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Phony Liberal Outrage on Full Display

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Liberals are in disarray. They are only united in their hatred of Trump, but little else. And it is showing regularly in Congress these days.

Just a few days ago, after President Trump presented a consensus budget deal, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California) broke into a tantrum on the House floor, staging a record-breaking, eight-hour speech to protest the deal. All the while in the Senate, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) celebrated the bi-partisan agreement as “the best thing [they]’ve done” for the middle class and the economy.

Schumer tried to unite with Pelosi in calling for a “fair and open process” to debate immigration. But, lo and behold, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) seems to have called their bluff, because that is precisely what he gave them.  This week, they tried to debate immigration, in a fair and open process, to the objection of (wait for it) Sen. Schumer and his liberal colleagues.  You can’t make this stuff up.

Same chaos can be seen on judicial nominations where Democrats, who were the “avant-garde” party while former-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) shattered any scintilla of tradition and broke the rules to abolish the filibuster for President Obama nominees, now want to pretend to care for senate “tradition.” Democrats got the nominees they wanted, and Reid was praised as a hero by the same senators who are now up in arms about upholding the tradition of “blue slips” today.

This is a practice where both senators from the judicial nominee’s home state are sent a “blue slip” by which they can submit favorable or unfavorable opinions about the nominee. The judiciary committee would wait to receive the blue slip to proceed on a nominee.

But having abolished the filibuster for judicial nominees to advance their preferred judicial nominees under President Obama, Democrats were hoping Republicans would allow them to abuse the blue slip process to effectively filibuster President Trump’s nominees.

Enter Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who has rightfully refused to allow Democrats to abuse blue slips to get away with filibustering well-qualified nominees for partisan reasons. He is to be commended.

 

Sure, Democrats will make a stink about it, but as we have seen, they will make a stink about anything and everything because, well, Trump.

They’ll yell that they want to debate immigration, and when the debate starts, they’ll protest the debate of immigration. They’ll call for a bi-partisan budget deal and then filibuster the deal. All because, “Trump is horrible, and how can we allow this? And people will die, and the end is near.”

Chairman Grassley and Leader McConnell must be strong in ignoring the theatrics and proceed along with the business of bettering the lives of the American people.

The quality of judicial nominees we have seen from the White House is exemplary — second to none. These judges are desperately needed, and the American people will be the ultimate beneficiaries.

The mainstream media will no doubt work hard to promote the liberal narrative, but their credibility continues to suffer as a result. The American people can see through it all.

Pray for our Press

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The mainstream media suicide continues. It is incredibly sad to watch. It is extremely troubling, especially when you think about the role and purpose it is supposed to serve. This weekend’s coverage of North Korea by many outlets was simply disgraceful. It is now a proven, tangible, quantifiable, irrefutable fact that you cannot trust the press.

It goes well beyond bias. Americans can see the press hates President Trump and Vice President Pence. But to prop up a murderous, oppressive regime like North Korea for the sake of embarrassing current U.S. leadership is just foolish, unnecessary, and malicious. You would think they’d be on guard and fully prepared to engage the spurious regime, but no. It seems they are willfully going along with North Korea’s deceit, because it is useful to them in “the resistance.”

Take this CNN piece by Will Ripley headlining, “Pence’s Olympic trip a ‘missed opportunity’ for North Korea diplomacy, source says.” The source? A single “senior diplomatic source close to North Korea.” The lone sub-heading in the story highlights Vice President Pence’s, “Undignified behavior” – again, based on the unnamed source close to North Korea.

Reuters added, “North Korea heads for diplomacy gold medal at Olympics,” in their coverage.

The media gushed over North Korea’s forced cheerleaders and over dictator Kim Jong-un’s sister, whom the Washington Post headlined the “Ivanka Trump of North Korea.” Not to be outdone, The New York Times tweeted: “Without a word, only flashing smiles, Kim Jong-un’s sister outflanked Vice President Mike Pence in diplomacy.”

How embarrassing. But please understand, these outlets only harm their readers and patrons, not the supposed object of their collective loathing, President Donald J. Trump.

I speak generally, of course.  There are individuals trying to fight against this.

Reporter Salena Zito tweeted, “I am deeply saddened by how my profession has normalized and glamorized this murderous regime. And then we wonder why no one trusts us.”

Jack Tapper of CNN also noticed the slant tweeting, “If you hate US leaders more than you hate the Kim Jong-un regime, you really need to read up on North Korea.”

