Help American Vets, VF/CFL Meeting, Unseat Meehan.
McCARTHY – Obama’s conflict of interest.
GOP: GOLDBERG – Decline of party power; WILLIAMSON – Honey, we built the Party; ERICKSON – Ted’s predicament; McCARTHY – Ted’s victory.
END NOTES: LEVIN – 2/2/16
Help for Veterans
Valley Forge Park has 5.4 empty miles and money to build huts for guys who suffered 200+ years ago. Room for vets??????
VALLEY FORGE PATRIOTS & CITIZENS FOR LIBERTY REACHING OUT TO HELP HOMELESS VETERANS
We at Valley Forge Patriots & Citizens for Liberty are trying to help. We are asking for donations of food, gently used warm clothing and blankets.
If you have anything you would like to donate and you are going to our Feb. 3 event at King Of Prussia Vol. Fire House , please bring it with you.
If unable to attend that event (but, you really, really should!), feel free to contact Janet Warnsdorfer at firstname.lastname@example.org or (610) 469-3268.
February 3rd, VFTP, CFL: WHEN: Wednesday, February 3, 2016, 7-9 PM. WHERE: King of Prussia Volunteer Fire Company, 170 Allendale Road, King of Prussia, PA, 19406. Mark your calendars and plan on joining us for this informative session on a very important and timely subject! SPREAD THE WORD – ALL ARE WELCOME – FREE! We will also have a free potluck dinner buffet (Feel free to bring something to share or just enjoy!)
CITIZENS FOR LIBERTY/VALLEY FORGE PATRIOTS IS PROUD TO PRESENT
DAVID WARD David P. Ward is a Director with the National Association of Former Border Patrol Agents, an organization of former Border Patrol Supervisors and Managers, which advocates secure borders and interior immigration enforcement. David has over 33 years field experience with the US Department of Homeland Security and US Border Patrol, as an agent and field manager of enforcement operations. His experience is unique in that it covers both Border Security issues and Interior Enforcement.
David is considered a Subject Matter Expert and has been featured on local and national media broadcasts, in addition to live audience conferences and seminars regarding Border Security and Immigration Enforcement.
There also be a short introduction to Jack London who is running for State Senator against Andy Dinniman
Janet Warnsdorfer is holding meet and great for Stan Casacio running to unseat Pat Meehan Dist 7
When: Sat. 2/6 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM
Place: 2370 Harmonyville Rd., Elverson, Pa 19520
The GOP has eight contenders – two of them Cuban and one black; the Dems have two old white people.
“. . .Obama is already under immense political pressure not to permit an indictment that would doom his party’s presumptive presidential nominee. Now, factor in the embarrassment a prosecution could cause the president personally. Many have asked why Hillary Clinton has not been charged already. We may have our answer.” Andrew McCarthy http://www.nationalreview.com/article/430706/obama-hillary-clinton-email-problem
Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “Obama’s Growing Conflict of Interest in the Clinton E-Mail Scandal”
“The latest revelations regarding Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified information are stunning. For example, several of the former secretary of state’s “private” e-mails contain national-defense information so sensitive that it is classified at the highest levels. “Moreover, classified information so pervades the thousands of pages of e-mails communicated through and stored on Mrs. Clinton’s unsecured, homebrew server system that the court-ordered disclosure process has ground to a halt. Remember, Mrs. Clinton reviewed her e-mails before finally surrendering them to the State Department, and she initially insisted there was no classified information in them. Now, it turns out they were so threaded with classified information that the State Department and intelligence agencies have fallen hopelessly behind the court’s disclosure schedule: The task of reviewing the e-mails and redacting the portions whose publication could harm national security has proved much more complicated than anticipated. Thousands of remaining e-mails, and any embarrassing lapses they contain, will be withheld from voters until well into primary season. “So egregious have the scandal’s latest developments been that a critical State Department admission from last week has received almost no coverage: Eighteen e-mails between Mrs. Clinton and President Obama have been identified, and the government is refusing to disclose them. The administration’s rationale is remarkable: Releasing them, the White House and State Department say, would compromise “the president’s ability to receive unvarnished advice and counsel” from top government officials.
