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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.

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When Joe Biden first ran for president, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hadn’t been born

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When Joe Biden first ran for President Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hadnt been born

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was born in October, 1989, well into George H.W. Bush’s term in the White House. Had then-Senator Joe Biden had his way, he would have been sitting in the Oval Office around the time the young Congresswoman was born.

Biden’s first run for president wasn’t much of a run. He had plagiarized components of speeches made by Neil Kinnock, leader of the British Labour Party. What made it worse is that he even mimicked personal details of Kinnock’s speeches that talked about family, something that drew ridicule and condemnation as it seemed likely he fabricated aspects of his life to match that of Kinnock.

But that’s not going to be the issue for Biden in 2020. His real problem is his label as a moderate without any leftist-favored intersections of race, gender, or sexual preference. This isn’t the time in history for a Democrat to win the nomination by relying on the Establishment wing of the party. Many Democrats still blame the DNC for supporting Hillary Clinton as the reason Donald Trump is President today. Had they backed the favorite Democratic-Socialist of 2016, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), his supporters believe he would have been able to defeat Trump. We’ll never know, but that won’t change the challenge Biden has with his reputation of being in the murky middle.

As Rush Limbaugh pointed out, Biden may be the best chance the Democrats have of defeating Trump, but he doesn’t really stand a chance in the primaries. This may be true despite his frontrunner status. Since most of the candidates are pushing further and further to the left with their radical policy proposals, whichever one emerges as the last hyper-leftist radical progressive standing will draw in the support from the others with very limited upside for Biden once the radicals start falling off.

No matter which way you cut it, Biden is going to have to lurch to the left to try to suspend disbelief among the primary voters who want to see more Justice Democrats and fewer Establishment Democrats in office. Biden may have too much history as a moderate to suddenly paint himself as a progressive, but that won’t stop him from trying.

Will age and a long history of White House ambitions harm Joe’s chances? Absolutely. The New (Justice) Democratic Party of AOC doesn’t want an old white guy representing them. They will do whatever they can to make him leave the race.

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Joe Biden invokes Charlottesville to announce his presidential campaign

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Joe Biden invokes Charlottesville to announce his presidential campaign

The worst kept secret in DC has finally been made official. Former Vice President Joe Biden has announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for President. The Establishment wing of the party is mostly rejoicing.

Unlike many who have already announced their candidacy by going on talk shows for the audience energy, Biden’s announcement came in the form of a video, reminiscent of how Hillary Clinton announced her candidacy in 2015. In the video, Biden claims to have been driven to run against President Trump following the Charlottesville Unite the Right rally and protests in which counter-protester Heather Danielle Heyer was killed by a white supremacist. It wasn’t the event itself but the President’s infamous reaction to the incident that Biden claims was his inspiration to run.

He joins a crowded field as one of the two frontrunners. Former candidate and current Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is ahead in some polls, behind in others, but the two are far ahead of the rest of the field.

Some doubts sprung up about whether or not he would run following a report by former Democratic lawmaker Lucy Flores that Biden inappropriately touched her and kissed her on the back of her head without permission. She was appalled because, among other things, she hadn’t had time to wash her hair that morning.

Now that it’s official, Biden is sure to continue making waves. Whether or not he has enough support from the moderate wing to overtake the other candidates, nearly all of whom are radical progressives, remains to be seen.

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Why full-blown #NeverTrumpers on the right are wrong to embrace Democrats

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Why full-blown NeverTrumpers on the right are wrong to embrace Democrats

In 2016, I supported Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) for the GOP nomination. I supported him all the way through to the Republican National Convention and was among those holding out for the tiniest possibility that he could somehow be gifted the nomination by a magical “conscience” vote. When it didn’t happen, I skulked off knowing candidate Trump would bring about challenges for the nation if he won. But…

… and this is a big but…

… there was absolutely no scenario that would have made me wish for, cheer on, or vote for Hillary Clinton.

She was bad. This new batch of Democrats running for the White House are even worse.

