End Of Day Report

Monday, February 28, 2011

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Police Join Union Protests

Thousands of union protestors who have occupied the Wisconsin Capitol found a new ally yesterday — the Capitol Police Department. The capitol building has been under siege for days by left-wing protestors, and according to one state agency, “was in dire need of a cleaning.”

Indeed it was. As you can see from this picture, the Wisconsin capitol building looks like a circus thanks to the mob that is occupying it. Even a memorial to Wisconsin’s veterans was not spared.

The protestors were ordered to evacuate the building Sunday so that it could be cleaned. But according to the Associated Press, “it was clear that the estimated 4,000 protestors had no intention of leaving voluntarily.” Faced with this blatant defiance, the Capitol police chief caved.

Chief Charles Tubbs said, “People here have acted lawfully and responsibly. There’s no reason to consider arrests.” Really? The protestors were told to leave and they refused. Most people would hardly call that “lawful.”

Meanwhile, Gov. Walker isn’t backing down. On “Meet the Press” yesterday, he said, “Year after year, governors and legislators before us have kicked the can down the road. We can’t do that. We’re broke. It’s about time someone stood up and told the truth in our state and said here’s our problem, here’s the solution and let’s do this.” Richard Trumpka, head of the AFL-CIO, also appeared on “Meet the Press.” He was asked twice whether he thought protest signs comparing Gov. Walker to Hitler and Mubarak were appropriate. Twice Trumpka refused to answer the question.

Not surprisingly, the non-stop coverage of the protests by CNN and other mainstream media outlets suddenly stopped over the weekend. It was becoming more and more obvious that these demonstrations have been taken over by the radical left-wing fringe. Wisconsin taxpayers would be outraged by pictures of bongo-banging and yoga exercises going on in the capitol, while the people’s business has been suspended because Democrat senators went on the lam. Fox News is still covering the protests, when its reporters aren’t being attacked by the “tolerant” progressives.

Meanwhile, some Wisconsin residents are taking matters into their own hands by launching recall efforts against the AWOL Senate Democrats. Good for them! Organizing a successful recall effort is a tough job, but any legislator who is unwilling to do his or her job ought to be fired.

Speaker Boehner: House Will Defend Marriage

As we reported Friday, we have been talking to our friends on Capitol Hill about how to respond to President Obama’s declaration that the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. I’m pleased to report that Speaker John Boehner is promising that the House will defend traditional marriage.

Speaking to CBN’s David Brody this weekend, Boehner denounced Obama’s action as “raw politics” and “pandering” to the militant homosexual rights crowd. He added, “…if the president won’t lead, if the president won’t defend DOMA, then you’ll see the House of Representatives defend our actions in passing a bill that frankly passed overwhelmingly.”

Speaker Boehner is right. When DOMA passed the House in 1996, it received 342 votes, or 78% of the House. Even 60% of House Democrats voted for it. It got 85 votes in the Senate, with the support of 32 Democrats. Even progressive heroes like the late Paul Wellstone (D-MN) and then Delaware Senator Joe Biden voted for it. It was signed into law by a Democrat president, Bill Clinton. Since 1996, laws or constitutional amendments defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman have been approved in 31 states by an average vote of 63%.

If Barack Obama wants to have a national discussion about marriage in America, I welcome that debate. His actions have proven once again that he is no centrist. His values are at odds with the values of the vast majority of Americans, and conservatives in Congress should point that out at every opportunity. Speaker Boehner should have a vote on the issue again and force congressmen to go on the record!

The American Solution To Rising Gas Prices

Gas prices spiked 10 cents last week to a national average of $3.29 a gallon. The Associated Press reports, “That’s the highest level ever for this time of year, when prices are typically low.” And it’s only going to get worse from here. The AP adds, “Since 2000, prices in May have been 52 cents per gallon on average higher than in February.” The immediate problem is unrest in the Middle East. Libya is the world’s 15th largest oil exporter. The head of Libya’s state-run oil company admits that at least half of its production has been shut down, although there are reports today that the flow may increase.

