Abortion of Common Sense in 2008

This past presidential election seems to have left many trying to appease their conscious. The largest group seems to be prolifers who voted for Obama. These people tended to declare themselves prolife and yet in the same sentence managed to say that politics, especially this election would not really affect that issue. Their reasoning was, we had a Republican president for eight years and still have abortion.

Issues of policy are not easily overturned. But take time based on their legislative and case history. Abortion will require steps to change and overturn. It is easier to expand than restrict. Before voting, people need to inform themselves about the candidate, and the positions of the parties, especially when they claim to believe in, or an issue is important to them. One should not vote because of the suave appeal of the candidate, history has repeatedly shown where that leads.

To those who believed Bush did not have any effect on the abortion issue, and that Obama was not the most prochoice politician we have seen to date, pay attention to the coming years. Some of Bush’s policies on abortion were blasted across the news during his presidency. Bush passed and ordered numerous measures to curtail abortion.

In fact, he started within days of getting into office. One of the first things he did as president was to stop international funding for abortions. Bush did so through an executive order, in which he stated, “It is my conviction that taxpayer funds should not be used to pay for abortions or advocate or actively promote abortion, either here or abroad.” Obama however, has twice voted against bills prohibiting tax funding to be used to fund abortions.

Within the same year, he issued another executive order restricting federal funding on embryonic stem cell research. (One should note he did not forbid such research. For those supporting such measure it is still open to public funding…). Bush issued two vetoes in the previous years to reject legislation that would ease restrictions on the funding. Obama has said he will reverse such a decision. What is to prevent creating fetuses merely for their stem cells? Abortion could thereby be encouraged and justified because it provides the needed fetuses.

Bush supported the Born Alive Infant Protection Act. If a baby is born alive it is given the legal rights of a human under federal law. This is regardless of what stage they were born in or if the birth occurred during an abortion. The bill was to provide medical treatment for babies who survived premature inducement for the purpose of abortion, and for babies (not those to be aborted) who were born prematurely. Only 15 members of the house opposed, and it unanimously passed in the senate. NARAL Pro-Choice American did not even oppose the bill. During this same time, Obama was a state senator, and a similar bill came forward on the state level. Obama refused to support such legislation, his reasoning was he did not want to admit that such babies were people. Because if these babies, which were fully born and outside of the womb, where considered people, they would be protected by the Constitution under the 14th amendment.

The bill came before the Judiciary Committee, on which Obama was a member. The first time he voted present and the second no. The bill was then sent to the senate’s Health and Human Services Committee, which Obama chaired and he never called the bill up for a vote. Obama explained in 2001, “It would essentially bar abortions because the equal protection clause does not allow somebody to kill a child, and if this was a child then this would be an anti-abortion statute.” However, this bill just like the federal one did nothing to overturn or even oppose Roe. Obama (along with numerous others) had been assured of, but still continued to use it as an excuse to oppose the bill and later to justify his opposition.

What Bush is best known for is the partial birth abortion ban. This was, and still is, a very controversial and contested issue in the media. It was immediately contested in various state courts, the main one in Nebraska. But in April 2007, the Supreme Court upheld the ban. The bill stops doctors from performing abortions on second and third trimester fetuses. The procedure this late in the pregnancy involves delivering everything but part of the fetus (usually the head), and at that point the horrid act is performed. Such a bill had been raised by the Republicans twice during the Clinton years but twice he vetoed it. Once the bill was finally passed under Bush the fight was far from over. Bush however, was not going to bow down to the courts and let liberals once again have their way. He stated, “the facts about partial-birth abortion are troubling and tragic and no lawyer’s brief can make them see otherwise. The executive branch will vigorously defend this law by any who would try to overturn it in the courts.” Finally they were victorious, but the fight is far from over.

Given Obama’s record measures to overturn will most likely be taken during the Obama years, and similar cases could overturn or modify this decision since the members of the Court are likely to change. Michelle Obama even sent out a letter in 2004, explaining how partial birth abortion was an important medical procedure and needs to be protected. When the partial birth abortion ban was up in the Illinois Senate he voted present twice.

Bush also signed the Unborn Victim’s of Violence Act of 2004. The bill is also known as Laci and Conner’s Law, after Laci Peterson and her unborn son. The bill lays out 60 federal crimes in which an unborn child can be considered a legal victim. An example was Scott Peterson, he was charged with double homicide, Laci and her unborn son. At its signing ceremony Bush said, “Any time an expectant mother is a victim of violence, two lives are in the balance, each deserving protection, and each deserving justice. If the crime is murder and the unborn child’s life ends, justice demands a full accounting under the law.”

