End Of Day Report

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

House To Vote On Debt Limit

House Republicans are scheduled to meet with President Obama tomorrow to discuss ways to move forward on the economy. But in advance of the meeting, the House will vote tonight on legislation demanded by President Obama to raise the debt ceiling without any restrictions on spending.

Virtually all House conservatives oppose allowing Obama and congressional liberals to borrow more money without significant spending reforms. The question will be how many House Democrats vote against it too.

The polling is clear — most Americans don’t want the debt limit increased. An overwhelming defeat for Obama’s “clean” debt limit increase would strengthen the hand of House members demanding spending restraint when they meet with the president tomorrow. If a significant percentage of Democrats also vote no, it will be harder for Obama to cast conservatives as obstructionists.

The Golfer-In-Chief

After he got his Memorial Day duty out the way, President Obama hit the golf course yesterday for his 70th round in two and a half years. In 2003, President George W. Bush gave up the game. He didn’t think it was appropriate for the commander-in-chief to play golf during war time.

I don’t begrudge President Obama a little rest and relaxation every now and then. But I would think that on Memorial Day itself, our commander-in-chief, who is held to a higher standard, might find more meaningful ways to spend the day.

Working For A SAFE Solution

High gas prices aren’t taking a toll on just the economy and family budgets. Our dependence on foreign oil is a major threat to our national security. As readers of this daily report know, I am a strong supporter of increased domestic oil exploration. I was pleased to read this weekend about a new oil boom in Texas.

I also support efforts of the SAFE coalition (Securing America’s Future Energy) to reduce our consumption of foreign oil. SAFE is a coalition of business and military leaders who understand the need for secure, domestic supplies of energy.

One way we can reduce our dependence on foreign oil is through the use of vehicles powered by domestically produced electricity. SAFE’s efforts are getting noticed in Washington, and you can learn more here and here.

Facebook’s Values

The media love to portray President Obama as hip and on the cutting edge of technology. Obama’s campaign was quick to seize on the organizing power of Facebook. But as I suggest in an op-ed at the Fox News website today, when it comes to the president’s governing style, Obama could learn a thing — or four — from Facebook’s values.


End Of Day Report

Friday, May 27, 2011

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Patriot Graves

Monday marks Memorial Day, a national observance first known as Decoration Day. The first Memorial Day was observed on May 30, 1868, on the orders of General John Logan, commander of the Grand Army of the Republic. Flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.

Initially meant as a time to remember and honor our Civil War dead, the holiday’s significance has been extended to honor all those who paid the ultimate price for our nation. This year, as they have done every year since 1948, soldiers of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment will place flags at more than 260,000 gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery. Soldiers of the 3rd U.S. Infantry will remain at Arlington National Cemetery throughout the holiday weekend making sure that the flags remain upright.

There will be similar observances at national cemeteries around the country. In Fredericksburg, Virginia, local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will place candles at more than 15,000 graves at the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.

Over time, Memorial Day weekend has become more of an occasion for relaxation than for reflection about our patriots’ graves and the values for which they gave “the last full measure of devotion.” This weekend, I hope that we can learn to do both — relax and reflect.

Go the ballgame, have that picnic, hug your kids and have some fun at the beach. But let’s also remind ourselves, and our children, about what happened at Concord Bridge, on the fields of Antietam and the beaches of Normandy. Let’s explain to them why there was a Berlin Wall, what happened at Okinawa, at Ground Zero, over the fields of Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and the price that was paid to stop fascism and Soviet communism.

Let’s take a moment this weekend 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. As General George Patton said, “It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.”

I invite you to tune in to the Patriot Channel on Sirius/XM Radio Monday. Throughout Memorial Day, the Patriot Channel will feature a tribute to our fallen heroes. A special Bauer & Rose Show will air from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM and re-air throughout the day. Tom and I will discuss Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, Franklin Roosevelt’s D-Day prayer and Ronald Reagan’s Pointe du Hoc speech on the 40th Anniversary of D-Day.

End Of Day Report

Thursday, May 26, 2011

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

2012 Update

Gallup released a new poll measuring the state of the GOP primary race without Mitch Daniels, Mike Huckabee or Donald Trump. Two candidates are essentially tied for first place: Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney leads with 17%, followed by former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin at 15%.

