Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Dueling Obamacare Decisions

This morning, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, widely considered the second-most important court in country, issued a decision that many are describing as a "crippling blow" or "major setback" to Obamacare.

In the case of Halbig v. Burwell, the court ruled 2-to-1 that the IRS and the Obama Administration ignored the plain language of the so-called "Affordable Care Act" in granting taxpayer-funded subsidies to enrollees in the federal Obamacare exchange.

The law as Democrats wrote it clearly states that only enrollees in state-run exchanges are eligible for taxpayer-funded health insurance subsidies. Without the subsidies, Obamacare isn't so affordable.

Democrats thought this language would encourage the states to run their own exchanges, lessening the burden of Obamacare on the federal government. But 34 states opted against taking on this additional bureaucracy.

Realizing how this could cripple Obama's signature initiative before it ever got started, the administration simply ignored the law as it has done time and time again. Now a panel of judges has smacked down this blatant example of Obama's lawlessness, essentially declaring the subsidies to 5 million people to be illegal.

Not long after this decision was announced, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a contrary ruling upholding Obamacare's federal subsidies. When two appeals courts issue contradictory rulings, that is usually a guaranteed ticket to the Supreme Court. But even some noted liberal law professors are not willing to "bet the family farm" on this case.

While I applaud today's legal victory in the D.C. Circuit Court, I fear it could have serious political ramifications by energizing Obama's left-wing base.

If Democrats turn out at the ballot box in large numbers this November to defend Obamacare, we may not win the 2014 elections.

Please support CWF right now so we can take back the Senate and stop Obamacare!

Stand With Israel

Day two of the Christians United for Israel Washington Summit kicked off this morning with briefings from leading members of Congress such as Rep. Michele Bachmann, Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Tim Scott. Following their remarks, thousands of pro-Israel Christians canvassed Capitol Hill, urging their elected representatives to stand with Israel.

Our "Night To Honor Israel" celebration yesterday evening was an incredible event. I was especially pleased to see nearly one thousand students in the audience, half of them Christian, half of them Jewish. There is a pitched battle being waged against anti-Semitism on our college campuses, and it won't be lost for a lack of pro-Israel activists!

Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer gave an impassioned speech. Unfortunately, he was interrupted numerous times by pro-Palestinian protestors who infiltrated the event. What happened there, however, was mild compared to the riots in Paris, where anti-Semitic mobs attacked police, sacked Jewish stores and a synagogue.

Websites in France are overwhelmed with raw hatred and calls for a second Holocaust. According to one analysis, 95% of online comments are being deleted for racist and anti-Semitic language.

Jeremie Mani, whose company monitors online content, told a French news agency: "On an article about the Tour de France, after four comments it's about Gaza. On one story about salmon fishing, I saw a comment saying: 'Stop talking about this, the problem is there are too many Jews.'"

By the way, Christians are routinely assaulted, raped and murdered throughout the Muslim world. Christians have been "ethnically cleansed" from Mosul, Iraq. Seven Nigerian parents, whose daughters were abducted by jihadists months ago, have since been murdered by the same thugs and nobody rioted over that.

Remember the Hamas rockets discovered at a U.N.-sponsored school? The logical thing for the U.N. to do would have been to confiscate and destroy them, right? But logic has little to do with this conflict, especially now that the U.N. has gotten involved.

Unbelievably, the U.N. returned the rockets to their owners -- the Fatah/Hamas unity government. Now they will be used against Israeli civilians. I guess we know what side of this conflict the U.N. is on.

Thousands Mourn Lone Soldier

As we reported yesterday, two Israeli soldiers killed in the recent fighting were also U.S. citizens. One of them, First Sgt. Nissim Sean Carmeli, was known as a "lone soldier," a reference to Israeli soldiers whose family members live outside of Israel. In Sgt. Carmeli's case, his parents live in Texas.

Sgt. Carmeli was laid to rest yesterday. According to one report, Carmeli was a "huge fan" of the Maccabi Haifa soccer team. Realizing Carmeli's status as a lone soldier, the team reportedly posted a message on its Facebook page urging fans to attend his burial "so that his funeral wouldn't be deserted."

What happened next should warm the heart of every American: Thousands, perhaps tens of thousands, of Israelis showed up to pay their last respects to this young Jewish American soldier.

What more do you need to know about the two sides in this conflict?

