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First things . . . Richard Falknor on 18 Oct 2014

Snapshot: Citizen Outrage Over WH “Mendacity and Incompetence”

The hand-lettered signs below — appearing on a roadside field in Loudoun County, Virginia — greeted Saturday drivers this morning.

It is just one measure — however unpretentious — of grass-roots outrage over the handling of the Ebola Crisis.

Saturday Morning Blue Ridge Outrage

Saturday Morning Plain Citizen Outrage

Former Federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy today in his National Review on Line post “Incompetence Meets Mendacity in Obama Administration’s Ebola Response” details here the danger to our institutions –

“It is a short step to incompetence when you lose sight of what you are expected to be competent at accomplishing. It is an even shorter step to mendacity for a ruling class that is schooled to believe the country is fatally flawed and, thus, that the pursuit of our national interests is evil. It turns out that when real crises rivet their attention, the rubes still expect the government to protect and defend them. At that point, the government must either attend to those basic duties, or lie.
This government has made its choice.”

 And, McCarthy notes, Ebola drowns out other grave concerns–

“Ebola is causing such anxiety that even alarm over an outbreak of enterovirus D-68 — far more prevalent and linked to the deaths of at least four children — has been crowded out. Ditto news of the Islamic State’s rampage, a stock-price rollercoaster, and the impending midterm elections”

The Obama Administration is in office and in power; consequently they are responsible for their missteps. 

As constitutional expert McCarthy declares, they have made their choice.

But there are doubtless many Democratic and Independent voters — and some Democratic politicians — who want flights to afflicted countries restricted, and borders secured — the latter right away, not in some ever-receding future.

On the other hand, there are some very rich Republicans who have been recklessly pushing open borders for cheap labor– technical as well as unskilled workers –while falsely claiming that we have some kind of STEM shortage.

Fjordman paints the underlying forces here in “When will Ebolaphobia become a hate crime” (Gates of Vienna)–

The doctrines of anti-racism, tolerance and diversity seem to mutate and spread to every section of Western societies. Perhaps this mental virus is what should concern us the most. If we still had a healthy society with a functioning immune system, we could be dealing more rationally with the viruses that confront us. Both physical viruses such as Ebola and ideological viruses represented by the Jihadist doctrines of the Islamic State (ISIS). The number one priority would have been to quarantine those affected and restrict travel from those regions and countries where these diseases are most widespread. That is simply common sense. Sadly, Western ruling elites in this age seem to be devoid of common sense. Their First and Only Commandment is: Diversity and open borders über alles.”

 Are you an Ebola racist? Fjordman continues–

“To Western elites, Multicultural ‘diversity’ is more important than life itselfliterally.
Abby Haglage is a reporter at The Daily Beast, a major American news and opinion website with millions of readers. She wrote an article about the apparently horrible thought that people from West Africa might face certain restrictions on traveling to Western countries when a deadly and escalating epidemic of one of the world’s nastiest viruses is plaguing West Africa. Haglage dubbed this ‘Ebola racism.'”

 The Weekly Standard’s Jonathan Last in his “Six Reasons to Panic” here goes straight to the root of the borders-and-protection-of-our-sovereignty matter.

“Ebola has the potential to reshuffle American attitudes to immigration. If you agree to seal the borders to mitigate the risks from Ebola, you’re implicitly rejecting the ‘open borders’ mindset and admitting that there are cases in which government has a duty to protect citizens from outsiders. Some people on the left admit to seeing this as the thin end of the wedge. Writing in the New Yorker, Michael Specter lamented, ‘Several politicians, like Governor Bobby Jindal, of Louisiana, have turned the epidemic into fodder for their campaign to halt immigration.’ And that sort of thing just can’t be allowed.
What would happen in the event of an Ebola outbreak in Latin America? Then America would have to worry about masses of uninfected immigrants surging across the border—not to mention carriers of the virus. And if we had decided it was okay to cut off flights from West Africa, would we decide it was okay to try to seal the Southern border too? You can see how the entire immigration project might start to come apart.
So for now, the Obama administration will insist on keeping travel open between infected countries and the West and hope that they, and we, get lucky.” (Highlighting Forum’s throughout this post.)

President Obama has taken the open-borders world view to a jaw-dropping extreme.

Consequently he and his administration are fair game for the kind of criticism appropriate for a president who continues to put his country in grave danger.

But conservatives must stay vigilant about the well-bankrolled forces in the GOP who have long sought a trans-nationalist agenda.

For these “transies” share responsibility for the damage already inflicted through our open border with Mexico.

First things . . . Richard Falknor on 16 Sep 2014

227 Years Tomorrow: Bells Across U.S. Mark Constitution Signing

In 1955, the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) petitioned the Congress (click here) “to set aside September 17-23 annually to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week.” The next year, their request became public law signed by president Dwight D. Eisenhower.

