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Friday, February 3, 2012
To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer
COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY: 277 DAYS TO THE 2012 ELECTIONS
The Gospel According To Saint Obama
The National Prayer Breakfast is an annual event that attracts over 3,000 people. Every U.S. president in recent decades has attended and spoken, and all of them have shed politics at the door. But not Barack Obama.
Yesterday he shamelessly wrapped his left-wing socialist political agenda in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I don't think Obama wears glasses, but he clearly needs a pair. He has looked at Karl Marx and confused him with Jesus Christ. For example, Obama said this:
"And I think to myself, if I'm willing to give something up as somebody who's been extraordinarily blessed, and give up some of the tax breaks that I enjoy, I actually think that's going to make economic sense. But for me as a Christian, it also coincides with Jesus's teaching that 'for unto whom much is given, much shall be required.'"
Notice the sleight of hand. Jesus did teach that we are to help the poor. If Obama had said, "Michelle and I, inspired by the Gospels, have decided to give our wealth to the poor," he could have a Christian argument. But, of course, that is not his public policy position. He is proposing to take other people's wealth under the threat of fines or imprisonment to give it to those he deems needy.
One will search in vain for any teaching by Jesus that calls for government to redistribute wealth. Christ's ministry was an appeal to charity from us as individuals. It was not a call for big government. (As you might recall, Christ's interaction with the big government of his time, Rome, did not go well.)
Obama said this:
"And when I decide to stand up for foreign aid, or prevent atrocities in places like Uganda, or take on issues like human trafficking, it's not just about strengthening alliances, or promoting democratic values… It's also about the biblical call to care for the least of these -- for the poor; for those at the margins of our society. To answer the responsibility we're given in Proverbs to 'Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.'"
This one falls into the category of deception. It is a gross exaggeration to state that the Obama Administration has emphasized human rights or human trafficking. From China to Iran, Obama has dropped human rights as a significant factor in the conduct of America's foreign policy. When Christians are murdered in Egypt, Nigeria, Iraq and elsewhere, his administration's response is tepid and perfunctory.
Obama also said:
"And so when I talk about our financial institutions playing by the same rules as folks on Main Street, when I talk about making sure insurance companies aren't discriminating against those who are already sick, or making sure that unscrupulous lenders aren't taking advantage of the most vulnerable among us, I do so because I genuinely believe it will make the economy stronger for everybody. But I also do it because I know that far too many neighbors in our country have been hurt and treated unfairly over the last few years, and I believe in God's command to 'love thy neighbor as thyself.'"
There is no debate in Washington between those who favor unscrupulous lending and those who oppose it. There is no debate between people who want Americans to have health insurance and those who don't want us to have health insurance.
The debate is between those of us who think these problems are best solved with free market principles and those who think more government bureaucrats and regulations are the answer. When Obama suggests his big government approach is biblical, he is suggesting that those who oppose him are not faithful Christians.
Finally, the president said nothing about the clear biblical teaching on the sanctity of life. But God said, "I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live."
On the clear biblical teaching that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, Obama said nothing. The Scriptures tell us: "For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh."
And while we are instructed, "You shall have no other gods before me," Obama had nothing to say about religious liberty.
That's right! On public policy debates that are clearly about moral biblical concepts, Obama was silent because many of his policies are directly counter to the teachings of the Scriptures. He can find Dodd-Frank in the Bible, but he can't find "Choose life"!
What Barack Obama delivered at the prayer breakfast was not the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It was, not surprisingly, the Gospel of Jeremiah Wright, his fanatical, racist, anti-Semitic pastor of over 20 years. God help us if anyone at that breakfast was deceived.
Unfortunately, in the past 24 hours, I have run into a couple of stalwart, Christian conservatives who thought the speech was fantastic. Please don't let your friends and family members fall for this deception. Share this report with them so that the scales may fall from their eyes.
Economic Recovery Or Cover-up?
According to the Labor Department, the economy added more than 240,000 jobs in January. That's good news for those 240,000 folks. But it had nothing to do with Obama's policies.
I believe that the economy is improving now because Republicans slammed the brakes on the worst of Obama's agenda. Perhaps the most important consequence of the 2010 election was an agreement to prevent a massive tax increase by extending the Bush tax cuts for another two years.
You can't argue that a massive healthcare takeover that is not yet fully implemented is responsible for improved growth. It would be ludicrous to suggest that the failed stimulus bill, which did virtually nothing throughout 2009 and 2010, is responsible for improved growth now. And it can't be any of Obama's other policies, because, as he frequently reminds us, "obstructionist" Republicans in Congress keep blocking them.
Here's the "dirty little secret" about why the unemployment rate is going down: There are fewer and fewer people in the work force. The labor participation rate fell in January to a 30-year low.
As Professor Peter Morici put it, "The unemployment rate would be higher but for the fact that many adults have quit looking for work altogether, and the adult labor force participation rate remains depressed." Exactly. If everybody would just stop looking for work entirely, the unemployment rate would be zero.
That is the reality of the Obama economic "recovery" -- fewer Americans are working today.
But for now the unemployment rate is down, and no doubt the liberal media will be singing Obama's praises tonight on the evening news. How should Republicans counter that? It is important to make the facts known. But this election can't just be all about the economy.
As we are seeing, the economy can be unpredictable. Yet there are a host of reasons why Barack Obama does not deserve a second term. From values issues to his desire to "fundamentally transform" America to foreign policy, America cannot afford four more years of Barack Obama.
Justice Ginsburg: Ignore Our Constitution
One of the undeniable truths about the left is its desire to "fundamentally transform" America into something it is not. That is what the culture war to redefine our values is all about.
That is why the left is eager to abandon free enterprise and embrace socialism. And that is why left-wing judicial activists are so eager to incorporate foreign law into their decisions.
In a moment of candor, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, perhaps the Supreme Court's most liberal member, seemingly suggested that she prefers foreign constitutions to our own. During an interview with the Egyptian network Al-Hayat TV, Ginsburg offered her thoughts on how Egypt should go about writing its new constitution. Here is what she said:
"I can't speak about what the Egyptian experience should be, because I'm operating under a rather old constitution. …I would not look to the U.S. Constitution, if I were drafting a constitution in the year 2012. I might look at the constitution of South Africa. …Canada has a Charter of Rights and Freedoms. …You would almost certainly look at the European Convention on Human Rights. Yes, why not take advantage of what there is elsewhere in the world?"
Take advantage of everything that's out there, just don't look to America.
Why is it that so many liberals have such a low opinion of their homeland and feel the need to apologize for the country of their birth? Millions of people all over the world see America as a land of hope and opportunity. They want to come here to become Americans. Yet the left thinks they are confused and is constantly trying to make America like the rest of the world.