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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.)

First things . . . Richard Falknor on 18 Jun 2015

TPA House Vote Today! Senator Jeff Sessions Warns -Again- Of The Peril To Our Sovereignty & Self-Government

Last evening, senior U. S. Senate Republican Jeff Sessions warned–

Fast-Track Guarantees Three Mammoth Global Pacts Encompassing Up To 90% Of World GDP

Senate Immigration and The National Interest panel chair Sessions spelled out last evening the many pitfalls of TPAplease read his entire statement below.

“The House is preparing to vote again [today] on providing fast-track executive authority [Trade Promotion Authority or TPA] to the President. If adopted, it will be sent immediately to the Senate for final consideration.
It is essential that there be no misunderstanding: fast-track preapproves the formation of not only the unprecedentedly large Trans-Pacific Partnership, but an unlimited number of such agreements over the next six years. Those pacts include three of the most ambitious ever contemplated. After TPP comes the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the United States and the European Union, followed by the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), seeking as one its goals labor mobility among more than 50 nations. Together, these three international compacts encompass three-fourths of the world’s GDP. Including the nations whose membership is being courted for after enactment, the countries involved would encompass nearly 90 percent of global GDP. Yet, through fast-track, Congress will have authorized the President to ink these deals before a page of them has been made public. Then, the Executive sends Congress “implementing” legislation to change U.S. law—legislation which cannot be amended, cannot be filibustered, and will not be subjected to the Constitutional requirement for a two-thirds treaty vote.
According to the European Commission, the TiSA agreement—which most House and Senate members did not know about when they voted—will follow in the footsteps of the WTO’s Trade in Services Provisions, which has already inhibited the U.S. from making needed immigration changes. The European Commission says the EU ‘wants as many countries as possible to join the agreement.’ We have already seen how the EU has curtailed sovereignty in Europe; we do not want to follow in its footsteps.
This nation has never seen an agreement that compares to the TPP, which forms a new Pacific Union. This is far more than a trade agreement, but creates a self-governing and self-perpetuating Commission with extraordinary implications for American workers and American sovereignty.
Such a historic international regulatory Commission should never be fast-tracked, and should never be put on a path to passage until every word has been publicly scrutinized, every question answered, and every last power understood by Congress and the American people.(Highlighting Forum’s)

To understand the very distasteful (and bipartisan) schemes behind TPA, read Breitbart’s Matthew Boyle this morning in–

Team Obamatrade Planning Tricky Effort to Sneak Export-Import Bank Reauthorization into Deal

Most important, call all the GOP House members you know: should TPA be enacted, it will speed the further “transformation” of our lives in ways we will not be able to resist effectively.

First things . . . Richard Falknor on 10 May 2015

Mark Levin:Mitch McConnell’s Most Recent&Most Dangerous Capitulations–Enough Willful Blindness Within Our GOP!

“Our Washington ruling class does not see itself as bound by our quaint Constitution. When a Republican eventually wins the White House, expect the same rule by decree.”Andrew McCarthy

Mark Levin last Thursday evening delivered (click here) a searing indictment of United States Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell and his fellow enablers.

Widely-heard constitutional expert and radio talk-show host Levin recapitulated recent and glaring leadership failures of the just re-elected Kentucky senator.

Levin highlights the McConnell-Corker debacle on the president’s Iran “deal.” (As Daniel Horowitz explains, the House of Representatives is our last hope for stopping Congressional acquiescence in this shameful arrangement.)

For those of us who remember our history, the Reid-McConnell Senate seems eerily like the last days of the Roman Republic. (Political philosopher Montesquieu spelled out  — scroll down in foregoing link — his take on the details of the decline.)

Here are extracts from Mark Levin’s bill of particulars last Thursday — highlighting throughout is Forum’s:

“This is going to be very painful for some of you. For some of you, not most of you, because you are in my audience, the smartest audience of audiences. Some of you — listen! This is going to be very painful to you. Because just like the Democrats put their party before everything else, some of you put the Republican Party before everything else. I say this as a registered Republican. But more importantly, I am a Constitutional conservative. If the party sways off and moves in the wrong direction, we have a responsibility. To defeat those who are doing that, and to take it back.

