Jim DeMint http://www.pfaw.org/ Wed, 05 Aug 2015 13:06:55 -0400 Wed, 05 Aug 2015 13:35:29 -0400 Already-Huge Heritage Foundation Expands DC Presence To 'Hit Washington Establishment' From 'Close Range' http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/already-huge-heritage-foundation-expands-dc-presence-hit-washington-establishment-close-rang <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/Heritage%20complex%20for%20RWW.png?1438794276" /> <p>The <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/organizations/heritage-foundation">Heritage Foundation</a> is a giant within the massive right-wing legal, political and cultural infrastructure that has been built over the past several decades. An ideological marketing operation in the guise of a think tank, Heritage has played a significant role in in getting economic and social conservatives to work together to push the Republican Party further and further to the Right. It operates out of an enormous complex near the U.S. Capitol &mdash; one that Heritage has announced is now growing even bigger.</p> <p>In an email headlined &ldquo;From close range,&rdquo; Heritage President <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/people/jim-demint">Jim DeMint</a> writes:</p> <blockquote> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">If we&rsquo;re going to reclaim America, conservatives have to hit the Washington Establishment from close range.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">That&rsquo;s why a critical phase of The Heritage Foundation&rsquo;s Reclaim America campaign is building the Freedom Center.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Only steps from the U.S. Capitol, the Freedom Center will be at </span><em style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">very</em><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> close range. It will be your conservative stronghold&nbsp;for retaking our country.</span></p> </blockquote> <p><a href="https://reclaim.heritage.org/building/?utm_source=heritagefoundation&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2015building&utm_content=080415_reclaim_building_1_range&amt=50&mkt_tok=3RkMMJWWfF9wsRohuqnPZKXonjHpfsX56u4oX6exlMI%2F0ER3fOvrPUfGjI4ATMBqN6%2BTFAwTG5toziV8R7jHKM1t0sEQWBHm">The group&rsquo;s website</a> says, &ldquo;The new Freedom Center will be the driving force behind a revitalized conservative resurgence, not just in Washington, but also around the country.&rdquo;</p> <blockquote> <p>The Heritage Foundation is vastly expanding our presence in Washington D.C.&mdash;the belly of the beast.</p> <p>Our headquarters in the heart of Washington, D.C. is just two city blocks from the Senate offices, three city blocks from the Capitol building, and three city blocks from the House offices. It&rsquo;s from this base that we will wage a policy&nbsp;war with the Left and the Establishment at&nbsp;<em>very</em>&nbsp;close range.&nbsp;In politics, proximity matters. That&rsquo;s why our physical presence is key and that&rsquo;s why&nbsp;expansion is critical to future conservative victories.</p> <p><strong>To beat down Big Government, we need to expand our footprint on Capitol Hill.</strong></p> <p>The Freedom Center will be&nbsp;<strong>only blocks from the U.S. Capitol in a remodeled structure already purchased</strong>&mdash;prime real estate once rented by far-left groups. The modernized Freedom Center will be specifically outfitted for:</p> <ul> <li> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Educating Congress about how conservative ideas solve today&rsquo;s problems and help the American people;</span></li> <li> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Reaching the American people with an enhanced media outreach program focused on spreading conservative ideas;</span></li> <li> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Communicating facts to mobilize grassroots Americans;</span></li> <li> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">And bringing together conservative groups to coordinate strategy.</span></li> </ul> <p>In short, the Freedom Center will be&nbsp;a beachhead from which we can advance your principles in Washington from inescapably close range.&nbsp;</p> </blockquote> <p>DeMint says that Heritage is trying to raise $1 million for the project by August 18 and that a donor will match gifts made by August 18. According to IRS filings from 2013, the Heritage Foundation had income that year of $112.7 million, with net assets of more than $194 million. Its explicitly political arm, Heritage Action for America, reported income of $8.8 million and net assets of $4.8 million.</p> Peter Montgomery Heritage Action Heritage Foundation Jim DeMint right wing organizations Fighting the Right 60276 Wed, 05 Aug 2015 13:06:55 -0400 Jim DeMint The Anti-Equality Movement's Favorite Laughably Disingenuous Talking Point http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/anti-equality-movement-s-favorite-laughably-disingenuous-talking-point <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_images/jim_demint_a.jpg?1359575113" /> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Anyone who has paid any attention at all to the marriage equality debate has heard an equality opponent speak some version of this line: &ldquo;All Americans have the freedom to live as they choose. But no one has the right to redefine marriage for the rest of us.&rdquo;</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">There&rsquo;s a reason for that. The National Organization for Marriage </span><a href="https://www.nationformarriage.org/uploads/resources/667_Talking_Points_%255BJLG_FINAL%255D.pdf" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">instructs its activists</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> that it is the &ldquo;most effective single sentence&rdquo; the anti-marriage-equality movement has:</span></p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;">Extensive and repeated polling agrees that the single most effective message is the following: &ldquo;Gays and lesbians have a right to live as they choose; they don&rsquo;t have the right to redefine marriage for all of us.&rdquo; This allows people to express support for tolerance while opposing gay marriage.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Not surprisingly, people like former NOM President </span><a href="https://books.google.com/books?id=NetNAQAAQBAJ&dq=%22right+to+live+as+they+choose%22+%22right+to+redefine+marriage%22&source=gbs_navlinks_s" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Maggie Gallagher</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> use that talking point. And even as the movement continues to lose public support and legal battles, they have maintained message discipline when it comes to using this sentence. You can find nearly endless examples of it with tiny variations, spanning more than a decade. Here are just a few examples:</span></p> <ul> <li> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Republican presidential candidate </span><a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/ben-carson-gay-people-dont-get-extra-rights-they-dont-get-redefine-marriage" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Ben Carson</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> used the line in his speech at last year&rsquo;s Conservative Political Action Conference;</span></li> </ul> <ul> <li> <a href="http://www.latimes.com/la-me-timelinegaymarriage-2004feb25-story.html#page=2" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Matt Daniels</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">, head of the </span><a href="http://www.politicalresearch.org/tag/marriage/#sthash.1WcfqP9i.dpbs" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Alliance for Marriage</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> used it </span><a href="http://www.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0107/12/ns.05.html" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">back in 2001</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> and </span><a href="http://www.latimes.com/la-me-timelinegaymarriage-2004feb25-story.html#page=2" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">again in 2004</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> when he was invited to George W. Bush&rsquo;s speech endorsing a federal marriage amendment;</span></li> </ul> <ul> <li> <a href="http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20120930/OPINION03/709309987#no" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Pastor Dave Woodward</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> used a version in 2012 while urging Washington voters to overturn the state&rsquo;s new marriage equality law; other anti-equality religious leaders have used it as well, including </span><a href="http://diometuchen.org/assets/Uploads/Documents/FamilyLife/MarriageStatement.pdf" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">the Catholic Bishops of New Jersey</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> in 2012; &nbsp;</span></li> </ul> <ul> <li> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Members of Congress used it during the 2004 debate on a Federal Marriage Amendment, including </span><a href="https://books.google.com/books?id=GCTDYetREvEC&pg=PA20079&lpg=PA20079&dq=%22right+to+live+as+they+choose%22+%22right+to+redefine+marriage%22&source=bl&ots=MtDnz40404&sig=Htozzl8jQqpPeIclxOg5VlJMtJE&hl=en&sa=X&ei=oi09VaSnI-G1sQTL-IGACw&ved=0CCsQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=%22right%20to%20live%20as%20they%20choose%22%20%22right%20to%20redefine%20marriage%22&f=false" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">then-Rep. J.D. Hayworth</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> &ndash; who tossed in &ldquo;activist judges&rdquo; &ndash; and </span><a href="http://scholarship.law.georgetown.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2098&context=facpub" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">then-Sens. Sam Brownback, Wayne Allard, and Kay Bailey Hutchison</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">;</span></li> </ul> <ul> <li> <a href="http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/rally-against-civil-unions-bill-warns-of-great-persecution/" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Kate Sweeney</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">, assistant director of the Colorado-based Catholic women's group ENDOW, used it while opposing a state civil unions bill in 2013;</span></li> </ul> <ul> <li> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Most recently, </span><a href="http://dailysignal.com/2015/04/24/jim-demint-why-you-should-march-for-marriage/" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">, a former U.S. senator, used the line in a </span><a href="http://dailysignal.com/2015/04/24/jim-demint-why-you-should-march-for-marriage/" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">video</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> promoting </span><a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/topics/march-marriage" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">NOM&rsquo;s 2015 March for Marriage</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">.</span></li> </ul> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Of course, the line is not only ineffective, judging by the continued pro-equality swing in public attitudes, but it&rsquo;s also ridiculously disingenuous coming from people who </span><a href="https://medium.com/@peoplefor/the-right-s-history-of-homophobia-provides-essential-context-for-today-s-religious-liberty-claims-d364f233b1" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">have tried so hard over the years to restrict the ability of LGBT people &ldquo;to live as they choose,&rdquo;</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> as PFAW Senior Legislative Counsel Paul Gordon recently documented.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">That includes DeMint, who believes </span><a href="http://www.goupstate.com/article/20101002/ARTICLES/10021004/1002/SPORTS04?p=2&tc=pg&tc=ar" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">gay people should not allowed to be teachers</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> and slams the Supreme Court for overturning sodomy laws that made gay people criminals. And it certainly includes the Heritage Foundation, which slams landmark equality cases </span><a href="http://www.heritage.org/initiatives/rule-of-law/judicial-activism/cases/lawrence-v-texas" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Lawrence v. Texas</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> and </span><a href="http://www.heritage.org/initiatives/rule-of-law/judicial-activism/cases/romer-v-evans" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Romer v. Evans</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> as examples of unacceptable &ldquo;judicial activism.&rdquo;</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Heritage, also the professional home of the </span><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/a-fresh-face-emerges-as-a-leader-in-the-movement-against-same-sex-marriage/2015/04/15/d78cf256-dece-11e4-be40-566e2653afe5_story.html" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">fresh-faced hope of the marriage equality movement Ryan T. Anderson</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">, </span><a href="http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2013/11/enda-threatens-fundamental-civil-liberties" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">opposes the Employment Non Discrimination Act</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">, which would protect people from being fired for being gay, and fought federal hate crimes legislation. Of course, </span><a href="file:///C:/Users/Peter/Dropbox/PFAW/Ryan%20Anderson%20used%20nearly%20the%20identical%20phrase:%20%E2%80%9CAll%20Americans%20have%20the%20freedom%20to%20live%20and%20love%20as%20they%20choose,%20but%20no%20one%20has%20a%20right%20to%20redefine%20marriage%20for%20everyone%20else.%E2%80%9D" style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Anderson frequently uses the same poll-tested phrase</a><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">, as he did in a 2013 briefing paper for Heritage on the perils of &ldquo;redefining marriage.&rdquo;</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">While it is increasingly true that LGBT Americans are &ldquo;free to live as they choose,&rdquo; that goal is far from being accomplished nationwide. And whatever progress has been made, it has been over the opposition of people who now smile into the camera and hope to hide their anti-gay agenda with a little deceptive messaging.&nbsp;</span></p> Peter Montgomery Anti-Gay Ben Carson Dave Woodward Heritage Foundation Jim DeMint Kay Bailey Hutchison Maggie Gallagher Marriage Equality Marriage Equality Matt Daniels National Organization for Marriage Robert George Ryan Anderson Sam Brownback Wayne Allard Fighting the Right 55361 Fri, 08 May 2015 16:47:22 -0400 Jim DeMint Jim DeMint Tells Dr. Chaps You Can't 'Understand Our Country’ Without 'A Faith Lens' http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/jim-demint-tells-dr-chaps-you-cant-understand-our-country-without-faith-lens <p><a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/gordon-klingenschmitt-demon-obsessed-anti-gay-exorcist-wins-gop-primary-colorado">Demon-obsessed pastor and Colorado GOP state House nominee Gordon &ldquo;Dr. Chaps&rdquo; Klingenschmitt </a> apparently had a ball at last month&rsquo;s Western Conservative Summit, where he managed to corner any number of GOP luminaries for interviews that he has been rolling out over the last few weeks on his &ldquo;Pray In Jesus Name&rdquo; program.</p> <p>On yesterday&rsquo;s program, Klingenschmitt <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lz3xZJQt8vw&list=UU6SctJFtpRIcaV5WdeBIaEA"> unveiled his interviews with Colorado congressional candidate Ken Buck and Heritage Foundation president Jim DeMint </a> (previous interviews have included <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOuPfTFV2xw">Sen. Mike Lee</a>,<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9D05thy2_Gg">Ben Carson</a>, and being part of a gaggle of reporters filming <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7Q3aWWCl6k">Sen. Ted Cruz</a>).</p> <p>DeMint gave Klingenschmitt the Christian-nation views he was searching for, telling him that it&rsquo;s impossible to &ldquo;understand our country and what made it so exceptional&rdquo; without seeing it through &ldquo;a faith lens because that&rsquo;s the way our founders looked at it.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;We need to get the government to stop purging faith from all aspects of our society,&rdquo; he added.