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Year 2000 election facts and comments that arise regarding Christians and politics

April 2, 2000

Food for thought-

Ecclesiastes 9:17 The quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded than the shouts of a ruler of fools. 18 Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good.

 

 

March 26, 2000

 

Results from 'Southern Super Tuesday'

 

  FL LA MS OK TN TX WY
Bush 74% 83% 88% 79% 77% 87% 82%
Keyes 4% 6% 6% 9% 7% 4% 12%
McCain 20% 9% 5% 11% 15% 7% 10%

 

Folks, this assured Bush the Republican nomination.  Of course that is just what was predicted.  We are predictable when led to a sure ending.  Keyes is still in the race in an attempt to hold the Republican powers to a pro-life platform and to help assure a pro-life running mate for Gov. Bush.  If these fail, Keyes will likely leave the party.

The plot thickens.  We are closing in on a similar scenario to what occurred in 1996.  Are Christians pragmatic?  Or, do we take the stand of Joshua - "as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD", whatever the consequences. 

Noah Webster wrote:
When you become entitled to exercise the right of voting for public officers, let it be impressed on
your mind that God commands you to choose for rulers, "just men who will rule in the fear of God."
The preservation of government depends on the faithful discharge of this duty; if the citizens neglect
their duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted; laws will be
made, not for the public good so much as for selfish or local purposes; corrupt or incompetent men
will be appointed to execute the laws; the public revenues will be squandered on unworthy men; and
the rights of the citizens will be violated or disregarded. If a republican government fails to secure
public prosperity and happiness, it must be because the citizens neglect the divine commands, and
select bad men to make and administer the laws.

 

March 13, 2000

Results from last 2 primaries:

  CO UT
G.W. Bush 65% 63%
Alan Keyes 6% 20%
John McCain 27% 15%

Tomorrow, there are many primaries.  Even for those who refuse to vote for Keyes but agree with him, there is very little chance their vote for Keyes could hurt G.W. Bush from losing the nomination.  It might even declare to the Governor that many care deeply about the moral issues.  It is a small consolation prize for Keyes, who has yet to waver on the moral issues and knows foreign policy cold.  What is wrong with our thinking?  There is still time for Keyes, if not him, then Phillips.  We should also pray for the all, including Gore.  Pray G.W. Bush will change his stance to a solid run that will rightfully contain rock solid 'litmus tests' for Supreme Court nominees and a running mate.

May God have mercy on our unbelief.  We do not know how to trust Him with the results.  We will regret this truth. 

 

March 9, 2000

"Yes, we did produce a near perfect Republic.  But will they keep it, or will they, in the enjoyment of plenty, lose the memory of freedom.  Material abundance without character is the surest way to destruction."

                                    Thomas Jefferson

Bill Bradley officially quit the campaign. He endorses Gore.

John McCain suspended his campaign, not ‘actively campaigning’ in order to consider what he should do to go forward with his 'reform'. He did not endorse Bush. What does this mean? We will see.

 Super Tuesday results

  CA CT GA ME MD MA MO MN NY OH WA VT
Bush 55% 46% 67% 51% 56% 32% 58% 63% 51% 58% 89% 36%
Keyes 4% 3% 5% 3% 7% 3% 6% 20% 4% 4% 5% 3%
McCain 32% 49% 28% 44% 36% 65% 35% 17% 43% 37% 13% 61%
Electoral votes(tot) 54 8 13 4 10 12 11 10 33 21 11 3

 

Totals (estimates) to date:

CANDIDATE DELEGATES (1034 needed for nomination)

Bush 568

McCain 225

Keyes 7

Keyes beat McCain in Minnesota!!

