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2014 Election Richard Falknor on 22 Jun 2014

Why Are Amelia Island “Republicans” Helping Barbara Comstock?

“Conservative leaders were stunned to learn that you will be headlining a conference in Florida this weekend that is, purely and simply, a direct attack on Tea Party conservatives. ” — April 8, 2014 Brent Bozell Letter to Majority Leader Eric Cantor Regarding MainStreet PAC

Faithful readers will recall (scroll to bottom in preceding link) the infamous Republican Main Street Partnership meeting in Amelia Island, Florida. It was, as Arnold Ahlert reported

“…hosted at the Ritz Carlton by the Republican Main Street Partnership’s offshoot ‘Main Street Advocacy.’ Former Ohio Congressman and left-wing Republican Steve LaTourette fronts the group.”

Front Page Magazine’s Ahlert revealed here in “The Establishment Republican-Leftist Alliance”–

“No ordinary conservative political powwow, the meeting brought together establishment Republicans and leftist-supported advocacy groups, whose shared interests include neutralizing the conservative grassroots movement and passing legislative items on the Left’s agenda…. RedState’s Erick Erickson compiled a list of contributors to Defending Main Street PAC. Further exploration of those contributors reveals the disturbing level of collaboration between Republican leadership and their leftist supporters… Erickson further reveals [link supplied-ed.]that the ‘Mainstreet Partnership has multiple offshoots all housed on the 6th floor of a 7th Street office in Washington, D.C.’ Columnist Michelle Malkin drilled deeper into that ‘tangled web of GOP establishment outfits’ and discovered that Sarah Chamberlain Resnick, Main Street Partnership’s chief operating and financial officer, also serves as an officer on the Main Street Individual Fund (MSIF). The MSIF received a $50,000 contribution from billionaire leftist George Soros soon after it was created. Soros attempted to make a seven-figure contribution to the Main Street Partnership, but it was declined. Malkin further explains that while these organizations are legally independent on paper, they ‘have shared staff and legal resources.’” (Highlighting Forum’s)

What is the relationship of this questionable Republican Main Street Partnership to VA-10 GOP nominee Barbara Comstock? (She herself was not at the Amelia Island meeting.)

  • Last May 22 the “Republican Mainstreet Partnership PAC” gave Barbara Comstock’s campaign $5,000,  here.
  • This PAC also endorsed Mrs. Comstock, here.
“VA-10: Barbara Comstock”

Barbara Comstock already has donors here who are troubling to conservatives.

And, as we wrote, Tea Party voices declared she wouldn’t meet with them during the primary campaign.

Will Barbara Be Free At Last?

As we never tire of asking–

Can Mrs. Comstock shed a political past encumbered by big-government, big-immigration, and pro-same-sex-marriage donors, and come to a better mind? Will she connect with the grass roots in her district? Presumably the nominee should want these conservatives to be energized and to want to help get out the vote for her.

It’s still simply a question of how much she wants to win in November.


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Readers may wish to revisit some of our earlier Comstock-related posts:

 

 

 

 

 

Homeland Defense Richard Falknor on 20 Jun 2014

UPDATED! The Southern Border Invasion: Mexico as Enabler

MORE ENABLERS — UPDATES AFTER PRESS TIME – -
  • Honduran President: Illegal Immigrants Motivated by Hope of Amnesty” reports Breitbart’s HOUSTON, Texas–The president of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernandez, recently said that the tidal wave of illegal immigrants crossing into the U.S. from Central America can be attributed to the fact that many believe they will get amnesty… According to Fusion, Hernandez said after an event at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C., ‘They might think they can gain legal status through this, but on the other hand, this is a kind of displacement, because of the cartel wars and the Maras [gangs] in Central America.’” But click here (then go to Honduras) to see CY 2012 $54,456,000 in “US flows” to Honduras. Perhaps the potential loss of “US flows” might dissuade the government of Honduras from encouraging the export of their youth to the U.S.
  • “Salvadoran Ambassador: US Must Respect ‘Universal Rights’ of Illegal Minors” writes Breitbart’s Click here (then go to El Salvador) to see CY 2012 $160,884,000 in “US flows” to that country.

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The Southern Border Invasion: Mexico as Enabler

No mass influx of Central American refugees over our southern border, then into our local communities would be possible without Mexico’s acquiescence.

Yesterday David North of the Center for Immigration Studies(CIS) declared here “Let’s Press Mexico Regarding Those Young Central Americans”–

“Our government simply announces that Mexico — which sends us more than 100,000 nonimmigrant farm and unskilled non-farm workers (H-2As and H-2Bs) annually — can no longer be used for the recruitment of these workers…We would not be terminating the program, or even reducing it; we simply would tell U.S. employers (who would not like it, if it actually happened) to look elsewhere for workers. It is a simple, legal, unilateral executive action; my sense is that the threat of doing this would cause the government of Mexico to close its own southern border.”

