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Conservatives Richard Falknor on 23 Apr 2014

Will VA 10 Conservatives Be Orphaned By A Comstock Win?

“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) — Angelo Codevilla in Forbes

Barbara Comstock, as we have declared many times, is the GOP Establishment favorite to win the April 26 Republican primary election to select that party’s candidate in the November 4 general election for the seat of retiring Representative Frank Wolf.

In her race, Mrs. Comstock has become the Empress of Endorsements by hustling support — not only from many members of the Beltway GOP – but even from a few conservatives who should have done their homework more carefully.

She has, however, shown studied indifference to the Tea Party movement and to grassroots conservatives throughout her district during her primary race.

She touts her own visibility at the 2012 Republican Convention, but she fails to remind us that the dread words “Tea Party” were apparently not authorized to be uttered by the official speakers.

Virginia delegate Comstock, moreover, has not explained why she keeps taking campaign money from gay-marriage and Big Immigration advocate, New York City financier Paul Singer here
While at least two of her conservative primary opponents have expressed deep dissatisfaction with the current House of Representatives leadership, we don’t recall hearing a discouraging word from the good Mrs. Comstock about the Boehner-Cantor Team.

GOP Donors vs. Voters

Last Sunday, National Journal’s Alex Roarty illuminates a Republican schism which is reflected in Comstock’s campaign.

He explains “Why Republican Donors and Voters Don’t Get Along: Even as Democrats attack Republicans for catering to the wealthy, the GOP base is distinctly working-class” here

 “Democrats, who once depended heavily on blue-collar workers, have become increasingly the party of white-collar workers, at least among whites. And as downscale whites leave the Democratic Party, they’ve joined the GOP, whose cultural values often align with their own.
‘Blue-collar whites have been migrating to the Republican Party ever since Ronald Reagan called them Reagan Democrats,’ said Whit Ayres, a Republican pollster. ‘It’s a culture that is heavily family based, more small-town and rural. It’s very pro-gun, and very patriotic. We’re talking about a group of folks who see Democratic efforts at gun control as a cultural assault, an attack on their values.’” (Highlighting Forum’s)

Barbara Comstock’s handlers may calculate that if (they would say when) she is nominated, voter dissatisfaction with the Obama Administration is now so high that any plausible Republican will win — even in only an R+2 district like Virginia 10.

But even if only a modest slice of Republican voters feel orphaned by a Comstock nomination, this is a high-risk strategy.

For will Blue Collar voters have confidence that their voices will be heard in the Comstock Circle?

Leviathan Richard Falknor on 21 Apr 2014

SWAT Overreach & Rogue Policing: More GOP Indifference?

“Many veteran law-enforcement figures have severe qualms about the turn police work is taking. One retired veteran of a large metropolitan police force told me: ‘I was recently down at police headquarters for a meeting. Coincidently, there was a promotion ceremony going on and the SWAT guys looked just like members of the Army, except for the police shoulder patches. Not an image I would cultivate. It leads to a bad mindset.” – John Fund
“They teach cops to use more force, sooner, more often, and how to justify it after the fact.” — Radley Balko

Writers across the center-right spectrum have been warning about what we have called the SWAT Fixations of Militarized Police – from Radley Balko here to Roger Kimball here.

The most recent is John Fund’s NRO post here last Friday “The United States of SWAT? Military-style units from government agencies are wreaking havoc on non-violent citizens.”

Author Fund reveals

“Since 9/11, the feds have issued a plethora of homeland-security grants that encourage local police departments to buy surplus military hardware and form their own SWAT units. By 2005, at least 80 percent of towns with a population between 25,000 and 50,000 people had their own SWAT team. The number of raids conducted by local police SWAT teams has gone from 3,000 a year in the 1980s to over 50,000 a year today.”

But actually persuading Republican leaders get their arms around this national-and-state-level menace to our society is a daunting task.

A few state lawmakers of both parties here, however, have been paying attention. But, to our knowledge, no statewide Republican officers.

Of course, the national GOP leadership is primarily concerned with making deals or engaging in “common-sense pragmatism,” as they call it.

Recall that the GOP controlled part or all of the Federal government from 1995 to 2009, including the House purse strings – should they ever have wished to pull them tighter — from 2011 to the present. This embraces the period of Federally aided SWAT growth, apparently unchecked by Congressional or executive branch oversight of this mindless largesse.

