End Of Day Report 11 30 09

Monday, November 30, 2009

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Iran Backhands Obama

Iran delivered another blow to Barack Obama’s appeasement foreign policy over the weekend. Iranian “president” Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced in an interview with the official Islamic Republic News Agency that Iran will build ten new uranium-enrichment sites. While it would take years for Iran to complete such a project, the decision is a slap in the face to the Obama Administration. This announcement comes in the wake of Barack Obama’s futile attempts to “engage” with the radical mullahs on how to end Iran’s nuclear weapons program. Ahmadinejad called Obama’s bluff and upped the ante.

In his ten months in office, Obama has tried to reach out to the Iranian leadership multiple times. This included his personal “New Year’s greeting” to the Iranian people, his repeated condemnations of Israel and, perhaps most disturbing, his lack of support of the pro-democratic reformers who took to the streets after Iran’s flawed presidential election. The United States and the free world have become less secure because of these policies. It is safe to say that Ahmadinejad is making the leader of the free world look like a fool.

During the Bush Administration the liberal elites continuously pointed to poll numbers showing America’s popularity declining in the Muslim world. But, a new Pew Global Attitudes survey shows that Obama hasn’t changed Muslim views much, and in some cases he has made them worse. Here’s a summary from the Wall Street Journal:

“In the Palestinian territories, 15% have a favorable view of the U.S. while 82% have an unfavorable view. The Obama speech in Ankara didn’t seem to help in Turkey, where the favorables are 14% and those unreconciled, 69%. In Egypt, a country that’s reaped nearly 40 years of American aid, things stayed roughly the same: 27% have a favorable view of the U.S. while 70% do not. In Pakistan, a place of great consequence for American power, our standing has deteriorated: The unfavorables rose from 63% in 2008 to 68% this year.”
Obama and the Left don’t get it. Muslims in these countries don’t like us because we’re American. The Left has convinced itself that the unfavorable views of the U.S. held by many Muslims are based on the president and his policies. None of that matters. Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton were not popular in the Middle East either. The average Muslim is captive to state-owned media and fanatical Islamic dogma. They are taught to hate everything that Western Civilization – and the United States and Israel in particular – stands for. It is time for the Obama Administration to stop bowing to these tyrannical thugs and to stand up for the principles that make this nation great.

Bad News For Barack

The recent elections in New Jersey and Virginia saw Independent voters break heavily for Republican candidates in spite of numerous campaign appearances, speeches and robo calls by Barack Obama. But Independents are not the only ones growing disillusioned with our apprentice president.

In her Wall Street Journal column, Peggy Noonan notes that even “loyal Democrats” are turning on the president. Noonan writes that in many informal conversations, she has observed that “…no one seems to love Mr. Obama now; they’re not dazzled and head over heels. That’s gone away.”

In fact, even Leslie Gelb, president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations, described by Noonan as “fully plugged into the Democratic foreign policy establishment,” wrote last week that Obama’s recent Asia trip displayed “a disturbing amateurishness in managing America’s power.” Gelb also criticized Obama’s torturous Afghanistan deliberations as “inexcusably clumsy.” But wait, there’s more.

The banner story at Politico must be causing heartburn at the White House. Titled, “7 stories Obama doesn’t want told,” the article is everything conservatives warned about during last year’s campaign. Better late than never. But the simple fact that the media are now noticing Obama’s faults – and making them front page news – is not good news for the White House.

Voter Intensity Is Our Friend

In a report last week, I noted how voter intensity can often be a driving factor in motivating voter turnout. We saw it recently in the off-year elections in Virginia, where a slate of conservative Republicans captured the top statewide offices by landslide margins. How did it happen? Exit polls strongly suggest that demoralized Democrats stayed home on Election Day. A new poll by the leftwing Daily Kos warns that Democrats are facing a similar situation nationwide in the 2010 congressional elections.

In its most recent tracking poll, the Daily Kos asked voters how likely they were to go to the polls in 2010. The results, as the Daily Kos admitted, were shocking: 81% of Republicans were likely to vote in next year’s election, 65% of Independents were likely to vote. Here’s the shocking part: Just 56% of Democrats were likely to vote, and 40% of Democrats said they were unlikely to vote. The poll found that “Democrats were three times more likely to say that they will ‘definitely not vote’ in 2010 than are Republicans.”

