AFA-IN: Election Oddities, Dating Apps & Gun Control

Legislators Return to Your Statehouse

The 2020 Indiana General Assembly ended just before the Coronavirus problem significantly impacted our state and nation.   Yesterday, they met for Organization Day.  While this is largely a ceremonial and procedural day seating new legislators and used to set up the session in January, legislative leaders did note that they expect to fast-track passage of a Covid liability bill.   The legislation, which seems to have bi-partisan support, would prevent lawsuits against Indiana businesses, nonprofits, and schools from people who claim that they caught Covid there.

The 2021 session is a “long” session involving the passage of a two-year budget and the redrawing of House, Senate and Congressional lines.

A Changing Dating Scene in Modern America

There is an interesting study on dating habits of Americans that may surprise those who dated the “old fashioned” way.

According to Pew Research, a significant number of single Americans (30%) have reported using an online web site or dating app.   The study of 1,310 young Americans from the Institute for Family Studies looked at differences between those who use dating apps and those who do not.

A good title for the study might simply be “User Beware.”  IFS found that dating app users were more likely to score lower on self-control issues.   For example, nearly half (46%) of dating app users reported ever using illegal drugs, compared with just 28% of non-users. Furthermore, 37% of those who use dating apps reported that they had recently used drugs, compared with 20% who do not use apps.

While many users, more than half, reported that dating with an app or web site system is as successful as dating relationships without an app, there were some notable negatives found.  They were divided based upon the user’s education level as follows:

  • 61% of those with high school or less education said it was common to receive sexually explicit messages they didn’t ask for vs. 37% of college graduates;
  • 36% of the high school or less educated said being bulled or harassed on dating apps is common vs. 15% of college graduates;
  • 57% of those with high school or less education said dating apps are not a safe way to meet people vs. 34% of college graduates.

Abortion and Racism

There is a disturbing story out of China concerning how their Communist Party is using abortion for racial eugenics as a part of their latest five-year plan.  (Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger would be so proud.)

China has long been criticized for their policy on sex-selection abortions which disproportionately terminates unborn baby girls. The latest move by the Communist Party’s population plan is to reduce certain races of Chinese in favor of others through the use of abortion.  The plan involves forced abortions, sterilizations, and implantations of IUDs on Uyghurs and other minorities in Xinjiang to reduce their numbers. At the same time, they seek to the increase in numbers of the Han Chinese, the dominant ethnic group in China.

It Won’t Matter to Kamala

A Gallup Poll released on Monday finds that American’s support for stricter gun control laws has fallen to its lowest point in several years.  Americans overall support for more gun control is at 57% according to Gallup, down 10 points since 2018 and down 21 points since 1990.

Seventy-two percent of non-gun owners support more gun control compared to just 26% of gun owners.  There is a large political divide on this issue with 85% of Democrats supporting stricter gun laws compared to only 22% of Republicans.

The Biden team, particularly Kamala Harris, is supportive of stricter gun laws, bans, firearms owner registration and taxes on gun owners.

Things that Make You Wonder about Trump’s “loss”

Few media outlets are significantly reporting the President’s legal arguments or questions surrounding the stalled counts in several swing states that moved from Trump to Biden in the wee hours of the morning after Election Day.   Most of the media could not care less about election fraud and want the President to concede right now, even though they had no such calls during Al Gore’s 37-day court fight after the 2000 election.

Voting machine oddities are not the only things that may make you wonder.  Here are a few more:

•  President Trump’s approval rating has risen 3 points since Election Day to 52%.  Interestingly, on Election Day Donald Trump had an approval rating similar to Barack Obama (50%) when Obama easily won re-election in 2012.

•  There are 19 “bellwether” counties in America that have reliably mirrored the presidential election outcome for the past 40 years.  This year, President Trump won 18 of those counties.

•  When pollsters asked Americans if they were better off today than they were four years ago 56% said yes just before Election Day.  This is a record high number besting even Ronald Reagan in 1984.  Only 32% said they were worse off in mid-October.    If Donald Trump is not reelected, he will be the first President to have this high of a rating and still lose.

