A repeat of one year ago, the Republican Club of NPB brought together three speakers to share their wisdom on the current political environment.
Unfortunately, County Commissioner Hal Valeche was unable to reprise his previous appearance, but Frenchman’s HOA board member and Palm Beach Gardens Council candidate Michael Paolercio was able to fill the slot.
Just as Donald Trump has called for “draining the swamp” in Washington, the Gardens term limits referendum that passed last year has had the effect of churning up the local waters. With three long term incumbents reaching the end of their allowed tenure, the three open seats have drawn a rich assortment of 9 candidates. In a little over a month, a new council will be seated where the longest serving member has been there for one year.
Michael contrasted himself with his opponent, and cited his entrepreneurial experience in building a highly successful company, and his local work in overseeing the building projects of Chabad of Palm Beach Gardens, as examples of the kind of skills that the city needs. A grasp of the big picture, he said, is as important as the details.
Next up was County GOP Chairman Michael Barnett who was recently elected as Vice Chair of the Republican Party of Florida, a position that will keep him traveling around the state.
Michael spoke of how amazing it is to be the County Party of the President, with the Winter White House right here in our neighborhood. The Lincoln Day Dinner is sold out already, in spite of the fact that no speakers have been announced. Just holding it at Mar-a-Lago evidently is enough. The county really delivered for the President, giving him over 52% in the primary and 25,000 votes more than Mitt Romney got in the 2012 general. We had an amazing 91% of absentee ballots returned.
Looking forward, the “Drive for Five” focus of 2018 – to retain the governorship and cabinet and win Bill Nelson’s seat for the GOP, is going to take a lot of work and we need to be getting ready. The county gave Rick Scott only 38% of the vote in 2014, and though a Republican will probably win the state, we need to work as hard as if we are 10 points down.
Finally, former Party Chairman Sid Dinerstein gave us his views of “What is Going On”. We have been in a war with Progressives since Woodrow Wilson took the White House in 1912, instituted an income tax and launched the federal reserve. Unfortunately, we have not always realized (that we are at war), and surprisingly, the election of Donald Trump means we are winning.
With their long-range plan of turning us into Mexico – a socialist, one-party country, we came very close to losing it all. If Hillary Clinton had been elected, it would have guaranteed 10 million new immigrant and progressive voters. So it was really “28-3 in the third quarter” and the Democrats thought they had won – after 103 years of conflict. This unexpected loss is why they can’t return to being “normal people”.
Abe Lincoln was the first President to actually “take back ground” from the Progressive agenda. Donald Trump is the second. Even Ronald Reagan failed to do this as he accepted (and gave amnesty to) 3 million illegals, “as long as we don’t take any more”. Trump, by moving to actually reduce the number of illegals and rejecting amnesty, doing energy reform, health care reform, school choice, etc. will actually set the Progressive agenda back.
Politically, Republicans have principles and an ideology that binds us together while Democrats are a coalition of sometimes competing interests. Trump has introduced large cracks in that coalition – with unions and black voters, and is about to tackle the Democrats ace in the hole – voter fraud.
In summary, Trump has been a “GOAT” – the “Greatest of All Time” President Elect and sure to have more accomplishments in a short time than many Presidents get in a term.
Michael Barnett and Sid Dinerstein
Angela West, Michael Paolercio, Marilyn Parmet
Congressman-elect Brian Mast joined us for a Victory celebration at Frenchman’s Reserve on December 4. As the new Republican representing the 18th district, he will join a unified Republican Caucus in the 115th Congress ready, willing and able to implement the Trump agenda starting on day 1. After 4 years of representation by the very liberal Patrick Murphy (rated 4 out of 100 by the American Conservative Union), we look forward to having a Congressman who shares our values.
Brian recounted his experience in the weeks following the election, particularly the “Freshman Orientation” in the capital where he participated in closed door caucus sessions that attempted to discern just what the voters mean by “Drain the Swamp”. He was encouraged by the apparently very real concern by Representatives old and new that the voters clearly reject business as usual in the Congress, and they seem to really want to deliver on the Trump message of ending corruption and moving on the right priorities, not just those that will fill the pockets of the participants. While he can’t guarantee that his colleagues will follow through on this theme, he certainly plans to do so.
Brian plans to reside in his capital office while in Washington (as do 80 other House Members), and travel back to the district frequently on weekends. His wife plans to home-school their children starting after the end of this school year, so they will be more easily able to travel with him as needed.
We look forward to seeing Brian frequently in the future and wish him well on what could be a long and productive political career.
Next month, join us as the club will host Sid Dinerstein for a look at the past election and what it portends.
We have much to be grateful for as the year 2016 comes to a close.
On November 9th, (twenty eight years to the day after the fall of the Berlin Wall), our country had a magniﬁcent win when Donald Trump became president elect of the USA. This triumph, which included Republican control of the house and senate, will enable President Trump to carry out his ambitious plans to “Make America Great Again.” We can’t wait.
The Republican Club of the Northern Palm Beaches has been stalwart in our mission to promote Republican candidates and educate our neighbors about issues as well as encourage them to vote.
Through your club dues we have donated hundreds of dollars to the Republican Party of Palm Beach County and held free meetings to promote candidates.
As we start a new year, we would like to invite you to become a member. This money is put to great use and we would be pleased to have you participate.
The cost is $25.00 per person and $40.00 as a couple.
We are looking forward to a successful 2017.
Marilyn Parmet, President
And meet our new Congressman:
Congressman-elect Brian Mast
On January 3, Brian will be sworn in as our District 18 Representative in the 115th Congress. Replacing Democrat Patrick Murphy, Brian is one of only a few Republican pickups in the November election and will join 239 other Republicans to work in conjunction with our new President to Make America Great Again!
Join us to congratulate Brian on his victory and give him a rousing Tea Party sendoff to fight the people’s fight.
We will have a few other special guests and hear a synopsis of the recent election. Don’t miss it!
Please bring an unwrapped gift to be donated to a child at The Lords Place.
Program and Buffet starts at Noon
Frenchmans Reserve Country Club
3370 Grande Corniche
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
$25 per person
RSVP TO: Marmaid12@aol.com
Vice President Joe Biden held a rally at Palm Beach State on Wednesday. Members of the RCNPB Trump team were there to greet him.