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Honoring God in Election 2018

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2018 | Week of October 22 | Listen Online

Election 2018: What’s at Stake?

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2018 | Week of October 15 | #1277

With the midterm election now just three weeks away, it’s time to think about what’s at stake. In my opinion, the liberal progressive elected officials in our state legislature made it pretty clear what’s at stake when the legislative session closed early this past spring.

Shortly after the floor periods were done, State Representative Chris Taylor, a Democrat from Madison, held a press conference. Surrounded by others who share her worldview, Taylor, the immediate past legislative director for Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, laid out a laundry list of items that she and her friends will do if they win in November.

The document is actually a bill that Rep. Taylor introduced late in the session. It is a series of amendments to the state constitution. The form tells me that Rep. Taylor was just using the bill to put people on notice.

The Wisconsin liberal progressive manifesto consists of 18 individual items, each of them worth noting.

We begin with undermining the Second Amendment of the US Constitution by allowing local governments to regulate the carrying of arms. We proceed to unfettered right to an abortion, which would mean undoing existing restrictions on abortion such as a waiting period, parental consent, 20-week ban, and a required ultra-sound, to name just a few. Of course, Taylor talks in terms of “the right to reproductive freedom.”

The third amendment would guarantee a right to, in the words of the proposal, “access quality, affordable health care services,” which essentially means, single-payer, universal health care.

Next is a proposal to guarantee a right to a living wage. Here Taylor zips right past raising the minimum wage to $15. To get where Taylor and company want to be we’d have to have a minimum wage of over$25 in places like Milwaukee, which of course would close many businesses and ultimately result in significant numbers of people being unemployed.

Three other amendments deal directly with education, one guaranteeing a right to the “highest quality” education. Taylor doesn’t explain what that means, but past track records would indicate it has little to do with test scores and much to do with unlimited funding, meaning undoubtedly significant tax increases for Wisconsin citizens

Another amendment would stop any state funds from going to private religious schools, which would shut down the school choice voucher program, that has time and again proven to do a good job in educating students. And the third education amendment would have the State Superintendent of Public Instruction determine funding levels for public schools rather than the state legislature. Talk about the fox guarding the hen house.

Other proposals include eliminating the residency requirement to vote. Currently, you need to live in a district for 28 days before an election and not have any intent of moving afterwards. Taylor wants to remove the word “resident” and require only that a person reside in the district 10 days before an election.

This roadmap would also reinstate the now defunct and reorganized Government Accountability Board that brought us numerous bogus but expensive and personally intimidating John Doe lawsuits. Taylor also wants unelected, partisan-appointed GAB officials to be in charge of legislative redistricting, rather than the state elected officials.

Summarizing the remaining proposals, Taylor and her merry band would reinstate straight-ticket voting; require the state to use a progressive income tax, rather than the flat tax we’ve been moving towards; eliminate tax exemptions that liberal progressives deem unnecessary; guarantee a right to “clean air,” whatever that may mean to those supporting this idea; redo who gets a say in DNR and how the DNR Secretary is appointed; and finally restore all public and private collective bargaining, essentially undoing the cost savings of Act 10 and the current Right to Work law, which assures people the right to work in our state without being forced to join a union.

To me, just this one very public declaration of what liberal progressives want Wisconsin to be makes this election very high-stakes. These proposals are consistent with socialism and humanism, not with capitalism and free enterprise, not with the right of people to live freely and to enjoy the fruit of their own labors. The bottom line is “we the people” are the ultimate decisionmakers. May God grant us wisdom as we cast our votes in Election 2018.

This is Julaine Appling for Wisconsin Family Council reminding you the prophet Hosea said, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”

Election 2018: What’s at Stake

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2018 | Week of October 15 | Listen Online

Consequences, Very Real Consequences

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2018 | Week of October 8 | #1276

Frequently I’m asked, “How do bad laws get passed seemingly so easily, even in places where one wouldn’t necessarily think that would happen?”  My answer to this question is the theme for this commentary:  elections have consequences, very real consequences.

We are now a month from a major midterm election. In the midst of all the rhetoric it’s sometimes easy to forget the reality of that truth.  Let’s review some recent examples of the very real consequences of elections.

Here in Wisconsin over the last two years, numerous municipalities and school boards have passed ordinances and policies that give special rights, privileges and protections to people who claim to be transgendered. In each situation, whether it is Sun Prairie, Appleton, De Pere, Wausau, Baraboo or some other municipality, the ordinances passed because at least one person devoted to the LGBTQ agenda, got elected. Seriously. Typically all it takes is for one person to get on a board or a council, who is willing to carry the water for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and questioning agenda to convince or to strong-arm a majority of the members to vote with him or her. I’ve literally seen it time and time again. The election of just one person can and often does sway an entire board or council.  That’s a serious consequence of elections.

Recently, Milwaukee led the way in passing an ordinance that bans so-called “conversion therapy” for minors struggling with unwanted same-sex attraction or unwanted gender confusion. Shortly after Milwaukee took this bad plunge, Shorewood, a community just north of Milwaukee, followed Milwaukee’s lead; and just a couple of weeks ago, Eau Claire did the same. In all instances, it’s the same story. One person got elected whose main goal was to get this done—and they have used persuasive tactics and often slick procedural moves to make their goal, including keeping the proposals very quiet so that the public doesn’t find out about them until just before action is going to be taken, pretty much assuring they pass.

Another example of elections having consequences is clearly seen in judicial appointments, especially at the federal level. More conservative presidents nominate more conservative jurists to every level of the federal judiciary. A US Senate with more conservatives in it than moderates or liberals will confirm more conservative candidates. We’ve certainly seen that happen in dramatic form over the last couple of weeks.

Recently, we’ve had a couple of examples of the consequences of elections on pro-life issues. National pro-life groups alerted us to a contract the federal Department of Health and Human Services had authorized for the FDA—a contract that involved the sale of the body parts of aborted babies. When pro-life groups and individuals contacted HHS about this, the Department reversed course and cancelled the FDA contract. Think that would have happened with a liberal, progressive president?  More conservative presidents appoint more conservative people to agencies—and those more conservative agency heads hire more conservative people to staff the agencies; and the opposite happens when liberal progressives are elected. Those are consequences of elections.

October is Down Syndrome Awareness month. Last week, President Trump spoke to this issue and soundly condemned down-syndrome selective abortions, saying, “I stand for life – in all of its beautiful manifestations – and I, and my Administration, will continue to condemn the prejudice and discrimination that Americans with Down syndrome too often endure….We will always support the dreams of those with Down syndrome, and respect and honor the sanctity of their lives, at every stage,”[1]  A statement like that, my friends, is a consequence of an election.

And one last example. School choice has significantly expanded recently in Wisconsin as a direct result of the consequences of elections. Liberal progressives in our state generally despise school choice of any sort, declaring they will dismantle it if they are elected. They believe the only good school is a government school and want every education dollar to go directly to those schools.

Time prohibits me from giving examples related to taxes, welfare reform, deregulation of businesses, and freedom of religion. Suffice it to say, we vote more wisely when we remember elections have very real consequences.

This is Julaine Appling for Wisconsin Family Council reminding you the prophet Hosea said, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”

[1] https://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/10/02/donald-trump-condemns-down-syndrome-selective-abortions/


Consequences, Very Real Consequences

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2018 | Week of October 8 | Listen Online

Honoring God With Your Vote

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Home Front 10-03-2018

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2018 | Wednesday, October 3 | Listen Online

Julaine discusses some important information about the Nov. 6 election and also a proposal in Eau Claire to ban so-called “conversion therapy.”

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