Tue April 23, 2024

By Jeff Smithpeters

Hempstead County GOP hosts Lincoln Day Dinner with Jan Morgan as keynote speaker
At the Hempstead County Republican Committee's Lincoln Day Dinner held at Hempstead Hall keynote speaker Jan Morgan, former candidate for U.S. Senate and owner of Gun Cave Indoor Firing Range in Hot Springs, began her talk by explaining that she had recently been involved in a rescue mission. 

About a month ago, she was making her way through her Facebook news feed one night when she came across a report that puppies had been abandoned in the swamps near Foreman, Arkansas. When she showed the item to her husband, he said to her, “’So you want to go get them?’ See, this is why I love that guy. I married the most amazing man in the world truly.” 

Though the drive from Hot Springs would take four hours, Morgan set off. Before she left, she posted a message on her own Facebook page asking if anyone could watch over the puppies until she got there.  When she finally did, it was around midnight, and she said a couple who saw the message helped her load what turned out to be ten puppies. “And then we get back in the car with 10 puppies in the backseat of my car.  That's when I realized suddenly I hadn't thought this through.” 

Not wanting to house the puppies with the dogs she already has and risk spreading disease, Morgan found a classroom for them back at Gun Cave. She then went to her freezer, finding and cooking chicken and rice for the young pups to eat while also providing a blanket so they could stay warm. But despite the puppies being so starved they were eating rocks, they would not eat on the night of their rescue because of their trauma at being ripped away from the world they knew with their mother to the dark and threatening swamps. 

“I told my husband all the way.  Honestly, I can relate to how they feel. Because one night I went to bed in America and everything was great. The next day I woke up, and it was downright scary. So where am I? This is not America anymore. What is going on? The assaults were coming so rapidly from the far left, the radical left that were so insistent, and just massive from every direction, I got scared to turn on the TV every day,” Morgan said. 

Morgan then explained that in such times the course she recommended for Republicans was to “stand up and fight” while realizing the risks of doing so could cost their lives.  She advised attendees to use their gifts to contribute wherever they could to the effort against Democrats whether that meant clearing tables at gatherings or putting stamps on envelopes at party headquarters. She said Republicans also needed to choose a particular “battle zone” in which to take part. 

Among these were election integrity. Morgan said she believed the 2020 and 2022 elections were both stolen and that Democrats were working to do the same in 2024.  She called for Republicans to volunteer as poll workers. She also singled out a problem with the Arkansas Republican party, that of open primaries.  “Do you know in Arkansas we have open primaries. That means anybody, Democrats, independents, anybody can come in decide who our Republican nominee is going to be on the general election ballot. Now, explain to me why any Republican would want Democrats to have a say in who our Republican candidate is going to be in the general election,” she said. 

Morgan also stressed the need for campaign finance reform, specifically to end SuperPACs. which allow unlimited donations to a fund whose controllers can advertise for or against a particular candidate as long as they do not coordinate with any candidate’s campaign. She said in last year’s Republican primary, which was won by Senator John Boozman (without naming him in her speech) to these, she had had to contend with these. She called for new campaign laws that would limit a candidate’s spending to the amount they expect to earn in salary after winning the election and requiring candidates to face one another in debates. 

To fight in these battlezones requires three weapons, Morgan said, the Constitution and Bill of Rights, the Republican Platform and the Bible. In discussing the Bill of Rights, she stated that federal agents had “executed” Bryan Malinowski of the Little Rock Airport on March 19th after they had violated his rights against unreasonable search and seizure.  “If I was a criminal, and I wanted to do a shock and awe home invasion, I’d yell ‘Federal Agent,’” she said.  (The bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has said Malinowski fired on agents before he was shot.) As of today, the case has been referred by Arkansas State Police’s Criminal Investigation Division (CID) to the 6th Judicial District prosecuting attorney’s office.

Morgan said she herself had been warned by the FBI of threats against her life due to an ISIS presence in Arkansas because of her broadcasts with an Israeli counter-terrorism expert “showing information straight from the Koran,” the Muslim holy book.  Throughout her speech she told attendees that they should have no selling price except their lives in exchange for compromising their values. Morgan said living with threats was a price she was willing to pay. 

Morgan closed by invoking the extreme conditions of cold, being ill-clad and outnumbered faced by American colonists in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania during the American Revolution and asking attendees to imagine those years when enduring and persisting in the present time. “They didn’t give up,” Morgan said. “They weren’t for sale.”  

The evening’s master of ceremonies was Hempstead County Republican Committee Chairman and Quorum Court Justice of the Peace Steve Atchley. The invocation was given by County Judge Jerry Crane.  Hope Mayor Don Still sang the national anthem and “God Bless America,” which he asked the audience to join him in. Members of Scout Troop 5 presented the colors as Les Patterson acted as Color Guard Leader.  Ed Flagg provided a special tribute to the veterans and first responders present. In attendance were Arkansas State Senator Steve Crowell and State Representative Danny Watson, who were acknowledged just before City Director Mark Ross introduced Morgan. 

The night also featured a silent auction of items donated to the party, which included several wall-hangings, cakes and gift certificates. A live auction officiated by Ed Flagg sold an Arkansas Razorback bench and an outdoor griddle 

The Lincoln Day Dinner itself was catered by Big Mac’s Barbeecue. Attendees were served beef brisket with seared green beans, mashed potato and roll. Cherry cheesecake was provided for dessert.