- Democrats departed Congress last week empty-handed of
passage of two of the highest priority items on the Obama "hate crimes"
wish list: The Employment Non-Discrimination Act and repeal of the military's
"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy towards homosexuals. ENDA would
have forced employers to hire and not fire homosexuals, forcing businesses
to allow male employees "transitioning" into women access to
female restroom facilities. DADT repeal would empower homosexuals in the
military to boldly proclaim their sexual orientation and, if "married,"
have all the rights and benefits of heterosexual couples.
- Liberal Democrats and the homosexual media have been
intensely playing the "blame game" for these failures, criticizing
prolonged healthcare debate, unfaithful Democrat leadership, lack of spirited
homosexual activism, even Republican obstructionism. The truth is that
both these bills have been brought forward much too late, much too close
to expected voter backlash against Democrats in midterm elections. Put
simply, Democrat leadership, fearing judgment in November, is very uncomfortable
promoting them at this time.
- Even the ever optimistic homosexual defender, Rep. Barney
Frank is now apparently silent of hopes for an ENDA vote when Congress
reconvenes in September. Sen. Carl Levin however, plans, with other
Democrat leaders, for a fast DADT repeal vote in the Senate next month.
However, if Democrat leadership could not make priority of such a vote
during the last several weeks, it will be even less to its advantage to
do so in the fall, with voter revenge only weeks away.
- Clearly, unless we see Democrat triumph in November,
ENDA is dead. DADT repeal may be dying but could revive.
- It is still a good idea to remind your members of Congress
not to vote for it. In fact, it may become urgently necessary in mid-September
to bombard Congress with objections. NPN will keep you posted.
- But for the moment, there can be little doubt that the
momentum behind these very aggressive, controversial, pro-homosexual bills
has largely declined. If both are vanquished, it will increase to four
defeated hate and bias crimes bills inspired by the Anti-Defamation League
in this Congress. ADL's cyber-bullying bill "The Megan Meier Cyber-bullying
Prevention Act," H.R. 6123, was defeated in the House Judiciary Subcommittee
on Crime this spring. It would have made a federal hate criminal of any
student, teacher, even parent whose criticism of a homosexual student caused
"emotional distress" sufficient to disincline them to attend
a student function. ADL's similar "AWARE Act" (Adolescent Web
Awareness Requires Education), H.R. 3630, companion to the cyber-bullying
bill, authorized a pervasive, homosexual-friendly educational program in
all public schools in America from kindergarten through college. It was
defeated at the same hearing.
- Despite widespread publicity and analysis by NPN, leadership
of the Christian/conservative Right did not alert against these two very
dangerous anti-family bills. There was a simple reason: all "cyber-bullying"
legislation is so conspicuously generated by ADL that they were afraid
to attack the legislative agenda of a venerable Jewish "civil liberties"
group and risk being called "anti-Semitic." The National Prayer
Network galvanized heavy calling to House Judiciary Republicans, forewarning
and energizing Rep. Louis Gohmert to summon expert witnesses. After hearing
their augmentation, even Democrat committee chairman Bobby Scott and ADL's
own star witness had to agree that the cyber-bullying bill lacked Constitutional
merit (See, Cyberbullying Hearing Goes Badly for Liberals! and Media Mocks
- Although the Right suffered crushing defeats by passage
of the economic stimulus bill, the healthcare reform bill, and the federal
hate crimes bill, the possible defeat of four ADL hate bills should provide
renewed optimism and energy to all lovers of freedom. Now more than ever,
the familiar defeatist whine that "there is nothing we can do"
or that "there's not a nickel's worth of difference between the Democrats
and Republicans - vote all the bums out!" has become prehistoric.
- Despite liberals in the Republican Party, the majority
of Republicans stood firm against most of the Obama legislative agenda
in this Congress. With rare exceptions, all Democrats supported it. Possible
defeat of four major hate crimes bills, largely made possible by Republicans,
affirms the general advantage of electing Republicans rather than Democrats.
It also proves that vigorous use of the legislative process, rejecting
fatalism or even violent revolution, is still the best mechanism for political
- Let lovers of freedom pause and savor these victories.
Then take revenge where it properly should occur, against Democrats in
the polling places in November!
- Rev. Ted Pike is director of the National Prayer Network,
a Christian/conservative watchdog organization.
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