 

 

March 6, 2000

 

  North Dakota

Virginia

Washington

G. W. Bush

75.7%

52.8%

58.3%

Alan Keyes

5.3%

3.1%

2.4%

John McCain

18.9%

43.8%

38.4%

 

Not much to add, therefore the above results have been delayed – waiting for any real news. It looks more like we will need Howard Phillips (Constitution Party) once the Republicans leave the moral issues in the reach toward ‘the middle’ (or should we say, the partially deceived). Will this happen or will Bush solidify his ‘pro-life’ stand and call for a litmus test? Doubtful at this point. He did what he had to do to get the Christian conservative primary voters who failed to consider the consequences. Where is our leadership?

Sure, Bush is a likeable guy.  He lacks understanding of the critical need to make absolutely sure the justice nominees are beholding to Almighty God, our final Judge.

Super Tuesday, here we come.

 

 

February 28, 2000

We now have candidate McCain throwing darts at G.W. Bush for his recent visit to Bob Jones University.  McCain further complains that Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson are supporting Bush in an un-Christian like manner.  Alan Keyes, steadfast and true, acting more presidential than others, is ignored.

McCain is partially correct, though.  Why do Falwell and Robertson, in the name of Christianity, compromise God's values to support one candidate who has essentially the same policy on abortion and MFN for China.  The (inadvertent?) hypocrisy is exposed.   McCain needs to clean up his own position as well, if he really desires to please Almighty God.  Bush is there too.  Both should not sit on the fence, be bold, be presidential.  This should not be a big deal to embrace their Savior's will.

Why do these 'Christian leaders' (Falwell and Robertson) deny support to Keyes, the only Republican doing his best, whatever the cost, to please God with his policies?   Don't they see the imminent danger from God's impending judgment or our own foolishness?

Michigan Primary Results      

G. W. Bush

42.9%

McCain

50.2%

Keyes

5.2%

 

Arizona Primary Results

G. W. Bush

35.7%

McCain

60.1%

Keyes

3.6%

 

February 22, 2000

Christians- who do you trust? Don’t fear Al Gore. Our fear of Bill Clinton has helped us get to where we are today, with first his election and intimidation of Congress, etc.

Proverbs 29:25

Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe.

We still live in a republic with democratically elected officials. Our Christian founding fathers gave the power to "We the people". Our compromise, believing the self-fulfilling prophecy that says someone like Alan Keyes can’t win, takes us down further. Anyone who chooses to vote that way (for the lesser of 2 evils) is guilty of supporting evil (not to imply that personally other candidates are evil, but that their policies include immoral choices).

We could actually win. South Carolina showed that it is possible to motivate those who generally do not vote to choose to cast ballots when something is at stake. South Carolina had over 561,000 votes cast in the primary when in 1996 there were 276,775 votes.

The results are as follows.

South Carolina Primary

G.W. Bush

53%

McCain

42%

Keyes

5%

Keyes likely would have a higher percentage if the additional voters would not have come. They were primarily energized to get Bush or McCain over the other by the press in a race too close to call. Keyes was forgotten in the frenzy between the others, therefore the additional voters would likely have been for one of the other 2, therefore diluting Keyes’ percentage. He otherwise, would likely have been in double digits, but barely so.

Hey!  ‘Christian leaders’ out there- support principle, not party or their chosen ones. We have fallen behind again, largely due to the lack of realized urgency and embrace of God's truth.  Put your faith in our Almighty God, never compromising His values. We could even win!  Jesse Ventura won, without God on his side, imagine that. It is up to each of us, including you.

In the 1998 elections, 38% of eligible voters actually voted. In a 1996 Gallup poll, 84% of Americans consider themselves as "Christians". Leaders- help motivate the Christians to not compromise and point out candidates’ compromise. Only by standing firm on those values we care the most about (and pleases God) will we save our nation that is in extreme danger of God’s judgment.

February 18, 2000

Things continue to be fluid.

For Buchanan supporters, the Reform Party had a meeting in Nashville with the dissolution of order and subsequent ousting of Jesse Ventura supporters. Donald Trump, to no one’s surprise, has decided, after his publicity, to withdraw from the possibility of a candidacy. It appears the pro-Perot forces within the party have won. Will Perot run? Will Buchanan even make the ticket?

