End Of Day Report

Monday, September 30, 2013

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Senate Stalls As Shutdown Looms

As expected, Friday afternoon the Senate rejected the House’s resolution to keep the government open while defunding Obamacare. But House conservatives stuck to their guns. They worked through the weekend, doing their part to avoid a partial government shutdown at midnight tonight, while taking a second shot at Obamacare.

The House passed another funding bill to keep the government open, and it attached two amendments to the resolution: one repealing Obamacare’s tax on medical devices and another amendment delaying implementation of Obamacare for one year.

There was only one problem: Senate Democrats had left town for the weekend. In response, Speaker Boehner issued a blistering statement Sunday:

    “The House worked late into the night Saturday to prevent a government shutdown, and the Senate now must move quickly, today, to do the same. If the Senate stalls until Monday afternoon … it would be an act of breathtaking arrogance… 

    “They will be deliberately bringing the nation to the brink of a government shutdown for the sake of raising taxes on seniors’ pacemakers and children’s hearing aids and plowing ahead with the train wreck that is the president’s health care law.”

Make no mistake about it: Senate Democrats are trying to run out the clock. Reid refused to reconvene the Senate until 2:00 p.m. this afternoon, and he refused even to consider the House bill. Senate Democrats tabled the resolution, rejecting it without any debate or consideration.

What Happens Next?

The stock market has been down all day, reflecting the unease around the country with the gridlock in Washington. As I write, there is talk of a one-week extension with no strings attached, giving congressional leaders more time to negotiate a solution.

There is also a report that the House may try to pass another funding bill with amendments delaying Obamacare’s individual mandate and repealing the waiver Obama granted to members of Congress and Capitol Hill staff.

If nothing is agreed to, a partial government shutdown takes effect at midnight. What does that mean? Initially, most Americans probably would not notice.

Social Security checks would continue to go out. Your mail would continue to be delivered. Veterans’ hospitals would not close. On the other hand, vacationers to national parks and the monuments and museums in Washington, D.C., would likely have to make other plans.

But the longer it goes on, the worse it could get. When the government shuts down, the president, as head of the executive branch, has tremendous discretion to decide what gets shut down and what stays open.

Guess what Obama will do? He will make it as painful as possible. And Obama and his media allies will blame Republicans. Who will voters blame? Democrats think they will win this fight and they may be right.

The GOP’s Circular Firing Squad

Research shows that when a battle is being waged in the air waves, the side that runs the most ads with its message almost always wins. What we are seeing right now with Obamacare and the government shutdown are a lot of free “ads” from the liberal media establishment touting the liberal line.

Most Americans don’t watch conservative media. As a result, they are getting their information through the liberal media’s largely pro-Obama filter. On that basis alone, Democrats are confident, and Republicans are worried, that public opinion will swing against us. If it does, it could not only jeopardize our chances of winning the Senate back, but also put the House majority at risk.

I’m glad Republicans are having this fight. The American people need to know what is wrong with Obamacare and where each side stands when it comes to growing the government or limiting government and defending free enterprise.

I believe that we need to stop Obamacare. I think this is a fight worth having. Of course, reasonable people can disagree, and there has been no shortage of Republicans who don’t like the current strategy.

Unfortunately, some of them have used rhetoric that plays right into the Democrats’ hands. They are calling people like Ted Cruz and others “nuts,” “dumb” and “bizarre.” They claim conservatives are “jeopardizing the future of the party.”

It hasn’t gone without notice that some of the harshest political rhetoric used by these Republicans has been aimed at conservatives rather than Obama and his allies. At the same time, some conservatives are accusing some of our best friends of being sellouts.

For example, I know Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK). He is one of the most stalwart pro-life, pro-family, fiscally conservative senators ever elected. However, he strongly disagrees with this defunding strategy. But it is inaccurate and unwise for conservatives to call Tom Coburn a “RINO.”

The mutual name-calling is music to the ears of Obama and the liberal media. They think we are once again forming a circular firing squad as we head into the critically important 2014 mid-term elections.