“Think about what this means. Not only is it obvious that President Obama knew Mrs. Clinton was conducting government business over her private e-mail account, the exchanges the president engaged in with his secretary of state over this unsecured system clearly involved sensitive issues of policy. Clinton was being asked for “advice and counsel” — not about her recommendations for the best country clubs in Martha’s Vineyard, but about matters that the White House judges too sensitive to reveal. . .” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/430706/obama-hillary-clinton-email-problem
GOP . . .
Jonah Goldberg, NRO: “The Decline of Political Party Power”
“The campaigns will be eager to tell you the meaning of Ted Cruz’s victory and the virtual tie between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in Iowa last night, but the larger significance of this election has been clear for months: The two major parties are paper tigers.
“My old boss, the late Ben Wattenberg, was a conservative Democrat who worked for decades to keep his party from drifting leftward. In the end, he failed. But he fought a valiant fight. He helped found the Coalition for a Democratic Majority, which was a kind of precursor to the Democratic Leadership Council, the ‘New Democrat’ organization that helped Bill Clinton burnish his image as a more conservative, ‘different kind of Democrat.’
“I remember asking Ben on more than one occasion why the Democratic party would allow this or that thing to happen. He’d always respond pretty much the same way. “What Democratic party? The Democratic party is a dozen people with fax machines.”
Ben’s point was that the image of the Democratic party as some formidable organization with legions of political henchmen and bosses capable of imposing their will on the rank-and-file was a leftover from a bygone era.
“I think about my conversations with Ben a lot these days. Senator Bernie Sanders, a self-described socialist, who isn’t even a member of the Democratic party, is the runaway favorite of the party’s liberal base. Donald Trump, an ideologically unmoored billionaire who has changed his party registration five times since 1987 and donated substantial sums to Democrats, has been the Republican front-runner since this summer.
“When the leading Republican is arguably a more loyal Democrat than the Democratic sweetheart, it certainly seems silly to talk about either party as particularly powerful organizations. Does anyone quake in fear of Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz? How about the Republican National Committee’s Reince Priebus? Ted Cruz is reviled by his fellow Republicans, and yet they haven’t been able to stop his rise. Jeb Bush is a darling of the Old Guard, and yet it hasn’t been able to prevent his fall. . .”
Kevin Williamson, NRO: “Honey, We Built the Party”
“. . . Dole and Michel are still with us (both are 92 years old) and Dole has made an ill-advised sortie out of retirement to inveigh against Senator Ted Cruz. The old bulls of the Senate revere the institution itself and its courtly habits, and they detect in Senator Cruz a certain contempt for its traditions, particularly its tradition of collegiality. If Republican senators hate Senator Cruz, well, he hated them first. “But Senator Cruz, the ardent constitutionalist, has performed in office precisely the duty for which senators are empowered and distinguished from the members of the House. The House of Representatives is a steering wheel; the presidency is an accelerator; the Senate is a brake. Shutdowns, gridlock, obstruction, mulish foot-stamping opposition to the president’s agenda: These are not defects in our system of government — they are why we have a Senate. Ted Cruz may have rubbed many of his colleagues the wrong way, and some of them resent that he started running for president about eleven seconds after he was sworn in to the Senate. (Presumably, Senator Paul and Senator Rubio will forgo that line of criticism.) If you care a great deal about who sits at which table in the Senate cafeteria, that matters a great deal. Ted Cruz, well aware that he is nobody’s ray of senatorial sunshine, has wisely declared that while he may not be the guy you want to have a beer with, he’s your first choice in designated drivers. . .” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/430707/republican-party-conservatives-reform-ted-cruz-bob-dole
Erick Erickson, Resurgent: “Cruz’s Predicament”
“Ted Cruz has a serious predicament on his way to the nomination and there is only one thing that can help him.
