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Conservatives Richard Falknor on 22 Nov 2015

Who Bankrolls “Conservative” Media?

The pro-Trump Conservative Treehouse (CT) (click here) has done good work in explaining how the Republican Establishment prepares for the 2016 presidential election.

CT also helps open a long overdue discussion of how “conservative” media and pundits respond to corporate or other owners — through CT’s posts such as Conservative “Media” Protecting / Advancing “Their” Candidates

Today CT discusses (the invaluable, in our view) Breitbart —Why Breitbart Website Is Fundraising For Ted Cruz

“This is apparently one of those things that is an open, and yet non-discussed, secret.

But CT also declares–

“Breitbart goes to extraordinary lengths to avoid any critical mentions of their candidate, Ted Cruz.”

We just don’t believe the latter. (Of course, read the entire CT post)

We went back to look at Breitbart posts on Cruz and saw coverage of the senator’s very questionable positions on immigration and trade from earlier this year — positions on which he has apparently come to a better mind albeit more recently.

For example, click here, here, and here.

Politico also reported in their “The Daily Cruz” last July–

“'[Cruz] tends to have a lot of ideas that are supported by a lot of our readers… but we’ve been critical of him in the past particularly when he went down to the border with Glenn Beck and brought soccer balls — we were pretty brutal there,’ [Alex] Marlow said.
Breitbart has published articles about how Cruz is “poorly matched to defeat Hillary.” The site also hammered Cruz over his initial support for fast-track authority on the trade deal, a position he later reversed — through an op-ed posted at Breitbart.com. And, to be sure, Breitbart has also showered favorable coverage on the likes of Walker, Ben Carson, Mike Huckabee and, in the past couple of weeks, Donald Trump.”

Indeed, the central issue here is Breitbart’s editorial independence.

But Breitbart certainly owes its readers an explanation of any connection between their website and Cruz fundraising.

Breitbart is too vital a resource to leave pertinent questions unanswered.

And National Review?

In turn, Breitbart’s indefatigable Julia Hahn on November 13 revealed in depth “National Review Helps Clear Way For Rubio With War On Trump”

“[Byron] York noted that the National Review’s participation in the Republican debate may prove problematic given the publication’s anti-Trump bent. York chronicled some of the various instances in which the magazine’s writers— beyond simply Williamson— have decried the GOP frontrunner as, ‘a witless ape,’ ‘a virus,’ and ‘a low-rent carnival barker.'”

Consider Hahn’s lamentable revelation in its entirety here.

In our view, NRO lost its moral high ground by failing to bring this kind of collective energy to bear — starting in January 2011 — on the Republican Congressional leadership: urging them either to confront the Obama Regime or to step aside for more courageous leaders.  In not making such a significant effort, NRO failed their country and perhaps their late founder.

NRO’s anti-Trump jihad brings to mind, moreover, NRO’s earlier attacks on Diana West for her American Betrayal. NRO’s attacks on author West led a number of well-informed but astounded observers to wonder just who pulls NRO’s editorial strings.

For our readers, the fundamental issue throughout is what sites and analysts conservative activists can trust for facts and informed opinion — as these activists labor to rein in an increasingly dangerous GOP Establishment.

Conservatives Richard Falknor on 06 Apr 2015

What’s The Deal Between Barbara Comstock & Paul Singer?

Major Republican donor Paul Singer is both a long-time (click here) and a continuing patron of GOP Representative Barbara Comstock (VA-10). 

Our question as conservatives is how much hedge fund billionaire Singer — and his political circle — influence Mrs. Comstock in the House of Representatives on immigration and on the gay activist agenda.

Of course reports (click here) that Paul Singer bankrolls directly or indirectly part of the pushback against the president’s lethal accommodation with Iran, should be welcome news for conservatives. 

But we are concerned with Mr. Singer’s domestic agenda for immigration which will certainly lead to even bigger government, and his support for the gay political agenda some of whose paladins, as we have just seen in Indiana, jeopardize religious liberty.

