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Concerned Women for America LAC Urges Senators to Support Sarah Pitlyk

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Update: Good news! Sarah Pitlyk was confirmed (49-44) to be a U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri. Please join us in prayer for Judge Pitlyk as she takes on this solemn task.

Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) sent the following letter to U.S. Senators urging the confirmation of Sarah Pitlyk to be a judge at the Eastern District of Missouri. Pitlyk has been attacked by the left merely for being pro-life.

“[Pitlyk] show[s] a full understanding of the judicial restraint that is paramount in the role of a judge. Although some have tried to apply unconstitutional litmus tests based on their favorite policies, Pitlyk was clear that ‘[i]t is never appropriate for lower court judges to depart from controlling Supreme Court precedent.’

“That is the type of judge the American people deserve – one who abides by the law instead of personal preference. We urge you to support her swift confirmation.”

For America (Day 110)

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Anoint me with the oil of gladness
In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Let the words of my mouth and the deeds of my hands
Be to Your glory forever and ever.

My instrument is ready for your praise;
A new song I will sing—
A song of remembrance and thanksgiving.
Even (especially!) in my distress, I shall praise You.

With joy and gladness, I take on today’s challenges.
In victory, I approach the battle.
Spirit and truth are my weapons,
And I lean not on my own understanding.

Make me quick to repent before You.
Clean hands You seek; therefore, for clean hands, I plead.
Through the blood of Christ, the perfect lamb, slain,
Renew my heart and mind.

Make me a light onto the nations;
A lighthouse leading them to You,
The Safe Harbor, our Refuge,
Our Help in times of trouble.

When waters roam and foam
And the winds of life threaten
To take us under,
It is You who comes to our rescue.

For the wind and the rain must bow to Your majesty.
No mountain is too high, nor valley too low.
You reach us where we are
And protect us to Your Glory.

Now, come to our aid, Lord,
For Your Name’s sake.
Let Your Spirit fill our land;
Protect us from the enemy.

Give hope to the brokenhearted,
Bring liberty to those in chains,
Heal the sick,
Save the lost.

May the springs of Your Word
Burst out in unexpected places
That the thirsty may drink up
And thirst no more.

Let renewal be the headline that describes us
In every newspaper in every city
In every state.
May the wonder of Your grace abound.

In Jesus’ Holy Name we pray,
Amen.


Click here for more prayers from our For America Prayer Journal.

Kelly Loeffler Wrong Choice for Georgia

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Joint statement from Penny Nance, President and CEO of Concerned Women for America, and Tanya Ditty, Vice President of Field Operations and former CWA Georgia State Director:

“Governor Kemp needs to know Kelly Loeffler would be the wrong choice for conservatives in Georgia and supporters of President Trump on several fronts. She sits on the board of a hospital in Atlanta that employs five abortionists and actually runs the largest training program for abortionists in Georgia. She is also part owner of the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream franchise. The WNBA has been an outspoken supporter of Planned Parenthood, even partnering with the pro-abortion organization in opposing President Trump’s pro-life policies. Likewise the WNBA has remained disturbingly silent about China’s persecution of the citizens of Hong Kong, even after an NBA general manager courageously spoke out about it. Ms. Loeffler also sits on the board of a psychiatric treatment facility that provides transgender affirming counsel to minors. Likewise she has given thousands of dollars in campaign contributions to liberal and pro-abortion candidates. There are better choices for Gov. Kemp when it comes to the next U.S. Senator from Georgia. Gov. Kemp has a list of fantastic pro-life candidates. We hope he doesn’t pick the one the pro-life community will have to oppose.”

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Thanksgiving, the anthem of our nation

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Thanksgiving is deeply embedded in the historical framework of this great nation. While the first Thanksgivings were celebrated by both Virginia and Massachusetts settlers in the New World, November 26, 1789, was the first official Thanksgiving Day. President George Washington set that day apart for the nation to give thanks, and the presidents to follow continued the tradition.

However, it was President Abraham Lincoln who issued the Thanksgiving Day proclamation which prompted the holiday we know and love today.

“It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American people. I do, therefore, invite my fellow-citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea, and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a Day of Thanksgiving and Prayer to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens. And I recommend to them that, while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners, or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty hand to heal the wounds of the nation, and to restore it, as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes, to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity, and union.”

