Gary L. Bauer


Gary L. Bauer served in President Ronald Reagan's administration for eight years, as Under Secretary of Education and as President Reagan's Chief Domestic Policy Advisor.

An extraordinary statement was issued last week by a renowned leader of Christian evangelicals, Reverend Franklin Graham. His statement should be considered as a thunderclap to the Republican Party. The GOP is already at loggerheads with its more populist economic supporters in the Tea Party. It has been unable to recreate the kind of message that […]


Believe it or not, I still run into a lot of well-meaning people who just do not understand the degree of frustration among conservatives around the country. So, as we go into the season of peace and goodwill, I’ll take one more opportunity to explain why so many conservatives and conservative-leaning independents are so frustrated […]


Having succeeded in forcing every state in the union to recognize same-sex marriages, you’d think that the radical homosexual rights movement would be content. No way. As we have reported in the past, the brute force of the federal government is being brought to bear against local school districts that still think boys and girls […]


There was a Democrat debate over the weekend. Did you notice? Many pundits commented on the fact that the timing of the debate — competing with the newest Star Wars movie and the last weekend of Christmas shopping — seemed designed to keep viewership low and to protect Hillary Clinton’s status as the Democrat front […]


A Tale of Two Shootings

by Gary L. Bauer

In the week since Robert Dear killed three people and wounded nine others at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colo., abortion advocates have saturated the media with the suggestion that the pro-life movement — and specifically pro-lifers’ candid talk about abortion — is to blame. But unlike with many other recent mass shootings, […]


The Left Has No Shame

by Gary L. Bauer

I join other pro-life leaders in condemning Friday’s shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The alleged shooter, Robert Lewis Dear, is being arraigned today and we may find out more about him and his motives then. But everything we know so far indicates that Dear is a deeply disturbed man. He […]


Barack Obama says it is un-American to have a religious test in our refugee policy. But as we have pointed out, American law already states that we must have a religious test in deciding whether a certain group is in danger and should be given sanctuary. Here’s a quote right from the State Department’s web […]


Many American universities have become hotbeds of political correctness, racial identification politics, anti-Americanism and, increasingly, anti-Semitism. At the University of Missouri, racial grievance politics is thriving. On Monday the university’s system president and the chancellor of the flagship campus were forced to resign. For what? I’ve read two dozen articles about the “controversy” and in […]


If you thought Common Core represented radical educational policy, you will be doubly outraged by how Obama’s Department of Education is pushing the boundaries on radical social policy. This week, federal education bureaucrats here in Washington informed an Illinois school district that it had violated the rights of a transgendered student. The person in question […]


The Bush family, Jeb’s political operation and major donors to his campaign met this weekend in Texas. This meeting comes on the heels of the Bush campaign’s massive layoffs and salary cuts. In a meeting with Gov. Bush and pro-family leaders months ago, I pleaded with him to show some emotion and righteous anger about […]


The consensus of the talking heads is that Hillary Clinton was the clear winner in last night’s Democratic debate. But some focus groups and online polls suggested that Bernie Sanders held his own. Clearly, she did better last night than she has so far in her controversy-mired campaign. There were some sharp exchanges, but none […]


Many conservatives and Christians are sick and tired of the left distorting the Gospel to promote its left-wing, big government agenda. Unfortunately, liberals aren’t the only ones doing it. Earlier this week, Ohio Governor John Kasich spoke to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Asked to explain his support for Obamacare’s expansion of Medicaid, Kasich said: Do […]


Dr. Ben Carson is in deep trouble according to the media mavens. Did they discover his missing emails containing classified material? Was he caught trying to get the IRS to audit his political enemies? Did he threaten, if elected president, to use executive orders to ram through his agenda? No, Carson’s “scandal” is bigger than […]


Yes, Fiorina crushes Clinton in Iowa, but so do other GOP candidates. Here’s some more fascinating data from the state polls. If the 2016 general election were held today, Hillary Clinton would lose Iowa to Jeb Bush by 10 points, 50 percent to 40 percent. And she would lose to Donald Trump by seven points, […]


I know many pro-life conservatives are frustrated by Congress’ failure to defund Planned Parenthood. But here’s some good news: The reputation of the radical pro-abortion group has taken a big hit. Quinnipiac University has measured Planned Parenthood’s popularity over the past three years. In 2012, 55 percent of voters had a favorable opinion of Planned […]


Senator Ted Cruz won the Values Voter straw poll — for the third year in a row. Cruz won 35 percent, while Dr. Ben Carson finished second with 18 percent, followed by Gov. Mike Huckabee at 14 percent and Sen. Marco Rubio at 13 percent. No other candidates received double-digit support. Current GOP front-runner Donald […]


Wednesday night’s Republican presidential debate — a three-hour marathon with 11 candidates — was quite a show. Preliminary numbers suggest that 20 million people tuned in. Prior to last night, CNN’s highest rated presidential primary debate featured Obama and Clinton battling it out in January 2008 with just over 8 million viewers. That tells you something. […]


I am pleased to report that Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk Kim Davis has been released from jail. But I have been very disappointed by the parade of leading Republicans — Donald Trump, Governor Jeb Bush, Senator Marco Rubio, Governor Chris Christie and others — who are distancing themselves from Davis. This sorry episode is yet […]


As you know, I have not endorsed anyone for president in 2016. I am giving all the candidates advice, and there are several I like, including Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Ben Carson. But I have to admit, it is entertaining to watch the political establishment panicking at the rise of Donald Trump. The GOP […]


Cops’ Lives Matter, Too

by Gary L. Bauer

Deputy Darren Goforth of the Harris County, Texas, Sheriff’s office, was gunned down Friday night in what can only be described as an assassination. Goforth was shot in the back by Shannon Miles, who then stood over his body and pumped more shots into him. Investigators believe Deputy Goforth was targeted simply “because he wore […]