Houck Defenders Pack Chestnut Street To Witness To Feds

Houck Defenders Pack Chestnut Street To Witness To Feds — About 100 persons packed the sidewalk at 615 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, starting at 11 this morning, Oct.7, to call attention to the plight of the Houck family and the de facto declaration by the Biden Administration that political dissenters are enemies of the state.

The address houses the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania which is leading the Mark Houck persecution.

Houck allegedly shoved anti-life activist Bruce Love in October 2021 during a dispute at a Planned Parenthood clinic. Federal law prohibits the blocking of clinics — not just abortion ones — and that’s what the feds say Houck did.

Houck says he was 50 feet away from the entrance and Love had left his station, where he was an escort, to harass his 12-year-old daughter.

Regardless, on the early morning of Sept. 23 a group of about 25 heavily armed FBI agents in a convoy of 15 vehicles arrested Houck in front of his family.

For at worst a shoving match.

Houck Defenders Pack Chestnut Street To Witness To Feds

Dr. William Develin, a human rights advocate, emceed the event, which he called a “public witness” and led public prayer to start things. He reminded the group that they should love their enemies.

He introduced WPHT host Dom Giordano, a strong supporter, who said that someone in the state government had to sign off on the arrested.

Was it Attorney General — and Democrat gubernatorial candidate — Josh Shapiro?

Giordano noted that Houck is being represented by Brian J. McMonagle, one of the nation’s premier defense attorneys, along with Peter Breen. He said McMonagle is doing it at a steep discount.

Giordano contrasted the treatment Houck is receiving to criminals in Philly — there have been 410 murders so far this year in the city — and Hunter Biden, who he described as a “walking example of privilege.”

He called on the remaining good agents in the FBI to act and stifle the erosion of civil liberty.

Houck Defenders Pack Chestnut Street To Witness To Feds
Ashley Garecht

Ashley Garecht of Pro Life Union of Philadelphia described how she and her teenaged daughters were harassed by State Rep. Brian Sims (D-182) at a demonstration and Sims went so far as to doxx the young girls.

“Nothing happened to Sims,” she said.

She said the Houck raid was the result of Joe Biden’s hellish rant at Independence Hall on Sept. 1 in which he said half the country “represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our Republic.”

She said a fundraising campaign she started has raised $300,000 for the Houcks.

Patrick Stanton of the same group described the vandalism that has occurred at Catholic churches in the city and mocked the FBI for lack of arrests. The crowd joined him in the mocking.

The event was observed by city police and uniformed officers of the Department of Homeland Security, and who knows what else.

Peter Breen described how he made several offers to have Houck surrender voluntarily. He also said that if they wanted to arrest him he could have him appear in a convenient public spot to spare his family.

Wasn’t going to happen. Stasi gonna Stasi.

Breen said that he was surprised at the blackout of the event in the local media.

He said the charges have no basis and every new fact he finds is in his client’s favor.

Kathy Barnette, who finished strong in the GOP Senate primary in May, passionately expressed anger at what was happening to this nation,.

“The issue of defending life is not a Republican issue,” she said. “It’s about defending truth.”

Houck Defenders Pack Chestnut Street To Witness To Feds
Kathy Barnette giving a shout out to Terrisa Bukovinac fo her sign

She said there were far more people like her than not.

She gave a shout out to a woman holding a sign saying “Atheist/Progressive/Pro Life”. The woman was found to be Terrisa Bukovinac, the founder of Progressive Anti-Abortion Uprising.

Ms. Barnette said the federal government has been weaponized and the battle isn’t going to be easy.

“It’s going to cost us something for standing up for truth,” she said.

Houck Defenders Pack Chestnut Street To Witness To Feds
Terrisa Bukovinac and her sign

She noted that we should not expect a hero to save us.

“If you are sitting waiting for someone, it is you,” she said.

FBI whistleblower Steve Friend was scheduled to attend but did not.

The FBI wouldn’t allow him said Rev. Patrick Mahoney of the Christian Defense League.

Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Gale was recognized from the podium for his presence.

