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

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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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Roy Moore must pass the Cemetery Gates, but Al Franken is a progressive so he is OK

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I would be cool with both Roy Moore and Al Franken walking passed the cemetery gates, but it should not surprise any moral-minded freedom liberty loving conservative that Franken gets a pass.  Even from the Great Mitch McConnell.  Yes, there is a double standard, but what matters is that the progressives and their collaborators continue to maintain power in our government.

Shame that its only Moore that must pass those dreaded gates of the dead.

Meanwhile, we have to push for Article V and/or new political party to take the place of the do nothing Republican Party.  Otherwise, it will have to take a civil war to get our freedom back and I don’t know if we are strong enough for even that.  Don’t get me started about Edward “Ted” Kennedy who truly got away with murder.  At least it kept Ted out of the White House, but I doubt would have been the case now.  What matters is that we create the kingdom on Earth and prove God a liar and that we don’t need his help or his forgiveness or above all honor his ‘oppressive’ law.

Until further notice, I stand by Roy Moore.


Levin: Shameless Dems are trying to bury the sexual abuse allegations against Franken

https://www.conservativereview.com/articles/levin-shameless-dems-are-trying-to-bury-the-franken-allegations?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=111717levin-franken-ethics-committee&utm_campaign=crfbDespite the countless and vocal calls from Washington for Roy Moore to drop out of the Alabama Senate race, it is virtual silence on the Franken-resignation front. The only seeming consensus from his colleagues and party leaders is that Franken should go before the Senate Ethics Committee.

“Between 2007 and 2016, the Senate Ethics Committee imposed zero sanctions against anyone. Zero — despite 613 allegations and 75 preliminary investigations. Zero,” Shapiro wrote Thursday.

What all 46 Democratic senators (and two independents) say about Al Franken

https://www.conservativereview.com/articles/what-all-46-democratic-senators-say-about-al-frankenNot a single Democrat has called for Al Franken to step down or be expelled from the Senate despite photographic evidence that backs up Leeann Tweeden’s allegation that Franken groped her breasts while she was sleeping and despite her claim that Franken forced his tongue down her throat.

 

 

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Menendez gets a mistrial

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Menendez gets a mistrial

Democrats on Capitol Hill and around the nation would be celebrating a good day as Senator Bob Menendez was granted a mistrial in his federal corruption case. The news was relegated to page-2 news as his colleague, Senator Al Franken, was accused of sexual misconduct.

Reports of a hopelessly deadlocked jury mean the Senator will likely not have to go to trial again following 11 weeks of drama in Newark, NJ. He and co-defendant Salomon Melgen weren’t acquitted, but the mistrial declaration means the government would have to rebuild their case to justify another go-around. Quotes from jurors indicate they didn’t have much of a case, allegedly 10 of the 12 jurors favored acquittal.

“When the prosecution rested…in my gut I was like, that was it, that’s all they had?” said Ed Norris, a 49-year-old juror from Roxbury Township.

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Sen. Bob Menendez warns opponents after mistrial: ‘I won’t forget’

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/sen-bob-menendez-warns-opponents-after-mistrial-i-wont-forget/article/2640943New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez said Thursday he would not forget those seeking to benefit from his downfall after his federal trial for allegedly taking bribes ended in a mistrial.

“To those who were digging my political grave so that they could jump into my seat, I know who you are and I won’t forget you,” the Democrat said at a press conference.

Judge declares mistrial in Senator Bob Menendez federal corruption trial

http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/11/bob_menendez_mistrial_federal_corruption_case_guilty_not_guilty.htmlMenendez was visibly emotional as he spoke to reporters following the conclusion of the trial. “The way this case started was wrong. The way it was investigated was wrong. The way it was prosecuted was wrong,” proclaimed the senator, thanking 12 jurors “who saw through the government’s false claims and used their Jersey common sense to reject it.”

In a statement, the Justice Department also thanked the jury, and said only “the department will carefully consider next steps in this important matter and report to the court at the appropriate time.”

As Sexual Assault Gains Attention, the Left’s Silence on Bob Menendez Is Deafening

http://dailysignal.com/2017/11/15/sexual-assault-gains-attention-lefts-silence-bob-menendez-deafening/A new Media Research Center analysis reported that ABC, CBS, and NBC devoted 40 times more of their morning and evening TV newscast coverage this past week to Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore’s alleged sexual assault accusers than to the ongoing federal trial of one of the Democrats’ most powerful, visible, and entrenched figures on Capitol Hill.

Four years ago, when the FBI raided the Florida home of Democratic donor and eye doctor Salomon Melgen, Menendez suddenly remembered that he had failed to pay back his “hermano” $60,000 for private jet flights to the Caribbean—where Melgen owns a tony home in the private Casa de Campo resort.

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Muskets are now in the cross-hairs

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Muskets are now in the cross-hairs

It’s been a staple of the gun grabber left to invoke muskets when referring to the 2nd amendment. The contention is usually that the founding fathers wouldn’t have affirmed the civil right of self defense IF they had known what the future would hold with ‘military style’ and repeating firearms. Of course, this is balderdash of the first order given that they were learned men with knowledge of how technology had progressed from the past and what it would do the same in the future. In addition, repeating firearms had already been created at the time (e.g. the Puckle gun), the technology was in a nascent state at the time and the military was the source of most firearms.

That being said, there is now a report from the Free Beacon that Former congresswoman Gabby Giffords’s gun control group has released a warning of the danger of muzzle loaders [Essentially muskets] and other devices:

Muzzleloaders are firearms that must be loaded through the end of the barrel with powder, wadding and a projecticle [sic]. Muzzleloaders fell out of favor as a firearm of choice almost a century ago, and are generally seen as primitive antiques. That’s why federal law generally exempts them from regulation. Cue the .50 calibre muzzleloader, which delivers a particularly lethal .50 caliber round.

Granted, this is within the context of a musket with suppressor, but the gun grabber refrain has always been that we’re only ‘allowed’ these weapons under the auspices of the 2nd amendment. So now they have ‘jumped the shark’ and are now going after technology from centuries past.

By the way, one of the best known examples of the ‘Military Style’ of the day was the .75 calibre ‘Brown Bess’ musket carried by the Redcoats in the Revolutionary war. This was the reason the founding fathers placed the commonsense civil right of self defense near the top of the Bill of Rights, and now even that technology is unacceptable to the gun grabbers.

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