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Positive political encounters have eternal effects

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Those dedicated to saving our great Republic and who want to see the Federalist Party succeed can learn a lot from Joel Kurtinitis–Freelance Columnist at The Des Moines Register and Co-Founder of the Federalist Party.

Numerous posts on social media and countless articles have been written about the negative behavior of politicians, party leaders and other public figures, but rarely do we see reports of behavior that changed someone’s life for the better. I believe it is high time we recognize some of our unsung heroes and shine a spotlight on positive encounters. Joel Kurtinitis influenced someone’s life for the better, and I believe my sharing of this story is long overdue.

America at its worst

The anger, hatred and corruption of the 2016 election cycle trampled over America like the country’s recent storms. It divided communities, churches and families, as battle lines were drawn like never before. I watched as some of my own friends became unrecognizable, merely because I preferred another primary candidate over Donald Trump.

Many Americans simply stopped having conversations in lieu of throwing angry fits at those who opposed their viewpoint. Voters did not merely choose their own candidates, they waged war against anyone who preferred someone else. Friends turned on friends, people disowned relatives, church congregations divided against themselves instead of reaching the world with the gospel, and angry mobs of haters demanded that conservatives bow the knee to Donald Trump or be forever marked down as traitors.

A shelter in the storm

Fortunately, the Federalist Party emerged against all odds to offer a home to people such as myself, who became party orphans in 2016. Nevertheless, a person can have the best message in the world and his or her heart can be in the right place, but little good is accomplished if that person takes an angry, defensive or generally negative approach when conversing with others. It is absolutely vital for new parties and movements to create a stark contrast to last year’s “movement” of hatred and anger, and Joel gives us an example of how this is accomplished.

Unknown to Joel, and to me until very recently, his response to a friend of mine concerning the Federalist Party brought back her hope for the future of our country. With her permission–and Joel’s–I am quoting her thoughts and his response to what she refers to as her “jumbled message.” I will call her C.C.

C.C. was disillusioned with many new “conservative” organizations that popped up after the disastrous 2016 election cycle. I told her to message Joel with her concerns because I knew he would give an intelligent and thoughtful answer to every question.

She messaged Joel on Facebook to ask whether or not the Federalist Party was a conservative party. She also did not want to get involved with a “save the GOP” organization, and wanted to make sure that was not the Federalist Party’s goal. Joel’s response was intelligent, thorough and according to my friend, “10 times better” than what she had anticipated.

Joel said:

“Thanks for reaching out, C.C.,  With regard to your first question, we are absolutely and definitely a separate party. We aren’t interested in saving the GOP – if we were we would have stayed there. This party is going to challenge the GOP and provide a home for people who no longer fit in either of the major parties.  As far as ideology, there’s a little more nuance in our identity thus far.  Federalism is its own identity – it doesn’t need terms like “conservative” or “liberal” for people to know what it means.  Those terms are floating terms – after all, Democrats have become conservative of their 1800s socialist ideas, and our generation’s conservatives, by and large, are the free market progressives of our day.  But Federalist doesn’t change with the time – it’s an ideology unto itself, and one enshrined by the Founders.”

C.C. told me she “never heard anything like that before.” Rather, she was expecting the “same old psychobabble” she was getting from other organizations and movements.  People like her are part of the exact audience we want to reach: those who never heard of a party that is not defined by a single term or phrase.

C.C. recently described her chat with Joel as “expecting a dollar burger from a fast food joint and getting filet mignon.” Joel also offered an incredibly well-written article to further explain federalism to her, as well as the mission of the Federalist Party. I had to smile when I saw which one it was, as I have always considered it Joel’s best piece.

I was pleasantly surprised when C.C. recently told me that she has since e-mailed that article to more than 50 people. This is a classic ripple effect that began with one person taking the time to give calm, intelligent, sensible answers to someone who felt tossed around on life’s political sea.

