End Of Day Report 05 29 09

Friday, May 29, 2009

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Sotomayor vs. The Fireman

Barack Obama’s decision to nominate leftist judge Sonia Sotomayor as the first Hispanic woman to the Supreme Court has put Senate Republicans in a precarious position. Hispanics are the fastest-growing voting bloc, and, according to Big Media, attempts to block Sotomayor’s nomination could alienate this group even further from the Republican brand. So what should Republicans do? In a column today, Charles Krauthammer offers one suggestion: Call Frank Ricci as their first witness during Sotomayor’s confirmation hearings.

For those of you don’t know, Frank Ricci is a firefighter in New Haven, Connecticut. Ricci suffered from a serious case of dyslexia that hampered his academic success in high school. Ricci studied fire science at a local community college and fulfilled his duty as a New Haven firefighter for several years. When an opportunity for promotion came up, Ricci quit his second job so he could spend up to 13 hours a day studying for the promotional exam. Because of his dyslexia, he spent $1,000 on books and hired someone to read the text to him. Ricci’s hard work and determination paid off — he finished sixth on the lieutenants’ exam.

All his hard work was for naught, however, as he and others were denied their promotions by the city council because not enough minorities placed well enough on the exam. Ricci and 19 other firefighters sued the city for ignoring the exam results, and their case was heard by Judge Sonia Sotomayor. Sotomayor sided with the city.

Frank Ricci believed in the American dream – that success comes through hard work and determination. But Ricci’s career suffered because of a judge’s belief in “empathy” and “real-life experiences” that didn’t include him. Washington elites have praised Sotomayor’s nomination because of her life story – growing up in a housing project of New York City before attending some of the most prestigious universities in the country. Shouldn’t Frank Ricci be rewarded for his life story, too?

Success in the United States should not be determined by one’s race, but instead by whether a person is truly deserving of a certain honor. The public deserves to hear Mr. Ricci’s story and see the damage that is done to decent people because of someone else’s idea of “empathy.” By calling Frank Ricci as a witness during Sotomayor’s confirmation hearings, the American people would be able to get a glimpse of the liberal judicial philosophy to which she adheres.

Is This Venezuela?

You may recall that on Election Day last year, three members of the Black Panthers showed up at a polling location in Philadelphia with clubs and intimidated white voters and people with McCain stickers. The Justice Department began prosecuting the Panthers who, according to court records, engaged in “coercion, threats and intimidation, … racial threats and insults, … menacing and intimidating gestures, … and movements directed at individuals who were present to vote.” But today we learned that political appointees at the Justice Department overrode the career lawyers who were prosecuting the case.

Now who do you think broke the story that shows gross political corruption and suggests we are going down the road of Venezuela? Was it the New York Times, the Washington Post or the paragons of truth and virtue at MSNBC? No. It was the conservative Washington Times, with its smaller budget and staff. Were Big Media even looking? Of course not.

Congressional conservatives cannot let the Black Panther travesty go unanswered. While they have limited authority as the minority party, every time a Justice Department official testifies on Capitol Hill, no matter what the issue, any member of Congress who cares about colorblind justice, the right to vote and the integrity of our elections should demand answers as to who dropped this case and why.

Will Obama Trigger The “Nuclear Option”?

This week it became clear that President Obama’s choices may end up triggering the “nuclear option.” I’m talking about Obama’s foreign policy choices, which are prompting tyrants the world over to thumb their noses at our new president and in some cases to test their nuclear capabilities.

In my Human Events column today I try to determine whether President Obama’s empathy extends to maniacal foreign tyrants. Either way, one thing is clear: it will take more than eloquent words to compel America’s enemies to behave. You can read and comment on my column here. Thank you.

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End Of Day Report 05 28 09

Thursday, May 28, 2009

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

The Left’s Assault On Freedom

After insulting the integrity of the men and women of the CIA by accusing the Agency of lying to Congress about what she knew about waterboarding and when she knew it, Speaker Nancy Pelosi jetted off to communist China. She’s there to engage real torturers and abusers of human rights in Beijing about the urgent need to combat climate change. In fact, the need is so urgent that, according to Speaker Pelosi, “Every aspect of our lives must be subjected to an inventory … of how we are taking responsibility.”

I’ve written before that the massive “cap and trade” bill pending in the House right now would be a radical government power grab impacting virtually every economic activity in the country. Pelosi’s now admitted it. Under the guise of helping the environment, the radical Left wants to subject “every aspect of our lives” to the power of Big Government. And the assault is across-the-board.

