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Leviathan Richard Falknor on 09 Dec 2014

UPDATED! A Big Noise–Now–To Allow Vote On Anti-Amnesty Amendment!

UPDATED DECEMBER 10! Neil Munro reports here:

“GOP members have released their draft amendment to defund President Barack Obama’s national amnesty.
‘None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available, including any funds or fees collected or otherwise made available for expenditure, by this division or any other Act, or otherwise available to the Secretary of Homeland Security, for any fiscal year may be used to implement, administer, carry out, or enforce the [amnesty] policies,’ says the short amendment.
The new anti-amnesty language is being pushed by Arizona Rep. Matt Salmon, South Carolina’s Rep. Mick Mulvaney and Virginia Rep. Dave Brat, who unseated the GOP’s pro-amnesty majority leader, Rep. Eric Cantor, in a June 2014 primary vote.
They’re urging voters to call their legislators’ offices to demand passage of the amendment. . . .The amendment will be examined on Wednesday [today] by the powerful rules committee, which sets the rules for debates.” (Highlighting Forum’s)

A Big Noise–Now–To Allow Vote On Anti-Amnesty Amendment!


The indefatigable Neil Munro (Daily Caller) just reports in hisGOP Representatives Demand Vote, Fairness On Amnesty” here – –

“Rank-and-file Republican legislators will ask the House’s rules committee Tuesday to allow an anti-amnesty vote during the floor debate over the 2015 government budget.
But unless there’s huge wave of phone calls from voters to Congress, the request will likely be rejected by GOP leaders prior to a Thursday debate.
That’s because the chairman of the rules committee, Texas Rep. Pete Sessions, was caught on video telling Democrats last week that he’ll push for an 2015 amnesty that would provide more foreign workers to U.S. companies. Rep. Sessions is a close ally of House Speaker John Boehner, who has so far blocked efforts to defund the amnesty.
The new anti-amnesty language is being pushed by Arizona Rep. Matt Salmon, South Carolina Rep. Mick Mulvaney, and Virginia Rep. Dave Brat, who unseated House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a June 2014 primary vote.” (Highlighting Forum’s)

Conservatives should be in touch with their House GOP member by phone this afternoon

State Republican leaders – Party officials and state lawmakers — should show their true grit by insisting their GOP delegation weigh in to allow an anti-amnesty vote on the Giant Spending Omnibus.

Conservatives Michael Giere on 07 Dec 2014

RPV Advance Summing Up: Two Uneasy Coalitions

My clear impression from the RPV Advance this weekend in Chantilly, Virginia mirrors the national GOP: two uneasy coalitions stuck together.  

One group is robust, willing to fight, and clearly driven by policy and principle.

The other is much more personality driven, looking for a soft landing in the culture war, and interested in the politics of accommodation.

The growing dissonance between the two coalitions is the dark lining under the smashing GOP election victories of last month.

They were won with the votes of working class Americans who now expect action on ending illegal immigration and amnesty, replacing Obamacare, and stopping government policies that destroy jobs, wages and savings.

If these voters are betrayed – again – then the 2016 presidential election could be an even more disastrous repeat of 2012, where millions of working class voters stayed home.

This is the outreach and “engagement” Virgina Republicans should be talking about.

Conservatives Michael Giere on 07 Dec 2014

RPV Advance Bottom Line: Dave Brat’s The Real Deal

The new leader of conservatives in Virginia is clearly Representative Dave Brat.

He is dynamic, engaged on policy, and a man of obvious character and depth.

Last evening in Chantilly, he took time with well-wishers, worked the RPV Advance crowd with a quick smile and impressed everyone – he’s the real deal.  

Introducing governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Brat was received with a boisterous standing ovation.

He briefly talked about his own contest and reminded the audience at the Gala Dinner that he put together a broad coalition of working Americans of both parties and across all age groups.

His stunning victories at the polls are testimony that conservative principles work . . . every time they are tried.

First things . . . Richard Falknor on 24 Nov 2014

The GOP & Us — Time For Conservatives To Move On?

“Few Republican voters, never mind the larger country class, have confidence that the party is on their side. Because, in the long run, the country class will not support a party as conflicted as today’s Republicans, those Republican politicians who really want to represent it will either reform the party in an unmistakable manner, or start a new one as Whigs like Abraham Lincoln started the Republican Party in the 1850s.” ––Angelo Codevilla (Highlighting Forum’s.)

We must now face hard facts: the conservative base and the GOP Establishment simply have significantly different aims.

