Why I Defeat Government School Bond Levies At The Ballot Box And Do It For A Profit

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I
am a political campaign consultant who has been employed by taxpayer
groups across the mid-west to defeat public school bond levy votes.
To date I have designed the campaigns necessary to defeat 11 out
of 12 new school tax proposals at the ballot box, saving taxpayers
over $175 million. These levies were for both buildings and overrides
to legislative caps of growth to their general budgets. Since March
of this year three of my clients defeated their new tax proposals
by an average NO vote of 69.1% with accompanying large voter turnouts.
Politically routing proposed government school bond levies often
demoralizes them enough that the piggish-spending statist educators
drop their new spending plans.

So
what kind of cruel curmudgeon could I be, who hates children so
much that I want to deny them a basic education by shutting off
the funds necessary to their ever-so-humble teachers who only want
to serve these wee-ones? What kind of a heartless clod am I anyway?
Well, I am the "heartless" father of eleven children who
enjoys immensely the task of overseeing and assisting the home-school
teaching responsibilities faithfully carried out by my dear wife.
I am the same educational "killjoy" who is grateful to
God that our two oldest home-schooled sons are now enrolled at the
small but very relevant Christ College in Lynchburg, VA, which,
by the way refuses all government assistance. With university degrees
of our own, my wife and I are anything but anti-education…just anti-statist
education.

R.
J. Rushdoony, in his 1963 book, The
Messianic Character of American Education
wrote about John
Dewey, one of the founders of American public education, saying,

"Dewey's
conception of the Great Community is anti-pluralistic, monistic,
and medieval, requiring as it does the total unification of
society under a common goal rather than permitting a pluralism
of faiths, goals, and cultures. The state school is his established
church, and the Great Community his New Jerusalem, the kingdom
of man realized and present…It is questionable whether liberty
can long survive under a continued onslaught of Deweyism. Indications
of its possibly waning power are thus hopeful signs of another
spring."

Here
many of us are nearly 40 years later, seeking to advance the kingdom
of Christ and just now beginning to catch a glimpse of what only
a few men like Rushdoony saw back then.

Dewey's
medieval unified Great Community is showing much greater signs of
crumbling now than it did at Rushdoony's writing. The number of
students now bailing out of public schools is accelerating. Dr.
Brian Ray reports that the home schooling student population is
now increasing in numbers of up to 15% annually, approaching 2,000,000
students and with average academic test scores exceeding the average
public school scores. More traditional Christian education, though
somewhat unsure of itself, is offering a superior education for
its children, too. Yet I hope they don't fall prey to the voucher
trap.

The
statist bureaucrats in education (affectionately known as educrats)
are and have been self-consciously on a mission to destroy liberty
in this nation, by destroying the founding Christian faith that
made it possible and replacing it with their humanist group think
"New Jerusalem." It has been an offensive action for them
from the beginning. They've masked their freedom-destroying, anti-intellectual
efforts for decades under the ruse of educational "neutrality."
Well, the neutrality myth is about over.

Responsible
home-schooled children are now starting to become pervasive enough
that they are publicly being well received if not seen as superior
students. Though all home-school parents may not understand it,
it is certainly understood by the educrats that their efforts are
an offense to the statist system. The California State Department
of Education's recent oppressive decree, which attempts to make
most home-schools "illegal" in their state, is an indication
of how offended they are.

I
don't think we should stop there. Let us respectfully "offend"
them in any way that we can to hasten the day of their demise and
the restoration of new schools formed and guided by the voluntary
association of like-minded parents, grandparents, etc. and paid
for with their own money. Here are some ideas.

  1. Some can
    take their home-school children to their state legislatures
    and encourage them to lobby for a day. Let them be exposed to
    the legislators and vice versa.
  2. Some
    can hire aggressive lawyers and provide whatever support they
    can to a family in their state which has decided (or has been
    forced into) to challenge some aspect of the tyrannical truancy
    laws. Those who find themselves in court should take the high
    ground. Don't adopt a defensive posture in an attempt to appease
    the state. A more effective strategy is to go on the offense
    and prosecute their miserable system, i.e., "We want our
    children to receive a good education, we love them and can't
    risk their future by submitting them to your failing system."
    Then marshal all the evidence necessary to demonstrate where
    they are failing the average child. Advocates outside the courtroom
    should be making this argument to the general public, as well.
  3. Vote for
    politicians who have the courage to stand up to the state chapter
    of the NEA.
  4. Encourage
    a defender of liberty to politically run against all legislators
    who are also employed in the government education system.

And
then, if you want to, start a political consulting firm as I have
and go on the offense against their funding proposals that need
the consent of the local electorate. In addition to the writing
skills, knowledge of print and broadcast copy production, and managing
phone bank skills, I have found that three more critical tasks are
needed. They are:

  1. Impart
    a vision of courage to the local members of the community to
    be willing to challenge the local public school. Years of guilt
    manipulation by educrats has taken its toll and a passionate
    sense of the moral right of this effort needs to be imparted.
  2. Have the
    ability to quickly raise the cash needed in the community to
    execute the campaign strategy. This is not too difficult to
    develop, once one is trained.
  3. Design
    a campaign whose primary effort is to neutralize their "do
    it for the children" guilt trip. Once that is neutralized
    in the mind of the voter, it takes little additional effort
    for them to vote in the interests of their own pocket book.
    I have developed a hither-to-fore unknown tactic that has proved
    very effective.

Several
of my clients have found that when a school bond levy is firmly
defeated at the polls, not only did they not receive the anticipated
retribution, but they also found they earned a new position of respect
in the eyes of many voters. The chairman of one of my client committees
was then elected to a county office after leading such a successful
school bond effort and spent several years voting down new tax increases.
In the struggle for true liberty and in opposition to tyranny, we
need to become more offensive minded and show that we have a superior
educational program to replace the rapidly failing government system.
And we need to do everything else we can to speed it on towards
its certain demise. If you need help starting such a political consulting
service in your area or just have an upcoming school bond levy in
your community that you might need help in defeating, feel free
to contact me.

November
9, 2002

Paul
Dorr [send him mail] is
a former half owner of an Iowa community bank who resigned when
he realized the true harm of our fiat-money system, and has been
a pro-family political activist ever since.

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