Getting politicians to address SWAT growth and abuse is clearly a task for Tea Partiers and allied grass-roots organizations of conservatives and libertarians.

Sadly, there is no big donor lobby for our ancient liberties, in today’s Beltway GOPonly lobbies for open borders and crony capitalism.

(Revised, and with apologies for the earlier misidentification of Roger Kimball.)

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Readers may wish to revisit our other closely related posts–

Will Virginia’s Next AG Address SWAT Rules & Police Militarization?
Strengthening SWAT-Use Reporting: In Maryland, and Nationally
Tracking The Right Use & Misuse of SWAT Teams
Another Swatting! But Who Else in the GOP ‘Will Keep the Bridge?’
Protecting Free Speech: Where Is the Other 64% of the House GOP?
New Threat to Our Free Political Speech: “SWATTING” Bloggers
No longer “Live Free or Die” in the Granite State?
End SWAT Team Overreach in Maryland and Virginia The security of one’s family and property against gross misuse of state power must always be a central conservative concern. Thus we invite the attention of readers to the case of the SWAT team here invasion of the home of mayor Cheye Calvo of Berwyn Heights, Maryland.”

2014 Election Richard Falknor on 16 Apr 2014

Donors vs. Voters? House Hopeful Comstock Hustles Big Dollars

According to the Federal Elections Commission here (look at “pre-convention” and later April entries), Virginia 10 House GOP primary candidate Barbara Comstock received $660,809 in “net contributions”** from January 1 through April 6 of this year.

Mrs. Comstock’s contributors ranged from Paul Singer to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s Every Republican Is Crucial ERICPAC to Maryland’s sole House GOP member Andy Harris; from Grover Norquist to the Chamber of Commerce; from Haley Barbour to Ted Olson; from the International Franchise Association to the Turkish Coalition of New Jersey.

Click here, then, to review her contributors. 

How many are our people and share our values?

Can we expect that our Virginia 10 voters will receive the same hearing as her celebrity donors, should she be elected to the House?

Judged by traditional GOP rules, Barbara Comstock has run, to date, a very professional operation. On the one hand, she suggests a conservative affiliation while, on the other, she deftly avoids explaining the details of her policy plans and whatever vision she may have for the Republic.

For Virginia 10 voters who have confidence in the direction today’s House and Senate GOP leadership is going, Mrs. Comstock is their clear choice. 

For Virginia 10 voters who wish to carry the Bush “larger-but-better-managed-government” legacy forward in this decade, she will be a good team player with Virginia Senate hopeful Ed Gillespie.

For Virginia 10 voters, however, who are firm conservatives and believe the Republic to be in great peril, Mrs. Comstock is likely to add — willy nilly — to that peril.

For one menacing example, see and listen to senator Jeff Sessions yesterday (Breitbart’s Matthew Boyle) on Mr. Cantor, a strong backer of Mrs. Comstock:

Exclusive – Sen. Sessions Comes Out Swinging Against Secretive House Immigration Push

The leadership of both parties, as Daniel Horowitz points out here, seek de facto open borders. 

Such a fiscally burdensome outcome would also be fatal to small government, a strong defense, and — not least — our basic civic culture.

Barbara Comstock, by following the current House GOP leadership, won’t offer much to Blue Collar America of all backgrounds. Jeff Sessions instead calls a “humble and honest populism” as the best path for the GOP.

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 ** The FEC filing also lists $100,545 under “transfers from other authorized committees.”

2014 Election Richard Falknor on 13 Apr 2014

UPDATED! Virginia 10 GOP Voter Town Hall–But Where Will Barbara Be?

UPDATE APRIL 14! Breitbart’s Kerry Pickett reports “Virginia GOP candidates running for a seat to be vacated by Congressman Frank Wolf (R – VA) presented themselves to the public at a Republican Congressional primary town hall on Sunday at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville. Five of the six Republican candidates running for office answered questions, which were submitted by voters, from the forum’s moderator WMAL Radio host Chris Plante. One glaring point was illustrated by an empty chair and last minute created name tag. The original tag, according to organizers, mysteriously disappeared from the panel table and candidates took shots about the absence of fellow candidate, Virginia Delegate Barbara Comstock, during their responses at times.” Read all of the Pickett post. Click here for the video of yesterday’s Voter Town Hall.

