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Common Defense Richard Falknor on 16 Jul 2016
A good start to grasping this danger is Mark Tapson’s short interview here with Heather Mac Donald about her new book The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe !
Some excerpts from the interview—
“MT: What were your thoughts upon hearing of last week’s Dallas shooting in progress, when police were dying and being wounded even as they tried to protect the demonstrators who had gathered there to protest their supposed racial bias?
HM: I was overcome by acute fear for this country. The elite establishment has been playing with fire in stoking the Black Lives Matter hatred of the police, and that fire may now be raging out of control.”
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“MT: This is a little off-topic from your book, but you’ve written about anti-terrorism before – in light of the proliferating Islamic attacks on American soil, are our counterterrorism efforts being hindered in much the same way as our law enforcement is with crime?
HM: Our unwillingness to speak the truth about Islamic terrorism is if anything more perverse than our unwillingness to recognize the reality of black crime. The elites mostly just ignore black crime. In the case of Islamic terrorism, however, they affirmatively rebrand it as, for example, an eruption of Republican homophobia or opposition to transgender bathroom use, as we saw in the recent Orlando attacks.” (Highlighting Forum’s throughout.)
Few GOP politicians are likely to read Mac Donald’s War on Cops on their own — so patriots should get their own copy and start schooling their elected officials about this grave peril! Their local central committees might be a good place to begin this discussion.
(Slightly revised after press time.)
Common Defense Richard Falknor on 15 Jun 2016
UPDATE JUNE 17! Washington Post’s “What Trump delegates in Md. think of Hogan’s decision not to back the presumptive nominee”that “Regardless of Hogan’s effect on the presidential race, multiple delegates said it could cost him votes in a 2018 reelection bid.”
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Ovetta Wiggins of the Washington Post reported this afternoon–
“Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said emphatically Wednesday that he does not plan to vote for Donald Trump, his party’s presumptive — and divisive — presidential nominee.”(Highlighting Forum’s.)
But in the April 26, 2016 Maryland GOP closed primary, 54% of participating voters cast their ballots for Donald Trump.
“In last Tuesday’s Maryland GOP presidential primary, 444,204** Republicans voted compared with 248,468 in the Maryland 2012 presidential primary: an increase of 195,736!
Also in last week’s Maryland GOP primary, Donald Trump prevailed among Republicans in every Maryland congressional district and county.
This increase in voters likely came from cross-over Democrats and independents; from Republicans disillusioned with their party’s leadership who had been staying home at election time; and even from long-time citizens who had not previously voted.
Trump was clearly the energizer here as he was in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.
(Readers may click here for Maryland State Board of Elections numbers and information. See also The Green Papers here.)
So what are some of the key concerns driving Trump voters everywhere?
Putting American interests at home and abroad first:
specifically getting control of the levels of legal as well as illegal immigration (including a pause in the admission of Muslims);
negotiating trade deals that benefit our workers and preserve our sovereignty;
rebuilding our defenses while avoiding reckless overseas conflicts.
**Numbers as of May 1, 2016.”
But as Ann Coulter tweeted right after the speech–
“Anyone who plans to talk about Trump ever again has to see this speech. Your opinion is irrelevant unless you listened to him today.”
We now have the answer to the question posed in our May 1 post: The head of the Maryland GOP, governor Hogan, clearly does not welcome the Old Line State’s Trump voters.
Of course, these Trump voters might end up “orphaning” Hogan.
Common Defense Richard Falknor on 29 Dec 2015
“Turning the Tides” — January 8 & 9 in Annapolis–Friday Dinner & Saturday Conference–For Northern Virginia,West Virginia Panhandle As Well As Maryland Activists
Turning the Tides is a heavy-hitting gathering sponsored by Maryland Citizens Action Network — click here for registration and full details — covering existential threats to our Republic.
Bring along some of your local GOP officials and state lawmakers!
Common Defense Richard Falknor on 08 Dec 2015
This week the House of Representatives Republican Leadership apparently plans (click here, then here) on continuing to bankroll the Administration’s expanding “refugee” program — and in spite of the Islamist-engineered slaughter in San Bernardino. This morning open-borders Speaker Paul Ryan showed here he still didn’t “get” the peril.
