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  • feedwordpress 21:24:00 on 2017/10/13 Permalink
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    What the Federalist Party needs to do to get to Washington DC 

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    For the last three days, I’ve been traveling. The long flights between Southern California and Washington DC were worth it after a handful of very productive meetings. They gave us direction on the next steps necessary for the Federalist Party to make an impact sooner than expected.

    Read the rest on the Federalist website.

  • feedwordpress 04:40:32 on 2017/08/12 Permalink
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    This is an unofficial Federalist site 

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    As a co-founder of the Federalist Party, it’s apparently assumed that what I post here is an official representative of the party. It is not. The only official party posts go on the party’s website itself. What I post here as well as what I post via social media through the Soshable accounts have no direct affiliation with the party.

    One might wonder why I even post here at all if that’s the case. Why allow for confusion? The answer is something that applies to many people. To explain this, I’ll start with a quick story about an old boss. For months, I had a hard time convincing him that we could have remote employees at our company. I explained to him that since we were a technology company, we could broaden our talent pool by not forcing people to live in southern California. He disagreed.

    After some prodding and using myself as an example of someone who could work just fine from a home office, I learned his reasoning. He couldn’t do it himself. In fact, he found that he was much less productive at home than he ever could be in the office. I told him he was the anomaly.

    I was wrong. After we finally started hiring remote employees, I found that a little over half of them were not as productive as they should be. The gap was made up by those who were very productive; those who handled working remotely were even more productive than the in-office employees, but those who could not handle it were far less productive.

    The moral of that particular story, for me, was that some people can separate work from life even if both happened in the same places and some people simply cannot. There’s really no way to tell which way a person will go based upon interview questions. I’ve experienced great and terrible remote employees for the last eight years and there doesn’t seem to be a universal signal. Some can. Some cannot.

    All of this brings me to my point. Whether it’s in separating work from home life, professional from personal demeanor, or “thoughtful” writing versus “heart-felt” writing, people often need barriers. For me, the barrier divides how I write for Soshable from how I write for the party. Since pretty much all of my writing is either political or religious, it makes sense to keep both sites around. Sometimes I need to post direction or thoughts pertaining directly to the party or to a Federalist philosophy. Other times, I simply need to rant or express my personal perspectives as they pertain to federalism. Both are necessary for me as it’s what I’ve been immersed in for months. However, the things I post here are from “JD the Christian Federalist and conservative.” What I post on the party’s website comes from “JD the co-founder of the Federalist Party.”

    I know I’ll be judged on both, but here I can denote personal perspectives that are not necessarily part of party doctrine. Personally, I’m against California attempting to install single-payer health care. Why? Because I live in California. As a party, we have to be willing to allow states to succeed… or fail. States are the laboratories from which other states can learn. If after repealing Obamacare (if that ever happens), California decides they want single-payer, they have that right. The people can vote out those who helped bankrupt the state if that is indeed what happens or they can vote with their feet. JD the father of four living in California would hate it, but JD the co-founder of a party bent on restoring states’ rights would accept it.

    We all need barriers to partition different aspects of our lives. For me, Soshable is safe haven where I can let my heart do the writing.

  • feedwordpress 20:19:55 on 2017/07/19 Permalink
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    A caretaker’s role in politics 

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    Over the past year, I’ve worked towards helping to build a new political party. What started as a hobby and a dream has turned into a full-time endeavor; last month I sold my half of the company I’ve been building for three years in order to support my family from now until retirement. The need to make drastic changes in this country is too great for me to sit back and wait for others.

    With that said, I’m very well aware of my limitations. I’m not rich. I’m not a politician nor will I ever be one. My resume wouldn’t land me the job as a campaign manager for a city council candidate. Still, there are things I bring to the table that have helped the party grow. When the time comes, I’m eager to take a backseat to those who are smarter, more experienced, and better versed on how to get things done. Until then, I’m here.