This would be an effective recommendation — if we had a chief executive who was not seeking to transform America, or celebrating here illegal immigrants as “Champions of Change.”

The GOP-led House of Representatives — by itself — has the constitutional power of the purse to curtail our aid to Mexico, in this case until that government closes the refugee pipeline from Central America.

The House actually has a lot of choices.

Here is a menu of programs — “Mexico and the 112th Congress,” prepared by the Congressional Research Service (see pp. 12-14). 

House appropriators could select the cuts best tailored to bring Mexico to a better mind.

They could sort any taxpayer monies we send to Mexico that serve our proven direct and immediate interest even during this crisis from those monies that largely benefit the government of Mexico.

Indeed, have taxpayer monies appropriated for Mexico ever been subject to a national scrutiny?

And there is simply no reason why the American taxpayer should be subsidizing a foreign government that enables an existential threat to our polity.

As CIS’ North explains–

“What do we need to do to get them, for example, to see to it that no one rides the  ‘Train of Death’, the south-north freight train that carries so many of these migrants through Mexico to our southern border?”

A package of cuts in our aid to Mexico requires only action by the House. But it must be steadfast action. Our representatives need to act and then hang on until Mexico has verifiably closed the refugee pipeline.

Of course the president could attack the House of Representatives for such cuts but, in our view, this would be one public-relations battle the president would find hard to win.

The House GOP leadership– if no one else in Washington, D. C. — must use their constitutional power of the purse to impress our outrage on the government of Mexico.

First things . . . Richard Falknor on 17 Jun 2014

Benghazi Accountabilty Coalition: “Restoring The Sacred Trust”

Yesterday the new Benghazi Accountability Coalition presented (and live-streamed) three panels of dedicated Americans who summarized our understanding of  this security disaster in plain words — what is already known, and what we must find out and tell the voters.

Click here to hear the panels. (Move cursor to start of YouTube.)

Why should you take the time to listen and make notes?

  • The American presidency went way off the tracks in failing to respond to this attack on our ambassador and our officials. We need to know the full extent of White House and agency missteps.
  • The morale and honor of our military was severely undermined by our failed response.
  • The House of Representatives leadership has come up short, until very recently, in their oversight and investigative responsibilities to address the Benghazi disaster.
  • The administration’s policies toward Jihadists and The Muslim Brotherhood — underlying our presence in Benghazi — must be publicly scrutinized, then corrected.  What, moreover, was Iran’s participation in the Benghazi attack?

What about the new House select committee under Representative Trey Gowdy?

The Coalition will labor to build the public support essential for the new panel’s success.

The Coalition will also help the new Gowdy Panel to stay on course.

Paraphrasing Lincoln Republican Carl Schurz in this regard — “when right to be kept right; when wrong to be put right.”

Readers can consider here meaty reports and wise counsel by Andrew McCarthy, Tom Fitton, general Thomas McInerney, Frank Gaffney, Joe diGenova, and Ken Timmerman, among the other top-flight experts.

These panels will not waste your time with the usual Beltway Baby Talk.

Homeland Defense Richard Falknor on 14 Jun 2014

UPDATED! More Invasion: Video About Crisis On Mexican Border

UPDATE June 17!Texas Lt. Gov. Republican Nominee Dan Patrick Calls for Emergency Funding of Border Security Plan” here.  Breitbart’s Bob Price reports – - “State Senator Dan Patrick (R-Houston) called on the current leadership of the Texas government to provide emergency funding to secure the Texas/Mexico border. Patrick, who recently won the Republican nomination for Lt. Governor, reiterated Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steve McCraw’s estimate that securing the border will cost Texas approximately $1.3 million per week.” Let’s hope the conclusion of Patrick’s press release does not reflect the extent of his analysis of the Big Immigration menace: “We must do all we can to protect Texans until Washington meets its responsibility to secure our border and pass responsible legal immigration reform, which brings an end to illegal immigration.” Earlier today Price reported here Rick Perry: ‘We Don’t Have the Resources’ to Secure Texas Border” –  “The comment sent shock waves through a Texas grassroots discussion thread on Facebook this morning of activists who are seeking a special session call from the Governor to deal with the issue of border security…. Other Texas elected officials, speaking on condition of anonymity have told Breitbart Texas that Texas does, in fact, have the resources to conduct not only a surge operation, but a prolonged border control operation that would secure the Texas border with Mexico. As for the surge operation, most, including Governor Perry, seem to be pointing the finger for the delay at Texas House Speaker Joe Straus. . . .Many grassroots activists in Texas are calling on Perry to take a stronger lead on this issue and call a special session of the legislature to provide financial resources to Texas law enforcement to completely and immediately secure the border. An online petition drive was created over the weekend and now has over 3,000 signatures. The petition is titled Request for Immediate Texas Border Control.(Highlighting Forum’s throughout.) Heads-up, friends! This deluge through the southern border will very soon touch your communities in Maryland and Virginia as well as in many other other states.