A Connecticut DAR chapter explained last year (click here) in their “Bells Across America to Ring on September 17″–

“The Daughters of the American Revolution encourage churches, schools, courthouses, fire houses, Veterans homes, city governments and individuals to ring bells on September 17 to commemorate the signing of the United States Constitution 226 years ago.  
From May 1787 to September 17, 1787 the debate on wording of the document and the establishment of the 3 branches of government was fiercely debated. It was the Connecticut Compromise which proposed the two houses of Congress – one with proportional representation (the House of Representatives) and one with equal representation (the Senate) which enabled the delegates to agree. And on Sept 17, 1787 the Constitution was signed. At 4:00 when the delegates emerged from what is now known as Independence Hall in Philadelphia, all the bells rang to celebrate the signing of the Constitution.  Ringing of the bells at 4:00 p.m. is encouraged but any time September 17 is fine.”

Tomorrow from Oregon to Arkansas bells will commemorate the signing of the Constitution 227 years ago in Philadelphia.

Whether you are a “new” citizen or one from many generations of Americans, consider urging your place of worship to ring their bells tomorrow to mark the signing of our Constitution.

Our readers understand more than most that preserving and protecting and defending our Constitution is paramount in these very dangerous times.

First things . . . Richard Falknor on 07 Aug 2014

August Recess: Getting Ready To Stop Obama Amnesty Overreach

“More important is that the Republican leadership, by acquiescing in the practice of funding the government by Continuing Resolutions rather than by individual appropriations has emasculated the most virile means by which mankind has ever limited government.”  –Angelo Codevilla, Continuing Appropriations Resolutions Subvert Limited Government.

Conservatives have until Monday, September 8, to bring the House GOP members they know to a new mindset determined to defund promptly the implementation of the president’s current and future “executive actions” on immigration.

Last Friday the House passed H.R. 5272 here, a bill to check the president’s policy of Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which has contributed to the invasion of our southern border. 

As senator Sessions suggests, via Matthew Boyle’s “Exclusive–Jeff Sessions: New Media Leading Way to Defeat Establishment’s Amnesty,” it will be a (necessary) struggle to get the Obama-Administration-led Senate to take up this crucial measure. 

In the meantime, a solution to realizing at least some of the objectives of this measure would be to defund future DACA activities in the pertinent FY 2015 (starting October 1, 2014) appropriations bills, and to defund the issuing of work permits to any alien not lawfully admitted into the United States in line with the House-passed H.R. 5272.

Last week, we asked

“What would be the larger result of failing to stop the president’s executive actions?
Living in a society where the rule of law has suffered a near mortal blow — and not just on immigration matters.
Andrew McCarthy has declared
‘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.’
Explained senator Jeff Sessions–
Congress has repeatedly rejected amnesty legislation, and that is why Obama has ‘no power’ to enact executive amnesty that is ‘breathtaking in its overreach.’
Calling for a ‘public refutation’ of Obama’s proposed actions, Sessions said the American people, when ‘on alert and when they speak out,’ can stop Obama from enacting unilateral actions that would be ‘plainly and utterly unlawful and unconstitutional were he to do so.’
Sessions said if ‘Obama eviscerates plain law’ by enacting more executive actions, the next president can say that, declare that even more people can come to the country illegally. 
‘This goes to the very core of law,’ Sessions said. ‘And if we allow that to occur and if the president does such a thing, there is no moral authority to enforce any law in the future and all of our laws will be weakened.’” (Highlighting Forum’s.)

The House of Representatives has two sovereign remedies to cope with runaway presidents: 1)  the power of the purse, and thus of withholding appropriations for specific activities, as Angelo Codevilla explains here; and 2) the impeachment power, which, as Andrew McCarthy points out here, might first be exercised on subordinate executive branch officials, even if there is not (yet) sufficient support for impeaching the chief executive.

Author and former Senate staffer Codevilla illuminates the current appropriations process — how we fail to use the power of the purse — and why we need to return to “regular order” in considering national legislation.

“Until circa 1990, Americans had taken seriously the relationship between appropriations and democracy. House and Senate used to divide the Executive departments’ requests for funds and programs into multiple categories and sub-categories. Then many committees and subcommittees held hearings on each item, followed by ‘mark-up’ sessions in which each would be modified and voted on. Thereafter, the full House and Senate would debate, amend, approve or disapprove them, one by one. This was “regular order” – more or less as described in civics books.
This changed at first gradually in the 1980s, when Democrats (and Republicans) who were resisting the Reagan Administration’s efforts to trim government figured out that individual appropriations bills delayed until the end of the fiscal year could be rolled together into ‘omnibus’ bills. These could be advertised as merely ‘continuing’ the current year’s programs and spending levels. In reality, these all-in-one bills 1) protected current programs from scrutiny, amendment, or repeal 2) were stuffed with new favors, programs, provisions and priorities that could not have survived an open process. Since 1989, the Congress has followed mostly ‘regular order’ only twice: in 1995 and 1997. Not since 2000 have the people’s representatives voted and taken responsibility for each of the government’s activities. In this century, the US government has been funded exclusively by single, omnibus ‘Continuing Resolutions’ (CRs).
This especially empowers Presidents and the interests aligned with him. So long as his allies control at least one house of Congress, they can make regular appropriations impossible, force the government to operate under CRs, and shape the CRs with the threat of a Presidential veto of any that contain items of which he disapproves. Then he can accuse those who insist on displeasing him with ‘shutting down the government,’ without entering into the substantive merits of the programs at issue. Incidentally, CRs also empower governmental bureaucracies and their clients. Thus, they effectively transfer sovereignty from the people to the government.” (Highlighting Forum’s.)

