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Common Defense Richard Falknor on 16 Jul 2016

Baltimore–What Will It Take To Get Our Political Class To Understand The War on Cops?

A good start to grasping this danger is Mark Tapson’s short interview here with Heather Mac Donald about her new book The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe ! heathermac

Some excerpts from the interview

“MT: What were your thoughts upon hearing of last week’s Dallas shooting in progress, when police were dying and being wounded even as they tried to protect the demonstrators who had gathered there to protest their supposed racial bias?

HM: I was overcome by acute fear for this country.  The elite establishment has been playing with fire in stoking the Black Lives Matter hatred of the police, and that fire may now be raging out of control.”

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“MT: This is a little off-topic from your book, but you’ve written about anti-terrorism before – in light of the proliferating Islamic attacks on American soil, are our counterterrorism efforts being hindered in much the same way as our law enforcement is with crime?

HM: Our unwillingness to speak the truth about Islamic terrorism is if anything more perverse than our unwillingness to recognize the reality of black crime. The elites mostly just ignore black crime. In the case of Islamic terrorism, however, they affirmatively rebrand it as, for example, an eruption of Republican homophobia or opposition to transgender bathroom use, as we saw in the recent Orlando attacks.” (Highlighting Forum’s throughout.)

Few GOP politicians are likely to read Mac Donald’s War on Cops on their own — so patriots should get their own copy and start schooling their elected officials about this grave peril! Their local central committees might be a good place to begin this discussion.

(Slightly revised after press time.)

Overpass Media Richard Falknor on 25 Jun 2016

Overpass Media: Tea Partiers Celebrate UK Independence Victory And Donald Trump Message!

Tea Partiers express their solidarity with the United Kingdom’s BREXIT vote Thursday (click here) while underscoring Donald Trump’s message of putting American interests first.

The activists estimate reaching 50,000 National Capital Region commuters yesterday from a key I-95 overpass in Maryland.

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Common Defense Richard Falknor on 15 Jun 2016

Republican Governor Hogan Just Orphaned The 248,000 Maryland Republicans Who Voted For Trump!

UPDATE JUNE 17! Washington Post’s “What Trump delegates in Md. think of Hogan’s decision not to back the presumptive nominee”that “Regardless of Hogan’s effect on the presidential race, multiple delegates said it could cost him votes in a 2018 reelection bid.”

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Ovetta Wiggins of the Washington Post reported this afternoon–

“Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said emphatically Wednesday that he does not plan to vote for Donald Trump, his party’s presumptive — and divisive — presidential nominee.”(Highlighting Forum’s.)

But in the April 26, 2016 Maryland GOP closed primary, 54% of participating voters cast their ballots for Donald Trump.

As we wrote right afterwards — MD’s “Trump Republicans”: Almost 200,000 More Republicans Voted In Last Week’s Presidential Primary Than In 2012 Primary–But Will State GOP Welcome These Voters?

“In last Tuesday’s Maryland GOP presidential primary, 444,204** Republicans voted compared with 248,468 in the Maryland 2012 presidential primary: an increase of 195,736!
Also in last week’s Maryland GOP primary, Donald Trump prevailed among Republicans in every Maryland congressional district and county.
This increase in voters likely came from cross-over Democrats and independents; from Republicans disillusioned with their party’s leadership who had been staying home at election time; and even from long-time citizens who had not previously voted.
Trump was clearly the energizer here as he was in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.
(Readers may click here for Maryland State Board of Elections numbers and information. See also The Green Papers here.)
So what are some of the key concerns driving Trump voters everywhere?
Putting American interests at home and abroad first:
  • specifically getting control of the levels of legal as well as illegal immigration (including a pause in the admission of Muslims);
    • negotiating trade deals that benefit our workers and preserve our sovereignty;
    • rebuilding our defenses while avoiding reckless overseas conflicts.
**Numbers as of May 1, 2016.”

Read here Trump’s Monday’s national security speech which governor Hogan dismissed yesterday.

But as Ann Coulter tweeted right after the speech–

“Anyone who plans to talk about Trump ever again has to see this speech. Your opinion is irrelevant unless you listened to him today.”

We now have the answer to the question posed in our May 1 post: The head of the Maryland GOP, governor Hogan, clearly does not welcome the Old Line State’s Trump voters.

Of course, these Trump voters might end up “orphaning” Hogan.

2016 Election Richard Falknor on 02 Jun 2016

David Horowitz Dissects The #NeverTrump Gang And Draws Some Lessons For All Republicans

“Republicans don’t fight, they just roll over.”

