Time to Defend Marriage and Federalism

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 and is filed under Blog, Family Values

With full control of the House but not the Senate or the White House, Republicans lack the ability to enact positive legislation; yet they have the power to stop bad bills.  Unfortunately, GOP leaders have made it clear they are willing to pass much of the Obama/Reid agenda because they don’t want confrontation with Democrats ahead of the midterm elections. For conservatives, that pretty much leaves us with the strategy of attempting to pass good bills out of the House just for messaging purposes.

With unelected federal judges and administration bureaucrats forcing gay “marriage” on sovereign states across the country, now would be a good time to show that we stand for federalism, religious liberty, and yes – even the social conservative platform to which so many members pay lip service during primaries. Abandoning the fight on this issue now could bring the death knell of concession because liberals have the infrastructure in place and are fighting harder than ever.

First the social liberals pushed their agenda in blue states through the court system.  Then, with the help of Justice Anthony Kennedy, they forced the federal government to recognize gay “marriage” at first for exclusively federal purposes, such as for immigration status.  Now, federal judges are forcing gay marriage on the states where the people and the legislatures voted decisively against it.  To make matters worse, Eric Holder is now using the federal government to promote his agenda in those states.

As we all know, the radical homosexual agenda will not stop with forcing states to recognize just the marital status.  They will not be happy to merely accept their piece of paper and “live and let live.”  They are seeking to force private citizens and individuals to cater to their beliefs.  And based on recent court decisions like the New Mexico Supreme Court’s edict, forcing a private citizen to perform her services at a homosexual marriage, we have a fight for religious liberty on our hands.

We are down to the last remaining straws in the fight for marriage.  If Republican leaders can’t stand boldly for marriage, states’ powers, and religious liberty at a time when the other side is achieving one victory after another (without any resistance from Republicans), they should publicly admit that they are completely jettisoning social conservatism from the party’s platform.

Ironically, you don’t even have to be a social conservative to understand that there is no federal constitutional right to a gay marriage, which would thereby force states and private citizens to recognize one.

There is no better time for House Republicans to bring legislation to the floor affirming their support for states and religious liberty in the face of an officious onslaught by the anti-religious left.  The State Marriage Defense Act (HR 3829), sponsored by Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX), is an example of a bill that affirms states’ rights, on both sides of the issue, and doesn’t allow one unelected judge to legislate federal law across a myriad of states. The bill would require the federal government to recognize the definition of marriage within a state as that state determines it.  This law is consistent even with Kennedy’s egregious decision on DOMA, and creates equitable federalist treatment of marriage.  Senators Cruz and Lee have recently introduced a similar bill in the Senate, S. 2024.

Another bill is Rep. Raul Labrador’s (R-ID) Marriage and Religious Freedom Act, HR 3133.  This bill would protect individuals and organizations from the federal government’s encroachment on their private contracts in an effort to force them to violate their religious beliefs.  The companion bill in the Senate is being sponsored by Senator Lee – S. 1808.

It’s not enough to merely co-sponsor these bills.  The House should vote on them, and Senate Republicans should force amendment votes tacked onto other bills in an effort to expose Democrats for their anti-religion and personal freedom agenda.

While there is no chance of passing these bills out of the Senate and having the president sign them, they allow conservatives to talk about the issues on our terms.  They force leadership to talk about and prove they are protecting states’ powers and religious liberty in an election year.  Messaging this sort of legislation is precisely how you win back the majority.  It is something to be embraced in an election year, not avoided, especially if they are going to continue pretending to support social conservatism and religious liberty.

Looking back at this brutal winter, it’s important to remember another debate that seemed lost just a few years ago.  Towards the end of President Bush’s presidency, most Republicans started buying into global warming and green energy socialism.  The media joked about Senator Jim Inhofe being the last man standing against climate fascism.  Then, buttressed by Climategate, we fought back against the farce and showed how their agenda was built upon a false premise.  Now you can’t find a Republican who is willing to promote global warming, and even many Democrats have shied away from the issue.