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Virginia 10 GOP Voter Town Hall — But Where Will Barbara Be?

This afternoon five of the six Republican primary candidates in Virginia’s Tenth Congressional District plan to participate in the Voter Town Hall from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the Patrick Henry College Gymnasium in Purcellville.

“All 6 Republican Candidates Invited: 
Barbara Comstock Bob Marshall – confirmed
Stephen Hollingshead - confirmed   Marc Savitt – confirmed
Howie Lind - confirmed Rob Wasinger - confirmed 
With our Special Guest Host and Emcee, Chris Plante, WMAL Radio Host”

Click here for more information.

Via Conservative Hqwhen the program starts this will reportedly be the link for live streaming. 

Clearly Barbara Comstock is the GOP Establishment favorite.  One might call her the Empress of Endorsements for she has also beguiled a number of conservatives into recommending her. 

Alas, endorsements are no substitute for substance.

For all her endorsements, we might expect to hear some unusually thoughtful and detailed public policy analysis and initiatives from her:  not just rote GOP talking points.

So far we have been disappointed.

Some might be forgiven for seeing Mrs. Comstock as the very model of a successful Ruling Class politician.** She does not currently plan, moreover, to come to what may well be a Country Class** Voter Town Hall this afternoon.

**Angelo Codevilla: As Country Club Republicans Link Up With The Democratic Ruling Class, Millions Of  Voters Are Orphaned

Her Continuing Paul Singer Problem

A significant and serial donor to Mrs. Comstock is Paul Singer, the industrial-strength gay marriage and amnesty supporter

Last February, we wrote in our GOP Ruling-Class Donors: What (Or Whom) Are They Buying?

“Today we are confronted with Mr. Singer’s donations (via VPAP here) to House hopeful Barbara Comstock and other Virginia GOP luminaries from 2007 to 2013…”

One of Mrs. Comstock’s opponents in the primary, delegate Bob Marshall declared here that he was–

“strongly pressing Barbara Comstock to return her share of $400,000 in campaign contributions raised at a recent New York City fundraiser.
The fundraising event was hosted by Paul Singer, the billionaire same-sex marriage advocate, for Comstock and two other Republican women running for Congress.”

One wonders what insights Mrs. Comstock shared with the donors and their society friends at this New York City money-raising gathering?

Continued veteran Virginia legislator Marshall–

Comstock previously accepted $80,000 from Paul Singer through 2013.  Singer has spent more than $10 million on homosexual marriage causes in the United States and elsewhere, according to a Feb. 18 Politico article. 
Comstock also has accepted $18,700 from attorney Ted Olson, who has been hired by Singer to file lawsuits to overturn state traditional marriage laws.  Olson undid California’s Proposition 8 and recently called a court ruling invalidating Virginia’s Marriage Amendment a ‘beautiful decision.’” (Highlighting Forum’s.)

Some Big Questions for All the Candidates

Other grave challenges confront all the candidates seeking the Republican nomination for this seat held by so long by House appropriator and cardinal Frank Wolf.

Even the dullest GOP politician or Party loyalist must now grasp that the Obama Administration is a skilled and dangerous enterprise trying  — as promised – to “transform”America.

Such a peril demands prompt and effective responses.

People who natter on about Reagan’s “Eleventh Commandment” or “going to Congress to build coalitions” or “common sense [i.e., generally bigger government] solutions” are just not serious lawmakers or leaders in times like these.

Many conservatives are convinced we cannot successfully fight the Obama Administration without first fixing the Beltway GOP and this means, of course, the House GOP leadership.

RedState’s Erick Erickson declares, for example, “After Boehner, Cantor and McCarthy Are Not Options.”

Just this week we witnessed a very dangerous, nearly incendiary overreach of a Federal agency in Nevada where snipers and helicopters menaced some long-time residents over disputed land claims. 

We heard not a word from the top three House GOP leaders to rein in the Federal zealots: two of the House leaders were apparently at Amelia Island, Florida in quite dubious company.

We would hope the candidates who participate in the Voter Town Hall this afternoon might explain their views on some of our country’s major challenges.

We had earlier suggested five questions to which the reader can scroll at the end of our post.