The power of positive encounters

We should never underestimate the power of positive encounters. No party can grow or survive if its members and leaders live in a constant state of anger or aggression. Members of the Federalist Party and leaders such as Joel Kurtinitis are shining examples of good people refusing sit on the sidelines as the country goes down in flames. We should model ourselves after such individuals to make the ripple effect stronger every day until our goals are achieved.

Jesse Broadt has been a full-time writer in the travel industry since 2007 and regularly contributes to news and political websites.

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  1. Danny Lamar (@4liberty7777)

    September 18, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    Great job Jesse. Tjis shows there is LIGHT THAT WIL DISPELL THE DARKNESS. WE NEED TO HEAR MORE FROM YOU!

  2. Bruce

    September 18, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    I am so glad you are back on the political writing scene. And so are many other people, Jesse!

    • Susan Hauck

      September 18, 2017 at 8:09 pm

      Are YOU? Cause if ya ain’t ya nothing to comment about, like you could just have a life.

  3. Susan Hauck

    September 18, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    OMG! This was such a cool article! I’m SOOOOO glad she wrote it cause it needs to be told. I SOOOOO hope, no I KNOW you’ll get the front page again. You’ve been on it like, how many times, I lost count. Oooh, I can’t wait for next one so let it be soon!!!!!! Hey, like what happened to my FB? Well, I don’t think she’ll be writing an article about THAT soon!!!! LOLLL!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Catalina

    September 19, 2017 at 8:54 am

    I hope Randy reads this on the air this week like he’s been doing with your articles. This was way too cool for words. Real stories are so much better than just telling somebody about a new party.

  5. Raz Schultz

    September 19, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    This article is very encouraging. It’s great to know that we do not have to remain “party orphans,”
    but can work together to build something better than the Republican party turned out to be in the end. Thank you, Jesse.

  6. Raz Schultz

    September 19, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    I don’t see the Facebook icons, either, Susan, and I also don’t think Jesse will write an article about it, haha. Maybe the publishers know, or it’s just a fluke of the day!

  7. Violet

    September 20, 2017 at 10:34 am

    What a great inspirational article. THANK you, Jesse!!

  8. Cathy

    September 20, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    The Federalist Party seems like the perfect antidote to the venom that is seeping up in the GOP, in the likes of McConnell, Ryan, McCain, and others whose principles seem to be so heavily dependent upon keeping the power-brokers in D.C. – untouchable. There is not much hope, but the Federalist Party gives more hope by far than the fake-conservative Republican Party. I drank the KoolAid, but am disillusioned after all of our grass-roots efforts for conservative Christians led only toward the establishment’s goals in the end. Thanks for the article.

  9. Gail

    September 21, 2017 at 8:12 am

    These true stories are the best!!

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Federalists

How to debate your political enemies… and win

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How to debate your political enemies and win

It’s no secret that we live in a world of political division. Not only are liberals at war with conservatives, but both sides of the political spectrum are at war with themselves.

While my preference is unity, it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen anytime soon, judging by social media. Since that’s the case, then people need to at least, learn how to debate effectively.

Here are four things to remember before getting into your next political debate:

1. Stop letting your opponent control the language

Until pregnant, pro-choice women start having fetus showers on a regular basis, it’s not a “fetus”. It’s a baby.

Until guns jump off the table, run down the street, and start shooting people on their own, it’s not “gun violence”. It’s just violence.

When you let your opponent control the language, you let them control the debate. You allow them the opportunity to soften their position through less controversial verbiage, making their position sound almost reasonable.

Call a spade a spade. Catering to politically correct double-speak is a form of soft tyranny.

2. Know your opponent and their tactics, then call them on it

I learned this one watching Ben Shapiro take on Piers Morgan in an interview regarding the 2nd Amendment. Ben had researched Piers’ tactics, and at the beginning of the interview, called him out on them, pointing out that Morgan has a tendency to resort to name-calling vitriol, ad hominem attacks, and attempts to paint his opponent as low intellect Neanderthals, whenever he ran out of talking points to support his position. Shapiro went on to say that he trusted that Morgan wouldn’t engage in those same tactics in their debate.

