Economic issues seem to be
dominating the 2012 campaign, but a quiet electoral revolution is
brewing. The "religious vote" is on the move -- and it's not going
Disgusted by the Democrats' embrace of the abortion industry and
the homosexual agenda, plus the reckless spending and the
Democrats' initially leaving God and Jerusalem out of the party
platform, the rightward march may turn into a stampede on Nov. 6.
Building on the Tea Party-fueled GOP tsunami in 2010, "values
voter" activists are in hyperdrive.
The Rev. Billy Graham, while not endorsing a candidate, is
featured in full-page
ads urging Americans "to vote for those who protect the
sanctity of life and support the biblical definition of marriage
between a man and a woman." Barack Obama in May, it should be
noted, endorsed homosexual "marriage."
Ralph Reed's Faith & Freedom Coalition, a high-tech version
of the old Christian Coalition, began in September distributing 17
million voter guides in battleground states, including Spanish
language versions, according to CBN.com's David Brody.
In Ohio, a crevasse has opened between city and country. In
2004, Ohioans approved a constitutional marriage amendment with 62
percent of the vote. Yet, today, "in the 10 biggest cities in Ohio,
all the mayors are for gay 'marriage,'" said Phil Burress,
president of Cincinnati-based Citizens for Community Values and CCV
Action. "What's happening is that the conservatives are leaving the
big cities, so we are concentrating on the rural areas. Seventy-two
counties are 'red,' and only 16 counties are 'blue.'"
A former union organizer who became a Christian activist,
Burress told me in a phone call on Thursday that his group has been
operating six call centers since last May. They distributed 2.2
million voter guides over the last two weeks, plus 1.5 million
business cards for a website that endorses candidates. "The
technology is unbelievable," Burress said. "We see what the other
side had four years ago. We know 300 things about 8.4 million
people who live in Ohio. We know who's pro-life and who's not."
While the media ruminate over whether Mitt Romney's Mormonism
will cost him evangelical votes, Christian activists are rallying
the faithful. The Wall Street Journal's Daniel Henninger
noted this in his recent column, "Romney's Secret Voting Bloc":
In Ohio "and other swing states -
Wisconsin, Iowa, North Carolina, Florida - the evangelical vote is
flying beneath the radar. It's a lot of voters not to notice.
In the 2008 presidential vote, they were 30% of the vote in Ohio,
31% in Iowa and 26% in Wisconsin."
In Ohio, Burress's group has sent voter guides to 10,000
churches, placed "family values" ads in 98 rural newspapers, and
five additional ads in papers aimed at the state's Amish
population. Burress said that 39,000 Amish registered and voted for
the first time in 2004, motivated by the marriage issue. Ohio
pro-life activist Janet Porter's homemade video, "Top 5 Reasons (Not to Vote for Obama),"
has gone viral on YouTube, as has Virginia Bishop Earl W. Jackson's
video Exodus Now, which urges black Christians to
leave the Democratic Party. Prominent black conservatives such as
Herman Cain, William Owens, and Bishop Harry Jackson have been
active in Ohio, and may cut into Mr. Obama's total.
In 2004, rural and suburban voters in Ohio more than offset
urban totals. George W. Bush won the state while losing five of the
six biggest cities (Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo and
Akron-Canton), narrowly carrying only Cincinnati (Hamilton County).
No matter how big the Democratic turnout, Burress says, "I
tell our people, if you show up, you win. If you stay home, you
lose. Three hundred thousand of our people who voted in 2004 did
not vote in 2008. Obama would have lost by 10,000 votes."
Catholic voters have also been trending toward the GOP. In the
2006 mid-term congressional election, 44 percent of Catholics
nationally voted for Republican candidates, according to Pew Center exit polls. After four
years of the Barack Obama/Harry Reid/Nancy Pelosi regime, 54
percent of Catholics voted for the GOP in 2010, a 10-point
increase. And this was before the Obama administration
stiff-armed Catholic institutions with an order to pay for Sandra
White Protestants, who gave 61 percent of their votes nationally
to the GOP in 2006, upped that to 69 percent in 2010. This time
around, they're no happier about the Democrats' aggressively
secular, redistributionist agenda.
Among Latinos, the GOP increased its share from 30 percent in 2006 to
38 percent nationally in 2010 and elected three statewide Latino
candidates - New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, Nevada Gov. Brian
Sandoval and Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio. It will be interesting
to see how Mr. Obama's unilateral amnesty program for illegal
immigrants affects the Latino vote on Tuesday.
The only thing that might put a wrench in a Republican sweep
would be massive vote fraud. Burress noted that a Columbus
woman who tried early voting called him, furious. Election workers
informed her that she had already voted. She told them that
someone had committed fraud, and they let her fill out a
In Columbus, two poll watchers told Human Events that Somali immigrants were
being bused to the polls and told how to vote by Democrat handlers.
In North Carolina and Ohio, some voters reported that when they chose Romney, an Obama
vote was logged on the machine. Just a glitch, election officials
On the bright side, this may be the most closely watched
election in U.S. history, with new voter ID laws, groups like
TruetheVote.org checking registrations, and lawyers from both
parties standing by to challenge fishy returns.
We could see a re-run of 2000 when the nation waited for weeks
before Mr. Bush prevailed over Al Gore. But it may not come
to that, if Ohio is a bellwether.
Mr. Burress said that his group was calling swing voters with
seemingly odd results. "Why were we getting a two-to-one split for
Romney? We thought at first we were calling the wrong people - but
Robert Knight, a regular contributor to OneNewNow, is a
senior fellow for The American Civil Rights Union and a
columnist for The Washington Times.
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