So President Obama makes a desperate push to see his vision for nationalized healthcare realized. More and more people are waking up to the reality of what this means. This will be one more, large and intimidating step, building on many smaller steps before it, to allow the government a firmer hold on your life. Before, it sounded like a whacked-out conspiracy theory. No longer. It means people who may begin in the national plan or seek to switch from an old provider will be locked into it, unable to decide for themselves if they want higher quality coverage. It hasn’t worked in Europe. England knows it. People hate it. It means, as is being much hyped, the old man afflicted with cancer may just be handed a pain pill because the government—not you—will have the right to say, “You’re old, and we don’t feel like spending our limited funds to keep you alive. Have a nice day.” Isn’t it nice to know how much your government loves protecting your rights? Obama is getting hasty, he’s noticing his polls are dropping, and even some democrats are fidgeting over jumping on the bandwagon. More and more, Americans are making their voices heard. If we don’t speak up and make an attempt to save our rights, what will we say to the next generation?
Visit Sean Hannity’s site to download lists of representatives and senators. It’s time for a health “care” smackdown.
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The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”
— Ronald Reagan
It’s July 4th. While I do feel a great debt of gratitude to the men and women who have laid down their lives for this country, who paid the price of freedom, I grieve when I see our government throwing those freedoms into the fan without a care. There aren’t many patriots left. As the media continues to spew hate and attempts to silence any who dare challenge a socialistic agenda, there are few men left who are willing to stand, endure the attacks, and not compromise.
Few men, maybe, but at least a few women.
Sarah Palin’s recent speech announcing her departure from the office of governor stirred a bit of hope back into my soul. Can anyone who is capable of rational thought watch the dignity, character, and selflessness of this woman and not conclude that her ideals and potential are vastly beyond that of the current administration? Her astounding list of accomplishments reinforces her lofty words on cutting government waste for the good of the people. Quite the opposite for our first family who demand that we commoners lower our standard of living for the good of the whole, yet completely ignore their own advice. Mrs. Palin, keep your chin up. And please, please run for 2012.
Just finished Dekker’s latest book, Sinner. This close (or beginning?) to the mind-bending Paradise novels was as good as ever, ranking at the top of my favorites list. While maybe not as gripping as previous books, Sinner was a breath of fresh air in contrast to Showdown‘s darker feel. It’s still suspenseful and dramatic, but it’s a celebration&a celebration of the fact that the light has come to dispel darkness. But it’s also a sobering, engaging read because the story of Sinner may soon be our own.
A world with an increasing cry for tolerance is, ironically, increasingly intolerant of those who disagree with their worldview. Dekker’s envisioned future where vocalizing one’s faith qualifies as a hate crime may be right on our doorstep. Recently, a UN bill combating the “defamation of religions” was again recently rejected, but a few manufactured events (as in Sinner) could easily change the climate of opinions. With the coming of a president who shows disdain for those clinging to their “guns and religion,” we who follow the way of Jesus must be faithful to proclaim the kingdom of light, the One who was the Word made flesh.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” — John 1:1-5.
Yahoo! News reports that Kucinich has really gotten the democrat base stirred up. Stirred up and motivated about everything wrong in America, but where are the answers from the left?
Gas prices are higher. So the logic goes, Republicans are in power, so blame them. Um, what about the Arabs that we buy the oil from? And which party went on vacation while the other stayed in the dark to come up with a bill to move toward energy solutions? Kucinich said, “We went into Iraq for oil. The oil companies want more. War against Iran will mean $10-a-gallon gasoline. The oil administration wants to drill more, into your wallet. Wake up, America!” He’s dead wrong. We didn’t go into Iraq for oil, we went to take out a dictatorship that was providing support to terrorists. I personally had a long talk with a soldier who went into the heart of Baghdad during the invasion and after, and he was furious that the media claims Bush sent us for oil when our troops turned the oil fields back over to the Iraqis! The Democrats don’t have a solution.
He said, “This administration can tap our phones but they can’t tap our creative spirit. They can open our mail but they can’t open economic opportunities. They can track our every move but they lost track of the economy.” Yes, a post 9-11 world has created needs for some uncomfortably invasive means, but the Dems would also criticize Republicans if another attack happened. May I remind you that this administration has also successfully prevented many other attacks from occuring? And what answers to the Democrats have for economic opportunities? Placing another level of insane taxation to bloat government to a greater girth, placing more strain on the economy?
“Up with peace!” Kucinich yelled to approving roars. “Up with prosperity! Up with education! Up with Democrats!” Do you want peace? Crush evil where it lies—that’s the McCain stance. We ignore it at our peril. Do you want prosperity? Return money to those who work for it, so they can spend and invest, and provide incentives for jobs to return to America. Do you want education? Let’s work to make it more affordable, but the left’s socialistic approach of free community college tuition will be unstable, inferior, and economically burdensome.
Up with the Democrats? Where are their answers? They give none.
Rick Warren’s open forum (see transcript) at Saddleback Church last weekend has been stirring quite a bit of talk. CitizenLink put out a good video about where the candidates stand on issues of abortion, same-sex marriage, and stem-cell research.
Both Obama and McCain described themselves as Christians in the forum, seemingly to gain the support of evangelical voters. Jesus said, “As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.” Obama’s claim to faith falls flat, with his support for abortion and infanticide, his hostility to the marriage amendment, etc., and it amazes me when I still hear so many people considering him. I doubt McCain’s faith too, and he’s definitely not the candidate I would’ve picked, but for anyone with concern for issues like preserving family values (a term now illegal in some places), the defense of our country, and lessening our dependence of foreign oil, McCain is an imperfect but better choice.
And it seems to be red. Russia’s overreaction to Georgia’s move to take South Ossetia is ominous. My first college research paper was a history paper on the rise and fall of the Soviet Union, and I’ve wondered for awhile if Mr. Putin wasn’t looking for an opportunity to return to those dark days. The way the people of Georgia are fleeing in terror from Russia’s aggression is a warning of what could grow to something much worse. Those of you who cry, “Peace, not war! Let’s just sit down and talk about this”…. Of course. We’ll have to wait a bit longer to see where this is heading, but our historically ignorant culture forgets that after Neville Chaimberlain confidently proclaimed “peace for our time,” Hitler began to cut a horrifying swath.
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