Preparing for the terrible coming of Oprah: how Montgomery County has a duty to provide leadership up to and especially after 2020

Preparing for the terrible coming of Oprah: how Montgomery County has a duty to provide leadership up to and especially after 2020
Eric Yollick, The Golden Hammer
It may not be Oprah, but it’ll be someone with her star power, if the democrats can wisely control the course of the democrat nominee in 2020.
Nationwide, 2020 will be an ugly election for conservatives, because the Republican Party has so miserably failed us for 24 years and because liberals have taken firm control over two major institutions, public education and the media. We will have to suffer through that election. The consequences across the nation and even in Texas will likely be severe. I’ll explain why below.
What will happen will make our efforts to reform government – reducing spending, bringing true ethics to government – and to reform the Montgomery County Republican Party all the more important. Just look at the attention Montgomery County has received over the past three weeks, because our local Republican Party totally beat the trends of other counties in Texas where suburbs turned democrat, and democrats won elections in places where they haven’t done so for years. The Party enjoyed that success, despite the arduous efforts of Wally Wilkerson to harm our general election campaign.
What will happen
 
For approximately 50 years, liberals have slowly taken control of our system of education. Our schools’ curricula reflect revisionist history, an emphasis on humanism over objective morality, and an emphasis of collectivism over the value of individual freedom. Schools are failing to teach children the process of analysis: learning facts, creating inferences from those facts, and coming to logical conclusions. Schools are failing to teach core subjects, such as reading, writing, and arithmetic, but they’re churning out students who lack those skills but get passed through massive brick-and-mortar emphasizing sports and the modern philosophy. Those children cannot compete against children who graduate through schools in China, Vietnam, Japan, and Korea, because, with the emphasis on modern liberal propaganda in America and Western Europe, there is a disregard for the core. Those children learn to depend upon collective society to think for them. Hence, they prefer government institutions to grow to care for them, so schools churn out children who will support and vote for such a society.
For approximately 50 years, liberals have slowly taken control of our system of education. Our schools’ curricula reflect revisionist history, an emphasis on humanism over objective morality, and an emphasis of collectivism over the value of individual freedom. Schools are failing to teach children the process of analysis: learning facts, creating inferences from those facts, and coming to logical conclusions. Schools are failing to teach core subjects, such as reading, writing, and arithmetic, but they’re churning out students who lack those skills but get passed through massive brick-and-mortar emphasizing sports and the modern philosophy. Those children cannot compete against children who graduate through schools in China, Vietnam, Japan, and Korea, because, with the emphasis on modern liberal propaganda in America and Western Europe, there is a disregard for the core. Those children learn to depend upon collective society to think for them. Hence, they prefer government institutions to grow to care for them, so schools churn out children who will support and vote for such a society.
At the same time, the extremism of the modern liberal media has reached a fever pitch. I’ve noticed a modern liberal slant in The New York Times since I began reading it around 1971. The open bias in the reporting and in headlines on the front page has changed considerably to a more aggressive version in the last 10 years. The other newspapers that I’ve read every day over that same time period – Wall Street Journal, Dallas Morning News, and Washington Post – are changing as well.
Everyone should read Bob Woodward’s book Fear about President Trump in the White House. While Woodward doesn’t discuss it in his public interviews, there’s a striking difference between the Donald Trump he portrays and the Donald Trump we see portrayed in the extreme liberal media, such as the New York Times, MSNBC, Late Show with Colbert, Real Time with Bill Maher, Samantha Bee, the Courier blog, all of the Hearst newspapers, the morning shows, and the Sunday shows. Woodward reveals the reality that Donald Trump actually is a thoughtful person, although he is not very articulate and he thinks out loud too much.
The propaganda from the liberal media pounds President Trump and Republicans constantly. The message is:
– “Liberal” democrats believe government should affirmatively take care of all of us and that we should unify together in a collective effort to take care of each other
– Trump is a sexual predator and hates women and so do Republicans
– Republicans only care about extremely rich donors
