Monday, June 21, 2010

Mike Pence and the Winning Back of America

LTC Robert "Buzz" Patterson
Chris Dickson

By Ed Lasky

As the political landscape shifts, one Congressman in particular is helping lead us forward to win back America: Mike Pence, Republican of Indiana.

What are the talents that leaders need in this environment to rally the troops and lead us to victory in November and beyond?

Principles that have been long held not just us but by the leaders themselves: politicians who do not flip flop but hold fast to their ideals. They are dependable. Their values harmonically resonate with most Americans because they reflect and express the American creed. They are an expression of what makes us Americans. Rep. Pence's fidelity to these values demonstrates his fealty to us. They are conservative values that hewn closely to the visions of our founding fathers. They are the values held dear by members and sympathizers of the Tea Party movement.

Mike Pence -- like Ronald Reagan -- is a son of the heartland has those values. While incumbents and establishment insiders try to figure out how to adapt and appeal to the tea party movement, Mike Pence was very early recognized by them as someone who had already earned their allegiance by years of devotion to those principles. He has not changed his bedrock values; the rest of the nation has come back to them. He expresses those values quite well as the keynote speaker at the recent Taxpayer March on Washington. After 18 months of Democratic steamrolling over our principles , the shredding of the Constitution, and the turning of the people's house into a house of ill-repute (via bribes and deals behind closed doors) , Pence called it like it is when he characterized Nancy Pelosi as "the least Democratic Speaker in U.S. History" . Telling it like it is -- that is what we should want in our leaders.

We need leaders who are a fount of ideas: people who are prepared to face the many challenges before us with policy proposals -- and not airy platitudes that are hot air nonsense read off a teleprompter (Yes We Can; We are the ones we are waiting for) that resemble haiku as written by a freshmen. We need someone who has experience with policies that work. Never before have Americans been more primed to learning about policy proposals. This is partly due to a revulsion towards the radical changes imposed upon us (hook and crook, and a lot of the latter) -- by the troika of Obama, Pelosi, and Reid and their Democratic partners.

Town hall meetings are just one manifestation of the deep concern people have towards policy. They hunger for new policy because the old ones often failed and the ones put in place by Democrats threaten our future. People are interested in charter schools and vouchers, cutting back public employee unions, the deficit time bomb, immigration reform.

Democrats denigrate Republicans as the "Party of No", as paleoconservatives, as antediluvian dummies. Of course, these slurs are wrong historically and currently but liberal partisans are wont to throw insult as often as they throw dollars away.

Supply-side tax cuts as a way to boost growth? A Republican idea. Enterprise zones? Republican. Vouchers and school choice? A Republican idea. Tearing down monopolies is a legacy of the Republican Theodore Roosevelt and has been modernized by the Republican quest to eliminate the one last vestige of monopoly power in America: the provision of "government" services (when was the last time you looked upon government workers as serving you?). Welfare reform to restore a sense of self-esteem to our less advantaged? A Republican idea (Tommy Thompson in Wisconsin; Bill Clinton was forced into such reform by a Republican Congress).

The list can be continued to the present day. The GOP has health care plans and budget proposals to slash the deficit-but the media smothered coverage of them. The GOP needs to push past the cover-up and bring the truth to the light of day.

As Peter Berkowitz wrote recently in the Wall Street Journal, "Republicans squandered their hard-won reputation as the party of ideas. It's time to reclaim it".

Mike Pence has been in the forefront of devising new policies for many years. Even before entering politics, he was president of a think tank. After entering politics, he has led the way on immigration reform (focusing on securing our borders and following and enforcing our laws as well as providing a way for honest immigrants to meet our labor needs), free speech (battling Democratic plans to impose the Fairness Doctrine on us -- that would be the death knell for talk radio and independent voices. He battled the health care plan water boarded down our throats by Democrats (see his Wall Street Journal op-ed, "This Law Will Not Stand"), the budget (as he was in the forefront opposing the disastrous "stimulus" bill and has tried to prevent yet another bailout -- this time of spendthrift European nations who have avoided the tough choices need to bring this fiscal affairs in order). He wants to stop "the freight train of big government " (a ringing phrase coined by him) before we are crushed by it. The big spending that is endemic in D.C. and has become a pandemic across state governments -he wants to end the waste of our money and restore fiscal sanity to the asylum that Democrats now run-into the ground.

Pence is a talented writer; he knows how to explain and expound his ideas (just peruse his Wall Street Journal columns, for example). I predict a book by him -- such as Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney have written -- to be published that charts his agenda to climb the bestseller lists because it is our agenda, too.

