A defining Republican debate 1

By Tom Quiner

I just finished watching tonight’s Republican debate. I had four reactions:

REACTION #1: Rick Perry is done. If you didn’t see the debate, Mr. Perry said he would eliminate three government agencies. He began to list them off but couldn’t remember the third. It was painful to watch. A million Republicans asked themselves this question: do we want this man debating President Obama? The answer is a resounding no. Mr. Obama would chew him up and spit him out. Mr. Perry bores me. I can’t wait until another candidate gets a chance to speak.

REACTION #2: Mitt Romney is consistent. No one has knocked him off his perch. I don’t think many folks are passionate about Mr. Romney. I’m not. I will not vote for him in the Iowa caucas. Nonetheless, he comes across as presidential in these debates.

REACTION #3: Newt Gingrich always electrifies an audience. I want Newt to have more time. He demonstrates a breadth of knowledge on the issues that goes beyond everyone else. He is articulate. His ideas are profound but accessible. He is rising in the polls. He will move up even more after tonight’s debate at the expense of Herman Cain. Mr. Cain’s response to every question seems to be his 9-9-9 Plan. “Mr. Cain, how would you bring about world piece?” “With my 9-9-9 Plan.” “Mr. Cain, what should Joe Paterno have done to save his job at Penn State?” “If only he had listened to my 9-9-9 Plan.” By the way, the 9-9-9 Plan is a good plan. But one gets the idea that Mr. Cain is hiding behind it to mask his lack of knowledge on a lot of the questions he is asked. Who do Republicans want debating Mr. Obama? Newt Gingrich. Surely not Herman Cain.

REACTION #4: Michelle Bachman came across strong tonight. Even more, she showed guts with one of her answers. She was the only candidate against maintaining the payroll tax cut. President Obama sold it as job stimulus, which of course it isn’t. But it is politically unpopular to call for a return to the higher, normal rates. Ms. Bachman made an eloquent case for how this has hastened the fiscal implosion of Social Security. She pointed out how this tax cut has been counter-productive by putting seniors at risk. She came across as strong and knowledgeable. Good job. In my book, she won the debate tonight.

Although Herman Cain cannot be written off yet, I see the race coming down to Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich.

The Cain Mutiny 1

By Tom Quiner

I like Herman Cain. But he’s not ready to be President of the United States.

I don’t base this opinion on the recent spate of sexual harassment allegations against him. I base it on his ongoing flip flops.

I base it on his handling of the crisis his campaign is in right now.

I base it on a lack of experience to be president.

I have been put off by the Cain campaign’s tendency to blame everyone for this story, Democrats and Republicans alike. They’re shooting from the hip without thinking. The most recent example is the false assertions of Mr. Cain’s top strategist, Mark Block, on Sean Hannity’s show last night:

“It’s become quite apparent that Mr. Cain’s candidacy and his rise in the poll is the — both the left and the right’s worst nightmare. You have all of these allegations coming out, you know, eight, nine days ago from Politico. You start connecting the dots and trying to figure out whether it’s coming from opponents on the left or opponents on the right. I mean, just at the press conference it was brought up that the — Karen Kraushaar come out as one of the women. So we’ve come to find out her son works at Politico, the organization that originally out the story out.”

Sean Hannity asked:

“Have you confirmed that? I’ve been hearing that all day. You’ve confirmed that now, right?”

Mr. Block responded:

“We confirmed it — that he does indeed work at Politico and that’s his mother, yes.”

It turns out the reporter to whom he referred, Josh Kraushaar, neither works for Politico nor is related to Ms. Kraushaar.

I don’t know if the allegations against Mr. Cain are true or not. Either way, he’s not prepared to be our President.


A quick look at the Gingrich years Reply

By Tom Quiner

Who do you blame for out-of-control government spending? The President?

I suggest we start with Congress, and specifically, the House of Representatives. All spending bills start in the House. The President can promote spending programs using the bully pulpit. And he can sign or veto the spending bills passed by Congress. But it is Congress that spends the money.

So who is going to do something about unsustainable government spending?

I suggest that it is going to take a real leader to get something done. There is one candidate for president who has a pretty good track record in this department: Newt Gingrich.

The chart above from the Department of Management and Budget says it all. During Newt Gingrich’s tenure as Speaker of the House from 1995 through 1999, we saw government spending decline as a percentage of GDP. Mr. Gingrich is more than a visionary, he gets things done.

