A Rational Look at Abortions and Planned Parenthood

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Let’s start with Planned Parenthood.

Except in the case of medical necessity, abortion is a life choice that should be made by a woman and a medical professional; not by a politician, religious official or a government agency. As a life choice, unless the mother’s life or health is endangered, the choice to abort should be paid for by the woman, not by taxpayers. How or why Planned Parenthood ever started getting paid by the feds for performing abortions is irrelevant, that funding should stop! Not all funding!

Apparently Planned Parenthood performs many helpful services for women who cannot afford testing or medication on their own, Personally I have no problem with them getting our money for that, as long as the people who use their services actually need that financial help.

Unfortunately, some people who are well off financially got that way and stay that way by cheating the system: getting charity, assistance, food stamps, tax breaks, etc. that they don’t need or deserve. Those are the people who should be ‘cut off!’

As I started out saying, I believe that abortion or no abortion is a decision that belong solely to the prospective mother. I find it bizarre  that, when the prospective mother makes the decision to terminate her pregnancy, suddenly every moralistic idiot in our society finds something to say about it.

Born or Not Born

If a woman made the decision to “have a baby”, not one of the aforementioned moralizing idiots would know about that child until it is born (born defined by Websters: “brought into life by the process of birth”) The well being of that child would be the mother’s ‘legal responsibility. It would be a life protected under our laws and our Constitution. If that child then died by normal circumstance: disease, organ failure or accident, it’s a tragedy for that mother and for that family unit. If that child died through neglect or an intentional act, the law would attempt to bring someone to justice for the act.

If a woman decides, for whatever reason, NOT to have a baby, but she is already pregnant, I believe she should have the right to terminate the pregnancy at some point before the baby is born, i.e., “brought into life . . .”. That decision does not give anyone else a moral responsibility for that baby’s life. That decision does NOT make a woman’s baby public property — that decision does not suddenly make that baby EVERYONE’S child, everyone’s concern or everyone’s problem. The unborn baby is still inside the mother, still feeding on her nourishment, still requiring her blood and respiration. To assume, at that point, that ANYONE but the mother has ANY moral claim to that unborn baby’s existence is completely illogical as well as morally absurd.

The social rules were made centuries ago: women have children or do not have children the circumstances of either case should not be open to discussion or governed by anyone’s moral code, except for the woman’s and, in most cases, the biological father’s.

Planned Parenthood Selling Baby Parts??

(Selling Baby Parts: That’s what Planned Parenthood”s opponents call it because they want the public suitably shocked!)

Having watched some of the videos that have come out it seems that some of Planned Parenthood’s activities may border on illegality, if that is the case, the people who are acting illegally should be brought to justice, like every else who breaks the law. That may justify a federal government supervised reorganization, (since they are using tax money), but as usual the moralizers want to whip everyone into a frenzy and will continue to pretend that totally de-funding the organization is the only option.

Shutting down Planned Parenthood is a poor option. Their mission statement emphasizes reproductive health and education as well as abortions, unless you are ready to assume that Planned Parenthood does NO GOOD for the community, there is no reason to judge it based only on their ability to perform safe, legal abortions or based on someone’s self-righteous opposition to abortion.

Big Government and the end of Freedom of Choice

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big govtFor months now the media has focused on the expense and performance of the Obamacare website; it’s almost like the media and, by extension, the American public, has accepted as a fact the fiction that it’s appropriate for the Federal government to subsume the entire American health care/health insurance industry instead of working on specific, targeted legislation that would fix specific problems and any real inequities that exist.

Yes the health care industry had some problems but the Affordable Healthcare Act did nothing but push healthcare professionals aside and put amateurs in charge; and it was all done for a political, not a humanitarian reason. The Federal Government, under President Obama and the ever growing Progressive movement, has cast aside it’s traditional role as protector of traditional American freedoms and has decided that it is much more beneficial to the cause of an ever growing Federal Government to become the ‘controller’ of American society. The “Affordable Healthcare Act” is, unless we ‘defang the serpent,’ is obviously just the beginning.