It is simply remarkable how little regard for the reality of North Korea the press has shown.  The family of murdered American Otto Warmbier was with Vice President Pence at the opening ceremony for crying out loud. Is it possible they are unsympathetic to them simply because they are associated now with President Trump after accepting his invitation to the State of the Union Address? It’s unconscionable, but very possible.

Let me conclude by asking you to join me in prayer for the press. It is an institution like any other, made up of individuals who must make individual choices, even as they face the pressures of their peers, their bosses, their sponsors, and the industry as a whole.  Let us pray for God to place more people of good will, interested in pursuing truth and able to stand against the pressures of the profession, in important journalism posts.

The current radical, liberal political drive against Trump is killing the press. But we cannot give up on the institution. We must seek to reform it for good.

May God hear our prayers.


Mario Diaz, Esq. is Concerned Women for America’s legal counsel. Follow him on Twitter @mariodiazesq.

You’ve Gotta Love Gerber

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No, I’m not a paid spokesperson for Gerber. However, in case you haven’t heard, Gerber chose one-year-old Lucas Warren from Dalton, Georgia, as its 2018 Gerber baby.  What’s so special about that? Lucas is the first child with Down syndrome to be chosen.

Well done, Gerber!

Whether they know it or not, Gerber is showing the beauty and worth of children with Down syndrome at a time when they are being targeted for extermination because of their disability. I want to take a moment and publicly thank the company for such a benevolent gesture.

It might not seem like much, but to affirm the intrinsic value of all human life requires courage in our day and age.

Gerber is not merely being charitable with their pick. One look at baby Lucas, and anyone can easily see that this is a special child whose smile represents the best of our humanity. Check out this interview on the Today Show:

 

Bill Partyka, CEO and president of Gerber, said, “Every year, we choose the baby who best exemplifies Gerber’s longstanding heritage of recognizing that every baby is a Gerber baby. This year, Lucas is the perfect fit.”

Lucas’ mom, Cortney, said, “We’re hoping when he grows up and looks back on this, he’ll be proud of himself and not ashamed of his disability.”

What beautiful words. May God bless this mother and family, and especially this baby boy.

This story reminds us of the transcendent truth that we are all created in the image of God (Gen. 1:26-27). It is He who gives life. “He made us, and not we ourselves,” (Psalm 100:3). Therefore, when we respect and celebrate each other, we respect and celebrate our Maker.

When we celebrate Lucas, we celebrate God.


Mario Diaz, Esq. is Concerned Women for America’s legal counsel. Follow him on Twitter @mariodiazesq.

How Did Your Senator Vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act?

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As you are probably aware, S. 2311, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, failed to overcome a filibuster in the U.S. Senate last week. The vote was 51-46. Sixty votes were needed to overcome the filibuster.

This simple, straightforward bill would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks past conception when science suggests babies start to feel pain. Twenty weeks is five months.  That is a significant time in development.

In this Baby Center video, you can get an idea of what is happening inside the womb at this point. You have a fully developed baby that sucks his or her thumb, makes faces, and can hear his or her mother’s voice. As the pregnancy video suggests, between 15 to 20 weeks, “your baby may be able to hear your heartbeat and voice. So, read aloud or sing a happy tune.”

The image is clear.  This is why polling shows that two-thirds of Americans support the Pain-Capable legislation. They can see that these babies should be protected.  Support for the legislation includes more than half of those who self-describe as “pro-choice.”

But, believe it or not, many in the U.S. Senate believe these babies should also be able to be killed, if unwanted, regardless of the pain they might feel. Their radicalism is so extreme it should not be tolerated in a civilized society.

So, how did your senator vote?  Did he or she support or oppose protecting innocent babies? Here is the list by states in alphabetical order:

 

Alabama:

Jones (D-AL), Opposed

Shelby (R-AL), Supported

 

Alaska:

Murkowski (R-AK), Opposed

Sullivan (R-AK), Supported

 

Arizona:

Flake (R-AZ), Supported

McCain (R-AZ), Did not vote

 

Arkansas:

Boozman (R-AR), Supported

Cotton (R-AR), Supported

 

California:

Feinstein (D-CA), Opposed

Harris (D-CA), Opposed

 

Colorado:

Bennet (D-CO), Opposed

Gardner (R-CO), Supported

 

Connecticut:

Blumenthal (D-CT), Opposed

Murphy (D-CT), Opposed

 

Delaware:

Carper (D-DE), Opposed

Coons (D-DE), Opposed

 

Florida:

Nelson (D-FL), Did not vote

Rubio (R-FL), Supported

 

