First things . . . Richard Falknor on 21 Jan 2013 06:36 pm
“In weaving their story that Obama alone is the catalyst of our crisis, the Republican establishment counts on the constitutional illiteracy of the electorate. The inescapable fact, however, is that all taxing and spending bills enacted by the federal government must originate in the House. The GOP’s all purpose abdication mantra, ‘We’re only one-half of one-third of the government,’ would be laughable if our straits were not so dire. When was the last time you heard the left-leaning bloc of Supreme Court justices say, ‘We can’t impose our policy preferences on the country. After all, we’re only one-half of one-third of the government’? When was the last time President Obama restrained himself from issuing executive orders conferring, say, privileges on illegal aliens, by explaining that he is only is only one-third of the government (a third, mind you, with zero constitutional authority to confer anything). – Andrew McCarthy (Highlighting Forum’s)
Most conservatives (of both the GOP and independent flavors) today understand the grave inadequacy of the Beltway Republicans.
What needs to be reemphasized is that the grass-roots are far from powerless to fix this situation now and consequently must not wait docilely until the 2014 primaries.
In Virginia, there are eight Republican U. S. Representatives to whom conservative activists can present their cases both at the Capitol and in their home district offices in a ‘live stream’ of messages and meetings, and again both as individuals and as members of statewide organizations.
In Maryland, as we have pointed out, the Old Line State has but one GOP representative albeit a solid conservative. But even in this state, activists can work with their professional or social colleagues (physicians, contractors, hunters, teachers, retirees) around the U. S. to spotlight the missteps of errant GOP members elsewhere and bring them to a better mind.
Recently a Bethesda-based conservative physician alerted physicians in another state who will try to give their key GOP House member a better perspective on the dangers of letting Obamacare put its roots down even further.
When time permits, we try to email our posts on stumbling House GOP members to Tea Partiers in their districts – and to Tea Partiers or activists as far away as southern California or Seattle.
For while our national capital area is flooded with the details of Congressional information –votes, and member statements to Washington, D. C. audiences — they frequently do not get to local Congressional districts outside this area.
The objective, of course, is to encourage GOP members to pay as much attention to the grass-roots in their districts as they do to the House GOP leadership and their lobbyist enablers.
Daniel Horowitz on the GOP Annual Retreat
Here are some of today’s highlights from Daniel Horowitz (Madison Project) –
- “Republicans came into their annual retreat at Williamsburg, Virginia looking for a starting point in the upcoming debt and budget battles. It appears that they have emerged from the retreat with a full blown plan.They will pass a bill this week that will suspend the debt ceiling law until May 18. The debt limit increase will be tied to a requirement that the Senate passes a budget – with the threat of cutting off pay for senators in the event they fail to come through with one by April 15. Note that there is no requirement that the Senate pass a budget that balances in 10 years, just that they pass any budget. The underlying rationale behind this strategy is to defer the debt ceiling fight until after the FY 2013 CR [continuing resolution] is dealt with and the FY 2014 budgets are formulated. The idea is that the House would unite behind a pro-active budget/debt plan in March which they would harness as their demand for any long-term debt ceiling increase in mid-April.”
- “By my count, there have been at least seven budget/debt battles over the past two years in which Republicans have either deferred, punted, or caved. While they offer excuses for shirking from the battle at hand, they always emphatically promise to fight the next one. Look, maybe Boehner told the conservatives in the House something that gave them the impression he had a complete epiphany. Maybe they really will formulate a budget that will balance in 10 years. But even if they do, does anyone really believe they will stand behind it as a demand for a long-term debt limit increase as the clock winds down to midnight May 18?”
- “Even the intransigent rubes like us intuitively understand that we will never get a full balanced budget out of this. We’re not going to get free-market Medicare reform, welfare reform, Medicaid block grants, and private Social Security accounts in one deal. All we ask is that we begin negotiating from a balanced budget, and show the Democrats that we mean business – that we are willing to engage in brinkmanship to force some transformational change. We must get one or two significant reforms or reductions in the size of government as part of the final deal. Yet, we will only win those reforms if we are willing to engage in brinkmanship at some point. Maybe this plan is the beginning of such an effort, but conservatives ought to receive a blood-oath from Boehner before going along with it.” (Highlighting Forum’s throughout.)
Mark Levin On Avoiding 1000 Years of Darkness
Ben Shapiro (Breitbart) reports battle-seasoned Mark Levin’s views today –
- “’Obama’s war on our society is intended to be an onslaught in which the system is overwhelmed.’ How to fight that agenda? Levin said the answer certainly doesn’t lie in the current Republican Party leadership. ‘I think the Republican Party, its apparatus, its so-called leadership, the parasitic consultants, represent an institution that is tired, old, almost decrepit, full of cowardice and vision-less. It has abandoned the Declaration of Independence and any serious defense of constitutional republicanism.’”
- “But, said Levin, the answer isn’t to start a third party – ‘The problem is a practical one. If we go third party, I can see the Democrats winning elections for a generation. Given the radicalized character of that party, that would seal our fate, and the fate of our children and grandchildren to, as Reagan put it, 1000 years of darkness. The day may come, perhaps soon, when abandoning the GOP for a new party is the best way to deal with events and stop the rise of tyranny. I think the answer at this moment is for conservatives to retake the Republican Party.’”
- “The tendency toward a meaningless Republicanism isn’t confined to the Republican Party, Levin stated. It’s in the media, too. ‘I’m not that impressed with some of the new conservative faces and voices. For starters, most of them aren’t conservative at all. They’re establishment Republican, or at least reflect that bunch too often. They are voices for the impotent GOP leadership, giving them cover while shooting at real conservative voices who are doing much of the heavy lifting. Sadly, when you look at some of the great outlets for conservative thought and activism of the past, it’s a crying shame, because many of them have abandoned their past role as serious and substantive breeding grounds for conservative strategies, policies, and new intellectuals. Instead, they spend an inordinate amount of time analyzing polling data and otherwise naval gazing — when they’re not taking shots at other conservatives or promoting their TV appearances.’”
- “But Levin said that the country rests on the blade of a knife right now, and that every effort is necessary to preserve its liberty. ‘Right now we have a government with so much power, a government so ubiquitous, a government so cancerous in its growth and so exponential in its expanse, that I cannot conceal my great fear for the future of this country. Trying to figure out how to unravel it all is a very difficult undertaking. I have friends who are conservatives who are very intelligent, I know a number of people who are in public office, and they say, ‘Be positive, if we win the next election, things will be okay.’ But it’s not just about winning the next election. That’s the minimum we need to do. We need to roll back the size of the federal Leviathan or it will surely be our undoing. Republicans have been allergic to this.’”
Concludes author Mark Levin: “Are there more of us than there are the others — that is, those who reject our heritage and are conquered by or have surrendered to the Leviathan? History will tell us one day. The choice is in our hands right now.” (Highlighting Forum’s throughout.)
Indeed. That is our message, too.
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