Time to chide Republicans who BETRAYED us and funded Obama’s executive amnesty

It is imperative that you contact Republican senators and representatives and their “leaders,” Mitch Mcconnell and John Boehner, who betrayed conservatives (people with common sense) and funded President Obama’s executive amnesty. Tell them to abide by conservative principles, you know what they did, you’re watching, and you’ll vote based on their actions. All their names and contact info is provided below. Please share this information widely so we can expose these deceivers. They must know that voters are watching them and will publicize their deception. The fact is that House Speaker John Boehner, and later Senate Majority Leader Mitch Mcconnell, planned the whole “defunding” of Obama’s executive amnesty to fail from the start. A key promise made by Republicans during campaigning for the November 4, 2014 elections was to stop executive amnesty for at least 5 million illegals. From Breitbart:

Exclusive-Priebus Rallies Base: GOP Will Stop Obama’s ‘Un-American’ Amnesty if We Win Senate

Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC), says it’s “un-American” for President Barack Obama to consider implementing an executive amnesty for millions of illegal aliens across the country.

“It’s unconstitutional, illegal, and we don’t support it,” Priebus replied when a Tea Party activist asked him about the president’s plans for an executive amnesty on a conference call hosted by TheTeaParty.net on Monday evening.

“I don’t support it. It is wrong,” Priebus said. “It is un-American for a president to try and do such a thing. I want to make it clear: There is no part of me, there is not a molecule in my body that agrees with the president on executive amnesty.” …

By attaching defunding provisions to a massive $39.7 billion Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill, Republicans gave Democrats the political ammunition to cry fowl — screaming along the lines of “You’d sacrifice the security of the American people over some extreme right-wing amendment?” These Democrats and their Republican collaborators “forgot” the fact that executive amnesty is unconstitutional, illegal, and was blocked by a federal court. It gets worse. A very prominent Republican is deliberately trying to tear apart his own party:

… Rep. Peter T. King, one of the Republicans most critical of some in his own party, called the hard-liners “self-righteous and delusional.” …

It gets even worse according to the Senate Conservatives Fund:

… A political group with close ties to the House Republican leadership just launched new TV ads attacking three conservative congressmen for refusing to fund President Obama’s illegal executive amnesty. …

Why this betrayal by the GOP? Republicans took the Senate, strengthened their hold on the House, took a good number of state houses, and won an amazing number of governorships, but voters weren’t solely endorsing the GOP — not by a long-shot. Voters were more concentrated on repudiating President Obama’s policies and those of his out-of-control “liberal” establishment. The GOP had a mandate to oppose Obama, and poll after poll after poll shows Americans oppose amnesty for illegals (see here and here), yet they’re already squandering their political capital. They’re afraid. They think they need to “compromise” and be “moderate,” but all they’ll accomplish is splitting the GOP and/or guaranteeing they’ll lose the next election.

To be fair, there was some good news, from the Senate Conservatives Fund:

… A majority of Republicans in the House and Senate voted against their leaders and opposed funding for executive amnesty.

In the House, 167 Republicans (68%) opposed it, and in the Senate, 31 Republicans (57%) opposed it. It’s a reversal from December when a majority of Republicans supported the cromnibus spending bill that also funded amnesty.

This is a big shift and it would not have happened without all of the petitions signed and calls made by people like you across the country.

It’s a clear rebuke of the decision by Senator McConnell and Speaker Boehner to surrender the power of the purse….

Note that I highlighted the point about people engaging in the political process: It does work.

It would help to thank those Republicans who stood for conservative principles. You can find out who they are by clicking here and use the links below to find their names and show your appreciation (note: Republicans are shown in a normal font, Democrats in italic, and Independents are underlined). But we need to remind the sellouts — now.