    Looking back, I’ve made mistakes. I supported Newt Gingrich in 2012. Today I wouldn’t want him anywhere near public office. I once wrote an article (2, if I recall) about not believing in the electoral college. Today, I believe wholeheartedly in the electoral college. Heck, I even jumped on the “take out Saddam” bandwagon with George W. Bush. That turned out to be a huge political mistake. Thankfully, I’m not the one who’s going to be making these decisions.

    I’m a caretaker. With nobody doing what it takes to build a true small-government movement, I’ve taken it on myself the last year to read the Federalist Papers (twice), learn as much as I can as a layman about Constitutional law, and follow every piece of major legislature at both national and state levels. I speak daily to patriots who are sick of what’s happening to the nation and I learn much more from them than I could ever teach. That’s the beauty of being a caretaker. My role is simply to connect the right people to the right ideology and do what I can to raise awareness.

    It’s important that the party is never judged by the actions of any one individual. I supported Ted Cruz for President, but he’s demonstrated more than once in the last couple of years that he can be driven by politics just as anyone else can. We’ve seen people like Rand Paul and Mike Lee shine at times and fade at other times. Just as Thomas Sowell and Charles Krauthammer were on the opposite side of the political spectrum as they are today, so too can any person learn and (hopefully) grow through their political lives.

    In a world with a “conservative” President who once supported partial birth abortion and gun bans, allowing my past support for the Iraq War or eliminating the electoral college to taint the party is nonsense. If a caretaker isn’t allowed to make mistakes, then nobody should be worthy of a vote unless they’re 100% ideologically aligned for their entire adult lives.


  • feedwordpress 20:31:04 on 2017/06/25 Permalink
    Tags: , Federalist Party, , Life,   

    Had a baby, sold a company, committed to a party: My busy two weeks 

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    When people ask me on radio interviews, “Who is JD Rucker?” my standard reply is the honest truth. I’m nobody. I’m a Christian, husband, and father.

    They ask this question because I’m heavily embedded in the formation of the Federalist Party, which means they want to know what political chops I bring to the table. It’s important for me as well as the party that I never allow delusions of grandeur to creep into my psyche. I truly am nobody, or more accurately, I’m just like hundreds of millions of Americans who are disenfranchised with the way government intrudes on our lives. I’m among those who realize small government, the type that can fit within the boundaries of the Constitution, is the only way to go. The only difference between me and so many is that I’m no longer willing to wait. I tried the GOP, then tried to help fix the GOP through the Tea Party. I’ve looked at third parties, and while some have great ideas they lack in strategy; they simply don’t know how to win.

    I needed to do something about it and found that there are a ton more people like me. Every day, people are raising their hands and declaring they’re Federalists. It’s been wonderful.

    The last couple of weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind. As I write this, I’m watching over my son who was born less than two weeks ago. He was born with a long list of challenges with his heart. His aorta and pulmonary artery were switched. There was a hole in the wall between his ventricles. His aortic arch was off. The poor little guy had problems. By the grace of God, we were led to a wonderful doctor and hospital and the prognosis is great. Lord willing, he’ll be in great shape and ready to go home in the next few weeks.

    While all of this was happening, I sold my half of my company to my partner. He knew my situation and the fact that I’d need to dedicate a ton of time to family and politics so he made me a fair offer and released me. It happened at the exact right moment as medical bills were on the verge of breaking us.

    Meanwhile, The New Americana, my other project in conjunction with the Federalist Party, has accepted new editorial leadership. Again, the timing couldn’t have been better. Steve Berman came on board and has been running the day-to-day since Jacob was born. Amazing how the timing has worked so perfectly thus far. Praise God!

    Now that everything seems to be heading in the right direction, I’m working my way back into the mix with the party. Things are moving so quickly on all fronts in the political world that every moment counts. The team has been very supportive and all have filled the gap from my absence nicely. Now, it’s time to hit the ground running once again.

