There is a Plan (Part 1)
(This chapter is included in the new book, “Economic Cures They Don’t Want You To Know About”, by Dean Malone.)
The Neighborhood Precinct Strategy can restore open, transparent elections, through which we can elect an honest, informed Congress, fix the money system, and preserve our true freedoms.
First, let’s examine the groups that would be akin to the Tea Party. The big membership organizations that preceded, and that overlap heavily with the generic “Tea Party” groups have not offered their supporters a specific plan of action to recover the country; for example: the NRA (National Rifle Association), the 912 groups, the Right to Life Groups, the Campaign for Liberty, the Christian Coalition type groups, the Republican Party. They are a ship without a rudder.
The leaders of these groups announce loudly that they oppose the way things are going. They raise money; they tell their followers to petition public officials; they hold large rallies; they urge hundreds of thousands of people to travel to Washington D.C. or to their state capitals to protest and lobby office holders. What they will not do is emphasize the most important action items which their increasingly frustrated followers MUST do as a first priority. in order to save the country from the totally unnecessary downward spiral we are currently experiencing!
And how about the groups which overlap heavily with the “Occupy Wall Street” type of groups; groups like NOW (National Organization of Women), the Democratic Party, the ACLU, the Green Party, and some of the Libertarian Party etc? None of these groups openly explain to the American people how to get involved in a way that will have an impact on public policy.
All of these leaderships subtly treat their follows as little children, who must view themselves as inferior beings to those holding public office. We must beg them to do what we want –as if they are an order of higher being than the rest of us. We must concentrate on writing letters to them, visiting their offices and demonstrating at the center of town. “Please, Mr. Office Holder, do what we ask you! Do your job and uphold your oath to defend the Constitution!”
No! This attitude is all wrong. We must become the office holders, and retire these miserable opportunists and traitors who have been bowing before the image of corrupt power.
Rudyard Kipling, in one of his poems, wrote a line about the man that would rather make the tyrants eyes flash with anger, than make a little child cry. Unfortunately, most office holders in the USA have proven that they would rather make a whole generation of little children cry than make a tyrant’s eyes flash with anger.
Controlled Opposition on the Right
The reasons the “Tea Party” type groups do not tell you what you need to know are for one or more of four reasons – and sometimes it’s hard to tell from the bleachers which reasons apply. The reasons are:
1. They were started from the beginning as “false opposition” groups; they misdirect the energy of their searching followers from the beginning, and would rather disband than tell their followers what they really need to know. Individuals within these groups who start to catch on to the shallow, diversionary action programs – are usually minimized, ostracized, and eventually bounced.
2. –They are increasingly co-opted by the real “powers that be” as time goes on. The NRA is a major case in point. While it is still essentially pursuing its stated mission, the preservation of the 2nd Amendment”, — the NRA increasingly does things which puzzle its members and supporters. Like what? Like endorsing the abominable Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada in 2010, against a candidate they could trust, namely, Reid’s opponent that year; like endorsing compromising candidates like Sen. Bob Dole in the 1996 GOP primaries, or Sen. John McCain in the 2008 Republican Presidential primaries, when “no compromise” candidates like Patrick Buchanan in 1996, or Congressman Ron Paul in 2008 – were available.
3. The leaders of these groups want to “be in good” with the Republican Party; they consciously or at least instinctively realize that to talk to their followers like I’m going to talk to you in this chapter means being ostracized, losing their “place at the table” and being left out in the cold.
4. They themselves just don’t know what to do; this especially applies to the economic program elaborated in this book.
The Republican Party Leaders favor business over labor but they but do not focus on the real root cause of the problem problems of both business and labor: the central bankers who issue the nation’s money.
In any case, the last thing the Republican Party leaders of 2008 and 2012 want is for hundreds of thousands of sincere, grassroots Tea Party activists to actually get a “real say” in how the vote is counted, or in picking candidates to be endorsed for Congress.
Calculated Opposition on the Left
The large “liberal” or “leftist” groups that preceded, and now overlap, the Occupy Wall Street movement are really the groups whose background leaders already control the direction of the country. They already control the Democratic Party openly, and the Republican Party covertly. They control the Big Media, and especially the Big TV Networks. The Republican Party has become the “loyal opposition”, which almost always takes a dive at the key moment.
The Democratic Party Leaders favor labor over business, but again they do not focus on the real root cause of the problems of business and labor: the central bankers who issue the nation’s money.
These groups, likewise, do not announce to the public what you will read here regarding the neighborhood precinct strategy. These left-wing or “liberal” group leaderships FULLY support the easily-rigged, secretly-counted computerized election systems which are now in place in 99% of the counties in the USA.
In any case, the last thing the Democratic Party Leaders of 2008 and 2012 want is for hundreds of thousands of sincere, young, grassroots Occupy Activists, young people like the ones I talked to in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio in the fall of 2011, to figure out how to get a say in how the votes are counted, or picking candidates for Congress.
