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First things . . . Richard Falknor on 24 Nov 2014

The GOP & Us — Time For Conservatives To Move On?

“Few Republican voters, never mind the larger country class, have confidence that the party is on their side. Because, in the long run, the country class will not support a party as conflicted as today’s Republicans, those Republican politicians who really want to represent it will either reform the party in an unmistakable manner, or start a new one as Whigs like Abraham Lincoln started the Republican Party in the 1850s.” ––Angelo Codevilla (Highlighting Forum’s.)

We must now face hard facts: the conservative base and the GOP Establishment simply have significantly different aims.

The failure of the Congressional Republican leadership to respond effectively to the president’s executive amnesty last week makes this clear as Michele Bachmann explained here.

See similar NRO reports here and here.

These lamentable developments constitute what are loosely called game-changers. For our country — our civic order, our public order, our sovereignty, our already over-expanded Federal and state welfare systems — will become radically “transformed” unless the Obama Administration’s immigration actions are reversed. Last evening Nicholas Stix in VDARE here posted The Myth Of The 11 Million: Wall Street Analyst Estimates 21-25 Million Illegals Now In U.S.”

Whatever the differences are between the key immigration numbers-crunchers, the numbers of illegals the Obama Administration is regularizing  — and likely will end up regularizing — are breathtaking. 

A supine Republican Party — see Dana Perino, a Bush Dynasty voice, here – – will be of no use to any citizen who seeks to keep and strengthen our constitutional order.

We don’t see how the conservative base and the Establishmentwithout a prompt and significant change of course by the Republican Leadership — can much longer continue sailing under the same flag.

Consequently we must weigh a conservative alternative in time for 2016.

Here, for example, is some very troubling current mischief by the GOP Establishment: their effort (via Rush’s report) to deny Jeff Sessions the chair of the Senate Budget Committee.

Recall that senator Sessions last Friday had declared here that “President’s Immigration Orders Have Sold Out The Middle Class.”

From the Establishment’s point of view, however, their effort against Mr. Sessions is quite understandable.

Sessions has a long-term vision: he speaks of a humble and honest populism; he has deconstructed not only the facts and the law of the open-borders advocates, but also exposed who they are and how they operate in both parties and in the White House; and, very important, Sessions is a senator who is not running for president. 

This allows him to be a traditional United States Senator, not having the understandable burden of constantly balancing the pressures of a national campaign with the exacting work and often controversial voting decisions of a conscientious senator.

It also makes him. as a major committee chair, relatively fireproof against the wiles of the Establishment.

For all these reasons, the Alabama senator is a threat to the incoming Senate GOP leadership unencumbered with principle, focused on short timelines, and only capable of deal-making, and to Speaker Boehner’s circle who have similar impairments.

The effort to deny Sessions his Senate Budget Committee chairmanship should tell even the most fervent Republican loyalist of the deplorable state of the GOP leadership.

We should all prepare ourselves for tumultuous developments sooner than we might wish. 

Neither the Obama Administration nor the responsibility-phobic GOP Establishment can likely cope with military, border, or public-health threats that can take on a life of their own right before our eyes.

We all have to think through how we respond as conservatives to today’s perils, and try to do so with a strong, united voice.

Very soon.

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Faithful readers may wish to revisit these posts  – -


Leviathan Richard Falknor on 19 Nov 2014

“Preserving What’s Left Of The Republic For Our Children…”

Monday evening Mark Levin continued his homilies (click here) on the urgency of Congress exercising its power of the purse right now, and, by doing so, maintaining our constitutional separation of powers.

Our post today is also about the necessity of conservatives immediately asking their GOP members not to bankroll the Obama Administration through next September 30 — but rather to approve only a short-term “continuing resolution” to mid-winter.

In this way, the new Congress can get their arms around the president’s programs and initiatives and rules to decide what moneys should — or should not — be provided, and with what restrictions, in an appropriation running until the end of the next fiscal year on September 30.

