Get To Know Herman Cain, The Next President of the United States

Are you familiar with the name Herman Cain? 

We first wrote about him when he came to our attention thank to his involvement with a series of outrageous election ads back in 2006:

A group called America’s PAC has raised almost $1 million to run highly inflammatory radio ads targeting African American voters, urging them to vote Republican in November, according to the New York Sun.

One ad, called “Don’t Go There,” features an exchange between two men. The first man says the second man has no reason to vote Republican because he is unemployed, an adulterer, and won’t serve in the military, and finally he comes to abortion:

Michael: And if you make a little mistake with one of your ho’s, you’ll want to dispose of that problem toot sweet, no questions asked, right?

Dennis: Naw, that’s too cold. I don’t snuff my own seed …

Michael: Huh. Really? (pause) Well, maybe you do have a reason to vote Republican!

Another ad on abortion accuses the “Democrat Party” of “decimating our people” by supporting abortion laws. Over the sound of a thunderstorm and a crying baby, a woman says, “Democrats say they want our votes. Why don’t they want our lives?”

In another ad, “Hazardous Dukes,” the “Michael” character says David Duke visited Syria to support terrorists in Iraq. The speaker continues,

Now, I can understand why a Ku Klux Klan cracker like David Duke makes nice with the terrorists. They fight voting rights in Iraq, just like he does back home. But what I want to know is why so many of the Democrat politicians I helped elect are on the same side of the Iraq war as David Duke.

Duke, the founder of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, was a Republican state representative in Louisiana and ran for governor as a Republican.

Other ads blame Democrats for Hurricane Katrina and voting irregularities in Florida in 2000, call Social Security “the most discriminatory government program we have,” invoke Martin Luther King, and assert that “it’s only the Republicans who support our troops.”

Since then, he's been paling around with Ralph Reed and hosting a daily radio program for the American Family Association ... and today he told the AFA's spokesbigot Bryan Fischer and co-host that based on the midterm election results, the climate just might be perfect for his own presidential run:

So we have to look forward to.

Barton Admits That Even "Moderate" Republicans Are Hard-Core Conservatives

Normally when I write about David Barton, it is to highlight something false or inane that he has said ... but today I want to highlight an astute observation that he made on his radio program today noting that, for all intents and purposes, there are not any moderate Republicans left in the House:

Republicans, in the last two elections having lost, what they really lost was the moderates and the liberals. The folks who are generally left in the Congress are a lot more conservative than the people who have been defeated.

I mean even if you look at John Boehner, people say "well he's kind of moderate." Well, I'm sorry, John Boehner's got a hundred percent pro-life voting record and he's got a hundred percent voting record from all the economic groups as well.

I mean, he's a hard-core conservative. Now, he seems moderate to people, but even someone who seems moderate is a hundred percent vote on economic and social issues. So that says something about the people they are going to be getting with.

Everything You Need To Know About The FRC

As we noted the other day, the Family Research Council had run ads against Rep. Joseph Cao in Louisiana because, after having endorsed him in 2008, FRC decided that Cao was insufficiently anti-gay.

Last night, Cao lost his re-election bid.

Contrast that with another Louisiana politician, Sen. David Vitter, who admitted to involvement with prostitutes.  What does FRC have to say about that?

All is forgiven:

“He came forward, took responsibilities for his actions, acknowledged it, asked for forgiveness, has remained consistent in his positions and the voters in Louisiana have responded positively to that,” Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, told The Ballot Box.

“He had enough time between when this event became public and when he had to stand for reelection, he was able to convince voters that he had changed,” added Perkins. “People make mistakes, but its whether or not we recognize we made a mistake” that’s the issue.

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Perkins said he and Vitter spoke after D.C. Madam news broke.

“He left me convinced that I should give him another chance,” he said. “He certainly has not changed his positions. If anything, he’s gotten stronger and more resolute in his firm conservative stance.”

So let that be a lesson to other Republican leaders: if you support things like Hate Crimes legislation or the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, FRC will attack you for helping to "advance the radical social agendas of homosexual activists."

But if you are a "family values" conservative who frequents prostitutes and says you are sorry once you get caught, FRC won't hold it against you.

Chuck Hurley: "We Did God's Will" By Removing Iowa Supreme Court Justices

Outside anti-gay organizations like the American Family Association, Family Research Council, Alliance Defense Fund, Faith & Freedom Coalition and National Organization for Marriage spent more than $1 million targeting three Iowa Supreme Court justices for defeat over the court's ruling in favor of marriage equality ... and I can't say that I am surprised that the effort paid off:

Three Iowa Supreme Court justices lost their seats Tuesday in a historic upset fueled by their 2009 decision that allowed same-sex couples to marry.

Vote totals from 96% of Iowa's 1,774 precincts showed Chief Justice Marsha Ternus and Justices David Baker and Michael Streit with less than the simple majority needed to stay on the bench.

Their removal marked the first time an Iowa Supreme Court justice has not been retained since 1962, when the merit selection and retention system for judges was adopted.

