Rev. Ted Pike
National Prayer Network
Wednesday, Sept 9th, 2009
Many concerned Americans, recoiling from House and Senate passage of the federal hate crimes bill this spring, are tempted to think it’s useless to resist new hate crimes legislation. This includes ENDA, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, and the Megan Meier Cyberbullying Prevention Act now moving forward in the House Judiciary Committee.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
A Reuters’ report, “Lawmakers Seek Survival in Unpopular Congress,” Sept.6, indicates that Democrats in Congress, especially after being battered in town halls all summer and with an unimproved economy, view themselves as an endangered species.
This means that, if subjected to renewed protest, Democrats might be persuaded to pull back from support of even more pro-homosexual, freedom-destroying hate crime bills slated to advance this month. Such anti-family initiatives include final passage and signing into law of the federal hate crimes bill.
How shaky is Democrats’ security in Congress? Reuters:
Political survival will be high on lawmakers’ minds when the Democrat-led US Congress returns to work on Tuesday amid widespread voter dissatisfaction with its performance…many incumbents, both Democrat and Republican, are beginning to worry about holding onto their seats in the November 2010 election…Polls show only about one-third of Americans approve of how lawmakers are doing…Surveys find voters have a dim view of both parties but history suggests Obama’s Democrats face greater risks because they control Congress and the White House.
Reuters quotes Dean Debnam of Public Policy Polling, a private firm.
“There’s a lot of discontent out there and when that’s the case, the party in power pretty inevitably gets the blame.”
Reuters says a recent poll by Debnam’s company “underscores the anti-incumbent mood. It found that only 47 percent of voters say they would vote to re-elect their member of Congress. Incumbents have long received upward of 60 percent of the vote…The poor poll figures frustrate Democrats who have touted the major legislation they passed with Obama’s help…”
Ethan Siegal of the Washington Exchange, a private firm that tracks Congress for institutional investors, is quoted as saying that financial matters by far top voters’ concern. ‘Until the economy turns around, Congress’ ratings are going to be in the dumpster.’”
Meanwhile, homosexual online newspaper Washington Blade says continuing healthcare debate may slow movement of Obama’s pro-homosexual, pro-hate bill agenda. (“More Delays in Congress? Healthcare Debate Seen as Latest Obstacle to Advancing LGBT Bills,” Washington Blade, Sept. 4) The House and Senate committees working on ENDA are also preoccupied with healthcare. Nevertheless, the Blade says the House Education and Labor Committee is set this month to hold a hearing and markup of this legislation. The Blade quotes Alison Herwitt, the homosexual Human Rights Campaign legislative director, predicting the federal hate crimes bill will be out of conference and up for final floor vote later this month and then go to Pres. Obama for signing.
This article was posted: Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at 4:36 am