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2014 Election Richard Falknor on 15 Mar 2014

Who Speaks For Us In The VA 10 House GOP Primary?

“ Put not your trust in princes . . . .”Psalm 146

The Virginia Tenth District Republican Congressional Committee announced here the

“Western 10th District Debate & Forum
Saturday, March 15, 2014 from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT)
Winchester, VA.”

As the invitation helpfully listed

“Six candidates have officially filed to run for the Republican Nomination.
They are Delegate Barbara Comstock, Delegate Bob Marshall, Stephen Hollingshead, Marc Savitt, Howie Lind and Rob Wasinger. All have been invited to attend!”
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How would Virginia 10 candidates stand up to the tremendous pressures on Republican elected officials to reach a “deal” with Democrats on “Immigration Reform.”

Many conservatives and conservatively-inclined independents see our country in grave peril.

They find, to put it charitably, that uncritical cheering squads for this or that GOP celebrity candidate are way out of place in these times.

Detailed voting — or position records — or both — matter. Loyalty to the Republic (to use an old-fashioned phrase) matters. And grit matters almost equally. 

Blindly following Party “talking points” and reflexive “team playing” over the last decade and a half have contributed substantially to our present discontents.

Perhaps the biggest obstacle for all conservative activists is the reluctance of our solid GOP citizens to question — face to face — their politicians. 

Angelo Codevilla summed it up–

“Our founding generation was very well educated. Abraham Lincoln — Stephen Douglas debated on the highest level in front of a bunch of farmers – who understood what they were saying. The debates were recorded by a stenographer. The stenographer recorded the crowd saying, ‘Stick to the point, Lincoln.’ ‘No, no, Douglas — not so!’ Now can you imagine our people, our audiences, at the debates challenging the logic of the debaters?” (Highlighting Forum’s.)

The education of these farmers was likely from McGuffey Readers and the King James Bible – not from the over-priced but mal-performing “universities” and “community colleges” of today.

We have no idea what questions will be allowed to be raised at today’s debate; nor do we believe that politically incorrect but revealing exchanges will suddenly burst out between the candidates.

The Legacy Media will do its best to intimidate any of the six Republicans who transgress the rules of Cultural Marxism.

But today is a good starting point to get some of the tough candidate questions into the Republican conversation for coming meet-and-greet sessions and into the wider blogger media.

Five examples–

“Tenth District Virginia GOP Candidate X–

(1)    Amnesty. Conservative immigration experts have said here that we should not even negotiate over amnesty until the border has been secured, until interior enforcement has been underway, and until both have cleared all legal hurdles and have been successfully in place for more than a few months.

Do you agree?

(2)   Defense cutbacks. Defense experts have been sounding the alarm here (beginning at 6:00) over serious Administration cutbacks in our combat forces and our nuclear capability. The Constitution prescribes “the common defense” as a central duty of the Federal government.

If elected, what would you do to strengthen the common defense — even if it is an unwelcome priority for the House GOP leadership? 

(3)   Last week the Virginia House of Delegates commended “A Mosque With A Dark Past” here.  We reported that the Virginia state senate followed suit and approved here this reckless resolution. Why reckless? Because the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center can now use this “endorsement” of the Virginia General Assembly for everything from money-raising to helping justify zoning requests to intimidating critics with the help of a credulous old (and new) media. The General Assembly commendation will be a badge of respectability.  John Guandolo declared here:  “One has to wonder if gross ignorance among elected officials of the jihadi threat to America could get any worse – then in walks the Virginia Legislature.” Consider the details in Guandolo’s post “Virginia State House Commends Hamas”

If you are a delegate, how did you vote on this commendation and why?

For all the candidates, what is your view on the “Civilization Jihad” threat to America?  To northern Virginia?

(4)   Death panels in Obamacare (IPAB). One of the most toxic provisions of the Obamacare legislation is the so-called Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). Stanley Kurtz has called the IPAB “the real death panel” here. The wider-ranging constitutional dangers of the IPAB are listed here.

If elected, what will you do to see that this provision gets defunded particularly since there is substantial doubt that the current House leadership plans to do more than “fix” Obamacare — even if the GOP makes substantial gains next November in the Congressional elections?