The failure of the Congressional Republican leadership to respond effectively to the president’s executive amnesty last week makes this clear as Michele Bachmann explained here.

See similar NRO reports here and here.

These lamentable developments constitute what are loosely called game-changers. For our country — our civic order, our public order, our sovereignty, our already over-expanded Federal and state welfare systems — will become radically “transformed” unless the Obama Administration’s immigration actions are reversed. Last evening Nicholas Stix in VDARE here posted The Myth Of The 11 Million: Wall Street Analyst Estimates 21-25 Million Illegals Now In U.S.”

Whatever the differences are between the key immigration numbers-crunchers, the numbers of illegals the Obama Administration is regularizing  — and likely will end up regularizing — are breathtaking. 

A supine Republican Party — see Dana Perino, a Bush Dynasty voice, here – – will be of no use to any citizen who seeks to keep and strengthen our constitutional order.

We don’t see how the conservative base and the Establishmentwithout a prompt and significant change of course by the Republican Leadership — can much longer continue sailing under the same flag.

Consequently we must weigh a conservative alternative in time for 2016.

Here, for example, is some very troubling current mischief by the GOP Establishment: their effort (via Rush’s report) to deny Jeff Sessions the chair of the Senate Budget Committee.

Recall that senator Sessions last Friday had declared here that “President’s Immigration Orders Have Sold Out The Middle Class.”

From the Establishment’s point of view, however, their effort against Mr. Sessions is quite understandable.

Sessions has a long-term vision: he speaks of a humble and honest populism; he has deconstructed not only the facts and the law of the open-borders advocates, but also exposed who they are and how they operate in both parties and in the White House; and, very important, Sessions is a senator who is not running for president. 

This allows him to be a traditional United States Senator, not having the understandable burden of constantly balancing the pressures of a national campaign with the exacting work and often controversial voting decisions of a conscientious senator.

It also makes him. as a major committee chair, relatively fireproof against the wiles of the Establishment.

For all these reasons, the Alabama senator is a threat to the incoming Senate GOP leadership unencumbered with principle, focused on short timelines, and only capable of deal-making, and to Speaker Boehner’s circle who have similar impairments.

The effort to deny Sessions his Senate Budget Committee chairmanship should tell even the most fervent Republican loyalist of the deplorable state of the GOP leadership.

We should all prepare ourselves for tumultuous developments sooner than we might wish. 

Neither the Obama Administration nor the responsibility-phobic GOP Establishment can likely cope with military, border, or public-health threats that can take on a life of their own right before our eyes.

We all have to think through how we respond as conservatives to today’s perils, and try to do so with a strong, united voice.

Very soon.

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Faithful readers may wish to revisit these posts  – -


Leviathan Richard Falknor on 19 Nov 2014

“Preserving What’s Left Of The Republic For Our Children…”

Monday evening Mark Levin continued his homilies (click here) on the urgency of Congress exercising its power of the purse right now, and, by doing so, maintaining our constitutional separation of powers.

Our post today is also about the necessity of conservatives immediately asking their GOP members not to bankroll the Obama Administration through next September 30 — but rather to approve only a short-term “continuing resolution” to mid-winter.

In this way, the new Congress can get their arms around the president’s programs and initiatives and rules to decide what moneys should — or should not — be provided, and with what restrictions, in an appropriation running until the end of the next fiscal year on September 30.

Let’s return to constitutional expert Levin who insisted Monday that – -

“We must preserve what’s left of the Republic for our children and grandchildren!”

But author Levin warns that the risk-averse GOP leadership is –

“a chorus of impotency” which they display in a “Conga line on Fox News.”

Review The Alarming Details Of What We Face!

Why is this of such vital concern this week? Before the Congress goes on Thanksgiving Recess Friday?

Because the president plans, perhaps within a few days, to expand his so-called executive actions to regularize millions more illegal immigrants already here, and to allow even more immigration. (Click here and here for likely details and consequences of such presidential action.)

But an equally pressing question is whether the House GOP, in this lame duck session, will give the administration money to operate through next September 30 without any serious restrictions on the worst of its policies.

As we explained, conservatives contend that the House GOP leadership should approve only a “continuing resolution” through mid-winter so that the new Congress can assess what moneys should (or should not) be provided to the Obama Administration, and with what limitations, in an appropriation bill running until the end of the next fiscal year on September 30.