Now is the tipping point: will the GOP Establishment rise to the challenge and put their country ahead of their donors?
National-security expert Frank Gaffney has a lucid explanation — “It’s Shariah, Stupid” — of the danger here.
“If we are to survive the collective effort of shariah-adherent Muslims and their enablers around the world to force ‘non-believers’ to submit to that toxic ideology, we have to recognize that a) that we are not just confronting the Islamic State, but all those who embrace and practice the same ideology; b) we must counter both the violent and the pre-violent jihadists; and c) this will require a comprehensive, clear-eyed and patient strategy akin to that utilized decisively by President Reagan to destroy the last totalitarian ideology that sought world domination: Soviet communism.”
Conservative Review senior editor Daniel Horowitz gives us a John Quincy Adams illustration here of what we should expect from immigrants.
Constitutional scholar Andrew McCarthy reminds us here—
“The promotion of constitutional principles and civic education has always been foundational to the American immigration and naturalization process. We fatally undermine this process by narrowly vetting for terrorism rather than sharia adherence.” (Highlighting Forums.)
Members who vote to continue bringing in swaths of people many of whom are Shariah-adherent will bear a heavy responsibility for future slaughters about which Trump warns — click here.
And so will we if we don’t push the Congress hard — right now — to defund these dangerous but taxpayer-supported programs.
Common Defense Richard Falknor on 15 Jul 2015
Iran Surrender — Worse Than Munich: Congress Greased The Way By Approving Corker Scheme With Huge Majorities Bigger Than Chamberlain’s in 1938
But first, let’s look in a little detail at how both houses of the Congress emasculated themselves last May so they would have very little leverage over the final instrument of surrender.
“With passage of the Corker-Cardin Democrat protection bill, it has become abundantly clear that Senate Republicans are utterly useless.
Due to the outrageously false perception of this bill, only 6 Republicans opposed shutting off debate (Sens. Cruz, Cotton, Grassley, Lee, Moran, and Sullivan) and only Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) voted against it in the final passage.”
The House Republican leadership simply rammed it through. Again, Daniel Horowitz explains (click here) “House Leadership Blocking Out Conservatives on #IranDeal.”
From Maryland and Virginia, the only no votes were those of Andy Harris and Dave Brat. (See footnote***)
The Machinery of the Corker Scheme
The invaluable constitutional expert Andy McCarthy spelled out this Monday in NRO the consequences of the Corker Scheme (click here).
Here are few salients excerpts, but read all of McCarthy’s analysis — after all, this surrender is likely to be a matter of war and peace.
“Who are you gonna believe, your honey or your lyin’ eyes? That is the question that springs to mind upon reading the ‘dissent,’ forwarded to Rich by a friend who prefers to remain anonymous, from my weekend column on the dangerously misguided Republican response to Obama’s Iran deal.“
The legislation will help President Obama pave Iran’s way to become a nuclear-weapons power. This seems counterintuitive to those with higher expectations of Obama’s Republican opposition than I have: The bill overwhelmingly passed the GOP-controlled Congress after being proposed by Foreign Relations Committee chairman Bob Corker (R., Tenn) with co-sponsorship by the likes of Senator Ben Sasse, the freshman Nebraska Republican who drew strong conservative support (and who figured prominently in my weekend column). Yet it is simply a fact that the Corker bill reverses the Constitution’s presumption against international agreements: instead of requiring the president to convince a two-thirds supermajority of the Senate to approve the Iran deal, it requires opponents to convince a two-thirds supermajority of the full Congress to defeat the deal.”
“As the Times elaborates, Democrats were among the Corker bill’s biggest boosters because it ensures the deal cannot be killed unless Republicans muster 67 disapproval votes in the Senate (as well as 291 in the House). Naturally, President Obama signed the bill because it assures him of victory.”
“The Corker bill does not require Congress to approve the Iran deal before sanctions can be extinguished; Obama gets his way if Congress fails to disapprove the deal. These GOP ‘Iran hawks’ well know that Congress will surely fail to enact a joint resolution of disapproval. As the above-excerpted Times report points out, (a) Obama will veto it if one is passed, and (b) more than enough Democrats will stand with him to defeat any override attempt.”
