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First things . . . Richard Falknor on 11 Nov 2015

Veterans Day 2015: Preserving Our National Heritage To Guide And Energize Our Next Generations

All our 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.

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.” 

What does this mean for Veterans Day 2015?

It means that not just commemorating but building upon our national heritage — including our military history — will rest even more on the shoulders of American families and patriotic citizens.

For the serious study and appreciation of America’s achievements are increasingly unwelcome in many of our taxpayer-supported schools and colleges.

Keeping Faith With Our Veterans!

Below is what we wrote on November 11, 2011–

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.

First things . . . Richard Falknor on 18 Oct 2015

“Protecting The Institution”? Any New House GOP Leader Must First Exercise The Constitutional Power of the Purse

“Since the Middle Ages, the first and most basic restraint on arbitrary government has been the people’s power to decide how much money the government will spend, and for what purposes. The US Constitution puts it this way: “No money shall be drawn from the Treasury but in consequence of Appropriations made by law” (Art. I sect.9). Nowadays however our bipartisan ruling class limits the Congress’ opportunity to approve, disapprove, or modify what the government does, to voting on ‘Continuing Appropriations Resolutions’ – single, all-inclusive bills crafted behind closed doors. Then it cynically asks the people’s representatives: ‘will you agree to laws no one has read, to programs on the continuation of which you have not voted, and to regulations that haven’t been written yet, or will you shut down the government?‘ This turns democracy into a choice between tyranny and anarchy.” — Angelo Codevilla (Highlighting Forum’s.)

The (presumably outgoing) Speaker declared in his exit statement “My first job as speaker is to protect the institution.”

Unfortunately for America, protecting the House’s powers was what John Boehner signally failed to do since his tenure as Speaker began in January 2011. (Click here, here and here.)

Perhaps the 247 House of Representatives Republican incumbents should first understand the expectations of the many conservative voters (whether GOP or independent) who today see our nation, the Constitution, and the Judaeo-Christian culture in grave danger–

These United States Representatives should put their overall political careers and their incumbency in the Congress second to the urgent needs of the Republic.

A greater expectation is, after all, what the Congress itself has for American fighting men and women every day.

And an even higher standard was what the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence promised in very perilous times: “our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”

Why do we bring this up?

Because the consequences of members doing the right thing now to confront the Obama Regime would be more than a year of pounding by the Big Media, Big Donors, the Chamber of Commerce, an army of consultants and tame pollsters, and snarky leaks from the Beltway GOP.

Hardly as bad as Valley Forge or the Chosin Reservoir, but more grief than many members signed up for when they ran.

But do members think our nation and our liberties and our Judaeo-Christian culture are in less danger today than at the nation’s founding?

House Republicans will shortly choose a new Speaker and, we hope, a new leadership team.

The conservative expectation should be that the new Speaker will not be chosen primarily because he is close to Big Donors and can raise more money for next year’s House election — click here for chapter and verse.

Is this why Paul Ryan, with his fundraising skill, is such an uncritical favorite among many Republican members?

Rather conservatives should expect that the Republican Conference will select a new Speaker and his team who will start fighting the day he is chosen to restore the powers of the people’s chamber.

Derailing Obama’s Priorities

Last summer we listed just a few Obama Transformations of America — money for which the House should cut in the remainder of this new fiscal year–

  • Daniel Horowitz proposed “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 explained the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing horror (suburban “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.

Of course, Planned Parenthood and Obamacare are, properly, already on the conservative defunding menu.

Now still more Obama initiatives emerge which should not receive taxpayer money:

We learn from Leo Hohmann that a New Obama Czar Will Hunt ‘Right-Wing’ Extremists” as well as of the Obama Regime’s “plan to globalize local police departments through the ‘Strong Cities Network.'”

Last Thursday Daniel Horowitz (Conservative Review) tells us of “Limitless Immigration Creating Permanent Democrat Majority.”

As we pointed out last July–

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.

We’ll need a tough, street-wise Speaker to get started on a plan for December 11 when the current Continuing Resolution expires.

The president’s team still has over a year to complete their transformation of America. 

No one should underestimate their discipline or dedication to a very bad vision.

And a very bad but coherent and energetically advanced vision likely beats no coherent vision at all.

For we need an awakening to the existential danger to our country among rank and file House Republican members to derail at least some of the worst Obama schemes.

Again, as we suggested in July — 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 unless the House acts by December 11. The Congressional GOP just might deign to pass “show bills” that will never be enacted, but then will finally brush you off by promising “only wait for the next [Establishment] Republican president and everything can be fixed.”