We might not have the votes to enact marriage protection right now, but we still have a voice.  We should use it.

Cross-posted at RedState.com

A McConnell Crony Forces Gay Marriage on Kentucky

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 and is filed under Blog, Family Values

At some point, Republicans must decide whether they believe in Reagan’s three-legged stool of conservatism.  Not that this proves that they are fiscal conservatives, but the GOP establishment at least makes an effort to give lip service to the growing debt.  Yet, on the other hand, they have no interest in pushing back against the judicial tyranny and the indefatigable efforts of the social liberals to remake our society using the boot of government.  Kentucky’s Mitch McConnell is clearly a Republican who is one of those not concerned with this growing problem.

When Justice Anthony Kennedy struck down most of DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act), ostensibly forcing the federal government to recognize alternative marriages even for purposes of federal law, many on our side yawned.  They argued “definition of marriage” should be left up to the states to decide.  Well, part of the purpose of DOMA was to protect states that support traditional marriage from the other states who want to impose their views on them.

Now, we are seeing a torrent of unelected judges force “gay marriage” on red states.  The latest example is Judge John G. Heyburn II of the Western District of Kentucky who just ruled that Kentucky must recognize all different forms of marriage from other states.  In doing so, he noted that the citizens of Kentucky violated the U.S Constitution by defining marriage as it has been since the founding.

Obviously, this ruling is egregious even from the standpoint of those who support gay marriage on a social level because of its faulty legal reasoning.  There clearly is no federal right to recognition of any marriage, much less alternative forms of marriage, thereby precluding states from making their own laws.  Individuals are free to make lifestyle choices in any state, but states inherently have the right to define a legal status, especially something so simple and bedrock as marriage.  The implications of these decisions are very disconcerting.

Judge Heyburn was nominated to the bench in 1991 by President George Bush.  But his recommendation came from Senator Mitch McConnell who used him as a special counsel while serving as Judge Executive of Jefferson County in the early ‘80s.  Thanks to McConnell, Kentucky is being subjected to the tyranny of the liberal agenda without a vote.

Like all establishment Republicans, when forced to talk about the issue, McConnell says he is pro-life and pro-marriage.  But he has nothing to say in the face of judicial tyranny.  In fact, after Kennedy issued his anti-family manifesto disguised as legal jurisprudence, McConnell was the only GOP leader to issue no statement at all.  As Politico noted at the time, “Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) simply flashed a smile and ignored a reporter’s question about the court’s decision Wednesday.”  It appears that his insouciance towards constitutional jurisprudence was on display when he recommended Judge Heyburn to serve on the bench.

After almost 30 years in Washington, Kentucky primary voters must be wondering what has Mitch McConnell done for them.  What has he done to protect Kentucky’s conservative values?

One of the most important ways a senator can affect positive change for his state is by recommending judges who will uphold the values of the state and not twist the words of the Constitution.  Senator McConnell is clearly wanting in that regard.

Liberals will not rest in their inexorable effort to shove their values on us.  They will not stop until every state is forced to recognize their behavior or preferred lifestyle.  They will not lay down their swords until every private business is forced by the boot of the judiciary to accommodate their desires.  It is not just an anti-family agenda; it represents an anti-liberty and anti-constitution agenda.  As long as Republicans are led by politicians who lack any principles, we will continue to lose the fight for our Republic.

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56,662,169 Babies

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 and is filed under Blog, Family Values

Today is the 41st anniversary of the infamous Supreme Court decision that denied states the right to restrict abortions, thereby paving the road for 56,662,169 killings of precious life.  Back in 1973, there were no sonograms or sophisticated digital technology that could convey the truth that babies in the womb are very well developed at quite an early stage in the pregnancy.  It was easy for people to debate this issue with disregard to the life that is affected – as if it were some piece of cartilage.  Well, times have changed, and now we know what is inside the womb.  Please take a moment to watch this video showing how sophisticated the development of a baby is from early on in the womb.

