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First things . . . Richard Falknor on 03 Feb 2016

Report On The Trump Ground Game — And The Larger Importance Of Getting It Right!

Politico’s Ben Schreckinger today reports here in “Trump resists staff calls to change coursethat – –

“In the lead-up to Donald Trump’s loss in Iowa, staffers sought additional funding for campaign infrastructure and were denied. Now, six days from the New Hampshire primary and looking for his first win, Trump is still refusing to shake up his ground game.”

Read the entire post.

We cannot second-guess Trump’s Grand Campaign Strategy with the information we have.

Our gut, however, tells us that from what we have seen in our part of the forest (Maryland and Virginia), more talent and resources would be most helpful.

But this brings us to the larger picture of the Trump Insurgency, or better, the hopes for an American Reformation he has raised throughout the nation.

These hopes — for the return of our sovereignty through control of our borders, management of our legal immigration, trading arrangements that clearly benefit us; restoring our economy to benefit ordinary Americans; rebuilding a robust national defense while distinguishing between selected foreign actions that are our business and avoiding the many entanglements that are not our business — have taken on a life of their own.

From conservative patriots ranging from Phyllis Schlafly here to senator Jeff Sessions here to Ann Coulter here, to thousands of Americans who have lined up across America to hear Donald Trump, they are deeply invested in the future he has evoked.

Trump is now the steward of these widely held hopes — almost as if he were already in public office.

The message to  Trump: understand as you make your tactical decisions that your campaign has become a national movement to begin to resuscitate a seriously endangered United States.

The future of your fellow Americans depends on your careful judgment.

First things . . . Richard Falknor on 01 Jan 2016

The Omnibus: The Moral Failure of the House Conservatives — Did They Even Try To Derail The Omnibus Express?

The left-leaning Politico got it right when they declared “Conservatives give Ryan a pass on budget deal they despise” —

“But unlike past fiscal battles, when lawmakers took shots at GOP leaders and tried to tank bills, this time conservatives are largely holding their fire. Even as they vow to oppose the package, many are still praising Speaker Paul Ryan’s handling of the $1.1 trillion spending bill and $680 billion in tax breaks.” (Highlighting Forum’s)
“Virginia Republican Dave Brat, a Freedom Caucus member who also sits on the budget panel, said Ryan has also gained support because he has been ‘credible on regular order’ — Congress-speak for empowering committees and rank-and-file members — and has already teed up the budget process for the beginning of 2016, a starting point unheard of in recent years.
‘The end product here is just cleaning the barn; it’s a disaster,’ Brat said of the spending and tax deal. ‘We’re breaking our pledge on the budget caps to the American people, we’ve lost fiscal discipline, and we’re throwing it all on the next generation.’
But in the same breath, Brat praised Ryan: ‘Not only is he saying the right things, he is lining it up to do the right things … and then leadership can’t hijack the budget at the end of the year and throw in the kitchen sink, which we just did.’
Praise from members of the conservative flank is a sign that they believe Ryan (R-Wis.) is trying to chart a new course in his nascent speakership. The conservatives feel more included in the process and said Ryan’s staff has been vocal about wanting their feedback. But the lawmakers are also planning to watch the speaker closely in 2016, when they say he’ll have more control over the appropriations process and Boehner can’t be blamed.” (Highlighting Forum’s)

But PowerLine’s Paul Mirengoff has a sharper perspective in his “GOP leadership caves on Gosar Amendment”–

“From the Politico article, it’s clear that Freedom Caucus members like that Ryan is giving them face time. This represents the triumph of vanity over principle. Ryan is playing these folks and they seem happy enough to be played. (Highlighting Forum’s)
Ted Cruz likes to talk about the ‘Washington Cartel’ — the leaders from both parties who, he says, make sure business continues as usual, to the people’s detriment. Cruz’s rhetoric seemed extravagant to me, but now I wonder whether it is apt.”

