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Friday, February 17, 2012
To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer
COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY: 263 DAYS TO THE 2012 ELECTIONS
BREAKING NEWS: CAPITOL HILL PLOT FOILED
Fox News reports that the FBI has arrested a man "in his 30s and of Moroccan descent" who attempted to carry out a suicide bombing on Capitol Hill. Thankfully, the FBI had been monitoring his activities for some time. But whether it is a lone jihadist plotting to commit suicide bombings or the mullahs in Tehran plotting a second Holocaust, there are plenty of reminders of the reality of radical Islam.
How High Can They Go?
Gas prices are soaring once again. The Associated Press reports, "The average price for a gallon of gas rose to $3.52 on Thursday, up 14 cents from the previous month." This is the earliest that gas prices have crossed the $3.50 threshold. When gas prices spiked to record highs in 2008, they didn't reach $3.50 a gallon until April.
This price spike is happening weeks before refineries shut down for routine maintenance, which includes the transition to less polluting but more expensive fuel blends for the summer driving season, when demand peaks. In other words, many analysts are predicting gas prices will reach $4.00 a gallon nationally in a few months and perhaps go as high as $5.00 a gallon in some areas.
Despite the Obama recession, gas prices have nearly doubled on his watch. When Obama took office, the price of a gallon of gas was $1.89. (Bush's fault?) Now it's above $3.50 a gallon and headed higher. Remember: one of the first things the Obama administration did -- literally within days of taking office -- was to cancel scores of drilling leases.
In response to rising gas prices, House Republicans passed legislation yesterday that would expand offshore drilling, allow more exploration in Alaska and authorize construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Eighty-nine percent of House Republicans voted for the bill, while 86% of House Democrats opposed it.
Did you hear anything about that on the news last night? Probably not, because it does not fit Obama's narrative of a do-nothing Congress. The fact is, House Republicans have done a lot. The part of Congress that is doing nothing is the Democrat Senate led by Harry Reid. In fact, Reid's Senate has failed to pass a budget for three years now!
Democrats' Radical Agenda
One of the most frustrating instincts of the GOP establishment is its desire to avoid values issues. Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels summed it up well when he proposed a "truce" on values issues -- as if the left would ever agree to one.
The left will stop at nothing to push its radical agenda. Just think about what we have seen in the past two weeks:
- Unelected left-wing judges redefining marriage, striking down the will of the voters and imposing their morality on the rest of society.
- The Obama administration attempting to force religious institutions to pay for abortion-inducing drugs.
- Hysterical fits from the left because a charity devoted to fighting breast cancer decided (for a day) to stop funding Planned Parenthood.
This won't surprise anyone, but House Democrat Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) this week endorsed an effort to change the Democrat Party platform so that it officially supports the radical notion that men should be able to "marry" other men. One party is clearly willing to fight the culture war.
Men and women of faith had better be ready for this fight. And the GOP needs to nominate a candidate who will unapologetically defend the values of millions of Americans who cherish family, faith and freedom.
Don't Get Discouraged
My friends, the media have been gleefully reporting the "good news" in the economy and Obama's improved poll numbers as if he is guaranteed a second term. This coverage seems designed to discourage conservatives, and I am sensing more pessimism from many on the right.
But as the saying goes, 24 hours is a lifetime in politics, and there are eight months until the election. A lot will happen between now and November 6th, and Obama can be defeated!
The Democrats have huge problems. The hope is gone and the change has been radical. The man who promised transparency and transcendence has been Nixonian in wielding power. Younger voters, who were so enthralled by Obama four years ago, are demoralized today.
ObamaCare and the stimulus are hugely unpopular. Obama's economic record was summed up yesterday by this statement in a report from the Congressional Budget Office:
"The rate of unemployment in the United States has exceeded 8 percent since February 2009, making the past three years the longest stretch of high unemployment in this country since the Great Depression. CBO projects that the unemployment rate will remain above 8 percent until 2014."
Faith-based voters won't be deceived this time. In 2008, Obama won the Catholic vote. Now, 59% of Catholic voters disapprove of Obama.
My point is simply this: It is way too early to get discouraged or give up. This is only the first quarter of the game. We are fighting for the heart and soul of America, for the future of our children and grandchildren. This country is worth fighting for. Our values are worth fighting for. Freedom is worth fighting for. And this fight is just getting started!