For the last two years at least, when Ron Paul supporters were showing up in droves to help him win the straw poll, CPAC appeared to be becoming a more hospitable place for libertarians, constitutionalists, paleocons and other outside the mainstream rightists. I wonder if the CPAC Powers That Be got spooked by this, because CPAC (which started today) certainly appears to be reverting to mainstream interventionist movement “conservative” form.
Check out the list of speakers. It would be hard to imagine a more cookie-cutter selection of interventionist movement “cons” if you tried. I don’t see an easily identifiable non-interventionist in the whole lot. Grover Norquist and Phyllis Schlafly have nodded toward non-interventionism at times, but neither is identifiably such as far as I am concerned.
Romney, Gingrich and Santorum will be there. Ron Paul will not. At first there was some consternation among Ron Paul supporters who assumed he had not been invited, but he was invited and declined saying that he had campaigning to do. I don’t know this, but I suspect he and his team knew it wouldn’t necessarily be a friendly environment this year since he wasn’t making an all out effort to get his supporters there to vote in the straw poll.
On the bright side, The American Conservative magazine will be there and the non-interventionist Committee for the Republic will host some sessions.
Mitt Romney make have taken it in the teeth in yesterday’s round of primaries and caucuses but judging from the media reaction, Mitt is still the presumptive GOP nominee. He has the money, the organization, the endorsements etc. All this does is draw out the contest to Super Tuesday and Romney will clean up and that will be the end of it. He’ll run the ads attacking Santorum, spend the money and do what’s needed to win this thing.
Maybe he will. He still has his ship sailing with the prevailing winds. Winning two caucus states may have well masked the story that once again Rick Santourm missed a ballot deadline again, this time in Indiana. Besides the Hoosier State and Virginia, he also didn’t file delegate slates in many congressional districts in Ohio, Illinois and Tennessee. Santourm once again proved you don’t need an extensive organization to win one or two states on one night (especially if you have local allies good local media willing do such organizing for you) especially in a caucus. But when Super Tuesday comes around with multi-big state primaries and then the district and state conventions which tab delegates to respective candidates, it sure does help and that’s to Romney’s advantage.
But Romney just lost two state caucuses he won easily four years ago and turnout has been down in all GOP elections this year except for South Carolina. And not only did Romney lose but for the first time in an contested caucus or primary, he finished behind Ron Paul. (What was it that Erik Erickson said about candidates who finished behind Ron Paul dropping out?). Santorum hasn’t won since Iowa, had a family medical crisis and could barely pay his bills yet he surged when Romney easily could have taken a victory lap. The same happened in South Carolina. Every time this race is supposed to come to a conclusion it doesn’t. Republicans are all supposed to fall in line and support the leader conventional wisdom say, yet it hasn’t happened. What happened to all of Romney’s votes he won four years ago? Isn’t anyone curious to find out?
There’s something significant about this. It may be lack of enthusiasm about Romney, that’s certainly part of it. It may well back rank n’ file voters don’t want another nominee quickly imposed upon them like McCain or Dole. Maybe they want the process to drag out longer so they have say in it. Maybe they understand now nominating Romney will get them another plastic nominee ready to be ripped apart in the general election. If so, that’s the Tea Party influence right there. And if they can drag the campaign out and give the other candidates delegates who could, at the very least, force the party to discuss and confront issues its needs to debate and develop policies on instead of four-day cult of personality festival , then they will be doing it a big favor for now and well into the future if even at the end Romney is the eventual nominee.
DC’s jihad against traditional America just got a little uglier:
California’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage violates the U.S. Constitution, a federal appeals court in San Francisco ruled Tuesday.
The decision by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is expected to be appealed, to either the full court or to the U.S. Supreme Court. But supporters of same-sex marriages cheered the decision when it was announced outside the courthouse Tuesday morning.
You’ll never guess what illegally imposed amendment the judges cited for this latest federal power grab. Yes, that one.
It’s been said before. Persons stop running (seriously) for President when they run out of money. But what the SuperPAC’s have done is made it possible for a single donor to basically bankroll a campaign with TV and other ad money while allowing the campaigns to horde their money for things like travel, salaries and what not.
Thus Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum go on with their campaigns because two wealthy individuals and their families, casino baron Sheldon Aldeson and financier Foster Friess has made it possible to go on when in past campaign they would have been forced from the field due to lack of resources compared to Mitt Romney, or grassroots passion compared to Ron Paul.