Further down the list are: Texas Congressman Ron Paul (10%), former Speaker Newt Gingrich (9%), Herman Cain (8%), former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty (6%) and Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (5%).

It is not clear that Sarah Palin will run, but there are hints she may get in. With Palin out of the race, Gallup finds Romney moving up slightly to 19%, Newt and Ron Paul tie for second at 12% each, followed by Herman Cain (still at 8%) and Pawlenty and Bachmann at 7%.

While the Republican race remains a wide open contest, Joe Biden provided some clues as to what we can expect from the Obama campaign. Speaking to donors in New Hampshire yesterday, Biden did his best to turn Obama into Superman. Biden said that Obama’s decision to kill Osama bin Laden was “the boldest undertaking [of] any president … on a single event in modern history.”

Really? So, Obama was bolder than FDR when he ordered the D-Day invasion? Obama had more guts than Harry Truman, who made the decision to drop two atomic bombs on Japan? Getting bin Laden was a bolder decision than sending 500,000 troops to liberate Kuwait in 1991, or sending U.S. forces to Afghanistan after 9/11?

Don’t get me wrong — getting bin Laden was the right decision. But what other choice was there? I hope there wasn’t too much handwringing at the White House. Then again, maybe Joe is right. Since Obama just signed the guest book at Westminster Abbey “24 May 2008,” perhaps they think that modern history began with Obama’s political career.

Do you remember how the Democrats and the media lectured the 2004 Bush campaign about not exploiting 9/11? You and I both know that Biden is intimately involved in the 2012 campaign meetings. If this is what he is telling Democrat donors, I guarantee you they already have the campaign commercials of “Rambo Obama” cut and ready to air.

The Democrats will exploit bin Laden’s death to compensate for Obama’s appeasement of Iran, bowing to the Saudi monarch, repeated “outreach” to the “Muslin world,” alienation of Israel and desire to gut the defense budget.

Democrat Incivility

Here’s more of what we can expect from the Democrats. While progressives preach tolerance and demand civility from conservatives, “MSDNC” host Ed Schultz was suspended without pay for one week for calling Laura Ingraham a “right-wing slut.” This isn’t unusual behavior for Schultz. His rants are frequently beyond the pale, and he has been reprimanded before by network executives. Last fall, Schultz called New Jersey Governor Chris Christie a “cold-hearted fat slob.”

As I noted in yesterday’s report, Democrats believe they won the New York special election with their “Mediscare” tactics, such as this progressive ad showing an elderly lady in a wheelchair being dumped off a cliff by a Republican.

On the House floor this week, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) accused Republicans of wanting to get patients dumped out of their nursing homes. Not that it matters to Democrats, but even Bill Clinton admits that something has to be done about Medicare.

And then there is House Democrat Assistant Leader Jim Clyburn (D-SC), who yesterday blamed Obama’s problems on racism. Clyburn said, “…the fact of the matter is, the president’s problems are in large measure because of the color of his skin.” If racism is such a problem today, how did Obama get elected three years ago? If conservatives are such bigots, how did black Republicans Allen West and Tim Scott get elected?

This is just a glimpse of what we can expect from the left in the days and weeks ahead. It is just another reason why it is so important for you to engage your friends and family members. Don’t let them fall for these lies. Share the information in these reports with them.

If there is one lesson conservatives must learn from the New York loss it is that we must be prepared for a vicious assault. The left is desperate to maintain its grip on power. This isn’t the Rotary Club presidency that is on the line, but rather the future of our country. It is foolish for us to expect the left to engage in a civil, positive debate about the issues.

Obama Unifies Democrats And Republicans

During the 2008 campaign, Barack Obama promised to help achieve bi-partisan consensus on big issues. Yesterday he succeeded. The United States Senate voted unanimously on a budget plan offered by President Obama. Unfortunately for President Obama the vote was 0-to-97 against his budget. That’s right, not a single Democrat voted for Obama’s $3.8 trillion tax and spend, big government budget.

The Senate also voted down Paul Ryan’s budget, 40-to-57, but that was 40 more votes than Obama’s budget received. An alternative offered by Sen. Pat Toomey got 42 votes, still short of the 60 votes needed.