First things . . . Richard Falknor on 10 Oct 2015

UPDATED! New Speaker Must Fight Obama’s Transformation of America

UPDATE October 11 — Donald Trump: Paul Ryan ‘Far from First Choice’ for Speaker of the HouseElegantly put!

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Last month before the outgoing Speaker announced his coming departure, we wrote of the need for–

a new kind of Speaker with a new leadership team — a Speaker with vision on both domestic and defense matters — who can rally the country behind the House when that chamber challenges both a lawless president (with fifteen plus months remaining), and a deeply flawed Senate leadership.
In short, a fighting American statesman who will reclaim the constitutional powers of the House.” 

Now, the unexpected withdrawal from the Speaker’s race (to succeed John Boehner) of Californian Kevin McCarthy has thrown the Washington Cartel (senator Ted Cruz’ phrase) into “chaos” (the Cartel’s word) as they scramble for a “reliable” substitute for the gentleman from Bakersfield.

By reliable, we mean responsive to mega-donors.

The Case of Paul Ryan

[There is] “…nobody in modern politics whose record and true priorities are more divorced from their rhetoric and public perception” –Daniel Horowitz.

As readers know, today’s GOP Establishment flavor for Speaker is Representative Paul Ryan.

Unfortunately, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump here — who should have been better advised — was unaware of Mr. Ryan’s open-borders record, or The Donald would not have given him what appears to be a pass.

Mr. Trump has gained his national following partly through his strong work on immigration policy obviously with guidance from senator Jeff Sessions.

But as Breitbart’s Julia Hahn noted yesterday in her ‘Vote For Paul Ryan Is Vote For Amnesty’: Luis Gutierrez Endorses Paul Ryan For Speaker–

“Gutierrez and Paul Ryan have been longtime partners on efforts to open Americans borders. Indeed, Paul Ryan is arguably the most pro-amnesty GOP lawmaker in Congress, and even supports expanding immigration levels beyond many Democrats.” (Highlighting Forum’s.)

Conservative Review’s Daniel Horowitz penned a searing indictment of Mr. Ryan policies–

“But no issue is more foundational to our survival than the issue of borders and immigration.  Yet, there is nobody around in the party who is more fanatically dedicated to the cause of open borders than Paul Ryan.  Whereas most others could be talked off the ledge on this issue, Ryan is a true believer.(Highlighting Forum’s.)

Perhaps in this case, we are fortunate that Ann Coulter will likely explain Mr. Ryan’s serious policy shortcomings to Donald Trump.

Why Is The Outcome Of This Speaker Race So Crucial Today?

Conservatives understand that this Speaker race is not some insider personality competition, but a decision about restoring the role of the House of Representatives in a time when our sovereignty, our freedom, and our culture are all under siege.

We shall later this week delve into the “power of the purse” — and why you (and your own House member) must understand its history through Angelo Codevilla’s explanation — Continuing Appropriations Resolutions Subvert Limited Government!

As you make up your mind about what you expect in the next Speaker, consider also the ten recommendations of the October 2 VISION FOR NEW CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP published by CitizensUnited and signed by 55 conservative leaders.

Stay tuned!

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Readers may wish to revisit two of our earlier pertinent posts–

Congress Back: Boehner Enables An Increasingly Dangerous Obama–Rep Mark Meadows Helping Advance A New Team

Fearful Times: Conservatives Must Extract Commitments From Members To Fight For Our Survival and Our Liberty When House Begins Summer Vacation Friday

First things . . . Richard Falknor on 01 Oct 2015

Tammany McConnell’s Attacks on Cruz Are Attacks On The Institution of The U.S. Senate

Tammany Tiger Cartoon

GOP Leadership to Conservative Base (Drawing by Thomas Nast)

Hear Mark Levin sum up Mitch McConnell’s disgrace via The Right Scoop – – click here and scroll to audio.

For the record, read Ted Cruz’ indictment of the US Senate leadership! (at S6967).

from RedState 2011 by Kelila Horowitz

— from RedState 2011 by Kelila Horowitz

2014 Virginia Senate candidate Ed Gillespie now reportedly running for Virginia governor must be a pal of Mitch McConnell — “Top senators, lobbyists to help Ed Gillespie recoup lost money”.

So does the good Mr. Gillespie agree with senator McConnell’s schemes to “quarantine” senator Ted Cruz. Is this Ed’s approach to governing?

 

 

First things . . . Richard Falknor on 15 Sep 2015

Not Enough Just To Replace John Boehner — A New GOP House Leadership Team Oriented To America’s Survival!

