From: Gary Bauer []
Sent: Friday, March 02, 2007 5:24 PM
Subject: End of Day 3-2-07

Friday, March 2, 2007

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary Bauer

Do Our Issues Matter?

A lot of social issue conservatives are worried that the values issues—the sanctity of life, preservation of marriage etc.—won’t loom large in the 2008 general election or even in the battle for the GOP nomination. True, they probably won’t be as prominent as the debate over how to defend our country against Islamo-fascism. But there are early signs that those writing off the social issues may be doing it prematurely. In fact, all three of the GOP frontrunners are trying right now to convince us that they are to one degree or another more “conservative” on values than the competition.

ABC News is reporting that former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney taped an interview, scheduled to play on March 6th on the Christian Broadcasting Network, in which he is critical of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani for being “pro-choice and pro-gay marriage.” A source close to Giuliani told ABC that Romney’s criticism was sad and that the mayor opposes same sex “marriage.” (He did, however, sign legislation in 1997 creating domestic partnerships in New York City.) Meanwhile, former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore is running an on-line ad charging that none of the frontrunners are conservative enough on the social issues.

I am not taking sides in the Romney/Giuliani “dust up.” What I am saying is that voters motivated by values issues are a major part of the U.S. electorate, and particularly among self-identified Republicans. That virtually guarantees that our issues will be in the headlines in the months ahead.

Pro-Genocide Convention

The presidents of two of the world’s worst regimes, Iran and Sudan, held a “thug summit” yesterday and met every low standard expected of them. Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who denies the Holocaust, and Sudanese “President” Omar al-Bashir, who has been overseeing a current holocaust, proudly joined hands against “the enemies of Islam.” Ahmadinejad asserted that “the Zionists are the true incarnation of Satan,” while behind the scenes Bashir pursued his goal of obtaining Iranian missiles.

All of this leads me to ask once again to those urging President Bush to negotiate with these maniacs: “Negotiate what?” What is it we should put on the table that we would be willing to give to these Islamo-fascists who yearn more than anything else for the blood of Christians and Jews and the destruction of the U.S. and Israel?

Earlier in the week, the International Criminal Court in The Hague requested summonses for two Sudanese officials accused of 51 crimes against humanity and war crimes including murder, torture and mass rape. There is no doubt that the Court will be ignored. Meanwhile, Europe’s left continues to shake their fists at the U.S. while ignoring the gathering evil from despots like Bashir and Ahmadinejad. Apparently our friends across the Atlantic didn’t learn very much about appeasement in the 1930s.

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