First things . . . Richard Falknor on 10 May 2015
Mark Levin:Mitch McConnell’s Most Recent&Most Dangerous Capitulations–Enough Willful Blindness Within Our GOP!
“Our Washington ruling class does not see itself as bound by our quaint Constitution. When a Republican eventually wins the White House, expect the same rule by decree.”—Andrew McCarthy
Mark Levin last Thursday evening delivered (click here) a searing indictment of United States Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell and his fellow enablers.
Widely-heard constitutional expert and radio talk-show host Levin recapitulated recent and glaring leadership failures of the just re-elected Kentucky senator.
Levin highlights the McConnell-Corker debacle on the president’s Iran “deal.” (As Daniel Horowitz explains, the House of Representatives is our last hope for stopping Congressional acquiescence in this shameful arrangement.)
For those of us who remember our history, the Reid-McConnell Senate seems eerily like the last days of the Roman Republic. (Political philosopher Montesquieu spelled out — scroll down in foregoing link — his take on the details of the decline.)
Here are extracts from Mark Levin’s bill of particulars last Thursday — highlighting throughout is Forum’s:
“This is going to be very painful for some of you. For some of you, not most of you, because you are in my audience, the smartest audience of audiences. Some of you — listen! This is going to be very painful to you. Because just like the Democrats put their party before everything else, some of you put the Republican Party before everything else. I say this as a registered Republican. But more importantly, I am a Constitutional conservative. If the party sways off and moves in the wrong direction, we have a responsibility. To defeat those who are doing that, and to take it back.“
Deeply Flawed Senate GOP Leadership
“I’m sorry to tell you this, but there’s a man in the United States Senate who is by a large, large degree the worst Republican leader in modern American history. And his name is Mitch McConnell.
The man is utterly and completely unprincipled.
The man is so stuck in Washington groupthink that he uses his power behind the scenes — where you can’t see him — to threaten freshman Republicans, Tea Party Republicans, conservative Republicans with cutting off their funding in their next campaign if they do not bend to his will.
He is a man who is so completely outmatched by Barack Obama that he has now taken the tack—he’s taken the tack that it is the objective of the majority-controlled Republican Senate– significant majority, that you put there–to accommodate Obama. To demonstrate to the world that we can “govern.”
Now it apparently doesn’t matter to Mitch McConnell that a president is governing in so many respects without Constitutional authority. It apparently doesn’t matter to Mitch McConnell that he’s now picked up the ball from Harry Reid, and is eviscerating the power of the Senate under Article 1, as well as the Treaty Powers and every other power.”
Specifically – – –
“Mitch McConnell threw in with Obama on the biggest deficit spending budget in American history.
Mitch McConnell has allowed a radical to become Attorney General of the United States, as will soon be clear.
Mitch McConnell is now fighting to give Obama all the power he wants in the so-called ‘Fast Track’ for trade, in which Obama has every intention of pouring more and more of his poisonous left-wing agenda.
And what that means to we the people, is that the Senate will surrender its ability to amend anything Obama comes back with and will agree to an up or down vote.
This is why I’ve rejected this from Day One. That’s not free trade. That’s not commerce. That’s surrender. Because all the Democrats will vote for Obama, and the usual dozen or so Republicans will support whatever he says.”
The Common Defense: McConnell’s Desertion In The Face Of The Enemy
“But something happened today which is beyond the pale. It’s beyond Mitch McConnell surrendering on the power of purse, which is why spending is out of control.
It’s beyond Mitch McConnell surrendering on unconstitutional executive amnesty—which is bad enough.
From amnesty. To the budget. To Obamacare. Mitch McConnell has delivered for Obama.
Don’t believe this stuff: ‘he’s doing the best he can.’
McConnell believes that showing “bipartisan governance” is his job.
Not standing up for the people, liberty, the Constitution, American sovereignty.
And now, Mitch McConnell has thrown in national security.
Mitch McConnell will now participate in arming up the Islamo-Nazi regime in Tehran with nuclear weapons.”
Bi-Partisan Masters of Mendacity
“And he doesn’t even have the guts to tell the truth about it. Instead, he lies through his teeth. Like Bob Corker and Jeff Flake and all the others.
What am I talking about?”
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“98 to 1 today, the United States Senate voted to surrender the treaty power.
It’s being reported in the news media – in virtually every news outlet, conservative, liberal, so-called mainstream. It’s being reported as ‘Congress just voted to empower itself to have a say in the treaty process.’
Here’s what it’s called: ‘A bill to provide for Congressional review and oversight of agreements relating to Iran’s nuclear program and for other purposes.’
Ladies and gentlemen, the Senate already has that power. It’s called the treaty provision. It already has the power to review any deal, to oversee it, and to vote on it.
So what is all this about?
It’s a fraud on you. Led by the Senate Republicans. And it is the lowest of the low. They haven’t even gotten this low before. This is as low as it gets.”
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“We’re talking about nuking up the Iranians and now with the support—the overwhelming support—of the Republicans in the United States Congress.
Surrendering the treaty power.
Our friend Daniel Horowitz at Conservative Review: ‘passage of the Corker-Cardin Democrat protection bill.’ [The Horowitz post here is incorporated into Levin’s explanation.]