Let’s return to constitutional expert Levin who insisted Monday that – -

“We must preserve what’s left of the Republic for our children and grandchildren!”

But author Levin warns that the risk-averse GOP leadership is –

“a chorus of impotency” which they display in a “Conga line on Fox News.”

Review The Alarming Details Of What We Face!

Why is this of such vital concern this week? Before the Congress goes on Thanksgiving Recess Friday?

Because the president plans, perhaps within a few days, to expand his so-called executive actions to regularize millions more illegal immigrants already here, and to allow even more immigration. (Click here and here for likely details and consequences of such presidential action.)

But an equally pressing question is whether the House GOP, in this lame duck session, will give the administration money to operate through next September 30 without any serious restrictions on the worst of its policies.

As we explained, conservatives contend that the House GOP leadership should approve only a “continuing resolution” through mid-winter so that the new Congress can assess what moneys should (or should not) be provided to the Obama Administration, and with what limitations, in an appropriation bill running until the end of the next fiscal year on September 30.

Immigration expert Mark Krikorian summarizes our case as it touches amnesty and immigration –

“But all this depends on Congress approving a short-term spending bill (a Continuing Resolution or CR) now — one that would keep spending at the current (absurdly high) levels for the next two or three months, so the new GOP-run Congress can have a free hand. If spending were locked in till September 30 (the end of the fiscal year) the opportunity to halt the amnesty will be lost; it would take months to implement the amnesty, so little will have happened by January or February, but once millions of people are legalized, even if it’s ostensibly temporary, it will be impossible as a practical political matter to revoke their work permits, Social Security cards, drivers licenses, etc.” (Highlighting Forum’s)

And listen here via Secure Freedom Radio to NumbersUSA’s Rosemary Jenks.

She reveals “Executive Amnesty May be Coming to a Town Near You.”

Hear especially her “Part 4″ on the danger of more illegals voting in our elections.

Is The House GOP Leadership Listening?

Lamentably the House Appropriations Committee under the leadership of Kentucky Republican Hal Rogers apparently is bulling ahead with a giant “omnibus” bill bankrolling the Obama Administration through next September 30.

Exclusive–KY Tea Partiers ‘Actively Looking’ For Hal Rogers Primary Challenger For 2016 Over His Support For Omnibus” —

“[Tea Party spokesman Scott] Hofstra said Republicans on the ground in Kentucky are upset with Rogers’ efforts to fund Obama’s planned executive amnesty via an omnibus spending bill. He specifically cited a Breitbart News investigation, published Sunday night, which found that Rogers’ campaign contributor General Dynamics is in the running to print the documents necessary for Obama to implement an executive amnesty—and that the defense contractor expects that if wins the multi-million-dollar government deal it would print the documents at a facility in Rogers’ district.
‘The investigation into the interests of General Dynamics and amnesty is not unexpected,’ Hofstra said. ‘Hal, like Mitch McConnell, won reelection in spite of himself and his actions. He won because he wasn’t the Democrat.'”

As important as is halting lawless presidential action on amnesty and immigration, there are also other serious Obama programs or actions underway which only the Congressional power of the purse can stop or slow down.

Here is only a partial list of Obama programs that cannot be allowed to sink deeper roots, or failures to act that must be put right very soon —

Call your GOP House member — and ask your GOP state lawmakers and newly elected U.S. House members who will take their seats in January — to join you in encouraging the House GOP to become a chorus of courage, not of impotence.







Leviathan Richard Falknor on 16 Nov 2014

Mark Levin: GOP Leaders Flee The Use Of The Power Of The Purse

Last Wednesday, Mark Levin spelled out how the Congressional power of the purse was used many times over the last four decades in his broadcast detailing past government “shutdowns”.

Click here to hear constitutional scholar Levin via therightscoop.

Author Levin also clarified that there is no connection between so-called shutdowns and “defaulting” on the national debt.  (Click here and here for two definitive discussions on the nuts and bolts of the national debt.)