The expense and performance of the Obama Healthcare website is NOT the problem that we need to discuss and worry over on a daily basis. The seldom mentioned REAL problems are the twisted mentality that:  1) allowed an entire sector of the free market to be taken over by the United States government when it was entirely unnecessary and 2) Caused an  anti-American values agenda to invaded the government in the form of a quasi-socialist president with a tongue as sharp and lies as smoothly delivered as the mythical Lucifer.

[In fact, following the carnage that has befallen modern America and that is threatening many future generations, first at the hands of Liberals during the last two “Bush years” in the name of “too big to fail” and then in the following years under the leadership of Barack Obama under the guise of “transforming America”. (The only transformation that has taken place during the Obama years has been transforming America into a place where success is punished more harshly than failure.) I’m beginning to doubt that Lucifer is a myth. My view now is that Lucifer is real and that he is actually a 21st Century Liberal. ]

The Affordable Healthcare Act is not the kind of thing that should have EVER happened in this country — this country that was built on free markets, on rugged individualism, on the principles: that the most ingenious successes will to rise to the top of the socio-economic ladder; that people have the right to choose their own destiny and that those who honestly need help will be given that help from those who are more successful or, as a very last resort, from out tax dollars.

Things are obviously quite different now and it’s not all Barack Obama’s fault (although he has made a tremendous contribution) but the result of those forerunners of the modern day Progressives who convinced the American citizen that he/she cannot make it on their own and then reconfigured the government to make sure that their prediction came true for succeeding generations. Staying in power became more important than empowering the citizenry.

It’s hard to determine if President Obama is actively working to destroy traditional American values or if he is just some inept do-gooder with a silver tongue and ideas that belong in the Communist world.

If President Obama and his puppets in the Congress were not obsessed with the false notion that the Federal Government’s role is  to be ‘savior of society’, they might understand that the Federal Government’s actions are limited by the Constitution specifically because the founders had the foresight to fear what is happening right now: government overreach and unreasonable restrictions to the freedom of American citizens.

Another, actually even larger, problem is a Supreme Court that has defaulted on it’s duty to protect the Constitutionally guaranteed rights of the American people by not declaring the obviously unconstitutional “mandatory” aspect of this legislation unconstitutional when it had the opportunity.

Out-of-Focus Healthcare

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ALT TITLE You hear many bad things about Socialized Medicine (aka, Government-run healthcare), such as this article from the Heritage Foundation and, on the other hand, you hear many good things, such as this article in the Las Vegas Sun newspaper; so who do you believe?

You can believe this: everyone will always try to sell you their “bill of goods” and will always malign the competition. You can also believe that many true “horror stories” have arisen from the current U.S. healthcare system, just as they have from the Canadian, British, German, etc. systems of socialized medicine. But the important thing to remember is that all of the above is, in the end, unimportant because it distracts us from the one important issue: freedom to choose! Under any government-run healthcare plan (even if it begins as just an “option”) we will loose our freedom to choose.

Up until now, our healthcare has been a matter of individual choice. If you want health insurance you can have it — if you don’t you can opt out. If you like HMOs or public clinics or private doctors or faith healers or any other type of healthcare provider, its your choice.

With a government controlled healthcare system your choices will, no doubt, be limited, you MAY be forced into purchasing health insurance even if you don’t want it, you MAY be funding abortions, you MAY be paying for healthcare for millions of people who are in this country illegally, you MAY see what the Obama Administration calls the “Public Option” be the ONLY option when, in the end, health insurance providers can’t compete with a government system that doesn’t require a profit or even balanced account books.

Why all the MAYs in the above paragraph? Limbaugh, Hannity, and all the other Conservative pundits always tell you “it’s in the plan” but they’re selling their own bill of goods. It’s NOT in the plan because there IS NO PLAN! Everything up until now has been proposed and it’ll stay proposed until a piece of legislation has passed the House, has been modified and agreed to by the Senate and the House and reaches the president’s desk.

IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT THAT NEVER HAPPENS!

