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Ted Cruz – Climbing the Mountain

We knew it was only a matter of time until they climbed that mountain!

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2016 Senatorial Elections Are Crucial to Democrats, Liberals, & Progressives

 

All eyes and media focus are currently on the 2016, presidential election. election-2016-buttonPrecious little attention is being given to the crucial senate races that will be waged in the next national election. This is an egregious error considering the current right-wing stranglehold on our government.

Once it became evident to the right that Barack Obama would be a two-term president, the financial guru’s who really run this country began to back congressional and state candidates, and to pave the way for the 2016 elections. Now that they have a majority, they clearly intend to buy the White House. That is why it is imperative that liberals and progressives begin today grooming and promoting viable Senate and House candidates who represent their interests. We do not have the luxury of waiting. Now it begins…

KELLY ANN AYOTE – Republican Senator from New Hampshire

Kelly AyotteAyotte is a first-term Senator whose seat will be up in 2016, for reelection. She is the former State Attorney General. Her name came up as a possible running mate for Mitt Romney in 2012, and the next year Newsmax magazine listed her as number 11 among the 25 most influential women in the Republican Party. They called her “an emerging force in Congress. 1

In a tight race during the 2010, elections, Ayotte drew the endorsements of such party notables as John McCain, Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, Haley Barbour, Tom Coburn, and Rick Santorum.

In 2012, a scathing article appeared in Addicting Info which claimed:

“As Junior Senator, Ayotte voted against the United States Postal Amendments meant to save the Post Office, and against repealing tax deductions for oil companies. She voted for the Keystone XL Project, to extend the Bush tax cuts, and to reduce the corporate tax rate. She voted to remove all regulations regarding electronic debit card transactions and against emergency disaster relief appropriations, Ayotte is pro-fracking, pro-CISPA, and has an A rating from the NRA for her position on gun control. She is married to Lt. Joe Daley, a reservist fighter pilot, who flew combat missions in Iraq, and the mother of two children. Ms. Ayotte is on the front lines of the battle to treat captured terrorist suspects as prisoners of war rather than criminals. “We don’t want to tell a terrorist you have the right to remain silent, she says, “that’s the issue here.” Sarah Palin calls Kelly Ayotte, “a Granite State Mama grizzly who has broken barriers.”2

Upon careful review, I found those claims to be quite accurate. Ayotte is also pro-life and receives a consistent 100% rating from the National Right To Life Committee.

Her biggest donations came from Elliott Management Corporation which the management affiliate of hedge funds Elliott Associates, L.P. which is run by C.E.O., Paul Singer. In 2014, it was estimated that Singer had a net worth of $1.9 billion.

Interestingly, Singer, whose son is currently in a same-sex marriage, has donated millions of dollars to various organizations supporting LGBT rights, yet Kelly Ayotte is vehemently against gay marriage and gay adoptions.

Senator Kelly Ayotte is the goddess of right-wing conservatives. With close ties to Goldman Sachs, the Koch Brothers and much of corporate America it might be very hard to unseat her. However, if the left chooses to get its act together, it might not be impossible.

ROY DEAN BLUNT – Republican Senator from Missouri

roy bluntBlunt is a former member of the United States House of Representatives (1997-2011) who won a Senate seat in 2010. Back in 2006, at the height of the scandal involving Jack Abramoff, Blunt’s name was thrown into the mix and his involvement with both Abramoff and Tom Delay came into question.3

He has been endorsed in the past by Missouri National Right to Life, the Susan B. Anthony List, Michele Bachmann, Red State, and the National Rifle Association. His political action committee the Rely on Your Beliefs Fund has met with it’s own scandal when Blunt accepted more than $1.1 million from corporations donated by the same companies that were implicated in the indictment of his friend and colleague Tom DeLay.

Blunt is a staunch pro-life, Southern Baptist. In 2012, he proposed the “Blunt Amendment” that was piggy-backed onto a highway appropriations bill. The amendment would have blocked part of the Affordable Care Act that requires all insurance plans to cover the birth control pill. The proposed amendment would have allowed not only religious organizations, but any employer with a “moral objection” to opt out of birth control coverage. The amendment was ultimately defeated.4

Earning a 92% rating from the Christian Coalition, Blunt has voted against same-sex marriage and gay adoptions. He has voted in favor of defining marriage as between one man and one woman.

Additionally, he takes strong stands against the Separation of Church and State and Affirmative Action while advocating for the privatization of Social Security, faith-based initiatives, and an absolute right to gun ownership.

While in past elections he has won easily, there is an undercurrent of dissatisfaction that has been growing within the party regarding Blunt. Many Tea Party members and ultra-right-wingers are questioning his efficacy. That dissention could prove to be a real factor in unseating him. However, it could also mean that he could be replaced with someone even more radically conservative. It should signal Missouri Democrats and Progressives that this is a Republican seat that could be won by the right liberal. The time to start is yesterday.

JOHN NICHOLS BOOZMAN – Republican Senator from Arkansas

John BoozmanBoozman is an Optometrist and former United States Representative (2002-2010). In 2010, Boozman was the first Republican to be elected to the Senate since Reconstruction. So, how is that working out for them?

Being a true Southern Baptist, and a true hard-core conservative, John Boozman takes a very strong stand against abortion, women’s rights, LGBT issues, the separation of church and state, and immigration. He is a staunch gun-rights advocate and favors expanding the military.

His previous endorsements came from the Susan B. Anthony List, the National Rifle Association, Wal-Mart Stores, and Elliott Management. Earlier this year, Boozman was one of the 47 Republican senators to sign the controversial letter to Iranian leaders in an attempt to hinder negotiations with that country.

Last year, Boozman suffered a heart attack and underwent heart surgery, however, it doesn’t appear that he is slowing down, nor has there been any indication that he plans to retire. In August of last year the Arkansas Times published the following statement:

John Boozman meanwhile is one of the lowest profile Senators in the country. A plurality of voters in the state- 38%- have no opinion about him one way or the other. 34% approve of him to 28% who disapprove. Boozman’s big victory in 2010 was really a reflection on voters disliking Blanche Lincoln more than anything else, and it doesn’t appear that Boozman has made much of an impression in his own right.”5

The fact that Governor Beebe could beat Boozman in a “what if” scenario, however, is not indicative of anything on the horizon. The fact that there were 38% of those polled who had no opinion about him, could however, indicate that Arkansas voters are becoming more apathetic, or that they just don’t know what he is all about. At any rate, his seat will be up for grabs. It Democrats and Liberals put their skills to work, they really could pull this off.

RICHARD MAZUE BURR – Republican Senator from North Carolina

Richard BurrA former sales manager for Carswell Distributors, Burr has been in the United States Senate since 2005. Prior to that, he served 10 years in the House of Representatives.

Another hard-core conservative, Burr stands opposed to abortion, women’s rights and LGBT rights. While he opposes same-sex marriage on a personal level, he says that the decision should be up to individual states. He does not support the separation of church and state and believes in public school prayer as well as faith-based initiatives. He is a Second Amendment Advocate and wants to privatize social security.

Last year, as the ranking member on the Senate Committee of Veterans Affairs, Burr penned an angry letter to American veteran organizations for their failure to condemn the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Erick Shinseki, for his part in the VA scandal, claiming that the leaders of these groups did not care about the health and well-being of their members.6

Burr was also one of the 47 Republicans who signed the controversial, and some say, treasonous, letter to Iranian officials.

In January of this year, Burr took over as the Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Just prior to his becoming Chairman, then Chairwoman, Diane Feinstein had released the executive summary of the CIA’s torture program. The full report was sent to the President. As one of Burr’s first acts, he sent a letter to Obama asking him to return all copies of the report signaling his dedication to maintaining secrecy and curtailing transparency.7

Although there have been rumors that Burr was planning on retiring, he recently quashed our hopes by announcing that he intended to run again in 2016. As far as the polls are concerned, there is almost a dead even split among those counted with a 36% approval rate, 37% who disapprove. Given the controversy surrounding Burr’s recent maneuverings, one can only hope that this long-time politician will be relegated to the farm. But, Democrats had better have someone really strong waiting in the wings.

DANIEL RAY “DAN” COATS – Republican Senator from Indiana (Retiring)

Dan CoatsSo, in Indiana we have a hard-core Republican retiring from the United States Senate. But…don’t get too excited. There are a few others hoping to fill that seat, not the least of which is Coats’ congressional staffer, Eric Holcomb who has already announced.

While this race promises to spawn a lot of candidates, it is important to note that Eric Holcomb is very well known in Indiana as the former chairman of the state Republican Party, and where Mitt Romney carried the day by 10 points in the 2012 elections. He will have the same support and funding that propelled former Governor Mitch Daniels through two elections.

It is pretty safe to assume that Holcomb embraces the same right-wing values as Senator Dan Coats, and will continue down much the same path. There are several other Republicans who are considering, but who also might be apprehensive about challenging such a powerful figure. While no democrats have announced yet, Evan Bayh, former Governor and Senator, is mentioned quite frequently as a potential candidate. This will be a tough race, but Democrats need to get their ducks in a row quickly.

MICHAEL DEAN “MIKE” CRAPO – Republican Senator from Idaho

Mike CrapoCrapo is an attorney and former United States Representative (1993-1999). He has been in United States Senate since 1999.