Georgia:

Isakson (R-GA), Supported

Perdue (R-GA), Supported

 

Hawaii:

Hirono (D-HI), Opposed

Schatz (D-HI), Opposed

 

Idaho:

Crapo (R-ID), Supported

Risch (R-ID), Supported

 

Illinois:

Duckworth (D-IL), Opposed

Durbin (D-IL), Opposed

 

Indiana:

Donnelly (D-IN), Supported

Young (R-IN), Supported

 

Iowa:

Ernst (R-IA), Supported

Grassley (R-IA), Supported

 

Kansas:

Moran (R-KS), Supported

Roberts (R-KS), Supported

 

Kentucky:

McConnell (R-KY), Supported

Paul (R-KY), Supported

 

Louisiana:

Cassidy (R-LA), Supported

Kennedy (R-LA), Supported

 

Maine:

Collins (R-ME), Opposed

King (I-ME), Opposed

 

Maryland:

Cardin (D-MD), Opposed

Van Hollen (D-MD), Opposed

 

Massachusetts:

Markey (D-MA), Opposed

Warren (D-MA), Opposed

 

Michigan:

Peters (D-MI), Opposed

Stabenow (D-MI), Opposed

 

Minnesota:

Klobuchar (D-MN), Opposed

Smith (D-MN), Opposed

 

Mississippi:

Cochran (R-MS), Supported

Wicker (R-MS), Supported

 

 

Montana:

Daines (R-MT), Supported

Tester (D-MT), Opposed

Missouri:

Blunt (R-MO), Supported

McCaskill (D-MO), Opposed

 

Nebraska:

Fischer (R-NE), Supported

Sasse (R-NE), Supported

 

Nevada:

Cortez Masto (D-NV), Opposed

Heller (R-NV), Supported

 

New Hampshire:

Hassan (D-NH), Opposed

Shaheen (D-NH), Opposed

 

New Jersey:

Booker (D-NJ), Opposed

Menendez (D-NJ), Opposed

 

New Mexico:

Heinrich (D-NM), Opposed

Udall (D-NM), Opposed

 

New York:

Gillibrand (D-NY), Opposed

Schumer (D-NY), Opposed

 

North Carolina:

Burr (R-NC), Supported

Tillis (R-NC), Supported

 

North Dakota:

Heitkamp (D-ND), Opposed

Hoeven (R-ND), Supported

 

Ohio:

Brown (D-OH), Opposed

Portman (R-OH), Supported

 

Oklahoma:

Inhofe (R-OK), Supported

Lankford (R-OK), Supported

 

Oregon:

Merkley (D-OR), Opposed

Wyden (D-OR), Opposed

 

Pennsylvania:

Casey (D-PA), Supported

Toomey (R-PA), Supported

 

Rhode Island:

Reed (D-RI), Opposed

Whitehouse (D-RI), Opposed

 

South Carolina:

Graham (R-SC), Supported

Scott (R-SC), Supported

 

South Dakota:

Rounds (R-SD), Supported

Thune (R-SD), Supported

 

Tennessee:

Alexander (R-TN), Supported

Corker (R-TN), Supported

 

Texas:

Cornyn (R-TX), Supported

Cruz (R-TX), Supported

 

Utah:

Hatch (R-UT), Supported

Lee (R-UT), Supported

 

Vermont:

Leahy (D-VT), Opposed

Sanders (I-VT), Opposed

 

Virginia:

Kaine (D-VA), Opposed

Warner (D-VA), Opposed

 

Washington:

Cantwell (D-WA), Opposed

Murray (D-WA), Opposed

 

West Virginia:

Capito (R-WV), Supported

Manchin (D-WV), Supported

 

Wisconsin:

Baldwin (D-WI), Did not vote

Johnson (R-WI), Supported

 

Wyoming:

Barrasso (R-WY), Supported

Enzi (R-WY), Supported

If your senators supported this commonsense legislation, they should be commended.  But if your senator is so radical that he or she cannot protect babies at five months of development, you should contact their office and ask at what point would they be willing to protect them. Would he or she protect them at 25 weeks? How about at 30? How about the day before they are born? How about a baby past its due date? Can it be terminated, without regard to the pain he or she might feel?

I know this sounds ridiculous, but these are legitimate questions in this day and age.  The House of Representatives just voted on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, and it passed by a vote of 241-183.  Think about that, 183 of our representatives voted against protecting babies born alive after a failed abortion procedure.