My friends, after the horrific atrocity of 9/11, Palestinians rushed into the streets of Gaza and the West Bank to celebrate the mass murder of thousands of Americans. Israelis lowered their flag and wept with us.

Israel and the United States are bound together by history and culture. Our nations share a common bond of justice and belief in the virtues of Western Civilization. And we face a common enemy in the evil of radical Islamism, which is today stoking the fires of anti-Semitism and war.

That is why I will always stand with Israel!

Border Security Is National Security

When Governor Rick Perry announced his decision yesterday to deploy 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas/Mexico border, he observed: "There can be no national security without border security, and Texans have paid too high a price for the federal government's failure to secure our border." He's right.

According to figures released by Gov. Perry's office, more than 200,000 illegal immigrants have been incarcerated in Texas jails in the past six years. They have committed a combined 640,000 crimes, "including more than 3,000 homicides and nearly 8,000 sexual assaults."

Lt. Governor David Dewhurst stressed yesterday that it's not just children who are streaming across the border. "We've seen estimates that at least a quarter of those apprehended have criminal records," Dewhurst said.

While rhetoric about compassion often dominates this debate, the social costs of illegal immigration are real and they are enormous. They should not be ignored. The primary obligation of government is to defend its citizens and many would argue that begins by securing our borders.

Monday, July 21, 2014

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Monday, July 21, 2014

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Stand With Israel

Christians United For Israel kicked off its ninth annual Washington Summit today. As you may know, Christians United For Israel was founded by Pastor John Hagee, and I am honored to serve on CUFI's Executive Board.

The timing of this year's Summit seems prophetic and the mood is heavy. Thousands of pro-Israel Christians have come to our nation's capital to show their support for the Jewish state as it is once again engaged in hostilities against Islamic terrorists who have vowed to destroy it.

Today, attendees will hear from an incredible lineup of speakers, including former CIA Director James Woolsey and columnist Charles Krauthammer. I will be participating in a number of events, including a session entitled, "Refuting Negative Myths About Israel." I will also be introducing the aunt of one of the three Israeli teenagers killed by Hamas kidnappers last month.

This evening the Summit will host a Night to Honor Israel featuring remarks from Pastor Hagee, Senator Lindsey Graham and Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer. Click here to watch it live online.

Israel v. Hamas

Israel's conflict against Hamas escalated dramatically over the weekend. Thirteen soldiers from an elite Israeli Army unit (two of whom were American citizens) were killed yesterday during an operation to eliminate Hamas' network of underground tunnels.

That is a staggering figure to Israelis. Proportionally, given the relative size of the American and Israeli populations, it would be like Americans waking up to headlines reporting that nearly 500 U.S. soldiers were killed in one battle.

While much attention has been focused on the threat from rockets, it is becoming increasingly clear that there is a growing danger presented by the complex of "terror tunnels." Israel has discovered dozens of these incredibly sophisticated tunnels, reinforced with concrete and some dug as deep as 100 feet.

Many originate in apartment buildings, some open up underneath mosques. One senior Israeli military official described the tunnels as "almost entirely hidden on the surface and as elaborate as a labyrinth." This weekend's fighting was especially fierce because the area involved is believed to be a nexus of the tunnel complex, and Hamas is desperate to protect it.

Hamas fighters have used the tunnels to ambush and, if they can, kidnap Israeli soldiers. Many experts fear that Hamas really intends to use the tunnels to launch "Mumbai-style" terror attacks inside Israel. (In 2008, 10 Pakistani jihadists killed 164 people during a bloody rampage across Mumbai, India.)

Israeli forces thwarted at least two such tunnel attacks today. Separate reports indicate that seven Israeli soldiers were killed.

It's worth reminding readers that Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005, uprooting thousands of Jewish families in the process, even relocating Jewish graves. In exchange, Israel did not get peace. Instead, Hamas seized control of Gaza and turned it into a launching pad for more terror attacks.

White House Ignored Border Crisis

Last week I asked how it was possible that the media completely missed the so-called "humanitarian crisis" at our southern border until a few weeks ago. There were plenty of warning signs. In fact, the Washington Post reported Saturday that the Obama Administration was warned two years ago.

But such warnings were dismissed because "top officials focused much of their attention on political battles, such as Obama's 2012 reelection campaign and the push to win congressional support for a broad immigration overhaul, that would have been made more difficult with the addition of a high-profile border crisis."