While the technology has changed, the insouciance of liberals towards the life of the unborn has not.  It’s amazing how they shed crocodile tears over enhanced interrogations for vile terrorists or the death penalty for murderers, yet they have no problem with violently killing the most innocent life.  In that sense, the entire morally dyslexic philosophy of liberalism begins with their celebration of abortion.

While they claim that they view abortion as a necessary evil, that assertion fails to account for their aggressive pursuit of a “leave no abortion behind” policy.  It fails to explain why Obama voted against criminalizing the act of killing babies after they were born from botched abortions in Chicago hospitals.  Indeed, it is the issue of abortion that tells us everything we need to know about the left and their perverse ideology.

From a political vantage point, all we seek is the opportunity to fight for life through the electoral process.  It was the moral and judicial travesty of Roe v. Wade that denied that us opportunity, by taking the fight away from the people and the states.  Despite the misconceptions created by the fallacious propaganda that is consumed by too many low-information voters, Roe v. Wade is not the only thing standing between liberals and their cherished abortions.  By overturning Roe v. Wade, we would merely remand the issue to the states.  Undoubtedly, the blue states will continue the baby killing without restrictions.  States in the south and Great Plains will largely restrict them.  And the swing states will probably wind up with some sort of compromise. But the point is that we would all be able to engage in the political process and fight to elect state legislators who represent our views.  Roe erroneously found a constitutional right to an abortion, thereby precluding states from deciding the issue.

This is the reason why the abortion issue is more divisive in America than anywhere else.  In Europe, the duly elected representatives in parliament decided the issue.  Being that Europe is a morally decedent leftist utopia, they elected politicians who reflect their values.  But at least it was not decided by unelected courts.

We are witnessing the same dynamic unfold with marriage.  Unelected leftists state and federal judges are now forcing states to recognize alternative lifestyles as marriages.  The issues of life and marriage show how the civil society and limited government intersect.  Sadly, too many Republicans remain silent and want to surrender on the so-called “social issues.”

We are proud to endorse candidates who will not only vote for life and marriage; for example, by opposing all liberal judges, they will give voice to a culture of life and family values.  One of our biggest stars of the election cycle is Matt Bevin.  His opponent, Senator Mitch McConnell, has remained stone silent on social issues for years, refusing to speak out against the judicial tyranny enabling abortion and gay marriage.  It’s worth a few moments to read Bevin’s op-ed on life and his campaign video on family values.

The real question for liberals is why are they so scared of giving the people and states a “choice,” if they are truly on the winning side of the issue?  Why not allow the people to decide through their state legislatures and put an end to this divisive issue once and for all?

Hopefully, we won’t have to wait for another 55 million babies to be killed before we get an answer to that question.

ENDA, Pathetic Amendments, and the End of the Fight for Religious Liberty

Thursday, November 7th, 2013 and is filed under Blog, Family Values, Issues

If you want a glimpse into the insufferable nature of the Senate GOP and its leaders, study this week’s legislative process over the transgendered trial lawyer employment bill (ENDA).

On Monday, after GOP leaders refused to marshal opposition against cloture, Democrats picked off several new Republican votes.  A total of seven Republicans voted for cloture – Susan Collins, Dean Heller, Mark Kirk, Kelly Ayotte, Rob Portman, Orrin Hatch, and Pat Toomey.

What did the members get in return for the vote on cloture?  A phony religious liberty protection:

“Senate passage of ENDA seemed more and more likely Wednesday after the Senate unanimously accepted an amendment by Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) protecting religious groups exempted under the legislation from government retaliation. That amendment likely secured the vote of several other Republicans pushing for that language, including Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).” [Politico]

This is a classic one-sided Republican deal.  They will vote for a bill mandating the hiring of cross-dressers to any position as long as the government doesn’t retaliate against religious groups.  And of course, John McCain was in on it.

Tomorrow, the Senate will vote on one more phony amendment.  In exchange for his vote for cloture, Senator Toomey secured a vote to “expand” the religious protections.  The underlying bill only exempts those groups whose “purpose and character are primarily religious.”  His amendment would expand that to organizations that are partly religious in nature, such as a school that teaches religion for part of the day.

