Friday, February 21st, 2014 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog, Elections, Family Values
Yesterday, Matt Bevin posited a basic argument against redefining marriage – one that should be shared by any conservative concerned with the inane effort to change a fixed definition. Bedrock legal definitions are necessary because they have far-reaching ramifications. Once we change the basic definition of marriage to include same-sex relationships, what is the legal rationale for not including any other loving relationship?
For example, a son or daughter might want to collect the Social Security benefits of one parent in place of a spouse. Why can’t they define their relationship as a marriage and be entitled to collect those benefits?
This was the gist of Bevin’s argument in his own words From The Janet Meffered Show:
“If it’s all right to have same-sex marriages, why not define a marriage—because at the end of the day a lot of this ends up being taxes and who can visit who in the hospital and there’s other repercussions and things that come with it—so a person may want to define themselves as being married to one of their children so that they can then in fact pass on certain things to that child financially and otherwise.
Where do you draw the line? And if in fact a person can arbitrarily draw it here why not could someone else draw it arbitrarily somewhere else? There needs to be rule of law. Marriage has for millennia been defined as between a man and a woman universally. And it’s something we should recognize.”
Pretty simple argument – one which the left has declined to answer for years.
Instead of debating Matt on the substance of the argument, the far left has chosen to willfully distort his words to focus on an absurdity. The liberal Talking Points Memo cited an extremist group, Right Wing Watch, suggesting that Bevin was predicting gay marriage could lead to incest. Obviously, anyone with half a brain could see that he was making a legal argument and not suggesting that the social relationship of a gay marriage will lead to incest, especially given the fact that, by definition, same-sex couples can’t procreate.
Yet, amazingly, Mitch McConnell’s Chief of Staff (who also happens to be a top gun at the NRSC) tweeted out the left-wing article and compared Bevin’s comments to those of Todd Akin about rape and pregnancy.
Is there something Team Mitch would like to share with us? Do they think there is anything offensive about pointing out the folly of redefining marriage? Are they that out-of-touch with the mainstream of the very party McConnell seeks to lead?
Well, maybe so.
Remember Mitch’s articulate response to Justice Kennedy’s egregious ruling on DOMA, which in part, led to a Kentucky federal district judge forcing gay marriage on his home state?
“Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell issued no statement at all.”
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) simply flashed a smile and ignored a reporter’s question about the court’s decision Wednesday. (Politico)
And speaking of the ruling in Kentucky, Judge Heyburn was a McConnell staffer whom he recommended for the judicial appointment. During his confirmation hearing at the Senate Judiciary Committee, McConnell noted that Heyburn was a “progressive Republican” and cited the Louisville Courier Journal calling him “far from a right-wing ideologue.”
Did McConnell know something at the time about Heyburn’s “progressive” jurisprudence?
This is not the first time Heyburn shredded the Constitution in order to inject his progressive views on Kentucky. In 1998, he overturned the state’s law banning partial-birth murder.
Matt Bevin is right to be outraged by this rogue judge appointed by McConnell.
Once again, Team Mitch is making it clear that they are just as fraudulent social conservatives as they are fiscal conservatives.
Thursday, February 20th, 2014 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog, Elections, Immigration
One of the most frustrating things in politics is when you find someone who supposedly agrees with you on all of the policy issues, yet passionately supports politicians who undermine those exact policy goals. The most peculiar example is Ann Coulter and her new-found love for the GOP establishment.
Ann Coulter has written extensively about the policy and political ramification of open borders for years. Most recently, she has argued that the immigration policies pushed by Democrats and establishment Republicans will serve as the death-knell for the GOP. Because of the grave consequences of the issue, Coulter declared herself a single-issue voter on immigration last year at CPAC.
Like many of you, I agree with her that we will cease to exist as a party if we don’t stop the open borders lobby.
And that is exactly why we are pushing competitive primaries against the ChamberCrats who plan to saddle us with amnesty. All of these challenges are in solid conservative states.