Last February 6, we explained our expectations for candidates–

Conservatives expect their candidates to advance their principles; in times like the present, to run some extraordinary risks to help take back our country and culture; and to speak forcefully for us.
Remember here “our lives, our fortunes, our sacred honor.”
For any 10th District GOP conservative nominee to stand on principle today means standing against the current House GOP leadership:
  • on their abdicating their power of the purse here;
  • on their toxic immigration schemes here;
  • on their lack of dedication — since the House GOP leadership came to power in January of 2011 — to repealing Obamacare here;
  • on their attachment to crony-capitalism as seen in the nearly $1 trillion 949-page farm and food-stamp bill here that the House passed last week;
  • on their flight here from getting the facts out on Benghazi, their turning an indifferent eye here to our secretary of state’s undermining the security of our ally Israel, their complicity in the destruction of Christians in Syria here, and their allowing our national defense to weaken significantly.
And this is just the start of the list.
The worst thing we conservatives can do in tracking this significant Virginia GOP primary is to allow any of the major contenders to avoid blunt and detailed answers on such vital questions. 

Nearly a month ago here in our “Who Speaks For Us In The VA 10 House GOP Primary?”  we declared–

Blindly following Party “talking points” and reflexive “team playing” over the last decade and a half have contributed substantially to our present discontents.
Perhaps the biggest obstacle for all conservative activists is the reluctance of our solid GOP citizens to question — face to face — their politicians. 
Angelo Codevilla tells us how we once did it better–
“Our founding generation was very well educated. Abraham Lincoln — Stephen Douglas debated on the highest level in front of a bunch of farmers – who understood what they were saying. The debates were recorded by a stenographer. The stenographer recorded the crowd saying, ‘Stick to the point, Lincoln.’ ‘No, no, Douglas — not so!’ Now can you imagine our people, our audiences, at the debates challenging the logic of the debaters?” (Highlighting Forum’s.)
The education of these farmers was likely from McGuffey Readers and the King James Bible – not from the over-priced but mal-performing “universities” and “community colleges” of today

Time is running out to hold our civil society together and our freedoms intact. This GOP primary is no ordinary contest in ordinary times. Let us pray it results in an extraordinary selection.

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We had earlier suggested five questions for Virginia 10 GOP primary candidates –

To Tenth District Virginia GOP Primary Candidate X–
(1)    Amnesty. Conservative immigration experts have said here (at 3:30) that we should not even negotiate over amnesty until the border has been secured, until interior enforcement has been underway, and until both have cleared all legal hurdles and have been successfully in place for more than a few months.
  • Do you agree?
Let us add: NumbersUSA reports on Virginia 10 that–
Howie Lind is the only one of the candidates to fill out a NumbersUSA candidate survey on immigration issues. The voters of the 10th District deserve to know where the other candidates stand. To see the survey click here. Questions in this survey are great examples of what you could submit for the Voter Town Hall.” (Highlighting Forum’s.) We can still undo much of the damage from health-care and health-insurance disasters like Obamacare. We can roll back industry-killing EPA regulations. We cannot, however, reverse nation-changing Big Immigration legislation with which the GOP Establishment is enamored.
(2)   Defense cutbacks. Defense experts have been sounding the alarm here (beginning at 6:00) over serious Administration cutbacks in our combat forces and our nuclear capability. The Constitution prescribes “the common defense” as a central duty of the Federal government.
Primary candidate Howie Lind has significant military and defense department experience. He was among the first to raise serious questions about Benghazi. Recall that the House GOP leadership remains obdurate in opposing a select panel to get to the bottom of this outrage.
  • If elected, what would you do to strengthen the common defense immediately — even if it is an unwelcome priority for the House GOP leadership? 
(3)   Recently the Virginia House of Delegates commended “A Mosque With A Dark Past” here.  We reported that the Virginia state senate followed suit and approved here this reckless resolution. Why reckless? Because the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center can now use this “endorsement” of the Virginia General Assembly for everything from money-raising to helping justify zoning requests to intimidating critics with the help of a credulous old (and new) media. The General Assembly commendation will be a badge of respectability.  John Guandolo declared here:  “One has to wonder if gross ignorance among elected officials of the jihadi threat to America could get any worse – then in walks the Virginia Legislature.” Consider the details in Guandolo’s post “Virginia State House Commends Hamas”
Howie Lind signed ACT for America’s protest, and delegate Bob Marshall made a thoughtful statement of support for Act.
  • If you are a delegate, how did you vote on the Mosque commendation and why?
(4)   Death panels in Obamacare. One of the most toxic provisions of the Obamacare legislation is the so-called Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). Stanley Kurtz has called the IPAB “the real death panel” here. The wider-ranging constitutional dangers of the IPAB are listed here.
There is substantial doubt that the current House leadership plans to do little more than “fix” Obamacare even if the GOP makes substantial gains next November in the Congressional elections.
  • If elected, what will you do to see that the IPAB provision gets defunded?
(5)   House Republican leadership. 
  • If so, tell us your reasons why. If not, explain whom you would prefer.