•  Although exit polling is not always the most accurate, you have probably heard that the number one issue of concern to voters was the economy.  This was an issue in which President Trump easily beat Joe Biden in polling and was considered Trump’s strongest election issue.

•  Republicans defied all predictions and rather than losing seats, they gained at least a dozen House seats and flipped two state legislatures from Democrat to Republican Control.  Not a single incumbent Republican member of the US House lost their election.  It seems strange that the down ballot races would favor Republicans, but the Republican President would lose.

•  At least one pollster, Richard Baris of Big Data Polling, and the Wall Street Journal’s Kimberley Strassel have noted another anomaly. “Trump won the largest non-white vote share for a Republican presidential candidate in 60 years. Biden underperformed Hillary Clinton in every major metro area around the country, save for Milwaukee, Detroit, Atlanta and Philadelphia,” Barris said.  (How convenient.)

In Their Own Words:

“We don’t let them have ideas. Why would we let them have guns?” – Joseph Stalin

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Dear Jerald,

I want you to know we are still fighting.

Because win or lose, when you stand up for what you believe in, you win something even more important than an election.

And the truth about the 2020 election must be told.

We remain hard at work, helping uncover more instances of fraud, violations of law, and manipulation of our elections process. The accusations flying around are broad, and sometimes confusing. They range from dead people voting, to excluding poll watchers, to questions about the security of voting machines themselves.

The Trump legal team is pursuing every lead — and their public statements suggest they may have some explosive evidence…

In the last week CV staff participated in observing the certification process in MI, and our data team provided the basis for a new lawsuit filed in Wisconsin. Members of our field team have also signed affidavits for lawsuits based on evidence they personally witnessed.

KEY: In our opinion, the biggest threat to the integrity of the recent election involves the failure to properly validate every mail-in ballot. Local election officials in every contested state have now admitted they did not follow their laws in verifying proper postmarks, signature-matching, custody of the ballots, and in some states, voter ID-checks.

Remember that 2020 was a historic election in that more than half of all votes cast were submitted by mail. Of course COVID was blamed, but the unprecedented number of vote-by-mail ballots was ripe for fraud. And, no surprise, many states that didn’t start counting until Election Day were overwhelmed.

President Trump warned us. Even the NY Times and the Washington Post admitted vote-by-mail was risky … until Trump was on the ballot. In 2005, a bipartisan commission co-chaired by former President Carter confirmed that vote-by-mail “remain[s] the largest source of potential voter fraud.

So what can be done now?

Contested states must audit all absentee ballots. Period. If they didn’t follow their laws the first time, they must re-examine all ballots submitted by mail, and ensure that they were postmarked properly, that signatures match, and that the voter is real, registered, and legal.

These laws were put in place to protect your vote!

If states refuse to do so, it is likely that hundreds of thousands of invalid ballots, and even fraudulent ballots, will be counted as legal. And voters will have no confidence that this election was legitimate.

Keep in mind…

This process will happen eventually. States are required by federal law to retain all ballot materials, including ballots, ballot envelopes, and absentee mail envelopes, for 22 months. We will learn the truth in the end.

Imagine what will happen if we later learn that Joe Biden actually lost several states!

The 2020 election is historic and unprecedented.

An extra week to properly validate and count all mailed ballots should be welcomed by all.

Every American deserves to know the truth about this election.

Let’s get it right.

Brian

P.S. As reported last week, we are doing double duty. Over 250 of our field volunteers have already agreed to stay on and help in our campaign in Georgia. And our digital and video teams are already prepping new ads to make sure Catholics in Georgia understand what’s at stake. I’ll have more to share soon!

AFA-IN on Govt Watch List? Election Perspectives

What’s Wrong with America?
 
         I know that you may be stressed from this election, it’s outcome, or the contesting of an outcome.  If not, you likely have Covid fatigue, economic stress or a general frustration with 2020. 
 