There is no issue that reflects a wider bifurcation between the party establishment and the grassroots than immigration. And there is no issue for which a lack of competitive primaries will affect the outcome more than immigration.
There is not a single establishment Republican who does not support amnesty. The ship has sailed on that long ago. All of the GOP lobbyist, consultants, and donors are inexorably behind an immediate push for amnesty. To the extent we stave off immigration deform this year, it is precisely due to efforts by grassroots groups to foster competitive primaries. Establishment Republicans have made it quite clear that they will have a free lane to promote amnesty after the primaries.
With most other issues, the cheerleaders for the establishment are able to hide behind the fact that Republicans don’t control all of government. But with amnesty, these people have made it clear they intend to push it precisely when they control the U.S. Senate.
Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is literally the king of the Chamber of Commerce and the Karl Rovian branch of the party. He supports open borders because his donors, associates, former staffers-turned lobbyists, and consultants are some of the biggest and most obnoxious supporters of amnesty, particularly those staffers working for Zuckerberg’s scandalous group.
The Chamber has made it clear that they will reward those who support amnesty and punish those who oppose it. After investing hundreds of thousands into McConnell’s reelection, they are clearly confident he would bring amnesty legislation to the Senate floor were he to become Majority Leader next year.
Again, it is incontrovertibly clear that our only path to stopping amnesty during the final years of Obama’s presidency is to have a strong showing in this year’s primaries. If we fail to do so, by Coulter’s own account, the Republican Party will self-destruct.
Sadly, in an egregious example of disconnect with her own stated views, Coulter has been attacking those who are leading the fight for competitive primaries against amnesty supporters.
Once again, Coulter was on with Hannity last night trashing conservative groups fighting to replace establishment Republicans. Her entire message was about electing “Republicans,” irrespective of their views.
Well, Ann, even those who support amnesty?
The irony is that she talks about groups who mislead Republican voters when it is McConnell’s former staffers who run those sleazy Zuckerberg ads for FWD that lie about amnesty. I’m sure Coulter is just as outraged by those ads, yet she is assailing those who don’t support McConnell.
Ann is so concerned about everything Republican, yet spits on those who are seeking to preserve the Republican Party from the amnesty-pushers she so boldly claims to oppose.
It appears that through her support for the failed GOP establishment Ann Coulter has indeed become a single-issue voter – in favor of enabling the most passionate supporters of amnesty to win reelection and destroy the party.
Then again, we should probably take her endorsements with a grain of salt after she peddled the ultimate shyster and con-man – Chris Christie – on her readers.
Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog, Family Values
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. For conservatives, that pretty much leaves us with the strategy of attempting to pass good bills out of the House just for messaging purposes.
With unelected federal judges and administration bureaucrats forcing gay “marriage” on sovereign states across the country, now would be a good time to show that we stand for federalism, religious liberty, and yes – even the social conservative platform to which so many members pay lip service during primaries. Abandoning the fight on this issue now could bring the death knell of concession because liberals have the infrastructure in place and are fighting harder than ever.
First the social liberals pushed their agenda in blue states through the court system. Then, with the help of Justice Anthony Kennedy, they forced the federal government to recognize gay “marriage” at first for exclusively federal purposes, such as for immigration status. Now, federal judges are forcing gay marriage on the states where the people and the legislatures voted decisively against it. To make matters worse, Eric Holder is now using the federal government to promote his agenda in those states.
As we all know, the radical homosexual agenda will not stop with forcing states to recognize just the marital status. They will not be happy to merely accept their piece of paper and “live and let live.” They are seeking to force private citizens and individuals to cater to their beliefs. And based on recent court decisions like the New Mexico Supreme Court’s edict, forcing a private citizen to perform her services at a homosexual marriage, we have a fight for religious liberty on our hands.