Illegal Immigration Richard Falknor on 08 Apr 2014

Immigration Sense — And Nonsense on the “Right”

The Republican Party of Virginia’s Shaun Kenney groveling last week here before amnesty zealots was simply embarrassing. And former governor Jeb Bush’s bizarre declaration Sunday here * as well as senator Rand Paul’s earlier meanderings on immigration here ** all stand in stark contrast to senator Jeff Session’s careful policy analysis here and planning here on where the GOP should be headed.

Said senior Republican senator Sessions last July–

“The GOP lost the election—as exit polls clearly show—because it hemorrhaged support from middle- and low-income Americans of all backgrounds. In changing the terms of the immigration debate we will not only prevent the implementation of a disastrous policy, but begin a larger effort to broaden our appeal to working Americans of all backgrounds. Now is the time to speak directly to the real and legitimate concerns of millions of hurting Americans whose wages have declined and whose job prospects have grown only bleaker. This humble and honest populism—in contrast to the Administration’s cheap demagoguery—would open the ears of millions who have turned away from our party. Of course, such a clear and honest message would require saying ‘no’ to certain business demands and powerful interests who shaped the immigration bill in the Senate.” (Highlighting Forum’s)

We are now in high primary season, and all of us — conservative Republicans and conservative independents as well as Reagan Democrats – need to remind ourselves of the grave consequences for our country if the Big Immigration yearnings of the Republican Establishment prevail.

One useful way to get up to speed is to listen to Mark Krikorian and Phyllis Schlafly at 03:30 here where they detail these consequences in their “Amnesty and Open Borders: The End of America – and the GOP” last March 6 at the National Security Action Summit.

And scholar Heather MacDonald painted a grim picture yesterday in her Breitbart post “California: A View of America’s Immigration Future” here. 

We should all take the California case very seriously. As a former Californian, I know.

Virginia is not just a 2016 presidential battleground, but the scene of a current 2014 struggle for the future of the GOP. 

This state will hold two seriously contested GOP primaries: (Virginia 7) where the Republican primary favorite is chief  Republican Big Immigration panderer Eric Cantor; and Virginia 10 where the Republican primary favorite is Big Immigration follower *** Barbara Comstock.

Non-partisan NumbersUSA keeps the national books on the immigration records of our politicians.

Here, here, and here are NumbersUSA’s panels on Virginia House of Representatives primaries.

NumbersUSA reports on Virginia 10 that–

Howie Lind is the only one of the candidates to fill out a NumbersUSA candidate survey on immigration issues. The voters of the 10th District deserve to know where the other candidates stand. To see the survey click here. Questions in this survey are great examples of what you could submit for the Voter Town Hall.” (Highlighting Forum’s.)

What Town Hall, some readers may ask?

Readers can find the details here on this Voter Town Hall to be held next Sunday afternoon at Patrick Henry College Gymnasium in Purcellville!

We can still undo much of the damage from health-care and health-insurance disasters like Obamacare. We can roll back industry-killing EPA regulations. We cannot, however, reverse nation-changing Big Immigration legislation with which the GOP Establishment is enamored.

This is why we must get all our GOP primary contenders to detail their positions on this grave concern. Vague phrases like “strengthening our border” simply won’t do the job.

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*     Mark Krikorian  Jeb’s Gibberish

**   Mark Krikorian  The Dog Ate My Visa!

***  See delegate and primary contender Bob Marshall here on Comstock donor Paul Singer — also a Big Immigration advocate.

