“GQ Magazine” listed the least influential Americans, and guess who is on it?!
Though many conservatives rightfully criticize House Speaker John Boehner for appearing irresolute, one issue he has stood his ground on is amnesty. He has continually refused to even consider a bill that would give immunity to millions of illegal immigrants. Furthermore, he promised that a bicameral conference with a select few legislators would not have the opportunity to implement amnesty despite House opposition.
His stance has come into question this week, however, after reports indicated that he hired a well-known amnesty advocate to serve as his immigration advisor.
Many experts believe that the addition of Rebecca Tallent, who previously served under Sen. John McCain, to Boehner’s staff indicates a shift in his own position. In addition to her time working for McCain, Tallent was also instrumental in passing two previous immigration bills that provided de facto amnesty to many illegals. Most recently, she served as the Bipartisan Policy Center’s immigration policy director.
In a response to the hiring, a number of groups opposed to amnesty spoke out against Boehner’s tacit approval of Tallent’s prior work. The Federation for American Immigration Reform issued a statement concluding that the speaker’s action is only furthering Obama’s agenda.
“President Obama and Senate leaders have already said that they do not care what bill serves as the vehicle to get them to their desired objective of amnesty and massive immigration increases,” the group’s response stated, “just as long as they get there.”
After Boehner’s announcement, the statement continued, it is now clear that “the legislative vehicle will be different, but the destination will be the same.”
Whether he has had a change of heart, is capitulating to the Obama administration, or simply hired the woman he felt was the best fit for the position remains to be seen. Regardless, Boehner must have known that his selection of Tallent would spark outrage among amnesty opponents as the push intensifies to reward those in the U.S. illegally.
Hunger strikes staged in Washington, D.C. recently put more pressure on legislators to pass an amnesty bill. Intentionally or not, adding a supporter of that position into the mix as Boehner’s advisor certainly sends a message.
It is now time for conservatives and anyone in favor of a secure border to send a message in return. By supporting legislators with a proven track record on the issue and bombarding the rest with evidence of their disapproval, Americans can make their voices heard. These lawmakers, after all, are supposed to be working for the people – not Barack Obama.
–B. Christopher Agee
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Attorney Larry Klayman with www.reclaimamericanow.net is at LaFayette Park in Washington DC across from the White House today, November 19th, saying that we as a citizenry have been disserved by the leaders of this country for generations. It is time for the government to listen to US, the people of this great nation, and not for us to listen to them.
A coalition of patriotic Americans are planning to converge on Washington, D.C. next month in a concerted effort to clean up the messes created by our current crop of leaders. According to Larry Klayman, who is organizing the Nov. 19 event, the desired result will include the resignations of several high-profile politicians.
Klayman, the founder of Freedom Watch and a man often credited with inspiring the Tea Party movement, wants to see millions of disgruntled citizens show up for a daylong rally, followed by a camp-out in Lafayette Park until the concerns are addressed.
According to an agenda of the event, known as “Reclaim American Now,” Klayman wants “all patriotic citizens” to show up “and demand the resignations of President Barack Hussein Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and House Speaker John Boehner.”
Klayman will kick off the event with an introduction around 10 a.m. at Lafayette Park, during which he will address many of the concerns conservatives have regarding the future of our nation.
“Barack Hussein Obama has driven our country into the ground and the political opposition has allowed this to happen,” he explained in the agenda. “The nation is on the verge of economic, social, and strategic collapse, as the people’s grievances are being continually ignored.”
In response to the dismissive treatment Americans have received from leaders in D.C., Klayman is calling for “civil disobedience in the style of Mahatma Gandhi in India and South Africa,” which he said “must be employed urgently before the nation goes under for the count.”
Nonviolent solutions are the answer, he explained, noting that “we hope to avoid” an armed revolution.
Driving home the message will be a number of “victims of President Obama’s administration,” each of whom will share their unique stories at the event.
“Such victims will include [but] not be limited to the widows and parents of those who died at Benghazi, other military families whose sons or daughters have been sacrificed based on Obama’s Muslim outreach which favors protecting the Islamic enemy over our own troops, those who have been audited and harassed by the IRS, spied upon by the NSA, victimized by illegal immigration, persecuted by ObamaCare, and those who feel that the U.S. Constitution is being trampled on as a matter of course and that their freedoms are being subverted and destroyed,” the agenda explains.
Other leaders in the conservative movement, including Western Center for Journalism President Floyd Brown, will be on hand to speak at the event.