One of those sounding the alarm in 2012 was Texas Governor Rick Perry. At an event in Iowa yesterday, Perry said, "If the federal government does not do its constitutional duty to secure the southern border of the United States, the state of Texas will do it."

Today, Governor Perry responded to Obama's dereliction of duty and announced that he was ordering the deployment of 1,000 National Guard troops to the border. Good for him.

Meanwhile, back in Washington, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) introduced a resolution last week urging border state governors to follow Perry's lead by deploying their National Guard units in order to "gain effective control of the southern border of the United States." Commenting on Barack Obama's request for $3.7 billion in emergency spending, Rep. King said:

"There is nothing in President Obama's $3.7 billion request that secures our border. … This crisis is devastating our communities and putting the burden on American taxpayers.… Therefore we call upon the southern border Governors to call up their National Guard units to secure the border. … These are the only supplemental appropriations the House should be considering."

Democrats' Abortion Extremism

Left-wing activists from the National Organization for Women and the radical pro-abortion group NARAL last week announced the formation of a new third party in New York State called the "Women's Equality Party." Its purpose is to promote late-term abortion legislation that is so extreme it stalled in New York's liberal legislature last year.

This new women's party does not represent a division among New York Democrats. In fact, the announcement of the new party was made by Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo's running mate. It will be one more vehicle through which radical pro-abortion activists can raise money to attack pro-life candidates and undermine the sanctity of life.

The creation of this new party is more evidence of how extreme Democrats have become on values issues. Nothing makes liberal hearts beat faster than restricting religious liberty, men marrying men and abortion-on-demand.

Friday, July 18, 2014

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Friday, July 18, 2014

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

"The Bear Is Loose"

We've been hearing that phrase a lot lately. White House staffers refer to Obama as "the Bear" when he is sneaking burgers behind Michelle's back or cutting loose on the campaign trail. Unfortunately, there is a very different bear loose on the international scene -- the Russian bear.

The evidence is overwhelming that Russian forces or highly trained Moscow-aligned separatists in Ukraine shot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. They have routinely shot down Ukrainian fighter jets and helicopters.

Yesterday there were several ominous online messages posted by pro-Russian separatists. One claimed to have seized a Buk surface-to-air missile launcher. Another said they had just shot down a military transport. A third, posted around the time MH17 went down, said, "We warned you, do not fly in our sky." That last tweet was deleted once it became clear that it was not a military transport but a civilian jetliner that had been shot out of the sky.

The Ukrainian government has also released what seems to be intercepted phone calls between Russian military officers and separatists in the area discussing the wreckage.

Responding to initial reports yesterday, President Obama's first reaction was a brief 40-second statement in which he said, "It looks like it may be a terrible tragedy."

Ronald Reagan was dealt a similar situation in 1983. Here's how he responded to such an atrocity.

No doubt many on the left and some on the right will say, "Well, what do you want to do? Go to war with Russia?" They have it backwards. Continued U.S. weakness makes war more likely.

Far be it from me to offer advice to the White House, but here are a few suggestions:

Stop sending pink slips to our veteran officers and announce that America is going to rebuild its military might and morale.

Stop gutting the defense budget to get money for income redistribution schemes.

A lot of Russians love to vacation in the United States. Cancel all visas until further notice.

Call an emergency meeting with European leaders, apologize for canceling the missile defense system and announce that construction will begin immediately.

Israel Moves Against Hamas

Yesterday Israel launched a ground incursion into Gaza. Predictably the news coverage is becoming increasingly anti-Israel, spinning a narrative of "Big, bad Israel against the poor Palestinian people."

Let's be clear about what is happening: This is not simply a ratcheting up of the "cycle of violence" by Israel. This ground action came in response to a Hamas terror attack against a Jewish community using underground tunnels.

This is not Israel against the Palestinian people, but Israel against Hamas -- a terrorist entity that has vowed to destroy the Jewish state.

Unfortunately, it must be noted that the Palestinian people voted for Hamas and a recent poll found that 60% of Palestinians say their main national goal for the next five years is "to work toward reclaiming all of historic Palestine from the [Jordan] river to the [Mediterranean] sea." Only 27% favor working toward a two-state solution.

