Tuesday, August 14, 2012
To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer
COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY: 84 DAYS TO THE 2012 ELECTIONS
Ryan In The Crosshairs
The left's attack on Rep. Paul Ryan is in full force. Ryan was campaigning at the Iowa State Fair yesterday when leftist protestors began heckling him. They tried to jump onto the stage and had to be escorted away by the police. Ryan handled their outburst brilliantly. He told the crowd:
"You know, it's funny because Iowa and Wisconsinites, we like to be respectful of one another and peaceful with one another and listen to each other. These ladies must not be from Iowa or Wisconsin."
But once again we see how the left plays the game. While it demands tolerance from everyone, it shows none to conservatives. Far from condemning the behavior, the Washington Post sought to emphasize the protests, writing that Ryan received a "rude introduction" to the national campaign, and that he has "heckled throughout his speech." The implication being that Ryan is a polarizing figure.
Yesterday we reported that the pro-abortion lobby was condemning Ryan for his pro-life voting record. Now the militant homosexual movement is attacking him for his pro-family voting record and support for normal marriage.
If Paul Ryan's name were to come up in a focus group or a social function, there is not one person whose first thought would be, "That Paul Ryan is such a bigot!" But the left is now determined to demonize him for his pro-life, pro-family voting record.
I bring this up because there are still many Republican consultants who insist we must stop talking about values issues. Yet as the attacks on Paul Ryan demonstrate, there is nothing -- short of total surrender and the full embrace of its radical agenda -- that will satisfy the left.
These consultants obviously don't get outside of Washington very often. Few Republican voters are prepared to embrace men "marrying" other men, think homosexual adoption is a good idea and think we should be teaching first grade children about alternative lifestyles.
The lesson we need to learn is that the best way to deal with the left is not to run from our Judeo-Christian values, but to unapologetically make the case for them. If we can't win a debate over fundamental issues like the meaning of marriage, how can we hope to persuade voters when it comes to far more complex issues like marginal tax rates or health care reform?
Obama Lies Again
Barack Obama was also in Iowa yesterday, and he took a really cheap shot at Paul Ryan. Trying to exploit the impact of the devastating drought on Iowa farmers, Obama said:
"Right now folks here in Iowa and across the heartland are suffering from one of the worst droughts in 50 years. …The best way to help these states is for leaders in Congress to pass a farm bill that … helps farmers and ranchers respond to natural disasters… But right now, too many members of Congress are blocking that bill from becoming law.
"Now, I'm told Governor Romney's new running mate might be around Iowa these next few days. And he's one of those leaders of Congress standing in the way."
Obama and his allies will say and do almost anything to win. Here are the facts: The House of Representatives passed a nearly $400 million disaster aid bill two weeks ago. Paul Ryan voted for it. But Senate Democrats refused to vote on it and left town for their August recess, leaving devastated farmers in a lurch.
Obama and his liberal Senate allies are holding out for a bloated bill that will spend more than $700 billion over the next ten years on food stamps. House Republicans are standing in the way of Obama's out-of-control big government spending -- not disaster relief for struggling farmers.
Again, folks, I can't stress enough just how important it is for you to share these daily reports with friends and family members. Whether it's "Mediscare" or disaster relief, these reports will help your friends see through the lies of the left and the liberal media spin.
Nellie Gray, one of America's leading pro-life advocates, passed away last night. Hers may not be a household name, but Nellie was the indomitable force behind the annual March for Life.
While the January weather in Washington can be daunting, Nellie could not be stopped by the natural elements or the political climate. She was a modern-day civil rights leader who year after year issued a clarion call for America to honor its founding principles and to recognize in law that we are all endowed by our Creator with the inalienable right to life.
In spite of the naysayers, Nellie never grew tired because she knew there is no inevitability in these issues. The battle to end the injustice of slavery was not quick or easy, but victory came nevertheless. And over the decades, as Nellie grew older, the crowds at the March for Life grew younger.
While the media often avoided images of the marchers, the fact remains that more and more young people join in each year. That fact was a tremendous source of encouragement to Nellie and to all of us who have fought the good fight for the sanctity of life since 1973.
Carol and I offer our prayers and condolences to Nellie's friends and family. And we join them in celebrating a life well lived.