    My requests: pray for Jacob, help support the party, and help support The New Americana. Steve’s going to be doing this full-time as soon as I’m able to pay him.

    Thank you all for your patience. I can’t wait to get even more involved in everything as time goes on.

  • feedwordpress 20:08:13 on 2017/05/25 Permalink
    Tags: , Federalist Party, Hope, , RedState   

    For those who’ve lost their political home, there’s hope 

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    Every day, I go through certain news sources religiously. Part of it is for the sake of our news aggregator, but it’s also important for me to stay on top of political, religious, and cultural events to help the Federalist Party remain ahead of the news curve. RedState has always one of my daily sources and one story in particular sparked the need for a response.

    J. Cal Davenport posted a story titled, “No Party Is Serious And I Feel Politically Homeless.” As a conservative, he feels like the Republican Party is losing its core, the Democratic Party continues to embrace a miserable ideology, and all other parties are failing and/or irrelevant.

    I can appreciate this because it’s exactly where I was around this time last year. The GOP had been leaving me for a long time but I was just coming around to accepting it. The Democrats are… Democrats. I spent months looking into the other parties small and large and realized they all missed one major component: good strategy. That’s what prompted me to pursue building a new party. It’s what drove me to call people I respect to get counsel and rally support. In the end, this angst drove me to realize objectively we have a reason for hope.

    The idea of a perfect storm has materialized. If I looked into building a new party three years ago, I’m fairly certain I would have concluded that we need to fix the GOP from within. If I waited a year or two before looking into it, I may have decided that getting into the political world would be fruitless. Whatever it was that pushed me to explore the possibilities at this moment in time, I count it as a blessing. What I’m seeing is a groundswell of support driven by an increasing number of people disenfranchised with their current political homes. Many conservatives are seeing their Grand Ol’ Party acting more like 90s-era Democrats while many evangelicals are quickly learning that values, ethics, and principles are negotiable within the modern Republican Party.

    The Democrats are facing a similar dilemma. Contrary to popular belief on the right, there are plenty of Democrats who would never embrace socialism. There are Democrats who are pro-life. There are even Democrats who don’t believe in growing government. I know this for certain because I talk to them every day; over 20% of those inquiring about the party are current or former Democrats. It’s not just frustration with the leftward push towards communism their party seems to be making. Many, particularly minorities like me, say they were raised Democrat and could never allow themselves to become Republicans, but they love what they’re hearing from us about getting the government out of their lives.

    As for other parties, our appeal is our strategy. From “boots and bytes” for growth to our focus on local elections first to our plan for holding representatives accountable, we’re opening eyes of many third-party enthusiasts. We’ve been told we seem to have a better grasp of how to move forward five-months since our formation than their parties have been able to muster after a quarter-century of failure.

    I’d love to say with certainty that we’ll be successful, but certainty isn’t a luxury anyone has in this political atmosphere. I’d love to say we’re coming in at the right time since it seems like things are falling into place nicely, but it’s impossible to know if the nation can be set on the right course in time. All I can say for sure is that good things are happening and every effort is being put into this to give us the best chance possible. I’m not promising victory. I’m simply saying there are good reasons to not give up hope.

  • feedwordpress 18:01:23 on 2017/05/24 Permalink
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    While the GOP misses with millennials, the Federalist message is right on target 

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    It’s no surprise that the Federalist Party is getting a ton of new members who feel the GOP has left them. What may be surprising is that a good number of the ones we’re seeing make the switch are millennials.

    When we first started down the road of forming a new party, the majority of early adopters were over 35-years-old. Our message of reining in DC, defending freedoms, and protecting life were once associated with the Republican Party, but over the last few years it’s become more apparent that the party only invoked these ideas when they were campaigning. We knew we needed to craft a strong message to appeal to the younger generation. What we didn’t anticipate is that the message that resonated with long-time Republicans would also hit the mark with younger voters.