It was a proclamation made on October 3, 1863 — almost exactly in the middle of the Civil War. In a period of time when our nation was most deeply divided and the American spirit of unity was in tatters, our leader asked us to give thanks. As brother fought against brother, our president asked us to set aside a day to recognize the Lord’s deliverance and blessings. It was in the midst of that darkness that President Lincoln implored the nation to come together in prayer for peace, harmony, tranquility, and union.

It’s striking to me that we hold elections in the same month as we celebrate Thanksgiving. Was it purposeful, the timing of those two events? Elections, whether they should be or not, can be so deeply divisive. But we have a built-in reminder, just three weeks later, to put it all aside and give thanks.

So this month, as we move past an election cycle and on to Thanksgiving, choose unity, prayer, and thankfulness. Set aside time to thank God for His deliverances and blessings. Bow with humble penitence for our national disobedience. Commend to our Father in Heaven every American who has become a widow, orphan, mourner, or sufferer this year. Implore our Savior to heal the wounds of our nation and restore peace, harmony, tranquility, and union.

 

Penny Nance at the White House: The Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commemorative Coin Act

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Concerned Women for America at the White House. CWA CEO and President, Penny Nance, wearing one of the historic sashes, is a member of the bi-partisan Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission. To commemorate the 100th year anniversary of women’s right to vote, a coin with some of the amazing women suffragists will be minted. Penny Nance joined President Trump in a Signing Ceremony for H.R. 2423, The Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commemorative Coin Act.

 

UPDATE:

These photos are official White House Photos by Tia Dufour of the signing of The Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commemorative Coin Act.

Penny Nance: White House Listening Session (Includes Video)

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Our CEO and President Penny Nance was invited to attend a listening session on Vaping at the White House with President Trump.

Watch as Penny Nance Introduces herself to the President and mentions our CWA Family:

Watch as our CEO and President Penny Nance makes her comments to President Trump about the Vaping Issue:

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Tell Congress No to Funding Pro-Abortion Groups Overseas

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Concerned Women for America opposes funding abortion oversees.

Another Christmas shutdown looms over Capitol Hill.  This week a Continuing Resolution moved the spending expiration deadline to December 20. This delay does not remedy serious and real problems in the appropriations process, like the Senate FY 2020 State-Foreign Operations (SFOPS) bill that would undermine pro-life gains made by the Trump Administration.

The Shaheen Amendment, offered by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-New Hampshire), increases funding for programs that have been used to support the abortion industry and advocacy overseas. The amendment was disturbingly included in the SFOPS bill passed out of the Senate Appropriations Committee. While the SFOPS bill has not gone to the floor for a vote, avoidance of the Shaheen Amendment is not a solution. Something must be done to remove it from the FY 2020 spending bill and ensure it doesn’t get passed in the commotion of avoiding a Christmas government shutdown.

Thankfully, President Trump issued a letter in January promising to veto any bills that weaken current pro-life policies which is exactly what the Shaheen Amendment would do.  Her amendment also violates the conditions of the Bipartisan Budget Agreement agreed to by both parties that prohibits “poison pill” provisions from being included.

The Shaheen Amendment undermines the strong pro-life polices of this administration, specifically President Trump’s executive order creating Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance (PLGHA), commonly known as the Mexico City policy.   Every year, Sen. Shaheen attempts to strike PLGHA from the SFOPS Appropriations bill.  This year she offered a backdoor approach to undermine the policy.  The amendment circumvents PLGHA by directly increasing funding to the family planning/reproductive healthcare account that funds domestic groups that fund abortion overseas. Furthermore, it directly increases funding to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) which is a well-known advocate of abortion.

And there’s more. The Shaheen Amendment sets up a mechanism that could be used to advance sexual orientation and gender identity ideology and discriminate against pro-life and/or faith-based groups preventing them from receiving contracts.

This week, CWA joined with other prolife organizations in sending a letter to President Trump thanking him for his commitment to protect life and urging him to make clear to Congress that he opposes the Shaheen Amendment.  We believe the President stands with us and will uphold his veto promise to oppose any spending bill that compromises pro-life policy or uses taxpayer funds to prop up the abortion industry.