We are down to the last remaining straws in the fight for marriage. If Republican leaders can’t stand boldly for marriage, states’ powers, and religious liberty at a time when the other side is achieving one victory after another (without any resistance from Republicans), they should publicly admit that they are completely jettisoning social conservatism from the party’s platform.
Ironically, you don’t even have to be a social conservative to understand that there is no federal constitutional right to a gay marriage, which would thereby force states and private citizens to recognize one.
There is no better time for House Republicans to bring legislation to the floor affirming their support for states and religious liberty in the face of an officious onslaught by the anti-religious left. The State Marriage Defense Act (HR 3829), sponsored by Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX), is an example of a bill that affirms states’ rights, on both sides of the issue, and doesn’t allow one unelected judge to legislate federal law across a myriad of states. The bill would require the federal government to recognize the definition of marriage within a state as that state determines it. This law is consistent even with Kennedy’s egregious decision on DOMA, and creates equitable federalist treatment of marriage. Senators Cruz and Lee have recently introduced a similar bill in the Senate, S. 2024.
Another bill is Rep. Raul Labrador’s (R-ID) Marriage and Religious Freedom Act, HR 3133. This bill would protect individuals and organizations from the federal government’s encroachment on their private contracts in an effort to force them to violate their religious beliefs. The companion bill in the Senate is being sponsored by Senator Lee – S. 1808.
It’s not enough to merely co-sponsor these bills. The House should vote on them, and Senate Republicans should force amendment votes tacked onto other bills in an effort to expose Democrats for their anti-religion and personal freedom agenda.
While there is no chance of passing these bills out of the Senate and having the president sign them, they allow conservatives to talk about the issues on our terms. They force leadership to talk about and prove they are protecting states’ powers and religious liberty in an election year. Messaging this sort of legislation is precisely how you win back the majority. It is something to be embraced in an election year, not avoided, especially if they are going to continue pretending to support social conservatism and religious liberty.
Looking back at this brutal winter, it’s important to remember another debate that seemed lost just a few years ago. Towards the end of President Bush’s presidency, most Republicans started buying into global warming and green energy socialism. The media joked about Senator Jim Inhofe being the last man standing against climate fascism. Then, buttressed by Climategate, we fought back against the farce and showed how their agenda was built upon a false premise. Now you can’t find a Republican who is willing to promote global warming, and even many Democrats have shied away from the issue.
We might not have the votes to enact marriage protection right now, but we still have a voice. We should use it.
Cross-posted at RedState.com
Friday, February 14th, 2014 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog, Elections
We all agree that Sen. Harry Reid must be dethroned. Even from a liberal perspective, he has completely destroyed the structure of the Senate by shutting down the open amendment process, thereby eradicating the most important difference between the upper house and the lower house of the legislative branch.
This year, we have the opportunity to vanquish Reid by defeating his liberal lieutenants in conservative states like Louisiana, Arkansas, North Carolina, South Dakota, and Alaska. However, if you think that our policy woes with Washington will change one iota if the current crop of Republicans lead the majority, you haven’t been paying attention. And if you buy into the bromide about not letting “purity tests” get in the way defeating Democrats, you are willingly blinding yourself to the reality that has played out over the past few years.
The entire conglomerate of consultants, donors, and lobbyists who control the bulk of Republicans in Washington, and the leadership in particular, do not share our values. This is not a difference in strategy, tone, or a casualty to being the minority party in Washington. We have witnessed this with one issue after another. These people regard the party faithful with as much contempt as the Democrats. And that will not change when Republicans win back the Senate – if the House and Senate are controlled by its current cadre of leaders.
This goes far beyond any legislative scorecard or analysis of voting records. As we witnessed this week with the debt ceiling vote, most of the elected Republicans spend their time plotting political cover and manipulate their votes to ensure that our side loses, albeit without their public stamp of approval. We don’t need votes to tell us who is on our side. You can tell who is with us and who is against us simply by listening to them, watching their actions, and observing their associations.