That must NOT happen while we have people in powerful positions in the Legislature who drool over the prospect of turning the United States into a model European country. That must NOT happen while we have a president who is so out-of-focus he has forgotten everything he must have learned about American history, American traditions and the free-market economic systems that made the United States into the richest, most powerful country in the world.

“Leveling the playing field” and “Economic Justice” are two phrases President Obama used when he was running for president (he also threw in a comment about the Supreme Court’s inability to address “redistribution of wealth”) and these are the phrases that made it crystal clear what direction he wanted to take this country; I said that during his campaign in this post and every proposal he has come up with has proven me right.

Yes the current system of healthcare has some major problems that are driving up the costs to healthcare consumers and, with the Federal government’s help those problems could be fixed — but not right now! With President Barack Obama in office, a fix MAY not be possible until he learns to focus and remember that he is the president of the United States and in the United States it is the people who are free to choose and who have the right to choose well or choose poorly; in the United States, it is the government’s responsibility to protect that right.

Healthcare: It’s Time To Question The Premise!

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To begin: An excerpt from a discussion about National Health Care that frames my argument.

“Beyond the political and economic considerations in the debate regarding national health care are questions of whether citizens in the United States possess the right to such care. Few people question that Congress has the power, both under the Commerce Clause and Spending Clause of the Constitution, to enact national healthcare legislation, but some maintain that health is one of the basic Human Rights that the Constitution impliedly protects. Other commentators disagree strongly, noting that no citizen has the inherent right to health care and that health care providers deserve to be paid the market value for their services. Other critics add that the intervention required of the government in a national health-care system would make citizens too dependent upon the state, which could lead the government to take excessive control over its citizens’ lives.”

The cost of the proposals made by the Obama administrations for their healthcare solutions are so high they are almost beyond the comprehension of the average citizen, and “We The People” have gotten so involved in these numbers that we seem to have lost sight of the big picture — the Real Problem.

We have a President of the United States with a goal! He genuinely worries about certain aspects of life in the United States — one of which is healthcare — and he will do virtually anything to correct things that he feels need to be corrected.

What can a president of the United States do?

Many things! This president, however, apparently believes that the only answer to America’s problems is expanding the scope and power of the government; i.e., smothering perceived problems in a layer of bureaucratic control!

Consider the ramifications of that and then ask yourself: is that what YOU want? Do you want the U.S. Government to be able to dictate to individuals and private companies how they run their lives and businesses? Does that, in the context of the United States, even sound right?

Well, in the case of proposed healthcare legislation, that’s exactly what our government is attempting to do to citizens and to insurance companies (and what they are attempting to do to virtually every other business and industry with the proposed Cap and Trade legislation); and it looks like they will get away with it unless they are challenged.

Yes the people are starting to rise up at Town-Hall meetings all over the country; they are starting to ask questions and are getting very angry when all they get in return are scripted responses. There are, however, two types of people at these meetings: There are those who have accepted the premise and are only angry over the details (i.e., the what are you going to do for me mentality) and there are growing numbers who are angry about a president, a legislature and an administration that has displayed this much arrogance and this much contempt for its citizens and for private industry; these are the people who understand the Real Problem in the healthcare debate.

The Real Problem is not that Obama is willing to weaken our economy even more by adding billions per year to our already large debt (yesterday he spoke of the money as if it were ONLY $ ten billion per year) — that is a symptom or a possible result of the proposed solutions but that is not the Real Problem.

The Real Problem is threefold:

1) President Obama has a name for it: “crisis!” This is not just a debating trick this is the real Barack Obama — the community organizer from the Saul Alinski school of community organizing. Words are important and as a “crisis,” the healthcare situation appears to move up several notches in urgency and this gives the Obama administration an excuse to use the power of government to correct it. Obama is ‘selling’ this concept of healthcare being in a crisis mode and many Americans are ‘buying it.’

2) President Obama, and Liberal thinkers in general, as I said before, see more government as the ONLY solution to this (or any) problem;

3) President Obama does not seem to understand, on any level, that a primary cause of America’s healthcare problem (and many other social problems in this country) is TOO MUCH government — not too little. (A perfect example of this: One of the key factors that started our current economic recession was government ‘encouraging’ banks to make sub-prime home loans.)