What’s missing from all of this?

Private business owners – religious or otherwise.

If you own a daycare center or any other business and object to the dissolute behavior of a cross-dresser, you are out of luck.  The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will have full latitude to agitate seminar discrimination complaints and infringe upon private property rights.

Amazingly, even this milquetoast amendment is being subject to a 60-vote threshold.  They couldn’t even secure an agreement for a simple majority vote in exchange for ensuring passage of the bill.

The amendment is being co-sponsored by Senator Flake, which means he will join McCain in juicing up the Democrat supermajority.

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Will Pedophiles be Covered Under Senate “ENDA” Bill?

Monday, November 4th, 2013 and is filed under Blog, Family Values

While it’s possible to recover from fiscal bankruptcy, we will never recover from the moral bankruptcy in Washington.  We will never build a free and prosperous country built upon the ruins of the civil society.  But this week in Washington, Harry Reid’s Senate will spend the entire week using the power of government to infringe upon our liberty and destroy the civil society.

As we noted on Thursday, the Senate “ENDA” bill (S.815) would bestow civil rights status on anyone who claim they were denied a job because of “such individual’s actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.”  As part of a trial lawyer’s dream, the term “gender identity” is so vague and subjective that it includes “the gender-related identity, appearance, or mannerisms or other gender-related characteristics of an individual, with or without regard to the individual’s designated sex at birth.”

Let’s put aside the issue of legislating immorality on private individuals and businesses.  There is a legitimate question as to what constitutes a sexual orientation or a gender identity.  Before insanity reigned supreme in recent years, a man was a man and a woman was a woman.  But if all appearances or mannerisms “with or without regard to the individual’s designated sex at birth” are included, then who is to say that a pedophile is not covered under this bill?

Think such an eventuality is outlandish?  Think again.

On Friday, the Washington Times broke the story that the American Psychiatric Association in its new edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, reclassified pedophilia as a “sexual orientation” instead of a mental illness.  According to Breitbart, it was only after the Liberty Council exposed this deplorable act that the APA put out a press release declaring the reclassification a text error.

But even in the corrected version, they failed to categorically rule out pedophilia as anything other than a mental disorder:

“Sexual orientation” is not a term used in the diagnostic criteria for pedophilic disorder and its use in the DSM-5 text discussion is an error and should read “sexual interest.” In fact, APA considers pedophilic disorder a “paraphilia,” not a “sexual orientation.” This error will be corrected in the electronic version of DSM-5 and the next printing of the manual.

So pedophilia is a sexual interest instead of a sexual orientation!

Breitbart goes on to report the Liberty Council’s observations on how the APA has changed their attitude over pedophilia over the past decade.

Folks, there is no floor to this insanity.  There is no end to the decadence that is being promulgated by the central planners.  At the very least, such legislation like the Senate’s ENDA bill will open a Pandora’s Box of endless litigation for all sorts of anti-liberty lawsuits on behalf of licentious special interests.  Once you reject the most basic facts of science, the most rudimentary ethos of Judeo-Christian values, and the most fundamental aspects of natural law and nature’s God, you are left with tyranny.

Every single Democrat plans to vote for cloture.  The GOP Leader, Chuck Schumer, is working hard on a number of Republicans to join this insanity.  As always, there is no counter-voice from McConnell and Cornyn.  No leadership.  No inspiration.  Mitch is too busy fighting conservatives.

If nothing changes, Democrats will get their 60 votes.  Susan Collins and Mark Kirk are co-sponsors of the bill, and Orrin Hatch (yes, him) and Lisa Murkowski voted for it in committee.

Call the following Senators and tell them to show a backbone against the destruction of religious liberty:

Rob Portman – (202) 224-3353

Kelly Ayotte  – (202) 224-3324

Dean Heller – (202) 224-6244

Pat Toomey – (202) 224-4254

Orrin Hatch – (202) 224-5251

Lisa Murkowski – (202) 224-6665

Jeff Flake – (202) 224-4521

Also, Call Senators McConnell (202) 224-2541) and Cornyn (202) 224-2934) and tell them to do their jobs and preserve some semblance of Republicanism in the Republican Conference.