Last week Mirengoff added further insights in his “The problem with Speaker Ryan in one headline”–

“[Amber] Phillips’ [WP] article does a good job of explaining how Ryan managed to sell out conservatives without drawing the ire of his conservative colleagues. She demonstrates the problem with House conservatives in two paragraphs:
Ryan managed to negotiate a spending bill with Democrats in the same manner and with largely the same outcomes that Boehner likely would have. But Ryan did it without earning the same kind of vitriol from the right flank of his party that Boehner likely would have. The group on the right didn’t like the spending bill, and many didn’t vote for it, but they didn’t call Ryan names for negotiating it with Democrats.
Knowing he was at risk of being compared to the politically toxic former speaker during these negotiations, Ryan did his best to subtly draw contrasts with Boehner outside of them — Boehner smokes and drinks; Ryan works out every morning. Boehner stacked powerful committees with his allies; Ryan opened the positions up to the whole House.
Apparently all it takes to turn House conservatives into poodles is a morning workout and the promise of ‘openness.’ Amazing.” (Highlighting Forum’s)

Who Voted Against The Consolidated Appropriations
Act of 2016 &
The Rule Enabling Its Consideration?

Take a look who voted no on these two bills:

Think about this. If just 40 of the 95 Republican members (42%) who voted against the bill itself had earlier voted against the Rule (together with the 183 Democrats who did so), they might well have brought the Omnibus Railroad to a halt.  

The reasonable and publicly defensible objective would have been to enact a further continuing resolution until mid or late-January (as Americans for Limited Government urged), allowing both the members of the Congress and the public carefully to examine and consider this enormous legislative package.

Daniel Horowitz summed up the Omnibus problem in his “Paul Ryan’s 11 Christmas Gifts to Obama–

“At 1:34 on Wednesday morning [December 16], the party of Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan dropped their Christmas package off at the White House lawn in the form of a 2,009-page omnibus spending bill and a 233-page tax subsidy bill.  The House plans to vote on the tax bill today and the spending bill tomorrow [December 18].  The enormity of this betrayal is breathtaking. At the same time, however, it perfectly illustrates why the American people are done with the Republican Party as currently constituted, as witnessed by the direction of the presidential primary.  Amazingly, many ‘D.C. conservatives’ are giving Paul Ryan a pass.” (Highlighting Forum’s)

Perhaps even a seriously organized pushback of House conservatives against rushing this monstrous Omnibus to approval might have failed — with Nancy Pelosi getting enough Democrats and Ryan enough Republican Poodles to get the House to approve a Rule giving the green light to the Omnibus Railroad before Christmas.

But if House conservatives had pushed back hard against the GOP leadership on the Omnibus, whatever the outcome, they would have kept their credibility — and their honor — for the future.

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For readers’ quick reference, the following articles make it very clear what this Omnibus should have accomplished, and suggest just some of the damage already identified in that lamentable measure.

“By locking in the President’s refugee, immigration, and spending priorities, Ryan’s bill is designed to keep these fights out of Congress by getting them off the table for good. Delivering Obama these wins–and pushing these issues beyond the purview of Congress–will suppress public attention to the issues and, in so doing, will boost the candidacy of the Republican establishment’s preferred presidential contenders, who favor President Obama’s immigration agenda.” (Highlighting Forum’s)

First things . . . Richard Falknor on 24 Dec 2015

A Blessed Christmas & New Year From Blue Ridge Forum!

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First things . . . Richard Falknor on 15 Dec 2015

UPDATED: Immigration & More: What Do Maryland GOP U.S. Senate Primary Hopefuls Think About The Imminent Omnibus?

UPDATE DECEMBER 16–MORE FOR MD GOP SENATE HOPEFULS TO COMMENT ON! WND’s Leo Hohmann reportsSecret deal quadruples foreign workers in U.S.–Borrows from Rubio’s ‘Gang of Eight’ bill to flood blue-collar job market” –Buried in the 2,000-page omnibus spending bill released by the Senate this morning is a secret provision that many senators hope unemployed blue-collar workers won’t find out about.This provision would quadruple the number of H-2B visas for unskilled foreign ‘guest workers.’ It would allow more than a quarter of a million foreign workers to enter the U.S. each year and work in the construction industry, hotel-motel services, truck drivers, food processing, forestry and many other fields that don’t require a college education.The last-minute insert was sponsored by Sens. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., and Thom Tillis, R-N.C….’In 2008, CIS found that Mikulski, a long-time champion of SOSSBA, received tens of thousands of dollars of campaign contributions from the biggest users of the program,’ [Ian] Smith said. Like Maryland, Tillis’s state of North Carolina is a big user of the program.” Breitbart’s Neil Munro on Rep Andy Harris role here. Read Ian Smith’s NRO piece here–“Members of Congress from Maryland and North Carolina…should join the bipartisan effort to condemn the bill.(Highlighting Forum’s.)
                                                                          
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The Baltimore Sun’s Michael Dresser here tells us that

“[Kathy] Szeliga, 54, gives the GOP its most prominent contender so far for the seat Mikulski has held for three decades. Also seeking the Republican nomination [are] former gubernatorial aide Chrys Kefalas, Navy veteran Anthony Seda and former Pentagon official Richard Douglas.”