If those numbers hold until next November, 2010 will look a lot like 1994. And your continued support for this political action committee could tip the balance in scores of key races next year. If conservatives make major gains in Congress, we can stop Obama’s socialism! (Click here to get the bumper sticker.)

“Happy Baracksgiving”

While you were enjoying time with friends and family this Thanksgiving, did you take time out to give thanks for Barack Obama? Evidently, he’s responsible for so much that is taking place here and around the world. You can read about it an op-ed I wrote for the Thanksgiving edition of the Washington Times. Perhaps next year we’ll be saying “Happy Baracksgiving.”

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End Of Day Report 11 25 09

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Giving Thanks

Today, as America’s families gather and finalize Thanksgiving Day menus, let us pause to reflect upon the mercy and blessings God has provided over the past year. Carol and I are thankful for our new grandson, Asher. But I know 2009 has been a difficult year for many people. Yet, even in difficult times, we are blessed beyond measure.

It wasn’t always so. This country and the bounty that we celebrate, the rights we too often take for granted, didn’t always exist. The Pilgrims who came to the shores of America were not coming for economic opportunity, but religious freedom. Faith and America’s history are inextricably linked, and Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday. In 1789, George Washington, issued a National Day of Thanksgiving proclamation, in which he wrote:

“…I do recommend and assign Thursday, the twenty-sixth day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these United States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be. That we then may all unite unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation… for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and … for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed…”
As we give thanks, take a few minutes to remind your children and grandchildren of the importance of Thanksgiving, because, odds are, they are not learning the true meaning of this historic celebration in the public schools. Many students are not taught about the Pilgrims’ faith in divine Providence, which inspired their heroic and dangerous journey to America.

The good folks at ColdWater Media have produced the Drive Thru History series in partnership with Focus on the Family and Trinity Broadcasting Network. They have posted a short video about the Pilgrims that you and your children can watch here. (Click on “Happy Thanksgiving” in the upper right corner.) It is remarkable to consider the tremendous adversity the Pilgrims overcame hundreds of years ago. In many ways, our struggles today, as real as they are, pale in comparison.

Regardless of the foolishness that prevails in our schools and our culture in the name of tolerance, we recognize and appreciate what this great day is all about. The Lord has blessed our country beyond our founders’ imaginations, and each generation has contributed to America’s greatness. Great challenges are before us. Like the settlers of so many years ago, we fall to our knees to give thanks to the Lord who watches over and blesses us abundantly. It is with His blessing that America will remain a “shining city upon a hill.”

This is my last daily report until next Monday, November 30th. Carol and I wish you and your family all of God’s blessings at this special time of year. And we thank you for the continued friendship and support that makes possible our work in defense of family, faith and freedom.

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End Of Day Report 11 24 09

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

We Are Grandparents!

Our first grandchild has just been born to our daughter Sarah and her husband, Rodney. Asher Lee Anderson weighed in at 8 pounds, 2 ounces and it looks to me like he may be another conservative! Seriously, everyone is fine, and we are thankful for God’s gift of life. Our daughter Elyse is excited about being a fantastic aunt. Her husband, Jake, and our son, Zach, are thrilled to be uncles, and Carol and I are looking forward to grandparenthood. (All advice is welcome.)

Mush vs. Steel

Barack Obama came back from his Asian trip with nothing to benefit the U.S. Meanwhile, Iranian “strong man” Mahmoud Ahmadinejad continues to outmaneuver the Obama Administration, even in our own back yard. The Shiite fundamentalist is strengthening ties with Cuba and Venezuela. Today, he is in resource-rich Brazil, making deals and taunting the United States. From there, he heads to Bolivia to continue to bolster his influence in the Western Hemisphere.

After a year of watching Obama’s limp-wristed foreign policy, the Holocaust-denying dictator has concluded he knows his adversary well. He told the Brazilian media that the U.S. and Israel “don’t have the courage” to attack Iran and stop his nuclear weapons program. He is probably right about Barack Obama, but I suspect he has misjudged Israel.

Back home in Iran, Ahmadinejad continues to smash dissent while Obama and the State Department grovel at his feet, begging for negotiations. Ahmadinejad laughs in return, and strengthens his control of Iran. Six thousands military centers are being opened in elementary schools throughout the Islamic Republic to indoctrinate young jihadists. The Revolutionary Guards are being given control of various forms of communication – telephone land lines, cell phone companies and Internet providers. In the spring, it will launch its own news agency to spout the mullahs’ propaganda.