Mike Pence is a man open to new ideas -- if they bring good things to Americans. He has a real world example of how pro-growth policies and limited (but well-run) government works in his own home state. Indiana's Republican Governor, Mitch Daniels, has put in place the very type of policies that Pence has championed for years. The result has been an economic miracle in the so-called Rust Belt that has garnered acclaim across America. We need these types of policies writ large across America. Mike Pence can propel them forward.

These leaders cannot come out of the blue. We have an example of that in The Oval Office now. We will need a leader who knows the ways of the world, the people to reach out towards, the networks of power to plug into and channel, the levers to pull. Time is of the essence. While there may be a sour mood in the nation regarding incumbents, this is not the time to cast a ballot against them all. The problems we face need to be addressed now. In other words, we need someone who knows the way of Washington but has not been captured by them.

Mike Pence has, in barely a decade, become an influential leader among his fellow Republicans. He was chairman of the Republican Study Committee and is now the co-chairman of the House Republican Conference. He is third highest ranking Republican in the House leadership. His fellow Republicans hold him in high regard; he has -- and will continue -- to power his ideas and plans to fruition by being able to channel his fellow members' votes in the direction the nation so desperately needs now. He is the one national figure that can bridge the establishment world of party powers and the energized movement of millions of Americans towards the Tea Party. The tent can be bog when it is held aloft by standard bearers such as Mike Pence.

We need people in charge who can inspire America. As the Obama-induced malaise spreads across America, we need someone who can boost our spirits and restore our confidence. In our media age, we need someone who is telegenic, fast on his feet, and who has shown skill in using both old and new media not just as message machines but as morale boosters. He has to be media savvy-with or without a prompter leading the way.

Mike Pence has the very skills -- the ability to connect and inspire people -- that Ronald Reagan had during his life. Not surprisingly, both shared a background in media and the public stage before entering the political world. Ronald Reagan had experience in radio and film, and his ability to tap the energy of the crowds was honed by giving hundreds of speeches across America. Mike Pence, who was inspired by Ronald Reagan, learned the ropes by hosting both a statewide talk radio program in Indiana as well as a television program covering the issues of the day. Pence is a favorite of talk radio hosts to this day -- and for good reason. But he has not stopped there in his drive to be a tribune for the people.

He has been a pioneer in using You Tube to reach over the heads of a biased media outlets and into the hearts of Americans across the land (see -- and make a favorite -- the Mike Pence channel on You Tube, podcasts, the web-all our tools that a man determined to fix our government has brought to bear over the last few years. He has been ahead of the curve.

But he needs our help.

We need to step up to the plate and help fuel the engine and prime the pump. How can we do this?

Talk to our friends and family, spread the good news, send emails with links to his website and You Tube Channel, cut and paste his columns and broadcast them far and wide. We can also, candidly, support his campaigns -- as I have been doing for years. I consider it one of the best investments I can make to ensure a bright future for my children and to restore America to its rightful place in the world. I hope you join me and many thousands of Americans in helping Mike Pence help us.

Ed Lasky is news editor of American Thinker.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Mike Pence: GAO confirms it is Time to Defund Planned Parenthood

Pence: “The time has come to deny any and all federal
funding to Planned Parenthood by passing the
Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act.”

Washington, DC – U.S. Congressman Mike Pence
today issued the following statement regarding
the release of a new Government Accountability
Office (GAO) report revealing that the Planned
Parenthood Federation of America received
$657.1 million in taxpayer dollars from Fiscal
Year 2002 to Fiscal Year 2009. The largest
source of these funds ($342.1 million) was the
Title X family planning program.

“It is morally wrong to end an unborn human
life by abortion. But it is also morally wrong
to take the taxpayer dollars of millions of
pro-life Americans and use those funds to
promote abortion.

“This report confirms that the largest
abortion provider in America is being
bankrolled by American taxpayers. In these
tough economic times, there is simply no
reason why taxpayer money should go to fund
the activities of abortion providers and
equip them with the resources they need to
end innocent human life.

“We must stop providing taxpayer dollars to
abortion providers through Title X. We must
put an end to Americans unwillingly providing
financial support to the abortion industry.
The time has come to deny any and all federal
funding to Planned Parenthood by passing the
Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act.”


The Title X Family Planning program was
enacted in 1970 as Title X of the Public Health
Service Act. Title X is the only federal grant
program that provides individuals with
comprehensive family planning and related
preventive health services.

Congressman Pence introduced The Title X
Abortion Provider Prohibition Act (H.R. 614),
a bill prohibiting the distribution of
Title X family planning money to entities
that use abortion as a method of family
planning. The bi-partisan bill has
93 co-sponsors.

Originally, family planning services were
not allowed to include abortions and
currently federal dollars are not used
directly for abortions. However, over the
years, the subsidy of abortion providers
under the umbrella of family planning has
been gradually accepted.

