Governor: Conservatives “Have No Place” Here





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Though outrageous statements by leftist leaders in New York are hardly newsworthy, the state’s governor has landed in hot water after some particularly incendiary comments he made in a recent interview.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a bitterly partisan Democrat who has proposed some of the most permissive abortion laws in the nation, expressed his disdain toward pro-life activists, indicating they are not welcome in the state.

He trashed the infighting among Republicans, claiming the far right is to blame for many of the problems in New York.

“Is the Republican Party in this state a moderate party or is it an extreme conservative party?” he asked. As long as the GOP includes members who believe in the sanctity of life, he suggested his state only has room for far-left Democrats.

“Who are they?” he asked, referring to New York Republicans. “Are they these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault weapon, anti-gay? Is that who they are? Because if that’s who they are and they’re the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are.”

Leave it to an ideological leftist to put all of a state’s inhabitants into a box, precluding any possibility that there might actually be some room for traditional morality inside the hotbed of moral relativism.

Perhaps he is still upset with Republicans in the state senate who prevented his radical abortion bill from passing last year. Opponents of the bill rightfully argued that Cuomo wanted to raise abortion to the level of a civil right, limiting virtually any restrictions on the murderous act.

No matter his motivation, though, plenty of conservatives are outraged that a governor would make such intolerant remarks about a huge percentage of the nation – and his state. As one prominent New York religious leader expressed on Twitter, Cuomo’s comments are making other states look even more attractive to residents on the right.

 

High taxes and an expanding bureaucracy have already prompted countless conservatives to leave the state. Cuomo apparently wants to purge New York of its remaining right-wingers. Of course, without hardworking conservatives, the fragile entitlement state will likely crumble under the weight of unsustainable demand.

Click here to listen to Cuomo’s entire interview with Susan Arbetter of The Capitol Pressroom.

–B. Christopher Agee

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Virtue, Venality, And Victory





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“The diminution of public virtue is usually attended with that of public happiness, and the public liberty will not long survive the total extinction of morals.”    Samuel Adams, Revolutionary Founding Father

“To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea.”       James Madison, Father of the U.S. Constitution

The word ‘virtue’ is practically meaningless in our culture.  This should not surprise since it is so rarely seen anywhere, especially in ruling elite.  We’ve become a nation of operators working angles across a landscape strewn with lies.  We’ve fallen so far, we see little kids shooting up schools, women dumping babies in trash cans, and men raping children.

And then, thankfully, we see virtuous men being raised up to speak out, men like Phil Robertson from “Duck Dynasty”, Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, and US Senators Ted Cruz and Rand Paul.

Virtue.  It once meant something honorable, admirable, praiseworthy.  It’s come to mean success in gaming the system, getting away with crime, insisting on government handouts, or piling up wealth through corruption and licentiousness. Consequently, this experiment in liberty is failing.  The people are increasingly infected with things like political correctness and moral relativism, both hailed virtuous. In reality, they are the enemies of virtue.   The people, like stray sheep, are encouraged by their leaders in the ways of selfishness and indulgence.

The Pope tells us to stop focusing on the abortion holocaust and to downplay biblical admonitions to behave virtuously in our sexual lives, as if the two are disconnected.  He is hailed ‘man of the year’ by a magazine committed to the destruction of virtue, no wonder.

Leaders in Protestant churches emphasize ‘personal growth,’ the healing of infantile memories, and prosperity, ignoring the heart of the Gospel, which is repentance leading to virtue by the power of the Spirit.  Consequently, we see one scandal after another, church splits, and general morass celebrating the ordination of professional sinners in the pulpit.

A complete misrepresentation of the 1st Amendment by hordes of media and political operates insist that separation of church and state is salvation; when in truth, cultural salvation depends upon virtue, delivered by our Judeo-Christian traditions.  We have a President who actively works to destroy those traditions, claiming virtue the centerpiece of his administration, one marked by the greatest corruption and lawlessness ever seen.  The traitor in chief funds terrorists and denies  they exist.  He then goes on to insult our men and women in uniform, sending them to fight in causes he does not support.  He is the enemy within; and yet, 40% of the people still worship the hollow man at his wax altar.

Politicians bought by powerful interests no longer blush, their lies becoming truth in their own eyes. Conscience is dead.  The President speaks about income disparity as his net worth quadruples in the last four years.  He makes empty promises to help the middle class, even as ObamaCare destroys it.  He whines about the privileged, then caters to them, accepting their praise and their campaign contributions.   He beckons the poor, then makes their plight worse.  He demands support from the black community, then ignores them as they decline economically.

We have a majority leader in the Senate competing with Caligula. The Speaker of the House appears a double-minded tear jockey.  The Secretary of State, a Vietnam-era traitor, is found on his knees again in the face of the enemy while he insults allies. The Secretary of Defense can’t articulate a complete sentence. He specializes in gutting the military and losing wars.  The Attorney General breaks the law instead of enforcing it. The Chief Justice of an incoherent Supreme Court rules without regard to the Constitution or the Lawgiver. A woman with presidential ambitions responsible for decades of corruption and demoralization launches a speaking tour on the theme of ‘restoring good government.’

