10/1/2012 - October 2012 SLI Newsletter
Dear Friends and Supporters,
In presidential election years, everything non-political becomes secondary. This is particularly true in this election year with the economic problems facing America and the world. These problems have been growing ever since Bill Clinton sought to draw attention away from social issues by campaigning on the slogan, “It’s the economy stupid!” But, this year we have renewed discussion on abortion, same-sex marriage, and other social issues that are so fundamental to the strength of America. This is certainly an important presidential election year, in more ways than one.
This month’s Educational Update provides some information about registering to vote and voting absentee. Some of us will know our polling place and will plan to vote on Election Day. However, many of us have not registered to vote or we have not realized we will be out of town on Election Day. Right now is the time to stop and be sure that we are prepared.
For many years voter turnout has been appallingly small. If we knew we were going to lose important liberties and rights, we would probably be sure to vote. We take too many things for granted. If we do not vote, and vote intelligently, we will lose those rights and privileges.
Though it is an election year, we at SLI are very involved in preparing for issues in the coming year. We have been reviewing pro-life and religious liberty legislation. We have been workingr to protect religious daycare centers. We have had a number of home school issues. We will report on these as they develop.
We have been monitoring the gambling issue, which is never too far away. Required financial reporting to politicians has resulted in a couple of interesting payments. It is reported that the Poarch Indians of Alabama made a $100,000 contribution to Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. This is interesting because Obama’s Secretary of the Interior has taken no action to properly enforce laws against illegal gambling by the Poarch Indians. We wrote in our July 2012 Educational Update of the need to prosecute illegal Indian gambling. Also, it is reported that Congressman Spencer Bachus received a $5,000 contribution to his legal fund related to his ethics investigation. We have always questioned contributions from gamblers to politicians.
Thank you for your financial support of SLI. Your support is important to our very existence. We are grateful for your trust.
Yours very truly,
A. Eric Johnston
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