Republican candidates have dropped to 3, Alan Keyes, G.W. Bush, and John McCain. The South Carolina debate showed one candidate who kept pulling the others to discussions on the issues. McCain and Bush were thankfully separated by Keyes who showed great dignity and restraint.

Why don’t we realize what is happening with the Republican race, maybe we do –but we don’t care, an indictment of our own failure. It is quite clear that the only real ‘outsider’ for true reform is Alan Keyes. What we are seeing develop is a battle between the anointed candidate by the Republican leadership (G.W. Bush) verses an anointed candidate by the media (John McCain). Outside of Keyes, who is standing on principle, the battle is between control by the media and control by the Republican leaders. Keyes has not wavered for expediency.

Gary Bauer made a terrible mistake by his endorsement of John McCain (not to imply that Bush is any better-if principles were more important, he should have endorsed Keyes). He likely expects some voice in a McCain administration, departing from his ‘first love’, similar to Revelations’ account of the church of Ephesus (Revelations 2:4). Of all the candidates who sought a nomination by the Republicans, McCain has absolutely the worst pro-life stand (despite his supposedly good record). See the excerpt by Dr. Dobson, speaking as an individual citizen, who coherently and concisely made the point. McCain simply is not a choice we can make without compromising God’s values.

Bauer believes that campaign finance reform is very important by stopping big business from controlling the parties.  He is right but at what cost?  Will McCain appoint a pro-life running mate?  Is he ready to be strongly pro-life?  This is a reverse of what he has said in the past.  Do we believe he will go the right way?   Not if cross-over Democrats are owed some assurances in the future.  

Bauer Endorses McCain, Dr. Dobson Disapproves

 

Washington -- In an announcement that caught many pro-life advocates by surprise, former GOP presidential candidate Gary Bauer yesterday endorsed Sen. John McCain in his bid for the White House, calling him the "best shot" to win. Bauer's endorsement comes at a crucial time for McCain, who has taken heat from the National Right to Life Committee, Alan Keyes, Phyllis Schlafley and other pro-life leaders for waffling on pro-life issues.

Although Bauer acknowledged that McCain's position on abortion was "less absolute than his own," he said that McCain agreed with him that "we must work to ensure that every child gets welcomed into the world and protected by the law."

Ironically, Bauer's quotation of Richard John Neuhaus' now-infamous statement is the same that has been used throughout the campaign by George W. Bush. Speaking at a rally for McCain at Furman University in South Carolina, Bauer said, "I've looked John in the eye. I've talked to him. I've looked at his voting record. I believe it is by and large a pro-life voting record."

McCain, who is in a statistical dead heat with Texas Gov. George W. Bush going into Saturday's South Carolina primary, said he hoped that Bauer's endorsement would bolster his popularity among pro-life Republicans, many of whom have expressed concerns over McCain's stance on abortion. He said, "There has been so much doubt raised about my commitment to some of these issues. [Gary Bauer will] dispel that."

A new Zogby International poll shows Bush and McCain running neck-and-neck, with Bush leading 43%-40% with a four percentage point margin of error.

Meanwhile, speaking as a private individual and not as the president of Focus on the Family,       Dr. James Dobson expressed disagreement with Bauer's endorsement of Senator McCain. Dobson said, "McCain has offered no assurances that he intends to appoint a pro-life running mate or pro-life justices to the U.S. Supreme Court."

"Indeed," Dobson indicates, "he voted for pro-abortion Stephen Breyer and pro-abortion ACLU-activist Ruth Bader Ginsburg for that Court and for David Satcher for Surgeon General, who supports partial-birth-abortion.

McCain also voted in support of President Clinton to expand fetal-tissue research," Dobson said. Gary Bauer's endorsement of the Senator is troubling for another reason," Dobson indicated. "When Clarence Thomas was being considered for Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Mr. Bauer actively championed his candidacy.   However, Warren Rudman who is John McCain's National Campaign Chairman and his most likely choice for U.S. Attorney General was a pro-abortion Senator who opposed confirmation of Clarence Thomas, despite the fact that he voted for him in order to get three federal judgeships approved. He said about the Thomas decision, 'It's a vote I'm not proud of.'"