The Speaker of the House, of course, plans on keeping the “continuing resolution” model. The Hill’s Cristina Marcos reported on July 24 —

“House leaders had discussed voting on a short-term spending bill, also known as a continuing resolution (CR), as soon as next week. Boehner said he expected the funding bill would keep the government operating into the lame-duck session after the midterm elections.”
But if the House is to defund implementing the president’s amnesty overreach through so-called executive action contrary to existing law, House GOP members must start work to stop the overreach now — not in September.
For the present, however, we shouldn’t put aside the impeachment power, but instead weigh using it against the worst of the president’s lieutenants. And we must go back to appropriations “regular order” so the House can once again effectively exercise the constitutional power of the purse.
There is no guarantee that the GOP will take back the Senate. Even if it does, its likely GOP leadership, to put it charitably, does not have strong conservative inclinations. 
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We’ll write more on defunding other Obama Administration programs or regulations (including Obamacare) that cannot be allowed to become established, or further continued. These range from shutting down coal mining; to Federal control of local zoning; to the U.S. supporting here and here — directly or indirectly — Middle East jihadists slaughtering Christians and Jews.

 

 

First things . . . Richard Falknor on 28 Jul 2014

Energizing The House GOP: This Week Our Voices Must Count!

UPDATE AFTER PRESS TIME! Sessions Calls On All Colleagues To Block President’s Planned Amnesty & Work Permits” YouTube today here.

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Immigration Crisis — Energizing The House GOP: This Week Our Voices Must Count!

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) warned his colleagues in Congress that Americans will vote them out of office in November if they do not act this week to thwart President Barack Obama’s plans to grant work permits and amnesty to up to eight million more Americans via executive fiat.
‘In November, some people are going to be wondering how their political heads were severed from their shoulders if they don’t listen to what the American people are saying,’ [senator Jeff] Sessions declared on Breitbart News Sunday.” (Highlighting Forum’s.) Tony Lee

This courageous senior Republican senator is certainly right about the electoral consequences to politicians who fail to act now to stop the president’s current and planned executive actions on immigration.

Conservatives should also weigh, moreover, the freedom consequences to their own families if they fail to persuade the House GOP members (here or here) they may know to stand fast against the president’s executive actions on immigration.

What would be the larger result of failing to stop the president’s executive actions?

Living in a society where the rule of law has suffered a near mortal blow — and not just on immigration matters.

As Andrew McCarthy has declared

“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.”

Explained senator Jeff Sessions yesterday–

[A]ny border bill that passes the Senate or the House ‘should have in it language that bars any president from expending any money to carry out’ amnesty proposals. Sessions noted that Congress has repeatedly rejected amnesty legislation, and that is why Obama has ‘no power’ to enact executive amnesty that is ‘breathtaking in its overreach.’
Calling for a ‘public refutation’ of Obama’s proposed actions, Sessions said the American people, when ‘on alert and when they speak out,’ can stop Obama from enacting unilateral actions that would be ‘plainly and utterly unlawful and unconstitutional were he to do so.’
Sessions said if ‘Obama eviscerates plain law’ by enacting more executive actions, the next president can say that, declare that even more people can come to the country illegally. 
‘This goes to the very core of law,’ Sessions said. ‘And if we allow that to occur and if the president does such a thing, there is no moral authority to enforce any law in the future and all of our laws will be weakened.'” (Highlighting Forum’s.)

Last Friday, the Alabama senator spelled out the larger context–

“’The American people have begged and pleaded for years for our laws to be enforced,’ Sessions said in his statement. ‘We have people in our own country living in violence, fear and poverty every single day. They have demanded an immigration policy that puts their jobs, wages and communities first. Every citizen should pick up the phone and ask of their congressional representative: where do you stand?’
 Sessions said that it would be wrong for any member of the House or Senate to support any border crisis bill that doesn’t end DACA [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals] and block the president from expanding it.
 ‘No Member—House or Senate, Democrat of Republican—should support any bill with respect to the border crisis that does not include language explicitly prohibiting the Administration from taking such action,’ Sessions said. ‘Congress must foreclose any possibility of these unlawful executive actions before congressional funding is granted. This is an essential precondition.'” (Highlighting Forum’s.)

Recall that the House of Representatives has two sovereign remedies to cope with runaway administrations: the power of the purse and thus of withholding appropriations for specific activities as Angelo Codevilla explains here; and the impeachment power, which, as Andrew McCarthy points out here, might first be exercised on subordinate executive branch officials, even if there is not (yet) sufficient support for impeaching the chief executive.

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As every state is now likely to become a border state, readers may wish to visit the following presentation here on the invasion of our bleeding and neglected southern border with Mexico:  Border Patrol veteran Zack Taylor’s in-great-depth briefing on the criminal (and worse) penetration of our border with Mexico. Taylor asks how the interaction of money and power prevents the securing of this area so crucial to our security and our sovereignty.

