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David Ripley: Planned Parenthood Seizes the Moment

November 28th, 2012 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

Planned Parenthood & Company are continuing to work the election by taking full advantage of President Obama’s re-election. The organization had a lot of money at stake and invested heavily in his campaign. Not only are they in line to make millions from the federal treasury, they are seeking to establish a political narrative designed to scare Republicans and silence pro-Lifers into accepting their version of history.

While Planned Parenthood has a right to take a victory lap over re-electing the most abortion friendly president in American history – they do not have a justified claim to rewriting history. We must fight that effort because it will have long term consequences.

The suggested narrative is that conservatives – but particularly pro-Lifers – cost Romney the election. To win national elections in the future, Republicans must abandon moral issues, moderate on fiscal questions and open a bidding war to pander to Hispanic voters. That is the analysis and prescription being offered by the media, the faithful handmaidens of the Abortion Industry.

Many in the Republican Party are only too happy to accommodate.

Frank Cannon of National Review takes particular note of John McCain’s unprincipled groveling on the abortion issue. In a piece entitled “McCain’s Truce”, they quote the erstwhile presidential candidate as proclaiming, “I can state my position on abortion but, other than that, leave the issue alone, when we are in the kind of economic situation, and frankly national security situation that we’re in.”

Mr. Cannon correctly chastises McCain as being morally bankrupt on this crucial issue. If he is actually pro-Life, then how can he agree, for political purposes, to “leave the issue alone”? If human lives are at stake, what kind of moral compass would allow a person of integrity to simply walk quietly away so as to not offend the Planned Parenthood acolytes who flocked to Barack Obama because he is an attractive black man promising free birth control pills?

And does John McCain actually believe that if we all quietly pretend that millions of preborn children are not being slaughtered, somehow these naïve and deceived young women will suddenly flock to the banner of men such as himself?

Not only is McCain’s foolish political advice proof of his moral failings, it is confirmation that his defeat in 2008 stemmed in large part from his bad political judgment and lack of a coherent political philosophy worth following.

Many have rightly criticized the Obama Campaign’s sordid enterprise of buying one constituency group after another with taxpayer funds and promises of more goodies to come. It is the Achilles Heel of a democratic society.

As a consequence, many profound questions have been overwhelmed by venal, pedestrian politics.

But the prescription for this obvious social decay is not the abandonment of morally-sound politics. The hard truth is that America is in need of a re-education program about how economics, freedom and morality are inextricably bound together. Politicians like John McCain are incapable of providing such leadership.

It is impossible to say how long Barack Obama’s America can function. But we know from history that it is an unsustainable dynamic. Sooner or later, you run out of other people’s money. And sooner than later, the power of Sin destroys those who embrace it.
Reality will intervene, probably through social and economic unrest.

Rather than joining Obama’s circus, Republicans must develop strong new leaders capable of speaking to average Americans about their vital stake in rebuilding a morally sound society. At the end of the day, this means a spiritual awakening that probably can’t be led by politicians – but it can be aided by statesmen.

Pro-Lifers must rebound from the last election and vigorously engage Planned Parenthood over their attempt to write the history of recent events. We must fight the Lie that America has suddenly embraced their love of Death. From history flows the future. And much more than politics is at stake here. Rather than jettison our proven values, we need to abandon has-been politicians like John McCain.

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David Ripley: First Thoughts on the National Debacle

November 9th, 2012 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

It will take many months to really understand why the national election came out as it did, and even longer to figure out how we move forward from here.
Certain obvious things need to be said upfront: The re-election of Barack Obama is a disaster for preborn children, and for the nation as a whole. As we have written many times, President Obama’s assault on the preborn child is unprecedented in American history. Without hint of regret or guilt, he has traded their lives for his political profit. In fact, the centerpiece of his re-election message was not how he would put Americans back to work – but how he would expand government’s support for the Abortion Industry. As the campaign developed this fall, our hopes rose – in part because of Obama’s focus on the petty and sordid.

