Developing a Long-Term Post-Election Strategy

The election’s over. Now what do we do?

What will be the strategy of the non-voters? They will complain, harp, criticize, and bloviate how they are not responsible for the way the election turned out. They will continue to be irrelevant for the next four years.

How about the anti-Romney non-voters who didn’t vote because Romney was not good enough and he is “no different from Obama”? Will they work to change the GOP? No. Will they offer an alternative that has a chance of winning? No. Ron Paul won’t run again, so who’s going to be their political champion? Let’s say that Paul had gotten the GOP nomination. He would have been crushed by Obama and his media surrogates. There is no possible way that he would have raised the necessary capital to run a hard-fought campaign. His very short coattails would have given the Democrats a massive majority in the House and Senate.

As we saw in this election, a candidate needs more than a message. He needs a machine. The GOP is the machine. If you want to drive the machine, you’ve got to get on board and bring a lot of people with you.

States need to get in the game at the county level. That’s where real power is. And since it’s local, it doesn’t have national consequences. If your county passes a law, it’s not going to affect me in my county.

States have the constitutional right to say no to the Federal government and the big-city power bases. The Ninth and Tenth Amendments give them that right. Since the President and Congress take an oath to uphold the Constitution, states need to band together and take on the Federal government over the issue of non-Federal interference in state and county issues.

The first place to start is to get the national government out of education. There was never a need for a Federal Department of Education. The State knew that if it controlled the children and what they learned, they would control the nation.

If you want to stop the growth of government, then go to the source — the next generation of indoctrinated children.

For decades attempts had been made by liberals to secure national policy control, and they succeeded by capturing the minds of 90 percent of the population with “free education” and “bread and circuses” (“free school lunches” and sports programs), and we wonder why the government continues to grow.

Daniel F. Walker, writing in The Freeman, points to the work of Christian theologian J. Gresham Machen (1881–1937), an early pioneer in keeping the Federal government out of education:

“Long before the federal Department of Education was finally created in the 1970s, efforts had been made to establish it in the 1920s. Machen vigorously opposed those efforts in published letters, essays in national magazines, speaking engagements, and in an appearance before a joint Congressional committee. There, Machen warned against government control over young people: ‘If you give the bureaucrats the children, you might as well give them everything else as well.’” ((Henry W. Coray, J. Gresham Machen: A Silhouette (Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 1981), 50.))

Machen, a fiscal and governmental conservative with Libertarian leanings, understood the implications of turning control of our children over to bureaucrats who have a vested interest in them as a captured voting class:

“Place the lives of children in their formative years, despite the convictions of their parents, under the intimate control of experts appointed by the state, force them to attend schools where the higher aspirations of humanity are crushed out, and where the mind is filled with the materialism of the day, and it is difficult to see how even the remnants of liberty can subsist. ((Machen, Christianity and Liberalism, 1923.))

We don’t have to wait to accomplish this goal. We can take our children out of government schools now! There are a number of options: church schools, private schools, on-line education, and homeschooling. You can’t be serious about changing the direction of the nation without first taking control of what your children are learning.

If we’re not willing to take control of what our children are learning, we deserve to lose. We can’t complain about welfare if we are sending our children to government schools where education is subsidized by other other tax payers and property owners.