We agree with Dresser’s assessment, and we also recall Szeliga’s outstanding competence and judgment from the time she was chief of staff to then-state senator Andy Harris.  We do not know the other four candidates. If not so prominent, they may nonetheless be equally able. 

But the country is in grave peril, and the Congress as well as the White House is in no small disrepute.

Consequently Maryland Republican candidates for United States Senator in 2016 need to speak forthrightly and in detail about such existential threats as uncontrolled immigration. 

Conservative Review senior editor Daniel Horowitz puts the matter here into this week’s context–

“This week will serve as the harbinger for how dramatically Obama will be able to ‘fundamentally transform’ America during his final year in office — coinciding with a time of unprecedented domestic and international security threats. When the voters elect a divided government, the expectation is that each side will have to implement some policies that the other dislikes. With Republicans in control of Congress and the purse strings that come with that power, the December budget bill will be the last opportunity to redress the grievances from which the American people seek relief. This is a time for Republicans to fight for a number of policies that, if not rescinded, will cause irrevocable damage to either our security or our economy. Particularly in Obama’s final year it is vital that Republicans preemptively curb him from consummating the great fundamental transformation. While there are endless liberal policies conservatives would love to block in the budget bill, there are certain items that must be defunded now and cannot wait for the next president.”  (Highlighting Forum’s throughout.)

Baltimore-area resident Horowitz continues-

Stop Obama’s Dangerous Refugee Program
Republicans are floating the idea of attaching their phony refugee bill to the omnibus. Their bill will not shut down the program; the best way to prevent future radical Islamists from entering our nation.  It’s time Republicans harness the overwhelming public opposition to refugee resettlement and defund the entire program for the rest of the fiscal year until the Government Accountability Office conducts a full audit of the program’s security problems and fiscal cost.  As Sen. Jeff Sessions noted, if Republicans fund refugee resettlement in the omnibus, December 11 will truly be a date that will live in infamy.  The details of the San Bernardino terror attack demonstrate just how dangerous our immigration policies can be. The budget bill will provide Congress with the last chance to block the new immigration of radical sharia-adherent Muslims from Syria and potential terrorists like Tafsheen Malik.
Defund Amnesty
The release of tens of thousands of dangerous criminal aliens into our communities is undoubtedly the biggest threat to our security for the remainder of this presidency. But the problem is not only limited to sanctuary cities. It’s localities, such as Frederick County, Maryland, that want to cooperate with ICE but are stymied from doing so. Why? Because Obama has essentially repealed the Secure Communities and 287(g) programs designed to coordinate and train local law enforcement in helping with immigration enforcement.  Republicans must condition funding for DHS to the reinstatement of Secure Communities and 287(g). They must also defund DACA, which is still incentivizing a massive border surge to this very day. And obviously, they must defund sanctuary cities. We cannot afford another year of mass illegal immigration. Yet, at present, as Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) noted, Republicans are planning to fund every aspect of Obama’s amnesty agenda in the Omnibus. At a time when we have record immigration from the Muslim world, in conjunction with no deportations, no visa tracking, and an open border, we have never been more vulnerable to a terror attack. This cannot stand another year.”

Read the entire Horowitz post 9 Harmful Policies GOP Must Block in Budget Bill here.

Today our worst fears about the Omnibus were confirmed by Breitbart’s Julia Hahn in her Politico: Ryan-Pelosi Give Obama Refugees In Omnibus

“Establishment publication Politico confirms the repeated warnings of  Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL)… and Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL)…, that Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)’s… omnibus spending bill will fully fund President Obama’s refugee resettlement operation.”

Several Questions For Each Of The Maryland GOP U. S. Senate Contenders

If you were a senator today, what legislative action if any — e.g., sponsoring or co-sponsoring amendments to fix the measure — would you be prepared to take when the Ryan Omnibus comes before the Senate this week?