Why is the power of the purse such a pressing question this week?

Because it is the only means to rein in a lawless president who is about to change our way of life with the mass importation of new populations.

This is not something the president might do sometime in the future.  He plans to do so very soon.  And there is no likely way to reverse such a step once fully implemented.

Shamefully the Republican Congressional leadership plans here and here — in this lame-duck session — to bankroll, through a so-called continuing resolution, the president’s administration through September 30, 2015!

We will be writing much more this week on why the administration should only be funded until mid-winter when the new Congress has an opportunity to bring regular order to the appropriations process. (Click here to understand the serious damage from long-term continuing resolutions.)

Take the time to hear Mark Levin here give you the understanding and talking points you will need to give spine to your GOP politicians.

He also touches on how Congress can use the power of the purse to defund Obamacare, to rein in job-killing EPA regulations, and to complicate implementation of “executive agreements” with Iran on nuclear weapons, agreements that can get many Americans and our Israeli allies killed.

What must you ask your GOP politicians?

To ignore their leadership’s pressure to bankroll the Federal government through September 30, 2015.

Instead only support a short-term measure until mid-winter.

Privately your GOP politicians may plead to you that it is political suicide for them to oppose their leadership.

Your answer is that it is national suicide not to derail this president’s schemes.





First things . . . Richard Falknor on 11 Nov 2014

Veterans Day: Our Military History & Our National Conversation

Even veterans — and by derivation, Veterans Day (once known as Armistice Day) — are now under attack by the Cultural Marxists.
Breitbart’s William Bigelow here points to one offending post of last Sunday in his post “Salon: ‘Forced Troop Worship and Compulsory Patriotism Must End.'”
Unless our military and related histories are part of our national conversation, however, Veterans Day will lose its meaning for emerging generations.
But the new AP U.S. History (APUSH) Exam” will likely accelerate the disappearance of our common recollection of our history and sacrifices.
 Stanley Kurtz chronicles in NRO this woeful anti-history effort here
“Yet the most important reason for studying the Founders and the principles of our Constitutional system is that healthy republican government depends upon public knowledge of its historical and intellectual foundations. This was a central insight of the Founders, and of early American educators….” (Highlighting Forum’s throughout.)
State and local politicians who would sail under the conservative flag must use the power of the public purse and the bully pulpit to reverse this menacing redesign of the American history curriculum. 
Kurtz cites scholar Ralph Ketcham on what must be done–
“In response to the College Board’s attempt to impose so egregiously biased and civically impoverished a curriculum on the nation — in defiance of cherished traditions of state and local control – Ketcham and his co-authors recommend that ‘state boards of education, governors, and state legislatures . . . disallow public schools to use’ the College Board’s new APUSH Framework.”
The post below is ours from November 11, 2011. (The image we just added.) We hope that on November 11, 2015 we can report some progress.

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"Two Way Traffic At Bastogne" Olin Dows (Army Center of Military History)

“Two Way Traffic At Bastogne” Olin Dows (Army Center of Military History)

Will Veterans Day Fade When Only A Few Still Grasp Why?


Readers likely lose patience with the endless on-line Veterans Day Weekend platitudes politicians and pundits view as obligatory around November 11.  Consequently we’ll try to get right to the point.

Our civic life is in grave danger from the neglect of our American heritage by taxpayer-supported schools and worse, taxpayer-supported schools of education.

This education malpractice in transmitting our heritage is nurtured in political correctness or cultural Marxism.

This malpractice deprives coming generations of students of any serious understanding of the history of our freedoms and institutions, our religious tradition, our achievements in enterprise, invention, and agriculture, and our military victories and setbacks.

Such popular understanding is vital to maintain support for preserving our national sovereignty in the face of fierce globalist efforts to dilute it away.

Of course, the GOP is unlikely to confront the larger problem of the Left manipulating the curriculum – – what Mary Grabar calls the “brainwashing of America.”