– Trump and Republicans are trampling on the Constitution and want to control everything you do inside of your bedroom
– Republicans and their fossil fuels are causing climate change and destroying the environment
– Trump is dumb, ignorant, and doesn’t know what he’s doing and he makes every decision based on how it can benefit him financially
– Trump does nothing out of compassion
– Republicans are hypocrites, because people like McConnell argue for bipartisanship but then he says he loves destroying Obama
– Republicans and Trump are aligned with white supremacists
– Republicans put guns before the lives of children
– Republican wants to destroy protected lands so they can make money off of national parks
– government has a duty to provide healthcare to everyone but Republicans don’t care about the health of people
– they pretend to be followers of God’s word but Jesus would do none of the things that Republicans are currently doing
– Republicans want to hassle gay, lesbian, and trans people
– Republicans don’t care if Big Pharmaceutical charges $10,000 for a drug that would otherwise save someone’s life
– President Trump kisses up to dictators but is trashing France, Canada, and allies who don’t bow to him.
The foregoing messages come from the media, the secondary schools, the universities, and their close allies constantly. If you don’t believe that’s what the liberal media does and will continue to say, just take a look at a sample of a headline from CNN.com from November 24, 2018, immediately below, which shows the liberal media campaigning methodology just three days before a runoff for the United States Senate seat from Mississippi.
Source: CNN.com.
Conservatives and Republicans have fought back by assuring the local communities, the states, and the nation that they would deliver smaller government with greater freedom, less spending, lower taxes, and that small government is the practical equivalent of greater freedom.
But Republicans have controlled the Montgomery County Commissioners Court for 30 years and raised spending and taxes to record levels. They’ve done nothing to reduce the size of government. In fact, they’ve enjoyed control of the large institutions of government – road construction, airport, convention centers and fairgrounds, community centers, nature center, economic planning and development – and actually grown those institutions. They’ve taken advantage of all of the money that has flowed into their budgets to give themselves public relations staffs and massive administrative staff which the taxpayers must bear and which only benefit the individual electeds rather than the public. They’ve used government institutions, such as the animal shelter, as little more than propaganda tools.
Republicans at the state level have done the same. With control of both houses of the Legislature and the Governor’s Mansion, Republicans have accomplished nothing other than growing the size of government, continuing the massive state bureaucracy, and increasing business and individual regulations. They’ve failed to reform public education.
At the national level, Republicans have largely controlled the apparatus of government since January 1, 1995. Rather than paring down the size of government spending beginning on January 1, 1995, the Republicans became the sponsors of the massive appropriations bills. They’ve never confronted entitlement reform. They’ve never modernized the American military (force transformation), and they’ve kept us in the longest continuous war in American history (Afghanistan) with not even the slightest strategy or prospect of an exit strategy. What Afghanistan became for the Soviet Union in 1987 is basically what it is now for the United States.
Let me be clear about my position
 
Personally, I feel betrayed. I’ve worked for Republicans since 1976. I read Atlas Shrugged in 1981 and realized that I was actually a conservative rather than a Republican. I came to believe the Scriptures in 1983 and realize that, despite Ayn Rand’s protests to the contrary, there is very little divergence between her philosophy and the New Testament.
I believe that government, outside of law enforcement and national security, lacks a moral basis and should not exist outside of those areas. But I’m also practical enough to understand that I have a lot of convincing to do to get people to agree with me and that I can get them to move towards my direction without fully convincing them that Paul (the Apostle), Locke, Hobbes, Nozick, and Rand were on the right track.
Convincing people is particularly challenging when so many people are so strongly vested in the system, particularly through money. When you hear people argue in defense of government or in the defense of those who govern, you should always evaluate what the person’s interest is. Government has largely become a topic involving money. As Benjamin Franklin warned, “When people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.” In Montgomery County, in state government, and in the federal government, financial interests have largely captured government decision making.
The solution
 
