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Bozell Applauds RNC Lawsuit Against the IRS

April 15, 2014

Reston, VA – ForAmerica Chairman L. Brent Bozell III today made the following statement regarding the Republican National Committee’s lawsuit against the IRS.

“I applaud Reince Priebus and the Republican National Committee for fighting back against IRS abuse today. President Obama’s army of bureaucratic thugs has been waging a war of suppression and censorship on law-abiding Americans who dare challenge him, and conservative groups have had an IRS target on their backs since day one. The RNC is right to challenge the IRS for stonewalling its inquiry into the agency’s targeting scandal. We cannot allow President Obama and his IRS to shred the Constitution in order to further his political agenda.”

ForAmerica is an online army of over 5 million people. The group is a non-profit 501(c)4 organized to educate Americans about traditional and contemporary American values, to relentlessly fight the growth of government, to oppose any substitute to freedom and self-government, to promote individual liberty and excellence, to promote economic opportunity, and to move America toward her founding principles. ForAmerica is chaired by L. Brent Bozell III, one of the most outspoken and effective national leaders in the conservative movement today.

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Brent Bozell Letter to Majority Leader Eric Cantor Regarding MainStreet PAC

April 8, 2014

Dear Majority Leader Cantor:

Conservative leaders were stunned to learn that you will be headlining a conference in Florida this weekend that is, purely and simply, a direct attack on Tea Party conservatives. Worse still, this event is sponsored in part by ultra-liberal financier/activist George Soros and organized labor – both of which have openly, repeatedly – and often viciously – waged war on conservatives and Republicans for years.

What has possessed you to headline this event? Do you think so little of conservatives that you would directly insult them by attending?

Since Mitt Romney’s defeat in the 2012 presidential election a substantial rift has opened between the GOP’s congressional leadership and rank-and-file Republicans, grassroots conservatives and Tea Party supporters – the very activists who provided the energy, enthusiasm and mobilization that fueled the historic Republican victory in 2010 and gave you and your colleagues the House majority you hold today. You would not be Majority Leader today but for Tea Party conservatives. And you’re headlining an event sponsored by a leftist organization committed to its destruction.

As we head in to midterm elections later this year, it would seem incumbent upon Republican leaders to do everything they can to actually heal this rift. Instead you are widening it further.

It is our understanding that Speaker John Boehner had planned to attend but is no longer doing so. We expect no less from you. Attending this event shows you are siding with the Democrat donors, unions, and other Soros-backed groups who have contributed over $1 million to attack conservatives.

Your position makes you one of the top Republican leaders in the country and places extraordinary responsibility upon you to honor the commitments you made to those who worked so hard to provide Republicans the majority, and you the position of Majority Leader. Aligning yourself with extreme opponents of the Republican Party would be an astonishing turn of events — with consequences.

Mr. Leader: Don’t aid and abet sworn opponents of conservatives. If you do it will cause irreparable damage. If your position is that grassroots conservatives and Tea Party supporters no longer belong in the Republican Party then it will permanently destroy any credibility you have left with conservatives. Without conservatives the GOP will also collapse. Leader Cantor, back out of this event.

Sincerely,

L. Brent Bozell III

Chairman, ForAmerica

Amelia Island

April 7, 2014

ForAmerica Chairman Brent Bozell has sent a letter to GOP Majority Leader Eric Cantor warning that he should back out of the secretive Republican Mainstreet Partnership PAC retreat on Amelia Island, Florida this weekend or permanently destroy any credibility he has left with conservatives.

“Conservative leaders were stunned to learn that you will be headlining a conference in Florida this weekend that is, purely and simply, a direct attack on Tea Party conservatives” said Bozell. He went on to say “Mr. Leader: Don’t aid and abet sworn opponents of conservatives. If you do it will cause irreparable damage. If your position is that grassroots conservatives and Tea Party supporters no longer belong in the Republican Party then it will permanently destroy any credibility you have left with conservatives.”

The letter is part of a multi-faceted campaign drawing attention to the event and the hypocrisy of Republicans who are members of this group. Matthew Boyle of Breitbart’s Big Government points out that “At issue is Cantor’s decision to attend and speak at a conference this weekend on Amelia Island in Northeast Florida. The event is being hosted by ‘Main Street Advocacy,’ a group headed by former Ohio Republican Rep. Steven LaTourette, whom the New York Times described as ‘one of the top generals in the establishment Republicans’ war against the Tea Party.’”