UPDATE SEPTEMBER 16!  FPM’s Daniel Greenfield: How Obama Bullies a Weak Republican Congress
“You get a banana republic by starting with a dictator.”
. . . . . . . . .
“Meanwhile gun control is coming up. Here Obama intends to take on not just Congress, but the Supreme Court. And it’s an issue where the anti coalition has remained strong and intact. It’s an anti coalition that also includes plenty of Democrats. The Iran Deal is a political appetizer for the real ugliness that’s coming. And if the Republican Congress doesn’t figure out how to take on Obama effectively, it’s going to pave the way for the base to embrace those who do.”
(Highlighting Forum’s.)

The forces driving the Trump Candidacy will shape the House of Representatives too! (Better now than an angry reckoning at election time.)

By forces, we mean the exasperation of our GOP base — as well as of working-class Americans of all ethnicities –with what Ted Cruz aptly calls the Washington Cartel and its way of doing business.

Rush Limbaugh put it this way yesterday in his “Memo to the Inside-the-Beltway GOP: Trump Is Popular Because He’s Not You”

“There is conservative literature all over the place, but there’s no action behind it. There’s no fight for it.  When’s the last time Obama was stopped at anything?  When was the last time anybody even made a serious attempt at stopping any of this?  It’s really not hard to figure any of this out, unless you literally don’t see it.”
. . . . . . . . . .
“because clearly there isn’t any Republican opposition in Washington that can be spotted.  The thing Trump has going for him, whatever else you might want to add to the list: None of his fingerprints are on any of the stuff that has happened that people are angry at, opposed to — and, frankly, scared of.” (Highlighting Forum’s.)

And yesterday Breitbart’s  Matthew Boyle in his Exclusive: GOP Push Against Boehner Leadership Reaches Critical Number declared–

“The significance of a 29th Republican joining the opposition Boehner can’t be understated.
This means that if all members of the House are present and voting should the motion to remove Boehner as Speaker come up for a vote—and no Democrats vote for Boehner—those seeking to ouster Boehner have reached the bare minimum threshold necessary to remove him as Speaker of the House.”

But Boyle also quotes Alabama’s Representative Mo Brooks–

“I have seen nothing that suggests to me that someone from the conservative 25 percent or third of the GOP conference can muster the votes with this GOP conference to win the nomination in the GOP conference for a GOP leadership position.”

This might well have been true last January.

The Trumpian Revolution Reaches Beyond the Race For President

But now as the GOP Establishment comes under increasing fire — The Republican establishment is in DEEP trouble says the Washington Post’s todaythe 2/3 of non-conservative House Republicans Mr. Brooks speaks of could emerge from their bubble and become a vigorous and confrontational opposition to the Obama Regime.

But this will require the leadership of a new kind of Speaker with a new leadership team — a Speaker with vision on both domestic and defense matters — who can rally the country behind the House when that chamber challenges both a lawless president (with fifteen plus months remaining), and a deeply flawed Senate leadership.

In short, a fighting American statesman who will reclaim the constitutional powers of the House. 

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What should the House defund and why and how? (In addition to Planned Parenthood.)

See our posts below —

Congress Back: Boehner Enables An Increasingly Dangerous Obama–Rep Mark Meadows Helping Advance A New Team

Fearful Times: Conservatives Must Extract Commitments From Members To Fight For Our Survival and Our Liberty When House Begins Summer Vacation Friday

Conservatives should “Read, Mark, Learn, and Inwardly Digest” Angelo Codevilla’s magisterial guidance, Continuing Appropriations Resolutions Subvert Limited Government.

First things . . . Richard Falknor on 06 Sep 2015

Congress Back: Boehner Enables An Increasingly Dangerous Obama–Rep Mark Meadows Helping Advance A New Team

We are writing today about the necessity beginning this month to use the power of the purse to slow the Obama Regime’s now-accelerating transformation of our country; about how the current Speaker of the House is unwilling (and incapable) of effectively leading such an appropriations fight; and about the recent work of Representative Mark Meadows in trying to make possible the election of a new leader in the House.

The Congress returns to work in Washington, D. C., Tuesday, the day after tomorrow.

This fiscal year ends on the 30th of this month.

And the current Republican Congressional Leadership apparently plans another “Cromnibus” (click here) this time for FY 2016 — likely aiding favored interests.  They fear the dread “shutdown” for which the president in reality would be responsible, but this inept GOP leadership apparently trembles at trying to make that case.

from RedState 2011 by Kelila Horowitz

— from RedState 2011 by Kelila Horowitz

The House GOP leadership in particular has no plans to use that chamber’s historic power of the purse** to disable the growing number of the Obama Regime’s “transformations” which threaten our liberties and, in the case of the Iran Deal, very possibly our lives.