I have a suggestion for the two sides in this disagreement: When you go on a talk show, whether you’re part of the Tea Party movement or the GOP establishment, simply say:

    “Look, we have a disagreement about strategy. But we have no disagreement about the dangers of Obamacare. We are furious and brokenhearted about what President Obama and his socialist policies are doing to America’s middle class. I won’t come on your TV show to attack another Republican. We didn’t cause this mess. We are trying to stop it from doing any more damage to our economy and hardworking families.”

State Marriage Laws Under Siege

The Supreme Court’s summer decision striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act has opened a flood gate of litigation against state marriage laws. Friday, a federal judge ordered the state of New Jersey to recognize same-sex “marriage.” Governor Chris Christie has promised to appeal.

Today’s Washington Post reports, “There are dozens of lawsuits filed in state and federal courts,” seeking to force same-sex “marriage” on every state of the union. Even voter-approved constitutional amendments are coming under attack. Virginia’s marriage protection amendment, passed by 56% of the voters in 2006, is facing two legal challenges, according to the Post.

The outcome of this fight is far from certain. While the Supreme Court struck down the law defining marriage in federal statutes, it did not declare same-sex “marriage” to be a right under the U.S. Constitution. For now it left the definition of marriage to the states.

But the left is not content with letting the people decide. That is why it is once again turning to unelected judges to force its morality on the American people. In the meantime, men and women of faith cannot give up as the issue will continue to be fought at the state level, with tremendous repercussions for religious liberty.


End Of Day Report

Friday, September 27, 2013

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Congress Plays Ping Pong

Just before 1:00 p.m., the Senate voted 79-to-19 to end the Cruz/Lee filibuster of the GOP House resolution that provides short-term funding for the government while defunding Obamacare. Minutes later the Democrat Senate voted 54-to-44 to restore full funding for Obamacare. Now Congress gets to play ping pong, with the Senate sending the resolution back to the House of Representatives.

What happens next is anyone’s guess. Yesterday Speaker Boehner said it was “unlikely” that the House would merely accept the Senate’s revised spending bill with no strings attached.

Various ideas have been suggested for amending the Senate’s resolution, including: a one-year delay in Obamacare; a one-year delay in the individual mandate; repealing Obamacare’s tax on medical devices; and repealing Obama’s congressional exemption.

House Republicans are scheduled to meet tomorrow to plan their strategy. Congress has until Monday night to reach a deal in order to avoid a partial-government shutdown. Stay tuned…

Frustration, Strikes & Rate Hikes

As the House and Senate continue to fight over funding for Obamacare, there is more bad news about the law and its impact on jobs and our economy.

From New Jersey comes a story about Jeffrey Scheininger, president of Flexline/U.S. Brass & Copper Corporation. Scheininger is a former chairman of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, and according to The Star-Ledger, Scheininger “supported health care overhaul.” For five years he led the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce’s Health Care Reform Initiative. 

What is Scheininger saying about Obamacare now? “It’s monumentally frustrating. The difference between the hope they held out versus what they delivered is phenomenal.” Scheininger added, “They don’t know what they are implementing. When push comes to shove, they don’t know what it’s going to do.”

Scheininger’s frustration is being echoed by other Obamacare supporters, including those in Big Labor. Members of the Service Employees International Union in Columbus, Ohio, have gone on strike protesting cuts caused by Obamacare, which of course the SEIU strongly supported.

Earlier this week, Barack Obama denied that there is any evidence that Obamacare is causing job losses. But some of his union allies disagree. Loretta Johnson, secretary-treasurer of the American Federation of Teachers, said, “We are seeing employer after employer cut hours so as to avoid [Obamacare’s] 30-hour definition of a full-time job.”

Obama may be blind to reality, but here’s a list of more than 300 private companies and public institutions that have already cut jobs and/or hours in response to Obamacare’s mandates.

