AFAIN: A Quick Quiz on Where We are in America

Take The Biden Quiz


         Author and former Fox News host, Bill O’Reilly, has a revealing quiz he has created and shared on his website and in radio interviews.   The quiz is rather persuasive for the average non-political person, independent, or swing voter who may have voted for Joe Biden because they didn’t like Donald Trump.


         Here is his simple, but revealing 10-question quiz.   Answer “Yes” or “No” in your mind.  Each question starts with:

“Does it make sense . . .?”


1.   Does it make sense to allow millions of foreign nationals to enter the USA unsupervised?   (Yes or No)
2.   Does it make sense to abandon Afghanistan completely, leading to human rights abuses by the Taliban?    
3.   Does it make sense to shut down the Keystone Pipeline and then turn around and ask Saudi Arabia to expand oil sales?
4.   Does it make sense to support teaching Critical Race Theory in schools that divides children based on skin color?
5.   Does it make sense for the federal government to spend so much money that inflation explodes?
6.   Does it make sense to support no bail laws that allow criminals to commit more crimes?
7.   Does it make sense to be one of only 7 countries in the world that allow unrestricted abortions?
8.   Does it make sense to oppose requiring an ID to vote?
9.   Does it make sense to say that white supremacists are a larger threat to the US than Jihadists?
10  Does it make sense for a President of the United State to accuse his own country of systemic racism?


         I was a “no” on all 10.  You probably said “no” on most or all these too, but Joe Biden and his administration say “yes, these all make sense.”  Think about that!  No wonder this administration’s poll numbers have collapsed to their lowest point in his presidency with 62% of Americans saying we are headed in the wrong direction.    (https://politicalwire.com/2021/10/13/most-americans-think-country-is-on-the-wrong-track/)


         You may want to share these questions with others, just for fun and for their consideration.



Governor Loses Early Battle Over Executive Powers
           A court has ruled that the Indiana General Assembly can call a legislative session if the governor declares a statewide emergency.  This is another step in the debate between Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb and Indiana’s GOP-dominated Legislature.


          The Marion Superior Court upheld House Bill 1123, which passed this spring after Holcomb’s veto and the legislature voted to override it.


           The new law arose after criticism from conservatives about mask mandates and other COVID-19-related restrictions Holcomb imposed by repeated executive orders.


           Governor Holcomb sued to stop the law, claiming only the governor can call a special session. In its ruling, the court said the Legislature had the authority to schedule its sessions.   Some think that the Governor may appeal this ruling to a higher court.


Concerned Parents Are Not Terrorists

         Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita has joined with 16 other state attorneys general in sending a letter to the President and US Attorney General Merrick Garlandabout the administration threatening parents who speak up at school board meetings.  

        “Hoosier parents have a First Amendment right to speak their minds to teachers, administrators, and school board members,” Attorney General Rokita said. “That’s why I’m demanding that the Biden administration immediately stop attempting to shut down parental participation through scare tactics and intimidation.”

        Garland has called for the FBI and other federal law enforcement agents to fan out across the United States and monitor activities in the nation’s school districts to suppress what they deem unruly behavior.  The Department of Justice is working with the National School Board Association, which has labeled parents who raise concerns about Critical Race Theory and the radical sexualization of children as “domestic terrorists.”

        “Concerned parents passionate about their kids’ education are not terrorists,” Attorney General Rokita said. “The Biden administration and its special-interest allies need to dial down the rhetoric and respect the rights of parents to be heard.”

Hoosier Gets Kudos for Presidential Appointment
         Indiana Senator Todd Young recently congratulated former Senator Joe Donnellyfor his nomination by the Biden Admin to be US Ambassador to the Vatican.  Young noted that Donnelly (D) is a “devout Catholic and longtime public servant, and I know he will serve our nation well and represent the best of our Hoosier values.”
         I am not knocking Senator Young for this kind gesture.  It is nice when a Hoosier leader gets presidential recognition, but let’s be blunt for a moment.  Moderate Democrats are like UFO’s . . . we hear a lot about them, but never seem to really see one.   Former Senator Joe Donnelly was a pro-abortion, pro-same-sex marriage, pro-LGBT agenda, anti-school choice legislator.   These are all major moral matters in conflict with the Catholic church.


         For example, Donnelly went from being somewhat pro-life as a congressman to being flat-out pro-abortion later as a Senator.  He moved farther from his faith on this core issue the longer he was in Washington, going from a 0% voting record with abortion advocates to an 80% pro-abortion voting record in just a few years.  


        I doubt that the Vatican is surprised by this, as President Biden, also considered a “devout Catholic,” is against his church on these moral issues.