We’re seeing it with health care in Obama’s plans to ram through Congress socialized medicine, whereby bureaucrats would dictate to your doctor what treatments you can and cannot get. We’re seeing it with plans for the government to decide salaries in the financial industry. We’re seeing it in the auto industry with the emergence of the new and not necessarily improved GM – “Government Motors.”

The Left’s desire to control your life is insatiable. In California, there is a proposal to ban plasma TVs. Congress has passed legislation banning incandescent light bulbs in favor of more expensive bulbs filled with toxic mercury. Liberal politicians in New Hampshire voted down a “gay marriage” bill because it contained too many protections for religious freedom. And, believe it or not, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood said this week that the “transformational” Obama Administration wants to “coerce people out of their cars.”

Dealergate?

There is a lot of buzz on the blogosphere suggesting that Washington may be on the verge of the biggest political scandal since Watergate. The Wall Street Journal has noticed the developing story too.

As we all know, the Obama Administration has taken extraordinary steps to nationalize the auto industry – firing the head of General Motors, publicly attacking bondholders and giving preferential treatment to the unions. As Chrysler is struggling through reorganization, dealer franchise owners are taking a very hard hit. Nearly 800 of them were recently notified that their franchises are being revoked and their stores are being shut.

But the dealer pink slips appeared to be rather arbitrary. So much so that some dealers are suing. Leonard Bellavia, an attorney for the disgruntled dealers, recently deposed the president of Chrysler and issued the following statement: “It became clear to us that Chrysler does not see the wisdom of terminating 25 percent of its dealers. It really wasn’t Chrysler’s decision. They are under enormous pressure from the President’s automotive task force.”

What possible considerations could be at play in deciding which dealerships survive and which don’t? To paraphrase a famous movie quote from the Godfather, “It’s not business, it’s just politics.” There appears to be some evidence to support the contention that the dealerships are targeted based upon the political philosophy of the individual owners. Consider the following two examples.

Vern Buchanan is the owner of the 23 dealerships in Florida and North Carolina. In the past decade, Mr. Buchanan donated more than $175,000 to Republican candidates and party committees. He also happens to be Representative Vern Buchanan, a conservative Republican representing Florida’s 13th Congressional District. His dealerships are being shut down. (Click here to read more about GOP donors on the dealer “hit list.”)

Now, consider the example of RLJ-McLarty-Landers. According to the Washington Examiner, “the RLJ-McLarty-Landers chain of Arkansas and Missouri dealerships aren’t being closed, but many of their local competitors are being eliminated.” The “RLJ” in the partnership refers to Robert L. Johnson, the founder of Black Entertainment Television, who has given more than $100,000 to Democrat candidates and party committees in the past decade. If “Arkansas” and “McLarty” ring a bell, you’ve got a good memory because that is Mack McLarty, Bill Clinton’s former White House Chief of Staff.

It’s too soon to say whether “Dealergate” will make it onto the front pages of the New York Times or Washington Post. But given the way the Left works, it’s not too much of a leap to think politics might be at work. After its loss at the ballot box last year, the militant homosexual movement wasted no time in targeting businesses that supported Proposition 8. It even published an online list of Proposition 8 donors. ACORN is well known for targeting businesses and busing protestors to the homes of corporate executives. And liberal economics is all about politicians and Big Government picking winners and losers, rather than letting the free market decide.

Good News

Thank you to everyone who took the time to contact Kindred Healthcare in reaction to yesterday’s report. This morning I received this statement from the company. Here’s an excerpt:
“Kindred Healthcare is proud of its history of supporting our employees and their families who have served our country through military service. We are sincerely sorry that one incident between two employees gave the perception that we do not respect the flag or the sacrifice it represents. …This is not in keeping with the spirit and culture of Kindred Healthcare. We routinely celebrate the blessings bestowed upon us by honoring our veterans and active military through a variety of benefits and service programs. …We support our employees’ first amendment rights and have invited the employee to rehang her flag.”

If you would like to send Kindred Healthcare a note of encouragement for its support of our flag and our veterans, please click here.

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End Of Day Report 05 27 09


Wednesday, May 27, 2009

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

A Voice For Our Values

Our phones started ringing off the hook yesterday as major reporters from leading news agencies rushed to get our reaction to the president’s nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. The widely read Washington insider publication Politico asked for a column with my take on the nomination. Today, the Washington Times published an op-ed I wrote encouraging senators to thoroughly scrutinize Sotomayor’s judicial philosophy and temperament.

