Marco Rubio: Piecemeal approach to immigration the way to go.
When Republican legislators demanded that something be done about the monumentally unpopular ObamaCare law, Democrats used it as an excuse to blame them for the federal government shutdown. Now that the entire country sees what a disaster the healthcare system’s roll out has been, the shoe seems to be on the other foot.
According to Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), he and at least a few other members of his party are hoping to push through a bill delaying the implementation of the law’s mandates until 2015.
Appearing on Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor Wednesday, Manchin explained that no citizens would face financial repercussions for failing to sign up before the new extended deadline.
“Work out the kinks,” he urged. “Let’s fix this thing.”
Though it falls short of de-funding the entire program, which is what many conservatives advocate, at least this move proves that even the left is beginning to see what a dismal failure ObamaCare is shaping up to be.
Manchin said that he is working to increase Democrat support for his bill, indicating that three members of his party have already agreed to pursue the delay.
From the conservative perspective, host Bill O’Reilly pledged his support of the bill, adding his opinion that Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) would likely also be among its proponents.
The senator’s comments came on the heels of preliminary reports that Barack Obama himself proposed such a delay. Subsequent updates from the White House press department indicate that those reports were unfounded, and the deadline currently remains March 31 of next year.
When Obama claimed he would act as a force to unite America’s two political parties, many of his opponents scoffed at the idea. His policies of class, race, and gender warfare certainly made his unification claims seem unbelievable.
On the issue of ObamaCare, however, it seems he is making good on his word — both parties are now becoming united in their antipathy toward the law.
–Western Journalism staff writer
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Allen West, beloved Tea Party candidate, is telling D.C. bloggers he’ll take a run at Marco “Speaks With Forked Tongue” Rubio’s Senate seat in 2016. “If I see people are not taking our country down the right path, God will set my feet on the right path,” said the Colonel. Rubio’s fatal mistake was to coax the Tea Party into backing him–and back him they did, right into the Senate’s front door–and then promptly putting in with old guard, Senate liberals who were playing him for a fool. This mistake just may doom his re-election bid. It’s something you do not do in politics (that is, not dance with the guy who brought you.)
Popular SoFla radio talk host Joyce Kaufman plays over and over Rubio’s speeches against amnesty before he was elected. She mirrors the hypocrisy factor that just sticks in the craw of once-gullible ordinary citizens looking to back a candidate who will truly represent them. Word bouncing around SoFLa airwaves is that once Rubio was elected, his “relatives” (that is, blood links from in and around Calle Ocho) leaned on him to get behind comprehensive immigration reform just because blood votes blood.
Well, the young man, new to brutal D.C. politics, allowed himself to be sucked into an unholy alliance with old bull, lib Dems who saw a two-fold opportunity in Rubio–namely to push Amnesty through Congress, but mainly to sink the very promising newcomer’s presidential aspirations. Apparently, they calculated correctly on the second aim, but not the first. “Listen to the People,” Senator Ted Cruz kept telling Congress over and over for 21 hours. And the people in SoFla, although with many libs in their midst, just turned away from a Potomac Two Step of the personable young Florida Senator. They knew where Astronaut Bill Nelson was flying; but what’s that adage? Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. “The People are mad,” says an astute observer.
So Colonel West just may be lining up for a run at Rubio. And don’t forget, Congressman West survived a positively brutal SoFla Congressional campaign to defeat Ron Klein in 2010. The incumbent Dem. Chief of Staff Joyce Kaufman had her bags packed to head up the West Congressional D.C. office, but the fallout from the mean streets of the Gore Triangle proved to be not worth the fight.
West was defeated in a re-districting nightmare challenge by Dem Patrick Murphy, who was helped along by the entrenched Democrat machine in St. Lucie County; and West lost out in the very narrow and very contentious recount. But his loyal followers still stand by their war hero and are not looking to go away anytime soon. And as for Rubio, his home four blocks away from Calle Ocho just may be a bridge too far away from the Potomac in the future.
A recent Public Policy Polling report indicates the political star of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, continues to ascend in light of his marathon speech railing against ObamaCare. When asked whom they would most like to see emerge as the 2016 presidential candidate, more Republicans chose Cruz than any other politician.
Considering the agency’s polling also shows the GOP overwhelmingly approves of a government shutdown in the fight to de-fund the healthcare law, Cruz’s relentless support of that position has likely aided in his recent popularity spike.
