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OK GOP Chairman, Dave Weston, hosted a Townhall in Cherokee County yesterday. We thank him for coming out to Cherokee County as part of his 77 county tour.

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Dave Weston spoke at the beginning of June at the District 2 GOP Meeting. At this meeting he said the following,

There are a lot of people pushing the wrong kind of Liberty in our State. Liberty is not doing what you want. It is doing what you should.

That quote above left me kind of flabbergasted. It’s as if someone hasn’t read the dictionary. So, because I had not met Mr. Weston yet, I wanted to go to the Townhall and meet him for myself and see what he had to say.

I was not surprised, but I was incredibly disgusted as I sat and listened to Chairman Weston when he started his speech on Thursday and laid out his basis for everything:

True freedom is doing what you ought to do. False freedom is doing what you want to do.

After going over this concept thoroughly and speaking of this in great detail, someone had to chime in and say something. There was much discussion, civil, yet good discussion, at the Cherokee County Townhall. I was very appreciative of that. Our state committeewoman, Ezriyah, asked Mr. Weston the question, “If liberty means doing what someone else thinks you should do, then what is fascism?” Mr. Weston was speechless and after a few seconds said, “Fascism?” He then proceeded to “answer” her question, but never answered the question.

There was a lot more discussion in the Townhall and I was very glad we had good discussion, since so many times there is no discussion at Townhall-type of meetings.

But, we have a big problem when the Republican Party state chairman does not even understand what liberty and freedom means. Let’s just look at the Webster dictionary definition of these two words:

Liberty: The quality or state of being free : the power to do as one pleases

Freedom: the quality or state of being free : the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action

Just for reference, let’s also add the definitions of a few other words: Fascism, Obligation and Duty.

Fascism: a tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control.

Obligation: something one is bound to do.

Duty: : obligatory tasks, conduct, service, or functions that arise from one’s position (as in life or in a group) b (1) : assigned service or business (2) : active military service (3) : a period of being on duty : a moral or legal obligation : the force of moral obligation.

Liberty and Freedom are extremely basic, fundamental concepts. The Republican Party is supposed to stand for freedom and individual rights. I don’t see any freedom, liberty and individual rights when someone states that this is liberty: “Liberty is not doing what you want. It is doing what you should.” That is duty and obligation. When this redefined “Liberty” comes from the government, we are looking at a push for fascism.

As the Vice Chair of the Republican Party for Cherokee County, I stand for true freedom and true liberty and the Truth. As a state party, I do not believe our Party will grow and continue to win if we promote statist notions and authoritarianism that tells people what kind of liberty and what kind of freedom they can have. That is disgusting. It is one of our nation’s problems – which is promoted by both Parties. It is not liberty. It is not freedom. And this Vice Chair will not support a state chairman who redefines the definition of liberty and freedom.

You can listen to the audio of the townhall for yourself on our YouTube channel here.

Qadoshyah Fish

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