County GOP Convention – 1882

Jun 05 2020
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The Kendall County Republican Convention 2020 will convene on June 20 here in Boerne. During these unique times, in some ways it will look unlike any other. But some things are consistent, and we have doing this for awhile. The Republican Party of Texas was founded more than 150 years ago, and we are now the largest Republican state party in America, by far.

Our philosophy is a true reflection of traditional Texas values. These conservative Republican principles will sustain Texas into the future and continue to make our great State strong, prosperous, and proud. What are those principles?

Strong families. Families intent on giving their children the hope of a better tomorrow, the promise of a safe and secure today, and an appreciation and respect of yesterday.

Honest compassion. A society assisting those in need rather than a government trying to solve every problem by just throwing more taxpayer money at it.

Freedom. Freedom that is God given, affirmed by our Founding Fathers, articulated in the Declaration of Independence, and protected by the Constitution.

Limited government. A government that promotes policies to unlock individual potential and unleash economic growth. Government that does not try to be all things to all people.

Rugged individualism. The entrepreneurial spirit of the individual that continues to solidify Texas as a world economic power.

Quality education. An educational system that prepares children for tomorrow’s workplace regardless of race, wealth, or geographical location.

Education is the bedrock of freedom and the gateway to opportunity.

Opportunity for all. The opportunity to chart one’s own course, start a business, chase a dream, or build a life regardless of gender, race, or religion.

So, we Kendall County Republicans, with our many individual views and opinions, will gather for our biannual convention. Our ancestors have done so for many years. We are the grassroots, and we are the Establishment.

In August of 1882, the Republican Party of Kendall County held its convention at the courthouse. About 100 folks attended. There were some historic Boerne names at that convention: CF Bergmann, Henry Theis, August Schweppe. Mr F Hofheinz called the convention to order, as I will do this year. Likewise, they passed resolutions, as we will do this year. Here is a look at what they passed. And remember, the Republican Party of Texas was less than 20 years old at that time. These words are verbatim from the convention minutes.

“Resolved, that the perpetuity of a free government depends on the intelligence of the people, and that it is the duty of the state of Texas to give every child, whether rich or poor, an opportunity to acquire a common school education.”

“Resolved, that the Democrat Party, by its failure to establish an efficient free school system, its inhuman treatment in farming out the state convicts and bringing them in competition with honest labor, in its imposing unjust and unequal occupation taxes, in imposing upon the farming community an iniquitous road law, in the reckless management of the state finances and squandering the public domain, causing thereby great land monopolies, instead of reserving the same for actual settlers, and as homes for our children, has proven itself unworthy of governing this state and we call upon all, irrespective of party to unite with us in its overthrow.”

“Resolved, that we are opposed to all sumptuary and Sunday laws as derogatory to the rights and religious liberty guaranteed to us by the Bill of Rights, and we hereby solemnly declare that we will not vote for a candidate for office no matter by what party he may be nominated, or whether he runs independent, who is not opposed to such laws and who does not openly declare his opposition to such laws.”

Yes, this was 138 years ago here in Kendall County. As the old saying goes, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Those folks sent delegates to the state Republican convention in Austin. We will send delegates to the state convention next month in Houston. And that event, the Republican Party of Texas convention, is now the largest political convention in the world.

So the traditions continue, and freedom lives, in the Republican Party of Texas.

“Resolved, that we are opposed to all sumptuary and Sunday laws as derogatory to the rights and religious liberty guaranteed to us by the Bill of Rights, and we hereby solemnly declare that we will not vote for a candidate for office no matter by what party he may be nominated, or whether he runs independent, who is not opposed to such laws and who does not openly declare his opposition to such laws.”
Yes, this was 138 years ago here in Kendall County. As the old saying goes, the more things change, the more they stay the same.
Those folks sent delegates to the state Republican convention in Austin. We will send delegates to the state convention next month in Houston. And that event, the Republican Party of Texas convention, is now the largest political convention in the world.
So the traditions continue, and freedom lives, in the Republican Party of Texas.


Scott S. Kramer is Chairman of the Republican Party of Kendall County.