Crapo is a Mormon, a bishop in the Church of Latter Day Saints, and although he previously publicly stated that he didn’t drink alcohol, he was arrested in 2012, and plead guilty to a DUI.8

In 2011, it was reported that Crapo was one of the members of the “Gang of Six,” a bi-partisan group charged with coming up with solutions to reduce the American deficit.9

He is a strong advocate for firearms ownership and voted against any expansion of background checks, so of course, the National Rifle Association has supported Crapo as well as the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), and the United States Chamber of Commerce.

Crapo is a very hard-core conservative and conducts himself as such, standing firm against women’s and LGBT rights, he is supportive of a school-prayer amendment, faith-based initiatives, and the privatization of Social Security. He is also against raising taxes on the wealthy and providing a pathway to citizenship for undocumented individuals.

The only declared candidate in opposition to Crapo at this time is Independent Timothy A. Raty. Crapo’s DUI charge could have hurt him with the voters, but he has a pretty good stronghold on that seat, and some very deep pockets supporting him. However, a Democratic run at this seat should be launched immediately. It’s time to send the right a very big message.

CHARLES ERNEST “CHUCK” GRASSLEY – Republican Senator from Iowa

Chuck GrassleyThis 81 year-old politician is a former United States Representative (1975-1981). He previously served in the Iowa State Legislature (1959-1974). He has been in the United States Senate since 1981. Obviously, he has been very popular in that state.

In the past, a good portion of his funding has come from the oil producing industry, and insurance companies. Contributions from Monsanto have also been noted. He has been endorsed by Americans for Legal Immigration, Campaign for Working Families, Huck PAC, Iowa National Federation of Independent Business, National Federation of Independent Business, National Rifle Association, and National Right to Life Committee. All of these reflect this hard-core conservative’s views.

Chuck Grassley has been representing Iowa in his Senate seat for 34 years, and in D.C. for 40 years. It is inconceivable to me that he would want to shoot for another six, or that the voters would even consider him to still be a viable option. It is equally incomprehensible that the Democratic Party cannot field a candidate who could beat him in 2016. Come on, people! Get it together, and make this right!

JOHN HENRY HOEVEN – Republican Senator from North Dakota

John HoevenHoeven is a former banker and governor of North Dakota. He was elected to the United States Senate in 2010.

Hoeven is somewhat of an enigma in a couple of ways. In 2010, as he was paving the way for his Senate bid, it was reported that in 1996, he had been a Democrat:

“I have always been moderate in my political views, but now that I am considering elective office, I realize I must join a political party and stick to it,” Hoeven wrote in 1996. “I have decided to join the Democratic-NPL Party because I believe that is the best fit for my views.” Also in his 1996 letter, Hoeven strongly rejected the suggestion that he could be a Republican: “What people don’t want is partisan politics as usual. The effort by overly partisan members of the Republican Party to cast me as one of their own is just that, partisan politics as usual.”10

According to his campaign manager, Don Larson, at the time he was going to run for Governor, he realized that his views were more in line with the Republican Party than with the Democratic Party.

While Hoeven is pro-life except in certain situations, and anti-LGBT rights, favoring and Amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman, he strongly believes in Affirmative Action. He is against school vouchers and proposes an increase in pay for teachers, he doesn’t take a firm stand on the separation of church and state, or prayer in public schools. He does, however, favor faith-based initiatives.

Hoeven is a strong proponent of Second Amendment rights, and doesn’t favor a pathway to citizenship for undocumented individuals.

In his last bid for senate he was endorsed by Business-Industry Political Action Committee, Huck PAC, National Education Association, National Federation of Independent Business, National Rifle Association, and National Right to Life Committee.

While Hoeven seems more moderate than many of the Senators on some issues, it is imperative to remember that he is supported and funded by several unsavory and extremely right-wing people and groups. Unfortunately, given the fact that Hoeven won his seat by a 3 to 1 margin in 2010, and the total lack of apparent candidates from the Democratic Party, I think this one would be very hard, if not impossible to pull off.

JOHN HARDY “JOHNNY” ISAKSON – Republican Senator from Georgia

Johnny IsaksonIsakson is a former president of a large real estate company, and a former United States Representative (1999-2005). He became a United States Senator in 2005.

Interestingly enough – and to demonstrate just how far right the Republican Party has gone – many within the rank and file have designated Isakson as a Republican in Name Only, a RINO. Yet, he consistently receives 100% ratings as well as endorsements from the National Right to Life Committee, Campaign for Working Families, National Federation of Independent Business, United States Chamber of Commerce, Faith and Freedom Coalition, Concerned Women for America, Eagle Forum, Americans for Prosperity. American Conservative Union, Americans for Prosperity, Gun Owners of America, National Rifle Association, Numbers USA, American Family Association, Christian Coalition of America, Family Research Council, and ACT! For America – just to name a few.

Isakson has been backed, endorsed, sponsored, and funded by almost every major right-wing outfit in existence. Johnny Isakson is a hard-nosed, hard-core, right wing conservative who is owned by his handlers and makes all the right moves.

It is highly unlikely that Isakson will be unseated. I say this, not because he is wildly popular, but because he is a Republican in the State of Georgia, and, unfortunately, if the Democratic Party continues to insist that only moderate, middle of the road, Democrats stand a chance, the voters will be presented with little to no choice but to dance with the guy they went with. Pathetic truth.

RONALD HAROLD “RON” JOHNSON – Republican Senator from Wisconsin

Ron JohnsonJohnson is the former CEO of a polyester and plastics manufacturing company. In 2010 he beat out then Senator, Russ Feingold, for the Senate seat. He claims that he “sprung out of the Tea Party.”

Johnson is a Club for Growth tool. Because he had no political history and no voting record, he has been referred to as a “Blank Slate.” In truth, Johnson portrayed himself as a “moderate” during his campaign, and the voters bought it.

In 2011, a controversy arose over what was termed a “deferred compensation agreement” with his former employer. That “agreement” garnered Johnson $10 million – $9 million of that was spent on his campaign. He came under intense scrutiny over whether or not campaign finance rules had been broken. He refused to stipulate the terms of the agreement.

And, more controversy erupted a little over a month ago when it was reported that Johnson’s office sat on complaints about a VA medical center over-prescribing medications.11

Johnson takes the same right-wing, ultra conservative stands as his other Republican cohorts and rubs elbows with all the same money people. Wisconsin is home to a lot of Democrats who, right now, are very dissatisfied with the representation that he is providing. The Washington Post has called Johnson the “most vulnerable candidate on the map.”12

I agree that he is vulnerable. It is widely speculated that Russ Feingold might very well consider running against Johnson again. Whatever happens, this is a Senate seat that the Democrats need to take back.

MARK STEVEN KIRK – Republican Senator from Illinois

Mark KirkKirk is an attorney and former United States Representative (2001-2010). From 1995-1999, he served as counsel to the House International Relations Committee. He was elected to the United States Senate in 2010.

Mark Kirk is among the more moderate Republicans in the senate at this time. He favors a woman’s right to choose, Affirmative Action, and same-sex marriage. He has a very low rating from the National Rifle Association and Gun Owners of America, and favors providing a pathway to citizenship for undocumented individuals.

On the flip-side, he opposes Obamacare and favors the privatizing of Social Security. He also favors prayer in public schools as well as faith-based initiatives.

During his political career he has been endorsed by Business-Industry Political Action Committee, Citizens United Political Fund, Combat Veterans for Congress, ConservAmerica, Illinois National Federation of Independent Business, National Defense PAC, National Federation of Independent Business, National Education Association, Ocean Champions, Republican Main Street Partnership, and the Humane Society Legislative Fund.

In spite of his moderate stands, it should be remembered that Illinois is, generally speaking, more Democrat than Republican. Additionally, he has created his own downfall in many ways. Kirk is a decorated Navy reservist, but back in 2010, Kirk was giving a speech to a gathering of experts on U.S. Chinese relations when he stated, “In my role in the military, I command the war room in the Pentagon.” Completely untrue.13 Also, it was determined that another statement of braggadocio made by Kirk was equally as erroneous. Since 2002, Kirk has been telling audiences that he was the recipient of am “Intelligence Officer of the Year” award. What Kirk had received was actually the Vice Admiral Rufus L. Taylor Award.14

With the unfortunate claims made by Kirk, came the revelation that during a speech he delivered on the floor of the United States House of Representatives in 2003, he claimed, ““The last time I was in Iraq I was in uniform, flying at 20,000 feet, and the Iraqi Air Defense network was shooting at us”. Well, of course that didn’t happen. He would later retract that statement in the Chicago Sun-Times by saying, “I simply misremembered [sic] it wrong.” The fact is, the Pentagon has no record of Kirk’s transport ever being fired upon.

This kind of dishonesty is indicative of Kirk’s character and may very well not be lost on the voters of Illinois. Additionally, Kirk has recently come under fired for comments that can only be construed as racist.

In 2012, Mark Kirk had a stroke. His full recovery was in question for quite a little period of time.

This is definitely a senate seat just waiting for a Democrat to occupy. Democratic Representative Tammy Duckworth has already thrown her hat in the ring. It’s time for liberals to step up in Illinois.

JAMES PAUL LANKFORD – Senator from Oklahoma

James LankfordLankford is a Baptist youth worker and former United States Representative (2011-2015). He won the senate seat last year during a special election after the resignation of Tom Coburn. Lankford qualifies as a ReBiblican, for certain.

