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First things . . . Richard Falknor on 14 Feb 2018

Frank Gaffney Helps Kick Off “The Save the Persecuted Christians (STPC) Coalition”

Drawing on his own experience in the Scoop Jackson–Ronald Reagan era, defense expert Frank Gaffney explained today

“The Save the Persecuted Christians (STPC) Coalition is made up of scores of leading clerics, other prominent individuals, and non-governmental organizations determined to raise the awareness of the American people and their elected officials to the magnitude of these crimes against humanity. Members of this informal team, of which I am proud to be one, seek moreover to mobilize the public to action – both for the purpose of assisting those doing vital humanitarian relief in the field and to expose and hold accountable those responsible for the persecution.

Toward these ends, the STPC Coalition has taken a page out of the playbook of a campaign begun over five decades ago to save Soviet Jewry. It began with a few signs outside of synagogues and churches across the country. Student activists, community leaders, and ultimately veto-proof bipartisan majorities in both houses of Congress translated the movement precipitated by such signage into a statute championed by the late Democratic Sen. Henry M. ‘Scoop’ Jackson and known as the Jackson-Vanik amendment. (See Henry M. Jackson: A Life in Politics, by Dr. Robert Kaufman, pp. 266-283.)

That amendment prevented the USSR from obtaining most-favored-nation (MFN) status unless it allowed free emigration, something the Kremlin adamantly refused to do. Without the financial safety net that MFN would have provided, the Soviets were ripe for the sort of economic warfare that President Reagan ultimately waged as part of his comprehensive strategy for destroying the ‘Evil Empire’ enshrined in the 1983 National Security Decision Directive 75. The rest, as they say, is history.” (Highlighting added throughout.)

Former assistant defense secretary Gaffney declared

Starting today, churches and synagogues nationwide will display on their grounds banners like this:

We hope and pray that from this modest beginning will spring a national movement that will ultimately accomplish a feat no less extraordinary than that achieved by the Free the Soviet Jews campaign: an end worldwide to the persecution of Christians.

Click here for operational support (including banners and kits) on this crucial undertaking!

First things . . . Richard Falknor on 28 Jan 2018

Taming The “Administrative State” Is Not Just Some “Insider” Conservative Concern But Essential For Our Day-To-Day Freedoms

Few analysts have the foresight of Stanley Kurtz whether revealing Barack Obama’s deep-left background in 2008, or describing the roots and the threat of Obama’s AFFH policy(Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing) in 2012 and 2015, or developing state-level model legislation to protect free political speech on campus in 2017.

Earlier this month, Kurtz published (National Review) “The Politics of the Administrative State”

“About a month into the Trump presidency, Steve Bannon, a senior White House adviser at the time, identified ‘deconstruction of the administrative state’ as one of the administration’s three core policy goals (protecting national security and reviving the economy, including trade, were the other two). Having no clear sense of what Bannon was talking about, the media at the time treated “deconstruction of the administrative state” as either a synonym for traditional Republican opposition to big government, or code for some sinister authoritarian populism. Virtually no-one in the mainstream press understood, or cared to fairly present, the gist of the growing conservative critique of the administrative state. That critique focuses on a runaway bureaucracy’s threat to constitutional government. Congress has improperly delegated much of its law-making power to bureaucrats, who in turn have abusively expanded this authority. The courts, for their part, have turned a blind eye to the administrative power-grab. Meanwhile, agencies staffed by unelected bureaucrats now operate de facto courts. In effect, these agencies negate the separation of powers by simultaneously exercising legislative, executive, and judicial functions, the very definition of authoritarian rule. On top of that, administrative adjudication commonly evades constitutionally protected due process rights.” (Highlighting added throughout.)

Below are just a few key points Kurtz makes – – – but grassroots conservative leaders should “read, mark, and inwardly digest” his entire post.

We may win most of the short-term battles from immigration-control to at least keeping Political Islam at bay, but we surely won’t see our school curricula reformed
without taming the administrative state. And we cannot say it enough: politics is just downstream from culture.

  • “An important new book by Emmett McGroarty, Jane Robbins, and Erin Tuttle, Deconstructing the Administrative State: The Fight for Liberty, turns us toward these questions. McGroarty, Robbins, and Tuttle change the debate over the administrative state by shifting our angle of vision. As senior fellows at the American Principles Project (APP), McGroarty and Robbins helped lead the grassroots movement against the Common Core education standards. Tuttle, now a research fellow at APP, is one of the Indiana mothers who helped ignite the anti-Common Core movement in the states. Whereas critiques of the administrative state generally focus on history or law, McGroarty, Robbins, and Tuttle draw on their background to highlight the frustrating and sometimes ugly day-to-day politics of the administrative state, examining the state and local levels, as well as the federal. They also throw light on Republicans’ internal divisions over the administrative state. So after a quick survey of Deconstructing the Administrative State, we can return to the big political issues with new eyes.”