Cross-posted from RedState.com

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You will be made to care

Thursday, October 31st, 2013 and is filed under Blog, Family Values, Issues

At some point, those of you on the right who have completely ceded the field to the Democrats on so-called social issues will need to confront an uncomfortable reality.  There is no floor to the licentiousness of the statist social-engineering agenda.  We will not have a liberty-driven prosperous country built upon the ruins of the civil society.  We can only go so far with government-sanctioned and mandated gender-bending policies without destroying liberty.  Hence, you will be made to care.

As early as next week, the Senate plans to reintroduce the deceptively named Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), S.815, which essentially invites lawsuits on private employers who refuse to accommodate the subjective and transitory behavior of various “gender identities” – among them transsexuals and transvestites.  For the purpose of the bill, the term “gender identity” refers to “the gender-related identity, appearance, or mannerisms or other gender-related characteristics of an individual, with or without regard to the individual’s designated sex at birth.”

Most egregiously, the leftists, who refer to this steaming pile as the next Civil Rights Act, are implicitly comparing African Americans to the aforementioned groups.  They are creating a protected class for people who suffer from a mental illness and think they are the opposite gender.

Imagine you are a small business owner, and one day a cross-dressing individual shows up and agitates for a job, and regardless of your beliefs or business, you can’t say no to their obvious socially discordant appearance.  Think of a scenario where a person shows up and demands he-she use the opposite gender bathroom at the office?  Imagine a female employee complains to you that a male worker is harassing her in the bathroom (this is already happening in schools) because “they” chose to identify one way, but act another?  Imagine you run a day-care center and are confronted with a worker of either gender who openly engages in bizarre sexual-identity behavior around the children? If you choose traditional scientific understanding over political correctness, you would be fined under this bill by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Even the limited religious exemptions in Section 6 of this bill are only afforded to religious organizations, not privately owned businesses. This law makes it so that religious beliefs are to only be accepted in private, and it will be mandatory to accept these deviant private beliefs in public. Furthermore, once Congress conveys on these people a protected status, it’s easy to imagine the inevitable lawsuits against those “discriminatory” religious institutions.  Not only is this reflective of government-mandated immorality, it represents an infringement on private property and private contracts.

In a sane world, something this radical would only garner a few votes.  But Washington is insane, and as is the case with every legislative issue, every Democrat is now in lockstep with this radical social engineering.  That includes the weaselly Senator Joe Manchin, who talks one way in West Virginia but acts diametrically opposite in D.C.  And once again, of the usual cast of characters of “Sometimes Republican” already support the bill, including Senators Orrin Hatch, Mark Kirk, Susan Collins, and Lisa Murkowski.  A number of others are also in play, including Senator Jeff Flake and the GOP Leadership’s beloved Rep. Paul Ryan who both voted for it in the House when the Pelosi Congress passed it in 2007 (it failed in the Senate).  Don’t expect Senators Mitch McConnell and John Cornyn to speak out against this or whip for our side on cloture. They hide in the shadows when anything contentious to the floor.

The Senate plans to go full steam ahead with this nonsense next week even as millions of Americans are suffering under Obamacare.

This is yet another example of my working thesis that Democrats have a super majority on even the most radical ideas in the Senate.

It’s time we stop cowering under the covers and call a spade a spade.  When we’ve reached the point where individuals are forced by the boot of government to accommodate those who cut off their body parts, we’ve got a serious problem.  You can only go so long with government-induced deracination of basic norms without coming into conflict with individual liberty.  When there is no longer a definitive line between a male and a female, we can no longer function as a free society.

To my dear libertarian friends – you will be made to care.

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A New Electoral Paradigm

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013 and is filed under Blog, Family Values, Issues

When Republicans lost the last presidential election to a weak president amidst an unprecedentedly lethargic economic recovery, Republicans of all stripes engaged in some soul-searching about what went wrong and what needs to change within the party.