For those of you new to our work, here’s some history you may not know. I have spent the past 30 years working in and out of government fighting for the values we cherish. I spent eight of those years in President Ronald Reagan’s Administration, including serving as his chief domestic policy advisor and Under Secretary of Education with Bill Bennett.

Over that time, I have developed many personal and professional relationships with many reporters. Quite a few journalists also know my background in key judicial battles. I was in the Reagan White House when the Left declared war over control of the courts and savaged Judge Robert Bork during his confirmation hearings. I learned from that fight and served as chairman of the Citizens Committee to Confirm Clarence Thomas. Putting principle above politics, I was a leading critic of the Harriet Miers nomination.

It is times like these when our work is so important. Supreme Court nominations are a teachable moment for the country offering significant lessons about civics, government and the proper role of the judiciary in our republic. It is only because of your generous support that we are able to carry on our vital work of being a voice for our values in Washington. These are difficult times, and I pray you will continue to stand with me on the front lines as we “fight the good fight” for faith, family and freedom!

What’s the Rush?

President Obama and Senate Democrats are demanding a quick confirmation vote on the Sotomayor nomination to the Supreme Court. But before we have another “NO TIME TO READ, VOTE NOW” embarrassment like the stimulus bill, I think we ought to slow down and seriously consider the importance of this lifetime appointment. For example, in today’s Washington Times, I argue that President Obama’s selection of Sonia Sotomayor was an ideological choice intended to produce desired political results rather than to promote the best and brightest legal scholars.

I’m not the only one to reach that conclusion. Jeffrey Rosen, a legal analyst for the liberal publication The New Republic, authored a column earlier this month entitled “The Case Against Sotomayor.” Here’s an excerpt:
“Over the past few weeks, I’ve been talking to a range of people who have worked with her, nearly all of them former law clerks for other judges on the Second Circuit or former federal prosecutors in New York. Most are Democrats and all of them want President Obama to appoint a judicial star of the highest intellectual caliber who has the potential to change the direction of the court. Nearly all of them acknowledged that Sotomayor is a presumptive front-runner, but nearly none of them raved about her. They expressed questions about her temperament, her judicial craftsmanship, and most of all, her ability to provide an intellectual counterweight to the conservative justices, as well as a clear liberal alternative.”
Today we discovered that the Supreme Court has reversed 60% of the decisions issued by Judge Sotomayor that reached the high court. That means that more often than not, according to the Supreme Court, Sotomayor got it wrong! And most legal observers expect the Supreme Court to reverse Sotomayor yet again when it issues its decision in the Ricci case I mentioned in yesterday’s report. Clearly, a thorough investigation of her judicial record and philosophy is in order and the Senate ought to demand it.

National VAT in Our Future?

In what has become a common theme of the political Left, liberals are continuing to look for every way possible to take more of your money. The “new idea” that they are proposing is a national sales tax or “value added tax.” Many conservatives, including me, have supported a national sales tax, because it would allow for a much simpler and more efficient tax system. But this would be the case only if the current income tax code were eliminated. Not surprisingly, the Left wants to impose a national sales tax in addition to your income taxes!

What is the reasoning behind implementing this type of policy? Liberals argue that it is one way to help balance the budget, but they also insist that they can use the VAT to pay for their socialized medicine scheme. (One of the leading VAT advocates is Ezekiel Emanuel. If that last name sounds familiar to you, that’s because he is the brother of current White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.)

Already in President Obama’s first 100 days we have seen that he wants to raise income taxes on “high earners” and impose new restrictions on businesses. Apparently those tax hikes alone were not enough for the liberal Left.

Enough Is Enough!

There is a very disturbing report today out of Texas that will make your blood boil. Just before Memorial Day, Debbie McLucas, a hospital supervisor in Mansfield, Texas, hung an American flag in the office she shared with other hospital supervisors. Mrs. McLucas’ husband and sons are veterans and her daughter is serving in Iraq.

Unbelievably, one of her co-workers, an African immigrant, complained that the flag was “offensive,” and hospital officials told Mrs. McLucas that she would have to remove the flag. This episode is just one more example of how the rot of political correctness that has infected our educational institutions has spread to corporate America and is being used to squelch expressions of traditional values, such as faith and patriotism, in the public square.