Morgan was instantly taken aback, batted his eyelashes innocently, and went into full denial mode. The interview went smoothly for a while, with Morgan refraining from his typical tactics, but true to form, reverted to his normal attacks when Shapiro had him backed into a corner, giving him the ammo he needed to point out that he was correct in his initial assessment of Morgan’s tactics.

I’ve implemented this strategy in many debates, and without fail, it’s been effective.

3. Don’t go on defense

It’s inevitable. In any debate, on any topic, your opponent is going to spend the bulk of their time, telling you why your position is wrong and why you’re a bad person for holding it. All too often, I see good people take this bait and retreat into a mode of defending themselves, rather than defending their position, or going on offense against their opponents position.

It’s a natural reaction to try and defend your character, morality or ethics when they come under attack. However, the second you do, you’ve just handed the debate to your opponent.

I can’t count the number of times I’ve been called a “gun nut that doesn’t care about children”. Until I learned the tactic of not taking that bait, my reaction was usually “I am not a gun nut and I love kids”. Now, my reaction is “If being a proponent of the basic, human right to self defense, not only for me, but for the protection of children, makes me a ‘nut,’ so be it. What I think is nutty is being opposed to those things.”

Guess which one of those reactions is more effective in winning the debate.

4. Don’t allow deflection

When people are losing a debate, they tend to drift into side topics. It’s not unusual for a pro-abortion advocate to drift into healthcare as a whole, or for a gun control advocate to drift into government provided “safety”.

Don’t follow people down these rabbit holes. Drag them right back out, and force them to stay on the topic of hand. The moment you start following them is the moment you’ve given them control to lead you to separate topics, control the debate, and muddy the waters of the original topic.

Debate is a healthy thing when done right. It’s done right when the right strategies are applied. So engage, but engage to win. I assume your position is worth it.

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GOP plays pro-life card in an election year bluff for votes

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GOP plays pro-life card in an election year bluff for votes

With another year of failure behind them and a midterm election ahead, the GOP is busy doing as it always does under such circumstances, squeezing a boatload of bills through Congress designed to give the appearance that they’re keeping their word to the conservative base of the party.

An ace-in-the-hole often played by the Gang Of Phonies when they are desperate for our cash and our votes is the pro-life card, which explains their plan to hold a show vote on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Act (BAASA) later this week.

If passed, BAASA would allegedly protect infants delivered alive after a failed abortion which begs the question, if a failed abortion delivers a live baby and a successful abortion delivers a dead baby, isn’t abortion the very definition of premeditated murder?

Premeditated Murder: The term that is used to describe a murder that was planned in advance and was carried out willfully. – Black’s Law Dictionary

In 2002–strangely enough, another midterm election year–George W. Bush signed a similar bill called the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act (BAIPA). While the bill claimed to provide legal protection for an infant born alive after a failed abortion, BAIPA failed to provide penalties or enforcement mechanisms to punish violators.

Without those provisions, the law was meaningless and made it possible for a baby killer like Kermit Gosnell–who routinely murdered babies by severing their spinal cords with scissors through the back of the neck or drowning them in toilets after being born alive–to become a millionaire.

While it can be argued that BAASA might do some good, this is simply an election year ploy that falls woefully short of doing what’s necessary to end the abortion holocaust.

For example, there has been no advance of the “most pro-life platform in GOP history,” which included commitments to defund Planned Parenthood, ban dismemberment abortions, and pass a Human Rights Amendment to the Constitution. In fact, Trump and the GOP actually supported the abortion industry by passing three spending bills in 2017 that fully funded Planned Parenthood.

As a supporter of the Federalist Party and the Convention of States project, I see this charade as more proof that conservatives need to leave the GOP and join these movements. Only by reigning in the federal government and returning power to the states will we bring an end to this holocaust.

