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Yes, liberals can embrace federalism and now’s the time to do it

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California Federalism

When we first built the Federalist Party, the vast majority of the people I spoke to initially we conservatives. We knew that a party that focused on reining in DC, defending freedoms, and protecting life would fall perfectly within the model that federalism advocates: shared responsibilities and powers between multiple levels of government to work for the people in their geographic areas.

What we hoped for was an opportunity to share this message with more than just Republicans, Libertarians, Constitutionalists, or any of the right-leaning parties. We hoped that Democrats, Greens, and other left-leaning party members would realize the fastest path to achieving their ideological goals was through federalism. We hoped to show environmentalists that the best way to make an impact on the climate was to work locally instead of embracing the Paris climate deal or the EPA. We felt we could convince leftists that the U.S. Department of Education has been a complete failure for over three decades and they could have more influence over their children’s education by putting the power in the hands of the states, counties, cities, school districts, and most importantly the parents. We hoped we could show that healthcare is made worse by DC, not better.

What we quickly learned after launch is that there wasn’t a whole lot of convincing to do. Liberals in general and Democrats in particular were embracing the potentials that a federalist model would bring. Granted, they were only willing to listen because the GOP is in control of the White House and Capitol Hill, but beggars can’t be choosers. They’re willing to listen now and we’re going to take advantage of it.

A pro-federalism article today by David Davenport and Lenny Mendonca (one conservative, one liberal) appeared in… wait for it… the San Francisco Chronicle. This article does a nice job of laying down the reasons federalism works even for people who aren’t conservatives. It gives us hope that one does not have to hold the Constitutionalist label in order to embrace the tenets of the Constitution itself.

Here’s the Article:

States flexing their power, just as our Founders intended | David Davenport and Lenny Mendonca, San Francisco Chronicle

http://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/article/States-flexing-their-power-just-as-our-12199195.phpIt is worth noting that federalism 2.0 is not your father’s federalism. For many years, federalism was tainted by its use to defend states’ rights against civil rights laws. Now everything from legalized marijuana, the minimum wage, climate change, immigration, auto emissions, and civil rights is on the federalism agenda. On one issue or another, federalism is now for everyone, from conservatives to liberals, a spectrum represented by the authors.

 

Final Thoughts

The only way this country is going to fix our biggest internal problems (national debt, overreaching politicians, freedoms under attack, etc) is if we’re able to bring conservatives AND liberals to an understanding that their ideologies have the greatest opportunities to flourish when small-government federalism is applies. Recent events have us extremely excited. The people are starting to get it.

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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  1. Thomas Cosgrove

    September 15, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    Leftists are often inclined toward tyranny. How do you separate localized tyranny from national tyranny? Let’s say the leftists want everyone’s house in their town to be painted red. Heck, it is a local decision, right? But it is still tyranny. I do not follow how you can cater to the leftist mindset, which more often than not, by the way, is a Godless oriented life-view.

  2. Dale McNamee

    September 16, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    I can’t see why we would want the authoritarian, fascistic, tyrannical, “Liberals” in the Federalist Party…

    They are the greatest threat to America and the Federalist Party should oppose them !

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Video: So, You Think You’re Tolerant?

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Leftists like to fancy themselves as being tolerant and Liberal, but they fall way short in both qualities.

Leftists will tell you that they are the most tolerant people who have ever lived, they will also scream at you for being a racist, xenophobic troglodyte if you happen to mention that you’re a conservative. They are supposedly ‘Liberal’, being in favour of Liberty while demanding it’s polar opposite – socialism.

Yes, if there is one constant in the universe, its that Leftists cannot be honest about who they truly are. This is what we love about our wonderful opponents on the nation’s socialist Left, for they are nothing like another group that went by the same nomenclature who also screamed at people in the streets with the motto: Common Good Before Individual Good. [Gemeinnutz vor Eigennutz]

But let’s not talk about the epithets they project on their enemies, let’s talk about how they get along with everyone who just happens to agree with everything they say. A new PragerU video featuring Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report looked at who is really tolerant. He is a true Liberal that discovered that it is actually the Pro-Liberty Right that is more tolerant, go figure.