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Can we wake up our GOP House members to address this serious invasion of the U.S. by a continuing gusher of unscreened youths — and more — many from Central America?

Megyn Kelly on Fox News last night interviewed filmmaker Dennis Michael Lynch on the southern border crisis whose consequences will soon spread to communities near all of us.

Click here to watch the interview.

Documentary film maker Lynch declares

“something needs to be done because the people in DC from both sides of the aisle … I don’t see anybody who’s brave enough willing enough or quite frankly are talented enough to stop this … this is the number one thing facing our nation across the board … our border patrol, I met with the Border Patrol today … I met with them secretly they told me the morale is down … the criminals are coming through this country is earth-shattering … men are just hooking up with women and kids and pretending they’re families” (Highlighting Forum’s)

Lynch states that the children “are a total diversion.”

Says Senior Republican senator Jeff Sessions here, via Breitbart

“This crisis is a direct and predictable result of the President’s sustained and deliberate campaign to dismantle immigration enforcement. His administration has announced to the world that our nation’s immigration laws will not be enforced and that, in particular, they will not be applied to foreign youth.” (Highlighting Forum’s)

Breitbart’s Tony Lee reports here “[AZ governor] Jan Brewer: MS-13 Gang Members Could Be Crossing Border with Children”–

“Brewer said the Obama administration has encouraged illegal immigrants to flood into the country, is ignoring pleas of help from state officials, and still has not provided answers to questions that local officials have regarding the influx of illegal immigrants.” (Highlighting Forum’s)

The House of Representatives lamentable GOP leadership has shown no inclination seriously to exercise their constitutional powers to confront this runaway president. Their first rule has always been not to rock any Beltway Boats which might jeopardize their deal-making.

Their plan apparently is to slide past the November 4 general election — clinging to their majority while continuing to promise the faithful an ever-receding restoration (e.g., repealing Obamacare).

This new world will supposedly arrive with a Republican majority in the Senate in 2015. When that very likely disappoints, the good times will come from a Republican president in 2017. But, in the interim between nomination and presidential election in 2016, the GOP leadership will claim it cannot take any risky steps.

The defeat of Mr. Cantor has sparked the House GOP leadership into brief burst of energy –  just enough to ensure that he is replaced by another safe (pro-Big-Immigration-now, pro-crony-capitalist-always, politically correct) figure — quickly to reassure their Wall Street and Chamber of Commerce donors. 

Only the grass roots can turn each individual House GOP member around, in his or her home district, talking to members face to face. Only this can move our Representatives to resolve on concrete action to protect our borders and our sovereignty.

It is all a question now of whether the grass roots and allied conservative and independent voters are sufficiently aroused by our border crisis to take the time and make the face-to-member effort to insist on prompt House remedial action.

Homeland Defense Michael Giere on 12 Jun 2014

UPDATED! The Texas Invasion — Coming Here Next?

UPDATES AFTER PRESS TIME!
  • “Fighting back: Residents force feds to scrap plan to house illegals at Va. college” here by The Washington Time’s S.A. Miller — “The Obama administration Monday abruptly halted plans to shelter some of the children surging across the border at a defunct college in rural Virginia, as the White House has continued to see its efforts to house the children throughout the country be thwarted by opposition from local officials.”
  • Saint Paul’s College [Virginia] may house immigrant children” reports here Karin Kapsidelis in the Richmond Times-Dispatch – “U.S. officials are in discussions to temporarily shelter unaccompanied immigrant children on the campus of shuttered Saint Paul’s College in Lawrenceville. Faced with a surge in the numbers of minors arriving on their own from Central America, representatives of the federal Department of Health and Human Services visited the campus this week and are nearing an agreement to use Saint Paul’s facilities for at least six months, sources in Brunswick County said.”
  • Via CBS-DC here we learn “Vacant Social Security Building In Baltimore [Maryland] Could Soon House Hundreds Of Illegal Immigrant Children” –ed.

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The Texas Invasion — Coming Here Next?

“Every drug dealer, pedophile, sex ring operator and gang in the Western U.S. must think it is Christmas.”

The Texas border is ground zero in the massive and deliberate invasion of the United States by tens of thousands of young people pouring over the border without parents or adults and “surrendering” immediately to authorities. They have been encouraged by local media outlets in Central America and Mexico, according to interviews with the young illegals, to get into the U.S. because they will not be deported — and amnesty and the welfare state await them.

Border agents say privately (for fear of retribution) that there could be up to 90,000 children and young people between the ages of 12 and 17, entering without an adult this year, and perhaps 120,000 next year.