"Given these concerns about McCain, it is difficult to understand how Gary Bauer can support him 'with great pride and with absolutely no reservation,'" Dobson concluded. Dobson's statement was not intended to imply Dr. Dobson's endorsement of anyone else's candidacy for the presidency -- simply to clarify his lack of support for Senator McCain.

 

A simple guarantee. If Bush gets the nomination, he will run to the center after using the ‘right’ pro-life advocates to get the nomination. Once that happens, there is no turning back. He will owe the theoretical masses of people more than the core who care. He has seen the votes that McCain has managed to pick up and wants those people too.

If McCain gets the nomination and Perot gets his party’s nomination, pro-life Christians have no choice. Howard Phillips of the Constitution Party will welcome their votes. He will, as Keyes, strongly and unwaveringly carry the banner high. Keyes will depart from the Republican party (the party left him) and will stand on principle. Where? With Phillips?

Christians!!! Wake UP! Our voices are being diluted by many of the Christian ‘leaders’ of our nation. We have just seen a great example by one who deserved great respect, Gary Bauer. Many others have divorced themselves from the process, worried about their 501c3 tax exempt status, allowing by default to endorse a lukewarm (in policy) G.W. Bush. Like the Pharisees and Saduccees of Christ’s time, most of our Christian ‘leaders’ who have spoken with great authority have compromised God’s values. Why? To win. They show no faith in God and His providence. They have willingly (but unwittingly and foolishly) led and allowed the further demise of our nation.

Our Christian Founding Fathers refused to compromise. They put the power in your hands, asking only that the you are engaged enough to understand the issues and avoid the current celebrity races that are typical of today’s politics. Our nation will not stand unless we realize this and take the uncompromising stand on God’s values. Don’t follow anyone’s lead. Seek truth from scriptures and act on it.

Win? We, as Christians, might well win if we take our responsibility to God seriously. With a scenario including Perot, Gore, McCain, Green party, Libertarians and others, a Constitution Party candidate could pull the numbers for a victory if the majority of Christians realized the danger with which we have been flirting, stand firm and tell others. The other voters who don’t care about God’s values could be divided amongst the politicians. Only God knows. We must repent and seek His will. Doing that, we will win with God.

For all of us who want to reform the Republican party, we are behind. Keyes is the answer today. You believe a self-fulfilling prophecy that says he can’t win. You make that come true by voting for someone else. How foolish we have become when we listen to those who want to control us. Support Keyes now!!

To win at any cost is too expensive, if you give up that which matters most.

We will each give an account before Almighty God for our lives. Now is your chance. Make it count.

 

 

 

February 10, 2000

Today, Steve Forbes decided to quit the race.  This comes after the disappointing showing in Delaware's primary (the state he won 4 years ago).   Delaware's delegates are 'winner take all'. 

Delaware Results

George W. Bush

51%

John McCain

25%

Steve Forbes

20%

Alan Keyes

4%

Forbes will be missed.  He has come a long way toward being more vocal regarding the moral issues.  He failed to see the error of trade with China.  Unfortunately, this leaves  the 2 candidates intact who refuse to have a litmus test for Supreme Court Justices and believe we should be friends with people persecuting our brothers and sisters.  This simplifies the decision for Christians who choose to stand as John the Baptist did against evil.  He made a strong stand.  The only Republican candidate who does the same is Alan Keyes.  Where are the Christians?  Go ahead and win- but at what cost?   You really lose.  You likely will lose the election anyway.  Does anyone remember Dole in 1996?

Ok.  That was Delaware.  Let's see what South Carolina does. 