Current law prohibits the use of Title X
family planning funds “in programs where
abortion is a method of family planning;”
and current regulations require some
form of separation between federally-funded
family planning services and abortions.
However, the current regulations do not
contain a descriptive standard of what
constitutes “separation.” They only require
the level of separation to be more
than “mere bookkeeping.”

When Title X money goes to clinics that
provide both abortions and family planning
services, even though the money cannot
directly fund abortions, it is being used to
offset operational costs with federal funds,
freeing up money to promote and provide

Rep. Pence, Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX) and 29
other Members requested the GAO study,
which can be accessed at

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Mike Pence Asks Obama, "Who's Side Are You On?"

Rep. Mike Pence Has a Question for the President

By Doug Powers • June 10, 2010 04:22 PM

**Written by guest-blogger Doug Powers

In light of the fact that all problems are solved in the United States and our debt and spending are under control, President Obama yesterday pledged $400 million in U.S. aid to the Palestinian territories. The money was pledged during a meeting between Obama and Mahmoud Abbas.

Obama said he would not meet with the CEO of BP because “he’s going to say all the right things to me, I’m not interested in words, I’m interested in actions,” so it’s nice to see him have such confidence in Abbas to be honest and forthright in his ultimately successful attempt to get his hands on hundreds of millions of American taxpayer dollars.

Cassy Fiano calls it a “terrorist stimulus package,” and if it is, the only reason for optimism is the hope that a terrorist stimulus will work as well as the stimulus package. If Sheriff Biden is in charge of making sure the aid works as intended, Abbas is screwed.

But remember, the $400 million is just a “down payment”:

The Obama administration’s promise of aid includes money to increase access to clean drinking water, create jobs and build schools and affordable housing. State Department officials called the projects “a down payment” on the U.S. commitment to improving life in Gaza.

Last year, U.S. officials pledged a total of $900 million for Gaza and the West Bank, but acknowledged the difficulty of distributing the funds, especially because Hamas controls Gaza and is considered a terrorist organization. The aid announced Wednesday may be distributed through organizations performing relief work, State Department officials said.

Sure. This aid will be different… it won’t be handed to the guys in the “Hamas” shirts, but rather to the nice folks wearing the “samaH” shirts (inability to recognize a t-shirt turned inside-out is a time-honored skill that’s been handed down through generations of United Nations aid distributors).

Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana isn’t happy with any of this, and asks Obama what I’d consider the rhetorical question of the week: “Whose side are you on?” (h/t Cubachi):

Here are some things the media doesn’t report about Gaza. It ain’t all misery and Israeli-induced dispair.

According to exit polling on election day 2008, 78% of Jewish voters went for the US presidential candidate with a background that suggested he would empathize with the Muslim point of view (and I’m putting that so mildly that it borders on beyond sarcasm). I’m not Jewish, so if three-quarters of American Jewish folks don’t mind, maybe I shouldn’t be as concerned as I am. We’ll see what the numbers look like after the 2012 election.

**Written by guest-blogger Doug Powers

Pence Slams Pelosi: 'Least Democratic Speaker in U.S. History'

Jason Mattera
VIDEO: Pence Slams Pelosi: ‘Least Democratic Speaker in U.S. History’

When asked to compare Nancy Pelosi to previous House speakers, Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) didn’t hold back. In an exclusive interview with HUMAN EVENTS, Pence excoriated her as the “least democratic speaker in the history of the House of Representatives,” arguing that she’s blocked a “free and open debate” in Congress.

Mr. Mattera is the editor of HUMAN EVENTS and the author of Obama Zombies: How the Liberal Machine Brainwashed My Generation (Simon & Schuster).

Sunday, June 6, 2010

New Obama Law Will Jail 500,000 Americans

by Shera Crossan in Foreign and Domestic Intelligence,

Foreign Ministry reports circulating in the Kremlin today are warning that an already explosive situation in the United States is about to get a whole lot worse as a new law put forth by President Obama is said capable of seeing up to 500,000 American citizens jailed for the crime of opposing their government.

Sparking the concern of Russian diplomats over the growing totalitarian bent of the Obama government is the planned reintroduction of what these reports call one of the most draconian laws ever introduced in a free society that is titled “The Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act”.

First introduced in the US Congress in 2007 by Democratic Representative Jane Harmon, this new law passed the US House of Representatives by a secretive voice vote, but failed to pass the US Senate, after which it was believed dead until this past week when it was embraced by Obama who became the first American President to name his own citizens as a threat to his Nations security.

In what is called the National Security Strategy document, that is required of US Presidents by their Congress, that embraces the dictatorial ideals of the “Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act”, Obama has ordered his Federal police and intelligence forces to begin targeting Americans opposed to him and his radical socialist polices.