Tuesday, August 19, 2014

End Of Day Report

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Violent Left Descends On Ferguson

During the violence last night in Ferguson, two things -- one disturbing and one hopeful -- became apparent. Nearly three dozen people were arrested, and it is clear that outsiders are streaming into Ferguson to perpetuate the violence and create chaos.

The Washington Post writes that many people have "arrived by bus and by car from Chicago, Detroit, Brooklyn and elsewhere." A police official shared nearly 50 arrest reports and "a large number have addresses listed in Illinois or in Texas."

"It's like looting tourism," an officer told the Post. "It's like they are spending their gas money to come down here and steal."

Who are these people?

We know the New Black Panthers are there. You may recall that members of this group were caught on tape trying to intimidate voters at a Philadelphia polling location in 2008. Attorney General Eric Holder, who is now leading the federal investigation into Michael Brown's death, dismissed the charges against the Panthers.

Communists from the Revolution Club of Chicago are there. Radicals from the Occupy Wall Street movement are there. That particular movement, which many liberals hailed as a counter to the Tea Party movement, caused a lot of violence and vandalism a few years ago.

The cyber-hackers of Anonymous are there. Last week they crashed city computers in Ferguson attempting to identify the officer who shot Brown. They got it wrong, releasing a name of a man who wasn't even a member of the Ferguson police department. All of which shows the increasingly violent orientation of many on left.

The good news is that there are also reports of local black leaders and pastors involved in peaceful protests who were working with the police to confront the outside troublemakers. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that "some pastors in the street stood with their arms locked trying to restore peace."

Another report indicated that one local pastor was calling out the thugs, yelling on a loudspeaker, "You are not from this community! Go away!"

Christians on both sides of the conflict are praying and that is a good thing. As I alluded to yesterday, if there was a lot more praying and less violence, Ferguson and America would be better off.

"ISIS Here"

America's Islamofascist enemies are very adept at using mass media. ISIS is warning America in a new video that "we will drown all of you in blood."

Propaganda is a key part of the terrorist playbook, spreading fear even when they can't attack. For example, the Secret Service is investigating a tweet featuring a picture of the ISIS flag over the White House. The picture appears to have been taken from Pennsylvania Avenue and warns, "We are in your state, We are in your cities, We are in your streets, You are our goals anywhere."

Last night in Ferguson, someone was walking around with a banner reading, "ISIS Here." We know that there are growing numbers of young men from America and Europe who are fighting overseas with ISIS, becoming hardened combatants. And because they possess western passports they can travel relatively easily back to their home countries.

Thanks to our porous borders, there is little doubt that Hamas and Hezbollah operatives are in the United States. And thanks to our liberal immigration policy, the only thing we check for is whether an immigrant from a Muslim country is on any "watch lists" maintained by the Department of Homeland Security.

No effort is made to question or discern whether a person not on that list is bringing with them their hatred of Jews and Judeo-Christian civilization or whether they believe that the world should be governed by Islamic caliphate. It would be like the U.S. accepting the mass migration of Germans during the 1930s and only checking whether those coming in were Nazi party members and not asking if they were Nazi sympathizers.

We are also being warned about the danger from ISIS by Amel Shimoun Nona, the Chaldean Catholic archbishop of Mosul, Iraq. Like thousands of Christians, Archbishop Nona fled Mosul and is now seeking refuge in Erbil. During a recent interview, Archbishop Nona warned:

"Our sufferings today are the prelude of those that you, Europeans and Western Christians, will also suffer in the near future. …Your liberal and democratic principles are worth nothing here. You must consider again our reality in the Middle East, because you are welcoming in your countries an ever growing number of Muslims. …
"Islam does not say that all men are equal. Your values are not their values. If you do not understand this soon enough, you will become the victims of the enemy you have welcomed in your home."

Is anyone in Washington listening?

Fighting For Our Values

I spent some time last week speaking with a reporter from the Washington Post who was doing an analysis of the GOP's future. I warned of the growing chasm between social conservatives and the Republican Party, saying:

"Values voters have been treated as the stepchildren of the family, while the party has wanted to get on with so-called more electorally popular ideas. The Republican base will not tolerate another candidate foisted upon us as a guy who can win."

In the past 48 hours, I've have taken a lot of heat from folks in the party establishment. Even some on our side have said, "Of course, values voters will accept another McCain or Romney again." But since November 2012, I have heard from a lot of you who feel differently.

Let me clarify my thoughts just in case you have read about this controversy. I'm not saying an establishment candidate won't be nominated again. The GOP establishment certainly has the money. Conservatives may well run half a dozen candidates, splitting our vote and making it easier for a "centrist" to prevail.