 

 

 

 

February 7, 2000

The Iowa caucus was revealing from the standpoint that more votes were for conservatism   than the expedient choice of Bush who sits on the fence on the moral issues. This, of course, comes as a shock to the pollsters and pundits who anointed Bush as the choice. Add up the votes and Gary Bauer’s 6%, Alan Keyes’ 14%, and Steve Forbes 30% is clearly greater than that of Bush’s 41%.

Iowa Hope

G.W. Bush

41.2%

Steve Forbes

30.3%

Alan Keyes

14.3%

Gary Bauer

8.5%

John McCain

4.7%

Orrin Hatch

1%

New Hampshire was disappointing. When Sen. McCain was asked what would he do if his daughter became pregnant and was thinking about an abortion, his response was to have a family conference and help her choose.

New Hampshire Mistake

John McCain

49%

G.W. Bush

30%

Steve Forbes

13%

Alan Keyes

6%

Gary Bauer

1%

As Alan Keyes pointed out in a debate, this response shows a lack of understanding regarding the moral decision about to be made. Keyes points out that if his daughter came to him saying that she wanted to kill Grandma to get the inheritance, the idea of a family conference is absurd. Of course John McCain would say absolutely no to that idea. This is the right approach to see the truth of the evil of abortion, albeit difficult swimming upstream in this confused society today.

New Hampshire made a mistake. Their independents (the largest group of registered voters) were not considering this truth. Still, there are a lot of other primaries coming quickly. With Iowa – only ~1% of delegates have been chosen.

Gary Bauer has left the campaign. This is both fortunate for him and other moral conservatives (Keyes and Forbes) as well as for the "front-runners" who Bauer held in check, pointing out problems with MFN to China and lack of a litmus test.  Bauer now gets to rest.  He fought a good fight and tried his best. He didn’t back down from convictions. He made excellent points. We owe him thanks for helping expose the moral stands by the other candidates.   Keyes stands heads above the others with his unwavering, eloquent style pointing out our need to fix the moral problems now.   Howard Phillips makes a great point:  'To achieve victory, first you must seek it'.  Don't compromise and choose a lesser candidate if you agree that moral issues come first.  Please God and vote for His values.

Look folks, the fact he didn’t do better than he did makes it abundantly clear where our nation stands morally. We are in great need of a revival and a true fear of Almighty God. This fear is not simply honor as many theologians tend to believe. It is a genuine trembling, Alfred Hitchcock-like fear. This is pointed out in the following scripture.

Exodus 20: 18 When the people saw the thunder and lightning and heard the trumpet and saw the mountain in smoke, they trembled with fear . They stayed at a distance 19 and said to Moses, "Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us or we will die." 20 Moses said to the people, "Do not be afraid. God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning."

We do not fear God today. If we do not change, He will remind us of our mistakes in His time. Now is the time to repent. Show God you care and have faith- vote for only the individual(s) who put morals first. To do less is to welcome God’s judgment. May God have mercy on us.

 

January 11, 2000

Things are popping. Four debates in just over a week. The VCR is smoking. There is very little new information surfacing since the earlier debates. The real value in watching these comes from reaffirming the solid, ongoing, relentless G.W. Bush policy of no pro-life litmus test for any judges he may appoint and a possible running mate.

Alan Keyes and Gary Bauer should make Christians proud that their voices are strong and clear. Points made are right on target. Keyes stands out like a light on the hill when he says things the others just cannot bear themselves to say. Things such as hot issues like gays in the military and money for AIDS, pointing out that it is a moral problem and money (as we have already shown time and time again) won’t fix it.

Bauer has pushed the governor more than any other regarding judicial appointments and MFN for China. Keep up the good fight. Before we know it, it will be over.    Bauer's approach to the tithe seemed the best answer to charity.

There was one notable difference between Gary Bauer and Alan Keyes. Keyes believes (and agreed to here) that our nation has a moral problem due to the individuals in this nation who have dropped the ball, many of whom claim Christ as Lord. This is exemplified in the re-election of Clinton, we may have screwed up once but since it happened twice, this is evidence of our choice.

