October 21, 2016 Radio Commentary

He said, She said!

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, October 21, 2016 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

It’s our responsibility to make an informed decision when we vote for president on November 8th. To do that, we need to know what the presidential candidates are saying about the issues. Since they’ve told us what they plan to do if they’re elected, we must remember what they’ve said about these two vitally important subjects – abortion and the Supreme Court.

On the subject of justices to the Supreme Court, Hillary Clinton first approached it from a negative standpoint saying, “I would not appoint someone who didn’t think Roe v. Wade is settled law.” Her positive point was to praise the recent 5 – 3 Supreme Court decision to overturn a good Texas law to further regulate abortion clinics. Then, she made this specific promise to Planned Parenthood leaders: “As your president, I will always have your back,” reminding them that her Supreme Court nominees would be liberals, in the likeness of Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

But Donald Trump would do just the opposite. He said, “I hate the concept of abortion … I am very, very proud to say that I am pro-life. The abortion aspect of Planned Parenthood should absolutely not be funded,” adding that he might consider funding PP’s non-abortion services. He harshly criticized justices for striking the Texas law about regulating abortion clinics. The overwhelmingly important condition surrounding that outcome is this: Four justices who voted no were appointed by Democrat presidents – two by Clinton and two by Obama – the other, Justice Kennedy, a Reagan appointee, cast the fifth vote. Continue reading

October 2016 Newsletter

Sound Bites that Matter: Donald Trump on Immigration

  • People pour into the United States and citizens lose jobs.
  • 351,000 criminal illegal aliens are in our prisons.
  • Sanctuary cities should have their federal funds cut off.
  • I don’t care how they come in, if they come in legally.
  • We’re the only country dumb enough for birthright citizenship.
  • Illegal immigrants populate many criminal gangs.
  • Half of the undocumented residents in America are criminals.
  • We need strong borders; we need a wall.
  • Citizenship for illegal immigrants is a GOP suicide mission.
  • Anchor babies were NEVER the intent of the 14th Amendment.
  • We have no borders; and yes, I am angry.
  • Walls on borders work; just ask Israel.
  • Building a 1,000-mile wall is possible, if we make a commitment.
  • Building a wall will save money because it stops bad dudes.

“Look, we have to stop with political correctness. We have to get down to creating a country that’s not going to have the kind of problems that we’ve had with people flying planes into the World Trade Centers, with shootings in California, with all the problems all over the world. We have to find out what’s going on. And we can’t be the stupid country any more. We’re laughed at all over the world. We can’t let people come into our country and break our borders.”  (Fox Business 2016 Republican 2-tier debate, January 14, 2016)

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October 14, 2016 Radio Commentary

Question No. 3 & Judges

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, October 14, 2016 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

Question No. 3 on the November ballot is the result of H.R. 1113, introduced by the House Judiciary Committee chairman on January 22nd. It passed the House by committee substitute a month later. Then, the going got tough in the Senate. The first two Senate votes fell one vote short of the two-thirds required for a proposed constitutional amendment to pass the General Assembly. The Senate voted three more times before H.R. 1113 finally passed on March 22nd, and the House agreed with the Senate version later that day. That put the proposed change on the November ballot as a question for voters to decide.

Question No. 3 is another long-winded question of 96 words asking voters whether to abolish the current Judicial Qualifications Commission and replace it with an entirely new Commission to be styled by the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Speaker of the House.

Details of the changes are provided in H.B. 808 that would regulate and implement H.R. 1113 if a majority of voters pass it on November 8th. H.B. 808 minimizes judicial participation in the appointment of Commission members. For years, seven members of the Commission have been appointed this way: The Georgia Supreme Court selects two sitting judges, the State Bar of Georgia selects three members of the State Bar, and the Governor appoints two Georgia citizens who are not members of the State Bar. Continue reading

October 7, 2016 Radio Commentary

Sex Crime Question on the Ballot

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, October 7, 2016 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

The 2016 General Assembly passed four resolutions proposing amendments to the Georgia constitution. Each of the four resolutions passed the Georgia House and Senate by two-thirds vote, but the constitution cannot be amended without voter ratification, which means voters must approve every change to the constitution.

Last week I reported the first question you’ll be asked on the November 8th ballot. Today’s subject is Question No. 2 that is so complicated it took 89 words to ask it. In a nutshell you will be asked whether fines for sex crimes should be increased, so more money can be sent to the Safe harbor for Sexually Exploited Children Fund to pay for care, rehabilitation and social services for anyone in this state who has been or may be sexually exploited.

That sounds reasonable enough, UNLESS you know how the definition of “sexually exploited” has been twisted. The twisting began several years ago when legislation passed deeming anyone under age 18 to be a sexually exploited victim, whether or not the participant was forced or willingly participated in prostitution, pornography, pandering, pimping or illicit massage, and whether or not they were paid to do so. Continue reading