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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!

Leviathan Richard Falknor on 10 Feb 2014

Halting Rogue Policing: An Urgent Task for Conservative Activists

“The security of one’s family and property against misuse of state power must always be a central conservative concern.” — Blue Ridge Forum
I am not clear that it is good for a society that the persons in it become accustomed to being arrested. The dark aspect of this development is that we seem no longer to think much of it. George Orwell, of course, kept insisting that oppression comes on little cat’s feet, and that once it has happened it no longer seems like oppression.”Daniel P. Moynihan 1966 (Highlighting Forum’s.)

Last Tuesday Radley Balko published here a troubling article in the Washington Post –“Scenes from a militarized America: Iowa family ‘terrorized.’”

Author Balko urged–

“Watch this video, taken from a police raid in Des Moines, Iowa. Send it to some people. When critics (like me) warn about the dangers of police militarization, this is what we’re talking about.”

Grant Rodgers of the Des Moines Register reports here that “UPDATE: Lawyer reviewing case involving Ankeny police’s handling of search warrant.”

Rodgers’ post also includes the police perspective on the raid.

Here at the Blue Ridge Forum we have been writing about concerns over rogue policing in Maryland, Virginia, and around the country — as well as over-criminalization at the Federal level — for some time.

As we explained last July 13–                      

“Between 2000 and 2007, the United States Congress created 452 entirely new crimes, a rate of over one new crime every week
Readers will recall that the GOP controlled one or both houses of the Congress from 1995 to 2007, and again from 2011 to the present.  The Federal government influences state and local police practices in myriad ways. reports one analyst. Another Heritage expert notes ‘the data indicate that Congress creates more criminal offenses in election years
A symptom of the unexamined ‘law-and-order’ mindset seems to be the willful blindness of politicians to rogue policing at all levels of government. 
We also suspect that this uncritical ‘law-and-order’ mindset has inhibited many policymakers and journalists from spotlighting abuses.
Whether addressing the reckless use of SWAT teams (originally narrowly tailored for grave threats), or exposing ‘casual’ police abuse of ordinary citizens — conservatives need to contrive ways to bring police to give first priority to the life, liberty, property, and security within their own homes, of those they are sworn to protect.” (Highlighting added.)

Most alarming is Radley Balko’s current report that – –

“At least one federal appeals court has now ruled that under the Fourth Amendment, there’s nothing unreasonable about using a SWAT team to perform regulatory inspections. To be fair, two others have ruled that such tactics are not reasonable. But it’s concerning that this would even be up for debate.”

Here is “An [2006] interactive map of botched SWAT and paramilitary police raids, released in conjunction with the Cato policy paper “Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids.

Local and state politicians are unlikely to advance any reforms unless citizen activists band together to study the record of any local and state abuses, then lobby for safeguards. 

On August 15, 2008 after the invasion of the home of mayor Cheye Calvo of Berwyn Heights, Maryland, we offered here the following —

  • “We suggest the attorneys-general of Maryland and Virginia should develop sensible state-wide guidelines for the use of SWAT teams along the lines originally intended. They should hold public hearings to illustrate the dimensions of the current SWAT problem in their respective states and weigh possible remedies.
  • “As Mr. [Radley] Balko has written: ‘L.A. police chief Darryl Gates invented the [SWAT] concept in the 1960s shortly after the Watts riots. Gates wanted an elite team of police who could defuse dangerous situations like riots, hostage-takings, or bank robberies. For about a decade, that’s how SWAT teams were used, and they performed marvelously.’
  • “Conservatives should seek Congressional review of Federal SWAT team employment, and the extent of past and current Federal SWAT subsidies to local police departments. Critics suggest this Federal help (including large quantities of ‘surplus military gear’) is responsible for the ‘mission creep’ of SWAT teams.
  • “This is rather a tale of blind Federal largesse here to local police departments. It is a story of pork gone rancid.”
  • “Gun owners might consider this extract from the Cato white paper [Overkill]: ‘Police say that [one suspect’s] concealed-carry permit indicated he was potentially dangerous, which necessitated the involvement of the SWAT team.’” (Highlighting added.)

The foregoing suggestions were just a start to help turn around this freedom-menacing police trend.