</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.pfaw.org//www.youtube.com/embed/3J98Fd44oSY" width="560"></iframe></p> Miranda Blue C4 Christian Nation Gordon Klingenschmitt Heritage Foundation Jim DeMint religious persecution rhetoric Fighting the Right Religious Liberty 47833 Tue, 05 Aug 2014 12:17:25 -0400 Jim DeMint Christian Reconstructionism And The GOP: 'Biblical Justice' vs Social Justice http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/christian-reconstructionism-and-gop-biblical-justice-vs-social-justice <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_rww/Michael_Peroutka.jpg?1403707525" /> <p>There&rsquo;s a reason so many Republican politicians seem to bring a religious fervor to their efforts to gut public institutions and social welfare spending. The modern day Religious Right draws much of its ideology from <a href="http://religiondispatches.org/tag/christian-reconstructionism/">Christian Reconstructionists</a> who teach that God gave specific duties to the government, the church, and the family.</p> <p>According to this theological worldview, education and taking care of the poor are the responsibility of families and churches, and it is unbiblical for the government to take on these roles. That meshes well with the view of &ldquo;constitutional conservatives&rdquo; who believe, for example, the Constitution does not authorize any federal government role in education.</p> <p>A stark example of the increasingly indistinct line between conservative Republicans and hard-core <a href="http://religiondispatches.org/iwashington-posti-story-gets-christian-reconstructionism-wrong/">Christian Reconstructionists</a> and <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/dominionism-and-religious-right-merger-complete">dominionists</a> (who believe the right kind of Christians are meant to have dominion over every aspect of society) can be found in the recent Republican primary victory of <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/people/michael-peroutka">Michael Petrouka</a> in a race for a county council seat in an Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Peroutka believes that any law that runs counter to God&rsquo;s law is invalid, and that the Maryland General Assembly is itself no longer a valid legislative body. Here&rsquo;s a concise summation of his approach to government:</p> <blockquote> <p>Since civil government is ordained by God in order to protect God-given rights, then the function of civil government is to obey God and to enforce God&rsquo;s law &ndash; PERIOD.</p> <p>It is not the role of civil government to house, feed, clothe, educate or give heath care to&hellip;ANYBODY!</p> </blockquote> <p>This religion-inflected ideological view of government is not relegated to inhabitants of the far-right fringe like Peroutka. <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/people/david-barton">David Barton</a>, an influential Republican activist and &ldquo;historian&rdquo; who <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/6-right-wing-zealots-and-crazy-ideas-behind-most-outrageous-republican-platform-ever">helped write the GOP&rsquo;s national platform in 2012</a>, claims that the Constitution was drawn directly from the Bible and the sermons of colonial preachers, and that its focus on individual freedom <a href="http://religiondispatches.org/glenn-becks-salvation-army/">reflects the founders&rsquo; theology</a> of individual salvation. In this view, the Tea Party&rsquo;s belief in a radically limited federal government is not only a question of constitutional interpretation, it is a mandate of Holy Scripture.</p> <p>Just this month, <a href="http://itbn.org/index/detail/lib/Networks/sublib/TBN/ec/RrcG51bjoRcfQnwzbKDLsESPOp09mvGC">Barton promoted these views on &ldquo;Praise the Lord</a>,&rdquo; the flagship program of the Trinity Broadcasting Network, which bills itself as the world&rsquo;s largest religious network and America&rsquo;s most-watched faith channel. &ldquo;In the Bible, Jesus has a teaching about minimum wage,&rdquo; Barton said. &ldquo;In the Bible, Jesus has two teachings on capital gains tax.&rdquo; The Bible, according to Barton, opposes those taxes as well as estate taxes and progressive income taxes. A flat tax is &ldquo;what the Bible supports.&rdquo;</p> <p>On the same show Barton denounced government spending on welfare. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s not the government&rsquo;s responsibility to take care of the poor and needy,&rdquo; he said, &ldquo;it&rsquo;s the church&rsquo;s responsibility.&rdquo;</p> <p>According to Barton, there are 205 verses in the Bible that instruct the family or church to take care of the poor, but not the government. &ldquo;The government is told to do only one thing with taking care of the poor and that one thing is to make sure that when the poor come into court they get justice. That&rsquo;s the only thing government is told&hellip;.What we&rsquo;re doing right now is for the first time in America we have ignored what the Bible says, the Bible says you don&rsquo;t work, you don&rsquo;t eat.&rdquo; He went on to say that people &ldquo;not having to work and getting free money&hellip;violates everything the Bible tells us&rdquo; about dealing with the poor.</p> <p>These themes are repeated in <a href="http://downloads.frc.org/EF/EF13E133.pdf">Social Justice: How Good Intentions Undermine Justice and Gospel</a>, a booklet published last year by the <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/organizations/family-research-council">Family Research Council</a>, <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/organizations/concerned-women-america">Concerned Women for America</a>, and the anti-environmentalist <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/organizations/cornwall-alliance">Cornwall Alliance</a>. The booklet, written by Cornwall&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/people/calvin-beisner">Calvin Beisner</a> (according to him, <a href="http://www.cornwallalliance.org/newsletter/issue/newsletter-december-4-2013/">at the request of the Family Research Council</a>), was distributed at last month&rsquo;s &ldquo;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/topics/road-majority-conference">Road to Majority</a>&rdquo; conference, which was organized by Ralph Reed&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/organizations/faith-and-freedom-coalition">Faith and Freedom Coalition</a>.</p> <p>The premise of the booklet is that &ldquo;social justice&rdquo; is contrary to &ldquo;Biblical justice.&rdquo; If that sounds familiar, you may be recalling Glenn Beck&rsquo;s diatribes against &ldquo;social justice&rdquo; a few years ago, when <a href="http://mediamatters.org/research/2010/03/12/beck-attacks-social-justice/161591">he urged people to leave their church if its website included the phrases &ldquo;social justice&rdquo; or &ldquo;economic justice.&rdquo;</a></p> <p>It is wrong, Beisner writes, to try to mitigate inequality &ldquo;through force of government.&rdquo; Why? &ldquo;Because God ordained the state to dispense justice, and the church to dispense grace.&rdquo; According to Beisner, giving someone &ldquo;unearned&rdquo; benefits is grace, not justice. People should graciously serve the poor, he writes. &ldquo;But if care for the needy is made a matter of justice to the needy rather than to God, then grace becomes law. Then, the needy&mdash;and those who merely profess to be needy&mdash;may claim the benefits of grace as their due by justice.&rdquo;</p> <p>In other words, government has no right to tax someone in order to help feed someone else.</p> <p>That is a widely shared belief on the Religious Right. Speakers at Religious Right conferences like Reed&rsquo;s June event, and <a href="http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/the-wrong-republican-talk-about-food">Republican Members of Congress</a>, can be heard justifying cuts in food stamps with an appeal to the Bible passage that David Barton quoted on TBN. That verse, depending on your translation, says something like &ldquo;he who will not work shall not eat.&rdquo;</p> <p>Reps. <a href="http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/gop-rep-on-food-stamp-cuts-if-anyone-is-not-willing-to-work-let-him-not-eat">Kevin Cramer</a> and <a href="http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/05/23/2053081/congressmans-misuse-of-bible-verse-belies-bad-theology-and-ideology-on-food-stamps/">Rep. Stephen Fincher</a> of Tennessee cited that verse last year. Fincher said, &ldquo;The role of citizens, of Christianity, of humanity, is to take care of each other, not for Washington to steal from those in the country and give to others in the country.&rdquo;&nbsp;In equating taxation for social services with theft, Fincher echoes Barton, Beisner, and others. (In context, by the way, <a href="http://religiondispatches.org/gop-lawmaker-botches-bible-to-punish-poor/">the work-to-eat verse referred to early Christians</a> who were so confident of the imminent return of Christ that they quit doing anything.)</p> <p>Poor people turning to the government, Beisner writes in his anti-social-justice booklet, results in &ldquo;the stultifying effects of wealth redistribution by the coercive power of the state.&rdquo; Even worse, he says, &ldquo;it blinds [poor people] to their deepest need: the grace of God offered in the gospel of Jesus Christ.&rdquo;</p> <p>This is another theme of the Republican Party&rsquo;s right wing. Sharron Angle, the GOP&rsquo;s 2010 Senate nominee in Nevada, said during her campaign that <a href="http://religiondispatches.org/candidate-sharron-angle-accuses-opponent-of-idolatry/">entitlement programs are &ldquo;idolatry&rdquo;</a> because they &ldquo;make government our God.&rdquo; Farris Wilks, <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/fracking-sugar-daddy-religious-right">the Texas fracking billionaire who gives huge amounts to the Heritage Foundaiton and other right-wing groups</a>, declares that &ldquo;the Torah is set up on the free enterprise system&rdquo; and that &ldquo;Yahweh never intended for us as a people to be afraid and reliant on government.&rdquo; Former Sen. Jim DeMint, who now heads the Heritage Foundation, says &ldquo;<a href="http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/03/15/150676/demint-big-govt/">the bigger government gets, the smaller God gets.</a>&rdquo;</p> <p>Heritage is just one of the institutions working to make right-wing economics an article of faith just like opposition to gay rights and abortion. The Freedom Federation, one of the many right-wing entities created in the wake of Barack Obama&rsquo;s 2008 election, <a href="http://www.alternet.org/story/150622/tea_party_jesus%3A_koch's_americans_for_prosperity_sidles_up_to_religious_right_for_2012_campaign">brings both "mainstream" and fringe Religious Right groups together with the Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity</a>. The Freedom Federation&rsquo;s &ldquo;Declaration of American Values&rdquo; includes not only the expected rhetoric about traditional values, but also opposition to progressive taxation.</p> <p>John Lofton, a right-wing pundit, is the spokesperson for Republican county council candidate Peroutka, and for Peroutka&rsquo;s Christian Reconstructionist <a href="http://religiondispatches.org/gods-law-is-the-only-law-the-genesis-of-michele-bachmann/">Institute on the Constitution</a>, which <a href="http://www.thenation.com/article/154944/tea-party-values">has trained Tea Party activists on the biblical basis of the Constitution</a>. <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pJvPheSF9U&feature=youtu.be">Lofton has spoken on &ldquo;God and Government&rdquo; at Liberty University&rsquo;s Helms School of Government</a>. In 2012, in reference to an article about evangelicals disagreeing on budget priorities, Lofton <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/michael-peroutka-campaign-spox-john-lofton-public-officials-job-administer-god-s-law#sthash.48hamyDQ.dpuf">wrote</a> that &ldquo;there should be no disagreement among those who believe the Bible is true. Because it is crystal clear that in God&rsquo;s Word He gives NO AUTHORITY to civil government (Caesar) to give health, education or welfare to ANYBODY. If people need help, it is the role of the Church &ndash; God&rsquo;s people &ndash; to provide this help and NOT government.&rdquo;</p> <p>Tea Party? Religious Right? GOP? Or all of the above?</p> Peter Montgomery C4 Calvin Beisner Christian Reconstructionism Church-State David Barton Dominionism Farris Wilks Institute on the Constitution Jim DeMint John Lofton Kevin Cramer Michael Peroutka Ralph Reed Republican Party Sharron Angle Stephen Fincher Concerned Women for America Cornwall Alliance Faith and Freedom Coalition Family Research Council Glenn Beck Fighting the Right 47649 Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:53:47 -0400 Jim DeMint Jim DeMint Asserts The Federal Government Played No Role In Freeing The Slaves http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/jim-demint-asserts-federal-government-played-no-role-freeing-slaves <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_images/jim_demint_a.jpg?1359575113" /> <p>Heritage Foundation head Jim DeMint appeared on <a href="http://www.jerrynewcombe.com/resources/vp-040314-JNb.mp3"><em>Vocal Point</em></a> with Jerry Newcombe of Truth In Action Ministries last week, where he insisted that &ldquo;no liberal is going to win a debate that big government freed the slaves.&rdquo;</p> <p>DeMint, a former US senator from South Carolina, told Newcombe that &ldquo;the conscience of the American people&rdquo; and not the federal government was responsible for the end of slavery.</p> <p>In the interview, DeMint seemed to confuse the US Constitution with the Declaration of Independence and implied that William Wilberforce, a British politician who died almost thirty years before the Civil War, did more to end American slavery than the federal government.</p> <p align="center"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/143883199&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> <blockquote> <strong>DeMint</strong>: This progressive, the whole idea of being progressive is to progress away from those ideas that made this country great. What we&rsquo;re trying to conserve as conservative are those things that work. They work today, they work for young people, they work for minorities and we can change this country and change its course very quickly if we just remember what works.<br /> <br /> <strong>Newcombe</strong>: What if somebody, let&rsquo;s say you&rsquo;re talking with a liberal person and they were to turn around and say, &lsquo;that Founding Fathers thing worked out really well, look at that Civil War we had eighty years later.&rsquo;<br /> <br /> <strong>DeMint</strong>: Well the reason that the slaves were eventually freed was the Constitution, it was like the conscience of the American people. Unfortunately there were some court decisions like Dred Scott and others that defined some people as property, but the Constitution kept calling us back to &lsquo;all men are created equal and we have inalienable rights&rsquo; in the minds of God. But a lot of the move to free the slaves came from the people, it did not come from the federal government. It came from a growing movement among the people, particularly people of faith, that this was wrong. People like Wilberforce who persisted for years because of his faith and because of his love for people. So no liberal is going to win a debate that big government freed the slaves. In fact, it was Abraham Lincoln, the very first Republican, who took this on as a cause and a lot of it was based on a love in his heart that comes from God.</blockquote> <p>Of course, the Emancipation Proclamation was a presidential proclamation and the Thirteenth Amendment was initiated by the federal government.</p> <p>Historian Michael Les Benedict <a href="http://quod.lib.umich.edu/j/jala/2629860.0010.103/--abraham-lincoln-and-federalism?rgn=main;view=fulltext">notes</a> that Republicans at the time advocated a &ldquo;nationalist&rdquo; view of the Constitution, unlike &ldquo;the largely state-rights Democratic party.&rdquo; Abraham Lincoln&rsquo;s critics, historian Don E. Fehrenbacher <a href="http://quod.lib.umich.edu/j/jala/2629860.0004.103/--anti-lincoln-tradition?rgn=main;view=fulltext">points out</a>, pilloried him as a &ldquo;tyrant&rdquo; who was &ldquo;bringing about destruction of the old Union of sovereign states and setting the nation on the road to totalitarianism&rdquo; by &ldquo;subverting the rights and powers of the states.&rdquo; Confederate leaders <a href="http://www.gutenberg.org/files/19831/19831-h/19831-h.htm">insisted</a> that the Civil War was a &ldquo;war waged by the Federal Government against the seceding States.&rdquo;</p> <p>Lincoln, in fact, <a href="http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/25/was-lincoln-a-tyrant/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0">greatly</a> <a href="http://quod.lib.umich.edu/j/jala/2629860.0010.103/--abraham-lincoln-and-federalism?rgn=main;view=fulltext">expanded</a> the role of the federal government and <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Revenue_Act_of_1862">signed into law</a> the first federal progressive income tax.</p> <p>Later in the interview, DeMint talked to Newcombe about his opposition to legalizing same-sex marriage.</p> <p>He gave a similarly a confusing answer on why he opposes marriage equality, suggesting that states have never enacted marriage equality laws: &ldquo;I personally don&rsquo;t think the government has the right, particularly at the federal level, to redefine marriage. It&rsquo;s always been regulated by the states but never redefined by the states. Marriage was in effect created by the church, regulated by the states. For the government to come in and start redefining our civil institutions makes no sense.