Conservatives Richard Falknor on 05 Apr 2014

Taking Back The House GOP Leadership: Two Powerful Ads

Want to replace Eric Cantor while there is still time?

1776: NYC Patriots tear down statue of George III (via CT Sons of the American Revolution)

1776: NYC Patriots tear down statue of GeorgeIII (via CT Sons of the American Revolution)

 

Then see Virginia Vision Action PAC’s compelling YouTubes here!

Watch Florida (which covers Mr. Cantor’s part in a coming April 11-13 anti-Tea-Party event), then watch Amnesty.

If you like the approach of these ads and want more people to see these and others like them, visit RINOCantor.com here.

The site puts in plain words what many of us have feared for years–

“Four years ago, Tea Party conservatives put Republicans in charge of Congress.  But since then nothing has changed.  ObamaCare is being implemented and House Republicans led by John Boehner and Eric Cantor are funding it.  Planned Parenthood continues to receive your tax dollars to do abortions.  And our national debt is up from $14 Trillion to $17.5 Trillion.  That’s a 25 percent increase.
Eric Cantor has served as Majority Leader since John Boehner became Speaker.  And he’s going to be the next Speaker unless you act now.” (Highlighting Forum’s.)

If GOP leader Eric Cantor loses his June 10 primary, a constructive conservative message will reverberate throughout the GOP nationally.

So winning this primary in the Old Dominion is an imperative — not just for Virginia — but for the entire nation.

Virginia conservatives are at the forward edge of battle to take back the GOP.

But they can’t do it without the support of like-minded Americans around the country!

UPDATE APRIL 6! Virginia Vision Action PAC  (VVAP) ran audios of these two YouTubes, alternating each hour on WRVA, Richmond’s conservative talk radio station, starting at 6:00 AM on Friday April 4 and continuing until midnight. VVAP  reports they are eager to get back on the air with ‘another ad exposing Cantor’s less than conservative ways.’”

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Faithful readers will recall that Mr. Cantor’s missteps and uncertain principles have been evident for some time.
Start reading from the bottom.
Tea Partiers Stay On Cantor’s Trail Into His Home Turf!
Action Images: VA-MD Tea Partiers Take Message to Eric Cantor
Can Virginia Conservatives Bring Eric Cantor to a Better Mind?
Taxpayers Would Pay Bundles for Cantor’s High-Speed Rail
“Carbon Emissions” What Does GOP Whip Cantor Believe?
Will the New Republican ‘Listening Tour’ Hear the Base?

Illegal Immigration Richard Falknor on 05 Apr 2014

Immigration Folly: VA GOP Leadership Simply Leaves Reality!

Big Immigration Overlords of Virginia GOP?(Thanks to KnowYourMeme)

Big-Immigration Overlords of Virginia GOP?            (Thanks to The Simpsons via KnowYourMeme)

Greg Letiecq (Black Velvet Bruce Li)  has done citizens a great service with his post here “Ed Gillespie’s Opening Salvo For Open Borders.” 

Publisher Letiecq includes a YouTube here entitled “Shaun Kenney hosts Amnesty lobby 2 days after becoming RPV Executive Director.”

Concludes Letiecq here

“Make no mistake here, folks.  This was not some sort of last-minute, unannounced visit by the hyper-leftists who showed up and filmed with a covert camera.  This was a scheduled meeting, blessed by Ed Gillespie and the other establishment types pulling the strings at RPV in hopes they could convert the Republican Party of Virginia into a mindless let’s-destroy-America open-borders advocacy group.” (Highlighting Forum’s.)

Not that anyone should have been surprised by the good Mr. Gillespie’s immigration position.

As we wrote last January 23 in our “Ed Gillespie: Would A Beltway Insider Be A Strong Voice For You?here

“Ed Gillespie has a long history of pushing immigration expansion.”

On February 17, 2009 we pointed to the favorite policy flavors here (scroll to bottom) of now-current-Senate hopeful Gillespie–

“He has a record of helping hike taxes [scroll to bottom]in Virginia, he has a strong record in behalf of more open immigration [scroll to bottom] and he is, according to the Manchester Union Leader, on record in behalf of larger government.