But that is a subject for another day.

What we conservatives can do ourselves and do now is teach ourselves, our families, our children, about the victories, hardships, misadventures, and traditions of our fighting men and women since the colonial wars in New England and the beginnings of the Republic.

We can talk with our friends and colleagues about about the complexities of the Barbary Wars (with their implications for today) and  the “Shores of Tripoli.”

We can try to understand how Abraham Lincoln managed his generals – at least that Republican didn’t promise to “talk to his generals” before he could figure out his war aims.

We can try to learn some lessons from the many-front struggle with Germany, Italy, and the Empire of Japan in World War II.

We can remember the fearful price we paid in Korea from post-World-War-II neglect (scroll down) of our forces.

Most of all, we can appreciate the skill and endurance of our forces from Roger’s Rangers in the French and Indian War, to Washington’s crossing to Trenton, to Joshua Chamberlain at Gettysburg, to Torpedo Eight at Midway, and to the epic Marine breakout from the Chosin Reservoir in Korea.

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.

Maryland politics Richard Falknor on 24 Oct 2014

Can MD GOP Chiefs & Baltimore Black Leaders Work Together?

Maryland conservative activist** Ed Hunter emails us today–

“There is constant talk in the Republican Party of how they can more effectively reach black voters, especially in Baltimore. It turns out that key black leaders in Baltimore are similarly trying to reach someone in the Republican establishment who will listen to their concerns about unemployment, immigration, and gay marriage.  
Recently we have been distributing flyers on the street corners of Baltimore that point out the impact that mass immigration has had on blacks.  This outreach has been met with much support and exclamation. Currently black unemployment in Baltimore is 55%. The effect of bringing in millions of illegal, and legal immigrants when black Americans cannot find work has been devastating.  There is a great deal of  black outrage over the Democratic Party’s policy of open borders, as well as over voting, dream acts, and citizenship for illegals. These are perhaps key issues for many blacks who see the Democratic party as taking them for granted while effectively erasing their cultural identity.
We have the names of several black ministers who are imploring some Republican to come to address their congregations.
If someone will contact us, we can make arrangements for Republicans to meet with local conservative black pastors.
Through our street level activism, we  have found that the myth that Baltimore is lockstep Democratic territory is just that: a myth. There are many Christian conservative blacks who are alienated by the ‘progressive’ agenda.  Furthermore the level of discontent with false leaders like Congressman Elijah Cummings and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is intense.
If Republicans will stop letting the liberal left control the conversation and stop being Democrat-Lite on the issues of mass immigration and gay marriage, they will find, as we have, that many blacks are very ready to abandon the Democratic Party.” (Highlighting Forum’s throughout.)

Maryland GOP leaders interested in meeting with Baltimore conservative black pastors can reach independent businessman Ed Hunter by email here.

**  More on Ed Hunter: here (Town Hall statement on Fox News’ Greta); here (“Overpass Media”); here (working with Virginia Tea Partiers demonstrating in Eric Cantor’s district); and here (refugee resettlement testimony).

First things . . . Richard Falknor on 23 Oct 2014

Ottawa Jihadist Attack: Plain Words from Mark Steyn; Our Own Political Class Mumbles Like Bureaucrats In An Investigation

Our political class — that includes both parties — has such difficulty articulating the Islamist threat.

But if they can’t explain it in plain words — not sanitized “talking points” — members of the Congress can hardly meet their sworn duty to 

support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

And if they can’t explain the Islamist threat clearly, they also can’t legislate about it clearly.

