Friday, November 12, 2010

CAP: Judicial activism, Jim DeMint & uniting conservatives, child prostitution & Congressman Spencer Bachus' offensive remarks

November 12, 2010

Holding Them Accountable 
Hugh Hewitt dedicated an entire show this week to Congressman Spencer Bachus' disparaging comments about the Tea Party and Sarah Palin. Hugh noted that ten years ago, Congressman Bachus' comments would have gone unnoticed. Now, thanks to the rise of social media, people are no longer dependent on the mainstream media for information about what is going on in government; they are empowered to access it themselves. Our newly elected officials have a responsibility to represent our values at all levels of government. It's our job to hold them accountable to the promises they made. November 2 was only the beginning of this movement towards the foundational values that make Arizona and America great.

A Night of Celebration
CAP's Family Forecast with Hugh Hewitt and Congressman TrentHewitt at Podium Franks last night was like a pep rally for celebrating election victories and rooting for real change to happen in our land. I was blessed by the amazing turnout of friends and supporters who came to see Hugh Hewitt, Congressman Trent Franks and Congressmen-elect Paul Gosar, Ben Quayle, and David Schwiekert analyze the election and discuss the future of our country. If you missed it, we'll be posting pictures from the event to our Facebook page today, and we'll have the video available soon.

885 Arrested in Child Prostitution Sweep
There's good news this week in the fight against child prostitution. Nationally, 885 adults were arrested for engaging in child prostitution. Passing tough penalties for those who engage in child prostitution, though, is only part of the battle to rescue children enslaved in these child prostitution rings. Continue to pray and support the work of Streetlight Phoenix to provide shelter and healing to meet the overwhelming needs of these young girls.

Uniting Conservatives
U.S. Senator Jim DeMint deserves credit for the election of many pro-life and pro-family leaders to the U.S. Congress this election. One of my favorite senators, Sen. DeMint gave one of the best talks at the Values Voters Summit in September. He is solid on the issues that matter to families and is not afraid to stand up for truth. Lately though, he's been getting attacked from some on the right for his statement that you can't be a fiscal conservative without being a social conservative. Senator DeMint is emphasizing a very serious point here. As we look to address the pressing issues facing our country, fiscal, and social conservatives need to be united. I think Hugh put it perfectly last night when he said that the economic issues must be addressed, but in order to create enduring cultural transformation, we must address social issues together.

"If They Act Like Politicians, They Should Be Voted Out Like Politicians"
Be sure and read Thomas Sowell's piece I posted to my Facebook account from the National Review about judicial activism. Sowell accurately dissects Iowans defeating three judges on the retention ballot because the judges were legislating from the bench. In comparing the arrogance of judges to the arrogance of politicians, Sowell writes that "the time is long overdue to stop treating judges like sacred cows, especially when they have so much bull."

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