Meanwhile, Obama and his allies were celebrating the news that average Obamacare premiums in the government-run state exchanges were coming in at around $330 a month for individuals. They were celebrating because those figures were “lower than expected.”

Investor’s Business Daily took a closer look at those rates and found that even with Obamacare’s subsidies, many Americans will end up paying much more than they are now. Consider this example:

    “A table in that White House report, for example, shows the lowest-cost Bronze plan for a 27-year-old will average $163 a month in the 36 states with federally run exchanges. Among those making $25,000, the cost will be $93 a month, after subsidies.

    “Is that a bargain? Not when you compare it with the plans they can buy today. The average premium for the lowest-cost plan in these same states is $54 a month, according to data in a recent Government Accountability Report.

    “In other words, even with the taxpayer subsidies, ObamaCare will be more expensive than what’s available in the market today.”

Join Me, Beck & Levin In D.C.!

Join me at the 2013 Values Voter Summit, in Washington, D.C., October 11th – 13th.

The Values Voter Summit is sponsored by American Values, the Family Research Council, AFA Action, Heritage Foundation, and Liberty Counsel.

This year’s Summit features an incredible line up of speakers, including:

  • Glenn Beck
  • Dr. Ben Carson
  • Lt. Gen. William Boykin (Ret.)
  • Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)
  • Former Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC)
  • Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR)
  • Rep. Steve King (R-IA)
  • Mark Levin
  • Star Parker
  • Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)
  • Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)
  • 2012 Vice Presidential Nominee Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)
  • Former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA)
  • Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC)
  • Columnist Cal Thomas
  • Former Rep. Allen West
  • And many more outstanding conservative leaders!

There will be educational sessions on a broad range of topics including: the threat to religious liberty, radical Islam, restraining Big Government and responding to the left.

My public policy organization, American Values, will host a special luncheon on Saturday, October 12th. (To attend the luncheon, you must purchase a separate ticket.) Later that evening, there will be a gala dinner honoring Dr. Ed Feulner, founder of the Heritage Foundation.

To learn more or to register online, click here now. I look forward to seeing you there!

End Of Day Report

Thursday, September 26, 2013

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Delayed Again

With just four days left until Obamacare’s official launch, the Obama Administration announced today that it has been forced to delay online enrollment for small businesses in the so-called “SHOP exchanges.” In addition, the Obamacare exchange in the District of Columbia will not be ready on time.

As the setbacks and bad news mount, Obamacare is rapidly turning into the “train wreck” that some of its supporters feared. Obama has delayed mandates for Big Business and granted an exemption for Congress. But he is stubbornly refusing to waive the individual mandate, forcing millions of Americans into a government-run system that is raising prices and killing jobs.

By the way, a new report suggests that Obamacare may subsidize 10% of all abortions performed in America.

While the media have tried to portray Ted Cruz and other conservatives as unreasonable obstructionists for trying to stop this train wreck, Democrats are feeling the heat. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) told reporters today that he believes the individual mandate should be delayed too.

“Don’t put the mandate on the American public right now,” Manchin said. “If you know you couldn’t bring the corporate sector, you gave them a year, don’t you think it’d be fair?” Manchin is right. Why give Big Business a break but not hard-working families?

The individual mandate is one of the most despised aspects of this unpopular law. Manchin’s support for delaying the individual mandate is going to cause headaches for other Democrats in conservative states up for reelection next year. Republicans should force repeated votes on this issue, as well as Obama’s congressional exemption, which violates the law he signed.

Obama’s Support Collapses

The latest CBS/New York Times poll finds that Obama’s approval rating has collapsed to just 43%. This comes as he is desperately trying to sell the country on Obamacare, which, at 39%, is even less popular than he is.

The New York Times reports, “Across the board — on foreign policy; the economy; health care; and the federal budget — more Americans disapprove than approve of the president’s performance.” In addition, two-thirds of Americans feel the country is on the wrong track.

Obama Ignores Congress & The People

Acting on behalf of the Obama Administration, Secretary of State John Kerry yesterday signed the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty. The treaty has come under fire (pun intended) from a variety of pro-Second Amendment groups.

