Who do grassroots, liberty-minded, constitutional, small-government, tea party voters like in the presidential race? Are groups like Totally Engaged Americans behind the 20% support of Donald Trump? In a word… no!
Donald Trump has support among the tea party, but he’s not their number one candidate and in our survey taken at our last general meeting, he only garnered enough votes for fifth place. Trump remains number one in every major poll taken over the last month, and Trump is certainly number one in news coverage, but somebody else has received consistent and strong support over a summer of voting with different groups all across the state of Ohio. (See Ohio Conservatives United.)
Ted Cruz won our August survey with about 33% of the votes for number one choice for president. He articulates conservative principles and understands the wisdom of the Founders. In Federalist 51, Madison wrote: “If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.”
And then he continues: “In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.” The first concept of government controlling the governed seems to have been accomplished quite well. (In fact, maybe too well in some people’s opinions.) It is the second concept that has failed. We in the grassroots conservative movement generally believe that our government and our leaders in both political parties do not feel obliged to control themselves with limiting the scope of government’s power over the individual. Continue reading
Last Saturday, we heard from Rep. Terry Boose on the state of the Republican agenda in the Ohio legislature and how it differs with the priorities and programs advocated by the governor. Putting Boose’s information together with an earlier talk by former Ohio Rep. Matt Lynch, we see how Governor Kasich has handled (or mishandled) the issues of education and health care in this state. And it’s no spoiler alert for those who have followed these issues to say that John Kasich has taken sides AGAINST conservatives when it comes to Common Core and Medicaid Expansion.
Fight Against Common Core
Without getting too much into the history of Common Core, it essentially grew from a desire of many state governors to have a common set of academic standards from which they can assess their students. To achieve this, they needed common assessments, i.e., testing companies to compose these tests. The education system being what it is, lesson plans and text books needed to be created to “teach to the test,” and this is where the rubber hit the road. In the classroom, the elementary math was confusing to many students and parents, and other English and science standards seemed to be well below common expectations. And behind it all was the Department of Education giving money to the testing companies, the textbook companies, the states, the school districts, and so on.
Ohio began Common Core testing last year and many districts had trouble scheduling for the volume of testing needed to satisfy the new requirements. The vice president of Firelands Local Schools made national news last February when his letter to Gov. Kasich went public excoriating him on his misrepresentations and lack of understanding when it came to Common Core. Continue reading