Dagon: By eliminating things such as the Department of Education, he doesn't want it to be left to private enterprise. He follows a strict constitutionalist view that powers not granted to the federal government explicitly should be left up to the states. Such as a Nevada Department of Education having supreme powers over the public schooling in Nevada. The original view of the United States was not with an overbearing federal government like it is now, but a loose confederation of independent regions.
Unfortunately, a lot of hardcore right-wing racists subscribe to the states rights ideology in an attempt to reinstate segregation, which gives the benign states rights groups and their members (such as Ron Paul) a lot of bad press when they have valid points.
I'll probably be voting for Jello Biafra if he decides to run (Green Party) because my personal beliefs fall more in line with their views than any others, especially modern Republicans and Democrats. I view an absolutely free market as benefiting the rich, not the common people due to the protections granted to corporations and the tendency for monopolies to form. Also, I view the Earth as our mother and we should give her and her inhabitants the utmost respect. You can extrapolate from there where I'm going if you like, but I'd prefer not to turn this into a heated political debate in a sanctuary such as this (or at least I perceive this to be a sanctuary).
Not to get off topic or threadjack, Dagon is one of my favorite short stories.