For more information about the rally and subsequent camp-out, visit the official site.
–Western Journalism staff writer
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When you get knocked down, you have two choices: see it as an excuse to feel sorry for yourself, or see it as a reason to get up and fight. The only way we can survive is to stand and fight. The capitulation vote told us that we may have 144 actual conservatives we can call our Soldiers of Liberty (SoL). They were the House members who voted “No” on the cave. We can argue over the purity of their motives later; but for now, we have to consider them SoLs. Now, we have to clearly spell out what we want from these Soldiers of Liberty.
Here are just a few suggestions.
We need each to join us by saying and adhering to the words of Edward Evert Hale: “I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do. What I can do, I should do. And what I should do, by the grace of God, I will do.”
Each SoL should hold town hall meetings to teach and explain conservatism and why what is happening is unconstitutional. Each should take a turn at using the one minute speech system on C-SPAN to do this as well. During each speech, the phrase “Where are the jobs, Mister President?” must be said; and once a week, the U6 numbers should be explained.
The RNC must fund media buys to advertise these one minute talks, and the ” teaching conservatism” local meetings and social media has to be used to spread this word. People don’t trust the media (not even Fox); so saying they can get the unfiltered truth at C-SPAN can be very effective. Using tearjerker stories to show how bad it is, at every opportunity, our Sols must remind Americans that Democrats now own Obamacare.
In the first weeks of this plan, SoLs should read off a list of Obama’s vicious stunts during his shutdown.
Once a week, one of our Sols must introduce one bill that would repeal the medical device tax and another separate bill to force Congress and Obama to enroll in Obamacare. These are the soft spots in the liberal’s position. We win them, and we can start to demand that Sebelius gets fired. A SoL should sue Sebelius to force compliance of the Income Verification for Obamacare concession we won.
Since John Boehner illegally bargained away the House’s Constitutionally mandated oversight of federal spending, he must be sued; and the Supreme Court must be forced to rule on this outrage.
We must ask Ted Cruz to sacrifice any future White House plans. If he does, it stops the attacks and accusations that he is just trying to build a base for a run in 2016.
Defunding Obamacare, continuing resolutions, the government shutdown, and the incompetence circus of the Obamacare launch. The Fall roller-coaster on the Hill has been something to watch, and also very instructive. We have learned just how spineless John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Eric Cantor, and the other Senate Republicans really are. We have learned that they will studiously ignore 70% of the American people who have been communicating their opposition to Obamacare through every means at their disposal. We have seen that they care only for their own power and money, and nothing for the constituents they represent. We have seen just how vicious they can become when the Establishment status quo is reminded that they do not rule the citizens; the sovereign American citizen grants them representative duties. And we take them away, too.
Establishment Republicans can’t stand what Senator Ted Cruz did when he stood on the Senate floor and vigorously articulated the problems with Obamacare because it contrasted their own greed and cowardice so obviously. From its unconstitutionality to the unfairness of exemptions and subsidies to its negative impact on the economy and healthcare (and everyday Americans), Cruz made the conservative argument the whole Republican party should have been making. Imagine if the rest of his party had done the same! Imagine if they had spent as much time and energy supporting the man doing the right thing as they did attacking, undermining, and opposing him. Imagine too, if they had spent as much time and energy working to persuade Democrats to vote with them to defund what Max Baucus (D-MT), the author, called the law: “a train wreck.” Making the conservative case, it would hardly matter that the media is the Left’s propaganda machine. They wouldn’t be able to contain it. Cruz took the conservative message to the people, and many heard him. It was powerful, and the gutless Republicans hate that.
While trashing the Tea Party (everyday conservative-leaning Americans), the GOP amoebas keep telling that same group to deliver them the majority, and then they will fight to stop Obamacare. We all know that now that it’s in, it will be all but impossible to stop it. The near-impossible is hardly the specialty of today’s GOP. And what will they do when the inevitable argument comes that, yes, the whole thing is a catastrophe – and that the solution is a single-payer system? Will they fight to open us to a free market solution instead? No. They don’t want to stop Obamacare. They want to control it. Obamacare is a cancer that needs to be cut out before it can spread, and the House did its Constitutional duty by using the power of the purse to deny funding. The rest just showed us their utter cowardice and indifference to the will of the people and their own oath of office. They wrapped themselves with blame for the shutdown long before it happened in order to point the finger at the real conservatives in the party. But the real conservatives are not to blame for the shutdown any more than they’re responsible for Obamacare itself. They are the ones doing the right thing, and the ones doing the wrong thing despise it.
