This evening Jo Ann and I, along with a neighbor, attended the monthly Nevada County Tea Party Patriots meeting that filled the Easterly Hall of the Nevada County Realtors Association. We were happy to see Dr Anna Haynes sitting in the throng, listening with great interest to the speakers, and taking notes. Dr Haynes is not a stranger to these pages (some background here).
Dr Haynes is also a recognized liberal voice in Nevada County who writes the blog Nevada County Focus and is the creator/operator of Nevada County Voices, a true community internet resource, where even RR is recognized as one such voice (consigned to the rightmost ‘Denialism/Climate contrarians’ column).
What made her attendance noteworthy was that the lady is a dedicated investigator of all things tinged with conservatism. And in that TPP is proud to be a bit more than tinged because of its unique grounding principles – small government, fiscal responsibility, constitutionalism, and free market capitalism – that derive from our fundamental belief in individual liberty as interpreted by our Founders.
From Dr Haynes’ previous writings and personal encounters one might come away with the distinct impression that she is a collectivist’s collectivist in her socio-political leaning. So to now see her in attendance at a meeting of local folks who lean the other way is both hopeful and heartening. Perhaps, her study of our organization’s core principles, grass roots structure, and non-partisan political action has inspired her to give us another look; and who knows, even consider becoming a member? If so, I will be the first to celebrate her epiphany, and welcome her into our midst.