Bauer believes that Clinton is an "aberration" and that America’s citizenry are generally good. Sure, there are many who care deeply and are the only reason God hasn’t leveled this land in judgment. Unfortunately, they are misunderstood, reviled, often defeated and slandered by the larger group of godless individuals. Lose that remnant and the country will unravel. Clinton is evidence that the remnant is outnumbered. It cannot be an accident that he was elected twice and the majority of the polls showed people didn’t want the perjurer impeached.

Governor Bush, you claim Christ. You say it affects the way you are.   You say you are the only candidate who has appointed judges, come down to Texas and see what happened.  Human Events conservative weekly did.  Their report came out January 14, 2000.  Click here for some excerpts.

Matthew 5: 19 Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

Destroying developing humans would break at least one of the commandments. Is it really better to be president, or would you rather be great in the kingdom of heaven? Be a leader.

One other thing, Gov. Bush: Do not be embarrassed by your Lord. Be strong. We need not apologize for him. You emphasize "my faith teaches, my faith…" that Jesus is the way to salvation. Guess what. This is true and like Tim Russert asked, it is exclusionary from the standpoint of the scriptures. To disregard this is to fail to warn others of hell, although this should be gently yet firmly conveyed.

Acts 4: 12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved."

You should not apologize. True Christianity treats all people as God’s children and Christ showed only love to all. Fairness and love on the part of Christians to others allows us to show God’s love through us and hopefully will allow their salvation.

Patrick Henry said:  "It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity and freedom of worship here."

U.S. Supreme Court wrote in 1892 (Church of the Holy Trinity v United States):

"Our laws and our institutions must necessarily be based upon and embody the teachings of the Redeemer of mankind. It is impossible that it should be otherwise; and in this sense and to this extent our civilization and our institutions are emphatically Christian."

On a secular note, Senator Orrin Hatch agrees with Alan Keyes that the tax system needs to be completely overhauled.  Hatch has pointed out the horrible nature of the Clinton administration.  It would not be surprising that he would be a decent moral president. 

 

 

 

December 19, 1999

It has been some time since the last update with much occurring in the interim.  Governor G.W. Bush has electrified the media with his answer in the Iowa debate indicating Jesus Christ having a great influence in His life.   Praise God.  Please review the Open letter to Gov. Bush on this site. 

The mainstream media just doesn't get it.  They continue to discuss how the debates should be limited to 2 or 3 front runners, willfully forgetting that before their love affair with Sen.John McCain, he would not have been included.  It is wonderful to see the discussions shift to more important issues. 

We all owe a debt to Ambassador Alan Keyes who has made these issues foremost in the debates, where they belong.  Why would we vote- (at http://vote.com and other post-debate polls, indicating Dr. Keyes has won each handily, walking away with nearly 50% of the 40,000-50,000 votes in each) - for him and yet not consider him a 'viable' candidate?  WE MUST.  HIS VISION IS CLEAR.   

Gary Bauer is wonderful, and possibly improving in his speech (he has never waffled on the moral issues).  He has been making excellent points and forcing G.W. Bush to discuss issues he would rather not (since he is wrong, and may know it). 

Steve Forbes continues to not waffle on the Christian values.  Thank You.       

Orrin Hatch wants us to trust him.  He is quick to say "Amen" but has not taken the lead on the moral issues.

 

 

 

 

November 22, 1999  Interesting weekend

G.W. Bush gave a prepared speech on Friday, 11/19, regarding foreign affairs.  He favors MFN for China and barely mentioned those Christians being persecuted, but he didn't completely forget them.   Unfortunately, MFN and helping sponsor China into the World Trade Organization may hurt our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Arizona Republicans hosted a debate, 4 presidential candidates showed up.  McCain, Hatch, Forbes and Keyes.  Alan Keyes was incredible, outstanding.  He pointed his finger at the audience and said that they (we) need to wake up, our biggest problem in America is our moral crisis.  He also said we were galloping toward Gomorrah, not slouching toward Gomorrah.  The audience who was just told to straighten up appreciated Keyes' truth.  They cheered wildly.   He is wise enough to put first things first.  Who else will join him?   The message was delivered in a clear, concise manner. 