First, contact GOP leadership and tell them you know what they did, you’re watching, and you’ll vote based on their actions:

Look up and contact the senators listed below who betrayed conservative principles — and Nov. 4, 2014 election promises — by clicking here. Call them, email them, snail-mail them, fax them, and tell them you know what they did, you’re watching, and you’ll vote based on their actions:

22 Senate Republicans
AK Lisa Murkowski
AZ John McCain
AZ Jeff Flake
CO Cory Gardner
IL Mark Kirk
IN Daniel Coats
KY Mitch McConnell
ME Susan Collins
MS Thad Cochran
NH Kelly Ayotte
NV Dean Heller
SC Lindsey Graham
SD Mike Rounds
SD John Thune
TN Lamar Alexander
TN Bob Corker
TX John Cornyn
UT Orrin Hatch
WI Ron Johnson
WY Michael Enzi
WY John Barrasso

Look up and contact the representatives listed below who betrayed conservative principles — and Nov. 4, 2014 election promises — by clicking here. Call them, email them, snail-mail them, fax them, and tell them you know what they did, you’re watching, and you’ll vote based on their actions:

75 House Republicans
AZ Martha McSally
CA Ken Calvert
CA Jeff Denham
CA Steve Knight
CA Kevin McCarthy
CA Devin Nunes
CA Edward Royce
CA David Valadao
CA Mimi Walters
CO Mike Coffman
FL Vern Buchanan
FL Carlos Curbelo
FL Mario Diaz-Balart
FL David Jolly
FL Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
ID Michael Simpson
IL Mike Bost
IL Rodney Davis
IL Bob Dold
IL Adam Kinzinger
IL Aaron Schock
IL John Shimkus
IN Susan Brooks
IN Todd Young
KY Harold Rogers
LA Steve Scalise
ME Bruce Poliquin
MI Dan Benishek
MI Mike Bishop
MI Candice Miller
MI John Moolenaar
MI Dave Trott
MI Fred Upton
MN Tom Emmer
MN John Kline
MN Erik Paulsen
NC Renee Ellmers
NC Patrick McHenry
NC Robert Pittenger
NH Frank Guinta
NJ Rodney Frelinghuysen
NJ Leonard Lance
NJ Frank LoBiondo
NJ Tom MacArthur
NJ Christopher Smith
NV Cresent Hardy
NV Joseph Heck
NY Chris Collins
NY Christopher Gibson
NY Richard Hanna
NY John Katko
NY Peter King
NY Elise Stefanik
OH John Boehner
OH Steve Stivers
OH Patrick Tiberi
OH Michael Turner
OK Tom Cole
OR Greg Walden
PA Ryan Costello
PA Charles Dent
PA Michael Fitzpatrick
PA Patrick Meehan
PA Tim Murphy
PA Joseph Pitts
PA Glenn Thompson
SD Kristi Noem
TX John Carter
TX Kay Granger
TX Will Hurd
TX Michael McCaul
VA Barbara Comstock
WA Cathy McMorris Rodgers
WA David Reichert
WI Paul Ryan

Please don’t think you’re wasting your time. These legislators know that people who take the time to contact them are extremely likely to vote, vote on principle, and to throw out unprincipled legislators as fast as they were voted in. Please act now.

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DEFUNDING OBAMA’S AMNESTY: Litmus test for Republicans – true conservatives standing on principle?

Republican leadership seems on the verge of caving in, breaking their November 4, 2014 election promises, and funding President Obama’s blatantly unconstitutional executive directives to grant amnesty to approximately 5 million illegal immigrants. Did Republicans get the message voters sent in the November 4 election? Republicans took the Senate, strengthened their hold on the House, took a good number of state houses, and won an amazing number of governorships, but voters weren’t solely endorsing the GOP — not by a long-shot. Voters were more concentrated on repudiating President Obama’s policies and those of his out-of-control “liberal” establishment. But, before dissecting the intentions of GOP leaders (and many in the rank and file), PLEASE ACT NOW TO STOP OBAMA’S UNCONSTITUTIONAL EXECUTIVE AMNESTY:

Talking points to use when contacting senators
I urge you to oppose President Obama’s executive amnesty for illegal aliens because:

  • Pres. Obama’s executive amnesties are unconstitutional
  • A federal judge has temporarily blocked Obama’s executive amnesty, proving that that the president’s actions are illegal
  • Amnesty encourages and rewards illegal activity
  • Amnesty steals jobs from American workers whom already are suffering because illegals are taking their jobs
  • Amnesty forces wages down for already-struggling American workers
  • With amnesty, illegal aliens will more easily be able to vote in elections
  • Obama’s amnesty will force hard-working Americans to PAY illegals millions of dollars in free handouts