Deeply Flawed Senate GOP Leadership

 “I’m sorry to tell you this, but there’s a man in the United States Senate who is by a large, large degree the worst Republican leader in modern American history. And his name is Mitch McConnell.
The man is utterly and completely unprincipled.
The man is so stuck in Washington groupthink that he uses his power behind the scenes — where you can’t see him — to threaten freshman Republicans, Tea Party Republicans, conservative Republicans with cutting off their funding in their next campaign if they do not bend to his will.
He is a man who is so completely outmatched by Barack Obama that he has now taken the tack—he’s taken the tack that it is the objective of the majority-controlled Republican Senate– significant majority, that you put there–to accommodate Obama. To demonstrate to the world that we can “govern.”
Now it apparently doesn’t matter to Mitch McConnell that a president is governing in so many respects without Constitutional authority. It apparently doesn’t matter to Mitch McConnell that he’s now picked up the ball from Harry Reid, and is eviscerating the power of the Senate under Article 1, as well as the Treaty Powers and every other power.”

 Specifically – – –

  • “Mitch McConnell threw in with Obama on the biggest deficit spending budget in American history.
  • Mitch McConnell has allowed a radical to become Attorney General of the United States, as will soon be clear.
  • Mitch McConnell is now fighting to give Obama all the power he wants in the so-called ‘Fast Track’ for trade, in which Obama has every intention of pouring more and more of his poisonous left-wing agenda.
  • And what that means to we the people, is that the Senate will surrender its ability to amend anything Obama comes back with and will agree to an up or down vote.
    This is why I’ve rejected this from Day One. That’s not free trade. That’s not commerce. That’s surrender. Because all the Democrats will vote for Obama, and the usual dozen or so Republicans will support whatever he says.”

The Common Defense: McConnell’s Desertion In The Face Of The Enemy

“But something happened today which is beyond the pale. It’s beyond Mitch McConnell surrendering on the power of purse, which is why spending is out of control.
It’s beyond Mitch McConnell surrendering on unconstitutional executive amnesty—which is bad enough.
From amnesty. To the budget. To Obamacare. Mitch McConnell has delivered for Obama.
Don’t believe this stuff: ‘he’s doing the best he can.’
McConnell believes that showing “bipartisan governance” is his job.
Not standing up for the people, liberty, the Constitution, American sovereignty.
No.
And now, Mitch McConnell has thrown in national security.
Mitch McConnell will now participate in arming up the Islamo-Nazi regime in Tehran with nuclear weapons.”

Bi-Partisan Masters of Mendacity

“And he doesn’t even have the guts to tell the truth about it. Instead, he lies through his teeth. Like Bob Corker and Jeff Flake and all the others.
What am I talking about?”

. . . . . . . . . . .

“98 to 1 today, the United States Senate voted to surrender the treaty power.
It’s being reported in the news media – in virtually every news outlet, conservative, liberal, so-called mainstream. It’s being reported as ‘Congress just voted to empower itself to have a say in the treaty process.’
Here’s what it’s called: ‘A bill to provide for Congressional review and oversight of agreements relating to Iran’s nuclear program and for other purposes.’
Ladies and gentlemen, the Senate already has that power. It’s called the treaty provision. It already has the power to review any deal, to oversee it, and to vote on it.
So what is all this about?
It’s a fraud on you. Led by the Senate Republicans. And it is the lowest of the low. They haven’t even gotten this low before. This is as low as it gets.”

. . . . . . . . . . .

“We’re talking about nuking up the Iranians and now with the support—the overwhelming support—of the Republicans in the United States Congress.
Surrendering the treaty power.
Our friend Daniel Horowitz at Conservative Review: ‘passage of the Corker-Cardin Democrat protection bill.’ [The Horowitz post here is incorporated into Levin’s explanation.]
It’s abundantly clear that Republicans in the Senate are utterly useless. Due to the outrageously false perception of this bill, only six Republicans opposed shutting off debate: Cruz, Cotton, Grassley, Lee, Moran, and Sullivan.
Notice who’s not there: Rand Paul, Marco Rubio.
And, in the end, only Tom Cotton—only Tom Cotton– voted against its final passage.

Maryland’s Grand Deceiver — Senator Ben Cardin?