Readers can find — for their quick reference — our closely related posts:

UPDATED! Will Virginia’s Next AG Address SWAT Rules & Police Militarization?
Guns: Citizens vs. Inept Cops; SWAT Fixations of Militarized Police
Strengthening SWAT-Use Reporting: In Maryland, and Nationally
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.”
         ADD-ON FOR THE RECORD! Latest SWATtings Target Congressman Mike Rogers and CNN Anchor Wolf Blitzer” here from Liberty Chick via Breitbart April 29, 2013.

Leviathan Richard Falknor on 07 Dec 2013

Overpass Media: Obama Lawlessness Inspiring MD State Police?

This morning former Federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy reviewed here the impeachable lawlessness of president Barack Obama.

Last Thursday officers of the Maryland State Police rousted two Tea Partiers who had been displaying “Merry Christmas” banners from their usual overpass site on Brooklyn Bridge Road, over I-95 northbound near Laurel in Maryland.

Their message is at least two-fold: this Tea Party is a stalwart in the culture war; they stand with all Americans who want to maintain — and restore where necessary — our traditional values.

“The War on Christmas Continues, Maryland 2013”

Organizer Ed Hunter (email him here) gives us his YouTube take (note: the hard action starts at 2:17) on what happened last Thursday (Click on YouTube for full screen.)

Some background:

Here is a picture of these Tea Partiers displaying their Christmas banner on November 29.

Below are links to our posts on earlier Overpass Media messages on urgent public concerns.

This YouTube properly cites the U. S. Constitution. Readers might also want to review the relevant provisions of the Maryland Declaration of Rights.

Will the Maryland State Police leadership give its officers instruction on respecting constitutional safeguards for free political speech and assembly?

Leviathan Richard Falknor on 27 Oct 2013

Today’s Fundraising vs. Lawmaking, Oversight & Investigations; Seeking Transparency On One Virginia “Leadership PAC”

Last Wednesday we wrote here about Peter Schweizer’s new book “Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets.

Reagan admirer and chronicler Schweizer spotlighted a number of concerns about what he calls the “underground economy” of campaign money.

Yesterday Breitbart’s Wynton Hall elaborated here in his post “Schweizer Says DC ‘Just Like the Mob, Except It’s Legal’”–

“’If problems are being solved, if things are going smoothly and things are being fixed, a lot of people are not going to give. The party establishments and the political leaders from both sides are collaborating a lot more than they let on,’ explained Schweizer.
‘It’s a little bit like professional wrestling,’ he continued. ‘For somebody who’s never seen it who comes from a foreign country and first watches it, they think these guys in the ring in spandex actually really hate each other.’
‘But, of course, after you watch it for a while you realize that they’re in business together and that there’s money to be made by hyping this sense of conflict, this sense of drama,’ Schweizer explained. ‘I think the same thing applies in Washington, DC.’”

First things first . . .

Last Wednesday we also emphasized

But our instant concern should be fixing the Beltway GOP.

We can’t get the national course correction we need unless the GOP Congressional Leadership is devoted to right-sizing government, and legislating properly — without vast grants of authority to the Administrative Branch and without enormous ‘continuing resolutions’ that only specialists and lobbyists understand. 

After reading Hoover Institution Fellow Schweizer’s Extortion, it is impossible to believe that the Congressional GOP leadership ever thinks about pulling back the reach of Federal power in a serious way.

For how could they continue to raise big money?

Problems with Leadership PACs

Schweizer wrote in Extortion-

“But a leadership PAC is different [from a traditional campaign committee]. Leadership PACs are ostensibly about raising money to help political colleagues hold and win seats. But the FEC has few restrictions on how these monies can be used and does not restrict the ‘personal use’ of such funds…. To be sure, some leadership PACs do devote a substantial portion of their funds to helping elect members of  Congress. Yet many of them spend most of their money on events in swanky five-start resorts, food, and entertainment. Here are some of the unwritten rules about how politicians use leadership PAC money. First, ‘retreats,’ ‘strategic planning sessions,’ and other events never occur at a Hampton Inn or a Holiday Inn. They are almost exclusively held at five-star resorts that feature golf and high-end spas.” – Peter Schweizer  (Highlighting Forum’s.)