The World Is a Complicated Place: Is There a Litmus Test?
No short description of the interlocking groups that are effectively moving the world in a particular but largely undisclosed direction can possibly be comprehensive. The world is a complicated place, and there a many nuances that would have to be explained to defend the above statements about the Tea Party alliances and the Occupy alliances. Certainly, there is no room to do so here. In any case, even after long discussion, reasonable men would still likely disagree on exactly how all these pieces “fit together” in the world power structure.
In a moment, I will do something better than describe the interplay of large, powerful groups in the USA to everyone’s satisfaction: I will list the “litmus” test issues which will allow you to discern the “effective” from the “ineffective” in the coming fight for our country, and for the world.
Where Candidates Come From: The Neighborhood Precinct System
We all see the candidates on the ballot at the at the November election. We see the candidates but where do these candidates come from?
While anyone can run for office, about 95% of the time the candidate who wins the party primary, and therefore goes on to run in the General Election in November, is the endorsed candidate of the Democratic or Republican Party leadership in that area.
But where do the party leaders come from?
The party leaderships are elected by the neighborhood precinct executives (or committeemen) in each county.
Most people do not know exactly what a neighborhood precinct is, nor do they know how the neighborhood precinct captain (or executive, or committeeman) is elected, nor do they know when the neighborhood precinct captain is elected, nor do they know when the elected precinct captains get together to elect the leaders of their party in their county.
These absolutely vital pieces of information are virtual secrets kept from the average American citizen by the leaders of both parties – and the big media.
These things are such secrets that I produced a 13 minute video called, “The Strangest Political Secret” to explain to the public how the system works. As long as the internet stays up, you can find that video at www.wagthedog2010.com
The following paragraphs describe how the precinct system works in America – the first big secret.
There are 50 states in the USA. These 50 states are divided into about 3141 counties, although this number changes slightly now and then, based on the Census. For instance, Ohio has 88 counties; Iowa has 99 counties; Florida has 67 counties, and so on.
Each county is divided into neighborhood precincts. A precinct is generally a little circle-like area around one’s house that is comprised of 10 to 15 streets. There are very exact boundaries for each precinct in your county – kept by your local Board of Elections. In Hamilton County, Ohio (where Cincinnati is located), for instance, we have about 900 precincts.
Every registered voter in your precinct votes at the same place. For instance, all the registered voters in my precinct in the suburb of White Oak in Hamilton County, Ohio cast his or her ballot at the White Oak Senior Center.
The rules for each state are different, so concerned citizens must determine what the rules are for their state. In every state, it is relatively easy to run for neighborhood precinct captain. Where do they find this information?
In Ohio, the precinct captains are elected in the May Primary in even years. At the time the primary election is held you walk in and ask for a Democratic ballot, a Republican ballot, or an independent ballot.
Sometimes a “third party” is on the ballot, but these parties don’t count at the present time for this discussion, because the Republicans and Democrats control every county in the country. Furthermore, the Democrats and Republicans are cooperating nationwide to allow the votes to be counted in secret, on secret computer programs; so the “third parties” are consequently doomed for the next millennium unless we can somehow return to an open, verifiable vote count at election time.
If you choose a Democratic ballot when you show up to vote for the May primary, you will get to vote for the Democratic precinct captain in your neighborhood precinct. If you choose a Republican ballot, you will get to vote for the Republican precinct captain in your neighborhood precinct.
You’ve probably never realized that there is a precinct position on the ballot, have you? Maybe that’s because it is listed after county treasurer, coroner, and dog catcher on the primary ballot. Maybe it’s because 1/3 of the precinct positions in the United States are vacant, and so no one was running for precinct captain in your precinct. Or maybe it’s because typically there is only one person running for the position of precinct captain in your neighborhood precinct. Most people just quit before taking the time to vote for all the unopposed people at the end of the ballot.
Each neighborhood precinct has (or should have) a Democratic precinct captain and a Republican precinct captain.
As we finish this explanation, we’ll use the Republican Party by way of example, but just be aware that the same thing happens in the Democratic Party. Let’s focus on Hamilton County, Ohio as we understand how the party leaders are chosen.
Since there are about 900 precincts in Hamilton County, let’s say that 700 of them have one or more candidates running to be precinct captain in their neighborhood precinct.
Each of these precinct candidates that appear on the ballot had to collect only FIVE valid signatures from registered voters in their little neighborhood precinct. In Ohio, the rule is that a Republican can collect five valid signatures from either registered Republicans or registered independents.
Once each candidate turns in five valid signatures to the County Board of Elections, he or she earns the right to be on the ballot for the position of precinct captain in his or her neighborhood precinct.