(5)   House Republican leadership. If elected, will you vote to continue the Boehner-Cantor Leadership Team? 

If so, tell us your reasons why. If not, explain whom you would prefer.”

These “five [not-so-]easy pieces” constitute the first set of our questions to these GOP primary candidates for United States Representative from Virginia’s 10th District.

"Once, said the GOP Leader at last, with a deep sigh, "I was a real Republican." With apologies to Alice In Wonderland.

“Once, said the GOP Leader at last, with a deep sigh, “I was a real Republican.”
With apologies to Alice In Wonderland.

Big Republican Donors vs. Conservative Voters

More questions are coming on whether the House should assert its constitutional powers of the purse and of initiating impeachment proceedings; and whether the GOP should, as senator Jeff Sessions urges here, reach out to Blue Collar America of all ethnicities — rather than to keep embracing the Beltway GOP’s post-Reagan posture of accommodation, ‘managing’ not downsizing big government, and quietly accepting the prevailing politically correct culture.

Again, a fundamental question for conservatives across America and in — or apart from — the GOP: who will help us take our country back?

Sadly, at this point, the House GOP leadership has left us “political orphans.”

 

 

 

Homeland Defense Richard Falknor on 10 Mar 2014

Benghazi: Joe diGenova Slams House Intelligence Chief Rogers

This morning on WMAL former U.S. Attorney Joseph diGenova here expressed outrage over what he called the “disgraceful” conduct of House Intelligence Committee chairman Mike Rogers here on the Benghazi investigation. Rogers, he said, has played an “obstructionist” role in blocking any serious accounting of events.

Listen to diGenova here–

Judicial Watch in their January 6 post here “Benghazi victims’ families, conservative leaders demand Boehner create Select Committee” includes the full text of a letter from these families and leaders to Speaker John Boehner.

The signers declared–

“Rep. Mike Rogers and the Intelligence Committee seem to act as defense counsel for the Obama administration.” (Highlighting Forum’s.)

Virginia’s Representative Frank Wolf has taken the point here (and reportedly some grief from the House leadership) in the push for a serious investigation of Benghazi.  The 10th District Republican declares–

“I have introduced legislation, H. Res. 36, to create a House Select Committee on Benghazi. It has more than 180 cosponsors – a majority of the majority in the House – and is endorsed by The American Legion, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, groups within the Special Operations community. the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal, respected national security leaders, like former Attorney General Mukasey, and some of the family members of the Benghazi victims.” 

Maryland has one House GOP member here and Virginia has seven (other than Frank Wolf) House GOP members here.

Ask these Representatives what concrete action they are going to take to get the Speaker moving on establishing a powerful select committee on Benghazi. 

And don’t forget to review diGenova’s bill of particulars here on House Intelligence chief Mike Rogers.

Concluded diGenova this morning:

“I’m not going away on Benghazi. . . Mike Rogers is going to pay a price — this is disgraceful what he has done.” (Highlighting Forum’s.)

Conservatives Richard Falknor on 08 Mar 2014

Cruz v. Paul: Two Contrasting Polls & A Look At CPAC Past

The Madison Project’s Drew Ryun reports –

“Today the Senate Conservatives Fund conducted a straw poll opposite that of CPAC. Not only did the number of voters in the SCF poll dwarf those that participated in the CPAC poll (42,000 votes to 2,400 votes), Senator Ted Cruz’s margin of victory was more than that of Senator Rand Paul and Governor Scott Walker combined.”

Declares here the Senate Conservatives Fund

“ALEXANDRIA, VA — The Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF) released the results of its 2016 presidential straw poll today. SCF conducted an online poll for its members who could not attend the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, DC today.
The top three vote winners were U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) with 42%, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) with 17%, and Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) with 10%. Over 41,000 ballots were cast nationwide.
‘The results of the SCF presidential straw poll are unique because they reflect the views of a large group of conservatives across the country,’ said SCF Executive Director Matt Hoskins. ‘Our poll shows that Ted Cruz is currently the conservative favorite for president in 2016.’”

