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This is our commentary section. Note that not all opinions expressed are necessarily the opinions of the Gray Republican Committee or all of its members. With that stated, we do try to present commentary here that is rooted in solid, conservative values. The Chairperson reviews and has final approval of all content. You can send feedback to the writers, or to our general email at info@grayrepublicans.org.

Videos: Stop Open Borders: Say No to Poverty, Crime, & Tyranny
The videos from our "Stop Open Borders" event are online! The program featured Rep. Larry Lockman as the Keynote Speaker, as well as Border Patrol agent Robert McArdle as the second speaker, and the Gray Republican Committee Chair, Peter Falkenberg Brown, as the intro speaker. In addition, Dr. Demi Kouzounas, the Chair of the Maine GOP, gave a Special Report. more
National Borders and the Value of America as a City On a Hill
This essay was the basis of a presentation at the program “Stop Open Borders: Say No to Poverty, Crime, and Tyranny” on July 29, 2020, hosted by the Gray Republican Committee. A video of the presentation, along with videos of the other speakers, is listed on the GRC YouTube Channel.
I start with a question–a dilemma that does indeed have an answer. How can good-hearted, ethical, moral people make the suggestion to “stop open borders”? The first few words of John 3:16 are: “For God so loved the world.” With imagination, one can sense that God looks down at the world and sees all human beings, of every color, race, creed, and nationality, as sacred individuals born with the light of God dwelling in their hearts. more
Videos: “Why Socialism Would Destroy America’s Economy & Freedoms”
Videos for Event: November 20, 2019, Windham Veterans Center, Windham, Maine
We've uploaded videos for the November 20th event on the dangers of socialism. One "full event" video, and one for each of the five speakers. Congressman Bruce Poliquin, Peter Falkenberg Brown, José Mayoral, Dr. Demi Kouzounas, and Joe Reagan. more
Essay: Why Socialism Would Destroy America’s Economy and Freedoms
This essay was the basis for the first speech at the event of the same name, on November 20, 2019, co-hosted by the Gray and Windham Republican Committees with the co-sponsorship and support of 50 additional organizations and leaders. Around 100 people attended.
Socialism would destroy America’s economy and freedoms because it’s a totalitarian system rooted in hatred, envy, and revenge that gives political and economic power to a bureaucratic élite who inevitably become corrupt as they steal from the masses whom they set out to liberate. As socialism removes economic and political freedoms, it crushes the human soul and turns its citizens into jailers and slaves. Personal dreams and ambitions fade away, and society descends into bored mediocrity, corruption, poverty, fear, and death. more
Essay: Free Speech, Hate Speech, & Censorship: Winning the 2020 Elections
~ This essay was the basis of a public speech given on August 15, 2019 in Cumberland, Maine, co-hosted by the Gray and Cumberland Republican Town Committees. Brown is the Chairman of the Gray Republican Committee. You can view that speech here.
First, liberals and conservatives need to join together and affirm that we want to be free and that living a life of freedom requires thought and free-flowing dialogue. Totalitarians don’t like freedom of thought at all. more
Video: Free Speech, Hate Speech, & Censorship: Winning the 2020 Elections
The first speaker was Peter Falkenberg Brown, the Chairman of the Gray Republican Committee. The essay from which his speech was birthed can be viewed here.
This is a video of an event co-hosted by the Gray and Cumberland Republican Town Committees in Maine, and co-sponsored by 32 additional town committees, conservative nonprofits, and leaders. more
Video: Full Program: The Immigration Crisis at the Southern Border
Video of May 8, 2019 Event at Gray Public Library
Welcome: Minute 1:00 - 2 1/2 minutes
Peter Falkenberg Brown: Minute: 3:27 - 18 minutes
Jack Wibby: Minute: 21:35 - 10 minutes
Robert Casimiro: Minute: 31:47 - 46 minutes
KC Hughes: Minute: 1:18:11 - 5 minutes more
Government Must Preserve and Defend the Sacred Freedoms of All Individuals
What is government but a collection of individuals working together to manage the affairs of a larger population? As individuals, each government worker has a choice. Will they recognize their equal status with every citizen of their country and work as servants to protect the sacred rights of all, or will they be corrupted by their power, as Lord Acton warned, and steer their government toward tyranny? more
Open-Borders Immigration Would Destroy American Sovereignty and Exceptionalism
This is the essay upon which my speech at the Gray Republicans' May 8, 2019 event on the Crisis of Immigration at the Southern Border was based.
In the flurry of opinions about immigration, border walls, compassion for immigrants and their children, economics, and an influx of crime, there is a larger, more urgent, and civilization-changing crisis: the real probability that open-borders immigration would destroy American sovereignty and exceptionalism. more
Saving Western Civilization Demands that We Study Islam
~ Presenting a simple resource guide to gain a clear understanding of the REAL Islam