Its time — way past time — for us to stop focusing on the details and the cost of the Obama administrations proposals and start challenging the very premise! The premise that government should be allowed to run roughshod over individuals and over the free-market.

The legislature has the power to make laws that give the government much more power than the Constitution allows and, if those laws go unchallenged, “We The People” becomes a meaningless phrase — a relic of what this country used to be because “We The People” will have lost our country to an ever expanding government.

Links:

American Thinker: Why the Mortgage Crisis Happened

The Legal Dictionary: National Health Care

Wikipedia: Saul Alinski

Specter Gets Hectored at His Town Hall Meeting

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Arlen Specter

It was an unhappy Arlen Specter who left the town-hall-style meeting in Lebanan, Pennsylvania this morning (Tuesday, 8/1/09). He did all he could to keep the meeting orderly: he had his staff rent a small auditorium at the Harrisburg Area Community College that seated 250 people, but over 1,000 showed up; he limited the questioners to the first 30 people who got in line, but most of those first 30 were mad as hell — not just about the president’s proposed healthcare legislation, which was supposed to be the sole focus of the meeting, but about the entire direction of the Obama Administration; he limited the meeting to 90 minutes and that made the angry crowd even angrier.

Comments flew from the crowd:

“This is about the dismantling of this country,” shouted a stay-at-home mother, “We don’t want this country to turn into Russia.” She was applauded!

“You are trampling on our Constitution!” yelled another man into Sen. Specter’s face. “One day,” he continued while being applauded, “God is going to stand before you, and he’s going to judge you!”

“It says plainly right there, they want to limit the type of care elderly can get,” shouted an office manager from the area, “They are talking about killing people.”

“This is the Soviet Union, this is Maoist China,” another man yelled, “The people in this room want their country back.”

Not all the comments were verbal: People showed up wearing American Flag t-shirts and carrying signs: “Hands Off My Healthcare” and outside, a red car drove around with a large sign saying “Retire Specter 2010.”

To make matters worse, some of the questioners had the actual wording of proposed healthcare legislation in their hands but when they asked specific questions all Sen. Specter could say was what he had been trained to say — he delivered ‘party lines’ such as: “If you like your insurance you can keep it;” “The public option is just that, an option;” “There are five proposed healthcare plans in the House and no final version; and similar approved slogans that fly in the face of all the evidence that suggests that the government is in the beginning stages of taking over the entire healthcare industry and, at some future date, wants all the health insurance companies out of the business of health care insurance.

An excerpt from a New York Times article tells of Senator Specter’s reaction after the meeting:

“He said he thought some of the objectors were genuine grassroots and some were organized, egged on by talk radio. He also noted that his office had sent out mailers notifying them of the event.

Still, he said these events had showed him that “there’s more anger in America today than at any time than I can remember.” He blamed the anger largely on the ailing economy and high unemployment.”

That one statement, that he blames the anger on the economy and unemployment, shows with perfect clarity that Senator Specter doesn’t get it! He apparently isn’t listening to the crowds! The anger is directed at a president and an administration that is attempting to hijack American democracy, destroy the free market and turn us all into residents of his personal Utopia — a Utopia that, to true Americans, resembles a gulog.

Links:

New York Times: Eruptions at Sen. Specter’s Town-Hall Meeting

WGAL TV: Video Clips Of Specter’s Town Hall Meeting

PennLive.com: Lebanon Democrats applaud Specter

My Email to “flag@whitehouse.gov”

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The following is the text of an e-mail I sent today to flag@whitehouse.gov.

“Hello,

I read, in their joint OpEd in today’s USA Today, that Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer state as “fact” that: “health insurance reform will mean more patient choice.”

I thought you should know that that sounds awful fishy to me!

I simply can’t believe that, if the government is in charge of healthcare, it will allow a doctor and patient to make what THEY believe is the best choice. Certainly there will be restrictions on what can and can’t be done based on cost and on government data regarding effectiveness of a given procedure based on the patients health history, age and etc. The obvious implication is that the government will be more generous and caring than the health insurance providers the public deals with today.