There is an American solution. A new study finds that Alaska could become the world’s eighth largest oil producer if only Obama and the radical environmentalists would end their war against America’s energy companies and permit more drilling there.

A Winning Union of Issues

Certain Republicans with national aspirations continue to advance the idea that America’s ballooning budget deficits should be the party’s sole focus in the run-up to the 2012 elections. But President Obama and the Democrats are vulnerable on a broad range of issues, including, as I argue in my Human Events column today, marriage and energy issues. To learn more, you can read my column here.

End Of Day Report

Friday, February 25, 2011

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

THANK YOU!

Thank you, again, to everyone who generously responded to my appeal for support yesterday! It’s friends like you who keep us in this battle. We couldn’t do it without you. I won’t be asking every day, but from time to time, as it is necessary, we will come to you for support. And I hope you will respond, as many of you did yesterday, because you know the stakes!

At the same time, I know many good folks are facing financial difficulties. Many wrote in to apologize for their inability to donate. There is no need to apologize, my friends. There are other ways you can help us. Spreading the word about our work by sharing these reports with friends and family members is tremendously important. Encourage them to sign up for our daily reports. Make sure all your friends are registered to vote. Respond to action items and encourage others to take action too.

As you will read below, we are making a difference for our values. Working together, we will continue to “fight the good fight” for faith, family and freedom!

Fighting Obama’s Assault On Marriage

In the wake of President Obama’s refusal to defend traditional marriage in America, pro-family forces are preparing to stand in the gap created by his derelict administration. We are talking to members of Congress about our options, and we are hopeful Speaker John Boehner will act on our suggestions.

For example, it is a well-known fact that the administration’s prior defense of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act has been less than half-hearted. In one 2009 brief, Obama’s Justice Department attorneys told the court that the administration felt the law was discriminatory and ought to be repealed. They were practically begging a liberal judge to overturn the law then!

But if the administration won’t “defend” the law anymore, we hope congressional conservatives will. One suggestion under consideration is the appointment of a special counsel by the House who would provide a strong and thorough defense of traditional marriage.

Here’s another suggestion: As we reported yesterday, liberals in Congress are promising to introduce legislation to repeal DOMA and legalize same-sex “marriage” in all 50 states. Some pundits think the “marriage issue” is a dead issue with voters. I disagree. I commissioned an exit poll of voters from the 2010 elections and found that by a whopping 18-point margin they were more likely to vote AGAINST than for a candidate who supported same-sex “marriage.”

I think the congressional leadership should do everything in its power to make sure those liberal bills get to the floor of the House and Senate for votes. It would be very educational for the voters to know whether their elected representatives in Congress stand with Barack Obama or with traditional marriage.

Defending Life

For years pro-life conservatives have advocated for tougher regulations of abortion clinics. Conservatives in Virginia have finally succeeded in passing legislation that would require abortion clinics to comply with state Board of Health regulations. The legislation came down to one vote — a tie-breaking vote in the state Senate cast by Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling.

Pro-abortion advocates are howling in protest, claiming that the new regulations could put a majority of Virginia’s abortion clinics out of business. It’s odd how liberals want to regulate everything from Happy Meals to how you spend your own money, but when it comes to destroying an innocent baby in the womb, they think nothing should stand in the way.

Left-wing politicians also insist that abortion is about “protecting women’s health.” Yet their vehement opposition to clinic regulations puts to rest the myth of abortion as healthcare. This column exposes the deadly consequences of the abortion industry’s shocking neglect for women’s health.

This is just one more reason why Planned Parenthood should no longer be subsidized with taxpayer dollars. The House of Representatives recently voted to cut off the nation’s largest abortion provider, but Senate liberals are vowing to keep your hard-earned tax dollars flowing to Planned Parenthood.