If only one person files for precinct captain, then he or she can win by going to the polls and voting for himself or herself. (There is one caveat here. It is also permissible to run as a “write-in” candidate. And there are cases where “write-in” candidates achieved a higher vote count than the candidate on the ballot, but this is the exception.)
If there is more than one candidate on the ballot for precinct captain, then the candidate with the highest votes wins. Contested precinct elections are often decided by vote counts of typically 12 to 5, or 52 to 37, and so on. The precinct election is the only election at which you, or you and your friends, can greet every voter who comes to the polls to vote.
Once the primary is over in this particular example, 700 precinct captains will have been elected for the Republican Party for the county of Hamilton Ohio. Now what?
Here is the second big secret.
By state law, the county party – in this example the Republican Party in the County of Hamilton – must call a county Party convention, or a central committee organizational meeting within a month after the May Primary.
In early June, all the Republican precinct captains who were elected at the May primary have the right to show up and vote for the County Chairman and County executive committee of the Hamilton County Republican Party.
Competing factions can put up their own slate for the County Executive Committee and their own candidate for County Chairman; whoever gets the most votes wins.
This is the meeting that the major parties and the Big Media do not want you to know about. The elected county party chairmen have enormous power.
What Party Leaders Have the Power to Do
The party leaders, along with their executive committee, can do the following:
1. Endorse candidates for Congress and other offices in the May Primary; and remember, 95% of the time the candidate endorsed by the party wins and goes on to be on the November ballot;
2. The party leaders of both parties usually determine in one way or another who is on the County Board of Elections – and the County Board of Elections determine how the votes are counted on Election Day. The absolutely paramount importance of this fact will be examined in one of the next sections;
3. Later in the year, maybe a few months after the local county central committee meeting in June (where the local County Republican Chairman was elected), all the elected Republican County Chairman go to the state capital (Columbus, Ohio in this example) to elect the Chairman of the state Republican Party (remember, the Democratic Party is doing the same thing for itself); the state Republican leaders determine the rules for delegate selection when it comes time to elect a Presidential nominee in the Presidential election years;
4. And, finally, the state Republican Chairmen for each of the 50 states will meet somewhere to elect the National Republican Chairman and his team. The national leaders determine or at least influence the rules for primaries and caucuses in the Presidential years, and the rules for the National Party Convention which nominates that party’s Presidential candidate every four years.
As you can see, the office of precinct captain is very important. Some say it is the most powerful office in the land – if only it were understood by the vast majority of citizens.
Precinct Is the Most Powerful Office In the Land!
I am going to reproduce here a short speech given by a self-sacrificing patriot named Rick Herron in 1988 to the pro-life individuals who were then trying to take over the Republican Party of Hamilton County. Mr. Herron kindly consented then for this information I am about to tell you to be in the public domain. While he is speaking to pro-lifers, you can substitute “constitutional activists”, Tea Party supporters, or any other good cause you wish – but the message is short, and powerful. (Please note that reproduction of this short speech does not imply that Mr. Herron endorses any other party of this chapter or book.)
THE MOST POWERFUL OFFICE IN THE LAND
By Rick Herron
(given to audiences in1988)
The Four Laws of Civics
“Why are we running for Precinct Executive? The main thing to keep in mind is our goal. What do we want to accomplish by this? We believe this project will actually get the law changed.
“First of all, I would like to make clear that we don’t believe this struggle between the forces of life and the forces of death is some kind of a debate. If this were a debate, we would have won a long time ago because all of the facts, all the logic, is on the side of life. Obviously, it’s not a debate. We pro-lifers have been studying for debate while the enemies of life have been studying war. So guess who is winning the war? Whether we know it or not, whether we like it or not, we are in a state of war with the enemies of life. And don’t kid yourself, you are their enemy.
This war, this struggle, is being fought in the courts, and in the legislatures. Battles won and lost in this war are measured by government policy. Policy is the prize. And, right now, killing children is a policy of the United States. So our goal is to change the policy. So if policy is to change we must know how policy changes. This is where the four laws of civics come into play.
The First Law of Civics
…is that People Are Policy. And what that means is if you want to change the law, if you want to change the policy you have to change the people that make the policy. And if you doubt that, try writing a letter to Howard Metzenbaum sometime.
“How does the law change? Well, these Senators or Congressman make a decision, they pass a bill, and the law changes. That’s basically all there is to it. If during a vote there are more of THEM, then THEY make the policy. If on the other hand, there are more of US, then WE make policy. Personally I would like it better if WE made policy. So how do legislators get in there where they are in a position to change the policy?
“Well, they’re elected in the November General Election in accordance with:
The Second Law of Civics
…which is: If Your Name Is Not On The Ballot, You’re Not Going To Win. So in order for our friends to win the November General Election so they can change the policy we have to get their names on the ballot.
