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Rebuttal: Jesse Kelly is wrong, it’s not time for the US to divorce

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I find it a bit ironic that the Federalist is no longer Federalist, or at least Jesse Kelly is promoting the idea that federalism has no hope of a resurgence in his latest article with the Federalist, titled, “It’s time for the United States to divorce before things get dangerous.”

Jesse thinks its time to split the country into two pieces and have two separate nations. He even provided a map, which he calls, “a peaceful solution.”

I agree with Jesse we have a problem with this country but even this split won’t help. Do you think Idaho, Montana, or even the Dakotas would be happy to be governed by progressive?

Here is the real problem, it’s not only that we have forgotten what Federalism is, but more importantly, we have forgotten about local control.

I want you to think about something. Do you think the Federalist or Anti-Federalist would be happy with how the federal and state governments operate? These people that fought a bloody revolution would be appalled to see what has happened to our country. If they were alive today, I would be confident they would be asking us, why the heck haven’t we overthrown the entire government.

I agree something must be done but this idea will not work, and I’m fairly certain it will not have a peaceful solution.

I live in California and happen to be the Republican candidate for California State Controller. If you want to talk about anger, we have the CalExit movement to secede from the US and become our own country. We have New California that wants to split the state in two, another proposed ballot initiative to try and break the state into three new states. Californians from both sides of the political spectrum are frustrated, and the biggest problem is we think we can solve it by establishing new overbearing centralized governments.

This type of thinking is what got us into the mess we are in. We need something that gets us back to local control and limits centralized government that controls every aspect of our lives.

My Solution

People want local control, but they are not sure how we can move from the dysfunction and division we currently see ourselves in, to genuine freedom and local control.

People cannot do a nationwide ballot initiative to remove power from the federal government and amend the Constitution, but people can strip power from the state government. Remember people created the states and the states created the federal government, therefore you must follow the same path. You start with the people taking power from the state and then the state taking power from the federal government.

So where do you attack to remove power? You do that by going after the power of taxation. The federal government was in check when it couldn’t tax people directly (16th Amendment). It’s the golden rule, “he who has the gold makes the rules.” Once they controlled most of the money, we saw the exponential growth of centralized government and the state government gladly followed suit.

So under my tax plan called Trickle-up-Taxation, we bypass the state legislature and put a ballot initiative straight to the people to remove most taxing authority and regulatory authority for local matters to the counties and cities. The state will be limited to things that only the state can do, and your local municipalities will handle all other issues. The state will no longer tax you directly but indirectly but by taking a portion of all tax dollars generated on the local level.

Progressive will have more money and greater control in their areas to establish their progressive utopia and conservatives can have low taxes and be left alone. If the state government tries to take a more significant percentage of tax dollars generated locally, you will have conservatives and progressive pushing back on the state government for trying to take money out of their local community.

States will want to grow their power, but since the People have restrained them, they will look to the only place they can take power and money from, the federal government.

There will be an incentive now for states to come together in an Article V Convention of States. The federal government might not like it, but they have no choice in the matter. They are powerless to stop the states.

This is how you get back to the original intent of self-government, local control and representation, and freedom to decide what is best for you and your family and not have every issue decided by a government institution far removed from your community.

Jesse, it’s not time for a divorce. It’s time we rise up and take our country back and finally break the shackles of overbearing centralized government and go back to our roots of self-government and self-determination. I believe we can and we will do this and I believe Trickle-up-Taxation is the key to our success.


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.

Mr. Roditis a candidate for California State Controller. He is an entrepreneur and owns several companies. He graduated from UCSD with a B.A. in Political Science/International Relations. He's a former City Commissioner with the City of Anaheim, CA. He's a Conservative Constitutional Federalist. Follow him on Twitter @KonRoditis

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More on Neil Gorsuch and judicial tyranny

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Following the Supreme Court decision earlier this week where Neil Gorsuch sided with the four progressive justices on the court to overturn a law that allowed for the deportation of immigrants convicted of violent crimes, I wrote an article about how this decision confirmed the warning given by James Madison about tyrannical government.

Since Gorsuch was appointed by Donald Trump and conservatives considered the justice to be a type of Anakin Skywalker as the chosen one born to bring balance back to the government, I took a lot of heat for daring to mention tyranny and Gorsuch in the same breath.

If I had called Gorsuch a tyrant, my readers and listeners would have had a point, but that’s not what I did.

As I stated in the article, the threat of tyranny comes not from a single Supreme Court decision, it comes from the reality that political parties have turned judicial appointments into a party platform, essentially eliminating the walls that separate the three branches of government. Such accumulation of all powers in the same hands is the exact definition of tyranny according to Madison.

“The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.”

The federal courts continue to confirm this threat to liberty. Earlier this week, a three-judge panel on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a law in Ohio that denied funding to Planned Parenthood who already gets hundreds of millions of dollars from taxpayers thanks to Trump and the GOP. The ruling also upheld a decision from a lower court that ruled that the ban violated due process and was, therefore, unconstitutional.