But we need your help to back up opposition to the Shaheen Amendment in Congress.

Please take a moment to send a note to your elected officials asking them to reject the Shaheen Amendment in the FY 2020 State-Foreign Operations Appropriations bill. We have a message ready for you to send directly to your senators and member of Congress, with the option to personalize it, if you so choose.  Go to our Action Center today and let them know you don’t want your tax-dollars funding abortion at home or overseas. Say no to the Shaheen Amendment.

Take Action Here:

For America (Day 109)

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O Lord, our God, You are great!
All Your works are done in wisdom,
They are perfect and beyond reproach.
Who can pass judgment over you?

There is none like You;
You have no equal.
You are clothed with splendor and majesty,
You dwell in light, and in You there is no darkness.

The foundations of the Earth are held
By the works of Your hands;
You speak, and it is so,
What a wonderful, marvelous God!

We are but dust, the morning dew
Here now, gone in a few;
Sinners, fearful and ashamed,
But for Your unbelievable grace.

Therefore, give us clean hands, O Lord,
By the power of the blood of Your Son,
Our Lord, our Savior, Jesus the Christ
That we may praise you in Spirit and truth.

In times of great distress, as we are living now,
We turn, seeking direction, to You.
We confess human wisdom is not enough,
We are blind to much; we can’t see what’s to come.

Only You know the heart of man.
The heart of the king You are able to turn
As You will, here and there
As You do the wind, which obeys Your word.

That is why to You we pray to protect
Our families, cities, and land;
To You we lift our President and Congress
And the rest of those who lead our way of life.

The impossible, we ask:
Wisdom and unity, goodwill and forgiveness;
That all may seek not only after their own,
But to lift each other as countrymen— neighbors, brothers.

Guide us out of this moral rut, O Lord.
Lift up our blindness, that we may enjoy
All that is good and beautiful and true.
Let evil fall in the very traps they set.

In Jesus’ name, we pray,
Amen.


Click here for more prayers from our For America Prayer Journal.

Democrats Playing Election-Year Politics with the Violence Against Women Act

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CWA’s Vice President of Government Relation, Doreen Denny wrote the following Op-Ed about the Violence Against Women Act.

Senators Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Dianne Feinstein (D-California) spent months collaborating on a reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. Their attempts to bring bipartisanship back to the process after the House majority rejected such collaboration were noble.  But their effort came to a “screeching halt” when Senate Democrats called a press conference to announce they were sponsoring the House bill instead.

“Once again, the Democrats are putting politics ahead of people and have decided to move forward on the House-passed VAWA bill,” Sen. Ernst announced.  This is a bill which Senate Democrats know full well is a non-starter for Senate approval.  Rejecting any history of bipartisanship or restraint, House Democrats loaded their reauthorization bill, H.R. 1585, with gun control, unemployment entitlements, and expansive ideological mandates.

Sen Ernst went on to explain how her good faith efforts with the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee were derailed as a political calculation. “Election-year politics are in full swing, and the grim reality is Democrats cannot afford to be seen giving Republicans a win. The far-left agenda of the House has hijacked the process.”

The politicization of something as significant as the Violence Against Women Act should have no place in the development of policy. Women victims of violence should be the last thing used as a pawn for political gain.  And yet that is exactly what the Democrats have done again this year.

This is not the first time VAWA has been held hostage in high-stakes partisan politics. It happened last year as VAWA was set to expire during the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

The National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (NTF) is a coalition of activist groups who guard the programs and funds for VAWA grantees. For years, they have worked in lock step with the Democrats to promote a progressively leftist agenda on VAWA and to demand that the same money go to the same providers. They are not fools in playing political games.

At the height of the Supreme Court battle, NTF sent a letter to Senate Republican leadership “to apprise you of our intention to disengage from negotiations over VAWA” to protest the handling of Christine Blasey Ford.

NTF laid out ground rules for how the Judiciary Committee should proceed with  Ford, concluding that, “Justice demands a fair process that treats Professor Ford far better than with the derision, scorn, and humiliation to which Professor Hill was subjected 27 years ago.”

Following their Kavanaugh defeat, the left cried foul at the “expiration of VAWA” and used it as a weapon against congressional Republicans in the 2018 election. Their prize: a House takeover, Speaker Pelosi, and a VAWA reauthorization bill showcasing their leftist policy agenda.

