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Federalism and Crisis Government

No emergency, real or imagined, is so immediate that we should place our rights and liberties at risk. The 20th Century can easily be called a century of change when it comes to the relationship ordinary citizens have with their government.  Nearly every decade was faced with unique and paradigm shifting programs and agendas which changed the nature of American governance.  Teddy Roosevelt’s New Nationalism, Woodrow Wilson’s War Socialism, Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, and Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on […]

Interview with Hais, Ross, and Winograd

We have an incredibly thought provoking interview to share with readers this week.  Mike Hais, Morley Winograd, and Doug Ross are the authors of “Healing American Democracy: Going Local.”  Recognizing the ever growing political divide amongst the citizens, and the equally growing lack of faith in the federal government, Hais, Winograd, and Ross discuss revitalizing the local community as the center of governmental decision making.  All three of the authors are well versed in American politics, considering themselves as practitioners […]

Interview with Judge James L Buckley

In this most recent edition of our ongoing interview series with influential political leaders, we have been given the opportunity to ask questions of one the country’s true elder statesmen, James L. Buckley.  Judge Buckley is a former senator from New York.  He also served in the Reagan administration as Undersecretary of State, and was later appointed by Ronald Reagan as a District Court of Appeals Judge for the District of Columbia.  James Buckley is a distinguished author and expert […]

Federalist Runs for City Council 

Corey Kelly, a 5th generation Needville resident has decided to run for the City Council at-large position. Mr. Kelly is the Director of Information Technology for the Needville Independent School District and says that he truly loves “his little town.” He says that he has always had the urge to give back to his community, and that he draws inspiration from his family’s history in Needville, where his third-great grandfather is buried just a mile from his home. Despite the […]

Interview With William F.B. O’Reilly of The Federalist Party of America

Interest continues to grow in the concept of federalism, what it means, where it came from, and how it can heal the country.  In this edition of our ongoing interview series with prominent political voices, we discuss federalism and the Constitution with William F.B. O’Reilly, the President Pro Tem of The Federalist Party of America (FPA).  Mr. O’Reilly is not only involved with FPA, he is a columnist at Newsday, a former board member of the American Association of Political […]

On School Shootings: Mitt Romney Touts Federalism

  “States get things done,” said Mitt Romney, who just recently announced his candidacy for US Senate, hoping to replace Orrin Hatch (R-UT) who has announced his pending retirement.  Romney began one of his first public speeches as an announced candidate with some humor saying, “I do want to dispel the rumor that I only ran for president as a stepping stone to become U.S. senator from Utah,” but immediately grew serious on a myriad of topics, including the recent […]

The Historical Context of Commissions on Federalism

To understand the need for these Commissions on Federalism, we must understand their context in American history and what they can provide us in our efforts to reaffirm the checks and balances of Constitutional governance in our modern age. The popular parts of the history leading up to the American Revolution and the period between the Battles of Lexington and Concorde and the formal Declaration of Independence are well known and celebrated.  They include such items as the Boston Massacre, […]

Interview with Bethany Mandel

In this week’s installment of our interview series with prominent political voices, we asked Bethany Mandel of The Federalist to answer a few questions.  The reader may recognize some of the questions from our previous interviews.  At the end of this series, we’ll be exploring the variety of answers when compared to one another. Mrs. Mandel is a stay-at-home mother of three children under four and a writer on politics and culture. She is a senior contributor to The Federalist, […]

Interview with Ben Howe

In our continued effort to explore thoughts on federalism and the Constitution with prominent political leaders, we reached to Ben Howe.  Mr. Howe is a writer and filmmaker who gained attention late in 2010 for a series of politically charged videos that went viral and helped him launch his production company Mister Smith Media, which was later renamed Howe Creative.  Prior to the election in 2016, Mr. Howe and his team released the controversial crowd-funded documentary, The Sociopath, currently distributed […]

Response to HR 3003

Senator Toomey  Mr. Grassley, Mr. Cruz, Mr. Inhofe, Mr. Cotton, Mrs. Capito, Mr. Perdue, Mr. Boozman, Mr. Johnson, Mr. Wicker, Mr. Blunt, and Mrs. Fischer Washington, DC 20510   Dear Senator XX, Senator XX, I would like to introduce you to the Federalist Coalition. We are 501(c) (4) organization composed of entirely volunteer, grassroots citizens dedicated to promoting and advocating the concepts of American Federalism. We are a diverse group with members from coast to coast. Knowing you to be a staunch defender of the Constitution, we are writing you to […]