Friday, February 27, 2009

Obama's Budget: "Worse than Robinhood ... Will End in Tears"

Guttmacher Institute released a study yesterday that reveals that Planned Parenthood needs more money.

Imagine that. Bailout.

Guttmacher, however is Planned Parenthood's own research arm. Article.

Judie Brown of American Life League says it is outrageous. They made $114 million profit last reporting period.

Brown is publicly asking Planned Parenthood to, "Donate $114 million for programs that would empower the poor...instead of sterilizing them."
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Obama's Budget: "Worse than Robinhood ... Will End in Tears"

Peter Morici, a University of Maryland professor, after seeing President Obama's budget said, "The taxing aspect of this is worse than Robinhood." The professor said, "He is resurrecting class warfare for political gain."

Even Reuters News Service, a left-leaning news service said, "Bill Clinton declared the era of big government is over. With his new budget, President Barack Obama has brought it back."

It isn't only Republicans who are expressing concern about the $3.5 trillion budget.

President Obama is flying high, leading a parade of extreme far-left liberalism, that some predict will end in a trail of tears.

In fact, I have linked a picture from Duesseldorf, Germany of a parade float that depicts President Obama flying high and bringing Europe along with him.

While Obama, Pelosi, Kerry and others on the left to far-left are flying high and not only taking Europe with them but our own future as well, many here are becoming concerned, after actually looking at his budget. They are already asking where this Obama special flight is really going to take us. If he crashes, will we all go down with him?

Reuters said in their story posted early this morning, "Obama's first budget was emblematic of a politician who, when he announced his run for the presidency two years ago, had rejected the conventional wisdom that, having little experience in national politics, he was moving too fast and should wait his turn."

He gambled and won the presidency, risking only the marring of his own political future. What did he really have to lose?

He is now gambling not only with his resume, but with the future of the greatest nation on this earth. And our children and their children's future.

William Galston, a Brookings Institution economist who worked with President Clinton said, "My judgement is that his reach will exceed his grasp."

But Senator John Kerry is saying no, no, "This is nothing short of a sober, honest assessment of where our own country stands and a tough, realistic plan to get our budget in line with our priorities."

This leap toward socialism is hardly in line with the priorities of most Americans.

Nancy Pelosi agrees with Kerry and his priorities. She said, "At long last a budget that is a statement of our national values."

Our national values?

If anyone has ever wondered how the values of the left differ with the values of the right, this budget process is evidence in HD. And wait until President Obama has time to get to the social issues, the ones some Republicans are wanting to marginalize; of abortion, traditional marriage and family and homosexual "rights".

This budget which spends $11,833 for every American, is obscene. I won't even attempt to list the 9000 earmarks in Obama'a budget, but will merely remind you that with his finger raised, he told America earlier this week he would not tolerate earmarks. But, that was then and this is now.

In promoting class warfare, he consistently reminds America that he is going to tax those people who make $250,000 or more. While it likely makes some feel good that some will be punished, or "redistributed" because of their success, this concerns many, including many who do not earn that much money per year.

They know that many of those earning $250,000 or more per year, are small business owners. As their taxes go up, they will be forced to lay off people because they will not be able to afford the payroll and other expenses. The unintended consequence of just the increase in unemployment could be catastrophic. It can not even be forecast. And the revenue to the government will decrease.

Obama Inc. is flying high today, leading the parade, but clouds of concern are already gathering, even among some Democrats.

Professor Morici fears Obama's policies could make matters worse than they already are.

He says, "We have learned from hard experience that big government only begets big government and high unemployment. We have the 1970's solutions for new-age problems, and it's not going to work. People are going to be happy to get some free health care for a while, then it's all going to end in tears."

If Morici and others are right, this carnival parade may well end as a trail of tears.

God help us.

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

GOD: The New "Four" Letter Word in Public Schools

Bailouts, bailouts, bailouts. Everywhere-bailouts. The automakers want more, the banks want more, the nation's largest insurance company wants more because the $150 billion they got last year isn't enough.

What happens when the government check that the President and his Congress writes is returned, marked "insufficient funds"?

54% of Americans now oppose bailouts.

55% say the media tries to make the economy sound even worse than it is. Imagine that.
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GOD: The New "Four" Letter Word in Public Schools

John Whitehead, founder of the Rutherford Institute, is considered by many to be conservative America's foremost legal, political and cultural watch dog.

I first met John when I interviewed him on television some years ago. I was impressed with his grasp of the issues then and still am.

Whitehead has gained a great deal of insight into the issue of religious discrimination in public schools as a result of the many cases that have come across his desk over the years.

He is now saying that he believes that "GOD" has become the new four letter word in the classroom, at least in most public schools across America.

Why this has come to pass is very concerning.

Whitehead says, "An elite segment of society that views God as irrelevant has come to predominate."

He says that elitists--the people who run society, from public education to certain governmental agencies and institutions, have basically decided that God is irrelevant in public discussion.

This, he says, ignores the 120 million or more people in America who take their religion seriously, practice it and who pay taxes to support these very institutions.

These people are being forced, along with their religious rights and free speech rights, into subservience to all other beliefs.

He says the issue is not, as secularists, the ACLU and others would have you believe, separation of church and state. It is an issue of the religious believer versus the state.

This, Whitehead believes, is a denial of everything this country stands for in terms of the freedom of speech, religion and a respect for moral tradition.

He says it reminds him of the old Soviet Union or even China where people of faith must fend off the state.

Whitehead has released a six-minute video on the subject. I strongly recommend you view it.

Patrick Henry once said that, "When people forget God, tyrants forge their chains."

It is clear that many who have cloistered themselves in public education have a very different view and priority than most Americans. They have, especially in public colleges and universities, often hiding behind tenure, espouse anti-American and anti-Christian views.

This cannot help but have a negative effect on this country and our culture.

Abraham Lincoln knew this and once said, "The philosophy of the classroom today, will be the philosophy of government tomorrow."

This is a time when Christians are being called upon to stand and take back their country.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

President Obama: "I Get It"

President Obama is a very good public speaker. In the Yakima orchards they call guys like him, "good talkers".