&rdquo;</p> <p>He went on to claim that marriage equality contributes to &ldquo;broken families&rdquo; and &ldquo;the breakdown of the family.&rdquo;</p> <p align="center"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/143883257&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Brian Tashman C4 Heritage Foundation Jerry Newcombe Jim DeMint Marriage Equality Race/Civil Rights Fighting the Right 46430 Wed, 09 Apr 2014 11:45:55 -0400 Jim DeMint Brown: Gay Marriage Deconstructs 'The Very Nature Of What It Means To Be A Human Being' http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/brown-gay-marriage-deconstructs-very-nature-what-it-means-be-human-being <p>The marriage panel at today&rsquo;s Values Voter Summit&mdash;which featured Tony Perkins, Brian Brown, Ryan Anderson and Jennifer Marshall of the Heritage Foundation&mdash;spent most of the time equating support for same-sex marriage with a loss of free speech for marriage equality opponents.</p> <p>They suggested that people in jurisdictions that legalized same-sex marriage are not allowed to express their opposition to marriage equality (of course, this conference where speaker after speaker has denounced gay marriage is taking place in a jurisdiction&mdash;Washington D.C.&mdash;where gay marriage is legal).</p> <p>Brown even <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGGZAjb4pIQ&feature=youtu.be">asserted</a> that marriage equality is &ldquo;an attempt to deconstruct the very nature of reality, the very nature of what it means to be a human being.&rdquo;</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.pfaw.org//www.youtube.com/embed/vGGZAjb4pIQ?rel=0" width="420"></iframe></p> <p>Heritage president Jim DeMint, who while serving in Congress <a href="http://www.thepoliticalguide.com/Profiles/Senate/South_Carolina/Jim_DeMint/Views/Gay_Marriage/">advocated</a> for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex unions, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ury94aQF7AU&feature=c4-overview&list=UUMXqRHe8n1TX5iDvkLS62rw">argued</a> that &ldquo;no one in government has the right&rdquo; to legalize same-sex marriage, unless it is &ldquo;the states, the people and the church.&rdquo;</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.pfaw.org//www.youtube.com/embed/ury94aQF7AU?list=UUMXqRHe8n1TX5iDvkLS62rw" width="420"></iframe></p> Brian Tashman Brian Brown C4 Heritage Foundation Jim DeMint National Organization for Marriage Values Voter Summit Fighting the Right 44547 Fri, 11 Oct 2013 22:00:00 -0400 Jim DeMint Religious Right Will Cheer Tea Party Extremism at Values Voter Summit http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/religious-right-will-cheer-tea-party-extremism-values-voter-summit <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_images/tea_party_5_a.jpg?1355957007" /> <p>It&rsquo;s quite a week in Washington, D.C.&nbsp; House Speaker John Boehner kicked off the week by <a href="http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/boehner-u-s-will-default-if-obama-doesn-t-cave-on-the-debt-limit" target="_blank">threatening to destroy the global economy</a> if President Obama does not give in to Tea Party demands. The shutdown of the federal government, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/06/us/a-federal-budget-crisis-months-in-the-planning.html" target="_blank">planned and engineered by anti-government extremists in Congress and their billionaire backers</a>, continues. And the Supreme Court <a href="http://www.pfaw.org/press-releases/2013/10/pfaw-memo-key-cases-supreme-courts-new-term" target="_blank">started a term</a> in which conservatives on the Court could further gut campaign finance laws, restrict women&rsquo;s access to abortion, undermine fair housing and educational opportunity, and weaken separation of church and state.</p> <p>In other words, it&rsquo;s the <em>perfect</em> week for the Values Voter Summit, the annual event at which thousands of Religious Right activists have a chance to rub shoulders with the movement&rsquo;s leaders and the Republican politicians who court them.&nbsp; The summit&rsquo;s lead sponsor, the Family Research Council, has asked its supporters to pray, &ldquo;<em>May God cause this years [sic] VVS to have a profound impact in informing Christian and conservative leaders, and in shaping the 2014 elections for righteousness!&rdquo;</em></p> <p>People For the American Way has <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/civil-rights-groups-urge-gop-leaders-skip-values-voter-summit" target="_blank">joined</a> the Southern Poverty Law Center, Faithful America, GLAAD, the Human Rights Campaign, the NAACP and the National Council of La Raza in urging public officials not to participate in the festival of extremism, but experience indicates that the chance to preen before these super-motivated right-wing activists is impossible for many Republican politicos to pass up.&nbsp;</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.valuesvotersummit.org/schedule" target="_blank">schedule</a> gives you a pretty good sense of what the Values Voter Summit will be like: the first four speakers are senators from the Tea Party wing of the GOP: Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan, Rand Paul, and Ted Cruz.&nbsp; Of course, that&rsquo;s after the pre-event breakfast, &ldquo;Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition,&rdquo; a panel on gun rights.&nbsp; (No, you are not reading The Onion.) Current and former Republican House members scheduled to speak on Friday are all Tea Partiers: Allen West, Jim Bridenstine (Okla.), Louie Gohmert (Texas), Jim Jordan (Ohio), and Steve Scalise (La.)</p> <p>The Values Voter Summit makes clear how completely the Religious Right&rsquo;s leaders are working to merge their activists&rsquo; anti-abortion and anti-gay zeal with the anti-government extremism of the Tea Party. Actually, it goes beyond that. Movement leaders are trying to give the Tea Party&rsquo;s agenda a biblical foundation. A couple of weeks ago, for example, Family Research Council spokesman Ken Blackwell said that there is <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/frc-nothing-more-christian-massive-food-stamp-cut" target="_blank">&ldquo;nothing more Christian&rdquo;</a> than throwing millions of low-income families off food stamps. The Tea Party &ndash; Religious Right convergence is also evident on a panel called &ldquo;Where do we go from here: Challenging Tyranny,&rdquo; whose speakers include FRC&rsquo;s Ken Blackwell and Dean Clancy of the Koch-funded FreedomWorks.</p> <p>The Family Research Council has been leading cheers for Ted Cruz, the shutdown Svengali.&nbsp; Cruz appeared on Perkins&rsquo; radio show last week for a fawning interview in which Cruz blamed President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for the shutdown and accused Democratic leaders of holding veterans hostage.&nbsp; For his part, Perkins called Obamacare&nbsp;a &ldquo;government takeover of health care&rdquo; and a &ldquo;lurch toward socialism&rdquo; and said there is nothing more important than stopping it. Perkins even portrayed the government shutdown as a reason to attend VVS, because there won&rsquo;t be as much traffic on the streets.</p> <p>Perkins recently sent out a fundraising letter in which he called on Congress to use both the government funding bill and the looming debt limit deadline to force through limits on the Obama administration&rsquo;s requirement that insurance plans cover contraception. He is also <a href="http://www.frc.org/washingtonupdate/drawing-default-lines">promoting</a> the dangerous idea being floated by Tea Party Republicans that failure to increase the debt ceiling is no big problem.</p> <p>Of course, if you&rsquo;re an old-school Religious Right activist who is really motivated by hostility to legal equality for LGBT people, the Values Voter Summit will have <a href="http://mediamatters.org/blog/2013/09/23/here-are-the-anti-lgbt-media-figures-speaking-a/196040" target="_blank">plenty of anti-gayness</a> for you.&nbsp;&nbsp; A panel on marriage features Brian Brown, who traveled to <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/globalizing-homophobia-part-2-today-whole-world-looking-russia" target="_blank">Russia</a> earlier this year to rally support for a law that bans the adoption of Russian children by parents who live in countries that recognize legal equality for LGBT people. Several speakers will present marriage equality as a dire threat to religious liberty. Dr. Ben Carson, who became a Tea Party folk hero for lecturing President Obama about a flat tax during a prayer breakfast last year, said last week that supporters of LGBT equality want to <a href="http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/10/07/tea-party-hero-ben-carson-marriage-equality-jeopardizes-everything-else-in-the-bible/" target="_blank">&ldquo;get rid of&rdquo; everything in the Bible.</a></p> <p>In fact, multiple panels on Saturday are built around the notion that religious liberty is in extreme peril in the U.S., with speakers from the Heritage Foundation, the Becket Fund, and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, among others.</p> <p>A concentrated dose of right-wing extremism may come on Friday night, where the line-up includes far-right Virginia Attorney General <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/people/ken-cuccinelli" target="_blank">Ken Cuccinelli</a>, whose bid to revive the state&rsquo;s unconstitutional sodomy law was just rejected by the Supreme Court; his even fringier running mate <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/people/ew-jackson" target="_blank">E.W. Jackson</a>; former presidential candidate and radio host Mike Huckabee; and former Sen. <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/people/jim-demint">Jim DeMin</a>t, the Tea Party godfather who left the Senate to take charge of the Heritage Foundation, whose massive budget he is using to bully Republicans into submission to the wishes of the Tea Party.</p> <p>But even that line-up may be topped by &ldquo;Standing Up to the Assaults on our Faith,&rdquo; a panel that includes&nbsp; birther extraordinaire <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/people/joseph-farah" target="_blank">Joseph Farah</a>; conspiracy theorist <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/people/jerome-corsi" target="_blank">Jerome Corsi</a>, who <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/corsi-continues-obama-gay-crusade">insists</a> that Obama is gay; dominionist anti-choice activist and radio host <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/people/janet-porter-n%C3%A9e-folger?page=1" target="_blank">Janet Porter</a>, author of <em>The Criminalization of Christianity</em>; and self-described <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/governor-and-christocrat-match-made-texas" target="_blank">&ldquo;Christocrat&rdquo;</a> <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/people/rick-scarborough" target="_blank">Rick Scarborough</a>, who says AIDS is God&rsquo;s punishment. Whew! The Obama hatred and reality-denial will be knee-deep in that one.</p> <p>The increasingly unhinged <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/people/glenn-beck-0" target="_blank">Glenn Beck</a> gets an hour of Saturday afternoon presumably to peddle his <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/beck-obama-administration-will-commit-mass-killings-following-monument-closure" target="_blank">wild</a> <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/glenn-beck-considers-moving-canada-obama-administration-revolutionaries-start-scoop-people" target="_blank">conspiracy</a> <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/glenn-beck-reveals-progressive-dishwasher-cursive-handwriting-conspiracy-theories" target="_blank">theories</a>, though you never know if you&rsquo;ll get the despondent Glenn Beck, messianic Glenn Beck, or bold and blustery Glenn Beck.&nbsp; Whichever one shows up, it&rsquo;s a safe bet that the crowd will eat it up.</p> Peter Montgomery Allen West Anti-Gay Brian Brown E.W. Jackson Janet Porter Jeromise Corsi Jim Bridenstine Jim DeMint Jim Jordan John Boehner Joseph Farah Ken Blackwell Ken Cuccinelli Louie Gohmert Marco Rubio Mike Huckabee Paul Ryan Rand Paul Republican Party Rick Scarborough shutdown Steve Scalise tea party Ted Cruz Tony Perkins Values Voter Summit Family Research Council Glenn Beck Fighting the Right 44496 Wed, 09 Oct 2013 13:25:22 -0400 Jim DeMint Six Delusional GOP Shutdown Talking Points http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/six-delusional-gop-shutdown-talking-points <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_images/elephant_A.jpg?1330022105" /> <p>Now that the House GOP leadership has listened to its far-right Tea Party wing and shut down the government in a failed attempt to block the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, Republicans in Congress are trying to present themselves as American heroes.</p> <p>They are patting themselves on the back for attempting to stop a law that they claim most voters oppose&hellip;despite the fact that voters re-elected President Obama just last November and <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/09/30/government-shutdown-blame-republicans-polls/2897197/">overwhelmingly oppose</a> the Tea Party shutdown.</p> <p>We attempted to wade into the Tea Party&rsquo;s alternate universe to condense Right&rsquo;s six favorite talking points about the shutdown.</p> <p><strong>Obama&rsquo;s Re-Election Had Nothing To Do With Obamacare </strong></p> <p>Only in the delusional reality of conservative activists was Obamacare&nbsp;<a href="http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2012/06/election-is-now-a-fight-over-obamacare.html">not</a>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2012/10/26/the-most-important-issue-of-this-election-health-reform/">an</a> <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303816504577309532091933136.html">issue</a> in the last election. Mitt Romney <a href="http://www.nationaljournal.com/politics/jim-demint-s-revisionist-history-of-obamacare-20130930"> campaigned for a full repeal of the health care law </a> with the message, &ldquo;<a href="http://thehill.com/video/campaign/235499-romney-campaign-day-one-job-one-repeal-obamacare">Day one. Job one. Repeal Obamacare</a>.&rdquo; But not according to Heritage Foundation head and Romney backer Jim DeMint, who <a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/weigel/2013/09/26/former_romney_endorser_jim_demint_says_romney_denied_america_a_referendum.html?wpisrc=burger_bar"> said </a> that Romney and other Republicans lost because they weren&rsquo;t conservative enough and &ldquo;because of Romney and Romneycare, we did not litigate the Obamacare issue.&rdquo; Sen. Rand Paul <a href="http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/rand-paul-says-there-hasn-t-been-a-big-debate-about-obamacare-video">maintained</a> that there hasn&rsquo;t been a &ldquo;big debate on Obamacare&rdquo; since 2010, while Fox News anchor Steve Doocy defended repeal efforts by making the dumbfounding <a href="http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/10/01/fox-news-kilmeade-slams-gop-for-shutdown-8-million-more-people-voted-for-obamacare/">claim</a> that &ldquo;the November election last time was not about Obamacare.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>Obamacare Isn&rsquo;t A Law!</strong></p> <p>Congressional Republicans have tried to avoid admitting that Obamacare is even a law, with several GOP lawmakers in the&nbsp;<a href="http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-reform-implementation/325277-gop-lawmakers-bridle-at-calling-obamacare-the-law">Senate</a> and the<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/30/republicans-obamacare-law_n_4018169.html">House</a> &mdash; <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/09/26/house-republicans-open-two-front-war-on-obamacare/">including Speaker Boehner</a> &mdash; referring to the Affordable Care Act &mdash; signed into law in 2010 &mdash; as only a &ldquo;bill.&rdquo; The right-wing group FreedomWorks <a href="http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-reform-implementation/325277-gop-lawmakers-bridle-at-calling-obamacare-the-law">said</a> that it is encouraging Republicans to label the law as a &ldquo;bill&rdquo; in order to undermine it by &ldquo;emphasiz[ing] that the law remains quasi illegitimate, because it has never accepted by one of the two major parties.&rdquo; It should go without saying that just because one party doesn&rsquo;t like a law, doesn&rsquo;t mean that it is not a law.</p> <p><strong>Obamacare Wrong Because People Will Like It</strong></p> <p>The GOP is insistent that Congress must repeal Obamacare before people begin enjoying its benefits. Sen. Ted Cruz <a href="http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/cruz-obamacare-americans-unite/2013/08/01/id/518338">warned</a> that &ldquo;it is likely Obamacare will become a permanent feature of our economy&rdquo; once people become &ldquo;addicted to the subsidies, addicted to the sugar.