Has Covid Vaccination Peaked in Indiana?


         Last week, in an email I said that 70% of Americans are vaccinated for Covid-19 when I mentioned that more people have died from Covid under Joe Biden than Donald Trump, even though Covid likely played a big role in Trump’s election loss.  While I saw this stat in a headline (President Biden announced 70% in early August), it may be inflated.


         What about Hoosiers?  Are we just over all this, and ready to move on?  Do we question the effectiveness of the shot?


         Perhaps.  Indiana seems to be trailing behind the national average. Hoosiers rank 14th lowest in the country with 49% of all residents fully vaccinated for Covid, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The national rate average for full vaccination is at 56.4% according to the CDC.


         The state health department’s tracking shows Indiana giving about 6,000 shots a day through last week, the lowest rate since December.  Indiana peaked averaging more than 50,000 shots a day in April as the COVID-19 vaccines became widely available.   It is unknown how many Hoosiers have natural immunity after having had Covid.

In Their Own Words:


        “I thought when I became a Christian I had nothing to do but just to lay my oars in the bottom of the boat and float along. But I soon found that I would have to go against the current.” – Dwight L. Moody




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TEST: AFA-IN: the Media & Covid, Crime Lesson, Kids at Risk

NOTE:  I am returning from a trip out of state today.  Last week, I had a couple of things left over for consideration for that email.   I put them together rather quickly last week for today not knowing what the headlines or issues of the past week might involve.


As If Kids Need This Again


         Well, if June wasn’t enough as “LGBT pride month,” October is “LGBT history month.” This gives liberals in schools cover for promoting this risky lifestyle all over again to minor children in their formative years.  In many states, public school teachers have been given resources for the indoctrination of children through the elevating of famous people who may (or may not) have been homosexual.  (So much for keeping the government out of the bedroom.)


         Although we didn’t create these as a direct response to the promotion of hypersexuality, there are four “fact sheets” we put together on our website that may address this topic.  The “Dangers of Pride” looks at the medical, emotional, and mental health risks of the LGBT lifestyle.  “Are People Born Gay?” looks at the science debunking the false claim that people are born homosexual.  “Children and the War on Gender” is medical and psychological guidance about gender confusion.  “Gay Theology” is about the misuses of the Bible by some to justify LGBT behavior.
         Here is that link to those and other AFA-IN policy papers that you can read or print: http://www.afain.net/factsheets2/


The Media’s Role in the Covid Crisis
         You probably are not aware of this, but even though almost 70% of Americans were vaccinated this year, more Americans have now died of Covid-19 in 2021 than in 2020.  
         Without the daily tracking tickers on every nightly news show and the constant media fearmongering we had when Donald Trump was president, this tragic milestone is hardly known to most Americans now.


          An ABC News story citing data from Johns Hopkins University reports that more than 353,000 coronavirus deaths have occurred in the first ten months of this year.  This is more than the 352,000 deaths in all of 2020 when President Trump was constantly skewered on the issue, and candidate Joe Biden hid in his basement promising to do far better.  


         A new Morning Consult/Politico poll  (a liberal entity), found last week that the majority of Americans, 52% say Biden’s handling of the pandemic is either poor or just fair.
It’s the Roaring 20’s Again
         About 100 years ago, Chicago began to become famous for gangsters like Al Capone. Hollywood started making movies creating gangster-era mythology with actors like Edward G. Robinson and James Cagney.  


         Even though there have been over 1,600 shootings in 9 months this year in Chicago I doubt Hollywood, or the media want to glamourize the “Roaring 2020’s” anytime soon.   Last week, the US Centers for Disease Control reported that America has endured the largest jump in the homicide rate since the 1920’s.  Homicide alone has increased by 30% since 2019. This increase is happening largely in Democrat-run cities after the BLM riots and the “defund the police” movements with 1,990 more homicides occurring in our nation’s urban centers over the previous year.


A Hard Lesson from Our Southern Neighbors


         In November 2019, Kentucky voters threw out someone whom I thought was a good governor (Matt Bevin).   I wonder how many in Kentucky may wish they had voted differently now.


         During the Covid pandemic, Democratic Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear released 1,704 inmates through executive orders claiming to do so to limit the spread of COVID-19 in prisons.

          A report from Kentucky’s Administrative Office of the Courts, released under pressure from Republican state lawmakers, found that more than a third (553) of those released inmates have already been caught committing crimes again and charged with felonies as of August. Some of the crimes in the report include first-degree manslaughter, rape, sodomy, assault, robbery, and, in one particularly horrific instance, rape and sodomy against a child under 12.


