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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.

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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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The most important thing George H. W. Bush said is a lesson for today

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The most important thing George H. W. Bush said is a lesson for today

All Presidents have their share of great quotes. Speech writers are paid to spin words in a way that is catchy, intellectual, and understandable. President George H. W. Bush said many great things in his life, but none were as important for today as his perspective on government.

The only addition I would make is that true governance under the Constitution starts at the individual level. He may not have been the biggest proponent of limited-government federalism the way his predecessor was, but that doesn’t change the importance of his message.

“The heart of our government is not here in Washington, it’s in every county office, every town, every city across this land. Wherever the people of America are, that’s where the heart of our government is.”

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What Stacey Abrams gets right about moving forward from the Georgia election

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What Stacey Abrams gets right about moving forward from the Georgia election

Democrat Stacey Abrams possesses some pretty radical political ideologies. I completely disagree with her far-leftist rhetoric or the agenda she hoped to bring to Georgia as governor. Republican Brian Kemp is the next governor, which even Abrams admits.

But she refuses to concede that she actually lose the election. She’s clear that Kemp is the governor-elect, but she falls just short of saying that his victory is illegitimate.

That’s all political theater. Here’s what she gets right. Georgia and many states need to clean up their election practices. Laws should be passed. Other laws should be removed. Ballot access for American citizens must be protected and the process must be made as easy as possible without jeopardizing accuracy or opening the doors to fraud.

Most importantly, this must be done through a combination of the legal system and the state legislature. At no point should she or anyone else try to turn this into a federal issue.

People on both sides of the political aisle seem to be leaning towards fixing election problems at the national level. This would be a huge mistake. The states must clean their own houses. The residents of the states must be the catalyst. Keep DC out of it.

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Be careful about calling for more national election laws

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Be careful about calling for more national election laws

We’re starting to hear rumblings, mostly from Republicans, calling for national standardization of elections. It’s understandable that people are frustrated by what’s happening in Florida. Arizona and Georgia also have some questionable happenings. But it’s imperative as conservatives that we allow the states to fix the problems no matter how bad they may seem.

The biggest reason: the more the federal government gets involved in just about anything, the easier it will be for voter fraud, counting mishaps, and election official corruption to occur. Take, for example, calls ringing out again for national voter ID. Would it make it harder for non-citizens to vote? Perhaps. But it also runs the risk of catastrophic failure when we centralize and/or digitize the voting system itself. Not only will all of our eggs be in one basket that becomes a single point of failure, but it also slows the process of adjusting against threats. Sophisticated vote manipulators in or out of the country would love nothing more than a federalized voting system.

Taking away the states’ responsibility to administer their voting protocols takes away their accountability as well. Calls for centralization of nearly every other component of administration, from education to the environment to healthcare, has resulted in horrific results that greatly overshadowed the localized problems they were intended to fix.

Some states are having major problems with elections. These states must fix their problems. When the federal government gets involved in sweeping changes that force solutions for isolated cases on the rest of the country, more problems arise. The benefits are greatly outweighed by the detriments.

Broward County Election Supervisor Brenda Snipes is incompetent, corrupt, or both. She needs to be replaced and the voting process in Florida needs to be fixed. Let Broward County and Florida replace her and fix their voting process. It may be hard to have faith in the county and state, but do we really have more faith in Washington DC? Should we be calling for more centralized voting laws and protocols because of a few persons’ gross negligence?

No.

It’s frustrating when local officials can affect national elections, but that’s why people can vote them out and force reforms. Where it’s broken, let those states fix it. Bringing in a DC solution will give us DC results, and that’s almost never a good thing.

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