&rdquo; Rep. Michele Bachmann similarly <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/bachmann-obama-peddling-crack-cocaine-dependency">asserted</a> that &ldquo;it will be virtually impossible for us to pull these benefits back from the people&rdquo; after &ldquo;they enroll millions of more&rdquo; people into health insurance plans and get them &ldquo;addicted to the crack cocaine of dependency.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>Democrats Need To Compromise On Derailing Obamacare</strong></p> <p>Republicans and several media outlets have tried to create a false equivalency between GOP hostage-taking and Democratic officials who simply want to keep the government running. Cruz <a href="http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2013/09/29/cruz_what_have_the_democrats_compromised_on_nothing_zero.html">said</a> his anti-Obamacare strategy represents &ldquo;the essence of a compromise&rdquo; and asked, &ldquo;what have the Democrats compromised on? Nothing. Zero.&rdquo; Rep. Dana Rohrabacher also <a href="http://www.democracynow.org/2013/9/30/headlines">slammed</a> Democrats for having &ldquo;refused to even consider the compromise that [Republicans] have offered.&rdquo; Of course, these notions of &ldquo;compromise&rdquo; are based on the absurd premise that simply funding the government is itself a <em>concession </em>on the part of Republicans, and Democrats now should return the favor by agreeing to their objective of undermining the health care reform law.</p> <p><strong>Obamacare Opponents Emulating Civil Rights Legends</strong></p> <p>Florida freshman <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/20/us/politics/conservatives-take-turns-standing-up-to-boehner.html?pagewanted=all">Ted Yoho</a> said that Republicans who shut down the government over the health care law are <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/20/us/politics/conservatives-take-turns-standing-up-to-boehner.html?smid=fb-share&_r=2&">just like</a> Civil Rights Movement activists Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr., and Polish Solidarity founder Lech Walesa: &ldquo;It only takes one with passion &mdash; look at Rosa Parks, Lech Walesa, Martin Luther King,&rdquo; Yoho said. &ldquo;People with passion that speak up, they&rsquo;ll have people follow them because they believe the same way, and smart leadership listens to that.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>House Republicans Like 9/11 Heroes</strong></p> <p>Texas Republican <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/28/john-culberson-911-lets-roll_n_4009494.html">John Culberson</a> tried to rally the House GOP by comparing their struggle to the passengers on United Airlines Flight 93, who fought the terrorists who hijacked their plane: &ldquo;I said, you know like 9/11, &lsquo;Let&rsquo;s roll!&rsquo;&rdquo;</p> Brian Tashman C4 Dana Rohrabacher health care reform Jim DeMint John Boehner Michele Bachmann Rand Paul Ted Cruz Fighting the Right 44406 Tue, 01 Oct 2013 12:00:06 -0400 Jim DeMint Heritage Once Supported Senate Vote Threshold On Obamacare It Now Opposes http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/heritage-once-supported-senate-vote-threshold-obamacare-it-now-opposes <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_images/jim_demint_a.jpg?1359575113" /> <p>The Heritage Foundation, like Sen. Ted Cruz, has been <a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/weigel/2013/09/25/obamacare_opponents_don_t_vote_against_their_own_bill_yet.html">strongly urging senators to vote against a bill</a> they actually support in order to shut down the government until President Obama and Senate Democrats agree to defund Obamacare.</p> <p>And, being Heritage, they don&rsquo;t mind completely reversing a position they held until just last year to do it.</p> <p>Essentially, Heritage and other right-wing groups like Club for Growth want Senate Republicans to join Cruz in blocking debate (or voting against cloture) on the continuing resolution (CR) until Senate Democrats agree to establish a 60-vote threshold for amendments. Without the 60-vote threshold, Democrats can easily pass an amendment with 51 votes that strikes the Obamacare-defunding measure from the CR.</p> <p>Cruz <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/frame_game/2013/09/ted_cruz_and_the_obamacare_shutdown_is_he_the_senate_s_most_shameless_hypocrite.html">alleged</a> that by simply following Senate rules on amendment votes, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is &ldquo;abusing his power&rdquo; and using &ldquo;brute political force.&rdquo;</p> <p>Heritage agreed with Cruz&rsquo;s absurd claim, and urged Republicans to deny cloture in order to &ldquo;<a href="http://blog.heritage.org/2013/09/23/whats-next-for-obamacare-harry-reids-procedural-attacks/">stop Harry Reid&rsquo;s procedural assault</a>.&rdquo; The group also framed it as a &ldquo;<a href="http://heritageaction.com/key-votes/no-on-striking-defund-language/">procedural trick</a>&rdquo;; &ldquo;<a href="http://heritageaction.com/key-votes/no-on-striking-defund-language/">procedural power play</a>&rdquo;; &ldquo;<a href="http://blog.heritage.org/2013/09/23/whats-next-for-obamacare-harry-reids-procedural-attacks/">procedural gymnastics</a>&rdquo; and &ldquo;<a href="http://blog.heritage.org/2013/09/23/whats-next-for-obamacare-harry-reids-procedural-attacks/">Reid&rsquo;s procedural attacks</a>.&rdquo;</p> <p>However, just last year, Heritage called for the same 51-vote threshold that it now opposes to be against on Obamacare. Then-president Ed Feulner in an email, &ldquo;<a href="http://blog.heritage.org/2012/06/29/morning-bell-join-the-fight-to-repeal-obamacare/">Join the Fight to Repeal Obamacare</a>,&rdquo; urged the Senate to use &ldquo;the 51-vote threshold available&rdquo; in order to gut the health care law:</p> <blockquote> There&rsquo;s also the fact that the individual mandate has acquired the official constitutional status of a &ldquo;tax&rdquo;&mdash;and if it is indeed a tax, then that is even more reason for the U.S. Senate to repeal it with the 51-vote threshold available under the Budget Act&rsquo;s reconciliation process. It is a revenue provision. No filibuster problems there now.</blockquote> <p>Of course, such hypocrisy is nothing new for Heritage, which <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2012/06/25/120625fa_fact_klein">developed the idea for the individual mandate</a> before it was against it.</p> <p>Heritage also backed the individual mandate, insurance exchanges and the expansion of Medicaid&hellip;<a href="http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2010/04/10/90621/heritage-romneycare/">under Mitt Romney&rsquo;s Massachusetts reform law</a>.</p> <p>Heritage president Jim DeMint even <a href="http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/demint-tries-to-spin-away-his-past-support-for-romneycare-video">cited Romney&rsquo;s health care reform law</a> as a reason to endorse his presidential campaign in 2008.</p> <p>In an amazing attempt to rewrite history, DeMint is now maintaining that <a href="http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/09/26/20705593-essentially-demint-is-declaring-a-mistrial?lite">Obamacare wasn&rsquo;t an issue in the 2012 election</a> &mdash; and therefore Obama&rsquo;s re-election shouldn&rsquo;t be interpreted as support Obamacare &mdash; &ldquo;because of Romney and Romneycare.&rdquo;</p> Brian Tashman C4 health care reform Heritage Foundation Jim DeMint Ted Cruz Fighting the Right 44372 Thu, 26 Sep 2013 12:15:24 -0400 Jim DeMint Will Michele Bachmann and Jim DeMint Headline Ex-Gay Pride Month? http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/will-michele-bachmann-and-jim-demint-headline-ex-gay-pride-month <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_images/lgbt-flag.jpg?1349226956" /> <p>Channeling <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKie-vgUGdI">Tobias F&uuml;nke</a>, ex-gay activist Christopher Doyle wants everyone to know there are tens of thousands of &ldquo;former homosexuals.&rdquo; In an interview with the American Family Association&rsquo;s <a href="http://instantanalysis.net/culture/2013/07/01/ex-gays-demand-to-be-heard#.UdGu_fnqmId">OneNewsNow</a> today, Doyle declares July to be &ldquo;Ex-Gay Pride Month&rdquo; and laments that the &ldquo;gay activist lobby&rdquo; is &ldquo;discriminating [against] us&rdquo; by &ldquo;taking away our rights&rdquo; to not be gay&hellip;or something.</p> <p>OneNewsNow reports that Rep. Michele Bachmann and Rep. Tim Huelskamp, along with Heritage Foundation head and former senator Jim DeMint and Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel, plan to address a July 31 ex-gay function organized by Doyle and hosted by the Family Research Council.</p> <p>According to an invitation to the event [<a href="http://www.voiceofthevoiceless.info/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/invite-EXGayPride-final-new.pdf">PDF</a>], the four are listed as invited but not confirmed speakers. Other invited speakers include anti-gay activists Star Parker and Harry Jackson.</p> <p>The only confirmed speakers are Doyle; fellow ex-gay activists DL Foster, who has said <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/former-homosexual-calls-dan-savages-arrest">Dan Savage should be arrested</a>; and Greg Quinlan, who claims gay people practise &ldquo;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/pfox-head-accuses-gays-and-lesbians-sexual-cannibalism">sexual cannibalism</a>.&rdquo;</p> <blockquote> Former homosexuals will be in Washington later this month to celebrate the first annual "Ex-Gay Pride Month."<br /> <br /> Christopher Doyle, co-founder of Voice of the Voiceless (VoV), explains how his group will cap off the month of July.<br /> <br /> "What we're going to be doing is former homosexuals, persons with unwanted same-sex attractions and their families and allies are going to be convening on Washington, D.C. on July 31st to send a clear message to the members of Congress that ex-gays are alive; we do exist," Doyle tells OneNewsNow. "There are tens of thousands of us, and we want to be counted."<br /> <br /> Homosexual activists try to erase former homosexuals from the scene, contending that people cannot change if they are attracted to the same gender.<br /> <br /> "We are tired of the gay activist lobby discriminating [against] us, marginalizing us and taking away our rights, and we're now fighting back, and we're demanding that if gays are going to get full diversity and equality in America, we also demand that ex-gay voices be heard as well," the VoV co-founder details.<br /> <br /> He adds that his organization will lobby Congress throughout the day, then hold a dinner and reception with Equality and Justice for All at Family Research Counsel [sic] Action in the evening for attendees. Featured speakers include Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN), former Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC), Liberty Counsel's Mat Staver, Congressman Tim Huelskamp (R-KS), and several prominent leaders in the ex-gay and faith communities who celebrate the fact that change is possible.</blockquote> Brian Tashman C4 Christopher Doyle DL Foster Ex-Gay Ex-Gay Pride Month Greg Quinlan Harry Jackson Jim DeMint Mat Staver Michele Bachmann OneNewsNow Star Parker Tim Huelskamp Voice of the Voiceless Family Research Council Fighting the Right 43539 Mon, 01 Jul 2013 12:45:14 -0400 Jim DeMint Phyllis Schlafly Implores Tea Partiers to 'Save America' From Karl Rove, Federal Takeover of Toddlers http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/phyllis-schlafly-implores-tea-partiers-save-america-karl-rove-federal-takeover-toddlers <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_images/phyllis_schlafly_a.jpg?1350674945" /> <p>The Religious Right and the Tea Party have <a href="http://mediamatters.org/blog/2013/02/11/a-brief-history-of-conservative-anger-at-propag/192606">not exactly</a> been responding well to GOP strategist Karl Rove&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-03-19/tea-party-backed-super-pac-is-latest-challenge-to-rove.html">plan </a>to spend big money bringing down unelectable Tea Party candidates in primaries or to RNC chairman Reince Priebus&rsquo; <a href="http://tv.msnbc.com/2013/03/18/rnc-admits-need-for-makeover-from-stuffy-old-men-rep/">suggestion</a> that the party make over its messaging.<br /> <br /> Add to the list of right-wing discontents Eagle Forum&rsquo;s Phyllis Schlafly, who this week sent out a six-page fundraising appeal urging supporters to &ldquo;join together to save America&rdquo; from Rove and his fellow &ldquo;Establishment bullies.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Schlafly blames Rove and the &ldquo;Establishment&rdquo; for every Republican president or presidential candidate since Reagan, all of whom she labels &ldquo;RINOs.&rdquo; But she sees hope for the &ldquo;emergence of a new Reagan Republican Party&rdquo; in the persons of senators Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Mike Lee, and former senator Jim DeMint.<br /> <br /> As for the rest of the party, &ldquo;Establishment Members of&nbsp; Congress are doing nothing to stop Obama&rsquo;s grab to put all 2 to 5 year-olds under federal control,&rdquo; she warns.<br /> <br /> Excerpts from the letter are below. All emphases are in the original.</p> <blockquote> <p>Dear Fellow American,<br /> <br /> The battle for control of the Republican Party has begun and I am asking you to answer the call to action!<br /> <br /> <u>The Establishment Republicans want to lead the Party down the road of big-government spending and globalist entanglements by <strong>selecting </strong>our nominees, <strong>deciding </strong>what issues they talk about, and<strong> controlling</strong> all the political money.</u><br /> <br /> They want grassroots conservatives and the Tea Parties to shut up and just do what they are told. The future of America depends on how you and I respond to this challenge.<br /> <br /> &hellip;<br /> <br /> Let me tell you where we are in this battle, and how fierce it has already become. I need your help!<br /> <br /> <u>After Ronald Reagan&rsquo;s two terms were over, the Establishment operatives (sometimes called RINOs &ndash; &ldquo;Republicans In Name Only,&rdquo; or country-club Republicans, or &ldquo;moderates&rdquo;), grabbed control of the Republican Party and gave us a series of losers as presidential candidates such as Bob Dole and John McCain.</u><br /> <br /> And don&rsquo;t forget their choices of George H.W. Bush (who betrayed his &ldquo;no new taxes, read my lips&rdquo; promise), and George W. Bush who gave us phony &ldquo;compassionate&rdquo; conservatism (which really meant big deficit spending) and even tried to put the U.S. in an open-borders North American Union.<br /> <br /> The Establishment and Karl Rove even supported Gerald Ford against Ronald Reagan in 1976.<br /> <br /> We can&rsquo;t afford to let that crowd pick our candidates again. But Rove now thinks he should be the &ldquo;decider&rdquo; of which primary candidates are &ldquo;electable&rdquo; and which are &ldquo;unelectable.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Please vote NO on his dreadful scheme.<br /> &hellip;<br /> <br /> We must sound the alarm and rally activists from Alaska to Florida about the embarrassment that Karl Rove and his big-government allies &ndash; posing as &ldquo;moderates&rdquo; &ndash; are to the Republican Party.<br /> <br /> <u>The Establishment is trying to purge the Tea Party conservatives from the Republican Party. Let&rsquo;s be clear &ndash; we welcome the Tea Partiers.</u><br /> <br /> We must show the nation that Republicans &ndash; true conservatives &ndash; don&rsquo;t want Karl Rove, or any Establishment guru to run the Republican Party off a cliff.<br /> <br /> &hellip;<br /> <br /> <u>Fortunately, we are seeing an emergence of a new Reagan Republican Party</u>. In 2010 and 2012, Republicans elected some real conservatives to the Senate after defeating Establishment candidates in the primaries: Rand Paul in Kentucky (who defeated Mitch McConnell&rsquo;s choice), Ted Cruz in Texas (who defeated a fabulously wealthy Establishment candidate), and Marco Rubio in Florida (who defeated Establishment candidate Florida Governor Crist, who then showed his true colors and became a Democrat).<br /> <br /> Jim DeMint (now with Heritage) and Mike Lee of Utah were two other successful non-Establishment Republican Senators. <u><em><strong>It&rsquo;s time for the grassroots to take control of the Republican Party away from the elitists who want to choose our candidates, tell them what to say, and how to vote.</strong></em></u><br /> <br /> Our litmus test for Republican primary candidates should be: &ldquo;Are you a Karl Rove candidate?&rdquo;<br /> <br /> &hellip;<br /> <br /> The Establishment is doing nothing to stop Obama from his announced plan to promote a Zero Nuclear World by cutting our nuclear missile force and refusing to modernize our anti-missile system.<br /> <br /> The Establishment is doing nothing to stop Obama from taking over the curriculum of our public school system &ndash; a plan that is unwanted by Americans, illegal and unconstitutional. Establishment Members of&nbsp; Congress are doing nothing to stop Obama&rsquo;s grab to put all 2 to 5 year-olds under federal control through federal daycare, early childhood education, Pre-K, and mandatory all-day Kindergarten.