If Rep. Cantor has even an ounce of conservatism in him, he will back out of this event.

Bozell: Conservatives Delivered Important Victory in Battle Against the IRS

April 4, 2014

Reston, VA – ForAmerica today released a statement from Chairman L. Brent Bozell III in response to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen’s admission that proposed regulations aimed at curbing the free speech of millions of Americans won’t be enacted this year.

“This is an important victory in a much broader war to expose and beat back the Obama Administration’s unprecedented, unconstitutional attack on the American people through outrageous over-the-top regulations and targeting Americans based on political opinion or religious beliefs. The IRS is their weapon. Clearly, we have won a good victory with this announcement, but we cannot become complacent in the broader battle to hold the IRS accountable and ultimately repeal it and never replace it. ForAmerica’s army of conservatives visited the IRS’ comment page nearly 99,000 times and contributed overwhelming to the record-breaking 150,000 comments the IRS received. This should serve as a fair warning to all those intent on limiting our freedoms: ForAmerica and our conservative allies will not tolerate being bullied and muzzled. Our voices will be heard, and you can be sure, come November, our votes will be counted. Conservatives helped win this battle and we will continue to fight against anyone who threatens the core principles this great nation was founded on. This form of fascism must never be enacted by this government.”

To stay updated on ForAmerica’s End IRS Abuse Campaign, visit http://foramerica.org/end-irs-abuse.

ForAmerica is an online army of over 5 million people. The group is a non-profit 501(c)4 organized to educate Americans about traditional and contemporary American values, to relentlessly fight the growth of government, to oppose any substitute to freedom and self-government, to promote individual liberty and excellence, to promote economic opportunity, and to move America toward her founding principles. ForAmerica is chaired by L. Brent Bozell III, one of the most outspoken and effective national leaders in the conservative movement today.

 

Obama’s DHS Releases 68,000 Illegal Immigrants with Criminal Convictions

April 2, 2014

The Hill newspaper has revealed another not-so-shocking report from the Department of Homeland Security that states nearly 68,000 illegal immigrants with criminal convictions were released by Obama Administration immigration agents. It’s worth noting that these are not people with mere traffic citations, but actual hardened criminals who’ve been convicted in a court of law. This comes as an obvious blow to President Obama’s attempt to lie and claim he is a tough enforcer of the existing immigration laws on the books. To make matters worse, the President’s overt attempts to relax immigration laws and authorize an amnesty for all illegal immigrants currently in the country, essentially negates the need for a border at all. We might as well save the money and eliminate what little border enforcement we have left. This all serves as further evidence that the Obama Administration seeks to rid America of any sort of excellence. We no longer take the best, brightest, and most deserving of the world, we now actively lay out the welcome mat for the worst: convicted criminals.

Read more here:http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/202142-dhs-document-68000-illegal-immigrants-with-criminal-convictions-released-in

 

Bozell: GOP Leadership Trying to Destroy Conservative Movement

March 27, 2014

Reston, VA – ForAmerica today released a statement from Chairman L. Brent Bozell III regarding the House Republican leadership’s participation in the upcoming Republican Mainstreet Partnership PAC retreat in Amelia Island, FL.

“Having the GOP leadership headline an event for a left wing organization funded by George Soros and Big Labor Unions, with a stated mission to destroy the conservative movement is stunning. The Republican Mainstreet Partnership PAC makes no bones about it. Their stated goal is to ‘bolster our incumbents who are under attack from the far right, and ensure that we hold on to seats represented by pragmatic Republicans that we would otherwise loose [sic] if there was an ultra-conservative in the general runoff.’ And at their upcoming meeting on the ultra-exclusive Amelia Island in Florida, their announced headliners are GOP Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Whip Kevin McCarthy.

“These men, who claim to be ‘leaders’ of the Republican Party, know what they’re doing. They’ve joined forces with left-wing billionaires like George Soros against their own base. What they don’t seem to understand, however, is that they’re committing political suicide. It’s just a shame they are dragging down the entire Republican Party with them. Frankly, this is what the GOP deserves with leaders like these.

