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No Longer a Nation of Laws—Super-Majority Required to Repeal Obamacare

 How is this action not treasonous?  Why does the public sit for it?  Where is the outcry?  Let the tsunami cover them all with their own shame and lies this February in Illinois.

We Are No Longer a Nation of Laws. Senate Sets Up Requirement for Super-Majority to Ever Repeal Obamacare

By DCT | December 22, 2009

The Senate Democrats declare a super-majority of senators will be needed to overrule any regulation imposed by the Death Panels
Posted by Erick Erickson (Profile) Monday, December 21st at 10:15PM EST at Redstate.com

If ever the people of the United States rise up and fight over passage of Obamacare, Harry Reid must be remembered as the man who sacrificed the dignity of his office for a few pieces of silver. The rules of fair play that have kept the basic integrity of the Republic alive have died with Harry Reid. Reid has slipped in a provision into the health care legislation prohibiting future Congresses from changing any regulations imposed on Americans by the Independent Medicare [note: originally referred to as “medical”] Advisory Boards, which are commonly called the “Death Panels.”

It was Reid leading the Democrats who ignored 200 years of Senate precedents to rule that Senator Sanders could withdraw his amendment while it was being read.

It was Reid leading the Democrats who has determined again and again over the past few days that hundreds of years of accumulated Senate parliamentary rulings have no bearing on the health care vote.  [emphasis mine and throughout]

On December 21, 2009, however, Harry Reid sold out the Republic in toto.

Upon examination of Senator Harry Reid’s amendment to the health care legislation, Senators discovered section 3403. That section changes the rules of the United States Senate.

To change the rules of the United States Senate, there must be sixty-seven votes.

Section 3403 of Senator Harry Reid’s amendment requires that “it shall not be in order in the Senate or the House of Representatives to consider any bill, resolution, amendment, or conference report that would repeal or otherwise change this subsection.” The good news is that this only applies to one section of the Obamacare legislation. The bad news is that it applies to regulations imposed on doctors and patients by the Independent Medicare Advisory Boards a/k/a the Death Panels.

Section 3403 of Senator Reid’s legislation also states, “Notwithstanding rule XV of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a committee amendment described in subparagraph (A) may include matter not within the jurisdiction of the Committee on Finance if that matter is relevant to a proposal contained in the bill submitted under subsection (c)(3).” In short, it sets up a rule to ignore another Senate rule.

Senator Jim DeMint confronted the Democrats over Reid’s language. In the past, the Senate Parliamentarian has repeatedly determined that any legislation that also changes the internal standing rules of the Senate must have a two-thirds vote to pass because to change Senate rules, a two-thirds vote is required. Today, the Senate President, acting on the advice of the Senate Parliamentarian, ruled that these rules changes are actually just procedural changes and, despite what the actual words of the legislation say, are not rules changes. Therefore, a two-thirds vote is not needed in contravention to longstanding Senate precedent.

To read the whole article click here!

I will personally work on the campaigns of the opponents of these Senators if they run for re-election; we MUST sweep them ALL OUT OF WASHINGTON unless they are FOR conservative values and can PROVE it by their record!

[Be sure to read comments from Publius Huldah.]

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December 30, 2009 Posted by | (Un)Limited Government, 10th Amendment, Agenda of the Left, Citizen Patriotism, Constituional Issues, Fiscal (Ir)Responsibility, Real Purpose of Govt., WordPress Political Blogs | , , , , | 2 Comments

Is the GOP Listening Now?

Two new vids put out by GOP.com that are short and beautiful—two qualities good informational media should have, and two qualities which are utterly lacking in most informational media today.  (Hat tip to Bernie at Conservatives Defending Liberty)  These videos are reasonable by virtue of being factual—they describe actual events and the people involved.  There is a bullying spirit behind these shenanigans, it is becoming ever more pervasive, and We the People shouldn’t stand for it. 

Dr. Larry Arnn, President of Hilldale College, puts it this way:

[These principles] represent a return to the idea that the American Revolution repudiated—the idea that some are equipped by nature or training to manage the lives of others without their consent…  [Obama] has no desire to own the automobile companies {and other industries – getdclu}.  Instead, he wants to control them—and the rest of us as well—through a regulatory apparatus overseen by czars and bureaucrats…  Rather than looking on us as equal beings with a set nature {as determined in the Declaration}—such that none of us should rule another in the wat that God rules man or man rules beast—our political leaders today have been taught to see us as material to be shaped and perfected by experts who have the proper technical training.