As congressional leaders continue their negotiations to get our fiscal house in order and avoid a government shutdown, I joined other pro-family leaders in urging the House leadership to hold firm on defunding Planned Parenthood. With a $1.5 trillion deficit, we can’t continue to fund everything. We must prioritize where we spend our limited resources, and taxpayer funding of abortion should be the first thing eliminated.

Jihad Update

The evil of our Islamofascist enemy has once again been exposed with the arrest of Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, the 20 year-old Saudi jihadist who came here in 2008 on a student visa.

Today, the New York Post reports that among the many plots Aldawsari considered was one that involved planting explosives in baby dolls and placing them in strollers around popular New York City tourist destinations, such as the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building and Wall Street.

It’s difficult to comprehend such madness, but we’ve seen it before: when Palestinian mothers celebrate the news of a son’s death after he killed Jews as a homicide bomber; when jihadists turn children into bombs; when they brutally murder innocent schoolchildren.

It’s also difficult to comprehend why we don’t do more to secure our border and reform our immigration system. Ironically, the number of visas available to Saudi students has skyrocketed since 9/11. And as Debbie Schlussel details, Aldawsari isn’t the first Saudi “student” to cause trouble.

End Of Day Report


Thursday, February 24, 2011

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

HELP US DEFEND MARRIAGE!

I sent out a special appeal for support this morning and I am urgently sending it again. Many of you have responded. THANK YOU! But thousands of you have not. Please don’t wait. Go to www.ouramericanvalues.org right now and make your most generous tax-deductible donation to help us fight back against Obama’s assault on marriage.

If we are going to stop the left from turning America into a copy of socialist, secular Europe, we are going to have to fight harder. As you will read below, Jim Dobson and I went on the air to try to make sure the Senate stops funding Planned Parenthood.

I’ve been on the phone today with members of Congress to stop Obama’s attack on the Defense of Marriage Act. I have done interviews throughout the day, and we are sending research to our friends in Congress to help them.

Our whole staff is fighting hard, and I am grateful for the support we have received so far. But we need more of you to stand with us. Click here to help us raise the funds we need to defend our cherished values!

Obama Launches Assault On Marriage

Barack Obama’s decision yesterday that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional amounts to a declaration of war against traditional marriage in America. Liberals in Congress are now planning a legislative assault to repeal DOMA. Rep. Jerold Nadler (D-NY) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) have told the Huffington Post that they will introduce legislation in the House and Senate very soon to fully repeal DOMA. My friends, we will fight them!

Let me be clear about the implications of such action: DOMA did not ban same-sex “marriage” in America. It gave states the right to define marriage for themselves. To date, the people of 31 states have voted to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Repealing DOMA would effectively invalidate each of those 31 votes. And it would allow liberal judges to force every state, including yours, to recognize same-sex “marriages” performed in left-wing states like Massachusetts.

Once again, the intolerance of the Left is on full display. Liberals think they know better than thousands of years of recorded history. They think they know better than the teachings of all major faiths. They think common sense and faith amounts to bigotry.

They think they know better than the people of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin!

And given that President Obama feels that the law defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman is discriminatory and unconstitutional, I assume that he now supports polygamy too. If we cannot say that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, on what basis can we discriminate against the love of a man and his three wives? Or a woman and her four wives? Is that Obama’s idea of “change we can believe in”?

Another Case of Sudden Jihad Syndrome

Last night, the FBI arrested Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, a 20 year-old student attending college near Lubbock, Texas. He was reportedly attempting to make a chemical bomb and was just one purchase away from succeeding. Aldawsari is a Saudi citizen who came to the U.S. in 2008 on a student visa. A notebook found in his apartment led authorities to believe that one possible target was the Dallas home of former President George W. Bush.

Now let’s not jump to conclusions simply from his name, age or nationality. That would be profiling. The notebook also contained the following entry: “After mastering the English language, learning how to build explosives and continuous planning to target the infidel Americans, it is time for Jihad.”