“Conspiring against their most committed supporters is precisely why ForAmerica has launched the Dump the GOP Leadership campaign. The last thing these Washington Republican elites want is for conservatives to learn what they’re actually doing while they’re not giving all those conservative speeches. Guess what? We have five million members and I am going to make sure every single one learns about this betrayal.”

To stay updated on ForAmerica’s efforts to dump the GOP Leadership, visit www.foramerica.org.

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ForAmerica is an online army of over 5 million people. The group is a non-profit 501(c)4 organized to educate Americans about traditional and contemporary American values, to relentlessly fight the growth of government, to oppose any substitute to freedom and self-government, to promote individual liberty and excellence, to promote economic opportunity, and to move America toward her founding principles. ForAmerica is chaired by L. Brent Bozell III, one of the most outspoken and effective national leaders in the conservative movement today.

 

GOP Leaders Broke Their Pledge to America

March 26, 2014

When House Republicans penned their Pledge to America in 2010, they convinced American voters they would advance a conservative agenda if they regained control of the House that year. Four years later, what promises have they actually delivered?

ObamaCare is still intact, our national debt has grown by $3 trillion, and Republicans have capitulated to Democrats on every issue from the debt ceiling to the budget. Republican leaders in both the House and the Senate have failed conservatives and have failed to keep their Pledge to America.

Let’s examine how the GOP pledge has fallen flat.

Repeal the Costly Health Care Takeover of 2010 Despite countless meaningless votes to repeal ObamaCare, Republican leaders had an actual chance to undo the disastrous healthcare law in 2013 by refusing to fund ObamaCare. Instead of putting their words into action, GOP Leaders in the House and Senate caved to Democrats, refused to fight, and allowed funding for ObamaCare to pass.

Rein in the Red Tape Factory; Rein in Government Waste and Duplication In 2013, a Congressional Research Service report showed the number of federal rules actually increased the year after the House GOP made their Pledge to America. In 2012, $23.5 billion in new regulatory costs were caused by 25 new rulemakings. I’d call that the opposite of reining in red tape and weeding out waste.

Act Immediately to Reduce Spending; Make it Easier to Cut Spending; Cut Congress’ Budget; Cut Government Spending to Pre-Stimulus, Pre-Bailout Levels – Republican leaders can play all the games they want with spending cuts, like voting for cuts they know will never be enacted, but they can’t argue they kept these promises when our national debt skyrocketed from $14 trillion in January 2011 when the GOP regained the House to over $17 trillion now.

Reform the Budget Process When both chambers of Congress haven’t agreed on a budget since before the iPad existed (as pointed out by House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy himself) and our government has been operating off of continuing resolutions, the only reform that’s happening is for the worst. Even the newest budget from House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is an utter disaster  increasing spending and caving on critical issues. Republicans even failed to publish the bad budget deal online at least three days before voting on it despite their pledge to do so.

The list of broken pledges goes on and on.

There was the promise to give small business a tax deduction, which the House passed but Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell killed in a fiscal cliff deal with Democrats.

Despite voting to repeal ObamaCare and the employer mandate 50 times, the GOP never put any serious weight behind their promise to “repeal job-killing small business mandates.”

Republicans have failed to limit legislation to single issues, failed to reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and have repeatedly caved to Democrats on raising the debt ceiling.

Their pledge to “end TARP once and for all” was a moot point, as PolitiFact points out since all of the money that could have been loaned under the program was already gone by the time the House acted on repealing it.

And despite pledging to “permanently prohibit taxpayer funding of abortion,” they did not stop federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

While the Pledge to America may have originated in the House, its broken promises are indicative of the broader culture of lies and deception in Washington and the failure by both the House and Senate GOP leadership to keep the very promises that got them elected.

In 2010, the GOP also picked up six seats from Democrats in the Senate. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell described the Republican Senate victories as Americans having “buyers’ remorse” over the state of affairs in Washington. Fast forward four years and it appears Senator McConnell was foreshadowing the remorse Americans would have for him.

McConnell once promised to repeal ObamaCare, rein in government, and stand up to Obama’s assault on our economy. Now the only thing he’s promising to do is “crush” conservative grassroots. We should have known all along he would sell out when it came time to fight.

