Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The Catholic and other Pro-life Voters have spoken!

The votes are in.

And the Catholic vote was decisive.

Republicans took control of the house in a massive sweep, while the Senate remains in the hands of the Democrats by a slim margin.

Early indications suggest the GOP won 53% of the Catholic vote with Democrats garnering 45% of Catholics, according to a CNN exit poll. After losing the Catholic vote by 10 points in 2008, this eight point advantage represents an 18-point shift in support to the Republican Party. Candidates

Catholic Republicans like Bobby Schilling in Illinois-17, Sean Duffy in Wisconsin-7, and Dan Benishek in Michigan-1 all won seats held previously by Catholic Democrats who supported the health care bill. All three of these winning candidates happen to be proud pro-life Catholics, and were endorsed by CatholicVote!

In South Carolina, CatholicVote-endorsed Mick Mulvaney shocked the political world by ousting Nancy Pelosi’s Budget Chairman John Spratt, who has been in office since 1983.

In Virginia, the founder of the liberal Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good (a group that publicly justified Catholic support for pro-abortion candidates) lost his seat to pro-life challenger Robert Hurt. backed Hurt with a radio blitz during the final week of the campaign.

We also backed Republican Jeff Fortenberry in Nebraska and pro-life Democrat Dan Lipinski in Illinois – both of whom were re-elected. Lipinski was one of the only members of the Stupak coalition that refused to compromise. He voted against Obamacare.

CatholicVote-endorsed candidate Frank Guinta unseated Rep. Carol Shea-Porter in New Hampshire. Shea-Porter claimed a Catholic faith, yet supported abortion and so-called same-sex “marriages.”

In northern Virginia, CatholicVote endorsed Keith Fimian still trails Rep. Gerry Connolly by a mere 820 votes. Some absentee ballots are apparently still to be counted and a recount appears likely. Please pray for Keith. Our candidate in NY-22, George Phillips, did better than anyone expected, but came up short to Rep. Maurice Hinchey.

And in the marquee Senate race in Nevada, Harry Reid defeated CatholicVote-backed Sharron Angle in a disappointing loss.

Putting it in perspective

This means our 2010 Midterm Election campaign racked up 8 wins, 2 losses and one race not yet decided. But we also helped lead the charge in educating, and mobilizing the most important voting bloc in America – the Catholic vote!

Together we are building a movement, and today you should feel proud.

Victories at the ballot box are a start, and the new Republican Party needs to know we expect them to deliver.

Economic issues may have been the biggest story of this election, but let’s not forget what we said last May. Votes have consequences, and virtually every so- called “pro-life” legislator that voted for Obamacare went down to defeat last night.

Those legislators that stood firm on principle, defended life, and opposed the stifling impact of a runaway federal government were rewarded.

We are grateful beyond measure for your help.

Whatever good we may have accomplished, may God be praised!

Brian Burch


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Monday, November 1, 2010

Directly from the Democrats Official Website:

For too many though, this ideal is still far from a reality. Democrats are committed to:

Strengthening the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division to better protect voting rights;

Enacting the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which includes measures prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity;

Repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in a sensible way that strengthens our armed forces and our national security;

Ensuring civil unions and equal federal rights for LGBT couples, as well as fully repealing the Defense of Marriage Act;   They approve and support and will protect Same-Sex marriages

Ending racial, ethnic, and religious profiling; and

Building a fair and more equitable criminal justice system that provides non-violent offenders a second chance at a rehabilitated life.

From local

The Republican values

Since being voted in as the President of the Republican Women of my county, I have been attending more meetings, reading by-laws, receiving more emails, and getting trained in the party levels, fundraising, public relation, etc.

Yesterday I attended a training seminar and the speaker for dealing with media was finishing up his presentation with a final note that struck me with pride. He said that as a speaker I deal with both sides of the political spectrum, but as an individual, I am a Republican and folks you are on the right side. We Republicans have it right, but we have got to start back at the grassroots and build up keeping what made us strong in the past, keeping to our values, beliefs, and ethics. Basically, defining what conservatives is and being strict in sticking to these tenets as we progress into the future.

Yep, I believe that is right, it won't be easy, but it is worth fighting for.

What are our values, beliefs, and ethics?1.The right of the individual to achieve the best within him as long as he respects the rights of others, is the source of our nation's strength.

2. That government exists to protect the freedom of opportunity in which each individuals creative ability can flourish.

3. That government activities should be limited to those things which people cannot do at all, or cannot do so well for themselves.

4. That the most effective government is government close to the people (local)

5. That those who can not provide for themselves should be assisted by both government and society, BUT that every effort should be made to help them become self-supporting, productive citizens with pride in their independence.

6. That equal rights, equal justice, and equal opportunity belong to all, regardless of race, creed, age, sex, or national origin.

7. That the preservation of our Nation and the security of our citizens depend upon the Constitution, the laws and the courts, and that respect for them is the responsibility of every individual.

8. That government is accountable for maintaining sound money and a responsible economy; individual rights, liberties, and properties are continually eroded when citizens are oppressed by excessive taxation, inflation, government waste and over regulation.

9. That government is responsible for national defense and that only a strong American can remain a free America.

10. That it is absolutely essential to maintain a strong national defense posture in order that we may at all times negotiate from a position of strength, not weakness, in our continuing effort towards world peace and friendship.

11. That these concepts are the foundation of our national strength and that the Republican party, which is committed to their preservation, is the Party of today and the Party for the future.

May God bless and keep us all.