These votes are very telling. While our nation is facing is fiscal crisis, House Republicans have at least passed a budget that begins to address the mess we’re in. The Democrat Senate majority can’t produce a budget of its own, and no Senate Democrat is willing to support Obama’s budget. It is clear from these votes that only one party is serious about getting spending under control.

Washington Wasting Your Hard-Earned Money

In 2009, Barack Obama said that he was putting “Sheriff” Joe Biden in charge of the stimulus program because “nobody messes with Joe,” and “if you’re misusing taxpayer money, you’ll have to answer to him.” It seems Sheriff Joe has some answering of his own to do.

Earlier this week it was reported that the contractors who received $24 billion in stimulus funds owed more than $750 million in back taxes. Then we learned that the stimulus was over budget by at least $40 billion.

Today we’re learning that your tax dollars are funding such bizarre programs as exercise for shrimp, Jell-O wrestling at the South Pole and laundry folding robots. The laundry folding robot might sound appealing, but it evidently takes nearly half an hour to fold one towel and costs $1.5 million!

Kudos to Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) for exposing this waste of your hard-earned money.

End Of Day Report

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Reality Check

Republicans are reeling from yesterday’s special election loss in New York’s 26th Congressional District. The seat had been in GOP hands for decades. It was once represented by Jack Kemp. It was one of four New York districts to vote for John McCain, by six points, over Barack Obama in 2008. What happened?

For anyone with third party inclinations, this race proves the danger of dividing the conservative vote. The Democrat candidate won 47%, while the Republican won 43%. But a fake “Tea Party” candidate, who ran twice before as a Democrat, won 9% of the vote.

Complicating matters, the left ran a demagogic campaign on “Mediscare,” telling seniors that the Republican-backed budget plan devised by Rep. Paul Ryan would destroy Medicare. As usual, the truth is the exact opposite.

Under the Ryan plan, folks 55 and over won’t see any changes. Those under 55 will get generous vouchers to help purchase their own private health insurance. It is ObamaCare’s Independent Payment Advisory Board, an unelected panel of bureaucrats charged with slashing Medicare, that will destroy Medicare. The Ryan plan saves Medicare for current beneficiaries, and creates a new system that promotes free market solutions for future retirees.

But according to one pre-election poll, the issue voters were most concerned about was Medicare, and those voters broke overwhelmingly for the Democrat candidate. Clearly our message did not carry the day.

I know there is a lot of grassroots frustration with the GOP establishment for not being conservative enough. I frequently get frustrated too. In this race, Republicans nominated a conservative candidate, who defended the Ryan plan. She still lost. Yesterday’s election is a good reminder that politics is not always as simple as it seems.

In 2009 Democrats thought they had a winning issue in healthcare reform. With control of both houses of Congress and the White House, they aggressively pursued their agenda. Yes, it cost them at the ballot box. But at least they got something for their effort.

Conservatives thought they had a winning issue in entitlement reform. But many analysts are suggesting that the Ryan plan, which won’t get past Harry Reid’s Senate or Obama’s desk, may have cost us a New York House seat this year, and could well cost us the House majority next year.

I am not suggesting that conservatives abandon our values. It is important that House Republicans draw bright contrasts with the Democrats. But it is just as important to make the case for why our values are the right approach, and to be in sync with the American people. Right now the polling is clear that the public is not yet sold on the need for major entitlement reform.

Our goal is to undo the damage Obama has done and to govern the country from a conservative perspective. As I have said before, we can’t govern America from the House of Representatives alone. Our first priority must be winning back the Senate and the White House. To do that, we need to give our friends in Congress some room to maneuver during difficult policy debates.

In addition, major resources will have to be spent to make sure voters understand our message. And Republican candidates must be educated not just to defend the Ryan plan, but also to attack Obama’s unelected advisory board and his out-of-control spending, which threatens to bankrupt every entitlement program.

2012 Update

Will Rudy Giuliani run again? Believing the current field is weak, some Republicans are trying to coax the former New York City mayor into the 2012 GOP primary.

Rep. Peter King (R-NY) said earlier this week that Giuliani is “very close to saying he’s going to run,” and is reportedly talking to key political operatives in New Hampshire. One recent poll found Giuliani running ahead of other candidates such as Tim Pawlenty, Herman Cain, Rick Santorum and Michele Bachmann.