He assured us he "gets it" and most likely he does understand that we are in a very bad economy. I think we all get that.

However, one wonders if he gets it in regard to the solution. It's very difficult to find a nation that has solved their economic problems caused by over spending and over borrowing, by more over spending and over borrowing.

He assured us the first trillion dollars is but a beginning, there will be much more to come.

Fox News posted a story late last night, highlighting some of his statements and squaring them with the facts. You may want to check that out.

Two things of perhaps lesser importance also caught my attention.

One is about the auto, the other about Gov. Bobby Jindal.

First the car. The President is very committed to the American auto industry and their unions. We all want the U.S. auto industry to succeed, however, we did not invent the automobile as he said. Karl Benz, a German engineer actually built the first practical car in 1887. A French inventor, Nicolas Cugnot built one in 1769, but it was steam powered and was never mass produced.

Governor Bobby Jindal is a good guy. I have not met him, but know several who know him well. Very well. I understand he is right on most all the important issues. He is smart. He is a man of character and can win elections.

He called President Obama's spending spree, "irresponsible" and it is. I agreed. I agreed with all he said.

I know it is very difficult to follow a speaker like Barack Obama, who is President of the United States, speaking to the Congress, on national television, when you are standing at the bottom of a staircase in front of a single camera. That's tough.

But guys---you who are working about two years out, who read this blog, you know who you are, we have worked together; if we plan to win any elections we are going to have to do better than that.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

What Is Beyond Gay Marriage?

The Sunday evening broadcast of the Academy Awards was the third least watched Academy Awards show in history. Most of America apparently didn't bother to watch actors testify as to how their life was changed by Harvey Milk.
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What is Beyond Gay Marriage?

As the gay rights movement continues to push hard for so-called equality, there are those asking what will be next for the gay activists.

It's a fair question, given the history. Only a few years ago the homosexuals were assuring the citizens that they just wanted benefits---like everyone else. Last year elected officials gave them "benefits" and the day the "benefits" became law, the homosexual activists proclaimed that was not the goal. "We will not be happy until we have 'marriage' ," they told the media.

Many of your elected leaders are once again leading the parade---with a straight face.

As the gay rights activists have become more emboldened, they are now looking beyond gay marriage.

Stanley Kurtz , writing for the Weekly Standard back in 2003, said he was concerned about the real goals of the gay activists. He said it was likely that gay marriage would take us down the slippery slope to legalized polygamy and polyamory (group marriage).

Again in 2006, Ryan Anderson, also writing for the Weekly Standard, expressed even greater concern and validated his concerns with a statement that gay activist leaders had released to the public.

Anderson explains that scholars Hadley Arkes and Robert P. George were already warning Congress and pointing out that, "By rejecting the grounding foundation of marriage---the unique psychosomatic unity possible only between one man and one woman in conjugal sex--- the state would lose its principled basis for refusing to recognize polygamous (one man to multiple women) or even polyamorous (multiple men to multiple women) i.e., group marriages.

For this they were slandered, called bigots and scaremongers. Much like the fate of those today who oppose so-called gay "marriage".

However, their predictions were prophetic. And they were confirmed when gay activist leaders released to the public, their statement," Beyond Same-Sex Marriage".

In the release, published in the New York Times and elsewhere, they listed several variations of marriage that they supported, including so-called marriages of, "Queer couples who decide to jointly create and raise a child with another queer person or couple in two households."

What about the child? Do they care?

There is much more in the "Statement" regarding how they see marriage in the future.

The stated goal of the gay activists is to no longer merely live as they want. It is to force you and your family and the state to recognize, legalize and affirm their myriad of group choices.

Anderson warns his readers to not take this lightly, because many of the leaders who signed this document are main stream voices in our culture.

I strongly recommend you read Anderson's article and I have linked the "Beyond Same-Sex Marriage" statement for your convenience.

Since this article was written, we have moved even closer to the edge.

Washington State is moving toward so-called "benefits" so the homosexuals can litigate for "marriage" so the homosexual activists can move beyond gay marriage and the polygamists can have their day in court. And many of your elected leaders are leading the parade. With a straight face.

God help us.

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Monday, February 23, 2009

Are We Slouching Toward Gomorrah?

You may have heard about the Harris Poll released this past Friday. I have linked it. When Americans were asked who they most admired---who was their hero----Barack Obama was #1, Jesus Christ was #2, Martin Luther King #3, Ronald Reagan #4, George W. Bush #5 and Lincoln #6. "God" was #11, Hillary Clinton #12 and Sarah Palin #21.
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Are We Slouching Toward Gomorrah?

In William Butler Yeats' "The Second Coming," he wrote in 1919, "And what rough beast, it's hour come round at last, slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?"

The rough beast that Yeats saw is now a monster of decadence, a plague several generations in the making and we now seem to be sloughing not toward Bethlehem, but towards Gomorrah, the biblical city destroyed because of it's wickedness.

Thirteen years ago Judge Robert Bork defined the root of decline.

We are witnessing the sprouting of that root in Washington State and across our nation.

Can we turn the tide?

Yes!

We have a choice. Here's how.

In his book, "Slouching Towards Gomorrah," published in 1996, Yale Law Professor and Judge Robert Bork said, "The root of our decline is the rise of modern liberalism."

He said, "From the collapse of popular culture to the weakening of the intellect; From the assault of radical feminism on American institutions and freedoms, to the "killing for convenience" of abortion and euthanasia, we are headed in the wrong direction."

Bork said we have a choice.

"We can accept our fate and try to insulate ourselves and our loved ones from the devastating effects of a degenerating culture or we can choose to halt the beast, to oppose modern liberalism in every arena. An understanding of our problem and the will to resist, may be our only hope."

Robert H. Bork taught Constitutional Law at Yale Law School, served as Solicitor General and as Acting Attorney of the United States and as a United States Court of Appeals judge.

When President Ronald Reagan nominated him for the Supreme Court, Senator Joe Biden chaired, led and carried out the most vicious attack ever witnessed in American politics toward a Supreme Court nominee.