The situation is dire. We must continue to raise our voices against these inhumane practices until we get enough people in the Congress with the moral character to stand up for the least of these — the innocent unborn child.


Mario Diaz, Esq. is Concerned Women for America’s legal counsel. Follow him on Twitter @mariodiazesq.

President Trump Allows Americans to Shine Among Ugly Democrat Partisanship

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President Donald Trump was masterful last night in his State of the Union Address. He was humble. He stood to the side, so to speak, even as he was emphatic about his first-year accomplishments and allowed Americans to shine. The stories he presented, the people he highlighted, the families he honored were the story of the night. He summed up the year through them.

“We saw the volunteers of the Cajun Navy racing to the rescue with their fishing boats to save people in the aftermath of a totally devastating hurricane. We saw strangers shielding strangers from a hail of gunfire on the Las Vegas strip. We heard tales of Americans, like Coast Guard Petty Officer Ashlee Leppert, who is here tonight in the gallery, with Melania.”

He highlighted small business owners Steve Staub and Sandy Keplinger who just had their best year ever in 2017.

Along with them, President Trump honored one of their workers, a simple hard-working American who embodies the American dream. Corey Adams, “a great welder”, who supported himself through school and is using the extra money he will get through tax cuts to buy a home.

There was the Homeland Security Investigation Special Agent, Celestino Martinez, who has served for fifteen years, fighting against dangerous gangs like MS-13.

And the incredibly moving story of Evelyn Rodriguez, Freddy Cuevas, Elizabeth Alvarado, and Robert Mickens.

“Their two teenage daughters, Kayla Cuevas and Nisa Mickens, were close friends on Long Island. But in September 2016, on the eve of Nisa’s 16th birthday, such a happy time it should have been, neither of them came home. These two precious girls were brutally murdered while walking together in their hometown. Six members of the savage MS-13 gang have been charged with Kayla and Nisa’s murders. Many of these gang members took advantage of glaring loopholes in our laws to enter the country as illegal, unaccompanied, alien minors.”

One could not help but tear up as you saw the faces of these family members still grieving the loss of their daughters.

The president simply let these stories speak.

On North Korea, he again moved us with compassion for the parents of Otto Warmbier, the American student who died after being tortured by the North Korea regime.

And he shocked the audience with the story of Ji Seong Ho.

In 1966, Seong Ho was a starving boy in North Korea. One day he tried to steal coal to barter for a few scraps of food. In the process, he passed out on the train tracks, exhausted from hunger.

“He woke up as a train ran over his limbs. He then endured multiple amputations without anything to dull the pain or the hurt. His brother and sister gave what little food they had to help him recover and ate dirt, themselves, permanently stunting their own growth.

“Later he was tortured by North Korean authorities after returning from a brief visit to China. His tormentors wanted to know if he’d met any Christians. He had, and he resolved after that to be free. Seong Ho traveled thousands of miles on crutches all across China and southeast Asia to freedom. Most of his family followed. His father was caught trying to escape and was tortured to death. Today, he lives in Seoul, where he rescues other defectors. Today he has a new leg, but Seong Ho, I understand you still keep those old crutches as a reminder of how far you have come. Your great sacrifice is an inspiration to us all.”

The stories were overwhelming.

There was Ryan and Rebecca Holets.

“Last year, Ryan was on duty when he saw a pregnant, homeless woman preparing to inject heroin. When Ryan told her, she was going to harm her unborn child, she began to weep. She told him she didn’t know where to turn, but badly wanted a safe home for her baby.

“In that moment, Ryan said he felt God speak to him. You will do it, because you can. He heard those words. He took out a picture of his wife and their four kids. Then he went home to tell his wife Rebecca. In an instant, she agreed to adopt. The Holets named their new daughter Hope. Ryan and Rebecca, you embody the goodness of our nation.”

Can there be a more powerful pro-life statement than that?

There was more, but you get the picture. The president sounded sincere, poised and thoughtful on his every policy position. It was impressive.

The depressing note of the night was the Democrat’s inability to overcome their partisanship for the simplest of statements. They sat stiff, so unwilling to acknowledge anything the president said positively it was almost like a child’s tantrum.

President Trump: “Tonight, I call upon on all of us to set aside our differences, to seek out common ground, and to summon the unity we need to deliver for the people.”

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-California):

She is representative of the vast majority of Democrats. Why? Why can’t they stand and clap with everyone else on such a simple statement?

President Trump: “Unemployment claims have hit a 45-year low.”

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-New York):

That’s good news coming from anybody, except President Trump apparently, according to Dems.

