Thursday, December 15, 2011

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer


Another Shift In Iowa?

Have Iowa Republicans changed their minds again? According to pollster Scott Rasmussen they have. His latest figures show Romney winning with 23%, Gingrich second with 20% and Ron Paul at 18%. Some Iowa “insiders" are claiming they see signs that Gingrich has been hurt by a barrage of attacks and negative ads and may have peaked too soon.

I urge all the contenders to aim their fire not at each other but at the source of our woes – Obama. They should all be competing to show voters which of them can most effectively confront Obama’s failed policies. They should be outlining their plans to restore our country’s confidence, grow the economy and keep us safe. Stop the “circular firing squads.”

Is There A Bush Lurking?

Bill Kristol’s Weekly Standard reported this morning about some strange “robo-calls” being made in New Hampshire. People are being called and asked how they would vote if the three choices were Romney, Gingrich and Jeb Bush.

Jeb Bush is arguably the most conservative member of the Bush family. There has been skepticism that another Bush could win right now. On the other hand, a lot of Republicans aren’t convinced the current contenders can defeat Obama.

Thank You

I join all Americans in thanking our brave men and women in uniform who at great sacrifice to themselves and their families have won in Iraq. While politicians second guessed them, and the left railed at them, they completed their assignment. May God Bless all of them.

Barack Obama went to Fort Bragg yesterday to officially declare the end of the Iraq war and to welcome our troops home. I could not help by notice the irony. If then-Senator Obama had prevailed in preventing reinforcements from reaching those troops (the “surge”), it is likely that we would still be bogged down or worse, leaving as Bagdad fell to Iranian-supported insurgents.

Yesterday on the Senate floor Senator John McCain landed a rhetorical right hand on Obama’s chin. He told the Senate, “All I will say is that, for three years, the president has been harvesting the successes of the very strategy that he consistently dismissed as a failure… I believe that history will judge this president’s leadership with the scorn and disdain it deserves.”

Where was that Senator McCain in the Obama/McCain debates of 2008!

A Christian Winter?

Yesterday, I urged you to watch our new video about the devastating persecution faced by Christians in the Middle East and elsewhere across the globe. (Warning: the video contains some graphic images and is not suitable for children.) I would again like to encourage you to share the short video with as many of your friends and colleagues as possible. If you are on Facebook, the easiest way is to share the video with your friends there. But you may also watch it on YouTube. As I mentioned in the video, too few of those who have the power and responsibility to stop the bloodshed are willing to act.

The U.S. Commission of International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is scheduled to close for good tomorrow. Created in 1998, the USCIRF provides recommendations to the State Department and acts as a watch dog on international religious freedom. “…[I]f you eliminate USCIRF, you send a terrible signal internationally that we are less concerned about religious freedom,” Chris Seiple told Christianity Today last week. The elimination of the USCIRF, says Thomas Farr, director of the Religious Freedom Project at Georgetown University, makes it, “reasonably clear to the persecutors… that advancing religious freedom is not a priority for the United States.”

We know that the persecution of Christians abroad is not a priority for the White House and many in Congress. But we need to make it a priority for ourselves. Please watch and share this video and please pray for the persecuted church.

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