Thursday, March 16, 2017

New Ohio Life Coalition Introduced

NEW OHIO LIFE COALITION INTRODUCED
Group formed to press for no compromise for abortion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MARCH 10, 2017                        
CONTACT:  Ed Sitter, President (419) 353-1977

CLEVELAND-Citing the need for a new strategy for pro-life victory and for a commitment to integrity, a coalition of metropolitan and regional pro-life organizations announced the formation of the Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio, Inc.,  (RTLACO) as a new association of pro-life membership organizations in the state.

RTLACO focuses on developing and strengthening local grass roots pro-life leadership, true representative governing for the statewide organization, a commitment to a consistent, holistic pro-life standard to evaluate both policies and elected officials/candidates, and collaborative engagement to develop priorities for action. A press conference announcing the new group was held during the 2017 Bringing America Back to Life Convention, hosted by Cleveland Right to Life. This world class educational conference will become the RTLACO annual membership meeting.

"Over the last several years it has become increasingly obvious that the pro-life community in Ohio needs a new voice to champion the Right to Life movement" stated Ed Sitter of Greater Toledo Right to Life, the President of the new organization. "It is time that we embrace a governance model and strategy for victory for the 21st Century. We are going to put the roots in Ohio's pro-life grassroots movement."

Sitter also noted "to have an effective and vibrant statewide pro-life organization it must be genuinely grassroots in its DNA, a bottom-up movement similar to how our Founders envisioned the governance of our great nation." The coalition structure shows it will operate with a Board of Delegates, an Executive committee, a Legislative steering committee and a political action panel that each will be tasked with ensuring true statewide representation and coordinating on holding to a no-exceptions standard for both policy and candidate engagement.

Paula Westwood, executive director of Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati, also a member of RTLACO, commented:  "Last year, our coalition became aware of a pro-euthanasia group, so-called Compassion and Choices, targeting Ohio to legalize assisted suicide, along with an attempt to enshrine in law a suspect end of life form called Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (MOLST). We united over 35 Ohio pro-life groups and successfully stopped the MOLST bill and ensured that the legislature added class 3 felony penalties to existing sanctions against assisted suicide."

Sitter agrees. "The MOLST issue is a classic example of the value of having a legislative steering committee. This group of individuals from around the state will look beyond the headlines to see the underlying content. We will understand why we would or would not support a specific piece of legislation and then in turn communicate that understanding to those we represent before taking a position."

Some of the organization's key priorities and principles were put forth by member groups during the announcement. Paul Coudron, executive director of Dayton Right to Life, and Margie Christie, assistant director, spoke to the reasons why RTLACO is holding to a "no-exceptions" position in defending life and promoting policies, and also why support for religious liberty protections for people of faith will help ensure the continuation of pro-life efforts to end abortion. Coudron put forth that "if we leave any unborn child to the tender mercies of the abortionist's blade or forceps, or support politicians who believe a baby's value is dependent upon the circumstances of its conception, we have lost the right to continue to call ourselves 'pro-life'; we have become 'pro-regulation', which is just saying 'pro-abortion-but-in-fewer-circumstances'."

Molly Smith, President of Cleveland Right to Life and a board member of the coalition group, was one of the first in Ohio to expand the mission statement of a pro-life organization to include a defense of traditional man-woman marriage. She noted that standing on core principles will be a hallmark of the new organization: "It is vital that every organization that is part of this coalition is in unity on the core pro-life beliefs and family values. The pro-life grassroots in Ohio stand in solidarity on these principles. We recognize that we may take various views on timing and strategy, but our foundations must be solid and communicated clearly and effectively to our policymakers and others."

The Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio is currently in the process of developing programs and support structures for member groups. Their board has engaged a legislative consultant to advance their initial policy priorities, and is planning strategies to help grow and empower local organizations within the Coalition. Ed Sitter closed by saying "We want to help be the catalyst that helps every local pro-life group in Ohio achieve their maximum effectiveness in the communities they serve, and to train and develop the next generation of pro-life leaders who stand uncompromisingly for the intrinsic value of life."