How influential is Mr. Singer with the House GOP leadership?

According to Paul Blumenthal of the Huffington Post

“The Congressional Leadership Fund, the super PAC tied to the hip of House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), receives 44 percent of its funds from Adelson and Singer.”

“Winning Women 2016”

Most recently, in an exclusive money-raising event “Winning Women 2016” last Tuesday in Manhattan co-hosted by Mr. Singer, Barbara Comstock was slated to be feted with four other Republican incumbents.

“Political Party Time Fundraiser in the News
A fundraiser for:
Winning Women 2016, a joint fundraising committee for
Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H.; Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska; Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y.; Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz.; Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Va.
News source:
http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/11/politics/paul-singer-fundraiser-women-congress/  
Event description:.
Lunch Fundraiser
Location:
TBD, New York City, NY
Date/time:
March 31, 2015
Cost:
Up to $5,400 per candidate
Hosts and other lawmakers:
Paul Singer Annie Dickerson Chuck Schwab
Additional information:
Source: Sunlight Foundation’s Party Time www.politicalpartytime.org. The Sunlight Foundation collects these invitations from anonymous lobbyist sources.”(Highlighting Forum’s.)

As we explained last March 13–

“Fundraiser co-host Paul Singer ‘has particularly attracted attention in recent years for his advocacy of LGBT rights, including same-sex marriage, as well as hawkish national security policies,’ according to CNN.”

Just to set the political context at the event scheduled for last Tuesday, here are Conservative Review’s Liberty Scores of each of the honorees:

U.S. Senators: Kelly Ayotte 44% (F); Lisa Murkowski 22% (F);
U.S. Representatives: Barbara Comstock 40%(F); Martha McSally 40% (F); Elise Stefanik 40 %(F).

The voting records of all the Republican incumbents scheduled for this meeting, moreover, make it very clear they are members of the GOP Establishment.

As we noted last month–

“This is not Mrs. Comstock’s first trip to New York City for a fundraiser under the Singer auspices. 
Click here for Jaime Fuller’s Washington Post April 2014 article “Meet the wealthy donor who’s trying to get Republicans to support gay marriage”–
‘However, several of the organization’s members have teamed up to hold unaffiliated fundraisers for the kind of candidates they think should be the future of the party. Last week, Singer and other donors threw two fundraisers for Republican candidates in New York City. The first one supported Thom Tillis, the House speaker in the North Carolina state legislature. He is facing a tough Republican primary, which has also drawn funding from American Crossroads. The event raised about $280,000.
The second fundraiser — co-hosted by Sylvie Légère Ricketts, who is married to a son of one of the Republican Party’s biggest donors — supported three women running in House races, Elise Stefanik in New York’s 21st District, Barbara Comstock in Virginia’s 10th District and Martha McSally in Arizona’s 2nd District. It raised more than $400,000.’ (Highlighting Forum’s.)”

 And amnesty and porous borders? We reported–

“But same-sex marriage and allied matters are not Paul Singer’s only interests:
Breitbart’s Matthew Boyle in August 2013 revealed ‘Romney’s Top Donor Teams with Soros Front Group on Immigration Reform’–
‘According to a new report from USA Today, GOP mega donor Paul Singer is helping fund the National Immigration Forum (NIF) for its Evangelical Immigration Table (EIT) initiative.  Singer is the founder and CEO of Wall Street hedge fund Elliott Management Corporation and the man who made Mitt Romney’s 2012 campaign for president happen.’
 Politico’s Alexander Burns and Kenneth P. Vogel declared in their February 2014 ‘Mega-donors plan GOP war council’–
“Since the 2012 election, Singer has stepped up his advocacy for an overhauled GOP agenda. He donated to an immigration reform group, the National Immigration Forum; and last month, Singer and Loeb organized events, including one with the Human Rights Campaign, at the World Economic Forum in Davos focused on LGBT issues.”

Barbara Comstock’s is a long political relationship with one of the heaviest hitters of Republican donors. Paul Singer is an astute financier and likely wastes neither his time nor his resources. He has clearly “invested” in advancing her career in politics.