Responding to Kerry’s action, the NRA released a statement warning: “This treaty threatens individual firearm ownership with an invasive registration scheme. … Data kept on the end users … is a de-facto registry of law-abiding firearms owners, which is a violation of federal law. Even worse, the ATT could be construed to require such a registry to be made available to foreign governments.”

Members of Congress are furious and with good reason. Six months ago, the Senate approved an amendment by Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) essentially rejecting the treaty. It passed 53-to-46. Every Republican and eight Democrats supported the Inhofe amendment.

For treaties to take effect, they have to be ratified by a two-thirds super majority of the Senate — 67 votes. With the Inhofe amendment, a majority of the Senate went on the record in opposition to this treaty. There is no way it is getting 67 votes any time soon.

Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), the ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations, sent a bluntly-worded letter to President Obama, stating, “The Senate has not yet provided its advice and consent, and may not provide such consent.  As a result, the Executive Branch is not authorized to take any steps to implement the treaty.”

Moreover, this move comes just two weeks after voters in Colorado recalled two liberal anti-Second Amendment state senators, including the Senate president.

If the Obama Administration is truly concerned about weapons falling into the wrong hands, perhaps we should ask the U.N. to investigate the Obama Administration. After all, Attorney General Eric Holder knowingly allowed weapons to fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartels in Operation Fast and Furious. Now Fox News is reporting that large caches of U.S. weapons have been stolen by jihadists in Libya.

Rouhani & The Holocaust

As part of his “charm offensive,” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani recently sat down for an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. During their discussion, Rouhani reportedly condemned the Holocaust, melting the hearts of liberal journalists throughout the West.

Not so fast. The Iranian state news agency is vehemently disputing CNN’s translation. According to the Fars News Agency, Rouhani never specifically referred to the Holocaust.

Moreover, in the Fars transcript, Rouhani seems dismissive of the Holocaust. After explaining that he “generally” condemns crimes against humanity, Rouhani adds, “the aspects that you talk about, clarification of these aspects is a duty of the historians and researchers, I am not a history scholar.”

This is not an insignificant detail. Let’s assume the best — that CNN’s translation is accurate. If that’s the case, then Rouhani is not in control of his own official news agency.

And that is precisely the problem. Rouhani is not in control. It is the ayatollah who calls the shots in Iran, not the president.

We should never forget that we are dealing with a country whose leadership has repeatedly denied Israel’s right to exist and vowed to wipe it off the map, while aggressively pursuing the very weapons that could achieve a second Holocaust.

By the way, after refusing to meet with President Obama, Rouhani evidently found the time to have dinner with Jew-hater Louis Farrakhan.

End Of Day Report

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Kudos To Cruz

Yesterday afternoon Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) took to the Senate floor vowing to “speak in opposition to Obamacare … until I am no longer able to stand.” Still able to stand, his time ran out at noon today. Cruz waged the fourth-longest filibuster in Senate history, calling attention to the failures of Obamacare for more than 21 hours.

I applaud Senator Cruz and those who stood with him in this fight. As Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) said this morning, “I don’t see the down side to spending the time educating the American people about how dangerous this is.” I agree completely. The headlines continue to be filled with bad news for the American people about Obamacare. For example:

  • USA Today recently reported on an Obamacare “glitch” that punishes families and will likely cause hundreds of thousands of children to lose the health insurance they currently have.
  • The “Affordable Care Act” is not so affordable for many Americans. Fox News reports that one Kentucky family recently learned that their health insurance premiums will “almost triple in 2014 — from $333 a month to $965.” The letter from their insurance company announcing the dramatic increase bluntly stated: “Increases aren’t based on your individual claims or changes in health status. … Many other factors go in to your premium including: ACA compliance…” In other words, Obamacare is raising their costs.
  • It’s not just Kentucky. One report found costs in neighboring Tennessee increasing 97% for single women and 190% for single men.
  • Even the New York Times now admits that Obamacare will limit patient choices.
  • Investor’s Business Daily reports that more than 300 employers, including private businesses and public institutions, have cut workers’ hours and/or eliminated jobs entirely in response to Obamacare’s mandates.