The Ottawa Attack

Early this morning New Hampshireman (and Canadian citizen) Mark Steyn gave us a plain words analysis of this “Assault on the Heart of the Canadian State”

“Kevin Vickers is the Sergeant-at-Arms of the House of Commons, which is, most of the time, a ceremonial role – he’s the fellow who wears a goofy looking hat and carries the mace into the chamber each day. But he knew enough to understand, in a split second, that the ceremonial role had turned real and to take down the western world’s latest Soldier of Allah. Many more of us will need to recover that primal survival instinct in the years ahead.
The sub-title of my new book is ‘Don’t Say You Weren’t Warned’. I have been writing for over a decade now about the west’s wannabe jihadists, often born and raised in Canada and America and Britain and Australia and Europe, some of them converts – or ‘reverts’, as they call them. Throughout that period, the multiculti delusionists have insisted that Islam’s contribution to the diversity mosaic is no less positive than that of Poles or Italians. Now we have pure laine Quebeckers and Nigerian South Londoners converting to Islam because it’s the coolest gang on the planet. And one consequence of that is that a relaxed, open capital city will descend into the same panopticon security state as Washington. I love Ottawa – I know every yard of that stretch of Wellington Street connecting Parliament and the Cenotaph: Chateau Laurier is where I always stay when in town; not so long ago I walked past the war memorial with a senior Minister of the Crown and we talked about how simple and dignified and profoundly moving it was; and during my battles with the ‘human rights’ commissions I had the honour of testifying to the House of Commons and strolling that same Centre Block corridor that that Allahu Akbar loon rampaged down today.
That security-lite Ottawa is gone, and that is a loss. But there will be others in the years ahead. Because the price of welcoming and incubating and growing Islam in the west is, ultimately, the loss of everything else.” (Highlighting Forum’s)

 Steyn revealed –

“In a detail almost too absurd, the Ottawa jihadist turned out to be the son of Susan Bibeau, the Deputy Chairperson of the Immigration Division of Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board. Her (now ex-)husband was a ‘Libyan businessman.'”

 Scroll down here to see the accompanying Steyn video in full.

For the safety of everyone within our borders, conservatives must contrive ways to get our bi-partisan Political Class to speak plainly about the Jihadist Threat so that we can deal with it effectively.

Be prepared, nonetheless, for a long push against very hard heads.

When five members of the House wrote, now over two years ago, the inspectors general of our security agencies to assess the extent of the Muslim Brotherhood influence in the IG’s respective departments, Republican leaders shamed themselves with a contrary uproar. 

Andrew McCarthy, on the other hand, asked “why the other 430 members of the House [hadn’t] joined [the five members] — and why John McCain, John Boehner, and other Republican establishment luminaries are championing the Muslim Brotherhood’s side of the dispute.”











Conservatives Richard Falknor on 21 Oct 2014

Heads-Up Conservatives:David Brat Tomorrow In Northern VA!

Meet a genuine Republican hero tomorrow evening thanks to the gracious hospitality of Tom and Jeannemarie Davis at their home in Vienna!

See tomorrow’s event details below.

We look forward — not just to Dave’s elections on November 4  — but to his becoming Virginia’s strong voice for authentic conservative principles.






First things . . . Richard Falknor on 18 Oct 2014

Snapshot: Citizen Outrage Over WH “Mendacity and Incompetence”

The hand-lettered signs below — appearing on a roadside field in Loudoun County, Virginia — greeted Saturday drivers this morning.

It is just one measure — however unpretentious — of grass-roots outrage over the handling of the Ebola Crisis.

Saturday Morning Blue Ridge Outrage

Saturday Morning Plain Citizen Outrage

Former Federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy today in his National Review on Line post “Incompetence Meets Mendacity in Obama Administration’s Ebola Response” details here the danger to our institutions –

“It is a short step to incompetence when you lose sight of what you are expected to be competent at accomplishing. It is an even shorter step to mendacity for a ruling class that is schooled to believe the country is fatally flawed and, thus, that the pursuit of our national interests is evil. It turns out that when real crises rivet their attention, the rubes still expect the government to protect and defend them. At that point, the government must either attend to those basic duties, or lie.
This government has made its choice.”

