Newscast Media DALLAS, Texas — Don’t count on it. Social issues will also figure prominently in the coming months. President Obama has made sure of that.
The most obvious example involves the recent U.S. Department of Health and Human Services rule mandating that religious organizations provide health insurance that covers sterilization, contraception and drugs that induce abortion. Only the most zealous pro-choicers think people should be forced to fund abortions, even when they have moral objections to them. Not surprisingly, the mandate has sparked uproar.
In response, the president has now offered a “compromise.” Instead of employers paying directly for services to which they are morally opposed, HHS will mandate that their insurance carriers provide them “free of charge.”
Birth control pills, IUDS, and abortion-inducing drugs aren’t free, however, so the insurance companies will offset these costs with higher premiums (even though the mandate will supposedly prohibit this). This accounting gimmick does nothing to resolve the moral problem. The New York Times admitted as much in its headline, “Rule Shift is Concession to Obama Allies,” not, in other words, to opponents.
The President may have provided cover for a few allies on the religious left, such as Sister Carol Keehan, but the US Bishops aren’t buying it. In fact, rather than divide Christians over contraception, Mr. Obama has helped unify orthodox Catholics, evangelicals, and even many civil libertarians. They rightly see the HHS mandate as an attack on religious freedom. ObamaCare was already an affront to freedom itself. Now it has a sharp anti-religious edge to boot.
Forced coverage for abortion drugs? Check. Attack on religious freedom? Check. For the culture war trifecta, all we need is an attack on marriage. In 1996, President Clinton signed the bipartisan Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). It protects states from being forced to recognize same sex “marriages” performed in other states.
President Obama claimed before he was elected that, as a Christian, he believed marriage was between a man and a woman. As soon as he took office, though, we learned that his view is “constantly evolving.” It evolved fast, since the Justice Department has refused to defend DOMA in court, and Attorney General Eric Holder has denounced DOMA as unconstitutional and irrational.
Since most Americans think marriage means what it has always meant, the President doesn’t want this to become a major campaign issue. But events may force his hand. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has just upheld District Judge Vaughn Walker’s controversial decision to strike down the Prop. 8 referendum in California, which had defined marriage as between one man and one woman. The case is undoubtedly headed to the US Supreme Court, where it will become a national controversy.
While most of the media claim that this is a matter of “marriage equality,” most Americans know it is about something different: whether the state will respect a universal, pre-political institution based on human nature, or will arrogate to itself the authority to redefine that institution according to left wing, secularist sensibilities.
By the time November rolls around, President Obama will be wishing voters were only focusing on job creation and the economy. http://newscastmedia.com/social-dynamics.html
James Robison is the co-author of Indivisible, the founder and president of LIFE Outreach International, and the co-host of the daily syndicated television program LIFE Today. He is also the author of Living in Love, True Prosperity, My Father’s Face, and many others.
Jay W. Richards is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Center on Wealth, Poverty, and Morality at the
Discovery Institute, and the co-author of Indivisible. He is also the author of Money, Greed, and God, The
Privileged Planet, and God and Evolution.
Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas — Donald Trump is rising to be a contender in the Republican Party but is still relatively unknown west of the Hudson River. His principles and values seem to be consistent with the conservative movement, and the he’s is not afraid to speak his mind. Trump particularly loathes what he considers China is getting away with and would like to see the US get tough with China.
“We don’t need to be free trade with a company that’s making a $300 billion profit,” Trump said, referring to the U.S. trade deficit with China. As for whether he thinks homosexuals should marry Trump said, “They should not be able to marry.”
Trump’s straight talk without sugar-coating his words is what is creating massive appeal amongst conservatives, but just like Rudi Giuliani had problems explaining to evangelicals why he wore a dress and strutted around as a drag queen, Trump will have to explain why he has been married three times. He has explained before that it is was because he over-worked himself which led to the divorces he has had.
“But one of the reasons I was divorced is because I worked very hard,” he said. “And, you know, that’s a good reason. But I worked very, very hard building up a great company. And it’s a great company.”
Trump’s values regarding marriage are also consistent with conservatives who maintain that marriage is between a man and a woman. The Defense of Marriage Act is a law that was passed on September 21, 1996 and was meant to solidify that definition, even though liberals have been fighting to change it to include gays. Here is the the text of the Defense of Marriage Act in its entirety.
When Obama ran for president, he courted every liberal group on the left, and was emphatic about fighting for gays and made several promises to them in this letter he wrote to them.
Trump’s rationale is if Obama openly supported homosexuals and won the nomination for the Democratic Party, he can openly support conservative values, and possibly win the Republican nomination.
In terms of abortion rights, nobody knows where he stands since he hasn’t yet announced whether he’ll be running, but former President George W. Bush was against abortion and didn’t hide it. At one point the Democrats led by former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi were considering changing Federal policies that would favor using taxpayer money to fund abortions. Bush threatened to veto any such bill and wrote Pelosi a stern letter dated May 3, 2007.
“I believe it is the most basic duty of Government to guard the innocent. With that in mind, I will veto any legislation that weakens current Federal policies and laws on abortion, or that encourages the destruction of human life at any stage,” said President Bush in his letter to Pelosi. “I am concerned that this year the Congress may consider legislation that could substantially change Federal policies and laws on abortion, and allow taxpayer dollars to be used for the destruction of human life. I am writing to make sure that there is no misunderstanding of my views on these important issues.” Read President Bush’s letter to Nancy Pelosi here.
Trump would have to take the same stance on abortion if he expects to be taken seriously by the conservatives, and would also have to find a way to appeal to evangelicals. In addition, Trump is also unknown in the Tea Party movement, so should he decide to run, he will be at a greater disadvantage than household names like Huckabee, Palin or Romney, because while he is trying to explain what he stands for and his world view, his opponents with name recognition will be busy winning over voters who already know where they stand on important issues.
Remember, the South is responsible for the huge losses suffered by Democrats in the 2010 mid-terms, since southern states tend to be conservative, and Trump is from New York, one of the most liberal states. If Sarah Palin runs, Trump would have a tough time convincing the South that he is more conservative than Palin, since she is viewed by Southerners as one of their own, even though she is from Alaska. Texas Gov. Rick Perry even went as far as inducting and declaring her an “Honorary Texan” and awarded her a plaque in February 2010. It is a known fact that Palin undisputedly owns the South. I personally was at the award event and captured the moment in the picture below:
If Trump runs and loses the Republican nomination, it will be because he failed to gain any traction in the South. Senator Lamar Alexander doesn’t think “The Donald” has a chance in 2012. On a CNN show Alexander said, “I mean, there’s always someone like Donald Trump who runs who has absolutely no chance of winning and who is well known. He’s just famous for being famous. He may be good in business but he’s not going to be President.”