Freedom in America in the Balance

America has lost one of its greatest defenders of freedom. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has tragically died at age 79 — leaving leftists salivating for a complete capture of the Supreme Court.

And if the Supreme Court swings to the Left, your freedom will go with it.

A district judge in Texas said he thinks there will be no action on a nominee to replace Scalia, but that is naïve thinking.

Of course President Obama and his fellow travelers will do everything they can to seize this opportunity to put judicial activists in complete control of America’s judicial system, from the very top on down.

Our only hope is to convince U.S. Senator Lindsay Graham and other Senate Republicans to vote down any nominee Obama presents. These people have let us down before and confirmed two nominees. They should not make it a third.

There is absolutely no doubt that Obama will try to strong-arm a radical nominee through the confirmation process. He will try to intimidate squishy Republicans into doing his bidding. Obama will not nominate anyone close to moderate. He detests the U.S. Constitution, and he sees a clear path to re-writing it now.

We citizens must arise and make our voices heard to every Republican in the U.S. Senate to assure the first nominee is defeated. And then the second, and any others, as well.

Gov. Ducey Wants Arizona Out of the Ninth Circuit

By Cathi Herrod, President, Center for Arizona Policy

Today, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey issued a call for the U.S. Congress to establish another federal circuit court of appeals that removes Arizona from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

In his call, Gov. Ducey stated, “…due to its voluminous caseload and disproportionate size, the Ninth Circuit has an abysmal turnaround time of over 15 months for an average ruling… Arizonans deserve better than this from the people in power, and that includes a judicial process that is judicious in nature. It’s time that Congress takes overdue action to resolve this crisis in our courts.” Ducey further pointed out that the Ninth Circuit is consistently overturned with a 77 percent reversal rate.

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich joined in stating: “The Ninth Circuit is overloaded and it’s bringing on new cases faster than it can resolve old ones. Reform in this area is long overdue.”

Read the full press release here as well as Governor Ducey’s letter to Congress here.

Action Needed:

  • Urge your U.S. Senator and Congressman to make this much needed change!
  • Forward this email to a friend! It is crucial that Arizona’s Congressional Delegation hear from the citizens in their state.
  • Thank Governor Ducey! Send an email to the Governor to thank him for seeking this much needed change in our judicial process.
  • Pray! Pray that Arizona’s U.S. Senators and Representatives will stand boldly and seek a judicious legal process for the citizens they represent.

The Arizona Conservative says: Bravo to the governor’s efforts! And to CAP for supporting this measure. They took the high road and didn’t say this … but we will say it: in 99.9 percent of the social issues cases going up to the Ninth Circuit, this controversial court will rule against conservatives. The deck is stacked in San Francisco, in favor of judicial activism. And it isn’t fair.

Remembering the Black Day of Jan. 22, 1973; Championing a Culture of Life

Cathi Herrod, president of the Center for Arizona Policy:

Today we observe one of the most tragic days in our nation’s history – the day the United States Supreme Court ruled that taking the life of a preborn child at any stage of pregnancy for any reason was legal. Yet it is a day filled with hope for the days ahead.

Today, I urge you to redouble your efforts to protect the lives of preborn children and their mothers and fathers.

Forty-three years ago few would have anticipated a pro-life movement that is stronger than ever with the country daily witnessing an increasingly pro-life majority. That the abortion rate would be dropping, not increasing.

Some key thoughts to encourage you that we are making a difference…

  • The pro-life movement is just as concerned about the woman walking into an abortion clinic as we are about her preborn child. Abortion not only stops a beating heart, it hurts women. Abortion breaks a woman’s heart. We all know a woman wounded by abortion who has suffered greatly – either physically or emotionally – from her abortion. Men are coming forward in increasing numbers who regret having supported or coerced a woman into having an abortion. These truths help persuade women to choose life, not abortion.
  • Ultrasound technology continues to show the humanity of the preborn child. The vivid pictures of babies as early as nine or ten weeks in the womb with a beating heart and clearly distinguishable human features leave no doubt – that’s a life worthy of protection.
  • The atrocities – the dangerous and deadly practices – being performed daily by Planned Parenthood and other abortion clinics continue to be exposed. No longer can the American public act as though these so-called women’s health services are for the common good. No, quite the opposite.
  • In the last three years, more states have passed more laws protecting preborn children and their mothers than at any other time in the last 43 years. Almost all of the Republican candidates for president are pro-life. More and more candidates for office proudly proclaim their pro-life views, including the most recent and current Arizona governors.