What I was saying is that if the GOP fails to embrace a Reaganesque conservative, a certain percentage of evangelicals will simply stay home, making it harder for that nominee to win the White House. That may be hard to believe. Why would anyone want four years of Hillary after eight years of Obama?

But the average voter doesn't think that way. They look at the candidates and if they don't see big differences, they may not vote.

The GOP has a problem with Republican voters. A recent Marist poll asked voters whether they approved of the job Democrats and Republicans in Congress were doing. Not surprisingly, 67% of Democrats approved of how Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi were behaving. But only 45% of identified Republicans approved of the job congressional Republicans were doing.

Democrats are happy with the hard-left direction of their party, while Republicans are divided over the performance of their party's leaders.

If the party wants to win, it needs to find a candidate who embraces the entire conservative message. It needs a candidate who unites and excites economic, social and foreign policy conservatives. We are looking for someone who will advance our values, not just manage our decline. I suspect that is what many are looking for in this year's crop of Senate candidates too.

Monday, August 18, 2014

End Of Day Report

Monday, August 18, 2014

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Ferguson In Flames

Beyond a critique of Obama's comments on press freedom, I have avoided commenting on the turmoil in Ferguson, Missouri, sparked by the death of 18 year-old Michael Brown. The first thing that should be obvious but is being widely ignored is that many of the people who are publicly commenting on the case don't know what happened.

So I'm not going to prejudge what happened between Officer Darren Wilson and Michael Brown. That is why we have a legal process. But everyone should be concerned by what is happening in the streets of Ferguson and what it means for the future of the country.

The Ferguson police department came under heavy criticism after the initial outburst of violence. Critics complained that the police presence, which included armored vehicles and military-grade equipment, made them look more like an army than law enforcement.

Commentators and politicians suggested that the militarized appearance actually stoked the violence. If only the police had looked less menacing there might not have been so many problems, or so we were told.

After another day or so, politicians and other public figures began to inject themselves into the debate. Attorney General Eric Holder started leaning on state and local officials. FBI agents were sent to Ferguson. Governor Jay Nixon (D) assigned Captain Ronald Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol to assume control of the police response. Captain Johnson had the benefit of being born and raised in the Ferguson area.

Johnson took a softer approach. The riot gear was put away. Johnson visited a local high school to calm students and walked the streets himself, hugging demonstrators. He reportedly told protestors that they there were free to remain in public so long as they did not impede traffic.

The result? More rioting and looting, and store owners forced to be their own police. A day or so later, the governor declared a curfew. But little effort was made to enforce the curfew. The result? More rioting, more looting.

On Sunday, Al Sharpton spoke at a local black church. As usual, his rhetoric was heated, sprinkled with a few obligatory condemnations of violence. Last night, rioting began once again, just hours before the curfew.

Captain Johnson described the events, saying, "Peace and justice took a very different turn after dark. Molotov cocktails were thrown, there were shootings, looting, vandalism and other acts of violence that clearly appear not to have been spontaneous, but premeditated criminal acts." It sounds like he was describing an ambush.

It is becoming increasingly apparent that people outside of Ferguson are stoking the violence. Who are they working for? What causes do they represent?

Let me make an assumption: The rioters are not Tea Party members. Listening to the media for the past five years, the biggest threat to the country was the radical bigots in the Tea Party.

President Obama publicly weighed in last week. Some commentators said his statement was even-handed. I think he failed to meet a major responsibility. Barack Obama is in a unique position to tell the minority youth rioting in Ferguson that their conduct does not contribute to achieving justice, and that it is unacceptable in a nation based on the rule of law.

Today, Martin Luther King, Jr., is often referred to as Dr. King. He was also Reverend King. He made the moral case for equality under the law, and he constantly made the case for virtue to minority youth.

Reverend King famously urged all Americans to be of good character and to strive for the day when they are judged based on the content of their character not the color of their skin. He was a serious man with moral authority. Today we have charlatans and demagogues like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.

If Dr. King were alive today, he would be in Ferguson demanding justice. I also believe he would be condemning those who are tearing that community apart.

We've now come full circle. Eight days ago, we were told that the violence was due to the fact that the police looked too much like the military. Eight days later, the governor has called out the National Guard. In between, business owners have suffered, people have been shot and the police have been attacked. Every day this continues, the danger increases that such violence will spread to other American cities.

