Thanks, M. I think "education" re. our politics, economics and etc. can only be good as long as it doesn't take the place of action. Rather, action should be combined with the education.
Another way to look at how I view Heritage/ACU etc. is a comment I made in response to another question similar to yours:
"What "conservative" pressured the ACU into featuring Jeb Bush as a speaker? Was it the ACU's idea? Was it just that Bush requested to speak there? How does it happen that he is going to appear there?
We know Bush is no conservative. Are the ACU in control of their organization or are they not? How can they claim to be "conservative" when they headline such a speaker?
It may be great to hob nob and rub shoulders with all the other conservatives from around the country. But I have to ask, if you were invited to a party in your neighborhood to discuss child safety and your hosts had also knowingly invited a known child molester, asking him to address the group, what would you think of the hosts?"
In response to your question, the danger of these organizations is that they are funded by many of the same donors who keep the RINO’s in office. Their studies and their analyses ignore the root of the problem – that our government is far too big, that it is feeding itself upon us in an out of control manner and that we need to cut it back. By cutting it back, I mean bigtime: Departments of Energy, Labor and Education, gone. EPA abolished. We need Obamacare, McCain-Feingold, Dodd-Frank and Sarbanes-Oxley repealed. Ever hear them discussing that, other than Obamacare, for example? We don't need the real conservatives, us, getting sucked in by that. Let's face it, we're pretty common people, I expect and it's easy to be snowed by glib pros from the "big city". We've got to understand they're out there, they know they're on probation and they're fighting to keep things the same. We don't need "the same".
Our problem isn’t taxes, per se, it’s all the agencies filled with people who need to be paid and all the “regulation” they place upon our businesses to “justify” that pay, which provides little or no benefit to the public. Instead, it chokes businesses with costs and lost opportunities. Heritage, ACU and others like them, focus on dealing with the small stuff. It’s maddening that they ignore the root problems, but then, it gets back to their funding: they don’t really want to ruffle any feathers or offend anyone. So in the end, what good are they? They end up playing the money game, the RINO game. But in the meantime, boy, do they sound intelligent!
It's a big country with a lot of bright, successful people. I'm not sure I have the answer for our difficulties, but we have to start somewhere. Personally, I believe that we cannot use the GOP as our vehicle back to common sense government. I believe that structurally, it won't accommodate the changes we wish to make and, moreover, that we don't really need that party. It began once and so can we begin. We have far more in the way of communication at our disposal than did the people who formed the GOP from the ashes of the WHIG party all those years ago. If we form a conservative party of our own, with our own rules and bring disgruntled sitting members of congress over to us at the same time, I think we can make the GOP disappear in relatively short order.
In a nutshell, that's what I would like to see happen but not sure it will. Love your state, by the way. Lived in Charleston for four years.