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After the Wave Comes the Liberation


WASHINGTON — The wave is approaching the shoreline. No, I am not talking to surfers. I am talking to Republicans and independents. The wave they have been awaiting is an electoral wave, and it seems to be coming in. A veteran of many campaigns, Donald Rumsfeld, came in from the campaign trail a few days ago saying, "It's feeling good out there." Nate Silver, the left-leaning psephologist, says the Republicans have a better than even chance to win both houses. He puts their chances of capturing the Senate at 63 percent. Remember, too, that the mainstream media is full of uncertainty. That seals it. Republicans are headed for another election wave much like 2010.

In 2010, the independent vote sided with the conservatives, and the Republicans won a historic victory. In 2012, they lost. But that was because 2012 was a rerun of 2008 when Americans had a chance to show that had finally moved beyond racial prejudice by voting for a black man for president. Looking back on it, I would say his election was almost inevitable. Even I was fetched by Barack Obama, at least then. Surely you did not expect the 2008 Obama supporters to turn their backs on Obama in 2012? But by 2014, Obama is not on the ballot. Only his policies are, as he was so oblivious to confirm the other day. The vast majority has made it clear that it does not like those policies. Now the 2010 coalition of independent voters and conservative voters has come together again and one thing more. The four million conservative voters who stayed home in the last election rather than vote for Mitt Romney will be out in force. 2014 will be a wave. Possibly not the wave that we saw in 2010, but after Nov. 4 there will be a lot of Democratic pols packing their bags on Capitol Hill.

Already the Republicans are angling for chairmanships on the Hill and sharpening up their legislative gambits. Senator Mitch McConnell is preparing to take over Senator Reid's throne after the necessary fumigation. Paul Ryan is putting together bills drawn from his very good recent memoir "The Way Forward: Renewing The American Idea" with an eye toward tax reform and balancing the budget. Over the weekend, Jeb Hensarling, the very bright chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, in a Wall Street Journal interview suggested a Republican House could work with a Republican Senate to replace the present gridlock with collegial efforts at "liberating people from bureaucracy.

He had in mind areas like health care, immigration, housing and simplifying taxation.

Yet let us consider liberating people from government completely. Incoming Republicans must remember that there are areas of American life where government is simply not needed. Indeed government involvement has been the problem, not the solution. Last week I observed one of these areas that have suffered for decades from government involvement: education. I visited the Thales academies in Raleigh, North Carolina, which are private, relatively inexpensive and very effective in turning out model students. Their tuition costs between $5,000 and $6,000. Here in Washington one might be paying $20,000 or more. The level of academic achievement is astonishing. Eighth grade students from Thales taking the ReadiStep College Board exams to assess their preparedness for high school work scored in the 92nd percentile as opposed to the nearby public schools whose students scored in the 29th percentile. Remember, I said these are private academies, not voucher schools or charter schools. They are private, and there is plenty of what the public schools call diversity. Some classes looked like the United Nations.

After touring a couple Thales academies I asked the man behind these schools what he thought the role of government should be in education. Bob Luddy said, "The Federal government should no longer be involved in public education. They have successfully made a complete mess of educating America's students by raising costs and reducing quality with no hope for the future. Public Education should be privatized into a competitive market." Bob is from the world of entrepreneurship. He founded CaptiveAire, the market leader in commercial kitchen ventilation. After founding CaptiveAire he turned his considerable talents to schooling. He put together the Thales system of education. It involves a lot of thought, but it has produced a lot of excellence starting with the students' character and moving on to their education.

If this vote really is a wave vote, there will be a lot that is new and different coming from Washington in the years ahead. Education reform should be on the list. Actually education liberation from government should be on the list. Take a look at Thales academies and tell me I am wrong.

R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator. He is a Senior Fellow at the London Center for Policy Research and the author most recently of The Death of Liberalism, published by Thomas Nelson, Inc. To find out more about R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at



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Sir;... I refuse to vote republican; but I hope y'all win. For the republicans to win both houses of congress is the fast track to losing the presidency again, and both houses again. If you take the lesson of history with a tongue in cheek; The Christians were better people as cat food than they were as masters of the first modern western state. You folks need to be the masters to put your plans into effect, to ride your principles to death, and with good luck, the country and constitution too. If you have to be in power to be seen for what you are, then more power to you.
You can never get better than pragmatic government out of the democrats, and pragmatic government might save the country and its economy for a time, but it is a lost cause. We need the republicans to drive a stake in the heart of government. We need them to prance and dance and trip about the stage, with all the presidential hopefuls grabbing the news with greater outrages of obnoxiousness. All you need is success to show the world what failures you are at government, as any ideologue would be in like circumstances.
I won't vote for your side. Many on the right are not corrupt, but almost all are very dim. What they have in spite and bile is balanced by the lack of imagination and morals. I can see it. I can see how this state has been run down under the charge of republicans. I expect nothing good from them so I am never disappointed. I appreciate that they never make a square deal as long as they can play their advantage to the hilt, and there is a great advantage that the other side wants to make a deal. The one who can walk away always has the edge. And the republicans are willing to walk away from everything good America stands for, for no chance of having the America that has slipped away. If you appreciate not giving an inch as much as I do, even when it might save the country, then vote republican.
This election, the voice of the powerless will be heard, Any nonsense out of the mouth of a bar room drunk is meaningless because they are powerless. Give these drunks the power they desire. Watch them wiggle about like larve trapped by their own nonsense principals and rhetoric. Let these worms stand like tragic actors bound to face their fates, unable to see any other destination but their end. This is not high drama, but base entertainment. The republicans have been writing a check they couldn't cash for a long time. Let them put our money where their mouths are. Let them follow through with their nonsense in order to teach the people how inept they really are. This society is in trouble. It won't take spit to knock it off a clif. I cannot personally invite the disaster the republicans have in store, but I will go through hell if heaven is at the back door.
If human intelligence has a point it is to give us choice where none seems to exist. The republicans live in a world without choice, where stick finger people and hand puppets go through the motions of unreal lives mouthing the lines their principals have written for them. If you could put every republican on a vessel it would soon be sunk while some sang and others prayed. This would be no great loss; but they are not in this alone. In taking down America they are taking down a lot of good Americans with it, and the consequential suffering they justify, which is the failure of their morals and their economy- will hurt many innocent people.
I cannot play nice. Just as much as the republicans I want to see the destruction of this society; as long as I can see it accomplished rationally. To simply break the government and the people with no thought to open civil discourse, and no plan for the future- is criminal, and I expect nothing better from the republicans. The past is done, and what we thought of it is mostly meaningless. The America of the past desired by the republicans which did never exist for most Americans is impossible to achieve because so many refuse to relive that nightmare. We do not have the free energy to devote to keeping the flood lights on all night to save the right from their fears. We have to ask them to grow up and become reasonable, and more than that, to be moral, kind, and caring about us.
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Fri Oct 31, 2014 7:33 AM

Thomas Sowell has requested that I send you a copy of his soon-to-be published book on economic policy.

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