Obamacare has been one broken promise after another. It is not affordable, either for individuals or the country. It is hurting the economy. It is causing some Americans to lose their current health insurance and even their jobs.

Of course the liberal media have mocked Senator Cruz for waging this fight. The media mocked Ronald Reagan too. But the American people listened to Reagan and I hope millions of Americans were listening to Senator Cruz, intrigued by his willingness to fight the good fight.

Desperate Obama Dissed Again By Iranians

In the days leading up to yesterday’s U.N. General Assembly meeting, liberals were wondering whether Barack Obama and Iran’s new president, Hassan Rouhani, would meet face-to-face and perhaps even shake hands. After all, Obama has repeatedly reached out to the Iranians in private letters to the ayatollah and in public statements to the Iranian people. He even exchanged letters with Iran’s Holocaust-denying Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. And true to form, Obama sent a letter to Rouhani too.

Obama is certainly eager to court the Iranians. He seems convinced that he can reason with the mullahs, and that they, like so many liberals, will be enraptured by his words and will swoon before his charming smile.

After five years of trying, what does Obama have to show for it all? Nothing, other than the fact that Iran is five years closer to an “Islamic bomb.”

So what happened yesterday? Did Obama’s latest letter to Iran’s new “moderate” leader do the trick? Nope. The much-hyped handshake never happened. Believe it or not, administration officials reached out yet again and asked the Iranians for an “encounter” during yesterday’s U.N. events — and Rouhani turned Obama down.

Obama is looking desperate, and he’s making America look weak.

Following Churchill’s Footsteps

As you know, I am in London this week. Carol and I are meeting with top British officials, including Michael Gove, Britain’s Secretary of Education. Today we followed in the footsteps of Winston Churchill, tracing the life of one of our heroes.

We visited the War Room, where Churchill directed Britain’s war efforts during the darkest hours of the Nazi Blitz. Churchill and his aides were fully prepared to die in that room, fighting to the last man. There is a case in the room stocked with guns for use in the event the Nazis invaded London.

We also visited Chartwell House, where Churchill lived (when he was not prime minister) from 1924 until his death in 1965. This great home is where Churchill wrote many of his books and hosted many dinners with key leaders in the 1930s, plotting strategies to confront the growing isolationism in Britain and growing threat of Hitler’s Germany.

Today we are facing a crisis of confidence similar to that which gripped Great Britain in the 1930s. Then as now, feckless leaders refuse to recognize growing dangers. Their desire to seek “peace in our time” blinds them to the naked ambitions of our enemies. They would risk our security for mere scraps of paper.

These are difficult and challenging times, my friends. But as I have been encouraged by walking in the footsteps of such a giant of history, let me encourage you with his words as I promise to continue fighting the good fight:

“Never give in — never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”

End Of Day Report

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Obama Reaches Out To Iran, Again

During his address to the U.N. General Assembly today, Barack Obama reached out yet again to Iran. Obama used his U.N. speech to announce that he is directing Secretary of State John Kerry to pursue the diplomatic overtures that have been coming from Iran’s new president, Hassan Rouhani.

But despite those overtures and nice words, Iran has done nothing of substance to suspend its nuclear weapons program. Obama is being played. And Rouhani has done this before.

It is worth recalling that Rouhani served as Iran’s top nuclear negotiator during the Bush Administration. He repeatedly used diplomacy as a delaying tactic, and to drive a wedge between the U.S. and our European allies. He even bragged about it.

Today Republican senators on the Intelligence and Foreign Relations committees sent Obama a letter warning against “Iran’s track record of obfuscation and delay.” You can read it here.

Why Lerner Left

According to the Washington Times, former top IRS official Lois Lerner suddenly decided to retire because “an internal investigation found she was guilty of ‘neglect of duties’ and was going to call for her ouster.” 

