The Washington Post recently ran a “Washington in Brief” round-up of news on page six that included a small item noting that President Bush was bucking the NRA and other gun owners by backing a renewal of the so-called “assault weapons ban” that affects certain semi-automatic rifles. Since it only offended conservatives, it wasn’t front- page news.
This wasn’t the only piece of disappointing news to conservatives. In an action that got slightly more attention, the Bush Administration decided not to seek a critical resolution from the United Nations Human Rights Commission about China, despite a recent State Department report citing such abuses as torture, forced confessions, killings and arbitrary arrest. No such resolution has ever been approved by the Human Rights Commission, which is headed by the dictatorship of Libya, but U.S. sponsorship of such a measure would have sent a strong message of where the U.S. Government stands. President Bush talks about freedom in Iraq. Why not in China?
In another significant development that was ignored or played down by the major media, Marc Racicot, chairman of the Republican National Committee, met with leaders of the Human Rights Campaign, a homosexual lobby group, at a luncheon in Washington. Conservatives were alarmed, noting that the meeting was kept secret and first reported in the Washington Blade, a gay newspaper. A Republican spokesman said Racicot was “honored” to meet with the homosexual group. Also to the delight of homosexual Republicans, Bush endorsed a $15 billion AIDS bill emphasizing condoms, rather than changes in risky behavior. That got favorable coverage from the editorial writers of the New York Times, who are usually anti-Bush.
The Human Rights Campaign contributes to candidates who advance the lesbian, homosexual, bisexual and even transgender agenda. The letter involves people who dress like members of the opposite sex or have sex-change operations. The Human Rights Campaign favors legalization of homosexual marriage and legalization of adoption by homosexuals. It has funded the campaigns of 21 Republicans in the House and three in the Senate.
Meanwhile, in a bow to environmentalists, the Pentagon had an Earth Day celebration on April 21, hosted by acting Navy Secretary H. T. Johnson. This was typical under the Clinton-Gore Administration and we are surprised to see it continuing under Bush. After all, environmentalists have interfered with the ability of our Armed Forces to conduct training in the U.S. on military bases where huge tracts of land have been set aside for the benefit of supposedly endangered species. The Pentagon is seeking exemptions from five major environmental laws, which it says are compromising military readiness.
Conservatives like Bush’s leadership on the war, his appointments to the federal courts, and his push for lower taxes. But some policy decisions and stands on key social and foreign policy issues have not escaped notice, even though they haven’t been covered prominently in the press.