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potbelliedgoblino 19 points ago +19 / -0

Federal govt doesn't matter if a majority of states get their shit together and oppose it, which is only possible if communities get their shit together first. And 0 states currently have their shit together.

rob9 4 points ago +4 / -0

The federal government matters immensely.

Most importantly immigration. Look at the border voting districts in Texas for example. It will literally not matter how involved you get there as a Republican in the future because your voter base got replaced.

And this will happen in more and more districts if the federal government is not in control of an anti-immigration hardliner. And reversing this effect is completely impossible. (unless we get someone who deports citizens based on ethnicity)

Other federal issues are taxes, large scale economic policies (tariffs, China, jobs to Mexico, etc.), energy/oil, gun rights (assault weapon ban), etc.

slowjellyfish 7 points ago +7 / -0

You start locally because at the end of the day, it's about convincing people to your way of thinking. Ultimately, convincing people is easier when you do it locally... which then dovetails into being able to win local office, swaying the parents to replace the local school board, etc. etc.. It's immediate and "concrete"... Trying to change at the federal level is harder because convincing a wide group of people who are not your neighbors, your friends, etc.. is a lot harder. It takes much longer. There is not that face to face connection.

Given enough local changes, the federal level is so much easier to do. It's like baseball. Don't go for moon shots.. go for hits, walks, etc... get your team proficient in the fundamentals. Given enough good fundamentals and wins, ultimately, your team can defeat anyone. Also, as you get better, "super stars" will want to "join your team". Like Trump says, everyone loves a winner.

potbelliedgoblino 0 points ago +1 / -1

I think you missed my "if."