It’s that time of year again…doesn’t it always seem that way anymore, especially in Iowa? But I digress. We are quickly approaching an important time here in Iowa to make our voices be heard. We have many contested races by folks looking to become our representatives in various offices around the state and in Washington. It does seems like there is a much higher level of anxiety this time around for a mid-term election as we have some seats that are opening up due to retirements for the first time in years (or decades!) and then those scrambling for those seats and then those scrambling for those seats, etc. Whew! It’s like a crazy game of musical chairs. And, if someone doesn’t grab a chair on June 3rd, then it moves on to the State convention to be decided by the delegates…at least on the Republican side of things. The Democrats seem to have their minds made up for the most part regarding who they are putting up in November.
Well, we here at Life Right Now want to help you out. As you know, we try not to delve too deep into politics on the show, unless necessary, because we believe that this issue is a human rights issue and really shouldn’t be political at all. But, sadly, we have allowed it to become so. So here is a tool that will help you to try and nail these people down on the issue of life. We are also including an example of how you can use it from an experienced political junkie.
This is a pledge that might look vaguely familiar. It is a slightly modified version of the Personhood Pledge presented for the 2012 GOP presidential candidates to sign (all but one of whom did, another did so with an addendum). This particular pledge was altered to apply to the position of US Senator and used by friend of the show, Steve Deace and his wife Amy. They sent the pledge to three of the candidates running for the right to represent the Republican Party in Iowa against Rep. Bruce Braley for the seat being vacated by retiring (finally! Sorry.) Sen. Tom Harkin, as part of the process they used to interview those seeking their votes. Below the pledge you will see excerpts (and links to the full story and responses) from the candidates replies.
This is just one example of how to use this very powerful pledge to vet the candidates. Please feel free to ask those running to be your employees how they line up with the principles laid out below. Regardless of the office they are running for, these are fair questions. Local elections are maybe even more critical to find out where these people stand for a couple of reasons. One, under the system as envisioned by our founders, the power and control was to be closest to the people; these folks will be the leaders nearest to you. And, two, the local offices are the training ground, the farm team if you will, for positions higher up in government. Meaning that they will be farther away from you and accountability; we must be able to trust them! The city council, school board, etc. is where the state and national representatives, senators, governors, and even presidents come from. So don’t let someone running for city council or school board tell you that these questions don’t pertain to them! Besides, do you really want someone that doesn’t believe in the sanctity of human life and it’s intrinsic value making decisions for your city or school system (or your kids)?!
I am not one of those that says everyone should vote. I don’t want the folks that are taking our country to some place that I don’t even want to imagine showing up on election day. But I know that, for the most part, if you are reading this you are informed and care about the helpless and innocent. So please ask the tough questions and get out and support the candidate(s) that best “Live out their ProLife!”
Find out when and where to vote at the links here.
“I __________________ proclaim that every human being is created in the image and likeness of God, and is endowed by our Creator with the unalienable right to life.
I stand with President Ronald Reagan in supporting ‘the unalienable personhood of every American, from the moment of conception until natural death,’ and with the Republican Party platform in affirming that I ‘support a human life amendment to the Constitution, and endorse legislation to make clear that the 14th Amendment protections apply to unborn children.’
I believe that in order to properly protect the right to life of the vulnerable among us, every human being at every stage of development must be recognized as a person possessing the right to life in federal and state laws without exception and without compromise. I recognize that in cases where a mother’s life is at risk, every effort should be made to save the baby’s life as well; leaving the death of an innocent child as an unintended tragedy rather than an intentional killing.
I oppose assisted suicide, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, and procedures that intentionally destroy developing human beings.
I pledge to the American people that I will defend all innocent human life. Abortion and the intentional killing of an innocent human being are always wrong and should be prohibited.
If elected to the Senate, I will work to advance laws and amendments that recognize the unalienable right to life of all human beings as persons at every stage of development, and to the best of my knowledge, I will only appoint federal judges and relevant officials who will uphold and enforce state and federal laws recognizing that all human beings at every stage of development are persons with the unalienable right to life.
I also vow never to vote for a budget or continuing resolution or bill or amendment that gives a single penny to Planned Parenthood or any abortion providers either here or abroad.”
Read full story at http://stevedeace.com/news/in-search-of-another-wacko-bird
Sam Clovis~ “I will support all the positions outlined in your pledge. I have been open about my positions and have campaigned openly about personhood legislation at the federal level. I have also advocated for absolutely no federal dollars to any organization that offers abortion services. I am the only candidate to campaign on bringing Fourteenth Amendment protections to persons from conception to natural, dignified death. Please feel free to fill in my name to the pledge. I will attach a signature for you to use, as well.”
Read more at http://stevedeace.com/news/clovis-responds/
Matt Whitaker~ “As the father of three children, I understand the miracle of life. I am 100% pro-life and will oppose all taxpayer funding for abortions—to Planned Parenthood or any other group that shares their values. In the Senate, I will work vigorously to protect the unborn and stop any legislation that threatens the right to life. I have gone on record supporting a personhood bill consistent with Section 5 of the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution, because it is not the government’s role to select who should be granted this unalienable right. I will always fight for life, from conception until natural death, which is why I oppose embryonic stem cell research, euthanasia and assisted suicide. In the United States Senate I will have no higher or more pressing priority than that of preserving human life at every turn—and this includes at all stages.
The appointment of federal judges is one of the most impactful and long-term decisions a Senator makes. When considering those sent before me to serve on the bench I will hold them to a standard of respecting human life consistent with my views.”
Read more at http://stevedeace.com/news/whitaker-responds/
Joni Ernst (submitted by a staffer)~ “To address your specific question on the issue of life, I have attached a document entitled “Senator Joni Ernst’s pro-life credentials.” As an individual and member of the state senate, Joni has lived an exemplary life as a defender of innocent life, which begins at conception and continues through every stage of development. She strongly cherishes every innocent life and will continue to unapologetically do so in Washington if Iowans choose her as their next U.S. Senator.” (See the link to see comment on attached document.)
Read more at http://stevedeace.com/news/iowa-politics/ernst-responds/