First things . . . Richard Falknor on 24 Jul 2014

Borders & Constitution Crisis:Tomorrow AM House GOP Summit

UPDATE! Pete Kasperowicz in TheBlaze here “Boehner indicates no room for Ted Cruz border plan in House bill”all the more reason for conservatives to have a heart-to-heart with the GOP members they know right away!

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Borders & Constitution Crisis: Tomorrow AM House GOP Summit

 

Breitbart’s “House GOP to Hold Border Crisis Summit”–

“House GOP leadership will be holding a border crisis summit at 9 a.m. Friday morning, Speaker John Boehner’s spokesman Michael Steel announced in an email to reporters on Thursday.’The House Republican Conference will hold a meeting tomorrow morning at 9 AM to continue discussing the humanitarian crisis at our southern border, and the menu of recommendations developed by the Working Group led by Rep. Kay Granger,’ Steel wrote.”

Investigative journalist Boyle underscored the fact that –

“A number of key conservatives, especially Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), have criticized the Boehner working group plan, noting a press release announcing it does not mention President Barack Obama’s name. Sessions, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) are leading a push to confront Obama’s use of executive actions on immigration in the bill.”

In a closely related post here today, “Fleming To Boehner: Don’t Give Obama Border Bill Until He Rescinds Executive Amnesty,” Boyle explained what House conservatives see as essentials for border-crisis legislation–

  • “Rep. John Fleming (R-LA), an influential conservative member, wrote to Speaker John Boehner and other members of House GOP leadership to urge them to drop plans for a new border crisis bill until President Barack Obama rescinds his executive orders that administratively have granted amnesty to hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens in America.”
  • “Fleming called for three steps that must happen before the House considers any legislation. First, he said, Obama must ‘declare an end’ to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Second, he said that President Obama must use the ‘exceptional circumstances’ clause in the 2008 anti-human trafficking law that many have blamed for this crisis to deport the illegal alien children back to their home countries. Third, Fleming called on Obama to join Texas Gov. Rick Perry in deploying the National Guard along the entire U.S. border with Mexico to ‘secure the border and turn back all illegal crossers.’  Perry deployed the National Guard along Texas’ border with Mexico, but Fleming wants the National Guard along the full border, which includes New Mexico, Arizona and California in addition to Texas.”
  • “Last week, Senate Budget Committee ranking member Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) hand-delivered a letter to every member of Congress warning them against taking any actions that don’t get at the root of the problem: Obama’s executive amnesties.”
  • “Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) joined Sessions’ call by offering a bill that would bar the administration from furthering pursuing DACA or other executive amnesties by blocking funding for documents the administration would need to create. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) offered the House companion of the Cruz bill, both of which have been gaining cosponsors in their respective chambers of Congress.” (Underscoring Forum’s throughout.)

You can read this entire Boyle post here.

This afternoon and early evening offer an opportunity for conservatives to help Maryland here and Virginia here House GOP members stay focused on the essentials: protecting our Constitution and  our sovereignty. If we can’t make the time to talk with our members about this on-going national catastrophe on our southern border, we will be as delinquent as the president.

And before you talk to a member, please listen to the compelling YouTube of Zack Taylor of the association of former border patrol officers,

For even more background, see our earlier posts–

 

 

First things . . . Richard Falknor on 14 Jul 2014

House Judiciary Chief Bob Goodlatte “Clueless on Impeachment”?

“‘We are not working on or drawing up articles of impeachment,’ Goodlatte told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos on ‘This Week’ Sunday. ‘The Constitution is very clear as to what constitutes grounds for impeachment of the President of the United States. He has not committed the kind of criminal acts that call for that.’” — Kari Rea

Today constitutional expert Andrew McCarthy took Virginia’s Sixth District Representative Bob Goodlatte to task here in author McCarthy’s PJM post “GOP’s House Judiciary Chairman Clueless on Impeachment.”

Some key McCarthy points – –

  • The Beltway fixture that Republicans have placed in charge of the House Judiciary Committee—i.e., the committee that, by its own description, functions as ‘the lawyer for the House of Representatives,’ and claims an ‘infrequent but important role in impeachment proceedings’—is ignorant when it comes to the Constitution’s impeachment standard.”
  • “In point of fact, no ‘criminal acts’ are necessary before a president may be impeached.”
  • The concept conveyed by ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’ is executive maladministration, whether out of imperiousness, corruption or incompetence. In that sense, it is more redolent of military justice offenses than criminal acts that violate the penal code. Like a soldier, one who owes fiduciary responsibility is liable for acts that would not be considered criminal wrongs if committed by an ordinary civilian. Dereliction of duty, conduct unbecoming, profound deceitfulness, and the failure to honor an oath, to take a few obvious examples, would qualify as high crimes and misdemeanors even if they might not be indictable offenses if committed by one in whom high public trust was not reposed.” (Highlighting Forum’s throughout)

 McCarthy objects to impeachment of this president right now as a prudential  matter, but not because impeachment requires “criminal acts” –

“Consequently, it makes sense that the House is not ‘drawing up articles of impeachment,’ as Rep. Goodlatte took pains to assure George Stephanopoulos. Impeachment is a political remedy involving the stripping of political authority, not the proof of crimes. In that most important of senses, it is a matter of public will.
At the moment, there is not widespread popular support for impeaching President Obama; thus, as I argue in Faithless Execution, it would be counterproductive for the House to file articles of impeachment. If it took such a step—before building political support by focusing the public on the full extent of executive lawlessness and why it is such a threat to our liberties and our system of government—the president would easily prevail in a Senate trial. The administration and the media would spin that outcome as an endorsement of Obama’s imperial presidency. The result: those who had set out trying to rein in presidential lawlessness would inadvertently have encouraged more of it.”