Does her association with Paul Singer consequently mean that Barbara Comstock–

  • Will not get behind those House members continuing their efforts to derail amnesty?
  • Will work to expand H1B visas thereby threatening the jobs of US high-tech workers? See the practices exposed by senator Jeff Sessions here!

And will Barbara Comstock speak on behalf of religious liberty and publicly try to discourage the kind of Big Gay Hysteria we saw last week in Indiana?

As gay conservative Tammy Bruce declared

‘Gay BULLIES attacking Christians goes AGAINST what EVERY Civil Rights movement was about’ 

We asked Mrs. Comstock’s staff whether she had, in fact, made it to the planned New York City fund-raising luncheon last Tuesday. They declined to respond but no matter. The Comstock-Singer connection is a long and apparently durable one.

Too bad she does not cultivate the same ties to Virginia’s conservative base.

Conservatives Richard Falknor on 22 Mar 2015

Conservatives Need To Act–For Time Is Fast Running Out

American conservatives need to act — together and quickly — if they are not to face a severely transformed nation well before November 8, 2016.

They cannot afford to kick the political can down the road — any more than they quite properly criticize the Congressional leadership for kicking the policy can down the road.

We believe conservatives must organize statewide to bring their force to bear quickly on Republican incumbents at all levels.

It is all very well to speak of challenging errant Congressional Republicans in the 2016 primaries. 

The question is how we change their behavior right now.

We all hope for an articulate savvy conservative nominee for president in 2016. 

But we cannot be sure of getting such a nominee, given the demonstrated political craft and money of the Republican Establishment.

The GOP won a major victory in last November’s Congressional election.

But conservative members are now having to fight their own leadership, dishonored by their rush to the Cromnibus, to have any voice in the legislative process.

The Republican Establishment sends their talking points  — often without identifiable fingerprints — to the center-left media making them their megaphone.

As for Establishment influence on the Right-oriented media, Mickey Kaus reports that “Fox Makes It Easy For Amnesty.”

The Republican Establishment sadly, often shares the same statist vision as the center-left media. More significantly, they share the same profound distaste for conservative cultural values.

This right wing of the Big Government Party simply believes they can run Leviathan in a more “business friendly” (not to be confused with a market-friendly) way.

The serial capitulations of the Republican Congressional leadership only inflame the Obama Regime’s ambition to speed its transformation of  America.

The Regime is hardly going to let this opportunity pass to keep laying the administrative foundations of their troubling vision of a new nation.

The House leadership is donor and US-Chamber-of-Commerce driven. Many members see their incumbencies either as lifetime positions or as pathways to lucrative lobbying careers.

The GOP House Congressional Leadership wants to avoid a legislative or oversight confrontation with the president at all costs with perhaps the exception of Iran. (Likely that is because some giant open-borders and social-liberal donors are also, fortunately, concerned with the safety of our ally Israel.)

The very existence of many big statewide conservative organizations might well cause the Establishment and their donors to think twice before trying to impose a Jeb Bush or a Romney-proxy as the 2016 Republican nominee.

And conservative statewide organizations must include all key players on the Right —  from home-schoolers to Second Amendment defenders to fiscal reformers to national-defense stalwarts — and all willing to fight the Culture War against the Left.

Without such pushback, the culture “narrative” transmitted through taxpayer-supported schools will soon control the policy outcome.

Unfortunately some activists still obdurately work only on what they call “their issue” forgetting Ben Franklin’s warning–

“We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.”

There is much talk in the Republican Establishment of “outreach” to new groups.

Senator Jeff Sessions put his Republican colleagues right on this matter in his July 2013 memo

The GOP lost the [2012] 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.”

