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Precinct caucuses are coming up Tuesday evening, February 5th,at 7:00 PM. We may be tempted to ask if attending is
really worth it. Keep in mind that the world of politics does belong to those
who show up. This is as true today as it has ever been. It's the first step on
the road to the 2008 elections!
Every eligible Minnesota
voter is eligible to participate in a Minnesota
political party's precinct caucuses. The different political parties gather in
different locations in each community in the state.
At the caucuses you will register your preference for your favorite
presidential candidate. You will also elect people ("delegates") to
represent your wishes at the next level conventions. These delegates will then endorse the party's legislative candidates!
If we want legislators who represent us on our many education issues, show up
on February 5th, be elected as your precinct's delegates, and elect
other delegates who also support our issues.
Finally, the caucuses decide
which platform resolutions are forwarded to that party's next level
conventions. Attending your caucus is one of the biggest ways individuals
make a difference in how our government is run and who runs it.
The caucuses are a significant
opportunity to have your voice heard. Several months ago we were guests at a
meeting with Phyllis Schlafly of Eagle Forum. Phyllis is a veteran of party
platforms efforts. She said that she was again expecting an effort to dilute
the Republican Party platform. We need people involved, she said, starting with
the caucuses, to protect that platform.
The political pundits and
insiders always say, of course, that the platform is irrelevant. (They are
really saying that they want to disregard the convictions of grassroots
citizens.) Don't listen to them. The platform defines the political parties and
identifies which policies they are obligated to support, as well as the
policies the parties are to oppose. Platforms are important.
On the Republican side, for
example, EdWatch supporters have written
some very good planks into the Minnesota platform over the last several years-planks
that promote knowledge-based education, teaching the principles of freedom
stated in the Declaration of Independence and Constitution, and planks that
encourage promoting strong traditional families in the schools (not fantasy
families such as gay partners who want to marry and adopt children). While not
all legislators follow their party's platform, platforms exert influence on which
candidates are endorsed and what legislators will support.
EdWatch supporters have also passed planks that oppose destructive
policies-such as the un-American International Baccalaureate (IB) program, anti-family
universal pre-school, required "mental screening," personally invasive student surveys,
excessive student drugging, and transformational education which focuses on
changing students' attitudes, beliefs and values to match that of the Left.
We need to be there to be vigilant to keep these important planks in
the platform! We also recommend strengthening the platform with several new
planks. They are:
1. We oppose public schools
adopting "fuzzy math" curriculum, also called "reform math" and "Everyday Math".
(Explanation: students schooled in fuzzy math instead of traditional math such
math or Saxon math are at a huge disadvantage, especially in being able to do
college-level math. California
adopted reform math state-wide in the early nineties. In two years, average
math scores of California K-12 students on the Stanford test dropped by 10
percentile points. California
then threw out fuzzy math because of the horrendous results. See more EdWatch
2. We oppose public schools
adopting educational programs or the use of textbooks in public schools that
undermine the foundational principles of the United
States as stated in the Declaration
of Independence and
Constitution. (Explanation: "International Education" such as International
Baccalaureate and some textbooks, including some subsidized by our tax dollars,
directly undermines this American Creed. See more EdWatch information here, here and here.)
3. We oppose public schools
adopting programs or curricula that undermine Christianity or any of its
denominations. (Explanation: programs such as "Religion in American History."
created by the 3Rs Project. directly undermine Christianity. Such programs
clearly contradict the First Amendment to the Constitution. See more EdWatch
As you can see, there will be
substantial public support for all these resolutions. The public just needs to
know something about the issues involved. The resolutions have the twin goals
of improving the Party Platforms and, at the same time, informing the public
about these issues. We encourage you to submit these new planks to the
platforms as you attend your precinct caucus.
Yes, the caucuses are important. We need to be there.