Pressing on toward conservatism, Federalist ideals, and Article V in 2019

With 2018 in the history books and 2019 yet to be written, now is a good time for conservatives to take inventory of where we are today as we make our plans for the year ahead.

At this time last year, I declared my Resolutions for 2018: Advance conservatism, the Federalist Party, and the Convention of States. How did I do? Well, the results were mixed to say the least.

I believe I made some progress in advancing conservatism based on the increase I’m seeing in the daily readership along with the growth of my daily two-minute radio feature. I’ve also witnessed in increase in the number of social media followers on Facebook and Twitter, and I’ve been blessed to have many of those followers contribute financially via the Power of Two campaign by pledging $2 or more per month (see link on the right side of this page).

The Federalist Party hasn’t done as well as I had hoped for a variety of reasons, but the movement still has legs as new groups like the Federalist Party of America are being created. While these groups continue to have their work cut out for them when it comes to being a functional third-party alternative, they are helping spread the word about the need to abandon the Democrat/Republican duopoly that’s destroying liberty in America.

The Convention of States project has made some progress, and I was a volunteer up until this year. However, I no longer work with them due to a noticeable shift away from promoting limited government to becoming a propaganda arm of the Trump Administration. One look at the names on their endorsements page shows you how far they have fallen in their sycophancy.

Looking back over 2018, it’s tempting for conservatives to get discouraged, especially when you add the long list of betrayals we were dealt by Trump and the GOP. Still, I’m more determined than ever to make last year’s goals a reality in 2019.

I’ll advance conservatism by growing the influence of The Strident Conservative online and on-the-air. With the help of Power of Two contributors, my website will be upgraded to increase traffic, and new radio equipment will make a one-hour podcast a reality in 2019.

While there isn’t a “real” Federalist Party yet, I’m in the process of creating a political action committee (PAC) designed to advance Federalist ideals. This PAC will support candidates and causes that are in sync with the goal of smaller, constitutionally centered government.

Even though I’ve pulled back on my support of the Convention of States project, I’m still a proponent of the Article V approach to taking back our power from Washington which is why I’ll be supporting the work of Ken Clark, a Regional Director of U.S. Term Limits. Ken is the former Regional Director of Convention of States and an old friend — I used to work with him when he hosted the Freedom 560 radio show years ago in Denver, CO and would occasionally fill in for him — so, I’ll be promoting USTL instead of COS.

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) recently stated in an interview with CNN that Washington had become so dysfunctional that he “regularly consider(s)” leaving the Republican Party to becoming an independent.

“Yeah, so I’m one of about eight people in the U.S. Senate who’s never been a politician before, and I think I’ve been saying for three years that I conceive of myself as an independent conservative who caucuses with the Republicans – but frankly, neither of these parties have a long-term vision for the future of the country.”

While he has yet to put his money where his mouth is, Sasse is right about the #UNIBROW and its lack of vision for America’s future.

With the 2020 campaigns of the same people and parties who have betrayed us in the past now underway, I’m re-committing myself to press on toward the goal of advancing conservatism, Federalist ideals, and Article V in 2019.

America’s future survival depends on it.


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