Conservatives across the nation breathed a collective sigh of relief
on Wednesday night as President-elect George W. Bush, following five
weeks of an extraordinary political battle, addressed the nation and
outlined his goals as the nation’s 43rd president. Thankfully, Vice
President Gore was gracious in his concession, announcing he will work
toward uniting the nation behind our new president. I have been hard on
Mr. Gore in the last several months — not because I think he is a
terrible man, but because I think his policies would be disastrous for
America. Speaking as an uncompromising conservative, I am glad Mr. Gore
was ultimately magnanimous in defeat.
However, the Democrats are already actively pursuing their own
interests in an attempt to design party control in the House and Senate
in 2002 and in the White House in 2004. (History suggests that
Democrats will indeed take control of the Congress in 2002.) Democrats
even hope to advance themselves within the Bush White House and in
congressional leadership roles despite the fact that Republicans control
The important thing is that we who elected Mr. Bush continue to make
our voices heard and not rest on our laurels after winning such a
hard-fought political battle. Mr. Bush was elected on a conservative
mandate and we must vocally support him as he works to advance his core
agenda — improving our schools (not just continuing to throw money at
them while they collapse), reinforcing Medicare, strengthening our
military and cutting taxes.
I pray also that, under Mr. Bush’s leadership, we will witness a halt
to the present antagonism against people of faith and that we can see
legislation passed to halt the senseless killing of unborn children
through partial-birth abortion. It will be through Mr. Bush’s court
appointments — nominating jurists without activist agendas that ignore
the Constitution — that these assaults on life and religious freedom
will be halted.
Mr. Bush will need our undivided support — and more importantly, our
prayers — as he simultaneously works to unite our divided nation, enact
a conservative agenda and spearhead an ethical administration. No man
can accomplish such a daunting task without the prayers of God’s people.
Mr. Bush will enter a White House that has enacted an agenda
strikingly contrasting his own.
In fact, as Mr. Bush prepares to enter the White House, President
Clinton is attempting to convince Congress to approve a massive spending
increase that would further erode the nation’s traditional family
values. At issue is a $109 billion funding bill for the Labor, Health
and Human Services and Education departments, which — as it stands —
contains an incredible 12 percent increase over last year’s $97 billion
Worse, a major part of the massive increase would go to Planned
Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider. This compromise
bill has left out an important amendment sponsored by Sen. Jesse Helms,
R-N.C., a great pro-family champion, that would keep school-based
clinics from actually passing out the “morning-after” pill to teen-age
girls, unless they have parental notice.
This is the political environment Mr. Bush is entering. It is an
environment that believes parents should have little or no say in their
children’s education; that young girls should be given abortion
information and, in some cases, abortion pills at school; that women
and girls should be able to terminate their unborn children — for
virtually any reason — through partial-birth abortion; and that
Christian conservatives should keep their collective mouths shut while
our nation’s moral fabric is devastated.
According to the American Family Association, in recent months
Planned Parenthood has spent at least $10 million to defeat pro-life
conservatives in Congress. Nevertheless, Republican leaders have
reportedly reached an agreement with Mr. Clinton that compromises many
pro-family concerns in this bill. If this is the kind of weak
congressional leadership from Republicans that awaits Mr. Bush, he will
face many problems in the Oval Office.
That is why George W. Bush needs our prayers. And that is why we
must continue to do our part to help him. The first place we can start
to help is by fighting against the Labor-HHS bill, H.R. 4577, which
could be voted on in Congress very soon — meaning it is important
that we take action immediately.
Therefore, I am urging all my friends to call their congressional
leaders to express their opposition to the compromise version of the
Labor and Health and Human Services Appropriations bill. Remember to
always be polite when expressing your opinion.
And please remember to keep George W. Bush in your prayers!
Write to our leaders in Congress:
Senator Trent Lott
E-mail: [email protected]
House Speaker Dennis Hastert
E-mail: [email protected]
You may also utilize WND’s
Legislative Action center or call the United States Capitol switchboard (1-202-224-3121) where an operator will connect you directly with the office you request.