As happens in war, there are tragic events. A few days ago, four Palestinian boys were killed on a Gaza beach. Asked about that incident during an interview on CNBC, Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer said, "We regret the loss of any civilian lives. I have no doubt that Hamas was celebrating when these children were killed. …They want to use these terrible pictures of children being killed to generate pressure on Israel."

Not surprisingly, a number of commentators are now trying to turn Dermer's remarks into a controversy, but he is exactly right. Hamas is engaged in asymmetric warfare against Israel. It is using, as Alan Dershowitz put it, "a dead baby strategy."

That is the nature of terrorists. They are murderous against their enemies and they take refuge behind civilians, like hiding rockets in U.N. schools.

Israel routinely warns Palestinian civilians to leave targeted areas. Hamas tells them to go back in. As Prime Minister Netanyahu said, "We use missiles to defend our civilians. They use civilians to defend their missiles."

Borders Matter

It has been amusing to watch reporters discussing various international conflicts lately -- Ukraine and Russia, Iraq and ISIS, China and Vietnam, Israel and Gaza. The common denominator in every scenario is the importance of a geographical border.

Watching the talking heads fret over the borders of these distant lands, the thought occurred to me: "Rio Grande, anyone?"

Obamacare: A Bad Deal

Suppose some slick salesman pitched this deal to you: "I'll do less than half of the job for twice as much!" You'd laugh, then slam the door in his face, right?

Welcome to Obamacare.

During the congressional debate over Obamacare in 2010, critics repeatedly warned that the government has a horrible track record of estimating entitlement costs. And when it comes to Obamacare, it's record remains intact.

Our friends at The Weekly Standard noted this week that in March of 2010, the Obama Administration estimated that "Obamacare would cost $938 billion over a decade and would reduce the number of uninsured people by 19 million as of 2014."

So, here we are four years later. How did Obamacare do?

In February the government estimated that Obamacare would cost more than $2 trillion over ten years, while the number of uninsured Americans has been reduced by just 8 million.

Less than half for twice as much.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

BREAKING NEWS: World Instability Grows

A Malaysian passenger jet crashed today near the Ukrainian/Russian border. Israel has launched a ground operation into Gaza.

Border Math

The left is losing the PR war over immigration. Public opinion and the political landscape have shifted tremendously in recent weeks. Gallup reports that "immigration/illegal aliens" now tops the public's list of the most pressing issues confronting the country. Other polls show overwhelming opposition to Obama's immigration policies.

In an attempt to regain control of the narrative, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson told senators yesterday that over the past three weeks apprehensions of illegal immigrants are down from 1,600 to 700 PER DAY.

By itself, that tells us nothing. We know that far too many Border Patrol agents are babysitting and changing diapers. Perhaps that is why apprehensions are down.

But let's do the math. Using Johnson's figures, until three weeks ago 1,600 illegal immigrants were being apprehended at the border every day. 1,600 x 30 days = 48,000 illegal immigrants apprehended in a month. 48,000 x 12 = 576,000 illegal immigrants apprehended in a year.

That's just the number of illegal immigrants who were caught. We don't know exactly how many slipped through. Assuming the Border Patrol apprehends half of them, then half a million illegal immigrants may have entered the country.

Now the administration claims that just 700 illegal immigrants a day are being caught. That's still 21,000 illegal immigrants captured each month, 252,000 in a year -- and again that's just the number who are apprehended.

Here's some more math. Senators were also told that "caring for young migrants" is costing taxpayers "an average of $200 per child per day." $200 x 30 days = $6,000 a month, $72,000 per year, per child. For perspective, the median household income in America is about $51,000. It's $39,000 for Hispanics and $33,000 for blacks. I'm sure all those families would love to be able to spend $200 a day on their own children!

Whose Champion?

Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus met with President Obama at the White House yesterday to express their opposition to any legislation that speeds up deportations. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), one of the most vocal pro-amnesty advocates in Congress, said this when he left the White House:

"We had an emotional meeting, but emotional in the sense that we were connected. We asked [Obama] to be our champion, we asked him to be a hero to our community, and he responded to us as a champion and as a hero…"

What we need is a president and elected officials who want to be champions for all American families!

This week Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) sent a letter to every member of Congress warning that President Obama was planning to dramatically slow or stop deportations of illegal immigrants. Sessions wrote that such a move would result in "an executive nullification of our borders as an enforceable national boundary. …creating the very open-borders policy explicitly rejected by Congress and the people."