Cruz now leads his closes competitor, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., by three points, representing an eight-point gain in support for the Cuban-American conservative. Among the als0-rans named in the poll are New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who received 14 percent of the respondents’ support, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush with 11 percent. One in 10 gave a nod to either Sen. Marco Rubio or Rep. Paul Ryan.
Among those who identify as very conservative, the disparity between potential candidates was more pronounced. Cruz ran away with the win in that contest, attracting twice as much support as his nearest rival Paul.
Another positive trend for the Republican’s conservative base is found in the level of trust the party has in Cruz. Compared to Senate Minority Leader and political squish Mitch McConnell, the GOP trusts Cruz more by a margin of 49 to 13. Respondents embraced similar confidence in Cruz when compared to both House Speaker John Boehner and former presidential candidate John McCain.
These results are encouraging as many frustrated Republicans have long lamented the absence of strong conservative leadership within the party. After a strong Senate win, beating an established candidate in Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, Cruz has not shied away from sometimes difficult political battles.
His dedication and resiliency has apparently gained traction as polling shows him to be — at least for now — the clear leader of the Republican party. While that undoubtedly frustrates the career politicians who value compromise over principle, Cruz’s unique style is a breath of fresh air for the American people.
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More than a few things that make up the core of modern conservatism started with “lost causes.” Oh, those who proposed them didn’t think they were lost causes; but if they listened to their critics, to their opponents, to the Republican establishment, and the media telling them they were jumping off the cliff, that they were mentally challenged or just plain out of their minds, they would have packed their bags and gone home.
When Bill Buckley started National Review in 1955, the press, following the lead of the liberals, was apoplectic. Dwight Macdonald, a leading lefty critic of the time, called the magazine dull, low-quality fare offered by obscure and eccentric “scrambled eggheads” for the “intellectually underprivileged, the voice of the lumpen-bourgeousie.” He called Buckley and his editors “anxious, embittered, resentful, they feel that the mainstream of American politics since 1933 has passed them by, as indeed it has, and they have the slightly paranoiac suspiciousness of an isolated minority group.” But Buckley stuck to his guns, and NR helped to establish the conservative movement.
Or how about the 1964 Goldwater election? Barry was accused, largely by establishment Republicans, of being paranoid, a threat to the American way of life, a Neanderthal and second-rate thinker whose mind was being consumed by some sort of undiagnosable disease. Goldwater ran anyway, lost to Lyndon Johnson, and paved the way for Ronald Reagan, launching the national conservative political movement in the process.
When Ronald Reagan decided to challenge Jerry Ford in 1976, mainstream Republicans were beside themselves and accused Reagan of being a spoiler and demented loser with a Kamikaze mentality. But Reagan knew exactly what he was doing and wasn’t deterred by the naysayers. Ford beat him, of course, but only by a handful of votes; and Reagan’s concession speech at the Republican Convention was the first speech of the 1980 campaign. I asked Ed Meese, Reagan’s confidant and subsequent Attorney General, about Reagan’s challenge to Ford. He told me, “Reagan’s early quests for the presidency [he had also toyed with the idea of running in 1968] were not immediately successful, but the efforts were the beginning of a major change in American politics that ultimately became the dominant governing philosophy.”
The Panama Canal Treaty, Henry Kissinger’s plan to turn the Canal over to the Panamanians, may have been Reagan’s quintessential “lost cause” that helped to get him elected in 1980. Jimmy Carter bought into the plan part way through his term, and Reagan signed on as the most outspoken, most articulate opponent of the idea in the face of huge pressure from the Republican establishment, the media, and, of course, the liberals. Leading the fight for the GOP establishment was Howard Baker, the moderate minority leader. The treaties were ultimately passed by the Senate, but only by a couple of votes.
Of particular interest, and something Ted Cruz’s opponents have probably forgotten, is that every Democratic senator who voted for the treaties lost their reelection bids in 1978 and 1980, allowing Republicans to gain Senate control for the first time in nearly 30 years. I asked Reagan biographer Craig Shirley what the impact was for Reagan, who told me, “The Panama Canal fight not only invigorated Reagan’s support leading into 1980, but Reagan knew from his history that you fight the fights that are worth fighting. Out of this come strength, opportunity, and, ultimately, victory.”