It has been close to 100 years now that the majority of people teaching in American colleges and universities have agreed with Woodrow Wilson, one of the founders of the Progressive movement… that the Declaration of Independence is obsolete, and that we need to liberate the Constitution from the Declaration’s restraints.  This liberation leads to the idea of a “living Constitution,” characterized by constant change or progress…  Absolute truth {obstructs that} which is why… Obama refers to is as tyrannical.  {Can you believe that?  Absolute truth, like God’s truth, is tyrannical!}  But if change… is the rule, who is to determine what version of change or progress is good?  …[O]nce you deny the existence of absolute truth, the definition of “good” becomes subjective and the only standard of behavior is what we want—”we,” in the political sense, meaning the government…  It reduces politics not to right, but to force. {emphasis mine}  That is why there is a bullying spirit about our government today and why so many Americans are worried.

It is time for that to stop.

His two suggestions:

  1. For the ordinary folk of the US to see that this is despotism, and to rise up and repudiate it.
    There are several Conservative organizations, but my suggestion is to check out The Patriot Caucus as well as the GOP.
  2. Though longer-term, also as vital: replace leaders with gov’t educations with those who;ve had homeschool &/or good educations from librty-loving post-graduate colleges.
    Remember, we have to vote out all non-conservative incumbants!

 

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Source:

Imprimis, A Publication of Hillsdale College; December 2009, Volume 38, Number 12: “Education, Economics and Self-Government” by Larry P. Arnn; adapted from speeches delivered on 9/24 and 10/19/09.

 

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December 20, 2009 Posted by | (Un)Limited Government, Citizen Patriotism, Constituional Issues, Culture, Govt Oppression, Life with Big Brother, Politics, WordPress Political Blogs | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Healthcare Update, Continuing Efforts

Free our healthcare now Update

[The National Center for Policy Analysis (www.ncpa.org) has a plethora of resources, but the healthcare issue is one of their strongest.  Please consider requesting their newsletter (this is a copy of an update) and  please also ponder equally how much your donation is needed at this time in the fight against government intrusion.]

 


Want to hear a little good news? Thanks to the efforts of Policy Patriots just like you, we’ve sent more than 210,000 letters to Congress in the last three weeks against government run health care. In this public policy war of attrition, a sustained campaign – in the form of hundreds of thousands of letters and a petition supported by 1.34 million Americans – is what will ultimately win the fight against government-run health care. Thanks for your continued support and let’s keep up the fight!

Poll Deaf. If you feel ignored by the House of Representatives, you’re not alone. A Rasmussen Reports poll this week reaffirmed that more Americans oppose (52%) health care legislation than favor (45%) it. Nevertheless, as last Saturday’s legislative spectacle attests, Speaker Pelosi is still singing the health care tune.

Go Directly to Jail.  As you know, in the 1,990-page bill that squeaked (220-215) out of the House on Saturday there’s plenty of bad policy to fill this letter (and several more). What you may not know is that failing to comply with the new requirements in this legislation could land you in jail – for up to five years!

The most appalling effect of the Affordable Health Care for America Act is the extent of control which the federal government would exercise over individual health care decisions. The legislation requires you to purchase health insurance, whether you need it or want it, and dictates the parameters of your policy. What’s more, failure to purchase insurance would result in a slew of fines and, as this letter from the Joint Committee on Taxation makes clear, failure to pay the fines would result in criminal penalties including “a fine of up to $250,000 and/or imprisonment of up to five years.”

AARP: Abandoning Seniors, Advancing AARP. In apparent disregard for the interests of senior citizens, the AARP supported the House health care bill, including the following provisions:

  • $500 billion in overall budget cuts for Medicare.
  • $170 billion in budget cuts for Medicare Advantage-the program’s entire budget-leaving 12 million American seniors with fewer health care options.
  • A 20% cut in doctor’s pay, forcing doctors to take on more patients and spend less time with each person in their care.

Why would the AARP endorse legislation which so clearly hurts the interests of senior citizens? You decide! For facts on how you will be affected by this legislation, click on this link to get the facts.

FIGHT BACK! The next stop on the runaway train known as ObamaCare is the floor of the United States Senate. Help us derail Ms. Pelosi’s health care legislation by writing your Senators. The American people deserve better than what’s coming down the tracks and you can help put a stop to it. Click on the link below and send a letter to Congress telling them to JUST SAY NO to health care legislation.

http://www.capitolconnect.com/freeourhealthcarenow/

Already sent a letter? No problem – a new letter is on the website, ready for your signature!

