Conservatives Richard Falknor on 13 Feb 2013 06:32 pm
UPDATE FEBRUARY 15! Daniel Horowitz (MadisonProject) directs us to “The Two Faces of the GOP in One Picture” – “If you wanted to get a glimpse of how far apart the GOP old-bulls are from those who represent the values of the grassroots, look no further than this video clip from the State of the Union Address. While Obama was announcing his support for amnesty on demand, John McCain shot up from his chair and started dancing, along with his good friend Chuck Schumer.”
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Ash Wednesday 2013: Mark Levin, Andy McCarthy, Roy Beck, Jeff Sessions
“Our politicians are weak, our cultural emissaries too few, and our religious leaders feeble. In the lingo of the street, conservatives fight like sissies. We’ve lost the ability to talk about the interests of the citizens and the nation, and instead we talk ‘policy’ to our fellow Americans.” (Highlighting Forum’s) — Michael Giere
This Ash Wednesday 2013, the beginning of a season of penitence, might also be a time of self-examination for conservatives and friends of the American Constitution.
The Political Class and Its Indifference to Fundamental American Interests
The week began with a well-deserved blast from an exasperated Mark Levin against the bi-partisan political class.
The Right Scoop reports (via Drudge) Levin’s words –
“You should view these politicians with the deepest contempt you can possibly imagine. What they are doing to this country, what they are doing to our finances – there is not a criminal in any federal prison, state prison, city or county jail, with respect to financial crimes of any sort who collectively could have done the kind of damage that Barack Obama and Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi and YES, willing, timid, gutless Republicans have done to this country! To your future, to your children and your grandchildren! What they are doing is with malice and with forethought….
What the hell does the Democrat party stand for today? The destruction of America? And what the hell does the Republican party stand for today? To sit there with their thumbs in their mouths while it’s going on?” (Highlighting Forum’s.)
See the two Monday Mark Levin videos here as well.
Andy McCarthy weighed in (NRO) yesterday here on –
…[W]hat McConnell and Boehner pulled in 2011’s debt ceiling debacle.
In that instance, as I explained at the time, Republicans insidiously camouflaged the fact that they approved $2.4 trillion in new debt, to be added on to the country’s already staggering debt of over $14 trillion. The increase could not have happened without GOP cooperation — new legislation was required to raise the ceiling, and the GOP had the numbers to block any new legislation. But although the party’s conservative base was outraged at the prospect of more borrowing when spending and debt were already out of control, Republicans were afraid that they would be crucified in the media for purportedly causing the nation to default. So, they approved the ceiling rise but designed a byzantine procedure for executing it — a procedure designed to make their approval look like opposition.
Here’s how it worked: The $2.4 trillion rise was fully authorized, but it would be doled out in installments. As debt continued mounting, the president would have to claim each installment accordingly. The president’s claim would be enough to trigger the installment — i.e., the installment was presumptively approved. But Congress tacked on a window-dressing process enabling lawmakers to vote ‘to disapprove’ the installments as they came due. As Republicans well knew, this process was illusory, fully intended to mislead the public. They had the votes to block debt-rise legislation in its entirety; but once they had approved that legislation, they would lack the votes necessary to take back what they had already presumptively allowed. Thus, the ‘disapproval’ was just theater to make it look like they were voting against what they had already voted for.
That’s not a messaging problem. That’s a mendacity problem.” (Highlighting Forum’s.)
Immigration Control and the Conservative Base
Controlling our immigration is close to the heart of many in the conservative base – in spite of the declarations of some self-appointed national Tea Party leaders that we should only be concerned with what they (ineptly) construe to be fiscal matters.
Roy Beck of NumbersUSA yesterday revealed here in his “Paul Ryan stands with Obama in SOTU amnesty plea — Rubio distances — Rand Paul stands with Bush” that –
“The President’s State of the Union address and the Republican and Tea Party responses were supposed to focus on the need to put Americans back to work. But I was not surprised to hear very little compassion for the jobless when they talked about immigration.
Nonetheless, the sense of inevitability of an amnesty passing this year seemed to recede somewhat tonight (despite attempts by TV reporters and commentators to suggest otherwise).
The main reason for a mild sense of optimism out of the night was in Sen. Marco Rubio’s ‘Republican response.’ With so much of the fate of a comprehensive amnesty bill seeming to ride on Rubio’s role in the Gang of Eight, it was a relief to hear him say so little about immigration and to emphasize the priority of fulfilling enforcement promises of past immigration bills.
It was quite a different story with Pres. Obama’s State of the Union address and Sen. Rand Paul’s Tea Party response. Both claimed concern about rewarding Americans who want to work hard and pull their weight but callously insisted on increasing foreign labor that will keep millions of Americans unemployed or underpaid. Obama and Paul proposed immigration principles that would continue the wage depression and rising income inequality that has accompanied the last 30 years of record-high immigration.
So much for expanding the middle class.
And Rep. Paul Ryan — who didn’t have a marquee speech — continued his embarrassing string of auditions to be part of John McCain and Lindsey Graham’s open-borders club by doing an interview on CNN in which he praised Pres. Obama for his ‘measured’ and ‘productive’ tone in the immigration part of his speech.” (Red highlighting in original.)
Senator Jeff Sessions Peels Back the Amnesty Camouflage
As you listen to the back and forth, you will see that Alabama Republican Sessions is doing the kind of serious agency oversight in which other GOP senators should be engaged instead of prancing among the show horses of the Gang of Eight or “auditioning” for a role in other publicity-seeking Senate factions.
Long-time Reagan loyalist and aide Michael Giere frames our Ash Wednesday conservative self-examination very well when he declares –