ENGELBRECHT AND KING STREET PATRIOTS RECEIVE A CPAC TOP HONOR FOR THEIR WORK WITH TRUE THE VOTE
WASHINGTON, DC ˗ At the Ronald Reagan Banquet last night during the thirty-eighth annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) being held in Washington, D.C. this week, King Street Patriots (KSP) received one of CPAC’s highest honors – the Ronald Reagan Award – in large part due to its successful True the Vote program, an election integrity effort led by the volunteer citizen activists of KSP.
“We are humbled to be a recipient of the Ronald Reagan Award,” said KSP President, Catherine Engelbrecht. “One of our main goals is to encourage citizens to re-engage in the political process. Receiving the Ronald Reagan Award represents the tens of thousands of hours spent by our amazing volunteers and the support of hundreds and hundreds of people, who did indeed re-engage and did so with us, to ensure elections are fair.”
Engelbrecht promises the results will keep coming.
“The response we have received to our activities with True the Vote has been overwhelming and indicative of the desperate desire of Americans across this country to preserve the hard-fought right to vote and the freedom our election process espouses,” said Engelbrecht. “We are answering that call and we will meet the need.”
In addition to the groups’ voluminous base in Texas, there are currently approximately 600 activists in 45 other states who have expressed interest in bringing True the Vote to their area. True the Vote will hold a National Summit in Houston, TX, March 25-26.
King Street Patriots proposes a solution which connects and activates like-minded citizens who value this country’s founding. KSP believes that current political initiatives must focus on mobilizing the conservative electorate and provides the programs True the Vote and Liberty in Numbers King Street (LINKS) to do so.
I have no doubt that Mrs. Engelbrecht is correct when she says the results will keep coming because I’ve seen her group grow from the back table of a local restaurant to the recipient of this very prestigious award. ACU director David Keene described the award in 2008: “The winners of this award, our highest honor, are not household names, but the men and women working in the trenches who sacrifice, and in so doing set an example for others.” That describes Catherine to a T. She has taken more personal abuse than most, including being sued, and still comes back fighting, setting an example for the hundreds of volunteers that it takes to make King Street Patriots the strong organization that they have become.
You can help, if you too have the desire to have free and fair elections. King Street Patriots is starting a new initiative specifically for Texas’ 82nd Legislative session.
Austin82 Needs You! Austin82 is a new King Street initiative focused on happenings in the Texas Legislature this session (the 82nd session…Austin82…get it?) This group of Streeters is working right now on two big projects: the “May/Shall” project (reading the election code and determining where “may” can be replaced with “shall”…a little tweak could mean a lot of improvement) and the REPEAL project (come on, do we really need to have an Election Code that is 900 pages long?). If you are interested in finding out more about how you can be involved email us at [email protected].
It is time to get off the couch, folks, and do the hard work of changing our society for the better. Catherine and KSP have shown the way for Tea Parties – stop blathering about everything you think is wrong in America, pick a single issue, and go about fixing it. Just think what would happen if one of the local tea parties in Harris County decided to take on Commissioners Court. Wow, that would be eye opening and garner as much or more press as True the Vote did for KSP. Or what if a tea party focused on their local ISD? Houston City Council? Remember, these are non-partisan groups, meaning they can draw from both sides of the party aisle and initiate change very fast and very effectively.
Point is, there are a lot of areas that are wide open for King Street Patriots style tactics. And I guarantee you that Catherine would be willing to help you get started on one of these projects, if you only ask.
So ask. Then git-r-done.