I am no longer a Republican. I had high hopes for a third party I co-founded, but it went in a different direction from where I initially wanted to take it, so now I’m officially an Independent. But one thing hasn’t changed. There is still absolutely no scenario in which I could support socialism-loving, pro-abortion, anti-gun, big government preaching Democrats. Even the “moderates” in the race are lurching to the left. If Joe Biden ends up winning the nomination as the only semi-rational Democrat (almost) in the race, I still couldn’t support him.

Today, there are still plenty of things President Trump does that discourage me. His bump-stock ban opened Panora’s Box for future gun confiscations and his administration’s push for Red Flag Gun Laws is only Constitutional if you eliminate the 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 14th Amendments. I am often struck with hope that deals are in the works to finally end his destructive tariffs, but there’s always a roadblock. As North Korean dictator Kim Jong un visits Russia’s Vladimir Putin, I’m reminded of the debacle we witness as the “negotiations” to end their nuclear program were completely botched.

But here’s the thing. He’s our President. From the beginning of his administration, I’ve consistently said I’d praise him when he does right and I’d criticize him when he does wrong. This type of intellectual honesty is not present in either the #AlwaysTrump camp nor the #NeverTrump camp. Just yesterday, I Tweeted agreement with three out of four points Charlie Kirk made about the President’s successes. By mentioning there wasn’t really a North Korean deal in sight and it should’t be considered a victory, I was summarily attacked for being a “pearl clutching” Democrat or something like that.

The same happens when I praise the President, only much worse. I won’t even mention the things that are sent to me on social media, through direct messages, and via email. Many of the folks who followed me when I supported Cruz are terribly offended by my support for the border wall, for example. They tend to forget that Cruz supports the wall as well as the fact that we desperately need it. To many #NeverTrumpers, any praise for actions the President does, even if they’re conservative, is a betrayal to the credo of “orange man bad.”

I wish the President would let someone read his Tweets just to prevent him from embarrassing himself. I wish he’d alert his staff of policy changes instead of making them react to Tweets. I wish he’d stop talking about how great he is all the time. I wish he could be a statesman instead of a strongman. But as our President, he has my support. As someone who has reversed many of the evils from the previous administrations, he has my praise. As a President who is willing to acknowledge Israel as a sovereign nation and our ally, he has my pleasantly surprised smile.

One does not have to gush over the President to be a supporter. One does not have to hate everything he does to be critical. It’s preferable to look at each individual action and determine if it’s good for America or not. That level of intellectual honesty is sorely needed right now, but instead it is conspicuously absent. We are polarized. Either Trump is evil or Trump is godlike depending on which tribe you’ve sworn your allegiance to. Personally, my allegiance is to my God, my family, and my country, and I am fully capable of molding my support or not for individual policies, choices, or words based upon these three criteria.

Sometimes I’m asked how I can be a Christian and support a man who is clearly not. I look to Daniel, Joseph, and others for guidance in situations like that, but I also remember Romans 13:1:

Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

I do not have to support the President’s adulterous affections or misogynist statements in order to support many of his policies. But perhaps most importantly I cannot justify supporting the existential threat of socialism just because I object to our leader’s personal sins. I wouldn’t leave my wife alone with him, but that doesn’t mean I’m opposed to his desire to end visa overstays.

Then, there’s the issue of abortion. Can a Christian say, “Trump is too sinful to support” and then support a pro-abortion Democrat as a result?

Lastly, there’s the challenge of pushing the conservative philosophy, an act that superseding my personal feelings about President Trump. He is malleable. We’ve seen this time and time again, especially when he’s been on the verge of shifting to the left on important issues. Those who incessantly oppose him cannot help sway him towards the right side of an issue. If they’re attacking him when he’s being conservative, their attacks on him when he’s being progressive are meaningless.

It’s time for #NeverTrumpers to ask themselves if we’re really better off with someone they like better even if that person is a pro-abortion, anti-gun, socialism-loving Democrat. The right answer is obviously “no.”

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