Seth McLaughlin and Stephen Dinan of the Washington Times report here in their “Rand Paul wins 2014 CPAC straw poll, Ted Cruz finishes a distant second” that–

“Previous versions of The Washington Times/CPAC poll showed that the audience that gathers in Washington leans younger and more libertarian than the conservative movement throughout the country, which likely gives Mr. Paul a boost with this crowd here.”

Indeed.

The Huffington Post reminds us here (scroll down) that–

“Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won in 2012, just months before clinching the eventual nomination for president in May. Former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), who also ran for president in 2012, was a back-to-back winner in 2010 and 2011.”

and recalls here

“CPAC Straw Poll Results 2013: Rand Paul Wins Conservative Vote”

In our view, Mark Steyn said it all here right after the 2006 Congressional election–

“. . . you can’t be in favor of assertive American foreign policy overseas and increasing Europeanization domestically; likewise, you can’t take a reductively libertarian view while the rest of the planet goes to pieces. Someone in the GOP needs to do what Ronald Reagan did so brilliantly a quarter-century ago — reconcile the big challenges abroad with a small-government philosophy at home. The House and the Senate will not return to Republican hands until they do.”

Homeland Defense Richard Falknor on 06 Mar 2014

MORE! VA House of Delegates ‘Commend’ A Mosque With A Dark Past

UPDATES MARCH 17!
  • Investor’s Business Daily declares here “Let’s hope the good citizens of Virginia — most especially 9/11 families of Pentagon victims — loudly demand this resolution be revoked. At a minimum, it should be roundly condemned as public support of terrorism, and all those who voted for it ought to be cited for criminal negligence.”  The Virginia House of Delegates has 68 Republicans and 32 Democrats. We have not heard a word from the GOP state chairman always so quick to comment on lesser matters. Party before country?
  • Has the Virginia State Legislature gone mad?” Pamela Geller also declares here in Breitbart that this is not the General Assembly’s first such blunder: “not the first time the Virginia legislature has behaved as if this mosque were just another house of worship.”
UPDATE MARCH 8! Yesterday the Virginia state senate followed suit and approved here this reckless resolution. Why reckless? Because the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center can now use this “endorsement” of the Virginia General Assembly for everything from money-raising to helping justify zoning requests to intimidating critics with the help of a credulous old (and new) media. The General Assembly commendation will be a badge of respectability. John Guandolo declared here yesterday:  “One has to wonder if gross ignorance among elected officials of the jihadi threat to America could get any worse – then in walks the Virginia Legislature.” Consider the details in Guandolo’s post “Virginia State House Commends Hamas”

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Virginia House of Delegates ‘Commend’ A Mosque With A Dark Past

Do the good delegates of the Old Dominion have to pass a resolution to find out what’s in it?

Yesterday by a voice vote the Virginia House of Delegates commended here the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center on its “30th anniversary.”

(Republican delegates Todd Gilbert, Terry Austin, Les Adams, and Barry Knight, however, told conservative activist Patricia Evans they voted against this mad measure. Currently there are 68 Republicans and 32 Democrats in the House of Delegates.)

Last October 22, the Investigative Project on Terrorism’s (IPT) John Rossomando reported here “ Dar al-Hijrah Imam Affirms MB Sympathies on Facebook”–

“For a guy who claims to have nothing to do with the Muslim Brotherhood, Imam Shaker Elsayed dedicates a surprising volume of his Facebook page to the Egyptian Islamist group.”

The IPT’s Rossomando reminds us–

“Elsayed’s mosque has a history of ties to radicals and has attracted repeated law enforcement attention over the years. Federal agents described Dar al-Hijrah as the subject of “numerous investigations for financing and proving (sic) aid and comfort to bad orgs and members.”
Among those bad members, American-born al-Qaida cleric Anwar al-Awlaki served as an imam at Dar al-Hijrah before leaving the United States; two 9/11 hijackers attended services there, as did Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan and terrorist financier Abdurrahman Alamoudi.
Elsayed is named in a 1991 Muslim Brotherhood document detailing the group’s plan to wage a non-violent civilization jihad to destroy “Western civilization from within.” A portion of the document describes people building organizations which spread the Islamist message.” (Highlighting Forum’s)

Read all of the IPT post here.

