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How Will the 'Values Voter' Vote in '06?
Human Events ^ | Posted Aug 18, 2006 | by Ken Connor

Posted on 08/22/2006 1:26:03 PM PDT by aceintx

Pity the poor values voter. She's all dressed up, but does she have anywhere to go? In 2004, she was the darling of the election. Now she feels like a wallflower, taken for granted by the Republicans and mocked by the Democrats.

"Values voter" is, of course, a euphemism for evangelicals and conservative Catholics. It is more politically correct to use the euphemism than to acknowledge that one's religious faith actually influences their decision in the voting booth. After all, one must take care not to run afoul of the radical notion of separation of church and state promoted by the Secular Left. Such secularists think it's provincial, indeed dangerous, to affirm the notion that one's religious faith should influence all aspects of their daily life—including their political views and decisions.

This notion that religious faith should translate into action is not a novel concept. There is a long standing linkage between faith and politics in this country. The founding of our American republic was animated by religious faith. The signers of the Declaration of Independence, in forcibly throwing off the fetters of George III, appealed to the "Supreme Judge of the World" for the rectitude of their intentions and placed their reliance "on the protection of Divine Providence." George Washington, our first President, declared, "Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports." The abolitionists appealed to Biblical principles of justice in overthrowing the shackles of slavery. Advocates for the elimination of child labor and sweat shops argued from Biblical notions of justice as they fought for changes in the law of the workplace. Martin Luther King thundered for the passage of civil rights laws ending discrimination against African-Americans and called for "justice to roll down like a river and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream" (Amos 5:24).

Conscientious Christians take seriously the injunctions of James, the brother of Jesus, who exhorted us to be "doers" of the Word and not "hearers" only (James1:22); yet, the notion that they would do so is apparently terrifying to secularists in the Democratic Party. They warn of "theocrats" and "Christocrats" who dare to consult their Bibles in making political and social judgments. They point to the large expanse of red states on the political map and refer to it derisively as "Jesus Land", and they belittle Christian conservatives, calling them the "Taliban wing of the Republican Party."

Is it any wonder that values voters moved in droves over to the Republican Party?

The affinity that Christian conservatives felt for the Republican Party accounted, in no small part, for the elections of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, as well as our current president, George W. Bush. Nevertheless, there is an increasing level of discomfiture that these voters are feeling with Republicans in the current election cycle. While they acknowledge the attention that the party has paid them in the past, they are asking the question most voters posit, "What have you done for me lately?"

A review of the recent record leaves them chagrined. Notwithstanding the party's lip service, and aside from the confirmation of two promising (yet untested) Supreme Court justices, little real progress has been made in the last two years toward advancing the values agenda. Planned Parenthood has not been prevented from receiving hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars. The federal courts' jurisdiction has not been trimmed to limit its ability to hear cases involving abortion or same-sex marriage. And the Republican-controlled Congress is outspending its liberal Democratic predecessors.

No doubt, the Republicans would point to the vote on the Marriage Protection Amendment as a testament to their commitment to values voters' priorities. It was, however, little more than a cynical ploy. Republican leaders knew the measure had no chance of passage and did precious little to make it pass. That they couldn't even muster majority support in the Republican-controlled Senate is evidence of just how anemic their efforts really were. Eyewash is not a substitute for the real thing.

In truth, the Republican Party in the last two years has done what it regarded as the absolute minimum necessary to pacify its values voter base. Sadly, that pacification has come cheap. Meanwhile, the party has worked hard to advance the agenda of the moneyed and business interests that finance its campaigns. The unmistakable message has been that the party values money over votes.

Despite all of this, the Democratic Party has not yet been able to effectively exploit the vulnerability of the Republican Party this campaign season. Early in the aftermath of 2004, some Democrats called for a new dialogue on the role of faith and values in civic life. With few exceptions, you don't hear much about that today. The radical Secular Left is in control of the Democratic Party. If you doubt that, ask Joe Lieberman, an Orthodox Jew whose politics have been shaped in large part by his faith.

For many values voters, the fall elections seem to offer one of two choices: choose a party that takes them for granted, believing that such voters have no place else to go; or choose one that mocks and ridicules them.

It's enough to make a wallflower stay at home.

Mr. Connor is chairman of the Center for a Just Society. He is a trial and appellate attorney, known for his successful representation of victims of nursing home abuse and neglect. He is a past president of the Family Research Council.


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My guess is that we'll vote with our behinds and not make a move to the polls...That's the way I'm leaning!
1 posted on 08/22/2006 1:26:05 PM PDT by aceintx
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To: aceintx

My take as a 'Value voter' is that if the demo's take over I will not see the kind of supreme court judge appointed that will be able to overturn all of these extra-constitutional grabs that either party make. The judiciary is the most important issue right now!


2 posted on 08/22/2006 1:32:11 PM PDT by rbbeachkid (mom of 4 home school graduates)
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To: aceintx
I wonder even more about the Jack Bauer Voter.
3 posted on 08/22/2006 1:34:47 PM PDT by Joe Bonforte
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To: rbbeachkid
"The judiciary is the most important issue right now!"