Ferguson, Frustration And Values

Whatever happens in Ferguson, it is striking that so many Americans are expressing their frustration with corruption in government, the breakdown of values, the coarsening of our culture, etc. In most cases, these issues do not require the passage of new laws, but the embrace of timeless laws handed down on the mountain from the God of Abraham to Moses.

Sadly, the left has been trying for decades to remove these laws from the public square lest some young person see them and become offended. But unless there is a renewal of the values that undergird civilization, what we are seeing on TV and in the newspapers will be just the first sip from a bitter cup that this country will be forced to consume.

A Travesty Of Justice From Travis County

Friday evening news broke that Texas Governor Rick Perry had been indicted by a Travis County grand jury. Perry is potentially facing a life sentence for "abusing his official capacity and coercing a public servant."

The indictment, of course, was breaking news. But the facts behind it were not well covered. Here's what you need to know: Rosemary Lehmberg, the district attorney in Travis County, was arrested for DWI last year. Police found an open bottle of vodka in her car. Gov. Perry publicly called for Lehmberg to resign. She refused. Perry used his veto authority to eliminate $7.5 million from her budget. That's called leadership!

It must be noted that this same so-called Public Integrity Unit in Travis County also attempted to prosecute former Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. Moreover, Perry's indictment fits another disturbing pattern: Popular Republican governors -- Chris Christie, Scott Walker, Bob McDonnell -- are increasingly subjects of highly political prosecutions.

Partisan Democrats in Travis County, Texas, are using a hyper-politicized grand jury system to damage Rick Perry, hoping he does not run for president. But don't take my word for it. Several leading liberals, including top Obama strategist David Axelrod, are condemning Perry's indictment. Alan Dershowitz said, "This is another example of the criminalization of party differences."

Meanwhile, nobody has been indicted for Benghazi, Fast and Furious, the IRS Tea Party scandal or the VA scandal.

Friday, August 15, 2014

End Of Day Report

Friday, August 15, 2014

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

BREAKING NEWS: There are unconfirmed reports of renewed fighting in Ukraine, potentially involving a direct engagement between Russian and Ukrainian military forces. Watch for additional developments over the weekend. Thugs around the world, from Putin to ISIS, are on the march as they see America in retreat.

"Obama Calls For Calm, Then Golfs"

That was the prevailing headline after President Obama interrupted his vacation schedule yesterday on Martha's Vineyard to address the ongoing crises in Iraq (see next item) and Missouri.

I'm sure many Americans are praying that the situation in Ferguson, Missouri, is peacefully resolved, that the rule of law is observed by all sides and that justice is done. I don't think there is much I can add to the debate.

But I have to comment on this: There is outrage by liberal commentators and the president himself that a couple of reporters were arrested by local police. The circumstances surrounding their arrests are unclear and they were quickly released. Yesterday, Obama said this:

"And here, in the United States of America, police should not be bullying or arresting journalists who are just trying to do their jobs and report to the American people on what they see on the ground.  Put simply, we all need to hold ourselves to a high standard, particularly those of us in positions of authority."

I agree with his last sentence, which is what makes the rest of it so laughable. This administration has tried to put more journalists in jail than any in history. Don't take my word for it. In recent days, multiple journalistic associations have protested the Obama White House's "politically driven suppression of news and information."

When the public affairs officer at the Department of Justice applauded one of the arrested reporters as "gutsy," CNN's Jake Tapper tweeted, "How do you distinguish between the 'gutsy' reporters and the one the administration is threatening to put in jail?"

Tapper is referring to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist James Risen, whom the Obama Administration is threatening to lock up unless he reveals his sources.

And beyond the White House's official propaganda machine is a myriad of left-wing outfits like Media Matters that routinely harass and bully news outlets that do not toe the liberal line.

Is Yazidi Crisis Really Over?

Yesterday Obama declared that the jihadi siege of Mt. Sinjar had been broken and that the Yazidi crisis was essentially over. The brief effort was so successful in fact that Obama said, "It's unlikely that we're going to need to continue humanitarian air drops on the mountain." The president added, "The majority of the military personnel who conducted the assessment will be leaving Iraq in the coming days." Once again, Obama just can't get out of Iraq fast enough.

But is the crisis really over? A disturbing report from the New York Times suggests otherwise.

Vian Dakhil, a Yazidi member of the Iraqi Parliament who barely escaped Mt. Sinjar this week, told the Times: "It's not true. It's better now than it had been, but it's just not true that all of them are safe -- they are not. Especially on the south side of the mountain, the situation is very terrible."

According to Ms. Kakhil, there may be 70,000 to 80,000 Yazidis still trapped on the mountain.