Cleveland Right to Life Mission
MISSION STATEMENT
WE believe that all human beings are made in the image of the Creator and must be respected and protected from the moment of conception until natural death. We know to be true that human rights begin when human life begins, as affirmed in the Declaration of Independence.  So as to foster a culture of life we promote and defend the right to life of all innocent human beings and reject such practices as abortion, euthanasia, infanticide, and same-sex marriage that are contrary to "the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God".  We represent pro-life citizens from over 8 counties in the region, making our organization one of the largest pro-life organizations in the State of Ohio. We focus our efforts first and foremost at the local level to achieve local solutions and then cooperate with the state and national pro-life efforts as directed and needed.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Life is the Only Real Choice

A local crisis pregnancy center held its annual fundraising banquet last night. The featured speaker was Kirk Walden. He said that abortion centers like Planned Parenthood offer girls and women only one basic choice. That choice is abortion. Abortion is their main product. Planned Parenthood deals death.
Crisis pregnancy centers, on the other hand, offer girls, women and men 5 choices:

1. Single parenting
2. Co-parenting
3. Marriage
4. Adoption
5. The truth about abortion & post-abortion recovery and healing.

Why America Won, Why the Left Lost

Hat tip goes to Glenda Madaris Czaplinski who shared this Carrie Miller post on Facebook today. It explains why Donald Trump won the Election. It was basically a reaction of a large swath of Americans fed up with both major parties, but especially the Democrat Party …

"Dear Democrats and Liberals:

I'm noticing that a lot of you aren't graciously accepting the fact that your candidate lost. In fact you seem to be posting even more hateful things about those of us who voted for Trump.

Some of you are apparently "triggered". Because you are posting how "sick" you feel about the results.

How did this happen you ask.

You created "us" when you attacked our freedom of speech.

You created "us" when you attacked our right to bear arms.

You created "us" when you attacked our Christian beliefs.

You created "us" when you constantly referred to us as racists.

You created "us" when you constantly called us xenophobic.

You created "us" when you told us to get on board or get out of the way.

You created "us" when you forced us to buy health care and then financially penalized us for not participating.

You created "us" when you allowed our jobs to continue to leave our country.

You created "us" when you attacked our flag.

You created "us" when you confused women's rights with feminism.

You created "us" when you began to emasculate men.

You created "us" when you decided to make our children soft.

You created "us" when you decided to vote for progressive ideals.

You created "us" when you attacked our way of life.

You created "us" when you decided to let our government get out of control.

"You" created "us" the silent majority.And we became fed up and we pushed back and spoke up.

And we did it with ballots, not bullets."

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Post Election Projections for Ohio - Pro-Life Gains Expected

The following press release is from Ohio ProLife Action. It outlines the possibility of real Pro-Life gains in the Ohio legislature in the near future. Wes Goodman is my new representative. He had worked for Congressman Jim Jordan.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Cincinnati, OH), November 10, 2016: From Ohio ProLife Action's Legislative Consultant, Barry Sheets: 


November 8th, 2016 will be a day that will go down in the history books (if not the record books also) for being a sea-change in national politics. Against just about every prediction from both the right and the left, the Donald Trump-Mike Pence ticket prevailed and have been elected to be the next Presidential team to ascend to the White House in January 2017.


This is great news for pro-life advocates, as the specter of a Planned Parenthood-endorsed Hillary Clinton as chief executive will now not materialize, and perhaps never will. A second stinging defeat to "make history" may signal the end of the Clinton brand on the national political stage.


A number of politicos made grave projections regarding the fall-off down ticket from Trump. Exactly the opposite occurred nationally, and especially in Ohio, with many pro-life Congressional and Statehouse candidates being very successful. The Trump ticket won Ohio with a commanding 8.5 percentage point advantage, driven directly by turnout in rural and Appalachian counties.