There seemed no way that America would re-elect a man – a father of two teenage daughters, by the way — willing to pander for votes using the image of a young woman salaciously comparing her vote for Obama to her first sexual encounter.

Contrasting sharply with this demeaning abuse of girls and women, Romney rose in stature as a decent and strong man, capable of meeting the grave challenges facing this nation. He seemed to be the only adult in the conversation.

As we came to election night, it seemed all but certain that America would gladly accept the gracious offer of Mitt Romney to use his considerable skills and experience to restore American economic and moral strength. (One could almost feel sorry for Romney at the prospect of tackling a mountain of problems certain to leave him with few grateful friends after four long years of mending the torn national fabric).

With many of you, we watched in silent shock as the electoral map began to take shape. The painful reality that we will have to watch Barack Obama strut around the world stage for another four years is still seeping in. Let’s say it: The prospect is downright depressing.

Some of that pain was salved by Romney’s extraordinary concession speech Tuesday night. His earnest plea for prayers on behalf of President Obama and his family was but one element of an impressive, moving and mature moment in American political history.

First among the shocking realities is that ObamaCare is here to stay. As the years roll along, there will no doubt be amendments, changes, adjustments. But the nationalization of health care will be an accomplished reality by the end of Obama’s second term. That will certainly bring some help to some people – but the general result will change America in important ways. The power of bureaucrats to interfere with our medical decisions will be greatly expanded. Our privacy will be greatly compromised. The costs will crush us. But the most tragic implication is that ObamaCare will extend the Death Culture into deeper crevices of American society. More babies and old people will die.

And within hours the perennial assault on the pro-Life movement began. Pundits and political operatives – most of whom are genetically hostile to preborn children and their adult advocates – began arguing that Republicans must “reach out” to young single women by co-opting Planned Parenthood’s agenda. These cynics argue that Romney’s pro-Life values hurt him badly with single women, cost the GOP seats in the U.S. Senate. The old values had to be discarded if the Republican Party is to compete in a “changing America”.

Rubbish. Most credible national polls demonstrate that a majority of Americans are pro-Life, and deeply disturbed by the callous disregard for Life now embedded in the Democratic Party.

The pro-Life movement is the whipping boy after every national election, so this “soul searching” drama is nothing new. But what makes this year’s version especially annoying is the simple fact that Mitt Romney was the paragon candidate of the Establishment. His campaign was notably disciplined about sticking to one – and only one – message. While Obama dissected the culture and pandered for votes, Romney talked only of the economy.

If anything, a case could be made that Romney made a mistake by not offering a broader vision to the American people. We have already seen evidence that some 7-10 million white voters failed to vote this fall. We don’t know who these people are yet, but it is possible that a good chunk of that vote were comprised of conservative Christians who were not, for reasons difficult to comprehend, sufficiently motivated to vote against Barack Obama. Perhaps they needed to hear more from Romney about his pro-Life and pro-Marriage values.

But now we get too far into the weeds. In the days and months ahead we can seek deeper answers and what we need to do to recover.

For now, we can confess our grief and our need to turn to the Lord of Hosts for comfort, wisdom and strength. At the end of the day, we are simply sojourners on our way to a better land.

In closing, we offer our prayers for the Romney and Ryan families. They conducted themselves with honor. And we join them in praying for Barack Obama and his family.

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Richard Larsen: Bannock County Ballot Synopsis

November 5th, 2012 by Halli

By Richard Larsen

Looking over the ballot for Tuesday’s election there are a few items that should be considered before we cast our ballots. We’ve already addressed Propositions 1, 2, and 3 regarding the Students Come First education reform. If we’re not content with the status quo, these are “must pass” propositions. As Idahoans, we mustn’t be intimidated by the out-of-state interest groups that have poured so much money into defeating the education reform. Only 2% of the funding against the measures came from within the state. That should speak volumes to us. They don’t care about Idaho education they care about power.

