4/6/21 – Updated | Central Washington Sentinel | Ellensburg | The Editors
THE BOTTOM LINE
Many things have changed but the things wrong with Washington State governance remain in stark contrast to common-sense solutions:
It’s been 27 long years since the WSRP has coalesced around a populist message. Not since Clyde Ballard and the House Republican candidates took on the “Contract With Washington”, patterned after Newt Gingrich’s “Contract With America” has there been leadership that articulated what the people of Washington wanted to hear; limited government, more personal responsibility, and lower taxes.
The “Contract With Washington was a specific list of items the average voter recognized as things wrong with the government in Washington State. The people of Washington listened to that message and responded by electing 26 new representatives that promised to follow the contract and changed the control of the Washington State government. The opposition was caught off guard and could do nothing to counter the common sense ideas of the Contract With Washington.
Many things have changed but the things wrong with Washington governance remain in stark contrast to common-sense solutions:
- A crumbling education system
- Cancel culture excesses
- Loss of historical perspective
- High taxes
- Runaway growth of government and spending
- Covid closures
- Loss of civil rights with intrusive government
The WSRP must step forward and provide the leadership and vision to give the voters a clear choice to the progressive politics of the left. To do so they must provide clear common sense messaging for existing representatives and for challengers to change the debate and put the opposition on the defense.
The message must include the promise to propose and vote on a specific list of legislation to turn Washington around and make it more livable and business-friendly to provide for families of Washington.
“If elected we promise to propose and vote on a dozen agenda items that will change, for the better, the lives of all Washingtonians.”
This agenda should compare and contrast the stated and published Democratic Progressive Platform and should be printed and circulated to all voters.
We believe a slate of Ellensburg City Council members could use the same tactic to sweep the current council out of office.
The Editors, Central Washington Sentinel