Immigration expert Mark Krikorian summarizes our case as it touches amnesty and immigration –

“But all this depends on Congress approving a short-term spending bill (a Continuing Resolution or CR) now — one that would keep spending at the current (absurdly high) levels for the next two or three months, so the new GOP-run Congress can have a free hand. If spending were locked in till September 30 (the end of the fiscal year) the opportunity to halt the amnesty will be lost; it would take months to implement the amnesty, so little will have happened by January or February, but once millions of people are legalized, even if it’s ostensibly temporary, it will be impossible as a practical political matter to revoke their work permits, Social Security cards, drivers licenses, etc.” (Highlighting Forum’s)

And listen here via Secure Freedom Radio to NumbersUSA’s Rosemary Jenks.

She reveals “Executive Amnesty May be Coming to a Town Near You.”

Hear especially her “Part 4″ on the danger of more illegals voting in our elections.

Is The House GOP Leadership Listening?

Lamentably the House Appropriations Committee under the leadership of Kentucky Republican Hal Rogers apparently is bulling ahead with a giant “omnibus” bill bankrolling the Obama Administration through next September 30.

Exclusive–KY Tea Partiers ‘Actively Looking’ For Hal Rogers Primary Challenger For 2016 Over His Support For Omnibus” —

“[Tea Party spokesman Scott] Hofstra said Republicans on the ground in Kentucky are upset with Rogers’ efforts to fund Obama’s planned executive amnesty via an omnibus spending bill. He specifically cited a Breitbart News investigation, published Sunday night, which found that Rogers’ campaign contributor General Dynamics is in the running to print the documents necessary for Obama to implement an executive amnesty—and that the defense contractor expects that if wins the multi-million-dollar government deal it would print the documents at a facility in Rogers’ district.
‘The investigation into the interests of General Dynamics and amnesty is not unexpected,’ Hofstra said. ‘Hal, like Mitch McConnell, won reelection in spite of himself and his actions. He won because he wasn’t the Democrat.'”

As important as is halting lawless presidential action on amnesty and immigration, there are also other serious Obama programs or actions underway which only the Congressional power of the purse can stop or slow down.

Here is only a partial list of Obama programs that cannot be allowed to sink deeper roots, or failures to act that must be put right very soon —

Call your GOP House member — and ask your GOP state lawmakers and newly elected U.S. House members who will take their seats in January — to join you in encouraging the House GOP to become a chorus of courage, not of impotence.







Leviathan Richard Falknor on 16 Nov 2014

Mark Levin: GOP Leaders Flee The Use Of The Power Of The Purse

Last Wednesday, Mark Levin spelled out how the Congressional power of the purse was used many times over the last four decades in his broadcast detailing past government “shutdowns”.

Click here to hear constitutional scholar Levin via therightscoop.

Author Levin also clarified that there is no connection between so-called shutdowns and “defaulting” on the national debt.  (Click here and here for two definitive discussions on the nuts and bolts of the national debt.)

Why is the power of the purse such a pressing question this week?

Because it is the only means to rein in a lawless president who is about to change our way of life with the mass importation of new populations.

This is not something the president might do sometime in the future.  He plans to do so very soon.  And there is no likely way to reverse such a step once fully implemented.

Shamefully the Republican Congressional leadership plans here and here — in this lame-duck session — to bankroll, through a so-called continuing resolution, the president’s administration through September 30, 2015!

We will be writing much more this week on why the administration should only be funded until mid-winter when the new Congress has an opportunity to bring regular order to the appropriations process. (Click here to understand the serious damage from long-term continuing resolutions.)

Take the time to hear Mark Levin here give you the understanding and talking points you will need to give spine to your GOP politicians.

He also touches on how Congress can use the power of the purse to defund Obamacare, to rein in job-killing EPA regulations, and to complicate implementation of “executive agreements” with Iran on nuclear weapons, agreements that can get many Americans and our Israeli allies killed.

What must you ask your GOP politicians?

To ignore their leadership’s pressure to bankroll the Federal government through September 30, 2015.

Instead only support a short-term measure until mid-winter.

Privately your GOP politicians may plead to you that it is political suicide for them to oppose their leadership.

Your answer is that it is national suicide not to derail this president’s schemes.





