Bragging about a shining star and a very dear friendby Stephen Gordon
I’ve heard Wayne Allyn Root described as “the Energizer Bunny on speed.” While our styles are significantly different, I’ve been told that I outperform Root. I’m not trying to compete with Root, but to make another point. There is one person in the liberty movement I know who has the energy and results of Root and me combined multiplied together amplified by some exponential function only Albert Einstein or Stephen Hawking could grok.
A key driving force behind this panel is Shana Kluck. Shana is not only a member of the Alabama Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, but she also serves on her state GOP executive committee, is president of the Alabama Republican Assemby and serves as secretary of the Alabama Republican Liberty Caucus. When she’s not busy homeshcooling her four children, consulting on Web 2.0 projects, engaged in Eagle Forum activities, attending various political meetings around the state and working behind the scenes on a variety of conservative and libertarian causes, she is busy helping me on campaigns.
Considering Shana’s schedule, very few of us have grounds to offer the excuse that we are too busy to become more involved in the African-American community.
Instead of sitting around complaining about how black people voted in previous election cycles, Senator Beason and Ms. Kluck are taking leadership roles in providing justice for members of the African-American community.
I first met Shana during the Ron Paul presidential campaign. While in the process of leaving my job in DC and moving back to Alabama, I starting signing up for various Ron Paul Meetups and e-mail lists back home. One name quickly surfaced to the top: Shana’s.
Despite growing up in Ron Paul’s congressional district, the Paul campaign was Shana’s first real exposure to politics. She didn’t let being a newby slow her down though, but rose to and very quickly surpassed the challenge.
Shana ended up being the national homeschooling coordinator for Ron Paul’s campaign, as well as serving as the Alabama field coordinator. As the state media coordinator, it was my distinct pleasure to serve with her. Not being able to stomach John McCain as the GOP presidential nominee, Shana immediately jumped on board the Bob Barr campaign after Ron Paul was out of the picture. Without her efforts enhancing our social networking operations, my eventual position with that campaign would have been impossible.
Most libertarians are content living their lives as free from government intervention as they can. They quite understandably spend their time holed up with their family and friends and try to live life for the most they can get out of it. Others pop out of the woodwork to criticize the government from time to time but accomplish little to actually change things. Others have dedicated their lives to making America a freer place. As long as I’ve been in the movement, I’ve never met anyone who has accomplished as much in a short period of time as Shana. Not so very long ago, I felt that I was her mentor. Today, I feel that she is my mentor.
I’m well aware that we have a lot of left-leaning libertarian visitors on this site who might criticize certain organizations with which Shana (or me, even) works. That’s okay. Since we are all on the same general sheet of music, let’s turn this into some healthy competition. Who is willing to put more energy into and provide greater results to the cause of freedom than Shana?
It doesn’t really matter who wins this particular competition, as all of us will win in the long run.