Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Right-Wing News

December 22, 2004

Christmas Culture War

According to the Center for Reclaiming America, "Christmas has been hijacked by the zealots of 'political correctness' (PC), and by corporate zealots seeking huge profits." Read

However, Reason's Julian Sanchez argues that "the anti-Christmas 'jihad' is no more real...than Santa Claus." Read

Congress

Freedom Works lists its "Wish List" for the 109th Congress in a "Holiday Message" to Capitol Hill. The three items listed are: Social Security Personal Retirement Accounts, Fundamental Tax Reform, and "An End to Lawsuit Abuse." Read

The Independent Women's Forum applauds the legislative reform goals put forth by the President in his end-of-the-year press conference. Carrie Lukas, IWF’s director of policy, said that Social Security and tax reform were particularly important for women. Read

Iraq

House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) argues that those who criticize Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld "are aiding and abetting the enemy." Read

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Right-Wing News

December 21, 2004

GOP Politics

The Capitol Resource Institute chides Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA) for urging that the Republican Party “move a little further left and place more weight on the center" by softening its hard-line views on reproductive rights and gay issues. Saying that his statements “show extreme arrogance and total ignorance concerning the values and dedication of the party's core constituents," CRI's Karen England adds that "Schwarzenegger has spent too much time in Hollywood [and] needs to start mingling more with mainstream Californians." Read

USA Today reports: "Emboldened conservatives in Congress say they will oppose the White House next year on at least a half-dozen issues where they say President Bush has strayed from Republican values." These issues are: immigration, abortion, spending, education, political money, and prescription drugs. Read

Family Research Council president Tony Perkins argues that politicians such as Gov. Schwarzenegger and Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco - who recently signed an executive order that prohibits antigay workplace discrimination against state workers - appear to be "morally deaf" by ignoring the voices of their constituents who, if given the chance, "vote to uphold marriage and traditional moral values." Read

Voting

The Wall Street Journal's John Fund calls for a "rerun" of Washington State's gubernatorial election: "If leaders of both parties could agree that the November election has been hopelessly compromised, public pressure for a clarifying rematch would build. It would be highly irregular, but so too is the fact that whoever wins the third count of votes would govern under a cloud in which their legitimacy would be questioned." Read

Reproductive Health

National Review editor Rich Lowry suggests that a recent case of the murder of a pregnant woman in Missouri "opens an uncomfortable window into our culture's tortured reasoning on anything related to unborn life." "Pro-choicers realize that recognizing the legal status of a fetus in any way undermines a crucial philosophical support of the pro-choice position - that a baby in the womb has no rights that we are bound to respect. The Missouri 'Unborn Child' law, which is in play in the Stinnett case, says 'unborn children have protectable interests in life, health, and well-being.' The attitude behind that law is impossible to square with the animating principle of Roe v. Wade, which protects any abortion, any time." Read

Used with the permission of People For the American Way [or People For the American Way Foundation]

Sunday, December 19, 2004

The federalism flip-flop

Democrats now argue for states' rights

A historic turnabout is underway. Liberals are now picking up the mantle of states' rights, while conservatives find themselves arguing for the supremacy of national government.
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