As most of us have observed, this Boehner Cabal avoids serious confrontations with the president, and “works” diligently (if quietly) to advance their own goals, which are neither the priorities of the GOP base, nor of independent conservatives, nor of working-class Americans.

Lamentably, most GOP Representatives have gone along with the Boehner Cabal.

Here are the Liberty Scores of Maryland and Virginia Republican House members. Only Dave Brat has an outstanding score, and only Andy Harris a passing one. Special kudos, moreover, for Harris and Brat:  both voted (among only 19 Republicans) against the Iran-Deal-facilitating*** Corker-Cardin bill.

What Must Be Defunded Now – In Addition To Planned Parenthood?

We offer below a sample of new Obama Regime rules and initiatives that should be defunded now —  before they develop a powerful “constituency” of special interests, such as Obamacare has had from the very beginning.

Faithful readers will recall the proposals we spelled out at the end of July (highlighting added)–

“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.”

And how should a new House GOP Leadership fight the FY 2016 appropriations battle with the Obama Regime? As we wrote last July–

“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.”

Revisit all of our July 26, 2015 post “Fearful Times” here!

Don’t miss senator Ted Cruz’ and Rush Limbaugh’s comments on the maleficent influence of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Yesterday Breitbart’s  Matthew Boyle in hisExclusive — Behind the Scenes with John Boehner’s Worst Nightmare: Mark Meadows Launches Mission to Fix Broken Congress” reports–

“MORGANTON, North Carolina — Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) ’s worst nightmare is on the rise here in rural North Carolina. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) is gaining steam as a clearly coordinated, highly orchestrated effort to remove Boehner as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives—and fix a broken Congress that no longer represents the wishes of the American people—comes into much clearer focus.
Meadows invited Breitbart News to accompany him on a district visit, and the concerns he discussed with his constituents offer a microcosm of the issues America wants Congress to address. Everyone here agrees: John Boehner needs to go as Speaker of the House, and Mark Meadows is doing something about that.” (Highlighting Forum’s)

The buck stops with all of us, then, to get our House leadership replaced right away with statesmen who can exercise that chamber’s historic and Constitutional power of the purse . . . and maybe even more.

Otherwise when the president by executive action soon further limits your First or Second Amendment rights or redesigns your suburbs or further colonizes your backyard with imported “migrants” of another country, there will be no way to fight back.  The current House 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 (in nearly seventeen months) and everything can be fixed.”

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** Conservatives should “Read, Mark, Learn, and Inwardly Digest” Angelo Codevilla’s magisterial guidance, Continuing Appropriations Resolutions Subvert Limited Government.

*** Andrew McCarthy writes here “in order to get the Corker bill across the finish line with White House support, Republican leadership provided Democrats with astonishing help….McCarthy’s analysis of the Corker scheme casts doubt on the vigilance and judgment of every Republican member voting for it.

First things . . . Richard Falknor on 31 Aug 2015

“Donald Trump ‘No Compromise’ Tour” in Virginia —- October 16 Trump National Golf Club in Sterling!

UPDATE SEPTEMBER 1! Howie Lind reports today –“The event that was publicized for a Donald Trump appearance on October 16th has been cancelled. However, there will be an authorized Northern Virginia event for Donald Trump in the very near future, at an approved location and at no charge for the public. As the exact details are available for that event, we will get more information to you. In the meantime, encourage your neighbors and friends to join the campaign to ‘Make America Great Again!'”

And our advice . . . look to a vigorous Trump campaign in Virginia.  Stay tuned!

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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.”

continuing–

“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?

On Friday Rush Limbaugh replayed a floor speech by senator Ted Cruz, summing up (click here) conservative frustrations with the Senate GOP — which frustrations (except for the Lynch confirmation) could as easily apply to the House of Representatives–
“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!

Do so through your local GOP committees, Tea Parties, or by starting a statewide conservative group (here and here).

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.”

 

 

 

First things . . . Richard Falknor on 05 Jul 2015

Codevilla Strikes Again: “Standing Up to the Ruling Class”

Codevilla: “Typically, however, people who live under unaccountable power follow fashion publicly and keep to family and friends such opinions as can get them in trouble. Crouching protectively, they secede from the regime individually. Thus lacking confidence in the future, they hollow out the country. America used to be an exception. No more. The official opposition in the Obama era — the Republican party’s leadership — now leads ordinary citizens in self-censorship, further convincing us that our dissent is lonely and futile. But to approve of officious lies, thereby tacitly normalizing unaccountable power, is to become worthy of it. As the great Solzhenitsyn reminds us, the sine qua non of liberty is refusal to live by lies.” (Highlighting Forum’s.)