Former Federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy in a 2010 National Review on Line post here gives us some early background on the mosque–

Dar al-Hijra was established in 1991. Not so coincidentally, that is the same year American leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood wrote an internal memorandum to their global headquarters in Egypt, explaining that they saw their work in the United States as a ‘grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within.’ Echoing imam Abdul-Malik, the Brotherhood said its tactic would be ‘sabotage.’ (The memo is here, with the English translation following the original Arabic pages.)”

Author McCarthy continues

“Getting Dar al-Hijra built cost chump change compared with the anticipated $100 million Ground Zero mosque. It ran around $6 million. The Saudis have been underwriting the Brotherhood’s dawa efforts for decades. And thanks to [Paul] Sperry’s exacting work, we know about Dar al-Hijra what we haven’t been permitted to find out about the Ground Zero mosque: how it was financed. Turns out that it followed the standard Saudi/Brotherhood pattern.
The Falls Church land on which the complex sits was purchased in the 1980s by the North American Islamic Trust. NAIT was established by the Saudis and the Brotherhood in 1973 for just this purpose. In 2003, the Center for Security Policy’s J. Michael Waller told a Senate committee that NAIT owns or controls the physical assets of about three-fourths of American mosques — and its partner organization, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), controls their ideological content. Both ISNA and NAIT were identified as unindicted co-conspirators in the Hamas-financing case. As I mentioned in last week’s column, ISNA was behind the republication of imam Faisal Rauf’s Call to Prayer from the World Trade Center Rubble.
Dar al-Hijra has sported imams that make Johari Abdul-Malik look downright tame. Most infamous was Anwar al-Awlaki, the al-Qaeda terrorist now believed to be holed up in Yemen. [April 21, 1971 – September 30, 2011--ed]From there, Awlaki is said to have inspired Farouk Abdulmutallab, the would-be Christmas bomber who tried to blow up a plane over Detroit. But that’s just a footnote. While imam at Dar al-Hijra, Awlaki ministered to at least two of the 9/11 hijackers. And it was at Dar al-Hijra that he met U.S. army officer Nidal Hassan. Though Awlaki beat it out of town ahead of the 9/11 investigation, he kept up his correspondence with Major Hassan, who, at Fort Hood in 2009, murdered 13 of his fellow soldiers while screaming ‘Allahu Akbar!’”

Here is the full text of the House of Delegates “commendation.”

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Further reading–

Patrick Poole (PJMedia) Dar Al-Hijrah: D.C.’s Own Terror Factory
Paul Sperry (NYPost) Inside the Saudi 9/11 coverup (Scroll down to “Falls Church.”)

2014 Election Richard Falknor on 02 Mar 2014

Tea Partiers Stay On Cantor’s Trail Into His Home Turf!

Sign Message From March 1, 2014 Demonstrators

Sign Message From March 1, 2014 Demonstrators

Yesterday in Glen Allen, Virginia, members of the Richmond Tea Party and grass-roots activists from Maryland continued their on-the-ground demonstrations here against the reelection of Representative Eric Cantor in his own Seventh Congressional District.

The House Majority Leader faces challenger David Brat in the June 10 Virginia GOP primary.

Marylander Ed Hunter reports that around 25 demonstrators turned out beginning at 7:30 AM at the Oust Cantor Rally at West Broad Street and Cox Road in Glen Allen to bring their messages of no amnesty and no more capitulation directly to the participants at the Eric Cantor Breakfast.

Why oppose Cantor?

Richard Viguerie’s CHQ staff adds to the chorus of conservative dissatisfaction here – 

As we keep reminding ourselves and our friends and readers: It’s the Primaries, stupid! Eric Cantor long ago abandoned whatever principles he may have had when first elected and, we should emphasize, any pretense of serving in Congress to advance conservative governance. Eric Cantor is all about maintaining the power of the Republican establishment and that is indeed the opposite of what we are looking for in a conservative leader.” (Highlighting Forum’s.)

Activist Hunter estimates public viewership of yesterday’s Glen Allen event at 5000 cars. 

“We welcome volunteers from Maryland and northern Virginia” he declared (email him here).