Indeed, despite the allegations that we seek purity within the party, it is clear that what we want is a bold party of contrast – whether in the majority or minority. We want a party that will offer a bold stance on immigration and the debt ceiling, for example, and fight for it with equal and opposing force. We want loyal conservatives that share and fight for our conservative values the same way elected liberals fight for the Democrat party platform. Instead we are given a pale pastel version of Republicans who placate conservatives during election years, and then enact the liberal Democrat talking points through clandestine political efforts.
We know who is with us and who is with the political class. Everybody takes bad votes once and a while. Even Ted Cruz recently voted for a bad flood insurance bill. None of us are demanding purity from him because we know that on almost every issue he is not just a vote but a courageous and effective voice for the millions of us who are disenfranchised by the ruling class oligarchy. He fights every day in Washington for us.
Jeff Sessions is another good example. He has cast a laundry list of bad votes, and probably doesn’t believe in limited government and free markets to the same extent we do on some issues. But he is an inimitable statesman when it comes to his core issues of immigration, budget, and welfare. On immigration, he has offered more selfless, indefatigable leadership – both on a political and policy level – than almost any member on any issue. He has stood as the Elijah on Mount Carmel against the entire universe of sleazy politicians and consultants in Washington who seek to subvert our civil society. Despite his bad votes on some other issues, none of us are looking to replace him because indeed we are not purists. We just want people who fundamentally represent our values, and Sessions has shown that his heart is with the Country Class over the Ruling Class.
The leaders in the House and Senate, along with their boot lickers, are fundamentally against us. Many of us have known and observed this privately for years, but the debt ceiling vote – both in the House and Senate – brought their devious subterfuge out in the open.
In the House, leadership got together and agreed to pass it with Democrat votes, thereby letting almost their entire conference off the hook to vote against their true beliefs so they can play their Republican constituents like fools.
In the Senate, McConnell attempted to do the same, but was thwarted by Senators Cruz and Lee. Then he tried to get others to vote for something he badly wanted to pass, but lacked the conviction to own. Roll Call explains in plain English how Democrats and Republicans worked together to fool the American people by instructing the clerk not to call their names publicly and then by switching their votes.
Remember, this is just a rare glimpse into how these guys operate on most other issues. This will not change by simply voting Republicans into the majority, especially on the critical issues of immigration and debt.
Even with the best of leaders in Washington, there will always be differences of opinion on strategy, tone, and minor issues. But what is happening now is far beyond a strategic disagreement. Democrats might have internal squabbles once and a while, but they are united in goose step for the inexorable promotion of their liberal values. There is no effective dissent from even one member. And to the extent a couple of red-state Democrats vote against the liberal agenda, it is just a two-faced game for their conservative constituents. Whereas Republicans are just the opposite. They privately agree with the Democrats and only vote the right way to dissuade a potential primary challenger.
As we head into the primaries over the spring and summer, we must ask ourselves the following questions: do we want to build a GOP majority on quicksand or on a solid foundation? Do we want to go into the voting booth on November and vote for Republicans with our heads held high or with our fingers on our nose?
The right candidates are out there. The opportunity is calling. The choice is ours.
Thursday, February 13th, 2014 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog, Debt
Ever since Senator Mitch McConnell sensed some vulnerability from his Republican base in Kentucky, he has cunningly voted the right way on most major issues, but of course waiting until the outcome was no longer in doubt. McConnell’s painstaking management of his voting record began in two tranches – a mild drift to the right once Trey Grayson was defeated by Rand Paul in 2010 and an acerbic turn after Matt Bevin started toying with a Senate run.
However, despite the shift in his actual voting record, McConnell has continued to artfully advance his real agenda of big government, an agenda which is shared by his puppet-masters on K Street. As the party leader, McConnell sits back on any contentious issue and privately hopes yes while voting no. He has declined to whip the votes; he hasn’t even put out a statement in support of the conservative position until the vote is cast. The desired outcome for Mitch is that the capitulation be made; the bad bill wind its way to the President’s desk, but his hands remain clean of any wrongdoing.
