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The 'Foothold Project' | The Indiana Policy Review Foundation | Tuesday, 01. October 2019

Getting a 'Foothold'

The participants in our seminar earlier this month believe there is an idea that will change Indiana small government. Now we need your help putting what we learned into action.
Above all, we were reminded that reform is blocked by a shortage of candidates. That of course is because our goal is to further small-government principles, not to win and retain office at all cost, selling influence along the way.
And those who merely like the sound of "councilmen" or "conservative" in front of their names have not been of much help either in winning office or governing wisely. Nor have the local, state and national political parties been helpful, all captured by career politicians. And finally, corporate ownership has silenced a hometown media that once asked hard questions of untenable policies.
There is a way around all of that. It begins with the realization that if our cause is different, so should be our strategy. Consider the Foothold Project: 1) Identify councilman around the state standing up for property rights and small government; and 2) help them champion issues that force the majority to explain (expose) its position.
When that happens, when councilmen ask pointed, researched questions, the political trajectory of a city is changed regardless of majority votes. An economist friend calls it the "Voice over Vote" factor.
Some other points to consider:

There must be at least two small-government councilmen working in concert to avoid marginalization and to be effective.
They should not obsess with vote counts. Instead, introduce legislation, politically viable or not, whose worth is demonstrable and illustrative for the broadest range of citizenry. 
Their legislation must conform to the relevant constitution.
Their legislation must not involve an unethical use of government force.
Their legislation must actually work; that is, the intent is irrelevant if it doesn’t accomplish what it says it will accomplish.

The foundation's dozens of adjuncts have the expertise to support office-holders with research and investigation, public relations, alternative media and a hard-won list of "do"s and "don't"s. Help us apply their knowledge and skill in those cities where it will have the greatest impact.