Culture wars Richard Falknor on 28 Feb 2014

PowerLine: “9th Circuit…School Can Ban Display of American Flag”

tattererd.flag-400PowerLine’s John Hinderaker lays out here the facts and context surrounding this troubling holding–

“You may have heard about Dariano v. Morgan Hill Unified School District, in which a unanimous panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals held that it was permissible for a public high school to demand that students remove clothing that displayed an American flag. Many conservatives are understandably upset with the decision. The context was this: the high school, in northern California, had a history of conflict between Caucasian and ‘Mexican’ students.

. . . . .

In the school context, students’ free speech rights are more limited, and officials can repress speech so as to avoid threats to student safety. In that sense, the Dariano decision likely is not ‘wrong.’  But it is certainly sobering: have California’s public schools really degenerated to the point where displaying an American flag risks violence?  Apparently so.” (Highlighting Forum’s)

Continues Hinderaker–

“American flag, Confederate flag, what’s the difference? The court attached zero significance to the fact that we are talking here about the Stars and Stripes. The heckler’s veto prevails. Just don’t try the same thing with the Mexican flag; not in California. My takeaway from all of this is that our civilization is in a state of deep decline, from which it probably cannot recover. ” (Highlighting Forum’s)

How many “heckling” Mexican youths in California and elsewhere would be legalized under House GOP Leader Eric Cantor’s proposed Kids Act here?

Will Islamist youths in our schools — those practicing Civilization Jihad — cite this holding to use a heckler’s veto against activities of fellow Christian and Jewish students which they find “offensive” or, in their view, “blasphemous”?

Talk this over with your House member to explore legislative remedies — and to urge public hearings.

What lessons are these high schools teaching when they fall back on repressing speech rather than insisting on ordered liberty in the teeth of gangs or racist bullies of whatever ethnicity?

And have our high schools given up on assimilation?

First things . . . Richard Falknor on 27 Feb 2014

Replace The House GOP Leadership While There Is Time!

Yesterday RedState’s Daniel Horowitz declared here

“Earlier today, Boehner met with Obama at the White House to discuss several policy issues.  The following tweet from ABC’s Jonathan Karl tells you everything you need to know about Boehner and the broader agenda of the GOP establishment:

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 It is quite evident that if we don’t get rid of Boehner and his bootlickers, we will face a bipartisan oligarchy pushing amnesty and a permanent Democrat majority.  And we will have nobody to blame but ourselves.” (Highlighting Forum’s)
"Once," said the GOP Speaker at last, with a deep sigh, "I was a real Republican." With apologies to Lewis Carroll: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

“Once,” said the GOP Speaker at last, with a deep sigh, “I was a real Republican.”
With apologies to Lewis Carroll: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Explained analyst Horowitz–

“Meanwhile, this bipartisan consensus on amnesty is actually breaking our borders as we speak.  The L.A. Times reported last week that there has been a surge in border crossings of Central American youths.  Presumably, they have gotten the message on their smart phones that there is now a consensus to allow in any illegal who comes here as a youngster.  The Times also reports that 125,000 of those youths granted amnesty by Obama are now eligible for Medi-Cal.  I guess a few million more on the welfare rolls won’t make a difference.”

In our view, it’s long since time to find a new GOP Speaker.  As we wrote here in December 2012–

“We also suggest a national conversation now among conservatives (before January) about whether the core of House GOP conservatives should vote ‘present’ when the House selects its Speaker on January 3 — unless the House GOP leadership commits to continuing opposition (using the House’s appropriations power) to the president’s program and commits to sharing key leadership positions with conservatives.”

Breitbart’s Tony Lee reported yesterday in his “Chamber of Commerce, Big Business to Boehner: ‘Failure to Act’ on Amnesty ‘Not an Option’”

“The Chamber of Commerce and 635 big businesses, including Facebook, sent a letter on Tuesday to House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) urging ‘legislative action to seize this opportunity to fix our dysfunctional immigration system by enacting meaningful immigration reforms this year.’”

When they talk, they command the Speaker’s attention.