Congressional Republicans have been demanding Lerner’s dismissal for weeks. Evidently the bureaucrats at the IRS agreed that she needed to go. As a result, Lerner likely decided to leave on her own in order to salvage her pension, which may be as much as $50,000 a year.

Lerner is not out of the woods yet. Responding to her departure, Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said, “We still don’t know why Lois Lerner, as a senior IRS official, had such a personal interest in directing scrutiny and why she denied improper conduct to Congress. Her departure does not answer these questions or diminish the committee’s interest in hearing her testimony.”

Moreover, congressional investigators have seen only a fraction of the information they have demanded. CNSNews reports that the IRS has handed over just 10% of the documents Congress has asked for. Having seen perhaps just the “tip of the iceberg,” this investigation is far from over.

Government Too Powerful

A new Gallup poll finds that a record number of Americans — 60% — feel the federal government has amassed “too much power.” That figure previously peaked at 59% just before the 2010 elections.

Republicans (81%) and independents (65%) overwhelmingly feel the government is too big and too powerful. But even among Democrats, who are likely sympathetic to Big Government, 38% say it is too powerful. That figure is up 13 points from September 2009.

From the IRS scandal to the NSA scandal, Obamacare to our burgeoning federal debt, it’s no wonder so many Americans are concerned about the growing federal leviathan in Washington, D.C. Every day brings more disturbing news of Big Government encroaching upon our liberties and consuming more and more of our tax dollars.

The Battle Of Britain

Today our British hosts took us on a tour of historical sites that dramatize what Britain did when she stood against Hitler’s fury. One of the saddest examples of the failure of U.S., and frankly English education, is that we are not teaching this history. Had Great Britain fallen, a new Dark Age would have fallen across Europe and the world would have been a very different place.

Since I doubt U.S. students know much about great American battles, I suspect they know little if anything about the Battle of Britain. From the fall of 1939 through the summer of 1940, one by one the nations of Europe, from Poland to France, fell before the Nazi blitzkrieg. England stood alone.

After the fall of France, Hitler began devising plans to invade England. But the German Navy was in no position to attempt an invasion. It was decided that the German Air Force, the Luftwaffe, had to achieve air superiority over the English Channel. Thus the Battle of Britain began in July 1940. On August 20, 1940, Winston Churchill delivered his famous speech praising the heroism of the Royal Air Force pilots saying, “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.”

Frustrated by his failure to break the British Royal Air Force, in September 1940 Hitler ordered the Luftwaffe to target London and other British cities. At one point during the London Blitz, the British capital was bombed for 57 consecutive nights. One million homes were damaged or destroyed and 40,000 people were killed.

Every night, the British people would head for bomb shelters and prepare for the worst. But one night the bombers didn’t come. Hitler had paid a tremendous price and just couldn’t keep losing pilots and planes. He gave up.

A headline ran in one of the British papers, “Is That All You Got, Adolf?”

That is a culture that knows what is worth fighting for. Can anyone imagine the New York Times or the Washington Post running such a headline today?

It is astonishing to think that just a few years prior, the men of the Oxford Union voted never again to go to battle for “King and Country.” The Blitz demonstrated that moral courage can be rediscovered when the reality of evil intrudes.

Churchill stood up to Nazism. Reagan and Thatcher stood up to Soviet Communism. I pray the West is still capable of producing such leaders.

End Of Day Report

Monday, September 23, 2013

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

BREAKING NEWS: Congressional sources say that Lois Lerner, the official at the center of the IRS abuse scandal, has retired effective today. Stay tuned…

Jihadists Target Christians

The weekend brought devastating headlines and more evidence of the barbaric nature of radical Islam. Jihadist homicide bombers attacked All Saints Church in Peshawar, Pakistan, killing 85 Christians and wounding 140 more. The Pakistani Taliban eagerly claimed credit for the bombing.