You are exactly right. If the choice is a case of voting RINO, or voting Democrat, I'll hold my nose and vote AGAINST the socialist/Liberal agenda, and put the RINO back in his chair for now......

4 posted on 08/22/2006 1:42:44 PM PDT by traditional1
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To: aceintx

Any "values voter" that would vote for a Democrat is not worthy of the description.


5 posted on 08/22/2006 1:44:41 PM PDT by thoughtomator (There is no "Islamofascism" - there is only Islam)
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To: thoughtomator; aceintx

And staying at home is equal to a vote for a Dem.


6 posted on 08/22/2006 1:49:03 PM PDT by Mygirlsmom (This Mess is a Place!!!)
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To: Mygirlsmom

"And staying at home is equal to a vote for a Dem."

Only in one election. If it wakes up the candidates then in the long run it would be a better move.


7 posted on 08/22/2006 1:53:32 PM PDT by ndt
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To: traditional1
You are exactly right. If the choice is a case of voting RINO, or voting Democrat, I'll hold my nose and vote AGAINST the socialist/Liberal agenda, and put the RINO back in his chair for now......

RINOs need to be defeated in the primaries, Dims must be defeated in the general elections...

8 posted on 08/22/2006 1:54:26 PM PDT by Onelifetogive (* Sarcasm tag ALWAYS required. For some Freepers, sarcasm can NEVER be obvious enough.)
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To: ndt

Perhaps, but now is not the time. There's too much at stake to risk turning power over to the Democrats at this point in history.


9 posted on 08/22/2006 1:55:58 PM PDT by Mygirlsmom (This Mess is a Place!!!)
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To: thoughtomator
They (the Dims) warn of "theocrats" and "Christocrats" who dare to consult their Bibles in making political and social judgments. They point to the large expanse of red states on the political map and refer to it derisively as "Jesus Land", and they belittle Christian conservatives, calling them the "Taliban wing of the Republican Party."

Why any Christian would put these people in charge is beyond me...

10 posted on 08/22/2006 1:57:08 PM PDT by Onelifetogive (* Sarcasm tag ALWAYS required. For some Freepers, sarcasm can NEVER be obvious enough.)
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To: thoughtomator
"Any "values voter" that would vote for a Democrat is not worthy of the description."

I'm not talking about voting Dummycrat, I'm talking about sitting this one out and scaring the hell out of the ivory tower northeastern establishment boobs that run our party
11 posted on 08/22/2006 2:00:14 PM PDT by aceintx (Voting Republican means passing the Dummycrat agenda more slowly!!)
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To: traditional1

the time to vote against RINOs is in the primary. The time to find conservatives to defeat the RINOs is years before the primary. Too many armchair conservatives only tune in to politics right before the elections. The time to make a difference is in the odd-numbered years.


12 posted on 08/22/2006 2:02:10 PM PDT by GoBucks2002
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To: Onelifetogive
"RINOs need to be defeated in the primaries, Dims must be defeated in the general elections..."

That's a wonderful concept, but when the RINO is the incumbent, and a no-name conservative without funding or support is the primary opponent, you waste your vote when the RINO has the primary in his pocket.

Putting weak, no-name, non-supported newbies against the Democrat machine is not a winning proposition.

13 posted on 08/22/2006 2:03:27 PM PDT by traditional1
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To: ndt

There are two wars going on. The terrorists and the liberals. The country is fighting terrorists and the Democrats are fighting Christians. By not voting, you help both the terorists and the liberals in their efforts.


14 posted on 08/22/2006 2:16:49 PM PDT by oflyboy
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To: Mygirlsmom

Technically it's equal to half a vote for a Dem.


15 posted on 08/22/2006 2:24:10 PM PDT by thoughtomator (There is no "Islamofascism" - there is only Islam)
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To: traditional1
Yeah and it doesn't help when the president supports RINO's ala Arlen Specter over conservative Pat Toomey.
16 posted on 08/22/2006 2:24:26 PM PDT by samm1148
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To: samm1148
" it doesn't help when the president supports RINO's ala Arlen Specter over conservative Pat Toomey"

I wish we had such a choice in the Primary in Ohio...two RINO's in the Senate: Voinovich , and DeWhiner, who is in a horse-race with a##hole Sherrod Brown....the Dim's in Ohio are STILL whining that they (Kerry) won in Ohio, and were cheated by Blackwell, and will be out in force (including the ever-present dead voters, provisional ballot cascade, etc.).

My only choice is to re-elect DeWhiner........

17 posted on 08/22/2006 2:29:35 PM PDT by traditional1
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To: traditional1
Putting weak, no-name, non-supported newbies against the Democrat machine is not a winning proposition.

I disagree. "Weak, no-name, non-supported newbies" who manage to defeat RINOs in the primaries become strong, well-known, supported contenders in the general election.