In Their Own Words:


        “No government at any level, or at any price, can afford, on the crime side, the police necessary to assure our safety unless the overwhelming majority of us are guided by an inner, personal code of morality. And you will not get that inner, personal code of morality unless children are brought up in a family — a family that gives them the affection they seek, that makes them feel they belong, that guides them to the future, and that will build continuity in future generations . . . the greatest inequality today is not inequality of wealth or income. It is the inequality between the child brought up in a loving, supportive family and one who has been denied that birthright.” – Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher





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AFAIN: Conform or Else! Inflation Spikes; Parents’ Rights

Paying the Inflation Tax

      If you feel like whenever you go to the grocery store or to Wal-Mart, everything has gone up a little in price, it is not just a feeling. From the Spring through the Summer of this year inflation has surged to its largest level in 38 years

      The US Bureau of Economic Analysis released data late last week showing that a key marker of inflation watched by the Federal Reserve increased 4.3% in August over a year ago for both goods and services.  Energy prices alone have increased 24.9% in a year.
 
      This is the invisible tax Americans are paying.  The Biden administration claims it is only temporary, but many economists say inflation is here to stay under current policies.  It will become even more severe if the so-called infrastructure bill passes and pours $4 trillion into the economy through reckless government spending.  

      (The only thing the Biden Administration has “built back better” so far is the Taliban.)

      Even West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, one of only two Democrat Senators to question the far-left agenda of the Biden/Harris Pelosi/Schumer team, has concerns.   He had an amazing quote recently on the problem of inflation and fiscal irresponsibility.  (Remember economists say that inflation is “too many dollars chasing too few goods.” Printing and pouring trillions of tax dollars into an economy suffering from numerous shortages intensify the problem.)

      Senator Manchin said:

      “What I have made clear to the President and Democratic leaders is that spending trillions more on new and expanded government programs, when we can’t even pay for the essential social programs, like Social Security and Medicare, is the definition of fiscal insanity. . . Suggesting that spending trillions more will not have an impact on inflation ignores the everyday reality that America’s families continue pay an unavoidable inflation tax. Proposing a historic expansion of social programs while ignoring the fact we are not in a recession and that millions of jobs remain open will only feed a dysfunction that could weaken our economic recovery. This is the shared reality we all now face, and it is this reality that must shape the future decisions that we, as elected leaders, must make.”

       I pray that Sen. Manchin holds strong on this. 


Senator Braun Defends Parents in Education

        Last week, Indiana Senator Mike Braun grilled Education Secretary Miguel Cardona about his criticism of parents’ involvement in education. 

      During a hearing, Braun asked Cardona: “Do you think parents should be in charge of their child’s education as the primary stakeholder?”  “I believe parents are important stakeholders . . .But I also believe educators have a role in determining educational programming,” Cardona said.

        Braun responded that he had asked if the parents are the “primary” stakeholders. “I think that’s going to be a little out of focus,” Braun said. “I think you’re going to find, across all elements of education, since they pay the bills, raise the kids, they probably need to be the primary spokespeople for their own kids.”

        Braun also raised the issue of parents expressing anger and frustration at local school board meetings over mask mandates and Critical Race Theory.  “I think that’s civic engagement,” the senator said, noting that he had been on a school board for ten years.

        Braun was “disturbed” by a comment Cardona made about why parents are frustrated at school board meetings. The Secretary had said, “I think it’s a proxy for being mad that their guy didn’t win.” Sen. Braun asked the secretary if he wanted to retract that statement.

        Cardona refused to retract his statement, doubled down, and praised public schools’ actions over the last 18 months. 

        Secretary Cardona’s criticism of parents upset with what many schools are teaching and his refusal to say that parents are the primary stakeholder in their kids’ education came after Virginia Democrat gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe said in a debate, “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.”

        In my experience in the state legislature, as well as serving several years on the Governor’s Education Roundtable, the arrogant idea that parents are the problem and that educators are the solution is rampant among school administrators and educational leaders.
 


An Era of Total Conformity

         The US Census Bureau has found that roughly 16% of Americans are hesitant to get the Covid vaccine.  About half of those (7.5%) say they “definitely will not” take it.  

          The numbers may be a little higher as many people may not even want to answer such a survey, but most people are open to the vaccine. Still, that’s not good enough for the Biden Administration.  Their response to this is to declare a goal of a vaccination rate of “98% or more” and to demonize those who question the vaccine.