Former Federal prosecutor McCarthy puts the president’s lawlessness into the larger picture–

“The precedents for executive domination that President Obama is setting will be available for exploitation by every future president, regardless of party. Goodlatte admits the president does not execute the laws faithfully—the president’s main domestic duty—but does not see that as a ground for impeachment. Got that? He’s not saying, ‘Look, we don’t have the political support necessary to proceed with impeachment'; he is saying rampant presidential lawlessness does not constitute a legal basis for impeachment.

Last month Andrew McCarthy recommended “a practical step” here in his NRO post “Boehner Issues Memo Explaining His Feckless Plan to Sue Obama”–

“I had a column on the homepage yesterday about a practical step congressional Republicans could take to combat the rampant presidential lawlessness I’ve documented in Faithless Execution — to wit, they can start impeaching subordinate executive branch officials who have been involved in either (or both) the IRS abuse of Americans over their political beliefs or the cover-up of that constitutional affront, which has involved misleading testimony, destruction of evidence, and obstruction of justice.”

McCarthy also summed up what he saw as the GOP Establishment’s thinking–

“Boehner and Beltway Republicans are essentially saying, ‘We can’t use our power because Obama and his media friends would say mean things about us. But our lunatic conservative base is demanding action. So let us file a lawsuit so we can say we did something. Who knows . . . maybe in a year or two we’ll get lucky and get a favorable ruling against Obama that can’t be enforced without Obama’s help.'”

We agree with McCarthy when he declares that —

“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.”

But we also believe that the House GOP leadership does not want any serious “distractions” (from a quiet ride to the November 4 elections) arising from even second-level impeachment proceedings, from serious appropriations cuts that might “shut down the government,” or even perhaps from unexpected but blockbuster Benghazi revelations.

As we noted last Friday, Judiciary panel chief Goodlatte said on June 16  (here via Tony Lee at Breitbart)–

“Goodlatte acknowledged that if there is not an ‘an overwhelming majority’ of Republicans who support various amnesty and immigration bills, then ‘we have to have some Democrats come and support us.’
‘We’ve already passed four bills out of the committee,’ he said. ‘I believe that there is bipartisan support for those and for other bills that would come along behind those bills.

This is clearly chairman Goodlatte’s preferred path — to immigration “reform”.

Consequently he will continue blaming the president for the border crisis, but not push for a confrontation with the White House to stem the invasion.

Follow Bob Goodlatte’s nimble rhetoric as the border crisis comes to a crunch in the House!

First things . . . Richard Falknor on 11 Jul 2014

Borders & Sovereignty In Peril; But Are Top GOP Members Lost?

Most conservative citizens, Republican, Independent, or old-fashioned Democrat, are deeply troubled by the sovereignty crisis on our southern border and are eager to get as much news as possible to do what they can to help stem the invasion.

What Is REALLY Happening on Our Southern Border: Chapter and Verse

Read here Zack Taylor’s (The National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers, Inc.) “Independence Day 2014 Advisory to America”. 

It’s not pretty, but read it all. Below is an excerpt on one part of the threat–

“The equation is simple, cocaine and heroin are grown and produced outside of the United States then smuggled across our borders before being placed in the hands of trusted foreign representatives inside the United States for distribution to every hamlet, town and city in America through a network that could teach Wal-Mart a thing or two about distribution. America is the largest illegal drug and alien market in the world and transnational criminals have virtually unlimited resources to protect and enlarge their organizations. Illegal Immigration is a large part of how they accomplish their business model inside the United States which is likely why the War On Drugs failed in that they can replace gaps in the supply chain almost instantly through illegal or legal immigration. The preponderance of the violence in our cities is directly related to the supply of illegal drugs from foreign countries. The root problem is that this organized crime model of illegal immigration is ignored and allowed to flourish.” (Highlighting Forum’s)

Too few House GOP members, however, propose any kind of concrete House of Representatives-driven solution.

The GOP rhetoric of many members, of course, is full of the obligatory blaming of the president (who richly deserves it), but overlooks the complicity of their own leadership in pushing Big Immigration.

We have this old-fashioned expectation that at least Republican nominees for — and incumbents in — the U.S. House of Representatives are there first to protect our liberties.  Here is their oath:

‘I, AB, do solemnly swear (or Affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.’ (Underscoring Forum’s.)