It’s abundantly clear that Republicans in the Senate are utterly useless. Due to the outrageously false perception of this bill, only six Republicans opposed shutting off debate: Cruz, Cotton, Grassley, Lee, Moran, and Sullivan.
Notice who’s not there: Rand Paul, Marco Rubio.
And, in the end, only Tom Cotton—only Tom Cotton– voted against its final passage.“
Maryland’s Grand Deceiver — Senator Ben Cardin?
“From beginning to end, the dishonest bi-partisan oligarchy sold this bill as a way of securing Congressional approval of any Iran deal.
And if you listen to any news outlet today, or read it, that’s exactly what they’re saying.
They’re being fed lies, and then they report it as news.
Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland. This man is a liar, he’s a deceiver, he’s a leftist, and he’s a self-hater.
Ben Cardin, Obama’s point man in the Senate on Iran appeasement, made the following deceitful statement prior to voting on the bill this afternoon.
‘It was in the 1990’s that Congress started to impose sanctions against Iran for its Nuclear weapons program. Only congress can remove those Sanctions or permanently change it.’ (Congressional Record)
This is a uniquely scandalous lie even for a member of Congress – even for Cardin.
He has officially gone on record as vouching for our position – that Congress must approve any deal made by the president – but he refuses to admit that his bill does just the opposite.
And I’ve talked about this time and again, but let’s underscore it:
Instead of the default position being no sanctions relief until a majority of Congress affirmatively approve of the deal, this bill allows the president to remove sanctions after 30 days unless two-thirds of both houses override the president.
Ben Cardin has no intention of ever voting to override the President, so he’s a liar. This is a new low, even for a career left-wing hack like him.
And it’s even worse.
Congressional Quarterly reports that House Democrats are signaling they will never give Republicans the requisite two-thirds majority to override a veto under any circumstance.
Jan Schakowsky (Communist, Chicago) circulated a letter signed by 150 House Democrats cheering on Obama’s appeasement of Iran and urging him to stay the course.
[See AllahPundit & Failure Theater here.]
So, what does this mean? What does this mean to [us], the plebes, the pedestrians, the workers, the masses? I’ll tell you what it means.
It means that Mitch McConnell used parliamentary procedures to get a vote on a bill that Obama wanted. That his lackey, that his surrogate, Bob Corker, negotiated with Ben Cardin, among others. They worked it through the White House. The White House agreed. Because what Obama saw is the Senate surrendering its treaty powers.
Those treaty powers the Senate does not have the power to surrender. No single Senate—no group of senators has the power to change the Constitution of the United States.
So we’ve gone from two-thirds of the senators present having to approve a treaty to them trying to cobble together two-thirds to override a presidential veto, which will never happen. Ever. Never. Never.
So whatever deal Obama has will be the deal that’s put in place.“
The Shrinking Circle of Liberty
“No, ladies and gentlemen, Congress will have the opportunity to sit on the sidelines and watch the world go by. On this, on immigration, on spending, and everything you can think of.
You voted in the Republican majority — and it’s a disaster. A complete, unmitigated disaster.
This is why we have to fight the Jeb Bushes and the John Kasiches and the others who pop up. This is why whomever Karl Rove supports, we must oppose.
This is a battle that you and I have to wage.
It’s not, ‘…or we’ll lose the country.’
We are losing the country.
We’ve already lost a chunk of the country.
Every day this Congress meets, every day this president exercises his powers—every day he exercises powers that doesn’t even belong to him– every day, almost, that the Supreme Court meets—we lose more and more of our liberty.
I’ve said before, the circle of liberty that surrounds each and every one of us—called unalienable rights—is shrinking, shrinking, shrinking every day.”
And in Maryland and Virginia?
The citizens of Maryland and Virginia are hardly immune to Obama’s schemes.
Senate and House Republicans have failed to defund them or, in the case of the Senate, to use their treaty and confirmation powers to derail them.
(Apparently the House leadership is not seriously considering impeachment of any key Obama appointees.)
Even in this time of grave crisis, state party organizations and local GOP committees see their role as chirpy cheer leaders and money raisers for incumbents with an “R” after their name — a far cry from the Committees of Correspondence that led up to our War of Independence.
And these Party groups are almost never engines of accountability for GOP Federal and state lawmakers, or for governors.
Isn’t preserving the Circle of Liberty important enough to get Maryland’s new governor Larry Hogan and the Old Line State’s sole Republican Representative Andy Harris to weigh in with specificity on the concerns that Mark Levin raises?
The Virginia GOP Establishment has always been quick to talk up Ed Gillespie (click here). What does this sometime Senate hopeful (and possible gubernatorial candidate) publicly have to say about what Levin calls the “complete, unmitigated disaster” of the current GOP Congressional majority?
Levin rightly declares —“This is a battle that you and I have to wage”.
Will Constitutional conservatives take this battle over the transformation of America to their local GOP committees?
At least — let’s make the GOP apparatchiks publicly admit in Maryland and Virginia – – we are in the chirpy-cheer-leading and money-raising business, don’t bother us with this Circle of Liberty stuff.