Breitbart’s Wynton Hall declared last Monday–

“the leadership PACs are usually not used for re-election efforts and instead serve as a ‘crony piggy bank’ used to ‘dole out favors’ and ‘buy votes.’ In discussing the 60 Minutes exposé that revealed ‘what is going on with leadership PAC corruption,’ which Hall described as ‘one of the dirtiest little secrets in Washington,’ he said that though the PACs are supposedly meant to help ‘members of your party,’ there are ‘sneaky loopholes’ that allow lawmakers to have ‘lifestyle upgrades’ that are ‘eye-opening.’. . . .  As 60 Minutes detailed, ‘nearly every congressman and senator has a leadership PAC, not just the leaders. And they are used to solicit contributions from friends and supporters in order to advance their political agendas, their careers and, in many cases, their lifestyle.’. . . .” (Highlighting Forum’s.)

The Good Fund & The Homestead

As we began our review of the Leadership PAC (The Good Fund) of a senior Virginia House member, Bob Goodlatte, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and a key player in the national struggle over Giant Amnesty, a $68,481.26 expenditure on August 14, 2013 at The Homestead in Virginia caught our attention.

Mr. Goodlatte filed this amount as “Fundraising Event Expenses.”

Click here for the FEC filing for the The Good Fund including this event.

Of course, this was during last August’s recess presumably enabling House GOP members to spend some quality time with the grass roots.

So what are the facts about The Good Fund’s costly August 14 event here at the Homestead?

We emailed the following questions to Mr. Goodlatte’s press aide before noon on Friday–

  • What contributors and likely contributors were present at this “Fundraising Event”?
  • What companies or organizations did they represent?
  • What Virginia state, county, or other local officials — including state legislators – – were present?
  • What family members, if any, of any such officials or state legislators were present?
  • What other members of the Congress were present?
  • What family members, if any, of any such national legislators were present?
  • What family members, if any, of Mr. Goodlatte were present?
  • What staff members — and former staff members — of Mr. Goodlatte were present?
  • The duration, e.g., one day, two days, etc., of this “Fundraising Event”?

So why all the questions?

Because this August 14 event was a very expensive one, held in a top-of-the-line place, under the sponsorship of a key Congressional player in a national struggle over the future face of America.

We also looked to see what campaign contributions came to Mr. Goodlatte’s Good Fund here and his traditional campaign committee here around August 14 and in September.

We draw readers’ attention to–

  • Good Fund contributor “Darden Restaurants” ($4000) here which organization clearly favors some kind of amnesty (click here and scroll down);
  • Good Fund contributor hereU.S. TRAVEL ASSOCIATION PAC” ($5000) whose chief here  “praised President Obama’s comments at the White House Thursday calling for a renewed focus on immigration reform”;
  • “Bob Goodlatte for Congress Committee” here contributor Mark Isakowitz who is a lead lobbyist here for Mark Zuckerberg and what Politico calls his “immigration reform” advocacy.

It is up to the grass roots of Virginia’s Sixth Congressional District to follow up on questions about The Good Fund — and to find out exactly where Representative Goodlatte stands on amnesty and whether he would first secure the war zone that is now so much of our border with Mexico.

But whatever their stand on amnesty, these Virginians should know the details of The Good Fund’s activities — and how chairman Goodlatte’s plain words position on amnesty relates to the positions of his large contributors on this searing national question.

Taking A More Constructive Path . . .

Our hope is that Mr. Goodlatte, as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, would rather turn his resources and attention to investigating the Administration protection racket that Peter Schweizer exposes–

“Obama’s ‘Protection Money’: How the Obama Administration targeted industries for criminal investigation but chose not to pursue key political donors.”

Stay tuned.

Leviathan Richard Falknor on 23 Oct 2013

UPDATED! A Rosetta Stone To Understand The Permanent Political Class: “Extortion”

UPDATE OCTOBER 25, 2013 Lou Dobbs (click here): “Extortion a part of politics in DC? — Extortion’ author Peter Schweizer on the tactics used by politicians to get money from industries and donors.”

