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06-15-2014, 12:49 PM
http://www.digitaljournal.com/news/world/tea-party-redefines-conservatism-in-stunning-defeat-of-cantor/article/386359 (http://www.digitaljournal.com/news/world/tea-party-redefines-conservatism-in-stunning-defeat-of-cantor/article/386359#ixzz34jaEm54t)


In a stunning upset which pitted a much better financed incumbent against a newcomer, pro-Bill of Rights candidate Dave Brat defeated seven-term House Majority Leader Eric Cantor last Tuesday in Virginia.

The historically unprecedented upset took place in a state where voter outrage, in 2012 (https://acluva.org/10050/aclu-and-delegate-marshall-emblematic-of-ndaa-opposition/), led the Virginia State Legislature to overwhelmingly pass a law (http://rt.com/usa/virginia-ndaa-us-law-074/) opposing the NDAA, of which Brat made an issue. NDAA is the common term for a law passed in 2011 (http://www.longislandpress.com/2014/04/29/supreme-court-declines-to-hear-ndaa-indefinite-detention-appeal/) which purports to allow the US military to detain any American without charge or trial, indefinitely, upon suspicion of association with a terrorist group.

The Virginia law forbids state agencies from cooperating with any federal attempt to exercise the indefinite detention law written into sections 1021 and 1022 of the National Defense Authorization Act. Four other states (http://tracking.tenthamendmentcenter.com/issues/ndaa/) have passed similar laws.

Brat had raised only $40,000 to Cantor's $2.5 million (http://www.richardcyoung.com/essential-news/earthquake-virginia/). Other issues raised by Brat were illegal immigration and bank bailouts, the latter of which he called "crony capitalism." The constellation of issues which resonated with voters, as well as the grassroots networks (https://acluva.org/10050/aclu-and-delegate-marshall-emblematic-of-ndaa-opposition/) organized around the state NDAA law, enabled Brat to pull off a previously unthinkable victory. [Update 6/12: AP reports (http://news.yahoo.com/cantor-vanquisher-brat-shies-tea-party-label-215917711--election.html) that Brat's and Cantor's spending reports were actually as follows. Brat: $123,000, Cantor: $4.3 million]

Brat mounted a door-to-door canvassing operation which strove to reach every voter in the congressional district, the Virginia Seventh. An economics professor at Randolph-Macon College with degrees from Princeton and American University, Brat rode a tidal wave of voter discontent which took media commentators and Washington punditry by surprise. USA Today and many newspapers described the upset as "stunning."

In attacking Cantor as "not conservative enough," Brat and the Tea Party have made the Bill of Rights of the Constitution a core issue, as it relates to the Patriot Act, the NSA, and the NDAA. Radio host Laura Ingraham, whose support for Brat is also credited (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/12/us/dave-brat-was-aided-by-laura-ingraham.html?_r=0) for contributing to his victory, once spoke against the NDAA (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZE8P1hJebb4) on the Michael Savage Show. civil liberties advocates (http://pandaunite.org/) from the the left and the right say the Bill of Rights has been severely undermined by the incumbent Congress and by President Obama.

Brat also attacked Cantor for voting to raise the debt ceiling numerous times. Brat favors auditing, if not eventually outright abolishing, the Federal Reserve, a consortium of private bankers which manages the nation's currency.

Surprisingly, US Representative-Elect Brat breaks from the establishment GOP to espouse a form of capitalism which could be coming from an Occupy Wall Street website, opposing the "crony capitalism" represented in bailouts for big banks. In a Twitter summary of his candidacy reported by the Washington Post (http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dc-politics/meet-david-brat-the-man-who-brought-down-house-majority-leader-eric-cantor/2014/06/10/ed7f6406-f0fc-11e3-bf76-447a5df6411f_story.html), Brat said:

“I am running for Congress to be ERIC CANTOR’S TERM LIMIT. Free Markets, Constitution, Liberty. No more Crony Capitalism!” On recent legislation passed by Congress and signed by Obama which purports to allow, contrary to the Bill of Rights of the Constitution, the indefinite military detention of US citizens without charge or trial, Brat's campaign site states (http://davebratforcongress.com/issues/) "The federal government’s abuse of our freedoms has spun out of control." Brat attacks "the NSA violating our 4th Amendment Rights by collecting phone records," and says that Obama violates "our 5th Amendment rights with the indefinite detention of American citizens."

Majority Leader Cantor was a defendant in a recent lawsuit against the National Defense Authorization Act's provisions (http://www.digitaljournal.com/news/world/obama-confirms-citizens-can-be-denied-jury-trial-election-nears/article/383677) for the extrajudicial arrest and indefinite detention of US citizens, whenever the administration deems that a person has been "associated" with terrorist groups.

On the NSA's collection of bulk data on Americans, and eavesdropping on Americans without a warrant, Brat's website attacked Cantor by saying (http://davebratforcongress.com/issues/):

"Eric Cantor voted for the National Defense and Authorization Act (H.R. 1960, 6/14/13) which authorizes the unconstitutional bulk data collection by the government under the PRISM program. Congressman Cantor voted against an amendment offered by Justin Amash that would have prevented the NSA from collecting phone records of individuals unless suspected of terrorism." At the conservative blog Richardcyoung.com (http://www.richardcyoung.com/essential-news/earthquake-virginia/) a contributor wrote of Cantor: "Many constituents of Eric Cantor felt he had ignored them for years, rarely returning home and often ignoring them on key issues ranging from expanding Medicare prescription-drug benefits to TARP bank bailouts. The frustration boiled over at a May party meeting in his district, where Cantor was booed and his ally was ousted from his post as local party chair by a tea-party insurgent. “He did one thing in Washington and then tried to confuse us as to what he did when he came back to his district,” one Republican primary voter told me."

Further party primary elections are approaching this summer, many on August 5th (http://www.digitaljournal.com/news/politics/list-of-all-declared-us-congressional-candidates-to-date/article/384265). Brat's victory places the Tea Party in the unique position of being more conservative than the Democrats, Obama, and even some Republicans on certain social issues, but aligned with civil liberties defenders such as the ACLU (https://www.aclu.org/blog/tag/ndaa) on others.

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06-15-2014, 01:02 PM
^^^^^^ THIS!!! ^^^^^^
the NDAA is not compatible
with our cherished freedoms.
we dread all police states!!!

06-16-2014, 07:42 PM
^^^^^^ THIS!!! ^^^^^^
the NDAA is not compatible
with our cherished freedoms.
we dread all police states!!!

I love how the media is pretending to have no idea why he won. He's smart, he's articulate, and pro-Bill of Rights. And VA anti-NDAA forces paved the way.

06-17-2014, 11:37 PM
The more articles I read about people being shocked about the victory in my district the happier I become.

They don't understand that Brat because he was a better candidate. Cantor is a slimeball and finally got what he deserved from a worthy primary opponent. Good riddance.