|May 15, 2009|
The Republican Party was founded on the principle that no human being should be considered the property of another.
Governor Palin Backs Parental Consent Measure
By SEAN COCKERHAM [email protected]
Published: 05/03/09 22:11:44
Gov. Sarah Palin is backing a ballot measure to bypass the Legislature and make it illegal for teenagers to get an abortion without telling their parents.
The initiative sponsors, including former Lt. Gov. Loren Leman, applied last week to start gathering signatures. The measure would generally forbid a girl under 18 from getting an abortion unless the doctor informed at least one of her parents beforehand.
Palin said she plans to be the first in line to sign up. The governor said she even considered sponsoring the initiative herself, but decided otherwise after checking with the state's lawyers.
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Politico.com reported on April 21, 2009 that Senator John McCain "now appears to be facing a serious primary from the right in Arizona next year."
Chris Simcox, the founder of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps and a prominent figure in the anti-immigration movement will challenge McCain. Simcox issued a release stating that, "John McCain has failed miserably in his duty to secure this nation's borders and protect the people of Arizona from the escalating violence and lawlessness." "He has fought real efforts over the years at every turn, opting to hold our nation's border security hostage to his amnesty schemes. Coupled with his votes for reckless bailout spending and big government solutions to our nation's problems, John McCain is out of touch with everyday Arizonans."
While Chris Simcox may have an edge over McCain on the illegal immigration issue, he faces a problem with respect to his position on abortion. While Senator McCain has an imperfect record on life issues (he justifies abortion in cases of rape or incest and supports research that involves the killing of human embryos) he has a strong record of support for legislation restricting and regulating the practice of abortion.
Simcox, on the other hand, has said that "Congress has no business voting on social issues at the federal level."' He said that also includes laws restricting abortion. Because pro-life voters represent a high percentage of voters in Republican primary elections, Simcox's challenge to Senator McCain may prove more difficult than he expects.
The Thomas More Law Center, a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, announced on April 16, 2009 that it has filed a federal lawsuit against Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. The lawsuit claims that her Department's "Rightwing Extremism Policy," as reflected in the recently publicized Intelligence Assessment, "Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment," violates the civil liberties of American citizens by targeting them for disfavored treatment on account of their political beliefs.
The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on behalf of nationally syndicated conservative radio talk show host Michael Savage, Gregg Cunningham, President of the pro-life organization Center for Bio-Ethical Reform, Inc. (CBR) and Iraqi War Marine veteran Kevin Murray. The Law Center claims that Napolitano's Department (DHS) has violated the First and Fifth Amendment Constitutional rights of these three plaintiffs by attempting to chill their free speech, expressive association and equal protection rights. The lawsuit further claims that the Department of Homeland Security encourages law enforcement officers throughout the nation to target and report citizens to federal officials as suspicious rightwing extremists and potential terrorists because of their political beliefs.
You may click here for full information on the lawsuit.
"The government considers you a terrorist threat if you oppose abortion, own a gun, or are a returning war veteran." That's what House Judiciary Committee ranking member Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) said on April 15 in response to a Department of Homeland Security report warning of the rise of right-wing extremist groups.
Smith, who said the report on "right-wing extremism" amounts to "political profiling," said that DHS is "using people's political views to assess an individual's susceptibility to terror recruitment." He joins a growing chorus of protest from irate conservative groups that are protesting the report's findings.
The fact that the Report has been pulled from the DHS web site, and Secretary Napolitano said yesterday that it has been withdrawn and rewritten, does not change the fact that Americans who are returning veterans or who hold pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, pro-U.S. sovereignty opinions have been targeted as potential terrorists by the Obama administration. Americans who wish to protect our country from potential harm from those who cross our borders illegally have been branded along with those who exercise their First Amendment right to freedom of speech in opposing the socialistic cultural, political and economic agenda of President Obama.
The price of freedom is eternal vigilance. The emergence of the DHS Report should serve as a warning to all who cherish liberty. Pay attention. Speak up. Stay informed. Remember, the pursuit of good government through participation in the political process is not a spectator sport. Every one of us can be a player!
The Executive Branch cannot achieve its objectives without the cooperation of the Legislative Branch of government. The 2010 congressional elections will provide the opportunity to change the balance of power by replacing liberals with true conservatives. It is an opportunity we cannot afford to miss.
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