BELTON — Members of the Bell County Republican Party spent much of Saturday afternoon camped out at the Central Texas Council of Governments building fine tuning 15 resolutions that will be sent to the Texas Republican Party’s state convention in Fort Worth on June 5-7.
“We received more than 15 resolutions,” said Michael Johnson, who was elected chairman of the resolution committee Saturday morning, “but many of the resolutions were duplicative or covered the same issue as a more general resolution.”
The first resolution offered was an affirmation of the observance of the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
“We believe that the federal government is in slow motion overturning the constitution,” Johnson said, as he explained the text of the resolution to the convention’s 98 delegates. “This resolution is pretty clear, this is ‘We the People’ withdrawing our consent.”
Once the resolution was read, a voice vote was cast to determine if those in attendance supported or disagreed with the proposed resolution.
“If we can’t tell by voice vote then we’ll have a weighted vote by precinct,” said Nancy Boston, chairwoman of the Bell County Republican Party.
Many of the nonbinding resolutions presented ranged from calls for reinstating prayer in public schools to the drug testing of welfare recipients and made up a wish list for the Texas Republican Party’s platform.
Killeen Mayor Dan Corbin, who was serving as the convention’s vice chairman, even joked about the nonbinding nature of the resolutions.
“Here’s another suggestion that will get thrown in the trash in Dallas,” Corbin said as he introduced a resolution for Texas to withdraw its support of naming the Alamo as a UNESCO world heritage site. “I’m sorry, I meant ‘be seriously considered.’”
The only proposed resolution to spark serious debate was a recommendation the Texas Republican Party endorse a plan to create an additional mechanism within the Texas Constitution to allow for the recall of elected officials.
Much of the debate centered on the overly-broad nature of the wording, which allowed for the usage of petition drives to recall elected officials “at all levels of government.”
“We already have a method for doing this,” Boston said. “We elect better people to office. This is just nonsensical verbiage.”
John Coleman, campaign manager for state representative-elect Molly White, came to the defense of proposed resolution by pointing out “that the head of the EPA is ruling by fiat.”
Coleman’s example, which used a federal department head whose appointment was not covered by the Texas Constitution, was unable to sway the assembled Republicans. The proposed resolution died.