GOP election pitches, explicit or implicit, which market the candidate’s deal-making skill and ability to “reach across the aisle” for “common sense solutions” seem tone deaf while the Republic is under siege.

Meanwhile, Back in Maryland and Virginia

Here is a local 10th Congressional District of Virginia GOP committee touting House nominee Barbara Comstock and suggesting she can hustle more for Loudoun County.

What can local Republican apparatchiks be thinking, pushing pork at a time like this?

In fairness, Mrs. Comstock is probably no different from too many other GOP House nominees or incumbents across America in having no discernible concrete proposals for the Congress to try to stem this threat to our citizens’ security. 

Only Virginia 7 GOP nominee David Brat has been addressing head-on the bi-partisan open-borders push and the consequences of that destructive policy.

Virginia Representative Bob Goodlatte has a wish list for the president here but no specific recommendations for the House itself to act — to bring to bear its primacy of place in controlling the public purse, or its power of impeaching the president’s servants who can be held accountable for implementing lawless policies.

But we know where Mr. Goodlatte’s heart is.

As Judiciary panel chief Goodlatte reportedly said on June 16  (here via Tony Lee at Breitbart)–

“Goodlatte acknowledged that if there is not an ‘an overwhelming majority’ of Republicans who support various amnesty and immigration bills, then ‘we have to have some Democrats come and support us.’
‘We’ve already passed four bills out of the committee,’ he said. ‘I believe that there is bipartisan support for those and for other bills that would come along behind those bills.’ (Highlighting Forum’s)

Today we received a list here — “No Money Until President Obama Acts” — compiled by immigration-control experts, of 28 steps the president should take to address the border crisis.

The House GOP leadership must resolve to confront the Obama Administration by denying major funds and possibly by the impeachment of subordinate officials such as the Secretary of Homeland Security —  if we are effectively to protect our borders and our sovereignty. 

Without substantial public pressure, however, there is little likelihood that the House GOP leadership will risk any kind of confrontation before the November 4 election.  They didn’t climb this far up the GOP ladder to start acting like Ronald Reagan or Margaret Thatcher. They came here to learn how to do deals and to listen to donors.

Mark Levin’s Take

House GOP nominee Barbara Comstock has sought and received many endorsements, including, notably, that of Mark Levin.

Nationwide commentator and constitutional lawyer Levin weighed in strongly this week on what should be done about the chaos on our border and on the fecklessness of Speaker John Boehner.

Understand that Speaker Boehner’s proposal for a lawsuit is a dangerous substitute for taking Constitutional action, not a prelude to solving the problem. 

Readers can listen to Levin’s comments here and here thanks to the RightScoop.

Does Mrs. Comstock agree with former Reagan Justice Department official Mark Levin’s insights on Speaker Boehner’s proposed lawsuit  and on Levin’s recommendations about what should be done about the border crisis?

Does any Virginia GOP House incumbent agree with Mark Levin on these two critical concerns?

Does Maryland GOP House appropriator Andy Harris?

If we are looking for models of United States Representatives in action to stem the border invasion, consider Oklahoma’s Jim Bridenstine and Tennessee’s Marsha Blackburn proposed visit to Ft. Sill tomorrow here

“Congressman Jim Bridenstine (OK) will visit the HHS facility housing Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) at Ft. Sill, on Saturday, July 12.  Representative Marsha Blackburn (TN) will accompany him.After being denied access on July 1st to the federal facility operated by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to house UAC at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, Bridenstine notified HHS that he intends to visit the facility.  The HHS response included a list of restrictions including no questions during the tour, no contact with staff or children, and no recording devices or photography.  Both Congressmen have indicated that they plan to treat these restrictions just as the President treats laws passed by Congress, as ‘suggestions’.” (Highlighting Forum’s)

Readers will recognize that the time-sensitive issues we are focusing on here are those of preserving our Constitution and the safety of our families, not ordinary policy disputes.

First things . . . Richard Falknor on 04 Jul 2014

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

First things . . . Richard Falknor on 30 Jun 2014

Impeachments & Invasion: Straight Talk from House Members?

“The Democratic Party is the ruling class’s ruling element, and its voters are the bulk of the beneficiaries. The Republican Party’s leadership, its associated business associates and consultants, are the junior partners.The mass of GOP and independent voters, having come to see themselves as disadvantaged and insulted by the ruling class, have increasingly supported anti-establishment candidates to challenge it in Republican primaries. Accurately, the Republican establishment sees this as a greater threat to themselves than any Democrats could be.”
— Angelo Codevilla in “
The Ruling Class Went Down to Mississippi”

Many thoughtful voters see our nation in increasing if not immediate peril, and most of them are likely struck by the dissonance between these pressing dangers and the bland, often murky rhetoric of many House GOP leaders.  

Codevilla’s analysis (read it all) of the Mississippi Republican debacle helps us understand why the House GOP leadership talks vaguely “right” with no intention of serious curative action in the current crisis.

Let’s look at just two flash points — there are many others, some relating to the Islamist threat and to national defense — to which we’ll return in a later post.

  • The president’s usurping of legislative powers, and his failure to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.”