Whatever the Boehners, McConnells, McCains, and Jeb Bushes are saying, you can bet that doing the opposite will put the country on the right track. Jeb says we need to step back and cool it, so what we really need to do is bring the heat vigorously and constantly. Remember that when they are telling you to cool it, they are saying: cool the fight for liberty in the face of tyranny. Cool your jets on the fight against Obamacare, the newest form of slavery. HELL NO WE WON’T.
If you are a conservative and you’re not being attacked by liberals and squishy Republicans, you’re doing it wrong. Winston Churchill was called a warmonger, among many other slurs, for opposing Hitler, while Neville Chamberlain was given hero’s praise for appeasing him. Who would you rather have been? Who will you be today? So keep doing the work Establishment Republicans won’t do. Keep bringing the heat against them. Raise your voice. Write your ink dry. Call and email your reps and bug the hell out of them. They are accountable to YOU. And support people like Senators Cruz, Lee, and Rand Paul who are actually upholding their oath to defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic. They’re leaving it all on the field to preserve liberty for all of us. Thank them.
While we watch the S.S. Obamacare sink beneath the waves, and while we watch the White House explain why its signature legislative “achievement” is not the titanic disaster we all knew it would be, I have some advice for my fellow Republicans.
Quit shooting Cruz missiles at each other.
And take aim at the real enemy — the Democrats and their awful agenda for America.
We can’t blame John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and the other anti-Ted Cruz senators for what they said or did during the government shutdown.
What they thought about defunding or delaying Obamacare — or what they said to the media — was irrelevant.
The only thing that really mattered was how those senators would have voted on the bills the House of Representatives sent over to the Senate.
And we can’t blame them for not successfully defunding Obamacare when Harry Reid never even gave them a chance to vote on anything.
I’m not happy with McCain, Graham, and a lot of other Republican senators in Washington who often speak and act like they’ve received brain transplants from members of The New York Times editorial board.
But I’m still 100 times happier with our least-conservative Republican senator than I would be with any Democrat that’s out there.
Whatever their faults, McCain and the others saw the reality written on the wall. They knew that Reid wasn’t going to bring anything up for a vote that would jeopardize Obamacare. And they knew that if he did, President Obama quickly would have vetoed it.
In the Republican House, it was the same story. Majority Leader John Boehner was blasted by conservatives, but he did his best.
When he tried to explain the facts of life to the Tea Partiers in his caucus, they didn’t believe him. Yet after that, Boehner still did everything the Republican suicide caucus asked him to do.
Everything Republicans have been saying about the dangers of Obamacare is right, but we can’t keep attacking our own people.
The GOP is not big enough. We’ve always been a minority party. We can’t afford to keep throwing our fellow Republicans under the bus when we should be figuring out how to put more people on the Republican bus.
We Republicans need to wise up. We need to dismiss our circular political firing squad, get in a straight line, take aim at the real enemy, and start blasting away.
We need to replace Reid, Chuck Schumer, and every Democrat senator we can. Fighting among ourselves is not getting the GOP anywhere. Look at the last election.
The Tea Party sent up conservative candidates in primaries in Indiana, Nevada, and Connecticut who beat Republican incumbents but then lost in the general elections. One of them was an ex-witch.
Now there’s a real long-term winning strategy for the GOP.
If it’s going to primary a Republican senator they think is insufficiently conservative, the Tea Party wing has to make sure its candidates can win in the fall elections.
Otherwise, it’s just being really stupid — and we end up with a Democrat Senate and unstoppable legislative monstrosities like the Affordable Care Act.
If Republicans really want to change things for the better, if we really want to save America from the Democrats and Obamacare, we have to win back the Senate.
To do that, Republicans need to quit fighting each other, call off their civil war, and start fighting the real enemy of freedom — the Democrat Party.
The political reality is simple: The 2013 Senate is run by the Democrats. Harry Reid never brings up a vote that he disagrees with. And until Republicans take control of the Senate, nothing will change.
So don’t blame Boehner or McCain — or any of the Republicans in the House or Senate — for the Obamacare fiasco. Blame Obama and the Democrats. And replace them.