Considering how VAWA has been politicized over the last decade, it should come as no surprise that Sen. Ernst’s noble effort to work with the Democrats on an improved and modernized Violence Against Women Act broke down.  It didn’t surprise us. NTF is back on message demanding that the Senate pass the left’s wish list: unbounded unemployment benefits that could bankrupt states, gun confiscation orders that could disarm vulnerable women, and expansion of transgender rights giving biological men who claim to be women access to female domestic violence shelters and prisons, compromising the safety of women who have no other place of refuge or escape.

Meanwhile H.R. 1585’s partisan overreach falls short of important improvements that the Senate should correct. It overlooks meaningful protections for emerging threats to women in our country including female genital mutilation, honor killings, and forced marriages.  It deletes sex trafficking as a form of sexual assault against women and girls. It lets pimps off the hook and ignores the acceleration of threats from online predators.  It rejects full transparency and accountability in VAWA grant programs, including the hundreds of thousands of taxpayer funds that have gone every year to Planned Parenthood.

So long as Democrats choose to put election-year politics above safety, protection, and justice for women survivors, the effort to put a stronger VAWA on solid ground for the coming years will be futile. It’s time for Democrats to stop using VAWA to score political points and embrace a truly bipartisan reauthorization bill that can reach the President’s desk this year.

See Additional Pieces Written by Doreen Denny.

The UN Is Pushing Abortion On Developing Countries, But The Trump Administration Is Fighting Back

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CWA’s Vice President for International Affairs, Dr. Shea Garrison, wrote the following Op-Ed published in the Daily Caller.

Once again, the United Nations is pushing abortion into developing countries under the guise of “accelerating” progress for women. And once again, the Trump administration is fighting back.

Backed by Western organizations and money, the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), Norway and Kenya staged a summit last week in Nairobi to reflect the narrow interests of abortion proponents. Among supporters are the abortion-promoting organizations Plan International, the Gates Foundation, International Planned Parenthood Federation, Women Deliver, the U.N. Foundation, and She Decides.

Coming on the heels of the September U.S. Joint Statement on Universal Health Coverage, the summit seems a direct contradiction against 21 U.N. member states committed to “not support … ambiguous terms and expressions, such as sexual and reproductive health and rights in U.N. documents.” In response to the summit, the U.S. issued another statement on behalf of eleven countries reaffirming a commitment to protecting life and protesting that the priorities of the event do not enjoy international consensus.

The  Nairobi Summit claims to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the 1994 Cairo International Conference on Population Development (ICPD) which negotiated reproductive health and population issues with representatives from 179 countries. But U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Kyle McCarter wrote pro-abortion groups actually used this year’s summit as “a vehicle to try and further their agenda” saying they “are attempting to rewrite ICPD’s … language … with an alternative set of commitments that go beyond what was agreed to by member states in the original ICPD.”

Read Dr. Garrison’s entire Piece Here:

CWA Supports the Trump Administration’s stance on Israeli Settlements

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CWA Supports the Trump Administration’s

stance on Israeli Settlements

 

Today Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared that the U.S. agrees with President Reagan’s administration that Israeli settlements are not inconsistent with international law.

Penny Nance, CEO and President, and Dr. Shea Garrison, Vice President of International Affairs for Concerned Women for America released this statement:

“We applaud Sec. Pompeo and the Trump administration for their right stance in declaring Israeli settlements in the West Bank, Golan Heights, and East Jerusalem consistent with international law. The U.S. will no longer view Israeli settlements as illegal, cancelling a legal position adopted by the U.S. State Department in 1978 by the Carter administration. We stand with Israel, our closest ally in the Middle East, who most closely shares our democratic values.”

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CWA Impeachment Run-Down and Prayer Guide

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In case you’ve missed it, this week, the U.S. House of Representatives started public hearings in their impeachment inquiry into President Trump. If you have watched any of the impeachment proceedings, you have seen hostile partisan politics. The Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee carefully curated a list of people and conducted a closed-door selection process of witnesses. They passed a partisan impeachment resolution and have denied Republican witness requests, namely the whistleblower and Hunter Biden. The Committee televised the first public hearing on Wednesday, November 13, on the Democrat’s claim that President Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate the 2016 election by withholding aid. These impeachment proceedings are nothing like we have seen before, so we wanted to give you a who, what, when, and how to pray guide:

THIS WEEK: Focusing on U.S. officials who handled policy in Ukraine and back the whistleblower complaint.
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
WHO: William (Bill) Taylor, Acting U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine
George Kent, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State
Watch video of the first hearing here.