         I thought I’d start off with something humorous.  I’ve finally found out what’s wrong with America.  
 
         A new poll of 3,500 young Americans aged 11 to 24 has a startling result that says a lot about America today.  One-in-three (33%) young people told pollsters that they have never seen a real live cow in person. 
 
         I guess I should have known this some time ago when my friend, State Senator Jim Tomes, during a debate over same-sex marriage, got several blank stares in a statehouse room when he famously said, “It’s a mighty poor rancher who starts his farm off with just two bulls.” 
 


A Proper Perspective Impacts Emotional Health
 
         A lot of people have asked how I am doing after the election.  To be honest when I think about what a different administration will do in light of foreign policy, economic policy, religious freedom, abortion, or gun control, I can get very discouraged. 
 
         I am sure some readers may share those feelings.   If so, may I mention a couple of things for perspective?  First, God has never lost an election.  He has always known who our President would be next year, and it has not thwarted His plans.  Second, I know that I and AFA of Indiana supporters did all we were supposed to do in our civic duty and in educating Hoosiers about public policies.  As John Adams said, “Duty is mine, victory is the Lord’s.”  Third, this is not over.  By this I mean, when it IS over, either when the Lord returns or our own time winds down, we are to be found faithful.  There is much to do.  Elections are not the end of the world, nor are they the salvation of it.   We still have to make our voices heard in order to defend our values and to be “salt and light” in the public arena.   The Indiana General Assembly is quickly approaching, and AFA-IN’s voice is important in that process. 
 
          Now, is the election over?  No, it isn’t. The media doesn’t call an election, they simply make predictions.  The election ends when the 50 Secretaries of State certify the results after any recounts or disputes are settled. This often takes weeks. In terms of the Presidency, the election ends when the electoral college electors vote after those state certifications.   
 
           Is Donald Trump likely to shock the world and have four more years?  Probably not.  Do I think it is suspicious that the Trump team seemed to be clearly on their way to victory when everything stopped, then overnight everything seemed to swing in an opposite direction? My answer is yes.   Do I think it is suspicious that all the shuttered slow counts in the swing states went only one direction – toward Biden? My answer is yes.  Do I think it is suspicious that all the slow questionable counts with suddenly found votes always seem to come from heavily Democrat-run cities, counties, or states? My answer is also yes. 
 
            It is not impossible for things to change in some states if the claims of voter fraud and miscounts are determined by courts to have an impact upon the final outcome and the courts then take action. (Here is one scenario for a Trump re-election:  https://www.dickmorris.com/talking-points-about-vote-count/ ) The margin in all of the swing states is very small.  Even now, with the numbers we have, less than 100,000 votes out of tens of millions cast in five states are separating Biden and Trump.
 
           It is important for these claims to be investigated and for the courts to take action against any and all violations of election law or the constitutional process for the sake of all Americans and the security of future elections.   Every single fraudulent or illegal vote erases someone else’s proper and legal vote.    Voter fraud is worth fighting for the sake of voter confidence and election integrity, regardless of the current election outcome. 
 
 

Making a List and Checking it Twice
 
         I have mentioned that AFA of Indiana was targeted by some tech giants for censorship with the shuttering of our Facebook page two weeks before the election.  Our email server also notified us that they are now monitoring the content of these weekly emails. 
 
         This is just the beginning of how the far-left practices the virtues of tolerance and diversity.  They sometimes talk about these values, but rarely practice them. What they really want is forced conformity of thought
 
         Shortly after announcing his campaign Joe Biden did a town hall on CNNin which he spoke about hate crimes during a segment.  He mentioned how the Obama/Biden administration had governmental terror watch lists.  He said he wanted to create similar watch lists of people and groups that the government would monitor based upon the lists made by the liberal Southern Poverty Law Center of those who do not embrace the LGBT agenda.     
 