Why?

Because of his conservative views.

Now we are seeing the results of a culture, as he predicted, that continues to slouch towards Gomorrah.

We are now seeing the extreme ideas that were tossed around in far left, extreme classrooms of the 60's and early 70's become reality and public policy in every aspect of our culture. Nothing seems to be exempt; from welfare, abortion and euthanasia, to sexuality, gender confusion and the normalization of homosexuality under the guise of fairness and equality.

We are seeing a collapse of moral clarity in favor of an artificially inseminated political correctness, born from relativism. And we slouch toward Gomorrah. With the elected shock troops of the homosexual agenda in Washington State politics---you know their names--- we are seeing our culture redefined and destroyed. All with a smile and a swagger.

What will we do? What can we do?

Will we accept our fate and try to insulate ourselves and our loved ones from the devastating effects of this degenerating culture or will we halt the beast?

I suggest we halt the beast.

I agree with Bork. Understanding the problem, and I believe you do, and having the will to resist is our hope.

We understand their agenda. We also understand the reality of the numbers of liberal and conservative lawmakers in the Legislature.

Do we have the will to resist?

I do. Those of you who are people of faith have seen and read of the super natural works of God. You must decide if you will stand and resist or insulate yourself and your loved ones and accept the fate.

As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord, we will, in every way possible, resist the effort to destroy and redefine marriage and the family and we will believe that God will act according to His principles and laws.

With God's help and your support, this battle can be won.

Thank you for standing with us.

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Friday, February 20, 2009

A Call to Action to Preserve Marriage in Washington State

I am sad to say, both so-called homosexual benefits bills, HB 1727 and SB 5688 have been passed out of their respective House and Senate committees during executive session.

Please read what happens next and what we are asking you to do---beginning today.

These bills will now move to the House and Senate Rules Committees. These committees will review the bills and determine if they should go to the floor for a vote in the House or the Senate and if so, what the timing and order should be.

Today is the day to begin calling. Please contact every friend, family member and acquaintance, asking that they join you in making these calls.

The message is that you oppose gay marriage. These bills; HB 1727 and SB 5688, are not about benefits, they are, for all practical purposes, a gay marriage bill.

Call and email the Governor and your Legislators.

Click here to find your legislators and their contact information.

Click here to view the Governor's contact information. The Governor's Office number is: 360-902-4111.

It is very, very important that these people hear from you over the next few days.

If our elected officials pass these bills, we will, standing with others of like mind and heart, launch a state referendum or initiative effort. That is under discussion as I send this to you today.

The media is generally ignoring this issue because most in the media support "gay marriage" and an uninformed public is the gay activists' best friend at this stage of their agenda.

There is much more to come on this matter. This will strengthen conservatives and people of faith as we stand together.

The monetary cost of this can be challenging to faith based organizations such as Faith and Freedom, but we believe God will provide. Therefore we march forward.

Your financial donations at this time will be very, very helpful. Click here to make an online tax-deductible donation to Faith & Freedom Foundation. Or mail a donation to:

Faith and Freedom Foundation
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Please make the calls.

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

President Obama to Pick Pro-Abortion Health Secretary

President Obama is continuing to fill his team with far left advocates.

The New York Times says President Obama will name Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius as his new Secretary of Health and Human Resources.

This will be a major blow to the pro-life movement.

Here's why. Remember one of her best friends in Kansas? Does the name George Tiller ring a bell?

The Secretary of Health and Human Resources will play a very important role in helping the President craft his new health care plan. You will recall that the President first chose Tom Daschle for the post, but Daschle was forced to remove himself due to the scandal over his tax problems. Daschle is pro-abortion.

However, the President has now moved even further to the left in picking Sebelius, who was once considered for the vice-president spot on Obama's ticket, but was passed over because she was thought to be too far to the left.

You will remember that it is Governor Sebelius who has provided cover for late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller in Kansas. He has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to her and her allies and has so far, with the Governor's help, avoided prosecution and any accountability for allegedly and repeatedly violating state abortion laws.

Steven Ertelt, at LIFENEWS, wrote an article late yesterday, as this news became available, which chronicles the lengths to which she has gone to protect a man who some consider to be a murderer, including a secret event with Tiller at the governor's mansion, which she failed to officially report.

Ertelt feels that she, if confirmed, could issue new regulations overturning the protections President Bush put in place that protect pro-life doctors and medical centers.

The hope continues to fade. But remember, after the darkness comes morning and light.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Gay Activists in WA Legislature Amend Their Bill

The gay activist legislators are starting to tweak their "gay marriage" bill. They are showing a little concern, which is a departure from the usual arrogance we have seen recently.

The boldness with which they have been proceeding seems to have paused, at least for a moment. Clearly it is in part because the public is becoming more aware that this whole charade is not really about benefits so much as it is about "marriage." Both the House and Senate bills have been adjusted.

Your calls to Rep. Pederson have not gone unnoticed. Senator DeBolt has deeply appreciated your calls to his office voicing your opposition to SB 5688 and your support of his leadership.

We have been saying, including in testimony before the hearings committee in Olympia, that there are three basic reasons why we strongly oppose domestic partnerships and ultimately gay marriage.

(1) It is fiscally irresponsible. It creates a new class of entitlements and puts it on top an already broken social security system, welfare system, health care system and the pension and benefits systems. The state is unable to meet current obligations, much less a yet unknown amount of additional costs. Private business cannot afford it.

(2) Domestic partnerships is not primarily about benefits. It is about incrementally achieving "marriage" for homosexuals.

(3) We believe that biblical teaching and principles have historically provided a moral compass for America and America has prospered. Homosexual relations are condemned by biblical teaching and considered sin. For more than 5000 years every major religion has condemned homosexual relations. The traditional family is the cornerstone of any successful society and to enshrine homosexuality into law as normal will undermine the fabric of a society and introduce sex-ed materials into the public school curriculum that teaches homosexuality as normal when it is not.