Many readers will recall Angelo Codevilla’s magisterial 2010 American Spectator article “America’s Ruling Class —And the Perils of Revolution” (click here). 

Through this article and follow-on posts, Codevilla has sharpened the political understanding of many American conservatives.

This July 4th weekend, Codevilla published a new, telling post, “Standing Up to the Ruling Class”(click here), this time in National Review on Line, on our even more serious perils and how to combat them.

“The Practical Problem”

 Codevilla urges a nationwide movement of resistance —

“The practical problem in America has been that when the ruling class trains its united wrath against persons in any one sector — e.g., supporters of marriage as the dictionary and the law have defined it, or those who support economic probity or the right to keep and bear arms — the general public quietly stands by. No longer accustomed to speaking together, Americans hang separately. For the members of the public to transcend their isolation enough to threaten the ruling class’s hold on the commanding heights of American society would require a nationwide movement with which disparate individuals could identify, and which could encourage them to join together and speak up. Typically, such movements are associated with presidential campaigns.” (Highlighting Forum’s.)

Codevilla follows up on his presidential campaign plan —

“In our time, if a candidate were to challenge his opponents to bare-knuckle, Lincoln–Douglas sessions, his example might lead fellow citizens to reject the combination of poisonous sloganeering and of dominance, submissiveness, and corruption that now passes for politics.” (Highlighting Forum’s.)

But whose campaign?  

Donald Trump is forcing a public discussion of the vastly underestimated threats of Big Immigration and porous borders, and of our self-defeating trading practices.

As Rush explains — Trump Stands Up to Cowardice”.

Ted Cruz has a deep grasp of the Constitution that one might even call Lincolnesque.

Jeffrey Lord in the Conservative Review does a fine Cruz Interview Exclusive: A Time for Truth–

“And right there is the problem that the conservative base of the GOP has long since come to believe is the core problem with the Washington Republican establishment. The issues come and go. Defunding Obamacare. Raising the debt ceiling. Challenging a Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage. Whatever. The intent is to manage the policies set by the left, never to challenge them – much less defeat them. Said Cruz to CR: The GOP establishment is ‘listening to lobbyists. There is a reason why Wall Street says they would be happy with either Bush or Clinton.'” (Highlighting Forum’s.)

Cruz, unlike almost all other GOP politicians save for Jeff Sessions, can put complex constitutional issues into plain (and accurate) words.

One of the most valuable narratives in Cruz’ book is his expose of how Republican United States senators dissemble.

Every state or county GOP leader should speak out about the level of national GOP deception Cruz reveals.

But, from a broader conservative point of view, the Texas senator needs to work hard to come to a better mind on immigration. (Click on the two foregoing links.)

It’s not as if we were discussing the right position on an ethanol mandate or even the Export-Import Bank both of which are certainly deplorable.

Immigration– whether legal or illegal, or via under-the public-radar refugee program — is an existential threat which, without assimilation, might easily replace our people and our culture.

Unfortunately senator Jeff Sessions is not running for national office.  His emphasis on a “humble and honest populism” (click here) has few if any adherents among the GOP Ruling Class.

How many times have you heard your local GOP apparatchik talking about reaching out specifically to working-class Americans?

For conservatives, Bush, Romney, and Rubio are not serious national leaders: “Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney Join Marco Rubio In Attacking Donald Trump Over Immigration Comments: ‘A Severe Error’”

As Breitbart’s Matthew Boyle declares Adios, Marco: Ann Coulter’s New Book Shreds Rubio Credibility.

But back to basics — read all Codevilla’s July 4 post here.

Angelo Codevilla reminds us how the Ruling Class does it–

“The ruling class’s component groups jointly dismiss America’s traditional liberties because they aim to replace them with their own primacy. Having seized the power to redefine liberty, our rulers tighten their definitions around their opponents’ necks like nooses. Since their desire for primacy has no limit, they can’t stop tightening. The norms that they demand that we honor help sustain each constituency by letting its members feel good about themselves while looking down on others.” (Highlighting Forum’s.)

Codevilla’s July 4th essay is a liberating perspective not found elsewhere.

Stay tuned!

First things . . . Richard Falknor on 04 Jul 2015

A July 4th Prayer In These Times Of Growing Peril!

A Collect for Independence Day

 

--Elliott Banfield, Claremont Review

–Elliott Banfield, Claremont Review

“O ETERNAL God, through whose mighty power our fathers won their liberties of old; Grant, we beseech thee, that we and all the people of this land may have grace to maintain these liberties in righteousness and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”
— 1928 Book of Common Prayer

(Reposted from 2014 as the dangers to our nation multiply.)

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