Friday, September 30, 2011
To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer
Another Jihadist Sent To “Paradise”
Al Qaeda mouthpiece Anwar al-Awlaki is dead. The American-born Yemeni cleric met his end this morning in a coordinated airstrike that reportedly involved U.S. jets and drones. Awlaki was linked to various acts of terrorism, including 9/11 and the Fort Hood shooting. He was an avowed jihadist and sworn enemy of the United States. His demise is good news in America’s war against Islamofascism.
Biden: It’s Obama’s Fault
During a radio interview yesterday, Vice President Joe Biden went rogue and denied the administration’s spin on the economy. According to Biden, it is not Bush’s fault! Here’s what he said:
“Right now, understandably — totally legitimate — this is a referendum on Obama and Biden and … the state of the economy. …What’s relevant is we’re in charge. And right now we are the ones in charge and it’s gotten better, but it hasn’t gotten good enough. I don’t blame them for being mad. We’re in charge.”
I’m not sure how things have gotten better. The unemployment rate today is higher than it was when the Obama/Biden team took office. And while Joe Biden might not blame the American people for being mad, President Obama appears to blame them.
In an interview with a Florida TV station, Obama said, “…this is a great, great country that had gotten a little soft and, you know, we didn’t have that same competitive edge that we needed over the last couple of decades. We need to get back on track.”
What on earth is he talking about? Did we lose our “competitive edge” when the Reagan economy was booming? Was America “soft” when we took on Al Qaeda and liberated 50 million Muslims in two nations? If anything, America may have gone “a little soft” when so many fell for all the hype about “hope and change” in 2008. But don’t worry, Mr. Obama. We’ll get back on track in January 2013 when you join the unemployment line!
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Durbin: Obama Jobs Bill Can’t Pass
For weeks now, President Obama has been barnstorming the country demanding that Congress pass his latest tax-hiking, big spending stimulus bill. And at every opportunity he has blamed congressional Republicans for holding up his so-called “jobs bill.” While it’s accurate to say that Republicans don’t support Obama’s tax increases, it is completely false to accuse them of stonewalling the bill.
Unbelievably, Senate Democrat Leader Harry Reid hasn’t even scheduled a vote yet. But here’s the kicker. During an interview with a Chicago radio station yesterday, Senate Democrat Whip Dick Durbin was asked if Senate Democrats have the votes to pass Obama’s bill since they control the majority. Durbin responded: “Not at the moment, I don’t think we do.”
Obama’s jobs bill isn’t passing because quite a few Senate Democrats don’t support it!
Christie: The Consensus Candidate?
The clamoring for Chris Christie continues, and there are indications that he is reconsidering his decision not to run in 2012. A new Rasmussen poll finds that Christie would be competitive against Obama. The candidates are in a dead-heat — Obama at 44% and Christie at 43%. In the past 24 hours, there have been two major developments worth noting.
First, the media are now reporting on Christie’s health and weight. For example, in today’s Washington Post you will find stories headlined: “A Leader For These Belt-Tightening Times?” and “Christie’s Hefty Burden.”
As I have said before, the left-wing media will do whatever it can to smear our nominee — even if that means resorting to fat jokes in order to make Christie’s weight a disqualifying issue.
But on a more serious note, others are beginning to scrutinize Christie’s record, and just like Romney and Perry, there are things about Chris Christie that conservatives will not like. Here is a brief excerpt from today’s Wall Street Journal:
“Less mentioned are his views on a range of other issues — from abortion and immigration to gun control and energy policy — that reflect the relatively liberal shade of his state but could dog Mr. Christie if jumps into the nomination fight.”
On the abortion issue specifically, the Journal notes that during his 2009 gubernatorial campaign, Christie opposed parental notification laws — one of the least controversial pro-life positions. In fact, 35 states currently have parental notification laws.
The Left’s War On Our Military
Today the Associated Press reports that the Pentagon will now allow military chaplains to perform same-sex “marriages” on military bases. In April, the House of Representatives voted to prevent the Pentagon from adopting such a policy because the U.S. military is a federal institution bound by federal law. Whether President Obama likes it or not, the Defense of Marriage Act is still binding federal law. But wait… there’s more.
Now that President Obama has officially ended the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, the militant homosexual rights crowd is demanding Obama issue an executive order banning discrimination in the military based on “gender identity” so that transgendered individuals can serve. Really?
According to the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), “transgender” refers to “transsexuals, cross-dressers, gender-queer people, intersex people, and other gender-variant individuals.” (You learn something new every day!) This is the problem with the homosexual rights movement. It starts out by demanding “tolerance,” so “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is gone. But now we have to have a regiment of cross-dressing, “gender-variant individuals” too.
I know our military can defeat the jihadists. But whether it can stop the left-wing social radicals in the Obama Administration is another question.
See You Next Week!
The 2011 Values Voter Summit is next week, October 7th through the 9th. The Summit will be held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. Register now at valuesvotersummit.org.
Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum will be speaking. In addition to the presidential candidates, you will also hear from House Speaker John Boehner, Bill Bennett, Laura Ingraham, Gen. William Boykin, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, Erick Erickson, Mark Levin, Phyllis Schlafly and many others. This year’s summit will feature a gala dinner honoring my good friend, 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.
Seats are going fast. Reserve yours now at valuesvotersummit.org. I look forward to seeing you there!