Now the openly gay legislators who are leading the move toward homosexual marriage are, shall we say. adjusting a little bit.

Last Thursday the sponsors of SB 5688, expansion of domestic partner rights, a.k.a. gay marriage, offered a substitute, which removes the reference to domestic partners in the definition of "marriage" in the statute dealing with sex offenses.

That's interesting. It doesn't change anything except, perhaps someones perception of the bill. And actually provides some additional protection for gays.

Also the requirement that agencies amend their rules is now subject to availability of funds. The delayed effective date specifically applies to the section amending Basic Health Plan.

We have been telling the press, the committee and everyone across the state who would listen to us that this is not primarily about benefits. Senator Ed Murray told the press the day after they passed the domestic partners bill last year, that benefits was not the goal---he said marriage is the goal. They are now acting on their true agenda.

If they can only get all these entitlements, they will delay them due to lack of funds, because the plan is to litigate once the expansion is in place. This expansion bill removes any legal difference between domestic partnerships and marriage. They can then litigate for the word marriage on the basis of discrimination.

They may not be backing off, but they have blinked. Your calls to Rep. Pederson have helped.

We are in the process of talking to elected officials who may be torn between the fairness of providing benefits and the apparent real goal of re-engineering marriage and the family. We are assuring them you will vote next time.

We are impacting the process, however it is a process.

We are standing against a highly funded homosexual lobby and are able to continue day to day only because you are standing with us financially and with your calls, email and prayer.

Your financial support allows us to continue to stand in the gap on what I feel is one of the two most defining issues of this generation.

We are willing to stand, take the hits and keep going if you will stand with us. We will continue through this legislative process into and through the referendum process if necessary.

Your tax-deductible donation today would help a great deal.

Thank you and God bless you.

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Monday, February 16, 2009

America: Socialism, Censorship, Secularism

SOCIALISM.
Today President Obama will fly to Colorado to sign his so-called "stimulus package". One that most lawmakers --and likely the President himself, has not even read in it's entirety. The results of this and follow-up spending will have a negative generational affect on our country.

CENSORSHIP.
A California professor has called a student a fascist b-----d in front of his peers, told the class they did not have to remain in class to hear the reminder of his speech, then when no one left, the professor dismissed the class. The reason? The student is a conservative Christian.

SECULARISM.
While Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity are often the poster boys for the wrath of the left and their commitment to reinstate the so-called "Fairness Doctrine," the National Religious Broadcasters believe it will be Christian broadcasting that will be most aggressively targeted.

I agree. I was on the air daily during the "Fairness Doctrine" and after. I can give you an eyewitness account.

Our Founding Fathers laid life and fortune on the line to develop the New World. Our present administration and his minions are laying our children's lives, opportunities and freedoms on the line for a philosophy that our Founders would recognize as that from which they fled.

It's unbelievable.

SOCIALISM.
Today President Obama is flying to Colorado to sign his "stimulus package" that most Americans, according to polls, feel will not work.

Newsweek magazine, not a right wing icon for sure, has declared that "We Are All Socialists Now." The feature article starts by quoting a conversation between Sean Hannity and Indiana Congressman Mike Pence---the chair of the House Republican Conference.

Pence, a vocal critic of Obama's stimulus, is asking how things like $50 million for the arts and other "pork" items will create new jobs in Indiana and America.

Hannity agrees and says, as he goes off the air, "It is ... the European Socialist Act of 2009."

Newsweek says, "Whether we want to admit it or not---and many, especially Pence and Hannity, do not---the America of 2009 is moving toward a modern European state."

"The sooner," says Newsweek, "we understand where we truly stand, the sooner we can think more clearly about how to use government in today's world."

In other words, "get over it" we are the change you voted for. Indeed.

Newsweek does not feel this is necessarily a bad thing. They predict that one of the most lasting effects of the new administration and his policies will be, "a steady drift toward what could be called a European model of governance, regulation and paternalism."

That is exactly what our Founding Fathers fled, laying life and fortune on the line for a better way.

The article is extensive and properly reflects the philosophical position of the left.

CENSORSHIP.
Last week I wrote about censorship and free speech in public education in regard to Darwinism.

Now we hear that a Christian college student has been publicly mocked in front of his classmates, with his professor calling him a "fascist b-----d". This in a taxpayer-funded community college. (Article).

Student Jonathan Lopez, while in a public speaking class, gave a speech about his beliefs and in that context he read the dictionary definition of marriage. At that point his professor, John Matteson, stopped the class, excused anyone who wanted to leave and when no one left, dismissed the class without giving Lopez an opportunity to finish his speech.

This is a clear violation of the student's free speech rights.

Professor Matteson ultimately refused to grade Lopez's speech and wrote on the evaluation, "Ask God what your grade should be."

This case is going to court. It is a snapshot of the future, unless conservatives and people of faith reclaim their country.

SECULARISM.
According to the National Religious Broadcasters, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity are not necessarily the prime target of the left with their fixation on reinstating the so-called "Fairness Doctrine" in broadcasting. (Article).

Craig Parshall, senior vice-president and legal counsel to the NRB says, "It's going to be Christian broadcasters who are not afraid of sexual orientation issues from a bibliocentric view, who aren't afraid to challenge the status quo on an issue like abortion; or Christian broadcasters who aren't afraid to be able to compare the truth of the gospel with the false religions around there. And all of this is very, very politically incorrect."

I personally hosted a daily inspirational TV show that was produced on a major network affiliate and syndicated to other network affiliates around the country for 12 years. I can tell you from first hand experience the so-called "fairness doctrine" isn't. It is censorship at it's worst. Ronald Reagan removed the policy during the years I was on television. I've experienced both sides of it.

The extreme left simply can't compete in a free market of ideas. They tried with the far left "Air America" radio talk show network. Within months, the network was forced to file bankruptcy because nobody was listening. That's true fairness.

However, the left does not define that as "fair." They see "fair " as forcing the public to see and hear their message even if the public doesn't want to hear and see it.

The freedoms that so many have given so much for are in peril.