I attended a private, closed-door meeting late in the afternoon of July 17th in Senator Mike Lee’s office to talk about Obamacare and how to stop it. Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Pat Toomey, Ron Johnson, and several other Senators were there together with 25 or so conservative leaders. Lee and Cruz were very much in charge and started off by saying the options (and time) were running out to derail Obamacare. The only chance left, they believed, was to pass a Continuing Resolution to fund the government, before the October 1st deadline, with no money to implement Obamacare. There was a very slim chance of success; and they knew that the leadership, together with the rest of the Republican establishment, would do everything in their power to derail the train.
Cruz and Mike Lee recognized that this might be a lost cause. “But even if we don’t win,” they emphasized, “We can change the debate in Washington.”
Lee and Cruz had collected signatures from 17 senators on a letter to the leadership supporting the idea. Early opposition had scared away a couple of squishy senators who had already asked that their names be removed, and Lee and Cruz knew there would be more. Amusingly, Mike Lee plopped the letter down in front of Freshman Arizona Senator Jeff Flake, just elected on a conservative platform, who refused to sign and left the meeting (and subsequently supported the leadership opposing the Cruz and Lee plan).
In just ten weeks—from July 17th, when the idea of defunding Obamacare through the continuing resolution was hatched, until Wednesday—Cruz, Lee, and the others leading the fight have become the bane of the GOP establishment and have had every kind of criticism hurled at them from every direction. Plenty has been written about that, and there is no reason to repeat it here.
It is safe to say that Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and a few colleagues in the Senate have not only reshaped the debate about Obamacare, but reshaped the debate about funding the government, about debate in the Senate, and about what part in the political process is played by members of Congress and what part by the people. As Ted Cruz told Rush Limbaugh:
The central issue is the long-standing problem we have had with Washington not listening to the American people with Democrats and Republicans. It’s a lot of folks who’ve been in office way too long, who stopped listening to their constituents—and, as a result, we see lots of theater, lots of empty symbolic votes, and very little willingness to actually stand up and fight on behalf of the American people.
Is Ted Cruz’s campaign against Obamacare another “lost cause” that will change the process and change politics? Is it another 1964 Goldwater campaign, another 1976 Reagan Campaign, another Panama Canal Treaty? It is certainly too early to know. Harry Reid may be able to push Obamacare funding through the Senate; but it is certain that if he does, he won’t have many votes to spare. And it is also certain that Cruz’s 21-hour filibuster won’t soon be forgotten.
I think it is a pretty safe bet that Cruz’s filibuster might just be another of those conservative lost causes that changes the way things are done, changes the outcome, and changes the face of American politics.
The reason it has been easy for infiltrators to demoralize and corrupt this country? It’s a simple matter encouraging people to selfishness. We are naturally inclined to selfishness. Therefore, with the right combination of propaganda pressures applied consistently over time, progressives have changed the U.S. into a seething mass of selfish adolescents interested only in demonizing others to stoke the gravy train.
Chinese General Sun Tzu, one of the greatest philosophers and military strategists of all time, said: “If you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles… if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle.”
The simple fact is we no longer know ourselves, and we certainly do not know our enemies. We can thank decades of demoralization, planted by our enemies and nourished by homegrown progressives. Two sources of information help to illustrate the point. First, look at the game plan promulgated by The Frankfurt School in the 1920s. These German Marxists, along with legions of like organizations, had one goal: the destruction of Western civilization, followed by the installment of worldwide communism. They would accomplish this through cultural revolution or cultural Marxism: infiltration and systematic overthrow from within.
Here is their list of measures exacted with great success, thanks to the help of the Soviet Union and U.S. progressives:
EXCERPT To further the advance of their ‘quiet’ cultural revolution – but giving us no ideas about their plans for the future – the School recommended (among other things):
1. The creation of racism offences
2. Continual change to create confusion
3. The teaching of sex and homosexuality to children
4. The undermining of schools’ and teachers’ authority
5. Huge immigration to destroy identity
6. The promotion of excessive drinking
7. Emptying of churches
8. An unreliable legal system with bias against victims of crime
9. Dependency on the state or state benefits
10. Control and dumbing down of media (Poster child: Chris Matthews)
11. Encouraging the breakdown of the family
To further their aims, they would:
• attack the authority of the father, deny the specific roles of father and mother, and wrest away from families their rights as primary educators of their children.
• abolish differences in the education of boys and girls
• abolish all forms of male dominance – hence the presence of women in the armed forces
• declare women to be an ‘oppressed class’ and men as ‘oppressors’
The ‘thinkers’ at the Frankfurt School may have studied Sun Tzu, taking seriously his statement: “The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.”