“The dissenter would do well to remember that, in order to get the Corker bill across the finish line with White House support, Republican leadership provided Democrats with astonishing help: defeating amendments that, among other things, would have required Obama to certify that Iran had ceased supporting anti-American terrorism; would have automatically re-imposed sanctions in the absence of such a certification; would have required treating the deal as a treaty; would have required Iran to free the Americans it is holding in its prisons; and would have required Iran to accept Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state. The dissenter is sorely mistaken in believing that only Democrats stand to be politically embarrassed by positions the Corker legislation has boxed them into
“Iran is an enemy of the United States and its acquisition of nuclear weapons, like its promotion of terrorism, is unacceptable. This situation thus presents a duty to prevent what is unacceptable, not an opportunity to abide what is unacceptable while scoring political points. Using Congress’s constitutional powers to stop the Iran deal would be statesmanship. The Corker bill is gamesmanship.” (Highlighting Forum’s throughout.)
Congress now has a brief period in which it could pass — then overcome a veto of — a joint resolution of disapproval of the Iran Surrender.
How likely is this with a Republican leadership that strove so hard for the Corker self-emasculation?
Andy McCarthy also reveals (click here)–
“Cravenly elevating their own political interest over the national interest, many on the GOP side of the political class calculate that it is more important to avoid blame for frustrating Obama — this time, on his delusional Iran deal — than to succeed in actually frustrating Obama. But alas, that annoying Constitution is again an obstacle to shirking accountability. It does not empower the president to make binding agreements with foreign countries all on his own — on the theory that the American people should not take on enforceable international obligations or see their sovereignty compromised absent approval by the elected representatives most directly accountable to them.
Thus, the Constitution mandates that no international agreement can be binding unless it achieves either of two forms of congressional endorsement: a) super-majority approval by two-thirds of the Senate (i.e., 67 aye votes), or b) enactment through the normal legislative process, meaning passage by both chambers under their burdensome rules, then signature by the president.
The Corker bill is a ploy to circumvent this constitutional roadblock. That is why our post-sovereign, post-constitutional president has warmed to it.” (Highlighting Forum’s throughout.)
And maybe there is even more to it — American companies straining at the leash to export to Iran?
For Big Business always has the head chair around the Congressional Ruling Class table.
Yesterday Veronique de Rugy told us in her NRO post, “Boeing Is Going Back to Tehran — Could It Be with Ex-Im’s Help?” (click here)–
“A friend shares the following tweet, from the Tehran bureau chief of the New York Times: ‘Iran state news agency IRNA reports that Boeing wants to send a delegation to sell planes.'”
A Glance At The Munich Debate–
House of Commons, October 3-6, 1938
After Munich, Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s government was sustained (click here and go to bottom of last page) by a vote of 369 to 150 — far higher opposition numbers than against the Corker Scheme.
But note Chamberlain’s tone — so different than Mr. Obama’s — on British rearmament:
“I am told that the policy which I have tried to describe is inconsistent with the continuance, and much more inconsistent with the acceleration of our present programme of arms. I am asked how I can reconcile an appeal to the country to support the continuance of this programme with the words which I used when I came back from Munich the other day and spoke of my belief that we might have peace in our time. I hope hon. Members will not be disposed to read into words used in a moment of some emotion, after a long and exhausting day, after I had driven through miles of excited, enthusiastic, cheering people–I hope they will not read into those words more than they were intended to convey. I do indeed believe that we may yet secure peace for our time, but I never meant to suggest that we should do that by disarmament, until we can induce others to disarm too.“(Highlighting Forum’s.)
Make no mistake: Munich was still a disaster. Historian Martin Gilbert reports —
“For the first time in his political career — and it was nearly forty years since he had first stood for Parliament — Churchill’s optimism deserted him. Despite his appeal in Parliament for a national revival, the events of September 1938 filled him with a deep despondency….”
What is to be done now? First, promptly and markedly improve the current GOP leadership, so that their successors do not shrink from confronting the president. Second, use the power of the purse and the impeachment power over key Obama appointees to limit damage from the Iran Surrender. All of this will depend on whether Republicans at all levels across the US are sufficiently alarmed by this existential threat from Iran and the threat of Big Immigration.