This turnout also saw additions to the Ohio General Assembly's Republican majority. Earlier predictions in the late summer from around the Statehouse saw a potential loss of 5-7 House seats for the majority. Instead, the current 65 member Republican caucus added a 66th member for the 132nd General Assembly when pro-life candidate Jay Edwards won in the 94th District, which includes liberal Athens County.


Many solid pro-life gains were made with the addition of stalwart pro-life Representatives-elect Candice Keller, Wes Goodman, Dick Stein, Derek Merrin, Larry Householder, Scott Wiggam and Jay Edwards to join a growing pro-life caucus within the Republican conference.


The Ohio Senate also benefited from the Trump phenomenon, picking up a formerly reliable Democrat 30th Senate district as businessman Frank Hoagland used Clinton's unpopularity in the district to wrest the seat from incumbent Lou Gentile. This gives the Senate a 24-9 majority in the chamber, the largest in history.


For pro-life policy, the windfall that was Election day should bode well for the lame-duck session and on into the 132nd General Assembly. Still to be completed is a bill to prohibit the dumping of unborn babies' bodies (Senate Bill 254), as well as ensuring that Ohio doesn't move forward with adopting a "Death with Dignity" assisted suicide measure promised by liberal pro-abort members prior to the election.


Pro-life advocates should be ready for a strong fight during the 132nd Assembly, as these new majorities can translate into significant and relevant pro-life gains, as long as pro-life advocates and grassroots keep up the encouragement for bold pro-life actions in the wake of this significant election. 


Trumps First 100 Day Do List, A Progressive and a Conservative Viewpoint




Here is my response to the AlterNet article, "16 Worst Things We Can Expect From Trump's First 100 Days Real damage awaits as Trump and the GOP take power,referred to below.  


"Except for Number 9, which I would substitute with the following, "Protect the freedom to express one's religious beliefs by abolishing the hateful vile Obama Administration's transvestite and homosexual condoning mandates in our schools and in the military," I would concur with the most of list that the author outlines. This is an excellent list for President-elect to follow and to implement in his first 100 day. There is much that needs to be reversed from the previous 8 years...


"Refusing to participate in or in committing an abortion by a physician or nurse, to pray anywhere, to celebrate Christmas in public, to have the freedom NOT to participate in a same-sex "marriage" without penalty of the law are a clear expression of a true Christ-follower's right and freedom of conscience. Sexual perversion should never trump freedom of religious expression/belief."

I added some comments to the list outlined by the article's author following the quote:

America’s system of political checks and balances may vanish in the first 100 days of a Donald Trump presidency and Republican-run Congress. Facing no restraints other than protests they can ignore, Republicans driven by far right-wing ideologies, partisan score-settling and fealty to corporate America may seek to erase all traces of the Obama years and reset the political and judicial stage for years to come.

It’s not just Trump’s draconian campaign pledges that stand to be initiated or imposed. House tea partiers who have been obstructing and investigating the Obama administration for years and Senate Republican leaders who put their party’s interests before the nation by blocking jobs bills, infrastructure bills and Supreme Court nominees, now feel vindicated.

Let’s go through 16 worst-case scenarios that could mark Trump’s first 100 days.        

1. Special prosecutor targets Hillary Clinton
. This goes beyond the chants of “lock her up” at Trump rallies. During the debates, Trump said that Hillary Clinton deserved to be in jail, and many House Republicans were fuming that the FBI announced her use of a private email server didn’t warrant a Justice Department prosecution. The House, and the U.S. attorney general, both have the power to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate any government officials for misconduct in office. Will they?  read more.

A BRAND NEW AGENDA, GOOD OR BAD?

"1. Special prosecutor targets Hillary Clinton..." Do a comprehensive investigation of Secretary Hillary Clinton if Obama has not "pardoned" her before he leaves office, or if she has not fled the country. 