A fine group of patriotic scholars have done a good deal of research for the Heritage Foundation on this and related subjects. I have linked their site. I strongly recommend you take some time and read their research titled "FIRST PRINCIPLES."

This is not a time to be silent.

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Friday, February 13, 2009

Why Does Public Education Censor Academic Freedom?

I was reminded again yesterday how public education continues to censor free speech.

A Zogby Poll, conducted between January 29 and 31, found that 80% of Americans, "Agree that teachers and students should have the academic freedom to discuss both the strengths and weaknesses of evolution as a scientific theory."

Only 14% agreed with the statement that teachers, "Should teach only Darwin's theory of evolution and the scientific evidence that supports it," and that's down from 21% in 2006.

Darwin himself wrote in his book, "Origin of Species," "A fair result can be obtained only by fully stating and balancing the facts and arguments on both sides of each question."

Why does public education insist on presenting his theory as scientific fact, yet completely ignore his instruction on having an open debate about his theory?

I can tell you why and give you the solution.

I can also tell you how a growing number of students are reacting to this censorship in the classroom.

Public education in America has an extremely secular social agenda. We see it in the considerations of the origins of life, the sanctity of life and every issue where consideration of Judeo-Christian ethics and principles could be a viable consideration.

How do they get away with this kind of censorship? The only way they know. By doing what they do at Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, the Fourth of July, Memorial Day and any other day that might in some way take on some moral or Christian significance. They marginalize the day by elevating some obscure event or celebration and censoring the traditional and historical importance of any given event they deem inappropriate or " religious" in nature.

And this is done, as you know, under the myth of "separation of church and state" or the "establishment clause" which doesn't even support their far-left positions. If per chance, they get weak-kneed and think about using the word Christmas or some such thing, the ALCU is there to threaten a lawsuit.

However, there's good news. The Darwin-only crowd is falling out of favor with the general public. It has been their way for the past 5 or 6 generations, but this recent Zogby Poll and previous polls show a growing division between public education as usual and the public's willingness to accept censorship.

Public education is isolating itself from public opinion.

The answer?

School choice.

Neal McClusky of the Cato Institute has said, "When we have public schools that everyone has to fund, then everyone is paying for a single answer."

School choice is the only answer. More money will not fix the problem. There is a strong record to prove it.

Censorship, however, is not the only problem public education is facing.

With their considerable commitment to a so-called "values neutral" education, they are aggressively teaching material, particularly in sex-ed, that indoctrinates rather than educates in critical areas such as sexuality.

I will tell you, there is considerable discussion around Washington State that if the present domestic partnership expansion of rights bills become law, the resulting effect on sex-education curriculum will cause a massive withdrawal of children from public schools.

In it's isolation from public opinion and it's immersion in the secularist and gay rights agenda, I am certain the NEA will continue to fiddle as Rome burns, continuing in their aggressive agenda and their indifference and some times defiance towards families of faith and conservatives. And they will do so under the false delusion that their people in elected office and the "not as elite as we are" folks in the cities and neighborhoods will continue to respond to their threats of school closure, reduced classes and the like by continuing to somehow come up with more money.

There is a crack in the dyke---so to speak.

In addition to discussions around the state regarding the viability of public schools in regard to curriculum, there is a national youth movement under way to respond to censorship in the classroom. A growing number of kids are celebrating what they call "Academic Freedom Day." And they have declared the annual event to be celebrated on Darwin's birthday each year. I have linked to their web site. Check it out.

Noah Webster, the father of public education in America, wrote in his book, "History of the United States," published in 1832:

"The brief exposition of the Constitution of the United States, will unfold to young persons the principles of republican government; and it is the sincere desire of the writer that our citizens should early understand that the genuine source of correct republican principles is the Bible, particularly the New Testament or the Christian religion....The moral principles and precepts contained in the Scriptures ought to form the basis of all of our civil constitutions and laws."

Take a step back. Take a deep breath and realize where we came from.

You are not a right wing extremist because you believe in traditional values and hold a biblical worldview.

As you stand for morality and moral values based on Scripture, you are not only standing for the principles that caused this county to become the greatest country in the world, but you are standing shoulder to shoulder with those who founded this great enterprise.

Abraham Lincoln once said, "To sit by in silence when they should protest, makes cowards of men."

This is not a time to be silent.

God bless you.

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Irony on Lincoln's Birthday

Thanks to all who made calls regarding expansion of domestic partnership rights, a.k.a. gay marriage. We will keep you in the loop as the House progresses on HB 1727.

We are also watching the companion Senate Bill 5688.

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Irony on Lincoln's Birthday

I am not the only one who remembers the fleet of bills that were floated in the 60's that were going to lift the nation's poor out of poverty.

We heard terms like, "The War On Poverty" and the "Great Society". President Johnson was going to end poverty---forever. He declared his Presidency a time for change. He promised to not just address the symptoms of poverty, but the causes.

Trillions of dollars later, instead of solving economic problems, government welfare-socialism has created both moral and spiritual problems. The kinds of problems that are inevitable when you turn responsibility of your life over to others.

Perhaps the black community has suffered most from this miscarriage.

It is ironic that this is happening again, through a misguided and sometimes corrupt Congress with the unrestrained support of America's first black President---on Abraham Lincoln's birthday.

A woman who has seen the industry of poverty from the inside of what she calls, "Uncle Sam's Plantation" and has found her way out into personal freedom, can tell the story much better than I can.

Starr Parker has written a poignant column titled, "Back On Uncle Sam's Plantation."

She says following President Johnson's "Economic Opportunity Act" of 1964 and the spending of trillions of dollars, black poverty is the same. But black families are not, with triple the incidence of single-parent homes and out-of-wedlock births.

She describes the return to the plantation and observes that this time, not only is the black community invited to Uncle Sam's Plantation, but industry as well through the massive bailout for nearly everyone who wants more money.

This socialistic scheme was not conceived in liberty, nor is it dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. It steals the essence of freedom, liberty and self reliance.

This column is a must read.

I would pray the closing words of the Gettysburg Address, "That we here highly resolve these dead shall not have died in vain---that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom---and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

God help us.