David Swanson, a spokesman for the United Nations, said, "The crisis on Mount Sinjar is by no means over. … there are still thousands of others up there… The situation is far from solved."

Tune In To Greta Tonight

Tonight on Fox News Greta Van Susteren is hosting a special show devoted entirely to the growing crisis of Christian persecution. Please make every effort to tune in or record this live show at 7:00 p.m. Share this message with friends and family -- and your pastor too!

Also Making News…

  • Good News: the Bibles are back -- for now. Public outrage has forced the Navy to return Gideon Bibles to hotels and lodges pending a thorough review of its religious accommodation policies.

  • A federal judge was unsatisfied with the IRS' response to his order demanding information on efforts to recover data from Lois Lerner's crashed hard drive. The judge is ordering additional sworn testimony from IRS tech experts.

  • Crack reporter Sharyl Attkisson tells Laura Ingraham that Border Patrol agents are operating under orders to release as many illegal immigrants as possible. Congress should investigate. If that's true, why bother having a Border Patrol at all?

    Join Me In D.C.!

    Join me at the 2014 Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., September 26th - 28th.

    The Values Voter Summit is sponsored by American Values, the Family Research Council, FRC Action, AFA Action, Liberty Institute, Liberty Counsel and Liberty Council Action.  Co-sponsors include the Heritage Foundation, National Organization for Marriage and National Religious Broadcasters.

    This year's Summit features an incredible lineup of speakers, including:
    Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN)
    David and Jason Benham
    Lt. Gen. William Boykin (Ret.)
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)
    Erick Erickson
    Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA)
    Mark Levin
    Michelle Malkin
    Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA)
    And many more outstanding conservative leaders!

    There will be educational sessions on a broad range of topics, including: the threat to religious liberty, the cultural state of America, how moral decline leads to big government, the pro-life movement and the future of marriage.

    My public policy organization, American Values, will host a special luncheon on Saturday, September 27th. (To attend the luncheon, you must purchase a separate ticket.)

    To learn more or to register online, click here now.

    I look forward to seeing you there!
  • Thursday, August 14, 2014

    End Of Day Report

    Thursday, August 14, 2014

    To: Friends & Supporters

    From: Gary L. Bauer

    Rhetoric vs. Reality

    Late yesterday the Pentagon announced that observers on the ground determined that the crisis on Mt. Sinjar had eased, making a planned rescue operation "far less likely."

    A more accurate description would be that the crisis has simply moved. As the increasing ranks of homeless Iraqis and crucified Christians attest, the crisis posed by Islamic State jihadists is far from over.

    President Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel are increasing their rhetoric regarding the nature of ISIS. For example, Kerry recently said that actions by ISIS "pose a severe threat to the United States" and "bear all the warning signs and hallmarks of genocide." 

    Speaking at Camp Pendleton Tuesday, Hagel said that the Islamic State terrorists were "some of the most brutal, barbaric forces we've ever seen." And they are recruiting all over the world.

    This picture of a former British rapper posing with a severed head is making headlines in England. As many as 900 people from France are reportedly waging jihad with ISIS. They have western passports and could easily return to wage jihad in their home countries, including the United States.

    But even the Washington Post was forced to admit that administration policies in no way reflect the reality of this severe, brutal, barbaric, genocidal threat. Consider this excerpt:

    "Senior U.S. officials describe the threat posed by the Islamic State in chilling terms, but they have mounted a decidedly modest military campaign to check its advance through northern Iraq. … So far, though, the Obama administration's response to the group's blitzkrieg … has been defined primarily by the limits it has placed on the U.S. military's intervention."

    The article goes on to describe a "disconnect between the unnerving assessments of the Islamic State and the apparent lack of urgency in confronting it," noting that the Obama Administration has "no clear military strategy for reversing the group's recent territorial gains."

    The Left's Assault On Christianity Continues

    While Washington contemplates how to respond to the Islamic radicals rampaging across Iraq, Bibles were recently purged from Navy hotels and lodges.

    This action comes in response to a lawsuit filed by a group of atheists who objected to Bibles donated by the Gideons appearing in Navy lodges. Donated Bibles in military hotels supposedly violates the separation of church and state.

    Now keep in mind, friends, that this purge of Bibles is being conducted by the very same U.S. government that -- with no concerns about the separation of church and state -- provides Korans to prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. In fact, our soldiers put on gloves when they are passing out Korans because the jihadists believe it would defile their holy books if we infidels touched them.