President Trump: “African-American unemployment stands at the lowest rate ever recorded. And Hispanic-American unemployment has also reached the lowest levels in history.”

Sen. Corey Booker (D-New Jersey):

I understand they don’t like President Trump.  I understand not clapping for the tax cuts, for example, since they were so adamantly against it. Or when he talked about repealing the Obamacare mandate. Ok, you don’t have to clap there.

But for, “In America, we know that faith and family, not government and bureaucracy, are the center of American life.”? You can’t clap for that?  By the way, President Trump followed that one with, “The motto is in God we trust.”

It is refreshing to hear a President proudly remind us of who we are as a people.

Even on the national anthem controversy, Democrats should have stood and been counted. It should not be a divisive, controversial statement to say we are proud of our national anthem.

On that note, the president again, highlighted it with the story of a young patriot named Preston.

“[A] 12-year-old boy from Redding, California, [Preston] noticed veterans’ graves were not marked with flags on Veterans Day. He decided all by himself to change that and started a movement that has now placed 40,000 flags at the graves of our great heroes …

“Preston’s reverence for those who have served our nation reminds us of why we salute our flag, why we put our hands on our hearts for the pledge of allegiance and why we proudly stand for the national anthem.”

President Trump said, “All Americans deserve accountability and respect.” He spoke about prison reform: “[T]his year we will embark on reforming our prisons, to help former inmates who have served their time get a second chance at life.”  That is all good, why not applaud what is good?

The President said, “I want our youth to grow up to achieve great things. I want our poor to have their chance to rise. So tonight, I am extending an open hand to work with members of both parties, Democrats and Republicans, to protect our citizens of every background, color, religion and creed.” What is wrong with that?

Nothing. But it doesn’t fit the narrative.  What a shame.


Mario Diaz, Esq. is Concerned Women for America’s legal counsel. Follow him on Twitter @mariodiazesq.

A Better Approach to the State of the Union

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It has been remarkable to see the level of disdain aimed at President Trump. It is not normal. It seems unwarranted — even unjust. Disagreement with his policies, or the way he expressed himself at one point or another, or the way he conducted himself in any situation I can understand. But this foaming at the mouth on his every tweet, comparing him to Stalin or Hitler, this “anything he does is the worst thing that could ever have happened and is automatically racist” is nonsensical.

The “astro turf” hysteria is managing to turn many who didn’t particularly like him as a candidate into constant Trump defenders.  Or so they seem by way of insisting on abiding to reality and not going along with the accepted narrative. It is just amazing to me how many times I find myself saying something like, “No, that’s not quite what he said,” “Well, I’m not sure that’s what’s happening,” and “Actually, President Obama advocated the same policy.”

President Trump declares Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Complete meltdown. Only watch:

Curious, no? Many presidents, like Barak Obama, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush (shown in the video) have made the declaration. Why the lunacy with President Trump?

The Russian collusion conspiracies are another example where the excitement has been just a bit overdone. The accusations have been many, the proof, non-existent. The tables have turned a few times in the saga, and the only proof we can actually point to seems to say the collusion was among some government officials to “do something” about President Trump, even before he had taken the oath of office.

He was never even given a chance. He was never even allowed to do something wrong in office before the plots to bring him down were already simmering. A new memo may come out soon shedding more light on this. One wishes we could just hold off on the next apocalyptic pronouncement until we could know a bit more of what in the world was going on in all this, but that is apparently not possible with the world ending and all because of President Trump’s tax cuts.

Given this impulsive, cockamamie, allergic reaction to all things Trump, I guess I shouldn’t have been too surprised to read the “mental health” offensive deployed not too long ago. I shouldn’t have, but I confess I was taken aback. It was a national emergency, you see. Oh my. I better pay attention.

Wait, what? President Obama’s own doctor was surprised at the unfounded speculation?

One could keep going for days on these examples. We haven’t even mentioned the most overblown, maliciously distorted story of all: immigration. To listen to the detractors, President Trump wants to exterminate me and my people from the planet. This is not coming from some fringe conspiracy theory group with an obscure website somewhere, these are respected U.S. officials treating as a fact that the president is racist, and if you don’t join “the resistance,” well, you are just as racist, too.

But wait, President Trump’s plan includes a pathway to citizenship?

Don’t worry, that will be racist, too, as soon as they can think of a good reason why. The reality is that President Trump is undertaking the difficult task of immigration reform that President Obama would not dare touch, even when Democrats controlled both houses of Congress.

