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      The focus of national conservative advocacy and information-sharing groups such as ours is largely on national events and national politics because, well, it’s a big country, a ‘nation’, if you will.   At the same time, sage activists and mentors on our team remind us that charity begins at home.  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 a force, or at least a frame of reference, in their own communities.

     At the same time as pressing for state and national conservative efforts and candidates, I hope  our guys and gals take these opportunities to serve as opportunities to educate and agitate on local issues as well.  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.  As a kind of  ‘ agent provocateur’ , 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!

     Some of you may know there is an effort here in my home state of Indiana towards something called Local Government Reform.  I touched on this in a diary recently at the other venue:

https://www.redstate.com/bobmontgomery/2011/01/23/the-forest-and-the-trees/.

    This initiative is supported by Progressives on both sides of the aisle.  Its specific details are  the product of  a  policy  center at a liberal-leaning institution of  higher  learning and it has become a crusade of the statewide media monopolies.  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.  These are tough sells for the Progressives here in the Hoosier State, so they don’t push it when they sense backlash.

     But they’ll backdoor them whenever and wherever they can.  The legislature has given Cities and Counties certain latitudes in coming up with local reform schemes, utilizing appointed ‘volunteer’ boards to make recommendations.  Their efforts and their personages always receive glowing accolades in the media.  And on the odd occasion we get a report of what some of the do-gooders are up to.

     Today, the press reported that the fire chief of the city that is the county seat in my community “confirmed” that “ 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).  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.  Again, people in the outlying communities want to retain their local volunteer fire departments.  This is the first hint of any such deals going on.  The president of the city’s Firefighters union said he would be interested in hearing more about it!  Imagine that!  What could go wrong?!

     Now, the article goes on to assure the readership that the intent is for all the localities to ‘keep’ their fire departments;  this is just an administrative, budgetary, cost -efficiency sort of thing, dontchaknow?  So while the locals are ‘keeping their health insurance’ , they will be ‘keeping their volunteer fire departments’.  No outside uni  entities will try to come in with demands or to change what the townships know and love …. cross our hearts.

https://www.thestarpress.com/article/20110313/NEWS01/103130331/Muncie-considering-fire-territory-with-outlying-townships

     Did I mention that locals also want to keep their local libraries?  So that the Local Government Reform committees have kept their hands off them, for the time being.  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.  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 cetera put on at the big city library venues will be automatically shared with our local book nook.

     Are you beginning to get the picture?  You already know all this, from your own observations of the street where you live.  It’s just that the drama isn’t so intense or titillating  as the ones being played out on the national set, like from Madison, Wisconsin for example.  But the Progressives are soldiering on where you and I live as well.  And stealthily so, in most cases, grateful for the good press, or sometimes even more grateful for the lack of press they receive.

   OH, and one more thing.  I mentioned before the precinct activism of our fellow conservatives.  Well, there is another splendid initiative going on here in Indiana as regards the voting process that relates to the concept of The Precinct.  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  ‘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, plus save dollars by not having to man polling places in every precinct. And so the fate of the precinct as the bedrock  of local political activity may or may not be on The Agenda, I don’t know.  One cool, hip place desired to put a vote center is of course on the campus of the local Bolshevik State University.  And you thought the New Black Panthers could cause a stir!

     The point is, it is not just the functions of government they are trying to get as remote from the folk as possible, but the actual democratic, personal, traditional electoral process, and the underlying Republican form of government as well.  Remember, folks, this is Indiana I’m talking about here.  Not San Francisco. Not Berkeley.  Not Princeton.  Not the Eastern Shore.  This is The Heartland.  This can’t happen……here?  And also remember, it’s not ‘Organizing for the Mission District’, or ‘Organizing for the Loop’  or ‘Organizing for The Village’, it’s ‘Organizing For America’   and they are coming to ‘make it all better’.  Not just coming….they’re here.  And there.  And everywhere.  Progress is their most important product.  Soft sell or hard sell – take your pick.

bobmontgomery
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  1. Dang it. Still can’t find that recommend butto……… Oh………

    Oops.

    😉

    Bob, some spot-on writing and it’s more like true journalistic reportage that’s sorely lacking throughout the media, including sources on our side of the aisle.

    What you’re on is akin to ICLEI’s infestation in governments on the ‘green’ angle, that has nothing to do whatsoever with green and everything with command and control.

    Cheers from South Flori-duh !

    Kenny Solomon

  2. Same here in Peoria-area land. Although another county than mine, Peoria City & Peoria County law enforcement have had it proposed that they merge; you know, economies of scale, etc. Hasn’t gone into effect yet, I believe it’s under study with a task force or some such, but makes for a great, money-saving sound bite, along with less choice for the locals, as only the County Sheriff is elected. Brian H still reads the local rag which I unsubscribed to years ago, so he’ll have greater details, but same overall gist here in the Heart of Illinois. Cheers!

  3. Reminds me of:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyenRCJ_4Ww

    “We are the Borg. Lower your shields and surrender your ships. We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own. Your culture will adapt to service us. Resistance is futile.”

    This is cutting-edge reporting, Bob. Thanks for pointing it out; this is extremely important stuff to keep an eye on, especially the “vote centers.” Keep us posted.

  4. Tks, KS. The culture is corrupted in favor of collectivism wherever you turn. If you want to be charitable, you have to put on a t-shirt that says “Live United”. If you want to pay your respects to victims of a massacre, you have to put on a T-shirt that says ” Together, We….” and on and on and on. Until we are so conditioned to go along with the latest suggestion that when it comes to the point of the children being taught the “Barack Obama Song”, well who could be against anything so cute? People just need to stop and take notice. Pay attention. Relearn History. Demand that it be taught in the schools.

  1. Dang it. Still can’t find that recommend butto……… Oh………

    Oops.

    😉

    Bob, some spot-on writing and it’s more like true journalistic reportage that’s sorely lacking throughout the media, including sources on our side of the aisle.

    What you’re on is akin to ICLEI’s infestation in governments on the ‘green’ angle, that has nothing to do whatsoever with green and everything with command and control.

    Cheers from South Flori-duh !

    Kenny Solomon

  2. Same here in Peoria-area land. Although another county than mine, Peoria City & Peoria County law enforcement have had it proposed that they merge; you know, economies of scale, etc. Hasn’t gone into effect yet, I believe it’s under study with a task force or some such, but makes for a great, money-saving sound bite, along with less choice for the locals, as only the County Sheriff is elected. Brian H still reads the local rag which I unsubscribed to years ago, so he’ll have greater details, but same overall gist here in the Heart of Illinois. Cheers!

  3. Reminds me of:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyenRCJ_4Ww

    “We are the Borg. Lower your shields and surrender your ships. We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own. Your culture will adapt to service us. Resistance is futile.”

    This is cutting-edge reporting, Bob. Thanks for pointing it out; this is extremely important stuff to keep an eye on, especially the “vote centers.” Keep us posted.

  4. Tks, KS. The culture is corrupted in favor of collectivism wherever you turn. If you want to be charitable, you have to put on a t-shirt that says “Live United”. If you want to pay your respects to victims of a massacre, you have to put on a T-shirt that says ” Together, We….” and on and on and on. Until we are so conditioned to go along with the latest suggestion that when it comes to the point of the children being taught the “Barack Obama Song”, well who could be against anything so cute? People just need to stop and take notice. Pay attention. Relearn History. Demand that it be taught in the schools.

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