    Politically correct bureaucrats have leaned on the Pentagon and the brass saluted. Bibles are now seen as such a threat to guests at Navy hotels that they must take all steps necessary to make sure guests do not accidentally stumble upon the donated books.

    The left's assault on Judeo-Christian values in the military has been relentless. Military chaplains and commanders have been under incredible pressure to accommodate open homosexuality in the military. The academies are increasingly hostile to expressions of faith. Last week, we reported that the National Guard was prohibited from sending representatives to summer Bible camp. Next I suppose the Navy Hymn will have to be banned too.

    Frustration And Immigration Top Voter Concerns

    Yesterday Gallup released a poll finding that "dissatisfaction with government/Congress/politicians" topped the list of voters' most pressing concerns. Number two on that list was "immigration/illegal aliens." Those two issues can be reasonably combined.

    The government is supposed to protect our borders. But when thousands of men, women and children are streaming across our borders every day, the government is clearly failing in its primary obligation to protect its borders and our fellow citizens.

    And what is the response from Washington? We have a president who has repeatedly disregarded the law. He has encouraged the problem of illegal immigration by granting amnesty to some illegal immigrants.

    The Washington Times reports that the administration broke the law by releasing hundreds of criminal illegal immigrants into communities all over the country. No wonder people are frustrated with government.

    By the way, the government is warning more than 300,000 Obamacare enrollees that they may lose coverage if they can't provide proof of citizenship. Remind me again why it is illegal and bigoted to ask people to provide proof of citizenship when they vote?

    Any day now President Obama is expected to order another massive amnesty by executive decree. But that is not what the American people want. Last week, CBS News reported that just 31% of Americans approve of Obama's handling of immigration.

    There is a lot of chatter about how the issue of illegal immigration may impact the upcoming elections. But far more important than just this election is the damage such a move would do to our constitutional republic. Even some liberals are acknowledging that it would be a terrible precedent.

    In a column entitled, "Obama's Immigration Plan Should Scare Liberals, Too," Jonathan Chait writes:

    "What if a Republican president announced that he would stop enforcing the payment of estate taxes? Or suspend enforcement of regulations on industrial pollution? …

    "To think that the cycle [of unilateralism] will end here, and that a future president won't claim more expansive and disturbing powers to selectively enforce the law, requires an optimism not borne out by history. In the short run, we will rejoice... In the long run, we may look back on it with regret."

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

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    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

    To: Friends & Supporters

    From: Gary L. Bauer

    Quo Vadis, Barack?

    For those not familiar with Latin, the phrase means, "Where are you going"? The president of the United States is often referred to as the leader of the free world. But neither our friends nor our foes know where he will lead us next.

    Earlier in the week, NBC's Chuck Todd said, "I've been trying to figure out [Obama's] doctrine now for six years. He doesn't have one. … It's almost like he pushes and pulls… And he goes back and forth…" And so it seems with Iraq.

    Todd is right. Far from operating on a coherent, strategic policy based on the view that America has a role in the world, i.e., leading the free world, world events seem to be leading Obama.

    Remember that Obama vowed repeatedly to end the war in Iraq and get us out, never to return again. But as the situation deteriorated, he had to send in "advisors." Then we started dropping humanitarian aid. Then bombs. He is finally doing the right thing -- sort of.

    Today's Wall Street Journal reports that the Pentagon is weighing plans for massive rescue mission of the Yazidis trapped on Mt. Sinjar. According to the Journal, there could be as many as 35,000 Yazidi refugees there.

    And more troops are reportedly headed to Iraq. There are hundreds, possibly thousands, of Americans in Erbil. Many were evacuated from Baghdad. The administration, as others have noted, can't afford another Benghazi.

    When Obama took office, he enjoyed the goodwill of the American people and fawning adulation of the media. He promised to "fundamentally transform America" domestically and internationally.

    His foreign policy, as best as I can tell, is to withdraw from the world. He began by breaking old alliances and reaching out to old enemies, who still remain enemies today.

    The White House and its appointees at the State Department and the Pentagon seem surprised by the reality of the world. When the ex-KGB colonel invaded Ukraine, John Kerry's incredulous response was, "That's so 19th Century!" When Muslim radicals torched churches and kidnapped hundreds of innocent girls, we got a hashtag campaign.

    Addressing a group of Marines in San Diego yesterday, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said, "The world is exploding all over." So much for hope and change.

    Pastors, Please Speak Up!

    If Obama plucks up the courage to risk a rescue operation to save the Yazidis, I will applaud him. I will pray he finds the will to see it through.

