The worker bees of the American political process can be divided into two categories.
Some of the political work done in this country is done by huge campaigns and massive organizations. Millions or hundreds of millions of dollars flow back and forth. Rooms full of highly paid consultants, with grand strategies and famous bosses and candidates, discuss, analyze, consider, argue, and contemplate endlessly. They don't even stop with the passing of an election. The weeks after simply become the only vacation time in the year, as they quickly get back to work doing what they do for a living -- politics.
But this first group doesn't have a monopoly on politics in America, and I say this as someone who used to be one of them, and who thinks that there are many good people in their ranks, and that they sometimes have a bad reputation they don't deserve. The other group, the populists, often terms this group the "establishment," with an air of vague disgust, as if they aren't on the same team. I understand the criticism, but I also understand the responses. Still, that's a separate topic for another day.
The populist group contains vastly more people, being simply Americans who participate in our national conversation for no other reason than because they believe in it. Not for money, not for power, not for fame.
(For the record, many people in the establishment don't get very much money, have even less power, and only get famous if they have a Facebook status update that the national media picks up as proof of Republicans being evil.)
As with all central committees, it's the job of the Yolo County Republican Central Committee -- of which I am a member -- to try to bridge the gap between the two groups of the same party. This is not easily done. But a majority of our members have no professional political experience, while a large minority of others has jobs in various aspects of politics. I myself even represent more of that "bridge" in that I used to work in politics but gave it up to become a teacher.
We are merely Republicans from Yolo County, some of us better off and others of more modest means, some older and some younger, with a large number of professions, backgrounds, and parts of the political spectrum represented.
Our task? To represent the establishment to the people, and the people to the establishment. We register voters, inform Yolo Republicans on candidates and issues, and inform Yolo non-Republicans on what our party believes, holding social events and listening to the concerns of the voters to pass them up the food chain.
As part of our work, on Thursday, August 6, starting around 5:30, we'll get together to watch the presidential candidate debate at Vince's Restaurant in Woodland. Yes, there are other Republicans in Yolo County, and yes, they too are trying to avoid ending the Obama era with a Clinton era redux.
Whether you think the Republican party is a disaster, or you're confused why some right-leaning folks aren't registered for the GOP, join us at a central committee meeting or an event like Thursday's. I'd bet good money there's someone who thinks like you in the room. That's what we're here for.
R. Olson is the director of communications for the Yolo GOP. For more information on the Yolo GOP, contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. All opinions contained herein are his own and not necessarily those of the Yolo County Republican Party.