Rome. Thomas Cole "The Course of Empire: Destruction" (1836) New York Historical Society

Rome. Thomas Cole “The Course of Empire:Destruction” (1836) New York Historical Society (Click on image)

Whatever the number, it is already apparent that these young illegal aliens will be heading to communities all across the United States.

If Governor Rick Perry really wants to leave a better Texas when his term ends this year, and if he wants to help bring the national government back to its legitimate role under the Constitution as he claims he does, then he should revisit a plan that was presented to him several years ago which he chose not to implement.

Using his power under the Texas Constitution, the Governor should declare a state of emergency and martial law along the Texas-Mexican border immediately.

First, Gov. Perry would be doing the right thing for Texans. But he also would inherit the national stage to help educate his fellow citizens on the foundational responsibility of the Federal government to provide for the common defense — and that when the national government ignores that responsibility, for whatever reason, every state has the power to act promptly in an emergency. Finally, Gov. Perry would be setting an example for other governors to step up to the plate and begin to re-assert a legitimate constitutional relationship with the Federal government.

The Governor could use the very able Texas Rangers, county sheriffs, and deputized police to seal the border, and threaten to close the state roads that provide access to the international border crossings which are the lifeblood of the Mexican economy, unless the Mexican government actively participated in stopping the stampede of illegal aliens from crossing into Texas.

Beyond the immediate emergency, this crisis was certainly not due to deteriorating political circumstances in Central America, as first suggested by official Washington. It is a crisis masterminded by the criminal enterprise operated out of the Obama White House and Justice Department, who have now let loose the most wicked and horrific public policy imaginable.

This administration and Barack Obama have stooped to endangering the American public and imperiling the lives and safety of thousands of young refugees, all to further their own radical, collectivist political power, and to enrich themselves and their crony friends.

Some of the illegals are being housed in Texas, California, and Arizona on military bases for the time being. Others, in large numbers, are simply being dumped by authorities in Arizona and Texas at various bus stations and airports and told they are on their own. Sites as far away as Baltimore have been considered for possible temporary housing, and presumably locations to release them as well.

Left to their own devices, tens of thousands of unsupervised young people (mostly male) in this age group, many illiterate in their own language, much less English, and poor, will do what at-liberty boys of this age do. It is a recipe for crime, drugs, rampant sexual exploitation, disease, and various forms of subtle employment servitude. Those of us familiar with the Texas border and the culture these children are bringing with them can only shudder. Every drug dealer, pedophile, sex ring operator, and gang in the Western U.S. must think it is Christmas.

What little attention this disaster is getting in the national media and by national politicians seems indifferent — except as it presents the opportunity to preen on TV about how “we” must deal with the humanitarian needs of these children, by providing housing, food, medical care, and core English skills; after all, these are just children and we are a compassionate people.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is declaring that a minor child crossing the border illegally in search of a parent, or a better life, is not breaking our laws. And to make sure that policy is implemented, this past Friday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced that he was sending 100 lawyers to help the young illegal aliens remain in the country.

How can this happen in the United States? How can such a fundamentally evil disregard for tens of thousands of young people dumped into a foreign country without the education, language, money, or connection to the culture of the target nation go on?

Perhaps it is no more complicated than this: we citizens have been asleep at the switch for way too long. Our inaction has allowed our politicians, our government, our institutions, our culture, and the language to be hijacked by some fundamentally evil people without much protest. We have allowed the timeless moral code found in our Judeo-Christian ethic to be stripped from the national life without a whimper, much less a fight. This is simply the result of good people doing nothing.

Rick Perry, the buck stops at your desk.

 

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Mike Giere has written extensively on politics, foreign policy, and issues of faith. He is a former candidate for the U.S. House; worked for Ronald Reagan in 1976 & 1980; and served in both the Reagan and Bush (41) Administrations.

First things . . . Richard Falknor on 11 Jun 2014

VA-10: Can GOP Nominee Comstock Learn From Dave Brat’s Win?

“And we have this Republican creed in Virginia in that the only problem with the Republican principles is no one’s following them. First one is a commitment to free markets. We don’t have any free markets in this country anymore, right? And then equal treatment under the law, and fiscal responsibility, constitutional adherence, peace through strong defense, and then faith in God, and strong moral fiber. That’s what I ran on, the Republican creed. But the press is just always out to have these exciting stories to sell papers. And the people actually do care about policy. When you’re serious — I give 30-minute stump speeches on policy, and the press made fun of me.”  — David Brat (via Hannity — but listen to the entire interview)

Barbara Comstock, the Republican nominee for Virginia’s Tenth Congressional District, touted Eric Cantor as one of her supporters here in 2009 when she was running for the House of Delegates in Virginia’s 34th District.