    But there is a nagging question eating away at me: If the Yazidis were Christians, would Obama be rescuing them? Or does he have a higher threshold before he feels moved to help relieve the suffering of Christians compared to other religious minorities?

    I think it is a fair to ask because "No Drama Obama" has been hesitant to speak, much less act, against the vicious attacks on Christians throughout Muslim-majority nations in Africa and the Middle East. This is the same president who reassured a Muslim audience in Turkey that America was not a Christian nation.

    He's right in the sense that we increasingly reject Christian teaching on values such as the sanctity of life and the meaning of marriage. But we are a Judeo-Christian nation in that our Founders relied heavily on ideas from the Torah and the New Testament about the dignity of all men and the source of our liberty, which is God.

    The president regularly speaks of the Muslim world. Does he believe there is a Christendom?

    I'm not the only one bothered by the president's indifference to Christian suffering. A few days ago, liberal commentator Kristen Powers ripped into Obama, saying:

    "[Obama] has not uttered the word 'Christian,' and now suddenly he throws it in with the Yazidis. … The White House has done nothing; they've said nothing [about Christian persecution]. …

    "I mean, it's really unbelievable, and he has no right to invoke humantiarianism, because he is not a humanitarian president. A humanitarian president does not sit quietly by, while hundreds of thousands of Christians in Iraq [are uprooted or killed] -- forget about the rest of the Middle East -- and doesn't say a word."

    Powers is a relatively new Christian. But she cares enough to be outraged.

    A few weeks ago, thousands of Muslims and leftists gathered at the gates of the White House demanding "justice for Gaza." Where are the pastors of America? Why are they not standing before the gates of the White House demanding justice for the Christians of Nigeria and Iraq?

    Kudos To Trent Franks

    A new Gallup poll finds that "dissatisfaction with government/Congress/politicians" tops the list of voters' most pressing concerns.

    I'm not surprised by the Gallup poll. I read emails from good folks every day venting their frustration with Washington. "Why isn't anyone speaking up?" I am often asked, frequently in all caps!

    My response is always the same: There are many men and women standing up for our values every day in Washington, but the media simply ignore them.

    I have often applauded the dogged determination of Rep. Frank Wolf of Virginia, who has been a stalwart voice for religious liberty here and overseas. Sadly, he is retiring this year, but I know he won't leave the battlefield.

    Others are stepping up to continue the good fight in the halls of Congress. One of them is my friend, Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona, whom I have known since before his days in public office. Rep. Franks is chairman of the International Religious Freedom Caucus. I want to share with you a few excerpts of a statement he released this week:

    "True leadership is not merely navigating tumultuous times. It is having the basic foresight necessary to forestall the obvious disasters on the horizon, rather than waiting until the resulting tragedy forces a response that is too little too late. …

    "As the radical terrorist group ISIS … continues its rampage across Iraq, reportedly beheading children and selling women into sexual slavery along the way, a half-hearted scramble to catch up simply will not be sufficient at this point. We are witnessing a Christian genocide in Iraq and this president has a moral obligation to respond swiftly and completely to the situation his own ineptitude helped to create."

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

    To: Friends & Supporters

    From: Gary L. Bauer

    Barack's Ineffective Bombing

    When President Obama addressed the nation last Thursday to inform us that he was finally taking action against the radical jihadists in Iraq, I suggested he wasn't doing enough. Yesterday, Lt. General William Mayville, director of operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, briefed reporters on the status of the bombing campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) or ISIS and concluded:

    "U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq have slowed ISIL's operational tempo and temporarily disrupted their advances toward the province of Erbil. However, these strikes are unlikely to affect ISIL's overall capabilities… I in no way want to suggest that we have effectively contained or that we are somehow breaking the momentum of the threat posed by ISIL. …There are no plans to expand the current air campaign."

    Mayville also noted that ISIL was adapting its tactics to avoid our airstrikes, saying, "They are now starting to dissipate and to hide amongst the people."

    Sounds like it read the Hamas handbook. No doubt ISIL has seen how the world has berated Israel rather than Hamas for civilian casualties in Gaza.

    This enemy is fanatical, barbaric and unconstrained by politically correct rules of war. A dozen or so drone strikes, authorized by Pentagon lawyers, following the ineffective and politically correct rulebook of the left, will not defeat them.

    "That's My Boy!"

    If you need a reminder of the evil confronting us, look no futher than this shocking picture of a seven year-old boy holding the severed head of a Syrian solider. His father posted the picture online, tweeting, "That's my boy!"

