Morning Briefing: November 20th, 2012


By Steve Deace

‘Party of Reagan’ Nominees Actually Opposed Reagan

For all the talk about returning to “what made us acceptable in the Reagan era” it turns out the Republican Party is pretty ignorant of what made Reagan successful. That’s because every GOP presidential nominee since Reagan but one actually opposed Reagan while he was running for the nomination in 1980. The lone exception? John McCain, who of course has steadily moved left the past 15 years of his seemingly (and tragically) endless political career. In the past you’ve heard me say those claiming we conservatives are so radical that “Reagan couldn’t win the nomination today” were full of horse manure, because most of the same people saying that now are mainly the same people that opposed Reagan back then. This article proves it.

Religious Freedom Takes Another Hit

A federal judge Monday rejected Hobby Lobby Stores Inc.’s request to block part of the federal health care overhaul that requires the arts and craft supply company to provide insurance coverage for the morning-after and week-after birth control pills.
In a 28-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton denied a request by Hobby Lobby to prevent the government from enforcing portions of the health care law mandating insurance coverage for contraceptives the company’s Christian owners consider objectionable. Of course, no judge can take away a freedom the Constitution already protects. Nor can any human government force a Christian to actually do what violates their moral conscience, and for Christians to allow them to do so actually violates the clear teaching of Scripture as well as church tradition found in men like the Apostle Peter, Augustine, Aquinas, and Martin Luther King, Jr. All teach Christians have a moral obligation to resist unjust laws to the point of civil disobedience. Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s, and render unto God that which is God’s.

Allen West Concedes

After two weeks of battling against a machine stacked against him, Congressman Allen West(R-FL) conceded the race for District 18 in Florida on Tuesday. They had to find a way to get the count to within the 0.5% required by Florida statute to trigger an automatic full recount, and after analysis, they no longer believed that would be possible. As West noted, there were substantial irregularities. There was a good deal of evidence that there were shenanigans with the vote itself, as well as with the count, but the early vote recount that completed Sunday morning, but was not uploaded to the state before the noon deadline would not have made enough of a difference to trigger the full recount.

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