I’d like to convey how sad I feel about the passing of Reagan Club board member Gil Farin.

Gil was a friend, a fellow New Yorker, and a warrior in the battle against Political Correctness. Gil was always a source of inspiration to me, and a great help to a novice political operative.

Gil and I used to share stories about New York City and all the good eating places, especially one called Katz’. We used to love to talk about how good the Corned Beef was there. We always talked about taking a secret trip to New York and going to Katz’. I guess I’ll have to wait for that trip as Gil has gone ahead. I will miss him at the club meetings-I will miss him at our board meetings.

We are entrusted with a great responsibility in watching out for our country, and Gil was a true sentinel of that duty. Those of us who remain behind will continue watching out for our country and, Rest well my friend, we have the watch.

God bless your family. With all our love and affection,

Fred Ramirez
Board President, Reagan Club of Colorado

 

PS

There will be a memorial service for Gil on Friday February 24th, 10:30 am at St Marks Catholic Church, 3141 W. 96th Ave in Westminster with a reception to follow in the church hall.

In lieu of flowers, his family encourages you to take a loved one out to lunch.  Listen to them, look them in the eye and tell them you love them.  Raise a glass and share a memory of Gil.  His kindness, his friendship and his optimism.  He led a life well lived.

Feel free to share information about his memorial service with any of your friends or associates who may want to attend.  They may not have received this email.

Please join the Reagan Club of Colorado for our first meeting of 2017.

On Thursday evening, January 5, Don Ytterberg will discuss the implications of Proposition 108 (in which voters approved a statewide primary) and the need for Conservatives to improve our messaging to Colorado voters.

The location for the meeting will be Amazing Grace Church at 541 E 99th Pl. Thornton, CO. Doors open at 6:00PM, meetings usually end at 8:30PM.

Member tickets are $20, non-member $25. You can still get early bird tickets for $15 before Wednesday January 4th.

Make your reservation via the Reagan Club of Colorado web-site at: http://www.reaganclubco.com/meeting-tickets/

 

Happy New Year, and I hope you all had a great Christmas,

Fred Ramirez

President

Reagan Club of Colorado

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Disrupting the Disrupters

(The following is not official GOP guidance, but rather my ideas on handling some difficult situations)

Many Republicans fear Democrat protesters. It’s understandable.  Organized and militant, these bullies follow a detailed, national plan (here’s their playbook), disrupting town hall meetings and other venues.  Thus, exhausted Republicans see mobs shouting.  They see human blockades.  They see demonstrations on TV, overwhelmed blogs, and their own frightened supporters losing hope.

But I see something else, which is…

…OPPORTUNITY.

Yes, I see great opportunity!  Rampaging riots, shrieking college students, spoiled Hollywood and sports icons sermonizing on TV—these Trump haters are ideal bad guys, provided we follow two simple rules:

1) Don’t make them look good.  2)  Do make ourselves look good.

So how do we manage this?  It depends on the setting.

Setting 1:  Town Hall Meetings

If protesters flood a meeting, I’d follow these steps:

1.       Don’t make them into martyrs.  Protesters thrive on victimhood, so silencing them only empowers them.  Even if they must be removed, I wouldn’t rush it—I’d give them a few moments to be bad guys.  Letting them interrupt everyone’s good time, I’d be the good guy by restoring that good time.

For many of us, this feels unnatural, right?  We’re used to avoiding vicious people, not using them as props.  But hey, when opportunity knocks, I answer the door.

 

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Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this…

The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing. The fifth would pay $1. The sixth would pay $3. The seventh would pay $7. The eighth would pay $12. The ninth would pay $18. The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.

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A Presidency of great promise ends in rancor and disappointment.

Opinion Journal Video: Global View Columnist Bret Stephens previews President Obama’s farewell speech. Photo: European Pressphoto Agency

President Obama once said that as President he aspired to be the progressive Ronald Reagan, and as he prepares to leave office he has succeeded in fundamental if ironic ways.

While Reagan left behind a calmer, more optimistic country, Mr. Obama leaves a more divided and rancorous one. While the Gipper helped elect a successor to extend his legacy, Mr. Obama will be succeeded by a man who campaigned to repudiate the President’s agenda. Barack Obama has been a historic President but perhaps not a consequential one.

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Mr. Obama was always going to be a historic President by dint of his election as the first African-American to hold the office. His victory affirmed the American ideal that anyone can aspire and win political power. This affirmation was all the better because Mr. Obama won in large part thanks to his cool temperament amid the financial crisis and his considerable personal talents.

Yet his Presidency has been a disappointment at home and abroad, a fact ironically underscored by Mr. Obama’s relentless insistence that he has been a success. In his many farewell interviews, he has laid out what he regards as his main achievements: reviving the economy after the Great Recession, a giant step toward national health care, new domestic regulations and a global pact to combat climate change, the Iran nuclear deal, and a world where America is merely one nation among many others in settling global disputes rather than promoting its democratic values.

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The Reagan Club meets on the first Thursday of every month at The Amazing Grace Community Church ( 541 E 99th Pl, Thornton, CO, 80229) from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. with doors open at 6:00 p.m.. We feature different programs and speakers as we honor the 40th President. The Reagan Club of Colorado seeks to promote the Constitution, smaller government, lower taxes, personal freedom, helping candidates, and educating the public about one of our greatest presidents, Ronald Wilson Reagan.

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