Of course neither man has to go on. They can simply call it quits and do so honorably and hope their campaign may lead to better opportunities in the future. But they continue onward I suspect because each believes if the other quits they and they alone will inherit ideologically conservative voters in a finally united effort to defeat Mitt Romney and win the nomination. So like two scorpions in a bottle, each is trying to sting the other unsuccessfully to keep their miserable journeys going.
Our friend Kayla Moore updates us on Roy Moore’s return attempt to the Alabama Supreme Court with this story and this.
“International Business” - Davos Style” by SARTRE at BATR
“Newt the Liar” by J.J. Jackson at LibertyReborn.org
“Obama’s Strategic Doctrine – W Lite” – Dr. Srdja Trifkovic at Chronicles.org
“What is a Just War?” by Andrew Napolitano at Lew Rockwell.com
“The Present Cannot Stand up to the Past” by Robert Fisk at Antiwar.com
“Ron Paul and his Enemies” by Scott McConnell at TAC
“Obama Sandbags the Archbishop” by Pat Buchanan
“The Public likes Populism” by Jamelle Bouie at The American Prospect
There is a cat fight at American Spectator between the allegedly pro-Romney Quin Hillyer and the allegedly pro-Newt Jeffrey Lord. This is pretty ugly, and I’m actually surprised it has reached this level on a public blog. RET may have to step in to separate these two.
Jeffrey Lord, who has intellectual integrity about equivalent to Bill Clinton’s, has become a purveyor of smear jobs utterly divorced from facts, logic, and decency. After an exchange of about a dozen emails back and forth in which he refused to acknowledge simple facts — not opinions, facts — the time has come to show him up for his growing and despicable hackery.
Of course this is all incredibly silly. Two people fighting over who is the most conservative, RINO Romney or Futurist Tofflerite Newt, is embarrassing when there is a candidate in the race who favors originalist constitutionalism and a commodity based currency and opposes central banking, etc., etc., etc.
Problem is, it’s hippy poop. Police say that while camping out on the City Hall lawn and lifting up our collective conscience, the protesters used a storm drain for a commode. The Fire Department’s HazMat team has been called in to clean it up.
It’s an honor to have been excluded by people like this.
Reflections on Border and Internal Security Battles – An exclusive interview with Robert H. Goldsborough
By Peter Gemma
The Social Contract, Volume 22, Number 2 (Winter 2011-2012); Issue theme: “AAAS – American Association for the Advancement of Silence?”
Summary: For more than 50 years, Robert Goldsborough has been involved in the immigration reform movement, particularly the vital link between protected borders and national security. He was appointed by Congressman Francis Walter (D-PA) as a staff investigator for the House Committee on Un-American Activities, served as a speech writer for Gov. Louis Nunn (R) of Kentucky, and has headed up national organizations opposing illegal immigration from the mid-1960s until today. TSC Contributing Editor Peter Gemma recently interviewed Mr. Goldsborough.
TSC: Bob, it’s so nice to get re-acquainted with an old friend and veteran activist. In the late 1950s, you worked with Congressman Francis Walter, who co-authored the important McCarran-Walter Immigration Act. Tell me about that legislation and the fight to get it enacted.
RG: Senator Pat McCarran of Nevada, chairman of the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee, and Pennsylvania Congressman Francis Walter, chairman of the House Committee on Un-American Activities, sponsored the legislation. The McCarran-Walter Act moved away from immigration based upon country of origin. Instead it focused on those who were willing and able to assimilate into the U.S. economic, social, and political structures. That changed how immigration law was handled. The 1952 Act set a total quota of about 155,000 persons each year — the figure was based on one sixth of 1 percent of the number of persons in the U.S. in 1920 and who traced their origins to a specific country. Half of each quota was first for certain groups whose skills and services were needed, 20 percent for spouses and children of permanent resident aliens, 30 percent for parents of adult American citizens, brothers, sisters, and adult sons and daughters of U.S. citizens. Other immigrants could come in on unused portions of the required quotas. Non-quota immigrants and refugees increased total annual immigrant numbers to approximately 300,000 per year. The Act established a preference system that determined which ethnic groups were desirable immigrants and placed great importance on labor qualifications. President Harry Truman vetoed the bill, but Congress overrode the President’s veto by large margins in both the House and Senate. Congress did so partly to ensure the enactment of the bill’s domestic security provisions. McCarran-Walter authorized the deportation of any alien who engaged or had purpose to engage in activities prejudicial to the public interest or subversive to national security. We understood then that the solution of the problems of Europe and Asia would not come through a transplanting of those problems en masse to the United States.
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