Saturday, September 22, 2007

Issues that caught my eye


1) Murtha can't handle the truth!!! The above video is a MUST SEE!! Kudos to Jason Mattera of Young America's Foundation for having the guts to stand up to Murtha!! As some of you know Robin has done a great job of detailing the Haditha Marine injustice from the very beginning. It is despicable what Murtha said about these Marines before knowing the facts. What he has done to them is so dishonorable that he needed to resign, yesterday!!

2) What is wrong with Dr. James Dobson?? As most of you know I consider Dobson to be one of my "political mentors". He was very influential in my desire to get involved in politics and to homeschool my kids. Yet, his gaffes during the early stages of the 2008 campaign are baffling me. He has already come out and said that he won't support McCain or Guiliani under any circumstances. Now he is coming out saying that he's not going to support Fred Thompson. Who exactly does that leave????? Realistically, it looks like the top 3 are going to be Thompson, Giuliani and Romney so is he going to throw his support to the Mormon????? It just doesn't make any sense to me and I think he has just made his influence irrelevant to many of us, at least for this presidential campaign.

3) Why Pro-lifers Like Giuliani. I found this article at Chip's blog and found it very convincing and very like how I view Rudy. Here are some great excerpts from the article:
Giuliani's ambivalence about the end of Roe v. Wade is consistent with his belief that judges should not seek to achieve political ends. This is a judicial philosophy that pro-lifers should applaud, not condemn. It is, after all, the position consistently articulated by the pro-life movement's favorite Supreme Court justices: John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas.

Although Giuliani's personal beliefs about abortion may resemble Kerry's, the policies he calls for look a lot more like Bush's.

To cite only one example, Kerry pledged to restore Medicaid financing of abortions, but Giuliani pledges his support for the Hyde Amendment, which bans such financing. Pro-lifers care about many important policy questions related to abortion, and Giuliani consistently stands with us.

Still, some of my friends worry that Giuliani's support for abortion rights will not always be restrained by his broader governing philosophy. They worry, for example, that he would devote federal money to research on embryos.

Social conservatives have reason to trust Giuliani's instincts, however. In 1999 the Brooklyn Museum of Art exhibited a painting of the Virgin Mary dotted with elephant dung and surrounded by pictures from pornographic magazines. As mayor, Giuliani cut the museum's city subsidies. He waged a similar, more successful struggle to move peep shows out of the heart of Manhattan.

By all accounts Giuliani is not a devout Catholic. His argument over the Virgin Mary painting was not, "You're insulting me," but rather, "If you're going to use taxpayers' dollars, you have to be sensitive to the feelings of the public."

Giuliani fought these battles because of his commitment to democracy, not because of his socially conservative convictions. Government should not use public money and public space to insult the values of the people, including the values of social conservatives.

Giuliani makes the same arguments that we pro-lifers make, but he can be more persuasive because he will not be perceived as trying to advance his own religious preferences. By taking the side of pro-lifers for democratic, but not devout, motives, a President Giuliani could shake up the nearly 35-year-old debate over Roe v. Wade. A pro-life evangelical president like Mike Huckabee would preserve the status quo for the abortion debate. Giuliani, on the other hand, just might win it.


4) John Stossel's Interview with Michael Moore about his propaganda film "Sicko" aired last Friday on 20/20. John Stossel rocks on almost every issue he tackles. Newsbusters gives the details on Stossel demolishing Moore. Watch the above video of Stossel's appearance on O'Reilly's show talking about it.

And speaking of government run health-care, check out Dick Morris's column on Hillary-Care, "The Dark Side of Hillary Clinton's Health Care Plan".

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