As we pointed out last December 20 here

“Conservatives need to expose the ‘global’ objectives of these ‘post-American’ corporate voices and their influence over the current Republican leadership.
We need to do this before next year’s primaries –  and before a surrounded-by-crafty-staff Speaker precipitately brings an amnesty-based immigration bill before the whole House where it will pass with the support of all Democrats and a rump of Republicans.

These corporate voices are the House GOP Leadership’s real constituency. 

Too few House GOP members are losing any sleep over disastrous cuts in our national defense, the coming drastic erosion of the quality of our health care through the IPAB, or Federal support for multicultural teaching that is eroding our entire civic culture.

In our view, despite any earlier denials, Speaker Boehner is quite capable of suddenly bringing some “limited” amnesty and immigration-expansion bill to the floor, enabling its passage with a rump of loyalist Republicans and most Democrats. This is exactly what he just did here with the debt-increase bill.  

Such a measure could be expanded in a House-Senate conference, likely approved by both chambers, and enacted.

Once served, the amnesty-immigration eggs will be impossible to unscramble.

First things . . . Richard Falknor on 21 Feb 2014

Preserving Our Fundamental Freedoms? The Buck Stops With Us

UPDATES THIS FRIDAY EVENING! NRO’s Tim Cavanaugh “FCC Throws In the Towel on Explosive Content Study” – -  “The Federal Communications Commission has pulled the plug on its plan to conduct an intrusive probe of newsrooms as part of a ‘Critical Information Needs’ survey of local media markets.’ However, a revised version of the survey could raise new concerns: that it will trade its now-kiboshed news questions for a demographic survey that might justify new race-based media ownership rulemaking.NRO’s David French Translating the FCC Snooping Study  –The actual research design is written in a form of language known as ‘advanced bureaucrat’ and is thus indecipherable to mere English-speakers. Fortunately for you, dear readers, I’ve spent eight years in the Army’s JAG Corps and have thus become not just fluent in ‘advanced bureaucrat,’ but something of a linguist in the field. Thus, I can confidently offer the following translation of key elements of the FCC’s snooping plan.” (Highlighting Forum’s.)
Clearly this scheme is now on the Left’s agenda; it is just a matter of timing when they advance it in some form or another. See our November 8, 2008 post “
FCC’s ‘Localism’ Rule – Muzzling with Lipstick”

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Preserving Our Fundamental Freedoms? The Buck Stops With Us

“With full control of the House but not the Senate or the White House, Republicans lack the ability to enact positive legislation; yet they have the power to stop bad bills.  Unfortunately, GOP leaders have made it clear they are willing to pass much of the Obama/Reid agenda because they don’t want confrontation with Democrats ahead of the midterm elections.” (Highlighting Forum’s)
Daniel Horowitz 

Mark Steyn rings the alarm here about a most serious censorship menace in his “All the News That Fits the Government Guidelines”–

“On Fox News today [Wednesday], Shannon Bream has been reporting on the Federal Communications Commission’s plans to put government monitors in TV and radio newsrooms to assess their coverage of eight ‘critical information needs’, and ‘underserved populations’.”

Explains author Steyn–

‘The state has no business determining which news stories have priorities over others, and certainly no business sending monitors into newsrooms to ensure compliance — because the essence of a functioning press is not what the state decrees the citizen has a ‘critical need’ to know but what it doesn’t think he needs to know. Why should ‘Social Solutions International’ get to determine ‘the critical information needs of the American public’? And why should the government get to enforce them? . . . As I say, the Government of the United States is increasingly corrupt. Covering that story is the ‘critical information need’.” (Highlighting Forum’s)

Breitbart’s John Nolte weighs in here from another perspective in his “Lapdog That Didn’t Bark: FCC Intrudes on Newsrooms”–

“What is truly worrisome, though, is that the news of this study broke over two weeks ago and the American media is still not screaming holy hell.”

Here is the nightmarish initial blueprint for this scheme of collecting information on newsroom decisions to expand government social control –

“Social Solutions International (Social Solutions) is pleased to present this research design to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Social Solutions has been tasked with the development of a research design that can be used to identify and understand the critical information needs (CINs) of the American public (with special emphasis on vulnerable/disadvantaged populations).”

Current FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai asks here in a WSJ post

“Why is the agency studying ‘perceived station bias’ and asking about coverage choices?”