Why are Republicans so convinced that they must “compromise” on amnesty? From Breitbart:

Though establishment Republican leaders and the mainstream press–without any evidence–incessantly claim Republicans must cave on immigration enforcement to appeal to Hispanics, a majority of Hispanics actually want Congress to pass legislation making it tougher for businesses to illegally hire illegal immigrants. …

Americans in general, by a 50-point margin, wanted tougher rules against hiring illegal immigrants, and that included a majority of Hispanics (56% to 37%).

Are a bunch of Republicans simply pandering to the business lobby, looking for cheap labor and/or looking to fill positions in sectors like tech in which there’s a deficit of qualified workers (e.g., mobile app developers)? But who cares? Amnesty is not what American voters want as evidenced by many polls and the outcome of the November 4 election. The bottom line is that Republicans — especially their “leadership” — have broken promises they made in the run-up to the November 4 election. So is this just about getting re-elected? — because it sure looks like citizens are more likely to vote for politicians who oppose amnesty. Again, from Breitbart:

Exclusive-Priebus Rallies Base: GOP Will Stop Obama’s ‘Un-American’ Amnesty if We Win Senate

Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC), says it’s “un-American” for President Barack Obama to consider implementing an executive amnesty for millions of illegal aliens across the country.

“It’s unconstitutional, illegal, and we don’t support it,” Priebus replied when a Tea Party activist asked him about the president’s plans for an executive amnesty on a conference call hosted by TheTeaParty.net on Monday evening.

“I don’t support it. It is wrong,” Priebus said. “It is un-American for a president to try and do such a thing. I want to make it clear: There is no part of me, there is not a molecule in my body that agrees with the president on executive amnesty.” …

“Not a molecule,” huh? So why did this happen yesterday?

… Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced at a press conference Tuesday he is willing to allow a vote on a so-called “clean” DHS bill that would fund the agency through the end of September prior to a vote planned for Friday on blocking President Barack Obama’s executive orders on immigration. …

“Clean” means funding Obama’s amnesty. McConnell is not standing on principle, everything’s political calculus for staying in office.

No matter. We only got to this sorry state of affairs because millions of Americans have been disengaged from the political process.

I guarantee you this: If senators get thousands of calls, emails, faxes, petitions, letters, tweets, etc., they’ll start getting more responsive to voters. They know that people who take the time to contact them are extremely likely to vote, vote on principle, and to throw out unprincipled legislators as fast as they were voted in. Please act now.

Stand up and reject the entitlement mentality

There are plenty of fundamental problems in our society that desperately need to be fixed. One of the major issues facing us is this pervasive entitlement mentality that has been eating away at our character as a people, constantly making us weaker and weaker…and less American. The most recent and local example of this is the minimum wage initiative by NMCAFe here in southern New Mexico.

In spite of the Las Cruces City Council putting forth a reasonable compromise of an increased minimum wage of $8.50/hour (something that made no one really happy, but something everyone could live with), NMCAFe plugged their ears and shut their eyes and pushed forward to get the $10.10/hour increase they wanted, no matter what the concerns of others might be or who might get hurt in the process (including those they claim to want to help). It’s this attitude of “I deserve” and “I’m owed” that’s allowed that kind of behavior to be tolerated and even embraced. So many people on both sides have failed to do what used to be the norm in America: telling those like NMCAFe Director, Sara Nolan, to grow up and learn how to work with others for something beyond their personal wants.