If you’re concerned about the trajectory of America’s fiscal future, you might want to take a closer look at Newt Gingrich.

Occupy Planned Parenthood 5

By Tom Quiner

The Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement receives lavish attention from the media. Frankly, they deserve it. It is a big story.

There is another big story which receives almost no media attention: the 40 Days for Life movement. The folks participating in this movement are quite a bit different than those in OWS. They’re not asking for anything. They don’t want your money. They are civil and respectful. And they are sad about the ongoing tragedy of abortion-on-demand at Planned Parenthood.

They gather for 40 days outside Planned Parenthood offices around the country and pray for an end to abortion.

In a sense, they are occupying the “spiritual space” of Planned Parenthood with their relentless prayers on behalf of the pre-born, their mothers, and their fathers.

They do something else that might seem pretty strange to the OWS crowd: they pray for the employees of Planned Parenthood. While the OWS crowd reviles the “1 percent” for being overly productive, the 40 Days for Life Crowd pray for the people who profit from the tragedy of abortion. They pray for a change of heart, that they see the harm they’re doing not only to the baby in the womb, but to the mother, the father, and to the very fabric of our society.

I have participated in these gatherings for several years. I receive two types of fingers from passer byes, most of which are thumbs up. And I certainly get some middle fingers from those who angry that I hold a sign that says “pray to end abortion.” (Do they honestly think God blesses abortion?)

Some Quiner’s Diners readers view us as being dreamy-eyed religious nuts. And yet reports are pouring in from around the country on the impact our prayers have had on real people (in the womb and out!).

Shawn Carney, the head of the movement, reports 508 lives have been saved. Here is what happens when Planned Parenthood is “occupied” by prayer, according to Mr. Carney:

In Austin, Texas: A volunteer spoke a teenaged couple approaching the
abortion center and learned that the girl just found
out she was pregnant. She was afraid of telling her
parents and wanted to go behind their backs to get a
judicial bypass — a court order — in order to have
an abortion.

Her boyfriend was not in favor of the abortion, but
reluctantly said he supported her because it was her

“I showed them what her baby might look like, based
on how far along she thought she was — six weeks,”
said the vigil participant. “I also discussed
alternatives and resources that I could connect
her with.”

The couple walked into the abortion center, but soon
left “with smiles of joy and satisfaction. They decided
to not to have an abortion,” said the volunteer.

“Praise God!”

In Overland Park, KS:  The 40 Days for Life team in Overland Park had gotten
a call from the 40 Days for Life leaders in Columbia,
Missouri. Planned Parenthood’s Columbia abortionist
had quit, so this office was sending women to Planned
Parenthood in Overland Park for abortions.

A volunteer spoke to a couple who had shown up for an
appointment in Overland Park. He asked the couple if
they were from Columbia — they looked shocked — and
said in fact they were. So he shared some pro-life
information with them.

They never made it inside the building, however. It
was closed! No one had shown up for work that day
— there was no explanation.

Later, another couple showed up, knocked, tried the
intercom — nothing. There was still no one there.
They also took information from the volunteers and left.

In Lafayette, IN:  A young woman stopped to talk to a 40 Days for Life
prayer volunteer outside the abortion center.

“She was pregnant,” the vigil participant said, “and
gave me many reasons as to why she should have an
abortion.” She said the father was not around, she used
drugs and she wouldn’t be a good mother.

“I simply reminded her that God had a plan for her and
her baby, and that He would take care of her. I
referred her to the pregnancy resource center a few
doors down from Planned Parenthood.”

They prayed, and the volunteer gave the young woman a
hug, after which she said, “I’m out of here.”

As she left Planned Parenthood, she rolled down the
window and waved goodbye. “She was crying,” said the
vigil participant. “I’m still praying for her.”

These are but three stories out of 508 from around the country. You’re not going hear about stories like these from the Mainstream Media. They like the rowdy rebels of OWS. They’re bored with the fearless faithful who occupy Planned Parenthood through the power of prayer.

They day is soon coming when America’s golgotha of the modern world, Planned Parenthood, is shuttered and drummed out of business.

The Occupy Planned Parenthood movement, aka as 40 Days for Life, can’t be stopped, because prayer is just that powerful.

Join the movement.