“Well, how do we get their names on the ballot in November? We get their names on the November ballot by ensuring that they win the Party Primary election in May. So people who want to be Senators and Congressmen have to run in the primary and then if they win, they get their name on the ballot in November.
“If we want to change the people who change the policy, it becomes our job to make sure that our friends win the primary. So how do we ensure that our friends win the primary in May? Victory in May is based on:
The Third Law of Civics:
… is that only Candidates Endorsed By The Party Win The Primary. It’s just that simple. There might be six Republicans wanting to be Congressmen in the First or Second Congressional District. And they’re all running in the primary. Only one of them is going to win and that’s invariably the one that’s endorsed by the Party. There’s a very good reason for that. Most voters are just like me. They don’t have time to study all the issues or candidates.
Election Day comes up on them just like it does on me: “Oh my goodness; it is Election Day already.” They go down to vote, and someone outside the polling place hands them a sample ballot that was published by their Party. They take the sample ballot in, they take a stylus in their hand they look at the sample ballot and they start punching holes. They are trusting in their Party to have made the correct decision in endorsing these people.
“If we are going to change the people who change the policy we must ensure that our friends are endorsed by the Party so their names get on the sample ballot.
“Where do these Party endorsements come from? Who is the party? For all practical purposes the party is made up of members of the Executive Committee. And it is the Executive Committee that hands out the Party’s endorsements.
Every County has their own Democratic Executive Committee and Republican Executive Committee and we have ours in this county. These Committees decide who’s name will go on the sample ballots which are distributed outside the polls at the primaries. The endorsed candidates invariably win.
After winning the primary they move on to the November General Election. The winner there goes on to Columbus (Ohio) or Washington and changes the policy. So it turns out these endorsements are very important, because if our candidate doesn’t get endorsed for the “May Primary” he doesn’t go any further in the process. That’s the end for us. It is important that we understand that in order to get to Columbus or Washington to change the policy, we have to succeed at each one of those steps. If we miss any one of them, the whole thing fails.
“If we are going to change the policy, it becomes our job to get as many of our friends as possible onto the Executive Committee, so that we can ensure that our friends get the Party’s endorsement at the “May Primary” step. “So what is the Executive Committee that passes out these endorsements?
Wouldn’t you agree with me that these are pretty important people, even more important than the people they endorse? Do you know any members of your Party’s Executive Committee? Where do they come from? Who are they? How do you get to be on the Executive Committee? Do they run recruiting advertisements in the paper? Do you go down to the unemployment office and tell them you want to be on the Executive Committee? No. To ensure that our friends have a majority on the Executive Committee so that we can ultimately change the policy we must help them get elected to the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee of the Party is elected every two years by the members of the Party’s Central Committee.
“What is this Central Committee that elects the members of the Executive Committee? Wouldn’t you agree with me that these are pretty important people, even more important that the executive committee that they elect? Where do they come from? Do you know anybody on the Central Committee? Did you ever hear of the Central Committee? Well, what is it?
The Central Committee is made up of one person from each precinct in the County. (Note: your precinct consists of about five or six streets around your house.) Our County (referring to Hamilton County) has 984 precincts, so there are 984 members on the Hamilton County Republican Central Committee. And each one of those members is called a Precinct Executive. The terms “Precinct Executive” and “Member of the Central Committee” are synonymous. This very important Committee meets at a very important meeting once every two years where the Executive Committee is elected.
“If we want to change the people that make the policy it becomes our job to ensure that our friends have a majority on the Party’s Central Committee, so that our friends are elected to the Executive Committee, so that our friends receive the party endorsement, so that our friends win the primary, so that our friends can get on the ballot in the November General Election, so we can help them win there, so they can go on to Columbus or Washington and change the policy.
“The bottom line is that membership in your Party’s Central Committee is the Highest Office in the land. The reason that this is so is because the Central Committee decides who all of the policy makers are going to be. “So if we want to change the policy it becomes our job to become members of our Party’s Central Committee. And that’s why we’re asking you to run for Precinct Executive: so that you will become a member of the Central Committee; so that then you will decide who becomes a member of your Party’s Executive Committee; so that next a pro-life majority on the Executive Committee will endorse an all pro-life slate of candidates for the Party Primary Election; so that only our pro-life friends are on the ballot for the November General Election; and then, finally a pro-life majority in the state and federal legislatures will change the policy and keep it changed.
“Because there can be only one member of the Central Committee from each of the 984 precincts in Hamilton County, it is imperative that we locate, and encourage to join with us, at least one pro-lifer from each precinct. That is why if each of us would do this in our own precinct then we will succeed. And so we conclude with:
The Fourth Law of Civics:
“The Precinct Executive turns out to be the most powerful office in the land. And that’s why we are doing what we’re doing.”
There is a Plan (Part 2):