But no insult, no affront, no threat from Iran will dispel our president’s delusional view that if only he could sit down with Ahmadinejad they could kiss and make up. Unfortunately for us, Obama’s “mush” is no match for Ahmadinejad’s “steel.” With each hour, we grow closer to an unprecedented defeat of U.S. interests in the Middle East.

Leftwing Lies

In past reports, I’ve expressed skepticism about the so-called global warming consensus. Not only did the science seem suspect, often contradicting common sense, but it was clearly ideologically driven. Like the promise that more government programs would save money, the radical environmental movement has a terrible track record of making hysterical predictions that never materialize. And its solutions are always the same – bigger government and higher taxes.

In recent days, there have been shocking revelations that the science behind the global warming scare may well be a total scam. E-mails have been leaked from key scientists that appear to expose blatant data manipulation and efforts to suppress dissent. Science and academia are supposed to be all about free inquiry. But these scientists are acting more like petty liberal ideologues determined to pursue their leftwing agenda regardless of the facts.

I won’t go into all of the details about the emails in this report. You can read more here and here. But this is not just a scientific scandal. “Climategate” is a huge political scandal as well, encompassing leading leftwing luminaries like Al Gore, who have been working for years to impose various socialist schemes aimed at undermining our sovereignty, crippling our economy and redistributing our wealth, all under the guise of combating global warming.

I’m pleased to report that conservative stalwart Senator Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma is demanding an investigation, and rightly so, because the stakes are tremendous. The entire premise of cap and trade – massive new energy taxes and vastly expanded government power – rests on this apparent scam. It’s worth reminding everyone that 82% of House Democrats voted for it, while 94% of House Republicans opposed it.

We will continue to monitor this story. But most importantly, with your help, we will do everything we can to defeat liberal Democrats who support cap and trade and other socialist policies. If we can make major gains in next year’s elections, we can stop Obama’s socialism! (Click here to get the bumper sticker.)

Obama Is Melting

There is a debate about whether global warming is melting the ice caps, but no one can deny that socialism is melting Obama’s once sky-high approval ratings. Today’s Rasmussen poll has his approval rating down to 45%. When you look at voter intensity, the figures are even more striking.

Only 27% of the nation’s voters strongly approve of the president’s performance, while 42% strongly disapprove. That is a 15-point gap – the largest of his presidency. Among Independents, the ratings are nothing short of catastrophic for Obama socialists. Just 16% of Independents strongly approve, while 51% strongly disapprove.

Why is this measurement important? Voter intensity can often be a driving factor in motivating voter turnout. At this rate, President Obama, who swept many Democrats into office on his coattails last year, will be a toxic liability to many Democrats next year.

Bush won Independents in 2000 and 2004. Obama won them in 2008. Our side won them back earlier this month in Virginia and New Jersey. If we can keep them during next year’s congressional elections, we can stop the massive assault on American liberty and the growth of Big Government that has been forced on us all year.

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End Of Day Report 11 23 09

Monday, November 23, 2009

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Jihadist Propaganda

A lawyer for one of the 9/11 Islamofascist conspirators facing trial in a federal civilian court in New York confirmed over the weekend what we suspected. He disclosed that the Gitmo thugs will plead not guilty and then use the trial as a platform to express their jihadist philosophy and to attack American foreign policy.

I expect the defendants to demand that the U.S. withdraw from the Middle East and abandon Israel, our most reliable ally, or face more attacks. The trial will be used to recruit more jihadists and to spew anti-Semitic hatred. When it happens, we can thank President Obama and Attorney General Holder for another foolish decision informed by leftwing ideology instead of common sense.

Gold Stars For Genocide

We have all seen how Barack Obama has been humiliated by Iran eleven months into his presidency. Countless times, Obama has stressed the importance of “engagement” and finding “common ground” with the Iranians regarding their nuclear ambitions, while they promise genocide by “wiping Israel off the map.” Iran’s response has been to continue to fund terrorist organizations Hamas and Hezbollah, to continue to deny the Holocaust and, today, to stage large air defense war games in anticipation of an attack on their nuclear facilities. They are buying time and bolstering their defenses.