The party establishment issued an “autopsy” report in which they searched everywhere for the culprit of electoral failure.  They looked under the bed; they looked under the covers.  They blamed our losses on conservatives and conservative ideas.  They suggested we need to adopt Democrat positions on issues like marriage and amnesty.

Yet, they failed to examine the one obvious culprit – the failed leadership within the party.  They never even entertained the idea that, perhaps, it is the current crop of elected officials – people who stand for nothing and appeal to nobody – who were responsible for our electoral losses.  Ironically, the very people who are pushing a pale-pastel agenda for the party in pursuit of new voters – the stuffed-shirt, country club consultant class and their elected officials – will never appeal to younger voters and minorities.  They certainly won’t appeal to Reagan Democrats – the most reachable constituency for conservatives.  That should have been the obvious moral of running a candidate like Mitt Romney.

Look down the roster of the 45 elected Republicans in the Senate.  Putting ideology aside for a moment, how many of them represent a vibrant fresh voice for a new generation?  You can count them all on one or two hands.  This needs to change if we ever hope to grow our party.  As Milton Wolf (Obama’s second cousin from Kansas) said at the Red State Gathering on Friday, “if the GOP establishment can’t fight for the Constitution and for the American Idea in a small tent then they can’t fight for them in a large tent either.”

Beginning this year, we are starting a new paradigm in Republican politics.  Gone are the days when every sitting Republican is the defacto nominee for the duration of his or her life, barring any egregious scandal.  Every six years, each Republican will have to stand on his record and vouch for why he is the best person to represent Republicans, especially in a conservative state.  If nobody comes along to challenge them and we are stuck with a weak Republican, then so be it.  But if and when we find viable challengers, we will not sit back and rubber stamp another six years of rudderless leadership.

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Absurdity and Decadence Know No Bounds

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013 and is filed under Blog, Family Values

There is something fundamentally wrong when 5 individuals in black robes have the ability to rewrite the laws of nature and nature’s God.  One need not be overtly religious to feel a deep sense of disquiet by today’s Supreme Court decision essentially eliminating our ability to define the most basic concept of marriage.

This idea that DOMA violates the federalism scheme is absurd.  It never sought to regulate or even define marriage in a way that precludes states from creating their own definition for marriage.  It merely uses the definition of marriage accepted by 41 states (49 states at the time of its passage in 1996) and applies it to federal law.  It also protects states that want to keep marriage a marriage from subsidizing gay marriage and from onerous lawsuits.  It passed with overwhelming bipartisan support.  It is absurd to even think that the Supreme Court should have jurisdiction over such a law.

What we are witnessing now is the breakdown of religious liberty, as today’s ruling opens the door for perennial lawsuits against those individuals who seek to preserve the most basic sense of morality and natural law.  How long will it take before private businesses are slapped with criminal charges for discrimination?  How long before religious organizations are stripped of their non-profit status?  Watching the rapid race to the bottom, how long will it take for the host of other sexual behavior to be enshrined into our laws?  How long until the proliferation of the transgendered agenda?  Woops – that already happened.

All those who have been insouciant towards this issue under the false pretense that it won’t affect them will now see how deeply their lives will be altered by this radical decision.

Amazingly, four of the liberal Justices held that the federal government had the power to coerce individuals to purchase health insurance.  Yet, they are now saying that the federal government doesn’t have the power to merely recognize the definition of marriage that existed since the creation of mankind just for the purpose of federal law in a way that does not place any burdens on the individual?

In its ruling on Proposition 8, the Supreme Court held that private citizens don’t have standing to defend a state referendum passed by the majority of voters when the state officials refuse to enforce it.  Hence, they upheld the California Supreme Court’s voiding of the referendum.  We’ve been totally disenfranchised.  Government officials now have the right to ignore laws passed by the people, but the people have no right to define the most basic legal terms for purposes of public policy.

