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The Cain Train's Next Scheduled Stop: Richmond For TFF Annual Gala, Polls Show More Jumping On Board

Herman Cain is on the rise, surging in the polls and now is an "upper tier" candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. You can see why more and more people are jumping on board the "Cain Train" as it makes a stop in Richmond at The Family Foundation Annual Gala this Saturday, October 8. Tickets are still available: Click here now, as space is limited. Not only will you have a chance to hear Mr. Cain, you can also meet him and have him sign a copy of his soon-to-be-released book, This is Herman Cain: My Journey to the White House. The book will be available for purchase after the dinner and Mr. Cain will sign them for our guests. Autographed copies of the book are free for table sponsors and certain sponsorship levels also include the opportunity to have your picture taken with Mr. Cain. For more information, click here.

Mr. Cain* is coming to Richmond to share his remarkable story that includes rising to the top of the business world, his tenure as a pastor and stage IV cancer survival, and encourage our attendees — not as part of his presidential campaign. Nevertheless, attendees will hear from the man whose national reputation has taken off in the last few days in a furious media buzz

On the heels of his landslide victory in the Florida Republican presidential straw poll, a recent Fox News poll showed Cain had tripled his support among GOP primary voters. Now he is running practically even with former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and Texas Governor Rick Perry as the top tier of contenders. Another poll indicates he's surpassed both Romney and Perry and stands alone as the front-runner.

Here are some of quotes from recent articles on Mr. Cain:

» Herman Cain may or may not win the nomination, but right now he is the center of gravity within the Republican field and all the other candidates are, after last week, being pulled into his orbit. (See RedState.com.)

» Unlike the incumbent, Herman Cain has at least twice identified the causes of a large failing enterprise, designed goals, achieved them, and by all accounts inspired the people he was supposed to lead. Not least, Mr. Cain's life experience suggests that, unlike the incumbent, he will adjust his ideas to reality. (See The Wall Street Journal/WSJ.com.)

» After a well-received debate performance last week, Herman Cain surprised everybody by finishing atop the Florida straw poll. This week, he's finally seeing traction in the polls, and now serious people are starting to take him seriously. It's far past time for us to take a closer look at Cain, who appears to be making a credible bid for top-tier status. (See TheWeeklyStandard.com.)

» This guy's the one who makes sense to me. He's a sweet man. He's not self-aggrandizing. (Talk-show host Dennis Miller, reported on Politico.com.)

Visit www.familyfoundation.org/gala to reserve tickets or sponsorships today. To purchase tickets or sponsorships by phone, or for more information, call Dan Thompson or John Downer at 804-343-0010 or e-mail gala@familyfoundation.org.

Here are the Gala details

Annual Family Foundation Gala featuring keynote speaker Herman Cain

Greater Richmond Convention Center, Grand Ballroom, corner of 5th and East Broad Streets

October 8; private sponsors reception at 4:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:00 p.m.

Business Attire

* DISCLAIMER: Mr. Cain's appearance is in his personal capacity, not as a candidate, and does not imply any endorsement by The Family Foundation Action or The Family Foundation.

Where Are All The Girls? The Consequences Of Choice

Science shows that without intervention 105 boys (plus or minus one) are born for every 100 girls. In an era of relative truth, this is nonetheless a rare and undisputed biological fact. Scientists concur: Any greater deviation is a result of unnatural causes. Consider this: The ratio in India is 112 boys to 100 girls, 120 in Armenia, and 121 in China. According to Jonathan Last in his Wall Street Journal review of Mara Hvinstendahl's book Unnatural Selection, "there have been so many sex-selective abortions in the past three decades that 163 million girls, who by biological averages should have been born, are missing from the world."

Scientific developments in the 1970s brought amniocentesis, or the in utero “sex test,” which has been replaced in recent years by the ultrasound. Costing an average of $12 in India or China, sex tests have become popular in preventing the birth of unwanted girls. The Wall Street Journal reports that an India clinic advertises, "Better 500 rupees now than 5,000 later" in reference to the cost of a sex test versus a dowry. In The Economist's in-depth March 4 article "Gendercide: The Worldwide War on Baby Girls," it reported that "In one hospital in Punjab, in northern India, the only girls born after a round of ultrasound scans had been mistakenly identified as boys, or else had a male twin."

