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I was going to sit down and write about President Trump and the latest dumpster fire.  But, let’s be honest, who isn’t writing about that.  Instead, I want to piggyback on an article JD Rucker wrote regarding elected republicans leaving the party.  I would like to take a moment and consider the actions our so-called representatives are taking.

Just for the sake of discussion, imagine neither the republicans nor democrats control either house of congress.  Imagine there is a third-party.  While small in number, this third-party wields great power.  Without their support there is no majority.  Legislation stalls without bringing them on board.

Small But Mighty

My hope is for an emergence of the Federalist Party.  I can envision a small group of Senators and a solid group in the House.  Not enough, at this time, to be a majority.  Rather, enough to prevent what we are currently witnessing.  Men and women with the conviction and ideological backbone to withstand the pressure to conform.  And a party that supports them.

We have a few members of the Senate who sort of fit this bill.  Honestly, though, they are still republicans and we’ve seen all of them fold at one time or another.  There’s the Freedom Caucus in the House.  This is a solid group of conservative republicans.  Again, at the end of the day they are republicans.  We have seen them bow to the pressure of the party machine.

What is needed are members in both houses, and legislative bodies across the country, who will stand firm.  Members who will protect life and property.  Members who are serious about reining in the growth and influence of government.  Officials who know they are the people’s representative and will be held accountable.

A True Counterweight

The Federalist Party can be a true counterweight to the “republicrat” party in Washington.  With enough members, we could provide significant pressure on the republicans and democrats.  Granted, the two major parties could simply vote in-block together.  Honestly, what’s the difference in what we are getting now?  At least with a significant presence in Congress I believe we have a fighting chance to uphold federalist principles.  As things stand, a significant portion of the population has no true representation in government.

Looking Forward

As JD wrote, the Federalist Party is a ground up movement.  We are trying to build the party at the local level.  However, we will not dismiss national political opportunities.  The time for talk and half measures is nearing an end.  While working to get elected officials in local offices, the time seems ripe to see the emergence of a legitimate Federalist Party option on the national scene. I would love to see some of my favorite current office holders unchained from the constraints of their current party.  Free to actually fulfill campaign promises and truly represent their constituents.

The Federalist Party is growing by the day.  I hope for our children’s sake, enough of us have begun to wake from this slumber.  I pray enough people are tired of binary choice politics.  Enough of you are sick and tired of being ignored.  This will not be easy.  Powerful forces are arrayed against us.  Just look at this recent article by Steve Berman.  However, I trust my fellow citizens.  We will look back at this as the moment the people made our voice heard.

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A reminder to GOP lawmakers from Justin Amash

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A reminder to GOP lawmakers from Justin Amash

When Representative Justin Amash (R-MI) hadn’t been in Washington DC for very long when he said this amazing quote. At the time, many weren’t paying much attention. After all, many Republicans say similar things when they get to DC, but over time they become jaded, corrupted, or start to get used to being in the DC Country Club.

Amash is different. He has remained consistent with his message and views throughout his career. Now, it’s time for other Republicans to remember what they were sent to Washington DC to do in the first place. Defense of the Constitution is their top priority as it’s the best protection against a government that wants desperately to control every aspect of our lives. From healthcare to the internet to how we use our energy, government intervention has become so commonplace, it’s often hard to see the fabric of our nation behind all the layers of bureaucracy that has been placed on top of it.

“I follow a set of principles, I follow the Constitution. And that’s what I base my votes on. Limited government, economic freedom and individual liberty.”

If more Republicans followed the same principles and didn’t just use them in campaign speeches, we may actually be able to return liberties that have been taken and remove layers of government that have been formed unnecessarily.


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Mike Pence on his belief in federalism

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Mike Pence on his belief in federalism

Vice President Mike Pence has been a strong proponent for federalism throughout his political and radio careers. While he may have had to push his federalist leanings aside while in the White House as his boss feels the need to expand DC power, but at his core I believe he’s still a federalist.

DC power is out of control. States, cities, and most importantly individual Americans need to do whatever we can to rein in the federal government. They believe they know best despite clear evidence they don’t.

“Our founders insisted that protecting the states’ power to govern themselves was vital to limit the power of Washington and preserve freedom.”

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Why sanctuary cities are not an example of federalism

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Why sanctuary cities are not an example of federalism

There’s a false narrative circulating that claims sanctuary cities are an example of the proper use of federalism that keeps law enforcement powers in the hands local, city, county, and state governments as it pertains to illegal immigrant sanctuary status. On the surface, this argument may actually make sense to some. Dig a little deeper and it’s clearly not what federalists should embrace.

Briefly, federalism is the belief that powers should be shared between all levels of government starting with the individual and family unit at the top of the pyramid and working its way down to the bottom level, the federal government. When it was first pushed by the founding father federalists such as James Madison and Alexander Hamilton, they fought to make sure the federal government had enough power to be relevant, as their opposition basically wanted states to have all the power. Today federalist tenets have had to refocus on taking powers away from a bloated federal government and return them to the states, counties, cities, communities, and, of course, the individual.

Proponents of sanctuary areas say they’re simply following the principles of limited government federalism by choosing to ignore federal-initiated holds for illegal immigrants who are detained by local jurisdictions. This is false federalism because it suffers from one major flaw.

For states-rights to kick in, one very important criteria must be met. The actions of one location cannot be allowed to have a major detrimental effect on another location. The federal government should only get involved in states’ affairs when their actions influence other states. Such is the case with sanctuary cities and states. Criminal illegal immigrants are not stuck in the city that ignored the federal hold orders. When they release a criminal illegal immigrant, they’re allowing them to roam free across the nation. That means the actions of a state like California can cause harm to residence of neighboring states.

We’re not talking about residents in a state without legal marijuana crossing into another state to buy a joint. We’re talking about people who have entered the country illegally, broken our right to sovereignty, and who pose a clear and present danger to American citizens.

Moreover, it creates an atmosphere of unfairness. As a legal immigrant to the United States, I receive no sanctuary in California. If I have a federal warrant against me and I’m detained for, say, drunk driving in California, they’re not going to release me so I can avoid my federal warrant. If I were an illegal immigrant instead, they would. How backwards is it that my rights as an American citizen are lower than the rights of an illegal immigrant?

Let’s not confuse the real issue, here. This is all about power. The sentiment towards illegal immigrants is both backwards and illogical in cities and states that offer sanctuary to them. Yet politicians know many will continue to vote for them in states like California because to most leftists, hurt feelings are more powerful than actual facts.

I’m JD Rucker. Thank you for listening.

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