As we wrote nearly a year ago–

“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'”

Consider this–

  • Obama Regime “transformative” schemes are going to continue thick and fast together with accompanying (and too frequently unchallenged) media narratives;
  • the Congressional leadership has already demonstrated its incapacity (and unwillingness) to halt these schemes;
  • not only is the Regime’s spending and regulatory explosion unchecked, but their lawless amnesty and legal refugee colonization are simply designed to replace traditional America;
  • and the neglect of our military and the indifference to the protection of our vital infrastructure should scare every thinking America.

Conservatives need to come together — very soon — on a statewide basis to bring collaborationist or career-clinging Congressional Republicans to a better mind — while there is time.

Conservatives Richard Falknor on 13 Mar 2015

Two GOP Visions: Wall Street Money Keeping Borders Open & Blessing Evolving Gay Politics? Or A Constitution-Based “Humble And Honest Populism”?

CNN’s MJ Lee reports this week that “Billionaire investor and major Republican donor Paul Singer will co-host a fundraiser for five female members of Congress in New York City at the end of this month.”

Among the favored five is Virginia-10 Representative Barbara Comstock.

Lee lists the other four: “Sens. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and freshmen Reps. Elise Stefanik of New York, [and] Martha McSally of Arizona.” (Click here to see their Liberty Scores and their votes on Obama’s “Executive Amnesty.”)

Fundraiser co-host Paul Singer “has particularly attracted attention in recent years for his advocacy of LGBT rights, including same-sex marriage, as well as hawkish national security policies,” according to CNN.

This is not Mrs. Comstock’s first trip to New York City for a fundraiser under the Singer auspices. 

Click here for Jaime Fuller’s Washington Post April 2014 article “Meet the wealthy donor who’s trying to get Republicans to support gay marriage”–

“However, several of the organization’s members have teamed up to hold unaffiliated fundraisers for the kind of candidates they think should be the future of the party. Last week, Singer and other donors threw two fundraisers for Republican candidates in New York City. The first one supported Thom Tillis, the House speaker in the North Carolina state legislature. He is facing a tough Republican primary, which has also drawn funding from American Crossroads. The event raised about $280,000.
The second fundraiser — co-hosted by Sylvie Légère Ricketts, who is married to a son of one of the Republican Party’s biggest donors — supported three women running in House races, Elise Stefanik in New York’s 21st District, Barbara Comstock in Virginia’s 10th District and Martha McSally in Arizona’s 2nd District. It raised more than $400,000.” (Highlighting Forum’s.)

But same-sex marriage and allied matters are not Paul Singer’s only interests:

Breitbart’s Matthew Boyle in August 2013 revealed “Romney’s Top Donor Teams with Soros Front Group on Immigration Reform”–

“According to a new report from USA Today, GOP mega donor Paul Singer is helping fund the National Immigration Forum (NIF) for its Evangelical Immigration Table (EIT) initiative.  Singer is the founder and CEO of Wall Street hedge fund Elliott Management Corporation and the man who made Mitt Romney’s 2012 campaign for president happen.”

 Politico’s Alexander Burns and Kenneth P. Vogel declared in their February 2014 “Mega-donors plan GOP war council”–

“Since the 2012 election, Singer has stepped up his advocacy for an overhauled GOP agenda. He donated to an immigration reform group, the National Immigration Forum; and last month, Singer and Loeb organized events, including one with the Human Rights Campaign, at the World Economic Forum in Davos focused on LGBT issues.”

Last June 8 just before Dave Brat’s primary win, we wrote about an alternative vision for the GOP–

“A Humble and Honest Populism”

There is, however, a principled way for the GOP — a way that a Brat victory Tuesday would help advance.

John Fonte [in his National Review post “Re-Branding the GOP From the party of big business to the party of the little guy”] continues here 

“At National Review Online, [senator Jeff] 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 [Thatcher adviser] John O’Sullivan put it in a statement lauding Sessions, an ‘electoral bloc that dwarfs any other in numerical terms.” (Highlighting Forum’s)

In that same June 8 piece we pointed to —

A Stern Warning from a Smart Woman

 And if the GOP will not correct course?