He's right. A new Rasmussen poll finds that 59% of likely voters say that "the primary focus of any new immigration legislation passed by Congress should be to send the young illegal immigrants back home as quickly as possible." Just 27% say it should be easier for them to stay.

Border Security Is National Security

Yesterday I addressed the compassion aspect of this immigration crisis. Today I want to consider the national security perspective.

We already know that Hezbollah is all over Latin America. Border Patrol agents are finding Korans, prayer rugs and Urdu dictionaries along the border. We just ran through the math regarding how many people are coming in every day.

Imagine if five are terrorists and suppose only three get through. In a year, 1,000 terrorists could be spread out all over the country, courtesy of the U.S. government.

This is not a hypothetical exercise, my friends. Just consider what Ronald Colburn, former national deputy chief of the U.S. Border Patrol, recently told National Review Online: 

"All of the good that was done after 9/11 up to now has been reversed singlehandedly. …What this situation on the border is doing is growing the haystack, is adding clutter, so that those dangerous needles get through because we're tied up capturing, instead, juvenile children from Guatemala and El Salvador."

By the way, this surge of children crossing the border didn't start last month. Back in January the administration sought a vendor to escort 65,000 unaccompanied children from the border to shelters throughout the country.

In our 24/7 instant information culture, how did our free press miss this one? Why wasn't that vendor notice news in January?

There is speculation that the administration kept a lid on the crisis as long as it could in the hope that the House would move on the Senate's quasi-amnesty bill. But this massive wave of illegal immigration highlights just how porous our borders really are. Border security and our national security must come first!

Boehner v. Obama

Yesterday the House Rules Committee heard testimony from constitutional law experts on Speaker John Boehner's resolution authorizing a lawsuit against President Obama's abuse of executive power. One of the experts testifying in favor of the lawsuit was left-wing law professor Jonathan Turley.

For the record, Turley voted for Obama and has advocated in favor of polygamy. Yet he also respects our Constitution, the rule of law and our system of checks and balances. Here is a portion of Turley's testimony:

"Our system is changing in a dangerous and destabilizing way. …The rise of a dominant presidency has occurred with relatively little congressional opposition. Indeed, when President Obama pledged to circumvent Congress, he received rapturous applause from the very body that he was promising to make practically irrelevant.
"The president's pledge to effectively govern alone is alarming but what is most alarming is his ability to fulfill that pledge. When a president can govern alone, he can become a government unto himself, which is precisely the danger that the Framers sought to avoid in the establishment of our tripartite system of government. … Our system was designed to withstand enormous pressures and change. What we are witnessing today is one of the greatest challenges to our constitutional system in the history of this country."

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

The Backlash Builds

The immigration protests in Murrieta, California, made headlines. Now they barely get any coverage at all. But don't think for a second that the opposition to the Obama Administration's open borders policy is waning. In fact, the backlash is building all across the country in communities in Arizona, Virginia, Illinois, Maryland. Connecticut, Michigan, New York and Pennsylvania.

Big cities, with their liberal populations and large illegal immigrant communities, would seem like logical places to relocate the immigrants detained at the border. But the administration is running into fierce resistance even in those places.

Jesse Jackson is upset that illegal immigrant children seem to be taking priority over Chicago's kids. And the homeless in Los Angeles are feeling even more neglected as city officials rush to find housing for illegal immigrants. They have a point. The federal government can find $50 million to refurbish a resort for illegal immigrants, but our veterans cannot get the care they need and deserve?

In response to the growing public backlash, the Obama Administration is increasingly acting in secret, depositing children into communities without informing local or state officials. As one Massachusetts sheriff said this week, "We're all becoming border states now."  Governors are furious, and they are struggling to find legal remedies to respond.

But the American people are stepping up. More than 250 protests against this open borders policy are scheduled to take place this weekend.

"Our Doors Are Open!"

Don't fall for the left's half-truth that this border crisis is the result of violence in Central America. Illegal immigrants are streaming across the border because they believe they will be allowed to stay here.

That was the conclusion of a recent government intelligence assessment based on interviews with detained migrants. According to the report, 95% "cited the primary reason for migrating to the United States was the perception of U.S. immigration laws granting free passes or 'permisos' to UAC (unaccompanied children)."

