Kansas Governor Brownback blowing with the wind on refugees

O.K. where the hell do you stand on refugees and immigration generally?

Update! Reader SueB just sent this great website about refugee resettlement in Kansas. Check it out here.

Sam Brownback
Which Gov. Brownback do we believe? The one worried about refugee terrorists coming to Kansas, or…..

When I saw this press announcement a couple of days ago, I just shook my head in wonderment.

Here, Kansas Governor (and former US Senator) Brownback sounds tough as nails on the issue of resettling Syrian refugees in Kansas, but he has been all over the map on refugees and immigration throughout his political career.

For example on Somali refugee resettlement. First, while on a key Senate committee, he was for Somali resettlement to America, then he was against it for Kansas.

Americans for Tax Reform Founder and President Grover Norquist smiles during an on-stage interview at The Atlantic Economy Summit in Washington March 18, 2014. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS) - RTR3HLYA
….the one who signed on to a letter with Americans for Tax Reform Founder and President Grover Norquist in 2014 begging the GOP for more refugees! Why would a program costly to taxpayers be one that Norquist champions?

Then he joined Islamic apologists Grover Norquist and Suhail Kahn in 2014 to demand that the GOP ‘welcome’ even more refugees to America.  They said:

Our policies toward refugees are at the heart of our American values.

He is all over the map and that is why Republican voters have come to so thoroughly dislike the career (establishment) politicians.

Here is Brownback on Friday:

Topeka, KS –
Governor Sam Brownback today signed Executive Order No. 16-01, broadening his previous Executive Order 15-07 concerning the resettlement of refugees in the State of Kansas.

The Executive Order, Protecting Kansas from Terrorism, recognizes the continuing threat posed by terrorists and those sympathizing with terrorist organizations. The order says in part that “no department, commission, board or agency of the government of the State of Kansas shall aid, cooperate with, or assist in any way the relocation of refugees that present a safety and security risk to the State of Kansas, until such time as an adequate vetting process is in place with adequate assurances to the state.”

Statement from Governor Sam Brownback

“Recent events, including the arrest on terrorism charges of two men who entered the country as refugees, demand that we take prudent and responsible action to protect the citizens of Kansas. This is evidence that the Obama administration is disregarding the safety of our citizens through a refugee vetting system that is clearly inadequate.

It is my responsibility as Governor of this great state to do what we can to protect the citizens of Kansas and I will act to maintain the security of our state.”

So politicians can change their minds over the years.  But, this is ridiculous!

See here at Refugee Resettlement Watch where we chronicled Brownback’s career on Somali refugee resettlement to America where he (as a US Senator) was a big supporter of the original scheme to bring in large numbers of Somali Bantus.  Please see a detailed account of Brownback’s about-face here at VDARE in 2003.

And, please see the ten OPEN borders Republicans who in 2014 told the GOP to support more refugees for America, here.

Immigration THE litmus test for conservatism!

What drew my attention to Kansas’s governor right now (in addition to his press statement on Friday) is a mention of him in an excellent analysis at Bloomberg news by  Ramesh Ponnuru about how a politician’s position on immigration is perhaps the most important litmus test there is (certainly in this election season, and probably well into the future) of a candidate’s “conservative” bona fides.

This is what Ponnuru says about Brownback demonstrating that one’s position on immigration didn’t previously matter to “conservative” voters.  It is a testament to you that it now does matter!

The same pattern held in non-presidential races. In 1996, then Representative Sam Brownback of Kansas had nearly unanimous conservative support in his primary against an incumbent senator soon after he helped to defeat House legislation restricting immigration.

We already know that Executive orders like the one announced by Brownback on Friday are going no where (just more grandstanding)! I have some ideas of what governors might do to keep the issue alive this election year (Republican led Congress has proven itself hopeless!) and I’ll tell you about my idea shortly.

This article is one more in a series of posts we are tagging: Know the enemy. Go here for others in the series.

Conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly: Trump is the only one who can save America

Phyllis Schafley
Phyllis Schlafly, founder of the Eagle Forum

Breitbart reporter Julia Hahn sat down with the undisputed conservative conscience of the Republican Party (more accurately, the conscience of the average American Republican voter) Phyllis Schlafly; and the 91-year-young Schlafly said this about Donald Trump’s candidacy: he is the only one who can save America because he understands the existential threat mass migration is for our beloved country.

Here is Hahn at Breitbart:

In an exclusive hour-long sit down interview with Breitbart News, 91-year-old conservative icon and living legend Phyllis Schlafly declared that Donald Trump “is the only hope to defeat the Kingmakers,” and detailed why she believes Trump alone will return the government to the people. She warned that if immigration is not stopped: “we’re not going to be America anymore.”In an exclusive hour-long sit down interview with Breitbart News, 91-year-old conservative icon and living legend Phyllis Schlafly declared that Donald Trump “is the only hope to defeat the Kingmakers,” and detailed why she believes Trump alone will return the government to the people. She warned that if immigration is not stopped: “we’re not going to be America anymore.”

Kingmakers (and losers!) be damned, I’m for “America First” says Schlafly:

“Trump is the only hope to defeat the Kingmakers,” Schlafly told Breitbart resolutely. “Because everybody else will fall in line. The Kingmakers have so much money behind them.”

More than fifty years ago, Schlafly coined the term Kingmakers—or what Schlafly says is now “generally called the Establishment,” or donor class—to describe a select group of cosmopolitan elites who control the Republican Party and have historically determined the Party’s presidential nominee. Aspects of Schlafly’s Kingmaker theory have been articulated in, what is today known as, the “invisible primary” or “The Party Decides” theory.

As Schlafly wrote in 1964, these “few secret kingmakers… successfully forced their choice on a free country where there are more than 34 million Republican voters… They dictated the choice of the Republican presidential nominee just as completely as the Paris dressmakers control the length of women’s skirts.”

“The Kingmakers,” Schlafly told Breitbart, “have picked our last bunch of losers. And there’s one loser after another because they were more interested in maintaining their flow of money from the big donors and their cooperation with the Democrats—their bipartisanship—and that’s not my goal. I’m for America [Schlafly slams hand on table] and America first [slams hand on table again].”

For Cruz supporters, she goes on to say that he would be an excellent choice for the Supreme Court when Trump is President.

Read it all, it is a long, but very interesting read.

I had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Schlafly about this time last year and we should all hope to be as sharp and active when we hit that 9th decade as she is now!

Update!  Read this to see how panicked the elite (Kingmakers) are.