The wonderful thing about America is that even in what seem like our darkest hours, there are occasional rays of hope. These are what keep people in all fifty states going, determined to continue the fight to protect and restore the liberties upon which this great nation was founded. One such ray of hope has broken through the clouds here in Indiana. It is a small step in what ultimately must be a long march to reclaim control of policy-making from the federal government.
As the federal government has ballooned over the last several decades, its appetite to exert influence, power, and ultimatums on the states has become insatiable. On most every issue, it is the federal government that charts the course of state executives and legislatures, rather than “the people” and those they elect to represent them in their statehouses. In state after state, legislatures have almost been relegate to the status of being mere subcontractors, tasked to execute and carry out state policies set by the feds.
So powerful is the lure of federal funding that, far more often than not, it’s difficult to find a governor of either party who is willing to say “no.” And yet, that is exactly what is needed – governors who are willing to stand at the constitutional line and reclaim the right of the states to govern themselves – to be responsive to their citizens rather than to the federal government.
This week Governor Mike Pence took a step forward in this fight. He had the good judgment and courage to walk away from millions of potential federal dollars, by refusing to apply for the federal Preschool Development Grant. Of course, there continues to be much work that needs to be done to return control of education to Indiana, but turning down this federal grant is a welcomed first step. We applaud and thank Governor Pence for this decision, and hope that it is the beginning of a new day in Indiana.
We also applaud and thank the many Hoosiers who rallied to make their voices heard, after we wrote about this issue last week. In a matter of days, people from all across the state called and emailed their concerns, which allowed them to be heard by Governor Pence. We are proud of the role we played in making this happen, as well as to stand with groups such as the American Family Association, the Indiana Association of Home Educators, the Indiana Family Institute, Indiana Eagle Forum, and the numerous Tea Parties across the state, all of whom alerted their members.
May this small victory and the light of hope it shines be a sign of good things for Indiana that are yet to come.