What would give them that idea? Obama's unilateral action granting a quasi-amnesty to the "Dreamers" had a lot to do with it. So do comments from politicians on both sides of the aisle suggesting we lack the will to enforce our borders and our immigration laws.

For example, during an online town hall event yesterday, Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) said, "We can't just build a wall or a fence and say no more. This is America. Our doors are open."

Really, Mr. Lewis? I don't believe it is an exaggeration to say that Rep. Lewis will bear some responsibility for immigrants who read that quote, attempt the dangerous trek and never make it. But Lewis is not alone in encouraging this nonsense.

The Limits Of Compassion

Sadly, a lot of folks on the left and many well-meaning individuals in the faith-based community are quoting poet Emma Lazarus, who wrote the inscription on the Statue of Liberty: "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…"

It is worth reflecting on a little history here. When that statue was erected in 1886 and for many decades afterwards, there was no welfare system in the United States. We were a rapidly growing nation that desperately needed labor. It was in the national interest to welcome anyone who wanted to work hard at little-to-no expense to the taxpayer.

And it was hard work. The American labor movement was in its infancy. There were no federal child labor laws, for example. That wave of immigration helped to grow the country. But as conservative/libertarian icon Milton Friedman said, "It's just obvious you can't have free immigration and a welfare state." And America today is a welfare state.

Most individuals coming across the border right now will be a financial burden on American citizens of all races, some of whom live in neighborhoods plagued by crime and poverty.

We would never want to go back to the 1880s when everyone, including children, was expected to work. And we shouldn't cite an immigration philosophy of 1880 as a motto today when the people coming are likely to add to the burdens of current American workers whose wages are already depressed.

The moral calculation is not so simple as some would have you believe. If a person fleeing persecution from Africa or Asia turns up on our border, the moral thing to do is to welcome him in. But even compassion has to have rational limits.

More than 38,000 unaccompanied children were detained at the southern border in fiscal year 2013. According to the Washington Post, a leaked Border Patrol memo "estimated that more than 90,000 youths would be apprehended at the border this year and 142,000 next year." 

Those figures do not include adult illegal immigrants. Nor do they include the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants already here.

Surely no rational person would say, "I don't care what the number is, we have an obligation to let them all come in." As Friedman suggests, doing so could bankrupt the country.

The debate should be about what a compassionate nation can reasonably do in a world where millions of people live on less than a dollar a day. That means we must be able to regulate the number of people who enter our country. And we can't rationally and compassionately regulate the number unless we secure our borders.

The faith community should insist that, before anything else, the United States should regain control of our borders. Then, and only then, can we have a legitimate debate about who should be allowed in.

To my friends in the faith community, of which I am part, I would make this observation: This uncontrolled wave of illegal immigration is fomenting an understandable backlash that will intensify unless the American people are assured that their government is fulfilling its number one priority -- protecting the boundaries and sovereignty of our country.

By the way, as I write, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus is meeting with the president at the White House, and Nancy Pelosi has just announced her opposition to speeding up deportations.

Meanwhile a new Gallup poll finds that "immigration/illegal aliens" tops the list of issues facing the country, followed closely by "dissatisfaction with government."

Hamas Rejects Peace

Yesterday the Egyptian government proposed a cease-fire to stop the fighting between Israel and Hamas. Israel accepted and ceased its airstrikes. Within six hours, Hamas responded by firing dozens of rockets at Israeli civilians, rejecting the deal.

Today Israel resumed its airstrikes against Hamas terrorists. Prime Minister Netanyahu said, "Israel will continue to do what it needs to do to defend itself until peace and quiet are restored." And predictably the left-wing media are back to blaming Israel for the "cycle of violence."

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

America Rejects Obama's Open Borders

A poll released today by ABC News and the Washington Post is getting a lot of publicity. It purports to show that the country supports Barack Obama on the issue of immigration. ABC News ran the story with this headline: "More Than Half Back Immigration Plan," referring to Obama's request for $4 billion in emergency spending.

They justified that headline based on the finding that 53% support spending an additional $4 billion to address the humanitarian crisis at our southern border. However, the poll question strongly implied that the children would be deported and that half of the money would be "used to speed their deportation hearings and to increase border security."

So, 53% of Americans support the additional spending -- IF it is coupled with deportations and border security. Unfortunately, the amount of money dedicated to border security is in dispute, and Obama's desire to stop illegal immigration seems to be zero.