The high and mighty commit felonies without consequence, but let some commoner steal an apple and it’s prison time.  WWII vets and grandmothers are beaten to death in the streets; but the main topic of conversation among talking head liberals is a traffic jam in New Jersey, not the latest Hollywood or D.C. scandal.  Four dead in Benghazi:  ignored.  IRS targeting private citizens: ignored.  The imperial presidency and illegal domestic surveillance: ignored.

The pulpits are silent.  Politicians say nothing, loudly. Soldiers, alive and dead, weep.  Real heroes like Navy SEALS are denigrated; real cowards and traitors like Obama and Kerry and Clinton and Reid are celebrated.

Still, take heart.  Spiritual revival is coming, the counter revolution is growing, and the King of the Universe will have the final word.





Abortion Hero Caught In Multiple Lies





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A woman whose sole claim to national fame is her hours-long filibuster in favor of unrestricted abortion access for women, it is clear Wendy Davis is guided by a set of morals far different than the majority of Americans. The Texas state senator is aligned with many on the far left, however, as many prominent Democrats are now touting her as a possible gubernatorial candidate in an otherwise reliably red state.

Apparently showing her solidarity with other leftists, recent reports show Davis has completely lied about key aspects of her past. According to one article in a recent issue of the Dallas Morning News, Davis’ failed marriages were the object of many lies and distortions.

Though she claimed she was divorced for the first time at the age of 19, she was actually two years older when her marriage dissolved.

Furthermore, her second ex-husband accused her of adultery and received custody of the couple’s two children – a point conveniently left out of her campaign propaganda. One of the children a court awarded to him, in fact, was not even his biological offspring, but Davis’ daughter from a previous relationship.

Perhaps most outrageously, the report indicates Davis initialized the divorce just one day after her then-husband made the final payment for her law school education.

For someone who is fashioning herself as the next women’s rights leader in America, it seems a man was integral to her success. In true feminist fashion, however, it seems she had no qualms with casting him aside after he had served his purpose.

The article also claims Davis’ first political pursuit was as a Republican in Fort Worth. Whether this was based on her belief that only a Republican could win, or signifies as radical shift to the left in the years since, this is another detail omitted from the narrative she has embraced recently.

In a frustratingly weak admission, she maintained only that her “language should be tighter.”

Of course, she has likely learned from decades of anecdotal evidence that a Democrat can easily get away with lying as long as he or she never actually admits the lie. That remains to be seen for this rising star, however.

She still faces plenty of Republican competition, and few political pundits actually believe she could win a statewide race at this point. As leftist leaders continue their mission to turn Texas into a Democrat-controlled state, one wonders if they will want to hitch their wagon to someone who cannot even be honest about her own past.

While liars generally perform well among voters on the far left, Texas is proudly different than the Democrat enclaves on either coast.

–B. Christopher Agee

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Is Prodigal GOP Inching Home?





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I’m a Bible-believing Christian first, a conservative second, and, sometimes with rapidly dwindling frequency, a Republican third (but only when the Grand Old Party is behaving itself).

Although the GOP’s RINO establishment still controls its legislative reins, I’m mildly encouraged by some recent developments at the Republican National Committee (RNC) level. It seems that under the leadership of Chairman Reince Priebus, the party is moving – at least to some degree – back toward its historical conservative platform moorings.

It’s a popular refrain among “moderate” Republicans and libertine libertarians that the GOP “must give up the fight on ‘social issues’” (i.e. gun rights, religious freedom, protecting life, and defending legitimate marriage and the natural family).

If the GOP follows through and abandons these transcendent conservative values, it’s done once and for all. The Republican Party had better run, not walk, back toward these conservative platform principles; otherwise, Democrats will rule in perpetuity. The “progressive” juggernaut will finish off an America it has already maimed beyond recognition.

As I’ve noted before, Ronald Reagan often spoke of a “three-legged stool” that undergirds what I call “complete conservatism.” The legs symbolize a strong national defense, strong free-market principles, and strong traditional social values. For the stool to remain upright, it must be supported by all three legs. If you snap off even one leg, the stool collapses under its own weight.

A Republican, for instance, who is conservative on social and national defense issues but liberal on fiscal issues is not a complete conservative. He is a quasi-conservative socialist.

A Republican who is conservative on fiscal and social issues but liberal on national defense issues is not a complete conservative. He is a quasi-conservative dove.

By the same token, a Republican who is conservative on fiscal and national defense issues but liberal on social issue – such as abortion, homosexual activism, or the Second Amendment – is not a complete conservative. He is a socio-liberal libertarian.

