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It's Time to Dump Grover Norquist


To the shrill left, he's a pariah because his famous anti-tax pledge prevents new revenues from flooding into the U.S. Treasury. To most on the right, he's a hero for fighting for smaller government.

The truth about Grover Norquist, founder of Americans for Tax Reform, is that he is neither of these things. And there's a growing awareness among real conservatives who would like to see Norquist toppled from his position of power in Washington, just as much as those on the left. Count me among those in that group.

In the past, I have spent some time explaining that Norquist represents the gravitational center of an effort at Muslim Brotherhood infiltration of the conservative movement and generally, politics in America — especially, Republican politics.

Slowly but surely, more conservatives and Republicans are coming to that recognition. It's a slow train only because so few with a soapbox are willing and able to explain it. Norquist has spent a lifetime building coalitions, raising money, and growing power and influence.

He sits on key boards of directors that help shape the agenda of the Conservative movement — from the American Conservative Union, which produces the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, to the National Rifle Association.

But I believe his days as one of the most influential conservatives in America are drawing to a close, and that's a good thing.

I say this not only because of his decidedly Shariah-friendly activities and associations. I say it not only because of his decision to bless GOProud, a faux Conservative group promoting the homosexual agenda to Republicans. I also say it because Norquist represents all that is wrong with the so-called "economic conservatives" in our midst — a group that turns out to be not so conservative on economics once you scratch beneath the surface of what they are saying and doing.

I came to this latter determination only by careful and patient scrutiny of their activities over years. You will note, for instance, the following tell-tale indications: Grover Norquist may oppose tax increases, but he doesn't seem to be troubled at all by America's skyrocketing debt. In fact, he was an early advocate of what became, without doubt, the dumbest, most unconservative move of House Republicans this year — voting to approve a hike in the debt limit. This vote gave Barack Obama all the funny money he needed to continue ravaging the U.S.

economy through Jan. 20, 2013.

House Republicans had all the power to say no to more reckless spending this year and next. That was the one and only control that the House had in the 2010 elections that would have allowed them to act unilaterally. And Norquist was one of the principal architects of the plan to bargain away this political nuclear weapon for ... nothing.

Once the total surrender by House Speaker John Boehner was complete, Norquist was there cheering it on — explaining how Boehner had somehow snookered Obama. Norquist likes to say he would reduce the size of the federal government so that you could drown it in a bathtub, but here was the first chance Republicans had in a long time to take a major leap forward toward the objective of constitutionally limited government, and Norquist just helped to squander that opportunity.

What you actually find when you watch Norquist's brand of "social conservatism" carefully are pro-establishment actions that support the status quo. Like all politicians (and that is ultimately what Norquist is), you can't just listen to what they say. You have to watch what they do.

Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., has awakened to the reality of what Norquist really represents. Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., has had an epiphany. And even some very close to Norquist at the NRA and the ACU are beginning to recognize that he is not an asset to their causes.

Yes, it's true that Norquist is taking more heat from the left than from the right. Sometimes that makes conservatives want to rally around one they perceive as an embattled, true believer.

But, Grover Norquist is not a conservative, true believer. He may have been at one time. But he is no longer — that's for certain. Maybe, like other politicians, he's just been around Washington too long.

Here's the scorecard you should consider: He's shockingly pro-Islamist and has used his well-developed connections in Washington to spread the tentacles of stealthy jihad through the corridors of power, including the White House. He's unashamedly pro-perversion, given his position on the advisory board of GOProud. And he is a phony economic conservative who helped mislead Tea Party Republicans in control of the House of Representatives, this year, giving Obama all the money he needed to keep destroying the free-enterprise system through the end of his term.

What am I missing here?

It's time to dump Grover Norquist — dump him from the ACU board, dump him from the NRA board and dump him as the economic guru of the conservative movement and Republican Party.

For the life of me, I can't even figure out why the left hates him so. He's much more of an ally than they know.

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