NRO editor-at-large John O’Sullivan last July 30 spelled out here the fundamental issue on Big Immigration in his “What about the Workers?”–

“In a letter to fellow-Republicans on the Hill today, Senator Jeff Sessions declares with admirable straightforwardness that the GOP establishment’s main argument for the Gang of Eight immigration bill — that ‘the great lesson of the 2012 election is that the GOP needs to push for immediate amnesty and a drastic surge in low-skill immigration’ — is quite simply ‘nonsense.’ He is, of course, correct. That is true, moreover, of every other argument advanced in favor of the bill by the Gang of Eight and the GOP establishment. All these arguments have been investigated to death, generally by Mark Krikorian on these pages, but also by a wide range of critics elsewhere, notably Mickey Kaus. I can’t think of a single one that has survived its vivisection — no, vivisection is performed on living things; the correct term for examining these arguments is post mortem. . . .  And as Mickey Kaus points out, its organizer, former Bush II commerce secretary Carlos Guterriez, more or less admits that this is a struggle between Republican donors and Republican voters. In fact it’s worse than that. This struggle pits a political coalition of the Republican and Democrat establishments versus blue-collar workers in both parties and of all ethnicities. And the electoral realities of such a struggle don’t favor the establishments.” (Highlighting Forum’s.)

Why would any conservative want to give money to a Republican Party of Virginia while it remains under the domination of Big Immigration overlords?

Leviathan Richard Falknor on 28 Mar 2014

Jeff Sessions to America: Regime Already Opened Our Borders

This week, as we have earlier tweeted, senator Jeff Sessions, Alabama lawmaker and ranking member of the Budget Committee, released his “CRITICAL ALERT: DHS Enforcement Data Reveals Administrative Amnesty Much Broader Than Previously Understood” (full text here) declaring–

  • “DHS has blocked the enforcement of immigration law for the overwhelming majority of violations and is planning to widen that amnesty even further.”
  • “The Administration’s priorities have therefore provided an executive amnesty not only to the great majority of the 12 million living here illegally today (including even the most recent arrivals) but to those who will violate immigration law tomorrow.”
  • “DHS has decided that the Administration’s ‘priorities’ trump the immigration laws passed by Congress.”
  • It is an open invitation for a future immigrant to overstay a visa, or to enter the U.S. illegally, knowing that they will be immune from enforcement as long as they avoid being convicted of a felony or other serious crime once here.”
  • “Chris Crane, president of the ICE officers’ union, explained that ‘violent criminals are released every day back into communities based on the president’s unlawful policies.’”
  • “The Administration’s actions are breathtaking and without precedent.”
  • “American citizens have both a legal and moral right to the protection our immigration laws afford; those rights have been systematically ignored, resulting in a massive loss of income and wages for the most vulnerable Americans.”
  • “The Administration has abandoned its duty to faithfully execute the law and protect U.S. sovereignty, resulting not only in a collapse of immigration enforcement but a grave jeopardy to the American system of law and justice itself.” (Highlighting Forum’s)
  • Even Future Illegal Immigrants And Visa Overstays Are Exempt From Enforcement

Activists are encouraged to read all of Jeff Session’s “Critical Alert” here to bring their own groups up to speed on this Big Immigration catastrophe.

Unlike the Beltway GOP, senior GOP senator Jeff Sessions is the major Republican voice here urging the Party to reach out to Blue Collar America: those who suffer greatly and likely earlier from Big Immigration.

John Fonte spelled out last December here (NRO) how the Republican establishment is missing the boat on Blue Collar America and Big Immigration in his “Re-Branding the GOP: From the party of big business to the party of the little guy”