“From beginning to end, the dishonest bi-partisan oligarchy sold this bill as a way of securing Congressional approval of any Iran deal.
And if you listen to any news outlet today, or read it, that’s exactly what they’re saying.
They’re being fed lies, and then they report it as news.
Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland. This man is a liar, he’s a deceiver, he’s a leftist, and he’s a self-hater.
Ben Cardin, Obama’s point man in the Senate on Iran appeasement, made the following deceitful statement prior to voting on the bill this afternoon.
He said:
‘It was in the 1990’s that Congress started to impose sanctions against Iran for its Nuclear weapons program. Only congress can remove those Sanctions or permanently change it.’ (Congressional Record)
Right?
This is a uniquely scandalous lie even for a member of Congress – even for Cardin.
He has officially gone on record as vouching for our position – that Congress must approve any deal made by the president – but he refuses to admit that his bill does just the opposite.
And I’ve talked about this time and again, but let’s underscore it:
Instead of the default position being no sanctions relief until a majority of Congress affirmatively approve of the deal, this bill allows the president to remove sanctions after 30 days unless two-thirds of both houses override the president.
Ben Cardin has no intention of ever voting to override the President, so he’s a liar. This is a new low, even for a career left-wing hack like him.
And it’s even worse.
Congressional Quarterly reports that House Democrats are signaling they will never give Republicans the requisite two-thirds majority to override a veto under any circumstance.
Jan Schakowsky (Communist, Chicago) circulated a letter signed by 150 House Democrats cheering on Obama’s appeasement of Iran and urging him to stay the course.
[See AllahPundit & Failure Theater here.]
So, what does this mean? What does this mean to [us], the plebes, the pedestrians, the workers, the masses? I’ll tell you what it means.
It means that Mitch McConnell used parliamentary procedures to get a vote on a bill that Obama wanted. That his lackey, that his surrogate, Bob Corker, negotiated with Ben Cardin, among others. They worked it through the White House. The White House agreed. Because what Obama saw is the Senate surrendering its treaty powers.
Those treaty powers the Senate does not have the power to surrender. No single Senate—no group of senators has the power to change the Constitution of the United States.
So we’ve gone from two-thirds of the senators present having to approve a treaty to them trying to cobble together two-thirds to override a presidential veto, which will never happen. Ever. Never. Never.
So whatever deal Obama has will be the deal that’s put in place.

The Shrinking Circle of Liberty

“No, ladies and gentlemen, Congress will have the opportunity to sit on the sidelines and watch the world go by. On this, on immigration, on spending, and everything you can think of.
You voted in the Republican majority — and it’s a disaster. A complete, unmitigated disaster.
This is why we have to fight the Jeb Bushes and the John Kasiches and the others who pop up. This is why whomever Karl Rove supports, we must oppose.
This is a battle that you and I have to wage.
It’s not, ‘…or we’ll lose the country.’
We are losing the country.
We’ve already lost a chunk of the country.
Every day this Congress meets, every day this president exercises his powers—every day he exercises powers that doesn’t even belong to him– every day, almost, that the Supreme Court meets—we lose more and more of our liberty.
I’ve said before, the circle of liberty that surrounds each and every one of us—called unalienable rights—is shrinking, shrinking, shrinking every day.”

And in Maryland and Virginia? 

The citizens of Maryland and Virginia are hardly immune to Obama’s schemes.

Senate and House Republicans have failed to defund them or, in the case of the Senate, to use their treaty and confirmation powers to derail them.

(Apparently the House leadership is not seriously considering impeachment of any key Obama appointees.)

Even in this time of grave crisis, state party organizations and local GOP committees see their role as chirpy cheer leaders and money raisers for incumbents with an “R” after their name — a far cry from the Committees of Correspondence that led up to our War of Independence.

And these Party groups are almost never engines of accountability for GOP Federal and state lawmakers, or for governors.

Isn’t preserving the Circle of Liberty important enough to get Maryland’s new governor Larry Hogan and the Old Line State’s sole Republican Representative Andy Harris to weigh in with specificity on the concerns that Mark Levin raises?

The Virginia GOP Establishment has always been quick to talk up Ed Gillespie (click here). What does this sometime Senate hopeful (and possible gubernatorial candidate) publicly have to say about what Levin calls the “complete, unmitigated disaster” of the current GOP Congressional majority?