Looking at how President Trump’s first year has gone, a reasonable person could conclude that, no matter what he does, he will be deemed the worst. The worst.

Does this make any sense to you? As we prepare to hear the president’s State of the Union Address tonight, is it too much to ask of us to give him a fair hearing?

I think not. I think we would be much better off tuning out the self-aggrandizing political pundits and their irrational Trump hating and give the president a chance. Hear about what he has accomplished last year and what he plans to work on this year, and let us make up our own minds. Tune out the pre-package commentary on it.

Agree with him in some areas; disagree where you like. But pray for him always.


Mario Diaz, Esq. is Concerned Women for America’s legal counsel. Follow him on Twitter @mariodiazesq.

Nassar Case Demonstrates Harms of Pornography

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The pornography cancer that continues to consume our nation reared its ugly head again as the sentencing hearing of Larry Nassar concluded this week. The former USA Gymnastics doctor was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison by Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, who told him, “I’ve just signed your death warrant.”

Nassar abused more than 150 girls over the past two decades. He got less than what he deserves.

But those getting acquainted with the case now might miss that, just like virtually every other predator in the history of sexual assault, Nassar fed, groomed, and rotted his brain on pornography before and after abusing girls for years.

It was pornography that did him in…

Read the rest of this op-ed as featured exclusively on CNSNews.com.


Mario Diaz, Esq. is Concerned Women for America’s legal counsel. Follow him on Twitter @mariodiazesq.

For America (Day 90)

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Praise, glory, and honor be unto You, Jehovah Jireh!
Speak to us, as You spoke at Mt. Sinai.
May our songs, declaring the goodness of Your works,
Be heard in all the earth, now and forever more.
 
We worship through obedience, oh God;
Help us in our weaknesses.
We strive to live, as our ancestors said,
“All that the Lord has spoken we will do.”
 
Yet, we know this is impossible in our own strength.
We are in desperate need of Your anointing –
Your loving guidance and stern rebuke.
Abba, Father, hear our earnest prayer.
 
Blot out our transgressions, and
Let Your Holy Spirit guide us and
Sanctify us to be more like You
In everything we do.
 
We yearn to be the salt and light
You have called us to be here in our land.
We hurt for our brethren, our compatriots,
Who seek after that which is not.
 
Our hearts move with compassion as we see
Their need and desperation.
Help us to bring Your life-giving water
To those who thirst insatiably for something they know not.
 
Open the doors that we may come to the aid of all in need,
From the man in the street to those in the highest positions of government.
Touch the hearts and minds of millions, Father;
May revival break out in America, once again.
 
May we re-learn the truths we have forgotten,
Compel us to trust in You again.
May we love each other with genuine affection;
Let the sacrifices of praise be spontaneously heard in our public squares.
 
In the Holy name of Jesus,
Through Whom all things were created,
We pray,
Amen.
 

Good Work on Judges Must Continue in 2018

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The work on the confirmation of constitutional judges was by far the best news of 2017. Not only did we confirm an exemplary candidate in Justice Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court, but President Donald Trump also set the record for federal appellate court appointments in the first year of a presidency with 12. He also confirmed six impressive district court judges.

But the reality is that, though impressive, this is but a drop in the bucket coming out of the previous eight years of President Obama’s radical judges.

In his eight years in office, President Obama appointed a total of 334 judges.  He appointed two Supreme Court Justices, 55 appellate court judges, 268 district court judges, and nine others to lesser known court, like the Court of Federal Claims.

Recall that, as a pre-requisite, President Obama wanted judges who did not focus on the law but on empathy towards specific classes of people. This type of liberal judicial activism on such a big scale will not be easy to counteract. It most certainly won’t happen if the Senate loses focus and relents, instead of building on, the work they started in 2017.  Rest assured, the liberal side of the aisle will not relent on its obstruction of judicial nominations.

But given the Senate’s current makeup, and former Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s petulant rush to abolish the filibuster for judicial nominees, they should be able to overcome every obstructionist tactic thrown at them. Consistency and endurance will be the majority’s biggest challenge.

That’s where you and I can make a difference by remaining engaged and reminding our elected officials how important it is that they continue, and perhaps increase, the current pace on judicial nominations.  It is also important for us to consider this issue as elections for the U.S. Senate approach this November.

The good news is that, up until now, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) and Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) have shown no sign of fatigue.  Following up on their extraordinary work in 2017, they confirmed four more district judges last week, holding hearings for another four.


Mario Diaz, Esq. is Concerned Women for America’s legal counsel. Follow him on Twitter @mariodiazesq.