There has been a groundswell of interest in reining in the overreach of the federal government throughout the election cycle and following Donald Trump’s victory. Some people are worried that government is going to continue to grow despite GOP control of the presidency and both chambers of Congress. Addressing these concerns has manifested in many ways, most notably in the rise of third parties and new movements.
Two things were exposed by the 2016 elections. First, the GOP is no longer even pretending to be the party of smaller government. Both President-elect Trump and Congress have tossed out token offers to reel in a bit of bureaucracy, but in the same breath, they discuss programs to increase the budget such as massive infrastructure programs and expanded spending in multiple departments and agencies.
The second thing that was exposed is the challenge faced by current third parties and independent contenders. In a year with the two worst Presidential candidates, nobody came close to challenging them. There were a couple of valiant attempts and a handful of botched strategies that all yielded one result: absolute failure. It’s for this reason that we formed the Federalist Party shortly after election day.
Thousands of patriots chimed in and pushed us towards championing the cause of reestablishing checks and balances between the state and federal governments. This is why a vast majority of them chose the Federalist Party name for us. It fits perfectly, particularly when we view it through the eyes of President Ronald Reagan’s style of “new” Federalism.
Contrary to popular belief, the 18th-century version of the Federalist Party did not want an all-powerful national government. The Federalist Papers were intended to convince people that giving the states primacy would condemn the nation to be a loose confederation that would not be able to prosper. We needed unity back then, which is why the Federalist Party promoted the Constitution to form the United States of America. They envisioned the proper balance to prevent both the centralized government and the state governments from being able to oppress the other.
Even though the concepts of the original Federalist Party are part of our DNA, it’s the new Federalism of Reagan and President Richard Nixon that we hope to achieve. Reagan, in particular, wanted to reduce the three components of big government: budget, bureaucracy, and power. Despite many wins in this regard, he was generally unsuccessful in making a sustainable impact. It wasn’t from a lack of great ideas nor was it hard to get the support of the people; 60% of the American population backed these concepts in 1981. His challenge was in getting Congress to play ball.
This is why we need the Federalist Party today more than ever. Trump is not the cause of our concern. He’s the symptom of a problem that has been growing in the GOP since Reagan left office. Both the Democrats and Republicans have become addicted to big government. The only way to change this is to work from the ground up. To do this, we are starting with the grassroots and conservative media (such as Politistick). From there, we will address local, city, county, and state elections. Simultaneously, we will be reaching out to patriots already in office to bring them on board.
We want what Reagan wanted. We’ve learned from his missteps and we have a plan to address them as we move our way up the political ladder. Now is the time to make this happen. To truly shrink the federal government, we need to follow a process and there’s no time to waste. Step one in the process is gathering support from like-minded Americans. Will you help?