  • Immigration politics is at the heart of the divide between conservative populist groups, on one side, and corporate elites within the GOP on the other. Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama wrote a memo in July to his fellow Republican lawmakers, calling on them to ‘flip the immigration debate on its head.’ At National Review Online, Sessions urged the GOP to ‘adopt a humble and honest populism’ and distance itself from ‘the corporate titans who believe the immigration policy for our entire country should be modeled to pad their bottom line.’”
  • The GOP lost the 2012 election, Sessions said, ‘because it hemorrhaged support from middle and low-income Americans of all backgrounds,’ and the party must now mount an ‘unapologetic defense of working Americans.’ He noted that Americans oppose by a two-to-one margin increasing low-skilled immigration and also strongly oppose any legalization of illegal immigrants before border security is in place. Sessions made the key political point that Republicans have a golden opportunity to appeal once again to Reagan Democrats, who are, as John O’Sullivan put it in a statement lauding Sessions, an ‘electoral bloc that dwarfs any other in numerical terms.’”
  • “Two preconditions of populist ascendancy are already emerging in embryonic form: first, a Sister Souljah–style rebuke of corporate elites and, second, the development of policy measures aimed specifically at supporting the middle and working classes. To the first point, Sessions on Labor Day chided pro-immigration-reform business groups and pointedly raised the issue of American patriotism, asking, ‘What is the loyalty a nation owes to its own citizens?’ On the second point, conservative policy intellectuals as well as elected officials such as Senator Mike Lee of Utah are beginning to formulate policy initiatives focused on strengthening the middle and working classes.” (Highlighting Forum’s)

This weekend, Erick Erikson reports here, the Boehner-Cantor House Leadership Team will be keeping dubious company on Amelia Island, Florida.

Will conservatives who wish to rescue the GOP from its corporatist overlords call this cabal and their fellow-travelers — in office and in local primaries — to account?

Will they try to get House Republicans to change course and seriously fight the Regime by using the powers of the House of Representative to restore constitutional government? (See, for example, Politico’s “A brief history of Obamacare delays” which senator Mike Lee explains here are openly flouting the Constitution.”)

Senator Sessions’ revelations this week should be a game-changer within the GOP!

Homeland Defense Richard Falknor on 27 Mar 2014

Conservative Icon Bob Marshall Weighs In On Mosque Resolution

We are delighted that delegate Bob Marshall is able here to join the public discussion on the General Assembly’s disgraceful resolution commending here the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center.  As Virginia conservatives should know, Marshall has been the Horatius at the Bridge standing here this week against giant Medicaid expansion in the Old Dominion. The veteran lawmaker – who voted “no” on the Mosque Resolution — points out that the House Speaker did nonetheless call the voice vote correctly on this resolution.  Moreover Marshall notes that his version of “American Laws for American Courts” legislation here never got to the House floor.  As we never tire of pointing out, the Virginia House of Delegates here has 68 Republicans and 32 Democrats.  In the previous session, it still had only 32 Democrats.  Clearly too many GOP members of the House of Delegates have a case of willful blindness in failing to understand Civilization Jihad in their midst.

The good news is that two genuinely conservative contenders for the Republican nomination for United States Representative in Virginia 10 – Howie Lind and Bob Marshall — have both (here is Lind) made thoughtful public statements, joining national conservative media here, about the offending resolution.

Here is the full text of Bob Marshall’s letter today to Blue Ridge Forum in which he declares–

“And I informed representatives of ACT for America, that should they decide, I would be willing to introduce a commending resolution for ACT highlighting their public service work in identifying threats to Americans and our Constitution from terror promoters, their sympathizers, apologists and supporters.” (Highlighting Forum’s)

Readers are reminded here that tonight ACT! for America’s founder Brigitte Gabriel will be speaking in northern Virginia!

 

Homeland Defense Richard Falknor on 25 Mar 2014

Mosque Outrage: House Contender Howie Lind Joins ACT’s Protest

Today Howie Lind, one of six primary candidates for the Republican nomination for retiring Representative Frank Wolf’s seat in Virginia 10, announced he signed on to ACT! for America’s “An Open Letter to the Leadership of the Virginia General Assembly” here declaring that–

“they should move right away to rescind the unjustified honor that they bestowed on Dar al-Hijrah and replace it with a resolution condemning the mosque’s numerous ties to terrorists and extremists.” (Highlighting Forum’s)

Retired Naval officer Lind here appears to be the only one of these six candidates — delegate Barbara Comstock and delegate Bob Marshall; Howie Lind, Stephen Hollingshead, Marc Savitt, and Rob Wasinger – to have weighed in publicly against the offending resolution “commending” here the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center.

Lind, also a former Defense Department executive, pointed out that–

“It is a deplorable that the Virginia General Assembly has chosen to commend this specific terrorist-affiliated Mosque. Thousands of Americans have given their lives in the aftermath of 9-11, to combat and defeat the very terrorism that has been encouraged in the atmosphere that apparently exists at the Dar Al-Hijrah center.”

Here is the full text of Howie Lind’s release.

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