CONGRESS ADJOURNS WITH POPULIST VICTORIES
By Rev. Ted Pike
16 Aug 10
Democrats departed Congress last week empty-handed of passage of
two of the highest priority items on the Obama “hate crimes” wish
list: The Employment Non-Discrimination Act and repeal of the military’s “Don’t
Ask, Don’t Tell” policy towards homosexuals. ENDA would
have forced employers to hire and not fire homosexuals, forcing businesses
to allow male employees “transitioning” into women access
to female restroom facilities. DADT repeal would empower homosexuals
in the military to boldly proclaim their sexual orientation and, if “married,” have
all the rights and benefits of heterosexual couples.
Liberal Democrats and the homosexual media have been intensely playing
the “blame game” for these failures, criticizing prolonged
healthcare debate, unfaithful Democrat leadership, lack of spirited
homosexual activism, even Republican obstructionism. The truth is that
both these bills have been brought forward much too late, much too
close to expected voter backlash against Democrats in midterm elections.
Put simply, Democrat leadership, fearing judgment in November, is very
uncomfortable promoting them at this time.
Even the ever optimistic homosexual defender, Rep. Barney Frank is
now apparently silent of hopes for an ENDA vote when Congress reconvenes
in September. Sen. Carl Levin however, plans, with other Democrat
leaders, for a fast DADT repeal vote in the Senate next month. However,
if Democrat leadership could not make priority of such a vote during
the last several weeks, it will be even less to its advantage to do
so in the fall, with voter revenge only weeks away.
Clearly, unless we see Democrat triumph in November, ENDA is dead.
DADT repeal may be dying but could revive.
It is still a good idea to remind your members of Congress not to
vote for it. In fact, it may become urgently necessary in mid-September
to bombard Congress with objections. NPN will keep you posted.
But for the moment, there can be little doubt that the momentum behind
these very aggressive, controversial, pro-homosexual bills has largely
declined. If both are vanquished, it will increase to four defeated
hate and bias crimes bills inspired by the Anti-Defamation League in
this Congress. ADL’s cyber-bullying bill “The Megan Meier
Cyber-bullying Prevention Act,” H.R. 6123, was defeated in the
House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime this spring. It would have made
a federal hate criminal of any student, teacher, even parent whose
criticism of a homosexual student caused “emotional distress” sufficient
to disincline them to attend a student function. ADL’s similar “AWARE
Act” (Adolescent Web Awareness Requires Education), H.R. 3630,
companion to the cyber-bullying bill, authorized a pervasive, homosexual-friendly
educational program in all public schools in America from kindergarten
through college. It was defeated at the same hearing.
Despite widespread publicity and analysis by NPN, leadership of the
Christian/conservative Right did not alert against these two
very dangerous anti-family bills. There was a simple reason: all “cyber-bullying” legislation
is so conspicuously generated by ADL that they were afraid to attack
the legislative agenda of a venerable Jewish “civil liberties” group
and risk being called “anti-Semitic.” The National Prayer
Network galvanized heavy calling to House Judiciary Republicans, forewarning
and energizing Rep. Louis Gohmert to summon expert witnesses. After
hearing their augmentation, even Democrat committee chairman Bobby
Scott and ADL's own star witness had to agree that the cyber-bullying
bill lacked Constitutional merit (See, Cyberbullying
Hearing Goes Badly for Liberals! and Media
Mocks Cyberbullying Bill.)
Although the Right suffered crushing defeats by passage of the economic
stimulus bill, the healthcare reform bill, and the federal hate crimes
bill, the possible defeat of four ADL hate bills should provide renewed
optimism and energy to all lovers of freedom. Now more than ever, the
familiar defeatist whine that “there is nothing we can do” or
that “there’s not a nickel’s worth of difference
between the Democrats and Republicans - vote all the bums out!” has
become prehistoric. Despite liberals in the Republican Party, the majority
of Republicans stood firm against most of the Obama legislative agenda
in this Congress. With rare exceptions, all Democrats supported
it. Possible defeat of four major hate crimes bills, largely made possible
by Republicans, affirms the general advantage of electing Republicans
rather than Democrats. It also proves that vigorous use of the legislative
process, rejecting fatalism or even violent revolution, is still the
best mechanism for political renewal.
Let lovers of freedom pause and savor these victories. Then take
revenge where it properly should occur, against Democrats in the polling
places in November!
Rev. Ted Pike is director of the National Prayer Network, a Christian/conservative
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