First things . . . Richard Falknor on 11 Nov 2014

Veterans Day: Our Military History & Our National Conversation

Even veterans — and by derivation, Veterans Day (once known as Armistice Day) — are now under attack by the Cultural Marxists.
Breitbart’s William Bigelow here points to one offending post of last Sunday in his post “Salon: ‘Forced Troop Worship and Compulsory Patriotism Must End.'”
Unless our military and related histories are part of our national conversation, however, Veterans Day will lose its meaning for emerging generations.
But the new AP U.S. History (APUSH) Exam” will likely accelerate the disappearance of our common recollection of our history and sacrifices.
 Stanley Kurtz chronicles in NRO this woeful anti-history effort here
“Yet the most important reason for studying the Founders and the principles of our Constitutional system is that healthy republican government depends upon public knowledge of its historical and intellectual foundations. This was a central insight of the Founders, and of early American educators….” (Highlighting Forum’s throughout.)
State and local politicians who would sail under the conservative flag must use the power of the public purse and the bully pulpit to reverse this menacing redesign of the American history curriculum. 
Kurtz cites scholar Ralph Ketcham on what must be done–
“In response to the College Board’s attempt to impose so egregiously biased and civically impoverished a curriculum on the nation — in defiance of cherished traditions of state and local control – Ketcham and his co-authors recommend that ‘state boards of education, governors, and state legislatures . . . disallow public schools to use’ the College Board’s new APUSH Framework.”
The post below is ours from November 11, 2011. (The image we just added.) We hope that on November 11, 2015 we can report some progress.

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"Two Way Traffic At Bastogne" Olin Dows (Army Center of Military History)

“Two Way Traffic At Bastogne” Olin Dows (Army Center of Military History)

Will Veterans Day Fade When Only A Few Still Grasp Why?


Readers likely lose patience with the endless on-line Veterans Day Weekend platitudes politicians and pundits view as obligatory around November 11.  Consequently we’ll try to get right to the point.

Our civic life is in grave danger from the neglect of our American heritage by taxpayer-supported schools and worse, taxpayer-supported schools of education.

This education malpractice in transmitting our heritage is nurtured in political correctness or cultural Marxism.

This malpractice deprives coming generations of students of any serious understanding of the history of our freedoms and institutions, our religious tradition, our achievements in enterprise, invention, and agriculture, and our military victories and setbacks.

Such popular understanding is vital to maintain support for preserving our national sovereignty in the face of fierce globalist efforts to dilute it away.

Of course, the GOP is unlikely to confront the larger problem of the Left manipulating the curriculum – – what Mary Grabar calls the “brainwashing of America.”

But that is a subject for another day.

What we conservatives can do ourselves and do now is teach ourselves, our families, our children, about the victories, hardships, misadventures, and traditions of our fighting men and women since the colonial wars in New England and the beginnings of the Republic.

We can talk with our friends and colleagues about about the complexities of the Barbary Wars (with their implications for today) and  the “Shores of Tripoli.”

We can try to understand how Abraham Lincoln managed his generals – at least that Republican didn’t promise to “talk to his generals” before he could figure out his war aims.

We can try to learn some lessons from the many-front struggle with Germany, Italy, and the Empire of Japan in World War II.

We can remember the fearful price we paid in Korea from post-World-War-II neglect (scroll down) of our forces.

Most of all, we can appreciate the skill and endurance of our forces from Roger’s Rangers in the French and Indian War, to Washington’s crossing to Trenton, to Joshua Chamberlain at Gettysburg, to Torpedo Eight at Midway, and to the epic Marine breakout from the Chosin Reservoir in Korea.

All this military history and much more should be part of our national conversation – – not topics relegated to the archives of academics and locked away from school children.

Uncategorized Richard Falknor on 24 Oct 2014

Can MD GOP Chiefs & Baltimore Black Leaders Work Together?

Maryland conservative activist** Ed Hunter emails us today–

“There is constant talk in the Republican Party of how they can more effectively reach black voters, especially in Baltimore. It turns out that key black leaders in Baltimore are similarly trying to reach someone in the Republican establishment who will listen to their concerns about unemployment, immigration, and gay marriage.  
Recently we have been distributing flyers on the street corners of Baltimore that point out the impact that mass immigration has had on blacks.  This outreach has been met with much support and exclamation. Currently black unemployment in Baltimore is 55%. The effect of bringing in millions of illegal, and legal immigrants when black Americans cannot find work has been devastating.  There is a great deal of  black outrage over the Democratic Party’s policy of open borders, as well as over voting, dream acts, and citizenship for illegals. These are perhaps key issues for many blacks who see the Democratic party as taking them for granted while effectively erasing their cultural identity.
We have the names of several black ministers who are imploring some Republican to come to address their congregations.
If someone will contact us, we can make arrangements for Republicans to meet with local conservative black pastors.
Through our street level activism, we  have found that the myth that Baltimore is lockstep Democratic territory is just that: a myth. There are many Christian conservative blacks who are alienated by the ‘progressive’ agenda.  Furthermore the level of discontent with false leaders like Congressman Elijah Cummings and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is intense.
If Republicans will stop letting the liberal left control the conversation and stop being Democrat-Lite on the issues of mass immigration and gay marriage, they will find, as we have, that many blacks are very ready to abandon the Democratic Party.” (Highlighting Forum’s throughout.)