Today, Friday, November 15, 2019
Time: 9:00 a.m. ET
WHO: Marie Yovanovitch, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine

NEXT WEEK:
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
WHO: Jennifer Williams, aide to Vice President Mike Pence
Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, National Security Council director for Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, the Caucuses, and Belarus
Kurt Volker, former Special Envoy to Ukraine
Tim Morrison, former National Security Council adviser

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
WHO: Gordon Sondland, US Ambassador to the European Union
Laura Cooper, Defense Department official
David Hale, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs

Thursday, November 21, 2019
WHO: Fiona Hill, Former National Security Council Russia Adviser

How to Pray: Pray for truth and justice to prevail and for unity in our nation.
Pray for wisdom and conviction for all leaders.
Pray for President Trump and his advisors.
Pray for House Intelligence Committee Leaders, Members, and staff – Republican and Democrat
Pray for the witnesses who will be testifying
Pray for the media to be accurate and truthful in their reporting, to not perpetuate a false narrative.

How to Watch: https://www.c-span.org/

CWA resources:
Our General Counsel, Mario Diaz, Esq – The Impeachment’s Partisan Stench
CWA’s “Use Your Voice” Podcast launching next week will focus on Impeachment.
Join us Live Tweeting during each hearing over the next week on our Twitter.
Check our Social Media platforms for daily updates- Facebook and Instagram.
www.concernedwomen.org

The Impeachment’s Partisan Stench

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The putrid smell of malicious, partisan politics is all over the U.S. House of Representatives’ sham impeachment proceedings. It is unavoidable. Try as one may, the fetor coming from every statement, every report, every interview, every room, and every hallway is too much for any reasonable observer to withstand.

The outrageously hostile, personal (even beyond partisan) opposition to President Donald J. Trump from day one has been sort of mystical. On January 20, 2017, the day of President Trump’s public swearing-in ceremony, a Washington Post headline read, “The campaign to impeach President Trump has begun.” That’s how much faith the mindless opposition had on their efforts to find something, whatever, to remove him from office.

He is worse than Hitler, you see, came the justification. The conclusion that he is a threat to our democracy was accepted, approved, and promoted by the mainstream media as obvious. The suffocating blather in cable news has been non-stop. It has completely exposed them.

Even when the facts do not align with their argument, they will push through with the narrative. The excellent economic numbers, record unemployment, his work on prison reform, nothing the president does is any good to his opposition. Similarly, the lack of evidence is also no obstacle to the faithful.

They have moved away from the Russia “collusion” theory now, but, boy, it was as true as the sun as they covered it. Throughout the investigation, the big bombshell was always about to be revealed. I, like many other Americans, thought they must have something really big.

No. The Mueller Report came and went. They have moved on now. To Ukraine. Maybe this one will stick. The same players are driving the new angle on why Trump must be removed, promising again that the big reveal is just about to happen. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-California) still leads the effort. And we are supposed to believe this is all an impartial, duty-driven effort?

Have some self-respect.

The Constitution sets a high bar to impeach a president. Article II, section 4 says, “The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” Really hating the president does not seem to meet that bar.

Neither does this phone call on which they keep hanging all their hopes. After reading the transcript the president himself released, it is reasonable to conclude that there is nothing there. Sure, those with a predisposition to hate the president can read into it all they want. But the reality is that the facts do not amount to anything nearly close to an impeachable offense.

Actually, the more facts are known the worse it looks for the accusers. The money was not withheld; there was no investigation; the president of Ukraine denies feeling any pressure, and there is a whole lot more to this story than this simple phone call. There has been a whole lot of money and corruption and fraud through many years in Ukraine, including the fact that they played a role in the 2016 election. And we are supposed to just ignore everything because “Trump must go”?

