recruiting is everyone’s job.

We need money.

Every organization needs money to operate effectively. Candidates need money to run campaigns, and, for most of us, it is the most distasteful part of running for office. But we are going to have to develop ways of bringing money into the coffer. This will require conventional and creative means to generate revenue. Please consider hosting a fund raiser in your community.

We need publicity.

Let’s face it, we are not well known. It’s a problem I’m quite familiar with because few people understand what a forester is. We are not loggers, but many people see us that way. In the conduct of my business, I often tell newcomers: “People don’t hire you if they don’t know you exist.” The conduct of the Party is similar to a campaign and running a business. It requires marketing. We must find ways to get our name out there and get some attention. We need to be present at events, fairs, parades…all requiring both people and money.
We need to be the go-to people on Constitutional questions.

When I received the call from Ray Kish for the nomination to run in the special election in 2013, I thought I knew the Constitution and our history fairly well. Certainly I knew more than the average citizen. But being exposed in public forums, I expected to get targeted by someone with an obscure question, so I started doing some studying. Boy, was I wrong! There was a lot I didn’t know and a lot I still have to learn. But now I have people asking me Constitution questions. I urge you to study and teach others about our Constitution, history, and heritage. I also urge you to take the classes put on by the Center for Self Governance.

We need to be the adults in the room.

When we debate calmly and stay focused on Constitutional Principle, we earn credibility. It is easy to get caught up in an issue, and, in the heat of the moment allow our emotions to get the better of us. It happens to all of us from time to time. We must train ourselves to avoid these situations, certainly when we are out in public and on social media. Our message suffers if we become shrill. Thomas Jefferson serves as an excellent example, choosing not to respond to even the most vile personal attacks.

We need God.

All of our efforts are for naught if we do them on our own: “Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it.” All we do in the political realm is minor in comparison with the deepest need of our nation and that is that we need spiritual revival. I urge you all to pray for revival. “If my people, among whom my Name is called upon, do humble themselves and pray and seek my presence and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear in heaven and be merciful to their sin and will heal their land:”

In closing, let me turn to the words of our Founders when they said, “…with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.” By their sacrifices we have inherited Self Governance in the form of a Republic. Our children and grandchildren need us to leave no effort undone while the Republic can be saved. I ask each of you to renew your determination, evaluate your own set of skills and abilities, and decide what you will do this year toward saving a future for them.

I solicit your prayers as I undertake this duty.

Doug Enyart
State Chair