Lankford tows the political line of the extremist right, and stands squarely in the realm of theoretical rule, claiming that his “Biblical Worldview” will guide him in his decision making.17

In 2012, Lankford opposed protection of gay employees against discrimination. He argued that homosexuality is a choice that could be changed. When he became highly criticized for that comment, he claimed that he was being singled out because he was a Christian. Lankford has continued to attempt to block any and all legislation protecting LGBT rights, citing the Bible as his reason.18

Lankford recieves superior ratings from all of the usual conservative sources. His funding an support generally comes from American Council of Engineering Companies Oklahoma, Business-Industry Political Action Committee, Family Research Council, House Conservatives Fund, National Rifle Association, Oklahoma Second Amendment Association, National Right to Life, Campaign for Working Families, Eagle Forum, and the Christian Coalition of America.

There is little doubt that Lankford will be re-elected to the Senate. After all, we are talking about Oklahoma, perhaps the reddest state in the nation. It is also unlikely that the Democrats will be able to field a candidate who would provide the voters with much of fa choice. The Oklahoma Democratic party has become nothing more than weak and anemic, hence it’s doubtful that the Sooners will have any relief from the choke-hold that evangelicals and extremists have on them.

 

MICHAEL SHUMWAY “MIKE” LEE – Republican Senator from Utah

Mike LeeLee is an attorney who was elected to the United States Senate in 2010. Prior to that, he served as a law clerk for now Supreme Court Justice, Samuel Alito. In 2005, he began serving as the general counsel for then Utah Governor John Huntsman. He is the son of Rex E. Lee, Reagan administration Solicitor General.

Suffice it to say, Lee is every bit as right-wing as his senatorial colleagues. After all, he is a Tea Party darling who aligned himself with Ted Cruz during the government shut-down. For many in the GOP, Lee is even too far to the right. Even John Huntsman, a hard-core conservative has indicated that he is considering supporting someone less radical.19 In spite of that, he still has a large support base and a lot of money at his disposal.

Lee is endorsed and funded by Club for Growth, Senate Conservatives Fund, Republican Senatorial Committee, Americans for Legal Immigration, Freedom Works, LibertySlate, National Rifle Association, National Right to Life Committee, One Nation PAC, Republican Liberty Caucus, Tea Party Express, and Utah National Federation of Independent Business.

In a speech he gave last week, Lee characterized the three of the GOP candidates, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, and Ted Cruz as three of his closest allies.20

The State of Utah is probably too Republican for Democrats to expect to mount a real political challenge to Mike Lee. More than likely, the best we can hope for is that he will have opposition in the form of a primary by a candidate less extreme and with less ties to the radical groups engineering the outcomes of our elections.

JOHN SIDNEY MCCAIN, III – Republican Senator from Arizona

John McCainMcCain is a former Navy captain, Viet Nam Prisoner of War, United States Representative (1982-1986), and current United States Senator. Earlier this month, he announced that he would run again for this seat. McCain is currently 78 year-old, and has been a Senator for 29 years. In 2008, he ran for President, with Sarah Palin as his running mate.

McCain has been described as a “libertarian leaning conservative. He is an advocate of overturning Roe v. Wade and only providing abortions under certain circumstances. Yet he believes in Affirmative Action and is comfortable with same-sex marriage. He receives an 83% rating from the Christian Coalition, and favors prayer in schools along with vouchers and faith-based initiatives. He is an opponent of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Mc Cain also favors the privatization of Social Security and an absolute right to gun ownership. He is vehemently against raising taxes on the wealthy, and for expansion of the United States military.

In past elections he has been endorsed and supported by Campaign for Working Families, National Right to Life Committee, Arizona Right to Life Committee, Arizona National Federation of Independent Business, Combat Veterans for Congress, National Federation of Independent Business, and the National Rifle Association, among others.

McCain will be challenged in a primary. While all of the players have yet to be revealed, a couple have emerged so far – Alex Melusky, and current Arizona State Senator, Dr. Kelli Ward. Both are hard-core conservatives. No Democrat has announced as of yet. It is important to remember that a Senate seat hasn’t been won in Arizona since 1988. Given the current mind-set of the Democratic Party, and it’s failure to endorse and support candidates in tough races, this could be a deciding factor. It is also important to note that McCain already has $3.5 million in his war chest.

There are a few names being bandied about in Democratic quarters, but none have taken the bait at this juncture.

JERRY MORAN – Republican Senator from Kansas

Jerry MoranMoran is an attorney and former Kansas State Senator, as well as former United States Representative (1997-2011). After his senatorial win, he served as Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee which, in 2014, produced the first Republican Senate majority since 2006.

In 2014, Moran lost some favor with the GOP when he teamed up with Ted Cruz and other Tea Partiers to try and defeat the omnibus spending bill.21

Additionally, Moran was one of the 47 Republicans who signed and sent the controversial letter to Iranian leaders. He would later explain this action thusly:

“The letter makes clear that any long-standing agreement must be reviewed by the Legislative Branch, and input from the Senate should be seriously considered by the Administration before any agreement with Iran is reached.”22

Moran’s previous endorsements and support has come from, National Right to Life Committee, Kansas National Federation of Independent Business, Kansas Farm Bureau, National Rifle Association, Campaign for Working Families, National Federation of Independent Business, Republican Liberty Caucus, American Security Council Foundation, and Partnership for America.

Given the fact that the last Democrat to be elected to the United States Senate by the voters in the State of Kansas was George McGill in 1932, it’s unlikely that it will happen in 2016. Given that incredible statistic, it is also unlikely that the Democratic Party will put much emphasis on fielding or supporting a challenger.

LISA ANN MURKOWSKI – Republican Senator for Alaska

Lisa MurkowskiMurkowski is an attorney who was first appointed to her senate seat in 2002, by her father, Frank Murkowski, then Governor of Alaska. In 2010, Murkowski lost in a primary. She then entered the race as a write-in candidate winning that election.

Murkowski is somewhat of an anomaly among senate Republicans. She is pro-choice, and a member of the Republican Majority For Choice. However, she voted against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. She was one of only five Republican senators who voted for the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, and she voted for the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Yet, in 2004, she voted in favor of a federal constitutional amendment that would have defined marriage as between one man and one woman. In 2013, however she announced that her opinions were ‘evolving,’ and that she would now support same-sex marriage.

In true Republican fashion, however, she is no friend of the environment, supporting oil and gas drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. She also receives high marks from the Christian Coalition for her stand against the separation of church and state.

Also true to form, Murkowski is against raising taxes on the wealthy, favors the privatization of social security, stands firmly behind Second Amendment rights, and is against a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

Murkowski is quite popular in Alaska, and you can bet that after her primary loss in 2010, she has been busy building that popularity and getting ready for 2016. We can only wonder if her old nemesis, Tea Party favorite, Joe Miller, will decide to give it another go. The Democrats do have one hope – Mark Begich, former United States Senator as well as former Mayor of Anchorage.

Rand PaulRANDAL HOWARD “RAND” PAUL – Republican Senator from Kentucky

Paul is an ophthalmologist and son of former United States Representative, Ron Paul. He was elected to the United States Senate in 2010, and is currently running for President of the United States.

Rand Paul is a Tea Party darling who considers himself a “constitutional conservative. He believes that life begins at conception and is against abortion in all circumstances unless the mother’s life is in danger. He has called same-sex marriage a “moral crisis” and says that it “offends myself and a lot of people.”23

In February, Paul took a stand against states requiring children to be vaccinated. He believes that parents have the right to decide that without government mandates.

“I’m not arguing vaccines are a bad idea. I think they are a good thing. But I think the parent should have some input. The state doesn’t own your children. Parents own the children, and it is an issue of freedom.”24

Paul claims that women won the “war on women,” and are “no longer downtrodden,” and that it is illegal to impose racial segregation on the private sector. He stands in opposition to the separation of church and state, and favors faith-based intitiatives.

Rand Paul opposes all restrictions placed on gun ownership and assault rifles. In short, he is the consummate right-wing extremist.

Should Paul get the Republican nomination for President, his senate seat will become vacant. Should he not succeed in his presidency bid, he will be up for reelection. Either way, this a good opportunity to rid our government of a very unstable and unsavory individual. In many ways, his nomination by the Republican Party would be the optimal situation. There is little chance that he could win against a strong Democratic candidate. A senate race, however, that is solely dependent upon the Kentucky voters is a whole other story.

Rob PortmanROB PORTMAN – Republican Senator from Ohio

Portman is an attorney and former United States Representative (1993-2005). He was elected to the United States Senate in 2010.

Portman is a typical right-wing Republican in many aspects. However, his stand on same-sex marriage rapidly changed when his son announced to both Rob and his mother that he was gay. Portman did a complete about face.

While Portman is pro-life, and takes the same stands as most of the GOP on other issues, his flip-flop on same-sex marriage has put him at odds with the fundamentalist Christians and various “family-oriented” organizations. But, someone loves him.

At the close of the first quarter of this year, it was disclosed that Portman now has $8 million in his war chest. In February he published a list of about 500 Republican officials across the State of Ohio who have endorsed him.