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A Rosetta Stone To Understand The Permanent Political Class: “Extortion”

Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets, Peter Schweizer, 2013.
“We also need to recognize that in Washington today corruption is driven more by extortion than by bribery. The power equation in Washington has shifted from buyers to sellers of influence” – Peter Schweizer

We have just finished eyeballing our Kindle version of this eye-opening guide to the way the Permanent Political Class muscles productive America. 

As the jacket blurb says –

“*Obama’s ‘Protection Money’: How the Obama Administration targeted industries for criminal investigation but chose not to pursue key political donors.
 *John Boehner’s ‘Tollbooth’: How the Speaker of the House extracts money by soliciting political donations before he will hold crucial votes on the House floor.
 *The ‘Slush Fund’: How politicians extract ‘campaign contributions’ and then convert them to bankroll lavish lifestyles complete with limos, private jets, golf at five-star resorts, fine wines, and cash for family members.
 *Capitol Hill’s ‘Underground Economy’: How congressmen use a little-known loophole that allows them to secretly link their votes to cash.
 Extortion finally makes clear why Congress is so dysfunctional: it’s all about making money, not making law.”

We learn even more about how the Hard Left operates. Extortion looks closely at the Obama-Holder Justice Department and the Big-Harry-Reid-Machine.

But our instant concern should be fixing the Beltway GOP.

We can’t get the national course correction we need unless the GOP Congressional Leadership is devoted to right-sizing government, and legislating properly — without vast grants of authority to the Administrative Branch and without enormous ‘continuing resolutions’ that only specialists and lobbyist understand. 

After reading Hoover Institution Fellow Schweizer’s Extortion, it is impossible to believe that the Congressional GOP leadership ever thinks about pulling back the reach of Federal power in a serious way.

For how could they continue to raise big money?

The Shame of Leadership PACs

“But a leadership PAC is different [from a traditional campaign committee]. Leadership PACs are ostensibly about raising money to help political colleagues hold and win seats. But the FEC has few restrictions on how these monies can be used and does not restrict the ‘personal use’ of such funds…. To be sure, some leadership PACs do devote a substantial portion of their funds to helping elect members of  Congress. Yet many of them spend most of their money on events in swanky five-start resorts, food, and entertainment. Here are some of the unwritten rules about how politicians use leadership PAC money. First, ‘retreats,’ ‘strategic planning sessions,’ and other events never occur at a Hampton Inn or a Holiday Inn. They are almost exclusively held at five-star resorts that feature golf and high-end spas.” – Peter Schweizer  (Highlighting Forum’s.)

Tony Lee at Breitbart here sums up his colleagues Sunday evening take on the abuse of Leadership PACS.

“[Wynton] Hall said the leadership PACs are usually not used for re-election efforts and instead serve as a ‘crony piggy bank’ used to ‘dole out favors’ and ‘buy votes.’ In discussing the 60 Minutes exposé that revealed ‘what is going on with leadership PAC corruption,’ which Hall described as ‘one of the dirtiest little secrets in Washington,’ he said that though the PACs are supposedly meant to help ‘members of your party,’ there are ‘sneaky loopholes’ that allow lawmakers to have ‘lifestyle upgrades’ that are ‘eye-opening.’. . . .  As 60 Minutes detailed, ‘nearly every congressman and senator has a leadership PAC, not just the leaders. And they are used to solicit contributions from friends and supporters in order to advance their political agendas, their careers and, in many cases, their lifestyle.’. . . .  According to the 60 Minutes investigation, there are reportedly ‘75 members of Congress who have hired members of their family to work on their campaign and paid them with political contributions.’ For instance, former Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) had ‘six family members on the campaign payroll — daughter, daughter’s mother in-law, three grandchildren and a grandchild in-law.’ He paid them ‘a total of $304,000 over the past two election cycles.’” (Highlighting Forum’s.)

Tea Partiers will want to identify here the Leadership PACs of GOP House members in their states.

Enter the name of a Leadership PAC of interest here  and follow the links to see a PAC’s detailed disbursements.

Of course, while not every GOP member misuses his Leadership PAC, they are certainly an open invitation to civic sin.