Levin rightly declares —This is a battle that you and I have to wage”.

Will Constitutional conservatives take this battle over the transformation of America to their local GOP committees?

At least — let’s make the GOP apparatchiks publicly admit in Maryland and Virginia – – we are in the chirpy-cheer-leading and money-raising business, don’t bother us with this Circle of Liberty stuff.

Stay tuned!

 

 

 

 

 

 

First things . . . Richard Falknor on 29 Apr 2015

Advice To Baltimore Voters — Same To GOP Conservatives?

Yesterday, National Review on Line’s Kevin Williamson declared (click here) “Riot-Plagued Baltimore Is a Catastrophe Entirely of the Democratic Party’s Own Making.”

Roving Correspondent Williamson explains

“The evidence suggests very strongly that the left-wing, Democratic claques that run a great many American cities — particularly the poor and black cities — are not capable of running a school system or a police department. They are incompetent, they are corrupt, and they are breathtakingly arrogant. Cleveland, Philadelphia, Detroit, Baltimore — this is what Democrats do.”

Williamson concludes–

“Keep voting for the same thing, keep getting the same thing.” (Highlighting Forum’s)

 Breitbart’s John Nolte also finds that (click here)Baltimore Is a Democrat Problem, Not America’s Problem”–

“Democrats and their never-ending grievance campaigns; their never-ending propaganda that government largess is the answer; their never-ending caves to corrupt unions; their never-ending warehousing of innocent children in failed public schools — that’s a Democrat problem, not America’s problem.
I might believe Baltimore was an American problem if the city was interested in new ideas and a new direction under new leaders. But we all know that will never happen. After Democrat policies result in despair and anarchy, Democrats always demand more of the same, only bigger.
And the media goes right along.”

Nolte continues–

“I wish you all the luck in the world Baltimore. And I truly wish you had the courage to change. If you ever do, send up a flare. Until then, there is nothing anyone can do for you. You are victims of your own choices, and no one can make choices for you but you.” (Highlighting Forum’s)

Isn’t This Sensible Advice, Too, For GOP Conservatives?

Since the historic Tea Party Election of November 2, 2010, to say nothing of last fall’s Republican retaking of the U.S. Senate, the GOP Establishment in the Congress and in the national party have systematically blocked conservative goals — as well as attacked conservatives publicly.

Even worse, the GOP Leadership in the Congress with the connivance of most of your favorite local House members has acquiesced in the trashing of the Constitution — and in the gross neglect of the common defense, from Iran to the Mexican border to protecting our electric grid.

As the president accelerates his march by executive fiat, this Big Donor-guided, traditional-values deaf GOP Congressional Leadership will try to keep up with him, through their own serial capitulations.

It is a long time until January 2017 — that’s plenty of opportunity firmly to establish the president’s transformations.

Conservatives cannot stop this unless they act promptly with tactics and goals appropriate to each state.

But first they must look into the mirror and repeat to themselves Williamson’s advice to Baltimore voters–

“Keep voting for the same thing, keep getting the same thing.”
 

 

First things . . . Richard Falknor on 19 Apr 2015

Lexington’s 240th: But Will Today’s Conservatives Organize?

“[T]here is much about this day that has not been taught for over 100 years.”Craig Seibert

The anniversary of this opening battle in our War for Independence should be a sharp reminder that conservatives need to bring their numbers and resources into today’s battles while there is time.

Lexington Green

Write this down: The bi-partisan political establishment wants conservative voices marginalized. 

Last December 14, Conservative Review’s Daniel Horowitz wrote (click here) in his “GOP Elites Don’t Love the Constitution”–

“Consequently, the voters are completely disenfranchised by an impervious oligarchy in Washington. These people don’t share our values, they never have, and they never will.  They have declared war on those of us who believe in the Constitution as it was originally constructed long ago.  It’s time for the few remaining conservatives in Washington to realize we are in a political war of survival, not just against the Obama monarch, but the two-party oligarchy that pulls the strings in Washington.“(Highlighting Forum’s)

In our view, statewide conservative Political Action Committees — not a third party — led by articulate and recognized voices with no interest in elective office are an essential step to project the conservative message.

And what of the record of the Tea Parties today?

Lamentably, Maryland seems to be The Land The Tea Party forgot.