Bush also appointed judges to the various courts that would uphold these positions, and largely those of his party. The Supreme Court appointments were a fierce battle in Congress because the democrat senators fight to keep anyone, no matter how qualified, off of the bench who may, even slightly, lean to the prolife side.

For those who used Bush’s abortion record to justify voting for Obama, I challenge you to look at what Bush accomplished and Obama’s opinion on these policies (most he has said he will reverse). There are reasons he was considered the most liberal member of the senate.

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Barry Knight wins the 81st District Republican Canvass!

*Exclusive. Barry Knight has won the canvass and is the Republican nominee for the 81st Delegate District. HamptonRoadsGOP.com had it here first!

Barry Knight won the Chesapeake precinct with 329 votes, to Paul Lanteigne’s 17, and Tom Keeley’s 12 rounding out the field.

Barry Knight has won the 2nd precinct, The Village at Rainbow. The total votes at Rainbow was 428 for Barry Knight, 389 for Paul Lanteign, and Tom Keeley with 218.

Capps Shop Precinct numbers are in and Barry Knight had 552 votes to Paul Lanteign’s 218 votes. Tom Keeley’s numbers will be in shortly!

It is official! Barry Knight is the Republican Nominee for the 81st Delegate District!

Barry Knight more than doubled his closest opponent, Lanteigne.

Congratulations are in order! HamptonRoadsGOP.com would like to Congratulate Barry Knight on becoming the Republican Nominee in the 81st. The special election will take place on January 6th.

An Evening with Bill Bolling

Monday, November 24th was a rainy day in Hampton Roads. The Republican Professionals Network hosted what was probably the first real political event in the area for the 2009 election cycle. It was well attended. 2008’s results held much in common with the day, foggy and rainy. But 2009 is around the corner, and today, Lt. Governor Bill Bolling gives us reason to be optimistic, a ray of sunshine popping through the clouds.

In his remarks to the RPN hosted fundraiser in his honor, the Lt. Governor emphasized that 2008 and 2009 are very different years and are going to have very different results. The Republican Professionals Network Chairman Bruce Meyer introduced the Lt. Governor and his remarks were very true to form. Noted political strategist and consultant, Chris Woodfin has long remarked that no one can deliver a red meat speech and fire up the conservative base like Bill Bolling can. He encouraged those there, something we truly needed in the aftermath of November 4th. “Republicans in Virginia have a special opportunity in 2009, one afforded to us because the Attorney General and I are working together in the spirit of unity, rather than competing against each other as the Democrats are doing in their Governor’s race at the moment.” He also made sure that those in attendance understood that both he and Bob McDonnell needed the help of the rank and file if they were to succeed.

I later sat down with Bill, a milestone for HamptonRoadsGOP.com; because it marks the first time we have interviewed a state-wide elected official.

One of the things I’ve always noticed about Bill Bolling is that he is a genuine and warm individual that people want to be around. The Norfolk Chair, Pam Brown, thinks his warm manner would make people want to be around him even if he didn’t hold elected office. I agree, There are elected officials that are venerated because of the office they hold and there are those that are venerated because of who they are as a person and the character they demonstrate. I think Bill Bolling is the latter.

Bill Bolling has long been steadfast for the cause of conservatism and a noted defender of the family. It is also well known that he a man of strong faith and values. We talked about the importance his faith has in his life. It may, but should not, surprise the average person to know that the Lt. Governor still takes the time to teach Sunday school, which he is able to do about three Sundays each month and has been doing so for over twenty years.

That is an impressive feat, considering how busy of a man the Lt. Governor is. In addition to his duties in the Commonwealth, he is prominent among his peers on the national stage. In 2007, he was elected Chairman of the Republican Lt. Governors Association. He currently serves as Vice-Chair of the National Lt. Governors Association and will serve as Chairman next term.

We did get down to business, as I asked the million dollar question, “What happened in 2008 and what does that mean for Republicans in Virginia?” The Lt. Governor regards 2008 as somewhat of an oddity, because of the factors in play. “There was a large amount of anti-Republican sentiment among the populace, as well as increased voter turnout…”

“You also have to give Obama credit,” he said. “He ran a heck of a campaign and we can learn from it. In order to win Virginia back, we need to connect our issues with the voters. We need to reach out and reconnect with voters in places like Fairfax, Prince William, and Loudon. The other side did a great job of reaching out and they won.”

When asked about what effect Obama will have on the Virginia voters in 2009, the Lt. Governor is optimistic. He recognizes that the new President will spend more time in Virginia in 2009 than he did in 2008 along with probably every major Democrat in the nation as Democrats seek to prove that 2008 wasn’t a fluke.