Sadly, Obama is implementing a foreign policy based on appeasement even for countries like Sudan that have committed genocide. Earlier this month, the New Republic, a liberal magazine, published an article on Scott Gration. Gration is Obama’s special envoy to Sudan, and was one of Candidate Obama’s foreign policy advisors during last year’s campaign.

In an interview with the Washington Post, Gration describes his mentality when dealing with the corrupt and genocidal Sudanese government: “We’ve got to think about giving out cookies. Kids, countries – they react to gold stars, smiley faces, handshakes, agreements, talk, engagement.” Is this also a description of Barack Obama’s foreign policy? The report goes on to describe Gration as a man “with an almost utopian theory about international relations.” Obama and Gration are perfect for each other – they think the same way!

What kind of message does this send to other countries when the leader of the free world coddles genocidal dictators? For dictators committing crimes against humanity against their own people, the message is clear: the United States will give you cookies and gold stars if you promise to play nicely with others. You know things are bad when Obama’s approach to foreign policy is too naive even for the liberal New Republic.

Where Were The “Moderates”?

The Senate made history Saturday, voting 60-to-39 to begin debating the idea of socialized medicine in America. Let me rephrase that, just so there is no confusion: 60 United States Senators want to talk about putting the government in charge of your healthcare and socializing nearly 20% of our economy in the process. This really is unprecedented.

Just consider the words of Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, who said, “This is a radical departure from the way we’ve responded to the market in America in the past. …We have never before said, in a given business, we don’t trust the companies in it, so we’re going to have the government go into that business…”

Prior to this vote, there was a lot of talk in the press about “conservative” and “moderate” Democrats who would decide the fate of this bill. The fact that every single Senate Democrat was willing to move this socialized medicine scheme to the Senate floor means that there really aren’t any conservative or even moderate Democrats in the Senate who can be counted on. This was a vote that required the support of 60 senators. For those truly opposed to socialized medicine, this was the best chance to defeat it. But it gets worse.

Here’s how Merriam Webster’s dictionary describes a bribe: “Money or favor given or promised in order to influence the judgment or conduct of a person in a position of trust.” Louisiana’s Mary Landrieu is often considered one of those “moderate” Senate Democrats, and she was one of the last to decide how she would vote Saturday. What tipped her hand? Senate Democrat Leader Harry Reid offered $100 million in additional aid just for the citizens of Louisiana. It’s being mocked on Capitol Hill as “The Louisiana Purchase.” Landrieu is unrepentant. She went to the Senate floor and defended her vote, saying, “I am not going to be defensive … and it is not a $100 million fix, it is a $300 million fix.”

The senator from Louisiana may be for sale, but the American people are not. They are not buying the snake oil of “free healthcare” or the absurd notion that the government can do it better and save money too. According to the latest Rasmussen poll, just 38% of likely voters support this socialized medicine scheme, while 56% oppose it. That’s the lowest level of support for ObamaCare since Rasmussen started tracking the issue back in June.

Dobson On The Manhattan Declaration

My good friend Dr. James Dobson devoted his radio show today to discussing the Manhattan Declaration with its principal authors, Chuck Colson and Professor Robbie George. I encourage everyone to listen to today’s Focus Action broadcast. (Click here to listen online or find station listings in your area.)

I want to especially encourage pastors to read the Manhattan Declaration and use it in your sermons. Our teachers must teach the values of our faith, and our shepherds must lead their flocks. There is so much at stake in our nation today, and people of faith must be engaged in these momentous decisions, as they will effect us all for generations to come.

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End Of Day Report 11 20 09

Friday, November 20, 2009

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

S.O.S. – Stop Obama’s Spending!

The national debt has set a record this week — $12 trillion. Do you realize that the national debt set a record of $11 trillion just eight months ago? That’s right – the national debt has broken two records in Obama’s first year as president and he’s just getting warmed up. The Associated Press stated eight months ago: “President Barack Obama’s budget would produce $9.3 trillion in deficits over the next decade, more than four times the deficits of Republican George W. Bush’s presidency.” If you are a visual learner, here is a graphic depiction (pun intended!) of Obama’s outrageous spending.

These numbers are incomprehensible, so here’s another way to consider the extent of the problem. CNNMoney.com reported yesterday that in five years the interest payments alone on the national debt will total $533 billion – “equal to a third of the federal income taxes expected to be paid that year.” If you were facing interest payments equal to one third of your income, what would you do? Cut spending immediately! But this administration has no plans to cut spending. Instead it is working furiously to pass socialized medicine – another trillion-dollar entitlement program.