Would you vote for an Omnibus that did not defund refugee resettlement? that did not defund Planned Parenthood? that did not block gun control?

Or is avoiding a “shutdown” in 2015 your first priority?

Extra points: what sitting U. S. senator do you most admire?  Why?

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Readers (and candidates) might find the following  articles useful–

Shelby, Sessions Propose Immigration Provisions To Include In Omnibus

Paul Ryan Set To Mail Obama Check To Bring In Muslim Refugees

Act This Week! Is This Your Last Chance To Keep From Being Replaced?

First things . . . Richard Falknor on 14 Dec 2015

Act This Week! Is This Your Last Chance To Keep From Being Replaced?

“The omnibus would put the U.S. on a path to approve admission for hundreds of thousands of migrants from a broad range of countries with jihadists movements over the next 12 months, on top of all the other autopilot annual immigration – absent language to reduce the numbers.” —senators Jeff Sessions & Richard Shelby

This week the Congressional Republican Leadership plans a vote on a giant “omnibus” appropriations measure to bankroll the Federal government through next September 30!

Today Politico’s Huddle reports

“Negotiations continued throughout the weekend on a massive government funding deal lawmakers need to clinch this week. Technically the deadline is Wednesday, but it’s highly likely Congress passes another short-term funding measure to give the Senate time to pass any deal that emerged from the still ongoing negotiations. Sources famil[iar] with the talks said staff for Republican and Democratic appropriators, along with leadership, are ‘making significant progress’ and a deal could come together shortly. But big issues on riders and levels of appropriations still exist.”(Highlighting Forum’s.)

Importantly, last Thursday senator Jeff Sessions, in discussing Syrian refugees warned, “It’s going to be jammed through!” (Click here.)

Last Friday constitution defender Sessions and his colleague Richard Shelby urged (click here)–

“Congress must cancel the President’s blank refugee check and put Congress back in charge of the program.  We cannot allow the President to unilaterally decide how many refugees he wishes to admit, nor continue to force taxpayers to pick up the tab for the tens of billions of unpaid-for welfare and entitlement costs.  The omnibus would put the U.S. on a path to approve admission for hundreds of thousands of migrants from a broad range of countries with jihadists movements over the next 12 months, on top of all the other autopilot annual immigration – absent language to reduce the numbers.” (Highlighting Forum’s.)

The two senators recommended instead–

  • “A provision to deny the expenditure of grant funds in the omnibus legislation for Sanctuary Cities
  • A provision to deny the expenditure of funds to issue visas to countries that refuse to repatriate criminal aliens
  • A provision to prevent the expenditure of any funds on immigration programs that waive in-person interviews
  • A provision to withhold refugee resettlement funds until Congress passes a joint resolution to authorize refugee resettlement, ending the President’s unilateral refugee power”

Replacing America

Refugee-resettlement expert Ann Corcoran detailed what appears to us to be our Deep State’s larger goal –click on her Obama Task Force on New Americans: Changing America by ‘seeding’ migrants in towns everywhere–

“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!
Update March 2:  Learn about another participant in the plan—New Americans Campaign, here.
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“It is not just Obama!
Finally, remember this “seeding” concept has been going on for decades through Presidents of both parties as the US State Department and its contractors (all nine are progressive, six of them represent the ‘religious Left’) have been seeding communities with refugees — see our post just this week about how over 60 towns in Minnesota have been ‘salted’ (I should have said ‘seeded!’) with Somalis.  Obama is just taking it to a new level.
By the way, I will bet the contractors*** were on that Task Force on New Americans conference call too!
Speaking of language—you are a racist if you don’t want to be replaced!
Again, they control the language:  If you aren’t ‘welcoming’ then that means to them you are unwelcoming = racist, redneck, xenophobic, nativist boob.  Such language sends most good people running for cover.  Or, in the case of politicians, especially Republican ones, they virtually wet their pants out of fear while Obama and the progressives move forward with their agenda of replacing you.” (Highlighting Forum’s.)

What — then — should be done?

  • The Congress must move the current extension until mid-January so sensible immigration fixes can be added and so that members will have at least a week to review the provisions of this giant measure before voting on it. Blind legislating of this scope under Christmas “deadlines” is simply indefensible.