In a June 2014  Breitbart interview with Michael Patrick Leahy, “Laura Ingraham Emerges As Top GOP Primary Warrior,” commentator Ingraham points out, here

“The question is do you want to live in a country run by, essentially, 100 families or do you want to live in a country where the middle class has a real chance to have a better life and leave a better life for their kids,’  she explained.
‘Right now,’ Ingraham said, ‘I think we are edging closer to that country where just the rich and powerful have a consistent say. They have an alliance with the far left groups that have their own agenda to bolster union membership and swell the ranks of the Democratic Party.’
‘I think this will not end well for the capitalists. If they think this is going to be a good ride, it’s not going to end well. History is replete with examples of the perpetually impoverished rising up against the fat cats.’” (Highlighting Forum’s)

Today conservatives everywhere in America should be discussing competing visions for the Grand Old Party — and deciding on a course of action while there is still time.

Conservatives Richard Falknor on 11 Mar 2015

‘Main Street Advocacy’ Ads Defend Representative Barbara Comstock’s Vote To Help Implement Obama’s Lawless Amnesty

“An outside spending group aligned with the House Republican leadership will run $200,000 in ads defending lawmakers who voted for the long-term Department of Homeland Security funding bill. The Main Street Advocacy ads, which begin airing Monday night in the Ohio districts represented by Republican Reps. Steve Stivers and Pat Tiberi, will air on radio stations in six districts.
. . . . .
The ad buy will also support Republican Reps. Renee Ellmers of North Carolina, Barbara Comstock of Virginia, Martha McSally of Arizona and Mike Turner of Ohio.” (Highlighting Forum’s throughout this post.)

Mrs. Comstock refers to herself as “a principled, common sense conservative leader.”

So we decided to take a closer look at Main Street Advocacy and their affiliated groups.

Breitbart’s Matthew Boyle gave some of this background last April in his “Brent Bozell to Cantor: Attend Florida Anti-Conservative Summit at Your Own Peril”–

“At issue is Cantor’s decision to attend and speak at a conference this weekend on Amelia Island in Northeast Florida. The event is being hosted by “Main Street Advocacy,” a group headed by former Ohio Republican Rep. Steven LaTourette, whom the New York Times described as ‘one of the top generals in the establishment Republicans’ war against the Tea Party.’
When he served in Congress, LaTourette, a close friend of Speaker John Boehner, was also one of the top GOP allies of organized labor, and union groups have contributed funding to the ‘Main Street Partnership’ umbrella group under which the advocacy branch is organized, according to National Journal.
Among other high-profile comments criticizing top conservatives, LaTourette said ‘I don’t think he is a Republican, to tell you the truth’ about Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) during debate over raising the debt ceiling without any spending cuts attached.
As such, conservative movement leaders like Bozell are furious that Cantor would attend and speak at the LaTourette-hosted event, with Bozell pointedly asking Cantor why he would attend such an event.” (Highlighting Forum’s)

Over a year ago, Michelle Malkin warned conservatives “Beware the Left-Wing-Funded ‘Main Street’ Republicans”–

“LaTourette heads up the so-called ‘Main Street Partnership,’ which claims to represent ‘thoughtful,’ ‘pragmatic,’ ‘common sense’ and ‘centrist’ Republican leadership. Reality check: The pro-bailout, pro-debt, pro-amnesty, anti-drilling group founded by former liberal New York GOP Congressman Amory Houghton includes three liberal Senate Republicans (John McCain, Mark Kirk and Susan Collins) and 52 center-left House Republicans. LaTourette himself is a self-serving Beltway barnacle who held office for nearly two decades. Now he’s leveraging his new tea party-bashing platform to benefit a family-operated lobbying business.
The New York Times shed light on LaTourette’s tangled web of GOP establishment outfits last week. But that story just scratched the surface. As the paper reported, the Main Street Partnership is a nonprofit group that charges members up to $25,000 per year to rub elbows with Washington’s rich and powerful. The Main Street Advocacy Fund and the Defending Main Street SuperPAC are political satellites planning to amass $8 million to bolster Republican liberals and moderates facing tea party challengers in 2014. McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies is LaTourette’s lobbying firm.
“The Times notes that ‘corporations and lobbyists’ fund the Main Street Partnership. But far-left donors provided seed money for these affiliated K Street fronts. Who’s behind the Defending Main Street SuperPAC? Big Labor. National Journal’s Scott Bland reported last month that ‘two labor organizations, the International Union of Operating Engineers and the Laborers’ International Union of North America, directed a combined $400,000 to the Republican group in September and October. Main Street says it has raised roughly $2 million total between its super PAC and an affiliated nonprofit group so far — and that means labor has supplied at least 20 percent of those funds.'” (Highlighting Forum’s)