The Senate is scheduled to vote tomorrow on whether to begin debating Harry Reid’s version of healthcare “reform.” This is not the debate we need to be having right now. ObamaCare would bankrupt America. Call your senators at 202-224-3121 . Tell them to vote “no” on the motion to proceed. Tell them simply “We can’t afford it.” Tell them to “Stop Obama’s Spending.”

Are You A Racist?

Proving once again the tremendous intolerance of the Left, Jesse Jackson played the race card yesterday against a fellow Democrat for opposing socialized medicine. Referring to Rep. Artur Davis (D-AL), who voted against ObamaCare, Jackson said, “You can’t vote against healthcare and call yourself a black man.” Oh, that’s right – Davis is black, or at least he was until he voted against ObamaCare.

Of course, this is nothing new. We saw this ugly name calling in the media’s reaction to the Tea Parties and town hall protests. The accusation of racism over policy disagreements is totally absurd, and nothing demonstrates that more than Jackson calling out a fellow black man for daring to leave the ideological plantation. Very good friends of our work have produced a short commercial mocking the Left’s intolerance and unwillingness to debate rationally. You can watch it here. Please share it with friends and family members.

Did Feds Miss Hasan Because They Were Looking For Right-Wingers?

One of the most ridiculous claims by the government in the wake of the Fort Hood massacre was that law enforcement authorities did not act on Nidal Hasan’s emails to a known Islamic extremist because he was conducting a research project. Now we are learning more about the content of those emails. For example, in one message, Hasan told the radical cleric that he could not wait to have conversations with him in paradise. Another email reportedly asked “when jihad is considered ‘appropriate,’ and if it is acceptable for innocent people to die in suicide attacks.”

In the Senate, Joseph Lieberman is holding hearings to find out how this happened. Here’s the most disturbing thing we have learned so far. The FBI and the Pentagon have a joint counterterrorism program to identify likely terrorists, but there’s one problem: According to the Wall Street Journal, Senator Lieberman is demanding to know why it is “focused only on white supremacists or other right-wing extremists.” The same backwards thinking that led the Department of Homeland Security to classify certain conservatives as potential domestic terrorists is evidently alive and well in the Hasan case.

Let me remind our elites, in case they have forgotten. It wasn’t evangelical Christians who flew planes into the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon on 9/11. It wasn’t Catholics who blew up the USS Cole. It wasn’t Buddhists who blew up our embassies in Tanzania and Kenya. It wasn’t Lutherans who tried to massacre our troops at Fort Dix. It wasn’t an Orthodox Jew who attacked an Army recruiting office in Little Rock, Arkansas, or drove his SUV into a crowd of college students at a North Carolina university. Sadly, thirteen American soldiers are dead because political correctness has blinded our leaders to the obvious: Radical Islam has declared war on us.

“Pro-Lifers Need Not Apply”

While the media love to focus on disagreements among conservatives, the debate in Congress over healthcare “reform” has exposed serious divisions among liberals, especially abortion. Click here to read more in my weekly Human Events column.

Palin’s Tour Continues

I have rarely seen a political figure go on a whirlwind tour like the one Sarah Palin has been on this week. From conducting interviews on Oprah, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly, to holding book signings in Grand Rapids, Michigan and various other towns across the country, Sarah Palin has created a media firestorm.

I mentioned earlier this week that Palin’s appearance on Oprah generated the highest ratings the show has had in more than 2 years. The following day, viewership was down 40%. Palin’s book has been a best seller for weeks despite that it was released only on Monday. Whether the Left likes it or not, Palin clearly has star power. While all of this is great news, I’d like to share some more thoughts on Palin and her tour.

If you have not seen her interviewed on any of these shows, I strongly urge you to do so. She appears calmer, more confident, and overall much smoother than when she first hit the national stage a little more than a year ago. Most importantly, she’s continuing to articulately present a conservative alternative to Barack Obama’s radical agenda, which is on display here in Washington every day. Despite the media’s relentless assault on her and her family, a recent Opinion Dynamics Corporation Poll shows that she is much more popular than Nancy Pelosi.

Forty-seven percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of Palin, compared to only a 28% for Nancy Pelosi. Even more encouraging is that 60% of those polled believe that the media have treated Palin unfairly. Isn’t it ironic that the liberal media never attack Nancy Pelosi, a woman holding one of the most powerful positions in government who is trying to transform the United States into a socialist state? Yet they continuously attack Sarah Palin and her family.

