by Nathan A. Cherry, 05/11/2012
The upcoming election is one of the biggest in our nations’ history, of that I am sure. After nearly four years of the most pro-abortion, pro-homosexual president in U.S. history, our nation is being pushed away from the traditional values it was founded upon. But, while economic and healthcare issues are sure to be front and center in debates, don’t think for one minute that life and marriage are unimportant.
Events of the last few weeks along with this week’s election results have told me that social issues like life and marriage are still major factors in people’s mind as they decide who they will vote for. Even president Obama is leveraging social issues like marriage with his announcement this week that he now fully supports legalizing same-sex “marriage.” This could also be a political chess move to distract American voters from his failed record, who knows.
The fact is these issues have always been important to the American people. Now more than ever, more Americans identify as pro-life and support restrictions on abortions, limiting abortions to rare and emergency cases, and removing all tax funding from abortion. Yet with a super-majority of Americans in favor of such measures, our pro-abortion president has given more money to fund abortion than any other president, has fought any and all restrictions of abortion, and generally done all he can to ensure groups like Planned Parenthood can continue their criminal activities.
But West Virginia sent two very clear messages during Tuesday’s election.
According to West Virginian’s for Life, fully 88% of endorsed pro-life candidates passed the primary election to get on the ballot in November. This means 130 of 147 endorsed candidates will now be on the ballot in November. You can read this article to see the full list of those making it past the primary on Tuesday. Regarding Sen. Manchin the article states:
“The group did not endorse Senator Manchin, saying, ‘He has betrayed pro-life voters with his disappointing 75% pro-abortion voting record.’ The group also did not back pro-abortion John Yoder for WV Supreme Court since he supported the pro-abortion ‘Freedom of Choice Act’ as a state Senator.”
Another very clear, albeit somewhat strange message sent by West Virginians on Tuesday came in the Democratic primary for president. It seems West Virginia Democrats are unhappy with President Obama and looking for someone else; even an inmate!
As strange as it might seem, an inmate from West Virginia currently serving his sentence in a Texas prison received 42% of votes on Tuesday, according this politicalticker.com article. The article states:
“Keith Judd, who is currently serving a 210-month sentence at a correctional facility in Texarkana, Texas for extortion, is trailing the president 42.28% to 57.72% in the state based on the unofficial vote totals, but is leading in eight counties…Judd only needs 15% of the vote to qualify for at least one delegate at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina this summer, according to The Charleston Gazette. His expected release date is June 24, 2013, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.”
While the president is not winning any popularity contests here in West Virginia, or nationwide for that matter, the article goes on to say that Romney received 70% of the vote. It also states, as I have mentioned, that Sen. Manchin and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin as continuing to distance themselves from Obama and looking for another option.
What we can learn here is that social issues like life and marriage matter to Americans. Putting them on the backburner and ignoring them is not a good idea for any serious candidate. And, like much of the country, people are not happy with Obama and are interested in another candidate. Obama’s failed energy policies, failed economic policies, failed foreign policies, his support for abortion, and now his support for same-sex “marriage” have people wondering why he should be re-elected.
I’m thankful for the strong support for life in West Virginia and hope these pro-life candidates continue to win elections.
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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.