"2. Scalia clone to Supreme Court..." Or, appoint a true conservative justice who will interpret and not make laws, which is a function reserved for Congress.

"3. Scuttle international treaties..." Or, revisit all treaties to see which need to be renegotiated to be fair to America. 

"4. Climate change denial actions..." Or, employ true science and reason in the debate that alleges man-causes massive climate change. Expose the hoax.

"5. Roll the clock back on abortion..." Better yet, how about ending abortion? End the savage child abuse and genocide once and for all? Oh, and completely defund Planned Parenthood. Stop subsidizing this abortion giant. Abortions are 1/3 of what they do.

"6. Sign a law repealing Obamacare..." Or, repeal and replace this onerous law enacted by deceit.

"7. Repeal Obama’s immigration orders..." Return to the notice of enforcing existing immigration laws, not turning a blind eye to the massive entry of illegals over our border and those who overstay their visas.

"8. Start building a Mexico border wall..." In other words, begin to do whatever is necessary to secure our borders. Let Border Agents do their jobs.

"9. Normalize bullying and hate crimes..." Since when is expressing ones sincere religious beliefs "bullying" and "hate"? Truth is indeed hate to those who hate the truth!

"10. Repeal other Obama executive orders..." Restore separation of powers, which Obama grossly overreached.

"11. Pre-empt the pot laws passed by states..." Again, how about following the laws on the books. There are provisions to change the law, federal or state. Let's not take short-cuts to implement more perversity.

"12. Loosen gun controls nationwide..." How about protecting gun rights instead of implementing gun-control and gun-free zones? How about going after the real culprits, the drug cartels and gangs who own illegal guns?

"13. Roll back consumer protections..." How about loosening regulations and letting the market work? 

"14. Start the privatization bandwagon..." How about having the government concentrate on its enumerated powers and responsibilities - like national securtiy - and back off of everything else? Let the states and individuals and the market work.

"15. Cut taxes, increase military spending..." What a novel idea! Cut taxes to boost the economy. Increase military readiness in anticipation of what our enemies may try to do.

"16. Bomb ISIS and increase foreign wars..."  How about playing to win? Untie the hands of our military to prosecute any conflict in which we are involved.

CONCLUSION

The AlterNet author unknowingly outlines a good initial list of what the President Trump Administration should do to correct the vast mistakes of the past 8 years... He has a real challenge. He needs our support and prayers to accomplish this list and more!



Wednesday, November 09, 2016

GOP: NO MORE EXCUSES, Get Something Done for the Good of America This Time

For much too long we have suffered the excuses of the Republican Party. The 2016 Election was a dramatic statement by the people of America that enough is enough.

First in 2010 the GOP Congressional leadership said they needed the House to combat the Democrat Party's obscene agenda. We gave them the House. Boehner, McConnell and Co. did next to nothing to stop the Democrat agenda.

The GOP said in 2014 that they couldn't do anything until we gave them the Senate. They then did even less. They said that their hands were tied and everything they tried would be vetoed by the current occupier of the White House. They did nothing except support and pass the entire Democrat agenda and then some. They did make the Democrats ecstatic. They avoided media antipathy or wrath. They maintained their beloved status quo. They had their power and their seats.

By their inaction and continued cowardice, the GOP created the Frankenstein monster, Donald Trump, they drew the wrath of the people. Trump was perceived as an outsider and one who would "drain the Washington, D.C. swamp," would break up the Washington cartel. He would shake things up in complacent Washington.

Now after the the election of Donald Trump, the GOP has the House, the Senate and the Presidency, now what will be their excuse?

The GOP must beat back the anti-America agenda of the Left and the Globalist that has been the objective of both the Democrat and Republican Parties in recent decades. Trump must be the catalyst with the backing of the American people to implement and push for reform, renewal and economic, cultural and spiritual revival of individuals and the nation.

