Hitting the Road with RickBus!

I have exciting news to report. Starting Thursday I’m going to be in Michigan with the Rickbus—making the case we need strong leadership on life, marriage and religious liberty.

A number of groups have come together, including Culture War Victory Fund, Susan B. Anthony List, Let Freedom Ring, Catholic Vote—the movement is on the move!

We’ll be tooling up and down Michigan—Culture war hero Gary Bauer, Congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave,  and others will join me!

Go to my blog for periodic reports from the Rickbus on the Michigan campaign (whether you favor Rick, or another candidate, don’t depend on the MSM, get a first hand look into the campaign). And, if you are in Michigan and say “Hi” and show your support, check the schedule at www.sba-list.org/RickBus and come on by!

First stop, Grand Rapids.

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Pres. Obama’s War on Religion and the Phony Conservative Divide

On Saturday I was at CPAC moderating a panel on “the Phony Divide” between economic and social conservatism.

Click here to watch the video.

No-one has done more to demonstrate this divide is phony than President Obama, who used the Obamacare power grab to launch a totally gratuitous attack on religion and religious liberty.

The President’s war on religion just keeps flaming hotter.

Priests for Life just announced it is going to court to try to prevent Pres. Obama from forcing Catholic priests to fund contraceptives and abortion pills. Chuck LiMandri, an old friend of mine from the Prop 8 battles and now the attorney for the Priests for Life lawsuit, is one fighting Sicilian. “This is the first time in history any administration has used brute force to compel someone to violate his conscience or moral convictions. It’s unheard of,” says Limandri.

Because Priests for Life is not actually a church, Pres. Obama thinks they aren’t a religious group; he thinks he has a right to subject them to what Limandri calls “conscience-violating mandates, decrees, and punitive measures.”

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Will Obama Redefine Our Religious Liberty Away?

I have no reason to doubt that President Obama, as he told the National Prayer Breakfast this week, is often on his knees, praying to God.

If, as Lincoln said back in those terrible days when the culture war over the moral status of slaves escalated into Civil War, “Both read the same Bible, and pray to the same God; and each invokes His aid against the other,” then there is no reason to doubt Pres. Obama’s sincerity about his personal faith.

It may seem strange that any man should dare to ask a just God’s assistance in perpetuating abortion as a right. Pres. Obama said last week on the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, which opened the floodgates to the killing of innocent human life, “And, as we remember this historic anniversary, we must also continue our efforts to ensure that our daughters have the same rights, freedoms, and opportunities as our sons to fulfill their dreams.”

Do women really need the right to kill our daughters (and our sons) in order to fulfill our dreams?

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1-27-12: #4 Who Needs Children?

Who needs children?

The Euro debt crisis and the presidential debate season together have unearthed a submerged debate over the value of families on the Right.

The Wall Street Journal actually singled out as the one “most disappointing” part of Rick Santorum’s tax plan the “proposal to triple the tax credit for children.”

(Actually Santorum proposes to triple the personal deduction for children, not the tax credit, but I digress).

To the Wall Street Journal editors protecting family income from government depredation is merely “a hobby horse of the Christian right,” or “social policy masquerading as economics..” because such a tax provision will not spur economic growth, “it merely rewards taxpayers who have children over those who don’t.”

Are children necessary to a vigorous growing economy and society? Not, in the Wall Street Journal’s distorted view: Children are just one of many possible consumer choices, about which government (or tax policy at any rate) should be neutral. A man who chooses to buy porn or a Porsche should be taxed just the same as the one who is spending money to support three children? This is a view simultaneously short-sighted and narrow minded and masquerading as intellectually sophisticated to boot.

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1-20-12: #3 Was Newt’s Divorce a Personal Tragedy?

As I write, ABC is debating when to air an interview with Newt Gingrich’s second wife, Marianne.

Team Gingrich is on the case. Speaker Gingrich’s two daughters from his first wife stepped forward as designated blockers, to run interference for their dad took the high road. Divorce is messy and painful, memories differ: ” We will not say anything negative about our father’s ex-wife. He has said before, privately and publicly, that he regrets any pain he may have caused in the past to people he loves.”

Meanwhile Bob Walker, a senior Gingrich adviser, got a tad ugly: “It is pretty nasty to use personal tragedy for political exploitation,” he says. “That was a very bitter divorce, and you’re talking about somebody who is still, probably, very bitter.”

“Nasty” and “bitter” definitely count in my book as “negative” things to say about Newt Gingrich’s second ex-wife. In fact, it’s the classic stereotype a way to dismiss the discarded wife.

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1-13-11: #2 The Cultural Conservative Moment

Sometimes you pick the man and the moment. Sometimes he — and it — pick you.

Social conservatives in American politics are facing a question this week: who represents the face of our movement?

Right now is the moment.

We have a few days or at most a week to either choose a leader, or to let history move without us. Doing the latter is a choice to be irrelevant as a force and a movement within the Republican Party, to let other people define us and our movement.

When it comes to standing down, indecisively demonstrating our irrelevance in presidential politics, social conservatives have done this before.

It’s one of the reasons we are not taken as seriously as our numbers deserve. With all our assets, with all the millions of voters who share our values and views, with truth and justice on ours side, we have not yet created political institutions or a political movement that can push the levers of power effectively, much less decisively.

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11-30-11: #1 How to Fight (and Win) a Culture War

Can we achieve victory in America’s “culture wars”?  Can we stand–succesfully–for life, for marriage, and for religious liberty?

I think so.

If you are reading this letter, you think so too.

Thank you for joining the Culture War Victory Fund (CWVF). Each week I will ask you to do two things: to think and to act.

Bringing together thought and action is CWVF’s unique contribution.

I’m Maggie Gallagher, and I’ve helped win a few impossible victories in my time.

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