Dave Rubin
Jul 9, 2018
Are you tolerant? You probably think so. But who is tolerant in America today? Is it those on the left, or those on the right? In this video, Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report analyzes this question and shares his experience.

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Trump celebrates the victory of a Democratic Socialist to feed his ego

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Following Tuesday’s primary races, Donald Trump tweeted his glee after ten-term NY Rep. Joe Crowley—a Democrat many thought would replace Nancy Pelosi as the party’s leader in the House—lost his primary race to a Bernie Sanders supporter, Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Besides proving himself to be a textbook narcissistic sociopath, Trump’s happiness concerning Crowley’s misfortune misses the point that the Democratic Socialist movement within the Democrat party is on the rise.

Back in January, Louis Farrakhan’s favorite Democrat and the Deputy Chair of the Democratic National Committee Keith Ellison (MN) praised the work of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) and its positive impact on the Democrat party—even adopting parts of the DSA agenda into the Democrat party platform.

In the May 16 primaries, we witnessed four openly Socialist candidates supported by the DSA win their campaigns in Pennsylvania state House races. Since three of the four winners are running unopposed in November, the DSA is guaranteed to be victorious.

With New York’s 14th Congressional District leaning Democrat +29, Ocasio-Cortez is also assured of winning her race in November, meaning that Socialism will have another voice in Washington.

There are those who will argue that the DSA will fail to advance its agenda because it’s too extreme, but recent evidence would appear to contradict that claim. For example, Bernie Sanders nearly beat Hillary in 2016—losing to her due to rules that rigged the primary in her favor—while running on a platform chock-full of socialist ideas.

By the way, some of Bernie’s socialist ideas were adopted by Trump.

With Bernie’s run for President and victories like Ocasio-Cortez’s under its belt, the DSA is experiencing dramatic growth. Since the 2016 election, nationwide membership has increased from 5,000 to 40,000, with 1152 of those members joining the day after the NY primary.

Younger voters are embracing socialism in ever-increasing numbers. According to a November 2017 report by the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, nearly half of millennials (44 percent) polled at the time preferred socialism to capitalism.
It’ somewhat fashionable, even more so in the age of Trump, to laugh at Democrats when they show their socialist colors, but with conservatives also embracing parts of socialism, Democratic Socialists could have the last laugh as we quickly approach the day of becoming the United Socialist States of America.

Ronald Reagan once warned, “Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people. Those who have known freedom and then lost it have never known it again.”

It looks like that generation is here.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 


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High-Speed Rail: Incompetent & corrupt bureaucrats

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The California train-to-nowhere has proven once again that incompetent bureaucrats run California. In a recent article by the Fresno Bee, these incompetent bureaucrats have to tear down a bridge that they are building due to safety issues. And the Fresno Bee rightfully states:

how do we know if anything it has built is safe?. If the rail authority can’t build in the flat lands of the valley, how can they be expected to build safely in the seismic areas of Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area?

This could have been prevented, and one person that could have stopped this boondoggle is the incumbent Controller and my opponent Betty Yee. Unfortunately, Betty Yee is not interested in protecting taxpayers but protecting her political backers that have filled her campaign war chest with over a million dollars in contributions.

The Controller must protect the taxpayer, and that is why the Controller has independent audit authority and can cut funding when a project or program doesn’t comply with the law; which the HSR project doesn’t comply with Prop. 1A funding parameters requiring 1/3 from the federal government, 1/3 for private investment, and 1/3 from the state.

As Controller, I will investigate and audit this project to expose the waste, fraud, abuse, and corruption and will stop payments until the project complies with the law.

Almost four years in office she has done nothing to protect taxpayers. She has failed to do her job, so much so, that the federal government has begun an audit investigation into this project.

We can’t afford four more years of Betty Yee. It is time to replace her and elect Konstantinos Roditis as California’s next State Controller.


Konstantinos Roditis is a candidate for California State Controller. You can learn more about his campaign at cacontroller.com, and you can follow him on Twitter & Facebook.

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