These Voters Make House Calls
If House members won't come to the mountain, then Republicans will bring the mountain of voters to them. As part of an eleventh hour push to block the health care bill, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), FRC Action and other allies mobilized a massive rally on the Capitol steps this afternoon which sent voters scattering through their congressmen's offices. "[H.R. 3962] is a trillion-dollar, budget-busting, government takeover of our health care system... This is gangster government at its worst." Together with Reps. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) and Tom Price (R-Ga.), she urged everyone to make their way to the Hill before the House crams their overhaul down America's throat this Saturday during a special weekend vote. A huge crowd started converging on the National Mall early this morning to do exactly that. A multitude of voters turned out--anxious to hear from actor Jon Voight, talk show host Mark Levin, and others like me who have been in the thick of the fight from the very beginning.
As I told the crowd today, PelosiCare, ObamaCare--whatever you call it--this isn't a prescription to improve America's health care. This is a transfusion of taxpayer money into financially troubled organizations like Planned Parenthood. Unfortunately, more problems from the bill's 2,000 pages are still trickling out- including news from the Heritage Foundation that Democrats have buried a cushy $6 billion slush fund deep in the plan to bribe members who are still undecided. Dennis Smith, the expert who exposed the earmark, says it "suddenly appeared" after the Energy and Commerce Committee finished its work this fall.
According to the Washington Examiner, the money would be "doled out by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, with no input from the states, ordinary rulemaking, or administrative review. Of course, Pelosi made a promise back in 2006 to wean the House from pork projects. Columnist Barbara Hollingsworth scoffed at the idea. "You call a $6 billion slush fund draining the swamp?" For more see my entire message here.
If You Can't Beat 'Em, Bully 'Em!
After weeks of parading around Maine as the faces of compassion and normalcy, the masks of same-sex "marriage" have finally come off. So have the gloves. After Tuesday's defeat, homosexual activists are shocked, they're angry, and now they're determined to make voters pay.
In a new campaign, the people of Maine Marriage Equality have decided to unleash some California-style harassment on the churches that publicly sided with traditional marriage -- Question 1. Ever the sore losers, the Left is calling on supporters to file IRS complaints against any house of worship that supported marriage as God intended it. Intimidation is what they do best, and Maine Equality is hoping to show off those talents by stripping Maine churches of their tax-exempt status. Unfortunately for them, it's completely within a church's legal rights to preach on social issues, particularly as they pertain to Scripture.
Once again, liberal extremists are showing that this debate isn't about tolerance--but domination. It's not about the freedom to marry--it's about losing the freedom to speak publicly about your beliefs. That's why liberals so intent on publishing the names of donors and supporters of marriage initiatives. They want to exact a steep price for any opposition to their agenda. At the very least, this vicious intolerance should show congregations that what's at stake in this fight is nothing less than their liberty.
Leading the PAC
FRC Action's PAC isn't just on the right side, it's on the winning side. In Tuesday's election, our sister organization celebrated an excellent record in off-year elections--just one year after we kicked off the political action committee. Connie Mackey, the President of the PAC, said, "Americans took a serious look at what President Obama really meant by his promise of 'change.' They learned that his change includes pushing mainstream America to accept radical government takeovers, higher taxes, and a worldview that rejects a common sense approach to cultural issues."
The PAC was proud to lend financial support to nine pro-family candidates in New Jersey, Virginia, and New York. All but one went on to win. Their victories weren't just a win for the FRC Action PAC, they were a win for the states' families. If you'd like to get involved in electing authentic conservative candidates, start by becoming a member of FRC Action.