So the shutdown is over; the Republicans decided to go into victory formation with first and goal on the Democrats one-yard line, still down by 1. That’s right: forget the quarterback sneak, forget the field goal; Coach McCain wants to run out the clock because somehow, losing will be a moral victory. So Mitch McConnell takes the knee, and the RINO cheerleaders do “the perfect cheer”; but the fans go home deflated.
In the meantime, McConnell gets a new multi-million dollar bonus for losing. Make sense to you? If John McCain and John Boehner were the head coach and offensive coordinator of any football team in the country, at any level, would they still have a job?
Although, Bruce Vain may have been on to something when he blogged this week that “Basketball is a better fit. The Democrats looked like the Harlem Globetrotters and the RINOS like the Washington Generals. Any way you look at it, it was a fixed game!”
One of the Democratic talking points that the mainstream media was all too happy to pass along was that the Republicans were holding the government hostage: either Rush Limbaugh hypnotized the tea party or Ted Cruz slipped us a date rape drug, but someone had raided dad’s gun cabinet and was stopping our dear leaders from their essential and non-essential work. I wish it were true!
I, for one, would love it if our government was “held hostage.” Sure, have at it! Waterboard the little tyrants while you’re at it. Did they really think that they could drum up sympathy for the government with half the country out of work and Congress less popular than Jeffrey Dahmer? I’d even be willing to do a prisoner exchange.
Recently, an NBC/WSJ poll was commissioned that showed 60% of Americans would like to see the whole of Congress voted out. What do you think the percentage would be if we commissioned a poll that asked “Should Congress be detained indefinitely at Guantanamo Bay?” Or, “Should Congress get ‘perp walked’ out in Sheriff Joe’s pink boxers and be forced to pick up litter on the side of I-55?”
The best-case scenario is for these guys to be furloughed until the next election; but no, the Republican leadership decided to bend over and collect a fee. Some things are just that obvious – they’re simply rank whores.
The good news is that there are around 18 senators and 70 congressmen that get it and are still worthy of our support and encouragement. We must never allow cynicism to blunt our vigilance. Rage is the order of the day!
Rage against the machine and against the dying of the light! Rage against a complicit press corps and in the face of a docile “opposition party!” Rage at the school board meeting and in the town hall!
Rage in person and on the phone; rage in email and through snail mail! Let your light shine and your voice be filled with beautiful, passion-filled, outspoken righteous indignation! Summon the AWOL, shame the silent, and cry out at injustice! Weave the three strand whip; turn over the tables of the money-changers! Never tire! Never give up!
The moment that fatigue begins to set in, think of the sacrifice of your fathers; think of the chains that would be your sons. Summon the strength of faith to endure. We are not blind to the path; just follow the blood-stained footprints of those who tread freedom’s trail just yesterday. Our enemies want us to give up, or at least give in. Let not evil triumph because the righteous have abandoned the field.
As Burke has warned, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” So I would have you believe that “the good man, once informed, will never choose apathy!”
The history of the Republican Party has been one of fighting injustice on the behalf of true freedom; we should not suffer RINOS who sell our heritage for ‘a bowl of lentils’ or Democrats who ‘plough with our heifer’ in their plot to deceive.
We had a team prior to this one that was comfortable just showing up and never talked about victory; then a guy nicknamed the Gipper came along and gave us the game plan, “We win and they lose!” It’s time once more that we dared to challenge the status quo and moved beyond “détente.”
I would not have you switch teams or give up the game altogether; but as for the current Republican Party, it’s time we forced new leadership and gave the ball to Ted Cruz.
If John Boehner was the leader of America in 1776, we’d all be singing “God Save the Queen” to this day.
After a 16-day standoff with Obama, Boehner and the rest of the House leadership capitulated without so much as a fig leaf to allow them any cover. The white flag now proudly flies on Capitol Hill.
Immediately after the vote to end the government shutdown, I spoke with Congressman Steve Stockman from Texas. He was deeply disturbed by the way his colleagues in the U.S. Senate handled the situation. Stockman voted no, and he rightly observed that Republicans who voted for the continuing resolution (CR) were doing more than endorsing Obamacare: They were endorsing the entire Obama agenda.
He said that the CR was like giving Barack Obama a blank check to do whatever he wants.
The most disturbing news came from Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell: “One of my favorite old Kentucky sayings is there’s no education in the second kick of a mule. The first kick of a mule was when we shut the government down in the mid-1990s and the second kick was over the last 16 days. There is no education in the second kick of a mule. There will not be a government shutdown. I think we have fully now acquainted our new members with what a losing strategy that is.”