I piped in, “Also, the only other state that has a race of consequence is New Jersey, which is unfortunately almost a foregone conclusion.” “All eyes will be on Virginia,” he said, “but I trust the people of the Commonwealth to make their own decisions. No one tells a Virginian how to vote. They choose for themselves. I’m confident in their choice for 2009.”

The Lt. Governor will be back in Hampton Roads in Norfolk for another event on December 18th. Details for that will be posted shortly on HamptonRoadsGOP.com.

Martin Luther King Was a Republican!

An article written by Frances Rice on the website of the National Black Republican Association argues that MLK was a Republican. 

She writes:

It should come as no surprise that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Republican.  Why?  It was the Democrats who Dr. King was fighting, and he would not have joined the Democratic Party, the party of segregation and the Ku Klux Klan.

The fact that Dr. King was a Republican is affirmed by Dr. King’s niece, Dr. Alveda C. King, in an article and video posted on the website of the National Black Republican Association at www.NBRA.info. To gain a better understanding about why Dr. King was a Republican, we need to take a walk through history.

She touches on the following:

  • Slavery – Democrats fought to expand it, Republicans fought to ban it
  • Democrats fought against civil rights in the 1950’s and 1960’s
  • Republicans championed civil rights in the 1950’s and 1960’s
  • Lyndon Johnson did not predict a racist exodus to the Republican Party
  • President John F. Kennedy was not a civil rights advocate
  • Goldwater was a Libertarian, not a racist 
  • The truth about Nixon’s “Southern Strategy”
  • Nixon started affirmative action implementation
  • Democrats talk tolerance, but practice intolerance
  • The myth of voter suppression by Republicans
  • Hurricane Katrina – Democrats failed blacks
  • The Democratic Party today is anti-black
  • The Republican Party today promotes black prosperity
  • Democrats owe blacks an apology
  • MLK would be a Republican today

Today, while professing to revere Dr. King, Democrats are still trying to tarnish his image and diminish his civil rights achievements by claiming that, if Dr. King were alive today, he would embrace the secularist, socialist policies of the Democratic Party.

 

In reality, Dr. King was a Christian who held deeply religious beliefs and was guided by his faith and his Republican Party principles in his struggle to gain equality for blacks.  He did not embrace the type of socialist, secularist agenda that is promoted by the Democrat Party today, which includes fostering dependency on welfare that breaks up families, supporting same-sex marriage, approving partial-birth abortion and banning God from the public square.

An understanding of who the real Dr. King was can be gained from a glimpse of Dr. King as a young man who participated in an oratorical contest when he was 14 years old.  The title of his speech was “The Negro and the Constitution” which had the following sentences:  “We cannot have an enlightened democracy with one great group living in ignorance…We cannot be truly Christian people so long as we flout the central teachings of Jesus:  brotherly love and the Golden Rule….”

If Dr. King were still alive, he would still be a Republican and would be slandered by Democrats in the same way that they smeared him in the 1960’s and demean all black Republicans today.

The full article can be found here. Please check it out. It is interesting how she takes on the myths espoused by the Democratic Party.

A Rebuttal of Klinge’s Letter

The following is an email that has been sent out to many in the Virginia Republican Party. This email has not been altered or abridged in any way.

*Note: The author’s opinions are the sole property of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of HamptonRoadsGOP.com or its staff.

Larry Miller of Simple Webz and  So Drill Already! wrote the following:

Republican Friend

Last night I received an email from one J Kenneth Klinge from northern Virginia.  He chooses to blame the new RPV Chairman Jeff Frederick for the losses we experienced a few weeks ago.  I was thoroughly disgusted with his inability to see the big picture and all the events over the preceding years that led up to this situation.  It was an obvious attempt to bring us back to the days when the party was regarded as the personal property of the ruling group.  To some extent it still is as we are still looking at a party organization that is more interested in annointing candidates than conducting conventions where the grassroots actually has input. 

It is important that we work with Jeff and keep the position from falling back into the hands of those who regard the work of those who stand out in the rain on election day and wear out shoes going door to door for the candidates as theirs by right rather than something that is earned by those seeking office.  Of course it may take a little time to rebuild the financial resources as many who contributed in the past may not see their contributions buy the influence it has formerly.

Over the past years, the party apparatus gave us numerous candidates who looked good, smelled good, had nice smiles, had the blessing of the upper echelons of leadership, but failed to get the job done on election day.  To my thinking, this means we really need a change in the party leaders, who meet off by themselves and decide who the little people should support.  They are the ones doing a disservice to the party and the citizens of Virginia… not Jeff Frederick.  