Read all of Malkin’s January 10, 2014 post — then get more details by visiting the Republican Main Street Partnership’s website here ** and their 2013 Form 990 here.

Perhaps Andrew McCarthy best sums up the Congressional responsibility for Obama’s lawless amnesty–

“Of course, as I explain in Faithless Execution, such actions flout the president’s oath and duty to execute the laws faithfully. But that is not the half of it. Congress, too, is derelict if lawmakers agree – reluctantly or not – to fund Obama’s lawlessness. Senators and Members of the House are not bystanders; they are elected representatives who have a duty to act. It is immaterial how they personally feel about Obama’s malfeasance. The only relevant thing is that they have the power to stop it by refusing to pay for it. If, despite having that power, they consciously devise a legislative process that inevitably results in the provision of funding for the president’s decree, then they are knowingly aiding and abetting his lawlessness. That makes them equally guilty, case closed. That, moreover, would be a profound betrayal of the states, whose inability to defend themselves from illegal immigration is largely attributable to Congress’s encroachments.” (Highlighting Forum’s)

Why would a House Republican like Barbara Comstock — sailing under conservative colors — want to have Main Street Advocacy acting as her defender for her deeply unconservative vote?

Why double down against the Base?

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 ** Click here for the Partnership’s declaration calling any Soros contribution a “myth.”
       Readers may wish to revisit two of our current posts pertinent to this analysis:
 

 

 

Conservatives Michael Giere on 09 Mar 2015

M. Stanton Evans – A Giant Sleeps!

“Every now and then even Bill Buckley got confused; Stan Evans was never confused.” — Tom Pauken

Coming to Washington as a young lieutenant in the Reagan Revolution in 1981, I had the great fortune and honor of being thrown in the mix with some of the great conservatives of an era.

On top of that list was Stan Evans.

Last week Stan rested from this life at age 80, to labor in a greater one forever. He has left a movement and a nation so much richer for having been here.

When I got to Washington – I’d never set foot in the town before – I was stunned to quickly learn that far too many of the men and women populating the new government and the new majority in the Senate on the Hill, were, to put it charitably, not exactly conservatives.

Oh, they called themselves conservatives – mostly because Reagan won – but many were actually more interested with making big government “work” and self-promotion than with the “movement.” It was a bit disheartening to learn this lesson.

But, as fate would have it, great conservative mentors quickly steered me to Stan Evans and his Monday Club meetings on Capitol Hill, where over the years, anyone who was someone came to discuss anything and everything that mattered.

It was a mixing bowl of real conservative thought, stirred up by the utensils of Stan’s great mind and his large heart.

He was a gracious and very funny man – was there anyone with a quicker wit in Washington? Not that I know of.

Was there a quicker defender of bedrock conservative philosophy, or a more insightful expositor on any current crisis? That would be emphatically no.

Was there anyone more ready to engage and help a fellow conservative? This week’s obits on the character and mind of this giant answers the question.

When the weight of Official Washington with the connivance of some in his own party began to have its effect on Reagan’s policy direction, there was no more ferocious critic than Stan.

He would tell us that truth and principle would always win in the end. Time proved him right.

I was lucky enough to become friends with Stan (who wasn’t?) over the years. He commented on my writing and suggested new research paths on many occasions.