    Family members and CNN have rushed to assure us that the father suffers from mental illness. I don't doubt it. It's called Islamofascism and anti-Semitism. But he is far from the only one infected with this "disease."

    Outgoing chief of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn disclosed this week that there are now 41 Islamic terrorist groups spread out in 24 countries, a major increase from 2004 under then-President Bush.

    Their ideology is the same one that drove the grand mufti of Jerusalem to embrace Adolf Hitler, that led Arab nations to repeatedly attack Israel, that caused the mass murder of 3,000 Americans on 9/11, that led to the beheading of Daniel Pearl, that causes Hamas to fire rockets at Israeli civilians, that results in young girls being mutilated and sold into sex slavery and that is motivating the genocide of Christians throughout the Middle East today.

    If only the political left in America fought the real bigotry of Islamofascism with the same vigor that it fights Judeo-Christian values, we might actually win this long struggle and save Western Civilization.

    Now They Tell Us

    During the fighting in Gaza over the last several weeks, we repeatedly reported that journalists were being threatened and intimidated to promote the Hamas-approved narrative. Stories out of Gaza never showed Hamas fighters, missile launching sites or Hamas military operatives. Every image was of Gaza civilians suffering from Israeli attacks.

    Now, too late, the facts are becoming public. The Foreign Press Association (FPA), representing foreign journalists, has issued a statement which says in part:

    "The FPA protests in the strongest terms the blatant, incessant, forceful and unorthodox methods employed by the Hamas authorities and their representatives against visiting international journalists in Gaza over the past month."

    Those abuses prevented viewers and readers from getting, as the statement notes, "an objective picture from the ground."

    Few of the hundreds of millions of people who absorbed the Hamas propaganda and concluded that Israel was the aggressor will ever read the press organization's statement about propaganda masquerading as news.

    Planned Parenthood Busted Again

    A Planned Parenthood clinic in Arizona is under investigation for falsifying records related to an abortion performed on a minor. A recently enacted state law requires doctors, other professionals and abortion facilities to report instances of alleged sexual abuse.

    According to a complaint filed by our friends at Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a mother brought her teenaged daughter to a Planned Parenthood facility in Tempe, Arizona, around the beginning of the year for an abortion. The mother told the Planned Parenthood counselor that her daughter had been assaulted, but the counselor didn't want to bother with the "hassle" of reporting a rape.

    The Daily Caller reports that the alleged rapist in this case "has been charged with 27 felonies for assaulting 11 girls ranging in age from 12 to 17 years old." But had the Planned Parenthood facility followed the law and reported the abuse, several other victims might have been spared.

    Don't forget that pro-abortion liberals in Congress are providing hundreds of millions of your hard-earned tax dollars to Planned Parenthood. Barack Obama and his liberal Senate allies threatened to shut down the government in order to keep federal dollars flowing to the nation's largest abortion provider. That is their top priority. That is how pro-abortion Obama and his allies are.

    That's why CWF needs your support to help us take back the Senate!

    Obama Is Big A Drag

    Here's some good news, my friends. A new Marist poll finds that Barack Obama is so unpopular that he is dragging down Democrat candidates. By a ten-point margin -- 42% to 32% -- voters said they were more likely to vote against Democrat congressional candidates this November because of Barack Obama. Of course one poll doesn't make a trend, and there are reasons to be cautious in our optimism.

    Your support for CWF could make a crucial difference in the most critical races. Please stand with me!

    Monday, August 11, 2014

    End Of Day Report

    Monday, August 11, 2014

    To: Friends & Supporters

    From: Gary L. Bauer

    Obama Whines

    In a wide-ranging interview with liberal New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, Barack Obama lamented being blocked from fully implementing his left-wing agenda. Among the culprits Obama cited for standing in his way was -- I kid you not -- the media. Here's what Obama told Friedman:

    "What you've seen with our politics, partly because of gerrymandering, partly because of the Balkanization of media so people just watch what reinforces their deepest biases, partly because of big money in politics, is increasingly politicians are rewarded for taking the most extreme, maximalist positions. Sooner or later, that catches up with you. You end up not being able to move forward on things we need to move forward on. … But because of this maximalist ideological position, we've been blocked."

    American journalists are overwhelmingly Democrat. They adored Obama. They treated him with kid gloves and helped him defeat Hillary Clinton and John McCain in 2008. Yet his excuse for not completing his "fundamental transformation of America" is the "Balkanization of media." Translated, this means there are just too many conservative media alternatives like Fox, talk radio and online conservative sites such as Breitbart, RedState, etc.

    His second complaint is "big money in politics." That's rich! His campaign shattered fundraising records. Today Obama is attending his 401st fundraiser.

