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“Our Party is joining together to stop the liberals from railroading their misguided tax hikes and military funding cuts through the U.S. Senate.”

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Seventy-seven percent say children should say the Pledge of Allegiance in school every morning. That number is 91 percent among Republicans and 67 percent among Democrats.

Eighty-two percent overall say the words “under God” should remain in the pledge. That number is 93 percent among Republicans and 74 percent among Democrats.

Seventy-two percent overall say people are “too worried about being politically correct.” That number is 81 percent among conservatives and 56 percent among liberals.

Source: A Rasmussen Reports survey of 1,000 likely voters conducted Nov. 22-23 with a margin of error of three percentage points.

Voter angst

A Roman Catholic priest has some suggestions for Catholics who voted for President-elect Barack Obama, knowing that he supports “the Freedom of Choice Act” which would grant unlimited access to abortion in all 50 states.

In a Nov. 21 letter to 15,000 parishioners, the Rev. Joseph Illo of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Modesto, Calif., pointed out that many Catholics voted for pro-abortion candidates because they agreed with their positions on other issues.

“One thing is clear and certain: We can never vote for a candidate who promises to promote abortion … . This is a civil rights issue. We have to speak for those who have no voice.”

Father Illo continued, “If you are one of the 54 percent of Catholics who voted for a pro-abortion candidate, you were clear on his position, and you knew the gravity of the question. I urge you to go to confession before receiving Communion.”

On Sunday, parishioners appear to favor the pastor’s opinions by 8-1, according to their e-mails, Father Illo said. The entire letter can viewed here.

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Pundits have argued over whether President-elect Barack Obama is the “new” Ronald Reagan for almost a year, much of the discussion prompted by the incoming president’s open admiration for the former president.

“Despite the election’s progressive mandate, Obama is not what Ronald Reagan was to conservatives - he is not as much the product of a movement as he is a movement unto himself. He figured out that because many ‘progressive’ institutions are merely Democratic Party appendages and not ideological movement forces, he could build his own movement,” writes David Sirota of Salon.com “He succeeded in that endeavor thanks to the nation’s Bush-inspired desire for change, his own skills and a celebrity-obsessed culture.”

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