A High Court Controversy

In all the big news of the past week, a very controversial United States Supreme Court decision has been largely ignored. In a 5-to-4 decision, the Supreme Court ordered California to release more than 40,000 prisoners, arguing that prison overcrowding had created conditions that amounted to “cruel and unusual” punishment. The decision was backed by the court’s four liberal justices, including two appointed by President Obama, and Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Beyond abortion and homosexual “marriage,” this case gives us a glimpse into the future if Barack Obama is reelected and given four more years to pack the federal courts with left-wing activists. The court’s liberal majority was more concerned with the conditions of prisoners than the safety of the general public.

This decision will have severe consequences. As other court-ordered prisoner releases have demonstrated, people may be killed, raped or robbed as result. In the 1990s, Philadelphia was forced to release thousands of prisoners under court order. In less than two years, the police had arrested and charged many of the released prisoners for committing nearly 10,000 new crimes, including 79 murders, 90 rapes and nearly 1,000 robberies.

The court’s conservatives were incredulous. In his dissenting opinion, Justice Antonin Scalia warned that “terrible things are sure to happen as a consequence of this outrageous order.” Justice Samuel Alito argued that the court should have issued a narrow ruling to address specific problems on a case-by-case basis. Instead, Alito wrote, the liberal majority freed “the equivalent of three Army divisions” of criminals, which he feared would “lead to a grim roster of victims.”

Why Our Schools Are Failing

Americans are rightly concerned about the sorry state of public education. We spend thousands of dollars to educate our kids, yet test scores on fundamental subjects are falling, and too few students are graduating. The liberal curriculum of many schools is a big part of the problem.

A program at the Redwood Heights Elementary School in Oakland, California, made national headlines this week when a “gender spectrum trainer” told students that when it comes to gender, “It turns out that there are not just two options.”

Why are California elementary school students being taught that there are more than two genders? According to the San Francisco Chronicle, “All state schools are required to have a specific plan to address … issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity.”

Too many of our students can’t do basic math, read and don’t know their history. I don’t think most parents and taxpayers would consider “gender diversity” an efficient use of time and resources. But indoctrinating your children is a priority of the radical left and the militant homosexual rights movement.

The culture war is real and only one side can prevail. This is why men and women of faith must be active in the days ahead — talking to friends and family members, organizing their neighborhoods, registering new voters and working to elect conservative candidates to public office.

End Of Day Report

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Bibi Before Congress

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a joint session of Congress today. He got a rousing reception from members of both political parties as he delivered a passionate defense of the American/Israeli alliance, described the failure of the peace process and boldly outlined his vision of a future Palestinian state. Netanyahu spoke with just a few notes and without the assistance of a teleprompter. Here are some excerpts of his remarks:
THE ARAB UPRISINGS: “Of the 300 million Arabs in the Middle East and North Africa, only Israel’s Arab citizens enjoy real democratic rights. I want you to stop for a second and think about that. Of those 300 million Arabs, less than one-half of one-percent are truly free, and they’re all citizens of Israel. This startling fact reveals a basic truth: Israel is not what is wrong about the Middle East. Israel is what is right about the Middle East.”

IRAN AND PEACE THROUGH STRENGTH: “President Obama has said that the United States is determined to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. …Yet the Ayatollah regime briefly suspended its nuclear program only once, in 2003, when it feared the possibility of military action. That same year, Muammar Qadaffi gave up his nuclear weapons program, and for the same reason. The more Iran believes that all options are on the table, the less the chance of confrontation. …

“As for Israel, if history has taught the Jewish people anything, it is that we must take calls for our destruction seriously. We are a nation that rose from the ashes of the Holocaust. When we say never again, we mean never again.  Israel always reserves the right to defend itself.”

THE LAND OF ISRAEL: “In Judea and Samaria, the Jewish people are not foreign occupiers. We are not the British in India. We are not the Belgians in the Congo. This is the land of our forefathers, the Land of Israel, to which Abraham brought the idea of one God, where David set out to confront Goliath, and where Isaiah saw a vision of eternal peace. No distortion of history can deny the four thousand year-old bond between the Jewish people and the Jewish land.”

