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Monday, March 5, 2012
To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer
COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY: 246 DAYS TO THE 2012 ELECTIONS
Obama Tries To Reassure Israel
Addressing the American Israel Public Affairs Committee yesterday, Barack Obama told the audience, "There should not be a shred of doubt by now -- when the chips are down, I have Israel's back." Sorry, Mr. Obama, but a lot of folks have grave doubts about your commitment to the American-Israeli alliance. After all, at last year's AIPAC speech, Obama was in damage control mode over his suggestion that Israel shrink back to the indefensible 1967 "Auschwitz" borders.
Columnist Caroline Glick wrote, "…this was the first speech on an Israel related theme that Obama has given since the 2008 campaign in which he did not pick a fight with Israel." For that, Glick added, his supporters in the liberal media considered it "a pro-Israel speech."
Yet even as some in the media tried to spin Obama's latest rhetoric as "green-lighting" an attack on Iran, the Associated Press ran a story today with this headline, "Obama Makes Case Against Striking Iran Now." The AP reports that the White House wants to give newly-imposed sanctions more time to work. Indeed, as Obama told AIPAC yesterday, "Now is the time to let our increased pressure sink in and to sustain the broad international coalition we have built."
But as the Wall Street Journal notes, these are the very same sanctions that Obama had once opposed. He only supported them because an overwhelming majority in Congress forced his hand by including them in a "must-pass" defense bill.
And just how are those sanctions working out? Yukiya Amano, head of the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency, reports today that "The agency continues to have serious concerns regarding possible military dimensions to Iran's nuclear program. As Iran is not providing the necessary cooperation … the agency is unable … to conclude that all nuclear material in Iran is in peaceful activities."
Meanwhile, top administration officials have repeatedly warned Israel not to strike Iran, even as Obama told his AIPAC audience that "Israel must always have the ability to defend itself, by itself, against any threat." Some interpreted that line as a reaffirmation of Israel's sovereignty. It could also be a warning that if Israel defends itself, it will be "by itself."
Any conservative worth their salt was in shock when "reproductive rights activist" Sandra Fluke testified before Nancy Pelosi's fake hearing that religious institutions should be forced to pay for her contraception. Every conservative talk show host blasted her absurd claim to yet another government-mandated "right." My friend Rush Limbaugh went further, using some poorly chosen words to label Fluke a "slut" and a "prostitute."
The left immediately seized the moment. Barack Obama called Fluke to offer his support and sympathy. And why wouldn't he? He finally found someone who favors ObamaCare! A massive network of liberal groups organized online protests targeting Limbaugh's advertisers. Over the weekend, Rush issued an apology to Fluke, and he apologized again on the air today. Here's what he said:
"Against my own instincts, against my own knowledge, against everything I know to be right and wrong I descended to [the left's] level when I used those two words to describe Sandra Fluke. … I became like them, and I feel very badly about that. …Nevertheless, those two words were inappropriate. They were uncalled for. They distracted from the point that I was actually trying to make, and I again sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for using those two words to describe her. …
"The apology to her over the weekend was sincere. It was simply for using inappropriate words in a way I never do, and in so doing, I became like the people we oppose. I ended up descending to their level. It's important not to be like them, ever, particularly in fighting them. The old saw, you never descend to the level of your opponent or they win. That was my error last week. But the apology was heartfelt. The apology was sincere."
End of story, right? No way! The jackals smell blood. Whenever Bill Maher or someone on the left makes an offensive, over-the-top comment against men and women of faith, it is a one-day story at best. But the left neither forgives nor forgets. It now senses an opportunity to destroy Rush Limbaugh.
Eight advertisers have already abandoned Rush's show, including Carbonite. That's interesting because Carbonite is also a sponsor of Ed Schultz's show, and Schultz once referred to Laura Ingraham, who has never demanded that anyone else pay for her birth control, as a "slut."
Why the double standard? According to The American Spectator's Jeffrey Lord, the CEO of Carbonite has given money to "MoveOn.org, America Coming Together and Democracy for America, all three listed here as George Soros funded groups, the latter set up by Howard Dean."
ACTION ITEM: My friends, we can't let the left destroy Rush Limbaugh. Below are the companies that have withdrawn their support from Limbaugh's show. Call them. Respectfully tell them that you disagree with the decision to cancel their advertising, especially now that Limbaugh has apologized, not once but twice. Let them know that you will take your business elsewhere.
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Cameron In The Crosshairs
Actor Kirk Cameron is in the left's crosshairs today for daring to express his views as an evangelical Christian on Piers Morgan's CNN show Friday night. Cameron, who starred in the sitcom "Growing Pains" and more recently in the "Left Behind" movies, said this about same-sex marriage:
"I believe that marriage was designed by God a long time ago -- marriage is almost as old as dirt and it was defined in the garden between Adam and Eve -- one man, one woman for life till death do you part. I would never attempt to try to redefine marriage, and I don't think anyone else should either so do I support the idea of gay marriage? No, I don't. … I think that it's unnatural, I think that it's detrimental and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization."
The left went nuts. Homosexual rights groups blasted Cameron's alleged bigotry and intolerance. Liberal Hollywood types rushed to Tweet their condemnation of Cameron's values and to reaffirm their fidelity to the gay marriage cause.
Not long ago, virtually no one would have argued with Cameron's comments. But the cultural left is determined to impose its values on the rest of society. It began by purging faith from the public square and forcing it into the closet. Then abortion was forced on every state in the country. Now marriage is being redefined. The secularists want an America where traditional values cannot be spoken.
As the Democrat Party embraced the radical left, more and more values voters found a home in the Republican Party. They expect the GOP to unapologetically defend their cherished values. Increasingly, however, it seems only one party is committed to fighting and winning the culture war.
I am 100% conservative on economics, foreign policy and values. But it is far easier to convince the American people about the virtue of traditional marriage, which most instinctively believe in, than it is to explain why marginal tax rates for top earners should be kept low or why Social Security must be reformed. The idea that the sanctity of life and normal marriage are "too controversial" is absurd.
Yet I am bothered when I hear conservatives buy into this line of reasoning. There will be no "truce" in the culture war. The left fully intends to win it. It's absurd that many Republicans and even some conservatives are preemptively surrendering by refusing to bring up these issues!
I know Governor Romney doesn't want to "light his hair on fire," but conservatives must not be afraid to defend our values. (For more on Romney, read my weekly Human Events column.) If we want to win, we must force the Democrats to defend their radical positions. If we will take the fight to them, I believe the American people will rally to our cause.