Over the weekend, Islamist radicals in Kenya laid siege to a popular shopping mall and have been fighting an on-going battle with military and police forces for the past three days. According to one witness, the jihadists shot hostages who could not name Muhammad’s mother. Reports indicate that as many as 70 people are dead, at least 175 wounded and dozens more are missing. The extremist group al-Shabaab is taking credit for this massacre.

It is believed that at least 15 terrorists took part in this attack, some of whom may be Americans. Al-Shabaab has been known to seek recruits among sympathetic Somalis living in Minneapolis.

Some U.S. elites continue to insist that the “war on terror” has nothing to do with Islam. Tell that to the jihadists. Tell that to the nearly 500 victims of these deadly attacks.

The Intolerant Left

When “mainstream media” reporters write about civility in politics, they almost always do so while wagging their fingers at conservatives. They whine when conservatives compare Obamacare to socialism. Or they fret about the “flat-earthers” and “science-deniers” who dare to question their global warming dogma. But they rarely address the vile hatred on the left.

Just consider two examples from recent headlines. When the Washington Navy Yard shooting took place, most Americans recoiled in horror. Many prayed for the victims and their families. But not University of Kansas Journalism Professor David Guth.

Reacting to the news, Professor Guth took to Twitter to pray for the deaths of the children of NRA members! Guth tweeted: “The blood is on the hands of the #NRA. Next time, let it be YOUR sons and daughters. Shame on you. May God da– you.”

Guth’s punishment? The University of Kansas put him on paid administrative leave. In other words, he’s on a taxpayer-funded vacation. Thankfully, a number of Kansas lawmakers are demanding he be fired.

After the House of Representatives voted to defund Obamacare Friday, Amanda Carpenter, a speechwriter for Sen. Ted Cruz, applauded the action, tweeting, “GOP beat gun control, changed Obama’s mind on Syria, is holding the line on amnesty. We can defund Obamacare, too!”

Now reasonable people can disagree about gun control, Syria, amnesty and Obamacare. But clearly, Allan Brauer, the communications chairman of the Democratic Party of Sacramento County, is not a reasonable person.

Responding to Carpenter, Brauer tweeted, “May your children all die from debilitating, painful and incurable diseases.”

When his outrageous remarks started gaining attention, Brauer played the victim, tweeting, “I’m being attacked on Twitter for wishing one of Ted Cruz’s pubic lice to experience the pain her boss is inflicting on Americans.”

For many Americans, such intimidation can be enough to drive them from the political arena entirely. They have too much stress to cope with in everyday life without enduring abuse from deranged Democrats. And that’s exactly what liberals like Guth and Brauer are hoping to accomplish. They want to silence conservatives and force men and women of faith into the closet.

Having been on the receiving end of the left’s bile for decades, including death threats, I can promise you that it is not a pleasant experience. The things we have received in the mail, the messages left on our voicemail, the language in emails I get every day from hate-filled liberals is shocking, and occasionally illegal.

Last week’s sentencing of Floyd Lee Corkins II was a disturbing reminder of the propensity of some on the left to support violence in order to achieve their political objectives. Like many conservative, pro-family organizations, we have also incurred legal fees and other security-related expenses simply because we are speaking up for family, faith and freedom.

My friends, I promise we will continue to stay on the front lines in the good fight for our values. And I am counting on you to stand with us!

Reporting From London

I am in London, England, this week, meeting with top government leaders and conservative activists. I will be working with our staff to keep these reports coming each day, and I look forward to providing you with some updates from the other side of the pond.

End Of Day Report

Friday, September 20, 2013

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Obama’s Disrespect

Here’s another example of “who” I think Barack Obama is. When Obama quickly reversed course and decided to seek congressional approval to strike the Assad regime in Syria for its use of chemical weapons, the most significant political support he received was from Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

I didn’t agree with their quick decision to stand with Obama. I assumed they were operating under the premise that when it comes to matters of America’s national security, politics ends at the water’s edge. But for Obama, politics never stops.

Few other top congressional leaders spoke up. Then Obama changed course again, announcing that he would negotiate with Vladimir Putin and let Russia take the lead in the Middle East. Then he called off the vote in Congress.