The media’s double standard cannot be seen any clearer than in their treatment of Palin. Just this week, Newsweek published a picture of Palin in running attire on its cover. Palin justifiably attacked the magazine for its sexist portrayal of her. Did NOW come to Palin’s defense? Of course not. I guarantee you that if the image had been of Michelle Obama, it would have. Thus far, Palin’s tour has been a huge success. I look forward to hearing her continue to spread the conservative message across the country.

Defending Faith, Family And Freedom

Today, dozens of religious and pro-family leaders are gathering in Washington, D.C., to announce the release of the Manhattan Declaration. Led by my good friend Chuck Colson and Princeton’s Robbie George, these leaders are calling on Christians to stand up and defend the “inviolable and non-negotiable” values of life, traditional marriage and religious liberty. In addition, the Declaration serves notice to public authorities that “We will fully and ungrudgingly render to Caesar what is Caesar’s. But under no circumstances will we render to Caesar what is God’s.”

My friends, I feel strongly that “rendering unto Caesar what is Caesar’s” means more than just paying your taxes. Like Joseph and Mary reporting to Bethlehem for the census, we are obligated to be active participants in our democratic republic, and that means voting according to our values. I am honored to be a signer of the Manhattan Declaration – an urgent call to action for men and women of faith for such a time as this.

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End Of Day Report 11 19 09

Thursday, November 19, 2009

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Holder Gets Hammered

Yesterday I reported on Attorney General Eric Holder’s testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee about his decision to have five 9/11 conspirators, including mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, tried in civilian court in New York City. I was very proud of the way Republican senators on the committee aggressively questioned Holder about his decision. Below are highlights and some of my thoughts on the hearing.

* One issue not addressed was the guidelines military officers should follow on the battlefield regarding captured terrorists. Are they supposed to tell terrorists they have “the right to remain silent”? Will they be able to gather the necessary intelligence that could save Americans lives? Will terrorists be able to ask for a lawyer before an interrogation? All of these questions still need to be answered, and in the meantime American commanders are put in a very dangerous position.

* Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ) mentioned that Holder has connections to lawyers who represented GITMO detainees. Kyl wanted to know if they were involved in any way in the decision. Not surprisingly, Holder dodged the question. According to Michelle Malkin, Eric Holder was a senior partner with a “prestigious” Washington D.C., law firm that represents 17 Yemenis who are held at GITMO.

* Holder also has a disturbing history: As a deputy attorney general in the Clinton Administration, Holder overrode internal opposition at the Justice Department and directed the Office of the Pardon Attorney to support clemency for members of the FALN, a Puerto Rican terrorist group.

* President Obama said Wednesday that he expects Mohammed to be convicted and executed. Defense attorneys for the terrorists could use these statements as evidence that their clients cannot receive a fair trial. Also, defense attorneys can prolong the jury selection process by arguing that it is impossible to find an impartial jury in a city where over 3,000 of its residents were killed. A motion for a change of venue seems highly likely.

* Senator Kyl asked Holder, “How could you be more likely to get a conviction in federal court, when Khalid Sheikh Mohammed has already asked to plead guilty before a military commission, and be executed? How could you be more likely to get a conviction in federal court than that?” Holder said he “doesn’t know what Khalid Sheikh Mohammed wants to do now.”

Despite the risks for the country, and the message this decision sends to terrorists, the Obama Administration has refused to back down. It is becoming clearer by the day that Obama and his cronies care more about their radical agenda than they do about seeking the real justice that these thugs deserve, a death sentence decided in a military tribunal, not in civilian court.

Liberal Extremism

Events in recent days have provided some startling examples of the extremism of leading Democrats and powerful leftwing special interest groups. Share this item with some friends and family members who may not follow politics as closely as you do.

* Abortion – Recent polls, including a new CNN poll, find that huge majorities of the American people – 61% and higher – oppose taxpayer funding of abortion. But President Obama and key Democrat leaders are demanding it. Senate Democrat Leader Harry Reid unveiled his 2,074-page healthcare “reform” bill yesterday. Did he follow the lead of the House, which voted 240-to-194 to prohibit taxpayer subsidies for abortion? On the contrary. Reid’s bill mandates abortion coverage.

