,October 11, 2009
In February 2008 a group of like-minded individuals began to meet at a small lunch café in downtown El Dorado, Arkansas. They came up with the perfect name for this group, Conservative Action Project. Why is it such a perfect name? First of all, all of the members are politically conservative. Second, the aim is for action, not just sitting around grousing about what is going on in our government. Round that out with the fact that this is an ongoing project and you realize that the name tells just what this organization is all about.
I read about this organization in the El Dorado News Times. A letter to the editor by one of the founding members, Ed Schimberg got my attention. As I read through the letter I knew that this was something that I’d been looking for. For most of my adult life I have been interested in politics but never enough to become actively involved in the process myself. However, as things began to unfold in Washington, DC I became more and more concerned. It seemed as if this country which I love more than life itself was in jeopardy of crumbling under the pressure of socialism. I wanted to do something but had no idea where to start. After I read Ed’s letter to the editor, I looked his name up in the phone book and called him. Ed invited me to come to the next meeting and shortly after I got there I realized that here was something that I could do.
Shortly after I started attending CAP meetings I heard about the plans for the Tax Day Tea Party. I brought the idea up at the next meeting and the members received it very well. We went right to work. On April 15th we drew a very nice crowd to the steps of the Union County Courthouse. Since then we have held two more Tea Party events, we’ve gotten together a convoy of 12 vehicles and 25 people to caravan up to Arkedelphia to attend the only public Town Hall meeting that Mark Ross held in this area during the August recess. We have also had several petition drives and smaller demonstrations and a booth at the Union County Fair. I have also helped to organize another group, sort of a branch of CAP, CAP Ouachita County.
I hope that we can continue to grow and make an impact on how things run in Arkansas, Union County and the U.S.A. We have helped to slow down things a bit and even threaten the passage of the health care reform bills. Today I’m starting this blog in an attempt to extend the reach and scope of CAP. If you would like to know more about CAP and what we are doing next, keep an eye on this blog, or if you’d rather, feel free to contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at (870) 814-7528. If you would like to be on our e-mail list, send an e-mail requesting so to: email@example.com.
May God be with you all and I pray for his guidance as I lead this organization in the way that most honors Him.
John A. Wilson
Conservative Action Project