Well, you can’t read too much into “infidel” and “jihad.” After all, Obama’s top officials have told us that jihad has all sorts of positive meanings. But this email Aldawsari wrote is a bit disturbing, “One operation in the land of the infidels is equal to 10 against occupying forces in the land of the Muslims.” Maybe this had nothing to do with Islam at all and was just another unfortunate case of “Sudden Jihad Syndrome.”

Of course, I’m being sarcastic. From other entries in Aldawsari’s notebook, security officials believe he had been plotting his jihad for years, and came to the U.S. on a student visa with the sole purpose of killing Americans. How many more “students” like Aldawsari are out there?

Media Notice

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum and I were guests today on Dr. Jim Dobson’s radio show. Our topic was the sanctity of life and how to advance the culture of life in America. If you missed today’s broadcast of Family Talk, you can listen to the show online at the Family Talk website.

And don’t miss tomorrow’s show either! I’ll be on with Dr. Dobson and another pro-family, pro-life leader, Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana, to talk about his efforts to end taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood. Again, you can find station listings or listen online at www.myfamilytalk.com.

End Of Day Report

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

BREAKING NEWS: Obama Paves Way For Same-Sex “Marriage”

Just hours ago, Attorney General Eric Holder made a stunning announcement: the Obama Justice Department will no longer defend the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act. According to Holder, our president concluded that the law defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman was “unconstitutional” and ordered him to stop defending it in at least two cases currently before the federal courts.

Excuse me? The president is the chief law enforcement officer, not the chief justice! It is not up to Barack Obama to determine which laws he likes and which laws he doesn’t. It is his responsibility to enforce the law until the nation’s highest court decides the law does not pass constitutional analysis.

But this president sees things very differently — he’s here to fundamentally transform America, by, among other things, redefining marriage. He ignored public opinion and bent the rules to pass healthcare “reform.” Unable to get cap and trade through Congress last year, Obama now wants the EPA to implement it. And he does not hesitate to ignore the courts either.

The Obama Administration was recently cited for contempt by a federal judge for continuing its deep-water drilling ban, despite a previous order striking it down. Rather than abiding by Judge Vinson’s ruling against ObamaCare, the administration is asking the judge to “clarify” his ruling, while it orders states to continue implementing the big government health scheme.

Today’s news should put to rest any suggestion that Obama has moved to the center. He has just aligned himself with the most radical elements in the culture war who are trying to redefine normalcy.

I’ll have more on this tomorrow, but I have to be honest with you: I’m worried our side has gone back to sleep. Financial support for our work has dropped significantly. But the left is energized. Obama suddenly feels free to abandon the law and let the militant homosexual rights movement force same-sex “marriage” on every state in the nation. A liberal politician is urging the unions to “get a little bloody” in the streets.

The Tea Party protests have ebbed while the left-wing radicals are fired up. The momentum seems to have shifted back to the left. Men and women of faith must remain engaged in the public policy battles of the day. The culture war is real and only one side can prevail.

What Libya Means To You

Yesterday we were critical of President Obama’s relative silence on the increasing violence in Libya. But his silence on a related issue is equally disturbing. The Associated Press reports that oil prices have reached a two-year high. As I write, the price of oil is hovering around $100 a barrel. Meanwhile, the national average for gasoline is nearly $3.20 a gallon. Why?

Libya is the world’s 15th largest oil exporter. Time reports today that Qadhafi has issued orders to his security services “to start sabotaging oil facilities.” By one estimate, a quarter of Libya’s oil production may already be shut down because of the chaos. And this may be just the beginning. There are reports that a “day of rage” is being planned in Saudi Arabia next month.

Once again we are seeing the foolishness of the left’s energy policies, which neglect our own resources while leaving America vulnerable to turbulence in the Middle East. In his State of the Union address, President Obama remarked that “instead of subsidizing yesterday’s energy, let’s invest in tomorrow’s.”