GOP Leadership & The Underground Interplay of Campaign Funds

For conservatives digesting the lessons of Extortion, many questions come to mind: 

  • How did what Schweizer describes as an “Underground Washington Economy” or interplay of campaign funds shape the actions of the GOP Leadership on Obamacare in their last-minute and obviously reluctant confrontation with the White House? Was it a big money-raising opportunity to squeeze those business interests who opposed a shutdown?
  • How will this campaign-funds interplay affect the progress of Giant Amnesty in the House? Since the patriotic immigration-enforcement voices have relatively little money, will the House GOP leadership keeping shaking down for contributions big employers seeking cheap labor?
  • How has this interplay stifled the effort to get a special House panel to investigate Benghazi, to look into Al Jazeera broadcasting in America, and to ask Inspectors General to check out Islamist influence in national-security agencies? Since the folks seeking better national security are not wealthy “marks,” who is ponying up and how much for the other side?

Will this underground interplay of campaign funds keep being used to buy off any effort to change the House GOP leadership?

For Peter Schweizer also reminds us that–

“FEC records indicate that Speaker of the House John Boehner, facing a challenge for his position in early 2013, likewise used the transfer of campaign donations to certain members of Congress to shore up support from those who might be inclined to vote against him.”

There is much more in “Extortion” — including the author’s recommendations for curing some of these campaign-money problems  . . . stay tuned!

Leviathan Richard Falknor on 20 Oct 2013

VIDEO ‘Overpass Media’ After-Shutdown-Message Resonates Strongly

Last Friday between 2:30 and 6 PM, four Maryland Tea Partiers – soon joined by nearby supporters rotating in and out – on Brooklyn Bridge Road over I-95 northbound near Laurel in Maryland – displayed a banner (below) with a new message: “Honk — America vs. Obama — No Surrender”

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Organizer Ed Hunter estimated 30,000 cars must have seen the message.

But this video click here shows the eye-opening positive response to this stalwart after-“shutdown” grass-roots message.

Apparently the Bi-Partisan Establishment and Conservatism, Inc. did not get word about the outrage of Main Street and Blue Collar people over the failure of the Political Class to speak for ordinary Americans last week.

Independent entrepreneur Hunter reported that the Maryland State Police came by several times, and were courteous and respectful.  Maryland delegate Michael Smigiel, Hunter adds, has been an invaluable advocate and counselor protecting Tea Partiers’ free-political-speech rights in the Old Line State.

Leviathan Richard Falknor on 07 Oct 2013

The “Shutdown” Is THE Battleground To Defeat Obamacare

“Thirty years ago, a ‘right-wing extremist’ was someone who thought people should be allowed to keep their own money.  Now it’s someone who thinks people should be allowed to make their own health-care decisions.  A few years from now, the ‘right-wing extremists’ might be people who think we should have a legislative branch.  If you love liberty, today is the right time to fight ObamaCare. You really don’t want to know what transformed Americans in the years ahead will be willing to settle for.John Hayward (Highlighting Forum’s)
“This law is going to destroy America and everything in America, and we need to stop it.” – Representative Paul Broun

 Obamacare is THE issue in the ‘shutdown’ – and one menacing many Americans right now:  loss of current insurance, loss of long-standing physicians, loss of access to specialized medical care, to start with.

As we wrote last Monday, the pain Obamacare is inflicting — or will inflict — on the American people is well documented:  job losses; ‘rationing’ by death panels disguised with bureaucratic names like IPAB; the consequences of the invasion of their medical privacy; and, most important, the loss of basic freedoms in all matters relating to health care.

Click here for a current list of Heritage exposes on Obamacare.

But here are some matters which our own ‘shutdown’ or ‘slowdown’ message should not focus on: whether the Speaker appears sufficiently open to ‘compromise,’ schemes for ‘revenue-neutral’ tax reform sometime in the distant future, the repeal of the medical-device tax, minimalist entitlement reform as an emblem of bi-partisan ‘progress’.  In short, chattering about Washington-insider deals including a sweetener or two to big donors.

NRO’s Robert Costa has lucid accounts of these current capitol games here and here.

And it is unseemly, if not worse, for House Republicans and their tame pundits publicly to dwell on their own political futures — one member whining about “suicide vests” — in a national struggle to preserve the core of our liberties. 

What matters now are the lives of ordinary Americans — but hardly the fortunes of the political class.