“Look at the map of the upcoming primaries and caucuses. Cruz has to battle Trump and the Establishment in New Hampshire. Then he has to swing into South Carolina where the Establishment is working hard to stop him.
“He will compete with Marco Rubio in Nevada, where Rubio has roots. But then Cruz gets the South on March 1st. That sounds doable, but Cruz is going to have to battle Trump along the way. Cruz and Trump are both fighting over being the one outsider to take on the Establishment.
“While battling Trump, Cruz also has to face an Establishment that will stop at nothing to defeat him. He weathered the storm mightily in Iowa, but the hits are going to keep coming. The CBS News debate in South Carolina is going to have Kim Strassel as a moderator. Strassel has served as one of the court stenographers to Republican leaders in Washington. She has penned multiple pieces attacking Cruz. She will try to throw him off his game.
“The K Street lobbyists are willing to throw in with Donald Trump to stop Cruz. They see their livelihood at stake. It has nothing really to do with them thinking Cruz would be a weak general election candidate and everything to do with their weakened power should he get elected. . .”
Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “Ted Cruz’s Smashing Victory in Iowa”
“I was proud to endorse Ted Cruz several weeks ago, so I obviously could not be more pleased with the caucus results last night in Iowa.
“It is only the first step in a long process, but it was a remarkable step. Under circumstances where conventional wisdom said a turnout in excess of the previous record 122,000 caucus-goers would be a boon for Donald Trump and spell doom for Senator Cruz, the turnout record was demolished – it appears that over 182,000 attended – yet Cruz won comfortably. Indeed, he earned more caucus votes than any candidate in history.
“The most significant aspect of this is that Ted is a conservative running as a conservative – not in the modern mold of a Republican who thinks he can make big government work more efficiently, but in the Reaganite mold that sees government as the problem. This is tougher terrain than it was in the 1980s because the country is not as solidly center-right as it was then. But principles are not trend lines. If they fall out of fashion, it is not because they’ve been discredited; it is because leaders stop advocating them – because they’ve been seduced by Washington and have lost interest in stripping Washington down to size.
“For too long, the Republican approach to elections has been to shift the party to where its leaders believe segments of the public are – reminiscent of the Democrats’ identity politics. We’re told conservatism cannot work, that our principles must bend to accommodate new thinking … even if much of that thinking, however well-intentioned, is premised on false narratives and hopelessly flawed central-planning schemes. The dismal result and the public outrage over it was patent last night. If we combine the tally of Cruz, Trump, Carson, Paul and Fiorina, seven of every ten votes went against the party establishment. If we factor in that, not long ago, Rubio won his senate seat as a tea party-supported upstart, it may be more like eight or nine of every ten votes. . .”
“More than any outsider, though, Senator Cruz is attempting to move the public to our principles – even if it means taking on ethanol in the den of ethanol – because those principles can improve the lives of all Americans, regardless of group identity. In a time when progressivism is failing us, spectacularly, in government, the economy, the international arena, and the culture, Ted is campaigning to defeat it, not to fix it. . .” http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/430683/ted-cruzs-smashing-iowa-victory
END NOTES . . .
Mark Levin (02/02/16)
“On Tuesday’s Mark Levin show, The news coverage of what took place in Iowa Monday night has been dishonest and predictable. Fox News and others are making Marco Rubio, who came in third, look like the winner instead of Ted Cruz who was the actual winner. Cruz was supposed to come in second but he won despite attacks from the crony capitalists, the media, the pollsters, and the establishment. Cruz literally beat the Iowa cartel but it’s a non-story.
“In addition, there is no question that on most cases that Rubio is a conservative. However, Rubio supports an extreme interventionist approach to foreign policy and tried to pass the Gang of 8 amnesty bill. Rubio was elected to the Senate in 2010 to promote conservative policies in Washington and broke his pledge on amnesty.
“Finally, the things said about Cruz and other conservatives in this race were similarly said about Ronald Reagan. Reagan was despised during his election yet won in a landslide.”