How many of you went to work this week in your solar-powered car? I suspect that it’s gasoline getting you to work. How many of you are heating your homes this winter with wind power? Not many, but more than 8 million Americans rely on oil to keep their homes warm. I’m all for developing alternatives, including electrification of the auto fleet. But that will take decades. Oil is not “yesterday’s energy,” it is what drives our economy today. We will need it tomorrow and we will need it for decades to come.

Yet in spite of this reality, the Obama administration has waged a jihad against America’s energy producers. From higher taxes to increased regulations and frivolous lawsuits, Obama and his radical allies have made it more and more difficult for American energy companies to do what they are supposed to do — find and produce the resources that create the energy we need!

As a result, American energy companies are going bankrupt, jobs are being lost and Americans are facing more pain at the pump. So the next time you go to fill up your tank, don’t get mad at the oil companies — blame the liberal politicians and radical environmentalists.

Obama Forgets The Unemployed

While America continues to struggle with sky-high unemployment rates, Barack Obama is traveling the country touting his record on jobs. But today’s Washington Post notes that one group is never represented whenever Obama talks about jobs — the unemployed.

According to the Post, Obama has met with businesses executives, community college presidents, bankers and others. But in his eight trips around the country since November, Obama has held “no formal meetings with groups of unemployed people or organizations that advocate for them.”

If a conservative president had such a record, his “disconnect from reality” would be front page news. But now even the left-wing media is starting to ask questions about the party that claims to “look out for the little guy.”

I don’t think there is any great mystery about what is at work here. (No pun intended.) Obama and his handlers don’t want another Velma Hart moment.

Obama doesn’t want to be confronted by an unemployed American who asks about the failed stimulus bill, which was supposed to keep the unemployment rate at 8%. He doesn’t want to face a student who can’t find a job after graduating college. He doesn’t want to face a former small businessman whose company went under from tax hikes and regulations. The only way for these folks to make their voices heard is by protesting outside of one of Obama’s jobs forums.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

The Battle Of Wisconsin Widens

As the union-led protests in Wisconsin enter their eighth day, the big labor unions are going national. Today’s Wall Street Journal reports that labor officials are planning protests in “dozens of other capitals.” Meanwhile, Democrats in the Indiana state legislature launched their own “strike” with many leaving the state in order to prevent a vote on union reform legislation.

I know there are many good people who belong to unions. My father belonged to a union. The town I grew up in was very union oriented. Ronald Reagan was a union leader. But the idea that government employee unions should be treated the same as private sector unions and guaranteed collective bargaining rights is misguided.

Only 24 states currently grant all of their public sector employees collective bargaining rights, while several states have laws banning collective bargaining rights for government employees.

When a union sits down with the management of a private corporation, both sides are seeking to protect their self-interests. The unions want higher wages and better benefits. The company is seeking to contain costs while increasing productivity and profits. If the company doesn’t give in, it faces a strike. It if gives too much, it risks profitability and a backlash from shareholders.

But when public sector union bosses sit down with governments, they aren’t facing the taxpayers, who would likely drive a hard bargain. Instead, they are facing politicians, many of whom are either supported by the public sector unions or worried about the next election. This is why even the “patron saint” of the left and the labor unions — Franklin Delano Roosevelt — adamantly opposed giving collective bargaining rights to government employees. Here is what he said in 1937:
“All government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service. It has its distinct and insurmountable limitations when applied to public-personnel management. The very nature and purposes of government make it impossible for administrative officials to represent fully or to bind the employer in mutual discussions with government-employee organizations. The employer is the whole people…”
For decades, public sector unions have used the dues money of their employees to elect left-wing politicians who routinely vote for bigger government and higher taxes to pay for it. Today’s Wall Street Journal reports that last year alone, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees “tapped emergency accounts and took out loans as it poured more than $90 million into Democratic campaign efforts… Overall, unions put around $400 million into the 2008 campaign to help elect Mr. Obama and other Democrats.”