Insiders say that even after Boehner and Cantor went out on a limb to support the president, Obama did not give them the courtesy of a phone call offering a heads-up on the possible deal with Putin. In every administration prior to this one — whether Republican or Democrat — no president would have treated the leaders of the opposite party so disrespectfully.

If Boehner and Cantor had any doubts, I hope they now understand that Obama is not their friend, no matter how much goodwill they demonstrate or how many rounds of golf they play together.

Outrage of the Week

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held more hearings on Benghazi yesterday, and the parents of the murdered Americans were there. They sat patiently through seven hours of testimony before they addressed the committee.

When it came time for Patricia Smith (the mother of Sean Smith) and Charles Woods (the father of Ty Woods) to speak, only two Democrats bothered to show up to hear their pleas for the truth of what happened to their sons.

Every Democrat who had something “better to do” than listen to these grieving parents should be ashamed. These families’ sons paid the ultimate price in service to their country. They deserved better than that. America deserves better too.

DeLay Acquitted

Yesterday a Texas court of appeals fully acquitted former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) of all charges stemming from a 2005 corruption investigation. DeLay is a friend, and he was also one of the right’s most effective leaders.

What made Tom DeLay so effective was that he knew how to play hardball, and that’s why the left was so desperate to get rid of him. But DeLay’s case also marked a disturbing turning point in America when the left essentially criminalized politics. Tom DeLay was the victim of a hyper-partisan prosecutor who went through multiple grand juries before he was able to get an indictment.

In 2005, DeLay was slapped with criminal conspiracy charges related to alleged violations of campaign finance laws. It took six years for the prosecutors to try and convict Tom. That should tell you something. In 2011, he was sentenced to three years in jail but remained out on bail while he appealed his case.

Thankfully, he has now been cleared of all charges. The appeals court judges found that the evidence was “legally insufficient to sustain DeLay’s convictions,” adding, “Rather than supporting an agreement to violate the election code, the evidence shows that the defendants were attempting to comply with the Election Code limitations on corporate contributions.”

President Pence?

We’re still three years and one major election away from the 2016 presidential contest, but there is already a lot of speculation about possible contenders. From Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden on the left to Ted Cruz and Rand Paul on the right, it’s difficult to recall an election generating so much interest so far in advance.

Let me throw another name into the mix: Indiana Governor Mike Pence. A new poll finds Governor Pence has a 60% approval rating, and just 23% of Indiana residents disapprove of his job performance. These high marks come after tough battles with state Democrats and even some GOP leaders. And folks in Washington are taking notice. I’ve seen Pence’s name come up in a number of recent columns, including a Washington Post column listing the top 10 contenders for 2016.

At this stage, Pence would be a dark horse candidate. You can read more about Gov. Pence here.

Join Me In D.C.!

Join me at the 2013 Values Voter Summit, in Washington, D.C., October 11th – 13th.

The Values Voter Summit is sponsored by American Values, the Family Research Council, AFA Action, Heritage Foundation, and Liberty Counsel.

This year’s Summit features an incredible line up of speakers, including:

  • Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN)
  • Dr. Ben Carson
  • Lt. Gen. William Boykin (Ret.)
  • Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)
  • Former Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC)
  • Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR)
  • Rep. Steve King (R-IA)
  • Former Reagan Attorney General Ed Meese
  • Star Parker
  • Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)
  • Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)
  • 2012 Vice Presidential Nominee Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)
  • Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA)
  • Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC)
  • Columnist Cal Thomas
  • Former Rep. Allen West
  • And many more outstanding conservative leaders!

There will be educational sessions on a broad range of topics including: the threat to religious liberty, radical Islam, restraining Big Government and responding to the left.

American Values will host a special luncheon on Saturday, October 12th. (To attend the luncheon, you must purchase a separate ticket.) Later that evening, there will be a gala dinner honoring Dr. Ed Feulner, founder of the Heritage Foundation.

To learn more or to register online, click here now. I look forward to seeing you there!