Happy Birthday, President Lincoln.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Mike Huckabee: "Stimulus Bill is Anti-Religious"

Thank you for your response to our alert yesterday asking that you specifically call Jamie Pederson (D) 360-786-7826, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, and respectively tell his office you strongly oppose HB 1727 and to call House Minority Leader Richard DeBolt (R) 360-786-7896, and tell his office you strongly oppose the bill and that you appreciate his leadership.

I have already received many emails telling me you have made the calls.

There are a number of messages out today asking you to call your Representatives and tell them you oppose gay marriage or "No" on gay marriage. Calls are good, but our request was specifically crafted yesterday in private consultation with lawmakers who are on our side. This is a process. The other side is the majority--for now. We feel these two calls will be most helpful as we move through this process. And they must be made by today. More action will be required later.

What ever else you feel you want to do is great, but please make those two specific calls today.
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Mike Huckabee: "Stimulus Bill is Anti-Religious"

Much has been said about the stimulus bill that many feel will dramatically move us further toward socialism and saddle our children and grand children with a debt they can't pay.

The "pork" in the bill continues to be documented and those who best know these things are saying the bill does very little in the short run, but is a set up for the future---say about 3 or 4 years from now.

But Mike Huckabee says it is anti-religious and, "you would think the ACLU drafted the bill."

He posted an email on his blog yesterday that says, "The dust is settling on the "bipartisan" stimulus bill and one thing is clear: It is anti-religious."

He points out a provision in both the House and Senate versions banning higher education funds in the bill from being used on a "school or department of divinity."

He says, "For all the talk about bipartisanship, this Congress is blatantly liberal."

Indeed, Mr. Huckabee.

He notes that Emily's List, radical environmental groups and others like them are all seated at the decision making table these days and there may not be a lot conservatives can do in the near term, but he is advocating mobilization to defeat those, "masquerading as conservative Democrats."

I would add, there are some "masquerading" Republicans that should also be defeated by conservatives.

He says, "We cannot afford to sit round one out, because if we do, they will only become more emboldened and their grab for power more audacious and damaging to our country and our freedoms."

Well said.

This is not a time to be silent.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Baby Thrown Out in Biohazard Bag

Sycloria Williams had decided to get an abortion.

The 18-year-old had paid her $1200 to terminate her 23-week pregnancy and had checked in to the clinic where Dr. Pierre Jean-Jacque-Renelique was to perform the procedure.

However, Williams went into labor early and delivered a live birth.

After seeing the baby, she had a change of heart and wanted to keep the child.

What happened next is unbelievable. Now she has filed a lawsuit.

CBNNEWS reported, "To her shock, however, instead of putting the baby into a care unit, one of the clinic's owners cut the child's umbilical cord, placed her in a biohazard bag and threw her away."

The police later found the body and an autopsy confirmed that her baby's lungs had filled with air before she was put in the bag, meaning she was 'born alive'.

Now Williams is suing 13 medical workers including the clinic's owners.

Tom Brejcha, president of The Thomas Moore Society said, "The baby was just treated like a piece of garbage."

Jill Stanek, executive director of bornalivetruth.org, told CBN News that this is not unusual. In fact, she said, "It's not unusual for doctors to have charts and medical records changed to show babies as 'still born' when they really are 'born alive'."

We are creating a culture of death rather than life.

When our kids are taught we are the result of random selection, there is no God, no hereafter, no apparent purpose for life other than the moment, no absolutes, no consequences for personal actions and truth is relative--it is what you think it is, should these kinds of acts surprise us?

Without a God or a Creator there are no rights other than those given by whom ever is in political power at any given time. Personal rights and freedoms are diminished, then eliminated.

I have spent much time in such countries.

Our Founding Fathers understood the truth of rights and freedoms being a gift from God and that life was a God given right. They built the greatest country in history on that principle.

If we do not return to our founding principles, we will continue to stagger toward our ultimate destruction.

God help us.

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Gary Randall
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Monday, February 09, 2009

Darwin and His Problem

Thank you for the outstanding attendance at the Olympia hearings on gay rights, aka. gay marriage, last Thursday. We are carefully monitoring the bills and will alert you to the appropriate response as quickly as the Legislature begins to move. In the mean time, we are working to persuade undecided lawmakers to vote for traditional marriage and reject these, "Trojan horse" bills.
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Darwin and His Problem

Your school children will hear a great deal about Darwin this week in public school. The secularists are preparing to further elevate him as they celebrate his 200th birthday this Thursday, February 12.

The Seattle PI has already carried a preparation article, extolling and pointing out the significance of his "theory" and how it made fundamentalist-type religious people furious, both then and now.

The PI story points out that Darwin's wife was deeply religious, and because of that he held back the release of his book, "The Origin of Species By Means of Natural Selection" until he and his wife could talk it through.

In the end she said, "Don't change any of your ideas for fear of hurting me."

He didn't.

This week there will be more than 300 celebrations in Britain alone, with month-long festivities in his home town of Shrewshury.

Public schools in America will also take advantage of the opportunity to elevate the man and his theory, which they have already elevated to the level of "science".

I'm writing this today to both alert and hopefully inform you and your school age child.

Bob Bloomfield, a director at London's Museum of Natural History, told Associated Press, "He [Darwin] knew he had to make an absolutely iron-cast case for his theory. He was one of the earliest true scientists where everything he was prepared to write about had to be based on evidence."

Therein is the heart of the big lie.

Darwin had a problem then and his problem is even more obvious and telling today.

Here's his problem. And it will be helpful for kids in public classroom to know this as well. Especially this week.

His problem is lack of Evidence. His entire premise is that he had evidence. In fact, he did not.

George Bernard Shaw was known to have said, a number of times, "No one in the biological sciences, medicine included, needs Darwinism at all. Darwinism is certainly needed, however, in order to pose as a philosopher, since it is primarily a worldview. And an awful one."

The evidence is overwhelming that Darwin never presented the evidence he claimed to support his theory.