THE ISRAELI/PALESTINIAN CONFLICT: “If the benefits of peace with the Palestinians are so clear, why has peace eluded us?  …Because so far, the Palestinians have been unwilling to accept a Palestinian state, if it meant accepting a Jewish state alongside it. You see, our conflict has never been about the establishment of a Palestinian state. It has always been about the existence of the Jewish state. …

“In recent years, the Palestinians twice refused generous offers by Israeli prime ministers, to establish a Palestinian state… They were simply unwilling to end the conflict. And I regret to say this: They continue to educate their children to hate. They continue to name public squares after terrorists. And worst of all, they continue to perpetuate the fantasy that Israel will one day be flooded by the descendants of Palestinian refugees. My friends, this must come to an end. 

“President Abbas must do what I have done. I stood before my people … and I said, ‘I will accept a Palestinian state.’ It is time for President Abbas to stand before his people and say, ‘I will accept a Jewish state.'”

PAST CONCESSIONS: “In recent years, Israel withdrew from South Lebanon and Gaza. But we didn’t get peace. Instead, we got 12,000 thousand rockets fired from those areas on our cities, on our children, by Hezbollah and Hamas. …Imagine that right now we all had less than 60 seconds to find shelter from an incoming rocket. Would you live that way? … Well, we aren’t going to live that way either.”

HAMAS: “Hamas is not a partner for peace. Hamas remains committed to Israel’s destruction and to terrorism. …Hamas’ leader condemned the killing of Osama bin Laden and praised him as a holy warrior. …Israel will not negotiate with a Palestinian government backed by the Palestinian version of Al Qaeda. So I say to President Abbas: Tear up your pact with Hamas.  …Make peace with the Jewish state! And if you do, I promise you this:  Israel will not be the last country to welcome a Palestinian state as a new member of the United Nations. It will be the first to do so.”

A FUTURE PALESTINIAN STATE: “We will be very generous on the size of a future Palestinian state. But…Israel will not return to the indefensible lines of 1967. …Palestinians from around the world should have a right to immigrate, if they so choose, to a Palestinian state. This means that the Palestinian refugee problem will be resolved outside the borders of Israel. …As for Jerusalem, only a democratic Israel has protected freedom of worship for all faiths in the city. Jerusalem must never again be divided. Jerusalem must remain the united capital of Israel.”

Netanyahu concluded by graciously thanking the United States for its “unwavering support for Israel.” “Thank you for ensuring that the flame of freedom burns bright throughout the world,” he said. “May God bless all of you. And may God forever bless the United States of America.”

There was a tremendous reaction to Netanyahu’s address. Members of Congress interrupted Netanyahu 29 times with standing ovations. (For anyone keeping score, Obama got 25 standing ovations during his State of the Union Address.) One headline on the Fox Nation website read: “Netanyahu Delivers Epic Pro-American Speech to Congress.” Rush Limbaugh was effusive with praise, saying he wished Netanyahu could run for president of the United States!

If you have children or grandchildren in college, I strongly encourage you to share today’s report with them. I know they will benefit from this “reality check.” Given the rise of anti-Semitism and anti-American rhetoric on our college campuses, it will surely stand in stark contrast to the misinformation and propaganda our young adults are being taught about Israel and our own nation at our institutions of higher learning.

AIPAC & The Tea Party

There is a great deal of interest among AIPAC’s membership about conservative support for Israel and the tea party movement. Yesterday, I was honored to be part of a panel discussion with former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, now chairman of FreedomWorks, and freshman Rep. Tim Scott (R-SC). We were there to discuss the tea party movement’s potential impact on defense spending and foreign policy.

I assured our audience that most supporters of the tea party movement were strong supporters of Israel. They understand that our two nations share values, and that we also share an enemy in radical Islam. I told the audience that they have nothing to fear from the tea party, but that they should be concerned about Obama’s appeasement of the “Muslim world” and his repeated attempts to force Israel into making more concessions.

As expected, this was a very loyal Democrat voting bloc, but it was clear that Obama’s policies are threatening that support. More than one thousand people attended our event. And I was struck by how many people spoke openly of their frustration with Obama and their interest in the GOP presidential campaign.