This situation in Texas is a travesty. But it will continue unless good people speak up. If you would like to share your thoughts with the hospital’s corporate headquarters, please call Kindred Healthcare at 800-545-0749 or click here to send an E-mail.

End Of Day Report 05 26 09

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Justice Sotomayor?

Today, President Obama announced Appeals Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor as his nominee to replace retiring liberal Supreme Court Justice David Souter. We know Judge Sotomayor is a liberal who once declared that the courts are “where policy is made.” Obama assured us during the campaign for the presidency that he would appoint judges with “empathy” – judges who knew, in the president’s words, “what it’s like to be poor, or African-American, or gay, or disabled, or old.” Sotomayor certainly fits that description.

Sotomayor has a compelling biography – a true American success story. Sotomayor is a Hispanic woman who grew up in the Bronx. Her father died when she was young, but her mother pushed her to excel in school. She graduated from Princeton and finished at the top of her law class at Yale. She now serves on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. But the classic “pull yourself up by your bootstraps” bio found little favor among Senate Democrats during Clarence Thomas’ confirmation hearings.

And far from believing the ideal of a meritocracy, where one succeeds based on their merits, Sotomayor appears to have very radical ideas when it comes to affirmative action and quotas. A case pending before the United States Supreme Court involves a suit brought by Frank Ricci, a white firefighter in Connecticut.

In that case, Ricci took and passed a promotion exam, but the city of New Haven refused to promote Ricci, and, according to one press account, “threw out results of a promotion exam because too few minorities scored high enough.” Of that injustice, liberal Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen wrote, “Ricci is not just a legal case but a man who has been deprived of the pursuit of happiness on account of race.”

A liberal columnist saw the injustice of the Ricci case, but Sotomayor sided with the city of New Haven, and her opinion was thrashed by a fellow judge for “ignoring the constitutional claims at the core of the case.” How could she so easily ignore the constitutional issues at stake? Because it’s all about “empathy.” She, like Obama, seems to care more about desired political results and her sense of “fairness.”

And what are we to make of this Sotomayor statement: “I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experience would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.” Can you imagine the reaction of Senate liberals if a white male candidate had dared to suggest that well-educated men could reach better conclusions than black or Hispanic women?

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his life fighting for the day when we would judge one another based on the content of our character, not the color of our skin. Americans of all political persuasions and ethnic backgrounds should be repulsed by Sotomayor’s comment and deeply concerned about her commitment to colorblind justice.

You can read more of my thoughts on the Sotomayor nomination in a column posted today at Politico.com.

A Victory For Common Sense

In the day’s other breaking legal news, the California Supreme Court upheld Proposition 8, the voter-approved amendment that reversed an earlier decision by the California Supreme Court redefining marriage. In upholding Proposition 8, the justices declared that it wasn’t their job to determine whether or not it was sound policy, just whether or not it was legally enacted.

Why couldn’t they have reached that same conclusion regarding the state’s traditional marriage law in the first place? Sadly, that’s the problem with liberal judicial activists. In their zeal to remake America and redefine our cherished values, they simply cannot resist the temptation to exercise raw political power from the bench.

And even after the public rebuke at the ballot box, this court went only half way in correcting itself. By ruling that thousands of homosexual “marriages” performed last year would remain legally valid, the court sent a not-so-subtle suggestion that it still thinks it was right to redefine marriage in the first place.

How the militant homosexual movement will demonstrate its tolerance for the legal process remains to be seen. After Proposition 8 passed, that movement displayed an ugly and intolerant hatred for people of faith who exercised their rights in the political process to govern themselves. If you need a reminder, you can watch it here and here.

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End Of Day Report 05 22 09

Friday, May 22, 2009

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

“Never Forget”

This weekend marks Memorial Day, a national observance first known as Decoration Day. It was meant to be a time to remember and honor our Civil War dead simply by decorating their graves. Over time, the holiday’s significance extended to honor all those who paid the ultimate price for our nation. Now, as America is at war, Memorial Day also provides an opportunity for us to reflect on and give thanks for the sacrifices of our soldiers still in harm’s way.

We face many dangers today—terrorist attacks, Iranian belligerence, international health epidemics. But the greatest danger of all is the one that still doesn’t make many headlines – our collective national amnesia. Our history textbooks are sanitized to be politically correct and give our children virtually no sense of the greatness of the nation they live in.

