Bears and Termites – Al Fonzi’s Farewell President’s Message

Well, it’s been an eventful two years as President of the Lincoln Club. Starting off in December of 2012 we were all pretty down, having lost virtually every statewide seat, the Presidential campaign and barely squeaking through in local races.

The next six months were marked by a lot of apathy and attendance dropped off significantly, but you rallied and in the course of the next 18 months we were able to rebuild, during the course of which we helped build new coalitions throughout the county.

In 2014 we’ve won some significant victories, taking back the supervisorial seat given away by the governor to a liberal democrat, preserved our city council majorities and added seats in local offices. The Lincoln Club is now known throughout the county as an organization to be reckoned with and local interest in attending our events, as the success of the 2014 Christmas Party indicates, we are on the move.

All of that being said, I wish to remind all of our members and friends that we must beware of becoming like bears; instead, we must learn from termites. Did I ever mention that democrats are like termites? Termites are always present, endlessly and tirelessly working their way of destruction, destroying the foundations and supports of any structure they inhabit. In the same way, liberal democrats work endlessly, ceaselessly to undermine and destroy the structures and institutions of the Republic. They never seem to tire nor sleep.

Republicans, however, are much more like bears. We can be fierce creatures once aroused, but for the most part, we would much rather sit in our berry patch, munch away, get fat, contented, lazy and then hibernate for the winter. Essentially this is what we’ve been doing, hibernating between elections as the democrats ceaselessly work to undermine all of our efforts. We can’t be bears anymore. Winning elections and turning this state and nation around will require an endless effort to inform the public, build coalitions and an electoral machine as powerful as our political enemies want to believe us to be. President Reagan once said that “freedom is but one generation away from extinction” and we have come very close under the Presidency of Barrack Obama and the democratic majorities in California.

The nation is in great peril, probably in more physical danger than at any time since the Cuban Missile Crisis as this president and his democrat allies work endlessly to hollow out the armed forces. Meanwhile, the “termites” are working endlessly to undermine the constitution and build a demographically unbeatable coalition from massive, low-skill unfettered immigration, disenfranchised minorities and wealthy, liberal environmental elites. Working people, unions and Middle Class Americans are being thrown under the bus. We much reach these people and prove an alliance with the Republican Party is in their interest, that we are the party of liberty, free markets, individual rights and dignity for working men and women regardless of race or ethnicity. If we go to sleep again as we have in the past, the next time we awaken, we may very well discover that we have neither a country nor a right to vote to reclaim it.

At our December Christmas Party, we celebrated and elected Jordan Cunningham as our new President and Ed Waage as our Vice-President. They are representative of exactly the type of leadership we need to cultivate and will represent us well over the next year or more. Please rally to their support as I will so that the victories we obtained in 20124 can be carried over through the next elections in 2016. Meanwhile I thank all of those who supported me over the last two years and look forward to continuing to work with you and our new leaders to solidify and expand the gains we’ve made. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Al Fonzi
5th District Chairman, Republican Party, SLO County
Past President, SLO County Lincoln Club

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