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Rev. Ted Pike
Monday, August 17, 2009

This spring, President Obama warned Congress that two things would cause him to veto the 2010 military appropriations bill. He would veto if funding was given for seven to twelve F-22 Raptor jets, or if $2 billion were authorized to develop extra engines for F-35 jet fighters. Congressional advocates say the backup engines are needed in case F-35 engines develop problems in time of war.

Last month, primarily to save the hate crimes amendment attached to the defense authorization bill, the Democrat Senate gave Obama what he wanted. They approved a defense/hate bill package guaranteed to please him.

Yet the threat of an Obama veto is not over. Last week’s CQ Today (Aug. 12, “Inouye Ignores Veto Threat Against F-35 Engine Funding”) says,

In a rebuff to President Obama, the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and its Defense Subcommittee says he will support continued funding of the second engine for the F-35, the newest US fighter jet.

Daniel K. Inouye, D-Hawaii, disclosed in a brief interview that when his committee writes the defense bill in September, he will back continued development of the competitive engine, as he has in the past, “Because,” he said, “it makes good sense.”

Further, CQ says, “When the final version of that measure is written, Inouye will be joined in supporting the second engine by his House counterpart, John P. Murtha, D-Pennsylvania.” (Rep. Murtha is a member of the House Appropriations Committee and chair of its Defense Subcommittee.)

Obama’s threat to veto an arms bill is his first veto threat to Congress. It is a power struggle no President can afford to lose. Inouye and Murtha are powerful policy shapers in the Senate and House as well as gatekeepers of military spending. If their resolve to defy Obama hardens during conference between Senate and House in September, there is a real possibility that the finalized military appropriations bill, with hate crimes bill attached, could be vetoed. The hate bill would be destroyed and probably not resurrected in this Congress.

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We Can Help Kill the Hate Bill!

The best way to assist veto of the defense/hate bill combination is to revive grassroots protest of the hate bill. We must convince Obama and Democrats in Congress that Americans hate the hate bill. They must know that Obama’s signature will result in even more town hall-style outrage against Democrats–and certain revenge in midterm elections next year.

Here’s how you can help the Democrats destroy their own hate bill.

1. Protest the hate bill loudly at town hall meetings. (Family Research Council lists upcoming town halls in your area.) Attend, armed with powerfully indicting questions contained in my latest e-alert at Truthtellers.org. (See, Blast Hate Bill at Town Hall Meetings!) Also carry simple “Stop Hate Bill” signs.

2. Fax the President at 1-202-456-2461 with this statement, “We will never forgive or forget if you sign the freedom-stealing, pedophile-protecting hate bill.” (The toll-free number to the President’s comment line, 1-202-456-1111, is almost constantly busy as a result of healthcare protest.)

3. Call your two Senators and House member with this message, “Please support Sen. Inouye and Rep. Murtha in funding extra engines for the F-35 fighter in the defense bill.” (Names available on the action page at www.truthtellers.org.)

Turning Point in History

President Obama promised to sign the hate bill but also vowed to veto a defense/hate bill package that would spend an extra $2 billion on F-35 engines. We must demonstrate this summer and early fall with powerful words and actions that signing the hate bill will further provoke an already outraged conservative America. If this happens, Democrats may see the hate bill as counterproductive. They might destroy their own hate bill, as happened in the previous Congress.

This is a pivotal moment when freedom might once more be snatched from the jaws of destruction. Every Christian/conservative leadership group and every lover of freedom should join together to reinvigorate hate bill protest. We must show Obama and the Democrats what is so effectively communicated by town hall meetings nationwide:

Our capacity for revenge –We will remember next November!

This article was posted: Monday, August 17, 2009 at 4:30 am

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