 And, McCarthy notes, Ebola drowns out other grave concerns–

“Ebola is causing such anxiety that even alarm over an outbreak of enterovirus D-68 — far more prevalent and linked to the deaths of at least four children — has been crowded out. Ditto news of the Islamic State’s rampage, a stock-price rollercoaster, and the impending midterm elections”

The Obama Administration is in office and in power; consequently they are responsible for their missteps. 

As constitutional expert McCarthy declares, they have made their choice.

But there are doubtless many Democratic and Independent voters — and some Democratic politicians — who want flights to afflicted countries restricted, and borders secured — the latter right away, not in some ever-receding future.

On the other hand, there are some very rich Republicans who have been recklessly pushing open borders for cheap labor– technical as well as unskilled workers –while falsely claiming that we have some kind of STEM shortage.

Fjordman paints the underlying forces here in “When will Ebolaphobia become a hate crime” (Gates of Vienna)–

The doctrines of anti-racism, tolerance and diversity seem to mutate and spread to every section of Western societies. Perhaps this mental virus is what should concern us the most. If we still had a healthy society with a functioning immune system, we could be dealing more rationally with the viruses that confront us. Both physical viruses such as Ebola and ideological viruses represented by the Jihadist doctrines of the Islamic State (ISIS). The number one priority would have been to quarantine those affected and restrict travel from those regions and countries where these diseases are most widespread. That is simply common sense. Sadly, Western ruling elites in this age seem to be devoid of common sense. Their First and Only Commandment is: Diversity and open borders über alles.”

 Are you an Ebola racist? Fjordman continues–

“To Western elites, Multicultural ‘diversity’ is more important than life itselfliterally.
Abby Haglage is a reporter at The Daily Beast, a major American news and opinion website with millions of readers. She wrote an article about the apparently horrible thought that people from West Africa might face certain restrictions on traveling to Western countries when a deadly and escalating epidemic of one of the world’s nastiest viruses is plaguing West Africa. Haglage dubbed this ‘Ebola racism.'”

 The Weekly Standard’s Jonathan Last in his “Six Reasons to Panic” here goes straight to the root of the borders-and-protection-of-our-sovereignty matter.

“Ebola has the potential to reshuffle American attitudes to immigration. If you agree to seal the borders to mitigate the risks from Ebola, you’re implicitly rejecting the ‘open borders’ mindset and admitting that there are cases in which government has a duty to protect citizens from outsiders. Some people on the left admit to seeing this as the thin end of the wedge. Writing in the New Yorker, Michael Specter lamented, ‘Several politicians, like Governor Bobby Jindal, of Louisiana, have turned the epidemic into fodder for their campaign to halt immigration.’ And that sort of thing just can’t be allowed.
What would happen in the event of an Ebola outbreak in Latin America? Then America would have to worry about masses of uninfected immigrants surging across the border—not to mention carriers of the virus. And if we had decided it was okay to cut off flights from West Africa, would we decide it was okay to try to seal the Southern border too? You can see how the entire immigration project might start to come apart.
So for now, the Obama administration will insist on keeping travel open between infected countries and the West and hope that they, and we, get lucky.” (Highlighting Forum’s throughout this post.)

President Obama has taken the open-borders world view to a jaw-dropping extreme.

Consequently he and his administration are fair game for the kind of criticism appropriate for a president who continues to put his country in grave danger.

But conservatives must stay vigilant about the well-bankrolled forces in the GOP who have long sought a trans-nationalist agenda.

For these “transies” share responsibility for the damage already inflicted through our open border with Mexico.

Conservatives Richard Falknor on 15 Oct 2014

Boehner Team Exposed! Now–Some Straight Talk From Candidates

“Boehner to Business: Help Me Stiff-Arm the Nuts” – -Tory Newmyer in Fortune

Yesterday seasoned Congress watcher Daniel Horowitz revealed here (“John Boehner’s Winning Message”) in the new Conservative Review–

“So Boehner’s rally cry for November is not repealing Obamacare, protecting our homeland from terrorism, illegal immigration, and infectious diseases, or reducing the cost of living imposed on us by government.  It is essentially a pitch to vote for soggy white bread candidates so that…Boehner can give Democrats a majority over conservatives in the House.”

