ST. GEORGE – Don’t be afraid of the tough debates, Washington County Republican Party Chairman Robert Jensen told members of the Washington County Republican Women at a monthly luncheon Thursday.
Although the Republican party has been labeled divided, that’s not true, Jensen said. While there are disagreements within the party, all have the same goals; and members should not be discouraged by the sometimes fierce discussions and debates.
Jensen was elected county party chairman in early May, and has been active in the Republican Party in Washington County along with serving as a legislative chair and state central committee member.
Patience is important, Jensen said, and if there is a fault in the Republican Party, it’s that “we are not patient.” While some say the party is divided, Jensen said that is simply not the case.
“‘We are the party of big ideas, and tough debates,'” Jensen said, quoting former President Ronald Reagan.
“When we deal with constitutional principles, and keeping this country on a straight and fast line, built on those constitutional principles, it is not an easy project and it takes tough debates,” he said.
“If you’re not the kind of person that can deal with tough debates, the Republican Party is going to be a tough party,” Jensen said. There is another party that doesn’t deal with those same tough debates, because it doesn’t govern itself by rule of law and the principals in the U.S. Constitution, Jensen said.
Unlike the Democratic Party, the Republican Party is built on a foundation and principles that will “never change,” Jensen said.
Jensen has heard that a lot of Republicans are feeling depressed. “It’s a hard row to hoe, it’s a hard journey,” he said.
“We have set some difficult principles to live by, and it is silly of the Republican Party to think that it’s going to be easy, or that it’s going to get easier.”
Until Republicans understand that, the media will be able to say the party is one of divisions and debates, Jensen said.
All Republicans are trying to reach the same destination despite the different avenues and different opinions about how to get there, that all could be considered right, he said.
The party includes conservative, ultra-conservative, moderate and even constitutional Republicans, Jensen said, although he considers all Republicans “constitutional.”
“There are a lot of divisions, and it is important that we get together and that we stay together and that we work together and that we learn to stomach the tough debates,” Jensen said, “and I think the beauty of it is that Washington County does that really, really well.”
Jensen said that the debates and the meanness that occur in Republican debates are “just politics,” and likened them to a family squabble.
“If you don’t like the way they fight, go for the candidate that goes without the meanness, but don’t say, ‘I’m not going to be involved,’ that is not the answer,” Jensen said.
The Republican Party is the “last, best, hope,” Jensen said, and it stands for constitutional principles, small government and state’s rights. The party principles are true, and they work, and those principles are the reason why Washington County works.
Utah’s economy is recognized as one of the healthiest in the nation, Jensen said.
“I think that’s because Utah is doing things right,” Jensen said, “and I think also that has a lot to do with our Republican principles, and I think it would be naive to assume otherwise.”
Utah, and Washington County in particular, need to be a great example, a “city on the hill,” Jensen said.
The Washington County Republican Women have been active in local politics and community service for over 50 years and aim to inform the public through political education and activities, including a monthly meeting with guest speakers. Any Republican woman 18 years or older may join. Men are welcome to join as associate members.
Washington County Republican Women website
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