Horatius Brat Topples The Establishment From The Bridge

Horatius Brat Keeps The GOP Establishment Off The Bridge To Virginia’s 7th District (Heritage-Hist)

This year, the Majority Leader apparently was a significant attraction here (via the Washington Post’s Antonio Olivo) to her campaign–

“She secured backing early on from House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Va.) and other high-profile Republican leaders, support that allowed her campaign to bring in $780,000 since January.
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“On Saturday, the money poured into getting out the vote among a relatively small subset of highly motivated Republican voters paid off. . . .In Loudoun, Bruce Bowen said he chose Comstock because he’s worried the Republican party is imploding amid a nationwide battle for control between tea party conservatives and so-called ‘establishment Republicans’ such as Comstock.”

Mrs. Comstock also has donors here some of whom could symbolize what David Brat terms “the fissure between Main Street and Wall Street.”

Laura Ingraham spells out the national significance of David Brat’s win over House Majority Leader Eric Cantor yesterday (via 

“‘This was a cataclysmic upending of the old Republican Guard.  A strong, substantive, passionate, earnest conservative flattened an arrogant, out of touch, two-faced, moderate Eric Cantor,’ Ingraham told Breitbart News shortly after the Associated Press declared Brat the victor.”

Conservative commentator Ingraham explained

“‘Cantor had a chance to lead the party in a conservative direction. But most just saw him as weak and ineffective.  If anything, he was leading the party away from conservatism.  The Brat Pack won the battle,’ Ingraham said.” (Highlighting Forum’s)

Breitbart’s Tony Lee underscored here a continuing theme in the Brat victory in his “Eric Cantor Primary Loss a Referendum Against Amnesty”–

“In the final weeks of the campaign, Brat made the race completely about amnesty and open borders, saying a vote for Cantor would be a vote for ‘open borders,’ and the seventh district primary would be the ‘last chance’ to stop amnesty.
Regarding amnesty legislation, voters told Cantor and Congress, ‘not so fast.’
After anti-amnesty Republican Ann Coulter endorsed Brat, Laura Ingraham, who has relentlessly fought for American workers against amnesty on her national radio program, campaigned for him last week. Brat said on Breitbart News Sunday that 700 people showed up to the event and some even parked in Cantor’s cul-de-sac.”

Can Mrs. Comstock leave behind her political past with Mr. Cantor, come to a better mind, then connect with the grass roots in her district?

Presumably the nominee should want these conservatives to be energized and to want to help get out the vote for her.

It’s simply a question of how much she wants to win in November.

Here is a place for her to start: the consequences of  the Administration’s reckless disregard of our borders and immigration laws are not going away, even if the House GOP leadership abandons its Big Immigration schemes. 

Senior Republican senator Jeff Sessions has revealed

“There is now an unprecedented crisis unfolding at the border. The flow of illegal immigrant youth across the southern border is on track to reach 130,000 next year—a projected increase of more than 2,000% from 2011. The White House estimates the cost of ‘resettling’ these illegal immigrants in the United States will reach $2.3 billion in a single year.
This crisis is a direct and predictable result of the President’s sustained and deliberate campaign to dismantle immigration enforcement. His administration has announced to the world that our nation’s immigration laws will not be enforced and that, in particular, they will not be applied to foreign youth.” (Highlighting Forum’s)

And the senator declared today hereSessions Lambasts Secretary Johnson For Fostering Chaos, Violence At Border”

This is an exigent threat which will touch all our communities.

What concrete action does GOP nominee Comstock recommend to stop this invasion on our southern border?

2014 Election Richard Falknor on 09 Jun 2014

Ed Gillespie: Virginia’s GOP Senate Pick — By 60 Percent

As most of our readers know, Ed Gillespie won the GOP nomination for US Senator from Virginia last Saturday at the Republican convention in Roanoke. He did so by around 60 percent.

Politico’s James Hohmann provides helpful context here in his “Ed Gillespie, GOP establishment winners in Virginia”–

“Gillespie was a top adviser to George W. Bush and Mitt Romney, both of whom have drawn criticism from some corners of the tea party movement.
His main challenger, insurance agent Shak Hill, drew a mix of cheers and boos when he attacked Gillespie for pushing the TARP bailout in the closing days of the Bush administration.
‘I have the moral authority to challenge Mark Warner,’ Hill said. ‘When you lobby for big bank bailouts, there is no separation between you and Mark Warner.’
Hill supporters handed out literature that showed pictures of Gillespie laughing alongside fellow strategist Karl Rove under the heading: ‘Ed Gillespie: A Washington Insider with a Virginia Address.’ The back of the leaflet attacked Gillespie for being soft on Obamacare, for helping sell the TARP bailout and for supporting comprehensive immigration reform.”

But, as Hohmann points out–

“The coronation [of Gillespie], while expected, is another win for the Republican establishment.”

