The AmTaliban leans hard on the GOP to deliver the social agenda
Again, no surprise. The whining bible beaters are not satisfied with the progress the Bush administration and Congress have made on implementing the theocracy. The AmTaliban has made it clear that if Congress doesn’t act on abortion and gay marriage pronto, something bad (as in sheeple staying home on election day) is going to happen. (AP):
Protection of marriage amendment? Check. Anti-flag burning legislation? Check. New abortion limits? Check. Between now and the November elections, Republicans are penciling in plans to take action on social issues important to religious conservatives, the foundation of the GOP base, as they defend their congressional majority.
In a year where an unpopular war in Iraq has helped drive President Bush’s approval ratings below 40 percent, core conservatives whose turnout in November is vital to the party want assurances that they are not being taken for granted.
“It seems like for only six months, every two years – right around election time – that we’re even noticed,” said Tom McClusky of the Family Research Council. “Some of these better pass,” he added. “You notice when it’s just lip service being paid.”
Former presidential candidate Gary Bauer agreed that the effort matters. “If they get to these things this summer, which we expect that they will, that will go a long way toward energizing the values voters at the base of the Republican Party,” said Bauer, head of Americans United to Preserve Marriage.
The first shot across the bow by the wingers was the announcement of FRC’s “Values Voter Summit,” which will be held in September, so those running for re-election can get face time with the AmTaliban, and the latter will be keeping a tally of who’s on message about social issues.
As I said in the earlier post on the conference, these folks will use any means necessary to control all wombs, pass out enough chastity promise rings, and to chase enough homos back into the closet. The Hill is already quaking in its boots.
The House has approved an amendment to the Constitution to outlaw flag burning and passed a bill to crack down on the practice of minors’ crossing state lines for abortions to evade legal limits in their own states
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., and a possible presidential candidate in 2008, announced early this year that the Senate would consider those and the anti-gay marriage amendment that has failed in both chambers despite Bush’s endorsement. “When America’s values are under attack, we need to act,” Frist told the Conservative Political Action Conference in February.
Those were sweet words to Bauer’s ears. “The marriage amendment is in a class by itself because of what’s at stake,” Bauer said…Sending the proposed amendment to the states for ratification may not win the two-thirds majority required in the House and Senate. But committing to a vote in June is a gesture of good faith that would resonate with social conservatives, Bauer said.
In somewhat related AmTaliban bloviating, Rev. Tinkywinky went on the Sunday chat show “Late Edition” and broke some earth-shattering news — he won’t back Rudy for the 2008 GOP nom.
Damn, we didn’t see that coming, huh?
“Everybody admires him. And I’ll never forget the great things he did on 9/11 and following,” Falwell said.
“But, of course, we have, as conservative Christians who take the Bible seriously, we have probably irreconcilable differences on life and family and that kind of thing,” Falwell said Sunday on “Late Edition” on CNN.
“I’ll never speak an ill word about him because he means so much to America. But, yes, you’re right. I couldn’t support him for president,” he said.
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