Michael Walsh in his “The Doctors in the Night-Time” (NRO) here makes this crucial point –

“Is there some reason why the RNC or some real conservative organization hasn’t got TV spots up all over this great land of ours, featuring interviews with doctors who are planning to retire or simply go out of business thanks to Obamacare? If the tables were turned, you can bet the Democrats and their media buddies would be carpet-bombing the airwaves and the interwebs with heart-rending and blood-curdling tales of the imminent collapse of the American medical system as told by the physicians themselves.”(Highlighting Forum’s)

The “reason” Walsh puzzles over is that the GOP Establishment never wanted this war against Obamacare, the House leadership was dragged into it, and their hearts were apparently not with it. That is not what many of today’s Republican members of the Congress happily do: fight the White House on great issues whether Obamacare or No Child Left Behind or the Medicare Prescription Drug entitlement or TARP. In their hearts, they really want a Republican Caesar. (Real independent legislating, and serious oversight and investigations are so 20th century.) If Obamacare stands and there are still Republicans, they may someday be in office again — but never in power — as Mark Steyn has pointed out.

The right message to bring to the public is that the House GOP majority and some principled Republican senators are trying to defund Obamacare to protect the medical care of ordinary Americans — this week, this year, and for future generations — from a growing bureaucratic web whose only connection with our health care is to diminish it.

As Walsh suggests, there are myriad persuasive examples of Obamacare’s consequences that are ripe for presentation.

And no GOP apologies should be offered in tone or in words for this crusade.

Leviathan Richard Falknor on 05 Oct 2013

Is Obama’s Abuse of Power Sharpening A Similar Tone in MD?

Unfreedom Week! The Obama Empire played a common chord of overreach across the U.S. shutting down historic parks.

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Did this corrosive spirit help animate this removal of Maryland overpass signs critical of Obamacare and amnesty?

Tea Party organizer Ed Hunter reports a state trooper yesterday afternoon (see photo above) took down his group’s banners on Brooklyn Bridge Road over I-95 northbound near Laurel in Maryland. 

See the same banners here displayed at the same location on August 31.

Hunter was able to get civil-liberties defender delegate Michael Smigiel on his cell phone during the outrage, but Hunter declares the trooper refused to talk with Smigiel.

The Maryland lawmaker explained to Hunter: “If they deny free speech every time someone finds the message unwelcome or distracting, then there is no free speech. The First Amendment is clear‘no laws shall be passed.’ What part of ‘no’ don’t they understand?”

Leviathan Richard Falknor on 30 Sep 2013

Obamacare: House Leaders Worry Over Image, Not Country’s Pain

“We’ve been compromising all along in this process,” Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said. “This shows we’re flexible and compromising.” – TheHill’s Russell Berman

This evening RedState chief Erick Erickson here is exasperated with the House leadership against Obamacare

 “They’ve gone through so many iterations, no one is really sure what it is they are fighting for, but it is for certain they are not fighting to defund Obamacare. . . . They started this process letting everyone know they’d never, ever shut down the government. Now they claim they are willing to shut down the government, but will only shut it down over nothing. So pass a clean CR, embrace the suck, and admit you never really wanted to fight Obamacare. You guys are wimps. The alternative is to stop negotiating with yourself, get into the shutdown, then dare the Democrats to refuse to continue to negotiate. Negotiating with yourselves is embarrassing. Stand your ground, stop whittling down your proposal, and fight against Obamacare. Or just pass a clean CR, own the suck, stop wasting everybody’s time, and move on.” (Highlighting Forum’s.)

(TheHill’s Pete Kasperowicz reports hereTwo hours before deadline, Senate rejects latest House funding bill.”)

But what is behind all this thrashing about over Obamacare among Republican members of both houses of the Congress during the last few days?

 

Angelo Codevilla has some answers in his “Republicans for Obamacare?” here posted in the Liberty Law Blog

“All Republicans say they oppose Obamacare and vie to call it bad names. But while some will not vote for any bill that appropriates money for it, the Republican Establishment’s leaders in Congress are poised to vote to save its funding. They call the Republicans committed to de-funding Obamacare worse names than they call Obamacare itself, as do The Wall Street Journal and Fox News. . . . Republican Establishmentarians dislike Republicans who are resisting Obamacare more than they dislike that law because the resisters are forcing them to choose which they value more, their standing in the ruling class or their standing with their voters. . . . The true reason why Republican Establishmentarians act as they do is less that they prefer to obtain the favor of people who have not voted Republican while certainly disappointing people who have voted Republican, than it is an attachment to the one sector of American life that strongly favors Obamacare, the ruling class.” (Highlighting Forum’s.)