What difference could it make? Well, Indiana State Rep. Curt Nisly just introduced a bill that would completely ban abortion in the state. In Roe v. Wade America, his chances of success are somewhere between slim and none. But in Constitutional America, where “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people,” NIsly’s bill would likely succeed.

BAASA may or may not become law, but it’s nothing more than a lame attempt by RINOs to save their jobs. The lives of the unborn deserve better than this.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 

David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative. His daily radio commentary is nationally syndicated with Salem Radio Network and can be heard on stations across America.

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Will Trump and the GOP ever defund Planned Parenthood?

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Will Trump and the GOP ever defund Planned Parenthood

Despite claims that 2017 was a “tough year,” Planned Parenthood still managed to have a very profitable year according to a just-released annual report.

After murdering 321,384 unborn babies still in their mother’s womb at their so-called clinics–occasionally selling their body parts on the black market–and receiving nearly $544 million in taxpayer-funded subsidies, Planned Parenthood was able to report an increase in its profits of nearly $21 million despite shutting down 32 centers last year.

According to Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood manager who currently runs an organization designed to help abortion workers get out of the baby-killing business (And Then There Were None), the report proves what we already knew: Planned Parenthood is a political movement, not a women’s healthcare organization. As noted by WorldTribune.com, data contained within the report supports Johnson’s conclusion.

  • The organization’s birth control services continued to drop in the past year. According to its 2016-2017 annual report, contraception services were 2,701,866 – four percent less than 2015-2016.
  • The annual report also shows the number of prenatal services once again dropping – this year to 7,762 – a 17 percent decline from the 9,419 performed the year before. In 2014-2015, Planned Parenthood claimed 17,419 prenatal services performed.
  • While Planned Parenthood performed 3,677,503 sexually transmitted infection (STI) tests, and 706,903 HIV tests over the past year, the organization performs no mammograms but lists 336,614 manual “breast exams.”

During his 2016 campaign, Trump’s position regarding Planned Parenthood changed depending on the day of the week–or Ivanka’s agenda–as he defended the organization for the “good things” it did for women’s health while claiming that abortion was a “small part” of their business operation.

Abby Johnson shot down Trump’s conclusion in a Newsmax interview at the time.

“My message to Donald Trump… [is] nothing Planned Parenthood does is for the greater good of women. Every single service they provide leads back to abortion.

“So why do they provide contraceptive services to women? Because they know that eventually that contraceptive will fail; 54 percent of women who have abortions were using contraception at the time they got pregnant.

“They know that method is going to fail and because they’ve already developed a relationship with that woman then that woman will come back to Planned Parenthood whenever that method did fail and they will be able to sell her on an abortion.

“Why do they provide STD services? Because they care about eradicating STDs? No, because they want to have that first point of contact with a person who is participating in high-risk sexual behavior.

“Because they know that that person has a greater chance of having an unplanned pregnancy and that’s a person they can sell an abortion to. Every single service leads back to abortion.” (emphasis mine)

Candidate Trump wrote a letter in September, 2016 to a group of pro-life leaders stating that he was “committed to … Defunding Planned Parenthood as long as they continue to perform abortions, and re-allocating their funding to community health centers that provide comprehensive health for women.”

Unfortunately, President Trump–who warned America that he would be different once he became president–agreed to a budget deal with Democrats that funds Planned Parenthood into Fiscal Year 2018, which began Oct. 1. It was the third spending deal Trump signed as president that continues federal funding for the abortion group.

The current extension on that deal expires two weeks from tomorrow and Democrats have a long list of demands to be met in exchange for their vote on a new budget. Also, as we witnessed during the Obamacare repeal debates, the GOP has demonstrated a disgusting willingness to abandon the unborn in order to appease Democrats.

With Trump’s track record of near-schizophrenia when it comes to defunding Planned Parenthood, and with the spineless GOP more concerned about keeping their positions than with keeping their promises, the odds look pretty good that Planned Parenthood will be reporting about another banner year 12 months from now.

Time will tell if the American taxpayer will continue footing the bill for this American Holocaust.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 

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