In Montgomery County, we’ve gotten a glimpse of the solution over the past two years. First, thanks to the efforts of Kelli Cook with an assist from James Noack, we saw the Commissioners Court provide some substantial tax relief, which didn’t bring about the end of the world as we know it. People appreciated those efforts. It’s the job of The Golden Hammer to continue to make sure that they understand what really happened there. Second, there is a sense that conservatives in Montgomery County are behaving differently. They’re both loud and effective, and it’s not just in elections.
Citizens are becoming more and more effective at getting the electeds to fulfill their promises and to support The Fundamental Promise of Modern Conservatism: If You Reduce Government Spending And Taxation, You Create Jobs And A Robust Free Society.
 
With the great work of Reagan Reed and Kelli Cook, in particular, the Montgomery County Republican Party showed Texas and the nation that we’re quite a bit different. Not only are we conservative but also we’re capable of making electoral outcomes more positive.
 
With the great work of Cook and Ginger Russell, the two of them defeated an entire school district’s attempt at a permanent tax hike. Wow!
 
So the reality is that Montgomery County’s conservatives do enjoy some exceptionalism, which we’ve brought to ourselves through hard work and motivation.
 
But we have serious challenges ahead. Currently, the Commissioners Court is 0 out of 5 conservatives. Hopefully, Mark Keough will bring one conservative to the Court. We should all be hopeful that we’ll bring a second conservative to the Court by the name of James Noack. That will put us in striking distance of a majority.
 
We’ve got to keep the pressure on the electeds through citizen vigilance, citizen interaction, and citizen activism of all sorts, as we’ve been doing.
 
Does that mean that we should spend the next two years focusing all of our efforts exporting our methods to the rest of Texas and the nation? That’s utterly ridiculous. We don’t have the time or the resources. We need to take care of Montgomery County first. We need to bring about the spending reductions the Citizens Budget Committee has espoused. We need to continue to build the Montgomery County Republican Party as the amazing grassroots institution it has become during the past five months. We need to gear up to show the state and the nation that, regardless of the electoral disaster that will continue to ensue all around us in 2020, Montgomery County’s conservatives are taking care of business.
 
We’re starting to require our electeds to fulfill their promises contained within the Republican Party Platform and in Mark Keough’s “Contract with Montgomery County” and elsewhere (such as oral promises on the campaign trail.) We’re building an even stronger network of Precinct Chairs (largely through the efforts of John Wertz). We’re utilizing the Republican Party as the tool it should be to let electeds know what we expect of them. (We’ve suffered a feckless County Chairman for 54 years; finally, despite his protests, the Republican Party has begun to have some muscle to enforce discipline among the electeds.) We’re making plans for the 2020 election but we’re also working right now to make sure the people we elected do what they said they’d do. That’s been the great failure of the Republican Party locally, at the state level, and nationally.
 
So if an elected chooses to continue to focus on the trappings of power while continuing to fail to fulfill conservative promises, they’ll be among those responsible for the dear price we will pay in 2020. Hopefully, people such as Brandon Creighton, Steve Toth, Will Metcalf, and Cecil Bell are getting the message: when you come back from the Legislature and tell us that you’ve had a “productive session” without statewide property tax reform, reducing the state spending budget, Constitutional Carry, ending taxpayer-funded lobbying, or a privacy bill, we don’t believe one word that is coming out of your mouth, even though we politely applaud while we eat the rubber chicken served at the Republican Women’s luncheon.
 
If conservatives fail to address the failures of our public schools, then those conservatives will fail to address one of the causes of the 2020 electoral disaster. If we don’t get the message out that conservatives stand for freedom in every sense, while the democrat view is very much of a government that acts as our sole patron but takes away our freedom with that, then we’ll never recover from the 2020 disaster.
 
But if conservatives in Montgomery County continue (1) to work towards The Fundamental Promise of Modern Conservatism and (2) build a much stronger grassroots-driven Republican Party, then we will provide the opportunity and the example to conservatives, after we suffer through 2020 nationally but not in Montgomery County.

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