*** When you hear Virginia GOP members — save for the courageous Dave Brat — blasting the Iran Surrender, ask them why they voted for the Corker scheme. As Brian Darling points out today in Conservative Review (click here) “Republicans will spend the next month denouncing the deal and trashing President Obama when they voted to allow the Corker-Cardin framework to govern the procedure to oppose the deal.”
Common Defense Richard Falknor on 12 Jul 2015
Virginia’s 10th District U.S. Representative Barbara Comstock attended a “Sharing Ramadan” event earlier this month, apparently under the auspices of Emerge USA (click here for Discover The Network’s take on Emerge USA).
The Virginia first-termer spoke (listen here to the YouTube) of the importance of the First Amendment, and gushed about the work of Emerge USA.
Is Emerge USA truly a “great group,” as Mrs. Comstock declared on the YouTube? And here is her endorsement on Emerge USA’s website.
FrontPage.com’s Joe Kaufman revealed in May of 2014 (click here)–
“Emerge USA is a Florida-based organization whose unstated goal is to give radical Muslims a political voice in America.”
And noted that–
“the head of the Democratic Party Debbie Wasserman Schultz canceled her keynote address in front of Emerge just two years earlier”
Kaufman in 2014 described Emerge USA’s co-director, Florida attorney Khurrum Basir Wahid–
“Prior to helping found Emerge, Wahid was a legal advisor for the national office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and a director of CAIR’s Florida chapter. In 2007 and 2008, CAIR was named by the U.S. Justice Department as a co-conspirator to the financing of millions of dollars to Hamas.
In 2011, Wahid himself was placed on a U.S. government terrorist watch list.”
Comstock (click here for the YouTube) talked to her Ramadan hosts about the First Amendment.
But does she grasp the deep conflict between free speech and Sharia?
“In the wide net cast by sharia law’s repressive blasphemy standards, such speech includes critical examinations of Islam, no matter how accurately they represent Islamic supremacism—a mainstream interpretation of Muslim doctrine that is bellicose, misogynistic, harshly discriminatory, and often cruelly punitive.”(Highlighting Forum’s)
McCarthy explains the world-wide Islamist effort to make free speech conform to Sharia’s harsh restrictions, and how this Administration enables that effort–
“At the conference in what has become known as the ‘Istanbul Process,’ Secretary Clinton lamented that the effort to stamp out the common sense commonly demagogued as ‘Islamophobia’ had been hampered by the inconvenient fact that ‘for 235 years [of American history], freedom of expression has been a universal right at the core of our democracy.’ The First Amendment made it extraordinarily difficult for government to prohibit speech explicitly. Still, she maintained that Leviathan could get the job done by an alternative route—one no doubt near and dear to the hearts of the sharia enthusiasts in her audience. The Obama administration, she promised, would ‘use some old-fashioned techniques of peer pressure and shaming, so that people don’t feel that they have the support to do what we abhor.'”(Highlighting Forum’s)
After watching the Comstock YouTube, one seasoned northern Virginia Republican lamented, “Barbara sure has time for these folks, but hardly any for Tea Partiers.”
Our lawmakers need to do their homework on emerging Islamist threats!
We are not suggesting that Mrs. Comstock is some secret Sharia adherent.
What we are urging is that she — and those Virginia state lawmakers who sponsored a General Assembly commendation (click here) for the ADAMS Center (click here then here for our earlier stories) — begin their (apparently neglected) due diligence on Sharia and Civilization Jihad.
This is no time for willful blindness.
Common Defense Richard Falknor on 02 Jul 2015
Are tunnels like those also, in the eyes of ISIS, a developing instrument for attacks across our southern border?
Listen to these two “Secure Freedom” podcasts of last Tuesday to get the full force of Gordon’s message–
- “What ISIS learned from Hamas’ most recent loss in Gaza”
- “Why is the U.S. more vulnerable to terror-tunnel attacks than Israel?”
- “The tempting target that San Diego makes, and how ISIS could infiltrate it”
Dan Gordon explains “The Middle East for ISIS is a R & D laboratory for what they intend to do to the United States.”