<br /> <br /> &hellip;<br /> <br /> We absolutely must join together and save America. Time is running out. Eagle Forum is ready to lead the way, but we need your active support.<br /> <br /> Please return your Conservative Activist Pledge right away. The conservative grassroots must rally and fight back.<br /> <br /> And please, make the very most generous donation to Eagle Forum you possibly can. <u>We&rsquo;ve beaten Establishment bullies in the past, and with your help we will do it again!</u><br /> <br /> Faithfully,<br /> <br /> Phyllis Schlafly<br /> &nbsp;</p> </blockquote> Miranda Blue C4 Jim DeMint Karl Rove Marco Rubio Mike Lee Phyllis Schlafly Rand Paul tea party Ted Cruz Eagle Forum Fighting the Right Religious Liberty 42577 Wed, 27 Mar 2013 10:58:26 -0400 Jim DeMint DeMint: 'Secular Socialistic' Obama Orchestrating Crises for Political Gain http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/demint-secular-socialistic-obama-orchestrating-crises-political-gain <p>Former U.S. Senator and current Heritage Foundation president Jim DeMint appeared on Today&rsquo;s Issues with American Family Association head Tim Wildmon where he reiterated <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2012/02/demint-cpac-compromise-enemy">his &ldquo;no compromise&rdquo; mantra</a> by arguing that President Obama and his allies are so extreme that there is no point in working with them.</p> <p>When Wildmon asked if Obama even &ldquo;has a conscience,&rdquo; DeMint pointed to a <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122721278056345271.html">2008 quote</a> by Rahm Emmanuel, whom DeMint mistakenly called &ldquo;Raul Emmanuel,&rdquo; about the financial crisis to suggest that Obama and his allies are deliberately creating crises in order to implement sweeping policy changes.</p> <p>&ldquo;What they understand on the liberal side is that the failures of their policies actually have empowered them to actually advance their policies,&rdquo; DeMint told Wildmon, &ldquo;A financial/economic crisis allows the president to reconfigure our whole economic and cultural system to redistribute the wealth the way he wants.&rdquo;</p> <p>After blaming the left for the 2008 financial crisis, DeMint argued that Obama has a &ldquo;secular socialistic view&rdquo; and that his &ldquo;policies hurt people.&rdquo; Consequently, people with a &ldquo;faith and freedom view&rdquo; shouldn&rsquo;t even bother working with him.</p> <p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RRXCqyAut8&feature=youtu.be">Listen:</a></p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/4RRXCqyAut8" width="560"></iframe></p> Brian Tashman American Family Association C4 Heritage Foundation Jim DeMint Tim Wildmon Fighting the Right 42430 Tue, 12 Mar 2013 16:30:47 -0400 Jim DeMint DeMint: Democrats Want Immigration Reform to Recruit 'New Voters and Union Members' http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/demint-democrats-want-immigration-reform-recruit-new-voters-and-union-members <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_images/jim_demint_a.jpg?1359575113" /> <p>Former South Carolina senator Jim DeMint, the<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/demint-s-bold-plan-heritage-how-lie-more-effectively"> incoming president</a> of the Heritage Foundation, <a href="http://janetmefferdpremium.com/2013/01/29/janet-mefferd-radio-show-20130129-hr-3/">spoke with Janet Mefferd yesterday </a>about immigration reform and the future of the GOP.</p> <p>DeMint was unhappy with President Obama&rsquo;s immigration proposal and the bipartisan framework presented this week in the Senate, both of which include a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. Democrats, he claimed, &ldquo;are much more interested in new voters and union members than they are in fixing the system and honoring our heritage of immigration.&rdquo;</p> <p align="center"><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" bgcolor="undefined" flashvars="file=/sites/default/files/mp3/Demint-Mefferd-Immigration.mp3" height="20" src="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/sites/default/files/mp3/player.swf" width="400"></embed></p> <blockquote> <p><strong>Unfortunately, and I&rsquo;ve worked with the folks who are advocating for this for a number of years and it appears the Democrats are much more interested in new voters and union members than they are in fixing the system and honoring our heritage of immigration.</strong> I don&rsquo;t think we can help our naturalized American citizens by tearing down those things that create the opportunity in our country, and border sovereignty, rule of law, those things create the freedom and opportunity that immigrants come here for. And if we change the things that make us successful then we hurt the very people that we&rsquo;re saying we want to help. So this is an irrational approach in my mind. I know there&rsquo;s some people involved with this who want to do the right thing and solve the problem.<strong> But I&rsquo;m afraid the people driving this, like the president, are just more interested in the citizenship track than they really are fixing our system.</strong></p> </blockquote> <p>DeMint, the <a href="http://www.pfaw.org/rww-in-focus/the-rogues-gallery-right-wing-candidates-have-dangerous-agenda-for-america-and-could-tu#demint">architect of the 2010 Tea Party takeover</a>, also denied that the GOP needs to moderate its positions to appeal to more voters after its<a href="http://elections.nytimes.com/2012/results/president/exit-polls"> drubbing </a>among women, young people, African-Americans, Latinos and Asian-Americans in 2012. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re just not telling our story well and we&rsquo;re not doing a good job of showing the victims of progressive liberal policies,&rdquo; DeMint said. &ldquo;And there are a lot of them around the country and minorities are the biggest victims of these policies.&rdquo;</p> <p align="center"><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" bgcolor="undefined" flashvars="file=/sites/default/files/mp3/Demint-Mefferd-GOP.mp3" height="20" src="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/sites/default/files/mp3/player.swf" width="400"></embed></p> <blockquote> <p>We have ideas that we want people to embrace because those ideas make our country better and lives better for Americans. <strong>So it&rsquo;s easier for Obama, who just finds out what people want to hear and he tells them that. He doesn&rsquo;t have to deliver any particular policy or laws. </strong>We do. But we have success stories all over. We have fantastic job creation where energy is being developed in states. We have job creation where you have freedom in the workplace not to join a union, that&rsquo;s why Boeing is in South Carolina. <strong>We&rsquo;re just not telling our story well and we&rsquo;re not doing a good job of showing the victims of progressive liberal policies. And there are a lot of them around the country and minorities are the biggest victims of these policies.</strong> I&rsquo;d say Republicans have done a miserable job of communicating. And that&rsquo;s why I left the Senate. We need to take our message directly to the American people and make those ideas so winsome that candidates have to embrace them.<br /> &nbsp;</p> </blockquote> Miranda Blue C4 Heritage Foundation Immigration immigration reform Janet Mefferd Jim DeMint Fighting the Right 42083 Wed, 30 Jan 2013 15:47:33 -0400 Jim DeMint DeMint’s Bold Plan for Heritage: How to Lie More Effectively http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/demint-s-bold-plan-heritage-how-lie-more-effectively <p>Former Sen. <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/people/jim-demint"><u>Jim DeMint</u></a>, hero to the overlapping Tea Party and Religious Right wings of the Republican Party, was kindly granted <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/jim-demint-conservative-ideas-need-a-new-message/2013/01/10/9d0054e8-5b54-11e2-9fa9-5fbdc9530eb9_story.html"><u>space</u></a> by the <em>Washington Post </em>to tell us what he plans to do in his new job at the Heritage Foundation.</p> <p>DeMint, a former ad man, promises to launch a &ldquo;conservative revival&rdquo; by figuring out how to do a better job selling conservative policies to the American public. That&rsquo;s not exactly a big shift for the folks at <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-montgomery/marriage-made-in-right-wi_b_2252809.html"><u>Heritage</u></a>, which is and always has been a giant marketing operation for right-wing &ldquo;ideas.&rdquo;</p> <p>The most revealing thing in DeMint&rsquo;s column is his use of a thoroughly debunked lie that Republicans tried to use against President Obama in last year&rsquo;s campaign.&nbsp; Says DeMint of President Obama, &ldquo;He disabled welfare reform last year, when he took away the work requirements that were at the heart of that law&rsquo;s success.&rdquo;</p> <p>That false claim earned politicians like Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum &ldquo;Pants on Fire&rdquo; ratings from <a href="http://www.politifact.com/subjects/welfare/"><u>Politifact</u></a> and similar ratings from other <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/post/spin-and-counterspin-in-the-welfare-debate/2012/08/07/61bf03b6-e0e3-11e1-8fc5-a7dcf1fc161d_blog.html"><u>fact</u></a> <a href="http://www.factcheck.org/2012/08/does-obamas-plan-gut-welfare-reform/"><u>checkers</u></a>.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s a gross distortion of an Obama administration decision to give states more flexibility to come up with new ways to meet the law's work requirements &ndash; something sought by <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/romney-again-puts-gop-governors-in-delicate-spot/2012/08/07/fa15e2d6-e0c7-11e1-a19c-fcfa365396c8_blog.html"><u>Republican governors</u></a>.&nbsp; Even some Republicans, including one architect of welfare reform, called the charge <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2012/08/22/159791065/despite-fact-checks-romney-escalates-welfare-work-requirement-charge"><u>false</u></a> when the Romney campaign made it.</p> <p>As we know from his climate change denialism, DeMint isn&rsquo;t as concerned about truth as about creating his own reality -- the way Fox News and the right-wing echo chamber have tried to do.&nbsp; &ldquo;One lesson I learned in marketing is that, for consumers and voters, perception is reality.&rdquo;</p> <p>Maybe reporters should start referring to Heritage as a &ldquo;perception tank.&rdquo;</p> Peter Montgomery Heritage Foundation Jim DeMint Fighting the Right 41912 Fri, 11 Jan 2013 12:29:27 -0400 Jim DeMint South Carolina's Next Senator Tim Scott Is Bachmann, Palin and Sanford-Approved http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/south-carolina-s-next-senator-bachmann-palin-and-sanford-approved <p>South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley will announce shortly that she <a href="http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/17/tim-scott-to-be-named-for-empty-south-carolina-senate-seat-republicans-say/">has picked Rep. Tim Scott</a> to replace Senator Jim DeMint, who is <a href="http://www.pfaw.org/press-releases/2012/12/pfaw-statement-heritage-foundation-s-choice-sen-jim-demint-next-leader">leaving to head up</a> the right-wing Heritage Foundation. DeMint&rsquo;s imminent retirement is seen by many as a <a href="http://articles.latimes.com/2012/dec/06/nation/la-na-tea-party-20121207">setback for the Tea Party</a>, which had a genuine champion in DeMint, and a sign that the movement&rsquo;s best days are behind it. But the Tea Party is still raging in South Carolina, and Scott is poised to become its new Senate standard-bearer.</p> <p><a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/demints-double-rep-tim-scott-all-right-wing-reasons">Tim Scott</a> was elected to Congress in 2010, becoming the first African-American Republican to represent South Carolina <a href="http://dailycaller.com/2010/11/02/tim-scott-first-black-republican-elected-to-congress-from-the-south-since-reconstruction/">since Reconstruction</a> (when the party of the Lincoln was <a href="http://baic.house.gov/historical-essays/essay.html?intID=5&intSectionID=32">still the party of Lincoln</a>). Scott <a href="en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Scott_(politician)">served for over a decade</a> on the Charleston County Council before serving briefly in the state house. While he gained statewide &ndash; and now national &ndash; attention as a darling of the Tea Party movement, he has a far more <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/demints-double-rep-tim-scott-all-right-wing-reasons">extensive background</a> as a cultural warrior for the Religious Right.</p> <p>With Scott poised to replace DeMint in the Senate, we&rsquo;re going to explore his extreme, and frequently bizarre, record. Be sure to read Peter&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/demints-double-rep-tim-scott-all-right-wing-reasons">primer on Scott</a> from earlier today.</p> <p>Scott made the leap from the county council to state house in 2008 with major backing from then-Governor Mark Sanford. Sanford was a family values conservative and rising star in the national GOP until he was caught <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Sanford_disappearance_and_extramarital_affair">eloping with his Argentine mistress</a>. Sanford famously claimed that he had been hiking the Appalachian Trail.</p> <p>Before he did all that, Sanford vouched for Scott&rsquo;s sterling conservative credentials in an open letter posted to Scott&rsquo;s campaign website:</p> <blockquote> <p>I wanted to write to you today to let you know about a friend of mine who is running for the State House of Representatives who needs our help.</p> <p>Tim Scott is a consistent conservative who will carry our values to the State House. [&hellip;]</p> <p>Tim is also a proven social conservative who will stand up for the family values that help to make our state a great place to live and work.</p> <p>Because of his strong stands on conservative issues, I have endorsed Tim&rsquo;s candidacy for the House.&nbsp; Today, I am asking for you to join us in supporting Tim, both with your vote and with your financial contributions.&nbsp;</p> </blockquote> <p>And when Scott ran for Congress in 2010, he enjoyed strong backing and an endorsement from Sarah Palin:</p> <blockquote> <p>Tim is a pro-life, pro-2nd Amendment, pro-development, Commonsense Conservative who&rsquo;s been endorsed by the Club for Growth because of his solid commitment to the principles of limited government and fiscal responsibility. [&hellip;]</p> <p>&ldquo;I am excited to receive the support of Sarah Palin. She has been a trailblazer for the conservative cause and tea party movement going on across the nation. We share the same values of limited government, less spending and being a champion for our Constitution.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> <p>Michele Bachmann also <a href="http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0811/62168.html#ixzz2EgvQKY00">gushed over Scott</a> last year during the GOP presidential primary: &ldquo;All of us in Washington, D.C., are extremely proud of you for choosing the right man to send from Charleston up to Washington. We love Tim Scott!&rdquo;</p> <p>Bachmann and Palin clearly have good reason to be excited about a Senator Tim Scott. Republican leaders, on the other hand, may soon find that they have a new liability on their hands. Keep an eye on Right Wing Watch for more coverage of Scott&rsquo;s record.</p> Josh Glasstetter Jim DeMint Mark Sanford Michele Bachmann Nikki Haley Sarah Palin senate South Carolina Tim Scott C3 Fighting the Right 41774 Mon, 17 Dec 2012 13:01:30 -0400 Jim DeMint DeMint's Double: Rep. Tim Scott, for All the Right-Wing Reasons http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/demints-double-rep-tim-scott-all-right-wing-reasons <p>Sen. Jim DeMint&rsquo;s announcement that he will resign from the U.S. Senate to become <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-montgomery/marriage-made-in-right-wi_b_2252809.html">president</a> of the right-wing Heritage Foundation left the decision of DeMint&rsquo;s successor in the hands of South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.&nbsp; DeMint has made it clear that his top choice would be Rep. Tim Scott, who was among the five people on Haley&rsquo;s <a href="http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/12/11/first-on-cnn-haley-finalizes-short-list-for-demint-seat/">short list</a>. This morning some are <a href="https://twitter.com/PeterHambyCNN/status/280683148164079616">reporting </a>that Haley has indeed chosen Scott.</p> <p>Scott was elected in the 2010 Tea Party wave after defeating Strom Thurmond&rsquo;s son in the GOP primary with backing from Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin.&nbsp; He&rsquo;s considered a rising star in the party -- after the 2012 election he was elected to serve as the liaison to leadership for the rising sophomore class.&nbsp; Like DeMint, he embraces both the Religious Right&rsquo;s anti-gay, anti-choice social agenda and the Tea Party&rsquo;s anti-government, anti-tax, anti-regulation agenda.