         This is a perfect example of where we are, despite two decades of people claiming to value “tolerance.”  There is almost no real tolerance left in American culture

         Our culture and therefore politicians increasingly demand universal conformity.  Less and less do we allow dissent.  Churches are not going to be exempt from this forever.  Look at where we are:

  •       A question of some obvious things about the pandemic gets you labeled “anti-science” and banned from social media.  
  •      You had Covid and thus natural immunity? Too bad, get vaccinated or lose your job.  
  •      Are you a business owner who does not want to fire your unvaccinated employees?  You will face a $700,000, company-killing fine under the proposed infrastructure bill.  
  •     If you don’t agree to participate in a same-sex marriage, a human rights commission could fine you. You could lose your home or your business. 
  •     Question a school board about racist or Marxist ideologies and it may be the last public board meeting the school allows. (The National School Board Association wants parents who demand the removal of CRT deemed “domestic terrorists.”)   
  •     Concerned about 1 million abortions every year in America, too bad, your taxpayer dollars will subsidize it.  
  •     Speak for traditional values and you’re labeled a “right-winger” in a media that never utters the phrase “left-winger.”

       Do you see the direction we are headed?  

       It is going to get much worse unless we act.  Dig in, speak up, and push back, at the ballot box and in the public square.  Support groups, organizations, churches, and leaders who stand for what is right and true.  Teach your children about our values and the history of persecution, noting that our Founders correctly worried it could happen here because it is. 



In Their Own Words:

     “Freedom must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people. Those who have known freedom and then lost it have never known it again.”  – President Ronald Reagan

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AFA-IN: Intolerant College Kids, Churches & Poverty

Churches Meeting Hoosier’s Needs


         A few years ago, I helped with the passage of a bill that would make it easier for social service agencies to work with churches.  The concept is called the Care Portal.  It makes needs known by the Department of Child Services known to churches that would like to help Hoosiers.  For example, a need for a baby crib or diapers, or other items within the welfare system would be made known through the online care portal.  Churches could then, if they like, provide those items through that system.
        You can see how the care portal works with an excellent video here: https://www.careportal.org
         The Indiana Care Portal is looking for Indianapolis area churches that may want to partner with this system.  If you are a church leader that would like to consider becoming a part of the Care Portal, let me know.


Biden Still Wins in Arizona Recount
         This headline is about all most Americans got from the mainstream news late last week when reporters gleefully saw the result they wanted.
         In November, Biden got 49.4%, to win the state’s 11 electoral votes, by about 10,000 votes more than Trump received out of over 3.3 million cast. Trump received 49.1%, according to the official results.   Those results flipped the red state to blue for the first time since 1996.
         A recounting of the same ballots is not an in-depth check of the validity of those ballots!  Doing that raises a different question of election integrity rather than just another count.  
         It is unfortunate that the Arizona question was devalued down to the sitting President and an alleged sore loser because there really was a significant news story here that deserved far better coverage out of respect for the law-abiding Arizona voter.

       The audit found that 17,126 voters voted twice, equating to a total of 34,448 duplicate ballots.

  • As many as 5,047 individuals voted in more than one county.
  • 393 voters cast ballots using incomplete names.
  • 198 individuals who registered after the Oct. 15 deadline voted anyway.
  • 2,861 voters shared a registration number with another voter.
  • 282 votes appeared to be cast in the names of dead voters.
  • 186 voters appeared to have duplicate voter IDs, both of which were presented at separate times.
       
      There were other numbers that raised integrity questions from the lengthy audit report.  Former President Trump put out a statement noting “ 23,344 mail-in ballots, despite the person no longer living at that address. Phantom voters! The official canvass does not even match who voted, off by 11,592—more than the entire Presidential Election margin.”
        Regardless of an election outcome, these types of problems should not happen in any state. American citizens deserve secure elections where not a single legal voter’s ballot is canceled out by questionable or fraudulent voters.


Justification for Bad Behavior

         
You are surely aware that free speech is under assault in America particularly on college campuses where liberalism runs rampant.  It is one reason why many parents question the benefit of spending a great deal of money to have their values undermined.
         How bad is it?  A new survey of the top 150 colleges in the U.S. has found that nearly 25% of students said it is acceptable to use violence to shut down a controversial speaker. The number jumps to nearly 50% at several elite women’s colleges. According to the survey, Claremont-McKenna College ranks best for free speech, DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana ranks the worst.
        The findings are based on the opinions of over 37,000 students at 159 of America’s largest and most prestigious campuses. The largest survey of campus free expression ever conducted was published in the 2021 College Free Speech Rankings, produced by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), College Pulse, and RealClearEducation.


        The survey found that students showed much greater intolerance toward campus speakers who held conservative views than liberal ones.  


        Many students expressed fear of sharing their views on social media or disagreeing with a professor.  “When a majority of students report that they’re fearful of speaking their minds and engaging in free debate,” Nathan Harden, editor of RealClearEducation, said, “the value of higher education is greatly diminished.”


