On May 14th I attended the 5th District Republican Convention to help my friend Tom Garrett become the Republican nominee for Congress. While there, I asked a woman if she knew where I could find some extra programs. She saw my Garrett stickers and instead of answering me, she became verbally hostile that I would support Tom instead of her candidate. When she came around the table to get into my face, I stopped her by saying “Neither of us is going to change the other’s mind, so why don’t we just part friends.” She stormed off in a huff.
On May 21st, at the 6th District Republican Convention, a lady came to me and asked if we could talk. In a quiet corner she told me she had been offended by something I wrote in my weekly email. I listened as she explained her concern, and we discovered that she thought I meant one thing when I intended something different. [I admitted I had written it at 1:30 in the morning and probably wasn’t as coherent as I would always like to be.]
My point is that on the 14th, I ran into an uncivil woman. On the 21st I met a lady. If we will all act like ladies and gentlemen and discuss our policy disagreements without personal attacks, we have a better chance of resolving differences, and, I believe, will be much more attractive as a Party to the people we need to have join us in our efforts to save the country.
Civility begins with each one of us and continues to be our responsibility regardless of how the other person acts.
We hear a lot about being united. I think the philosophical differences we have within the Party will prevent us from having unity for a very long time. However, as my friend John Brill says, if we can discuss our differences and treat each other with respect, then we can at least have harmony in those matters where we can’t reach unity. And harmony is better than discord. Just ask any musician.
And now for the great big “Thank You.” At the convention on May 21st, you delegates gave me the most votes of any of the candidates for State Central. I have to thank you for your overwhelming vote of support. I thank you even if you didn’t vote for me because you took a day of your time and devoted it to trying to make a difference in our country. And if you didn’t attend, thank you for caring enough to sign up as a delegate so that you would at least have the opportunity to attend if life’s events allowed you to do so.
I want to thank the other members of our “Think Local; Win Bigger” ticket. We worked hard as a team and have developed a friendship and cohesion that bodes well for the success of Republican efforts in the Sixth District.
I want to thank the several people (including my son) who campaigned on my behalf at events I was unable to attend. It’s wonderful to have friends who will go the extra mile to help you succeed.
My big thank you also goes to the many people who made phone calls for me, recruited delegates for me, helped with my campaign expenses, gave me places to stay overnight, handed out my literature, and prayed for me. The sense of community you created was truly heart-warming.
Finally, I would like to thank the gracious Republicans from all over the district who made me feel so welcome in your meetings, and who encouraged me by your interest in and agreement with the ideas I have been presenting.
I gladly take up the task of being your representative to the State Central Committee. Thank you for the honor. I will try to fulfill my responsibilities with intelligence, gratitude, and civility.
Steve “Doc” Troxel, Ph.D.
P.S. If you have any questions or suggestions that you want me to address, please email me at Doc@VoteDocTroxel.com. I may not be able to get back to you immediately, but I will give your concerns my attention, and I will work to give you a reasonable and accurate response.