This is a golden, and I do mean golden, opportunity for Democrats to wrest a senate seat from that clutches of the GOP. Former Governor Ted Strickland and City Councilman, P.G. Sittenfield are both expected to run against Portman. It would, undoubtedly, be in the best interest of the Democratic Party to encourage Sittenfield to bow out, as Strickland has garnered the support of Bill Clinton and promises to give Portman a run for his money. At any rate, the Democrats can win this election if they play their cards right.

MARCO ANTONIO RUBIO – Republican Senator from Florida

marco-rubioRubio is an attorney and former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives. He was elected to the United States Senate in 2010, beating out Governor Charlie Christ for the nomination. He is also currently a candidate for President of the United States. He will not seek reelection to the Senate.

Rubio is a hard-core conservative who is far right of center. In 2013, he claimed to believe in protecting life, but was quick to say “I’m not a chauvinist.” He wants to expand birth control exemption for faith-based organizations, and to require ultrasounds before abortions. He supports giving legal protection to unborn children. Consequently, he has a 100% rating and endorsement from both Campaign for American Families and the National Right to Life Association.

He supports an amendment to ban same-sex marriage, but until that time, would leave it up to the states. He supports prayer in public schools, vouchers and charter schools, an absolute right to gun ownership, and the privatization of Social Security.

Rubio initially claimed that his parents had fled Cuba to escape Castro’s regime. This was later proven false when it came to light that they had arrived in the United States years before that time. This embellishment of the facts didn’t sit very well with the large Cuban population residing in Florida.

For a few years, as he was growing up, his family attended the Church of Latter Day Saints. In fact, he was baptized in the Mormon Church. He would later revert back to Catholicism.

Rubio is well known for his distortion and embellishment of facts.25 How well Rubio will do as a Presidential candidate remains to be seen, of course. However, he can be certain that these words will come back to haunt him.

While many believe that he has a lock on the Hispanic vote, it must be noted that non-Cuban Hispanics often hold deep grudges against the preferential treatment that has been given to Cuban immigrants.

As to who will inherit his senate seat, there are a number of Democrats who will certainly vie for that position. We can only hope that the Democratic Party in Florida is strong enough, and wise enough to get out there early and back candidates who will have the best interests of, not only Floridians, but the country at heart.

TIMOTHY EUGENE “TIM” SCOTT – Republican Senator from South Carolina

TimScottScott is a realtor and financial advisor and former United States Representative (2011-2013). He was appointed to his senate seat by Governor Nikki Haley in 2013, upon the resignation of Jim DeMint. He is the first Republican African-American from South Carolina, and one of only two serving in the United States Senate. In 2014, he won a special election to fill out the term of DeMint.

Unfortunately, there is no other way to describe Scott than to call him and evangelical, hard-right, Republican who tows the party line, and brings his Biblical beliefs to the party.

When asked about poverty and welfare, Tim Scott said:

I started my small business, in a small apartment with some friends. I was a poor kid growing up in a single parent household. I was losing myself. I had lost my way. I flunked out of high school as a freshman. I failed World Geography, Civics. Now think about that; a United States Senator who failed Civics. I used to think I was the only one, and when I became a member of the Senate, I realized that there might be a few more who didn’t pass Civics either, and then I failed Spanish and English. Now, when you fail Spanish AND English, they don’t call you bi-lingual. Nope, they call you bi-ignorant, because you can’t speak any language, and that’s where I found myself.

“That why I give so much credit to [my mentor] John Monis, a Chick-Fil-A operator. He came along at the right time. John Monise taught me that you can think your way out of poverty. That Citadel graduate taught me that if you really want to escape poverty, it comes through the power of education.”26

He has been previously endorse by American Conservative Union, American Veterinary Medical Association, Eagle Forum, FreedomWorks, National Rifle Association, South Carolina National Federation of Independent Business, and Sportsmen’s and Animal Owners’ Voting Alliance.

As of yet, he has drawn no opposition from either party, and given South Carolina’s conservative nature, it is doubtful that a Democrat could be successful against the power and the money behind Scott. But, we can be hopeful – right?

RICHARD CRAIG SHELBY – Republican Senator from Alabama

Richard ShelbyShelby is a former attorney and former United States Representative (1979-1987). He has been a United States Senator since 1987. Initially, Shelby was a Democrat and part of a group of Conservative Democrats known as the Boll Weevils. During his second term in office, he switched to the Republican Party. That was, undoubtedly, the best fit for Shelby.

As another hard-core conservative he stands with the party, and the religious right, on all issues. His endorsements and support come from Americans for Legal Immigration, Campaign for Working Families, National Federation of Independent Business, National Rifle Association, National Right to Life Committee, and the Christian Coalition.

We are talking about Alabama here. The likelihood that much is going to change is almost non-existent. Shelby has a pretty good lock on that Senate seat, and thus far, it appears that he will face little to no challenge. One Democratic candidate has filed – Ron Crumpton. I can pretty much guarantee that he will receive zilch in the way of backing. He is not very well known, stands on pretty much one issue – the legalization of marijuana – has no money, and promises to fizzle very quickly.

 

JOHN RANDOLPH THUNE – Republican Senator from South Dakota

John ThuneThune is a former United States Representative (1997-2003) He was elected to the Senate in 2004. His name has consistently been raised for both a Vice Presidential and Presidential candidacy.

Thune is another hard-core conservative, evangelical who votes consistently along those lines. He has raised $800,000 in the first quarter, but that’s not all – that $800,000 brought the amount in his coffers to over $10 million.27

The Democrats have a history of not even trying in South Dakota. It appears that might very well be the case again. Shame on them. So far, Thune hasn’t gained any challengers – wonder what he is going to spend all that money on.

 

PATRICK JOSEPH “PAT” TOOMEY – Republican Senator from Pennsylvania

Pat ToomeyToomey is a businessman and former United States Representative (1999-2005). After that he served as the president of the Club for Growth. He was first elected to the United States Senate in 2010.

According to Politico: “…the Club for Growth is the pre-eminent institution promoting Republican adherence to a free-market, free-trade, anti-rregulation agenda.”28

Toomey is certainly a corporate tool, and a formidable fundraiser. He is endorses and supported by Business-Industry Political Action Committee, Campaign for Working Families, Catholic Families USA, Citizens United Political Victory Fund, Firearms Owners Against Crime, FreedomWorks, National Federation of Independent Business, National Rifle Association, National Right to Life Committee, One Nation PAC, Pennsylvania National Federation of Independent Business, Republican Liberty Caucus, Senate Conservatives Fund, and the Club for Growth.

This is going to be one of the most interesting campaigns of the 2016 elections. Toomey will meet Everett Stern, a Security Intelligence Consultant and whistleblower, in a primary. Ed Pawlowski, former Allentown Mayor and gubernatorial candidate, and Joe Sestak, former Congressman and retired Navy Admiral, both Democrats, have entered the race. Anything is possible, but there will be drama.

 

DAVID BRUCE VITTER – Republican Senator from Louisiana

David VitterVitter is a lawyer and former adjunct professor as well as a former United States Representative (1999-2005) He was elected to the United States Senate in 2005.

In 2007, Vitter found himself in all kinds of hot water when it was revealed that his phone number had shown up on the D.C. Madam’s list. Of course, he would later publicly take responsibility for his “sin” with his wife standing by his side.

His penchant for a little on the side doesn’t temper his politics, however, he is the epitome of conservatism believing he protecting family values with his stands against abortion and same-sex marriage. As part of his penance for his lascivious behaviors, a few months after the scandal Vitter would earmark $100,000 for a the Louisiana Family Forum. The group’s focus was on challenging the teaching of evolution in the public schools. Vitter would explain that it was his way to help promote better science education.29

Vitter has lots of money behind him because he does the bidding of those to whom he is beholden. But, here’s the deal…Bobby Jindal, Governor of Louisiana, has reached his term limit. Vitter has announced his candidacy for that position. In his announcement he made the following statement:

“After much prayer, thought, and discussion with Wendy and our children, I have decided to run for governor of Louisiana in 2015,” Vitter said in his video announcement. “Let me first assure you that this decision will in no way limit the critical work I’m doing today in the U.S. Senate—representing you and your family will continue to be my top priority, but I believe as our next governor I can have a bigger impact addressing the unique challenges and problems we face in Louisiana.”30

The Louisiana Gubernatorial election will take place on October 24, 2015, with four candidates seeking that seat. Should Vitter win, he would then appoint someone to fill out his term.

This one will be a very interesting race. Why would anyone in Louisiana vote for a Republican? Well, why would any woman or minority vote for a Republican? Your guess is as good as mine.

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  29. Eggler, Bruce. The Times-Picayune. September 22, 2007. Vitter earmarked federal money for creationist group. http://blog.nola.com/times-picayune/2007/09/vitter_earmarked_federal_money.html
  30. Izadi, Elahe. National Journal. January 21, 2014. Sen. David Vitter Makes His 2015 Run for Governor Official. http://www.nationaljournal.com/congress/sen-david-vitter-makes-his-2015-run-for-governor-official-20140121

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Generation Opportunity

Generation Opportunity first came on the scene in June of 2011. Touting itself as “a non-profit, non-partisan 501 c4 organization that seeks to engage everyone from young adults, early career professionals, college students, young mothers and fathers, construction workers, current service men and women, veterans, entrepreneurs and all Americans who find themselves dissatisfied with the status quo and willing to create a better tomorrow.”

