Janet Porter is president of Faith2Action*: turning people of faith into people of action to WIN the cultural war TOGETHER for life, liberty and the family. Author of "The Criminalization of Christianity," she hosts a daily radio program from 2-3 p.m. Eastern and a daily radio commentary heard in 224 markets and at www.f2a.org.
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I have a feeling this is going to be a very happy new year. You’ve heard it said this is the year of new beginnings, the year of breakthrough. I believe 2008 is the year Christians take back America. It is the year we recapture the Supreme Court, the year that brings the slaughter of the innocent to a long-awaited end, and the year marriage and our religious freedoms are once again protected.
And it all begins this Thursday in Iowa. The polls are split down the middle between Govs. Huckabee and Romney, and Christians hold the key. Make no mistake: The leadership and organizational strength of evangelical Christians will soon determine the next leader of the free world. And I have a very good feeling about what they’re going to do.
But who’s the best candidate between the two Iowa front-runners? I think that’s best answered by a hilarious Common Sense Issues television ad that asks the question: “Who can you trust?” Here’s a hint: It ain’t Romney.
Yes, I’ve seen the articles by the Huckabee rock-throwers – many of whom are friends of mine. And some of the advice they give should, in fact, be heeded (which would probably be easier to do if we used a little nicer tone). But my question remains: If you don’t like Gov. Mike Huckabee, just whom do you support? Duncan Hunter, as much as we all may love him, hasn’t picked up steam. He’d make a great vice president or secretary of defense. Alan Keyes, a good friend and a great candidate for a Cabinet position like secretary of health and human services, is also not getting traction, and the Iowa Caucus is only days away.
Here’s the bottom line: Of the tier-one candidates, whom do you trust on the most fundamental issues we face? Romney has flipped on every major issue preceding his run for the president – no wonder there’s a laugh track when it comes to the question of integrity on that ad. Oh, and another thing. Romney just came out in favor of ENDA – The Employment Non Discrimination Act, “thought crimes for the workplace” – which was responsible for closing down Catholic Charities’ adoption agency because they refused to place vulnerable orphan children in the homes of homosexual activists. Not surprising, Romney could have prevented it by executive order while governor, said Michael Dukakis (who is not known for his pro-family advocacy): “The state’s anti-discrimination statutes do not preclude an exemption for the Catholic organization,” he said. But, instead, the largest and most respected adoption agency in Boston was forced out of business while Romney was busy declaring “Youth Gay Pride Day” and his Department of Health was developing the vulgar “The Little Black Book … Queer in the 21st Century,” indoctrinating children to perform “safe gay sex” – an oxymoron. Business owners, brace yourself. Unless you also embrace and subsidize the homosexual agenda, Romney will try to close your doors, as well.
McCain, who has generally voted pro-life, sued Wisconsin Right to Life when it had the audacity to suggest that people actually call the senators who work for them to break the judicial filibuster. He was one of the gang of 14 who brokered a “deal” keeping the judicial filibuster alive. He also tried to silence our free speech with his so-called “campaign finance reform” and joined Ron Paul in his vote against the Marriage Protection Amendment.
Rudy Giuliani? He’s against life and marriage and for gun control. He’s been going around the country claiming that he’s the “only one who can beat Hillary.” The fact of the matter is he’s the most like Hillary on every issue with the exception of the war. We don’t need a Hilliani. If you want Hillary in the White House, just vote for Hillary-lite, because if Giuliani wins the Republican nomination, that’s exactly what you’ll get.
But that’s not what I believe is going to happen. No, we’ve had enough of the Clinton years. In fact, I’ve never been more excited about where we are going as a nation. Don’t get me wrong. I loved the Reagan years, but you may remember: Reagan was wrong on immigration and, even more devastating, he’s the one who gave us Sandra Day O’Connor.
Huckabee isn’t perfect either, but he’s the only tier-one candidate who has been solidly pro-life (including a Human Life Amendment) and pro-marriage (including a Marriage Protection Amendment). His immigration plan? Check it out for yourself:
Ensure that the border fence construction is completed by July 1, 2010.
Increase the number of Border Patrol agents.
Policies that promote or tolerate amnesty will be rejected.
Impose steep fines and penalties on employers that violate the law.
Gov. Huckabee put it this way: “I will take our country back for those who belong here. No open borders, no amnesty, no sanctuary, no false Social Security numbers, no driver’s licenses for illegals.” That doesn’t sound so soft to me. I guess that’s why he’s been endorsed by Jim Gilchrist, founder of the Minutemen border patrol.
On taxes: As governor of Arkansas, he cut taxes and fees almost 100 times, saving the taxpayers almost $380 million. He left a surplus of nearly $850 million, which he urged to go back to the people.
Not so bad for a guy fighting uphill against a Democratic state Legislature.
If you’re like me, you’re sick of talking and tired of losing battles we can win. It’s time to take our country back, and I, for one, intend to be a part of it. That’s why this Saturday, Jan. 5, (from 6 to 10 p.m.) I’ll be joining Joseph Farah, G. Gordon Liddy, Jerome Corsi and David Kupelian at the Sheraton Ft. Lauderdale Airport Hotel, for WND’s 10th Anniversary “Taking America Back” National Conference. To get a taste of the conference, watch this two-and-a-half-minute video.
Taking back America isn’t just a conference; it’s a battle plan and it begins now. The first indicator of how we’re doing will be seen this Thursday. Rather than just saying “Happy New Year,” let’s make 2008 the year we take our country back and make it one.