It’s A Woman’s World . . . On Campus


       According to the latest figures from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center: as of spring 2021, women accounted for 59.5% of students attending colleges and universities nationwide. Among four-year private colleges, women now account for 61% of all students. Both figures represent new records.  If this current trend continues, within a few years there will be two women graduating from college for every one man.


       One could say “so what?”  Fifty years ago those numbers were flipped and few people complained.   However, as the Institute for Family Studies explains, this imbalance could have a negative role on marriage rates and children as college-educated women are less likely to marry men below their educational or economic status.   It is an interesting theory.  


      You can read more about it here:


In Their Own Words:


        “Aggressive fighting for the right is the noblest sport the world affords.” – Theodore Roosevelt


         



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AFA-IN: Family Divided by politics? Family Leave, Legislators return to Indy

They’re Back!

       The Indiana General Assembly goes back into session tomorrow to adopt the redrawn state legislative and federal Congressional districts.   The redrawing of districts to reapportion the same number of constituents per district (equal representation) occurs after every ten-year census.

      The party in the majority in the legislature draws the maps and they always draw them to favor or maintain their majority. The Republicans currently hold about 75% of Indiana’s legislative seats. The new maps reflect this breakdown. Seven of nine Congressional seats are held by Republicans. That won’t change with the new maps either.

      Some critics complain that these maps overstate the Republican vote statewide which is between 56-58%, but if the Democrats held even a 1 vote majority in either chamber, they too would draw maps to gain four or five seats. It is just a reality of holding political power.

      There are about six open seats in the new Indiana House maps. Many Hoosiers will have a new, or a different, State Representative in Indianapolis after the November 2022 election.   The new state Senate maps will be released today or tomorrow.

      Legislators are not expected to address any other issues beyond the adoption of the new maps while in session



Are Politics Dividing Families? 

         There is much talk of America being “polarized” or deeply divided over political issues.  Perhaps because of such news stories, or perhaps due to the coarse rhetoric of politics in an age when common courtesy and manners are in decline, one may assume that this divide runs deep and leads to relational problems. 

         You may have dreaded family holidays because of a political divide in your family. However, a new study finds that families being torn apart by politics are not nearly as common as the media may have you to believe. 

         New data from the American National Election Study, a seven-decade-long survey about campaigns and elections, show that narratives about family political turmoil have been overstated.  Thankfully, the overwhelming majority of Americans report that political differences in their homes or families have had little real impact on their relationships.

        The survey asked: “In the past four years, how much have political differences hurt your relationships with family members?”  Although 10% of the sample reported a moderate amount of harm to their family relationships due to political differences, the overwhelming majority said that the consequences of these differences were minimal: 18% said “a little” and 66% said, “not at all.” Only 6% said that this harmed their relationships “a little” (3%) or “a lot” (3%). 

         As for political identifications, most strong Democrats (79%) and most strong Republicans (85%) report little to no negative impact upon family relationships. 

         With this being said, a new Fox News poll finds that most Americans (54%) feel that our nation is more divided now than it was a year ago. 



More Dad’s Spending Time with Mom and Newborn

         Family leave is a topic that a lot of family policy groups discuss and debate the benefits versus the economic costs of different proposals.  As family leave becomes a perk that many businesses offer regardless of legislative actions, some interesting numbers are emerging about family leave now for new fathers too.   

        According to the US Census Bureau, an increasing percentage of men have taken leave during the 12 weeks following the birth of their first child.  In 1975 about 7.5% of men with first births took some form of leave. Today, 66.5% of first-time fathers take some form of leave.

       However, men are still significantly less likely to take some form of leave following the birth of their first child. Roughly 96% of women with first births after 2015 took some form of leave after their first child was born. 


More Moms Want to Work from Home 

       Recent findings from the Institute for Family Studies/Wheatley Institution survey of 2,500 American adults show that more than half (53%) of mothers say Covid-19 has made them more likely to prefer to work from home either most (34%) or half (19%) of the time.

       When FlexJobs surveyed 2,100 people between March and April who were still working remotely due to the pandemic, 60 percent of women identified better work-life balance and more control and flexibility over the work schedule as significant benefits from working at home. More than half (57%) said working from home meant they had more time to take care of themselves, cook healthier, and exercise.

       The pandemic presents the possibility of an entirely new work-family world—one in which both mother and father share childcare while they both work flexible schedules from home. Parents got a taste of it, and they want more. In fact, “flexible work + shared childcare” was the top choice for the best childcare arrangement for parents in the IFS/Wheatley survey. 