    Today, nearly half of our new members are millennials.

    According to Kristen Soltis Anderson, this isn’t the same old shift away from the GOP:

    It’s been reported often and for many years that Republicans are losing younger people, but what is most shocking about the Pew study is the narrow window in which this wave of defections occurred. In the relatively short time frame of December 2015 to March 2017, nearly half of all young Republicans left their party at some point, with roughly a quarter bidding the GOP adieu for good.

    No other group, by age or party, wavered so much or defected in such substantial numbers.

    The Federalist Party represents a promise that the GOP has always made. The difference is that Republican leaders in recent years have debunked themselves by failing to keep these promises. They say things in opposition to Democrats during campaign season, then embrace big government ideas when they’re given control. Young (and old) people who want laser-focus on shrinking government are joining the Federalist Party en masse.

    To understand why this is the case, we have to put aside certain stereotypes. Media is quick to point out when college students protest conservative speakers, but they hide the fact that there’s a strong counter-insurgency of small-government-minded students. They might not riot. They may have more respect for free speech than their left-wing counterparts, but their numbers are strong and their passions are often stronger. Moreover, the angst that many millennials are feeling stems from an emerging understanding that the federal government causes many of the problems they claim to fix. The internet and social media have allowed failures and political debacles to take on lives of their own. The realization that we need less government is why people like Ron Paul, Ted Cruz, and Ben Sasse have been so appealing to millennials.

    Most Americans, when presented with the facts, can come to the conclusion that less interference from the federal government yields much better results. It’s nearly universal; returning power to the states, communities, and individuals solves problems much better than relying on overarching mandates, cumbersome regulations, and offensive laws decreed by DC. The rise of the Federalist Party is coming at the exact right moment in history.

  • feedwordpress 05:21:26 on 2017/05/23 Permalink
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    Federalism vs Statism is like the parkway vs the driveway 

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    Have you ever wondered why we drive on a parkway and park in the driveway? It’s the type of question that just about everyone has been asked or seen in a Twitter feed for an up-and-coming comedian trying to get attention, but it’s also fairly legitimate. The same thing can he said about the differences between Federalism and Statism.

    Federalism as a political philosophy embraces a balance between the states and federal governments. In the current atmosphere, we see an extreme imbalance in favor of the federal government, so proper Federalism pushes to rein in DC’s budget, bureaucracy, and power. Statism as a political philosophy believes in centralizing power in DC. The “state” in statism is actually the nation. This is why there’s sometimes confusion between the two philosophies. Statism favors the federal government while Federalism favors the states and individuals.

    I addressed this in a post titled “Overcoming our biggest obstacle: The knowledge gap on what Federalism means.”

    Our early adopters understood it and our exponentially expanded membership is well-aware of the need to rein in DC by dramatically reducing budget, bureaucracy, and power. It’s time to bring this understanding to the rest of America. We have to make them aware that balancing powers between the states and federal governments based upon Constitutional restraints is at the core of the Federalist Party’s mission.

    This is where we need your help. We’re not going to get much of it from the education system and many in the media seem to lack the understanding necessary to communicate our perspectives, so the Federalist Party needs the grassroots to spread the word. We need every Federalist to know that our core principles are reining in government, defending freedoms, and protecting life.

    For the Federalist Party to succeed, we must make sure as many people as possible are aware that true modern-day Federalism believes in balance which means we believe in limiting power in Washington DC.

  • feedwordpress 10:09:59 on 2017/05/21 Permalink
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    The Federalist Party fundraising is up and running 

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    Whenever I talk to pundits and political pros, the first (and often second, third, and fourth) question they ask is about money. Having a passionate party with great ideas is one thing, but funding it is a whole other story. Other third parties have failed because of a lack of sufficient funds. How will the Federalist Party be different?