This modus operandi was completely demolished today.
McConnell showed up at the weekly Steering Committee lunch today to berate Senators Mike Lee and Ted Cruz from pushing the undocumented Democrats to take tough votes. This meeting is traditionally a conservative get-together dating back to when Jim DeMint used to run it. But McConnell and his minions hijacked the meeting and began pointing fingers at Cruz and Lee.
The establishment Republicans wanted to vitiate cloture with a unanimous consent agreement. This would have achieved their desired outcome in which the debt ceiling would pass, but it would be delivered to Obama’s desk with only Democrat votes.
Cruz and Lee had this weird idea that maybe we should actually refuse to give Obama a blank check, especially when Republicans have the votes to stop it. Moreover, Senator Harry Reid has shut down the amendment process in the Senate. Blocking cloture is the only leverage conservatives have to force Democrats to vote on amendments, even if Republicans plan to support the bill in the end. McConnell claims that he just wants to remain idle and coast until the November elections in order to win back the Senate, but ironically, we will never win back the Senate if we don’t force Democrats to take embarrassing votes on amendments. There was no reason this bill needed to pass today; we could have dragged this out into a protracted fight on popular spending cuts. Yet, McConnell wanted to get out of town early and wash his hands of this issue.
After the meeting, McConnell still thought he had enough members to deliver the 60 votes to Harry Reid. But rank-and-file members had enough of McConnell’s cowardly leadership – forcing members to take bad votes that he privately supports while not being man enough to own the policy. After a frenetic effort to get Republicans to flip their votes, McConnell was forced to go down and vote for the crap sandwich himself.
Ask yourself this question: Come this fall, how can you motivate a Republican activist to knock on doors for the purpose of electing a Republican majority that is run by Mitch McConnell?
Well, if we all mobilize to throw out these quislings in the primaries, that question will hopefully become moot.
Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Debt, Press
Fort Worth, TX – The Madison Project PAC released the following statement in response to Senator Mitch McConnell’s vote for cloture to suspend the debt ceiling and grant President Obama a blank check for another year:
“Ever since Matt Bevin announced his intention to run for the U.S. Senate, Mitch McConnell has veered to the right, making sure to vote with conservatives on major issues,” said Drew Ryun of the Madison Project. “However, he never whips against bad legislation because he has been in ‘hope yes, vote no’ mode, encouraging other members to vote for more spending while he evinced a conservative image to his voters back home. Today, McConnell was finally forced out of the shadows because he couldn’t find enough Republicans willing to vote for such an irresponsible bill – granting Obama another blank check after he already amassed over $6.6 trillion in debt.
“Today’s vote is a perfect illustration of what Kentuckians have to look forward to if McConnell were to win reelection and no longer fear reprisal from the voters back home. Kentucky voters need to ask themselves the following question: is this the man we want running the Senate if Republicans work hard enough to elect a GOP majority?”
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Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog, Family Values
At some point, Republicans must decide whether they believe in Reagan’s three-legged stool of conservatism. Not that this proves that they are fiscal conservatives, but the GOP establishment at least makes an effort to give lip service to the growing debt. Yet, on the other hand, they have no interest in pushing back against the judicial tyranny and the indefatigable efforts of the social liberals to remake our society using the boot of government. Kentucky’s Mitch McConnell is clearly a Republican who is one of those not concerned with this growing problem.
When Justice Anthony Kennedy struck down most of DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act), ostensibly forcing the federal government to recognize alternative marriages even for purposes of federal law, many on our side yawned. They argued “definition of marriage” should be left up to the states to decide. Well, part of the purpose of DOMA was to protect states that support traditional marriage from the other states who want to impose their views on them.