         This is chilling since I have made the SPLC’s hate list personally numerous years as has AFA of Indiana for our belief in traditional marriage and opposition to the transgender movement involving minor children.    The idea of a Biden Administration monitoring AFA-IN or the things I say based solely upon my values and beliefs sounds like something from the old Soviet KGB. 
 
         Here is another story, from last week, of leftists calling for the making of lists of Trump supporters “to be held accountable” for their support of the President.  They want anyone who donated to the Trump campaign or worked for the Administration to be barred from serving on a corporate board or as the faculty of a college.   They call this Orwellian concept the Trump Accountability Project.  
            Click here:   https://www.breitbart.com/2020-election/2020/11/06/leftists-never-trumpers-begin-compiling-lists-of-trump-supporters/?fbclid=IwAR2v60TNBbqQHJVkY-gGCvEmybP2V6WjDqWmnqLub4qhy0opLnrSyh64Eig
 
 
In Their Own Words: 
 
           “The height of intolerance is not disagreement, but rather removing from the public square an opportunity for people to disagree.” Jonathan Morrow
 
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It’s not over: Catholic Vote

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The polls, the pundits, the smug media…

All dead wrong. Again.

For weeks they told us Joe Biden had a 95% chance of winning. So-called mainstream polls were off by 8, 10, even 14 points in some states!

THE LATEST: A moment ago the Governor of Arizona released a statement confirming that tens of thousands of votes remain to be counted, and that the results could change the outcome. Likewise, Pennsylvania remains “in play,” with President Trump holding a commanding lead that most believe cannot be overcome by the mail-in ballots that remain to be counted. Wisconsin is headed to a recount, and Michigan is a tossup. And Nevada…

The Biden campaign is pressing the media to declare him the winner ASAP.

Don’t believe them. It’s not over. Not by a long shot.

Your CV teams in each of our states are collecting evidence of electioneering, voting irregularities, and potential fraud — and sharing it with lawyers on the ground. Meanwhile we are communicating with tens of thousands of Catholic voters in several pending states to help them ensure that their vote was properly received and counted.

So what happened with the Catholic vote last night?

We’re still digesting the data and will have more to share in the coming days. But early exit poll data is mixed, with at least two mainstream media sites (NBC and NY Times) showing Catholics voted overwhelmingly AGAINST Biden/Harris (62-37). If true, this would be a massive rebuke of Joe Biden — and a validation of everything we did together.

Finally … some more good news: Republicans have already netted 5 new House seats (including 13 new pro-life women, with even more undecided) and look poised to maintain control of the Senate. What does this mean? Even if Joe Biden finds a way to win, no packing the Supreme Court, no codifying Roe or taxpayer funding of abortion, no Equality Act, no Green New Deal, no radical judges.

And a check on every radical legislative scheme. In other words, no progressive mandate.

Stay tuned.

And double your prayers.

This could be a long fight.

Thanks to you, we are right in the middle of it.

Brian

Catholicvote.org – one day more

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Dear Jerald,

Are you anxious?

We are.

Today feels surreal. We’ve been working for nearly 18 months with an eye toward tomorrow. So much rides on this election. We all can sense something big is afoot.

Here’s what we know on the eve of Election Day 2020:

  • We don’t believe the polls. The national polls are not helpful and designed to placate anti-Trump readers. And they’re irrelevant. As one commentator noted, it’s like counting the number of hits in the World Series. We’ve said this repeatedly for the past 6 months: what matters are the 7+ states where the election will be decided. Your CV team is on the ground in each of these states with over 3,000 staff and volunteers. Over the past 3 days alone, our teams have made over 100,000 phone calls and sent almost 1,000,000 text messages. And we’ve been at this for almost a year. No stone unturned!