    We’re opening up to the standard practice of accepting contributions from members. The difference is that we have no intention of making this our primary form of revenue. It’s important to get the ball rolling through investments by those who believe in what we’re doing, but it’s just the start. Over time, we’ll be introducing some other standard practices such as selling Federalist merchandise. More importantly, we’ll be exploring ways to generate revenue by actually earning it. It’s crazy, I know, but there’s no reason why we shouldn’t apply our talents and the talents of members towards the goal of earning revenue just like any business in America.

    It’s important to understand that operating the party as a business does not mean we’re operating the party for profit. We will keep overhead low, particularly when it comes to salaries. Nobody employed by the Federalist Party will be getting rich. Once we start assigning salaries (everyone is currently a volunteer, including me), they will be reasonable. Frugality is a virtue that every Federalist Party employee must embrace. Every penny raised will be used to push the national party, state parties, and candidates forward.

    For this party to succeed, we need money. This is why we’re not going to go down the same path as any other party. The two major parties use big corporate donations. We will not. In fact, we can make a Constitutional case against accepting money from large corporations since the vast majority of them generate revenue in other countries.

    We also won’t go down the path of failure that third parties invariably travel. They spend a good chunk of their time trying to convince big-money donors to give them a chance. It almost never works. This is why they’re all struggling just to get boots on the ground in many states or to run for local elections. They simply can’t afford to run their dream candidate as a sacrificial lamb in the presidential races and still support those running in local races. This is a huge mistake.

    If you are interested in learning more about the Federalist Party, visit our website and sign up as a member. If you’re ready to contribute, go straight to the investment page.

    Throughout history, our nation has had moments when a brave group of people stood up and made things happen against seemingly insurmountable odds. From the Mayflower to the Revolutionary War to the civil rights movement, people who were tired of the status quo stood up and had their names counted. It took courage, effort, and help from above, but they succeeded. We intend to succeed as well, God willing. Are you willing to help?

  • feedwordpress 10:18:19 on 2017/05/19 Permalink
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    Regarding federal and state powers 

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    James Madison was an enigma to many because he believed in both state and federal powers. He helped to promote ratification of the Constitution to establish a strong national government but he also made certain there were measures in place to empower the states. In many ways, he was the original embodiment of modern Federalism. We’re confident he would be fighting on our side if he were leading the party today.

    “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite.”

  • feedwordpress 00:59:49 on 2017/05/19 Permalink
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    Adding Soshable to the Federalist Party mix 

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    Avid readers of Soshable have been highly disappointed for the last four months. I went from publishing pretty much every day to slowing down dramatically before stopping altogether in January. Things have been pretty insane lately. Near the top of the list of life-changing events (and there have been several) is the rise of the Federalist Party, of which I’m a co-founder.

    The party has been progressing at a breakneck pace. We’re gaining more support daily, expanding the reach on social media, and actively fundraising now. This has obviously been a drain on time and resources to the point that Soshable has been at the bottom of my to-do list. It’s time to get it into the mix.

    I’m adding Soshable to the resources available to the party. At this point, I’m not sure where it will fit in and I’m open to suggestions. The site, as many of you know, started off as a social media blog. When social media faded as an important component in my professional life, it turned into my personal blog. Since politics and Christianity are at the top of my mind on a daily basis, it was natural for the site to transition towards those topics. At the height of the GOP primaries, I went so far as to use this site to endorse Senator Ted Cruz for President.

    Now that the GOP is no longer my political home, I’m ready to use Soshable to help the Federalist cause. Reining in DC, defending freedoms, and protecting life are the core principles for the party and match perfectly with the message I’ve espoused on this site in recent years so it’s a natural fit.

    Stay tuned for more frequent updates. Until we get more help on the party front, I’m unwilling to commit to the daily posts I once scheduled, but that day will come soon. In the meantime, check back and see what I’m posting here. My hope is that it will become my personal outlet for Federalist information as the party’s website and TNA start getting more input from other writers.

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