Tea Party Caucus Chairman: GOP Leaders Need To Stop Attacking Conservatives And Start Listening

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Virginia Thomas, 54, is a special correspondent for the Daily Caller producing videos of emerging leaders and educators in the public square. Her ear is to the ground outside the Washington Beltway as a social entrepreneur. Previously, she was the founder of LibertyCentral.org (nonprofit for citizen activists), and has worked at The Heritage Foundation, Hillsdale College’s Washington office, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the senior levels of the legislative and executive branches of government. She has maintained her midwestern authenticity after 30 years in Washington, D.C. and enjoys motor homing and the Nebraska Cornhuskers with her husband, Justice Clarence Thomas. Her degrees are: Business Communication & Political Science from Creighton University, and J.D. from Creighton Law School (Omaha, NE).
Kansas Rep. Tim Huelskamp is one of the most energetic and principled of the 63 Republican freshman elected in 2010, a class that gave the GOP the majority in the House. In this exclusive video interview, Huelskamp offers encouragement to citizens who are feeling America is on the wrong track with weak congressional leadership.

“We are in a town that continues to move down the progressive route of bigger government every day. If we sit by, the president will continue to take over more and more of our economy, more and more of our lives and take away more of our liberties,” he said.

Speaking directly to viewers who may feel like giving up on politics, Huelskamp worries, “If we do nothing, I guarantee, we could lose it all. As Ronald Reagan said, if America falls, where will people escape to?” Did calls and emails about the Speaker vote make any difference? Huelskamp says, “Absolutely, without a doubt!” Citizen engagement and contact “scares the heck out of [elected members in Congress]!”

Huelskamp was shocked to hear John Boehner, after being reelected House Speaker, decry citizens who called Congress to urge a no vote on him. In this interview he reports that Boehner said, “Too many people were calling into Washington and beating up on his Members.”

But the congressman thinks this is the essence of self-government. It is not wrong for people to tell their elected members what kind of leadership they want, Hueslkamp thinks. Besides, he recalls, “John Boehner was probably involved in a coup against Speaker Newt Gingrich twenty years ago.”

Now the new chairman of the Tea Party Caucus, one of several conservative enclaves being fortified, hesays, “This town does not listen.”

As for the controversial vote against the speaker this month, he admits “it’s a difficult vote that comes with a lot of intimidation.” The chairman of the House Veterans Affairs committee, Florida Republican Rep. Jeff Miller, let Huelskamp know he was jeopardizing an expected subcommittee chairmanship by announcing his intentions to not vote for Boehner.

Defiant, Huelskamp stood resolute against the threats and pressure tactics, as leadership punished Huelskamp last Congress for voting his conscience by stripping him of two committees. For Huelskamp, the lame duck CRomnibus was among the clues that this Republican leadership was not inclined to stand up to President Obama on principle. “They weren’t going to push conservative principles. They, actually, were pushing back against conservatives!”

Exposing the tactics leadership uses against renegades, Huelskamp said, “So much of it’s about money and campaign contributors.” The leadership puts you on a “do not contribute to” list.

Other power tools leadership use, he said, are threats to withhold funding, denial of committees, subcommittee chairmanships, reduced influence and denial of access to campaign contributors. They refuse to do fundraisers for you, he says, and they will even find primary challengers against you.

Whether or not the newly elected House Republican leadership for the 114th Congress will effectively coalesce, listening to those independent Republicans, like Huelskamp, aligned with the citizens who are clamoring to be heard, based for their frustration with weak leadership and the direction of the country, has yet to be seen.

Rangel: I Never Felt ‘Moved’ For Dead Soldiers… Unless They Were Black [VIDEO]

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While appearing on Monday’s edition of MSNBC’s “The Ed Show,” Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., admitted that while serving in Korea, he only cared about black soldiers who were killed. The statement reveals a stunning level of hypocrisy given Rangel’s repeated claims that conservatives, and especially members of the Tea Party, are all racists.

“I was in combat, and I’m telling you, I saw more dead people, but I never was moved until I saw dead people that looked like me in my uniform,” he said. “And it does make a difference. So, yes, the blue wall of silence that has kept communities and minority communities apart for so long, so that even minority policemen don’t want to break that silence. But it has to be done.”

The statement was made in reference to a question about police officers turning their backs on New York Mayor Bill de Blasio at the recent funeral for Wenjian Liu. Liu was one of two NYPD officers gunned down execution-style by Ismaaiyl Brinsley, a man Walid Shoebat characterized as a “Muslim jihadist.”

Rangel was not too happy upon news that officers turned their backs to de Blasio at the funeral of Rafael Ramos, the other officer murdered by Brinsley. At the time, Rangel blasted officers, saying the act of protest was in “bad taste.”

“Rangel is quick to call others racist even when they aren’t but it doesn’t stop him from spewing racial divisiveness,” Jeff Dunetz said at Truth Revolt. As we have reported many times, Rangel has repeatedly attempted to tie states that elected Tea Party Republicans to the Confederacy.

“They are mean, racist people,” he said of the Tea Party last May. “Now why do I say that? Because in those red states, they’re the same slave-holding states. They had the Confederate flag. They became Dixiecrats; they had the Confederate flag. They’re now the Tea Party; they still got the Confederate [flag]. I don’t think that’s a coincidence.”

But Rangel failed to mention that Idaho, an extremely conservative state in the Pacific Northwest, elected Tea Party favorite Raul Labrador to the House. Idaho was never part of the Confederacy. Neither was Minnesota, the state that elected Rep. Michele Bachmann.

Rangel has also accused Republicans of treason for opposing Obama’s policies, and claimed those who oppose big government are “going to hell.” He also used a racial slur when he falsely claimed the Tea Party is the “same group” of “crackers” who opposed civil rights legislation, despite the fact that white Democrats were the ones who fought civil rights laws.

“It is the same group we faced in the South with those white crackers and the dogs and the police,” he said. “They didn’t care about how they looked. It was just fierce indifference to human life that caused America to say enough is enough. ‘I don’t want to see it and I am not a part of it.’ What the hell! If you have to bomb little kids and send dogs out against human beings, give me a break.”

It now appears that Rangel has a bit of explaining to do. Video of his comments can be seen above.