I am pleased to announce that in the course of the last ten minutes, I have received notice of two more co-sponsors of the Parental Rights Amendment! Yesterday, Erik Paulsen (R, MN-03) signed on as a co-sponsor, bringing the number to 94. Today, another two congressmen, Bill Posey (R, FL-15) and C.W. Bill Young (R, FL-10), signed on, bringing the number to 96! (For a complete listing of our co-sponsors, click here)
I would like to take this time to thank Congr. Paulsen, Posey, and Young for their fearless stand for parental rights: we are greatly indebted to you for your courage and conviction.
As these two congressmen from Florida joined today, I wondered, "What other congressman might be able to 'follow suit,' so to speak?" My attention fixed on Congr. Allen Boyd (D, FL-02), a newer congressman with much promise for traditional American values and parental rights. A few thoughts follow:
1. He has a mixed record on the pro-life, pro-choice issue: he is in favor of embryonic stem cell research, and has consistently voted against measures which would make harming a developing child a crime. He has supported parental notification measures, however, and also supported the Partial Birth Abortion ban. While he is not a "pro-lifer," he is pro-parental involvement in important decisions which their children make. This is completely in-line with the PRA, and I highly encourage him to continue his consistent voting for parental involvement.
2. He is pro-gun rights, receiving an "A" from the NRA, and stands opposed to UN gun regulation. While receiving a high grade (A+ to B- range are considered "a high grade" in my book) from the NRA is not a requirement for PRA supporters, it certainly does provide common ground. In past posts, I have mentioned how the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) threatens gun rights, by its emphasis on removing guns from homes in order to create a "good environment" for children. All evidence to the contrary, UNCRC proponents argue that this will create a better aura in homes for children. For more information, be sure to visit the other profile posts on this blog, or visit the article at parentalrights.org. Mr. Boyd, stand up for gun owners across the country, and defend our Second Amendment rights from foreign powers.
3. Congr. Boyd is also a proud protecter of the US flag, voting in favor of an amendment to ban flag desecration. He also supports the death penalty, demonstrating his belief in a strong justice system for heinous crimes. His immigration policies in favor of securing our borders and restricting the flow of illegal immigrants is also noteworthy, since all of these demonstrate a commitment to the values and honor of our country. The UNCRC, and other treaties in international law, threaten our sovereignty by placing the decision-making ability of our domestic policy in the hands of foreigners, who have probably never studied our constitutional law in-depth, who possibly may never have visited our shores, and who certainly have not studied in-depth our state child protection laws. Protect our country, Mr. Boyd, by preserving the family through the Parental Rights Amendment.
4. Mr. Boyd believes in traditional marriage, and supports an amendment to define marriage as one man, and one woman. While this is not a requirement for supporting the PRA, a belief in traditional marriage means that he understands the importance of the family structure. He knows the importance of strong families based in traditional American values of nurturing and growth. This belief, however, is under attack by international law, which would reduce parents to the rank of older siblings telling their younger siblings to go to bed - they may make suggestions, but lack decision-making ability.
Congr. Boyd, please provide us with the protection we need, and join as a co-sponsor to the Parental Rights Amendment. Join the fight as a champion for this amendment; attach your name, and stand firm for what is right and good.
Watching the stars,
"Will they follow me?" -- High King Peter
"To the death." -- Oreius