18 posted on 08/22/2006 2:32:46 PM PDT by Onelifetogive (* Sarcasm tag ALWAYS required. For some Freepers, sarcasm can NEVER be obvious enough.)
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To: oflyboy
"By not voting, you help both the terorists and the liberals in their efforts."

I don't' buy it. Sounds too much like a sound bite to me. This country has survived countless representatives from numerous parties and we are stronger today then ever.

I'm concerned about the long term, and repeatedly voting in people who say one thing and do another helps no one but them.
19 posted on 08/22/2006 2:36:59 PM PDT by ndt
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To: aceintx

she?

I guess the democrats are going to write off the male votes again.


20 posted on 08/22/2006 2:49:59 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: ndt

I wouldn't say that either.

Judicial nominees have to go through congress, the military is funded by congress, plus if the Dims won, they'd immediately start impeachment proceedings against Bush. Furthermore, if (Heaven help us) a Dim were to win in '08 we'd be right back where we started...during JIMMY CARTER's administration! The idiots would be in charge of everything.

Not that being blown up or beheaded for my faith (Christianity) after the terrorists take over just so I could teach John McCain a lesson because John Kerry and his ilk don't remotely have the good sense to defend our country doesn't sound fun and all...

Terrible idea.

I'm with everybody else. If you want to teach the Rinos a lesson, do it during the primaries. If you didn't do it during the primaries, too bad. Better luck next time. Replacing lethargic representation with outright BAD representation that you MAY NOT BE ABLE TO GET RID OF isn't the way to fix it.

Ask Arkansas. We voted out Hutchinson to teach him a lesson and now we're stuck with Pryor instead, who we may or may not ever vote out again now that he's in there. *argh!*


21 posted on 08/22/2006 2:50:46 PM PDT by ark_girl
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To: Onelifetogive
Well, I must live in a bad neighborhood. I wasted a vote on Ross Perot one year, deciding to go for "dramatic change" (he won me over with the chicken charts).

I've not had the opportunity to vote for a newbie that could win, as the Democrat who defeated the incumbent always had the benefit of the "vote for change" voters, and the newbie was seen as "same as the incumbent RINO". It may happen somewhere, but not with regularity, for sure.

22 posted on 08/22/2006 2:51:18 PM PDT by traditional1
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To: Onelifetogive
Well, I must live in a bad neighborhood. I wasted a vote on Ross Perot one year, deciding to go for "dramatic change" (he won me over with the chicken charts).

I've not had the opportunity to vote for a newbie that could win, as the Democrat who defeated the incumbent always had the benefit of the "vote for change" voters, and the newbie was seen as "same as the incumbent RINO". It may happen somewhere, but not with regularity, for sure.

23 posted on 08/22/2006 2:51:20 PM PDT by traditional1
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To: traditional1
Geez, hit the slash I already.

sorry for the double post.

24 posted on 08/22/2006 2:54:10 PM PDT by traditional1
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To: rbbeachkid; oflyboy
Actually, many of us don't consider that the lesser States we take in this turn, the faster RINOs will take control of the GOP.
25 posted on 08/22/2006 3:09:48 PM PDT by Alex1977
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To: aceintx
"In truth, the Republican Party in the last two years has done what it regarded as the absolute minimum necessary to pacify its values voter base. Sadly, that pacification has come cheap."

That statement and your comment (while I am in agreement) sure will earn you the scorn of some folks around here.

Get out your flame retardant flak jacket.

26 posted on 08/22/2006 3:23:18 PM PDT by ImpBill ("America ... Where are you now?")
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To: rbbeachkid

"My take as a 'Value voter' is that if the demo's take over I will not see the kind of supreme court judge appointed that will be able to overturn all of these extra-constitutional grabs that either party make. The judiciary is the most important issue right now!"

Do you think Rudy's judicial appoints would be any different than Hillary's.


27 posted on 08/22/2006 3:39:48 PM PDT by BW2221
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To: aceintx
The unmistakable message has been that the party values money over votes.

Ya think? Well golleeee! Who'da thunk?

We're down to the same ol' choice people. "Lesser of the two" and it has always been. There is nothing new under the sun.

I urge you all to vote the bastards out to make room for the new bastards. (I am not complaining. I just see.)

Our hope is in Him and ourselves.

FMCDH(BITS)

28 posted on 08/22/2006 5:42:05 PM PDT by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: ark_girl
"...if (Heaven help us) a Dim were to win in '08 we'd be right back where we started...during JIMMY CARTER's administration!"

Have you forgotten what came after Carter? We had reaganism sweep the land after Carter showed the country what Dummycrat rule means for our country. Lest we forget, remember things were looking pretty bleak when Clinton slithered into Washington...Seams we had a Republican sweep in 1994...I even remember some Dummycrats arguing that they were as conservative as anybody. I say stay home and watch the carnage on election night...We'll come back stronger in 2008!
29 posted on 08/22/2006 9:32:26 PM PDT by aceintx (Voting Republican means passing the Dummycrat agenda more slowly!!)
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