If there’s anything conservatives have learned it’s that summertime belongs to the Tea Party! There’s no reason why this summer should be any different, in fact, it’s been handed to us on a silver platter. Given such a lovely gift by the Obama administration, now is the perfect time to remind my fellow patriots about ‘Rules for Conservative Radicals: How the Tea Party Movement Can Save America‘ (not to be confused with the outstanding book, ‘Rules for Conservative Radicals‘ by Michael Patrick Leahy and edited by PolitiChicks own Dr. Gina Loudon). ‘Rules‘ is part of a series of pocket-sized books by The Liberty Alliance that also includes the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution, Pocket Catechism on the Constitution and my personal favorite, the Right Wing Handbook. All four are available for just the cost of shipping, or as free eBooks. ‘Rules‘ consists of seven strategies to “save America from statism, socialism and nanny government”. While all of the strategies are important and timely, with the current tide in politics, “Strategy One: Advocate for Smaller Government” is more important than ever.
Just how big is the government? According to Government Executive “there is no authoritative list of government agencies” and that “many federal entities do not neatly reside in the executive branch.” The annual United States Government Manual says that there are 96 independent executive units and 220 components of the executive departments. But USA.gov says there is 137 independent executive agencies with 268 components. The new Sourcebook of United States Executive Agencies provides an “exploration of the various characteristics of agencies”. Unable to answer the question of how many government agencies there are, the authors estimate the number of civilians working for the government at around 2.13 million to 2.85 million. At such a staggering size, it’s fair to say that corruption runs rampant. I can’t imagine the Founders ever envisioned the absurdity of not even knowing the size of our government. ‘Rules‘ calls it “an unlimited monstrosity that goes well beyond its enumerated duties”.
The authors of ‘Rules for Conservative Radicals‘, Dr. David L. Goetsch and Dr. Archie P. Jones, stress the importance of being well-prepared to make practical and moral arguments against liberals. It is particularly difficult to make our case to the people who have fallen into the trap of the fairness game. America is teetering on the brink with a leader who’s eagerly pushing her towards the cliff. How many times in the past six months have you thought, “Oh, this is it. America won’t put up with ‘xyz’ (Benghazi, the IRS scandal, drones, etc.)”? How many times have you been shocked that yet another scandal is swept under the rug? Have you considered the possibility that there won’t be an election in 2016? We must bring in more people, now. The plain truth is, we are the majority, however most people are politically inactive. We have been given a blessing, the scandals are an opening to make our case to inactive patriots and we better take advantage of it!
“Strategy One: Advocate for Smaller Government” goes into detail about changes that need to be made by specific agencies. While many of the modifications seem radical, the book reminds us that “minor cuts to entitlement programs and minimal economic adjustments will no longer suffice”. When you are encouraging people to become active patriots, you must be able to confidently demonstrate that change can happen, it’s not a lost cause. In limiting the government, it’s possible to balance the federal budget. In order to do both, Congress must reduce spending by about one trillion dollars a year for the next ten years. Difficult, but doable. Small portions of some of the strategies:
- Department of Education-Eliminate it along with all of its entitlement programs.
- Department of Commerce-End all telecommunication and economic development subsidies.
- Department of Energy-End all subsidies for energy efficiency, vehicle technologies, electricity research and nuclear energy.
- Department of Health and Human Services-Repeal Obamacare.
Of course this barely scratches the surface of Strategy One and doesn’t even touch on any of the other six. Memorize the points in Strategy One until they’re second nature. While this is more focused on the first strategy, given the difficult task ahead, getting all four pocket books is absolutely vital to all patriots. Together they will help you get into your best fighting form. The authors stress that we must take the high ground, something that’s not always easy! It is increasingly difficult to keep your cool when you encounter a Leftist that isn’t interested in a real conversation, just an attack. The more that President Obama and his supporters divide the country for political gain, the harder it is to keep our moral compass during an attack. While the occasional outburst is expected (and maybe a little fun), to bring in more like-minded people we have to calmly prove we’re right and know when to move on from a lost cause or vicious attack. “Rules‘ reminds us, “All of these tactics should be firmly grounded in and guided by the first principles set forth by the Founders.”