Now, we are seeing a torrent of unelected judges force “gay marriage” on red states. The latest example is Judge John G. Heyburn II of the Western District of Kentucky who just ruled that Kentucky must recognize all different forms of marriage from other states. In doing so, he noted that the citizens of Kentucky violated the U.S Constitution by defining marriage as it has been since the founding.
Obviously, this ruling is egregious even from the standpoint of those who support gay marriage on a social level because of its faulty legal reasoning. There clearly is no federal right to recognition of any marriage, much less alternative forms of marriage, thereby precluding states from making their own laws. Individuals are free to make lifestyle choices in any state, but states inherently have the right to define a legal status, especially something so simple and bedrock as marriage. The implications of these decisions are very disconcerting.
Judge Heyburn was nominated to the bench in 1991 by President George Bush. But his recommendation came from Senator Mitch McConnell who used him as a special counsel while serving as Judge Executive of Jefferson County in the early ‘80s. Thanks to McConnell, Kentucky is being subjected to the tyranny of the liberal agenda without a vote.
Like all establishment Republicans, when forced to talk about the issue, McConnell says he is pro-life and pro-marriage. But he has nothing to say in the face of judicial tyranny. In fact, after Kennedy issued his anti-family manifesto disguised as legal jurisprudence, McConnell was the only GOP leader to issue no statement at all. As Politico noted at the time, “Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) simply flashed a smile and ignored a reporter’s question about the court’s decision Wednesday.” It appears that his insouciance towards constitutional jurisprudence was on display when he recommended Judge Heyburn to serve on the bench.
After almost 30 years in Washington, Kentucky primary voters must be wondering what has Mitch McConnell done for them. What has he done to protect Kentucky’s conservative values?
One of the most important ways a senator can affect positive change for his state is by recommending judges who will uphold the values of the state and not twist the words of the Constitution. Senator McConnell is clearly wanting in that regard.
Liberals will not rest in their inexorable effort to shove their values on us. They will not stop until every state is forced to recognize their behavior or preferred lifestyle. They will not lay down their swords until every private business is forced by the boot of the judiciary to accommodate their desires. It is not just an anti-family agenda; it represents an anti-liberty and anti-constitution agenda. As long as Republicans are led by politicians who lack any principles, we will continue to lose the fight for our Republic.
Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog, Debt
If there is any agreement on fiscal issues in Washington it is that we must do something about the growing debt and long-term unfunded liabilities. With the debt exploding by over $6.6 trillion under Obama’s watch, the only leverage conservatives had to force a path to balance the budget was the debt ceiling – a built-in check on runaway spending. Yet, ever since they took over Congress in 2011, establishment Republicans have worked to abolish the debt ceiling.
Moving forward, Republicans have now set a precedent in which the debt ceiling will now be something that must be avoided instead of something we can embrace. With Obama’s record growth of the federal debt and his past statements against raising the debt ceiling, this is precisely the issue to bludgeon him with before an election. But, alas, that opportunity has been lost. All of Boehner’s talk about “the Boehner Rule,” which called for dollar-for-dollar cuts, was lost the day he adopted Obama’s false talking point about default on debt.
What is even more disturbing about the vote to pass the debt ceiling is how many members lacked the courage to vote their convictions. Isn’t it amazing how just enough Republicans voted for it in order for the bill to pass, allowing all but 28 members a free hall pass for their reelection? Even pure liberal like Mike Simpson (R-ID) voted against it for the first time. According to Roll Call, today’s debt ceiling vote had “the fewest number of votes from a majority on a bill that passed the House since at least 1991.”
So here is a direct challenge to all those free-riders who implemented their ‘hope yes, vote no’ policy today. If you really oppose raising the debt ceiling and appreciate the long-term damage from Boehner’s policy, why not call for a new leadership election immediately? There is no middle ground. If you really opposed this deal, it is simply egregious that the sitting Republican leader would pass it with Democrat support. This is the seventh time Boehner has done so over the past year. It only takes about 50 members to call for a leadership election. Now is the time to put up or shut up.