&nbsp; No wonder he&rsquo;s a Fox News favorite &ndash; and no wonder Fred Barnes, writing in the Weekly Standard, <a href="http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/ideal-replacement-jim-demint-rep-tim-scott_665126.html">calls</a> Scott an &ldquo;ideal replacement&rdquo; for DeMint.</p> <p>Scott holds particular appeal for conservatives after this year&rsquo;s elections in which people of color overwhelmingly supported President Obama.&nbsp; If appointed, Scott would become the only African American member of the U.S. Senate.&nbsp; In 2010, he was one of 15 black conservative candidates backed by &ldquo;Operation Black Storm,&rdquo; a project of Alan Keyes&rsquo; Patriot PAC.&nbsp; Only Scott and Allen West were elected. Scott shares West&rsquo;s politics but not his tendency to spout ridiculous rhetoric about President Obama being a Marxist tyrant. That may be one reason West will soon be a former member of Congress and Scott may soon be a U.S. Senator.</p> <p><u>Anti-Obama Cred</u></p> <p>Scott has the fervent anti-Obama record demanded by the far right.&nbsp;&nbsp; On Sean Hannity&rsquo;s Fox News show, Scott <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymSXG-UEA5A&list=UUQWcsBSUXlHHrFxVc2JeaVw&index=8">said</a>, &ldquo;This president has consistently found himself on the wrong side of the concept of the rule of law.&rdquo; He <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tW3lqp9WO14&list=UUQWcsBSUXlHHrFxVc2JeaVw&index=9">claimed</a>, &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a liberal media bias that insulates this president from having to explain the truth to any American citizen about the things that go wrong in this government.&rdquo;</p> <p>He embodies the Tea Party&rsquo;s opposition to the federal health care reform bill and has joined House Republican efforts to defund it and repeal sections of it.&nbsp; He joined an anti-health care reform rally at the U.S. Supreme Court, where he <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFo1jXtCHeU&list=UUQWcsBSUXlHHrFxVc2JeaVw&index=19">said</a> &ldquo;the last thing anybody wants to see happen is the United States government take over health care and ruin the best health care system in the world today.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>Scott was an energetic participant in House Republicans&rsquo; desperate but ultimately unsuccessful attempt to politicize the botched &ldquo;Fast and Furious&rdquo; operation and turn it into an election-year scandal for the Obama administration.&nbsp; Those efforts included a House vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.&nbsp;&nbsp; At the same time Scott was frantically working to politicize the death of a border control agent, he was <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAGNGDjoWmc&list=UUQWcsBSUXlHHrFxVc2JeaVw&index=10">accusing </a>&nbsp;the left of politicizing the issue.&nbsp;</p> <p>At this year&rsquo;s Republican National Convention, Scott <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_wD1ecduK0">said</a> &ldquo;The past four years of hope and change have led me to one conclusion: our only hope is to change the current resident of the White House. Amen.&rdquo; And his &ldquo;heartfelt&rdquo; and not exactly respectful message to the president: &ldquo;Hit the road, Jack, and dontcha come back no more no more no more.&rdquo;</p> <p>Scott <a href="http://blogs.cbn.com/thebrodyfile/archive/2010/09/21/exclusive-tim-scott-interview-no-racism-in-tea-party.aspx">told</a> CBN&rsquo;s David Brody that he understood why some black people would vote for Obama as a matter of history, but not him.&nbsp; &ldquo;I think the question is, &lsquo;who am I?&rsquo; Well, if I am first a Christian conservative then that dictates my response to all questions so my response first as a Christian conservative is to vote consistent with my value system. I&rsquo;m not saying whether President Obama is a Christian or not. I&rsquo;m talking about one thing and one thing only. What he represents as a politician, is it consistent with what I think our country needs, and if the answer is no then I have to vote consistent with my values.&rdquo;</p> <p>In response to speculation during congressional obstruction on the debt limit that President Obama could invoke the 14<sup>th</sup> Amendment&rsquo;s requirement that the government pay its debts to get around congressional inaction, Scott <a href="http://www.theroot.com/buzz/gop-rep-tim-scott-suggests-impeachment-obama-over-debt-limit">said</a> that would be &ldquo;an impeachable act.&rdquo;</p> <p><u>Religious Right Cred</u></p> <p>Scott espouses far-right positions on abortion and gay rights &ndash; he has a <a href="http://www.hrc.org/files/assets/resources/HRC-112th_CongressionalScorecard_Updated.pdf">zero</a> rating from the Human Rights Campaign &ndash; and he promotes the Religious Right&rsquo;s absurd claim that Christians are somehow a persecuted minority in this country.&nbsp; During this year&rsquo;s South Carolina primary, Scott was among the speakers at a pre-debate <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/gop-presidentials-line-kiss-ralph-reedsring">rally</a> hosted by Ralph Reed&rsquo;s Faith and Freedom Coalition. &ldquo;The greatest minority under assault today are Christians,&rdquo; Scott said. &ldquo;No doubt about it.&rdquo; He also said, &ldquo;We need a revolution in this country.&rdquo;&nbsp; &ldquo;And we need a revival in this land.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>Scott opposes the requirement in the Affordable Care Act &nbsp;for contraception coverage and argues that the administration&rsquo;s compromise does not protect religious liberty.&nbsp; In an <a href="http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/religious-rights/213583-government-should-protect-not-assault-our-religious-freedom">op-ed</a> he published in The Hill, he wrote, &ldquo;Our nation was founded by those who believed in faith and freedom. Too often, Americans who are proud of their faith and the values it instills find themselves under attack. Government should be protecting our right to religious freedom, not assaulting it.&rdquo;</p> <p>In the &ldquo;traditional values&rdquo; section of his campaign <a href="http://www.votetimscott.com/the-issues/defending-traditional-values/">website</a> Scott lists legislation he has supported promoting abstinence education, defunding United Nations family planning programs, imposing abortion restrictions on women in the District of Columbia, and &ldquo;protecting&rdquo; Christmas.&nbsp; It includes this summary:</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;"><strong>I am unapologetically pro-life</strong>.&nbsp; Each and every human life is valuable and my legislative agenda and record reflect my resolute commitment to protect the sanctity of life.</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;"><strong>I support traditional marriage</strong>.&nbsp; The institution of marriage is the unity of one man and one woman.&nbsp;&nbsp; Allowing the government to weaken the definition of marriage takes away from our children and we must not allow that to happen.</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;"><strong>I will fight for religious freedoms. </strong>The Constitution expressly safeguards our freedom to practice and embrace religion.&nbsp; The federal government&rsquo;s role is not to protect government from religion, but to protect religion from government intrusion.&nbsp; Government is already interfering in our homes and businesses; we must not allow it to do the same with our faith.</p> <p>The website also includes dispatches from the leader of Scott&rsquo;s prayer warrior team.&nbsp; The January 2012 dispatch includes this:</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;">We can rest assured that regardless of what is happening, we are a nation born on a foundation of the Gospel of our Savior, Jesus and He lives and reigns this very day and forevermore and His perfect peace is ours in the midst of the storm! &nbsp;Tim wanted you to know that in the knowledge of God&rsquo;s assurance, this year should be about pursuing Isaiah 61 especially because of our times. &nbsp;There are so many who are lost and in need of answers and, Praise God, you have them!</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;">With the leading of the Holy Spirit, we should seek heavenly strategies to take on the challenges of 2012. &nbsp;</p> <p>At the Ralph Reed rally during the South Carolina primary, he told a story about a public fight over the Ten Commandments when he was on the county council.&nbsp; &ldquo;We are in desperate need of a compass, a moral compass that tells us the difference between right and wrong,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;And I believe that you can look no further than the word of God to find that compass.&rdquo;</p> <p><u>Tea Party Cred</u></p> <p>Scott came to Congress on the 2010 Tea Party wave and talks like it.&nbsp; He takes a Tea Partier&rsquo;s rhetorical approach to the Constitution, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wiqMBOfKMLY&list=UUQWcsBSUXlHHrFxVc2JeaVw&index=28">telling</a> attendees at a town hall meeting, &ldquo;I think states&rsquo; rights, state sovereignty, the 9<sup>th</sup> and 10th amendment, has to be protected against our federal government.&rdquo; He <a href="http://www.vibe.com/article/black-elephants-pg-2">says</a> the immigration issue is &ldquo;easy&rdquo; -- &ldquo;We want to make sure the local law enforcement is empowered to enforce the laws of the country.&rdquo; Congress is a &ldquo;freak show.&rdquo;&nbsp; The country needs to &ldquo;drill baby, drill.&rdquo;&nbsp; The Environmental Protection Agency is a &ldquo;job-killing agency&rdquo; that needs to be chopped off at the knees.</p> <p>He has been part of the no-compromise wing of the 2010 class.&nbsp; He refused to support House Speaker John Boehner&rsquo;s plan for getting past the crisis over lifting the debt ceiling after he and two of his fellow freshman prayed about the issue.&nbsp; Here&rsquo;s how the Washington Post <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/for-speaker-john-boehner-an-even-bigger-debt-ceiling-test-looms-in-house/2011/07/30/gIQAQ907jI_story_2.html">recounted</a> the events:</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;">Not even gentle persuasion could overcome higher powers Thursday. As Boehner was in his meetings, three freshman Republicans from South Carolina were in the House chapel nearby, in quiet discussion and in prayer. Reps.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.whorunsgov.com/Profiles/John_%22Mick%22_Mulvaney">Mick Mulvaney</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.whorunsgov.com/Profiles/Tim_Scott">Tim Scott</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.whorunsgov.com/Profiles/Jeff_Duncan">Jeff Duncan</a>wanted a stronger provision to guarantee a balanced-budget amendment and knew they would be lobbied furiously in the hours to come.</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;">At one point, Duncan said, Mulvaney picked up a Bible and read a verse from Proverbs 22: &ldquo;The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.&rdquo;</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;">&ldquo;It&rsquo;s telling me to really be bold, to really fight for structural changes,&rdquo; Duncan said.</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;">&ldquo;Mulvaney snapped the Bible closed. And I said, &lsquo;Guys, that&rsquo;s all I need to see,&rsquo; &rdquo; Duncan said. &ldquo;Tim said, &lsquo;Yep.&rsquo; And we stood up and walked out.&rdquo;</p> <p>Discussing the episode with Fox News, Scott said &ldquo;I try to lean on the highest level of wisdom I can find and that is divine wisdom.&rdquo;</p> <p>Scott also enlists Martin Luther King to support the Tea Party&rsquo;s anti-spending agenda (pay no attention to King&rsquo;s actual call for government action on jobs).&nbsp; He <a href="http://northeastcolumbia.patch.com/articles/haley-scott-celebrate-legacy-of-dr-martin-luther-king-jr">said</a> at a 2012 MLK commemoration that his deficit-cutting efforts were akin to King&rsquo;s movement:&nbsp; "We can't be free when we have a $1.5 trillion annual deficit, there is no freedom in America for a black man, a white man, a Jew, a gentile, a Protestant or a Catholic. We can't be free.&rdquo;&nbsp; He has <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wiqMBOfKMLY&list=UUQWcsBSUXlHHrFxVc2JeaVw&index=28">told</a> constituents, &ldquo;The more we spend, the less freedom we have.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>He has also, as <a href="http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/07/voodoo-economics-gop-rep-claims-tax-increases-would-hasten-debt-crisis.php">noted</a> by Brian Beutler at TPM, helped voodoo economics&nbsp; make &ldquo;a triumphant return to Capitol Hill.&rdquo; Scott claimed that tax increases would lead to lower revenue.&nbsp; Scott made the same argument to constituents during a <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wiqMBOfKMLY&list=UUQWcsBSUXlHHrFxVc2JeaVw&index=28">town hall meeting</a>: &nbsp;&ldquo;If you increase taxes you get fewer dollars to the treasury&hellip;This is not a partisan issue. This is what we call truth.&rdquo;</p> <p><u>Big Business Cred</u></p> <p>Scott&rsquo;s anti-tax, anti-regulation, anti-union <a href="http://www.votetimscott.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/2012ConservativeRepublicanTimScott_triFold.pdf">positions</a> make him a favorite of the big business lobby: during his short tenure he has already been honored by the Club for Growth, which gave him its &ldquo;Defender of Economic Freedom Award,&rdquo; and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which gave him its &ldquo;Spirit of Enterprise&rdquo; award. Receiving that award, he said, &ldquo;We must free our job creators from the burden placed on their backs by the federal government, and provide them with the right opportunities to move our economy forward.&rdquo;&nbsp; Chamber of Commerce President Thomas Donahue gushed, &ldquo;While many in Congress were busy playing politics, Representative Scott was working to protect and advance the interests of America&rsquo;s job creators.&rdquo;&nbsp; Scott, who supports a flat tax, introduced &ldquo;the Rising Tides Act,&rdquo; which would cut corporate taxes.&nbsp;</p> <p><u>The Party of the Tea Party</u></p> <p>Jim DeMint helped create the uncompromising, ideologically extreme Republican Party that has engaged in unprecedented obstructionism during the Obama administration &ndash; and is wreaking havoc in states like Michigan.&nbsp; Tim Scott seems eager to further that destructive legacy.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Peter Montgomery Fred Barnes Jim DeMint Nikki Haley Ralph Reed Tim Scott Faith and Freedom Coalition Fighting the Right 41769 Mon, 17 Dec 2012 10:45:55 -0400 Jim DeMint Leaving the Senate, Jim DeMint is Looking Forward to Working with Glenn Beck http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/leaving-senate-jim-demint-looking-forward-working-glenn-beck <p>Sen. Jim DeMint called in to Glenn Beck's radio program <a href="http://www.video.theblaze.com/media/video.jsp?content_id=25520323">today</a> to discuss his decision to resign from the Senate to <a href="http://www.pfaw.org/press-releases/2012/12/pfaw-statement-heritage-foundation-s-choice-sen-jim-demint-next-leader">become</a> the president of the Heritage Foundation. &nbsp;DeMint <a href="http://youtu.be/hVfjhrBjZ84">explained</a> that, with the re-election of President Obama, conservatives were not going to be able "to do anything positive at the federal level for the next four years" so he needed to be somewhere outside of government, working on solutions for when Obama's policies inevitably bring America "to its knees" ... and that will entail partnering with people like Beck to get the message out; a prospect that Beck was very eager to embrace:</p> <p align="center"><iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/hVfjhrBjZ84?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Kyle Mantyla Heritage Foundation Jim DeMint C3 Glenn Beck Fighting the Right 41706 Fri, 07 Dec 2012 17:05:02 -0400 Jim DeMint Right Wing Round-Up - 12/6/12 http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/right-wing-round-12612-0 <ul> <li><a href="http://www.pfaw.org/press-releases/2012/12/pfaw-statement-heritage-foundation-s-choice-sen-jim-demint-next-leader">PFAW</a>: Statement on Heritage Foundation&rsquo;s Choice of Sen. Jim DeMint as Next Leader.</li> <p> <li><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-montgomery/marriage-made-in-right-wi_b_2252809.html">Peter Montgomery @ Huffington Post</a>:&nbsp;Marriage Made in Right-Wing Heaven: Jim DeMint and Heritage Foundation.</li> <p> <li><a href="http://mediamatters.org/blog/2012/12/05/laura-ingrahams-newsletter-doesnt-remember-when/191698">Eric Hananoki @ County Fair</a>: Laura Ingraham's Newsletter Doesn't Remember When Laura Ingraham Met With George W. Bush.</li> <p> <li><a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/12/senate-republicans-condoleezza-rice-susan-rice-benghazi-iraq-intelligence">Adam Serwer and Dana Liebelson @ Mother Jones</a>: Rice vs Rice: Charting Congress' Treatment of Condi and Susan.</li> <p> <li><a href="http://tfninsider.org/2012/12/06/tx-congressman-louie-terror-babies-gohmert-casts-lone-vote-to-keep-lunatic-in-law/">TFN Insider</a>:&nbsp;TX Congressman Louie &lsquo;Terror Babies&rsquo; Gohmert Casts Lone Vote to Keep &lsquo;Lunatic&rsquo; in Law.