To stop this fearful overreach, the House GOP leadership can exercise its power of the purse starting next October 1.

They could also move to defund the IRS suppression of political speech and the EPA’s overreach with job-killing regulations, to say nothing of other spending cutbacks.

To do so effectively, the House GOP leadership will have to start beating the drums now and preparing the public for a confrontation early next fall.

They apparently haven’t the least intention of doing so, however.  They won’t even try without serious pressure from all parts of the conservative base.

As analyst Horowitz declares, they don’t want a confrontation with the Democrats before the midterm elections in November. 

In our view, however, they never wanted one.

Any confrontation this fall, moreover, would upset the House GOP timetable for amnesty and immigration expansion.

Abraham Lincoln’s Constituents Didn’t Hesitate
To Speak Bluntly To Their Politicians

Readers will profit from this snapshot of the audience during the Lincoln-Douglas debates, an exchange that Angelo Codevilla recalled here for us–

“Our founding generation was very well educated.

Abraham Lincoln — Stephen Douglas debated on the highest level in front of a bunch of farmers – who understood what they were saying.

The debates were recorded by a stenographer.

The stenographer recorded the crowd saying, ‘Stick to the point, Lincoln.’ ‘No, no, Douglas — not so!’

Now can you imagine our people, our audiences, at the debates challenging the logic of the debaters?”

But as we learned after the November 2, 2010 “Tea Party” election, unless the conservative base is able to speak bluntly and to bond — day-in and day-out — with their GOP members, it won’t much matter whom we elect. 

Without stronger links between GOP members and their base,  we conservatives, to use Codevilla’s words, will remain political orphans.

Conservatives Richard Falknor on 19 Feb 2014

GOP Ruling-Class Donors: What (Or Whom) Are They Buying?

VDARE’s James Fulford sheds light here on the troubling questions of giant donors pulling the GOP away from basic conservative principles.

In Fulford’s post “POLITICO: Paul Singer, Plutocrats Plot To Buy GOP. Do They Think It Comes With Voters?” he reports–

“We’ve written a lot about hedge fund billionaire Paul Singer, who the Politico says “has long been a key player in GOP money circles, espousing a nontraditional brand of conservatism that includes aggressive backing for gay marriage and immigration reform, as well as more traditional GOP stances like lower taxes and less government regulation.” [Emphasis added.]
See:

Faithful readers will recall our coverage of how hedge-fund manager Singer helped bankroll the opposition to traditional marriage in Maryland. As Gazette.net’s Daniel Leaderman pointed out here on October 15, 2012–

“Marylanders for Marriage Equality, a group supporting same-sex marriage, raised $3.2 million from more than 9,000 donors, according to campaign finance reports submitted late last week. But Monday, the group announced that another $250,000 rolled in from a single donor: hedge-fund guru Paul Singer, who runs the New York City-based Elliott Management and is a frequent donor to Republican campaigns. . . . ‘Paul Singer demonstrates real leadership yet again on marriage equality,’ state Sen. Allan H. Kittleman (R-Dist. 9) of West Friendship, who supported the legislation, said in a statement Monday. ‘He realizes, like I do, that Question 6 is about fairness and equality under the law — values we all, no matter party, share here in Maryland.’” (Highlighting Forum’s.)

With serious heavy lifting from the state GOP apparatus in 2012, traditional marriage would likely have prevailed in Maryland — even in the teeth of their well-bankrolled opposition.

See our chart here showing how much better traditional marriage did in Maryland than governor Romney in November 2012.

Today we are confronted with Mr. Singer’s donations (via VPAP here) to House hopeful Barbara Comstock and other Virginia GOP luminaries from 2007 to 2013:

$100,000 McDonnell for Governor – Bob
$95,000 Vogel for Senate – Jill
$80,000 Comstock for Delegate – Barbara
$25,000 Cuccinelli for Attorney General – Kenneth
$25,000 Opportunity Virginia PAC
$10,000 Merrick for Senate – Caren
$10,000 Forrest for Senate – Patrick
$5,000 Dominion Leadership Trust
$5,000 Hunt For Senate – Steve”

Does Paul Singer expect  Mrs. Comstock’s help with same-sex marriage, or with amnesty, or with both? 