  • “McGroarty, Robbins, and Tuttle also take an original look at the intellectual armature of the administrative state: government-sponsored research. While some of this research has value, plenty of federally-sponsored ‘research’ merely enshrines the policy preferences of progressive bureaucrats and their academic allies. Too often, government research assumes favored policy positions, rather than offering neutral evaluations of key alternatives. And since state and local governments can’t match billions of dollars of federally-funded education research, for example, de facto federal control of education often follows. Ironically, education experiments launched by questionable ‘research’ can achieve near immortality without ever having shown hard evidence of their effectiveness.”

  • “Yet the most controversial theme McGroarty, Robbins, and Tuttle treat is business’s role in expanding the administrative state. While business favors the Trump regulatory rollback at the federal level, many businesses are allied with progressive activists seeking to expand the federal bureaucracy’s hold over states and localities. Businesses favor an unconstitutional federal takeover of education because they want national markets for textbooks and testing software. Businesses support the dumbed-down Common Core standards advocated by many progressives because they’re more interested in ‘workforce development’ than classic liberal education for citizenship. Businesses favor federal attempts to force dense housing and public transportation on the suburbs when that means access to federal subsidies for building projects.”
  • If President Trump wants to mobilize the Republican base, he could announce major moves to restore local control over education and to repeal AFFH. Trump’s constantly reiterated campaign promise to free the states from Common Core has yet to be fulfilled. At the same time, he could summon voters to prevent these abuses from ever happening again by rising up to demand passage of the REINS Act and other legislative reforms of the sort recommended by McGroarty, Robbins, and Tuttle.”

Grass-roots leaders should read the entire Kurtz post and contrive ways to require their local GOP politicians openly to address taming the administrative state.

 

 

 

 

Shariah & Civilization Jihad Richard Falknor on 25 Jan 2018

How Soon Will We Follow The Example Of The New German Police State?

Today Judith Bergman (Gatestone Institute) asked whether we are seeing “Germany: Return of the Stasi Police State?”!

  • “Germany’s new law requires social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, to censor their users on behalf of the government. Social media companies are obliged to delete or block any online ‘criminal offenses’ within 24 hours of receipt of a user complaint — regardless of whether the content is accurate or not.”
  • “Social media platforms now have the power to shape the form of current political and cultural discourse by deciding who will speak and what they will say.”
  • “Notice the ease with which the police chief mentioned that he had filed charges to silence a leading political opponent of the government. That is what authorities do in police states: Through censorship and criminal charges, they silence outspoken critics and political opponents of government policies, such as Beatrix von Storch, who has sharply criticized Chancellor Angela Merkel’s migration policies.” (Highlighting added throughout.)

Just last September, we reported (“GOP Fumbles Free Speech”) Breitbart London Editor-in-Chief  Raheem Kassam’s analysis that
The Swamp Just Bounced Trump Into A European-Style Assault on Free Speech”!

“Most important, he reminded readers – – –‘Many Americans don’t seem to appreciate as much as outside admirers do, that the United States is the only country in the world with a commitment to free speech enshrined in the nation’s Constitution. Many nations do not even have codified constitution of which to speak.’”

“EMGAGE declares ‘Mission Accomplished’ during Muslim Hill Day to thank Rep. Comstock for her support of H.Res. 257, anti-hate crime legislation” via Monica Morrill

And this Tuesday magisterial conservative Angelo Codevilla asked (American Greatness) “Can the First Amendment Protect Us from the Ruling Class?”

“‘Congress shall make no law’ restricting the free exercise of religion, freedom of speech, or of association. Aside from Christ’s distinction between duties to God and duties to Caesar, the First Amendment’s words are some of the greatest barriers ever erected against tyranny. But James Madison, who wrote them, warned how easily the ever-present temptation to tyrannize overcomes ‘parchment barriers.'”

Codevilla sums up this grave and fast-growing challenge to our lives —

The class that rules and currently defines our regime long ago despised the First Amendment. Whether we may rescue aspects of it for our protection remains to be seen.

First things . . . Richard Falknor on 01 Jan 2018

The Imminent Amnesty War!–Who Is On America’s Side in 2018? Current List Of Pro-American Immigration Lawmakers! And Some Who Are Not!