       Read more here: https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/women-want-to-work-from-home/


In Their Own Words:

       “No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the Invisible Hand which conducts the affairs of men more than the people of the United States.”   – President George Washington, April 30, 1789



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On the Verge of a Pro-Life Victory in Indiana

Few Hoosiers may realize that the abortion industry has filed a major lawsuit challenging almost every recent pro-life measure added to our law books by the legislature.

Now, the abortion advocate’s gamble may have failed.  While lower courts sided with their request to place several commonsense measures on hold, they came up short last week.

Their lawsuit placed the following on hold:

  • a requirement that chemical abortions involve a physician;
  • a requirement that late-term abortions be performed in a hospital;
  • a requirement that counseling and informed consent questions prior to the abortion involve in-person consultation with a medical expert;
  • an in-person physical exam requirement before an abortion;
  • a prohibition of “telemed” (zoom mtg) for abortions.

The federal 7th Circuit Court of Appeals unblocked these laws (prior to their formal ruling), based upon the state’s preliminary defense of them.   The court said, “[W]e hold . . . that existing precedents provide strong grounds for concluding that Indiana is likely to prevail on the contested issues.”

It is possible that the court could do something different when they officially rule, but this appears to be a good indication that our laws will withstand this liberal legal assault.

This is a huge affirmation for common sense medical care and abortion limitations that Indiana Right to Life, AFA of Indiana, and other groups fought to pass in the Indiana General Assembly.

Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita said, “The appellate court’s decision in our favor at this juncture signifies the overall strength of our legal position. We would expect our commonsense laws to be upheld as the appeal continues. Protecting the culture of life is the top priority of my office, and we will continue fighting for every life alongside our legislative partners.”

Hold On Mr. President

Two top Hoosier leaders are pushing back on President Biden’s use of an OSHA regulation to force millions of people to choose between getting a Covid vaccine or losing their job, regardless of whether they have had Covid (natural immunity) or not.

Governor Eric Holcomb, who has often used the power of his office to push certain controversial Covid steps, said, “I believe the vaccine is the number one tool that will protect us and our loved ones against COVID-19. It is the tool that will end the pandemic . . . However, I strongly believe it’s not the state or federal government’s role to issue a vaccine mandate upon citizens and private businesses . . . it is fundamentally a citizen’s right to choose whether or not to get the vaccine.”

Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita was even more forceful.  “My team and I, along with other like-minded attorneys general, are reviewing all legal action on how to stand against these authoritarian actions by the Biden administration.  We will be prepared to file suit if Biden seeks illegal actions restricting Hoosiers’ liberties,” he said.

Were Indiana’s Elections Accurate in 2020?

There is an incredible article posted by the Indiana Policy Review Foundation raising multiple questions about how voter rolls and election totals are verified or not verified in Indiana.   The article goes on to show some election results in Hamilton County that seem to defy common sense. . . unless you believe that support for Joe Biden was far stronger than that of Barack Obama.

The well-written article will likely get some pushback, but I think it raises some questions that deserve specific answers rather than a blanket dismissal.   You can read it here:  https://mailchi.mp/inpolicy/holcomb-wants-afghans-to-fall-in-love-with-indiana-487930?e=220ee228d8&fbclid=IwAR1xqP0ieyvvMQ6HgXfFbG5vfqBvRMfBKvBTrTeZhcNxXJrt92SaHvetVIM

The Media’s Favorite Kind of Crime

The media has long made a big deal about “hate crimes” which are crimes allegedly motivated based upon the victim’s race, gender, ethnicity, religion, or sexual lifestyle.  It is often hard to get into the mind of a criminal and come up with rational reasoning, but such crimes are tracked separately from other crimes.

All crime is tragic, but the media seems to like to make a big deal out of these as evidence of America being a racist, hate-filled, bigoted nation.   Almost every state, including Indiana, has passed specific laws addressing and tracking hate crimes.

A recent news story ranking hate crimes caught my attention.  It may surprise you to learn that Indiana ranks low in hate crimes at 1.3 for every 100,000 residents.  The national average is 2.6 for every 100,000.  Indiana ranks as the 15th lowest state for hate crimes. Interestingly, liberal states which seem obsessed with race, gender, and sexuality issues are among the worst for these crimes.  Washington, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Jersey are the top four worst states for hate crimes.  Neighboring Michigan is the fifth worse, Ohio is the 9th worst, whereas Illinois is the eighth lowest.

In comparison to the 87, or 1.3 hate crimes incidents per 100,000 residents in Indiana in 2019, there were 2,486 or 37.1 rapes per 100,000 Hoosiers.  There were 5,331 aggravated assaults or 85.7 per 100,000 Hoosiers.  In 2019, there were 132,694 property crimes in Indiana, or 1,971 per 100,000 Hoosiers.

