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Why I Have Faith in Values Voters

Media’s anti-GOP agenda won’t deter conservatives

Don’t be fooled by the media drumbeat or liberal surprises. Everyone from Nancy Pelosi to Rosie O’Donnell understands that values voters will once again determine the outcome of next Tuesday’s elections. It’s their hope that values voters will stay home, because that is the only way they can win.

Thanks to hard work in previous elections, values voters have had a platform in the public arena. For instance, 13 states passed Marriage Protection Amendments to their state constitutions in 2004, brining the total number of states with a constitutional protection of marriage to 20. This November, eight additional states will allow their citizens to vote on amendments to protect marriage. Republicans in the House and Senate have also worked to pass a similar amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

By way of contrast, the Democratic Party platform states, “We repudiate President Bush’s divisive effort to politicize the Constitution by pursuing a Federal Marriage Amendment.” Without the active involvement of values voters, marriage would be without a champion in the public arena.

Thanks to Republican leadership, the environment of the 109th Congress allowed us to see several family friendly laws signed by the President. Those laws include the Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act, the Fetal Farming Prohibition Act, the Children’s Safety and Violent Crime Reduction Act, and the Freedom to Display the American Flag Act. The makeup of Congress determines the type of legislation passed. Your participation in this election will make all the difference in determining the atmosphere of the 110th Congress.

In recent weeks, we have all been reminded that there were some Republicans serving in Congress who should have never been elected in the first place. The truth is that Congress is made up of fallible humans who sin and who make mistakes. The difference between Republican congressional leaders and the opposition party is that we purge our problem members, and they promote theirs.

The October Surprise

For instance, this past month the media predictably participated in releasing information about former Rep. Mark Foley (R.-Fla.). The story was timed to impact the election and directly intended to disenfranchise voters with traditional values. The same party that would prohibit the President from intercepting communications between terrorists trying to plot attacks on our country distributed private communications that occurred between two adult U.S. citizens. Evidently, collecting and using private communication is acceptable as long as it benefits someone’s liberal agenda.

When evaluating the timing and intent of this year’s “October surprise,” we need to keep in mind that it was orchestrated by the same people who will promote Rep. Barney Frank (D.-Mass.) to chairman of the Financial Services Committee should they ever regain the majority. It seems the media have forgotten that Frank’s live-in boyfriend once operated a gay prostitution ring out of their home.

No Republicans defended Foley’s behavior, but Democrats circle the wagons in defense of their candidates. It was interesting to watch as Democrats attempted to defend author and U.S. Senate candidate Jim Webb (D.-Va.), whose pornographic writings were recently exposed. As the American electorate learns more about the child abuse and mistreatment of women in his novels, and the Democrat spin machine goes into full effect, the media double standard will be exposed.

The same people who expect you to lose your will to fight over the explicit e-mail of a former member of Congress are the same ones who rewarded former Rep. Gerry Studds (D.-Mass.) with a standing ovation when it was revealed that he had engaged in sexual activity with a 17-year-old male page. When Studds died recently, Barney Frank, John Kerry and Teddy Kennedy praised him for his leadership and service in Congress! Their hypocrisy seems to know no bounds.

Unethical Democrats

If it’s not a sex scandal, the news is attempting to paint Republicans as unethical and greedy. They run the news reels of Republican members who have admitted to wrongdoing and have resigned as a result. All the while they ignore or downplay members such as Rep. William Jefferson (D.-La.), who took a $100,000 bribe while on camera—and who was later found to have $90,000 stashed in his freezer! Instead of forcing Jefferson to step down, his congressional leaders are counting on holding the seat to help in their attempt to retake the majority.

Worse yet is the dereliction of duty exhibited by the media in their refusal to report on the misdeeds of Rep. Alan Mollohan (D.-W.Va.). One would think the FBI’s serving search warrants on a member of Congress and filling several trucks with documents might make the evening news. It would seem that a member who is under investigation for more than 200 potential felonies would find his name among the most corrupt in the history of Congress, but fortunately for Mollohan, his party affiliation shields him from media scrutiny. All this from the guy who was the leading Democrat on the House Ethics Committee at the time.

With less than a week before Election Day, I doubt the media will remind voters of the felonies committed by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D.-Nev.). When it was recently revealed that Reid had misreported his land dealings, it was reported as a bookkeeping error when, in fact, it was a direct violation of federal law. The false reporting of his land deal was, in fact, a felony, but it was never reported as such.

We also have Rep. John Murtha (D.-Pa.), who leads the “cut-and-run caucus” in the U.S. House. This is the same John Murtha who was investigated by the FBI as a part of the Abscam sting in 1980. The investigation eventually led to the conviction of one U.S. senator and four congressmen on charges of bribery and conspiracy. While Murtha escaped conviction, his videotaped involvement has continued to resurface as a concern for many. Instead of focusing on his shady past, the media have made Murtha a hero for his attempts to withdraw our forces from war before victory is completely achieved.

While the media coverage in advance of next week’s elections has been extremely one-sided and selectively orchestrated to disenfranchise values voters, they have a unique opportunity to use their vote to send a message. People on the left evidently missed the lesson taught them by Dan Rather’s career-ending “October surprise.” The active involvement of values voters in this election will show they cannot be dissuaded by political trickery.

Values voters have worked hard for decades to put people of faith into office. Now is not the time to walk away and leave the job undone. Consider the agenda of the two parties and make a decision as to which one more closely resembles your values when you cast your vote.

There is only one party that actively works to protect and preserve innocent life. There is only one party that believes religious liberty is a foundational freedom worth fighting for. And there is only one party that expressly supports marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The other party would promote a culture of death, place restrictions on the church, actively work to legalize gay marriage, and make San Francisco liberalism the model for leadership.

Every member of Congress is human. No human is completely without sin. As I consider the condition of humanity in leadership, I am reminded of something Phyllis Schlafly recently told me, “Jesus is not on the ballot and someone is going to win.” Values voters, you must engage in this election.

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Rep. King was elected to Iowa's 5th District in 2002. He sits on the House Judiciary Committee and its Constitution and Immigration subcommittees.

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