Friday, July 29, 2011
To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer
- Independent voters are abandoning President Obama according to the latest Pew Research Center poll. In May, Obama enjoyed a seven-point advantage with independents, but today those critical swing voters would back a generic Republican candidate in 2012 by a margin of 39%-to-31%. That represents a 15-point swing among independent voters in the past two months.
Take note: 30% of independent voters remain undecided. Obviously that sizeable bloc could tip the balance either way. That is why many conservative leaders believe it is essential that congressional Republicans avoid doing anything in the debt limit debate that could result in their getting blamed for the bad economy, which appears to be getting worse.
- Wednesday I took Texas Governor Rick Perry to task for his comment that he was “fine” with same-sex “marriage” in New York, even though he and the overwhelming majority of Texans oppose same-sex “marriage.” The problem with Perry’s “state’s rights” argument is that the militant homosexual rights movement has no intention of allowing each state to define marriage for itself.
In fact, the attorney general of New York this week filed a lawsuit seeking to have the Defense of Marriage Act declared unconstitutional. If that happens, Texas will be forced to recognize the “gay marriages” performed in New York. So much for states’ rights and the Tenth Amendment.
I’m pleased to report that Governor Perry clarified his remarks this week in an interview with my good friend Tony Perkins. During the interview, he made it clear he recognizes the threat that legalized same-sex “marriage” in New York poses to the traditional definition of marriage in Texas.
Moreover, Perry expressed his support for a federal marriage protection amendment, adding, “Indeed to not pass the federal marriage amendment would impinge on Texas, and other states not to have [same-sex] marriage forced upon us by these activist judges and special interest groups.”
I am also pleased to report that a federal judge has dismissed the case brought by a fringe atheist group against Governor Perry’s participation at an August 6th prayer event in Houston.
The House of Representatives was scheduled to vote on a debt ceiling bill yesterday, but Speaker John Boehner was forced to delay the vote when it became clear that he did not have enough votes to pass his bill. The liberal media was quick to seize on this setback as evidence of conservative dysfunction and “the crumbling of John Boehner’s speakership.”
In order to attract additional support from conservative holdouts, Boehner added a provision requiring congressional passage of a balanced budget amendment in order for a second debt limit increase to be approved. This has reportedly secured the necessary level of GOP support to pass the bill. A vote has been scheduled on Boehner’s legislation later this evening.
After that, the debate moves to Harry Reid’s Senate. Members of Congress have been advised that they will remain in session through the weekend. Stay tuned!
Thank you, my friends, for the tremendous response to yesterday’s message. Your feedback was overwhelmingly positive and supportive of our view that conservatives need to stand united and work toward our common goal — removing Obama and electing a conservative majority to the Senate in 2012. As Charles Krauthammer argues, then and only then can we hope to effectively govern the country. Here are some excerpts from his column today:
“We’re in the midst of a great four-year national debate on the size and reach of government, the future of the welfare state, indeed, the nature of the social contract between citizen and state. The sausage-making may be unsightly, but the problem is not that Washington is broken The problem is that these two visions are in competition, and the definitive popular verdict has not yet been rendered.
“We’re only at the midpoint. Obama won a great victory in 2008 that he took as a mandate to transform America toward European-style social democracy. The subsequent counterrevolution delivered to that project a staggering rebuke in November 2010. Under our incremental system, however, a rebuke delivered is not a mandate conferred. That awaits definitive resolution, the rubber match of November 2012.
“But reversal is simply not achievable until conservatives receive a mandate to govern from the White House. And under our constitutional system, you cannot govern from one house alone. Today’s resurgent conservatism, with its fidelity to constitutionalism, should be particularly attuned to this constraint, imposed as it is by a system of deliberately separated — and mutually limiting — powers.
“Given this reality, trying to force the issue — turn a blocking minority into a governing authority — is not just counter-constitutional in spirit but self-destructive in practice.
“Obama faces two massive problems — jobs and debt. Obama is desperate to share ownership of this failure. Economic dislocation from a debt-ceiling crisis nicely serves that purpose — if the Republicans play along. The perfect out: Those crazy Tea Partyers ruined the recovery!
“Why would any conservative collaborate with that ploy? November 2012 constitutes the new conservatism’s one chance to restructure government and change the ideological course of the country. Why risk forfeiting that outcome by offering to share ownership of Obama’s wreckage?”
Carol and I are pleased to announce the birth of our first granddaughter, Stella. She is the first child of our daughter Elyse and her husband, Jake, who live in Washington, D.C. We are thankful and grateful to God for her arrival and safe delivery.
Join Me In D.C.
Mark your calendars now! The 2011 Values Voter Summit will be held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C., October 7th through the 9th.
Confirmed speakers include House Speaker John Boehner, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, former Senator Rick Santorum, Rep. Ron Paul, Bill Bennett, Gen. William Boykin, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, Erick Erickson, Mark Levin, Phyllis Schlafly and others. This year’s summit will feature a gala dinner honoring former Reagan Attorney General Ed Meese.
There will be educational sessions on a wide range of issues, including secularism and the future of America, the welfare state and the family, the Tea Party movement and much more. My public policy group, American Values, will host a lunch on Saturday, October 8th.
Register now at www.valuesvotersummit.org. I look forward to seeing you there!