The John Adams Society

Joshua R. Regnier

Chairman

Theresa R. Paulson

Secretary

G. Larry Colson Jr.

Chief Whip

Katey Haflund

Chancellor

NOVEMBER 2014

“Lying is an occupation,
Used by all who mean to rise;
Politicians owe their station,
But to well concerted lies.”

 ―  Laetitia Pilkington

THE ONLY BAD POLITICIAN IS AN HONEST ONE. A good politician maintains her composure in the face of failure. The image must be pretty and successful. She must embody grace and inspire others to follow her lead. Obstacles are mere molehills in her countenance. For her, life is nothing but an ambition of service to the people. The people demand her leadership because of her appearance and what she tells them.

The end is victory at the polls. The means is the mysticism of a well-put together candidate who speaks well and is pretty. Any political candidate must win an election to wield power. Instead, the MNGOP inflexibly demands too much honesty from its candidates on the campaign trail. In Minnesota, the personal opinions of GOP candidates trump image. These personal opinions divide the delegates and the citizenry. Honesty is nothing without power. Therefore, the MNGOP must mystify its candidates.

ON THE OTHER HAND, lying is disrespectful to people. The citizenry has shown interest in voting for those who truly represent the political ideals of the populace. Candidates show respect to the citizenry by being honest about political ambitions, ideals, and hopes. Dishonesty and integrity are rarely seen as compatible traits especially in those who are in power. Integrity is needed to use power well. Therefore, MNGOP candidates must be honest.

THE CHAIRMAN, with his face in his palms, seeks a debate to settle the question.

RESOLVED: At least, when the dinosaurs went extinct, they were useful!

The Debate will be held on November 19, 2014, at the University Club, 420 Summit Avenue, in Saint Paul. The Chancellor will preside over drinks beginning at seven o’clock p.m. The debate will begin at half past seven. There is no dress code, however gentlemen who wish to speak must wear a tie; ladies are encourage to adhere to a similar sartorial standard. For those gentlemen arriving sans tie yet wishing to discourse on the resolution, the Purveyor of Ties will keep on hand several remarkable selections. Questions regarding debate caucus procedures of about the John Adams Society itself may be directed to the Chairman at (651) 321-8414 or the Secretary at (651) 321-8896.