So, of course, the professional anti-gay activists are busy congratulating themselves for having carried out God's will:

[F]ollowing Tuesday night's election, Chuck Hurley, president of the Iowa Family Policy Center (IFPC), informed OneNewsNow those judges will soon be out of a job.

"So we're praising God; we're thanking all the Iowans who stood up to judicial tyranny," he shares. "It's great news in Iowa, and it's great news for the country that judges don't have to lord it over us. 'We the people' are the ultimate authority."

The pro-family advocate adds that one of the most heartening aspects of the campaign was the fact that hundreds of pastors across the state spoke out about the issue.

"God is our ultimate authority, and we think that we did God's will by standing up to the three judges who would try to redefine God's institution and say that marriage is anything other than one man and one woman," Hurley explains.

Third Time Will Not Be The Charm For Personhood Colorado

When the right-wingers behind Colorado's effort to eliminate abortion back in 2008 received a mere 27% support, they proclaimed themselves encouraged by their showing and vowed to try again.

Which they did this year, upping the ante by comparing abortion to slavery, President Obama to the Angel of Death, and choice to Nazism ... and this time they managed to secure a whopping 28% support en route to losing by a 3-1 margin.

Which, of course, means they are planning trying again in the next election:

Amendment 62 was defeated by a wide margin, but Keith Mason, head of the campaign, regards positive aspects as more people were informed that life starts at its biological beginning.

"Babies have been saved; women have chosen to give their children life because of the outreach of the campaign," he points out. "We've made over a million and a half calls to people, educating them about the personhood of the preborn child."

So as the public becomes better educated, Mason believes the proposal will eventually win in Colorado. "Our plan is to just to come right back and to do it again," he reports.

Right Wing Round-Up

  • PFAW: ABC Drops Andrew Breitbart.
  • Right Wing Watch In Focus: The Tea Party and Religious Right Movements: Frenemies with Benefits
  • Eric Lach @ TPM: Palin Gives Tancredo Last-Minute Endorsement In CO-GOV.
  • Bruce Wilson @ Talk To Action: Bachmann Gave To MN Addiction Recovery Center Credited With Exorcisms.
  • Good As You: America's Gay Obsessed: Culture, politics, marriage, even the military -- why anti-homosexuality is evidencing.
  • Steve Benen: Bachmann to join GOP leadership?

Right Wing Leftovers

  • Is anyone surprised that Janet Porter used Jerry Boykin's crazy conspiracy video about Obama as the basis for her latest WND column?
  • James Robison continues to work to re-establish himself as a Religious Right leader.
  • Rick Scarborough really, really wants pastors to get involved in politics.
  • I suspect this has more to do with poor technology than high demand because nobody has cared about the Christian Coalition in years.
  • Did you know Liberty University has a nationally ranked paintball team?  Weird.
  • Finally, what are the chances that any Religious Right group will actually criticize Lisa Miller for kidnapping her daughter and fleeing the law?  Try zero.

Joyce Meyer Teams Up With Rick Scarborough

I have to admit that I was a little surprised to see Vision America's Rick Scarborough show up on Joyce Meyer's television program yesterday, mainly because I had never really associated Meyer's with this sort of Religious Right activism.  

But judging by the discussion they had, it is pretty clear that she shares Scarborough's right-wing agenda, as the two discussed how important it is for Christians to vote in order to make sure that Godly men and women are writing our nation's laws instead of allowing Satan to pass laws aimed at silencing preachers, their fear that God will soon turn his back on America, and Scarborough's dream that this will be the generation that will take America back for the glory of God and see the return of Christ:

And Meyer's ties to the Religious Right obviously extends beyond the likes of Scarborough as, at the end of the program, she urged her viewers to order the DVD produced by her husband Dave entitled "The Future of America" which features David Barton as a "special guest":

Fischer: "The American Standard Ought to be a Minimum of Three Children per Married Couple"

The great thing about the American Family Association's Bryan Fischer is his willingness to take a current Religious Right issue and carry it to its logical conclusion, regardless how of extreme said conclusion might be. 

Case in point, last week we noted that the Family Research Council announced that it was willing to fight any effort to include coverage for birth control in health care reform legislation on the grounds that "fertility isn't a disease."

But leave it to Fischer to take an even more radical position by announcing not only his opposition to using tax dollars to provide birth control to the unmarried couples, but to married couples as well ... and then taking a position even more radical than that by declaring that married couples ought to be obligated to have a minimum of at least three children

We want married couples to have more children, not fewer. Our problem is not that married couples are having too many kids, our problem is that they aren't having enough.

Our fertility rate right now is barely at replacement level, and that’s with 40% of our children born out-of-wedlock -- bastards, to use the quaint and correct term (dictionary: “bastard: a person born of parents not married to each other”). That’s not name-calling, it’s telling the truth.

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The last thing we need is any public policy that encourages married couples to have fewer children. In fact, the American standard ought to be a minimum of three children per married couple.

