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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.

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
Video: Open-Borders Immigration Would Destroy American Sovereignty and Exceptionalism
by Peter Falkenberg Brown, Chair, Gray Republican Committee
Part 1 of the Gray Republican Committee's event:
"The Immigration Crisis at the Southern Border"
May 8, 2019 ~ Gray, Maine
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
Video - Version 2: The True Identity of Humans
~ REVISED AND EXPANDED IN 2019
Sick of #IdentityPolitics? Tired of watching as humans are divided into hostile groups of oppressors versus oppressed by activists who thrive on discord? Do you believe that #AllLivesMatter with sacred, individual rights? It's time to reexamine the true identity of humans! more
Identity Politics is a Revenge-Driven Tragedy That Will Make the Whole World Blind
In Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s book Strength to Love, he wrote:
Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.
The healing of the human race requires an adjustment in the values of humanity. When love becomes the most valuable thing of all, then we do indeed have hope to abandon the revenge-driven tragedy of identity politics. more
Freedom for One Requires Freedom for All
~ How the Left created a cold civil war and why liberals and conservatives must unite against them
The Left has advanced to the cusp of victory because the United States did not engage a multi-generational enemy with a continual and adequate defense and offense. If an enemy wages a concerted attack against a group of people who are not engaged in fighting back both defensively and offensively, with an absolute commitment to win, it is only a matter of time before the enemy is completely victorious. This is the unfortunate reality of the United States, Canada, and most of Western Europe. more
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Events

Monthly Meeting
Free Speech, Hate Speech, & Censorship: Winning the 2020 Elections
As a conservative have you been censored online or anywhere else? Have you self-censored your words to avoid being called a bigot or hater? Are you worried about what censorship might do to the 2020 elections? If so, you need to attend this very timely and informative program!
May 8, 2019 Public Speech: The Immigration Crisis on the Southern Border
3/28/19: Homeland Security Nielsen:
Immigration System in “system-wide meltdown.”

Questions:
1. Should the Mexican border be completely open like the border between Maine and New Hampshire, so that millions can immigrate at will into the United States?

2. Should we ignore the border crossings of drug traffickers, MS-13 gang members, and jihad terrorists?
Guns and Issues in Maine
Guest Speakers:
Mike Quatrano, Maine Heritage Policy Center
Bruce Ashmore
Cumberland/Gray Republicans will Meet to Choose Nominee for House District #45 Special Election
Per the proclamation recently signed by Governor Janet Mills and Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, the REPUBLICANS in the Towns of Cumberland and Gray must meet to choose the Republican nominee for Maine House District #45 Special Election to be held on June 11, 2019.

News

Twin City Times (Lewiston & Auburn, Maine) reports on Free Speech Event
The Twin City Times, a weekly paper covering Lewiston and Auburn, Maine, as well as surrounding areas, featured a report about the “Free Speech, Hate Speech, & Censorship: Winning the 2020 Elections” event that was co-hosted by the Gray and Cumberland Republican Town Committees.
Gray Republican Committee YouTube Channel
The Gray Republican Committee now has a YouTube Channel!
The Maine Heritage Policy Center Invites YOU to the "Guns & Issues" Event
Conservative activists across the state are gathering on Saturday, May 11 at Lake Region High School for a "Guns & Issues" event to keep activists up to date on the legislature's activity this session.
"KC" Kevin C. Hughes: House District 45 Special Election (June 11, Cumberland and Gray)
I know running during this special election for the #45 Legislative Seat will be a challenge. But these are challenging times…. My personal experience running a small family business for almost 30 years has taught me about hard work. Our company would not have survived without keeping our heads down and grinding it out every single day.