For those satisfied with the leadership that has given us one defeat after another having a firm grip on a minority party, please disregard.  For those who believe in the Republican principles as set forth in the creed and want to see them guide the party, and have the party successful, please forward this to other Virginia Republicans.

 

Larry Miller

Klinge Calls for Chairman Frederick’s Resignation

The following is an email that has been sent out to many in the Virginia Republican Party. This email has not been altered or abridged in any way.

*Note: The author’s opinions are the sole property of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of HamptonRoadsGOP.com or its staff.

Dear Fellow Republican,   

While nationally our Republican Party experienced disappointing losses, the results from Virginia were even worse.

Virginia lost more Republican seats in Congress than any other state in the United States of America. We lost two Congressional incumbents, a GOP held open Congressional seat, and a GOP held US Senate seat.


Virginia voted for a Democrat for President for the first time since 1964.

 

Why were the results here in Virginia worse than any other state?

 

I believe the answer is the misguided efforts of RPV Chairman Frederick.

 

When Frederick was running for RPV Chair, he said “In the end, effort is commendable, BUT THE RESULTS ARE ALL THAT COUNT.”

 

This year, Frederick led the Party to the worst loss for Virginia Republicans in our modern history.

 

Frederick’s immaturity and lack of judgment hurt our Party.

 

Instead of providing the support our candidates for President and Vice-President needed, Frederick clashed with them. In a shocking lack of judgment, Frederick openly criticized the McCain-Palin Campaign in an article in the Washington Times just days before the election. The lack of cooperation between the McCain-Palin Campaign and RPV was widely reported in many newspapers. How can Frederick claim he was working to deliver Virginia for the McCain-Palin ticket while simultaneously attacking the McCain-Palin Campaign in the newspapers?


Frederick was REPUDIATED by Attorney General Bob McDonnell and Senator John McCain for equating Barack Obama with Osama Bin Laden.

 

Frederick never even met with Virginia’s Republican Congressional Delegation!

 

Frederick can’t claim he tried to help our Congressional candidates when he wouldn’t even take the time to sit down with them. During his time as Chairman, Frederick never met with Virginia’s Congressional delegation. Frederick’s lack of interest in helping our Congressional candidates led to the loss of two Republican incumbents Congressman in Thelma Drake and Virgil Goode and the loss of Tom Davis’ open seat.

 

Frederick failed to raise the money needed to win.

 

Jeff Frederick also claimed that he would be able to boost RPV’s fundraising efforts, but he has failed. When you subtract direct transfers to RPV from the McCain-Palin Campaign, the RNC, and other state parties, RPV’s fundraising was a disappointing failure. From June 1 through Oct 15, RPV only raised $373,329. Amazingly, that’s $185,312 less than the comparable period in 2004 – the last presidential election cycle – when Virginia was not a targeted battleground state and we had no statewide campaign.

 

Under Frederick, RPV spent $366,331 on staff, fundraising expenses and overhead (remember they only raised $373,329!) and left almost nothing for direct campaign support. Staff and fundraising expenses under Frederick have increased over the same period in 2004 – even as RPV raised less money.

 

Incredibly, Frederick sent out a memo on Oct. 28 claiming he raised $4 million for campaign efforts this year – when the truth is he had no role in raising almost all of these funds. RPV was only able to pay for signs and mailers because of transfers and donations from the Republican National Committee, the McCain-Palin Campaign, and other state parties. I point this important fact out because Frederick himself attacked the past RPV leadership for counting these transfers as money “raised” in earlier campaign cycles.

 

Where was Frederick during the campaign?

 

In the heat of the most important election in our lifetime, Frederick took ten days off in September to go on a junket to Israel. It’s true. While our candidates were in the fight of their lives, while Virginia was a presidential battleground state, Frederick was touring Israel with Democrat Jim Moran and other politicians. They ate at fine restaurants and stayed at luxury hotels during their week-long all expenses paid vacation.

 

Frederick failed to provide the support our candidates needed and was unable to raise the money our Party required, contributing to the Republican rout we witnessed on Election Day, November 4, 2008.

 

I know a bad chairman when I see one.

 

I’ve been active in the Republican Party of Virginia since 1964. I served as executive director of our state party in 1973-1974 (During Watergate). I also ran Governor Reagan’s campaign for the Republican nomination for President in Virginia in 1976, and for five (5) States in the South during his successful campaign for President in 1980.

 

For forty-four years, I have worked to help elect Republican candidates on all levels. I started as a precinct captain in Arlington County and went on to advise many candidates, including George Allen for Governor (1993) and United States Senate (2000), Jim Gilmore for Governor (1997), Tom Davis (1991-2006), and Rob Wittman for Congress (2007 Special Election), and many candidates in local and legislative races. Over the years, I have learned what Republicans need to do to put principled conservatives into office.