Lee Stranahan’s post “Horowitz Says #NeverTrump ‘Serving the Enemy’: They’re mad because Trump hasn’t read their books” gives us author and journalist David Horowitz’ insights into the #NeverTrump crowd–

“Well, I think, this shows one of the great weaknesses of the conservative movement. These intellectuals haven’t got a clue as to what politics is about. That it’s a form of warfare. And a lot of the complaints about Trump are complaints about his strengths. You know, I mean, which do you think is more persuasive, politically, on the borders?
‘Barack Obama is violating the constitution with his executive orders and granting amnesty with an authority he doesn’t have,’ or, ‘I’m going to build a wall, and I’m going to make Mexico pay for it.’
And most of the criticisms of Trump from the intellectual right, are, the way I see them, it’s because he hasn’t read their books, and doesn’t quote them.
What does ‘being a constitutional conservative,’ I understand what it means, constitutional conservatives understand what it means, because they’ve read a lot, but what does the ordinary American, who, you know, is on the Jesse Waters World shows… what do they know about the constitution? What does it mean to them, to say, ‘A constitutional conservative, constitutional principles.’ Not a hell of a lot.
       …I think that Trump has, his great appeal… is standing up and fighting. Republicans don’t fight, they just roll over.”(Highlighting Forum’s)

But the publisher of FrontPageMag also reminds us that Republicans at all levels must learn to push back–

“Why isn’t there a single Republican saying Hillary Clinton should be in jail just because she has that server, which violates the espionage laws?  ….she has blood on her hands, for getting those guys killed in Benghazi. Setting up the gun running operation, and all that. There is none.”

Will the governor of Maryland as well as the Maryland GOP candidate for United States Senator discuss the tragedy of Baltimore from Horowitz’  perspective?

“The Democratic Party controls every inner city in America of any size, and they have for fifty-to-a-hundred years! Everything that’s wrong with the inner city, Democrats are responsible for.
The Civil Rights Acts took racial categories, made them illegal in government regulations and in institutions, generally. The Democrats have spent fifty years putting racial categories back in. They support Black Lives Matter, which is a racist movement! It’s a roving lynch mob!” (Highlighting Forum’s)

And here is Horowitz’ core point–

“So, I think now that Trump has the nomination, the obstructers, the “Never Trump” crowd, are people who are serving the enemy. And I, there’s no other way to look at, you cannot look at the Democratic Party and not see that this is a party that has become a left wing party, that’s anti-American, and that’s racist.“(Highlighting Forum’s)

Most important, listen to Horowitz here! For he distills a lifetime of thought and experience.

Common Defense Richard Falknor on 21 May 2016

“Ten Arabic Words” Challenging All Our Elected Officials Who Swear To “[S]upport this Constitution”

The invaluable Gates of Vienna yesterday published “Ten Arabic Words: Bracken’s Challenge to National Security Professionals”.

Author Matthew Bracken is understandably exasperated with national-security figures who don’t “get it” about militant Islam–

“But if you are a national security professional, senior military officer or political leader involved in any aspect of the “Global War On Terror,” AKA “Countering Violent Extremism,” these are ten words that should already be a part of your working vocabulary. If you can’t readily discuss their meaning, significance, and relationships, then you are worse than a fool, you are disgrace to your office and a danger to your country.”

Here are the ten words–

“dawah, dhimmi, hijra, jizya, kafir, shaheed, shariah, takfir, taqiyya, ummah (Highlighting Forum’s)

Bracken continues–

“The charter of the OIC puts Islamic shariah law ahead of secular law. This means, for example, that the official position of the OIC is that Muslims who leave the faith should be killed, and that any faithful Muslim who kills an apostate ex-Muslim has done no sin, but instead should be thanked and congratulated for the deed. It’s the same with adulterers: they should die, and killing an adulterer is no crime.
Yes, that really is their position, and they really do believe it, and much more than that. The OIC is made up of fifty-seven Muslim nations, united by a common belief in the supremacy of Islam, and their mutual obligation to conduct both dawah and jihad until the Dar al Islam covers the globe, and Allah’s eternal and immutable shariah has supplanted godless democracy and all manmade laws. This dawah includes the practice of using taqiyya when making arrangements or having negotiations with as-yet unsubmitted kafirs in the dar al harb.”

Read all Bracken’s post here!

And don’t members of the Congress, who have the power to declare war and make rules for the military — as well as state legislators, governors, and judges — have a clear duty to assess for themselves the threat that militant Islam poses to our Constitution and way of life?

