Whoever wins in November, the ideological and political war is not over. We forgot this lesson in 1980 and 1984 when the Reagan Revolution routed the liberals in landslide elections. Too many of us sat back and declared ourselves the victors.
Phyllis Schlafly’s A Choice, Not an Echo is an insider’s guide to the back-room dealings of Republican insiders to gain control of the taxing power of the State, maintain the status quo, and maintain international equilibrium, all for fun, power, and profit. Today they are called RINOs: Republican in Name Only. Legislatively, they aren’t much different from Democrats. They want the same thing: To stay in power and make a name for themselves (Gen. 11:4).
Schlafly wrote A Choice, Not an Echo on the eve of the 1964 election. Barry Goldwater was the choice over the echo of previous political deal making. “The king-makers are playing for high stakes — control of Federal spending — and they do not intend to lose” (120). Not much has changed since Schlafly penned these words from the first chapter:
From 1936 through 1960 the Republican presidential nominee was selected by a small group of secret kingmakers who are the most powerful opinion makers in the world. They dictated the choice of the Republican presidential nominee just as completely as the Paris dressmakers control the length of women’s skirts. In the 1940’s when the decree went out from Paris that all women’s skirts should be only fourteen inches off the floor, every family budget in the United States was unbalanced in a frantic effort to achieve the “new look”.
Each fall 66 million American women don’t spontaneously decide their dresses should be an inch or two shorter, or longer, than last year. Like sheep, they bow to the wishes of a select clique of couturiers whom they have never seen, and whose names they may not even know.
It is easy to predict that, when skirts get about as short as they can possibly go, a Paris edict will be handed down again, and otherwise-sensible American women, even when they cannot afford such extravagance, will throw or give away perfectly good dresses in order to buy new ones which will meet the fashion dictates of a half dozen dressmakers in Paris.
In the same way, a few secret kingmakers based in New York selected every Republican presidential nominee from 1936 through 1960, and successfully forced their choice on a free country where there are more than 34 million Republican voters.
What’s true for the clothes we wear is equally true of the ideas that make their way to Congress that end up ruling and ruining our lives.
It doesn’t take a majority to bring about change. A recent study shows that homosexual, bi-sexual, and transgendered community make up only 3.4 percent of the adult population, and they are walking over us. There’s more of us than them, and yet we act like we’re in the minority.
You can see it in the number of people who will sit out this election. Liberals got where they are by taking small bites out of the opposition. There are too many conservatives (or whatever they want to be called) who reason that if they can’t eat the whole enchilada, they won’t eat anything. The non-participants think they are showing their disdain for the establishment by staying home or voting for a third-party nobody. The RINOs and the Left just laugh.