Click on podcast below.
- “Is an ISIS safe-haven in Northern Mexico logistically possible?”
- “A united Arab coalition against Obama’s Iran policy”
- “Concerns that the U.S. Congress and Administration have put the world on a path towards nuclear brinkmanship”
- “Where the current level of unrest in the Middle East compares to the last thousand years”
Click on podcast below.
Dan Gordon’s advice to the Congress–
Get us out of the Iran deal immediately; arm the Kurds and make them a base of action; get serious about our air strikes — needed 150 -200 strikes per day; overall, deal with ISIS in the Middle East before they come here.
Common Defense Richard Falknor on 19 Jun 2015
UPDATED! Any Answers On Sharia From Our Local GOP Politicians? Judicial Watch Reveals “SPLC Issues Hit List of U.S. Women Against Sharia Law”
UPDATE! “Poll of U.S. Muslims Reveals Ominous Levels Of Support For Islamic Supremacists’ Doctrine of Shariah, Jihad” — Center for Security Policy June 23, 2015
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As we tweeted yesterday, the respected Judicial Watch revealed SPLC Issues Hit List of U.S. Women Against Sharia Law–
“The Obama-tied leftist group that helped a gunman commit an act of terrorism against a conservative organization has assembled a starter kit for Islamists to attack American women who refuse to comply with Sharia law, the authoritarian doctrine that inspires Islamists and their jihadism.
It’s the summer special from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), an extremist nonprofit that lists conservative organizations that disagree with it on social issues on a catalogue of ‘hate groups.’ A few years ago a gunman received a 25-year prison sentence for carrying out the politically-motivated shooting of the Family Research Council (FRC) headquarters after admitting that he learned about the FRC from the SPLC ‘hate map.’ Prosecutors called it an act of terrorism and recommended a 45-year sentence.
Now the SPLC, which has conducted diversity training for the Obama Department of Justice (DOJ), is targeting female bloggers, activists and television personalities who refuse to comply with Sharia law which is rooted in the Quran. The European Court on Human rights has repeatedly ruled that Sharia is ‘incompatible with the fundamental principles of democracy’ yet politically-connected radical Muslim groups—such as the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR)—keep pushing to implement it in the United States and the movement has gained steam.
Among those resisting this effort publicly are the high-profile women being targeted by the SPLC. Some of them are colleagues or friends of Judicial Watch and now they must fear for their safety simply for practicing their rights under the U.S. Constitution. The new hate list is titled Women Against Islam/The Dirty Dozen and includes illustrations and detailed information on all the women, who are branded ‘the core of the anti-Muslim radical right.’ The new SPLC hate brochure further targets them by claiming that they’re ‘a dozen of the most hardline anti-Muslim women activists in America.’
Political activist and commentator Pamela Geller is branded the ‘country’s most flamboyant and visible Muslim-basher’ for, among other things ‘smearing and demonizing Muslims.’ Blogger Ann Barnhardt is identified as one of the ‘most extreme Muslim-bashers in the United States’ and radio talk-show host Laura Ingram made the list for saying that hundreds of millions of Muslims were delighted that 12 people were massacred by Islamic terrorists in the Paris headquarters of a satirical magazine. Former CIA agent Clare Lopez, who runs a Washington D.C. think-tank focusing on national security issues, made the list for saying that the Muslim Brotherhood has ‘infiltrated and suborned the U.S. government to actively assist…the mission of its grand jihad.’
Others appearing on the anti-Sharia docket include television personality and former judge and prosecutor Jeanine Pirro, former chairwoman of the Texas Republican Party Cathie Adams, talk-show host Sandy Rios of the American Family Association, syndicated columnist Diana West, attorney and columnist Debbie Schlussel, blogger Cathy Hinners, ACT! for America founder Brigitte Gabriel and conservative writer and TV personality Ann Coulter. Among her biggest offenses, according to the SPLC, is proclaiming that ‘not all Muslims may be terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims—at least all terrorists capable of assembling a murderous plot against America.'” (Highlighting Forum’s)
Today RRW Strikes Back!
Ann Corcoran of Refugee Resettlement Watch(RRW) spotlights the Southern Poverty Law Center’s war on women!
