Staying true to the cause
The last few days have reminded me how all of us committed to the cause, ie the restoration of those appropriate laws to protect unborn children and those medically dependent and disabled, must stay true to the message and not get sidetracked by matters that appear but are not central to the purpose of our effort.
We are involved in such an important work. Sometimes we are so busy doing things that we forget how important. Human life. Do we think human life is sacred? Do we believe human life is suppose to be protected? Do we think that anyone who runs for office ought to respect every human life? And what about voting for candidates? Are we aware of their position on abortion? Are we willing to consider that there are some issues so important that they would influence our vote?
At Arizona Right to Life, we have listed those candidates that meet our qualifications. These candidates have been endorsed by our Political Action Committee. See www.azrtl.org
for the names of those candidates who have been listed.
Wash for Life
On September 16, 2006 throughout the nzation young people are going to be washing cars to raise money for the various emergency pregnancy facilities in their areas and to shout to the world that this generation is for life.
I had the pleasure of meeting some of the organizers in Nashville during the NRCL conference.
Her in the vally AZRTL and Life Ed are coordinating with Students for lifde and the underground project to bring you perhaps three locations where students will be washing cars for life.
If you are interested, contact me or the AzRTL office at 602-285-0063. You can also contact Melanie who is working hard ot make this a success.
If you want to make a tax deductible donation, write your check payable to Life Ed. Corp. or go to the AZRTL website
and go through the steps to make your contribution online.
Most of you will have seen the preliminary endorsements that AZRTL made in the major races.
After all it is fairly obvious that AZRTL would support our long time friend Jon Kyl over the pro-abortion Jim Pederson. In looking down the list of federal contests, our Pro-Life encumbants such as J.D. Hayworth, Trent Franks, John Shaddigg, Rick Renzi and Jeff Flake have all stood tall and voted to defend the rights of the family and to protect the weak, the defenseless and the unborn. thay have earned your vote.
I hope the Republican voters in Pima County will add another strong member to the congress by electing Randy Graf to District 8. Randy is no stranger to pro-life politics. When in the state legislature, he was a reliable vote and a strong voice for the voiceless. both of his opponents are very pro-abortion. If the folks in Southern Arizona do not want another Jim Kolbe type, then Randy is the man for the job.
Go to our website and click on 2006 election endorsements
For those of you doing early ballots, please review this list prior to exercising your right to vote.
In either event - whether you vote early or on election day - get the word out that these are the qualified pro-life candidates.
Make sure to check your district now so you know for whom you are to vote.
Then make sure you have a valid identification should you decide to vote on election day.
Finally pray every day that those who respect the sanctity of all innocent human life will be elected.
Give Len a hand
As the campaign to win the Republican nomination for governor moves into high gear during these next weeks, it is important to remember who has been the champion for life these last twenty years and who can challenge the current sitting governor and most likely win.
So I encourage you to support Len's campaign by volunteering now. Whatever you can do, post a sign in your yard, make phone calls to the voters, pass out information on Len's background, talk to neighbors and co-workers - anything that you can do to create the buzz and sustain the enthusiasm - will be appreciated.
Contact the campaign directly at www.lenmunsil.com
For those of you thinking that I had disappeared from the blogosphere, you were almost right. My computer took a vacation by "crashing" and despite the best efforts of mice and men to get it up and running, it was not to be. So I was required to make a purchase and now I have a very sweet machine.
So to catch up on a few things.
To those of you in Arizona, early ballots are now available for the primary. Today is the last day to register for the primary. Anyone whose child will turn 18 before the general election should register to vote.
Go to the Arizona Secretary of State website
for more information on how to register to vote.
Arizonas Right to Life PAC will be sending out our endorsements in the coming days.
Please continue to watch out site for more information.
As for the conference, it is set for September 22,23, 2006. Please register
and take advantage of the early bird discounts along with special incentives for high school and college students.
Spetember 16, 2006 there will be a "WASH for LIFE" to raise money for the various valley emrgency pregnancy centers. This is part of a nationwide effort to show the country that the youth are solidly pro-life. Contact Melanie Welsch at the office for more information.
Speaking of Melanie, she will be assisting us in educational efforts with the teens and college students. Melanie brings great energy and heart to the cause.
God speed and please pray for our troops in harms way.
In reading about the latest political commentary on Len Munsil’s campaign, there is an interesting evolution developing as the major media begins to recognize that Munsil’s campaign may actually have some legs as well as broad grass-roots support throughout the state.
For the last six months the press and the media have generally ignored Len Munsil and the Republican primary. Running occasional polls by the liberal Earl DeBerge, the Arizona Republic, that fast shrinking bastion of yesterday’s news, would solemnly proclaim that Janet had a 20+ point lead over all Republicans while conveniently neglecting to mention their names until the second page of the article. The conventional wisdom was that Goldwater had name ID and no campaign and Munsil was some right wing ideologue.
There was some truth to the initial perception that Munsil had no name ID and had his work cut out for him. That is still true. Len is not known as well as Janet and a lot of people have yet to hear about him. Yet Len knows that and so he is traveling the state to become known. And here is a little secret for anyone willing to listen. When people hear Len Munsil, they like what they hear.
The latest commentary revolves around the fact that Len is actually talking about a variety of issues. He has ideas on how to improve education. He can speak intelligently about addressing the border problems. He has opinions and perspectives on transportation, crime and water. It is funny that pundits are surprised that this journalist/lawyer/public policy advocate can actually propose ideas on matters outside of the social conservative milieu. The thing is that people already know where Len Munsil stands on the values questions of the day. They know he supports respect for the sanctity of marriage and the family, for the protection of all human beings regardless of age or dependency, for greater responsibility when dealing with issues such as gaming. Munsil does not have to discuss his position on these issues because they have been out in the public square for the last 20 years. His views are mainstream middle America. He reflects a Ronald Reagan approach to government. He believes in the value and importance in the individual’s role in creating financially and socially responsible government. So an articulation of his philosophy is expected by the voters. For how else can they get to know him.
Columnists are wrong therefore to suggest that he is “toning down” his conservative views and “moving toward the middle.” Munsil is simply getting a message about his views of government out to the electorate. What would be refreshing would be to have articles written about where he stands on particular issues so that the voters can make an informed choice come September and November. Unfortunately that works against the Janet campaign philosophy. Her game plan is to have enough photo opportunities and ignore the notion that there is even a campaign. It is however very funny to read that she is a “moderate” and not a liberal. On the social issues she vetoed five pieces of very modest pro-family pro-life legislation. She is against securing the borders. She has used the veto pen over 140 times since being elected. She opposed legislation to protect homeowners and their right to protect their property against government seizure. But then no one wants to talk about Janet’s history as one of the attorneys who represented Anita Hill in her calumnious attacks on Justice Clarence Thomas. No one wants to talk about her complicity in the late term abortion of the 14 year-old ward of the court, whisked off to Kansas by Planned Parenthood five years ago while Janet was attorney general.
Len Munsil is getting out and talking to the people of Arizona. It is natural that he would talk about a broad range of issues. In fact because this is his first time running for office, it is not enough to presume what he thinks about health care, transportation, groundwater, forestry, development, labor, and the like. Simply because he is protective of the family and respects human life, does not allow the press or the public to presume his position on the role of the courts, or the limits and uses of state trust lands. However the goods news is that because he respects the family and is protective of human life, voters will know that his approach to the important issues of the day will be based on the fundamental values upon which this country was founded. And that is good news for the people of Arizona.