And what is the return Wisconsin taxpayers are getting for all the additional spending? Not much, according to the latest data from the Department of Education. The voters are catching on. The latest Rasmussen poll finds that likely voters are siding with Gov. Scott Walker by a ten-point margin over the unions as he tries to rein in government spending.

By the way, these protests have once again demonstrated the left-wing impulse for incivility, as you can see here. Meanwhile, the Associated Press reported over the weekend that the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine is investigating fake sick notes handed out by some of its doctors at the union protests.

Why The Difference?

When Egyptian protestors took to the streets to demand an end to the Mubarak regime, the White House was quick to side with the protestors. President Obama dispatched a highly respected former diplomat as a special envoy to tell Mubarak that he had to step down. As the protests escalated, Obama and Secretary of State Clinton urged an immediate transition to a new government that could include the Muslim Brotherhood.

Contrast their support for the Egyptian protestors with their cautious approach to the violence in Libya. The Libyan people are rising up against Col. Muammar al-Qadhafi, a dictator who has held power for more than 40 years. He has responded with a brutal campaign to crush the resistance — bringing in mercenaries, tanks and even airplanes to strafe demonstrators.

Secretary Clinton issued a statement yesterday noting that “The government of Libya has a responsibility to respect the universal rights of the people, including the right to free expression and assembly.” The violence in Libya is far worse than anything we witnessed in Egypt, but Obama’s response to it is tepid compared to how quickly he undermined Mubarak.

Qadhafi has a long history of promoting and paying for terrorism. Ronald Reagan tried to kill him because he blew up American soldiers in a Berlin bombing in 1986. Two years later, he brought down Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing more than 260 people. Last week, Qadhafi urged the Palestinians to revolt against Israel. Yet the best Obama and Clinton can muster is to encourage him to “respect the universal rights of the people.” Good luck.

We Are Not All Egyptians

In my Human Events column today, I argue that the brutal attack on television reporter Lara Logan is the most powerful evidence yet that the Western media’s portrayal of the Egyptian revolution has been too optimistic at best, and deceptive at worst. You can read my piece here.

CAIR Vs. West

Nezar Hamze, executive director of the South Florida division of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, confronted Rep. Allen West (R-FL) at a town hall meeting last night. Hamze was there to rebuke West for his frequent criticisms of radical Islam. West stood his ground. You can watch the exchange here, and decide for yourself who came out on top.

Thune Out

South Dakota Senator John Thune today took himself out of the running for the 2012 GOP presidential primary. With his announcement, Thune became the third potential candidate, along with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana, to decide that he could better serve in another capacity.

End Of Day Report 2 18 11

Friday, February 18, 2011

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Radical Left Turning America Into Greece

Wisconsin was paralyzed by protests yesterday. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) quipped, “It’s like Cairo has come to Wisconsin.” What’s going on? Wisconsin, like almost every other state, is struggling to get its spending under control. Faced with a $3.6 billion deficit and unable to print his own money, Governor Scott Walker (R) is taking action to get Wisconsin on a path to fiscal stability.

He is taking on the state public employee unions by asking them to contribute more to their generous pensions and benefits packages. In response, the unions have taken to the streets, just as they did in Greece.

There are several disturbing aspects of the circus atmosphere that we are witnessing in Wisconsin. Conservatives won the November elections in a state-wide sweep. The people voted for change, but Wisconsin liberals aren’t taking November’s exercise in democracy well. Rather than doing their jobs, liberal state senators fled Wisconsin yesterday to prevent a quorum in the state Senate, essentially holding the legislative process hostage. One of the senators reportedly called into CNN with a “list of demands.”

Don’t miss the real story. The turmoil in Wisconsin is being actively encouraged by the national Democrat Party, as the Daily Caller reports. Today’s Washington Post reports, Organizing for America, President Obama’s community organizing group, has helped mobilize thousands of the demonstrators. This shows how the left thinks strategically and never, never gives up.