We can’t leave our security exclusively in the hands of the Deep State, even if its mandarins were now to take a crash course in militant Islam.

State legislators and governors are today wrestling with this Administration’s seeding of our communities with unscreened or unscreenable Muslim refugees. All these public officials must learn the larger meaning of these “Ten Arabic Words” — just as much as the denizens of the Pentagon or Foggy Bottom must do — if our politicians are effectively to support the Constitution.

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Readers may wish to revisit some of our earlier related posts —

“It’s ‘Feed My Sheep,’ Not ‘Feed My Sheep To the Wolves’”— Stephen Coughlin Unmasks Interfaith Dialogue Movement
Muslim Immigration: A Crucial Threat to America and the West
An Essential Ready Reference: “Catastrophic Failure” & Stephen Coughlin’s ‘Red Pill Brief’ On The Islamist Threat
“Getting” Jihad: Real Meat in A Non-Celebrity CPAC Panel

2016 Election Richard Falknor on 11 May 2016

Maryland: Trump-Recommended At-Large Delegate Slate

This Saturday May 14 in Annapolis at the GOP Spring Convention – –

“There will be 11 delegates and 11 alternate delegates elected at-large at the MDGOP 2016 Spring Convention on May 14, 2016. They are elected by the members of the Republican State Central Committee of Maryland. They are bound to the winner of the statewide Presidential contest in Maryland.”

Here is the Trump Slate–

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Click here for the entire “Maryland At-Large Delegate and Alternate Delegate Ballot”

Readers may also wish to revisit our May 1–

MD’s “Trump Republicans”: Almost 200,000 More Republicans Voted In Last Week’s Presidential Primary Than In 2012 Primary–But Will State GOP Welcome These Voters?

2016 Election Richard Falknor on 01 May 2016

MD’s “Trump Republicans”: Almost 200,000 More Republicans Voted In Last Week’s Presidential Primary Than In 2012 Primary–But Will State GOP Welcome These Voters?

In last Tuesday’s Maryland GOP presidential primary, 444,204** Republicans voted compared with 248,468 in the Maryland 2012 presidential primary: an increase of 195,736!

Also in last week’s Maryland GOP primary, Donald Trump prevailed among Republicans in every Maryland congressional district and county.

This increase in voters likely came from cross-over Democrats and independents; from Republicans disillusioned with their party’s leadership who had been staying home at election time; and even from long-time citizens who had not previously voted.

Trump was clearly the energizer here as he was in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.

(Readers may click here for Maryland State Board of Elections numbers and information. See also The Green Papers here.)

So what are some of the key concerns driving Trump voters everywhere?

Putting American interests at home and abroad first:

  • specifically getting control of the levels of legal as well as illegal immigration (including a pause in the admission of Muslims);
  • negotiating trade deals that benefit our workers and preserve our sovereignty;
  • rebuilding our defenses while avoiding reckless overseas conflicts. 

Senator Jeff Sessions spelled out several of these concerns in February (click here to see the “Sessions Test” and Donald Trump’s responses). 

Breitbart News explained

“In recent years, Sessions has emerged as the intellectual thought leader of the nation-state conservative movement. Sessions has articulated how mass immigration combined with reckless trade deals is compressing wages and decimating America’s middle class.
Sessions’ questionnaire consisted of five straightforward questions addressing immigration, trade, and crime in the United States.”

To put it as charitably as we can, we haven’t seen the Maryland GOP leadership or the winners of the Maryland GOP primaries for the House or Senate spend much time addressing these matters obviously important to Trump voters.

So what will the Maryland GOP leadership do with these new or returning 195,000-plus Republicans who voted in last week’s presidential primary?

Welcome them into the Party’s activities at the local and state level?

Pretend they don’t exist?

Or if they get too pushy, tell them to go play in the street?

One early test will be at the Maryland GOP Spring Convention.

In addition to the delegates to the Republican national convention elected last week, on Saturday May 14 in Annapolis-

“There will be 11 delegates and 11 alternate delegates elected at-large at the MDGOP 2016 Spring Convention on May 14, 2016. They are elected by the members of the Republican State Central Committee of Maryland. They are bound to the winner of the statewide Presidential contest in Maryland.”

(Click here for a summary of the “Maryland Delegate and Alternate Delegate Selection Process”.)

Sending mostly non-Trump delegates-at-large to Cleveland will send a message that the Trump-inspired portion of the 195,000-plus new or returning 2016 Republican presidential primary voters are unwelcome in the Maryland Republican Club.

