First things . . . Richard Falknor on 26 Jul 2015
Fearful Times: Conservatives Must Extract Commitments From Members To Fight For Our Survival and Our Liberty When House Begins Summer Vacation Friday
The Iran Deception: A Challenge to the House
Saturday in NRO constitutional scholar and former Federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy declared (click here) “Congress Must Hold Obama Accountable for His Deception Over Iran.”
Author McCarthy explains–
“By lying and withholding information about the agreement, he gives aid and comfort to America’s enemy.”
“The Constitution forbids providing aid and comfort to America’s enemies. And the Framers’ notion that a president would be punishable for deceiving Congress regarding the conduct of foreign affairs meant that lawmakers would be obliged to use their constitutional powers to protect the United States — not merely shriek on cable television as if they were powerless spectators.” (Highlighting Forum’s)
Read all of this powerful and expert post.
And holding the president accountable for the Iran Deception is just the top of the list of urgent actions we should insist on hearing our members address in the August recess!
How Did Our Party In The Congress Arrive In This Mess?
“Finally, Cruz vents the frustration that every Republican voter has felt with Congress since 2010.
CRUZ: There is a pronounced disappointment among the American people, because we keep winning elections, and then we keep getting leaders who don’t do anything they promised. The American people were told, ‘You know, the problem is the Senate. If only we get a Republican majority in the Senate and retire Harry Reid as majority leader, then things will be different.’ What has that majority done? We came back and passed a trillion-dollar Cromnibus plan, filled with pork and corporate welfare.[**] That was the very first thing we did. Then this Republican majority voted to fund Obamacare, voted to fund President Obama’s unconstitutional executive amnesty, and then leadership rammed through the confirmation of Loretta Lynch as attorney general. Madam President, which of those decisions would be one iota difference if Harry Reid were still majority leader? Not a one.”
RUSH: Bingo. It’s exactly right. Now, this was near the tail end of it. Now, the whole thing was a stem-winding barber, and I lost count of the number of times Senator Cruz directly challenged Mitch McConnell as a liar — lying to him personally, lying to the Republican caucus about things.
And if you want to know why Donald Trump is resonating with people — You know, I saw somebody in the Drive-By Media today — maybe it wasn’t — it was somebody at PJ Media, I don’t remember who — made the point (Paraphrasing), “Hey, Trump’s not resonating ’cause he’s Trump. Trump’s resonating ’cause he’s channeling the anger.” Well, how do you separate the two? It is Trump because he’s the only one that is actually behaving in ways Republican voters thought they were gonna get in 2010 and 2012, ’14, and the midterms.” (Highlighting Forum’s)
Later in the program, Rush and senator Cruz have an illuminating exchange live (click here) about Giant Business and the GOP—
“RUSH: Now, you say that this is being done in fealty to lobbyists, K Street, donors and so forth. But let’s face it, what McConnell is doing is advocating for the leftist agenda, is he not? The money may be the reason, but what’s the end result of this?
CRUZ: At the end of the day, you think about who leadership listens to. I was having a conversation with a few senators on the Senate floor last week, and they were saying, has the divide between leadership and the grassroots ever been this wide? And we were all agreeing it wasn’t. And it’s because leadership listens to K Street and Wall Street, it’s the Big Money donors. The actual grassroots conservatives who gave us a majority in both houses, they don’t listen to at all. So can you think of a single priority for a real live conservative that this Senate Republican majority has voted on? It’s all been what the lobbyists care about.
RUSH: Yeah, I know. I know. It’s distressing and it’s dispiriting to a lot of people. Then we wake up today, and we see the Chamber of Commerce threatening unnamed Republicans or conservatives by claiming to take ’em out. ‘Chamber Gearing Up to Take Out GOP Incumbents.’ We all know that that means GOP conservatives. Chamber of Commerce, everybody thinks they’re a bunch of Republicans, Senator.
CRUZ: Well, it’s interesting. The local Chambers of Commerce, the small business people usually are, but the national chamber is just a giant lobbying arm for Big Government handouts to Big Business. And so they are essentially promising to create the crony caucus. Everyone who is in favor of corporate welfare — you know, how is any conservative supposed to credibly take on welfare reform if we’re not willing to stop shoveling billions of dollars to giant corporations? We need to show some consistency here, and people are understandably frustrated because you don’t see people willing to take on the Washington cartel.”
(How many House GOP incumbents do we all know who are endorsed by the national or local chambers? Do these local chambers mirror the national on Big Immigration and Common Core?)
Will Congress (Finally) Exercise The Power Of The Purse To Rein In A Lawless President?
The House of Representatives is preeminent in exercising the power of the purse. The current fiscal year expires on September 30.
There is no indication that this House leadership is making any preparation for a serious fight with the president over money any more than this leadership has ever done, starting in 2011 when they took control of that chamber.
(Angelo Codevilla explains (click here) why “Continuing Appropriations Resolutions Subvert Limited Government” and why we must return to “regular order” in appropriating money.)
A National House GOP Campaign For Pulling Obama’s Purse Strings?
For any such fight over money with the president to be successful, the House leadership will have to tussle with the White House the traditional way — over individual money bills for various parts of the Federal government — and pave the way with a public campaign explaining what their objectives are and why they are important to ordinary Americans, all the while being undercut by senate bosses Mitch McConnell and Harry Reid.
What are just a few of the schemes the House needs to defund in 2016 starting on October 1?
- Daniel Horowitz proposes “An Immigration Solution that Puts Americans First” (click here) including the defunding of some Obama immigration schemes. (We would add at least a temporary defunding of the H-1B visa program until it is cleaned up.)
- Stanley Kurtz explains the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing horror (Obamazone) here — a rule that should be defunded now;
- The Justice Department should be kept on a very short money leash to stop more of their social engineering –“disparate impact,” cultural diversity, and anti-gun activities among others.
We’ll expand our list, but we are sure our readers can do the same.
All of us should catalog likely or current Obama Regime attacks on Christians whether in the military or by the IRS — in programs that could be defunded.
Of course, we won’t get everything this year or even next, but we can defund enough to begin slowing down the Obama Leviathan and thus demoralizing its operatives.
Make Obama Responsible For Any “Shutdown”!
The House leadership will have to play public hardball just like the Left — or perhaps like Mr. Trump — to exercise the power of the purse effectively.
Is this Speaker up to such a task?
The influential Citizens United (click here) polled their 4,025 member national activists and found that–
“If the election for Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives was being held today, would you want your Member of Congress to re-elect John Boehner as Speaker of the House?
Yes, Re-Elect Boehner As House Speaker: 5.6%
No, Don’t Re-Elect Boehner As House Speaker: 90.3%
No Opinion: 3.9%”
So we have–
- a Speaker many conservatives find, to put it charitably, inept;
- a Senate majority leader denounced for lying to his Party colleagues;
- a lawless president who tried to deceive the United States Senate on a supposed “agreement” with an enemy of the United States.
This is no time for the usual GOP chirpy assurances from our House members during this summer recess.
Americans have to insist on blunt in-person exchanges starting next Friday!
Otherwise when the president by executive action soon further limits your Second Amendment rights or further colonizes your backyard with imported citizens of another country, you will have no way to fight back. The Congressional GOP just might deign to pass “show bills” that will never be enacted, but will finally brush you off by promising “only wait for the next [Establishment] Republican president and everything can be fixed.”
** To understand the profound moral corruption of this legislation, see Angelo Codevilla’s searing analysis of the Cromnibus — “Jonathan Gruber Republicans.”