It’s not just a left-wing thing, either. We had a Republican running for Senate this past year, Allen Weh, who was just as guilty of wallowing in an entitlement mentality. He decided that, because of who he was, what he’d done in his past and the station in society he now holds, that he simply deserved to be elected and everyone who considered themselves conservative should just fall in line and support him blindly. Unfortunately for him, there are way too many people on the right who are fed up with being treated that way. Add to that the fact that he blatantly alienated large numbers of grass roots-oriented conservatives while making absolutely no effort to connect with conservative Democrats (Yes, there are a lot of those in New Mexico.). His run was a spectacular failure as large numbers of voters simply stayed away from the polls altogether and a huge block who did vote, withheld their votes from him. Yet, we have so many who demand the allegiance of voters simply because of the letter beside their names and the candidates names. Like expecting workers who want higher pay to be willing to put out the effort to earn it, we need to start demanding that our candidates and officials do something to actually earn our votes and our support, too.

Our nation is founded on the principle that we’re all created equal, not that equality needs to be imposed upon us throughout our lives and definitely not that those who earn more need to be forcibly brought down to a lower level out of some twisted sense of fairness and not that we need to be told to shut up and show ‘gratitude’ or ‘loyalty’ to those who claim to know so much more than we do and who claim to be looking out for our wellbeing. We need to stop acting like victims and giving our power away and embrace individual responsibility again…in ourselves and those around us.

After all, equality doesn’t need to be imposed, only defended against those who would directly attack it or twist, diminish and pervert it under the guise of empowerment and doing away with perceived inequalities (like the false narrative about the so-called income inequality). We need to return to the idea that, if we want something, then we should put out the effort to get it. If we’re not willing to do what it takes, then it’s obviously not important enough to us. Handing people what they haven’t earned is like rewarding a child who has behaved badly. In that kind of an environment, there should be no surprise when that child continues to behave badly, just as there should be no surprise when those being given higher wages or benefits or even votes under the guise of ‘equality’ or ‘loyalty’ or ‘a lesser of two evils’, regardless of effort, show no desire to excel or put out extra effort to earn what they want.

In small increments, kind of like putting a frog into cold water and then slowly heating it up, we’ve accepted so much of this sort of entitlement thinking as a part of modern life and it becomes more vitally important every day that we wake up and jump out of that pot while we’re still capable as a society of embracing personal responsibility and excelling in the process.

Why vote for Susanna Martinez?

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It’s that time again. Early voting has now started in New Mexico and one of the positions up for grabs is the Governor’s office. I’ve heard several people ask why we should bother to vote to re-elect Governor Susana Martinez. After all, she hasn’t been perfect in her job. Of course, I’ve never seen anyone who is, no matter what that may do, but I do get the point and it is valid. Now, I don’t presume to tell anyone who to vote for, but I can share why I’ll be casting my vote for Governor Martinez, so forgive me while I engage in a tiny bit of narcissism here. You see, I’m not completely happy with her, but it see politics as a balancing act: Does the good outweigh the bad or vice-versa?
For me, I am very disappointed in Governor Martinez for her support of Common Core. This is a program that threatens to exponentially accelerate the dumbing down of Americans that has been going on for decades, at the very least. Common Core will not make learning easier or advance our students’ educations; it’ll do exactly the opposite and, for some reason, Governor Martinez seems to have stars in her eyes when it comes to this program. Maybe it’s because of the close relationships she’s built with Republicans like Jeb Bush and Chris Christie, which I’m also not happy about. I wish she’d open her eyes to the dangers of Common Core and how her association with these milquetoast Republicans have muddied her image and identity as a strong conservative woman who stands on conservative principles, no matter what…the identity that won her the endorsement of Sarah Palin and a massive victory over Allen Weh four years ago. Before running for Governor, she served as District Attorney in my hometown and I knew her here in Las Cruces as fair and level-headed and I honestly believe that she does have an open mind that can be swayed on this issue.
That’s what I’ve seen as negatives in Susana Martinez and, if that was all there was, there is absolutely no way she would be getting my vote. Of course, like I said, it’s a balancing act. As far as the good she’s done as Governor:

Education:
While her current support of Common Core is a huge no-no, Governor Martinez has made improvements here for New Mexico. Since she took office, New Mexico has moved up to #1 in the nation for improving high school graduation rates. Those rates have jumped from 63% to 70%…still not as good as we need, but a huge jump from what we’ve had in our recent past, especially under Democrat governors. She has increased education spending, but, at the same time, cut funding for the education bureaucracy by 25%. In other words, she’s been trying to put money for education where it belongs: in actual education, not in more red tape and bigger government. While I don’t support the democrats’ approach of throwing more money at education, Martinez’s approach is more surgical; focusing and addressing the areas in need and cutting back from the areas of waste and abuse. Governor Martinez has focused on improving reading proficiency and increasing early education programs as well. I have to give credit where credit is due. We just have to continue to push the message: Governor, turn your back on Common Core.