Even before the start of that initially spontaneous movement in 2009, Maryland had no strong grass-roots conservative movement. Conservative criticism of the big-government and anti-values schemes of the Ehrlich Administration (click here) were viewed by elected Republicans and many in the party faithful as almost treason. 

Social conservatives were starved for resources and serious Republican Party support in the otherwise winnable battle against same-sex marriage while Big GOP Donors (click here) supported such social engineering in the Old Line State. 

One salient grass-roots exception is the Hagerstown Tea Party, which as recently as last October heard a gripping and thorough presentation by expert Stephen Coughlin on Jihad and Shariah and national security. This Tea Party got its start from now-delegate Neil Parrott, an innovator in petitioning laws to the Maryland ballot.

Today one often hears a new Maryland GOP theme: support without fuss the new governor’s program and appointments. The assumption is that Larry Hogan’s program will be “successful” because of his business experience. Presumably he will then appear to be likeable in the eyes of Democrats, and a supposed independent-thinking and centrist majority of voters will reelect him.

Politically that approach may, or may not, work. But it does little to advance conservative principles and goals, and may well corrode them.

Maryland may be “open for business” — but is it also, for example, open to cheap illegal-alien labor (click here) and to refugee colonization (click here)?

Virginia, on the other hand, gave birth to a number of active Tea Parties. 

Some like the Richmond Tea Party helped recruit and elect Representative Dave Brat.

Too many others, but not all, don’t hold accountable their GOP politicians including their members of the U. S. House of Representatives.

And how many Tea Parties seriously address the Islamist problem (click here) in northern Virginia.

Of course, out-of-control immigration and Iranian nukes are existential threats to our Republic.

In the meantime, there are effective Virginia state-level single-issue groups, preeminently Second Amendment defenders as well as active pro-values and education-reform organizations.

Taking nothing away from the work of all these organizations, every one should be part of larger statewide conservative movement.

For in Ben Franklin’s words — “We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.”

 

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Faithful readers may recall three of our earlier pertinent articles–

After Timonium: Statewide Independent Conservative Action?
Advancing Conservatism In Virginia: A Modest Proposal
Radical University Empires vs. Clueless State Lawmakers

First things . . . Richard Falknor on 03 Mar 2015

Amnesty Vote Disgrace –Can the Grand Old Party Go From Leadership Betrayal To Principled Rebirth (Part I)?

This afternoon House Speaker John Boehner, 74 of his Republican colleagues, and 182 Democratic members helped enable an increasingly lawless president to provide “illegal immigrants with work permits, trillions in Social Security and Medicare payments, and billions in free cash tax credits—all benefits explicitly rejected by Congress.”

The president’s actions complement his plan to continue importing a “replacement people” for you and me and our children.

Readers should click here to see the yeas and nays of the vote of shame.

Here is today’s take from Conservative Review–

“’It is abundantly clear that John Boehner blatantly lied to conservatives last December in order to lure them into voting for the over bloated Cromnibus. Nothing in our national security situation has changed since Boehner promised to fight last December. The true homeland security threat comes from Obama’s dangerous open borders policies now being rubber stamped by this bill. It is evident that we are not only dealing with people who don’t share our values; we are dealing with people who are incapable of telling the truth,’ said Daniel Horowitz.” (Highlighting Forum’s.)

Mr. Boehner will apparently depend more and more on a coalition of Democratic members plus his core of Crony Republicans.

Maryland’s Andy Harris, all three West Virginia House Republicans including freshman and former Marylander Alex Mooney, and seven out of eight Virginia House Republicans all voted against the Boehner “dirty” appropriations measure for the Department of Homeland Security.

We don’t necessarily believe that every “no” Republican vote was a considered vote against expanding immigration.  But it is clear that in Maryland’s First District, and throughout Virginia and West Virginia, the GOP base wants no truck with the president’s amnesty schemes.  These “no” Republican votes reflect that.

Virginia’s 10th District Barbara Comstock, however, voted aye with the Speaker. Mrs. Comstock doubtless speaks for McLean Values, but less likely for a “humble and honest populism,” senator Jeff Sessions’ vision for a reborn GOP.

