McDaniel: Federalism the Key to Preserving Our Liberty

By Senator Chris McDaniel

At a Jefferson Day dinner party in 1830, President Andrew Jackson raised his glass in a toast and stated, “Our Union: It must be preserved.”

Also in the room was his Vice-President, John C. Calhoun. When Calhoun’s turn came, his toast was: “The Union, next to our liberty, most dear. May we all remember that it can only be preserved by respecting the rights of the States and by distributing equally the benefits and burdens of the Union.”

Although Calhoun’s legacy has been tainted by modern historians (his defense of slavery is indefensible), his advocacy of federalism rings true. [Read more…]

The Power of a Free Marketplace

By Senator Chris McDaniel

Some are without humility, insisting that if only they utilize the power of government, then they could miraculously establish a perfect society by setting price controls, deciding which energy should power our homes, compelling the purchase of healthcare insurance and dictating which industries should survive or be left to failure.

But their plans always fail with predictability.

As to why, perhaps Leonard Read’s delightful story, “I, Pencil,” will shed some light. With apologies to his genius, I offer an abridged version: [Read more…]

Leahy: Time for the States to Declare Independence from the Federal Government

By Michael Patrick Leahy, Breitbart News, July 4, 2015

“Take this Supreme Court decision and shove it.”

A new Rasmussen Poll indicates that a growing number of Americans want state governments to tell the Supreme Court to get out of the business of rewriting laws and telling American citizens how to live their lives.

In a new poll, Rasmussen reported the percentage of Americans who want states to tell the Supreme Court it does not have the power to rewrite the Affordable Care Act or force sovereign states to authorize gay marriages has increased from 24 percent to 33 percent after last week’s Constitution-defying decisions by the court.

A closer look at the poll results indicates that popular sentiment for state defiance of the federal government extends beyond just the Supreme Court’s latest decisions. [Read more…]

Independence Day: What Does It Mean Now?

From the United Conservatives Fund:

As you celebrate this weekend, we hope you will reflect on the wonderful things that our country has accomplished in the 239 years since the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Reflect on what the formation of an agreement by a self-governed people has achieved. We should not be ashamed of our history, but we should cherish it and learn from it.
Allowing the self-serving to apply an irresponsible modern view of historical figures plays directly into the hands of those who second guess the founding and fabric of our nation. We are what we are, because of who our forefathers were, what they faced, and the courage with which they faced it. Their imperfections, whatever they may have been, do not and should not change their gift to us.
Pray for our state and nation. More specifically pray for one another. It is our individual strength and courage, much like that of those who came before us, that is needed as badly now as any other time in our nations history.
We hope you will read this document and reflect on the sacrifices that were made so that we may be given the opportunities we have to fight for our freedom today.
From the team at UCF, Happy Independence Day!

Countering Liberal Professors and Their Myths on Crime and Race

Ryan S. Walters | @ryanswalters73

On the pages of the Clarion Ledger yesterday, two liberal professors at Ole Miss, one in sociology and the other in political science, attacked Senator Chris McDaniel for a column he wrote last week in which he discussed the deaths of two Hattiesburg police officers and race relations in general. The professors reacted to a couple of McDaniel’s points, arguing that there is not an epidemic of black-on-black crime, nor has there been a rise of violence against police officers across the country.

And like always when dealing with liberals, especially in academia, we have a lot of untangling to do. Professors Conor M. Dowling and James M. Thomas are certainly entitled to their own opinions but not their own facts. [Read more…]

Hawkins: What is the GOP Establishment? – A Definition

By Dustin Hawkins, Conservative Politics Expert,


The Republican establishment, or more commonly among conservatives just “the establishment,” refers to the permanent political class and structure that makes up the Republican Party. The establishment tends to control the rules of the party system, party elections, and funding disbursements. The establishment is typically viewed as more elitist, politically moderate, and out-of-touch with conservative voters. [Read more…]

Macko: Adherence to Federalism Will Put Power in the Hands of the People Where It Belongs

By Todd Macko | UCF Executive Committeeimage1

The United Conservatives Fund (UCF) is able to provide a unified leadership role across the conservative movement in Mississippi. The reason we are able to do this is because we restrict our core tenets to those that are held to be true by all conservatives regardless of where each lands in the spectrum of conservatism.

Those tenets are:

  • Decentralization,
  • Federalism, and
  • A High Moral Tone

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