BIG title, isn’t it? We’re going to work up to it by discussing a couple of rinky-dink school board elections. To understand why these apparently inconsequential contests are literally of global importance, we’ll start with an excellent column in the San Antonio Express-News. It’s titled Social issues drive education race. Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:
Ken Mercer and Tim Tuggey have a lot in common. Mercer, the incumbent District 5 State Board of Education representative, and Tuggey, the attorney-lobbyist trying to take his seat, both consider themselves conservatives.
Enough background. Let’s read more from the San Antonio Express-News:
They’re both 54, each with more than 20 years of business experience in the San Antonio area. They’re both products of the military, with Mercer the son of an Army Air Corps veteran and Tuggey a former Army captain. They even agree about the meaning of their primary campaign, that it’s a battle to define the modern Texas Republican Party. That’s where the arguments begin.
That’s exactly what this election is all about. We continue:
Tuggey, a former chairman of VIA Metropolitan Transit Authority, wears suits and ties, and is crisp and careful with his words. He fits the profile of what party populists derisively call a “country-club Republican,” someone who believes in free markets but has little patience for moral crusades.
And that is important because:
In the wake of President Barack Obama’s 2008 election, Republicans have debated whether the party needs to move to the political center or stand more emphatically as a party of social conservatism.
The Mercer-Tuggey race, along with a similar Board of Education primary battle between incumbent Don McLeroy, R-College Station, and his challenger, Thomas Ratcliff, will put that internal debate to the test.
Mercer and McLeroy have been strong allies since Mercer won election to the board in 2006. … His [Mercer’s] election that year gave social conservatives seven of the board’s 15 seats, and they’ve used their power to fight what Mercer calls the “education political lobby.” Along the way, he’s pushed for creationist theory in science textbooks, supported the concept of a Bible studies elective course in high school … . In a 2008 piece for the conservative Web site Texas Insider, Mercer compared the teaching of evolution as fact with Nazi Germany’s adherence to a master-race theory.
And McLeroy is even worse. Click over to the San Antonio Express-News and read the whole column.
But why is your Curmudgeon paying so much attention to these Texas school board elections? At the risk of wildly over-stating our case, we think these contests can determine the fate of the world.
What? Yes, you read that correctly. Whether America continues its slide into the sewer of socialism depends not so much on the success of the left — which never succeeds in economics — as it does on the attractiveness of the political opposition.
If the Republican party presents a repulsive program of government, it cannot succeed at the national level. That leaves the nation, and ultimately the world, with no alternative but to sink further into the pit of socialism, where free enterprise is effectively outlawed, and we are ruled by parasites, power freaks, and economic idiots.
Despite his skills in the process of getting elected, Obama is turning out to be a dangerously incompetent fool. Yes, he’s intelligent, but so are thousands of left-wing academicians trained in topics like sociology and political “science.” Such people can skillfully juggle concepts the way a circus performer juggles beanbags, but they don’t have the brains to run a Burger King franchise — yet they think they can run the world.
Despite their incompetence, leftists continue to win elections. Why? It’s because, despite their unbroken history of causing economic disasters all over the globe for most of the last century, their opponents are usually perceived as being even worse. Not worse at economics, but at everything else. Ironically, elections are decided by the “undecided” voters in the middle, and such people never choose what they perceive as fanaticism.
Therefore, the message of the Republican party is the single most important issue in the political future of the nation. Texas — as the second-most populous state after California — is a vitally important battleground where the party’s future, the future of America — and yes, of the world — is being determined.
At the moment, despite the fiasco of Obama, the GOP is not an attractive alternative. Theocratic creationist fanatics run the Texas GOP machinery. See: The Theocratic Texas Republican Party Platform. You can’t expect to defeat Al Capone by offering Count Dracula as his replacement.
Despite a rational core of economic and geopolitical common sense, if the GOP continues to be dominated by the lingering remnant of the ignorant, racist, creationist mobs who idolized William Jennings Bryan, they’ll never attract enough votes to prevail in national elections. No one wants to swap a bunch of incompetents for a pack of even more dangerous lunatics.
And so, dear reader, the battle for the soul of the GOP is playing out in a few rinky-dink Texas school board elections. We’re not saying that if the theocrats win these contests the nation is doomed; but it would certainly give us encouragement to see reason prevail.
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