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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.

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Fred Savage owns Deadpool in Once Upon a Deadpool trailer

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Fred Savage owns Deadpool in Once Upon a Deadpool trailer

I’ll admit, I didn’t even know this was a thing. When I heard about it, I assumed it was a spoof, probably put out by Ryan Reynolds to catch a few Christmas laughs. I was wrong.

Once Upon a Deadpool is a new edit of Deadpool 2 made with a PG-13 rating. Fox has been pushing for Reynolds to do a PG-13 version for over a decade, but the star has refused until now. He had two requirements. First, he Fox to donate money from the movie to a charity of Reynold’s choice. Which did he choose? A charity Fox is referring to as “Fudge Cancer,” though the charity’s real name would be better served in the R-rated version of Deadpool.

The second requirement is that Reynolds needed permission to kidnap Fred Savage.

Reynolds got both of his wishes and Once Upon a Deadpool was born. It’s due for a limited engagement next month.

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Legislators tell Allen West: Next version of First Step Act will cut loopholes

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Legislators tell Allen West Next version of First Step Act will cut loopholes

Last week, a handful of conservatives, including Lt. Col. Allen West and Conservative Review’s Daniel Horowitz, went after the bipartisan First Step Act, a criminal justice reform bill that has the backing of the President and many conservative lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Our complaint: why would the GOP support a bill that releases violent criminals and illegal immigrants?

According to legislative proponents of the bill, protections and benefits for both of these groups of felons have been eliminated in the next version of the bill that will reach the Senate floor. They reached out to West over the weekend to let them know they heard the concerns and are addressing them.

First Step Act: Response and Reassurances

https://i0.wp.com/theoldschoolpatriot.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/prison-553836_640.jpg?w=200&ssl=1The First Step Act is supported by many conservatives and law enforcement groups, including the Fraternal Order of Police, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the National District Attorneys Association. There are other proposals offered by those on the far left under the same banner of “criminal justice reform” that would release people from prison without regard to the danger they pose, including illegal immigrants and serious violent offenders. We must remember that there are some folks who are, well, as the ol’ folks would say, “just bad.” Additionally, some left-wing professors even propose abolishing all prisons partly based on their notion that the system is racist in nature. Hmm, I tend to believe that skin color or race has nothing to do with a person deciding to break the law. I just do not want us to go down the path of having criminals believe that there are no consequences, ramifications, for their actions and behaviors.

The legislators echoed our concerns and said the version that is currently available doesn’t reflect the changes that cut the loopholes. They say it will be impossible for these two groups – serious violent offenders and criminal illegal immigrants – to get the benefits of the bill. Many felons will be released early. Future felons will be given lighter sentences. That makes sense for many, but by no means should anyone in either of the two most dangerous groups receive sentence reductions, according to the letter to West.

My Take

Call me cynical, but lately I’ve changed my general rules regarding promises of politicians. It used to echo President Reagan’s stance on nuclear disarmament: “Trust but verify.” I now have to go with a more adversarial stance on political promises: “Show me proof, then we’ll talk.”

When the legislation is made available to the public, many will take a close look at it. I’ll personally be checking to see if there are any loopholes that would put violent offenders or criminal illegal immigrants back on the street sooner. If so, it’s a no-go for me.

 

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Hundreds search rubble in California for human remains

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Hundreds search rubble in California for human remains

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The search for remains of victims of the devastating Northern California wildfire took on a new urgency Monday as rain in the forecast threatened to complicate those efforts while also bringing relief to firefighters.

Hundreds of crews and volunteers were searching the ash and rubble where homes stood before flames engulfed the Sierra foothills town of Paradise and surrounding communities, killing at least 77 people in the deadliest U.S. wildfire in a century.

The fire has destroyed more than 10,500 homes while burning 234 square miles (606 sq. kilometers). It was 65 percent contained.

The rain expected to arrive Wednesday could cause wet ash to flow down steep inclines in the mountainous region, forecasters said.

Rescue workers wore white coveralls, hard hats and masks as they poked through debris, searching for bone fragments before rain could wash them away or turn loose, dry ash into thick paste.

A team of 10 volunteers accompanied by a cadaver dog went from house to house in the charred landscape. Some went to homes where they had received tips that someone might have died.

They used sticks to move aside debris and focused on vehicles, bathtubs and what was left of mattresses for possible signs of victims.

When no remains were found, they spray-painted a large, orange “0″ near the house and moved on.

Robert Panak, a volunteer on a team from Napa County, said he was trying to picture each house before it burned and imagine where people might have taken shelter.

“I just think about the positives, bringing relief to the families, closure,” Panak said.

The search area is huge and the fire burned many places to the ground, creating a landscape unique to many search-and- rescue personnel, said Joe Moses, a commander with the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office, who is helping oversee the effort.

“Here we’re looking for very small parts and pieces, and so we have to be very diligent and systematic,” he said Friday.

Sheriff Kory Honea said it was possible that the exact death toll from the blaze would never be known. He also questioned whether the search for remains could be completed by midweek when the rain is forecast.

“As much as I wish that we could get through all of this before the rains come, I don’t know if that’s possible,” he said.

About 1,000 names remain on a list of people unaccounted for more than a week after the fire began in Butte County about 140 miles (225 kilometers) north of San Francisco.

Authorities don’t believe all those on the list are missing and the number dropped by 300 on Sunday as more people were located or got in touch to say they weren’t missing.

On Sunday afternoon, more than 50 people gathered at a memorial for the victims at First Christian Church in Chico, where a banner on the altar read, “We will rise from the ashes.”

People hugged and shed tears as Pastor Jesse Kearns recited a prayer for firefighters, rescuers and search teams: “We ask for continued strength as they are growing weary right now,” Kearns said.

Paul Stavish, who retired three months ago from a Silicon Valley tech job and moved to Paradise, placed a battery-powered votive candle on the altar as a woman played piano and sang “Amazing Grace.”

Stavish, his wife and three dogs escaped the fire, but their house is gone. He said he was thinking of the dead and mourning for the warm, tight-knit community.

“This is not just a few houses getting burned,” he said. “The whole town is gone.”

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Associated Press journalists Christopher Weber and Brian Melley in Los Angeles contributed to this report.

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