President Obama has added his voice in support of the protestors, accusing Gov. Walker of launching an “assault on unions.” He can’t speak up to defend democratic protestors in Iran, but he’ll welcome the chaos in Cairo and defend his union allies in Wisconsin. President Bush almost never commented on state disputes. But this president has routinely jumped into the middle of state battles.

Remember when he jumped into a dispute between a police officer and an elitist college professor? Without any facts, Obama sided with the professor. When Arizona wanted to protect its residents and stop illegal immigrants from entering the state, Obama sided with the illegal immigrants. When Wisconsin tries to rein in out of control costs, Obama sides with the unions against the taxpayers.

Obama has lectured us continually on the need to “invest” in education, warning that China and others are outpacing us. But in Wisconsin yesterday, more than a thousand teachers walked out of their classrooms or called in “sick.” Many exploited the children under their supervision by taking them to these demonstrations. And our president, who says he cares so much about the kids, can’t utter one word to urge these teachers to get back into the classroom.

Wisconsin is not alone in facing tough financial decisions. But according to multiple press reports there are union protests now in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio, with more union unrest planned in Missouri, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. We watched as left-wing unions took Greece to the verge of anarchy. But the commentators assured us that such things wouldn’t happen here. Thanks to the unions, they are happening now.

Conservatives must hold their ground. As I wrote yesterday, the assault on our values will continue until men and women who cherish faith, family and freedom stand up and fight back.

The New Egypt

Hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square again today. They were there to listen to Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, a prominent Muslim “scholar” who was banned from Egypt under Mubarak. Al-Qaradawi is a fanatic and a hater. His entry into the new Egypt and his selection to lead Friday prayers in the square are an ominous sign of where the Egyptian revolution may lead.

Al-Qaradawi has a television show called “Sharia and Life” with an estimated audience of 40 million. He routinely attacks Christians, Jews, the U.S., Israel and Muslims who he deems are insufficiently committed to Jihad. Hitler is one of his favorite historical figures. He has repeatedly said that as he grows older his dream is to conduct jihad in a wheelchair and kill Allah’s enemies – the Jews.

I am just guessing, but I doubt if U.S. television networks had their cameras in Tahrir Square today as Al-Qaradawi received a hero’s reception from the cheering Islamists and spouted his message of jihad and hatred. Nor do I expect the Obama White House to utter a word of condemnation of the Hitler fan.

Ron Paul Retreats

Rep. Ron Paul withdrew his amendment to cut off aid to Israel late yesterday afternoon. He gave no explanation for his retreat, but we know his office was inundated with critical emails generated by Pastor John Hagee’s Christians United for Israel (www.cufi.com) and from us. Congratulations on effectively taking action! I am strongly in favor of cutting off all foreign aid to America’s enemies but not to the few steadfast allies that we have, such as Israel.

We won this skirmish but the battle rages on. A disturbing alliance of people on the far left and people such as Congressman Paul is increasingly attacking the U.S.-Israel alliance and trying to isolate Israel. Paul’s views on the Middle East are odd. Even after the savage attack on America on 9/11, Congressman Paul argued that “They (the jihadists) attack us because we are occupying their land.” I am not surprised when Barack Obama makes that argument, but it is unfortunate to hear a self-described conservative embrace it. I doubt if most of the Texas representative’s constituents would agree with his statements or his increasing efforts to force America to abandon Israel.

SPECIAL ALERT

This afternoon the U.S. House of Representatives voted 240-185 in favor of Rep. Mike Pence’s amendment cutting off funds for Planned Parenthood.

End Of Day Report 2 17 11

Thursday, February 17, 2011

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Supressing Christianity/Promoting Islam

Another local school is under attack for the “sin” of displaying the Ten Commandments. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation are threatening to take the Giles County, Virginia, school district to court. The Giles County school board had the audacity to respond to the wishes of the overwhelming majority of county residents by posting the Ten Commandments in the public schools.