This cycle of saying one thing to voters at home and then doing the opposite in Washington must end. Republican leaders in both chambers of Congress are failing us.

Here’s a pledge Americans can count on – we can have the leaders we deserve in Congress. We just have to dump the current ones. They failed to keep their Pledge to America and now it’s time for them to go.

David Bozell is executive director of ForAmerica, the largest active online conservative network with 5 million supporters.

 

Link to op-ed on Breitbart website: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/03/25/GOP-Leaders-Broke-their-Pledge-to-America

 

McConnell’s No Conservative

March 26, 2014

Which high profile politician recently told the New York Times that he would “crush” dissent in his own party “everywhere,” Vladimir Putin or Mitch McConnell?  Putin would never have said that on the record. The former KGB lieutenant colonel would be more discreet.

McConnell’s threat was a mixture of arrogant and clumsy, two adjectives that have come to accurately describe the Republican leadership in Washington.  Many experienced GOP establishment hands were taken aback by the sheer recklessness of such a statement, but conservatives across the country have witnessed this movie many times before. McConnell’s words were merely the most recent in a litany of statements that have told conservatives they can go to hell.

The brutal irony is that McConnell is embarking on yet another re-election campaign when he will again ask, plead and beg for conservative support.  “Give us your money, your volunteers, and your votes” he will urge in TV commercials, direct mail pieces, and online appeals.

The GOP establishment has been doing this since the sunset of the Reagan presidency. From the faded echoes of “Read my lips” in 1988 to the repeated promises of “we will do everything in our power to repeal ObamaCare” in 2010, GOP leaders have played this cruel joke on the peasants who work so hard to elect them to office and give them the majorities they lust for.

Up until recently conservatives have been willing to put up with the lip service, empty promises and outright lies.  Not anymore.

GOP establishment hacks, suffering from chronic denial, hysterically plead to anyone who will listen that McConnell is a conservative.  As Amy Poehler used to dryly ask on Saturday Night Live: Really?

I have been a faithful soldier in the conservative movement for over 30 years.  It’s a movement I’ve dedicated my life to; I’ve raised hundreds of millions of dollars for many of its candidates and causes.  I know a conservative when I see one.

Since 2010, when conservatives and Tea Party supporters swept Republicans into a House majority and put McConnell and his GOP Senate colleagues in position to win a majority of their own, there is not a single conservative accomplishment McConnell can point to during his leadership.  Instead of working with the Republican House majority to oppose President Obama’s out-of-control liberal agenda, he has continually thwarted each and every conservative initiative.

The national debt only now sits at a staggering $17 trillion because McConnell has given it his blessing; every man, woman and child in the United  States now owes over $50,000 of that $17 trillion. At what point does it become economically unacceptable to keep raising the debt ceiling: $20 trillion? $50 trillion? $100 trillion?

When he had the chance to stand with House Republicans to defund ObamaCare, all he gave them was his middle finger.  And now ObamaCare is a complete disaster, taking away health plans that people wanted to keep, and costing them more money for plans that are worse than what they had.

How many times over the years has McConnell made promises to cut spending, rein in the growth of government and roll back Washington’s intrusions in our everyday lives?  Yet Washington continues to grow exponentially: printing more money and spending us further into debt, crushing our economy to the point where there are now 50 million people on food stamps and 90 million people out of the workforce.  The IRS illegally persecutes conservatives without any justice, and the NSA spies on law-abiding Americans.

Americans have been crying for help for four years, yet McConnell’s repeated capitulations to Barack Obama have soundly rebuked the will of the people so forcefully expressed in 2010.  McConnell has repeatedly chosen Obama over the people to whom he has repeatedly held out his hand and promised better days.

He is no conservative, and his empty threats against people who actually helped him for so many years sound silly and desperate. He has proven that he can’t lead, he should step aside for someone else.

Bozell is chairman of ForAmerica, the largest active online conservative network with nearly 4.9 million supporters.

