Despite resolution, reward, KCRCC hasn’t changed its spots

By Mike Weland

In response to the rising levels of vitriol in political discourse and the reported terrible events of last week, the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee (KCRCC) issued “a Resolution which unequivocally rejects all forms of racial, religious, sexual, and political supremacy. Additionally, we condemn all political violence and the weaponization of labels and government against any Idahoan.”

The KCRCC remains committed to safeguarding principles of faith, family, and freedom, ensuring that all Idahoans can live without fear of persecution or retribution.

Even KCRCC chair Brent Regan, also chair of the Idaho Freedom Foundation, is stepping up to the plate.

“Words are not enough,” he wrote in a press release issued this morning. “I am offering a $10,000 reward to the person or persons who provide information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individuals who committed crimes against the University of Utah’s Women’s Basketball Team members in Coeur d’Alene on March 21st. Visitors to Kootenai County, especially young women, should feel safe on our streets.”

But don’t be lulled. There’s been no change of heart, no awakening. The “have you no decency?!” moment that ended Senator Joseph McCarthy’s 1950s reign of terror has not been reached. Theirs is just a kneejerk response to getting caught with their hand in the cookie jar, a chance to parade the now usual freedom faction string of “but what about” pearls for all to see.

The resolution is as follows:

WHEREAS; throughout history, the political weaponization of mislabels and government has led to sad and tragic outcomes, and

WHEREAS; during the 1600s in Massachusetts, men, women, and children were persecuted for their religion and mislabeled by social-political opponents as Heretics and Witches without due process and murdered, and

WHEREAS; under Executive Order 9066 and in the name of National Security and Public Safety, the United States government was weaponized against Japanese American citizens who were mislabeled as potentially dangerous enemy aliens, resulting in the freezing of assets and imprisonment, and

WHEREAS; on September 29, 2021, the National School Boards Association asked President Joe Biden to mislabel parents ‘domestic terrorists’ for questioning local school board policies and Attorney General Merrick Garland mobilized the FBI to investigate parents attending school board meetings, and

WHEREAS; on November 16, 2021, a whistleblower disclosed documents showing the FBI is using counterterrorism tools to investigate parents, and

WHEREAS; President Joe Biden gave a speech on September 1, 2022, in which he said “MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic…” and that this same group “is a threat to this country…”, setting the stage for some Republicans to be targeted as individual threats. His statements can be construed by some as encouragement to eliminate any “threat to this country” by violent means, and

WHEREAS; mislabeling of political groups as “extremist” may have created a climate of fear so that by September 18, 2022, a North Dakota man ran over and killed an 18-year-old man whom he described as being part of “a Republican extremist group”, stating that he felt threatened by the teen. This climate of fear is fomented by inflammatory speech and rhetoric, fanning the flames of fear and leading to contempt and dehumanizing behavior against those individuals being mislabeled.

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that the Idaho Kootenai County Republican Central Committee rejects and condemns ALL forms of racial, religious, sexual, and political supremacy; and ALL political violence; and ALL political weaponization of mislabels; and ALL political weaponization of government against any Idahoan, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED It is not the intent of this RESOLUTION to interfere with the exercise of rights protected by The Constitution of the United States. The committee recognizes the constitutional right of every citizen to harbor and express beliefs on any subject whatsoever and to associate with others who share similar beliefs.

PASSED by the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee March 26th, 2024

If the verbiage isn’t clear enough, look at a few of the entries on their list of references and sources:

Each promotes and furthers the same old stale faux-conservative, freedom faction, follow Trump off the cliff radical agenda; villainize the Marxists, the socialists, the liberals, make enemies of your political rivals and even the moderate faction of the once proud party you’ve usurped. Waste legislative time in emotive performance instead of honest work, when you do work, enact dangerous legislation to disenfranchise those who would vote against you, to dehumanize and belittle those who aren’t like you, to strip away the rights of those you deem inferior, to legislate opinions, to impose their morals and religion on others.

No, the radicals have no remorse for the actions of a few idiots, no empathy for members of a collegiate team here to compete in a prestigious sporting event they worked hard to earn a berth in. They have not suddenly awakened to the reality of the depths they’ve descended, they are just reacting, trying to play nice, after their antics got a bit more negative attention than they anticipated.

Have no doubt … the faux Republican radicals now pulling the party’s strings are still a threat, still standing back and standing by.