  • We’re in contact with pollsters, state experts, and our own field teams studying the early data. Our view on the key states: Trump has a small advantage in FL, AZ and IA. Races in NC, PA and MI are pure tossups. Finally, WI, MN and NV all are within reach. Suffice it to say there are multiple paths to victory here…

  • Trump enthusiasm is through the roof. We’re not that old, but our political team has been at this for 20 years and we have never seen anything like this. Even CNN was astonished at the 57,000 people who showed up last Saturday for the Trump rally in Butler, Pennsylvania.
  • Early vote numbers show Democrats with underwhelming numbers in key states. While Democrats have dominated absentee and mail-in voting, Republicans have closed the deficit with in-person early voting. Projections of the percentage of voters that will vote in-person tomorrow vary by state: PA (75%), WI (70%), MI (67%), AZ (50%), FL (46%), and NC (42%). Nearly every analyst is predicting a huge day tomorrow for Trump. Will it be enough?

  • Finally…how about the Catholics? We have maintained an internal tracking poll that surveys over 2,000 swing Catholic voters in battleground states every day. Trump approval has surged and is now at 59-60% — the highest number in months. Peaking at the right time? Let’s hope so.
Our ultimate responsibility is to represent you as best as possible, in fidelity to the Church we all love.

One thing is certain: we rallied and worked together this election season. This year we estimate we will spend nearly $10,000,000 educating millions of Catholic voters on authentic Church teaching, candidate positions, and threats to life, religious liberty, schools, charities, and more. We’ve also built the largest field operation ever — tripling the size of our staff, with operations in 10 states.

Most importantly, we have prayed together. Based on your emails, text messages, and calls, we know that hundreds of thousands of you are praying fervently for our country right now.

It’s not too late to join!

At this point, here are the most important things you can do:
  1. Plan your time to vote! Then ask yourself: is there someone you know who might need a ride to the polls? Do you have friends or family members who might need help with kids to make sure they can get to the polls?
  2. Call or text your friends. Take 5 minutes now and send a quick message to your friends and family. Tell them why you are voting and why their vote is so important.
  3. Pray for our country. No matter what happens, do not despair. St. John Paul II’s rallying cry was “Be Not Afraid.” That doesn’t mean we simply dismiss the very real dangers we face in this country. After all, Pope John Paul II lived through the twin evils of Naziism and Communism. But it does mean that God calls us to joyfully preach the Gospel, in and out of season.

On behalf of all of us at CV, thank you for standing with us this election season. Whatever good we have accomplished, we hope that God will be glorified.

Watch our final pre-election video here!

Now let’s go vote.

Brian

Your AFA-IN is Censored by Big Tech !!!

Big Tech Censorship Hits Home

You’ve probably heard the news stories in the last week about the censorship efforts of big tech companies to hide information (about Hunter Biden’s shady dealings for example) from viewers with the intent of influencing the election or shaping the culture.

Well, much to our surprise, early this morning we learned that the AFA of Indiana Facebook page has been censored.   We are banned from buying ads or trying to reach more people, even though we went through all the hoops and hurdles long ago for such approval.  Moreover, in ten years on FB we’ve almost never been flagged.   Only once this year have we received notice of posting allegedly “false” information.  It was regarding a rather mild published Covid-19 story.   We have a narrow group of solid sources from which we pull stories for our page.  We are discerning about what we do and do not post and we ban all profane comments.  We have not misbehaved or pushed the boundaries.  Yet, we also are not simply posting pictures of puppies and unicorns.

Two weeks before Election Day we get a notice saying, “This page isn’t allowed to advertise because it has repeatedly posted content that has been debunked by third-party fact-checkers. This behavior means the Page hasn’t compiled with our Misinformation Advertising Policy, which is a requirement for advertising on Facebook.  Its ads have been disabled and it currently can’t create or run new ads.

         This is right out of George Orwell’s 1984!! 

We think that many things we have been publishing have been shadow banned for a while as our view numbers have mysteriously declined this year.   I suspected this on my own personal FB page when a news story I posted Monday about Joe Biden’s plan to tax certain gun owners got only one response in 10 hours, but the items above and below it had over 50 “likes” in the same or shorter timeframe.

Our Director of Communications is a pro at social media, having a great deal of political campaign and business marketing experience through social media.  This move by big tech yesterday against AFA-IN shocked him.