Weak Establishment Strength in Virginia 5 and Virginia 7;
Strong in Northern Virginia

Here is the voting breakdown by Congressional district at Roanoke for senate nominee.

Readers will note that Mr. Gillespie did not prevail in the Fifth Congressional District (Representative Robert Hurt). And in the battleground Seventh Congressional District (Representative Eric Cantor), he won by only one “raw vote.”

Energizing The Conservative Faithful?

The Gillespie team may well have a different plan, but our view is that the new senate nominee will have to convince grass-roots conservatives that he has become an advocate for smaller government, for reining in the administrative state, and for seriously protecting our sovereignty and our borders.

Ed Gillespie — by virtue of his professional background — may well be seen as just one more GOP “crony capitalist” of which the Party has a surfeit.

Last January, for example, we reviewed here some of Gillespie’s activities with the late Bush Administration and in Virginia.

Nonetheless, he has time to come to a better mind and re-acquaint himself with the conservative base.

But just barely.

Invasion: Does Gillespie Grasp the Crisis On Our Southern Border?

This morning in an interview on WMAL, Mr. Gillespie was asked (here at 4:34) about the enormous and continuing influx of young aliens on our southern border.  

Judge for yourself.  We have to wonder if he was even aware of this crisis. His response did not address this year’s sudden upsurge in unaccompanied minors coming across the border. Rather it was a rote recital of the GOP Establishment’s murky talking points on amnesty.

Via Breitbart, here is a senior Republican senator explaining today — “Exclusive–Sen. Jeff Sessions: Obama ‘Committed to Escalating’ Lawlessness at Border” — what is now a national crisis:

“There is now an unprecedented crisis unfolding at the border. The flow of illegal immigrant youth across the southern border is on track to reach 130,000 next year—a projected increase of more than 2,000% from 2011.” (Highlighting Forum’s)

Perhaps Mr. Gillespie thinks this is not a matter Virginians care about.

But we wouldn’t bet on it.

First things . . . Richard Falknor on 08 Jun 2014

Tuesday’s VA-7 Primary: A Brat Win Will Help GOP Find Its Way

Ashland Strawberry Festival yesterday. Ed Hunter reports: "Sentiment was solidly pro-Dave Brat with many stickers and t shirts being worn by the crowd. Brat had the crowd lined to shake his hand. I don’t think the GOP has the slightest idea of how outraged popular sentiment is."

Ashland Strawberry Festival yesterday. Ed Hunter reports:”Sentiment was solidly pro-Dave Brat with many stickers and t-shirts worn by the crowd. Brat had the crowd lined to shake his hand. I don’t think the GOP has the slightest idea of how outraged popular sentiment is.”

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is infamous for jeopardizing our country by his energetic and reckless support of Big Immigration.

The good Mr. Cantor has a number of other public missteps some of which which we have cataloged here and here and here over the years.

But the House Republican leader’s advancing of Big Immigration is the worst.

As we have written

Stopping Cantor will send a very strong message.
Enacting amnesty and consequent Big Immigration, on the other hand, will not only result in losing “safe” Republican seats.  These massive changes will soon create a society where small government and constitutional principles have few adherents — and Tea Parties and grass-roots conservative organizations even fewer recruits. Forget about any incremental patriotic assimilation.
 Mark Krikorian and Phyllis Schlafly (at 03:30 here) detail amnesty’s consequences to our way of life in their video presentation, “Amnesty and Open Borders: The End of America – and the GOP,” taped March 6 at the National Security Action Summit.

Races like David Brat’s are not easy paths. 

This is because there are many Republican large donors — more than conservatives likely have recognized — who see the chief role of GOP politicians as being “business friendly.”

This is a polite phrase for “crony capitalism” and for “crony regulating” –  to use the government to snuff out smaller competitors who can’t meet the costs of compliance.

The opposite is “market friendly” –  limiting government intrusion into the marketplace and encouraging lots of c0mpetition and innovation.

Conservative culture scholar John Fonte explained here last December–

“…American business and its GOP allies who do not look beyond ‘economic man’ either silently accept or actively approve the dogmas of progressive orthodoxy – the diversity project, multiculturalism, radical feminism, globalism, mass immigration, environmentalism, and all of the progressive social issues.” (Highlighting Forum’s)

In the case of Big Immigration, many deep-pocketed Republican donors simply wish to import cheap labor — whether unskilled or high-tech.

As for the patriotic, security, and social costs — well, ordinary citizens can pick up that tab.

But these donors hardly favor smaller government. And why should they want to rein in the “administrative state”?  That is the system through which they prosper.

“A Humble and Honest Populism”

There is, however, a principled way for the GOP — a way that a Brat victory Tuesday would help advance.