End Of Day Report

Monday, May 23, 2011

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

2012 Update

It was not the best weekend for Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels. As the governor was leaving the gym after a workout Friday, he was hit in the head by a door. He was taken to the hospital and required 16 stitches on his forehead. Then Sunday morning Daniels opted out of the 2012 Republican presidential race, joining former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour and real estate investor Donald Trump.

Daniels’ decision shocked many in Washington and around the country. He had laid much of the groundwork for a campaign, and had received a lot of encouragement from leading figures. But in a message to supporters, he wrote, “In the end, I was able to resolve every competing consideration but one … the interests and wishes of my family, is the most important consideration of all.” In a statement released later to the Indianapolis Star, Daniels wrote, “Simply put, I find myself caught between two duties. I love my country; I love my family more.”

The Obama campaign and many media pundits (who should be on Obama’s campaign payroll) are thrilled that another Republican candidate has opted out of the race. Do not despair. There are candidates already running, and I expect more folks will join the campaign in the days ahead. A serious draft movement is also not out of the question.

One new candidate is former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty. We were impressed with his campaign’s video announcement. Pawlenty closes the two-minute video with a clever spin on Obama’s change theme, saying, “Together we’ll change our country. And this time, it’ll be for the better.” Pawlenty made his formal announcement speech in Iowa today, hitting Obama hard with sharp contrasts and promising “…to take a different approach. I am going to tell you the truth.”

Don’t read too much into this item — I’m not yet endorsing any candidate. We won’t hesitate to criticize or praise candidates when I feel they deserve it. I believe Pawlenty’s approach is exactly what is needed right now. There will be time for the candidates to distinguish themselves from one another. But ultimately we are looking for a candidate who can take on Barack Obama. In that regard, Tim Pawlenty is starting off well.

Hamas Responds

While the American media have been berating Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for being an obstacle to peace in the Middle East, they have ignored comments from Israel’s so-called “peace partner” — the Hamas-led “unity government” that now runs the Palestinian National Authority.

In response to calls for the Palestinians to recognize Israel’s right to exist and to guarantee her safety, Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said, “The American government has failed in the past, and will continue to fail in its attempt to convince Hamas to recognize the Israeli occupation.” In addition, Hamas co-founder Mahmoud al-Zahar said, “[Obama] refers to the 1967 borders as sacred, but who says we accept them, and that we won’t speak of the ’48 lines?”

It is clear from these comments that Israelis do not have a “peace partner.” They cannot negotiate with terrorists who are not interested in peace with Israel or even a piece of Israel. They want to “liberate” all of Israel from the “Zionist enemy.” But don’t take my word for it. Consider this statement from Yunis al-Astal, a Hamas lawmaker, promising a second Holocaust during a May 11th interview:
“The [Jews] are brought to droves to Palestine so that the Palestinians … will have the honor of annihilating the evil of this gang. …In just a few years all the Zionists and settlers will realize that their arrival in Palestine was for the purpose of the great massacre, but means of which Allah wants to relieve humanity of their evil.”
The focus of this debate should not be on Israel’s borders, but instead on why the Obama Administration refuses to obey the law. For obvious reasons, current law prohibits sending U.S. foreign aid to the Palestinian National Authority if the terrorist group Hamas is part of that government. Members of Congress and the media should demand that Obama stop sending your tax dollars to terrorists.

For additional thoughts on Obama’s Middle East speech last week, be certain to read my weekly Human Events column.

Encouraging News

The latest Gallup poll on abortion finds that Americans remain closely divided when asked to choose between the pro-choice and pro-life labels. Forty-nine percent of Americans identify as pro-choice, while 45% consider themselves pro-life. But when Gallup probes further, it becomes clear that the pro-life position has much stronger support.

For example, only 39% of Americans consider abortion “morally acceptable.” And when asked if abortion should be legal in any or most circumstances or more limited, Gallup finds that “Americans are rather conservative in their stance on abortion, with 61% now preferring that abortion be legal in only a few circumstances or no circumstances.” Just 37% feel abortion should be “legal in all or most circumstances.”