Momma always taught me that if something sounds too good to believe than don’t believe it. I’ll take momma’s advice on this one!

Just so you know I have also been spreading my own opinion of “Obamacare” (and of the truly evil Cap and Trade legislation as well). I understand that Speaker Pelosi has stated her opinion that those who would demand answers and get angry when the answers are simply not forthcoming or believable, are acting un-American. It sounds like she is running out of ammunition and is resorting to name calling. It also makes me think that she may be planning on reviving that House Committee on Un-American Activities. Well if she does, she can add me to her list and she can put her own name on there also, because the lies, tactics and rhetoric she and others are using to push this legislation are far, far removed from the American tradition.

In this mornings Wall Street Journal, Dorothy Rabinowitz, a member of the Journal’s editorial board, wrote: “It is not, in the end, the demonstrators in those town-hall meetings or the agitations of his political enemies that Mr. Obama should fear. It is the judgment of those Americans who have been sitting quietly in their homes, listening to him.”

I just wanted to let you know that I’m one of those Americans and I have judged President Obama and his puppets in the Legislature to be the worst thing that have happened to America since Roosevelt’s New Deal.

Thanks for giving real Americans this forum to express their displeasure with the proposed healthcare legislation — even though that was not your original intent. I’m sure this e-mail will do no more than add another item to your “trash folder” but I feel better about going directly to the government and snitching on myself rather than have someone turn me in for telling the truth.”

If I receive a response — which I doubt — I’ll publish it here.

Links:

USA Today Editorial: ‘Un-American’ attacks can’t derail health care debate

Dallas Examiner: Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer call protesters ‘un-American’

Wall Street Journal Editorial: Obama’s Tone-Deaf Health Campaign

Camp Twitch and Shout

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Tourettes

Imagine being a kid with Tourette syndrome; the muscles in your body and your face seem to have minds of their own, you make noises — sometimes alarmingly loud noises — that you do not intend to make. Perhaps worse than the disease you feel alone; people are scared of you because they don’t understand Tourettes; the adults want to shield their children from you and most of the other kids think you’re weird and funny and, in the school yard, they gather around you and laugh at you and imitate your tics.

An article at CNNHealth.com talks about a special summer camp in Georgia for kids with Tourettes and about the camp director Brad Cohen. Here’s what Brad Cohen remembers from his childhood more than 20 years ago:

“I remember eating lunch at school all by myself and the mean kids would parade around me and mock my noises. My teacher made me get up in front of the class and apologize to everybody for the noises I was making.”

For Brad Cohen the nightmare, the uncontrollable barking and squealing noises he could not control, began in the fifth grade and made his life hell; to this day, at the age of 35, Cohen still “barks” occasionally but something happened to Brad while in Middle School, — at that point in his life when his symptoms were the worst they had ever been — the school principle approached him and asked him if he would like to educate the other students about his condition.

“They gave me a standing ovation, and it was on that day that I realized the power of education. I wanted to be that teacher that I never had. And that was my dream. I wanted to be the teacher that focused on kids’ strengths, not weaknesses.”

And he did that and more — thanks mainly to that one middle school principal who understood the power of education.

Today Brad Cohen is an elementary school teacher, the author of a book about Tourette syndrome and the first director of Camp Twitch and Shout, a week-long summer camp in Georgia for kids from ages 7 to 17 who suffer from Tourettes.

Camp Twitch and Shout offers normal summer camp activities: swimming, fishing, music and arts and crafts but the most important thing about Twitch and Shout is it allows a child who has always felt like an outcast to see that there are many other kids just like him or her and to understand that they are not dysfunctional monsters they are just kids who have a special challenge.

“According to experts, Twitch and Shout is one of only five weeklong camps in the country for children with Tourette syndrome. Atlanta-based child neurologist Howard Schub says such camps help children better cope with their condition. Some campers have never met another kid with Tourette syndrome.”

Read the Article: At Camp Twitch and Shout, Tourette kids can be themselves

And understand more about Tourette Syndrome with this Fact Sheet from The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.