</li> <p> <li><a href="http://www.hrc.org/blog/entry/top-anti-marriage-donor-in-maryland-is-active-in-white-supremacist-secessio">Dan Rafter @ HRC Blog</a>: Top Anti-Marriage Donor in Maryland is Active in White Supremacist, Secessionist Causes.</li> <p> <li><a href="http://mediamatters.org/blog/2012/12/06/fox-nations-incredibly-dishonest-attack-on-an-a/191718">Justin Berrier @ Media Matters</a>: Fox Nation's Incredibly Dishonest Attack On An Anti-Domestic Violence PSA.</li></ul> Kyle Mantyla Heritage Foundation Jim DeMint Laura Ingraham Louie Gohmert Round-Up 41698 Thu, 06 Dec 2012 18:37:34 -0400 Jim DeMint Right Wing Leftovers - 12/6/12 http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/right-wing-leftovers-12612-0 <ul> <li>Sen. Jim DeMint is <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2012/12/06/jim-demint-leaving-the-senate/">resigning</a> from the Senate to become the next president of the Heritage Foundation and FRC's Tony Perkins is <a href="http://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=PR12L01&f=RF07B02">thrilled</a>: "We are proud to partner with Heritage on numerous projects, including our annual Values Voter Summit and our recently completed national bus tour. With a good friend like Jim DeMint joining this great organization, I look forward to that partnership deepening even further."</li> <p> <li>Speaking of the Values Voter Summit, regular VVS speaker Stephen Baldwin <a href="http://www.nypost.com/p/pagesix/stephen_baldwin_failed_to_pay_taxes_uCHIfcxcP5cLP2RnzAn6PJ">has been charged</a> with tax evasion.</li> <p> <li>We'll see how the Religious Right feels about&nbsp;Sheldon Adelson spending hundreds of millions of dollars on elections when they learn that he <a href="http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2012/12/05/sheldon-adelson-im-basically-a-social-liberal/">considers himself to be</a> "basically a social liberal."</li> <p> <li>The Barna Groups analyzes the role of faith in the 2012 election and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.barna.org/culture-articles/595-the-role-of-faith-in-the-2012-election">finds</a> that "Notional Christians &mdash; the large segment of voters who consider themselves to be Christian but are not born again &mdash; voted decisively in favor of Mr. Obama." Of course, this will not stop the Religious Right from insisting that all Christians share their views and must vote Republican.</li> <p> <li>Rick Green is <a href="http://www.rickgreen.com/bob-costas-ignorant-emotional-comments-about-guns-completely-devoid-of-facts-and-logic/">not happy</a> with Bob Costas' commentary on gun violence, telling him to "study up on this issue, learn the facts, and apply some common sense." &nbsp;If only he'd give the same advice to David Barton.</li> <p> <li>Finally, FRC <a href="http://www.frc.org/prayerteam/prayer-targets-bishop-madison-supreme-court-obama-surtax-power-grab-deductions-hhs-mandate">prays</a> that the Supreme Court will protect "traditional marriage": "God, our nation is flooded with sin and debauchery. Move upon our Supreme Court to uphold the Constitution, the laws of Congress, the will of the people, and 'the laws of nature and of nature's God.' Cause us to return to you. Send revival to your Church and awakening to our nation and a turning of the cultural tide, including our laws, politics and policy. Make us, yet, a City on a Hill and a light for You to the nations. Help us fervently to pray until our courts preserve natural, historic, biblical marriage just as You intended it!"</li></ul> Kyle Mantyla Heritage Foundation Jim DeMint Leftovers Rick Green Values Voter Summit Family Research Council 41697 Thu, 06 Dec 2012 18:33:24 -0400 Jim DeMint Rick Joyner's Hellish Attack on Chief Justice John Roberts http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/rick-joyners-hellish-attack-chief-justice-john-roberts <p>As Kyle has been <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/supreme-court-upholds-health-care-reform-reactions-right">documenting</a>, there is no shortage of rhetorical excess from right-wing leaders upset about the Supreme Court upholding the Affordable Care Act.&nbsp; But the response from Rick Joyner, head of MorningStar Ministries and the dominionist Oak Initiative, has to be among the most unhinged. Joyner has a <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/people/rick-joyner ">penchant </a>for apocalyptic rhetoric, warning of demonic threats and natural disasters facing an unrepentant America. <br /> <br /> Joyner is embraced by other right-wing leaders, appearing at the Awakening conferences organized by the Liberty Counsel and the Freedom Federation, a Religious Right super-group of which Joyner&rsquo;s organization is a member.&nbsp; Sen. Jim DeMint <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/demint-god-has-put-christians-charge-vineyard-we-call-america ">spoke </a>earlier this month at a &ldquo;Freedom Congress&rdquo; organized by Joyner. <br /> <br /> In a<a href="http://www.theoakinitiative.org/special-bulletin-12-2012 "> &ldquo;special bulletin&rdquo;</a> appropriately titled &ldquo;Dazed and Confused,&rdquo; Joyner goes after Chief Justice John Roberts with literally hellish relish.&nbsp; Roberts&rsquo; reasoning, he says, &ldquo;could potentially open the biggest gate of hell into our nation and culture by the Supreme Court since Roe v. Wade&rdquo; and &ldquo;has potentially released the most evil hounds from hell against the American people.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Joyner even suggests that Roberts is, quite literally, on drugs:</p> <blockquote> <p>It is understandable that some are now making the assertion that Chief Justice Roberts&rsquo; medication used to control his epilepsy has taken a toll on his mental abilities and reasoning. Nothing else has come forward as an adequate explanation for why he would be the one to free Obamacare like he did to become the biggest grab of totalitarian power over America in history.</p> </blockquote> <p>&ldquo;This decision,&rdquo; says Joyner, &ldquo;has deepened our national crisis, and jeopardized our Constitution at a most inopportune and dangerous time.&rdquo;</p> <blockquote> <p>It now seems that the American Republic is under unrelenting attack from every possible direction. Let us not faint, but keep in mind that the greatest victories only come when there are great battles. No doubt this will wake up many more Americans to the battle we are in. Great souls run to the sound of battle, not away from it. America still has many great souls who will fight regardless of the odds against them, and who will stand and never surrender for the sake of the freedom that was their birthright. This Supreme Court Decision has only increased the volume of the alarm and we can expect many more to hear it now.</p> </blockquote> <p>Joyner had much kinder words for Mitt Romney, quoting the candidate&rsquo;s response to the ruling and his &ldquo;resolve&rdquo; to repeal the health care reform law.</p> Peter Montgomery health care reform Jim DeMint John Roberts MorningStar Ministries Oak Initiative Rick Joyner Supreme Court C3 Fighting the Right 40332 Fri, 29 Jun 2012 16:44:34 -0400 Jim DeMint DeMint: God Has Put Christians 'in Charge of this Vineyard we Call America' http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/demint-god-has-put-christians-charge-vineyard-we-call-america <p>Earlier this month, the <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/how-rick-joyner-rebuked-flu-and-stopped-its-spread">flu-stopping</a>, <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/how-rick-joyner-fed-multitudes-just-one-dish-casserole">casserole-multiplying</a> Rick Joyner hosted a "<a href="http://www.morningstarministries.org/other-events/freedom-congress-2012-hosted-oak-initiative">Freedom Congress</a>"&nbsp;conference that featured speakers like Oliver North and <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/people/jerry-boykin">Jerry Boykin</a>, as well as Republican South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint.</p> <p>DeMint used his address to <a href="http://youtu.be/lUOIZynFLZA">urge the audience</a> to get involved in politics because, at the moment, Washington reflects the fact that our culture has become increasingly secular, and so if parents want to teach their children right and wrong they "are likely to be persecuted in some way by the government" for doing so.&nbsp; </p> <p>And the reason society and government is becoming so secular, DeMint said, is because parents have been sending their children to public schools where they are no longer taught that "God created this earth" even though "we know He did" because science is proving more and more that "it could not have happened by accident."&nbsp; As such, Christians must stand up because God "has put us in charge of this vineyard we call America":&nbsp; </p> <p align="center"><iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/lUOIZynFLZA?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Kyle Mantyla Jim DeMint Oak Initiative South Carolina C3 Fighting the Right 40297 Wed, 27 Jun 2012 13:01:47 -0400 Jim DeMint Ralph Reed’s Tea Party Luncheon http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/ralph-reed-s-tea-party-luncheon <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG /> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves /> <w:TrackFormatting /> <w:PunctuationKerning /> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas /> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> 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</style> <![endif]--></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; line-height:normal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman""><a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/people/ralph-reed">Ralph Reed</a>&rsquo;s Faith and Freedom Coalition kicked off its 2012 <a href="http://secure.ffcoalition.com/civicrm/event/info?id=10&reset=1">conference </a>with a splashy show of the Reed&rsquo;s political muscle in the form of three U.S. Senators.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Rob Portman of Ohio, Jim DeMint of South Carolina, and Marco Rubio of Florida all delivered speeches that reflect Reed&rsquo;s goal for 2012 and beyond: merging the messages and organizing energies of the overlapping Tea Party and Religious Right movements to elect conservative Republicans.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; line-height:normal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"">&ldquo;American exceptionalism&rdquo; was a major theme of the day &ndash; defined generally as America being uniquely blessed by God for its commitment to limited government and free-market economics grounded in a belief that individual rights come from God.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>And &ndash; no surprise -- President Obama was portrayed as an enemy of faith and freedom.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; line-height:normal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"">Portman declared that the Obama administration had treated freedom of religion as a &ldquo;second-class right.&rdquo;<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>He argued that life should be held sacred &ldquo;from conception til death.&rdquo;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; line-height:normal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman""><span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>DeMint charged the President with wanting a country and economy run from the top down, and called for a stop to government &ldquo;purging faith&rdquo; from the American way of life. &ldquo;We need to realize we&rsquo;re blessed,&rdquo; said DeMint. &ldquo;We need to know that we&rsquo;re in trouble. And we need to know that 2012 may be our last chance to turn this thing around.&rdquo;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; line-height:normal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"">Reed introduced Rubio as one of the greatest talents and most transformational figures that any of us have ever seen.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Rubio, who is hawking a new book, argued that social and fiscal conservatism are indistinguishable, and that the notion of God as the source of freedom is essential to freedom itself.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>&ldquo;You cannot have your freedom without your faith, because the source of your freedom is your faith.&rdquo;<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>He argued that calling for the wealthy to pay more taxes is &ldquo;divisive&rdquo; and pits Americans against each other for the purposes of winning an election, claiming, &ldquo;that is never who we have been.&rdquo; (Surely even Rubio does not actually believe that the Republican Party and Tea Party have never run divisive campaigns in order to win elections.)</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto; line-height:normal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"">Listening to Rubio, you can understand why GOP strategists have such high hopes for him. He calls on people to help their neighbors. He says the conservative movement is not about imposing its values on others or leaving people behind.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>He says conservatives want drinking water to be clean and the air to be breathable. (In reality, of course, policies backed by today&rsquo;s far-right GOP would indeed impose their values on others, leave millions of Americans behind, and eviscerate regulations that protect our families&rsquo; food, air, and water.)</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family: "Arial","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"">Before the conference started, an FFC press release claimed that its activists will be &ldquo;</span><span style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"">phoning, mailing, and knocking on the doors of 27 million conservative and pro-family voters, distributing 35 million voter guides, and making a total of 120 million voter contacts&rdquo; in 2012. At today&rsquo;s luncheon, </span><span style="font-size: 10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"">Reed encouraged members of the audience to imagine what could happen with another 10 or 20 senators like Rubio.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Yes, just imagine. <br /> </span></p> Peter Montgomery C4 Election 2012 Jim DeMint Marco Rubio Ralph Reed Religious Liberty Religious Right rob portman tea party Faith and Freedom Coalition Fighting the Right 40207 Thu, 14 Jun 2012 15:53:06 -0400 Jim DeMint CPAC: A few more scenes from off-Broadway http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/cpac-few-more-scenes-broadway <p>The main themes from this year&rsquo;s Conservative Political Action Conference were not terribly surprising to anyone paying attention to the GOP presidential primary.&nbsp;<span style="mso-spacerun:yes"> </span>According to CPAC speakers, President Obama is a &ldquo;socialist, Marxist president&rdquo; bent on destroying the country and the Constitution, and the nation will not survive if he is re-elected.&nbsp;<span style="mso-spacerun:yes"> </span>&ldquo;Compromise&rdquo; is a four-letter word. Health care reform is tyranny.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes"> </span>Contraception is tyranny. TSA searches are tyranny.&nbsp;<span style="mso-spacerun:yes"> </span>You get the idea.</p> <p>But there were also moments of insight into aspects of the conservative movement, often coming from smaller rooms and panels, like actor Stephen Baldwin&rsquo;s declaration that &ldquo;separation of church and state can kiss my ass&rdquo; and the anti-multicultural, anti-diversity discussion which <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/steve-king-and-white-nationalist-cpac-panel-warn-americas-greatest-threat-its-diversity">featured </a>the founder of a white-nationalist website. Here are a few additions to the excellent RWW <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/groups/cpac">coverage </a>of CPAC by Kyle and Brian.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em>Screw the Vote</em></p> <p class="MsoNormal">As we have reported, Republicans are waging aggressive voter suppression <a href="http://www.pfaw.org/rww-in-focus/the-right-to-vote-under-attack-the-campaign-to-keep-millions-of-americans-from-the-ball">campaigns</a> across the country, including voter ID laws and voter registration restrictions supposedly needed to prevent &ldquo;voting fraud.&rdquo; <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>At CPAC, Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton hosted a press conference to talk about the group&rsquo;s <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>&ldquo;Election Integrity Project,&rdquo; which is suing states that Judicial Watch says have not done enough to clean up their voter registration lists.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Panelists claimed that &ldquo;rampant election fraud&rdquo; took place in the last two election cycles &ndash; there&rsquo;s no real evidence to back up that claim &ndash; and complained that the Obama administration&rsquo;s Justice Department is selectively enforcing the Voting Rights Act.