Jonathan Last gives this compelling example:

Take South Korea. In 1989, the sex ratio for first births there was 104 boys for every 100 girls — perfectly normal. But couples who had a girl became increasingly desperate to acquire a boy. For second births, the male number climbed to 113; for third, to 185. Among fourth-born children, it was a mind-boggling 209.

Similar patterns can be found among Chinese, Indian and Korean parents in America.

Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider, has not distanced itself from using abortion as a form of birth control, but rather, embraced it (read more at the Live Action Blog). Discussing developing nations, Malcom Potts, a past medical director of the International Planned Parenthood Federation, stated that abortion was preferable to birth control: "Early abortion is safe, effective, cheap and potentially the easiest method to administer." A slight variation on gender-selective abortion, race-selective birth control is what motivated Margaret Sanger in part to found Planned Parenthood (BlackGenocide.org). True to its eugenic roots, even in recent years, Planned Parenthood has accepted donations earmarked for the abortion of black babies. Earlier this year, Planned Parenthood fought legislation that ultimately passed in Arizona which criminalized performing or coercing a woman into receiving an abortion on the basis of race or gender selection.

These results are the consequences of choice. As Jonathan Last concludes his article:

For if "choice" is the moral imperative guiding abortion, then there is no way to take a stand against "gendercide." Aborting a baby because she is a girl is no different from aborting a baby because she has Down Syndrome or because the mother's "mental health" requires it. Choice is choice . . . this is where choice leads.  This is where choice has already led . . . there are only two alternatives: Restrict abortion or accept the slaughter of millions of baby girls and the calamities that are likely to come with it.

If statistics and history hold, this is where our society is headed if it continues its full embrace of "choice." Advocates for abortion on demand must take a close look at the facts before it's too late . . . another 163 million girls too late.

Land Of The Free? Really?

It's ironic that while the rest of the world is moving toward economic freedom to ignite their economies, United States, under the governance of Washington's liberal elites, has retreated from liberty. It's true. While countries such as Denmark, Ireland, Canada, Switzerland, New Zealand and Australia were high-tailing forward, we moved backward, and Bahrain — Bahrain — is nipping at our heels. These are the conclusions of the The Wall Street Journal/Heritage Foundation annual Index of Economic Freedom. In fact, the report states that the U.S. score, which dropped to ninth in the study, fell from the ranks of the "economically free nations" to that of the "mostly free" ranks. According to the study, the U.S. decline was . . .

largely the result of large government spending increases and passage of President Barack Obama’s health care plan, which severely restricts consumer choice and private health care markets while increasing the size and cost of government.

Also of note is that more than half of the 183 countries in the survey improved their economic freedom, seeking to untangle their governments from the private sector to emerge from recession rather than increasing government's role (see Theodore Bromund at Heritage's The Foundry). The report rated countries' fiscal soundness and openness to trade and investment, government size, business and labor regulation, property rights, corruption, monetary stability and financial competition.

According to Virginia Fourth District Congressman Randy Forbes, who blogs about the study here:

It is clear that huge increases in government spending have impacted our economic freedom as a nation and it shows us that reining in government spending must be a top priority for the 112th Congress. Our nation was built on the premise that we are the “land of the free,” and that includes economic freedom. “Mostly free” should not be an economic option for the United States.

We now are in a period where big government not only threatens our liberty with ever increasing control over our decisions, but with the incomprehensible debt it has accrued in doing so. Debt enslaves people and societies to those to whom it owes the money. That those debts will never be called in is no longer realistic. We may always be be the home of the brave, but land of the free is not a guarantee.

Lobby Day: Less Than A Week To Get In The Game!

Legislators rolled into the capital city this week with the usual crush of agenda promoting news conferences, last minute fundraisers (they can't solicit campaign donations during session) and organizational meetings. Today, the games begins. Don't get left on the bench. Your team wants and needs you on the field!

If you have not registered for Family Foundation Day at the Capitol this Monday, January 19, please do so as soon as possible! 

Not only will you be able to meet with your elected officials to express your support for The Family Foundation's pro-family agenda, you will have the opportunity to hear from some of Virginia's strongest pro-family leaders in Lt. Governor Bill Bolling, Senator Ken Cuccinelli (R-37, Fairfax) and Delegate Bill Carrico (R-5, Independence).

