F-35 SQUABBLE COULD KILL HATE BILL
By Rev. Ted Pike
17 Aug 09
spring, President Obama warned Congress that two things
would cause him to veto the 2010 military appropriations
bill. He would veto if funding was given for seven
to twelve F-22 Raptor jets, or if $2 billion were authorized
to develop extra engines for F-35 jet fighters. Congressional
advocates say the backup engines are needed in case
F-35 engines develop problems in time of war.
Last month, primarily to save the hate crimes amendment attached to
the defense authorization bill, the Democrat Senate gave Obama what
he wanted. They approved a defense/hate bill package guaranteed to
Yet the threat of an Obama veto is not over. Last week's CQ
Today (Aug. 12, "Inouye Ignores Veto Threat Against F-35 Engine Funding")
In a rebuff to President Obama, the chairman of the Senate Appropriations
Committee and its Defense Subcommittee says he will support continued
funding of the second engine for the F-35, the newest US fighter jet.
Daniel K. Inouye, D-Hawaii, disclosed in a brief interview that
when his committee writes the defense bill in September, he will
back continued development of the competitive engine, as he has in
the past, "Because," he
said, "it makes good sense."
Further, CQ says, "When the final version of that measure is
written, Inouye will be joined in supporting the second engine by his
House counterpart, John P. Murtha, D-Pennsylvania." (Rep. Murtha
is a member of the House Appropriations Committee and chair of its
Obama's threat to veto an arms bill is his first veto threat to Congress.
It is a power struggle no President can afford to lose. Inouye and
Murtha are powerful policy shapers in the Senate and House as well
as gatekeepers of military spending. If their resolve to defy Obama
hardens during conference between Senate and House in September, there
is a real possibility that the finalized military appropriations bill,
with hate crimes bill attached, could be vetoed. The hate bill would
be destroyed and probably not resurrected in this Congress.
We Can Help Kill the Hate Bill!
The best way to assist veto of the defense/hate bill combination is
to revive grassroots protest of the hate bill. We must convince Obama
and Democrats in Congress that Americans hate the hate bill. They must
know that Obama's signature will result in even more town hall-style
outrage against Democrats--and certain revenge in midterm elections
Here's how you can help the Democrats destroy their own hate bill.
1. Protest the hate bill loudly
at town hall meetings.
(Family Research Council
lists upcoming town halls in your area.) Attend,
armed with powerfully indicting questions contained in my latest e-alert
Hate Bill at Town Hall Meetings!) Also carry
Hate Bill" signs.
2. Fax the President at 1-202-456-2461 with
this statement, "We
will never forgive or forget if you sign the freedom-stealing, pedophile-protecting
hate bill." (The toll-free number to the President's comment
line, 1-202-456-1111, is almost constantly busy as a result of
3. Call your two Senators and
House member with this message, "Please
support Sen. Inouye and Rep. Murtha in funding extra engines for the
F-35 fighter in the defense bill." (Names available on the action
page at www.truthtellers.org.)
Turning Point in History
President Obama promised to sign the hate bill but also vowed to veto
a defense/hate bill package that would spend an extra $2 billion on
F-35 engines. We must demonstrate this summer and early fall with powerful
words and actions that signing the hate bill will further provoke an
already outraged conservative America. If this happens, Democrats may
see the hate bill as counterproductive. They might destroy their own
hate bill, as happened in the previous Congress.
This is a pivotal moment when freedom might once more be snatched
from the jaws of destruction. Every Christian/conservative leadership
group and every lover of freedom should join together to reinvigorate
hate bill protest. We must show Obama and the Democrats what is so
effectively communicated by town hall meetings nationwide:
Our capacity for revenge --We will remember next November!
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Let the Anti-Defamation League teach you how they have saddled 45 states with
hate laws capable of persecuting Christians, and spearhead attempts to pass the
federal hate crimes bill: http://www.adl.org/99hatecrime/intro.asp.
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