Concludes author and scholar Codevilla–

“The government’s vast co-dependencies in the corporate world – such as the insurance companies and the hospitals – are major sources of contributions to ruling class politicians. This class dispenses money and privilege. It pretends to know things that the common herd cannot. It claims its opinions as ‘science.’ Departing from its set of habits, and tastes, from its secular canon of sacred myths, saints, sins, and ritual language – never mind serious opposition – means being classed with common Americans: stupid, racist, prone to violence. Thus this class exerts power over power seekers much as the sun does over sunflowers. No surprise then that some Republicans push ever farther into it even as their roots wither among their voters.” (Highlighting Forum’s.)

The pain Obamacare is inflicting — or will inflict — on the American people is well documented:  job losses; the prospect of citizens having to line up for access to quality medical care; increased tax and insurance-premium burdens; ‘rationing’ by death panels disguised with bureaucratic names like IPAB ; the consequences of the invasion of their medical privacy; and, most important, the loss of basic freedoms in all matters relating to health care.

What we hear from the GOP Establishment, however, and echoed by their many tame pundits is that their fraternity’s political survival trumps everything else including the defanging of Obamacare.

Indeed, they treat the necessity for their survival in the next election as a self-evident truth.

Consequently theirs is not the posture of patriots but of a self-serving faction.

Leviathan Richard Falknor on 18 Sep 2013

UPDATED! Defund It: Vital Guidance In Our Clinch With The Beltway GOP

UPDATE FROM MARK LEVIN!I’ve never seen so many damn quislings in the Republican party in my life. It’s always been bad, but now it’s disgraceful. We have people who claim to be conservatives who aren’t. On the biggest issue of consequence in our lifetime, quite frankly, and they won’t step up. Even now that the House is stepping up, they won’t step up.” Click here for video and entire post from Real Clear Politics.(Highlighting Forum’s.)

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Defund It: Vital Guidance In Our Clinch With The Beltway GOP

Michael Hammond, former general counsel of the Senate Steering Committee (and a Dunbarton, New Hampshire resident) has been tracking the fight against Obamacare for some time here and here (scroll throughout both our 2011 posts). 

And here is Second Amendment defender Hammond’s 2009 counsel on dealing with a flawed Senate GOP leadership right before the Senate approved Obamacare.

Last week, former Jesse Helms aide Hammond gave conservatives crucial guidance — advice that could help give courage to those House GOP members fearful of any serious confrontation with the Obama Administration. (Click on title below.)

Ten Myths Used Against Defunding ObamaCare on the October 1 Appropriations Bill

What drives the Beltway GOP to waffle on fighting Obamacare?

Declared Angelo Codevilla here, yesterday in Liberty Law Blog:

“Boehner and his band responded with a proposal to vote on the omnibus spending bill, twice: once without Obamacare, so as to allow Congressmen to feign evidence of faithfulness to the principles for which they were elected, and another with Obamacare. The latter would pass with the votes of all Democrats and just enough of the Republican leadership to put it over the top. It would become law, and satisfy the ruling class’ constituent groups: the insurance companies, the hospital lobby, as well as left wing ideologues.” 
Boehner’s plan was more transparently fraudulent than Obama’s, and its assumption that his audience would see it as anything else was an even more flagrant insult of that audience’s intelligence.  (Highlighting Forum’s.)

Look At Each of Hammond’s Points

Consider Hammond’s entire post here — as the grass roots and the Tea Partiers start to turn House GOP members toward actually defanging this vast social-control scheme that will forever, in Mark Steyn’s words, “redefine the relationship between the citizen and the state in fundamental ways that make limited government all but impossible.”

Of course, the key and simple question to put to House GOP members in the fight to stop Obamacare is the chorus from an old union song – – “Which side are you on?”

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