A More Accurate Covid Count

The Centers for Disease Control appears to have quietly admitted that the Covid tests may have inflated the virus count.  The widely used PCR tests seem to do a good job finding even the smallest traces of Covid, but they also seem to have difficulty differentiating between it and the flu.

Some have noted that the CDC estimated that in 2019 between 24,000 and 62,000 Americans died of influenza.  However, in 2020, during the Covid pandemic, flu deaths dropped to such a low level that it raised questions, even with the mitigation efforts in place for Covid that probably protected us from the flu too.   Last year, reportedly, only 646 people died from the flu.

At the end of this year, upon recommendation by the CDC, a new test will appear that can differentiate between the SARS Covid virus and influenza viruses.

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“The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.” – H.L. Mencken

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Bad News from the Statehouse

         Last week, during a summer study committee, several legislators from the House and Senate Education Committees looked at the results of the ILEARN statewide student assessment.   (ILEARN replaced the ISTEP test.)  Legislators may want to give ILEARN a better name after this.

         According to the test administered in the Spring, only 28.6% percent of Indiana’s public-school students received a passing grade in English and math.  This is down nearly ten points from two years ago when 37% of Indiana students scored proficient in both math and English. None of the grade levels tested in grades 3 through 8 had a majority of students passing these two essential subjects.

         The news was even worse for African American students.  Only 17% in grades 3 through 8 passed the English test.  Only 12% passed the math test.  In 2019 24.7% of Indiana’s black students passed the English test and 22.5% passed the math test.

         Virtual learning due to Covid can take some of the blame for the declines, but not all.  Almost half of Indiana schools had more than 90% of students in schools for in-person learning all year in 2020-2021 and almost 80% of schools in the state had more than 60% of students in-person all year.  Only 5% of schools in the state had more than 50% of students who were learning virtually all year.

         There is a bigger problem here than Covid.  For years, only 37% of Indiana’s students have passed the national NAEP test in English, math, and science.  (This is about the same as the national average for NAEP.)

         Many legislators from both parties were upset by these results. They asked the Superintendent of Public Instruction what our schools have been spending their time teaching.  This is the same question a lot of parents have been asking school boards concerning critical race theory and social and emotional learning programs.   

         In defense of schoolteachers, for years legislators, social service advocates, and other education special interest groups have pushed things upon teachers that have little do with reading or writing as a means of fixing social issues from the breakdown of the family.  Many teachers may feel like adequate time for the fundamentals of education has been crowded out with a host of other requirements and expectations placed upon them. 
Speaking of Education

         In 1973, only about 13,000 children in the United States were educated at home.  As of March of 2021, about 5 million children, or roughly 8% of students, are home-educated.   In 2019, a report from the US Department of Education found that 41% of home-school students were Black, Asian, Hispanic, or non-White/non-Hispanic.

         Home-schooled students typically score 15 to 30 percentile points above public-school students on standardized academic achievement tests.

A True Hoosier Statesman

         On Friday, Republican State Senator Dennis Kruse (Auburn) announced that he would not seek re-election in 2022.   

         When I was just out of college in 1990, I did an internship in the Indiana House of Representatives.  Dennis was a new member of the House.  We hit it off immediately.  For over 30 years, Dennis has been one of my closest friends in the legislature.  He is a quiet giant, and the epitome of a kind, Christian statesman, who lives out his faith in the public square.  

         I could fill several weeks of AFA-IN emails about the qualities of this man and the battles he has courageously fought as an economic and social conservative.   Dennis has been responsible for a great many positive public policies in place today.

        If ever there was a person who fulfilled the writings of the apostle Paul about running the race and fighting the good fight of faith it is Dennis Kruse.  You would not know it from some of the news stories trying to paint him as a far-right extremist, but legislators on both sides of the political aisle admire and respect Dennis.  He will no doubt receive a lot of accolades from legislators on the floor of the House and Senate at the end of the session this Spring.  He deserves every one of them.  I will miss him greatly following this next session.

        One interesting bit of trivia about Senator Kruse.  I believe that he was the first, perhaps the only, legislator in the nation to serve as the chairman of an education committee who was also a home school parent.  Among other things, Dennis, sometimes single-handedly in that leadership position, protected the freedoms of home school families.


A Pro-Family Benefit from Covid

         A new study from the Wheatly Institution finds that one benefit of the Covid pandemic is a possible reset for parents.  They are looking more toward home.  More than half of parents with children under age 18 said that COVID-19 has made them more likely to prefer working from home, either most of the time (33%) or half of the time (20%).  Over half of fathers said the coronavirus pandemic has made them more likely to prefer working from home. A majority (53%) of mothers would prefer to work from home most or half of the time.