McCain reiterated that he will not have a litmus test for judges, Hatch was similar.   Forbes makes it clear that any judges must pass a litmus test.

Now is the time to reform politics in America.  If Christians will vote to please God, we all win.  Vote for the candidate who best stands for God's values, not diluted reasoning.

 

 

October 25, 1999

Pat Buchanan officially entered the Reform Party and will seek their nomination.  Donald Trump declared the Reform   Party too.  Pat needs to put God first (ahead of NAFTA and other less important issues - not that other issues do not count, but that as Christians we first need to please God.  Come on Pat, make it clear that moral issues are most important).  Maybe that approach could even teach Donald Trump a lesson.

 

 

October 20, 1999 -  Elizabeth Dole withdrew.

 

 

 

October 9, 1999

It was an interesting week.  We started out with the Christian Coalition's Washington meeting where their leadership were falling all over themselves to endorse a G.W. Bush for president.  Within a few days, G.W. Bush distanced himself from the Christian, moral concerns: 

``Too often, on social issues, my party has painted an image of America slouching toward Gomorrah,'' Bush,
who has touted his self-described ``compassionate conservatism'' on previous campaign stops around the
country, said in a speech to the Manhattan Institute.

This was entirely predictable.  The Wall Street Journal discussed the Clinton-like, political character of Bush in an article a year ago.  It is worth reviewing today.  It is blatantly political but there is some truth in the pages.  According to the article, if you like Clinton, you will like Bush.  It also points out Bush's distancing from the moral issues.

G.W. Bush is using "triangulation", borrowed from Clinton and Dick Morris to become more "centrist" on the moral issues, counting on keeping enough Christians' votes to become elected.  He is concerned about John McCain calling him too conservative and this is a way to show that he can be as liberal as the next guy, taking away the criticism.  This approach denies the need for truth, honor, and putting God's values ahead of personal ambition.  Pat Robertson got what he deserved.   Will he ever learn?  This is a repeat of 4 years ago!

The common argument for voting for Bush is that the next president will likely appoint 3 Supreme Court Judges and we certainly do not want a Democratic president to appoint these individuals.  This argument is flawed, especially in light of this week's statement by Bush.  First, we do not know much of Bush's true stand but what he has told us is that he will not use a 'litmus test' of pro-life to appoint any judges or a running-mate.  Why then, should we think he would do any better than Gore or Bradley??? 

Trust God to take care of things when you stand firm for His issues.  Don't use our worldly reasoning that has put us where we are today.  Do not trust politics. 

 

 

 

September 27, 1999

Dan Quayle ended his candidacy today. 

Sen. John McCain officially began his candidacy.  Senator McCain refuses to put abortion as an important issue and would have no problem with a running-mate that is "pro-choice". 

Buchanan is taking a beating by the press regarding his new book and possible jump to the Reform Party.

 

 

 

September 20, 1999

Alan Keyes is officially a candidate. The moral message will be spoken.  Will we hear it?

 

 

 

September 7, 1999

Howard Phillips has just been overwhelmingly nominated to head the "Constitution Party", formerly called the U.S. Taxpayer's Party.  Republicans- watch out.   Someone like Bush cannot compete for the morals first folks, if you care.   Keyes, Bauer and Buchanan - convince the Party that they will lose many votes to Phillips.  They risk losing again, if their party walks away from those people who care the most for this nation.  One of the best deserves to be the nominee and has a chance at winning, hopefully saving our nation as well.