While America’s liberal abortion laws have a long way to go to catch up with public opinion, this poll exposes the lie that the pro-life cause is a losing issue. Men and women who believe that all of our children are endowed by our Creator with an inalienable right to life should be encouraged to continue to fight the good fight.

Nature’s Fury

The pictures out of Joplin, Missouri, are heartbreaking. Scores of lives have been lost, and the community is struggling to clean up the wreckage. Meanwhile, folks along the Mississippi River are reeling from massive flooding. And we have not forgotten those in Alabama who are still trying to put their lives back together after last month’s devastating tornadoes.

As you go about your daily routine, please take a moment to pray for those whose lives have been tragically affected by nature’s fury. If you would like to do more, please consider supporting Samaritan’s Purse or relief agencies supported by your local church or synagogue.

End Of Day Report

Friday, May 20, 2011

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer


After a White House meeting that ran nearly two hours longer than planned, President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made joint statements just a few hours ago from the Oval Office. Obama went first, looking uncomfortable and sounding as if he was in “damage control” mode. Prime Minister Netanyahu responded and, quite frankly, looked and sounded presidential. He directly rejected Obama’s demands.

He reminded Obama that a peace based on an illusion would crash on the rocks of Middle Eastern reality. He directly rejected Obama’s call for Israel to return to the 1967 lines. “Israel cannot go back…because the lines are indefensible,” Netanyahu said. He told Obama that Israel will not negotiate with a Palestinian government headed by Hamas and reminded Obama that Hamas condemned the killing of Osama bin Laden.

On the question of Palestinian refugees, Netanyahu pointedly told Obama that the refugee issue will not be settled within the land of Israel. In other words, Israel will not agree to demographic suicide. “That’s not going to happen,” he told Obama.

In closing, Prime Minister Netanyahu reminded Obama of the history of Israel and the Jewish people. (He was wise to do so since the president’s knowledge of history sometimes appears to go no further than the day of his own election.) He told Obama that through all the dark times, including the Holocaust, the Jewish people never lost “our dream” of reestablishing a state in their ancient homeland.

He told Obama, “We don’t have a margin of error.” Translation: You won’t push us into concessions with our enemies that could jeopardize our very existence.

This was an amazing moment. Of the two men sitting next to each other in the Oval Office today, only one understands the dangerous world we live in, and knows that weakness emboldens evil and makes war and defeat more likely. That man is not the president of the United States.

Obama Speech Generates Growing Backlash

The outrage is growing as analysts in Washington, D.C., and Jerusalem continue to pour over every word of Obama’s speech on the Middle East. Obama reneged on a key pledge made by the United States to Israel in 2004. As a result, he has undermined the value of our word in international relations with potentially terrible consequences for the future. He has demoralized the Israeli people and emboldened our mutual enemies.

In a 2004 letter, President George Bush outlined the U.S. position. Noting that large Israeli communities exist beyond the 1967 boundaries, Bush wrote, “…it is unrealistic to expect that the outcome” of peace talks would be a complete return to previous armistice lines. His letter was an attempt to reassure Israel that we would not pressure it to return to borders that are virtually impossible to defend.

Bush’s letter was endorsed by a bi-partisan resolution in the House of Representatives by a vote of 407-9. (Only one Republican voted “No” on this reasonable position — Rep. Ron Paul.)

One day later the resolution passed the Senate 95-3. One of those 95 “Yes” votes was then-Senator Hillary Clinton. Because of this presidential commitment, then-Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was willing to take the risk of forcing 9,000 Israelis living in Gaza to leave their homes. Gaza promptly fell under the control of Hamas.

Obama’s speech essentially ripped up the commitment made by Bush and Congress. It puts in jeopardy over 350,000 Israelis who live in well-established communities on the “wrong” side of the border to which Obama now demands Israel retreat.

The “Obama border” would shrink Israel to a width of 8 miles in some areas. In Israel such a border is referred to as the “Auschwitz” border because it would increase the chances that the country would be overrun by its enemies, resulting in a second Holocaust.

After Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu heard the speech yesterday, he was described as livid. He should be. His office issued a statement saying that in his meeting with Obama today, the prime minister expected “to hear a reaffirmation from President Obama of U.S. commitments made to Israel in 2004.” But at this point what is a commitment from Obama worth? Next to nothing!