        The study also found that full-time center-based childcare, the arrangement most often discussed in the public policy arena, was only desired by 11% of parents.  Most families who currently have a stay-at-home parent (57%) are practicing what they believe is the best arrangement for their families. Some families with children under age 5 who currently have one parent at home full-time have a desire for more paid work. However, instead of sending their kids to daycare full time (8%), these parents were more likely to prefer working flexible hours and sharing childcare responsibilities (23%).   

        You can read more about this here:  https://ifstudies.org/blog/homeward-bound-the-work-family-reset-in-post-covid-america


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       “If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom; and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that, too.” — Somerset Maugham

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Private Education Expands in Indiana
         A new report by Chalkboard Review has found that following Covid mandates, academic concerns, and numerous CRT or sexual content controversies, private schools are growing significantly in Indiana with the start of this new school year.
         The report found that of the 319 private schools in Indiana, 288 have seen some growth, and 154 have seen a significant enrollment increase between the 2020-2021 and the 2021-2022 school year. According to new enrollment data, 49 private schools saw at least a 150 percent increase from the previous year’s roster.  Many private schools in Indiana have waiting lists of students wanting to enroll.
         According to the publication Education Week, “America’s public school system lost almost 1.3 million students this year” to private schools or home education.


         Several specific private schools are mentioned with specific growth numbers in this news article:  https://www.dailywire.com/news/report-indiana-students-are-flocking-to-private-schools-homeschooling


Is Gun Violence the Real Crime Problem?


         It is certainly understandable that shootings make the news headlines compared to less dramatic (though still harmful) criminal incidents.  In a recent email I noted, for example, that Indianapolis is headed for a record number of homicides, many of which involve illegal firearms.   


         However, here is an interesting factoid.  While firearms are used in the majority of homicides, guns are only used in 9% of all violent criminal acts.  The vast majority of rapes, other sex crimes, and robberies involve other weapons or no weapon.  If it were possible to ban firearms, (it is not), that action would have no impact upon 91% of the crimes that occur in America.


Have You Ever Wondered?
         If you are a parent and marveled at your infant as one of the most beautiful, wonderful things in your life, you may have thought about the issue of abortion and wondered how a mother could choose an abortion after having children.   
         The abortion industry often claims that abortion is somewhat normal for women who have children already.  For example, this appears on Planned Parenthood’s web page:


         “Deciding to have an abortion doesn’t mean you don’t want or love children. In fact, 6 out of 10 people who get abortions already have kids — and many of them decide to end their pregnancies so they can focus on the children they already have.”
         This is a lie.  According to a massive new study over 15 years, involving nearly 8 million pregnancies, it is rare for a mother to abort after having a child, particularly among poor women, which is another misperception.   Researchers found that out of nearly five million women on Medicaid with at least one pregnancy, less than 6% had both births and abortions.   
         The researchers also found that, contrary to another claim by abortion activists, women almost never use abortion as a means to space their children apart.


         Abortion is in no way a normal part of motherhood.


Just a Coincidence?
         The following nine states, Connecticut, Nevada, New York, Hawaii, California, New Jersey, Illinois, D.C., Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia have the highest unemployment rates in the nation.


         They have something else in common too.  They are all governed by a Democrat.


         Nebraska, Utah, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Idaho, Vermont, Alabama, Kansas, Montana, and Oklahoma have the 10 lowest unemployment rates.  All, except for Kansas, are governed by a Republican.


         There is an old saying in the public policy world. It is: “What you subsidize you get more of.”  All of the high unemployment states are continuing their participation in the federal government’s enhanced unemployment benefits program.


Resources from AFA of Indiana
         Last week I mentioned a page where we have policy papers, we call fact sheets.  These are more in-depth looks at issues with what we hope are educational and persuasive pieces.  We have added several more to this list, including one of my favorites on the true meaning of liberty, at this link: http://www.afain.net/factsheets2/


         If you would like to know what AFA of Indiana is all about, here is a short 3-minute promotional video on us: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lN4Em2TsNM


Election Integrity Presentation  
        Polls are showing that a majority of Americans are concerned about the security of our recent and future elections. There will be a presentation in Noblesville by Dr. Douglas Frank, PHD on Thursday August 26th at 7 PM at Life Church on 2200 Sheridan Road on this topic and his recent reviews of certain state outcomes.  The event is free, but donations will be possible at the event.  Seating is limited.



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       “Patriotism is as much a virtue as justice and is as necessary for the support of societies as natural affection is for the support of families.” — Dr. Benjamin Rush (1773)


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