The one silver lining from today is that the court didn’t issue the worst decision possible.  The leftists were asking the court to rule on the merits of Prop 8.  Had they upheld the CA Supreme Court’s decision on grounds that states don’t have the right to define marriage, they would have vitiated the laws in all 37 states that define marriage as….marriage.  That means that we still have the ability to fight for natural law in the states where we still constitute a majority.

The Madison Project will leave no stone unturned in our pursuit of full-spectrum conservatives in red states.  In addition to electing free market conservatives, we will ensure that all our candidates are committed to using their megaphone to preserving traditional marriage where it still exists.

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Paul Ryan’s Busy Week

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013 and is filed under Blog, Family Values, Immigration, News, Taxes

Here are the rhetorical accomplishments this week of one of the biggest “stars” in GOP politics.

Joining in mass amnesty with a radical Democrat

On Monday, Paul Ryan joined Luis Gutierrez at a rally in Chicago to promote immigration reform.

“A sweeping immigration bill that would provide a path to legalization for millions of illegal immigrants was introduced in the U.S. Senate last week,” WBEZ reporter Alex Keefe notes. “Gutierrez said he and Ryan are in the process of drafting a House bill.”

According to Keefe, Ryan “stressed that changing the “broken” immigration system goes along with quintessentially Republican ideals. He pointed to his own family’s immigration from Ireland during the Great Famine.”

Promoting Gay Adoptions

“I do believe that if there are children who are orphans who do not have a loving person or couple – I think if a person wants to love and raise a child, they ought to be able to do that. Period. I would vote that way. I do believe marriage is between a man and a woman; we just respectfully disagree on that issue,” Ryan said.

It’s funny because Ryan believes that children who were brought here illegally “of no fault of their own” should be given citizenship and welfare.  What about the children who are forced to grow up in a licentious, dysfunctional home of no fault of their own?

Online Sales Tax

Paul Ryan now supports the concept of a online sales tax.  Aside for some technicalities of the current bill, he has no problems with raising taxes and instituting taxation without representation across state lines.

Folks, we’re in a world of hurt.  When do you ever have a prominent Democrat come out one week and evolve on a major issue in favor of conservatives, support massive tax cuts, and join with conservatives on a major right-wing initiative?

There is a reason why we are losing this game.  We have no men on the field.

Mandating Fertility Coverage for Gay Couples

Monday, April 8th, 2013 and is filed under Blog, Family Values

Anyone who thinks that supporting the homosexual agenda is the proper course of action for libertarian-minded people should open their eyes to reality.  There is only so much absurdity you can push before you start infringing on the freedom’s of others.  Once again, California shows us that there is no  floor to the insanity of decedent social engineering.  This, from the Weekly Standard:

Should health insurers be legally required to offer infertility treatment for gay couples? Yes, according to a bill (AB 460) filed in the California legislature by assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco). In fact, refusing to do so should be a crime.

Current California law requires group health plans to offer coverage for infertility treatments with the exception of in vitro fertilization (IVF). If such coverage is purchased, benefits must be paid whenever “a demonstrated condition recognized by a licensed physician and surgeon as a cause for infertility” has been diagnosed—or upon “the inability to conceive a pregnancy or to carry a pregnancy to a live birth after a year of regular sexual relations without contraception.” Thus, under current law, diagnosis of a physical reason for the inability to conceive or sire a child is not required. It is enough that a couple tried to get pregnant for a year and failed.

According to the fact sheet supporting AB 460, the trouble is that some insurance companies “are not complying with current law that prohibits discrimination” based on sexual orientation. Instead, they are denying infertility treatment benefits “based on [the policy holder’s] not having an opposite sex married partner in which to have one year of regular sexual relations without conception.” AB 460 would amend the law to add the following language:

Coverage for the treatment of infertility shall be offered and provided without discrimination on the basis of age, ancestry, color, disability, domestic partner status, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation.

There is simply no way we can make gay relationships equal with marriages without encountering religious liberty issues.  This is lesson #200006 in why we will never have a truly libertarian society of limited government by supporting the homosexual agenda.