Karl Rove represents the embodiment of this kind of mushy moderate false pragmatism – a Democrat-lite mindset embraced by the GOP’s socio-liberal establishment. If you run into Karl and his ilk, don’t forget to thank them for President Dole, President McCain, and President Romney.

Indeed, if the Republican Party ever hopes to occupy the Oval Office again, it’s going to have to nominate a complete conservative and adopt a legislative agenda that reflects the values shared by the tens-of-millions who make up the GOP’s complete conservative base. I don’t mean by simply paying empty lip service either. I mean through unwavering legislative practice.

As Mitt Romney might tell you, if the base ain’t fired up, the base ain’t going to the polls.

In 2012, the GOP approved a platform that, at least in writing, re-established a firm position on – as they say – “guns, ‘gays,’ and abortion.” It’s now time for the Republican Party to stand firm atop that platform. As a complete conservative who shudders at the thought of a President Hillary “Benghazi” Clinton, I’m cautiously optimistic that some in leadership are beginning to scale the platform once more. The RNC, under Priebus, has recently taken steps that seem to indicate the message of the GOP’s majority base is finally getting through.

For example, the Washington Times recently reported: “In an unprecedented show of opposition to abortion, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus is delaying the start of the party’s annual winter meeting so he and other committee members can join the (Jan. 22) March for Life on the Mall. …”

“‘I saw that there was a real interest among a significant portion of our members to attend and support the Rally for Life,’ Mr. Priebus said in an email to the Times. ‘This is a core principle of our party. It was natural for me to support our members and our principles,’” he said.

Moreover, this past Thursday was National Religious Freedom Day. In recent years, we’ve seen religious freedom under attack at unprecedented levels through things like the HHS abortion mandate, so-called “gay marriage,” and “sexual orientation” laws that target religious business owners. The RNC released the following statement indicating that the GOP intends to defend religious freedom:

“Today we celebrate National Religious Freedom Day and honor the vision of our founders, who ensured every American would have the right to ‘the free exercise’ of his or her faith. As a party, Republicans are committed to preserving and defending the protections enshrined in the First Amendment so that future generations will always enjoy religious freedom in America.”

This move back toward the GOP’s conservative platform has made some socio-liberal Republicans unhappy. In fact, it recently drove homosexual RINO Jimmy LaSalvia, the founder of GOProud (a tiny “gay activist” outfit), to announce that he was defecting from the party.

LaSalvia told Time magazine that “he could no longer take his own party’s refusal to stand up to bigotry: he was leaving the Republican Party and had registered as an Independent.”

By refusing to “stand up to bigotry,” of course, LaSalvia, like all “gay” activists, means that he can no longer abide the Republican platform’s support for religious freedom and pro-family values.

LaSalvia’s frustration and defection bode well for the Republican Party in general. It means that the GOP is moving slowly – ever so slowly – back toward its conservative roots. This is good news indeed. The more conservative this prodigal GOP becomes; the more successful it will be going forward.

Keep it up, Mr. Priebus; and in November, your base just might grill up the fatted calf.

 

Matt Barber (@jmattbarber on Twitter) is an author, columnist, cultural analyst and an attorney concentrating in constitutional law. Having retired as an undefeated heavyweight professional boxer, Matt has taken his fight from the ring to the culture war.

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Governor’s Brilliant Speech Compares Abortion To Slavery





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In today’s politically correct culture, even solid conservatives often shy away from making principled proclamations based on an irrational fear of offending some protected class. A select few elected officials, however, believe moral truths remain so, even if they are unpopular among certain segments of the population.

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is one such individual.

In his recent State of the State address, Brownback made a reference to the 1991 “Summer of Mercy,” a demonstration in which thousands of pro-life protesters demonstrated near the abortion clinic of George Tiller.

The abortionist was one of a small number of doctors willing to murder an unborn baby in the days just prior to its scheduled birth. This barbaric practice led to public outrage even greater than that against abortions conducted on less developed babies.

Brownback praised those involved in that effort, and an anniversary demonstration conducted in 2001.

“The Summer of Mercy sprung forth in Kansas as we could no longer tolerate the death of innocent children,” he said.

Recalling stories of his state’s fight against slavery, the Republican governor said Kansas has long engaged in an effort to “blaze the trail for America out of the wilderness.”

The fight against abortion, he indicated, is another step in that direction.

Of course, leftist proponents of abortion on demand responded with the vitriol usually reserved for those who dare seek to protect the weakest among us. Radical abortion lovers somehow believe that, since Tiller was fatally shot in 2009, Brownback should be prohibited from bringing up a positive pro-life rally held nearly two decades earlier.

“That event brought thousands of extremists into Kansas from around the country,” asserted regional Planned Parenthood executive Peter Brownlie.

He called Brownback’s defense of life “insensitive.”

Apparently, his definition of sensitivity involves callously stopping the heartbeat of a living, viable human. For millions of other Americans, however, Brownback’s address was a refreshing infusion of basic morality that was once the basis of our society.

–B. Christopher Agee

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