~ Original publication: October, 2018. Updated on May 12, 2019
If Islam were “just a religion,” studying it would not be necessary unless one simply wanted to learn about the religion.

However, Islam is not just a religion. It is also a political ideology that when put into practice results in loss of freedom, violence, and ultimately mass slavery of its populations. To many, this statement may seem “intolerant.” However, those who study Islam in depth, without apology for Islam, and those who study Islam’s historical record, will indeed find that Islam poses an existential threat to free civilizations.

This does not mean that “Muslims are bad.” That would be bigotry... more
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Events

EVENT: Are American Freedoms One Election Away from Extinction?
Register for Our NEW Event on Tue, Oct 6, 2020! "Are American Freedoms One Election Away from Extinction?" Our maximum attendees are set at 50 people, so everyone must register in advance. We still have tickets AND we're doing an additional WAIT LIST ... see details on page.
Monthly Meeting
Stop Open Borders: Say No to Poverty, Crime, & Tyranny
Many 2020 Candidates are calling for open borders. This informative program will demonstrate why those policies would harm America—and Maine.
Join the "Re-Open Maine" Convoy and Parade on Monday, April 20th
States around the country have begun protesting these lengthy unconstitutional lockdowns - Kentucky, Ohio, N. Carolina, Michigan, Virginia, ... Maine!

Our Bill of Rights appears to be the last thing officials think about.

It is time we send our governor this message: "Maine needs to get back to work, we understand that this disease is contagious, and we are responsibly following the guidelines."
Gray Republicans 2020 Caucus
Peter Falkenberg Brown, Chair of the Gray Republican Committee, has announced that the Gray Republicans will caucus on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, at the Gray Public Library at 5 Hancock Street, at 6:30 p.m. Voter registration will be available at 5:30 p.m. outside the large conference room.

News

VOTE ON September 8th, 2020! Stop the Town of Gray from Overspending and Raising Taxes!
A special vote called by the town of Gray on a Budget issue that they're trying to shove through without anyone noticing.
Can You Help Us Reach 1,900+ Republican Voters in Gray?
A Republican in Gray recently told me that she and her husband have been Gray residents for twenty years, but had NO IDEA that a "Gray Republican Committee" existed. Well... we have to fix that!

We've been searching for cost-effective ways to let the 1,900+ Republican voters in Gray know that we exist and then inspire them to work with us to save America and Freedom.
Gov. Mills: Open Maine Now!
Gov. Janet Mills of Maine needs to dial back the abnormal fear of COVID-19. A MUCH bigger problem is the collapse of the Maine economy if she continues her Draconian Shutdown. The op/ed below is from Republican State Senator Rich Cebra.
April 16 Letter to the Governor from Maine's Joint Republican Caucus 129th Legislature
On April 16, legislative Republicans submitted a letter to the Governor voicing their own concerns along with questions from their constituents. The original intent was to allow the Governor to respond, rather than communicate through press releases.

News organizations have subsequently obtained the letter with plans to report on it. Therefore, we are making it available, unfiltered, for the public to see.
News from the Chair, Peter Falkenberg Brown
The shutdown seems to have saved many lives, which is a good thing, but as many people have said, we don't want the cure to be worse than the disease. Here's hoping that Gov. Mills will ease things open, in a common sense fashion: both businesses and recreational venues. People need to be able to sit in the sun and look at the ocean, in my opinion. It heals the soul and helps the body.