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Melvin R. Welch    Leopold X. Keiser    Christopher T. Wolff    Marina Wolff

Chairman                  Secretary                   Chief Whip                  Chancellor

March 20, 2024
Location: Burger Moe’s, St. Paul

“Republicans will be hunted.”― Scott Adams, tweet dated July 1, 2020

THE ELEPHANT IS BEING HUNTED. Internet service providers unplug his websites; banks freeze his accounts; violent, propagandized mobs seek to drive him from the workplace and the public square alike. All out of concern for public safety, of course — which is also why the Elephant’s children must be so diligently re-educated by strange teachers who openly yearn for the Elephant’s extinction. And the Republican Party, long the Elephant’s representative, seems poised to lose still more ground in November thanks to a fresh dose of corruption newly injected into the electoral system. A booster shot, if you will.

And perhaps — just perhaps — the Republican Party brought this terrible predicament upon itself. The Elephant does not forget, true, but he’s also reputed as being inflexible (save for those shrewd Elephants at Capitol Hill whose trunks keep finding their way into our pocketbooks) and slow to adapt to changing times. In the year 2015 the Elephants stood together and resisted accepting Donald Trump (hitherto a Lion) into their numbers until the American voters gave those Elephants no other choice. The Republican Party, while certainly mighty, is undeniably too clumsy and inertial for its own good. Does the Elephant still have what it takes to survive in this cruel and unusual decade? If not, might a slower, steadier, more enduring gait be called for until the nation recovers from its madness?

ON THE OTHER HAND, if we conservatives retreat under a shell we risk allowing the political and social situation to deteriorate still further. Without strong active opposition, the Donkey might gleefully pull America into yet another ill-considered war — perhaps even the very last war of them all. The electoral reforms that so baldly incite ballot harvesting and uncontrolled immigration are undoubtedly discouraging to a Party that does not benefit from the votes of non-Americans. Yet is that an excuse for a Tortoise to simply back down and let Democrats multiply fabled Hares to overtake their political rivals? We have continuously retreated on every single social and economic issue; if we “turtle up” now does that not constitute yet another shameful withdrawal? What would be left at that point, except to be served up and replaced?

THE CHAIRMAN, between nervous glances toward the testudine visage of U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, has called a Caucus of the Society to debate the following proposition:

RESOLVED: To Win, the Elephant must become the Tortoise.

The Debate will be held on Wednesday, March 20, 2024, at Burger Moe’s, 242 West 7th Street, St. Paul, MN 55102. The Chancellor and Chairman encourage people to arrive prior to 7 o'clock p.m. and to thank our host venue by spending money while partaking of food and drink. The debate will begin at half past seven. There is no dress code; however, gentlemen who wish to speak must wear a tie, and ladies are encouraged to adhere to a similar sartorial standard. For those gentlemen arriving sans tie yet wishing to discourse on the resolution, the Purveyor of Ties will keep on hand several remarkable selections.
Questions regarding debate caucus procedures or about the John Adams Society itself may be directed to the Chairman at (612) 741-3272 or the Secretary at (281)-229-3671.