This wasn’t a decision by a court loaded by Obama appointees. Two of the three judges were appointed by Daddy Bush and Son, while the third was picked by Bill Clinton. The lower court judge was also appointed by George W. Bush.

Do you see what happens when we allow judicial appointments to be motivated by politics?

In the judicial tyranny article I mentioned above, I posted a tweet from Donald Trump where he claimed that only Republicans can “hold the Supreme Court.”

The recent decisions by the Supreme Court and the Sixth Circuit is proof that Trump and the GOP are wrong. We will never rid ourselves of tyrannical government by continuing to support its tyrannical behavior. Political parties interested only in their self-preservation won’t stop it. “Appointing better judges” won’t stop it.

Only we the people can stop it using tools such as Convention of States and Daniel Horowitz’s Citizens’ Task Forces. To learn more about how the courts are destroying America, I also recommend Daniel’s book, Stolen Sovereignty: How to Stop Unelected Judges from Transforming America.


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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Remember what’s important in life

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We all deserve forgiveness, the benefit of the doubt, and need to be reminded of what really matters from time to time. When you encounter someone who does something rude or mean or bad, avoid labeling them as a rude or bad person. Instead, give them the benefit of the doubt that they were just having a bad day/week/year and they are in a place where they have forgotten about what really matters in this life.

That it’s not about wealth and acquiring stuff. It’s about relationships and how we spend our time together. It’s about lifting each other up.

Have you ever gotten into that rut, where you have been hyper-focused on your job, or your hobby, or self-improvement? You were doing really well! You’ve gotten ahead, acquired a lot of great, new things; you make more money now, and you’ve gotten really good at whatever it is you were working on.

But then… You watch a show, a movie, maybe hear a song or a sermon, or read a story about humanity and how short this life is; About how we treat each other when we are trying to acquire too much… and it’s never enough; it’s never big enough; it never satisfies us.

But when you get that message again from that show… You recognize it, and you wake up. You stand up in the room, and you look around, and you see that all over the room everyone else still has their heads down. And very few are standing with you. But you see it now, and you say to yourself, “Why was I so focused on that? That doesn’t matter! My kids are growing up! My parents are aging, my grandparents dying. And I’ve been missing all of it… For what? For a house that’s 1000 sq. feet bigger? For a car that can drive a little faster?”

We all get sidetracked and stuck on this misleading path. That’s why we need to give each other the benefit of the doubt. Try not to label people as “bad guy” just because they did something once or twice, and recognize that people deserve forgiveness, and just need to be woken up again.

Remind them. Remind me when I forget. Please. It’s about Love. Family. Friends. Relationships.

Sell everything you own if it’s blinding you. Buy experiences instead- Experiences that you can share with one another. Hug. Laugh. Cry. Touch. Share. And remember. Remember what it’s all about.

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Attempt to make tax cuts permanent just more politics of distraction by GOP

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When Trump and the GOP passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the bill only provided temporary tax relief for individuals—they expire or “sunset” in 2025 in compliance with Senate rules—while making the corporate tax cuts permanent.

Putting Senate rules aside for a moment, the GOP intentionally structured their so-called tax-reform bill as they did to provide political cover for their otherwise unproductive job performance. Republicans were able to claim they kept at least one promise while using the Senate rules as a crutch to pass temporary tax relief for individuals with a promise to vote later on making it permanent.

According to GOP leadership, under Senate rules the tax cuts couldn’t be made permanent in the original bill because it added so much to the deficit that it would require sixty votes to avoid a filibuster—a fact that would still apply on any future votes to make the cuts permanent.

Why would the GOP promise to vote on making tax cuts permanent when getting sixty votes is still out of the question? As I said above, they need political cover.

Knowing they face an uphill slog as November approaches, Trump, McConnell, and Ryan planned to use a second vote to make individual tax cuts permanent not because it’s the right thing for taxpayers but because it allows them to use the politics of distraction to camouflage their ineptitude and hopefully avoid the Blue Tsunami.

By holding this vote, the GOP hopes to get Democrats on record as opposing the tax cuts, making it possible for Republicans to use that as a campaign issue in some of the tighter races. This is probably what motivated Sen. Ted Cruz to introduce a plan to make the cuts permanent. Cruz’s re-election race against Democrat Beto O’Rourke is essentially tied and within the margin of error, so he needs a distraction to avoid defeat.

Interestingly, many within the GOP are now having second thoughts about another vote on tax cuts because they are taking heat for recent projections that show how their tax cuts and budget treachery will add trillions of dollars to the deficit.

But don’t be fooled. This is simply another round of the GOP’s politics of distraction. By suddenly appearing like the deficit is now an issue, Trump and Company are hoping that their faux outrage will appease conservatives concerned about out-of-control spending. We witnessed an example of this strategy recently in the failed attempt by the House to pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

Regardless of what the GOP decides on the tax cuts issue, know this . . . they’ll do only what’s best for party preservation, not what’s best for America.


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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