Here's the most telling finding in the poll: Just 33% of Americans approved of Obama's handling of immigration, while 58% disapproved. That's a whopping 25-point gap!

Let's put that into some perspective. According to a recent Quinnipiac poll, Obama was down 15 points on his handling of the economy, down 18 points for health care and down 20 points for foreign policy.

What is it that Obama has done on immigration to earn such terrible ratings? He constantly promotes some kind of a quasi-amnesty. While he talks about compassion, his policies have acted as a magnet, drawing more illegal immigrants to the border. He has lied about the security of the border and seldom proposes anything to make it more secure. He constantly lectures America about why we need more immigration. His administration is suing a company that requires its employees to speak English.

In short, Obama has imposed a de facto open borders policy. Can we not conclude that it is the reason Obama has such a low approval rating on this issue?

We're constantly being told that it is conservatives who must change our views, but let's put it another way. Let's assume that the 2016 election becomes a referendum on immigration with Hillary arguing for the things Obama has been doing and the Republican nominee taking the opposite position. On that issue alone one would assume that we win by a landslide because the public has overwhelmingly rejected Obama's radical open borders ideas.

The GOP political elites and consultants who are paralyzed by fear should focus on exposing the left's extreme views rather than conforming to them.

"There Are Thousands Of Us"

If you want an idea of just how insecure our borders are, check out this Fox News report.

Saturday Fox accompanied Rep. Louie Gohmert on a pre-dawn visit to the border near Mission, Texas. What they experienced was astounding. Rep. Gohmert left saying, "I'm more concerned than ever."

During their visit a boy from El Salvador told the Fox reporter, "You're going to be out here a long time. There are thousands of us."

Tens of thousands of people have already crossed the border and thousands more are coming because they believe they will be allowed to stay. "Amnesty" is the message they have gotten from Obama's open borders policy.

The illegal immigrants crossing our border do not fear deportation. In fact, they are surrendering en mass to our overwhelmed Border Patrol agents. "We used to chase them," one agent remarked. "Now they [illegal immigrants] are chasing us."

Not So Comprehensive After All

I have noted in recent reports that liberal apologists have tried to blame the border crisis on House Republicans who rejected the Senate's so-called "comprehensive immigration reform" bill.

Two weeks ago, President Obama stood in the Rose Garden and railed against Republican obstructionism, saying:

"Republicans in the House of Representatives have refused to allow an up-or-down vote on that Senate bill or any legislation to fix our broken immigration system. …We now have an actual humanitarian crisis on the border that only underscores the need to drop the politics and fix our immigration system once and for all."

It's a ruse. The Senate's "comprehensive" bill would not have prevented this crisis at the Texas border from happening. But don't take my word for it.

Senator Marco Rubio, one of the key sponsors of the Senate's comprehensive immigration reform bill, even admits that. Rubio told the Washington Times:

"I don't think the immigration bill that was proposed in the Senate would have prevented that from happening. What I think would have prevented that from happening is sufficient border security on the ground that would have discouraged people from making that journey in the first place."

Democrats Defend Late-Term Abortion

With the country focused on the crisis at the southern border, what are Senate Democrats up to? The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing today on legislation called "The Women's Health Protection Act."

Sounds noble enough, right? In reality, it would nationalize the left's extreme pro-abortion ideology, overturning state bans on late-term abortions as well as health and safety requirements for abortion facilities.

Americans overwhelmingly oppose late-term abortions -- including large majorities of women.

It is especially galling in the wake of the Kermit Gosnell trial that Senate Democrats would try to rollback laws meant to protect women from deviant doctors and their dirty clinics.

This legislation has nothing to do with women's health and everything to do with promoting an extreme, abortion-on-demand agenda.

It's just one more reminder of why your support for Campaign for Working Families is so important. With your help, we will expose the Democrats' extremism and take back the Senate this November!

Monday, July 14, 2014

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Monday, July 14, 2014

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Holder Uses "The Race Card" AGAIN

When it's in political trouble, the left resorts to stoking racial fires. Over the weekend, Attorney General Eric Holder played the race card yet again during an interview with ABC News. Here's how Holder described opposition to President Obama:

"There's a certain level of vehemence, it seems to me, that's directed at me, directed at the president. …There's a certain racial component to this for some people. I don't think this is the thing that is a main driver, but for some there's a racial animus."