Frankfurt School tactics served the overall strategy very well. Progressive educators, politicians, entertainers, and media moguls helped the Frankfurt School achieve enormous success in the U.S. by employing these tactics while concealing the overall strategy. This happened because we never truly took the time to know our enemies, or preserve knowledge of who we are as Americans.
Former KGB operative Yuri Bezmenov instructs us further, helping us know the enemy, giving us inside information pertaining to the Soviet role. This video is long, detailed, and fascinating:
Essentially, Bezmenov describes how the KGB realized wild success infiltrating, demoralizing, and destabilizing the U.S., leading us by the nose for decades to eventually accept every tenet of Marxist/Leninist philosophy, culminating in the regime in power today.
Bezmenov strongly asserts that our only salvation is a return to traditional moral values and traditional Americanism as articulated by the Founders.
Hence the Tea Party.
It is no accident that the Tea Party has been viciously attacked from the day it emerged as a spontaneous street protest nationally involving millions of people.
Marxist progressives led by Barack Obama saw immediately a dire threat to their cultural revolution with the arrival of the Tea Party. Thus, every day for four years, you have heard the steady propaganda drum beat—‘the Tea Baggers are ignorant racists who hate immigrants, and, they are homophobes, Islamophobes, and rubes who cling to their guns and their Bibles.’
Even establishment Republicans perceived the threat to their cozy relationships with Marxist progressives, joining the attack on the Tea Party.
Notice how Tea Party politicians have been ridiculed and marginalized, only a few remaining in the arena: Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin, Paul Ryan, Mike Lee, Allen West, Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann, Trey Gowdy, Eric Cantor, and yes, Marco Rubio.
Keep in mind as well the stark reality Obama’s IRS has been used to stifle Tea Party voices for years; and the targeting continues to this day, despite ongoing congressional investigations pointing to White House direct orchestration.
Progressives and Republicans are not alone in condemning the Tea Party. Islamists promoting Jihad likewise see the threat of the Tea Party and react.
And finally, though many scoff, the truth is that Marxist progressives and Jihadists are very comfortable working together toward mutual aims, chief among them the destruction of traditional Americanism, an effort now led by Barack Obama.
Numerous articles prove the point.
Sun Tzu was a brilliant general and strategist. He advised that if you must fight, fight hard, fight fast, fight to win, and never waste resources, especially when confronted by a force more powerful than your own.
Another great general gives us advice in this hour:
“It is of infinite moment that you should properly estimate the immense value of your national Union to your collective and individual happiness….indignantly frowning upon the first dawning of every attempt to alienate any portion of our Country from the rest, or to enfeeble the sacred ties which now link together the various parts.”
-President George Washington, farewell address, September 19, 1796
Allan Erickson enjoyed an 11-year career in radio, television and print journalism as a reporter, talk show host, and operations manager. He then turned to sales and marketing for a decade. Twelve years ago he started a training and recruitment company. Allan & wife Jodi have four children and live in California. He is the author of the book “The Cross & the Constitution in the Age of Incoherence,” Tate Publishing, 2012. He is available to speak in churches addressing the topics of faith and freedom. To contact him, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Marco Rubio’s immigration push might have hurt his chances of winning the GOP presidential nomination, Republican lawmakers say. [WATCH VIDEO]
While it’s still a long way until 2016, a number of GOP lawmakers in the House and Senate say Rubio (R-Fla.) will have to repair his standing with the conservative base if he hopes to be his party’s next candidate for president.
“There’s terrible disappointment with Marco Rubio specifically,” says Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), an opponent of the Senate immigration bill that Rubio helped write and pass. “I don’t think it’s going to help him anywhere.”
He’s a very important voice in our party. I’ve got the greatest respect for him. He’s got a bright future, but he’s going to get an awful lot of questions from an awful lot of people, and rightfully so. … It’s problematic for him.”
Rubio has slipped from leading in presidential polls of Republican voters to sitting in fourth to sixth place, depending on the survey. Polls in early-voting Iowa and other state-level surveys have reflected a similar pattern.
Read More at The Hill . By Cameron Joseph.
Among rank and file Republicans angry over the idea of granting amnesty to illegal aliens is a ticking time bomb that will explode in the faces of the Republican Establishment (GOPe). This is the only reasonable conclusion to be drawn from the polling data being ignored by the GOPe. Numerous polls show huge 60% plus majorities against “amnesty before border security.”