There are two constitutional amendments on the ballot as well. SJR 102 amends Section 5, Article X of the state Constitution to authorize the state Department of Corrections to manage adult felony probation and parole. This is logical, and maintains operations as they should be, and have been handled, and should be approved.

The second is HJR 2aa which amends the Constitution to protect hunting and fishing rights for the state. Idaho, surprisingly, is one of few states that doesn’t already have such rights guaranteed constitutionally. Not only should the right be protected for sportsmen interests, but also it’s the most efficacious means of protecting and maintaining ecological balance in the state. This also should be approved.

For the citizens of Pocatello, there’s a request to authorize issuance of bonds up to $2.8 million for the purpose of constructing a new animal shelter. This is long overdue, and hopefully will be approved.

For congressman from the 2nd Congressional District, I’m sorely disappointed in the lack of fiscal restraint that Congressman Mike Simpson has displayed. He either needs to learn how to say no to spending bills, or be replaced by someone who can. But his opponent this year, Nicole LeFavour, is clearly not the one. Even if she was more fiscally conservative, which she is not, the last thing we need is more congressmen from Nancy Pelosi’s party to return the Speaker gavel to her. As long as Pelosi is in House leadership, control should never be returned to her party.

For Legislative District 28, Jim Guthrie should be our new senator, and Ken Andrus should be retained in the House. Both have done a superb job in Boise and should be retained. Newcomer, Kelley Packer, is a breath of fresh air as a candidate for House Seat B. She’s thoughtful, deliberative, and thorough, and extremely approachable. She’ll be a great addition to our solid representation from Bannock County.

The Legislative District 29 races are crucial for Pocatello proper. Greg Romriell, (Senate), Dave Bowen (House Seat A), and Craig Cooper (House Seat B) would be incredible assets and exemplary representatives of the interests of Pocatello. I hold in great respect some of their opponents, but two things lead me to support these gentlemen. One, even though they’re newcomers to state politics, they’re extremely well versed, knowledgeable, principled, and aware of the challenges facing our state and our community. Two, none of them represent the party that endorsed and supported, at the state level, the worst piece of legislation ever drafted at any level of government; Obamacare. Idaho Democrats, when they voted unanimously in support of that reprehensible piece of legislation, precluded me from supporting anyone from their party at the state level for some time.

The County Commissioner race, I’m convinced, is critical for the county. The commissioners up for reelection, Karl Anderson and Howard Manwaring, have accomplished so much in their short time on the commission. They have reduced the county budget, and spent even less than budgeted, this year, $3 million less.

The county is out of debt for the first time in years, and efficiencies within the county operational apparatus have never been at this high level. After examining in depth what they’ve been able to accomplish, and what their plans are for continued improvements and fiscal propriety, both of these commissioners must be retained.

Our Bannock County Sheriff, Lorin Nielsen, even though he is unopposed, needs special acknowledgement for the outstanding job he’s been doing in that position. In my estimation, he epitomizes the thoughtful, conscientious, and thorough local sheriff. I can’t imagine anyone doing that job better.

The Prosecuting Attorney position has been a handpicked crony position for as long as I can remember. Kent Reynolds affords us a unique opportunity to elect someone that brings a fresh perspective, a lifestyle that is congruous with Bannock County residents, and according to a longtime attorney here, has “a hundred times more criminal law experience than his opponent has.” I know some of our local police officers support his opponent, but that’s to be expected, since his opponent has been the city attorney and as such, represents the local constabulary. They don’t like Kent, because Kent wins his cases. Seems to me that’s exactly what we want from the chief law enforcement officer for the county! I have found many more policemen who support Kent privately, than oppose him.

Whether you agree with my assessment of the races and the issues or not, you owe it to your community, your state, and your nation, to get informed, and then vote.

