Upcoming MRTC meetings
February - 12
March - 12
April - 9
May - 14
June - 11
July - Family Fun Night!
August - 13
September - MRTC Breakfast Event
October - 8
November - 12
December - 10
Monthly MRTC Meeting Location
7:30pm - Mansfield Airport Conference Room - 265 Fruit St
First building on the left as you enter the Airport parking area
A New Future for America
After 8 years of disappointment and a slow economy, America was ready for a new direction. Americans spoke on November 8th, 2016 and now with a House of Representatives, Senate and White House listening to We the People, their voices will finally be heard. The American people are ready to get America back on track and the Inauguration of Donald Trump as President marks the start of that Journey.
Make a Donation to the MRTC!
Your Donation will help to support local Republican Candidates and Causes
Board and Committee Vacancies:
Audit Committee - 1 member needed
Cultural Council - members needed
World War II Scholarship Committee - 3 member needed
Board of Directors of the Mansfield Housing Corporation - 3 members needed
Mansfield-Foxboro-Norton Wastewater District Commission- 1 member needed
Conservation Commission - 1 member needed
Open Space Committee - 1 member needed
Keith Ninesling (Secretary at large) Eileen Cusack (Treasurer), John Hodgson (Bristol County Sherriff), Christine Leemon (Chairwomen), Steve Nickerson (Vice Chairman)
The Mansfield Republican Town Committee has become aware of a serious error in the Mansfield News (1/19/19 printing)
This is in regards to a column erroneously attributed to Steve Nickerson, MRTC Vice Chair
The piece titled “Rex Tillerson was Right” is an attack article on President Trump
It has been mistakenly attributed to Nickerson in the print version of the Mansfield News, (Front page, with his Picture!)
However, he did not write the column. It was actually written by Gary Fradin of the Easton Democrat Town Committee
Donna Whitehead of the Mansfield news was able to fix the on-line version and correct the by-line, but the print version was not corrected
Donna said that it was an error on their part, and that the mix-up was an honest mistake - unintentional.
The same article is also appears in the Easton Journal and the Norton Mirror.
The article that Nickerson did submit for my monthly column is titled Identity Politics. It should come out in the Mansfield News next week, January 25
If you would like to read t he new column, it is currently posted here on the MRTC website at www.mansfieldgop.com, and the Mansfield Patch at https://patch.com/massachusetts/mansfield-ma/identity-politics
Please be sure, if anyone asks, to let them know that the “Tillerson was Right” article was not written by Nickerson, and that it was a mistaken attribution by the newspaper
Thank you and see you at the next RTC meeting – 2/12/19 at the Mansfield Airport conference room
What is Identity Politics?
Identity Politics has been a topic of political conversation for some time now. But when you get down to the bare bones – what does it really mean? According to Merriam Webster – Identity politics is “Politics in which groups of people having a particular racial, religious, ethnic, social, or cultural identity tend to promote their own specific interests or concerns without regard to the interests or concerns of any larger political group”. Sounds to me a bit like “special interest groups”, to which political parties have been pandering to forever; -making explicit/specific promises in order to obtain votes. But these days there is more to Identity Politics than Webster’s definition.
Beginning about two decades ago, the Democrat party made the decision to make Identity Politics a centerpiece of its voter outreach efforts. Instead of voters belonging to self-defined special interest groups (as in the past), the Democrat party began to purposefully create “victim” groups that would align to its own self-interests. Today we see the fruits of these efforts. Nearly every group that the Democrats now cater to is designated as a “victim group” in some way. The goal of Identity politics now, is to obtain and keep political power; a means to furthering the liberal agenda.
The assigned victims in identity politics are told that life is inherently unfair to them and that they are the targets of bias, bigotry, misogyny, and countless phobias – and only the Democrat party can help them out of their situation. According to the left, the causes of victim-hood are many. And it will never end, because that would mean the end of Identity Politics and the political power that goes along with it. Certainly, the left will continue invent new phobias and grievances as necessary in order to keep their grasp on people (especially their votes – which is the point). If a person or group fits into a victim category, according to progressives, there is no alternative but to depend on government to solve their problems, and only government can prevent further mistreatment from the detested abusers (i.e. conservatives). Identity politics does not argue points or ideas when challenged; it responds by name calling as a way to shut down all discussion. Sneering, pejorative terms such as “racist, nazi, bigot”, etc. are used freely by the left, to the point where these words have lost their true meaning.
A built in problem with identity politics is that it purposefully, by design, is not inclusive. In order suit its objectives, designated “abusers” must be identified and then savagely attacked. The weakness in this strategy is that the so-called “abusers” may make up a larger percentage of the voter base. An example of this paradox was the election of 2016, where, in my opinion, a tipping point of identity politics was reached. Hillary Clinton, in her famous “Deplorables” speech, described Trump voters as “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic — a basket of deplorables”. The problem with this type of attack is that once you disparage 10’s of millions of the electorate as “deplorable, and unredeemable”, all in the name of identity politics, those same voters will never cast a vote in your favor; decidedly weakening the chances of winning the election. The other sad irony of identity politics is that the victims must remain victims (an essential component to the strategy). There is no way out. For once a person is no longer in a victim category the chances that he or she will vote Democrat are vastly reduced.
