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The Dawn Patrol Richard Falknor on 06 Dec 2013 11:40 am

Send Strong Conservative Message at VA “Republican Advance”

“While a majority of Democrats feel that officials who bear that label represent them well, only about a fourth of Republican voters and an even smaller proportion of independents trust Republican officials to be on their side. Again: While the ruling class is well represented by the Democratic Party, the country class is not represented politically – by the Republican Party or by any other.” Angelo Codevilla

This afternoon and tomorrow, December 6-7, the Republican Party of Virginia (RPV) will hold this year’s “Advance” event at The Homestead Resort.

Click here for details.

Why is this gathering an essential opportunity for attending Virginia conservatives to send a message? 

  • First, because the accelerating lawlessness of the Obama Administration increasingly endangers our traditional freedoms.
  • Second, because the Virginia Republican delegation to the House of Representatives includes both the GOP Majority Leader Eric Cantor and the chairman of the Judiciary Committee Bob Goodlatte. (The Judiciary panel has immigration within its jurisdiction.)
  • Third, because the GOP leadership of the House of Representatives has shown since it came to power in January 2011 a profound reluctance to prepare for effective confrontation with the Obama Administration.
  • Fourth, because both the House Majority Leader and the Speaker give every indication of approving some flavor of amnesty well before our national border with Mexico is fully secured (this is our sovereignty!) and in full knowledge that the Obama Administration may not see itself bound by the terms of any enabling legislation.

Unless this year’s Advance is to be simply another Beauty Contest for Candidates and Incumbents — as if we were in normal times — the Homestead event should be an opportunity for conservatives to buttonhole the Virginia House delegation or their aides, or both, and to begin to organize statewide to bring these members to a better mind and keep them there.

At least two crucial topics should be on the table for informal discussion at the Advance.

The Many Costs of Expanded Immigration 

RedState’s Erick Erickson yesterday declared here in “The Fix Is In”–

“In case you missed it, John Boehner has hired Rebecca Tallent. Tallent worked for the left-of-center ‘Bipartisan Policy Center,’ and is a serious amnesty advocate. She helped John McCain and Ted Kennedy during the Bush era on that disastrous plan.
Here’s what is going to happen.
Boehner will wait until 2014, after qualifying for all the serious challenges to incumbents is over. Then he’ll get all these Republicans talking out of both sides of their mouths and the Democrats together for a bipartisan immigration reform push. The threat of primary challenges well passed, they’ll get their amnesty deal done.”

As senator Jeff Sessions urges here, we need to reach out to “working Americans of all backgrounds.” And protect their livelihoods from the importation of cheap labor.

Federal Spending and Borrowing

The Madison Project’s Daniel Horowitz in “A Second Chance for Republicans” here explained on November 20–

“While we were stymied by fellow Republicans during the actual slowdown, we did succeed at restarting the national discussion on Obamacare. The ensuing breakdown of the private insurance market has given us tailwinds like never before.  For the first time in Obama’s presidency, even some of the low-information voters have finally realized the failure of Obama and his signature legislation.   Moreover, we know now that the shutdown polling was off base and superficial. Accordingly, it makes no sense why Obamacare should not be a part of the budget discussions.  Most people have forgotten or don’t know that the budget impasse was not solved last month.  The new budget deadline is January 15 and the new debt ceiling is February 7.  The deadline for reaching a budget conference deal is just two weeks after Thanksgiving.”

. . . . . . . . . .

“At the very minimum, conservatives need to push for two concessions:
Even if they already surrendered the budget battle, they must secure an agreement from Democrats to pass all of next year’s 12 appropriations bills in regular order and go to conference on each bill individually.  This will lay the groundwork for fighting Obamacare in one or two bills without having the rest of the government as collateral damage in a shutdown.  That would give us the opportunity, at the very latest, to fight Obamacare right before the mid-term elections without the specter of a full government shutdown.
Republicans always said they wouldn’t mind fighting just the debt ceiling because there is no direct government shutdown.  Well, now is the time to start debunking the myth of default and committing to ending this practice of suspending the debt ceiling law.  The debt ceiling fight will coincide with the period of time when American workers begin to receive their first paychecks for 2014.  Most people will incur a large bite out of their pay due to the increased withholdings for higher premiums. This will augment the public disquiet that is already brewing from the destruction of private insurance.” (Highlighting Forum’s)

And of course be wary of any advice from the Chamber of Commerce.  As analyst Horowitz points out

“. . . [T]he Chamber of Commerce is not conservative, pro-free-market, or even necessarily pro-growth.  They support the special interests of big business.  Period.  When those interests intersect or overlap with free-market, pro-growth policies, such as advocacy for tax cuts and lower regulations, they will side with conservatives.  But when those interests require the stewardship of big government intervention, they will side with the forces of statism.  Hence, they are not paragons of free-market commerce; they support government-run commerce, albeit with tendentious policies towards their interests.  Their special interests support illegal immigration, corporate welfare, increased gas taxes, and an internet sales tax.  It’s not surprising that Chamber money pours into K Street coffers to lobby for those goals.”  (Highlighting Forum’s)

As central goal, Virginia conservatives should now be contriving ways to make all of their House GOP delegation more responsive to an aware and increasingly high-information constituency — rather than too many in the delegation deferring to a big-donor-and-fundraising-oriented House GOP leadership. The House GOP leaders may be seen as adept at “deals”, but they clearly are out of their depth in coping with a revolutionary White House.

(Readers are reminded of two of our posts here and here on Peter Schweizer’s new book Extortion, and this Hoover Institution Fellow’s dismaying findings on how the current House tends to operate.)

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