Andrew McCarthy in NRO declares “Boehner Is Bringing a Whistle to a Gunfight”  explaining that–

“The goal should be to create a political climate in which executive lawlessness is deeply discouraged; that could be accomplished if some defunding were accompanied by the impeachment of obnoxious subordinate officials who execute the administration’s lawless policies. It cannot be accomplished by a lawsuit that simply reinforces the president’s assessment that his opposition is unserious.”(Highlighting Forum’s).
  • The president’s reckless failure to protect our borders and thus our sovereignty.

Senior Republican senator Jeff Sessions reveals (via YouTube) “Senate Dems Go Home To July 4th Barbecues As U.S. Border Descends Into Chaos.”

John Derbyshire paints a transatlantic picture here (via VDARE)–

“For anyone who gives a fig about Western civilization there is only one story that matters in these years we’re living through:  The swelling flood of Third Worlders pouring into our countries.  Even some mainstream commentators are starting to get it.”

As for the Texas invasion, he explains–

“What this actually is, is a law-enforcement crisis, a Congressional accountability crisis, and a crisis of executive delinquency.” (Highlighting Forum’s).

And author Diana West has a plain solution here (also go here) to this invasion clearly intended as colonization–

“[P]lease don’t be fooled by the adverb “temporarily.” What we’re looking at is Washington’s effort to set up a network of Central American detention centers/orphanages/schools/? across the country that are likely to be as ‘temporary’ as the Arab-Palestinian ‘refugee camps’ created more than 60 years ago.
This must be reversed. They have to be deported, all of them.(Highlighting Forum’s).

But back to our House Republican incumbents here (Maryland) and here (Virginia).

Will these members publicly commit to moving promptly towardthe impeachment of obnoxious subordinate officials who execute the administration’s lawless policies” — as Andrew McCarthy recommends?

Will these members publicly commit to invoking the appropriations and impeachment powers of the House to turn back the current invasion of our southern borders?

As scholar and former senate staffer Codevilla keeps reminding us–

“The Mississippi primary confirmed yet again that, if America is to go in a direction other than the one of which some three- fourths of American disapprove, it is compelled to do so with a vehicle other than the Republican Party.”

If “Republican” politicians flinch from using their powers to support and defend the Constitution and to guard our borders — thus failing to provide for our common defense –there is simply no reason to support them for they themselves will have forsaken their oaths and their political tradition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First things . . . Richard Falknor on 27 Jun 2014

UPDATED! A Border Crisis, Lawless Government & Feckless GOP Leadership

UPDATE JUNE 28! Andrew McCarthy here in NRO: “Boehner Is Bringing a Whistle to a Gunfight” “The goal should be to create a political climate in which executive lawlessness is deeply discouraged; that could be accomplished if some defunding were accompanied by the impeachment of obnoxious subordinate officials who execute the administration’s lawless policies. It cannot be accomplished by a lawsuit that simply reinforces the president’s assessment that his opposition is unserious.”

A Border Crisis, Lawless Government & Feckless GOP Leadership

“A week before the July 4th holiday, America can’t even protect its own borders, and what do our democratic colleagues wish to do? They want to adjourn this chamber, go home to their barbecues, work on their reelection campaigns…How can any of us relax at an Independence Day barbecue next week knowing at this very moment the nation’s sovereignty is being eroded?” –senator Jeff Sessions here June 26, 2014

Too many of our Republican House members also don’t see the need for prompt action to protect our sovereignty

Diana West made these grave points Wednesday here in her “Border Crashing and Population Replacement” post

“The local news from around the USA tells us that the U.S. federal government is not only enabling the mass invasion at our own border, it is doing nothing to repel it. It is, in fact, doing everything it can to make it permanent.”
“But we do seem to be witnessing a newly blatant phase in which the federal government is taking concrete measures to replace or displace or forever make strangers out of its own citizens with primitive alien blocs that will never be ‘assimilated,‘ but rather will forever change the towns and localities they are being foisted on. It is a crime without a name — call it nation-cide.”
“The front line of this war goes through every town council and planning commission across America, as we have already seen in Lawrenceville, VA, also Escondido, CA (below) and elsewhere.”
“What we’re looking at is Washington’s effort to set up a network of Central American detention centers/orphanages/schools/? across the country that are likely to be as ‘temporary’ as the Arab-Palestinian ‘refugee camps’ created more than 60 years ago.”
“This must be reversed. They have to be deported, all of them.” (Highlighting Forum’s throughout.)

Author West continues here with a half-dozen examples of communities now being threatened by “population replacement.”

Take the time to read it all.

This is your America, but maybe not for very long.

The Boehner Memorandum: “either untrue or abject nonsense”

Former Federal prosecutor and constitutional expert Andrew McCarthy spells out (via NRO), in his “Boehner Issues Memo Explaining His Feckless Plan to Sue Obama” here, what is behind the Speaker’s proposed lawsuit —

“Boehner and Beltway Republicans are essentially saying, ‘We can’t use our power because Obama and his media friends would say mean things about us. But our lunatic conservative base is demanding action. So let us file a lawsuit so we can say we did something. Who knows . . . maybe in a year or two we’ll get lucky and get a favorable ruling against Obama that can’t be enforced without Obama’s help.'”