Yet, if you only voted no for political expedience, you are probably just fine with what the Speaker has done today. It’s time to come out of the shadows and document yourselves.
Meanwhile, Mitch McConnell is reverting back to his comfort zone of declining to take a strong position on the bill until the outcome is no longer in jeopardy, in which case he will undoubtedly vote no.
We must remember that nothing will change with a GOP-controlled Senate unless we elect new leadership. Democrats already know these guys are terrified of the debt ceiling. So what will happen next March?
The same thing.
They will pass bad bills with Democrats support, all the while ensuring that those with primary challengers are given a pass to vote the right way – for political purposes not principle.
This is just one more reason why we need to A) win the upcoming primaries and B) force new leadership elections. If we fail on both of those accounts all our hard work towards building a GOP majority will go towards the empowerment of Democrat policies.
Monday, February 10th, 2014 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Blog, Immigration
Despite all the talk about partisan acrimony in Washington, the establishment in both parties is doing a great job working together to pass amnesty. In fact, their carefully choreographed kabuki theater in the media should win them awards for great team work against the Country Class.
The news out of Washington last week was that Speaker John Boehner got the message loud and clear from rank-and-file members to put the brakes on his push for amnesty. This spurious media narrative is ridiculous when you consider the strength of the forces behind amnesty. The entire D.C. establishment has been preparing for this effort for months, backed by a multi-million dollar media campaign. Every lobby shop in Washington is supporting amnesty. There is no way they would suddenly agree to cease and desist after a few days of predictable grumbling from conservative House members.
The ‘slow-down’ on immigration is nothing but a carefully orchestrated strategy coordinated with Democrats so that conservatives will ignore the issue. As the Washington Examiner’s Byron York quoted from a GOP leadership aide, “the best way to pass a bill is to tell people a bill is unlikely to pass.”
This same kabuki theater was orchestrated last year when the Senate passed the Gang of 8 amnesty. After the bill was first introduced, conservatives carpet bombed the 1,000-page monstrosity on numerous fronts. The Republican leadership chose to embrace a few of our concerns and promised to address them. Far from abandoning the bill, they used the lull in action to create the shiny object of “enforcement triggers.” McConnell and Cornyn pushed the first trial balloon of strengthened triggers. They were predictably shot down, but gave rise to the final ‘goldilocks’ plan – the Corker-Hoeven amendment – which was sold as a grand compromise to assuage the concerns of conservative critics. The bill passed with overwhelming support, and the rest is history.
Likewise, this year, House leaders along with their new-found Democrat partners, are outwardly embracing one of our concerns – that there is no trust in Obama enforcing the laws. Acting like the foxes guarding the henhouse, one Republican after another is echoing the talking point: “you know what? You guys are right. We can’t trust the President to uphold his part of the deal. We need to do something about that.”
Far from being comatose, the amnesty scheme is alive and well, albeit in the rope-a-dope phase. The bipartisan oligarchy behind open borders is looking to create the shiny object of addressing the lack of trust in the president to prepare for an illusory grand bargain. We are already starting to see this coordination and some trial balloons being floated in the media.
On Friday, the AP ran a story explaining how the White House is “giving Boehner room on immigration” with the understanding that “the GOP resistance is temporary and tactical.”
“Obama is willing to give Boehner space to operate and to tamp down the conservative outcry that greeted a set of immigration overhaul principles the speaker brought forward last week. For now, the White House is simply standing behind a comprehensive bill that passed in the Senate last year, but is not trying to press Boehner on how to proceed in the Republican-controlled House.”
Then, over the weekend, Chuck Schumer floated the first trial balloon – a plan that would grant immediate amnesty this year but suspend actual implementation until Obama leaves office. Yes, as if they will really remain in suspended status for three years!