Is the prayer that united us really a “distraction?” 2

By Tom Quiner

President Roosevelt leads a nation in prayer

What did the President of the United States do when we launched our biggest military assault in history?

He prayed.

Even more, he prayed aloud on radio to an entire country with a prayer that was probably heard by more human beings than any other prayer in history up to that time.

Franklin Roosevelt’s “Let Our Hearts Be Stout” prayer is legendary. This President, a Democrat, united our country by invoking God Almighty on one of the most historic days in American history, D-Day.

Take a minute. Read the prayer below. It was spoken boldly to an attentive nation on June 6th, 1944. I’m sure it’s not taught in public schools any more:

“My Fellow Americans:

Last night, when I spoke with you about the fall of Rome, I knew at that moment that troops of the United States and our Allies were crossing the Channel in another and greater operation. It has come to pass with success thus far.

And so, in this poignant hour, I ask you to join with me in prayer:

Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity.

Lead them straight and true; give strength to their arms, stoutness to their hearts, steadfastness in their faith.

They will need Thy blessings. Their road will be long and hard. For the enemy is strong. He may hurl back our forces. Success may not come with rushing speed, but we shall return again and again; and we know that by Thy grace, and by the righteousness of our cause, our sons will triumph.

They will be sore tried, by night and by day, without rest — until the victory is won. The darkness will be rent by noise and flame. Men’s souls will be shaken with the violences of war.

For these men are lately drawn from the ways of peace. They fight not for the lust of conquest. They fight to end conquest. They fight to liberate. They fight to let justice arise, and tolerance and goodwill among all Thy people. They yearn but for the end of battle, for their return to the haven of home.

Some will never return. Embrace these, Father, and receive them, Thy heroic servants, into Thy kingdom.

And for us at home — fathers, mothers, children, wives, sisters, and brothers of brave men overseas, whose thoughts and prayers are ever with them — help us, Almighty God, to rededicate ourselves in renewed faith in Thee in this hour of great sacrifice.

Many people have urged that I call the nation into a single day of special prayer. But because the road is long and the desire is great, I ask that our people devote themselves in a continuance of prayer. As we rise to each new day, and again when each day is spent, let words of prayer be on our lips, invoking Thy help to our efforts.

Give us strength, too — strength in our daily tasks, to redouble the contributions we make in the physical and the material support of our armed forces.

And let our hearts be stout, to wait out the long travail, to bear sorrows that may come, to impart our courage unto our sons wheresoever they may be.

And, O Lord, give us faith. Give us faith in Thee; faith in our sons; faith in each other; faith in our united crusade. Let not the keeness of our spirit ever be dulled. Let not the impacts of temporary events, of temporal matters of but fleeting moment — let not these deter us in our unconquerable purpose.

With Thy blessing, we shall prevail over the unholy forces of our enemy. Help us to conquer the apostles of greed and racial arrogances. Lead us to the saving of our country, and with our sister nations into a world unity that will spell a sure peace — a peace invulnerable to the schemings of unworthy men. And a peace that will let all of men live in freedom, reaping the just rewards of their honest toil.

Thy will be done, Almighty God.


A bill before Congress calls for this prayer to be added to the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. It has bi-partisan support.

The President opposes it. His administration will fight it tooth and nail, although spokesperson,Robert Abbey, the director of the Bureau of Land Management, couches his reasons with lofty rhetoric:

“It is not a judgment as to the merit of this new commemoration, simply that altering the Memorial in this way, as proposed in HR 2070, will necessarily dilute this elegant memorial’s central message and its ability to clearly convey that message to move, educate, and inspire its many visitors.”

If I understand what he and the President are trying to express, THE prayer that rallied this nation in a dark hour will make the monument less moving, less educational, and less inspirational.

THE prayer that launched us to victory is somehow inelegant.

What dishonesty.

This is anti-Christian political correctness run amuck.

The man who proudly prayed those words in 1944 has been succeeded by another who wishes to suppress those same words.

I’m fed up with President Obama’s embarrassment that the United States of America was built on Judeo-Christian values.

What is it with the President’s apparent anti Christian bias?  When he spoke at Georgetown, a Jesuit University, he ordered all religious symbols removed or covered up. The president said these symbols of God would be distracting to his message.

President Roosevelt said that God WAS the message.

President Obama suggests that God is a distraction. What do you think? Is President Obama right? Or is President Roosevelt?