Â Â Â Â Â The focus of national conservativeÂ advocacy and information-sharingÂ groups such as ours is largely on national events and national politics because, well, it’s a big country, a ‘nation’, if you will. Â At the same time, sage activists and mentorsÂ on our teamÂ remind us that charity begins at home.Â The grass roots, or precinct and county-level initiatives they espouse help shape the national movement, elect constitutional conservatives and provide a network for traditional American freedom-lovers to utilize in their soldierly pursuits, while establishing our folk as aÂ force, or at least a frame of reference, in their own communities.
Â Â Â Â At the same time as pressing for state and national conservative efforts and candidates, I hopeÂ ourÂ guys and gals take these opportunitiesÂ to serve as opportunities to educate and agitate on local issues as well.Â Â On a personal level, I have in my doddering old age discovered the information superhighway and, after several decades of merely existing, found a calling of sorts.Â AsÂ a kind ofÂ ‘Â agent provocateur’Â ,Â I use the Internet to ‘reach out and touch’ people, some of whom don’t really want to be ‘touched’ but, hey, it’s a contact sport! and to educate people, some of whom don’t want to be educated but, hey, everybody needs to wise up!
Â Â Â Â Some of you may know there is an effort here in my home state of Indiana towards something called Local Government Reform.Â I touched on this in a diary recently at the other venue:
Â Â Â This initiative is supported by Progressives on both sides of the aisle.Â Its specific details are Â the product ofÂ aÂ policy Â center at a liberal-leaning institution ofÂ Â higher Â learning and itÂ has become a crusade of the statewide media monopolies.Â The fickle public, while swallowing some of the propaganda about efficiencies in government resulting from centralization of county-level offices and executive-level decision-making, tends to want to hold on to the more local departments, such as school systems, libraries, fire departments.Â These are tough sells for the Progressives here in the Hoosier State, so they don’t push it when they sense backlash.
Â Â Â Â But they’ll backdoor them whenever and wherever they can.Â The legislature has given Cities and Counties certain latitudes in coming up with local reform schemes, utilizing appointed ‘volunteer’ boards to make recommendations.Â Their efforts and their personages always receive glowing accolades in the media.Â And on the odd occasion we get a report of what some of theÂ do-gooders are up to.
Â Â Â Â Today, the press reported that the fire chief of the city that is the county seat in my community “confirmed” thatÂ “Â preliminary discussions were underway about creation of a ‘fire territory’, which could see the oversight and financial management of his department consolidated with those in one or more outlying townships” (emphasis mine).Â This is the city’s top professional firefighter making this announcement, dear readers; not the Mayor, a councilman, a commissioner, a board member, but a member of a professional, unionized fire department.Â Again, people in the outlying communities want to retain their local volunteer fire departments.Â This is the first hint of any such deals going on.Â The president of the city’s Firefighters union said he would be interested in hearing more about it!Â Imagine that!Â What could go wrong?!
Â Â Â Â Now, the article goes on to assure the readership that the intent is for all the localities to ‘keep’ their fire departments;Â this is just an administrative, budgetary, cost -efficiency sort of thing, dontchaknow?Â So while the locals are ‘keeping their health insurance’ , they will be ‘keeping their volunteer fire departments’.Â No outside
uni Â entities will try to come in with demands or toÂ change what the townshipsÂ know and love ….Â cross our hearts.
Â Â Â Â Did I mention that locals also want to keep their local libraries?Â So that the Local Government Reform committees have kept their hands off them, for the time being.Â Breaking: The small local library in my town has announced it has entered into a bi-lateral agreement with the big public library in the county seat, meaning library cards will be reciprocally recognized between the two districts.Â No word yet on whether some or all of the fine Progressive programs, like Multi-culti Dreams and Schemes; Teaching Your Parents How to Protect the Earth, et ceteraÂ put on at the big city libraryÂ venues will be automatically shared with our local book nook.
Â Â Â Â Are you beginning to get the picture?Â You already know all this, from your own observations of the street where you live.Â It’s just that the drama isn’t so intense or titillating Â as the ones being played out on the national set, like from Madison, Wisconsin for example.Â But the Progressives are soldiering on where you and I live as well.Â And stealthily so, in most cases, grateful for the good press, or sometimes even more grateful forÂ the lack of press they receive.
Â Â OH, and one more thing.Â I mentioned before the precinct activism of our fellow conservatives.Â Well, there is another splendid initiative going on here in Indiana as regards the voting process that relates to the concept of The Precinct.Â See, the Get With The 21st Century crowd wants to make it ‘easier’ for people to participate in the electoral process (easier for whom is a whole ‘nother dispatch), so they have come up with the idea of Â ‘vote centers’ to replace precinct polling places, which are supposed to make it convenient for the citizen to cast his ballot at central locations of commerce and social intercourse, and at a time of his choosing,Â plus save dollars by not having to man polling places in every precinct.Â And so the fate of the precinct as the bedrock Â of local political activity may or may not be onÂ The Agenda, I don’t know.Â Â One cool, hip place desiredÂ to put a vote center is of course on the campus of the local Bolshevik State University.Â And you thought the New Black Panthers could cause a stir!
Â Â Â Â The point is, it is not just the functionsÂ of government they are trying to get as remote from the folk as possible, but the actual democratic, personal, traditional electoral process, andÂ the underlyingÂ Republican form of governmentÂ as well.Â Remember, folks, this is Indiana I’m talking about here.Â Not San Francisco. Not Berkeley.Â Not Princeton.Â Not the Eastern Shore.Â This is The Heartland.Â This can’t happen……here? Â And also remember,Â it’s not ‘Organizing for the Mission District’, or ‘Organizing for the Loop’Â or ‘Organizing for The Village’, it’s ‘Organizing For America’Â Â and they are coming to ‘make it all better’.Â Not just coming….they’re here.Â And there.Â And everywhere.Â Progress is their most important product.Â Soft sell or hard sell – take your pick.