Just last Friday, Virginia (and national) conservative voice Dave Brat told Breitbart News Tonight (story via Robert Kraychik)- –

  • “If we fail on this, just picture Europe,” said Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA) of what would happen if Congress failed to permanently repair America’s ‘broken immigration system’ and just passed another amnesty instead.”
  • “America will resemble ‘France, Sweden, Germany, [or] the Netherlands’ in the absence of enacting an immigration system ‘for the benefit of American citizens and U.S. workers,’ said Brat.”

  • Immigration is a top-priority issue, said Brat: ‘This is not like any other policy issue. This will determine the nature of our country over the next decades in how we settle this. Either we’re going to add to the anxiety and all this hate-filled back and forth, or we find an economic solution for this country moving forward.'”
  • “Brat discussed Congress’s considerations to codify the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy into federal law.”
  • “Congress must prioritize four repairs for the immigration system before contemplating any DACA-style amnesty negotiation, said Brat: 1. Ending chain migration and the visa lottery; 2. Mandating employer use of E-Verify; 3. Construction of a southern border wall; and 4. Interior enforcement of immigration law.”
  • “’Elites’ and ‘the swamp in DC’ support DACA-style amnesty legislation, said Brat, because they ‘want cheap labor.'”

Immigration patriots could lose this fight to prevent the replacement of our towns and cities unless they act this month to —

  • make their national GOP politicians more responsive to voters than to the GOP leadership and their Big Immigration donors;
  • support the players in the Trump White House who are helping the president meet his immigration campaign promises;
  • stay in the faces (district offices & DC offices) of their GOP members of the Senate and the House of Representatives on the “four repairs” Brat lists;
  • and enlist their state GOP apparatus in the cause. As Mr. Brat explains: “This is not like any other policy issue. This will determine the nature of our country over the next decades in how we settle this.”

How Have The Current Members in the Congress Voted In The Past on Immigration-Reduction?

Here is the Numbers/USA chart giving access to the immigration-reduction voting records of all US Senators and Representatives!

Here are Numbers/USA charts for two states with GOP senatorsWest Virginia and Tennessee!

And we couldn’t leave out the Old Dominion!

We simply can’t leave fixing our borders and reclaiming our sovereignty to the Political Class.

Harry Truman had a blunt lesson about politics that applies to patriots right now – –

 

 

 

 

Trump Presidency Richard Falknor on 11 Dec 2017

“Barbara Comstock: Trump and RNC support for Roy Moore ‘doesn’t represent me'”– But Will Barbara’s Virtue-Signaling Sway Many Patriots?

Mrs. Comstock is surely correct, nonetheless, that she often speaks for the many GOP Swamp Dwellers who live in her part of the Virginia forest in McLean.

Readers will recall, however, that her Liberty Score in Mark Levin’s Conservative Review is a rousing 28% or “F”!
Certainly not even a “common sense conservative” record.

And her NumbersUSA  immigration-reduction grade for this Congress is 30% or “D”!
Perhaps she has forgotten that taming runaway immigration was a central concern in the 2016 presidential election?

Most troubling for patriots of both parties is Mrs. Comstock’s work against free political speech — apparently in concert with Islamists.

“Thus far in the United States saying ‘I hate’ something is not a crime, yet in H.Res. 257 put forward by Barbara Comstock, ‘Condemning hate crime and any other form of racism, religious or ethnic bias, discrimination, incitement to violence, or animus targeting a minority in the United States,’ criminalizes free speech.” — Monica Morrill

“EMGAGE declares ‘Mission Accomplished’ during Muslim Hill Day to thank Rep. Comstock for her support of H.Res. 257, anti-hate crime legislation” via Monica Morrill
Geographer and analyst Monica Morrill raised the alarm about northern Virginia Republican Representative Barbara Comstock’s sponsorship of anti-free speech legislation.

And somehow voters have the view that Islam does not put women’s concerns first!

 

Common Defense Richard Falknor on 03 Dec 2017

“Another Bracken Giveaway” via Baron Bodissey at Gates of Vienna

Matt Bracken’s page-turning novels are one of the most instructive means of awakening our friends and neighbors to a fast-emerging world of grim, disheartening dangers we must first grasp in order to avoid.

Read them all!

Trump Presidency Richard Falknor on 30 Nov 2017

Two Burning Messages For Patriots: Don’t Let England Happen Here & We May Be On The Verge Of A Real Civil War!

Katie Hopkins:’Resist the Narrative‘” from Baron Bodissey at Gates of Vienna (GoV).