State Economy:
From the second year that Governor Martinez has been in office, not only have we had a balanced budget, we have also had a budget surplus every year. George Washington University currently ranks New Mexico as 7th in the nation in budget health.  She also sold the state’s luxury jet and several other state planes in order to cut some of the abuse and extravagant expenses regularly racked up by previous governors. In addition, she got rid of the personal chefs at the Governor’s residence and lowered and capped the salaries of her cabinet secretaries. She also consolidated office space and re-negotiated leases for state buildings, saving taxpayers over a million dollars per year.

Taxes:
In 2010, New Mexico’s tax structure was rated as one of the least business-friendly in America. Governor Martinez changed that. She cut the business tax rate by 22 percent. She reduced taxes on New Mexicans 24 times. The Council On State Taxation has raised New Mexico’s grade on tax administration from a D to a B. New Mexico has also moved from 38th in the country in export growth to #1 by 2012. Our exports to Mexico are now at an all-time high. Six thousand new jobs have been created (Department of Labor numbers) just from that and many other jobs have been created due to the businesses that have been drawn in by the more relaxed tax rates.

In addition, Governor Martinez established a lifetime ban on government contractors convicted of corruption and she signed legislation allowing judges to seize pensions of elected officials convicted of corruption. She directed Her staff to film legislative committee hearings, legislative floor sessions, and other meetings and post the videos online and she signed legislation requiring agendas for public meetings to be made available 72 hours in advance and displayed online. She signed legislation that requires public records to be available in electronic format and posted salary information for all taxpayer-funded employees online. She’s the first Governor to use state email and posts her official calendar online and require all administration personnel to use state email when conducting public business.
Governor Martinez helped pass an enhanced Katie’s Law that requires all those arrested for felonies to provide a DNA sample to be used to solve cold rape and murder cases.  She vetoed a measure that would have allowed criminal records to be expunged and she eliminated the “Sanctuary State” policy that prohibited law enforcement from determining the immigration status of those arrested for crimes. She vetoed legislation that would have allowed child killers to avoid life sentences. She created the Fugitive Apprehension Team which captured 70 fugitives in the first two months alone and launched the #SAFE reporting hotline so that any New Mexican can easily report child abuse. She signed legislation enacting some of the toughest sex offender registration requirements in the country.
Governor Martinez opposes expanding Obamacare. She supports our 2nd amendment rights. She opposes higher taxes. She opposes pathways to citizenship for illegal aliens. She opposes unrestricted access to and federal funding of abortions.
So, for me, the good that Governor Martinez has done and that she is still capable of is more than enough to justify giving her my vote in this election. Add to that the fact that I see absolutely nothing good coming were Gary King to win (just higher levels of ineptitude and probably a resurgence of corruption), I have no problem casting my vote for Governor Martinez. I will also say that I’m very excited at the prospect of current Lieutenant Governor John Sanchez running for Governor next election. He’s incredibly impressive and has so far proven that he’s willing to stand on his principles fearlessly.
With all that said, while I’d love to see Susana Martinez re-elected, I can only talk about why I’m voting the way I am. I hope that anyone who isn’t sure or is thinking about not voting for her will consider what I’ve had to say, but, at the end of the day, each one of our votes is sacred and no one has the right to tell you how you must vote. All I can really say is this: Do not take the power of your vote lightly. Every single vote really can make a difference and we do have a responsibility to use our vote responsibly. When you have that ballot in your hand, the best any of us can do is to follow our hearts, our convictions and our principles. Do that, and, no matter which circles you choose to darken or leave empty, you’ve upheld the principles our nation was built on and fulfilled your duty as a citizen.