They set up a Facebook page under the title “Being American,” and rapidly grew. After all, what red-blooded 20-30 something doesn’t like being American. Clearly, this was an effort at deception. Consequently, lots of people “liked” the page. After a few cleverly crafted manipulations, the Facebook page became “GenOpp,” with the following description:

“Generation Opportunity (GenOpp) is a free thinking, liberty loving organization of young people promoting opportunity, creativity and freedom.”

As of this writing, the group has had 2.6 million Facebook “likes.” Of course, they count these “likes” as supporters. However, after a cursory look through the comments, it becomes abundantly clear that is not the case.

The actual website associated with the organization is almost laughable in its attempt to appear youthful and “hip.” Their “Meet the Staff” page is an absolute riot. Resembling more of a Match.com type profile, each staffer answers questions like “What is your favorite beer? What famous person would you most like to have a beer with? What is your ideal date?”

http://generationopportunity.org

A few months ago, Generation Opportunity created quite a ruckus with their anti-Obamacare television advertising campaign. With over $5 million dollars in an account controlled by none other than the Koch brothers they were telling young people not to become insured, and that the fine would be cheaper. Never mind that those hired by the organization are provided with health-care. One particularly creepy ad brought bellows of protests. Check it out.

The former president of Generation Opportunity is Paul Conway who works with the Heritage Foundation an the Leadership Institute. He was replaced by the current president, Evan Feinberg.

Feinberg worked as an aid for both Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK). According to Feinberg’s biography:

“After college, Evan accepted a job at the Heritage Foundation, researching and writing extensively on federal education policy and social and cultural issues such as the importance of stable traditional families.  Evan’s main role at the Heritage Foundation was acting as a “one-stop-shop” for the school choice movement – managing a school choice website, coordinating events, and publishing research on the success of school choice policies.

“Evan then moved on to Capitol Hill to serve as Senator Tom Coburn’s (R-OK) Legislative Assistant for Health Policy.  During his three years working for Dr. Coburn, Evan helped lead the charge against Obamacare.  In this role, Evan promoted substantive alternatives to a government takeover of healthcare.

“After the 2010 change election, Evan was offered a position with Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) to serve as his top policy aide on healthcare, education, labor and entitlement reform. Senator Paul depended on Evan to implement his policy goals  in those four areas. While working in this capacity, Evan crafted several proposals to fundamentally reform our nation’s unsustainable entitlement programs.”

Matthew Faraci is the Senior Vice President for Communications. He is an anti-abortion activist who in 2010, was also named Senior Vice President for Communications and Marketing for Americans United for Life (AUL).

Generation Opportunity is nothing more than, as blogger Kevin Bondelli wrote, “a conservative Astroturf frontgroup.” It is yet another example of re-branding and re-packaging by the Religious Right and their fundamentalist cohorts, in an effort to recruit and to legitimize themselves in the eyes of a not-too-discerning public.

 

The Madison Project

The ultra-conservative Madison Project has taken an aggressive role in the decimation of the Republican Party of late. Declaring those Republicans who they believe to be lacking conservative values, such as Mitch McConnell, who they think is not conservative enough, “loser Candidates,” they seek to replace them with those who adhere to a more extreme political agenda. Their actions along with those of similar groups are sending shockwaves through the national capitol.

The Project claims to raise money for uber-conserative candidates through small “grassroots” donations which they then disburse as larger contributions. According to their website:

“Our values are Pro-Life, Pro-Family, Limited Government, Defenders of Religious Freedom. We only endorse candidates who clearly demonstrate their conservatism. We evaluate every Congressional and Senatorial race in America, and our endorsements are only extended to key competitive races which have a strong conservative candidate with the ability to win.”

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Jim Ryun

The head hancho for this outfit is none other than former Congressman, Jim Ryun. Jim had the distinction of being crowned “the most conservative member in the House of Representatives” in 2006.

Ryan, himself an Evangelical, sits on the advisory board of the Dominionist Leadership Institute, and brings those values to the Madison Project, and to the group’s endorsement of political candidates.

His son, Drew Ryun is also listed as one of the leaders of the Project. Drew also served in the House of Representatives for 10 years. Before joining his father, Drew was the Director of Government Affairs for the AmericanCenter for Law and Justice, an organization started by Pat Robertson which is now a powerful right-wing organization led by Jay Allen Sekulow which works to advance religious liberty, the right-to-life, and “the two-parent, marriage bound family.”

Drew’s twin brother, Ned, is equally involved in the quest for a more Christian oriented government through his endeavors in the group which he heads up, American Majority.

 

 

A CONGRESSMAN, A COUPLE OF WHITE SUPREMACISTS, AND AN ASSAULT RIFLE – OH MY!

A CONGRESSMAN, A COUPLE OF WHITE SUPREMACISTS, AND AN ASSAULT RIFLE – OH MY!

Just An Inside Glimpse At the Mindset of Extremist Right-Wing Politics

SteveStockmanReturning Congressman Steve Stockman (R-TX) has some new friends, at least we think they are new. You know, he couldn’t have picked a more disreputable group of people to run around with, but then he really isn’t the sharpest pencil in the box.

 Stockman was born and raised in Michigan, but migrated to Texas – which is a pretty good place for a born-again, Southern Baptist, Christian extremist. I’m sure he fits right in with the Rick Perry crowd.  He previously served for a couple of years in the House of Representatives back in 1995-1997. He lost his next bid for the seat in a run-off election.

After his brief stint in Congressman he took a faculty job with the uber-conservative Leaderhip Institute where he was engaged in training young people in right-wing extremism.

Bushmaster AR15Now he’s back. Having won a seat in Congress again, Stockman has been plying his trade as an extremist extraordinaire. Upset with Obama after the Sandy Hook school shootings and his belief that the President’s number one agenda is to take everyone’s guns away, Stockman decided to fight back. On his website he held a drawing for a free Bushmaster AR15 Rifle to be given away on Independence Day.

His campaign website also offers bumper stickers that read, “If babies had guns, they wouldn’t be aborted.”

Well, ever the zealot, Steve Stockman has now hooked up with Michael Peroutka’s Institute on the Constitution as well as Larry Pratt’s Gun Owners of America. Stockman, along with the two groups has filed an Amicus Brief in United States v. Abramski.

The case is one based around Abramski giving false information when purchasing a firearm. According to the complaint:

“When his uncle, Angel Alvarez, expressed a desire for a Glock 19 handgun, Bruce Abramski offered to make the purchase. As a former police officer, Abramski received a professional discount for the gun purchase that his uncle was not eligible for. When making the purchase, Abramski filled out ATF Form 4473, which contained several “yes-or-no” questions. One of the questions asked whether he was the actual purchaser of the firearm. The question also stated, “Warning: You are not the actual buyer if you are acquiring the firearm(s) on behalf of another person. If you are not the actual buyer, the dealer cannot transfer the firearm(s) to you.” Abramski answered “yes” to the question, buying the Glock 19 for his uncle. Alvarez mailed Abramski a check for the price of the handgun, and Abramski transferred the weapon to his uncle in Pennsylvania through a licensed firearms dealer.”

 Abramski pled guilty, but reserved his right to appeal, which is what he is doing. The Amicus Brief, in short, makes the following claim:

“At the heart of the Government’s case against Mr. Abramski is a “straw purchase” theory based neither in law nor regulation that it is impermissible for a person to purchase a firearm from an FFL if the transferee is acting as an agent for a third party, who furnished the funds for the purchase, even if both parties are eligible under state and federal law to possess a firearm.”

The rub isn’t that Abramski is appealing, or that Stockman and others filed the brief. The problem with all of this is that a United States Congressman has teamed up with individuals and organizations known to be White Supremacists.

Michael PeroutkaMichael Peroutka is a high-ranking board member in the League of the South. For a description of the LOS, we turn to the Southern Poverty Law Center which has this to say:

“The League of the South is a neo-Confederate group that advocates for a second Southern secession and a society dominated by “European Americans.” The league believes the “godly” nation it wants to form should be run by an “Anglo-Celtic” (read: white) elite that would establish a Christian theocratic state and politically dominate blacks and other minorities. Originally founded by a group that included many Southern university professors, the group lost its Ph.D.s as it became more explicitly racist. The league denounces the federal government and northern and coastal states as part of “the Empire,” a materialist and anti-religious society.”

From the LOS website:

“We also encourage individuals and families to personally secede from the corrupt and corrupting influence of post-Christian culture in America. We call this ‘abjuring the realm,’ and it’s a real and dramatic first step all of us can take by simply withdrawing our support of and allegiance to a regime that has imperiled our future. … Once our Southern culture is re-established, then the political issues will begin to take care of themselves. Good leaders flow naturally out of a healthy culture; however, power-hungry, self-seeking politicians are all we can expect from the debased cultural climate we have today.”

Peroutka’s Institute On The Constitution claims that its mission is to “help individuals across America to understand and appreciate their own history and heritage by reacquainting them with the worldview and vision of our Founding Fathers. Michael Peroutka’s “worldvision” is that of a dominionist Christian. According to Peroutka, the Separation of Church and State “refers to the fact that the jurisdiction and functions of these two God-ordained institutions are separate and distinct from each other. What it doesn’t mean that either of these institutions is independent from God and His law.”