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Fitton said that having the DOJ meet with representatives from Project Vote and ACORN is &ldquo;like having the mafia running the FBI.&rdquo; Another speaker represented True the Vote, an outgrowth of Houston Tea Party group King Street Patriots, which hosted a fundraising event last year with a speaker who <a href="http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/11/anti-voter_fraud_tea_party_group_hosts_author_who_thinks_poor_shouldnt_vote.php">believes</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p class="MsoNormal">Registering [poor people] to vote is like handing out burglary tools to criminals.&nbsp; It is profoundly antisocial and un-American to empower the nonproductive segments of the population to destroy the country &mdash; which is precisely why Barack Obama zealously supports registering welfare recipients to vote.</p> </blockquote> <p class="MsoNormal">True the Vote is backing states whose voter ID laws have been challenged by the Justice Department and recruiting volunteers to challenge signatures gathered by those seeking to recall Wisconsin&rsquo;s anti-labor governor Scott Walker.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em>The Federal Government&rsquo;s War on Clean Underwear </em></p> <p class="MsoNormal">It is an article of faith among many right-wing activists and candidates that health, safety, and environmental regulations are oten unconstitutional and are destroying the American economy.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Americans for Tax Reform and its affiliate Cost of Government Center sponsored a panel dubbed &ldquo;The Red Tape War: How the Regulatory Burden and Growing Nanny State Threaten Prosperity.&rdquo; The group&rsquo;s Mattie Duppler described regulation as an ongoing &ldquo;war on consumers and taxpayers.&rdquo;<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Sam Kazman of the Competitive Enterprise Institute said that energy efficiency regulations had caused a steep decline in the quality of top-loading washing machines, and talked about a campaign his group had run to have people send virtual underwear to the undersecretary of the Department of Energy. (Turns out that <a href="http://cei.org/news-releases/send-your-underwear-undersecretary">campaign </a>was in 2007 during the George W. Bush administration)</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em>Beyond Obstructionism to Nullification</em></p> <p class="MsoNormal">One Newt Gingrich campaign theme has been pledging that as president he would ignore Supreme Court decisions he disagrees with and abolish the jobs of federal judges who don&rsquo;t share his view of the Constitution.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>A couple of groups at CPAC &ndash; the Tenth Amendment Center and the Foundation for a Free Society &ndash; held a series of events to promote nullification, the idea that the states should similarly ignore federal laws that they believe are unconstitutional.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>In fact, they want to go far beyond ignoring such laws.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Speakers introducing a documentary on nullification praised an Arizona bill that would not only declare the federal health care law null and void in the state, but would also make any agent of the government who tries to enforce the law guilty of a felony.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>The documentary featured state legislators as well as speakers from the Oath Keepers and the John Birch Society.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em>Here Sharia Comes!</em></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/individuals/pamela-geller">Pamela Geller</a> hosted a panel on Sharia, at which speakers complained about the room they were given and about their supposed mistreatment at the hands of CPAC &ndash; though other panels met in the same room and the &ldquo;Islamic Law&rdquo; panel was listed in the conference program.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Geller and fellow panelist <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/individuals/robert-spencer">Robert Spencer</a> attacked panelists from a previous, more thoughtful, panel on religious liberty which defended the religious rights of American Muslims.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Also speaking was North Carolina congressional candidate Ilario Pantano, who said he was once charged with murder for killing terrorists in Iraq [charges were dropped] and who denounced &ldquo;political correctness run amok.&rdquo; Pantano praised discredited &ldquo;historian&rdquo; David Barton for telling the &ldquo;truth&rdquo; about America&rsquo;s founding and called the misnamed &ldquo;Ground Zero Mosque&rdquo; a &ldquo;desecration of an American holy site and an American national battlefield.&rdquo;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em>Civics Education = David Barton, the Bible, and American Exceptionalism</em></p> <p class="MsoNormal">In a panel on civics education, Matthew Spalding, VP for American Studies at Heritage Foundation praised the battle over textbook standards in Texas, in which David Barton and other Religious Right activists <a href="">pushed </a>to infuse far-right ideology into social science books. &nbsp;</p> <blockquote> <p class="MsoNormal">Those are the battles that matter, especially big states because they control the textbooks. Texas had a great battle, and the media hated it, the left went crazy, but it&rsquo;s an extremely reasonable curriculum improvement, and they focus on very good things. It&rsquo;s a solid, good model&hellip;.Civic education is not just in the classroom. You must understand the effect that public discussion about these questions, about history and about the meaning of our country affect politics, politics affects elections, elections affects state boards and things that make the curriculum.</p> </blockquote> <p class="MsoNormal">Another panelist, Larry Schweikart, author of Patriot&rsquo;s History of the United States, argued that civics education must be grounded in &ldquo;American exceptionalism.&rdquo;</p> <blockquote> <p class="MsoNormal">All of the founders understood that the bible and biblical virtues were necessary to a good education, and a civic order. So once again it comes down to those four pillars of American exceptionism: common law, a predominantly Christian religion, property rights, and free markets.</p> </blockquote> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;<em>Limit Government, Not Campaign Speeches</em></p> <p class="MsoNormal">One of the final sessions before Sarah Palin&rsquo;s closing remarks was intended to give a number of congressional candidates challenging Republican incumbents the chance to make 5-minute speeches.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>A couple candidates were shortchanged by the fact that Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock, running to unseat Sen. Richard Lugar, took about twice as much as his allotted time and Ted Cruz, running against Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in the GOP Senate primary, ran even longer.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2012/02/richard_mourdock_wants_to_win_cpac_s_support_to_be_the_next_senator_from_indiana_.single.html">Mourdock</a> devoted his speech to the need for conservatives to &ldquo;conquer&rdquo;<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>- conquer<span style="mso-spacerun:yes"> </span>the media, educators, advocates of reproductive choice, big-spenders, anyone who thinks America is just an &ldquo;average&rdquo; nation, and all who &ldquo;wish to crush our traditional American values,&rdquo; presumably including 35-year Senate incumbent Lugar.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Repeated Mourdock again and again, &ldquo;Conquer we must!&rdquo;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Cruz, who was also given time at last year&rsquo;s Awakening Conference at Liberty University, argued that liberty is under assault like never before, that President Barack Obama is the &ldquo;most radical president this country has ever seen,&rdquo; and that the U.S. Senate is the key battleground.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Cruz, who hopes to follow in the electoral footsteps of Florida&rsquo;s Marco Rubio, is like Rubio the child of Cubans who came to the U.S. in the 1950s.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Cruz brags that he is the only candidate this year supported by all four of his favorite senators: Jim DeMint, Mike Lee, Rand Paul, and Pat Toomey, and called his primary &ldquo;ground zero&rdquo; in the battle between the Tea Party and the GOP&rsquo;s &ldquo;moderate establishment.&rdquo;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> Peter Montgomery CPAC David Barton Election 2012 Ilario Pantano Jim DeMint Larry Schweikart Matthew Spalding Mattie Duppler Mike Lee Newt Gingrich Pamela Geller Pat Toomey Rand Paul Richard Mourdock Robert Spencer Ted Cruz Tom Fitton CPAC 28511 Mon, 13 Feb 2012 18:32:10 -0400 Jim DeMint Religious Right to Romney: Safety Net Un-Biblical http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/religious-right-romney-safety-net-un-biblical <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="font-size: small">When Mitt Romney stepped on his Florida primary victory message by declaring that he wasn&rsquo;t concerned about the very poor &ndash; and that he&rsquo;d patch any holes that just might be in their safety net &ndash; most observers thought his mistake was declaring disinterest in the poor.&nbsp;But to right-wing activists, Romney&rsquo;s bigger problem was his support for any kind of social safety net.</span></div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="font-size: small">&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="font-size: small">The Weekly Standard&rsquo;s John McCormack </span><a href="http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/mitt-romney-im-not-concerned-very-poor_620825.html"><span style="font-size: small">called </span></a><span style="font-size: small">Romney&rsquo;s comments &ldquo;unconservative,&rdquo; saying that &ldquo;<span style="line-height: 115%; background: white; color: black">The standard conservative argument is that a conservative economic agenda will help everyone.</span></span><span style="font-size: small">&rdquo;&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="font-size: small">&ldquo;The safety net contributes to poverty,&rdquo; </span><a href="http://www.politico.com/blogs/burns-haberman/2012/02/limbaugh-questions-romneys-comment-on-fixing-safety-113192.html "><span style="font-size: small">declared </span></a><span style="font-size: small">Rush Limbaugh. &ldquo;It does not solve it.&rdquo;&nbsp;Tea Party favorite Sen. Jim DeMint </span><a href="http://www.rollcall.com/news/demint_calls_on_romney_to_reframe_comments_on_poor-212035-1.html?zkMobileView=true"><span style="font-size: small">told </span></a><span style="font-size: small">a reporter, &ldquo;<span style="line-height: 115%; color: black">Those are the programs that are hurting, not just the poor, but our country.&rdquo;&nbsp;</span></span></div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="font-size: small">&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="font-size: small"><span style="line-height: 115%; color: black">Religious Right leaders added another touch: the safety net is un-Biblical.&nbsp;Yesterday, Liberty Counsel pushed out a statement promoting the Christian Reconstructionist notion that the Bible gives the government no role in addressing poverty:</span></span></div> <blockquote> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="font-size: small"> <div style="line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 0pt">Romney wrongly assumes that it is the role of government to provide more entitlements to help the poor. In fact, that is not the role of government. The historical biblical view of helping the poor is that they are best helped by individuals and the faith community. Government programs tend to enslave the poor in an endless cycle of poverty. The biblical model is that both, the giver and the recipient, are blessed. When government steps in between the giver and the recipient, the giver loses the blessing of giving and the recipient is often left in a worse, rather than better, position. Romney's statement that he would rely on government programs to help the poor indicates his intent to continue the same failed big government programs and policies&hellip;.it is the duty of the church, the faith community, to look after the poor, the orphans, and the widows.</div> </span></div> </blockquote> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="font-size: small">Longtime Religoius Right activist Gary Bauer made the same point in a USA Today <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/forum/story/2012-01-08/religious-test-campaign-president/52455988/1">column </a>in January, arguing that &ldquo;<span style="line-height: 115%; background: white; color: black">nowhere in the Bible are we told that government should take one man's money by force of law and give it to another man. Jesus' admonition was a personal command to share, not a command for Caesar to "spread the wealth around."</span>&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="font-size: small">&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt"><span style="font-size: small"><span style="line-height: 115%; background: white; color: black">There are, of course, alternative views about what the Bible has to say.&nbsp;President Obama, speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast this week, cited the Biblical principal that much will be expected of the person who has been given much.&nbsp;(Laughably, Obama has been <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/obama-cites-jesus-and-right-loses-its-mind">criticized by </a><i><a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/obama-cites-jesus-and-right-loses-its-mind">Ralph Reed</a> </i>for discussing how his faith influenced his approach to policy-making.)&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-size: small"><span style="line-height: 115%; background: white; color: black">Writing recently for Sojourner&rsquo;s, an economically liberal evangelical group, Tim King <a href="http://sojo.net/blogs/2012/01/11/gary-bauer-wrong-about-bible">called </a>Bauer&rsquo;s claims about scripture &ldquo;false,&rdquo; saying that biblical injunctions related to forgiveness of debts and the release of slaves are &ldquo;forms of government mandated redistribution of wealth&rdquo; and &ldquo;laws concerned with justice not encouragements to charity.&rdquo;</span></span></div> Peter Montgomery Election 2012 Gary Bauer Jim DeMint Liberty Counsel Mitt Romney Ralph Reed Rush Limbaugh 28559 Fri, 03 Feb 2012 12:51:52 -0400 Jim DeMint DeMint Suggests America May Not Survive if Obama wins Re-Election http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/demint-suggests-america-may-not-survive-if-obama-wins-re-election <p>Last time Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) appeared on <em><a href="http://www.janetmefferdpremium.com/2012/01/19/janet-mefferd-radio-show-20120119-hr-2/">The Janet Mefferd Show</a></em>, the tea party leader called the Obama administration the most &ldquo;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/demint-obama-administration-most-anti-american-administration-my-lifetime">anti-American administration in my lifetime</a>.&rdquo; Yesterday, DeMint joined Mefferd once again to attack President Obama while promoting his book <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Now-Never-Economic-Collapse-ebook/dp/B005AL2HP0">Now or Never: Saving America from Economic Collaps</a></em><em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Now-Never-Economic-Collapse-ebook/dp/B005AL2HP0">e</a></em>, warning listeners that if the President wins his re-election bid, America may be doomed. Last year on CNN, DeMint also claimed that <a href="http://am.blogs.cnn.com/2011/07/06/senator-jim-demint-debt-negotiations-a-matter-of-national-survival/">the country may not survive</a> if the Tea Party doesn&rsquo;t get its way in government.</p> <p align="center"><embed width="400" height="20" flashvars="file=/sites/default/files/mp3/DeMint Mefferd 1-20-2012.mp3" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" bgcolor="undefined" src="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/sites/default/files/mp3/player.swf"></embed></p> <blockquote><strong>Mefferd</strong><strong>:</strong>&nbsp; We have to do some drastic things if we do not get the opportunity with conservatives on Capitol Hill to turn this thing around. &nbsp;Can we survive a second term of Barack Obama?<br /> <br /> <strong>DeMint</strong><strong>:</strong>&nbsp; I&rsquo;m not sure that we can, at least not in a form that any of us would like. &nbsp;That&rsquo;s why it&rsquo;s so important &mdash; I don&rsquo;t like to exaggerate and I&rsquo;m not out here crying wolf with <em>Now or Never&nbsp;</em>&mdash; but I believe this is now or never. &nbsp;It may be our last chance to pull this country away from a cliff. </blockquote> Brian Tashman Election 2012 Janet Mefferd Jim DeMint 28670 Fri, 20 Jan 2012 15:00:40 -0400 Jim DeMint