Republican Precinct Committeeman (Precinct 2116)
Vote in the Republican Primary on May 19, 2020!
The precinct committeeman serves as a member of the Legislative District and County Central Committees for his political party. In addition to more mundane tasks, the precinct committeeman votes on resolutions, which can help determine the party’s strategic and policy directions.
From time to time, the precinct committeeman may also have the opportunity to vote on filling vacancies when an existing legislator resigns or is unable to complete their term. In such cases, the members of the respective Legislative District Committee from the resigning legislator’s political party will vote on potential replacements. A list of three names is forwarded to the Governor, and he selects one to serve for the remainder of the term.
In Idaho’s Legislative District 21, this has happened twice in the last two years.
Why am I running for Precinct Committeeman?
My name is Parrish Miller. I am a small business owner, a husband, and a father. I have been involved in Idaho politics for more than a decade. I have served as a precinct committeeman in the past, and I have served as a delegate or alternate at several Republican state conventions. I work with liberty-minded political candidates, and I always strive to put Freedom First.
I am running for Republican Party Precinct 2116 Committeeman because I believe that the Republican Party has lost its way when it comes to supporting Individual Liberty. Instead of embracing the principle of Freedom First, many within the party have opted to embrace larger government, increased regulation, and the impairment of contract rights.
As Republican President Ronald Reagan correctly observed many years ago, “Government is not the solution to our problem, government IS the problem!”
Regardless of if the issue under consideration is gun rights, health care, vaping, medical debt collection, daycare licensing, cell phone use, or anything else, government IS the problem. The answer is never to increase government regulation or impose more government mandates. The answer is always to embrace the principle of Freedom First!
Those who reject this principle and vote for bigger government claim they are just trying to protect people from some supposed threat or risk, but this assertion fails the smell test. Threats and risks can never justify larger government, increased regulation, or the impairment of contract rights.
H. L. Mencken explained the problem concisely. “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”
Far too many Idaho Republicans are out chasing imaginary hobgoblins and far too few are consistently standing up for Freedom First.
Benjamin Franklin made a similar point when he said, “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”
Life contains risks and that is okay. It is far better to face some risks than to compromise our liberty by growing government based on the pretext of increasing safety. That’s never a worthwhile trade.
On May 19th, 2020, I am asking for your vote for Republican Party Precinct 2116 Committeeman. The Republican Party needs new blood who will stand on principle, reject the push to grow government, and address every issue with a single-minded dedication to Freedom First!