Monday, March 25, 2013
To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer
Fighting For Our Values
Yesterday I had the opportunity to go on Fox News Sunday to make the case for traditional marriage. As my family can attest I am a severe critic of my own performances, but I felt good about the show. If you missed it, you can watch the show here.
This debate was unique because instead of the usual suspects on the left, I was up against Nicolle Wallace, a former Communications Director in the Bush White House and a top aide to John McCain’s presidential campaign. (She is also the person widely believed to be responsible for many of the campaign’s unkind leaks against Sarah Palin.) That said, I just don’t think Mrs. Wallace had a good grasp of the key issues in this debate.
Her main point was the fact that polling data has supposedly shifted on the notion of men “marrying” other men. But if the public is overwhelmingly in favor of redefining marriage to accommodate sodomy, then the strategy the left, along with some quisling Republicans like Christine Todd Whitman and Bill Weld, is pushing makes little sense. If they are so confident, why are they so anxious to take the issue away from the American people and instead have it decided by unelected judges?
To top it off, Wallace stated that her view was the legitimate conservative position, and she added that there was even “a moral imperative” to support same-sex marriage. I could not disagree more.
I argued that it was fundamentally undemocratic for the left to use the courts to force its morality on the American people — telling millions of Americans that they have no right to believe marriage is between a man and woman; that the entire country and most of human history has gotten it wrong. But that is precisely what the left has done time and time again, whether the issue is the sanctity of life or religious freedom.
With advisors like Mrs. Wallace, you realize why John McCain’s campaign didn’t get off the ground or take off the gloves and fight harder on values issues.
Will The Reagan Coalition Survive?
On another Sunday talk show, Karl Rove was asked if he could see a Republican candidate in 2016 endorsing same-sex marriage. Rove responded, “I could.” In the last campaign, Jon Huntsman had endorsed civil unions and like Barack Obama his “evolution” is now complete.
Whether they realize it or not, GOP elites are toying with political suicide. These guys want values issues to just go away. But what they don’t fully appreciate is that Ronald Reagan’s winning coalition — the three-legged stool of economic conservatives, foreign policy conservatives and social issue conservatives — will cease to exist without values voters. Read more in my op-ed posted at FoxNews.com.
I also had the opportunity to discuss values issues on Governor Mike Huckabee’s radio show this afternoon. Click here to listen to my interview.
It’s your support, my friends, that makes our work possible and keeps me in this fight!
Furloughs & Foreign Aid
The Federal Aviation Administration let it be known Friday that the sequester was forcing it to shut down 149 air traffic control towers at small airports around the country. On the same day, the Obama Administration announced that was releasing $500 million in aid to the Palestinian Authority and $200 million in additional foreign aid for Jordan.
It’s worth noting that combined these foreign aid funds would more than cover the $637 million that the FAA is losing under sequestration. I suspect most Americans would feel that keeping air traffic control towers open is far better use of their hard-earned tax dollars than sending their money to Palestinian jihadists.
Moreover, Congress voted to cut off funding to the Palestinian Authority after it pushed a statehood resolution at the United Nations over our objections. I’m not aware of the Palestinian leadership apologizing for defying us or renouncing the statehood resolution.
So why is the money flowing to Mahmoud Abbas while federal workers are facing furloughs and American schoolchildren still can’t get into the White House? It’s a matter of Obama’s priorities.
Speaking of priorities, the Associated Press reports that Attorney General Eric Holder “has averted daily furloughs of 3,570 federal prison staffers around the country.” Really? I thought the “draconian” budget cuts had to be administered across-the-board with zero flexibility, no matter how painful. Not exactly.
As the AP explained, Holder transferred $150 million from other Justice Department accounts in order to “stave off a serious threat to the lives and safety of correctional staff, inmates and the public.”
That is exactly what he and every other department executive ought to do. It exposes Obama’s scare tactics for what they are and proves what conservatives have explained repeatedly — that the executive branch does in fact have considerable flexibility in how the sequester cuts are administered.
Arafat Still Looms Large
The liberal media and political left routinely blame Israel for the lack of a peace agreement between Israelis and the Palestinians. But Israel has made repeated concessions for peace. It gave up Gaza and has gotten regular rocket attacks from Gaza as a “thank you.”
Yet after every concession, it has gotten the same response — more violence, more suicide bombings, more rocket attacks. The real culprit is Palestinian terrorism and the jihadists who are not interested in a piece of Israel, much less peace with Israel.
Even as President Obama was trying to jumpstart the peace talks, Palestinian militants responded by firing rockets into southern Israel last week.
The malevolent legacy of Yasser Arafat still looms over the region. It was on full display last week when Barack Obama met with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. The two men spoke under a giant banner of Arafat’s picture.
You may recall that before Barack Obama gave a speech at Georgetown University, a Catholic institution, the White House demanded that an inscription for the name of Jesus be covered. But he had no problem standing beneath a huge photo of the man who legitimized modern terrorism and who is directly responsible for the deaths of dozens of Americans.
Tonight, Jews all over the world will celebrate the miracle of Passover. The last plague that God used to free the Jews from Pharaoh and Egyptian captivity was to send the Angel of Death to kill all the firstborn males. Forewarned by God, Jews marked their doors with the blood of a lamb, and, as a result, the Angel of Death passed over their homes. (Exodus, Chapter 12.) God told the Jewish people to mark the day as a memorial day and to observe it as a feast to the Lord forever. To all our Jewish friends, we wish you a happy Passover and all of God’s blessings.