The reality is that those with a conservative worldview or traditional values are the target of the left under the new doublespeak of “tolerance.”  We are looking at other platforms that embrace true freedom and diversity of opinion.  Parler is one place we have gone as Twitter becomes more slanted.   We have used paid Facebook ads for growing our email list and year-end donations for years.  If you like, your support of AFA-IN will help us work around this speed bump.  You can donate through our web site here: https://www.afain.net/help-us-escape-tech-censorship/

The Indiana Governor’s Debate

Last night the three candidates for Indiana Governor squared off in an hour debate.  Republican Governor Eric Holcomb, Democrat Dr. Woody Myers, and Libertarian Donald Rainwater went back and forth in a very civil, polite and informative debate.

I was only able to listen to the first half of the debate in my car, but I think all three camps can objectively claim a good performance by their leader.  There are distinct philosophical differences between each of the candidates that I would loosely describe as liberal, moderate and conservative.

Governor Holcomb must have felt like he was being attacked by both sides as Dr. Myers claimed he would make masks mandatory with a criminal penalty on day one if he is elected, (so much for the separation of powers and the role of the legislature) because Holcomb had not done enough on Covid-19.  At the same time, Donald Rainwater criticized the Governor for going too far with multiple emergency orders and restrictions that hurt Hoosier businesses and restricted churches and families.    (My takeaway from that section of the debate was that it was a bit too Indiana-centric, and too many presuppositions when Covid cases are rising all across the Midwest and around the globe right now, regardless of the kind of masking,  shutdown, or distancing policies in place.)

There was one slightly embarrassing item in the debate for the GOP.  Dr. Myers said on two occasions that if elected, he would appoint incumbent Dr. Jennifer McCormick as Superintendent of Public Instruction.  McCormick is allegedly a Republican, though she rarely voted that way during primary elections and many people, myself included, warned Republican leaders of her liberal views on issues like school choice and home or private education.  She is now doing TV commercials for Democrat legislative candidates.

The legislature decided to make her office an appointed, rather than elected, position starting next year.  The next governor will fill that vacancy.  Dr. Myers’ pledge to reappoint McCormick is sort of a poke in the eye to the legislature, Governor Holcomb and the state Republican Party leadership.

You can watch the debate on YouTube here (jump ahead about 30 minutes to the starthttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZ1Y3YVkpmE

Here is a news article about the debate.

Razor Thin Margin in Indiana Congressional Race

I am hearing that the 5th District Congressional race between Christina Hale and Victoria Spartz is a tight 50/50 race.     Hale was a State Representative for four years. Spartz has been a State Senator for three years.

Both candidates are young, talented and rather equally matched.   Spartz may have a slight campaign disadvantage of a heavy Ukrainian accent.  (She has with that an advantage of a unique life story and a direct view of the dangers of socialism that few American-born Hoosiers know.)

Tons of money is flowing into this competitive race.  Campaign commercials are airing heavily. Almost all of them are negative.  Something that may be more helpful in revealing the differences between these candidates is a list of some of their endorsements from ivoterguide.com.

Christina Hale
Barack Obama
Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
Emily’s List
Equality PAC
Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund
Feminist Majority
Giffords Courage to Fight Gun Violence
Human Rights Campaign
Indiana AFL-CIO
Latino Victory
League of Conservation Voters Action Fund
NARAL Pro-Choice America
National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare
NewDem Action Fund
Planned Parenthood Action Fund
Population Connection Action Fund
Progressive Turnout Project
Serve America
United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 700
Win the Era
Women’s Political Committee

Victoria Spartz
Club for Growth
David Wolkins  (State Legislator)
Eagle Forum PAC
FreedomWorks for America
Indiana Right to Life
Maggie’s List
Mike Gaskill    (State Legislator)
National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB)
National Rifle Association (NRA) PVF
National Right To Life
Susan B. Anthony List
Winning for Women

In Their Own Words:

“If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” — George Washington

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