God’s original instruction to our first parents was to “be fruitful, multiply and fill the earth.” This command, which theologians call the “Cultural Mandate,” has never been rescinded. It’s still in effect today, just as much in effect as it was when first uttered 6,000 years ago.

In order to “multiply” - that is, to grow in number - each couple has to have at least three children.

Garlow: Satan Is Attacking Marriage and Gingrich Is Saving Western Civilization

In my last video of highlights from Cindy Jacobs' "Reformation Day" election prayer event, I included a short clip of a video that Jim Garlow sent to them to be played during the evening because he could not be there in person. 

But I wanted to highlight a few things from Garlow's video separately because he is, in many respects, the linchpin tying self-proclaimed apostles and prophets like Lou Engle and Cindy Jacobs with the more traditional Religious Right leadership like Newt Gingrich and the video he recorded provides a perfect example.

As we've noted several times before, Garlow has deep ties to people like Engle and Jacobs and 7 Mountains Dominionism, which I think is amply demonstrated by the fact that he recorded this video for Jacobs' 7 Mountains-themed "Reformation Day" event because he could not be there in person.

In the first part of the video, he provided this long and rather rambling explanation of why Satan is out to destroy our understanding of marriage:

The attack on marriage is not without careful construction and thought on the part of the secularists. Why would they attack marriage?

Number one, in marriage God says I am going to create you in my image. No male by himself, it's the full image, the full spectrum of God's image. God is neither male or female. God has the strength historically associated with masculinity; God has the tenderness historically associated with femininity and the nurture capabilities. That being the case, God is neither male nor female.

So for us to have the full spectrum of who God is, his characteristics, the result is we have to have male and female come together. As male and female come together as one, they together represent the whole spectrum in the covenant of marriage of the nature of God. When he made us in his image, he made us male and female coming together and there we represent the fullness of the Godhead.

So if I were the enemy I'd want to destroy the definition of marriage so that imagery would be forever destroyed.

We go from Genesis to the end of the book, the Book of Revelation, it says Jesus and the church will get married. That's the final consummating event of all of human history. That is real marriage by the way. You and I have never seen real marriage because that has not occurred. All we have is a facsimile thereof on Eath.

Paul says that's a mystery, we can't understand Jesus and the church coming together. It's a mystery, he says. But to help us understand, God established on the Planet Earth what we call marriage with a small "m." You've never seen Capital M marriage yet, that's yet to occur. Think of the best marriage you know of on Earth and God is so gracious he says I want you to have an appetizer for the main course so I'm going to establish male and female coming together on Earth and the ecstasy and joy that you experience spiritually, physically, and emotionally, that oneness, that's a depiction of what it's going to be like because you can't grasp because it's a mystery what it's like when Jesus and the church come together.

In fact, even the delight of sexual expression, the joy of sexual expression within a covenantal marriage, that is the depiction we find in Psalms where is says at our right hard are pleasures for ever more. The day will come when the church and Jesus are united with great ecstasy and joy. People say why is there no marriage in Heaven? Because there is marriage, real marriage, in Heaven - Jesus and the church. Can't understand it, so they gave us a picture of it Earth.

People say why is there not sexual expression in Heaven? There's the delight and joy equivalency of that as we delight in, literally, the presence of God. It will be an amazing, absolutely amazing moment. That is why we use marital bed language to talk about this, we talk about the consummation of history, the climax of history. Those are languages associated with the marital bed that is now associated with history.

So if I were Satan, if I were the Devil, I'd want to destroy the imagery of male and female coming together with light and joy, covenantal marriage on Eart,h so people would not grasp what it might be like at the End Time, what it will be like when Jesus and the church come together.

And then he went on to explain that he went to work for Newt Gingrich because the entire Gingrich family wakes up every day with a mission of saving Western Civilization:

I serve as Chairman for Renewing America Leadership. It's an organization that was started by Newt Gingrich, it is based in Washington DC. And as I was sorting out whether to accepting the appointment of the Chairmanship, I met with Newt Gingrich's adult daughter who runs his operations. She flew out here along with another of Newt's colleagues and we met with them for hour after hour, people in our church met with them, because I wanted to be sure I did not compromise the Gospel by being involved, I did not compromise my pastoring, and my Christocentricity - my Jesus-centeredness.

And so we met hour after hour and I asked question and question and finally one moment, Kathy Lubbers - that's the daughter of Newt Gingrich - she stopped and she said this: "Let me just explain one thing that will help you understand exactly what we're about. Every morning, we as members of the Gingrich family, the Gingrich organization, get up, look in the mirror and ask ourself one question: what can I do today to save Western Civilization?"

That impacted me when she said that. Here is the question I ask myself and I ask you to ask yourself as I close right now: as you get up every morning, look in the mirror and say "what can I do this day to help establish the Kingdom of God, the rule of Christ Jesus on the hearts of humanity across this nation and around this world?"

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