Breitbart’s Tony Lee gives us Dave Brat’s (Virginia’s 7th District) perspective: “‘No Upper Bound’ on Obama Exec Authority”–

“Brat, who is fast becoming the conscience of conservatives in the House, accused Republicans of appeasing Obama on domestic issues just like Obama has been appeasing and emboldening some of America’s foreign policy enemies on the global stage.
In an appearance on The John Fredericks Show in Virginia, Brat put the executive amnesty debate into proper constitutional perspective and noted that the truth ‘came out like a stick of dynamite last night’ when White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest revealed that Obama is now ‘strongly considering’ raising some corporate taxes via executive action. Brat said that if Obama is ‘strongly considering’ doing that, ‘that means there’s no upper bound on the President’s authority’ if Congress caves on his executive amnesty.” (Highlighting Forum’s.)

. . . . .

“’So we [Republicans] used our money to go after our own in-House guys when we promised for the last two months that we would fight tooth and nail against President Obama’s unconstitutional overreach.’
‘So we’re taking it to our own guys, who are standing strong on principle, on the constitution,’ [Brat] said– further proving conservative icon, scholar, and talk radio host Mark Levin’s declaration at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) that conservatives must understand that, ‘in order to defeat the Democrats, we have to defeat the Republicans.'”

The truth of the matter is that in spite of the Tea Party Election of November 2, 2010, the GOP Congressional Establishment shut out their voter base, the grassroots. 

The handwriting was on the wall in August of 2010 before that November election as we wrote in our “Conservatives: Put Not Your Entire Trust in GOP Princes”–

“The Republican divide [is] K Street vs. Tea Partiers” declares Timothy P. Carney in yesterday’s [August 22, 2010] Washington Examiner-–
“[Trent] Lott is the captain of the K Street team. He told a reporter last month his thoughts on the Tea Partiers: ‘We don’t need a lot of Jim DeMint disciples. As soon as they get here, we need to co-opt them.’”… “To the K Street wing, the Tea Party types are like the guy who’s playing too hard in a co-ed softball game — he’s sliding headfirst and barking orders at the cutoff man while you’re trying to chum it up with the boys and then maybe go home with the other team’s cute second baseman after the game.”

The Republican base is comprised of decent, traditional Americans, who have found it difficult to accept the fact that they have been rolled by highly placed members of their own party.

Here is a summary, for example, by Daniel Horowitz of the GOP Congressional Leadership’s most recent duplicity.

One sovereign remedy for GOP recovery would be that state and local GOP units become engines of accountability, not just cheering sections dominated by incumbents.

Stay tuned!

First things . . . Richard Falknor on 02 Mar 2015

Decisive Week To Keep House GOP From Buying Obama Amnesty; 63% Of VA GOP Members Stood Firm Friday But MD’s Harris Folded

“If Obama would threaten a veto and potential shutdown unless GOP members walk around naked, theyd oblige bec. ‘they’d get blamed 4 shutdown'” Daniel Horowitz Tweet

World Net Daily’s Drew Zahn captures Friday’s House of Representatives floor drama in his “Republican rebels stand fast against Boehner, amnesty: ‘If it’s illegal, it’s illegal,’ declares member of GOP resistance”–

“In the contentious voting over a Homeland Security funding bill Friday night, nearly 50 mostly conservative Republicans openly defied House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio – not once, but twice.”
. . . . . . . . . .
“Later in the evening, the proposal was put forward to pass a bill funding the DHS for just one week, and this time, 55 Republicans voted against the measure. Pelosi, however, rallied Democrats to switch their votes and agree to what she called ‘a 7-day patch.’ ‘Your vote tonight,’ Pelosi wrote in a letter to fellow Democrats, ‘will assure that we will vote for full funding next week.’”

Kudos to the five Virginia House GOP members who voted Friday here and here to hold fast on denying money for the president’s illegal executive amnesty: Robert Hurt; Morgan Griffith; Robert Wittman; Randy Forbes; Dave Brat.

The unanswered question is whether the Speaker plans to bring to the House floor this week (and pass with Democratic votes) a bill to bankroll the Department of Homeland Security through September 30 with no restrictions on the Constitution-breaking Obama executive amnesty.