In Giles County, Virginia, this was not a controversial decision. The Ten Commandments have hung on school walls for years next to copies of the U.S. Constitution. But one anonymous complaint in December resulted in an order to remove them.

The ACLU and the Freedom From Religion Foundation are now threatening this rural community with expensive lawsuits for daring to stand by its values. Posting the Ten Commandments somehow amounts to an “egregious” civil rights violation, according to Annie Laurie Gaylor of the Freedom from Religion Foundation, who added, “The school board is ignoring a core principle our country was founded on. Apparently they’ve never heard of the First Amendment or the Bill of Rights.”

As usual, the left has it backwards. The First Amendment does not guarantee a freedom “from” religion. It was intended to prevent the establishment of a national church, while also protecting the “free exercise” of faith in America. Posting the Ten Commandments in no way establishes a national church. And what about the civil rights and free exercise rights of Christian students in the Giles County schools?

Meanwhile, numerous school districts around the country are going out of their way to accommodate Muslim students. Schools in Dearborn, Michigan have served Halal food for years. One “devout” Muslim principal has been the subject of multiple lawsuits from teachers and coaches for pushing Islam in the schools. Dearborn schools even scheduled midnight football practices to accommodate the religious-based demands of Muslim football players.

I don’t recall hearing any outrage from the left over these efforts to promote Islam. In fact, they are defended as examples of “tolerance.” So how is it then that the Ten Commandments, which reflect the overwhelming sentiments of families in rural Virginia, are a violation of church and state when Dearborn’s Muslim accommodations are okay? The double standard is outrageous. But it will continue until those who believe in Judeo-Christian values stand up and fight back.

Obama Abandons Israel Again!

Washington is abuzz today with reports that the Obama Administration will support a U.N. Security Council resolution as early as tomorrow that rejects the legitimacy of Israeli communities in Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem. This resolution is being described by Obama insiders as a “compromise” to avoid an even more anti-Israel resolution favored by the Palestinians. The explanation is ludicrous!

No anti-Israel resolution can pass the U.N. Security Council without the consent of the U.S. because the U.S. has a right to use our veto to stop resolutions we oppose. U.S. presidents have used that veto repeatedly over the years in defense of our interest and Israel’s. The Middle East is boiling over with revolutionary fervor in the streets, while Hezbollah and Iran are on the march and threatening us and our allies, including Israel. Confronted with these dangers, the Obama Administration is again demonstrating weakness and appeasement. Obama’s softness in the face of Palestinian and Arab demands is demoralizing our friends and emboldening our enemies. The president needs to use his influence to demand that Palestinians return to the negotiating table with Israel. Instead, he is caving into demands that undermine our most steadfast ally in the Middle East.

Left-Wing Hate In Wisconsin

Newly-elected Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker campaigned on fiscal responsibility and an end of runaway debt. In recent weeks he has moved quickly with Republicans in the state legislature to try to pass legislation that curbs the power of state employee unions whose benefit-heavy contracts are burying the average Wisconsin taxpayer.

But the big story being ignored by big media is the reaction of the unions and their left wing allies to the Governor’s proposal. Opposition is understandable. But what is taking place is a series of street demonstrations with vicious rhetoric, hateful signs and threats of violence. Posters compare the Governor to Hitler, Mussolini and Mubarak. Teachers have walked out of classes and taken their students with them to the demonstrations. “Activists” have gone to the homes of Republican legislators to harass their families and neighbors. Death threats against conservative legislators and the governor are rampant. You can see a sample video here.

So where is the civility police? Not one word of condemnation has come from any major liberal commentator. Clearly the left’s concern about civility is very selective. It is used to savaging the GOP, conservatives, Sarah Palin and talk radio. But anything goes when the incivility is aimed at conservatives.

The tactics on display in Wisconsin are a microcosm of what will happen when Republicans here in Washington, D.C., try to cut the fat and waste from our federal budget. I predict the left will use intimidation and civil disobedience across the country.