Our keynote speaker is Jordan Lorence (see video here), Senior Counsel at the Alliance Defense Fund. He will address the issue of religious liberty (see video of him on this subject here) and what our rights are and how we can make a difference. 

We're also pleased to announce that we added Adam B. Schaeffer, a policy analyst with the Cato Institute's Center for Educational Freedom and senior fellow at the Virginia Institute for Public Policy (see Tertium Quids, here), as a Lobby Day speaker. He will address the issue of educational choice and freedom. Schaeffer is a former NRI Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and adjunct scholar at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. He has commented on a range of political issues in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online and RealClearPolitics.

Listen to Adam Schaeffer in a podcast at TQ Radio, here.

This is a power packed line up you won't want to miss. But time is running out. To ensure we can reserve a meeting time with your legislator, please call to register for Family Foundation Day at the Capitol as soon as possible.

Family Foundation Day at the Capitol is free of charge, and will be held Monday, January 19 from 9:00 a.m. through the afternoon at the Richmond Marriott, 500 East Broad Street.

To register now, contact our Grassroots Coordinator John Smith at 804-343-0010 or e-mail him @ John@familyfoundation.org

The game will go on with or without you. It's your choice whether you get on the field or stay on the bench. Others, many of whom vehemently disagree with your vision for Virginia, already are playing and playing hard. However, you can make your presence known and voice heard for traditional values this year as well, and help ensure that Virginia continues to be a great place to raise a family.

Marriage In California

Now that newspapers are celebrating the in-progress homosexual "marriages" in California with front page articles, radio stations with top of the hour gushes about "newlyweds" and television news with live remotes from various city halls and courthouses throughout the Golden State, there's not much more to say, but to let the circuses speak for themselves. Funny how four people can overturn the will of an entire state. Except that this issue is no laughing matter. Pro-marriage advocates two weeks ago, however, gained almost double the necessary petition signatures required to get a constitutional amendment banning homosexual marriage on the California ballot this November. That will be the for all the marbles. (About 694,00 were required and more than 1.1 million signed. Read more here.) The Wall Street Journal, ever looking for a financial impact, quotes something called the Williams Institute,"a think tank on sexual-orientation law at the University of California at Los Angeles's law school," as predicting homosexual weddings "will generate $684 million over three years for California's economy" but that "the social impact — and the impact on the nation — is expected to go far beyond the economy." Thank goodness for understatements.

Which brings us to Virginia for two reasons. The California Supreme Court decision one-upped (as difficult as that is to imagine) the infamous Massachusetts Supreme Court decision, which started this nonsense, by granting marriage licenses to non-Californians. Massachusetts clerks do not. (By the way, in California, licenses now read "Party A" and "Party B" in lieu of "bride" and "groom." How sentimental. How much is this going to cost Hallmark to reprint its wedding cards?) Still, how many of these couples will return to their home states and begin legal challenges to have their "marriages" recognized in those states? Plenty, according to the Alliance For Marriage. Not only that, New York Governor David Patterson has issued an executive order for his state to recognize "same-sex marriages" performed in California, Massachusetts and Canada (read the news release here). Virginia's homosexual lobby, through its words and legislative actions, has made no secret of its desire to whittle away, water down and eventually overturn the Commonwealth's Marriage Amendment. Will law suits be far behind?

The other reason Virginia comes to mind is that during the 2006 campaign, one of the many points of misinformation by the homosexual lobby was that, if passed, the Marriage Amendment would have the "unintended consequence" of prohibiting any couple (brothers, sisters, business partnerships) from entering into contracts and doing business together. Of course that hasn't happened and will not happen. Best proof yet? A neighborhood newsletter (we leave no stone unturned in our investigative journalism; click here): One of the leading fundraisers against the Marriage Amendment, Mac Pence of Richmond, and his partner, have bought a historic mansion on Monument Avenue and are converting it to a bed and breakfast. We doubt they even considered that they couldn't start this business together, proving the homosexual lobby's disingenuousness from the beginning. In fact, we're still waiting for that first lawsuit to be filed over any one of the several imaginary grievances that were so hysterically predicted.

Of course, this is but one small example of the falsity of their 2006 arguments. The only difference now is that with the California ruling they will create more misinformative arguments and make them louder, stronger and more frequent. Some will be emboldened to seek the courts. Why not, especially if four people can change the will of millions of voters? Which makes the bizzare scenes coming from California more than a just cause for concern.