It’s interesting to note that in the 2008 Presidential elections Perouka was being considered for Ron Paul’s Vice Presidential pick.

Larry PrattLarry Pratt and Gun Owner’s of America ranks right up there with Peroutka and his cult. In many ways, Pratt is even more of a threat. The Southern Poverty Law Center tells us:

“Larry Pratt, a gun rights absolutist whose Gun Owners of America (GOA) has been described as “eight lanes to the right” of the National Rifle Association, may well be the person who brought the concept of citizen militias to the radical right.

“In 1990, Pratt wrote a book, Armed People Victorious, based on his study of “citizen defense patrols” used in Guatemala and the Philippines against Communist rebels — patrols that came to be known as death squads for their murderous brutality.

“Picturing these groups in rosy terms, Pratt advocated similar militias in the United States — an idea that finally caught on when he was invited for a meeting of 160 extremists, including many famous white supremacists, in 1992.

“It was at that meeting, hosted in Colorado by white supremacist minister Pete Peters, that the contours of the militia movement were laid out.

“Pratt, whose GOA has grown since its 1975 founding to some 150,000 members today, hit the headlines in a big way when his associations with Peters and other professional racists were revealed, convincing arch-conservative Pat Buchanan to eject him as a national co-chair of Buchanan’s 1996 presidential campaign.

“The same year, it emerged that Pratt was a contributing editor to a periodical of the anti-Semitic United Sovereigns of America, and that his GOA had donated money to a white supremacist attorney’s group.

“Pratt is today close to the extremist Constitution Party and its radical theology.”

The “radical theology” that they have ascribed to the Constitution Party is, decidedly, Dominionist. Interestingly, Pratt has served as a board member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), as well as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates. He comes to us straight out of the Dominionist, and secretive, Council for National Policy.

On another side note, Pratt is a close ally of Ron Paul and supported him in his bid for President. According to Ron Paul Gun Owner’s of America is “The only no-compromise gun lobby in Washington.”

Gun Owner’s of America currently has over 300,00 members.

Steve Stockman is the sterotypical ReBiblican politician. His campaign endorsements read like a who’s who of the extremist right, including: Tim & Beverley LaHaye; Richard Viguerie; Donald Wildmon of the American Family Association (Another hate group); Michael Farris, Founder of the Home School Legal Defense Fund and Patrick Henry College; Ted Nugent; and Pastor Chuck Baldwin.

This is who Texans in the 36th Congressional District elected to represent them. There are over 200 others who grace our House of Representatives with their radical, extremist presence. In truth, it should scare the hell out of any sane, rational American. We can only hope that the next election will change the encroaching Christian Nationalist ideology that continues to erode our liberties and our very way of life.

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Rediscover God In America? I Didn’t Know He/She Was Lost!

civic2There ought to be some sort of litmus test for those who wish to represent the American people and this country. I mean, after all, they should be able to demonstrate some basic knowledge – you know, the stuff that is taught in Civics 101. Perhaps, they should even have some sort of geographical understanding of the world? Is it too much to ask that those in Congress have a general grasp of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the basis upon which this country was established before they are allowed to represent us to the rest of the world?

This past week, the “Rediscovering God in America event was held in Iowa. Now, I didn’t know that God had ever been “undiscovered,” but, my ignorance aside, the event was part of a 12-state strategy that is aimed at turning out those conservative, evangelical voters in the 2014, elections. It is but one of many planned events presented by David Lane’s American Renewal Project.

 Of course, we know that the Christian Right pretty much threw in the towel in the 2012, Presidential election once it became evident that none the numerous Dominionist candidates they slated would stand up to the scrutiny of the American public. They then threw their support and their money behind the Congressional, state, and local politicians who would do their bidding.

In the meantime, they began work behind closed doors on the much coveted and anticipated 2014, and 2016, campaign cycles hoping to marginalize all candidates not considered to be of a “Godly nature.”

While those of us who have been aware of these plans and maneuverings have been vigilantly watching and reporting, much of mainstream America has no inkling of what is taking place right under their not-so-watchful noses. That’s to be expected – and that’s the way the Dominionist like it. However, it has been rather amusing to watch as the internet bloggers display absolute shock and outrage when they realize that Senators, Congressmen and other politicians are attending, supporting and speaking at such events.

Last week, Senators and presidential hopefuls, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz were featured speakers at the Iowa event – and the blogosphere went wild. Why? Does anyone honestly believe that there are not those in our halls of power who do not adhere to the separation of church and state, or who do not have an agenda that coincides with the extremist right wing? There are currently 41 Senators who fit that bill, and several more who are sympathetic to the far-right ideology of Christian Nationalism, and who insist that this nation is a Christian nation.

David Lane’s American Renewal Project has targeted 12 States: Colorado, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, South Carolina, Alaska, Arkansas, North Carolina, Nevada, South Dakota, Virginia and West Virginia. Several of those states will have Senate races in 2014.

david laneDavid Lane likes to fly under the radar, however his hand can be found in many of the events that have been planned around the country. He has strong connections to national and state politicians and is considered one of the most influential people in the dominionist arena. The American Renewal Project is largely funded by the American Family Association, a designated hate group based in Tupelo, Mississippi. Lane has been around for at least 20 years and works with numerous Christian leaders. He was largely responsible for Rick Perry’s prayer rally and is a close ally of Perry.

Lane is anti-abortion, anti-homosexual, anti-non-Christian, believes that women should be submissive to their husbands, and has been called a Christian evangelical political “Kingmaker.” You might recall that Senator Rand Paul made a trip to Israel earlier in the year. Well, that trip was organized by none other than David Lane. According to Lane:

“This trip to meet with Israelis, Arabs and Palestinians is absolutely the first step in his 2016 White House campaign.”

 Additionally, the trip was financed by the American Family Association. As mentioned earlier, The AFA has been designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center for its demonizing propaganda against LGBT individuals. Of course, we know that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree when it comes to Ron and Rand Paul, but I wonder if Rand will conviently claim that he had no idea who was behind the trip just as his father had no idea who wrote the racist and homophobic articles under his by-line.

paul laneAn interesting side note to all of this is that David Lane’s daughter is employed by Rand Paul as his press assistant. Unlike Daddy Paul who often tried to bamboozle the public when it came to his dominionist views, Rand embraces his extremism.

Ted Cruz, the new Senator from Texas, is no different. A strong ally of Rick Perry and the far-right-wing extremists, Cruz told the audience in Iowa:

“Book of Isaiah tells us: My people perish for lack of knowledge. Edmund Burke put the points a little differently when he said the only thing necessary for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing. And the prophet Ezekiel charged us, son of man, you are a watchman for the house of Israel.”

Ted Cruz After what has been called a “fiery speech,” Cruz walked into the audience where the pastors met him, laid their hands upon him, and prayed over him.

The list of politicians and leaders who are associated with David Lane is quite lengthy – astonishingly so. Right now, the seeds are being sown for the upcoming elections. There is little doubt that, given the political climate in this country, the dominionists will succeed in placing more of what they consider to be the “right kind of Christians” in seats of power. How many more, is up to the American people.

Considering the stealth nature of the maneuvers of the Dominionist Movement, their abilities to market and rebrand themselves, and the gullibility of mainstream America, stopping them will be a daunting task. We already have a list of current Senators who fit their mold. Within the next few weeks, we hope to have a list of current Representatives. It is incumbent upon us to be watchful, not just in the Congressional races, but in our state and local races as well.

 

 

Christain Right – Supreme Court Hostage Takers?

Mat Staver

Mat Staver

With a ruling on Marriage Equality by the United States Supreme Court looming, Christian Right activst across the nation are promising great reprisals should the Court rule aganst them. Over 160 leaders of the Christian Right have joined with Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver to put the Court on notice promising nothing less than revolution.

The list of anti-gay crusaders is impressive, indeed. Rallying around the idea that  “this is the line we must draw and one we cannot and will not cross,” they are essentially attempting to take the Supreme Court hostage under the threat of Civil War. In actuality, this might just be the litmus test required to see just how far into the Christian dogma the ties of the SCOTUS go, and to test the mettle of the bullies on the far right.

Not that we wish to see this country torn apart over religious bigotry, but for way too long these Christian nationalists have been running their mouth and their agenda rough-shod over the American people. In an all out effort to convince our governmental entities that these zealots speak for all of us, this group of fanatics has been behind the war on women, the war on gays, the war on the poor, infirm, and underprivleged, the war on everyone non-white, and non-Christian all in the name of God.

Mat Staver and Deaon Keith Fournier issued the following statement which they entitled “The Marriage Solidarity Statement:

We Stand in Solidarity to Defend Marriage

and the Family and Society Founded Upon Them

We stand together as Christians in defense of marriage and the family and society founded upon them. While we come from a variety of communities and hold differing faith perspectives, we are united in our common faith in Jesus Christ.

We acknowledge that differences exist between us on important matters of religious doctrine and practice. But, on the matter of marriage, we stand in solidarity. As a nation, we have lost our moral compass. As a result, we are losing true freedom. We affirm together that there is a moral basis to a free society. Though we live in a secular society, together we reject relativism and secularism.