 

  • Readers who don’t want to be overwhelmed by Shariah-adherent and assimilation-resistant refugees should talk bluntly and right now to their House GOP members who plan to go along with the Ryan Leadership on immigration: we’ll bring up your record at every Republican county committee meeting we attend; we’ll confront volunteers for your reelection campaign on your position; we’ll picket your district offices; we’ll put your porous-border votes on local overpass media; and we’ll seek not just a primary opponent but even explore finding an independent conservative candidate to challenge you. 

Civility, yes; “nice”, no longer.

First things . . . Richard Falknor on 11 Nov 2015

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

All our military history and much more should be part of our national conversation–– not topics relegated to the archives of academics and locked away from school children.

This last year has revealed even more sharply the organized civic collapse of undergraduate bodies in too many of our universities.

Most recently, Yale University and the University of Missouri have brought shame to what was once the higher learning in America.

As Andrew McCarthy wrote yesterday–

“The university is a terrible deal for the country and for too many students. It is no longer a center of learning and the promotion of reason. It is a cauldron of hard Left indoctrination and victim narratives where reason no longer has a home.” 

What does this mean for Veterans Day 2015?

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

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

Keeping Faith With Our Veterans!

Below is what we wrote on November 11, 2011–

What we conservatives can do ourselves and do now is teach ourselves, our families, our children, about the victories, hardships, misadventures, and traditions of our fighting men and women since the colonial wars in New England and the beginnings of the Republic.

We can talk with our friends and colleagues about about the complexities of the Barbary Wars (with their implications for today) and  the “Shores of Tripoli.”

We can try to understand how Abraham Lincoln managed his generals – at least that Republican didn’t promise to “talk to his generals” before he could figure out his war aims.

We can try to learn some lessons from the many-front struggle with Germany, Italy, and the Empire of Japan in World War II.

We can remember the fearful price we paid in Korea from post-World-War-II neglect (scroll down) of our forces.

Most of all, we can appreciate the skill and endurance of our forces from Roger’s Rangers in the French and Indian War, to Washington’s crossing to Trenton, to Joshua Chamberlain at Gettysburg, to Torpedo Eight at Midway, and to the epic Marine breakout from the Chosin Reservoir in Korea.

All this military history and much more should be part of our national conversation –– not topics relegated to the archives of academics and locked away from school children.

First things . . . Richard Falknor on 18 Oct 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why do we bring this up?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Derailing Obama’s Priorities

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

  • Daniel Horowitz proposed “An Immigration Solution that Puts Americans First” (click here), including the defunding of some Obama immigration schemes. (We would add at least a temporary defunding of the H-1B visa program until it is cleaned up.)
  • Stanley Kurtz explained the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing horror (suburban “Obamazone”) here — a rule that should be defunded now;
  • The Justice Department should be kept on a very short money leash to stop more of their social engineering –“disparate impact,” cultural diversity, and anti-gun activities among others.

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

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

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

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

As we pointed out last July–

For any such fight over money with the president to be successful, the House leadership will have to tussle with the White House the traditional way — over individual money bills for various parts of the Federal government — and pave the way with a public campaign explaining what their objectives are and why they are important to ordinary Americans, all the while being undercut by senate bosses Mitch McConnell and Harry Reid.

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

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

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

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

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

Again, as we suggested in July — when the president by executive action soon further limits your Second Amendment rights or further colonizes your backyard with imported citizens of another country, you will have no way to fight back unless the House acts by December 11. The Congressional GOP just might deign to pass “show bills” that will never be enacted, but then will finally brush you off by promising “only wait for the next [Establishment] Republican president and everything can be fixed.”

First things . . . Richard Falknor on 10 Oct 2015

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

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

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

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

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

By reliable, we mean responsive to mega-donors.

The Case of Paul Ryan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stay tuned!

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

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

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

First things . . . Richard Falknor on 01 Oct 2015

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

Tammany Tiger Cartoon

GOP Leadership to Conservative Base (Drawing by Thomas Nast)

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

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

from RedState 2011 by Kelila Horowitz

— from RedState 2011 by Kelila Horowitz

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

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

 

 

First things . . . Richard Falknor on 15 Sep 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

But Boyle also quotes Alabama’s Representative Mo Brooks–

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

This might well have been true last January.

The Trumpian Revolution Reaches Beyond the Race For President

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

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

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

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

See our posts below —

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

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

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

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