The debate over religious liberty in America presents conservatives and business leaders with a crucial choice.
In Indiana and Arkansas, large corporations recently joined left-wing activists to bully elected officials into backing away from strong protections for religious liberty. It was disappointing to see conservative leaders so hastily retreat on legislation that would simply allow for an individual or business to claim a right to free exercise of religion in a court of law.
Our country was founded on the principle of religious liberty, enshrined in the Bill of Rights. Why shouldn’t an individual or business have the right to cite, in a court proceeding, religious liberty as a reason for not participating in a same-sex marriage ceremony that violates a sincerely held religious belief?
Going into this I knew our side didn’t have the communications infrastructure needed to hold on and win. That’s what I’ve been writing about on this website for years. If your message doesn’t reach enough of the public you lose.
A couple of American Thinker posts this morning address the larger political problem. This first excerpt is from William L. Gensert:
Barry, with the press in his pocket, knew he could hang the whole mess around the necks of Republicans.
News out of the 18th CD Monday showed State Senator Darin LaHood’s bid to succeed resigned Congressman Aaron Schock solidifying as another potential GOP primary opponent dropped out and an unknown resident of Green Valley initiated a write-in bid.
Bloomington businessman Ed Brady, once considering a bid in the IL GOP special election primary endorsed LaHood.
“Darin LaHood has a proven record of being a fiscal conservative and supporting legislation that improves the business climate in Illinois, and I know he will continue that record in Washington,” said Brady. “As a small business owner, I know first hand the struggles facing employers and that is why I am supporting Darin.”
“I am honored to receive Ed’s endorsement and support,” said LaHood. “I will be the conservative champion that gets serious about our $18 trillion debt crisis, cuts wasteful government spending, and works for term limits to get rid of the career politicians in both parties.
Pro-amnesty, Pro-gay marriage, and pro-abortion donors are powering former Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s fundraising operation.
Bush, who is reportedly aiming to raise $100 million before he formally enters the race, will not give a speech at CPAC on Friday and instead participate in a question and answer session with Fox News host Sean Hannity.
“All too often we’re associated with being ‘anti’ everything,” Bush lectured CPAC in 2013. “Way too many people believe Republicans are anti-immigrant, anti-woman, anti-science, anti-gay, anti-worker, and the list goes on.”
Bush is attracting plenty of donors and staffers who wholeheartedly agree with him on the GOP’s “problems.”
The former Florida governor, who has said that illegal immigration is an “act of love” and declared that he was “willing to lose the primary to win the general” presumably without conservative voters, has vowed to be his own man and not be tethered to the views of his political team or his brother, former President George W.… Continue Reading
It’s not enough to propose liberal ideas. Eventually, you must use force against your fellow citizens if they don’t embrace them. Coercion is at the heart of the liberal enterprise.
Hence, President Obama has unveiled his latest plan to fundamentally transform the United States – mandatory voting. It comes on the heels of his unconstitutional order granting legal status to five million illegal immigrants. Coincidence?
Ironically, it also landed the very same day that Hillary Clinton floated the idea that summer camps should be created for adults because we have a “fun deficit.” Perhaps they will get together and create Camp Chicago, where “fun” activities include voting early and often.
To bolster his case, Mr. Obama noted at the town hall in Cleveland on Wednesday that, “Other countries have mandatory voting.”
Most other countries have voter ID laws too, but that doesn’t fit the narrative.… Continue Reading
In 2008, Hillary Clinton promised Barack Obama, the president-elect, there would be no mystery about who was giving money to her family’s globe-circling charities. She made a pledge to publish all the donors on an annual basis to ease concerns that as secretary of state she could be vulnerable to accusations of foreign influence.
At the outset, the Clinton Foundation did indeed publish what they said was a complete list of the names of more than 200,000 donors and has continued to update it. But in a breach of the pledge, the charity’s flagship health program, which spends more than all of the other foundation initiatives put together, stopped making the annual disclosure in 2010, Reuters has found.
In response to questions from Reuters, officials at the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) and the foundation confirmed no complete list of donors to the Clintons’ charities has been published since 2010.… Continue Reading
Potential presidential contender Jeb Bush is coming under fire from the pro-Israel community ahead of his foreign policy adviser’s scheduled keynote address to a left-wing Middle East activist group on Monday night.
Bush adviser James Baker, the former secretary of state under President George H.W. Bush and a long-time critic of America’s close relationship with Israel, is slated to speak at the annual conference for J Street, a lobbying group that advocates for increased U.S. pressure on Israel.
J Street executive director Jeremy Ben Ami told the Washington Free Beacon that Baker’s advisory role with the former Florida governor could benefit J Street.
“What we hope is to have an open door to every candidate on both sides of the aisles, so perhaps this will help us have an open door, perhaps not,” said Ben Ami.… Continue Reading
With the publication of the House and Senate budget resolutions this week, the contrast between Republicans and Democrats could not be more stark.
Democrats want to take care of you. Republicans want you to get ahead.
It is not just that President Obama’s budget, released in February, projects an $687 billion deficit in 2025, up from $486 billion this year, and the Republican budget projects a surplus. It’s that Democratic proposals are centered on keeping people safe, and Republican proposals are focused on helping them get better jobs and higher incomes.
Democrats are telling us that they gave us Obamacare for 11 million and food stamps for 47 million. They want to give us paid sick leave and maternity leave. They want to raise the minimum wage. … Continue Reading
The radical left is never satisfied with its power. It always wants more. Two terms as president won’t satisfy Obama’s power-lust.
On December 12, 2014, CNN reported that “300 ex-Obama staffers” had written a public letter urging first-term senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) to run for president.
Obama could have stopped that move from his homeys. He chose not to, and probably encouraged it behind the scenes.
A few days ago, Robert Reich was quoted by our trustworthy media to the effect that “Elizabeth Warren would be a strong primary challenger to Hillary Clinton.” And Obama’s good buddy Deval Patrickhas endorsed Liz. Add EMILY’s List, the AFL-CIO, and the usual cast of suspects, and it looks like the radical left is going for Warren.
Warren, a fraudulent “Native American” affirmative-action professor at Harvard Law, represents the same radical left strain that Obama does.… Continue Reading
The U.S. Senate was criticized for blocking an anti-human trafficking bill on Tuesday because Senate Democrats objected to the inclusion of anti-abortion language.
“Stopping human trafficking is too important a priority to be held hostage by the abortion lobby’s culture-warring,” Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, said in a statement.
“I urge the Senate to think about vulnerable women and children in peril, rather than about the political maneuvers of the abortion-industrial complex.”
The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act enjoyed bipartisan support two weeks ago, but on Tuesday failed by five votes to reach the 60-vote threshold needed to advance the bill. USA Today reported that a second vote to end debate on the underlying bill also did not receive the needed amount of votes.… Continue Reading