* Homosexual “Marriage” – Recently, New York Governor David Paterson called a special session of the New York Legislature to deal with the state’s growing fiscal crisis. Gov. Paterson warned that the state would be out of money by Christmas without immediate action. Guess what else Paterson put on the agenda for the special legislative session? Homosexual “marriage.”

Paterson’s commitment to same-sex “marriage” in the midst of the fiscal crisis is as morally bankrupt as Harry Reid’s decision to attach so-called “hate crimes” legislation to this year’s Defense bill and his insistence to mandate taxpayer-funded abortions in the healthcare “reform” bill. But as White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said, “Never let a crisis go to waste.”

* Environmental Extremism – Radical “greens” are blaming any human activity they can think of for every environmental problem (real and imagined). Believe it or not, two environmental activists in New Zealand are suggesting that you should eat your pets to save the planet. Yes, pets are evidently worse than SUVs.

Closer to home, California has just taken steps to ban large screen TVs because they use too much energy. Are computer monitors and iPods next? The state ought to build more power plants, but to the Left, it is all about power – not electricity, but political power and the power to control your life. How many Americans think that way? A recent Rasmussen poll found that only 16% of American adults would support a law to ban certain TVs. Yet these are the kinds of radicals who gain power when leftwing politicians (like those who dominate California and Washington) get elected.

Palin Power

Those of you who followed our work during last year’s presidential campaign will remember that we repeatedly highlighted Obama’s relationships to radicals like Jeremiah Wright. While a candidate’s policies are the most important issues to consider, these sorts of associations are important as well. They tell you a lot about how a candidate thinks, the folks he’s likely to appoint to key positions of power, etc. Even Obama admitted in his book that he chose his friends carefully, especially, “The Marxist professors and the structural feminists.”

The liberal media insisted that such associations were irrelevant. Sadly, some Republicans accepted that, dropped the issue and moved on. But I never understood how someone could sit in Jeremiah Wright’s church for 20 years and not think twice about what was being preached there unless it resonated at some level.

I urged the McCain campaign to aggressively highlight Obama’s relationship with Jeremiah Wright. And there was a moment when it seemed like they might. An ad was made but never aired. You can see it here.

What does Sarah Palin think? Consider this excerpt from her book: “I will forever question the campaign for prohibiting discussion of such associations. All the more since these telltale signs of Obama’s views, carefully concealed with centrist campaign-speak, have now been brought into light by his appointments and actions in office.” She gets it!

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End Of Day Report 11 18 09

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Citizen Osama?!

There were fireworks on Capitol Hill today as Attorney General Eric Holder defended the administration’s decision to grant the 9/11 plotters the same constitutional protections afforded to American citizens. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) cut to the chase when he pressed Holder on whether the administration would read Osama bin Laden his Miranda rights if he were captured. Holder would not answer the question. That tells us all we need to know about this administration’s pre-9/11 mindset. You can watch the exchange here.

Obama Appeases China While Bashing Israel

Obama’s trip to Asia has been one long bow. The bow to Japanese Emperor Akihito made the most news, but his most dangerous bows were the concessions he made to satisfy China’s communist rulers. Human rights abuses in China were relegated to a low priority. Obama crushed the hopes of occupied Tibet by stating that he recognized that country as part of the People’s Republic of China. He met with no dissenters or human rights advocates.

Contrast his submissive posture toward China’s autocrats with his “tough guy” approach toward Israel. Yesterday, the city government of Jerusalem authorized the construction of 900 homes for Israelis in the Gilo neighborhood. Gilo has been home to thousands of Jews for years. Construction goes on there regularly.

But the Obama White House and the State Department reacted to the routine construction announcement as if it were a declaration of war. Administration spokesmen repeatedly bashed Israel during press briefings yesterday for endangering peace. How? Does the president see some moral equivalence between Jewish homes and Palestinian homicide bombers?

Someone needs to inform our apprentice president that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. It is not on the negotiating table. The insistence by Barack Obama and the U.N. that more Jews not be permitted to live in a Jerusalem neighborhood is arrogant and racist. And it is further proof that this administration’s goal is to divide the holy city of Jerusalem and divide Israel – forcing it to shrink itself to within indefensible borders while it is surrounded by Islamofascists who declare their desire to “wipe Israel off the map.”

The president should devote his time to creating jobs for out of work Americans, instead of acting as if he is in charge of the Jerusalem Zoning Board.