I walked into a Monday Club gathering one time, after I had a published a pretty fiery article in the Washington Times that had raised a few hackles.

Stan came over and put his arm around me and congratulated me on the piece, its research, and the controversy (which he loved).

Then he whispered, “Look in the backseat before you get in the car tonight!” He knew the ways of Washington like the back of his hand.

Many others who knew Stan far better than I did, have written thoughtful and moving comments on his life which speak volumes about the man.

For me, he was a giant because he never bent, he never wavered from speaking the truth.

And he never missed an opportunity to try to pass on to others the importance of sticking with and communicating the truth. No matter what.

His vast reporting and commentaries over the years, his foundational work with William Buckley and others in building Young Americans for Freedom, CPAC, and later the National Journalism Center (which has trained countless conservatives in the tradition of truthful and well researched journalism) stand as monuments to Stan.

His many books (especially The Theme is Freedom, Stalin’s Secret Agents, and Blacklisted by History) are still must-reads for conservatives.

M. Stanton Evans has passed on, and with him a long line of post-War II conservative heroes is closing fast.

But Stan would be the first to remind us: an era passes, but the truth doesn’t.

Goodbye, dear friend!

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Blue Ridge Forum Contributor Mike Giere has written extensively on politics, foreign policy, and issues of faith. He is a former candidate for the U.S. House; worked for Ronald Reagan in 1976 & 1980; and served in both the Reagan and Bush (41) Administrations.

Conservatives Richard Falknor on 08 Mar 2015

Brat & Comstock: Liberty Scores Of Two VA GOP House Freshmen

–From www.marklevinshow.com

 

Click on scores below for details!
State Name                               Party Score Years in DC Next Election
VA-7  Rep. David Brat R A 100% 0 2016

 

https://www.conservativereview.com/members/b/412658
 

Readers should carefully weigh the Liberty Scores of these two Virginia Representatives to make their own judgment.

In perilous times like these, however, conservatives should not hesitate to make their views known directly to Representatives Brat and Comstock!

Each is more than an individual voice from a Virginia House district. Each reflects distinct wings of the national Republican Party.

Dave Brat’s saga is well known.  Barbara Comstock’s most recent Establishment affiliation is apparently with governor Jeb Bush here.

But recall Angelo Codevilla’s 2010 warning

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

Conservatives Michael Giere on 07 Dec 2014

RPV Advance Summing Up: Two Uneasy Coalitions

My clear impression from the RPV Advance this weekend in Chantilly, Virginia mirrors the national GOP: two uneasy coalitions stuck together.  

One group is robust, willing to fight, and clearly driven by policy and principle.

The other is much more personality driven, looking for a soft landing in the culture war, and interested in the politics of accommodation.

The growing dissonance between the two coalitions is the dark lining under the smashing GOP election victories of last month.

They were won with the votes of working class Americans who now expect action on ending illegal immigration and amnesty, replacing Obamacare, and stopping government policies that destroy jobs, wages and savings.

If these voters are betrayed – again – then the 2016 presidential election could be an even more disastrous repeat of 2012, where millions of working class voters stayed home.

This is the outreach and “engagement” Virgina Republicans should be talking about.

Conservatives Michael Giere on 07 Dec 2014

RPV Advance Bottom Line: Dave Brat’s The Real Deal

The new leader of conservatives in Virginia is clearly Representative Dave Brat.

He is dynamic, engaged on policy, and a man of obvious character and depth.

Last evening in Chantilly, he took time with well-wishers, worked the RPV Advance crowd with a quick smile and impressed everyone – he’s the real deal.  

Introducing governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Brat was received with a boisterous standing ovation.

He briefly talked about his own contest and reminded the audience at the Gala Dinner that he put together a broad coalition of working Americans of both parties and across all age groups.

His stunning victories at the polls are testimony that conservative principles work . . . every time they are tried.

Conservatives Richard Falknor on 21 Oct 2014

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

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

See tomorrow’s event details below.

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

DaveBratInvite6in

 

 

 

 

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