 

I must say that if you look at the results, Frederick ranks as the worst state chairman in the history of the Republican Party of Virginia!

 

Next year is a critical election year for Virginia because, not only are we electing a Governor, LT. Governor, and Attorney General, but we also must maintain our majority in the House of Delegates to keep the Democrats from further hurting Republicans during redistricting. We must also begin on the road back to a majority in the State Senate of Virginia. JEFF FREDERICK IS INCAPABLE OF PROVIDING THE LEADERSHIP THAT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY NEEDS IN ORDER TO ACCOMPLISH THESE GOALS IN 2009.

 

If we are to rebuild, Frederick must resign.

 

If we are going to begin rebuilding and have a successful 2009, then the first step is for Jeff Frederick to resign as Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia. If Frederick does not resign, then I’m asking you to join me in DEMANDING that the members of the Republican Party State Central Committee remove Jeff Frederick from the office of Chairman of the Party. The State Central Committee has the authority and DUTY to remove a chairman from office when the chairman cannot handle the job. I believe it is their responsibility to do so right now. If they can’t or won’t do their duty, it is time to make changes in the membership of that committee also.

 

 
Kenneth Kling
J. Kenneth Klinge

Where to Now? by Chris Woodfin

All right, we are now a week out from the election in which Republicans in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and particularly Hampton Roads, suffered significant losses. The Commonwealth voted for a Democrat Presidential nominee for the first time since 1964, is now represented by 2 Democrat U.S. Senators and went from an 8-3 majority in the U.S. House of Representatives delegation to a 5-6 minority. Some may try to spin this, but I can’t. This is a devastating loss for Republicans in Virginia and we are all to blame.

Over the next few weeks and months, I am sure that we will all be inundated with political pundits informing anyone that will listen as to why Virginia has gone from a Red state to at least a purple state and possibly even a Blue state. This process has already started. Just this morning I was listening to an analysis claiming that the loss was because of the “rigidity” of the Republican Party sticking to principles and the unwillingness to be flexible. I don’t think this can be further from the truth.

The conservatives that want limited government, fiscal responsibility and low taxes feel that they have no voice within either of the two primary political parties. The Democrat party certainly doesn’t believe in any of those issues, and of late, the Republicans have clearly lost their way. Mark Warner just won the U.S. Senate seat as a “moderate, consensus builder.” Where did that come from? It came from the Republican Party, we made him that way. As Governor, he actually forged an agreement between the Virginia State Senate and the Virginia House of Delegates, where his tax increase, and yes it was a tax increase, was seen as the moderate position between the two Republican controlled bodies. On the national level, the last eight years with a Republican President and a Republican majority in both houses for most of the period, ushered in the largest increase in the federal budget since Lyndon Johnson, ironically the last Democrat President voted for by the Old Dominion.

The result of these concessions by the “so-called” conservative Republicans was a defeat that has made the Republican Party the clear minority in Virginia politics. The Republican Party needs to return to the conservative principles of Reagan and Goldwater. By simply looking at the communities of South Hampton Roads, these problems can be seen. For the purpose of this post, South Hampton Roads will be considered to include the counties of Accomack and Northampton, and the cities of Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk and Virginia Beach. We have heard so much prior to and immediately following the election about the increased turnout in the Democrat leaning cities and counties. For the most part, Portsmouth being the exception, that trend existed in these 7 localities. However, what has not been noted is the drastic decrease in turnout amongst the more Republican leaning jurisdictions.

There was a significant drop in turnout in the jurisdictions of Accomack, Chesapeake, Suffolk and Virginia Beach from the 2004 to the 2008 election. I contend that this drop off is an example of the conservative base not turning out to vote. The conservative base was never excited about John McCain; the addition of Sarah Palin helped, but not enough; and the conservatives have felt betrayed in recent years by both state and national Republicans that have allowed the budgets to skyrocket under Republican control. The Republicans were great as the minority party fighting for change and reducing the size of government, but when they gained control, the people wanted to know, “NOW WHAT?” That is question that elected Republicans have failed to answer.

I have often heard it said that the people want progress and need answers. This is true; the people are looking for answers to real problems that exist in our society, both at the state and national level. However, when we sacrifice our principles for the sake of coming up with “a solution”, have we really solved anything. Leadership is needed to step forward and tell the people how we can solve these problems while sticking to the principles of limited government and low taxes. This can come from new leadership or simply old leadership returning to the core conservative principles of the past. Who will step up and be that leader?