To make matters worse, the way they are conducting the investigation with secret hearings, selective leaks, and denying the president any representation is completely according to the previous personal, partisan, emotionally driven efforts. It is most certainly not in the best interest of the country, trying to avoid any appearance of impropriety. It is a fundamentally unfair process, motivated by partisan political rancor, and Americans would do well to reject it, regardless of political affiliation.

Would any reasonable person think it just to remove the president from office under these set of facts as a whole?

Now we are starting to hear more about the alleged whistleblower, and, surprise, surprise he is a Democratic operative whose lawyer said in 2017, “A coup has started,” and “I predict [CNN] will play a key role in [President Donald Trump] not finishing out his full term as president,”  and “We will get rid of him, and this country is strong enough to survive even him and his supporters.” Seriously?

His prediction of the media’s role is eerie.

Those of us who witnessed the dastardly attack on Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination up close are hard-pressed to ignore the glaring parallels – the stealth coordination between one party and the accuser, the innuendo and hearsay taken as gospel truth, and the media’s complicit role! It is shameful.

To think of the media’s role during the Kavanaugh hearings and their treatment of the ABC/CBS Epstein sexual abuse cover-up this week is maddening.

We have learned nothing except to distrust one another even more. I mourn for the loss of trust in the media we have experienced through it all. Same with Congress’ impeachment efforts against the president. How can any sane person have any confidence in this fishy process?

It stinks.


Mario Diaz, Esq. is CWA’s general counsel. Follow him on Twitter @mariodiazesq.

An Honor and Opportunity for CWA Staff Meeting President Trump

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On a Friday in November, some of our staff had the honor and opportunity to meet President Trump as he boarded Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House. The President expressed his great appreciation of our work at Concerned Women for America and took the time to pose for pictures. Thank you Mr. President.

See President Trump’s Video From our 40th Anniversary Gala

 

Penny Nance on World Radio: TV Ratings Need Reform

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(Story Begins at 8 minute mark and runs to 13 minutes.)

CEO and President Penny Nance weighed in on The World and Everything in It radio this week on the subject of TV Ratings. The host commented: “Television content for kids has more and more profanity and violence in it and the T-V ratings stay the same.  But that’s exactly the way Hollywood likes it.”

Hear the Entire Radio Show Here:  

 

Judicial Nominations Cap the Trump Legacy

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Right at the top of the list of President Donald J. Trump’s legacy is his amazing work on judicial nominations. In just under three years, the U.S. Senate has confirmed the most circuit court judges in a president’s first term since 1980. With several confirmations this week, one out of every four circuit court judges are now a Trump nominee.

The Senate has confirmed a total of 159 judges with more ready to be confirmed at any moment. Forty-five of those are circuit court judges, 112 to the district court, and, of course, two Supreme Court justices.

This week, the President took some time to celebrate the great work their team has been doing on this front. Concerned Women for America’s (CWA) Vice-President of Government Relations Doreen Denny was at the White House to mark the occasion.

CWA supporters have been crucial in the Trump Administration’s success through our support of the many judicial nominees. The two Supreme Court nominees, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, were most prominent, of course.

Which brings us to the most important point about the Trump legacy. It is not about the numbers. It is not about being a Republican or a Democrat. The fact is CWA’s support and the President’s success is worth celebrating because of the type of judges the president has nominated. His commitment to nominating constitutionalists who refrain from interjecting personal policy preferences into the judicial decision has been unwavering. That is why his number will have such a great impact for all Americans, regardless of political persuasion.

When judges are committed to the text of the Constitution and the laws as written, everyone wins. Remember, the danger of the “living, breathing constitution” is not that the Constitution is amended (the Founders indeed provided a way for the Constitution to be amended, since they knew this must happen—that’s what the Bill of Rights is), it is how it is done. For unelected judges to simply amend the Constitution at their pleasure breaks the most fundamental tenets of our Republic. It is “we the people” who are the “supremes” under our Constitution, not unelected judges.

Therefore, with judges who abide by the text of the Constitution and the laws as written, everyone should feel empowered. They are free to persuade their fellow citizens of their preferred policy positions and work through the legislatures to see that those changes are made. To continue to allow judges to implement one side’s preferred policy changes by judicial fiat is to live under judicial tyranny.