John Fonte continues here 

“At National Review Online, [senator Jeff] Sessions urged the GOP to ‘adopt a humble and honest populism’ and distance itself from ‘the corporate titans who believe the immigration policy for our entire country should be modeled to pad their bottom line.’
The GOP lost the 2012 election, Sessions said, ‘because it hemorrhaged support from middle and low-income Americans of all backgrounds,’ and the party must now mount an ‘unapologetic defense of working Americans.’ He noted that Americans oppose by a two-to-one margin increasing low-skilled immigration and also strongly oppose any legalization of illegal immigrants before border security is in place. Sessions made the key political point that Republicans have a golden opportunity to appeal once again to Reagan Democrats, who are, as [Thatcher adviser] John O’Sullivan put it in a statement lauding Sessions, an ‘electoral bloc that dwarfs any other in numerical terms.’” (Highlighting Forum’s)

A Stern Warning from a Smart Woman

 And if the GOP will not correct course?

In a Breitbart interview with Michael Patrick Leahy, “Laura Ingraham Emerges As Top GOP Primary Warrior,” commentator Ingraham points out, here

“The question is do you want to live in a country run by, essentially, 100 families or do you want to live in a country where the middle class has a real chance to have a better life and leave a better life for their kids,’ she explained.
‘Right now,’ Ingraham said, ‘I think we are edging closer to that country where just the rich and powerful have a consistent say. They have an alliance with the far left groups that have their own agenda to bolster union membership and swell the ranks of the Democratic Party.’
‘I think this will not end well for the capitalists. If they think this is going to be a good ride, it’s not going to end well. History is replete with examples of the perpetually impoverished rising up against the fat cats.’”(Highlighting Forum’s)

Voters in the VA 7 GOP primary should weigh the national consequences of their selection on Tuesday.

 

 

 

 

 

Conservatives Richard Falknor on 05 Jun 2014

Unions & Big-Government Republicans Muscle MD County

UPDATE AFTER PRESS TIME! Readers may wish to visit the newly launched website Keep Carroll Conservative here. The Carroll Conservative PAC declares: “This website will expose the fake Republicans that are betraying Republican principles . . . [and] also provides facts about education funding in Carroll County that you need to know to make a fully informed decision.”

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“I think we are going to crush them [the Tea Party] everywhere” –senator Mitch McConnell, March 10, 2014
“Chamber of Commerce President Wants Tea Party to ‘Feel Some Heat’” –Breitbart’s Tony Lee

Many conservatives and just-plain-vanilla Republicans hoped that the “crush” that the good senator envisions and “the heat’ that Mr. Donohue plans would somehow not trouble their part of the forest. 

Alas, it was not to be — moreover the bi-partisan political class has already been having their way nationally with the Republic. 

RedState columnist and Marylander Daniel Horowitz details here in his “House Leaders Pass Another Bill With Democrat Support”–

“Evidently, the fact that Republicans ‘only’ control the House necessitates that they pass bills with Democrats support.  Once again, House leaders passed a bill through the House with only a majority of Democrat support.”

Now a toxic combination** of GOP big-government practitioners and public-employee unions comes to a conservative stronghold in the Old Line State.

The Attack of the Union Body Snatchers

Ann Miller’s Examiner post, “Carroll County teachers unions push for liberal infiltration of the GOP” here, illuminates the Attack of the Union Body Snatchers in that conservative citadel–

“Carroll County’s teachers’ unions CCEA and CASE are collectively pushing a slate of county commissioner and school board challengers whose longevity with the Republican Party and commitment to conservative principles are in question. The unions are urging teachers to switch party affiliation to Republican for the primary in order to vote for their slate, then switch back to Democrat after the primary. See union letter to teachers here.”

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“The union-backed slate consists of challengers along with incumbent Commissioner Doug Howard and incumbent school board President Virginia Harrison. The opposing ‘non-union’ slate consists of challengers along with incumbent Commissioner Richard Rothschild and Commissioner Robin Frazier. (Not to be confused with union slate challengers Devon Rothschild and Dennis Frazier.) Things sure are complex in Carroll County.
The union candidates are listed in the letter linked above. The non-union candidates are, for commissioner: Robin Frazier, Brian DiMaggio, Lyn Malick, Richard Rothschild, and Cathey Allison. For school board: Bud Nason, George Harmening, and Jim Roenick.” (Highlighting Forum’s throughout.)

Again, Blue Ridge Forum has seen and cautioned about parallel approaches in Virginia, where the GOP establishment brings in public employees and (likely non-Reagan) Democrats to take over Republican county committees.

