ADD-ON JANUARY 21! Judicial Watch doing the kind of illegal-immigration investigation the House GOP doesn’t like doing? “JW Files Taxpayer Lawsuit against Maryland Community College for Unlawfully Giving Illegal Aliens In-State Tuition Benefits“ “Maryland State Delegate Pat McDonough first alerted Judicial Watch to this issue last year, prompting Judicial Watch to conduct an independent investigation, which led to this taxpayer lawsuit.”
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“In the short term at least, the country class has no alternative but to channel its political efforts through the Republican Party, which is eager for its support. But the Republican Party does not live to represent the country class. . . . Few Republican voters, never mind the larger country class, have confidence that the party is on their side. Because, in the long run, the country class will not support a party as conflicted as today’s Republicans, those Republican politicians who really want to represent it will either reform the party in an unmistakable manner, or start a new one as Whigs like Abraham Lincoln started the Republican Party in the 1850s.” (Underscoring Forum’s) — Angelo Codevilla in “America’s Ruling Class — And the Perils of Revolution“
New York Republican Representative Peter King has, to put the matter charitably, upset national-security conservatives with his unexpected change of course on his planned hearings on “radicalization of the American Muslim community and homegrown terrorism.”
Wednesday in National Review on Line Robert Costa wrote:
“As Ben Smith of Politico reports, Rep. Peter King (R., N.Y.), the chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, plans to take ‘testimony primarily from Muslims’ during his upcoming hearings on radicalization . . . . King’s decision drew quick criticism from Steve Emerson, the executive director of the Investigative Project on Terrorism, who sent the Long Island Republican a strongly worded letter this morning….”
On Wednesday Diana West evaluated Peter King’s approach in plain words: “Lame Hearings on Islam Will Do Nothing”–
“That phrase — ‘radical Islam’ — is truly a marvel: a 14-karat, bulletproof, titanium shield for Islam itself, which, sorry guys and gals, is the source of all things we deem ‘radical’ in Islam. ‘Islam is Islam and that’s it,’ as Turkey’s Erdogan so memorably put it. But since we don’t want Islam to be ‘it,’ we pretend and operate and make policy and even war based on some mythic radicalism of ‘twisted’ or ‘hijacked’ or ‘perverted’ Islam.
If these King hearings turn out to be about the threat posed by ‘radical Islam’ — and not about the threat posed by what is radical about Islam — ‘nervous’ Muslim groups have nothing to worry about, and anti-jihad, anti-Shariah citizens have nothing to gain.
Hope I’m wrong, but it looks like any rational analysis of jihad or of Shariah is already off the table.”
We have learned that there is a small priority list of House GOP leadership objectives, and that illegal-immigration concerns are not among them. Apparently the Shariah and Stealth Jihad threats are not either.
Another surprise to conservatives is the fact that the House GOP leadership failed to name Iowa Representative Steve King as chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement.
Earlier this month, Tom Beaumont of the DesMoines Register reported –
“Iowa Congressman Steve King, one of the House Republican majority’s most zealous illegal immigration opponents, will not lead the new Republican majority’s immigration-policy subcommittee.
King, a Kiron Republican, has been ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee’s immigration and enforcement subcommittee since 2007. But Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith of Texas announced Friday that King would be vice chairman, and that California Congressman Elton Gallegly would lead the subcommittee.”
Beaumont quoted King’s reaction to the news –
“’I’m going to drive an immigration agenda, and it’s going to be with probably more vigor than I would have otherwise, with no reservations about pushing hard for it,’ King said. “It isn’t about selling people in Congress. It’s about winning the debate with the American people. If the American people take a position, they will adjust the positions of the members in Congress.’
‘I would suggest that I’m a member with fewer limitations than I might have had otherwise,’ he added.”
Why wasn’t King made chairman? Fawn Johnson in National Journal revealed –
“The public reason for King’s demotion was a reorganization of the committee. The post was given to Rep. Elton Gallegly, R-Calif., a senior member to King who is considered conservative enough on immigration to satisfy tea party Republicans but not as outspoken as King. But it was also clear from GOP aides that House leaders worried about King and his tendency to press on immigration issues that angered more moderate members of his own party.
“’John Boehner isn’t very aggressive on immigration,’ King said, noting that the GOP ‘Pledge to America’ barely mentions immigration or border security. ‘It’s the tiniest section,’ he said.” (Underscoring Forum’s)
In this regard, Elise Foley of the Washington Independent had reported last November that –
“Somos Republicans, a Latino group from the Southwest, wrote an open letter to the future House GOP leadership on Tuesday asking it to reconsider putting Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) in charge of the House subcommittee on immigration and Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) in charge of the House Judiciary Committee.The group argues that King and Smith’s anti-illegal immigration rhetoric and policy ideas, which include a proposal to end birthright citizenship for the American-born children of illegal immigrants, would alienate Latino voters and ruin the Republican party’s chances of defeating President Obama in 2012.” (Underscoring Forum’s)
So what is going in the only arena of government the GOP controls?
Maybe it’s not just about Steve King pushing vocally against illegal immigration. Perhaps it was also about King’s hard-line approach to getting rid of Obamacare. It is clear that Speaker Boehner and the GOP leadership have been on Steve King’s case at least since last summer — most notably about King’s discharge petition to get a bill to the floor simply repealing Obamacare.
Last June 30 RedStates’s Erick Erickson wrote –
“Today, Eric Cantor and John Boehner are announcing that they’ll sign King’s discharge petition, but they’re also going to go with one by Congressman Wally Herger that would repeal Obamacare and replace it with a Republican alternative. Notice that Cantor and Boehner were absolutely silent on Rep. King’s efforts until they had Wally Herger’s discharge petition ready to go. Why? Because they want to bully Republican House members into signing the Herger petition and undercut the repeal effort with a [repeal] and replace with lame legislation’ effort. In effect, this undercuts a unified repeal effort and muddies the waters. This is a direct confrontation by the House GOP leadership with conservatives and with Heritage Action for America, the Heritage Foundation’s spin off 501(c)(4) group.” (Underscoring Forum’s)
Does the GOP leadership listen more to the amnesty-inclined U.S. Chamber of Commerce on illegal immigration than to the GOP’s often disdained base? How do you think Mr. Boehner and Mr. Cantor set their real priorities?
Is Immigration Control Still At the Bottom of the Political Class’ List?
NumbersUSA got a “spirited” reaction this week from its followers when they published their “2012 Presidential Hopefuls’ Immigration Stances.”
“Most people are depressed that not one of the Hopefuls rates even a ‘B.’ But there is a lot of time to help these candidates improve their voice on this urgent issue.” . . . . “When we added everything up, we found that as of this week of Jan. 17, 2011, Tim Pawlenty has the best overall platform on immigration. ”
Clearly grass-roots voices have some work to do marketing vigorous immigration-enforcement and active strengthening of our borders – - both to the House GOP leadership and to GOP presidential hopefuls. Tea Partyers also need to have a heart-to-heart talk with their U. S. Representatives and Senators about the perils of Shariah.