The Darwin revolution was philosophical, not scientific.

For those intent on advancing a completely secular, often atheist worldview, Darwin was an answer to prayer---so to speak.

He remains a great opportunity to undermine biblical creation, while advancing what seems to be an elite, scientific "fact".

Atheists love it and the opportunity has not been lost on the public school system in America.

Darwin's followers, who create your child or grandchild's textbooks on the subject, claim they have "overwhelming evidence" supporting his theory, yet in the 150 years since his idea was published, no one---NO ONE, has ever observed the origin of a new species by natural selection---much less the origin of new organs and body plans.

There is a world class organization located in Seattle that has created, perhaps the largest body of evidence, exposing Darwinism for what it is. Before you go to the website of the Discovery Institute however, I would strongly recommend you read an article published last week in Forbes titled "The Problem Of Evidence." It is an excellent article that will give you and your child, depending on their age, some wonderful thoughts or talking points if needed.

The article is written by Jonathan Wells, who holds a doctorate in theology from Yale and a doctorate in biology from Berkeley. He is also an author and a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute.

There are several bullet points in the article that can be very helpful.

Darwinism is another example of philosophy driving science rather than allowing facts to lead toward the truth.

God bless you and your family.

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Gary Randall
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Friday, February 06, 2009

Marriage - The Battlefield in the Hearing Room

Yesterday, I, along with others from the faith community, testified against Washington State HB 1727 and SB 5688, both of which are designed to circumvent the "Defense of Marriage Act" (DOMA) and the State Supreme Court ruling that up held it.

Thank you to all who attended the hearings. The news media estimated 150 to 200 were present.

It was obvious the House Committee in the 10:00 a.m. hearing was not prepared, emotionally or physically for that kind of crowd.

By the time the Senate hearing took place at 3:30 p.m. yesterday, the gay leaders were a little better prepared to take control of the crowd and the testimonies.

Candidly, here's what I took away from yesterday's hearing.

The significant number of people in attendance to support marriage, shocked the house committee. In fact, Mr. Pederson, the openly gay chairman of the house committee, continually lectured the crowd through out the hearing and was often a little off balance in his comments.

By 3:30 p.m. the Senate hearing was more prepared for the crowd. The hearing room was small and many who came were put in other adjacent rooms - not in the main hearing room. I understand that because the room had been designated in advance of their knowing how many of us would attend, but the people of faith were treated with little to no respect by the chairpersons of both committees. The Senate vice-chair Eric Oemig, openly sneered and smirked through most testimony given by the faith community.

There was a sense in both the House and the Senate that the homosexuals believe it is a "done deal." I don't agree. Senator Swecker and I, along with others of like mind, are working to defeat the Senate bill. I believe we have a shot at it. If not, we will immediately begin a referendum process that will put it before the people. Traditional marriage prevailed in California, Arizona and Florida this past November. We can do it here as well.

Some observations.

The gay activists, including those in elected office, were very defensive. They brought their lawyers and their partners to tell their stories of normalcy, church endorsement and community activity. They brought kids into the hearing room who asked the legislators to please pass this bill so, "I can have a family too."

These two bills and those who are trying to advance them are very deceptive. Senator Ed Murray, sponsor of the Senate Bill, began by referring to the "unfortunate ruling" of the Supreme Court in upholding DOMA, then gave a long list of what his bill is not. He started by saying his bill is "not gay marriage." Technically, that is true, however these bills are designed to undermine marriage and give entree to gay marriage as a next logical and legal step.

I told the committee that if these bills pass they will elevate domestic partnerships to the status of marriage, removing all legal difference between domestic partnerships and traditional marriage. If these bills become law, there will then be litigation to attach the name "marriage" to gay relationships and the homosexual community will have subverted DOMA and the State Supreme Court ruling that upheld it and used the courts to achieve gay marriage.

There is spirit of arrogance and deception in this movement. It was extremely evident.

It is clear that this is a spiritual battle, not a political one. The gay movement is not really about benefits, rights or even marriage. It is a rebellion against the Creator and His natural laws. It is an unrestrained push to normalize that which is not.

If you have ever had a thought of standing for what is good and right, this is the time. It is impossible to estimate the damage and unintended consequences these bills, if passed, will inflict on traditional marriage and family.

Faith and Freedom is on the front line. We are able to stand each day because of your prayerful and financial support. That is needed more today than ever before.

Thank you and God bless you.

God help us.

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Thursday, February 05, 2009

Homosexual Marriage - What Really Drives the Issue

Today there are hearings in Olympia on bills that have to do with the expansion of homosexual benefits under the domestic partnership legislation passed last year. The hearings are open to the public and we have encouraged anyone who can do so, to attend.

HB 1727: scheduled hearing 10:00 a.m. House Committee on Judiciary--House Hearing Room A --John L. O'Brien Building.

SB 5688: scheduled hearing 3:30 p.m. Senate Committee on Government Operations& Elections--Senate Hearing Room 2. J. A. Cherberg Building.

While the press often characterizes the debate over so-called "gay marriage" as a political debate, it is not. It is merely played out through the vehicle of politics.

Neither is it about "hate," bigotry or even the desire to deny anyone anything.

Here's what is driving the issue.

It is about the defense of the sanctity of natural, traditional marriage. The cornerstone of society. A biblical model.

Within minutes of the swearing in of President Obama, he had completely changed and updated the White House website. Prominently displayed was his unconditional support for a long list of gay rights demands.

The official website refers to those who do not support the gay agenda as, "Those who seek to divide us."

J. Matt Barber has written an article, "Homosexuality and the Laws of Moral Physics," that correctly defines what really drives this issue.

He says, "That amid the heated national debate over both religious liberty versus new fangled 'gay rights' and the sanctity of natural marriage versus so-called 'gay marriage' something occurred to me. Either homosexual behavior is sexual immorality or there is simply no such thing as sexual immorality---period."

Barber's article gives clarity and insight to what is really driving the issue of gay marriage.

I strongly recommend you read his article.

Sometimes people of faith are destroyed for lack of knowledge.