GoV reports that “Katie Hopkins is a British journalist and opinion writer who is well-known in the United Kingdom. She’s also very controversial, since she has strong conservative opinions. Real, non-PC conservatism, not the gelded deracinated pabulum peddled by the ‘Conservative’ Party.”

Bodissey adds: “Katie Hopkins is impassioned, witty, vulgar, profound, and inspiring by turns, and sometimes all at once.”

 

Required listening for your GOP members of the Congress!

 

 

 

 

 

“From cold to hot civil war?” warns Angelo Codevilla!

Author of the magisterial “America’s Ruling Class — And the Perils of Revolution”, Codevilla explains – –

Donald Trump was elected to lead revolutions against the ruling class in general and the Republican establishment in particular. Mr. Trump did not create the hopes and resentments that elected him. Nor is it in any man’s power quite literally to ‘make America great again.’ Even to try would require dismantling the ruling class that has grown upon us for three quarters of a century, and building up a different one. Nevertheless, Mr. Trump’s election fed the sentiments that elected him. But the reality of a ruling class more aggressive than ever has leavened them with disappointment and bitterness.
The ruling class’’resistance’ to the 2016 election results expresses its evolving moral and intellectual character. Growling and barking, ‘Racist! Sexist! Homophobic’ and now ‘Nazi,’ it bandies projects of which previously it had spoken softly, such as requiring all hospitals, doctors and nurses — including Catholic ones — to perform abortions or at least to training to perform them, mandating that Catholic schools admit homosexual and transgender students, and ensuring that online transactions on such websites as Airbnb comply with evolving anti-discrimination standards.
It is also morphing the concept of ‘hate crime’ into the criminalization of ‘hate speech’ — meaning opposition to what these loving folks demand. In this regard, the Sept. 11 Joint Congressional Resolution identifies the political right with political violence and encourages those who wield the U.S. government’s vast powers to treat the ruling class’ sociopolitical opponents as public enemies.”

 But where will this end?

“Mistakenly, the ruling class believes that Mr. Trump is the ultimate expression of a passing populism. Discredit him, crush the Deplorables, buy the Pitiables, and they can rule unopposed. But their problem was, is and will remain not Mr. Trump but the indelible resentments that they have aroused. As the Sept. 26 Alabama Republican primary showed, not even Mr. Trump himself can save the rulers from a population that has come to understand them too well.
That is why whoever wins elections henceforth is certain to do so as the representative of one side of America, antagonistic to the other.
Were any Democrat to be elected president in 2020 he would make Barack Obama look conservative. Radical expansion of the concept of hate speech would restrict the exercise of religion and punish reticence to conform, as well as political opposition. The public sector’s transformation into the ruling class’ private preserve would be completed. The conservative side of American life, looking back to 2017, would try its own version of ‘resistance.’ But whereas Donald Trump responded to’resistance’ with complaints, the next Democratic president’s response would be to punish opponents — ignoring court orders, marshaling friendly corporations, and even using the federal agencies’ SWAT teams against them.’Stop me if you can.’ The conservative side of American life will see no alternative to civil, or even violent disobedience. Then what?
Anyone elected in 2020 by the anti-establishment side would know that the left sees tolerance as a one-way street, that it is no longer capable of practicing it, that the Republican Party committed suicide by not fulfilling its constituencies’ desires on guns, abortion, religion, education, taxes and immigration. Hence, he has no choice but to fulfill them. The resistance of judges, bureaucrats and corporate executives would be even fiercer. A conservative administration would have no alternative but to sweep them aside. Then what?
In either case, both sides have already transcended the American republic in their hearts. When will they do so with their hands? We have stepped over the threshold of a revolution. It is futile to speculate where it will end.” (Highlighting added throughout.)

 

First things . . . Richard Falknor on 13 Nov 2017

Matthew Bracken’s Novels: Gripping & Instructive Visits In Much Too Likely Futures We Must Avoid

 Western Rifle Shooters Association under “Kudos”
(Click on their link above for wider view of Bracken books.)

First things . . . Richard Falknor on 11 Nov 2017

Veterans Day 2017: Honor those who served by learning and teaching our unique heritage!

Bataan Airfield 1942. 24th Pursuit Group. P-40E Warhawk.

Philippines. Bataan Airfield 1942. 24th Pursuit Group. P-40E Warhawk. (Click on image.)
 