To keep making a difference, I offer you these action steps…

  • Pray for an end to abortion. Pray for committed pro-life individuals to be elected to office, especially as President of the United States. Pray for the U.S. Supreme Court as they rule on the Texas abortion law later this year.
  • Financially support and volunteer at a pregnancy resource center. These pro-life heroes are on the front lines daily reaching abortion-minded women with life-saving alternatives.
  • Financially support and volunteer for a candidate of your choosing who will protect and defend life from its very beginning to its natural end.
  • Always, always be ready to be winsome and persuasive as you present the truth with those who do not hold a pro-life view. Know the facts about how abortion hurts women and fetal development from the moment of conception.

Today we mourn the havoc wreaked on preborn children, men, and women. Yet today we also keep our hope fixed on a new day in America when all life is protected from its very beginning to its natural end.

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Arizona Sheriff Challenges Obama on Gun Grabbing

In a nationally televised town hall Thursday, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu defended Americans’ right to bear arms in the face of President Barack Obama’s assault on the 2nd Amendment.

Babeu, invited by CNN to forum in Virginia, asked Obama what gun control measures he would have implemented to stop previous mass shootings. Obama failed to provide specifics in his answer.

“I was disappointed President Obama could not level with the nation and list for us his ideas for a solution,” Babeu said. “He would rather issue constitutionally questionable executive actions rather than tackle the issues head on working with Congress.”

Babeu said America must focus on mental health issues as a way to address gun violence.

“About half of my jail is filled with people with underlying mental health issues. Jails have become de facto mental health treatment centers,” Babeu said. “Keeping guns out of the hands of the mentally ill while providing successful treatment options will reduce violence.”

Babeu, selected to appear on CNN because of his strong support for the 2nd Amendment, returned to Arizona Friday and renewed his commitment to protect freedoms enshrined in the Constitution.

“A law abiding citizen with proper firearms training is the best protection against an armed violent predator or terrorist,” Babeu said. “I encourage Arizona residents to learn about their right to bear arms and proper gun safety.”

Rep. Gosar: Obama’s attack on Second Amendment ‘Represents the Pinnacle in a Legacy of Lawlessness’

U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after President Obama announced further details of his executive action on gun control at a White House press conference:

“The president’s latest partisan attack on the Second Amendment represents the pinnacle in a legacy of lawlessness. Despite his hollow, self-righteous attempts to intimidate law-abiding Americans, his executive order will only result in further gun crime and death. The president’s gun control proposals would not have stopped any of the major shootings which took place this past year. Gun violence is committed by criminals, yet, the focus of this executive order is on restricting the rights of law-abiding citizens. Elements of the executive order will unjustly strip some social security recipients of their second amendment rights. Whether it is blind ignorance or intentional deceit, President Obama’s actions will sabotage the safety of countless Americans in order to score political points with the far-left.

“This unconstitutional executive order violates the separation of powers by creating a new law without the consent of Congress and actually attempts to prosecute American citizens under new mandates that have been rejected by Congress. Republicans and Democrats, along with the American people, have already blocked the president’s gun control proposals three different times. Now, Congress must act again and fulfill its duty to put a stop to this dangerous precedent of executive overreach. I am proud to be leading the charge as an original cosponsor of legislation that will block any executive actions that violate the Second Amendment or infringe on Congress’ Article I responsibilities. As an elected Representative, I will never stop fighting to take back the power of the House from an out-of-control executive branch that represents the single greatest threat to American liberty.”

Background

Tomorrow, Congressman Marlin Stutzman (R-IN), Congressman Gosar and several of their colleagues will introduce the Separation of Powers Restoration and Second Amendment Protection Act. This bill is the House companion to S.2434. The bill prohibits funds from being “used to promulgate or enforce any executive action that infringes on the powers and duties of Congress under section 8 of article I of the Constitution of the United States or the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.” The bill also allows for civil action to be initiated in district courts to challenges executive actions that infringe on these rights. The draft text of the legislation can be found HERE.

Congressman Gosar has been actively involved in fighting any and all attempts by this Administration to undermine our Constitution and infringe upon the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens. Congressman Gosar successfully passed an amendment through the House in June 2015 reversing the ATF ban on 7N6 ammunition, therefore restoring Second Amendment rights and preserving access to affordable ammunition for sporting purposes. The Gosar amendment was supported by the NRA and Gun Owners of America. Click HERE to read more.

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