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Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Gay Marriage Hearings Tomorrow and Assisted Suicide Creating Indecision

First, gay marriage.

Public hearings are scheduled tomorrow for both the Senate and the House. Faith and Freedom will be represented and speaking against gay marriage and in favor of traditional marriage.

I strongly recommend that you attend these public hearings if at all possible. You are not required to speak, but your presence will make a statement for traditional marriage.

House Bill 1727---Hearing scheduled for 10:00 AM in the House Committee on Judiciary--House Hearing Room A--John L. O'Brien Building.

Senate Bill 5688--Hearing scheduled for 3:30 PM in the Senate Committee on Government Operations & Elections--Senate Hearing Room 2--J.A. Cherberg Building.

Assisted Suicide Is Creating Indecision.

In about a month the "Death With Dignity Act" aka, assisted suicide, will take effect.

Hospitals and other health organizations across the state are deciding whether they should participate in assisted suicide or not.

Many are undecided.

I will tell you who is in, who is out and who is undecided at this point, however it is a comment made by Doctor Hope Wechkin, medical director of Kirkland-based Evergreen Hospice Services, that caught my attention.

The University of Washington Medicine health system and Group Health Cooperative are in.

U.W. Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center are also in, but are making it clear that individual physicians may opt out.

Swedish Medical Center and Virginia Mason Medical Center are still undecided as well as many hospice centers across the state.

Catholic health care organizations said up front, they will not participate.

It is the comment of Dr. Wechkin that caught my attention. The Dr. told Janet Tu, at the Seattle Times, "No physicians have been trained in how to evaluate for requests like this and prescribe live ending doses of medication."

Wechkin also said, "This isn't something we have classes on in medical school."

Indeed.

The Hippocratic Oath dates back to Hippocrates (460-377 BC) and is a statement of commitment to life--not death.

While I understand the Oath was made in the name of a list of Greek gods and has been modified over the years, my point is that it's focus was life---not death.

We are yet to fully see or experience the impact of consequences, some unintended, by the march to redefine and re-engineer our culture.

Ironically, the original last line of the Oath says, "If I keep this oath faithfully, may I enjoy my life and practice my art, respected by all men and in all times; but if I swerve from it or violate it, may the reverse be my lot."

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Tuesday, February 03, 2009

God Bless You, Joel Connelly

Joel Connelly, columnist for the Seattle PI, is most often on the other side of social issues. I might add, he is most often on the wrong side of those issues, in my opinion.

But, sometimes miracles happen.

In his own words Mr. Connelly admits, "A contrarian idea took hold of my mind. Show for once, that a Seattle newspaper scribe can write a column sympathetic to the pro-life view-point."

Connelly, in his column, "Liberals Need Own 'Plan B' On Pharmacies" says, "The state's liberal, peace and feminist activists have a lengthy record of standing with those who take stands on conscience."

He points out the inconsistencies in the case concerning the Storemans family and their refusal to stock or sell the abortion pill "plan B" in their pharmacies and the subsequent lawsuit over their conscientious objection. Although the legal costs in this matter has had a devastating financial impact on their business, they have merely refused to sell the pill, offering to refer customers to pharmacies that do.

Connelly says, "Liberals should recognize and defend individual acts of conscientious objection, even by those of different political faiths."

I recommend you read his column.

God bless you, Joel Connelly. At least this time.

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Monday, February 02, 2009

President Obama's "Pathetic Message" to Muslim World

Undoubtedly you have heard about the pro-life commercial that NBC refused to air during the Super Bowl yesterday. I think it is one of the best pro-life ads I have seen. Take 30 seconds and watch it. Thanks to Catholicvote.org.
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President Obama's "Pathetic Message" to Muslim World

Amir Taheri, an Iranian-born columnist, author and expert on the middle east, told the New York Post that President Obama's message to the Muslim world last week was "pathetic" and dangerous.

Here's why.

He said the President referred to "an illusionary past" in the Muslim world that was in fact plagued by turmoil. And that Obama told his Arab world viewers that he wanted to return to, "The same respect and partnership that America had with the Muslim world as recently as 20 or 30 years ago."

Taheri was shocked by Obama's words. He says Obama got his facts wrong and defiantly sent the wrong message.

Newsmax and other news sources have reported that Taheri reminds his readers, "That 30 years ago, American diplomats were being held hostage in Iran, Soviet troops were seeking to annex Afghanistan, Saddam Hussein was preparing to invade Iran, Saudi Arabia was under siege by Muslim militants, and Syrian troops were preparing to invade Lebanon."

Iranian-born Taheri, whose books include, “Holy Terror: Inside the World of Islamic Terrorism,” wrote in the Post that “other features of this ‘golden age’” were “the seizure of power by mullahs in Tehran, the assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, the coming to power of communists in the Horn of Africa, the military coup in Turkey, the first Islamist terror attacks in Algeria, unprecedented waves of repression in Egypt and Saudi Arabia, and the imposition of military rule in Pakistan.”

You may remember that twenty years ago the U.S. was arming the mujahedin in Afghanistan, Iraq was gassing thousands of Kurds and preparing to invade Kuwait, Iranian mullahs were arming Hezbollah units in Lebanon, Turkey was launching all-out attacks on Kurdish secessionists, and the Libyan terror network was killing American soldiers in Europe and blowing up U.S. jets.

Obama offered only "trite" remarks regarding the Israeli-Palestinian issue and gave no recognition to the few in Saudi Arabia and Egypt who are trying to reform.

Taheri seemed most concerned with how Obama tried to cast himself. He says, "Obama sought to portray himself as a “bridge” between the U.S. and the Muslim world. Casting himself in the role of a ‘bridge’ and dreaming of a return to an illusionary past, Obama appeared unsure of his own identity and confused about the role that America should play in global politics.”

Following the interview, Iran is already demanding a specific apology from the United States for our transgressions.

This, I believe will become more and more troublesome to more and more Americans as we move forward. I believe we will continue to see that President Obama's view of who America is and what her role should be in the world is an America we have not known and may undermine our homeland security.

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