“We’re the battling bastards of Bataan;
No mama, no papa, no Uncle Sam.
No aunts, no uncles, no cousins, no nieces,
No pills, no planes, no artillery pieces
And nobody give a damn
Nobody gives a damn.” 
–Frank Hewlett 1942

Six years ago on Veterans Day, we asked in our Will Veterans Day Fade When Only A Few Still Grasp Why?

“All this military history and much more should be part of our national conversation –– not topics relegated to the archives of academics and locked away from school children.”

Two years ago on Veterans Day, we reported in our Preserving Our National Heritage To Guide And Energize Our Next Generations

“This last year has revealed even more sharply the organized civic collapse of undergraduate bodies in too many of our universities.
Most recently, Yale University and the University of Missouri have brought shame to what was once the higher learning in America.
As Andrew McCarthy wrote yesterday–
‘The university is a terrible deal for the country and for too many students. It is no longer a center of learning and the promotion of reason. It is a cauldron of hard Left indoctrination and victim narratives where reason no longer has a home.'”

Now traditional liberals like Camille Paglia highlight the collapse of learning in America which failure means that the work and sacrifice of veterans from 1775 to this day will disappear from ordinary memory.

Breitbart’s Dr. Susan Berry writes

“In a discussion with American Enterprise Institute (AEI) scholar Christina Hoff Sommers, Paglia said:
What has happened is these young people now getting to college have no sense of history of any kind. No sense of history. No world geography. No sense of the violence and the barbarities of history. So, they think that the whole world has always been like this, a kind of nice, comfortable world where you can go to the store and get orange juice and milk, and you can turn on the water and the hot water comes out. They have no sense whatever of destruction, of the great civilizations that rose and fell, and so on, and how arrogant people get when they’re in a comfortable civilization, etc. So they now are being taught to look around them to see defects in America – which is the freest country in the history of the world – and to feel that somehow America is the source of all evil in the universe, and it’s because they’ve never been exposed to the actual evil of the history of humanity. They know nothing!’
Paglia, a professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, slammed the trend of public schools beginning the teaching of ‘identity politics,’ such as that found in ‘sexual harassment sensitivity training’ and ‘diversity training,’ all the while true education is absent.” (Highlighting added.)

Patriots of all persuasions must act to learn and to teach our special heritage of freedom.

If they do not do so, this heritage will shortly be lost!

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Barbary Wars 1804: Navy Lieutenant & Eastern Shore Native Stephen Decatur Boarding Tripolitan Gunboat by DM Carter.

First things . . . Richard Falknor on 30 Oct 2017

“Transgenderism”—Bob Marshall Fights On The Culture Front For All Virginians

Seasoned Breitbart reporter Neil Munro declared in his Transgender Candidate Targets Kindergartens, GOP Legislator  —

“Transgender advocates nationwide are pouring huge amounts of money into northern Virginia to defeat a veteran state legislator, GOP Rep Bob Marshall, who openly opposes the transgender ideology.
Democrats, transgender donors, gay political groups and the establishment media have united behind Danica Roem, who says he is transgender. He has changed his legal sex from male to female via Virginia’s paperwork-only sex-change law. He appears in public as a woman, complete with make-up.
Roem ‘is a guy who thinks he’s a girl who wears a dress,’ said Marshall told Breitbart News. But in his Manassas district, ‘a lot of people don’t know … they think [the candidate] is an odd-looking woman.’
By openly opposing the Democrats’ transgender ideology, ‘I am the Number One target of the Democrats’ in the 2017 elections, Marshall said. ‘If they beat me, this will put [conservative] Representatives in the closet for years,’ he said, because many business-backed GOP legislators are already reluctant to fight against the cultural priorities pushed by wealthy progressive groups, including transgender donors and their business allies.‘” (Highlighting added throughout.)

Veteran journalist Munro points out to his national audience what many Old Dominion conservatives already know about the state GOP —

“The state’s GOP leaders are ignoring the transgender issue because of the state’s business community, said Terry Schilling, a political strategist at the American Principles Project. ‘Democrats, they know Republicans are [unwilling to fight] on this .. so they will go far out there because they think they will suffer no consequences,’ he said.”

And Munro goes right to the bottom line —

“Marshall is trying to raising funds to keep pace with Roem’s heavy spending. ‘I would like to raise half of what he gets … [because] 27 percent of Democratic supporters back away when they find out about this guy’s background.’”

For many years, Bob Marshall has stood first or stood alone for Virginia conservatives from fiscal and constitutional issues to preserving our culture.

Marshall’s defeat would severely hurt Virginia patriots and give the state GOP yet another excuse to flee from preserving our traditional freedoms.

 

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