Or did he make these five individual donations — totaling $80,000 (click on the $80,00 link above) — just because he pegged her as a smooth Washington insider and he liked her McLean political style?

So How About The GOP Supporting
Blue-Collar Workers Of All Ethnicities?

As NRO’s John O’Sullivan explains here on amnesty and expanded legal immigration,what we are seeing is a struggle  between “a political coalition of the Republican and Democrat establishments versus blue-collar workers in both parties  and of all ethnicities.” Sometime Margaret Thatcher adviser O’Sullivan puts the contrasting Ruling Class v. Country Class approaches to amnesty and immigration in a nutshell:  read it all.

And stay tuned on how money advances gay marriage and immigration in the GOP!

Conservatives Richard Falknor on 18 Feb 2014

Is The Beltway GOP OK With The IRS Tea Party Suppression?

“It is an open question – and an irrelevant one – whether Democrats or Republicans were the more responsible for excluding from this ‘omnibus’ bill a proposal to prevent the Internal Revenue Service from harassing conservative groups ahead of the 2014 elections as it did prior to the elections of 2012. The harassing will not stop, and no one can know who trashed the proposal to stop it, because because both parties share a partisan interest in its continuation.”Angelo Codevilla  (Highlighting Forum’s.)

Yesterday Breitbart’s Michael Patrick Leahy reported here that “Pat Caddell Says Establishment Republicans ‘Want the IRS to Go After’ the Tea Party”–

“Democratic pollster Pat Caddell [foregoing link supplied] thinks so, and radio host Rush Limbaugh said it’s plausible. One historian even told Breitbart News the modern GOP resembles a ‘crime family.’”

Leahy’s very useful post continues–

“Reagan biographer Craig Shirley told Breitbart News on Monday that he agrees with Limbaugh that Caddell’s charges are credible.’The Washington Republican party is no longer a political party in the way we understand political parties,’ Shirley said. ‘It more resembles a crime family than a movement of ideas.’”

For new readers, who may be shocked to hear the words “crime family” in this context, we also suggest our October 23, 2013 article on Reaganaut Peter Schweizer’s ground-breaking analysis of today’s Beltway politics, Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets:

          A Rosetta Stone To Understand The Permanent Political Class: “Extortion”

And don’t forget to listen to Caddell’s audio here on the “lobbying consulting class of the Republican party and Republican leadership.”

Faithful readers will recall our January 12 post: Crucial WSJ Report! Tea-Party-Gag Rule: Will Appropriators Wolf & Harris Push Back?  where we cited–

former senior House appropriator Ernest Istook [who] warned here in his “IRS to get ‘license to kill’ groups that oppose Obama agenda”(Washington Times): “Congress can block the regulations. But unless they do that as part of the IRS budget that will pass Congress in the next week or two, there won’t be another opportunity this year to block these regulations.” (Highlighting Forum’s.)

In northern Virginia, we have a primary here on April 26 to select the Republican nominee to run in the general election for the House seat now held by retiring GOP Representative Frank Wolf.

Following up on these reports of Beltway GOP ineptitude — or worse — with the IRS, here are two key questions that grass-roots conservatives should ask the GOP contenders in this Virginia 10 primary: 

(1) Do you believe the current House GOP Leadership needs to be replaced? And, if so,
(2) Will you endorse and support Dr. David Brat here running against Eric Cantor in the June 10 GOP primary in Virginia’s Seventh District?

The outcome of these two Virginia Republican contests will have consequences far outside of the Old Dominion leading either toward the revitalization — or toward the growing policy irrelevance of the national Republican Party. (See Mark Steyn’s prescient 2010 post here on such irrelevance: “in office, but never in power”.)

As Mark Levin explained just last Friday (via The Right Scoop) “We need new leaders and a new Republican Party”

“I’ve seen leaders, I’ve worked for leaders. And leaders change events. Leaders affect the future. And they have arguments. They don’t stand there and talk with marbles in their mouths and trash their own party and so forth. Look, we need a new Republican Party. We need new leaders.” (Highlighting Forum’s.)

Stay tuned!

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