Let me go ahead and translate that for you: McConnell has preemptively surrendered future battles over Obamacare, spending cuts or any real reform to the political dysfunction in Washington, D.C. Barack Obama has won. Without even controlling Congress, he’s controlling all of the policy decisions on Capitol Hill.
I now realize that the GOP is not only weak, it’s tactically stupid. Why even begin fighting Obama if you didn’t have any desire to win? If Republicans just intended to lose, they should’ve never fought in the first place.
The sad result of this surrender is that spending, which had finally started to turn down, will once again begin to increase. Deficits will likely begin to rise faster again. Any hope of restricting the massive regulations that are smothering businesses has vanished.
The Biggest Loser
So who are the winners and losers of the government shutdown? The single biggest loser is John Boehner, followed closely by the Republican Party. By standing up to Obama for 16 days, they created excitement among Tea Party activists. The coalition of people in favor of balancing the budget and ending the spending madness in Washington were actually beginning to believe Boehner was honest. But then he did a 180 and gave Obama everything he wanted.
Now everyone is mad at Boehner. The liberals that didn’t want a shutdown are mad at him. The conservatives that wanted to hold out until he achieved some small victory are mad at him. At least half of his caucus would likely vote to oust him, but they’re so leaderless that there’s no one to replace him. So the Boehner era slouches onward.
The next set of losers is the feeble Republican caucus in the U.S. Senate. Their leader, Mitch McConnell, was so out-to-lunch during this 16 day standoff that he may have trouble holding his own Senate seat in Kentucky’s Republican primary later this year. Even if he wins, I’d be surprised to see him re-elected.
McConnell has become what he once detested. Way back in 1984, he ran for Senate against an entrenched incumbent, Walter Huddleston. The campaign featured ads making fun of Huddleston for becoming a creature of Washington, D.C. But after nearly 30 years as a U.S. Senator, McConnell has become the quintessential D.C. insider.
The clear winners are big government, Harry Reid and Barack Obama. Their no-negotiation strategy worked, so look for it to continue. Why negotiate with quislings anyway?
Reid and Obama got everything and then a cherry on top, and they currently rule Washington with an iron fist. Expect the size and scope of our federal government to keep on growing.
The only possible winner on the right is freshman senator Ted Cruz of Texas. He garnered a national following during his talking filibuster against Obamacare. He’s now seen by serious opponents of government overspending as the only man with the courage to take on the entrenched Washington elites.
The final loser is the economy – and the American people who’ve suffered through nearly six years of economic malaise. The only growth sector these days is the federal government. Unfortunately, that’s not a recipe for success.
Your eyes on the Hill, Floyd G. Brown
This commentary originally appeared at CapitalHillDaily.com and is re-published her with permission
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The federal government is again open following a two week shutdown. Following a U.S. House vote Wednesday evening to approve a Senate deal proposed earlier in the day, Obama signed the bill Thursday morning.
By allowing the debt ceiling to increase and removing any mention of ObamaCare, Republican leaders in both chambers gave the left virtually everything it wanted. This bill merely kicks the can down the road, however, as the same issues that caused the stalemate will be up for discussion again in just a few months.
When the Republican-led House was unable to advance its proposal earlier in the week, a bill supported by Senate Democrats was passed in its stead. While every Democrat in the House supported the measure, 144 principled Republicans voted against it. The bill received 87 GOP votes.
Obama signed the bill just hours before reaching a deadline by which he said the debt ceiling must be raised. What some consider a manufactured crisis likely added to the pressure Republicans felt to approve a deal.
Back pay for furloughed federal employees is one of the only stable aspects of the bill, which only funds the government until mid-January and lifts the debt limit until Feb. 7.
While House Speaker John Boehner applauded the efforts of his fellow Republicans, saying they “fought the good fight,” other members of the party were noticeably less satisfied.
Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) described the bill as “yet another promise to work on the problem tomorrow,” while Tea Party favorite Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) simply called the deal “terrible.”
While some conservative members of the GOP are willing to stand up to a tyrannical administration and rally support among the people, debacles like the recent shutdown prove that their numbers are far too small. Establishment Republicans are quick to concede defeat in a battle against Obama and the left.
We will have an opportunity to revisit these issues early next year; and, with midterm elections following just a few months later, Republicans need to feel the pressure from their constituents to stand firm for American values.
–Western Journalism staff writer
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