The NCPA maintains a wealth of educational and resource material including better alternatives to government-run health care:

John Goodman’s Health Care Plan:
http://www.ncpa.org/pdfs/health_plan112007.pdf

Health Care Solutions:
http://www.ncpa.org/pdfs/Health_Care_Solutions_072909.pdf

Five Steps to a Better Health Care System:
http://www.ncpa.org/pdfs/Five_Steps_to_a_Better_Health_Care_System_Web.pdf

Dr. John Goodman’s Blog – Current, up-to date information on the debate:
www.john-goodman-blog.com

Heartland Institute’s Health Care Solutions:
http://www.chcchoices.org

Thank you again for your support of the “Free Our Health Care NOW!” and for fighting against government-run health care. This is a fight worth fighting and a fight we can win!

Jeanette Nordstrom
National Center for Policy Analysis
www.ncpa.org

[Be sure to at least take a look at the letter from the JCT, because this WILL affect YOU: http://republicans.waysandmeans.house.gov/UploadedFiles/JCTletter110509.pdf]


More:

http://healthcare.ncpa.org/

November 13, 2009 Posted by | (Definitely Not) Free Markets, (Un)Limited Government, Action Alert, Agenda of the Left, Citizen Patriotism, Constituional Issues, Fiscal (Ir)Responsibility, Govt Oppression, Life with Big Brother, MSM Disinterest, Real Purpose of Govt., Wake Up, WordPress Political Blogs | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Obamacare Mob Rule

{Sound of hammer pounding nails into wood slowly, deliberately.  Freedom is Slavery
Night sounds in background.  Cue bad guy music…}

The sound you hear is our Constitution being buried in its coffin of tyranny and indifference.  Like awakening to a nightmare of life in Orwell’s 1984 or Huxley’s Brave New World, only unable to really wake up, such is the case with the horrific visions of waiting lines and drone-like people in gray clothing obediently taking their daily dose of numbing soma…

 

In The End of America, In the Middle of the Night, Adam Murdock, MD, asks:

 

Since when did the Constitution provide for a health care guarantee? Since when did the Constitution grant the Congress the power to force Americans into a health care dystopia? What good is a Constitution if we choose to ignore it? What good is a Constitution if the Congress simply chooses to create a new one in their own graven socialist image?

It surely is a sad state of affairs when the People speak loudly, clearly and resourceful, and those to whom the message is directed willfully disregard the information, the intent and those producing it.  It is WE who will surely pay for our non-representing Representatives’ decisions this weekend in regard to Healthcare.

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Universal Healthcare will takeover 1/6 (20%) of the US economy. 
As we are already reeling from the unsustainable levels of government spending & debt and unemployment has reached at least 10% nationwide, the middle-class is going to be hardest hit.  The wealthier Americans will be able to pay any additional taxes required by new HC legislation and lower-income people won’t owe taxes or will receive subsidies, so we will be burdened with upholding the entire system!

 

Yet, the forgotten man will be the middle class working American who now already struggling against the burden of economic ruin will be forced to pay fines or even face possible jail time for not complying with our government’s take over of his/her health care. As this tax sinks in, the middle class will be forced downward into the ranks of the working poor and therefore into the ranks of government rationed medical care. Inevitably, government healthcare will swallow the whole of the medical insurance world and there will be no escape. (Murdock)

 

If this were any other country, the people would take to the streets with rocks, guns and anything else to signify their anger and disgust with the government.  There would be uprisings and broken windows and riots and tear gas and police barricades and everything else you see on TV about other countries’ political upheavals… 

 

Oh, but this is America, the land of the somacose and the home of the bound!

 

What’s more despicable is a situation in which the whole of Republicanism SAVE ONE votes against this travesty.  Let’s turn now to Pamela Geller’s (Atlas Shrugged) ample description of this weekend’s malpractice of justice.  (All emphasis in red is mine.)

 

Under cover of darkness and treachery, a stunned and grieving nation, reeling from the largest terrorist attack on a military base in U.S. history, was victimized and terrorized again — but this time from a different enemy within, our elected officials. The snakes pulled a fast one on a Saturday night. Despite overwhelming and unprecedented opposition to nationalized obamacare (tea parties, town halls, 912 rallies, Bachmann’s call for action) the craven statists in the House of Representatives passed the homicidal healthcare resolution. One more shackle on our necks to enslave the individual.

