Picnicking with RIRA
What a place is Rhode Island.
As a matter of general impression, I wouldn’t have characterized Rhode Island much differently than my native Northern New Jersey. High-density suburban. Some areas that tilt a little more rural; some that escalate to the density of cities. I recently took a moment to fiddle with Google Earth and was actually surprised at the difference. An aerial view of Bergen County, NJ, where I grew up, is like the plant organism through a microscope, properties abutting like cells. Rhode Island has some pockets of that, but it’s almost as if the state has striven to fit more geographic diversity into the same space.
That’s been my thought as I’ve traversed Rhode Island for various purposes over the past few years, and today’s trip to the Masonic Shriners’ Family Center in Warwick for the Victory over Statism picnic of the Rhode Island Republican Assembly contributes to the impression. Here, tucked in a corner of the state that you wouldn’t expect, is a wooded park on the river:
And here gathered is a political alcove of conservatives in a deep blue state.
In one of the selfless investments of Anchor Rising largess, I’ve upgraded technology in order to be able to post videos, which I’m currently endeavoring to do.
Andrew made a comment early on in the meeting that — with the disclaimer that we haven’t been going to these things long — it seems as if the right/reform group has begun to pick up some steam. I don’t know if the limited movement is kicking into gear or if something new is emerging. Judging from the youth of the candidates who’ve spoken, there’s reason to hope that it’s the latter.