“The filthy rich Southern Poverty Law Center announced its list of 12 women it claims are anti-sharia activists according to Judicial Watch blog yesterday in a post entitled, ‘SPLC Issues Hit List of U.S. Women Against Sharia Law.’
So here is what I would like to know, if any of these women are harmed (God forbid), could the Southern Poverty Law Center be sued and possibly charged with instigating a ‘hate’ crime? Just wondering…..”(Highlighting Forum’s)
Our Question to Local GOP Figures:
Should America, should Virginia, should Maryland, be concerned with the dangers of Sharia?
Yesterday’s analysis from Judicial Watch of the SPLC attack has again put these issues on the front table.
who sponsored this year’s Virginia General Assembly commendation** of the ADAMS Center
“RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, the Senate concurring, That the General Assembly hereby commend the ADAMS Center for more than 30 years of comprehensive service to the community; and, be it
RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to the ADAMS Center as an expression of the General Assembly’s admiration for the center’s contributions to Northern Virginia.” — House Joint Resolution No. 934 (final text February 26, 2015)
—must have given these matters extensive thought and reflection. (Readers may wish to visit our article on the commendation here.)
So let’s hear the judgments of each of the ADAMS Center commendation sponsors: LeMunyon, Minchew, Ramadan, Rust, and Greason on
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Faithful readers will recall our article of March 6, 2014 on the Virginia General Assembly’s earlier commendation for the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center: MORE! VA House of Delegates ‘Commend’ A Mosque With A Dark Past.
Common Defense Richard Falknor on 16 May 2015
The Iowa National Security Action Summit
This Saturday morning starting at 9 AM (Eastern Time) The Center for Security Policy, THE FAMiLY LEADER Foundation, and High Frontier will live-stream a vital conference covering “four key topics of interest to both our nation and the state of Iowa”–
- “The Hollowing Out of The U.S. Military”
- “America’s Electrical Power Grid and Threats to Critical Infrastructure”
- “The Threat from Iran, Shariah and The Global Jihad Movement”
- “Border Insecurity and Illegal Immigration”
Click here for the line-up of experts.
Then go to this link for live-streaming. (9AM to 5PM Eastern Time)
Every conservative — indeed every citizen — needs to be fully aware of these existential threats.
You won’t hear these experts’ blunt words in the happy talk of GOP politicians — or from the declarations of the bi-partisan political class.
But after watching this gathering, you will be able to discuss these exigent warnings with your elected lawmakers and executives — and even try to get your Party apparatus to address these survival priorities.
Common Defense Richard Falknor on 12 Feb 2015
“From the ground level. . . speaking with people especially at the state, local, and county level, I think a great deal can be done there and I think the war will be won in this country at that level.” –John Guandolo (click here)
Yesterday the Center for Security Policy gathered a luminous group of national experts for a “Defeat Jihad Summit” .
The Summit, click here and here, provides conservatives and patriots across the political spectrum with a wealth of information on the Jihad and Shariah threats right here at home as well as worldwide.
In addition to the Summit YouTubes of senator Ted Cruz and governor Bobby Jindal, we would draw your attention to these three–
- General Jerry Boykin on naming (but not arming) our enemy;
- Author Diana West on the perils of Islamic immigration;
- Stephen Coughlin on what is authoritative Islamic doctrine (via VladTepes);
But, as expert John Guandolo suggests, much of the war against Jihad in our country must be fought at the local level.
Lamentably few GOP elected or party officials in Maryland or Virginia have publicly discussed the threats of Civilization Jihad and of Shariah, or even of agents of Islamic influence.
Long overdue: Maryland and Virginia GOP politicians and Party leaders must get their arms around these two grave threats of Jihad and Shariah and discuss them publicly.
The information and expertise available through the “Defeat Jihad Summit” will add much depth to this effort. And it may keep politicians of both parties from straying into questionable company here and here.
Local Tea Parties and the allied grassroots need to spur any reluctant politicians into action.
And kudos to the Clarke County Virginia GOP for featuring Clare Lopez (scroll down in foregoing link) tonight in Berryville to discuss “The Muslim Brotherhood, National Security, & Domestic Infiltration”!