We affirm that marriage and family have been inscribed by the Divine Architect into the order of creation. Marriage is ontologically between one man and one woman, ordered toward the union of the spouses, open to children and formative of family. Family is the first vital cell of society; the first church, first school, first hospital, first economy, first government and first mediating institution of our social order. The future of a free and healthy society passes through marriage and the family.

Marriage as existing solely between one man and one woman was not an idea manufactured by the Christian Church. It precedes Christianity. Though affirmed, fulfilled, and elevated by Christian teaching, the truth that marriage can exist only between one man and one woman is not based on religion or revelation alone, but on the Natural Moral Law, written on the human heart and discernible through the exercise of reason.

This claim of the existence of such a Natural Moral Law is the ground upon which every great civilization has been built. It is the source of every authentic human and civil rights movement. This Natural Moral Law gives us the norms we need to build truly human and humane societies and govern ourselves. It should also inform our positive law or we will become lawless and devolve into anarchy.

Marriage is the preeminent and the most fundamental of all human social institutions. Civil institutions do not create marriage nor can they manufacture a right to marry for those who are incapable of marriage. In the words of the first book of the Bible, we read: “it is not good for man to be alone.” (Genesis 2:18) Society begins with marriage and the family.

Like many other concerned Americans, we await the opinion of the Supreme Court of the United States on two cases which open up the possibility that the institution of marriage will be further 2

undermined by a judicial opinion. We pledge to stand together to defend marriage as what it is, a bond between one man and one woman, intended for life, and open to the gift of children.

The institutions of civil government should defend marriage and not seek to undermine it. Government has long regulated marriage for the true common good. Examples, such as the age of consent, demonstrate such a proper regulation to ensure the free and voluntary basis of the marriage bond. Redefining the very institution of marriage is improper and outside the authority of the State. The Supreme Court has no authority to redefine marriage.

If the Supreme Court becomes the tool by which marriage is redefined in the positive law of this nation, the precedent established will leave no room for any limitation on what can constitute such a redefined notion of marriage. Conferring a moral and legal equivalency to same-sex couples by legislative or judicial fiat also sends the message that children do not need a mother and a father. It undermines their fundamental rights and threatens their security, stability, and future.

As Christian citizens united together, we will not stand by while the destruction of the institution of marriage unfolds in this nation we love. The Sacred Scriptures and unbroken teaching of the Church confirm that marriage is between one man and one woman. We stand together in solidarity to defend marriage and the family and society founded upon them. The effort to redefine marriage threatens the proper mediating role of the Church in society.

Experience and history have shown us that if the government redefines marriage to grant a legal equivalency to same-sex couples, that same government will then enforce such an action with the police power of the State. This will bring about an inevitable collision with religious freedom and conscience rights. We cannot and will not allow this to occur on our watch. Religious freedom is the first freedom in the American experiment for good reason.

Finally, the Supreme Court has no authority to redefine marriage and thereby weaken both the family and society. Unlike the Legislative Branch that has the power of the purse and the Executive Branch which has the figurative power of the sword, the Judicial Branch has neither. It must depend upon the Executive Branch for the enforcement of its decisions.

As the Supreme Court acknowledged in the 1992 decision of Planned Parenthood v. Casey, its power rests solely upon the legitimacy of its decisions in the eyes of the people. If the Supreme Court were to issue a decision that redefined marriage or provided a precedent on which to build

an argument to redefine marriage, the Supreme Court will thereby undermine its legitimacy. The Court will significantly decrease its credibility and impair the role it has assumed for itself as a moral authority. It will be acting beyond its proper constitutional role and contrary to the Natural Moral Law which transcends religions, culture, and time.

As Christians united together in defense of marriage, we pray that this will not happen. But, make no mistake about our resolve. While there are many things we can endure, redefining marriage is so fundamental to the natural order and the true common good that this is the line we must draw and one we cannot and will not cross.

They then put out the call to all of the Christian ant-gay activists to sign this statement – this is the result, so far.

Mathew Staver, Chairman,Liberty Counsel Action, Co-drafter

Deacon Keith Fournier, Common Good Alliance,Catholic Online, Co-drafter

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference

Fr. Paul CB Schenck, MA, EdD, National Representative, Catholics United for Life

Hon. Kenneth Blackwell, Constitutional Congress, Fmr. U.S. Ambassador to United Nations on Human Rights

Anita Staver, President, Liberty Counsel

James Robison, LIFE Outreach International

Fr. Randolph W. Sly, Common Good Foundation

Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director, Priests for Life, President, National Pro-Life Religious Council

Rev. Johannes L. Jacobse, American Orthodox Institute

Benjamin S. Carson, M.D., World-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon

Tony Perkins, President, Family Research Council

James C. Dobson, Ph.D., President and Founder, Family Talk Action

William G Boykin, LTG(R) US Army, President, Kingdom Warriors Ministries

Dr. Erwin Lutzer, Moody Church – Chicago, IL

Colin A Hanna, President, Let Freedom Ring

Dr. Ché Ahn, Senior Pastor, HROCK Church, Pasadena, CA, President, Harvest International Ministry, International Chancellor, Wagner Leadership Institute

Carlos Campo, Ph. D., President, Regent University

Dr. Richard Land, President, Southern Evangelical Seminary

Dr. Paige Patterson, President, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Ron Luce, Founder, Teen Mania

Bill Donohue, President, Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights

Betty Robison,Co-Host, LIFE Today Television

Dr. Jack W. Hayford, Chancellor The King’s University—Dallas/Los Angeles

Rick Joyner, President, The Oak Initiative

Rick Scarborough, President, Vision America Action

Dr. Carl Herbster, President, Advance USA

Dr. Alveda C. King, President, Alveda King Ministries

Star Parker, President, CURE

Ruth Graham, President, Ruth Graham Ministries

Tim Clinton, President, American Association of Christian Counselors

Dr. Keith Wiebe, President, American Association of Christian Schools

Bill Johnson, President, American Decency Association

Don Wildmon, Founder/Chairman Emeritus American Family Association

Tim Wildmon, President American Family Association

Nancy Schulze, Co-Founder, American Prayer Initiative

Gary L. Bauer, President, American Values

Tom Hoefling, Chairman, America’s Party

Dr. Kenneth Hutcherson, Senior Pastor, Antioch Bible Church

Andrew Wommack, Andrew Wommack Ministries, Inc.

Dr. Sergio Navarrete, Superintendent, A/G – Southern Pacific District

Eleazar Rodriguez, Jr, A/G – Texas Louisiana Hispanic District

Pastor Juan Eliel Garcia, Auditorio de la Fe – La Nueva FM 88.3FM

Al Kresta, President and CEO, Ave Maria Radio

Sue Ek, Executive Director, BOMA-USA

Stanley Jeter, Sr. Producer, CBN News, President, ComunicadoresUSA

Rev. Dan E. Collis, Pastor Bell Shoals Baptist Church – Apollo Beach

John Martin, Senior Adult Pastor, Bell Shoals Baptist Church – Apollo Beach

Dr. Jeffrey Meyer, Exec. Pastor, Bell Shoals Baptist Church

Dr. Stephen Rummage, Sr. Pastor, Bell Shoals Baptist Church

George & Sandra Thomasson, Pastor Bell Shoals Baptist Church – Apollo Beach

Dr. Mike Spaulding, Calvary Chapel of Lima, OH

Steve Strang, Founder & CEO, Charisma Media

Matt Smith, President, Catholic Advocate

Sue Trombino, Founder, Women Impacting the Nation

Bishop Harry R. Jackson, Jr., President, High Impact Leadership Coalition

Daniel Hite, Pastor, Christian Family Fellowship

Carlos S. Morán, Ed.D., Dir.of Hispanic Ministries Church of God International, Cleveland, TN

Bishop Juan A. Garcia, Admin. Bishop, Church of God Northeast Spanish Region

Michael A. Montelongo, Former Mayor, City of Sanger, CA

Michael L. Brown, Ph.D., Director, Coalition of Conscience

Terry Kemple, President, Community Issues Council

Penny Nance, CEO and President, Concerned Women for America

Robert Gittelson, President Conservatives for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Rick Ryan, Director, Convoy of Hope

Nathan Blackwell, Senior Pastor, Cornerstone Family Church – St. Cloud, FL

The Most Reverend Rene Henry Gracida, Bishop Emeritus, Corpus Christi – Corpus Christi, Texas

Dr. Tom Mullins, Founding Pastor, Christ Fellowship

Amelia Den Hartog, MS., PLMHP, Christ for the City International

Marcus Lamb. Daystar Television Network

Rev. Rick Stevens, Pastor, Diplomat Wesleyan Church, Cape Coral, FL

Shannon M. Jones, President, CatechismClass.com

M. Daniel Carroll R. (Rodas), PhD, Distinguished Professor of Old Testament

Denver Seminary, Jay. W. Richards, PhD, Senior Fellow, Discovery Institute

George and Terri Pearsons, Pastors, Eagle Mountain International Church

Andrew Haines, Editor, Ethika Politika

Gary Marx, E. D., Faith and Freedom Coalition

Ralph Reed, Chairman, Faith and Freedom Coalition

Stephen Broden, Sr. Pastor, Fair Park Bible Fellowship, Pres., Constitutional Defenders of Texas

Rev. Louise Yakubisin, Assoc. Pastor, Faith Christian Fellowship Church Newton, Ohio

