Author archives: Rob Schwarzwalder

I Agree with Bernie Sanders

by Rob Schwarzwalder

November 4, 2015

In a June interview with the Christian Science Monitor, Democratic Socialist and presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said the following:

A guy named Adolf Hitler won an election in 1932. He won an election, and 50 million people died as a result of that election in World War II, including 6 million Jews. So what I learned as a little kid is that politics is, in fact, very important.”

As a matter of history, Hitler did not win an election in 1932.  Hitler rose to power through deception and political manipulation, not the popular vote.  But the larger point of Sanders’ comments is that voting counts and elections have consequences.

He’s right, and last night proved it.  The conservative underdog won handsomely in KentuckyHoustonians resoundingly rejected a city ordinance to give transgendered persons access to the bathrooms of their opposite sex.  In Ohio, according to the Associated Press, “voters rejected a ballot proposal Tuesday that would have legalized both recreational and medical marijuana in a single stroke … About 65 percent of voters opposed the measure, compared to 35 percent in favor.”  In “Progressive” San Francisco, “Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi lost his re-election bid late Tuesday to challenger former Chief Deputy Vicki Hennessy after an uproar over his sanctuary city policy, which was blamed for the death of a woman in July at the hands of an illegal immigrant … Ms. Hennessy won with 74,522 ballots casts versus Sheriff Mirkarimi at 40,128.”

But not all the elections were so lopsided, and therein lies a reminder and a warning: Voting counts.  Consider the Commonwealth of Virginia, where the loss of a single Republican seat would have given liberal Gov. Terry McAuliffe a free hand in the state senate in order to enact what the Washington Post calls “an unabashedly liberal agenda.”

Conservatives should – must – take note.  Next year’s national election will be critical to the future of our country.  If America gets a liberal president and/or a liberal majority in the Senate, everything we cherish with respect to the sanctity of life, the definition of marriage, the nature of the family, and the religious liberty that undergirds all our other freedoms, not to mention myriad economic, military, and foreign policy matters, could well be adversely and profoundly affected such that it might take America decades, or longer, to recover.

This is probably the only time I will ever publicly commend Sen. Sanders for a political stance, but when a person’s right, he’s right. 

Citizenship is a trust.  Voting counts.  Elections matter.

Constitutionalism of John Kasich

by Rob Schwarzwalder

August 31, 2015

I’ve said the (Supreme) Court has ruled and ‎I said we’ll accept it.” These were the words of Ohio Gov. John Kasich at last night’s GOP presidential debate concerning the recent Supreme Court decision on same-sex “marriage.” This statement is wrong in so many ways. The Supreme Court has no constitutional authority to create rights or, through the judicial process, enact law or eviscerate the Tenth Amendment. That’s what it did in its recent ruling on homosexual unions. Do we just accept it? We did not “accept” Dred Scott or Plessy v. Ferguson‎. We do not accept Roe v. Wade (or do you, Gov. Kasich? Your reasoning last night implies you do). For the sake of children who need a mom and a dad and for the sake of the culture they will inhabit and later shape, conservatives do not accept Obergefell. The Supreme Court is a judicial body - it calls balls and strikes according to its rule book, the Constitution. At least that’s what the “rule book” that constitutes the Court itself says. Those who sit on the highest bench are not a despotism of nine.  Gov. Kasich’s desire to get social contention behind us shows either a profound ignorance of the cultural, religious, and political nexus located in the same-sex marriage/gay “rights” battle or a sweet but naive interest in ameliorating a conflict that is hardly over. And his view of the Court’s role is, if taken at face value, not just troubling but dangerous for the continuance of constitutional government.

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Record High 245 Members of Congress Score 100 percent on FRC Action's New Scorecard
by FRC Action (Jan. 30, 2018)

Family Research Council (FRC) Action released its scorecard today for the First Session of the 115th Congress. A record number -- 245 Members of Congress -- scored a perfect 100 percent for ...

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