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David Ripley: Reviewing Obama’s Record

November 2nd, 2012 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

As citizens prepare to cast their ballots on Tuesday, it is important to review President Obama’s focused, unrelenting campaign to expand abortion in America. If there is a “war” going on, it is the war on the preborn child.

In truth, the public record of Obama’s unwavering assault is too long to recount in its entirety, at least on a website. Perhaps someone will undertake the mission of compiling his unsavory record in a book after his regime is repulsed.

Still, there is great value in remembering some of the details. Perhaps readers of this column can share this posting with neighbors and friends who have not followed Obama’s regime with much care.

From his first day in office, Obama began to execute the agenda prepared with help from his friends at Planned Parenthood. On January 23rd, 2009, Obama issued an Executive Order to rescind the Mexico City Policy – which President Reagan had established to prohibit the use of U.S. dollars in abortions overseas. He later backs this up with a special appropriation of $50 million to the UNFPA.

President Obama filled his cabinet and Administration with unsavory characters committed to a radical pro-abortion agenda: Kathleen Sebelius became Secretary of Health & Human Services; Thomas Perelli became Deputy Attorney General (he is attorney who represented Terri Schiavo’s husband in his campaign to dispose of his wife).

In his first March, Obama signs another Executive Order allowing federal tax dollars to be used in funding embryonic stem cell research – cloning new humans only to destroy them for their stem cells.

Then Obama’s representatives help press the United Nations to establish abortion as a fundamental human right. (A year later – March, 2010 – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton blast the Canadian government for being weak on its support for international abortions).

In April of 2009, Obama’s new FDA expands the availability of “Emergency Contraception” to teenage girls. (This would be expanded even further: His federal government now helps schools in New York and California provide free EC pills to students without parental consent or knowledge).

After passing his federal take-over of the nation’s health care system – which will do more to expand abortion than anything since the Roe v. Wade decision itself – President Obama continues his assault on Life and the religious values which infuse the pro-Life movement:

While Congress is in recess in 2010, Obama appoints Dr. Donald Berwick as Director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The man is an express advocate of health care rationing for the disabled and elderly.

In January of 2011, Obama issues a public statement extolling the virtues of legalized abortion:

“Today marks the 38th Anniversary of Roe v.Wade, the Supreme Court decision that protects women’s health and reproductive freedom, and affirms a fundamental principle: that government should not intrude on private family matters. I am committed to protecting this constitutional right.”

In April of 2011, Obama lays down the gauntlet in a battle with the Republican House over continued federal funding of Planned Parenthood – America’s largest abortion provider. In fact, the conflict intensifies to the point where Obama threatens to shut down the federal government if the pro-Life majority in the U.S. House persists in its efforts to stop funding Planned Parenthood. (The Republicans eventually back down, hoping to elect a more humane president in 2012).

Obama then took his defense of Planned Parenthood into the states: His Justice Department wages a campaign against Indiana when it dares to end its partnership with the leading death merchant.

Beginning in the summer of 2011, the Obama Regime begins its assault on the conscience and religious liberty rights of Americans by compelling insurance companies to provide abortion-causing drugs as part of basic policies.

That same summer, Vice President Joe Biden gives his approval to China’s forced abortion policy during an official visit to that repressive nation.

In the fall of 2011, Michelle Obama’s chief of staff (Tina Tchen) was the keynote speaker at a conference sponsored by NARAL – an organization of abortionists who work to protect their lucrative business. One focus of this conference was developing strategies for closing the doors of “dangerous” pregnancy centers.

The list could be doubled, then doubled again: Radicals appointed to his Administration and the federal judiciary; the assault on Christian churches; the expanded funding for abortions in Washington, D.C.

Hopefully these highlights of the depravity being systematically pursued by Barack Obama and his allies will motivate us to pray with genuine humility for the Lord to intervene on behalf of the innocent. There can be no doubt that Obama has more than earned his title as the “Abortion President” – a title he is likely to hold for many years to come.

With your prayers, we can hope that the Lord will spare us another four years of this evil.

