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.”
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.