The Totally Engaged Americans of Lorain County, OH, invited former Ohio Representative, Matt Lynch, of Geauga County to speak at our monthly breakfast meeting today, April 11, 2015.
We were there to hear Matt tell us what really happens in the Ohio legislature. Matt was in the Ohio House for just a single term – three years -but it was long enough to learn how the “sausage” is made in today’s legislative bodies.
The 45+ members and visitors in the audience were a mixed bag of experienced politicos, novices and the in-betweeners – those of us who aren’t afraid of politics because we don’t know enough yet.
We are all on the side of the Constitution and expect our elected officials to love and respect the document as much as we do. That’s what makes us “Conservatives.” Matt Lynch is a conservative, like Jim Jordan is a conservative, like Ted Cruz is a conservative and maybe even Rand Paul is a conservative (albeit with very Libertarian tendencies).
After Matt ran us through the “school house rock” version of how a bill is created, he soon went deeper into the weeds to explain the committee and caucus systems, where a thoughtful, painstakingly-crafted and public-oriented bill can meet a brutal end without ever seeing the light of day, or coming up for a vote. Matt wanted us to know there’s a big difference between “what appears to happen and then what actually happens.”
As Chairman Kirsten Hill noted, the “Columbus Dispatch” identified Matt Lynch an “arch Conservative;” the word ‘arch’ normally connotes something evil but in our crowd Matt’s considered a hero. It was, perhaps, political suicide for Matt to take on the GOP establishment…
…no, that’s not right. It is the G.O.P. itself, the power of PARTY that either pushes a bill through or kills it where it lays.
We T.E.A. members learned more about the legislative – excuse me, the political process, than we expected to, but isn’t that what we wanted? Absolutely!
Sure, Matt painted a dismal and disappointing picture of how a Republican committee chairman rules his Committee Kingdom, and then how a Republican House Speaker is ultimately controls what legislation gets through, but in the end it’s the Republican Governor who calls the shots.
As one audience member asked this morning, “What happened to the separation of powers?” That’s an excellent question to pose to those very same people who, following their election, SWORE to uphold the Constitution – which has a very clearly marked line drawn between the administrative, the legislative and the judicial branches of our governments – AKA “separation of powers.”
Just in case I’ve left out something important from Matt’s talk this morning, and I have – you can listen to it here. http://rufusputnam.com/TEA/4-11-15_TEA_Matt_Lynch.mp3
Matt tried not to leave us depressed, rather he wanted us better armed to win these political battles. We know now who the enemy is and it won’t be as easy to pull the wool over our eyes in the future.
Most importantly, though, We The People owe it to the properly-vetted and upstanding candidates to support them with our time, our $$ as well as our vote.
The Good Ones won’t last, or be able to stand up to the political pressure the party machine puts on them if we don’t stand with them.
Get to know Matt Lynch through his radio program, too. If you can’t listen to his Wednesday 6:30-7:30 PM WHK 1420 Radio program live, all his programs are archived.