Maryland GOP leaders interested in meeting with Baltimore conservative black pastors can reach independent businessman Ed Hunter by email here.

**  More on Ed Hunter: here (Town Hall statement on Fox News’ Greta); here (“Overpass Media”); here (working with Virginia Tea Partiers demonstrating in Eric Cantor’s district); and here (refugee resettlement testimony).

First things . . . Richard Falknor on 23 Oct 2014

Ottawa Jihadist Attack: Plain Words from Mark Steyn; Our Own Political Class Mumbles Like Bureaucrats In An Investigation

Our political class — that includes both parties — has such difficulty articulating the Islamist threat.

But if they can’t explain it in plain words — not sanitized “talking points” — members of the Congress can hardly meet their sworn duty to 

support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

And if they can’t explain the Islamist threat clearly, they also can’t legislate about it clearly.

The Ottawa Attack

Early this morning New Hampshireman (and Canadian citizen) Mark Steyn gave us a plain words analysis of this “Assault on the Heart of the Canadian State”

“Kevin Vickers is the Sergeant-at-Arms of the House of Commons, which is, most of the time, a ceremonial role – he’s the fellow who wears a goofy looking hat and carries the mace into the chamber each day. But he knew enough to understand, in a split second, that the ceremonial role had turned real and to take down the western world’s latest Soldier of Allah. Many more of us will need to recover that primal survival instinct in the years ahead.
The sub-title of my new book is ‘Don’t Say You Weren’t Warned’. I have been writing for over a decade now about the west’s wannabe jihadists, often born and raised in Canada and America and Britain and Australia and Europe, some of them converts – or ‘reverts’, as they call them. Throughout that period, the multiculti delusionists have insisted that Islam’s contribution to the diversity mosaic is no less positive than that of Poles or Italians. Now we have pure laine Quebeckers and Nigerian South Londoners converting to Islam because it’s the coolest gang on the planet. And one consequence of that is that a relaxed, open capital city will descend into the same panopticon security state as Washington. I love Ottawa – I know every yard of that stretch of Wellington Street connecting Parliament and the Cenotaph: Chateau Laurier is where I always stay when in town; not so long ago I walked past the war memorial with a senior Minister of the Crown and we talked about how simple and dignified and profoundly moving it was; and during my battles with the ‘human rights’ commissions I had the honour of testifying to the House of Commons and strolling that same Centre Block corridor that that Allahu Akbar loon rampaged down today.
That security-lite Ottawa is gone, and that is a loss. But there will be others in the years ahead. Because the price of welcoming and incubating and growing Islam in the west is, ultimately, the loss of everything else.” (Highlighting Forum’s)

 Steyn revealed –

“In a detail almost too absurd, the Ottawa jihadist turned out to be the son of Susan Bibeau, the Deputy Chairperson of the Immigration Division of Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board. Her (now ex-)husband was a ‘Libyan businessman.'”

 Scroll down here to see the accompanying Steyn video in full.

For the safety of everyone within our borders, conservatives must contrive ways to get our bi-partisan Political Class to speak plainly about the Jihadist Threat so that we can deal with it effectively.

Be prepared, nonetheless, for a long push against very hard heads.

When five members of the House wrote, now over two years ago, the inspectors general of our security agencies to assess the extent of the Muslim Brotherhood influence in the IG’s respective departments, Republican leaders shamed themselves with a contrary uproar. 

Andrew McCarthy, on the other hand, asked “why the other 430 members of the House [hadn’t] joined [the five members] — and why John McCain, John Boehner, and other Republican establishment luminaries are championing the Muslim Brotherhood’s side of the dispute.”











Conservatives Richard Falknor on 21 Oct 2014

Heads-Up Conservatives:David Brat Tomorrow In Northern VA!

Meet a genuine Republican hero tomorrow evening thanks to the gracious hospitality of Tom and Jeannemarie Davis at their home in Vienna!

See tomorrow’s event details below.

We look forward — not just to Dave’s elections on November 4  — but to his becoming Virginia’s strong voice for authentic conservative principles.






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