Jamie Radtke revealed here last March in her Bull Elephant article “Mike Thomas Snuffing Out Conservative Votes with the Help of Democrats”–

“The recent tactics they used to take over the Republican Party only further demonstrates their continued contempt for all things Republican. Last night they coordinated caravans of county employees and Democrats to the Republican Mass Meeting. It is estimated that 100-150 easily identifiable county employees and Democrats were present at the meeting.
They accomplished this unprecedented turnout because Neil Vener, former Commonwealth Attorney for Campbell County, submitted a FOIA request to obtain the emails of all county employees in Campbell County. He then sent out an email to all county employees (The Bull Elephant has exclusively obtained this email) to tell them they needed to come to the Republican Meeting to prevent the REPUBLICANS on the Campbell County Board of Supervisor from ‘blindly cut[ting] taxes and ruthlessly slash[ing] the budget.’ In fact, during the Mass Meeting last night Independent Supervisor Stan Goldsmith stood in the meeting defending the largest tax increase in Campbell County history and he received loud and extended applause. Hardly a Republican crowd!
They assured these county employees and Democrats that they did not have to be a Republican and that the Republican pledge that they would be required to sign was ‘nonbinding,’ so they should not hesitate to sign it.”

Examiner columnist Miller gets to the heart of the matter in Carroll County here when she urges–

This tactic by the teachers’ unions will affect every Marylander. Even if you are in another county, please consider donating to the campaigns of the non-union candidates and pull the rug out from under union control of our free elections. We can all volunteer to make calls to true Republicans to urge them to vote on primary day June 24.” (Highlighting Forum’s.)

She explains why–

“With 1500-1600 members of [teachers' unions] CASE/CCEA, pressure to switch and vote could indeed have a big impact on the election outcome. In the 2010 primary for commissioner, the winners won by a margin of 500-900 votes.”

This is an opportunity for Tea Partiers around the Old Line State, as well as other grass-roots activists from libertarians to gun-rights advocates, to pitch in as phone volunteers in this crucial Carroll County primary.

Citizens who want to help out should email this address.

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**A national counterpart of such a combination might be the Republican Main Street Partnership which RedState chief Erick Erickson calls here “Democrat Funded”.

2014 Election Richard Falknor on 28 May 2014

UPDATED WITH YOUTUBE! Eric Cantor Reaps A Whirlwind of Conservative Outrage

MAY 29 UPDATE YOUTUBE!  David Brat May 28 Press Conference on Immigration here.

As many of us know, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor faces challenger David Brat in the upcoming June 10 Virginia 7 GOP primary.

Amnesty and Big Immigration are central issues in this challenge by leanly funded conservative candidate Brat.

Mr. Cantor has been a national GOP force behind Big Immigration for some time.

In a shameless display of mendacity, Eric Cantor now claims to be the barrier against opening our borders.

But let’s hear, via The Right Scoop, the story here: Mark Levin SLAMS Cantor for lying “through his teeth” to voters about amnesty in order to win primary.

And today challenger Brat struck back — Breitbart’s gives us the details here

“Eric Cantor’s primary challenger David Brat ripped the Majority Leader as ‘the number one Republican supporter of amnesty’ in a dramatic press conference steps away from a rival event by a liberal Democrat intended to paint Cantor as the face of GOP intransigence on immigration.
The day after Cantor portrayed himself as an anti-amnesty warrior in campaign literature, Brat accused Cantor of coordinating with Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), the Democrat holding the rival press conference, to provide him political cover in his moment of greatest need.
Cantor, Brat noted, had previously visited sites with Gutierrez in a pro-immigration reform tour. ‘You would have to be pretty gullible not to see a link there,’ Brat said.”

Leahy continued–

“Brat also challenged Cantor to sign a new pledge from an anti-amnesty group. If Cantor is such an anti-amnesty stalwart, Brat asked, ‘Why hasn’t Cantor signed the no amnesty pledge circulated by FAIR? Has Eric Cantor ever met with ICE officers?”
“‘I am calling on Eric Cantor to make public all corporate executives and lobbyists he has met with [to] discuss cheap labor,’ he added.”
 Last April 16, Ann Coulter cautioned here in her Daily Caller post “Back any candidate you want as long as it’s one of these three”
“Republicans aren’t at much risk of losing any of these seats, with or without primary fights. But we’ll lose them all within a decade if Republicans like Tillis, Ellmers and Cantor aren’t stopped.”

Tea Partiers and grass-roots organizations need to provide the Brat Campaign, right away, with volunteers for the ground game.

To help with the “ground game,” email here.

To help with get-out-the vote events, email here.

Stopping Cantor will send a very strong message.

Enacting amnesty and consequent Big Immigration, on the other hand, will not only result in losing “safe” Republican seats.  These massive changes will soon create a society where small government and constitutional principles have few adherents — and Tea Parties and grass-roots conservative organizations even fewer recruits. Forget about any incremental patriotic assimilation.

 Mark Krikorian and Phyllis Schlafly (at 03:30 here) detail amnesty’s consequences to our way of life in their video presentation, “Amnesty and Open Borders: The End of America – and the GOP,” taped March 6 at the National Security Action Summit.

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