Despite his qualifier, Holder knew what the headlines would be. Here's one from The Hill: "Holder Sees 'Racial Animus' in Opposition." Once again the left is trying to demonize people as bigots if they dare to disagree with the left's policies.

What was Holder's proof? He said: "You know, people talking about taking their country back. I can't look into people's hearts, look into people's minds. But it seems to me that this president has been treated differently than others."

People want to take their country back. That's it.

Back to what? Segregation? Jim Crow? Slavery? Of course not.

What people want to go back to is balanced budgets. Back to the knowledge that unborn children are fully human and should be protected by the law. Back to a time when the government understood that religious liberty was a protected right. Back to the time -- just five years ago -- when marriage meant the union of a man and a woman.

When Holder says that taking our country back amounts to bigotry, it suggests bigotry on his part. The "vehemence" of opposition isn't due to the pigmentation of Holder's skin, but the condition of his divisive heart! And what would Mr. Holder say to these black residents of Chicago, who are furious with this administration's coddling of illegal immigrants?

By the way, during the same interview, the attorney general was asked about appointing a special prosecutor to investigate the IRS scandal. He said that it wasn't necessary because "career people" at the Justice Department and FBI were "doing a good, professional job."

Really? Let me remind you that the "career person" Holder selected at the Justice Department to review this scandal just happened to be a donor to liberal causes and candidates.

Meanwhile, Catherine Engelbrecht, president of True The Vote, whose organization is suing the IRS for the harassment it experienced in 2010, told a local talk radio station this morning that she has yet to be contacted by the FBI or the Justice Department as part of their investigations of this scandal. That speaks volumes about the kind of "professional job" Holder's "career people" are doing.

Media Demands Dead Jews

Have you noticed how many reporters, commenting on the Israeli airstrikes in Gaza, report the death toll as if it were somehow proof of Israel's guilt? I was deeply disappointed as I listened to one reporter on the scene comment that no Israelis had been killed yet, while the death toll in Gaza skyrockets. Would more dead Israelis satisfy the reporter?

Over the weekend, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon released a statement that read, in part, "Too many Palestinian civilians have been killed, and any Israeli ground offensive will undoubtedly increase the death toll and exacerbate civilian suffering in the Gaza Strip."

So it's all Israel's fault. The fact that the Palestinians have fired nearly 1,000 rockets at Israel in recent days seems to get lost in the shuffle.

As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu explained yesterday on Fox News Sunday:

"I just want your viewers to imagine the United States being bombarded not in one city or two cities, but in every city between New York and Colorado, 80 percent of your citizens would have to be in bomb shelters or ready to go into bomb shelters within a minute to minute-and-a-half, max. No country can accept that, we can't accept it, and we'll take the necessary actions to stop it."

Netanyahu succinctly summed up the current situation when he said, "The difference between us, we are using missile defense to protect our civilians, and they're using their civilians to protect their missiles."

To amplify the double standard that routinely confronts Israel, an anti-Israel mob attempted to storm a Paris synagogue this weekend. At least three Jews defending the synagogue ended up in the hospital, and this attack barely made the news.

Just imagine if a mob of Jews attacked a mosque. That story would make the front pages. It's now routine for Muslims to attack churches on Sunday mornings, and every time there is a collective yawn from the media. But if a mob of Christians attacked a mosque, there would emergency U.N. meetings, demands for sensitivity training and hearings to learn how a faith could so radicalize its followers.

Border Backlash Grows

Some left-wing strategists are beginning to question the conventional wisdom of pushing comprehensive immigration reform given the current border crisis. One liberal operative said, "Democrats talk about the morality of rescuing these kids from Central America. … At the same time, what about the kids fleeing small-town and rural America because there are no economic opportunities?" That is a question many well-meaning Americans are asking too.

The fact that thousands of women and children are streaming across the border, forcing the Obama Administration to ask for billions of additional taxpayer dollars, demonstrates beyond any doubt that our borders are not secure. What's happening on the southern border goes beyond politics and immigration reform.

We can debate whether immigration levels should go up or down. We can debate whether so-called "Dreamers" deserve a pathway to citizenship. But as former Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan asked in a recent column, "Is a nation without borders a nation?" History teaches that the answer is "No."

If America effectively ceases to be a nation, the humanitarian crisis at the border will be just the beginning of the human suffering.