by Nathan A. Cherry, 12/02/2011
Martinsburg, WV – The upcoming presidential election promises to be one of the most controversial, heavily debated, tense, and unexpected. As of right now Obama’s poll numbers have sunk below Jimmy Carter (I would hate to have that reputation) and this no doubt makes Carter a very happy man considering he’s been “the worst” for a long time. Democrats are starting to call for another candidate to run against Obama in the primaries; that can’t be a good thing for the sitting president. And a whole slew of Republican candidates seem be to trying to one up each other in order to stand out.
With all the misinformation, scandals, and talking heads yelling it can be hard to know what news is worthy and needs to be heard in order to make an intelligent vote and what is just evening news ratings fodder. But, I am trying to keep you up to date with all that is taking place so you will be well informed and equipped to make an informed vote come November 2012.
Presidential hopeful Rick Perry has decided to sign the marriage pledge issued by the Iowa based Family Leader led by conservative Bob Vander Plaat. This is a big step for Perry as his record on marriage issues has not been as pristine as many social conservatives hoped. But it also says that Perry would commit to certain guidelines in nominating judges for federal positions, and other social reforms many conservatives have been looking for.
Specifically the pledge states:
“The pledge advocates several issues, including the Defense of Marriage Act, personal fidelity to the signee’s spouse, appointment of ‘faithful constitutionalists’ as judges, and reformation of anti-marriage elements in divorce, tax and welfare laws.”
Let’s talk about Herman Cain. Now, it’s no secret that Mr. Cain is in a bit of trouble for some sexual misconduct allegations. And there’s even a chance that he may withdraw from the presidential race altogether. But, until that time it’s a good idea to know where he stands on the important social issues that matter to pro-life, pro-marriage Americans.
Recently Mr. Cain changed his mind on a prominent pro-life group’s pledge on abortion. The Susan B. Anthony List issued their pledge early this year with some very specific promises attached. Mr. Cain initially declined to sign the pledge citing some concerns with some of the pledge’s specifics.
“Cain has now signed the Pro-Life Presidential Leadership Pledge…Cain explained his pro-life convictions and commitments today after signing the pledge saying, ‘I am an associate Baptist Minister and am 100 percent pro-life. I believe that all human beings have intrinsic dignity. My children and grandchildren mean the world to me, and I feel so blessed that they are realizing their full potential.’”
Even though Mr. Cain has a excellent pro-life record that any pro-life American could easily support, this news is welcomed by many as another sign of good faith from the candidate.
Mitt Romney has still not signed this pledge though many pro-life and other conservatives have criticized him for not signing. Romney’s pro-life record is suspect at best at this point considering he only recently (2008) “switched” to the pro-life position. Romney’s campaign made this statement:
“Governor Romney pledged in the last campaign that he would be a pro-life president and of course he pledges it today…However, this well intentioned effort has some potentially unforeseen consequences and he does not feel he could in good conscience sign it. Gov. Romney has been a strong supporter of the SBA List in the past and he looks forward to continue working with them to promote a culture of life.”
Hopefully this information will help keep you informed of where the candidates stand on these very important issues. As we draw closer to the election we will continue to bring you information in our effort to make sure you are well informed and equipped as you head to the voting booth.
About Nathan Cherry
Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.