Alexander's Column

2003 Report from the Conservative E-journal of Record

Mark Alexander · Dec. 31, 2003

Dear Fellow Patriots,

This has been an invigorating year for The Federalist. As you know, our mission is to advocate for individual liberty and its corollary of responsibility as set forth in the timeless and enduring truths framed by our nation’s Founders. With every edition, our fine editorial staff endeavors to ensure that the currency and originality of the news and policy analysis provided by The Federalist distinguishes it from every other news source you encounter.

We’re proud to say that this effort has advanced The Federalist to the Internet’s leading advocate of liberty – which is to say, our core principles of constitutional conservatism are shared by many. This year alone, The Federalist added more than 60,000 Patriot subscribers – which would not have been possible apart from your support and your promotion of our shared values to like-minded family, friends and associates. For this we offer our hearty thanks, and we welcome our new readers to the frontlines of the political and cultural war in defense of our nation’s great legacy.

By virtue of your patronage, we know that you are already doing battle on many frontlines. You are Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines standing in harm’s way. You are moms, dads and other family members nurturing the next generation of young Patriots. You are grassroots leaders and local, state and national officeholders. You are students and professors at colleges and universities, often standing alone for what is good and right. You are employees and employers and professionals. You are in ministry at home and missionaries abroad. You are American Patriots from all walks of life who “hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

A warm welcome, then, to our new readers – we are proud and honored to count you among our ranks. In the immortal words of George Washington, “Our cause is noble; it is the cause of mankind!”

The last six weeks of the year are always the busiest for us here at The Federalist. In addition to the preparation of several special editions above and beyond our regular editorial load, we also raise nearly 50% of our annual Patriot Sustaining Fund within that short window of time. This year, in addition to the regular year-end rush, we launched Operation Shield of Strength [ ].

Our accountants warned us against any effort to raise funding for an outside project concurrent with our need to build The Federalist 2003 Patriot Sustaining Fund. In the end, however, we knew that sending Shield of Strength tags to our Armed Forces around the world – those Patriots standing in harm’s way, far from their families, so that we might enjoy a peaceful Christmas here at home with our own loved ones – could not wait until 2004. Many of you have sponsored Shields for our troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and other warfronts. Almost 15,000 Shields have already been distributed, and we hope to ship 25,000 more in the next 30 days. Our military contacts have asked us to convey to you their heartfelt thanks for sponsoring this important effort.

As we gird up for the coming year, we note that it’s a presidential election year – the results of which will determine our national security directives at this critical juncture in our nation’s history. In addition to our comprehensive news, policy and opinion coverage, we hope you’ll depend on The Federalist to keep you posted on significant political news, which often gets lost amid the din of the 24-hour news cycle.

As has always been our aim, The Federalist will remain a donor-supported publication in 2004 – so that we can offer it without charge to students, military personnel and veterans, and those in the mission field and other limited-income occupations. Indeed, these readers often tell us that they rely on The Federalist as their primary news source.

But while we are read by tens of thousands of Patriots in those occupations, our primary outreach is to the majority of college and university students – those currently being forced into the Leftist ideological abyss. Accordingly, the most significant undertaking planned for the coming year is our Collegiate Federalist Project, an effort to promote The Federalist’s conservative forum on American campuses. (We’ll tell you more about this project in the coming year.)

Finally, a word of sincere thanks to each of our individual donors – all those who had the means to step up to the line and help us make ends meet. (As you know, we are not sustained by any political, special interest or parent organization, and we accept no advertising. Our mission and operations are therefore funded entirely by the voluntary financial support of you – our Patriot readers.) While some of our members contribute throughout the year, half of each year’s Patriot Sustaining Fund is raised between Thanksgiving and Christmas. As of this morning – thanks to your generous support – we have raised all but 3% of our 2003 budget.

To that end, my accountants implore me to remind the willing that there are still some 36 grains of sand in the current year’s hourglass; still some 36 hours in which to reflect on all we’ve accomplished, and all that lies ahead; still some 36 hours in which to reach down deep and sound off, “Well done, Federalist Patriots! Carry on!”

To support The Federalist’s 2003 Patriot Sustaining Fund Link to our Secure Commerce Page at – or mail your contribution to: Federalist Patriot Fund, P.O. Box 507, Chattanooga, TN 37401-0507

As always, it is an honor and privilege to serve you as editor and publisher of The Federalist, and I look forward to serving you in the year to come. On behalf of our National Advisory Committee, editors and staff, thank you and God bless you!

Lex et Libertas – Semper Vigilo, Paratus, et Fidelis! Mark Alexander