Kenneth Stracuzzi of Hope for Pa led group prayer prior to the official start of the event.

Houck Defenders Pack Chestnut Street To Witness To Feds

Hispanic Voters Trending Red

Hispanic Voters Trending Red

By Joe Guzzardi

For the last several presidential election cycles, media messaging has been consistent: candidates who capture the Hispanic vote will win. The suggestion, often unstated, was that GOP candidates need to promote an illegal alien amnesty, pledge to curtail interior enforcement and promote expanded immigration. In 2022, however, Hispanics could indeed hold the key to a GOP victory, but not because they endorse amnesty. Hispanics, realizing that an open border creates job competition, classroom chaos and disrupts their communities, oppose President Biden’s immigration agenda.

The Hispanic shift toward Republicans has been slowly, but steadily building. In 2004 and 2016, Republican Presidents George W. Bush and Donald Trump scored well among Hispanics, 40 percent and 38 percent, respectively. Trump’s 2020 total was almost 10 points higher than his 2016 tally. But in the 20 months since Biden’s inauguration, the White House’s open borders agenda has accelerated the Hispanic shift to the GOP. Remember that Hispanics who vote are U.S. citizens, and their hopes and concerns are largely identical to other Americans.

In his new book, “Political Migrants: Hispanic Voters on the Move,” Jim Robb wrote that Biden’s refusal to enforce border laws, and instead to opt for catch-and-release, has been disastrous for all Americans, but especially legal immigrants and the 40-plus million American-born Hispanics.

This fall, indications are that Hispanics will vote Republican at a higher rate than they did in 2020: 41 percent plan to vote Republican against 45 percent who will support Democrats, with others undecided. Since only 29 percent of Hispanics voted Republican in the 2018 mid-term election, 41 percent would be a significant GOP move toward capturing an important demographic. In fact, 41 percent would be the highest mid-term election share Republicans have ever received from Hispanics.

On important life-affecting issues, Hispanics side with the GOP. Among likely Hispanic voters, 52 percent believe the government is doing “too little to reduce illegal border crossings and visitor overstays.” Only 15 percent believe the government is doing “too much.” Hispanic voters overwhelmingly agree that chain migration should be limited to spouses and minor children, that Congress should mandate E-Verify which helps assure that only citizens and lawfully present foreign nationals can hold jobs, that businesses should raise wages to attract American workers before hiring foreign nationals, and that legal immigration should be reduced from its current 1 million-plus annually inflow.

Hispanic Voters Trending Red

Other poll findings may vary, but tangible evidence exists that the Hispanic shift to the GOP is real and may represent the difference in November. In a special June election to determine who would represent Texas’ 34th congressional district in the illegal immigration-besieged Rio Grande Valley, Mayra Flores defeated Democrat Dan Sanchez. A citizen since age 14 and married to a border patrol officer, Flores represents a burgeoning breed of Hispanic officeholders who promote strict border enforcement. Flores is the first Republican to represent her historically blue district in 150 years, and the first woman born in Mexico ever elected to Congress. Just weeks after her victory, Flores called on her colleagues to impeach Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas for his abject failures to enforce immigration laws which have caused the ongoing border crisis.

Texas gubernatorial challenger Robert O’Rourke, trailing Republican incumbent Greg Abbott, explained why Hispanics have abandoned Democrats. O’Rourke, harkening back to 2020, blamed Biden who “…didn’t spend a dime or day in the Rio Grande Valley or really anywhere in Texas….”

Flores will be on the November ballot when she’ll face Democrat Vicente Gonzales who has consistently voted to support Biden’s open borders policy. Political forecasters maintain that the 34th still leans blue. But a Flores victory would confirm that the Hispanic trend to red is real.

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Joe Guzzardi is a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist who writes about immigration and related social issues. Joe joined Progressives for Immigration Reform in 2018 as an analyst after a ten-year career directing media relations for Californians for Population Stabilization, where he also was a Senior Writing Fellow. A native Californian, Joe now lives in Pennsylvania. Contact him at jguzzardi@pfirdc.org.

Hispanic Voters Trending Red

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