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Richard Larsen: End America’s Fiscal Incompetence

November 1st, 2012 by Halli

By Richard Larsen

As we head into the final stretch on the presidential campaign, the ultimate decision on who leads the nation into the future comes down to a few core issues for the most part. Even though the outcome of the race is beyond our influence, we must, as Americans who share a love for this republic, make a choice on whether a continuation “Forward” of the past four years or a different, more fiscally responsible course, will ensure the perpetuity of the country.

With a $15 trillion economy and $16 trillion in federal debt, the United States is currently at 107% debt to GDP. Much of our debt has been funded the past three years by Quantitative Easing, with the Federal Reserve having printed over $3 trillion of new bills to increase circulation in M1 and incestuously buying our debt with that new currency.

Those factors, combined with four consecutive years of an average $1.44 trillion in deficit spending, have given us an economy, and a currency, that’s nearing an implosion stage. David M. Walker, former Comptroller General under President Clinton says at our current trajectory, the entire economy and currency will collapse in 2-3 years.

An important point must be made as it relates to the deficit. Many people have erroneously and fallaciously blamed George Bush for the deficits we now have because the two fronts on the war on terror, Iraq and Afghanistan, were “off budget.” Yes they were “off budget,” meaning they were not included in the president’s or congress’ budget figures, but they were not off balance sheet. The cost of those conflicts was, by law, included in the total debt and total deficit figures each year.

To put the “off budget” concept into perspective, the massive spending of the past six years has all been off budget. Nancy Pelosi never passed a budget in the four years she was Speaker of the House, and it’s been three years since the senate passed a budget. The end result is that over $8 trillion in spending over the past six years has all been “off budget,” but still included in the OMB (Office of Management and Budget) total expenditures for each of those years.

Economists are unanimous in their concerns for the “Taxmaggeddon” scenario we face at the beginning of 2013 when the tax cuts implemented in 2001 and 2003, and the adjustments from 2005, are set to expire on Dec. 31, 2012. This amounts to an automatic tax increase of over $600 billion that will impact everyone, in every bracket. Two years ago Obama said allowing expiration of those tax cuts was unfeasible until the economy improved. Well, two years ago we had GDP growth rate of 3.5%. We’re now at 1.3%. The case is even stronger now that none of those tax increases should be allowed, as they will most assuredly push the nation into another recession.

We also have a sequestration crisis facing the nation at the end of the year. This act has already imposed $45 billion in cuts to defense, will immediately cut another $60 billion, and will automatically impose over half-a-trillion in mandatory cuts to the military over the next several years if not acted on. Obama promised in the debate the other night that this will not happen, but he also promised us four years ago that he would cut the deficit in half. His “promises” ring hollow.

The logical question is who is most likely to remedy these crises? Certainly not the one who created the debt crisis. Remember, we were still at 58.6% debt to GDP at the beginning of his term, while now we’re at 107%. Certainly not the one who refuses even to meet with opposition party leadership, submitted such unreasonable budgets that they were unanimously rejected by congress, and ignored his Simpson-Bowles commission’s report to reduce the deficit.

The one who obviously has an ability to solve these critical fiscal crises is the one who turned a state’s $3 billion deficit into a $1 billion surplus, without raising taxes, all with a legislature that was comprised 87% by the opposition party. Mitt Romney is the one who has proven he can realistically “reach across the aisle” and work out solutions to our financial plight.

Couple this with the fact that the despotic world leaders who hold greatest contempt for America have expressed their support for our sitting president. What does that tell you when Hugo Chavez, Raul Castro, and Vladimir Putin have all endorsed Obama? Mahmoud Ahmadinejad did four years ago and has not recanted.

Logic should dictate that the one who created our current mess and has already proven his fiscal ineptitude, shouldn’t be trusted or expected to do anything different given another four years. The president has validated the Peter Principle, that all people rise to the level of their incompetence, and now it’s time for a change.

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