Stopping amnesty in one easy step

How can conservatives save the Republican Party and stop Amnesty in one easy step? Photo: AP

WASHINGTON, June 29, 2013 —  Amnesty is now in the hands of the House of Representatives. 

This prospect should scare the heck out of conservatives. Since the tea party put the Republicans back in control in 2010, the House has been a tremendous disappointment. Not only have they not advanced a conservative agenda, they haven’t even tried. 

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John Boehner is being hit on all sides. The establishment desperately wants him to pass amnesty. The conservative base is warning him not to. Boehner is not a courageous leader and he may be looking for a way out.

There is one. It is a very simple way out that Boehner could use and have the perfect excuse for killing amnesty.

According to Texas Republican Steve Stockman, the amnesty bill is unconstitutional because it is a tax. The Constitution is very specific that all revenue bills must originate in the House of Representatives.

Stockman wants Boehner to use what the House refers to as a “blue slip” process.  A “blue slip” is the paper messages the House used to send to the Senate (on blue paper) that told the Senate it could not accept a Senate bill because it was a tax and that must originate in the House of Representatives.

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Stockman is not only correct; the plan is brilliant, and it gives Boehner the perfect out. All Boehner has to do is tell the pro-amnesty, establishment Republicans that the Senate screwed up by creating a tax in the bill and he has no choice but to send it back. 

This effectively kills Amnesty until the “Gang of Eight” can try to push it through again.

House Republicans are not going to meet until July 10 to discuss how they will proceed on amnesty so this gives us a lot of time. This upcoming week, conservatives should be calling their representatives and telling them that Congress must reject the amnesty bill (S.744) because it is a tax bill and is unconstitutional. 

Conservatives must create pressure for the House to act. House Republicans have been thrown a lifeline and they need to grab it.

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On Friday, Sarah Palin blasted the Republican establishment on her Facebook page and suggested she might even leave the Republican Party. She is not the only one who is thinking this way.

While many of us believe in the Reagan maxim that if you vote with us eighty percent of the time, you are an ally, not an enemy, amnesty is the exception to that. Amnesty is a litmus test.  Amnesty is the unforgiveable sin. Amnesty is the line in the sand. 

If the Republican Party passes amnesty in the House, then the Republican Party is dead to real Americans. If the Republican Party in the House passes amnesty, then it is the ultimate sell out of the conservative base and there can be only one answer to that. If the Republican Party wants to commit political suicide by passing amnesty, then here is the Whig Party Memorial Bridge. Help yourself and jump.

Real Americans are sick of the Republican Party selling out American principles and beliefs.  The Republican Party may not survive the Senate amnesty vote. It will never survive if the House approves amnesty.

As the Speaker of the House, Boehner has absolute control over what comes up for a vote. He can kill amnesty and save the Republican Party in one easy step.

All he has to do is follow Stockman’s advice.

The job for the conservative movement next week is to help the Republican Congress and the speaker see the light.

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Judson Phillips

Judson Phillips is the founder of Tea Party Nation, one of the largest Tea Party Groups in the country and the number one national tea party site on the Internet.

A lawyer by profession, Judson has been involved in politics since his teens. “Ronald Reagan inspired me,” he says.

Judson became involved in the Tea Party movement in February 2009 after hearing Rick Santelli’s rant on CNBC.   “I heard there was going to be a Tea Party in Chicago inspired by Santelli, but didn’t know if anyone was doing a rally in Nashville where I was based.  Finally I emailed Michelle Malkin and asked her if there was a Tea Party in Nashville.  Malkin sent an email back saying, ‘No, why don’t you organize one?’  I did.”

The first Tea Party in Nashville was held late February 2009 which drew a crowd of about 600. Judson then organized the Tax Day Tea Party in Nashville, which drew over 10,000 people into downtown.   It was at this time that Tea Party Nation was formed.  Later that year, Judson decided to bring activists from across the country together, so he organized the first National Tea Party Convention in February 2010, which featured Alaska’s former Governor and Republican Vice Presidential Nominee, Sarah Palin as it’s keynote speaker.

He currently manages the Tea Party Nation website, writes several daily columns and is working on more projects than any one person should.  He is a frequent guest on cable and broadcast news shows, including on Fox, MSNBC, CNN and others.

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