Rev. Gary Cristofaro, Senior Pastor, First Assembly of God, Melbourne FL

Dr. Robert Jeffress, Pastor, First Baptist Church Dallas, TX

Dr. Richard Lee, Founding Pastor, First Redeemer Church – Alpharetta, GA

Pat Andrews, President, Florida Eagle Forum

John Stemberger, President, Florida Family Policy Council

Norman Blanton, Pastor, Foursquare Church

Colonel (AL) John Eidsmoe, Senior Counsel and Resident Scholar Foundation for Moral Law

Patrick Lee, Director of Institute of Bioethics, Franciscan University of Steubeniville

Dr. Lloyd Stilley, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church Gulf Shores, AL

John Meador, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church Euless, TX

Don Worden, Pastor of Church Administration and Missions, First Baptist Church of Pompano Beach Florida

Steve Dulin, Elder, Gateway Church

Robert Morris, Senior Pastor, Gateway Church

Bill Gattis, retired Vice Pres., Exxon Mobil

Dr. Cindy & Mike Jacobs, Co-Founders, Generals International

Michael Cordeiro, Deacon Grace and Truth Family Baptist Church

Nathaniel & Veronica Dixon, Pastors, Grandview Church – Dunnellon, FL

Dr. Robert W. Roach, Pastor, Haven of Hope of St. Lucie County

Mark Andrews, President, Heartland Research Corporation

Ronald L. Drumm, Pastor Henderson Blvd Church of Christ

Dr. Carl Herbster, President, Center to Advance the USA

Patricia Sullivan, Women Impacting the Nation

Dr. Travis Smith, Sr. Pastor, Hillsdale Baptist Church

Jesse Rincones, Executive Director, Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas

Michael P. Donnelly, HSLDA Attorney, Home School Legal Defense Association

Rev. Nilo Ayala, Senior Pastor, Iglesia De Dios De Auburn

Rev. Carlos Quintero Iglesia Harvest Rock Hispana Unidad Los Angeles

David E. Smith, Executive Director, Illinois Family Institute

Pasqual Urrabazo Jr., Associate Pastor, International Church of Las Vegas

Frank Lopez, Sr. Pastor, Jesus Worship Center

Phillip L. Jauregui, President, Judicial Action Group

Eugene J. Zurlo, KCHS Radio

Kenneth and Gloria Copeland, Founder and Co-Founder, Kenneth Copeland Ministries

Rev. Jesten F. Peters, President/Minister, Keys of Authority Ministries, Inc.

Steve Smothermon, Pastor, Legacy Church – Albuquerque,NM

Dean Shawn Akers, Liberty University, Helms School of Government

Yuri Mantilla, Ph.D., Dir. of Global Initiatives, Liberty University School of Law

Judith Gelernter Reisman, Ph.D., Visiting Professor of Law, Liberty University School of Law

Dr. Johnny M. Hunter, DD, National Director, Life, Education and Resource Networks

Gene Mills, President, Louisiana Family Forum

Dr. María M. Hermida, President, Magda Hermida Ministries

Rev. Yolandita Colon, Exec.Justice Pastor, Maranatha Minneapolis Church, Minnesota Chapter Director of NHCLC

Jimmy Evans, Founder and CEO, MarriageToday

Linda Harvey, Host Mission America

Patrick A. Trueman, President, CEO, Morality in Media

Steven Frakes, Pastor, Mount Zion Bible Church – Pensacola, FL

Jeff Pollard, Pastor, Mount Zion Bible Church – Pensacola, FL

Ted Baehr, Movie Guide

Rev. Lydia Gonzalez-D’Ross, Oklahoma City Chapter Director, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference

Rev. Eve Nunez, V.P. of Networking, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference

Steve Noble, Host, Called2Action Today

Pastor Carlos Ortiz, V.P. Southeast Region, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference

Gene Pierce, Executive Director, Ohio Faith & Freedom Coalition

Dr. Steve Kern, Senior Pastor, Olivet Baptist Church – Oklahoma City, OK, Candidate Oklahoma Senate District 40

Jacob Aranza, Senior Pastor, Our Savior’s Church-Broussard, LA

Jim Garlow, Founding Director, Pastors Rapid Response Team

Bud Hansen, Jr.,Secretary, Papal Foundation

Janet Parshall, Nationally Syndicated Talk Show Host

Joy Allen, Advisory Board, Pennsylvania Catholics Network

Deal W. Hudson, President, Pennsylvania Catholics Network

Ted Meehan, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Catholics Network

John & Patsy Radcliffe, Advisory Board, Pennsylvania Catholics Network

Raymond Rivera Martinez, Presidente, La Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal MI a nivel mundial

Daniel A. Rodriguez, PhD, Professor of Religion and Hispanic Studies, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA

Sonja Corbitt, Founder, PursuingtheSummit.com

Dr. Moses Mercedes, President, Radio Amor and NHCLC Board Member

Rev. Paul Blair, Reclaiming America for Christ

Barbara B.Henkels, Co-Founder, Regina Academies, Philadelphia

William J. Murray, Chairman, Religious Freedom Coalition

Matt C. Abbott, RenewAmerica.com

Stephen Stone, President, RenewAmerica

Rev. Paul Blair, Renewing America for Christ

Richard Wilson, Pastor Revival Outreach Center

Rev. Dale M. Glading, President, Risk Takers for Christ, Inc.

Dave Roever, Vietnam veteran, Founder & President Roever Foundation

Tony Calatayud, National Director Salem Espanol

Dran Reese, Salt and Light Council

Jose L. González, President, Semilla

Chris J. Montelongo, Administrator

Tabernacle of Praise Christian Center, Board of Directors, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference

Daniel de Leon, Senior Pastor, Templo Calvario Church

Erwin Guevara, Pastor, Victory Christian Center – Boca Raton

Dave Welch, Exec. Dir., TX Pastor Council

Dr. Gary M. Benedict, President, The Christian and Missionary Alliance

Chaplain Gordon James Klingenschmitt, PhD, Founder, The Pray In Jesus Name Project

Rev. Andrew S. Doan, Sr. Pastor, The Solid Rock Church – Winter Haven, FL

Timothy F. Johnson, Ph.D., Founder/ President, The Frederick Douglass Foundation

Fmr Vice Chairman, NC Republican Party

Steven W. Fitschen, President, The National Legal Foundation, Velasquez Group Productions

Rev. Michael and Rev. Jennifer Derrick The River of WNY

Dr. Tony Evans, The Urban Alternative

Morton Blackwell, Chairman, The Weyrich Lunch

Father James F. Kauffmann, Pastor, Saint Benedict Parish

Andrea Lafferty, President Traditional Values Coalition

Rev. Abraham Hernandez, V. P. Northeast Region, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference

Mike Valerio,Helen and Mike Valerio Charitable Trust

Harold Velasquez, President/CEO, Velasquez Group Productions

Dr. G. Antonio Smart, Pastor, Victory Baptist Church of Tampa

Rev Louis P. Sheldon, Founder and Chairman, Traditional Values Coalition

C. Preston Noell III, President Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.

Tom Peterson, President and Founder, VirtueMedia, Inc.

Robert R. Reilly, Former President, Voice of America

Rev. Nicholas Woodbury, Director, Latin America Mission

Bradlee Dean, President, You Can Run But You Can Not Hide International/The Sons of Liberty Radio

Dr. Tony Serna, ND & Master Trainer, Wellness Center

Joseph Farah, Chief Executive Officer, World Net Daily and World Net Daily Books

Susan Carleson, Chairman/CEO, American Civil Rights Union

Robert Knight, Senior Fellow, American Civil Rights Union and, Drafter of the Defense of Marriage Act

Micah Clark, Executive Director, American Family Association of Indiana

Gary Glenn, President, American Family Association of Michigan

Diane Gramley, President, American Family Association of Pennsylvania

Peter LaBarbera, President, Americans For Truth About Homosexuality

Donna Rogers, Founder of Angel of Love and Light Ministries

Janice Shaw Crouse, Ph.D., Senior Fellow Beverly LaHaye Institute, Concerned Women for America

Richard Viguerie, Chairman ConservativeHQ.com

Janet L. Porter, President, Faith2ACTION

Ken Klukowski, Director, Center for Religious Liberty, Family Research Council

Robert Fischer, President, Fischer Furniture, Inc

John Kirkwood, Pastor, Grace Gospel Fellowship

Dr. Warren Guy, DDS, PhD, Pediatric Dentist

Matt Barber, Vice President, Liberty Counsel Action

Lucinda Hodges, LifeCare SouthShoreCenter Manager

Rep. Sally Kern, Oklahoma, House District 84

Gregory Quinlan, President, Pro-Family Network

Ann Quest, Founder, Unity Quest

Dr. Randy Rebold, National Director, Pastors & Patriots Initiative

Now, I don’t know about anyone else, but I do believe that the vast majority of American people will completely resent this band of miscreants who are clearly attempting to intimidate the justices of the Supreme Court into handing down a ruling that will serve no other purpose but to set civil rights back at least 50 years, as well as prohibit any further movement forward for America’s gay population.

Born and bred in fear, ignorance, and an irrational lust for power, these groups and individuals still wield a heavy hand in our political realm. Knowledge and education is the key to thrwarting their movements and their bid for a theocracy. In actuality, this is not about religion or the love of God – it’s about power and oppression.