Eagle Forum Agenda | February - March 2005

Contents:

Why Washington Needs a Revote for Governor

I N S I D E R E P O R T

Dems Lurch Leftward at their Peril

Dobson vs. Daschle

Hillary's Extreme Makeover

Select Quotes from the President’s State of the Union Address

Cut Their Funds, Shut Them Up

Eagle Forum Calendar of Events

Tsunami and Repentance

Teen Eagles Review Phyllis Schalfly's Book "The Supremacists"


Why Washington Needs a Revote for Governor

“Those who cast the votes decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything.”
Joseph Stalin, former Communist dictator of the Soviet Union

“Free and fair elections are indispensable to political freedom. Unfortunately, the election process in our state has been badly compromised, beginning a number of years ago according to some reports. The uncorrected problems grew exponentially, and a few more were added to the pile in 2004. By the time our November 2004 election came around, conditions for the perfect storm were at hand—and it occurred.

As a result of the significant abuses, ranging from fraud to incompetence, we must conclude that our November 2004 elections do not represent a full and fair vote tally of lawfully cast ballots.”

-Introduction to advance summary of 2004 election prepared by Bob Williams and Lynn Harsh of EFF.

By now the many election irregularities of King County have been widely examined and it is clear there is sufficient reason to throw out the certified mess that allowed Christine Gregoire to become governor. Her vote margin of 129 votes was certainly the result of gross incompetence, negligence and in some cases, fraud. We examine some of the evidence below:

50,000 ballots enhanced illegally

This was a violation of state law. These King County ballots were rejected by vote tabulating machines so election workers took them out and “enhanced” them so the machine could read them. These ballots were enhanced to the point that a review was not possible. How many of these ballots were actually invalid? Maybe enough to swing the election.

1,800 voter-less ballots

This is the number for King County—statewide there were at least 8,419 more votes cast than the number of people who signed in to vote. Should there be a legitimate voter behind every vote?

437 unverified provisional ballots mixed in with real ballots

These provisional ballots were illegally fed into voting machines and not even checked to see if the individuals were eligible to vote.

Felons voted

Several sources have verified that 424 felons voted in King County and at least 65 felons voted elsewhere in the state. This matters a great deal as it is clearly stated in the RCW’s (Revised Code of Washington) convicted felons are not eligible to vote.

In addition, Republicans have discovered and verified 996 illegal votes, which is far more than the margin of victory for Christine Gregoire. They have confirmed that:

Forty-four people died before absentee ballots were mailed ballots and voted .

Twenty voters were found to have voted twice in Washington state.

Six individuals voted in Washington and another state

The number of illegal votes just keeps getting larger and Eagle Forum strongly believes a revote is the only way to know for sure who Washington voters intended to elect as governor.

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I N S I D E R E P O R T
Election News You're Not Likely to Hear Anywhere Else

Dems Lurch Leftward at their Peril

Liberals in the Democrat party are giving their best effort toward pushing their party further to the left. But will this strategy benefit the Democrats or hurt their future prospects? The involuntary retirement of former Senate Democrat leader Tom Daschle suggests their agenda of obstruction and anti-war rhetoric may not be working.

After the Democrats lost four more Senate seats in November, Senator Ted Kennedy declared in a January speech, “We as Democrats may be in the minority in Congress, but we speak for the majority of Americans.” Oh, really? It appears that voters weren’t interested in rewarding Democrats who talk like they would rather see America fail than succeed.

On the eve of the historic election in Iraq, when millions of Iraqis risked their lives to create a self- governing, democratic government, Senator Kennedy declare that Iraq is “George Bush’s Vietnam”, calling it a “quagmire” and suggested that our troops stationed there are part of the problem. Britt Hume of Fox News called Kennedy’s speech the “intellectual equivalent of graffiti.” We agree!

Senate Democrats are determined to become the anti-party. They were anti-Condoleeza Rice and withheld her confirmation as Secretary of State for petty partisan reasons and then embarked on an anti-Alberto Gonzales for Attorney General campaign. It wasn’t enough to vote against Condoleeza Rice but at least 2 Senate Democrats impugned her character by calling her a liar.

Tom Daschle lost his Senate seat and the Democrat majority following this obstructionist anti-agenda. The Democrats have become the party of NO—that is a party of NO ideas, NO solutions and NO agenda.