A visitor from another galaxy would have to conclude that since politicians’ only concern is re-election, the sheer weight of poll numbers against amnesty would stop House Republicans from granting amnesty to illegals. That visitor might be wrong.
A line from White Men Can’t Jump - “You’d rather look good and lose than look bad and win” – fits the GOPe’s obstinate refusal to back down from amnesty. Clearly, killing the country and the Republican Party aren’t as important to the GOPe as “looking good” in the eyes of the media and Democrats. Their treachery is a serious threat to America’s very existence.
The GOPe is like a crazed explosives expert in a movie who wants to blow up an orphanage to make his statement. Nevertheless, at some climatic point in a movie, a hero comes forward to save the day. We need real heroes to step up and save our country and our Party. We need to come forward and stop these GOPe maniacs who are obviously consumed with looking good. John Boehner, Eric Cantor, John McCain, and Marco Rubio are the real life destructive lunatics who must be stopped; and we must be the heroes who stop them.
Why they have chosen to light this fuse really isn’t important. Engaging in a dialog now is a sucker’s play that will only send the wrong message. We have no time for people like Boehner, who is making moves to grind us down, or feckless worms like McCain, who is willing to bargain away our border security to stay on Chuck Schumer’s good side.
The GOPe has made it clear they are willing to destroy our Party and, more alarmingly, our country so the New York Times will like them. We have to fight them and defeat them. We have to be America’s heroes. We have to get to town hall meetings to warn these people that we will vote against them, and all of their treachery will go for naught. We have to remind them that the “big donors” demanding amnesty will be giving their money to Democrats after quisling Republicans lose their seats.
The lines have to form in front of Republican headquarters.
Who pats these fools on the head and anoints them as “experts?”
Politico finds it significant that “the usually gregarious consultant to Sen. Marco Rubio uncharacteristically resisted eight days of calls and emails seeking his thoughts for this column [on the Immigration bill].”
Presumably with their eyes toward the heavens, the authors of this article called Rubio’s push for amnesty a liability “at least for now.”
Using quotation marks around the word, Politico dismisses the notion that Rubio was “played” by Uncle Democrat (aka Chuck Schumer and other Senate Democrats.)
Sen. Lindsey Graham, who is very likely to face a primary for his part in granting amnesty to millions of illegal aliens, gave Rubio some advice: “If he’s got some influence in the House, now is a good time to use it.”
Politico praised Rubio for “masterfully” winning over “important talkers like Bill O’Reilly on Fox” without realizing that O’Reilly couldn’t get himself arrested at a genuine TEA party rally and holds no sway whatsoever with actual conservatives. The authors’ claim that Rubio “neutralized” many radio talk show hosts best exemplifies how far from reality they are as well.
A Republican “expert” who mused about the “benefits” Rubio will enjoy because everyone will love him for giving us amnesty said “he might be threading the perfect political needle, getting credit for winning Senate passage without owning the responsibility for the complexities of implementation….”
Mike Murphy, a “noted” Republican strategist advises Rubio to keep pushing for final passage of an amnesty bill. Despite his plunging popularity, this idiot told Rubio to “Dance with the one that brung you. You get points for courage on a very tricky issue. And years from now, he’ll be able to say he was on the right side of it.”
All of this begs the question: Who told these people they know what they are talking about?
Are Rubio’s close advisors and this “genius” Murphy even able to read simple data? Can’t they look at the numbers and see that amnesty will destroy the Republican Party?
The guys at Politico, I can understand. They are liberal Democrats and would love to see a socialist America. But WHO told the Republican “experts” they know what they are talking about?
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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)–a Republican member of the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” who co-sponsored the Senate immigration bill and was one of 14 Republicans who ultimately voted for it–was unaware that his own bill allows a person to forge up to two passports without penalty.
“Under the Senate immigration bill, how many passports can someone forge before it becomes a crime?” CNSNews.com asked Rubio Thursday on Capitol Hill.
“How many–you can’t forge any passports,” Rubio replied. ”That’s a federal crime now.”
CNSNews.com: “It’s actually a part of the bill that it’s up, that you can do two, and three and on it’s a crime. Why would that be a part of it?”
Rubio: “Well, first of all, I think what you’re talking about is the way the law is described vis-a-vis, umm, waivers that people can get. And as I said, I mean, there are elements of that bill that continue to be, need to be improved, and I myself have disagreements about the way the waiver structure was put in the bill, and my hope is that it can be improved through the House process when they do their own bill.”
Read More at CNS News . By Alissa Tabirian.