Keep in mind that Politico already reported earlier last week that Schumer had been engaging in private negotiations with Congressman Paul Ryan – even as Boehner was outwardly admitting defeat on the issue.
In the coming days and weeks, watch for some sort of negotiated settlement in which the President will agree to enforce some ancillary immigration law, thereby giving Boehner, McConnell, and Ryan the green light to push amnesty.
Folks, the problem here is not just a lack of trust in Obama. It is a lack of trust in Republican leadership. They act as if they are on our side fighting against an untrustworthy Democrat administration, yet they are really collaborating with Obama to bamboozle their own base.
We simply cannot afford to retain the current Speaker for another year if his entire agenda is aimed at fooling conservatives and placating his Democrat buddies. In addition to defeating these people in primaries, we must get sitting members to publicly state whether they will vote for Boehner in the upcoming leadership elections. Even if Boehner plans to retire at the end of the year, an immediate vote of no confidence in him would attenuate his ability to undermine the grassroots.
It only takes 17 members committed to opposing Boehner in order to deny him the 218 votes he would need to retain his speakership.
We can either sit back and wait for the next subterfuge from Boehner or we can take the destiny of our party into our own hands. It is our choice to make.
Friday, February 7th, 2014 by Daniel Horowitz and is filed under Foreign Policy
The media is constantly bemoaning the lack of bipartisanship in Congress, with the lion’s share of their scorn directed at conservatives for being too “intransigent.” Well, almost the entire Senate GOP Conference – both moderate and conservative members – actually united behind a Democrat-sponsored bill to implement sanctions on Iran. Yet, the Democrats and their allies are spoiling this superlative opportunity to work together on a goal that is supposedly shared by both parties.
Last November, President Obama forged a deal with Iran that should be called the “if you like your nukes you can keep them” deal. As part of the Geneva agreement, Iran is not required to destroy a single centrifuge it has already produced, but is required to end any future development of nuclear operations. Even with the future promises to curtail their nuclear program, the Iranians probably have enough material already to create a bomb. They are just working on a warhead and delivery capabilities, which are not curtailed by the Geneva deal. Moreover, there is no requirement that Iran suspend their global terror operations, which in many ways are more dangerous than their nuclear program.
In return for their trustworthy promises to reduce their nuclear program, Obama agreed to suspend sanctions against them for six months. But fear not, if they don’t uphold their side of the deal, Russia and China, which have permanent veto power over any sanctions, have agreed to re-impose the international sanctions on a rogue Iran.
In response to this outrage, a group of senators from both parties introduced a bill to re-impose sanctions on Iran (S.1881). The bill was sponsored by Democrat Senator Robert Menendez. Almost every Republican along with 16 Democrats co-sponsored the bill. What a great opportunity to bring a bipartisan bill to the floor, no?
As we all know, the Democrats had no intention of ever holding a vote on the bill. They just wanted to show their constituents that they are just as strong on national security as Republicans, but never wanted to bring the bill to the floor, lest they embarrass the messiah and leader of their party.
After refusing to hold a vote, a group of 42 Republicans sent a letter to Harry Reid asking for an up-or-down vote on this bill, which supposedly is supported by many Democrats. The only Republican who didn’t join in is RINO Bob Corker. Needless to say, not a single Democrat signed the letter. Then, AIPAC parachutes in and defends Obama while voicing opposition to the GOP effort to push for a floor vote on sanctions.
In recent years, AIPAC has been more concerned with giving cover to Obama and the Democrats then with national security or authentic pro-Israel policies. AIPAC’s hypocritical and politically-motivated move was so bizarre that The Hill had to verify that their statement was true. The Hill reporter was clearly unaware of their history of shielding Democrats in an effort to obfuscate the political divide over Israel.
So, the next time you hear a Democrat complain about too much partisanship in Washington, tell them to look in the mirror.
Cross-posted at RedState.com