National Journal’s Alex Brown reports “Democrats: Boehner Promised Us a Vote on a Clean DHS Bill Next Week”–

“House conservatives were told a shutdown-averting vote last night bought them a week reprieve to strategize a new fight against President Obama’s immigration orders. Democrats believe they’ve been promised a vote on a full-year funding bill by next Friday. A week from now, one of those groups is going to be very disappointed—and likely irate at the deception of its own leadership.”

The Fatal Consequences of Allowing Obama’s Amnesty Plans

We are talking about much more than cheap (unskilled and skilled) labor for Giant Business. Their campaign donations drive the Republican Establishment, as senator Jeff Sessions pointed out in his “Don’t Give the Masters of the Universe Their Amnesty”–

“So who are these so-called expert advocates and business leaders? They are not the law-enforcement officers; they are not our ICE officers; they are not our Border Patrol officers; they are not the American working man and woman; they are not unemployed Americans. They weren’t in the room. You can be sure of that. Their opinions weren’t sought. No, White House officials are meeting with the world’s most powerful corporate and immigration lobbyists and activists who think border controls are for the little people.
The administration is meeting with the elite, the cosmopolitan set, who scorn and mock the concerns of everyday Americans who are concerned about their schools, jobs, wages, communities, and hospitals. These great and powerful citizens of the world don’t care much about old-fashioned things like national boundaries, national sovereignty, and immigration control — let alone the constitutional separation of powers.” (Highlighting Forum’s.)

The End of Assimilation?

We now learn about the “Obama Task Force on New Americans: Changing America by ‘seeding’ migrants in towns everywhere.”

Ann Corcoran rounds up the background and current revelations about the immigration agenda of the Militant Left

“Obama is changing America by changing the people!  You might even say he is ‘colonizing’ America!
And, they are doing it by changing the language as well!
Yesterday several readers directed me to a segment of the Mark Levin radio program where Levin interviewed “Sue” from Maryland.
Sue had been wise enough to get on recent conference calls with the White House Task Force on New Americans, we mentioned the Task Force here and here.
In our first post we told you who was in charge and that they were not ‘assimilating’ immigrants.  They are ‘integrating’ them.  The word ‘assimilate’ is verboten in the Open Border circles.
The task force was created in November, here it is.  Now they are getting to work under the guidance of none-other than former La Raza (‘the race’) agitator Cecilia Muñoz and the Director of USCIS León Rodríguez.
In that second post, we copied verbatim the Task Force on New Americans instructions for getting on the call.  Note that they wanted to keep whatever was said from the press:
Note to the media: This engagement is not for press purposes.’
After hearing Sue’s description of what she heard, it is no wonder they didn’t want the press to know what was being said!
You can listen to Sue’s report to Levin by going to the Podcast of Levin’s February 26th show. Go here and find the February 26th show.  Start listening at 91:12 (on my version of the podcast).
***Update***  Reader Caroline sent us this link to WCBM (Baltimore) where Sue is identified as Sue Payne co-host of the Pat McDonough Radio Show.”

Main Street America is threatened not just with the importation of cheap labor by the so-called Right, but — even more dangerously — with the displacement of our civic and cultural order by the Very Hard Left as they seek to import a replacement people.

Will The Sky Fall If The Department of Homeland Security Funds Lapse?

Breitbart’s Tony Lee brings us Jeffrey Dorfman who declares, “Exec Amnesty Will Harm Economy More than Temporary Homeland Security Shutdown.” As Dorfman reminds us

“in the most recent government shutdown, ’87 percent of DHS employees kept right on working thanks to being classified as essential, while only 13 percent were sent home…under current law the reality is that a shutdown will have no noticeable effect on the important duties of the Department of Homeland Security.”

Tony Lee adds–

“But Obama’s executive amnesty is, according to Dorfman, ‘a step toward two things that will do billions of dollars in damage to our economy’–hurting American workers and imposing more costs on state and local governments:”  (Highlighting Forum’s.)

Here is Dorfman’s entire article in Forbes.

What About The Costs of Implementing Amnesty?

Appropriations expert (and recovering Congressman) Ernest Istook warns in the Washington Times, “Millions spent illegally on Obama amnesty plan; so who is going to prison? Bureaucrats obey Obama instead of following federal spending controls.” Istook declares–

“The White House claims that the massive expenses of amnesty processing will be covered by fees charged to applicants, but that fails the laugh test because: 1) expenses are already massive, but zero fees have been collected to date; 2) there have been no calculations released to match expenses with fees; and 3) the Constitution forbids spending any money unless it first is approved by Congress.”

