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Federalist Party strategy: Focus on local races

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Many times when we post something to social media, there’s a question that pops up: “What races have you won?” Considering we officially launched this year, the answer should be pretty obvious. We understand the need for the question, though. The vast majority of political parties in America have never won an election.

This is the first reason we intend to start with local races, but it’s not the most important. We’ll get to the most important reason below, but let’s address reality. We live in a two-party system. It was a fear of many of the founders that a party system would arise, but in particular some of them specifically feared a two-party system. We’re seeing very clearly today why this was such a worry for them. They knew we would experience exactly what we’re experiencing: a self-perpetuating system that blocks attempts from the outside and protects itself as a single Democratic-Republican establishment.

That’s not to say that we have a single-party system (though sometimes it seems like we do), but it’s clear that they’ve stacked the deck against other parties to prevent them from gaining entry. When there is a binary choice, people are willing to accept less than the desirable. Republican leadership knows they don’t have to appeal to conservatives because there’s no fear of them voting for Democrats. Meanwhile, Democrats can ignore moderates in their party as they continue their push to the left with socialistic principles and massive government overreach.

Our focus on local, city, county, and state elections at this early stage in our development is strategic. It’s a waste of time, talent, and treasure to throw out sacrificial “protest” candidates to run in races we have no chance of winning. This doesn’t stop other third parties who love to throw their resources towards big national races in hopes of drawing attention even when they know they can’t win. We view it differently. We want to win.

The other, more important reason we are focused on local elections stems from the premise of small-government federalism itself. As we strive to rein in DC’s power, it’s imperative that we have people in place to take the lead at these “lower” levels when the decisions given to them by the U.S. Constitution (as well as state variations) are finally honored once more. The people have more say in local politics with representatives living near them. Their votes are more prominent when it’s one of thousands or tens of thousands instead of millions. Lastly, the choices made on behalf of the people by their local representatives will have more direct influence over their lives.

We need limited-government-minded individuals on city councils, in school boards, and in sheriff’s offices. We need Federalists in place as state legislators, mayors, and even governors. There will come a time when we’re ready to win U.S. Senate seats or even the White House, but we’re not going to bypass the low hanging fruit and waste the resources given to us by those who believe in our cause.

We’re asking two things at this point: take a good look at what we’re doing and if you like what you’re seeing, please spread the word. Never in history has there been an opportunity quite like this. Today, there are millions of Americans who are angry with their party. While this is beneficial to us, what we really want is for people to be hopeful about what we’re doing. It’s easy to appeal to people’s passions AGAINST the current system, but for sustainable growth we need people to be passionate FOR a vision of a better future. That future is the Federalist Party.

Christian, husband, father. EIC, NOQ Report. Co-Founder, the Federalist Party. Just a normal guy who will no longer sit around while the country heads in the wrong direction.

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Jim Acosta is building his own celebrity, not seeking the truth

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Jim Acosta is building his own celebrity not seeking the truth

The press shouldn’t be part of the news. It happens from time to time based upon proximity; because they have to be close to situations, they occasionally get drawn in. What a good journalist should never do is intentionally insert himself into the news, but that seems to be exactly what CNN’s Jim Acosta is doing.

He doesn’t care about reporting. It’s as if he now enjoys being the news. That’s the only logical conclusion one can come up with when viewing his actions over the past several months. Once an obscure media figure during the Obama era, Acosta has found true celebrity status by going after the President and his staff.

He tasted blood and he liked it. Now, it seems he’s addicted to it.

The latest “outburst” against him came from the President himself. It happened during an event with the President of Kazakhstan in which Acosta asked an unrelated question:

‘OUT!’ Trump orders CNN star Jim Acosta to leave Oval Office after reporter’s newest outburst

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2018/01/16/out-trump-orders-cnn-star-jim-acosta-to-leave-oval-office-after-reporter-s-newest-outburst.html“Did you say that you want more people to come in from Norway? Did you say that you wanted more people from Norway? Is that true Mr. President?” Acosta frantically shouted.

“I want them to come in from everywhere… everywhere. Thank you very much everybody,” Trump responded as Acosta continued to bark questions.

That’s all acceptable, albeit slightly inappropriate considering the reason for the event. Acosta took it up several notches with his followup question:

“Just Caucasian or white countries, sir? Or do you want people to come in from other parts of the world… people of color.”

This was intended to insert himself into the news once again. It’s a ridiculous question to ask and embarrassed the President and the nation on an international stage. “Journalists” like Acosta are willing to harm the country and its people as long as they can harm the President at the same time.

I’ve treated the President fairly since he was elected. When he pushes a big-government agenda, I voice my concerns. When he does well, I give praise. I would never attempt to shame him (and the nation as a result) with petulant outbursts of absurd questions. Jim Acosta apparently doesn’t hold such standards.

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Culture and Religion

The strange tale of the Turpin family

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The strange tale of the Turpin family

Abuse of children is one of the most horrible things anyone can do. Rarely do I even read stories about abuse. I know it exists. I’m against it. I don’t want reminders of how evil some people really are. The story of the Turpin family drew me in and made me weep for a world that allows such things to happen.

Here’s the story, followed by my brief thoughts:

California family: Parents charged after children found shackled

http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/16/us/california-turpin-13-siblings-held-captive/index.htmlDavid, 57, and Louise, 49, are accused of holding their children captive in their Perris, California, home in filthy conditions, some of them shackled to beds with chains and padlocks. The 13 siblings range in age from 2 to 29.

The parents are charged with torture and child endangerment, and scheduled for a court hearing Thursday. Bail was set at $9 million each. It was not immediately clear if the suspects had attorneys or whether they had entered a plea.

On Sunday, one of their daughters, a 17-year-old, managed to escape from their home by climbing out a window and called 911 from a deactivated cell phone she found in the house, police said. She told officers her parents were holding her 12 siblings captive inside the home, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said.

My Take

There’s a danger here. We have to be mindful of children who are being abused. Unfortunately, that also means there will be times when the state must intervene. Any time that happens, I get worried. I want as little intervention as possible and only when absolutely necessary. The story of the Turpin family is an example of it being necessary.

The problem is that this evil was allowed to continue for decades. How can that happen? How do we respect the rights of parents and embrace a non-interfering government when there are people like the Turpins in the world? It’s a slippery slope and I have no answers.

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Culture and Religion

Is the Republican Party racist?

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Is the Republican Party racist

Racism isn’t broken down by party lines. There are racists in every political party in America. Some are more public than others, but generally speaking it’s clear there are racists everywhere. Thankfully, there are fewer of them today than in the past. A good part of the reason for this is cultural, but politically it’s been the Republican Party, not the Democratic Party, that has championed the cause of equal rights.

Unfortunately, there are two things that are changing the way history is perceived by many Americans. The first is a false narrative created by both mainstream media and liberal activists who paint the GOP as racists. The second is the reality of conservative values. While the fight for smaller government and more freedom is a righteous one, it’s also a fight that is more appealing to racists than the liberal ideologies of more government and less freedom.

Historically, the evidence is clearly on the side of the GOP, as this PragerU video demonstrates.

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