 

 

 

Results are in from the Iowa Straw Poll (8/14/99)

 


1999 IOWA STRAW POLL
LIVE Saturday, August 14

Poll Results

• Alan Keyes
• Fmr. VP Dan Quayle
• Sen. Orrin Hatch
• Gary Bauer
• Steve Forbes
• Gov. George W. Bush
• Elizabeth Dole
• Pat Buchanan
• Lamar Alexander
1101
916
558
2114
4921
7418
3410
1719
1428

Results from CSPAN.   http://www.c-span.org/Campaign2000/iowapoll.asp

Gary Bauer- Good showing. A little disappointing that he talked of Reagan more than God. Veterans and the military (important issues, though) came first. No one can doubt his stand on the moral issues, but again, these have to be first or our freedom is gone. Help wake up the people!

 

Pat Buchanan- He is strongly, and has been strongly pro-life. His web page puts NAFTA ahead of moral values. Why? Maybe it is not that important that it is out of place but, as Christians, we must keep eyes pointed toward God and His values. His speech for the Iowa Straw Poll (8/14/99) did that. Thank you.

 

George W. Bush gave a good speech that even barely mentioned pro-life. This must be tempered with the realization that this is the same guy who would said he would not have a problem appointing federal judges without the litmus test of abortion. He seems like a nice guy. How dare he aid to the soiled ground of America with the blood of aborted fetuses? Maybe he just doesn’t get it. Moral issues first.  Our country is destroyed without this change.

 

Elizabeth Dole- Sorry, but you cannot have values without God. That is exactly why we are where we are today. You missed the boat.

 

Steve Forbes- Much better than would have been expected from the moral standpoint! Excellent!! Has something happened to him since 4 years ago? Go for it too! It is interesting that he senses a religious revival coming in our nation. His speech started from the Declaration of Independence and, guess what, "Life" came first from those attributes given to us by Almighty God! Yes, thank you, and our founders.

 

Alan Keyes- Wonderful as usual. Right on the target, but, if I remember right, somehow taxes came ahead of morality in his speech.   

 

Dan Quayle- Ok but not strong enough on God. The family is important but the family needs God’s direction. You can be a little tougher for God’s values and that just might be the fire to jump start your campaign.

 

 

 

 

 

July 12, 1999

Senator Bob Smith (see 'next election' above) has decided to leave the Republican party and may seek the nomination of the U.S. Taxpayer's party or another party.  Please, Senator Smith, list abortion and moral issues first on your web site now.  Taxes are important but God's values are more important.  Republicans- let's give Senator Smith a good opponent such as Bauer or Keyes.  Don't waste a vote on Bush.

Addendum:  Senator Bob Smith has abortion listed ahead of other issues on one of 2 web sites.  In recent interviews he is coming out strongly for the moral issues.   Was it the Republican political advisers keeping him from being as outright about this issue?  He left Republicans (or they left him) on principle.  This may have been the right move.  If the Republicans dump on God's values, Senator Smith may be a great option.  Do we want to please God? 

 

 

June 23, 1999

Recently, Pat Robertson made the comment in a 60 Minutes interview that Christians will just have to accept that we need to settle for a candidate (George W. Bush) who will not be strongly pro-life.

Of course, this is in error.  We cannot sell out our God for political gain.  Who do we serve?

Rev. Jerry Falwell on Fox News Channel said that he met with Gov. George Bush and was reassured that he was as strongly pro-life as is he.    He supports Gov. Bush.

Another error.  Christ said:

Matthew 10:32 " Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. 33 But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven...38 and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 

Governor George W. Bush has proclaimed, if he is elected President, he will not have a 'litmus test' of pro-life on any appointees to the Supreme Court or Federal Judges. 

By this, he has now publicly declared that his election is more important than doing the right thing.  Unfortunately he has fallen into the same error as Dole.  He will not help us repair our moral corruption.   We must do better. 

As of today, there are multiple reports that Bush is leading the rest of the Republican candidates.  Pardon, but the Primaries do not begin until February of next year.  The polls must not become a 'self-fulfilling prophecy'.  Let us pray and work against this becoming the case.  Now is the time.

 

 

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