Horowitz points to a Fortune article of last Saturday (see quote at the top of this story) which reports–

“One Republican operative spells out the subtext of the pitch to the corporate pragmatists the GOP is hitting up for campaign cash: ‘We want to give Boehner a governable majority so the crazies you hate will be irrelevant.'”

Fortune’s Newmyer (in what can only be read as a puff-piece) elaborates on the schemes of the Boehner Circle

“Last month, as Congress raced to finish its work before quitting Washington for the campaign trail, Boehner appeared strengthened in a way that would have been tough to imagine during the government shutdown just a year ago.He quietly gathered majorities for funding the government, extending the charter of the Export-Import Bank — a Tea Party bête noire — and handing President Obama expanded authority to wage war on ISIS. Business has its list of priorities for Congress to tackle, from revamps of our tax and immigration laws to trade agreements and a long-stalled patent reform bill.”

Conservatives are warned.

There is small chance that the Boehner Team today plans to spend much political capital–

  • on restoring a market friendly (as opposed to a crony or “business friendly”) Washington policy — think defunding Obamacare and Dodd-Frank;
  • on recapturing the appropriations process — where the House has “pride of place” — by giving up massive omnibus bills opaque to all but their beneficiaries;
  • on the House itself holding the administration to account for its lawless “executive actions” instead of hiding behind a pretend lawsuit;
  • on reining in not just economic but social regulation — read new HUD and Education rules;
  • on moving quickly toward a strong but prudent foreign policy with a full House debate on ends and means;
  • on ending the administration’s war on Christians, on Israel, and on Judaeo-Christian values in our society;
  • on rooting out Muslim Brotherhood members from the Federal establishment;
  • and — most of all — on securing our borders right now and spending substantial House time on that objective.

There is, however, a strong likelihood that the Boehner Team will indulge their unseemly lust for more immigration — especially if they realize their “55 seat GOVERNING MAJORITY” after November 4.

Can we trust Mr. Boehner? 

Consider the time and effort he put into stopping a select committee on Benghazi (long demanded by Virginia’s Frank Wolf) until the Speaker was finally forced by Judicial Watch’s revelations to approve one.

That is the true measure of this Speaker.

The Liberty Scorecard

In the Conservative Review’s “Liberty Scorecard” here for Maryland and Virginia GOP House members running for reelection, only Maryland’s Dr. Andy Harris has a creditable grade: “B.” 

And we all know what a strong conservative newly nominated David Brat is.

As for the other Virginia House GOP incumbents running for reelection, their grades range from “C” to “F,” except again for newly nominated Barbara Comstock who, like David Brat, does not yet have a House record.

Conservatives’ Last Chance For A Pre-Election Talk With GOP Establishment Candidates

If local conservative leaders do not have a heart-to-heart talk with these GOP House candidates on top conservative priorities before the November 4 election, consider how little access they will have later. 

(One way to estimate any future face-time with members is to eyeball the contributions from big donors, then consider how much time we “troublesome” grass roots will get compared with Political Action Committees and trade associations and big donors from New York City. Here and here, just as one example, are two of our earlier posts on campaign contributions to Mrs. Comstock.)

These are very dangerous times for America. 

Consequently one expects extraordinary performance in protecting our lives and liberties from a House leadership sailing under the Republican flag.

Think the Second Continental Congress, not a gang of career politicians and their consultant and donor pals cutting self-serving “deals.”

Mark Levin’s own declaration of independence here last night should bring the gravity of the Republican political situation home even to the densest member of the GOP Establishment.

Conservatives Richard Falknor on 09 Oct 2014

What Can Conservatives Expect (And Do) After November 4?