Link to op-ed on The Hill website: http://thehill.com/opinion/op-ed/201407-mcconnells-no-conservative

Democrats Will Never be Able to Turn ObamaCare Lemon into Lemonade

March 25, 2014

Here is a newsflash for Democrats trying to make lemonade out of ObamaCare: It’s never going to happen. President Obama’s failed health care experiment has left a bad taste in Americans’ mouths and they will reject candidates who support this atrocity come November. Those arguing for Democrats to take an aggressive stance defending ObamaCare will regret it.

Following this month’s special election in Florida’s 13th Congressional District, Democratic strategists for Bill Clinton, Al Gore, and Obama, and the Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson have all suggested that what went wrong for Democrat Alex Sink was her failure to aggressively attack her opponent over his repeal-ObamaCare position.

“We can’t go back to letting insurance companies do whatever they want. Instead of repealing the health care law, we need to keep what’s right and fix what’s wrong,” Sink said of her own ObamaCare position. According to many in her own party, her biggest flaw was not fighting for ObamaCare with unrelenting effort.

What these strategists refuse to acknowledge, and what Sink failed to comprehend – in addition to the obvious fact that ObamaCare is an utter disaster — is that most Americans were actually happy with their health care before ObamaCare.

According to a July 2009 FOX News poll, 84 percent of Americans rated the quality of their insurance as excellent or good, while nearly half feared the quality of their family’s health care would be worse under ObamaCare (turns out they were right).

Two polls by CNN in March and then August 2009 also showed that more than eight out of 10 Americans were satisfied with the quality of care they received. And in a July 2009 Gallup Poll, 77 percent of respondents said that it was important to have the option to keep the health insurance plan they had.

Now, five years later, ObamaCare’s unpopularity is skyrocketing. Americans are losing their preferred health insurance plans despite Obama’s promise that “if you like your plan you can keep it.” Sick Americans are unable to afford their treatments and premiums are going up for everyone.

To this dismal list add the botched Healthcare.gov rollout, Obama continually delaying enforcement of the law to give Democrats cover, and the White House employing celebrities and cheap tricks to encourage enrollment, and it’s no wonder 53 percent of Americans expect health care to get worse under ObamaCare. Likewise, it’s no surprise one out of three Americans say they have been personally hurt by ObamaCare.

Any Democratic candidate who wants to avoid a fate similar to Sink’s had better reject ObamaCare. Advising anyone to go on the offense in support of ObamaCare is laughable. How will candidates defend the two million jobs lost, the millions of health care plans voided, the exemption to the law Congress gave itself and the $2,500 in savings promised but never delivered to American families?

I’m certain Democrats will soon return to their old tricks to explain the law’s failure like blaming Republicans, businesses, red state governors, even the victims themselves as we’ve already seenwith Democrats attacking outspoken cancer patient Julie Boonstra who lost her existing coverage because of ObamaCare.

They can talk all they want, but it doesn’t change the fact that Americans were happy with their existing health insurance and they still don’t want this bad law.

Anyone who argues the contrary is in for a rude awakening come November. It’s time for ObamaCare and its delusional cheerleaders to go.

 

Link to op-ed on FoxNews webiste: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/03/24/democrats-will-never-be-able-to-turn-obamacare-lemon-into-lemonade/

Bozell: ForAmerica Stands with Hobby Lobby

March 25, 2014

“We stand with Hobby Lobby and its fight to preserve our First Amendment right to freely exercise our faith.”

Reston, VA – ForAmerica Chairman Brent Bozell issued the following statement regarding Hobby Lobby’s case before the Supreme Court today.

“We stand with Hobby Lobby and its fight to preserve our First Amendment right to freely exercise our faith. The heavy-handed ObamaCare mandates that force law-abiding, faithful businesspeople to violate the tenets of their faith should be soundly rejected by the Supreme Court. Our country was founded by people seeking religious freedom, that freedom is protected in the first words in the Constitution and the Court needs to uphold that freedom.”

ForAmerica is an online army of nearly 5 million people. The group is a non-profit 501(c)4 organized to educate Americans about traditional and contemporary American values, to relentlessly fight the growth of government, to oppose any substitute to freedom and self-government, to promote individual liberty and excellence, to promote economic opportunity, and to move America toward her founding principles. ForAmerica is chaired by L. Brent Bozell III, one of the most outspoken and effective national leaders in the conservative movement today.