In 1941, Japan dragged the United States into World War II by attacking Pearl Harbor, Hawaii – an action for which the U.S. military was totally unprepared. The following year, the U.S. Navy’s ground troops – the United States Marines – eventually aided by units of the U.S. Army, fought and won a bloody, six-month-long battle against a fierce and tenacious enemy on the island of Guadalcanal. The First Marine Division was on the front page of every newspaper in America due to their ferocious and heroic efforts to protect freedom around the world through a battle on a tiny bit of land in the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific Ocean.
Obviously, one battle did not win the war in the Pacific just as one battle at Pearl Harbor did not lose it. Many more battles were fought and won – Midway, New Guinea, Tarawa, Saipan, Luzon, Iwo Jima, among others – before America could claim victory in the war.
Republicans are currently in a similar situation. Republicans were unprepared for what happened in November 2020. The next year, Republicans won a long and fierce battle in Virginia. The victory made headlines around the country. But as at Guadalcanal, the war is not over, nor is victory assured.
During World War II, America called upon “citizen soldiers,” non-professional military men and women, to fill the ranks of the forces needed to win the War. Because of what they accomplished, they have become known as “the greatest generation,” a truly fitting title for those heroes of freedom.
Republicans also use an army of volunteer citizens. Their opponents, on the other hand, have many paid professionals working year-round to win the next battle and the next and the one after that.
After America-loving Virginia conservatives won the battle of the November 2021 election, euphoria reigned. People celebrated. But many exhausted volunteers thought, “My job is done here.” Unfortunately, it isn’t.
Following Guadalcanal, the exhausted First Marine Division wanted to go home, but they couldn’t. The war continued because of a tenacious and crafty enemy. At the end of 2021, the Republican’s volunteer army needs to stay in the fight because the war continues. Certainly, there is a need for R & R (rest and relaxation) after a big battle, but that is only for a brief time.
After that, armies need to be reinforced, resupplied, retrained, and released into battle again.
Over the holidays, Republican volunteers will take time to enjoy their friends and families as they rejuvenate themselves for the coming battles. Many of them will move into new positions of responsibility as election integrity and get-out-the-vote efforts expand in preparation for the 2022 general election. Many new volunteers will join their ranks.
No one should wait until November to take the next step in the fight. As proscribed by the Code of Virginia, events leading up to November General Elections begin as early as January. Additionally, there are mass meetings, unit meetings, and conventions that require volunteer involvement. City council meetings, board of supervisor meetings, and other public events need volunteers to attend, hear and understand what is being done in each meeting so that elected officials can be held accountable to those who elected them.
In most areas of Virginia, the need for competent, tenacious fighters is great. The training is good. The results are crucial. Conservatives must stand up and fill those roles.
The Republican Party needs to keep its huge, mobilized force of volunteers intact. In fact, it needs to expand that force. Most people don’t know how the election process works, and that leaves the process open to exploitation. Volunteer, learn the process, and be a part of keeping the election process honest, fair, and accurate.
Steve “Doc” Troxel, Ph.D.
P.S. To see what a dedicated volunteer can do with a little creativity, watch this video on Progressive Lynchburg City Councilman Beau Wright’s lack of support for public safety. Re-election is coming.