Last week thousands of Palestinian extremists threw themselves against the borders of Israel from all sides attempting to drown the tiny nation with a tidal wave of people dedicated to its destruction. Yesterday, Obama joined that mob attempting to erase the legitimate borders of our staunch ally.

If Obama succeeds, the most holy sites of Judaism and Christianity would be in the blood-soaked hands of Hamas, Hezbollah and the allies of Syria and Iran. Every pastor and rabbi should speak up and rally their congregations against this betrayal. Congress should immediately reaffirm the 2004 resolutions.

Working Now To Defeat Obama

I spent all day yesterday in a meeting with top conservative leaders. I can’t divulge the details because the meeting was confidential. But I do want to share an opinion voiced by a number of analysts. 2012 is going to be what they refer to as a base election.

Obama’s reelection strategy will depend on turning out massive numbers of liberal voters, just as he did in 2008. Who are they? College students, minorities, low-income single women and union members. Obama’s campaign knows it has a problem with independent voters. So the best shot he has at winning is to recreate the formula that elected him last time.

What does this mean for conservatives? While we must win more independent voters, we must also make sure we are doing everything possible to get every last like-minded person we have influence over registered to vote. If Obama is working to turnout liberal voters, we must be working hard to identify, register and turnout conservative voters.

Now, let me give you some good news. There are growing signs of “Obama fatigue” among his core liberal constituencies. For example, a survey of 500 recent college graduates found that 83% of them voted for Obama in 2008. But only 27% “are committed to voting for Obama again, and 80% said they would consider voting for a Republican.”

They got swept up in the hype about hope and change, but now many of them are unemployed. The stimulus bill was a colossal waste of money that saved government jobs, but cost hundreds of thousands of private sector jobs. Gas prices are soaring, and all Obama and his allies are promising to do about it is raise taxes.

I want to encourage you again, as I did earlier in the week, to find just one voter who you can persuade to support the Republican candidate in 2012. For many of you, it is very likely a child or grandchild in college or a recent graduate, who is probably very frustrated with the job market right now. Don’t give up on them!

GOP Senators Filibuster Obama Radical

Yesterday Senate Republicans (minus Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski) successfully filibustered the nomination of Professor Goodwin Liu, President Obama’s appointee to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. I’m glad Senate Republicans stopped him.

Liu was perhaps the most radical nominee for the federal bench I have seen in many years. Given Liu’s support of racial quotas, homosexual “marriage,” reparations for slavery, constitutional welfare rights and the use of international law to undermine the Constitution, he is on the fringes of the extreme left. You can learn more about his record here.

To give you some idea of just how radical Liu is, consider this: Five members of the “Gang of 14,” including one Democrat, voted to filibuster Liu! You may recall that the “Gang of 14” was the group of senators who negotiated a deal to break the stalemate on judicial filibusters in 2005.

Obama’s Lawless Administration

Barack Obama’s disastrous foreign policy is increasingly running afoul of U.S. law. As we recently reported, current U.S. law prohibits American foreign aid from going to the Palestinian Authority if Hamas or other terrorist groups are part of the government there.

President Obama admitted in his speech yesterday that Hamas and the Palestinian Authority have now merged. But there is no indication yet that the Administration is going to comply with the law and stop sending your tax dollars to the newly-formed Palestinian/Hamas coalition.

Here’s another example. During the 2008 campaign, Obama repeatedly promised to end Bush’s “war of choice,” referring to Iraq. But now, he’s launched his own “war of choice” in Libya. And unlike George W. Bush, Obama does not have congressional approval for his “kinetic military action.” Today, Obama hits the 60-day limit under the War Powers Act that allows the president to conduct military operations without Congress’ support.

Five Republican senators sent Obama a letter asking if he intends to “comply with the requirements of the War Powers Resolution.” Surely the White House knew this day was coming, but evidently Obama has not yet asked Congress for a vote! Perhaps that is because Obama fears he might lose the vote. One member of the House said that Obama is trying to “bring democracy to Libya while shredding the Constitution of the United States.” And that was California Democrat Brad Sherman!

My friends, I’ve said it before and I will say again: The GOP nominee, whoever it is, won’t be perfect. But our most important goal is getting Obama and his socialist gang out of the White House!