Gary Bauer / Jan. 16, 2021

Graham Gets It

Franklin Graham has been extremely bold in speaking up for faith, family, and freedom.

Kudos to Franklin Graham!

One of my great frustrations is that too many of America’s church leaders have sat on the sidelines in the culture war. They have not only been AWOL in the battle for the heart and soul of America, but many would not even stand up for the religious liberty they are so blessed to have.

They passively allowed liberal mayors and governors to shut them down last year, as if they need the government’s permission to be open!

Thankfully, Franklin Graham has been extremely bold in speaking up for faith, family, and freedom, and he did so again Thursday when he excoriated the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach President Trump. Here’s a brief excerpt of his statement:

“Shame, shame on the ten Republicans who joined with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats in impeaching President Trump yesterday. After all that he has done for our country, you would turn your back and betray him so quickly? … It makes you wonder what the thirty pieces of silver were that Speaker Pelosi promised for this betrayal.”

Cheney’s Crisis

Rep. Liz Cheney has created a crisis for herself. By joining with Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats to impeach President Trump, Cheney turned her back on the 70% of Wyoming residents who voted for President Trump. They aren’t happy about it, and they are making their voices heard.

The Wyoming Republican Party has been so overwhelmed by the avalanche of comments that it released a statement this week saying the following:

“There has not been a time during our tenure when we have seen this type of an outcry from our fellow Republicans… The consensus is clear that those who are reaching out to the Party vehemently disagree with Representative Cheney’s decision and actions.”

The idea that Cheney can remain in the House Republican leadership defies all reason. It is inexplicable to me that House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy’s office has said that he does not support efforts to remove her from the leadership team.

How can you keep someone in leadership who voted with the left-wing lynch mob to shut down and silence populist conservatism?

Cheney’s public statements against the president became the main talking points by the media and the left. Her comments were used as a cudgel to attack conservatives who stood with the president. And as I mentioned before, the left isn’t going to stop with Trump. How does she stay in leadership?

My friend Leader McCarthy needs to rethink his position.

BLM Leftist Arrested

At least 70 people have been arrested and charged with various crimes related to last week’s riot on Capitol Hill, and the FBI has more than 160 open investigations. So far, many of those arrested appear to be associated with extremist groups on the right.

But there were hardcore leftists in the mix pouring gas on the fire too. And one of them was arrested this week.

Again, I just want to reiterate what the president said in his remarks. None of the people who engaged in violence at the Capitol are representative of the conservative movement. If they were, the last four years would have been marked by right-wing riots. Instead, it has been the exact opposite as multiple American cities, including Washington, DC, were ransacked by antifa and BLM supporters.

This leads to another point. There are protests being planned all across the country in the coming days. If you are thinking about attending, let me offer this advice: Make sure you know those organizing the event. Renounce violence. Know who the speakers are.

As we saw from Wednesday’s impeachment vote, the left-wing media and political establishments are primed to blame conservatives for anything that goes wrong. And, as I just noted, it is likely that left-wing agitators will infiltrate the protests hoping to cause chaos.

In this atmosphere, any conservative who is caught up in any demonstration could easily, no matter how unwittingly, help advance the left’s narrative that it’s the right that is violent when we all know that it is the left that has been engaging in violence for years. We stand for the rule of law.

We must be discerning. Winning requires strategic thinking and understanding the right time to engage. There will be plenty of opportunities in the weeks and months ahead to speak up and make our voices heard.

Major Progress

Thursday night, Joe Biden repeated something he has said before, which is that he wants to distribute 100 million COVID vaccinations in his first 100 days in office. That’s quite a goal — one million doses a day.

Well guess what? We’re already doing that.

For some time now, the United States, under the leadership of President Trump and Vice President Pence, has been averaging more than 700,000 daily vaccinations. And on Wednesday, more than 950,000 vaccinations were administered.

Just keep that in mind when the media praises the Biden administration, as it inevitably will, for its “tremendous success” in reaching this “milestone achievement.”

Beijing & Biden

Communist China’s efforts to influence the Biden administration are kicking into high gear. President Xi Jinping has reportedly asked former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz to help repair the U.S.-China relationship. That Xi would reach out to Schultz is so revealing.

Communist China is stepping up its aggression toward Taiwan. It is consolidating its power over Hong Kong. It is committing genocide against ethnic minorities. It is telling its people to prepare for war.

Meanwhile, Xi is going through his Rolodex of American CEOs looking for corporate titans eager to appease the world’s largest communist nation by convincing the Biden administration to return to “business as usual” with Beijing.

By the way, a top NASA scientist just pleaded guilty to essentially spying for China, and an MIT professor was arrested Thursday.

Communist China is not our friend. Corporate America should instinctively understand that. Clearly, Ivy League business degrees aren’t what they used to be.

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