Monday, October 17, 2011
To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer
Cain Misspeaks On Marriage
I know many people have concluded in the past few weeks that Herman Cain is the best conservative we could nominate. Many are drawn to his 9-9-9 tax plan. Cain's surge in the polls has predictably led to increased scrutiny of 9-9-9, as well as his other positions, including on values issues.
National Review's Katrina Trinko reviewed Cain's weekly column, which he started writing after his 2004 Senate campaign. While Trinko finds much to admire, she notes, "Cain rarely dove into social issues in his columns, most of which were centered on the economy."
On Meet The Press yesterday, host David Gregory pressed Cain on abortion and homosexual "marriage." On abortion, Cain said, "I believe in life from conception and I do not agree with abortion under any circumstances." I applaud his clear support for the sanctity of life. But then Cain and Gregory had this exchange on normal marriage:
MR. GREGORY: A couple more. Same sex marriage. Would you seek a constitutional ban for same sex marriage?
MR. CAIN: I wouldn't seek a constitutional ban for same sex marriage, but I am pro traditional marriage.
MR. GREGORY: But you would let the states make up their own mind as they're doing now?
MR. CAIN: They would make up their own minds, yes.
Whoops. Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum quickly pointed out the flaw in Cain's response, saying, "I have been a longtime supporter of states' rights. However, I believe, as Abraham Lincoln did, that states do not have the right to legalize moral wrongs."
On this issue, Senator Santorum is exactly right. America will not have 50 different definitions of marriage. Either normal marriage will be the standard in every state or we will lose the institution of marriage as it has been understood for several thousand years.
Any politician who gives Cain's answer is either uninformed or disingenuous. When it comes to same-sex "marriage," the left will not permit each state to decide. It plans to have the federal courts order every state to recognize the same-sex "marriages" performed in other states. When that happens -- Voila! -- we'll have nationwide same-sex "marriage."
The Defense of Marriage Act prevents this from happening. But as we know, the Obama Administration has declared DOMA unconstitutional and is refusing to defend it in court. How would President Cain respond if his home state, Georgia, were ordered by the federal courts to recognize the gay marriages performed in Massachusetts? Only a federal marriage amendment can prevent that.
President George W. Bush, often accused of not being a "real conservative," supported a federal marriage amendment. I think this should be a key issue for values voters. If preserving traditional marriage is an important issue to you, and I hope it is, let Herman Cain know -- particularly if you are supporting him right now. You can send an email to the campaign here.
ObamaCare Takes Another Hit
Late Friday afternoon the Obama Administration jettisoned a long-term care portion of ObamaCare known as CLASS. It was a key legislative goal of Sen. Ted Kennedy, but everyone knew the program was a fiscal time bomb.
The Wall Street Journal notes that the plan was to eventually turn CLASS into another Medicare entitlement, financed by another payroll tax. But in the short-term, the bureaucrats just couldn't make it financially feasible.
Politico reports, "The Congressional Budget Office had scored CLASS as achieving $86 billion in savings over the next decade, because it would have collected premiums for five years before paying any benefits." So with CLASS gone, ObamaCare has just taken a $90 billion hit.
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), chairman of the House Budget Committee, responded to the news by saying, "The smoke and mirrors that the Democrats employed to sell their health care overhaul are finally falling away, one broken promise at a time. When all of these gimmicks are stripped out, the new law would add hundreds of billions of dollars in red ink over the next decade… Now it is time for Congress to do the responsible thing: Repeal the disastrous new law and replace it with true, patient-centered reforms."
Obama Invades Uganda
There is a civil war raging in the African nation of Uganda between -- surprise, surprise -- radical Muslims and, shockingly, radical Christians. President Obama just ordered 100 combat-equipped troops, likely Special Operations forces, to engage in this civil war -- on the side of Uganda's Muslims. According to ABC News, Obama sent a letter to Speaker Boehner Friday in which he wrote that the deployment troops "furthers U.S. national security interests and foreign policy."
I am no apologist for the radical Christian camp known as the Lord's Resistance Army. I can't find any teachings of Christ that justify its tactics. But there is no danger that this group is going to sweep Africa and create national security threats for the United States. The obvious threat is the continued expansion of radical Islam. Once again Obama has committed U.S. forces for dubious reasons.
"Obama's Big Green Mess"
Obama's stimulus-funded "green jobs" effort has been such a disaster that even the liberals at Newsweek are turning against it. Consider this excerpt from a column entitled "Obama's Big Green Mess:"
"This summer, federal inspectors made a routine visit to 11 homes in St. Louis to see what taxpayers got for the $5 billion that President Obama spent to help Americans weatherize their homes to save energy. What they found was quite a surprise. Some of the energy-efficient furnaces installed at taxpayer expense spewed carbon monoxide that could poison occupants. New water heaters lacked required pressure valves, putting them in jeopardy of exploding. And a handful of contractors … had used air blowers in homes with asbestos, potentially dispersing the cancer-causing agent."
The Media's Religious Test
Click here to read my latest Human Events column on what role a candidate's religion should play in presidential politics.