In my talks at hundreds of high schools during the 2000 campaign, I was struck by how often decent American kids had nothing good to say about their country. Most had virtually no knowledge of the sacrifices made to establish and preserve their liberty. They are the recipients of the greatest freedom and opportunity that any society has ever produced; yet they are unaware of the price in flesh and blood that was paid for it.

In America today, Memorial Day weekend has become more of an occasion for rest and relaxation than for reflection about our heroes and the values they died to preserve. This weekend, I hope and pray that we can learn to do both – relax and remember. Let’s go the ballgame, have that picnic, hug our kids, and have some fun at the beach. But let’s also remind ourselves, and our children, about what happened at Concord Bridge; the fields of Antietam; at the beaches of Normandy. Let’s explain to them why there was a Berlin Wall, what happened at Okinawa and the price that was paid to stop Hitler. Because the same resolve that allowed us to persevere in those conflicts will be necessary if we are to overcome our current challenges.

In short, let’s take at least a moment to teach our children and grandchildren to love the things we love, and honor the things we honor. Finally, let’s remind ourselves as well as our children that all liberty is a gift from God and that each generation has paid in flesh and blood to preserve it.

For those of you who want a place to start, try reading to your kids and grandkids these words from Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address:

“We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting-place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead who struggled here have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.”

Our next report will be Tuesday, May 26th. Thank you for all you do to make our work possible. I, and everyone at American Values, depend on and appreciate you more than you will ever know!

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Capital Prayer Alert 05 22 09

Friday, May 22, 2009

To: Friends

From: Carol Bauer

As you know, my wife, Carol, prepares a prayer alert about once a month. We hope you will share Carol’s writing with your friends and fellow worshippers. Thank you for taking an interest in her monthly devotion. – Gary

Capital Prayer Alert

Six weeks have passed since the last Capital Prayer Alert. Life in the Bauer family has taken a difficult turn since then. If you follow Gary’s daily report regularly you know that about a month ago his mother passed away. She had lived with us for nearly 8 years and suffered from severe arthritis and Alzheimer’s Disease. But, she was a fighter who pushed herself to join us for dinner each night and joked with our son, Zach, as he headed back to college on Easter night, just hours before she died. There was no sense that the end was near. But that’s life, isn’t it? We can hope and plan and busily chart our own way, but all the while the Lord may have a very different path in mind for us.

We appreciate the hundreds of cards, emails, phone calls, flowers and other expressions of sympathy we have received from so many of you. They have meant a great deal to us.

Since Gary is an only child who lost his father almost 20 years ago, the recent loss of his mother moves us into a different season. Gary has been able to steal a few minutes here and there to go through old letters, papers, photos and family mementoes. Many of you have walked this same road and in the process have caught glimpses of the challenging lives of those who are fondly referred to as the Greatest Generation. They lived through a Depression, suffered in war and built a country where individual initiative and hard work could lead you to the top.

That retrospective process, that legacy each of us will have, prompts us to take an inward look at our own lives. What will be our legacy? How will our children and grandchildren remember us? Since Gary and I were recently blessed to learn we will be first-time grandparents in November this self-examination is all the more timely.

This is my prayer — to be challenged by the efforts of the Greatest Generation to continue to fight for our beliefs in times of trial, to uphold our values when the going gets rough, and to articulate that which we believe to be best for the country in such an effective, winning and thought-provoking way that we make others stop and think. Will the way the country is headed today make us a more solid nation in the years ahead, not perfect, but aiming to be a shining example to the world? Or, are we sowing the seeds which will weaken us from within and make us more vulnerable to outside forces that would do us harm?

As you ponder what your legacy, I challenge you first to think about where your expertise lies. If you are a teacher, you can speak with some authority to the problems facing American education. If you are in business, you have a pretty good idea of the negative impact of various proposed energy taxes on business hiring and growth. If you are a physician or nurse, you can speak to the impact of various health care proposals on patient care and its cost. You may not think of yourself as an expert, but you know more about your field of endeavor than most people not in your field.

Our country’s future is being written right now in the halls of Congress and in every state legislature. Sweeping changes are afoot, and most are at odds with the values on which America has grown and thrived. The time for discouragement and disengagement is past. A major election is behind us and we are now living with the ramifications. Another is just 18 months away. These are the days when our personal legacies are being written.

Go to our Heavenly Father in humility prompted by introspection. Express your desire to God to make a positive mark on future generations of your family and your community. Seek His guidance. Ask Him to show you a path that acknowledges and uses your individual expertise, resources and network of influence. Ask for boldness, creativity and a desire to be open to the road ahead. Finally, ask God to bless your efforts if they are in line with His will. And, if He has another role in mind for you, seek to learn from Him what He would have you do to strengthen our country from within.