Instead of passing emergency legislation to protect the American people (the only real purpose of the government) from the infiltration of jihadists in the crucial institutions of national security.   

 

Whatever happens, remember that your elected officials whom you voted for, whom you stood behind, whom you trusted, stabbed you, your children, your country in the neck.  

 

[…]

Ayn Rand wrote:  A “mixed economy” [socialism/capitalism] is a society in the process of committing suicide.   

 

A nation cannot survive half-slave, half-free. Consider the condition of a nation in which every other social group becomes both the slave and the enslaved of every other group. Ask yourself how long such a condition can last and what its inevitable outcome will be.   

 

Statism is a system of perpetual civil war. And that war in a “mixed economy” takes the form of “pressure group” warfare, each group fighting for legislation to extort its own advantage by force from all other groups.  

 

STATISM is nothing more than gang rule.
Socialized Medicine to Die For

 FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 887 
  
(Democrats in roman; Republicans italic; Independents underlined)

H R 3962      RECORDED VOTE      7-Nov-2009      11:16 PM
QUESTION:  On Passage
BILL TITLE: Affordable Health Care for America Act

  Ayes Noes PRES NV
Democratic 219 39    
Republican 1 176    
Independent        
TOTALS 220 215    

— AYES    220 —
 

Abercrombie
Ackerman
Andrews
Arcuri
Baca
Baldwin
Bean
Becerra
Berkley
Berman
Berry
Bishop (GA)
Bishop (NY)
Blumenauer
Boswell
Brady (PA)
Braley (IA)
Brown, Corrine
Butterfield
Cao       [emph mine]
Capps
Capuano
Cardoza
Carnahan
Carney
Carson (IN)
Castor (FL)
Chu
Clarke
Clay
Cleaver
Clyburn
Cohen
Connolly (VA)
Conyers
Cooper
Costa
Costello
Courtney
Crowley
Cuellar
Cummings
Dahlkemper
Davis (CA)
Davis (IL)
DeFazio
DeGette
Delahunt
DeLauro
Dicks
Dingell
Doggett
Donnelly (IN)
Doyle
Driehaus
Edwards (MD)
Ellison
Ellsworth
Engel
Eshoo
Etheridge
Farr
Fattah
Filner
Foster
Frank (MA)
Fudge
Garamendi
Giffords
Gonzalez
Grayson
Green, Al
Green, Gene
Grijalva
 
Gutierrez
Hall (NY)
Halvorson
Hare
Harman
Hastings (FL)
Heinrich
Higgins
Hill
Himes
Hinchey
Hinojosa
Hirono
Hodes
Holt
Honda
Hoyer
Inslee
Israel
Jackson (IL)
Jackson-Lee (TX)
Johnson (GA)
Johnson, E. B.
Kagen
Kanjorski
Kaptur
Kennedy
Kildee
Kilpatrick (MI)
Kilroy
Kind
Kirkpatrick (AZ)
Klein (FL)
Langevin
Larsen (WA)
Larson (CT)
Lee (CA)
Levin
Lewis (GA)
Lipinski
Loebsack
Lofgren, Zoe
Lowey
Luján
Lynch
Maffei
Maloney
Markey (MA)
Matsui
McCarthy (NY)
McCollum
McDermott
McGovern
McNerney
Meek (FL)
Meeks (NY)
Michaud
Miller (NC)
Miller, George
Mitchell
Mollohan
Moore (KS)
Moore (WI)
Moran (VA)
Murphy (CT)
Murphy, Patrick
Murtha
Nadler (NY)
Napolitano
Neal (MA)
Oberstar
Obey
Olver
Ortiz
 
Owens
Pallone
Pascrell
Pastor (AZ)
Payne
Pelosi
Perlmutter
Perriello
Peters
Pingree (ME)
Polis (CO)
Pomeroy
Price (NC)
Quigley
Rahall
Rangel
Reyes
Richardson
Rodriguez
Rothman (NJ)
Roybal-Allard
Ruppersberger
Rush
Ryan (OH)
Salazar
Sánchez, Linda T.
Sanchez, Loretta
Sarbanes
Schakowsky
Schauer
Schiff
Schrader
Schwartz
Scott (GA)
Scott (VA)
Serrano
Sestak
Shea-Porter
Sherman
Sires
Slaughter
Smith (WA)
Snyder
Space
Speier
Spratt
Stark
Stupak
Sutton
Thompson (CA)
Thompson (MS)
Tierney
Titus
Tonko
Towns
Tsongas
Van Hollen
Velázquez
Visclosky
Walz
Wasserman Schultz
Waters
Watson
Watt
Waxman
Weiner
Welch
Wexler
Wilson (OH)
Woolsey
Wu
Yarmuth
 