President Trump noted this in his remarks this week saying,

“This system was designed to protect citizens against the unjust concentration of governmental power … [but] when judges assume the role of a legislature, the rights of all citizens are threatened. … When judges write policy instead of applying the law, they impose sweeping changes on millions of Americans without the benefit of legislative debate, public rulemaking, or the consent of the governed. As a result, these highly political rulings inflict painful damage on our security, society, and economy—imposing unworkable edicts on businesses, workers, families, and law enforcement.”

That’s music to my ears.

President Trump also noted that the average age of his circuit judges is less than 50 years old—10 years younger than the average age was for President Obama. This means that this legacy will have a lasting effect on the judiciary. We simply cannot overstate how important this is for the protection of our freedoms.

This success should also highlight for us how important the next election will be. Part of the reason for the president’s success was the rule change made by former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid who opened the door to get rid of the filibuster of judicial nominees. That reality will benefit whoever is in office. If someone committed to judicial activists is elected President, he too would be able to confirm judges at a faster pace, especially if the same party controls the Senate, as President Trump has enjoyed.

This issue must remain at the top of our minds as we consider our choices for the next election.


Mario Diaz, Esq. is CWA’s general counsel. Follow him on Twitter @mariodiazesq.

Trump Administration to Reverse Obama-era Regs that Sidelined Faith-Based Adoption and Foster Care Agencies

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UPDATE:

President Trump just issued the new proposed rule that would reverse an Obama-era regulation that harmed faith-based adoption and foster care providers. This Obama “nondiscrimination” mandate, imposed just days before President Trump was inaugurated, jeopardized the status of faith-based adoption and foster care providers who work with adoptive and foster families who shared their beliefs. President Obama added categories to HHS nondiscrimination laws that require grant recipients to accept unorthodox, ideological views on gender and sexuality. The result has become government discrimination against faith-based providers used as a weapon for lawsuits and disqualifying them from serving families and children.

In the new rule, the Keep Kids First Rule, the Trump Administration has reversed this activist policy and clarified that discrimination laws enacted by Congress, not imposed by unelected bureaucrats, apply to adoption and foster care providers. The Administration’s effort to restore religious freedom and include all child welfare providers on the playing field is especially important as the need for loving families is on the rise.

The Trump Administration needs your help to make the Keep Kids First Rule a reality.  Public comments supporting the rule are the key to guaranteeing the religious freedom of all providers and ending government discrimination against them. Your positive comment supporting the Keep Kids First rule must be submitted by December 19 at 11:59 p.m. 

Click Here to learn more.  

 

Last Friday the Trump Administration announced its intention to reverse Obama-era regulations that have sidelined faith-based adoption and foster care agencies. CWA has been working with Congress and the Administration on this change for nearly two years!

President Obama added categories to nondiscrimination laws that require grant recipients to accept ideological views on gender and sexuality. Such government discrimination has been weaponized against faith-based providers – several are facing lawsuits; others have discontinued operations. The Administration’s effort to restore religious freedom and enable all qualified child welfare providers to be eligible for placing children in loving homes is especially important as the need for loving families is on the rise.

As with other proposed rules that represent major changes, like the Protect Life rule and the Conscience Care Rule, supportive comments of the new rules will be crucial! The timeline to comment will only be 30 days. We will need your help to get the word out. We are awaiting publication in the Federal Register this week before we are able to submit comments, and we will alert you as soon as the comment period begins!

Young Woman Prays

For America – Day 108

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Vindicate us, O Lord—
Heavenly Father, come to our rescue.
When enemies assail us and keep us under threat,
We trust not in our own schemes, but in You.

They come at us with sword and spear, lies and smears,
But we shall not be moved.
Those who trust in the Lord endure
Through many trials and tribulations.

You renew the strength of those who wait for you;
We shall mount up with wings like eagles;
We will run and not be weary;
Walk and not faint.

In You we take refuge.
Pardon our sin and do not cast us away,
Like those who have no faith.
Send Your light and truth to our land.

Send us revival and hope for the afflicted.
Help us reject the things of this world,
Preferring to store up in heaven above,
That which is our treasure.

Teach us to value You, help us to see.
Give us wisdom beyond our deserve.
Let us witness the daily miracles of Your grace.
And help us share in love, Your love,

Amen!


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