Quote of the month - Persistence
“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”
Calvin Coolidge – US President, Governor of Massachusetts
Steve Nickerson is a 26 year resident of Mansfield, former US Marine, and is the Vice Chairman of the Mansfield Republican Town Committee – www.mansfieldgop.com. The opinions he expresses are his own and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the committee members.
Pot Shops in Mansfield - reconsidered
In the Mansfield Town meeting of May 15, voters had the opportunity to weigh in on the marijuana law that was passed in 2016 (question 4 on the ballot). It must be noted that the referendum was passed at a slim 51.7% margin. 91 cities and towns in Massachusetts voted against the law. 156 cities and towns have already enacted by-laws against the referendum, (many originally having approved Q4), for temporary moratoriums or permanent Bans of commercial sales of marijuana. In recent weeks another 3 towns have followed suit, Auburn, Andover, and Cohasset.
Mansfield voters who thought the intent of the marijuana ballot question was the legalization of recreational use, may be surprised to learn that local retail sale and cultivation of marijuana is also a part of the new law. This means that retail pot shops would become a reality in Mansfield – along with all the concerns that this type of business would bring to our town, unless the voters do something about it.
The town meeting allowed voters to engage in this issue; specifically in regards to extending the current moratorium on the law (the moratorium ends in November, 2018), as well as to weigh in on the potential of pot shops and cultivation of marijuana in Mansfield.
The that retail sale and cultivation of marijuana in Mansfield is the wrong path for our town. Research in this area is conclusive:
- Where there is more access to marijuana more people will use the drug
- The potency of marijuana is now significantly stronger what it was in the 1970’s
- 1 out of six people that use marijuana/thc will struggle with addiction to it
- Pot shops are a magnet for people looking to get high as well as to purchase drug paraphernalia.
- Pot shops, and people that access them, significantly change the dynamics of a town – not always for the good
- Marijuana use is associated with elevated occurrences of mental health struggles, including experiencing high stress, depression, self-injury, suicidal ideation and suicide attempt.
The voters had the opportunity in the May 15, Town Meeting to express themselves regarding the marijuana law. This is an important issue that, if allowed to proceed, could have a lasting and negative impact on the town of Mansfield and the people that call it home.
During the Town Meeting it was agreed by the majority of voters to extend the current moratorium on the law until June 30, 2019. This will give the town another 12 months to decide the best direction in which to proceed
Steve Nickerson, Vice Chairman, Mansfield Republican Town Committee
Christine Leemon - "Our country should value the traditions of family, life, religious liberty, and hard work."
In Addition, We Believe:
The US Constitution should be honored and upheld
Government should be smaller and more efficient
The right to bear arms in the 2nd Amendment should not be compromised
The sanctity of life should be honored and protected
Leaders should serve people and not special interests
Core Republican Values
1. Lower Taxes
American's cannot and will not continue to pay higher taxes. Even the currentnational, state and local taxes must be decreased to safeguard the financialhealth of our citizens and country.
2. Smaller Government
The growth of government must be stopped and reversed by the privatization or transitioning of government jobs back to the private sector. According to one of America's top ten economist, the only major city in America that continues to show significant growth is Washington D.C. (February, 2010). Government growth must be stopped at all levels, national, state and local or we will never be able to lower taxes.
3. Encourage The Growth of Business
Business growth must be encouraged by all levels of government through the elimination of all unnecessary regulations that slow the growth of businesses, especially small businesses
Family Fun Night for the Mansfield Republican Town Committee was a big success!. Lots of interest and "buzz" around our booth. A number of local and Statewide Republican candidates came by to say hello and get their message out. Countless Mansfield residents stopped by to offer their support of Republican causes. We set up a couple of "life size" standups of President Trump and First Lady Melania (see photo). This was a big hit! Many people (of all ages) had their picture taken with the first couple. We gave away dozens of Republican Recycle bags (with our contact information). Sold a number of patriotic hats, and raffled off official Make America Great Again hats.
All in all a great success!
Mansfield Republican Town Committee Sponsored Event
Bristol County Sherriff (and National Political Figure)Tom Hodgson gave an excellent and informative talk on all things Immigration as well as his experiences in State and Local Government.
Additional Speakers included Republican candidates for local offices
For a video of the Sherriff's presentation"Click Here"
For pictures of the event "Click Here"
The event was covered by the Sun Chronicle (local newspaper). A number of Democrats were on hand to protest Sherriff Hodgson (Democracy in action!). To view the article and associated pictures "Click Here"
President Donald J Trump
News and Links
Republican National Committee
Frederick Douglas Republicans
Los Angeles Times
New York Post
New York Times