    The biggest political donors in the country are liberal billionaires Tom Steyer and Michael Bloomberg. In fact, Forbes notes: "Twenty-six of the top 100 disclosing donors in America are billionaires. Democrats have gotten more money from Steyer and Bloomberg than Republicans have gotten from all 26 billionaires combined." Keep that in mind the next time the left accuses the GOP of being the party of the "one percent."

    And I could write pages about Obama's "maximalist ideological position" when it comes to abortion, religious liberty, tax increases, environmental radicalism, etc.

    Media Finally Waking Up?

    There's an old adage in politics that foreign policy rarely helps a president but it often hurts him. Foreign wars took their toll on Lyndon Johnson and George W. Bush. The fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union did little for the elder Bush. And recent world events are certainly taking their toll on Barack Obama.

    His foreign policy approval rating has plummeted -- averaging about 38% according to recent polls.

    After cheerleading for Obama since he first burst onto the national political scene, some left-leaning journalists may finally be waking up to the fact that the presidency is not, as Joe Biden put it, the place for "on the job training." Just consider these statements from some notable liberal journalists regarding Obama's foreign policy fiascos:

    Kristen Powers, once described as one of the Democratic Party's "emerging national voices," said:

    "[Obama] has not uttered the word 'Christian,' and now suddenly he throws it in with the Yazidis. … [Virginia Congressman Frank] Wolf has taken to the floor, I think, seven days in a row now, pleading with the administration: 'Please help these people.' … The White House has done nothing; they've said nothing. …

    "I mean, it's really unbelievable, and he has no right to invoke humantiarianism, because he is not a humanitarian president. A humanitarian president does not sit quietly by, while hundreds of thousands of Christians in Iraq [are uprooted or killed] -- forget about the rest of the Middle East -- and doesn't say a word."

    MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell said this about Barack Obama's excuse for allowing ISIS to emerge as a threat in Iraq:

    "The president, to say he didn't have intelligence -- this is not a hard target. This is Irbil. We have people there. The fact is, there was intelligence. To say they are shocked by Peshmerga on Saturday night is a farce. The White House wasn't listening."

    NBC's Chuck Todd said this:

    "I've been trying to figure out [Obama's] doctrine now for six years. He doesn't have one. … So look at the way he had intervened early in the Arab Spring and then he realized 'boy that was a mistake.' It's almost like he pushes and pulls between the idea of democracy first versus stability first. And he goes back and forth and messed around with democracy in Egypt, didn't work, in Libya, didn't work."

    And there was this stinging rebuke from National Journal's Ron Fournier:

    "This is a president that underestimated [ISIS] -- he called them jayvee (J.V.). He underestimated what was going to happen after Libya. He underestimated Putin. He's been the Commander-in-Chief or the Underestimater-in-Chief. … I wish I was more confident that the president really understood the threat to our homeland, though."

    Et Tu, Hillary?

    Hillary Clinton is sounding more and more like a candidate for president. Why do I say that? In an interview with the Atlantic, Clinton slams Obama's foreign policy. On Syria, Hillary said this:

    "The failure to help build up a credible fighting force of the people who were the originators of the protests against Assad -- there were Islamists, there were secularists, there was everything in the middle -- the failure to do that left a big vacuum, which the jihadists have now filled."

    One foreign policy blogger described Hillary's remarks as "very provocative." According to Politico, "Clinton's team gave the White House a warning that [the interview] had taken place."

    As Obama falls further in the polls, Clinton has to do something, however delicate, to distance herself from the increasingly unpopular president and his administration, in which she served for four years -- handling foreign policy for him!

    But who is telling the truth?  White House Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes has said previously, "On the broad thrust of our foreign policy, she was fully on board."

    There is a significant portion of the left-wing base of the Democrat Party that doesn't fully trust Hillary. After all, Obama did beat her once. If Barack and Michelle feel that Bill and Hillary are threatening Obama's legacy, look for a serious alternative to Hillary to emerge.

    Immigration Takes Center Stage

    Last week we reported that Rep. Tom Cotton (R) in Arkansas was running a hard-hitting ad against incumbent Senator Mark Pryor's (D) support for liberal immigration policies. Today the Wall Street Journal reports that Republican candidates in Michigan, New Hampshire and Maine are also raising immigration as a central issue in their campaigns.

    Obama's handling of immigration has been a disaster. The polls are clear on that. This should be a winning issue for the GOP. I'm glad to see some Republicans are making Obama's political "yes men" pay a price for his failed policies.