Author McCarthy gives us some constitutional specifics on the Boehner Memo

  • If no one is in a position to ‘challenge the president’s failure’ to follow the law, that is because no one has suffered a concrete personal injury that would provide the standing necessary for a court case — judges are not there to resolve power disputes between the political branches.
  • “There is an institution that ‘can challenge the president’s failure’ to execute the laws faithfully: It is the Congress.
  • “And there is a legislative remedy: Congress has the power to defund executive-branch activities and impeach lawless executive-branch officials, including the president himself.”
“Either of those responses would stop the president’s lawlessness in its tracks. And sure, the leader of the opposition party controlling the House may well be able to pass an ‘explicit House authorization for the lawsuit’ Boehner anticipates filing. After all, how hard is it to get a bunch of congressional Republicans to agree that punting to the courts is easier than rolling up their sleeves and doing their jobs? (See, e.g., Obamacare.)”

McCarthy recommends that Congressional Republicans–

“start impeaching subordinate executive branch officials who have been involved in either (or both) the IRS abuse of Americans over their political beliefs or the cover-up of that constitutional affront, which has involved misleading testimony, destruction of evidence, and obstruction of justice.”

In an earlier NRO column last week, McCarthy urged–

“So, Republicans: Impeach them now, worry about prosecuting them later . . . and please stop whining as if you are powerless to do anything.”

Jeff Sessions: The Senate’s Republican Rock Against Big Immigration

And yesterday senior Republican senator Jeff Sessions warned here (via Breitbart’s Tony Lee)–

“Obama ‘has circumvented Congress and ignored the Constitution whenever it is convenient for the implementation of his agenda,’ and it is up to Congress to ‘work each day to reassert its constitutional authority and to rein in an Executive Branch that seeks to make its own laws.
This will not be possible merely by filing lawsuits: Congress must be willing to use its constitutional authority, including its appropriations powers, to protect the American people and the rule of law,’ he added.”

What’s In The Minds of the House GOP Leaders?

Andrew McCarthy reveals here (via PJM) more detail about the thinking of the House GOP leadership– 

“In essence, Boehner & Co. are fecklessly asking the courts to do their heavy lifting for them — a classic case of assuming the pose of meaningful action while in reality doing nothing. And tune in next week when Republicans get back to complaining about how activist judges are making the law rather than interpreting it.
Republican lawmakers will plead with the courts to do something about Obama’s imperiousness because there is political risk in using their own authority. If they employ these game-ending powers, the president will use the bully pulpit to bully them and his media loyalists will echo the demagoguery from here to Election Day.
Clearly, Republicans doubt their competence to win this debate, to make presidential lawlessness the defining issue of our political discourse. They prefer to cruise quietly into November, and hope — as they did in 2012 — that the unpopularity of Obama’s agenda will be enough to carry them through the election. But they also know their agitated base is demanding that they do something to stop or slow the dizzying pace of Obama’s ‘Change,’ which in just the last couple of weeks has given us: the VA scandal, ruinous EPA regulations, the release of top Taliban terrorists to return to the jihad, an invited invasion of thousands of illegal aliens across the Southern border, and revelations that executive officials destroyed key evidence in the IRS scandal.
So the GOP will substitute futile litigation for purposeful legislation. This, of course, is the same strategy that has saddled us with Obamacare: Take no real legislative action — in fact, continue funding the problem — and pray that the Supreme Court will be the grown-ups willing to strike down the law and bear the Obamedia wrath. That worked out well, no?”

As McCarthy emphasizes–

“The Constitution provides two avenues for reining in presidential lawlessness: Congress’s power of the purse and Congress’s authority to impeach the president. They are extraordinarily powerful remedies … but they are the only two available. Some lawmakers appear to think there is a third: Unwilling or unable to persuade their colleagues to use the constitutional powers available to the legislature, they hope to have the courts do the work for them – and to look, in the process of filing ballyhooed lawsuits against the administration, like they are mounting real resistance. It is, however, a feeble strategy.”

Plain Talk

Constitutional activist McCarthy recommends the House act now to impeach senior officials who are enabling the regime’s lawlessness. His subtext is apparently that while the nation is not at this time ready for presidential impeachment, Internal Revenue Service (and, we would add, homeland-security officials) are very unappealing defendants in the court of public opinion which is where impeachment proceedings will ultimately be judged.

We certainly agree with his logic.  The obstacle, however, is that the House (and Beltway) Republican leadership simply do not want seriously to confront the White House on any major issue.  The leadership and their big-donor overlords have already gone to great expense and trouble to try to suppress the “base,” as we just saw in the Mississippi U. S. Senate primary election here. The GOP will, of course, happily give the “base” the kind of political theater described in the Boehner lawsuit memo.

But if conservatives want real action from the House Republicans, they are going to have to lean on the members they know in ways they have not been comfortable doing in the past and keep leaning until there is real action.  In short, conservatives must make a very big noise, and do it right away.

As we said, it’s your America, but maybe not for very long.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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