The following is an excerpt from an email that I received from Heritage Action which offers a succinct assessment of what happened in the 2016 General Election:



"Last night, voters all across the country shocked the political and media establishments. America’s message was simple: we are tired of corrupt insider dealing in Washington and the self-serving nature of the establishment political class.
This didn’t happen by chance. Millions of Americans found a reason to engage in the political process. Whether it was opposition to massive unconstitutional government, desire to drain the corrupt swamp, or an earnest desire to see a stronger, more prosperous America, Americans rallied around Donald J. Trump.
The conservative movement -- from those that fought for Reagan to those that helped found the Tea Party -- has played an important role and will continue to play an important role in the months and years to come..."

Election 2016: America Mercifully Receives an Undeserved Reprieve!

"The LORD gave America a reprieve last night" - Dave Daubenmire

Early this morning Donald Trump defeated not only Hillary "Abortion Granny" Clinton, but also the Washington Cartel, RINOs in and out of Congress, the main stream media, and massive voter fraud.

Yes, the LORD gave America a reprieve in the 2016 General Election ... in the defeat of Clinton. So now we must repent of our past failures, apathy and evil as individuals and as a nation, roll up our sleeves and get to work in pushing an agenda that is diametrically opposed to the Marxist/Humanist/Globalist agenda foisted on this nation by the George Soros/Valerie Jarrett/Barack Obama Administration of the past decade or more!

We must demand from Congress and the President-Elect the immediate:

* Comprehensive defunding of Planned Parenthood
* Passage of a strong anti-abortion law
* Reversal of all of Obama's Executive Orders - including the transvestite mandate in our schools and military and the horrible Iran Deal
* Halt of all Muslim immigration from the war-torn Middle East especially from Syria and Iraq until they can be completely vetted
* Fast-track immigration of vetted Christian immigrants from Syria and iraq seeking asylum
* Appointment of a strong Antonin Scalia type of conservative justice like a Mike Lee ...
* Comprehensive investigation and potential prosecution of Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Lois Lerner, Eric Holder, Loretta Lynch etc. for crimes against the people and America.

Now is the time for action and a time to hold all of our elected officials accountable.

Can we really "Make America Great Again?" Yes it can, but only if the Christians and the Church are activated and do what it was designed to do, to be the light and the salt of the world!



Thursday, November 03, 2016

"Get a Life!"


"Get a Life!"


Participating in the local pro-life 40 Days for Life campaign are a group of pro-life citizens from Richland and surrounding counties. We stand outside of the Mansfield’s abortion-referring facility on Park Avenue. This peaceful vigil has been underway since September 28 and continues through the first Sunday in November. Daily, many hours between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. are filled by pro-life advocates of various affiliations.

The majority of vehicles passing by, who observe our signs, honk, wave or offer a thumbs-up in support. However, there are a few drive-by angry looks, middle fingers and some discernible verbal assaults. One such verbal tirade, “Get a life,” was shouted by a drive-by motorcyclist.

Actually, “Get a Life” is what the 40 Days for Life - North Central Ohio/Mansfield campaign, as well as the other 270 nationwide 40 Days for Life campaigns are all about. We are attempting through prayer and fasting, community outreach and peaceful vigils to save lives. Abortion, after all, is not healthcare. Abortion done at any stage – from conception through moments before birth – ends the life of a unique human being made in the image of his/her Creator.

On average between 2010 and 2014, using Ohio Department of Health statistics, over 100 induced abortions are performed on females listing Mansfield area zip codes as their residence. Where exactly these abortions were performed is unknown, but I suspect they are committed at medical/surgical abortion centers in Columbus or Cleveland. Imagine, every week two or more defenseless Mansfield area babies are being exterminated. Potentially another Ben Carson or Mother Teresa may be among those murdered. What an atrocity we have allowed in our beloved country since 1973!

Yes, Sir, we are attempting to “Get a Life” and More saved… One of our sign reads, “A person is a person no matter how small.” “Small” is any human life originating at conception.