Reform Roundup

There is some interesting news in the healthcare “reform” debate today that you should know. Here’s a quick summary.

* House Republican leaders are asking AARP to retract its endorsement of ObamaCare. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued a report warning that ObamaCare’s planned cuts “would sharply reduce benefits for some senior citizens and could jeopardize access to care for millions.” But don’t hold your breath waiting for AARP to admit its mistake. The organization has been taken over by liberals and may as well be called “Aging Anti-Republican Persons.”

* A new CNN poll finds that 61% of Americans oppose taxpayer-funding of abortion. But we know from comments of top White House officials that the president himself will intervene behind-the-scenes to make sure that ObamaCare subsidizes abortion-on-demand. (The poll also found that 63% of Americans think that abortion should be illegal in most cases.)

* Today’s Washington Times has a front page report on the government’s history of healthcare cost overruns. For example, in 1967 Congress projected the cost of Medicare to be just $12 billion in 1990. They were off by a factor of seven — it cost $98 billion in 1990. The Congressional Budget Office, which estimated the cost of ObamaCare at roughly $1 trillion, confesses that its guesses are “subject to substantial uncertainty.” Do you want to bet that ObamaCare won’t cost us $7 trillion?

* Dr. Jeffrey Flier has an op-ed in today’s Wall Street Journal diagnosing the Democrats’ healthcare “reform” legislation. Here are some key excerpts:

“…as [the] controversy heads toward a conclusion in Washington, it appears that the people who favor the legislation are engaged in collective denial. …In discussions with dozens of health-care leaders and economists, I find near unanimity of opinion that … the final legislation … will markedly accelerate national health-care spending rather than restrain it. Likewise, nearly all agree that the legislation would do little or nothing to improve quality…

“Worse, [the] legislation would undermine any potential for real innovation … by overregulating the health-care system… There are important lessons to be learned from recent experience with reform in Massachusetts. Here, insurance mandates similar to those proposed in the federal legislation … increased total spending.”

In case you’re wondering, Dr. Flier is not on the payroll of some rightwing think tank – he’s the Dean of Harvard Medical School.

It’s not too late to stop this debacle. Click here to contact your senators and demand that they oppose ObamaCare.

How Can I Help You?

One of the great pleasures of my work is that I am frequently able to escape the liberal enclave of Washington, D.C., to speak to pro-life, pro-family, pro-free enterprise audiences around the country. Those speeches to crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs), conservative clubs, rallies, conventions and businesses never fail to recharge my batteries while also raising money and support for the sponsoring organizations.

This year has been particularly gratifying. I have spoken at fundraisers for crisis pregnancy centers across the country – Virginia, New York, Michigan, California, and for Kentucky Right to Life. I spoke to annual meetings and conventions of various businesses and trade associations and helped a variety of Family Policy Councils and conservative grassroots organizations. My friends, our cause is alive and well – and growing around the country!

We are working on our schedule for 2010, and the calendar is starting to fill up fast. If you think I can help inspire your supporters or raise funds for your CPC, give us a call at (703) 671-9700. We will handle travel expenses in exchange for a very reasonable honorarium. 2010 is going to be a great year for our values, and I am looking forward to working with you as we “fight the good fight” for family, faith and freedom!

Palin Power

Love her or hate her, no one can deny that Sarah Palin has celebrity status. She’s burning up the airwaves this week with interviews on Oprah, ABC, Rush Limbaugh, Fox News, etc. (By the way, Palin gave Oprah her highest rated show in two years!) In West Michigan, nearly 1,000 people started lining up last night for Palin’s book signing event later today. And the Left is going nuts – with good reason. Liberals fear her because they see in her the same celebrity star power that Obama successfully harnessed last year.

But as we are learning every day, celebrity isn’t everything. What a person believes is far more important. In fact, there was a bit of a buzz when I got into the office this morning. Having heard some of her interviews and watching previews of upcoming interviews, my staff noted that many of her remarks sounded very familiar.

For example, does Sarah Palin think the 9/11 mastermind should be brought to New York City and be given the same rights that American citizens enjoy? Here’s what she said to Matthew Continetti of The Weekly Standard: “Not no, but h-ll no. …That was an atrocious decision. And it makes a mockery of our judicial system.” What does she think about the shooting at Fort Hood? Click here to find out.