Sunday, October 22, 2006

Media spin aimed at discouraging conservative voter turnout

The Family Research Council writes the following:

Story after story on the elections seem to repeat the same spin--that conservatives are too turned off to turn out the vote. With headlines like "Conservative Voters Likely to Stay Home," many of the press seem to be hoping for a self-fulfilling prophecy. But the truth is, these articles aren't intended to get the facts straight or to talk about the broader cultural issues of moral decline that have given rise to the recent scandals. They're meant to discourage voter turnout--plain and simple. Members of the liberal media understand that values voters were the single largest factor in 2004, and a repeat performance would spell disaster for plans of a liberal takeover of Congress. There's no question the enthusiasm level is far below what it was in 2004. However, where marriage amendments are on the ballot and in the districts and states where candidates take clear and convincing positions on the key social issues, they will find "value voter" support at the polls. If you are tempted to sit this election out, I encourage you not to: vote your values. Sitting out this election doesn't punish conservatives or liberals so much as it slaps in the face every soldier fighting for this same freedom abroad. They've offered their lives--not to protect our apathy, but to protect what America stands for: that government of the people, by the people, and for the people should not perish from this earth.

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