Every pro-life supporter must carefully consider which national party platform and which of the two flawed candidates is most likely to champion pro-life, pro-marriage and pro-family issues. Hint: It most definitely is not the Democrat candidate!

It’s a Baby


It’s a Baby



Life begins at conception. “A person is a person no matter how small” is an axiom. The denial of this fact is the biggest lie that the pro-abortion, anti-life crowd promulgates. Many times the blatant refusal to accept this scientific fact gives anti-lifers the right to ignore or cover-up the consequences of their selfishness and immorality.

There is a varied group of pro-lifers that is holding a 40 day vigil at the local abortion referral facility that began September 28th. These peaceful volunteers stand up for the unborn. Why are they doing this?  They do so because unborn lives matter, just as all lives matter. According to the Judeo-Christian Bible the Creator knew each of us and formed us even before we were in our mother’s womb…

40 Days for Life is a national and international undertaking held twice a year, each spring and fall. 2016 was the first year that this campaign has come to North Central Ohio/Mansfield. The three main components of this and of every 270 other locations that are occurring across America are: Prayer and Fasting, Community Outreach and a Peaceful Vigil. The peaceful vigil is carried out daily between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. at the local abortion-referring facility. People hold signs, pray, encourage each other and the surrounding community with the purpose of bringing an end to the abortion atrocity.

“Abortion is healthcare,” vehemently cry the anti-lifers. Far from it! They claim that the fictitious so-called “reproductive rights” take precedence over the right to life of the person growing in the mother’s womb.”  This, too, is a lie, a denial of the humanity of the child, a gross violation of the civil rights, dignity and personhood of the child. 

The 40 Days for Life campaign ends on Sunday, November 6 and there is still time for pro-life supporters and pro-life activist to join the peaceful vigil. Visit the Mansfield, Ohio location on https://40daysforlife.com/ for more information.

It is critical that every registered voter consider carefully the life issue when voting this year in the November 8th General Election. The party platforms give a major clue as to who will support life and who will continue the intolerable expansion of the death culture which has been occurring in recent years. 

The Presidency is More than a Person

I wrote the following Letter to the Editor which appeared today in the Mansfield (Ohio) News Journal today, Wednesday, November 3, 2016. The 2016 General Election includes a choice for President. When we vote for the office of President we are voting for much more than a man or a woman...:


Many look at this election as a choice between two evils, two immoral scoundrels. But this election is not “Crooked Hillary” or “Never Trump.”
This election is Democrat versus Republican. Sitting out this election shirks a citizen’s duty. Voting for a third party candidate, as a noble or principled protest, misses the opportunity to make any real difference.
Voters are not only electing a person, but a party platform. Even though they are largely symbolic, they offer some evidence of the direction and priorities of the candidates.
We are choosing an administration — 4,000 or so appointees to various agencies, cabinet positions and departments. Do you want another lawless Eric Holder, abortion zealot Kathleen Sebelius, pro-homosexual radical Arnie Duncan or Lois Lerner and James Comey, who choose politics over the law?
We are picking the president’s advisors. Do we want Huma Abiden with suspect Muslim Brotherhood ties to advise Clinton? Trump likely selects advisors like Ben Carson.
We are also electing a person who will choose a Supreme Court and other federal judges impacting the culture. Will we follow the founders or the progressives who make up and enforce imaginary rights like privacy (abortion) and sodomy?
Do we really want more Ginsburgs on the court ignoring the Constitution? Trump promises to name conservative, pro-life justices.
Hillary Clinton’s election is Obama 3.0, achieves more “fundamental transformation (dismantling) of America.” Donald Trump offers a glimmer of hope for the nation’s future. However Trump must overcome the biased media and major voter fraud to win.
Greg J

Monday, September 12, 2016

My Endorsement for President/VP: Hoefling/Schulin

I have looked at all the presidential candidates and have found that the most reasonable candidate is Tom Hoefling.

http://www.tomhoefling.com