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Dobson vs. Daschle

Tom Daschle, the Senate Majority Leader who blocked pro-life bills and conservative judicial nominees, became the first Senate leader to lose re-election in 52 years.

Dr. James C. Dobson, chairman of Focus on the Family Action, helped inspire values voters by visiting South Dakota two times within the last three months of the campaign. He spoke, in total, to approximately 70,000 people—about 10 percent of the state’s population. Dr. Dobson also mailed to 43,000 households—one in seven—outlining Daschle’s support for abortion and same-sex marriage.

-Citizen Magazine, January 2005

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Hillary's Extreme Makeover

Senator Hillary Clinton is well aware of the rise of morally-minded values voters so she has begun a strategic move to the centrist middle, laying the groundwork for a 2008 presidential campaign.

In a recent speech Hillary spoke to 1,000 pro-abortion supporters in Albany, New York, and reiterated her support for the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion-on-demand. But then she urged a new effort to find "common ground" in the abortion debate and added that abortion was a "sad, even tragic, choice to many, many women." She went on to praise "religious and moral values" for getting teenagers to delay becoming "sexually active." It would be foolish for conservatives to dismiss her political makeover as a transparent stunt. The Clintons know the Democrats' association with one million aborted babies every year is deeply hurting their party. Hillary will succeed in looking like a “centrist” unless conservatives confront her super-liberal and die-hard feminist past.

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Select Quotes from the President’s State of the Union Address

MARRIAGE: "Because marriage is a sacred institution and the foundation of society, it should not be re-defined by activist judges. For the good of families, children, and society, I support a constitutional amendment to protect the institution of marriage."

LIFE: "Because a society is measured by how it treats the weak and vulnerable, we must strive to build a culture of life. To build a culture of life, we must also ensure that scientific advances always serve human dignity, not take advantage of some lives for the benefit of others. We should all be able to agree on some clear standards. I will work with Congress to ensure that human embryos are not created for experimentation or grown for body parts, and that human life is never bought and sold as a commodity. America will continue to lead the world in medical research that is ambitious, aggressive, and always ethical."

JUDGES: "Because courts must always deliver impartial justice, judges have a duty to faithfully interpret the law, not legislate from the bench. As President, I have a constitutional responsibility to nominate men and women who understand the role of courts in our democracy, and are well qualified to serve on the bench - and I have done so. The Constitution also gives the Senate a responsibility: Every judicial nominee deserves an up-or-down vote."

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Cut Their Funds, Shut Them Up

This recent editorial from The Wenatchee World exposes the facts regarding the Democrats' desire to cripple, if not entirely gut, the Building Industry Association of Washington.  The BIAW is hated by Washington State labor unions, and the Democrats, because it has effectively opposed some of their most excessive policies ---  for example, when the Department of Labor came up with a new set of "ergonomics rules", the BIAW successfully ran an initiative which stopped these job-killing rules that had minimal to zero benefit to workers. 

Businesses who pay dues to the BIAW do so on a strictly voluntary basis, which is unlike the Washington Education Association, who give teachers no choice in dues paying. But of course, this doesn’t seem to bother Democrats because most of the WEA political contributions go to fund the campaigns of Democrats.


Electoral success apparently sparks an urge for retaliation. Washington Democrats pulled off a triple play in November, taking the state House, Senate and (for now) the governor's office. Among their first efforts with their newly won power was to attempt a political kneecapping.

They filed a bill, HB 1070, with no genuine purpose other than to eviscerate the funding of one of their most energetic and effective opponents, the Building Industry Association of Washington. It was a very thinly disguised political power play on behalf of organized labor, which clearly detests the BIAW and resents its influence. "Our plan is to cut their funding out from under them," said Sen. Karen Keiser, D-Kent, also communications director for the Washington State Labor Council, prior to the session.

It works this way: BIAW, like the Washington Farm Bureau and many other industry organizations, runs what is called a group retro program for state worker's compensation insurance. Contractors and some city governments, including Wenatchee, join the BIAW pool to spread their risk. BIAW administers the pool under contract with the state Department of Labor and Industries and works with members to reduce worker injuries. If at the end of the year the pool's premiums exceed its compensation claims, it receives a refund. BIAW keeps 20 percent of the refund as its fee.