As conservatives we are in the business of putting our policies in place, and of stopping or removing statist and freedom-hostile policies and programs.

We hope to do this not just by electing tested conservatives next month, but — taking the long view – advancing the conservative agenda over a decade or more. Moreover like the revolutionary left we all face, we conservatives should plan our own counter-revolution in the schools and in the alternative media and through grass-roots action-oriented groups. 

Only in this way, can we lay the groundwork for future victories at the polls.

The GOP as a national (and state) organization, on the other hand, is in the business of electing candidates with the Republican label. Their vision often does not extend past one presidential or gubernatorial election cycle.

Until relatively recently, we conservatives tried to advance our agenda through the national Republican Party.  Since Ronald Reagan retired in 1989, however, this task has become progressively more and more difficult — even with boosts from the Gingrich Revolution of 1994 and the Tea Party Revolution of 2010.

For the GOP’s national and often state leaders are sensitive to very large donors, and also, arguably, to social pressures to conform to a militantly secular and politically correct culture.

“Where you stand depends on where you sit” is a hoary Washington, D. C. maxim that, for example, explained why folks in Foggy Bottom (the State Department) tended to have institutional views different from folks in the Pentagon.

This rule is equally applicable to explaining why Republicans living in gated communities around the Washington, D.C., Beltway may have markedly different cultural priorities from Republicans in Winchester, Virginia or Nashville, Tennessee. 

What profiteth a conservative incumbent, however diligent and capable, if that official is mocked by the Washington Post?

Most important, many GOP candidates for the House and Senate are obviously torn between large campaign donors and donor-allied consultants on the one hand — and their voters on the other.

Angelo Codevilla explained the GOP Establishment’s unfolding challenges to conservatives here — where he revealed:

“By repeatedly passing bills that contradict the identity of Republican voters and of the majority of Republican elected representatives, the Republican leadership has made political orphans of millions of Americans.” (Highlighting Forum’s)

What does the GOP Establishment want after November 4 —  assuming the House remains in GOP hands, and the Senate is closely split, although that chamber now has fewer than 20 GOP senators with Liberty Scores above “D” out of 45 Republicans.

Here is a likely Establishment wish list:

  • That amnesty and immigration go away as national issues, either through House passage of some bi-partisan “compromise,” or by presidential executive order where there will be no Republican fingerprints — but an H-1B visa payoff to Big Business.
  • That without further deliberation, same-sex marriage will quietly become the “law of the land,” to use the Speaker’s infamous phrase about Obamacare. 
  • That Congress will limit itself to only (preferably bi-partisan) “tweaking” of Obamacare. 
  • That they will see a smooth path to the 2016 presidential nomination of one of their own — likely from (or approved by) the Bush Dynasty.
  • That the House will avoid — before the 2016 elections — serious confrontation with the Obama Administration over executive actions, appropriations, or big regulations.
  • That there will be no further awkward investigations into the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood in the national government.

There is more: completing the task of marginalizing genuine conservatives, so that the grass roots simply give up.

All this will include continuing to punish House GOP members who are too independent.

Of course, Ebola and other imported diseases, ISIS and the open spread  of Islamic Supremacism, and the likelihood that the president won’t follow the GOP Establishment’s playbook, may well see Nemesis visit the wish list.

But regardless of  the Establishment’s obstacles and whatever their capitulations to the Obama Administration — how should we conservatives now organize to advance our agenda? 

Read (or re-read) senator Jeff Sessions’ 2013 memo “How The GOP Can Do The Right Thing On Immigration—And Win” — where he declared Republicans must “adopt a humble and honest populism” by protecting the interests of American workers.

Sessions and sometime-Margaret Thatcher-adviser John O’Sullivan in his “What About The Workers” here offer keys to smart new paths for conservatives.

So does David Horowitz’ “Take No Prisoners”!

Stay tuned. Email us with your recommendations for conservative directions after the November elections.












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