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End Of Day Report 05 21 09

Thursday, May 21, 2009

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Islamofascist Plot Busted

Late yesterday, four New York City men, apparently recent converts to Islam, were arrested by the FBI and charged with plotting to blow up a synagogue, which also held a school, and use surface-to-air missiles to down U.S. aircraft. The men had been under investigation since last June. They purchased explosives and missiles, but the material had been altered by the FBI to render them harmless.

Details are coming out slowly, but already we have information that raises serious concerns. First, the men met while in prison together and became “radicalized.” We have been warning for years that radical Islamists have a growing presence in our prison system. A full investigation is needed. What prison were they in? Who is the prison imam? One suspect said he wanted to hurt America because Muslims were being killed in Afghanistan. So why does he want to blow up Jews at worship and Jewish kids at school?

I can think of many targets that make much more sense if you want to “hurt America.” Of course, we all know the answer – virulent anti-Semitism is a central tenet of Islamofascism. This is why President Obama’s effort to force the creation of a Palestinian state is so ill-conceived. They could not care less about a Palestinian state. These people won’t be satisfied until every Jew is dead and every other “infidel” is in chains.

While the media are trying to ignore the Muslim connection, here are some facts from the government’s indictment:

* James Cromitie, also known as “Abdul Rahman,” explained that his parents lived in Afghanistan prior to his birth and that, because of his connection to Afghanistan, he was upset about the war there. He also expressed interest in returning to Afghanistan and said, “if he were to die a martyr, he would go to paradise.”

* Cromitie said he “would be interested in joining Jaish-e-Mohammed (a terrorist group) to do jihad.”

* Referring to his goals, Cromitie said, “I hate those motherf—–s, those f—ing Jewish bastards. I would like to get a synagogue.”

* While conducting surveillance outside a possible target, Cromitie pointed to people walking on the street in the vicinity of a Jewish community center and said that if he had a gun, “he would shoot each one in the head.”

Finally, I can’t help but notice the timeliness of these arrests. It is a reminder that we must still track down terrorists here, just as Obama is making the case today for releasing terrorists we already have at GITMO. His “catch and release” policy is good with trout, but not with murderous thugs.

Style vs. Substance

As you probably know, by coincidence today President Obama and former Vice President Dick Cheney delivered major speeches on national security within minutes of each other. The dueling speeches could best be summed up as a battle of style versus substance. The liberal media will spin the news as being all about Obama and will do their best to ignore Cheney. But Obama’s problem is not Dick Cheney — it is reality, and he will continue to be mugged by reality. I hope no Americans will die in the process. Just look at reality this week:

• Obama used his White House meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as an opportunity to reach out yet again to Iran. What does Iran do? It test fires a missile that can not only hit Israel but also U.S. military facilities throughout the Middle East and southern Europe.

• He argues for closing the terrorist detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and for releasing some prisoners into the United States. The reality is that the Democrat-dominated Senate voted 90-6 against the idea and the Pentagon released another report noting that one out of seven of the supposedly “reasonable” detainees who could be released returned to the battlefield to wage jihad against the U.S.

• The president says we are not at war with Islam. The reality is that radical Islam is at war with us. Four more followers of the “religion of peace” were just arrested for trying to blow up Jews and shoot down planes to “hurt America.”

Pastors, Are You Paying Attention?

Yesterday, the path to “gay marriage” in New Hampshire took a sudden and even more disturbing turn. Governor John Lynch, described in some media reports as a “centrist Democrat,” sent a “gay marriage” bill back to the legislature with an amendment. He asked the legislature to provide legal protections for pastors and clergy who do not want to be forced to perform same-sex “marriages” in violation of their faith. Without those protections for pastors, Governor Lynch indicated he might veto the bill.

Guess what happened? Conservative politicians voted against the bill on principle out of opposition to the radical notion of men “marrying” other men. But enough liberals in the state House of Representatives also voted against the bill and it failed 186-to-188. These liberals were not voting against “gay marriage,” but were instead voting to kill the religious protections Gov. Lynch requested. Pastors, I hope you are paying attention to the cultural war raging in America today. The “tyrants of tolerance” have put a bull’s eye on your pulpits. From the so-called “hate crimes” bill now pending in the Senate to the state-by-state push to redefine marriage, faith is under fire.

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