That refund can be substantial because BIAW's retro pool is successful and the state's largest. Wenatchee was the first city to join. BIAW officials said in the first year the city paid $200,000 in premiums and received a refund of more than $40,000. BIAW collected more than $5 million in fees from its pool's refunds in 2004, distributing half to its local chapters. The rest is kept to run the BIAW, and also fund its political activities, which are substantial and frequently conservative.

The bill, introduced by Rep. Bill Fromhold, D-Vancouver, would cap refund fees from retro pools at no more than 10 percent, which would cut BIAW's funding by more than half and not coincidentally slash the sustenance for the association's political efforts.

Democrats say their wish is not to silence their enemy, but to defend suffering employers in retro pools. This defies belief. The members of BIAW's retro pool join voluntarily. It is a private service. It is not compulsory and not a monopoly. There are other competitive pools with different fee structures which they may choose to join. BIAW charges a fee for its service, the terms clear and known by pool members.

Once those fees are collected they may be spent as BIAW sees fit, including political speech if it desires. If that speech irritates legislators and unions, so be it. If a member like the city of Wenatchee objects to any of this, including BIAW's politics, it may withdraw. Mind you, it would also lose a $40,000-a-year refund, and it is not usual for a city to change contractors or suppliers, at a loss to taxpayers, solely because it is offended by their political beliefs.

This is a private financial exchange, funding constitutionally protected speech. It differs substantially from, say, political speech funded by compulsory dues. And the word is that the Democrats' retro muzzle bill has taken such a pummeling in the press that even if it once had legs it is likely dead in its current form. That is what it deserves, but this will rise again in some new guise, and reflect just as poorly on its sponsors.

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Eagle Forum Calendar of Events

January 5: Eagle Forum presentation to Lynden Noon Kiwanis

January 25: Lynden-area Teen Eagles Meeting

February 8: Eagle Forum Briefing with Bob Williams - 7:00 PM Quality Inn Baron Suites, Bellingham, WA
Bob will give us his inside perspective on the revote issue and the pending court case. He will also discuss Evergreen Freedom Foundation’s Voter Integrity Project and the results of their investigation of the 2004 Governor’s race. You won’t want to miss this evening. Call Eagle Forum for details: 360-354-8505

February 22: Lynden-area Teen Eagles Meeting (360-354-8505)

March 8: Marriage Rally in Olympia

March 29: Eagle Forum Briefing - 7:00 PM Lynden Library Conference
Legislative update and special guest

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Tsunami and Repentance

Author: John Piper

From pulpits to news programs, from the New York Times to the Wall Street Journal, the message of the tsunami was missed. It is a double grief when lives are lost and lessons are not learned. Every deadly calamity is a merciful call from God for the living to repent. “Weep with those who weep,” the Bible says. Yes, but let us also weep for our own rebellion against the living God. Lesson one: weep for the dead. Lesson two: weep for yourselves...

The point of every deadly calamity is this: Repent. Let our hearts be broken that God means so little to us. Grieve that he is a whipping boy to be blamed for pain, but not praised for pleasure. Lament that he makes headlines only when man mocks his power, but no headlines for ten thousand days of wrath withheld. Let us rend our hearts that we love life more than we love Jesus Christ. Let us cast ourselves on the mercy of our Maker. He offers it through the death and resurrection of his Son.

 

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Teen Eagles Review Phyllis Schalfly's Book "The Supremacists"

“This has been one of the most moving books I have ever read. It has moved me to the decision to take part in correcting the wrongs done by these careless men and women. They have been insubordinate to the oath they took when sworn in as judges, and this should not, must not, and will not continue.

I would suggest this book to anyone. The author has done a marvelous job!”

Andrew Hamilton, Lynden-area Teen Eagle

“Phyllis Schlafly understood that in the next four years there may be and probably will be at least four vacancies in the Supreme Court, something that hasn’t happened in a decade. Of all the issues in the last election, when this book was written, this was one of the most pressing issues. Mrs. Schlafly sees the huge importance of this and has done a wonderful job in explaining this to her readers. I found this book extremely informative, thorough, well documented and easy to understand.”

Lydia Albert, Lynden-area Teen Eagle

 

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