On the other hand, if some Maryland GOP nominees for the House and Senate endorse Trump now, they will be telling these new or returning voters they have gotten their message and should help with their campaigns.

**Numbers as of May 1, 2016.  Reportedly official Maryland Board of Election results will be available on Friday, May 6.

 

2016 Election Richard Falknor on 21 Apr 2016

Dave Wallace: MD U.S. Senate GOP Primary Candidate Takes the “Jeff Sessions Test”

Last April 7, we wrote about (click here) what we called the “Jeff Sessions Test.”

In talking with Maryland U.S. Senate GOP primary candidate Dave Wallace (click here) this week about national security matters, we asked Dave if he would respond to the concerns the Alabama senator raised.

Whatever the outcome of this year’s watershed elections, these concerns will surely continue to be exigent matters before the United States Senate.

Drawing on our April 7 post, we are restating (below) these concerns that have drawn thousands to rallies across the nation — together with Wallace’s responses.

The “Jeff Sessions Test”

Senator Jeff Sessions in February drew a list of questions (click here for Julia Hahn’s Breitbart background) for presidential candidates which we have adapted (via our brackets) for Senate candidates—

“Question 1: How would you vote…on fast-track, and would you support or oppose advancing a final trade agreement which enters the United States into a new international commission with binding authority on future United States trade policy?
Wallace: “I oppose granting fast track authority to Pres. Obama and his TPP trade deal. Pres. Obama has at best demonstrated utter incompetence in negotiating trade deals and at worst shown clear disregard for U.S. national interests and sovereignty regarding these trade deals.”
Question 2: If the vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership were held today, and you had a vote to cast in Congress, would you vote for it or against it?
Wallace: “Against.”
Question 3: Upon entering office, will you [urge the prompt and unconditional termination and recission] of all of President Obama’s illegal executive amnesties – which provide work permits and entitlements to illegal aliens – including President Obama’s first executive amnesty in 2012, which remains in effect?
Wallace:“I would vote to terminate, repeal, and completely cut the funding for all of Obama’s illegal executive amnesties –which provide work permits and welfare programs to illegal aliens.”
Question 4: A supermajority of GOP voters say immigration is too high. Every year, on autopilot, we let in another 1 million immigrants on green cards, 700,000 foreign guest workers, half a million foreign students, and 100,000 refugees and asylees. Historical precedent would be to reduce record-breaking immigration, rather than continuing to surge it beyond all historical precedent. Will you support legislation to reduce immigration numbers, and will you oppose legislation that would add to the number?
Wallace: “I support legislation to reduce immigration to the U.S.  America is an incredibly generous and welcoming country to immigrants. But after the enormous amount of immigration to the U.S. in the last fifty years — some over 61 million new immigrants and their children — America must now calculate the costs. These costs include the burden this massive amount of immigration has placed on our criminal justice system, education system, healthcare system, etc. And with ISIS terrorists threatening to use our lax immigration system to hide terrorists amongst other immigrants, our immigration system must be thoroughly overhauled to meet this new threat. Also, federal funds must be cut off to sanctuary cities that shelter criminal illegal immigrants. In Maryland, the cost of crimes committed by criminal illegal immigrants is unacceptable. Just a couple weeks ago, two illegal immigrants allegedly raped a twelve year old little girl in Montgomery County. These outrageous crimes against the citizens of Maryland must stop now.
After the radical amnesty and general explosive increase of the infusion of immigrants into the United States, we must put in place a pause
in legal immigration at this time, so that we can assimilate all of those who have come in this progressively greater 40 year wave of immigrants.”
Question 5: Today, law enforcement are under increasing scrutiny and face excessive criticism from the political elites and the media, and are being targeted by criminals and terrorists. Meanwhile, since 2011, the federal prison population has declined by over 20,000, and is on track to be at its lowest level since 2005. Since 2009, the total state prison population has dropped every year, and is over 56,000 lower than it was then. These circumstances may have contributed to a nationwide spike in crime. The FBI recently reported an overall increase in violent crime and a 17 percent increase in homicides in the nation’s 50 largest cities. At the same time, the CDC reports that heroin and opioid drug overdoses have reached an all-time record high. Do you support efforts by President Obama and some Republicans in Congress to reduce penalties for drug-trafficking and further reduce the federal prison population, or do you think government should do more to keep drug traffickers off the streets?”(Highlighting Forum’s throughout).
Wallace: “The murder rate in Baltimore is at all-time highs. The murder rate is being caused by gang warfare related to heroin distribution in Baltimore and surrounding areas. This carnage must be stopped immediately. I will work to bring all the federal government resources possible to stop this heroin blood bath. Instead of investigating the Baltimore Police Department, as Obama has done, I would end that investigation at once. Instead, I would have every federal agency possible target the Baltimore heroin traffickers and murderous drug gangs.”