Congressional friends of Federal employees might draw their attention to former House member Istook’s warning about “personal risk” to those working on implementing amnesty

“It’s illegal to spend federal money on purposes never approved by Congress. Yet Mr. Obama has bureaucrats going full-speed ahead to create the mechanism that would process amnesty for millions, even while a court injunction requires that actual processing cannot yet begin.
Preparations are proceeding ‘full-throttle,’ according to Judicial Watch, which works to make government accountable. The group has uncovered details about some of the tens of millions of dollars already being spent to launch Mr. Obama’s amnesty plan and called for a full investigation. Billions more in tax dollars are also on the line.
“However, there is personal risk for all who do Mr. Obama’s bidding rather than obey the laws that govern federal payments. Each person who violates what’s called the Anti-Deficiency Act (31 U.S. Code Sec. 1341) could be fined $5,000, sent to prison for two years, lose their job, or all of these. That law makes no exceptions for those who claim they merely obeyed orders from superiors, including the president.”

This Week’s Message to Your House GOP Members:
Don’t Become
An Amnesty Poodle!

Heavy GOP Establishment political pressure– think US Chamber of Commerce — is likely coming down on House GOP members to capitulate this week: to give the president money to replace American workers and to dilute the votes of Americans through the president’s lawless actions.

 Stay tuned….

First things . . . Richard Falknor on 26 Feb 2015

A message for our good Republican friends still in denial about the deeply flawed GOP Congressional leadership . . .

Allahpundit today reports further Senate GOP leadership shame in his “Senate Judiciary Committee votes to confirm Loretta Lynch as AG — thanks to three Republicans” – –

“The three defectors: Jeff Flake and Lindsey Graham, both members of the Senate’s Gang of Eight on immigration, and Orrin Hatch, who sold himself as Mr. Conservative to Utah tea partiers in 2012 in order to avoid being primaried.”

         . . . . . . . . . .

“Exit question via DrewM: Why doesn’t McConnell simply refuse to bring Lynch’s nomination to the floor? If he’s serious enough about blocking Obama’s amnesty that he’d force a vote on the House’s DHS funding bill four times, he’s surely serious enough to bottle up Obama’s nominee for Attorney General. Right?”

But today’s Senate isn’t Bob Taft’s (“Mr. Republican”) United States Senate.

Nor is it Scoop Jackson’s.**

Whatever the different perspectives of these two eminent 20th-century legislators, their independence of speech and action commanded respect not only in the Senate but nationally. Their devotion to what they saw as the national interest was paramount. 

They would have scorned Senate leaders whose highest aspiration was cutting deals and who market their dark dealings as “pragmatism.”

Lest we forget how far today’s Senate has fallen, please revisit Daniel Horowitz’ illuminating December 14, 2014 Conservative Review post“GOP Elites Don’t Love the Constitution” – –

“Late Saturday night, while few Americans were paying attention, the GOP establishment abrogated the last distinguishing factor that existed between the two parties. The GOP elites in the Senate joined Democrats in declaring our Constitution null and void. 
Not only were Senate Republicans planning to rubber stamp the Cromnibus/amnesty bill – the worst and most consequential single piece of legislation since Obamacare – they wanted to get it done without compelling Democrats to take a tough vote defending Obama’s illegal actions.  After forcing the poor senators to work over the weekend, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) finally leveraged Harry Reid into agreeing to conduct a vote on the constitutionality of Obama’s amnesty, as represented through the budget bill in the funding for immigration-related agencies.  But GOP leadership would have no part in Cruz’s bold effort.
So visceral was their hatred for Cruz for keeping them at work another day; so callous was their regard for stopping Obama’s amnesty, that 20 Republicans – including Senators Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and John Cornyn (R-TX) – voted with Democrats to affirm the constitutionality of Obama’s act.
 Then, all but 13 Republicans proceeded to vote for cloture on the “Cromnibus” bill, which consummates and accelerates Obama’s amnesty.”

So, fellow conservatives, keep organizing and sending our own vision forth!

 **  Full disclosure: the author served as a young aide to senator Henry Jackson.

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