And a question we consider a survival matter–

Would you support a pause in Muslim immigration?
 Wallace: “Gov. Larry Hogan joined a majority of the nation’s governors in calling for a pause on Middle Eastern refugees, until proper screening procedures for potential     terrorist infiltrators are put in place. I wholeheartedly concur, and would work directly with Gov. Hogan to address this issue. The head of the FBI has stated that these immigrants cannot at present be effectively screened. The recent killing of seventeen Americans in San Bernardino, California by a terrorist who exploited the fiancé visa program should set off alarm bells for all Americans that our immigration system must be thoroughly overhauled and our national security vulnerabilities must be addressed immediately. Without personal safety and security all other benefits of being an American citizen are effectively moot. I support an immediate halt on immigration from any country with a high probability of terrorist infiltration until proper screening procedures for potential terrorists are put in place.”

Finally, we ask—

Which incumbent United States Senator’s accomplishments would candidate Wallace follow as a model?
Wallace: “Sen. Jeff Sessions. I would work alongside Sen. Sessions to secure our borders and reform our immigration laws to put the economic well-being and personal safety and  security of American citizens first. For without these elements, we will lose that which we as Americans all cherish.”

As we wrote on April 7Maryland Republicans should insist on clear answers from whoever is their standard bearer for United States Senator. Many Maryland voters of all flavors will respect blunt answers in these times of grave peril to our land.

2016 Election Richard Falknor on 21 Apr 2016

See The Waiting Crowds: Donald Trump At Berlin, Maryland Last Evening!

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Thousands waiting for Trump in Berlin, MD                        Credit: Ed Hunter

 

S.A. Miller of the Washington Times reported yesterday–

“Many of the thousands of Trump voters at the rally, some of whom drove hours from Baltimore or Philadelphia, said they agreed with Mr. Trump that the Republican Party ‘rigged’ the primaries against him and that the popular vote should rule the nomination process.”

DelmarvaNow’s Jeremy Cox declared

‘Although the event wasn’t announced until late Monday, the line of people waiting to get in stretched about a half-mile down Seahawk Road at its zenith.
The choice of a high school gym stood in stark contrast to the arenas the Trump campaign has preferred so far. The fire marshal estimated that the room could hold about 1,000, and another 3,000 could fit in overflow areas elsewhere indoors.
‘There’s thousands of people outside,’ Trump told the audience inside. ‘It’s packed. We’ll make the gym bigger next time.'”

Eastern-shore-based conservative activist Ed Hunter also furnished these images of the crowds waiting for Trump’s arrival–

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Added Hunter–

“Speaking to people who left later than I did, I found out  that Donald wanted to drive the line (1.5 miles) and shake hands out of the moon roof of his limo but the Secret Service nixed that.”

Click here for a YouTube of Donald Trump’s address at last night’s Delmarva site!

2016 Election Richard Falknor on 17 Apr 2016

Maryland: Jo Hough’s Frederick Opening Showcases Wide Breadth Of Trump Supporters

Visitors to the Friday evening grand opening of presidential candidate Donald Trump’s Frederick County office (5239 Buckeystown Pike, Frederick, MD) were struck by the genuine “diversity” of Trump fans – – from a long-time GOP county leader to a major Maryland Tea Party chief to movement conservatives and authors.

Most important of all?

The faces of ordinary working American voters — young and old.

An estimated 200 souls came by.

See for yourself – –

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Long-time Montgomery County activist Lewis Porter (l) & Hagerstown TP chief

Seasoned Montgomery County activist Lewis Porter (left) & Hagerstown Tea Party chief Donny Ravas.

Master of Ceremonies Jo Hough & MD-based blogger Ann Corcoran

Host Jo Hough (left) & Maryland-based national blogger Ann Corcoran.     

Your correspondent (left) and Maryland Trump Coordinator John Jaggers

Your correspondent (left) and Maryland Trump Coordinator John Jaggers.

One of the many benefits of Donald Trump’s candidacy?

The Grand Old Party can once again be the voice of a “humble and honest populism” to use senator Jeff Sessions’ phrase!

 

 

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