— NOES    215 —
 

Aderholt
Adler (NJ)
Akin
Alexander
Altmire
Austria
Bachmann
Bachus
Baird
Barrett (SC)
Barrow
Bartlett
Barton (TX)
Biggert
Bilbray
Bilirakis
Bishop (UT)
Blackburn
Blunt
Boccieri
Boehner
Bonner
Bono Mack
Boozman
Boren
Boucher
Boustany
Boyd
Brady (TX)
Bright
Broun (GA)
Brown (SC)
Brown-Waite, Ginny
Buchanan
Burgess
Burton (IN)
Buyer
Calvert
Camp
Campbell
Cantor
Capito
Carter
Cassidy
Castle
Chaffetz
Chandler
Childers
Coble
Coffman (CO)
Cole
Conaway
Crenshaw
Culberson
Davis (AL)
Davis (KY)
Davis (TN)
Deal (GA)
Dent
Diaz-Balart, L.
Diaz-Balart, M.
Dreier
Duncan
Edwards (TX)
Ehlers
Emerson
Fallin
Flake
Fleming
Forbes
Fortenberry
Foxx
 
Franks (AZ)
Frelinghuysen
Gallegly
Garrett (NJ)
Gerlach
Gingrey (GA)
Gohmert
Goodlatte
Gordon (TN)
Granger
Graves
Griffith
Guthrie
Hall (TX)
Harper
Hastings (WA)
Heller
Hensarling
Herger
Herseth Sandlin
Hoekstra
Holden
Hunter
Inglis
Issa
Jenkins
Johnson (IL)
Johnson, Sam
Jones
Jordan (OH)
King (IA)
King (NY)
Kingston
Kirk
Kissell
Kline (MN)
Kosmas
Kratovil
Kucinich
Lamborn
Lance
Latham
LaTourette
Latta
Lee (NY)
Lewis (CA)
Linder
LoBiondo
Lucas
Luetkemeyer
Lummis
Lungren, Daniel E.
Mack
Manzullo
Marchant
Markey (CO)
Marshall
Massa
Matheson
McCarthy (CA)
McCaul
McClintock
McCotter
McHenry
McIntyre
McKeon
McMahon
McMorris Rodgers
Melancon
Mica
Miller (FL)
Miller (MI)
 
Miller, Gary
Minnick
Moran (KS)
Murphy (NY)
Murphy, Tim
Myrick
Neugebauer
Nunes
Nye
Olson
Paul
Paulsen
Pence
Peterson
Petri
Pitts
Platts
Poe (TX)
Posey
Price (GA)
Putnam
Radanovich
Rehberg
Reichert
Roe (TN)
Rogers (AL)
Rogers (KY)
Rogers (MI)
Rohrabacher
Rooney
Ros-Lehtinen
Roskam
Ross
Royce
Ryan (WI)
Scalise
Schmidt
Schock
Sensenbrenner
Sessions
Shadegg
Shimkus
Shuler
Shuster
Simpson
Skelton
Smith (NE)
Smith (NJ)
Smith (TX)
Souder
Stearns
Sullivan
Tanner
Taylor
Teague
Terry
Thompson (PA)
Thornberry
Tiahrt
Tiberi
Turner
Upton
Walden
Wamp
Westmoreland
Whitfield
Wilson (SC)
Wittman
Wolf
Young (AK)
Young (FL)
 


 

 

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November 9, 2009 Posted by | Agenda of the Left, Citizen Patriotism, Constituional Issues, Culture, Govt Oppression, Life with Big Brother, MSM Disinterest, Politics, propaganda, Real Purpose of Govt., Wake Up, WordPress Political Blogs | , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

NWO – New Class of ‘Rights’

This kind of legislation is often used to punish and even silence Christians.  The exercise of our right not to be part of the homosexual agenda is no longer our right.  It is very clear that the homosexual agenda and religious liberties are on a colision course.  Reminds me of Animal Farm, in that some people’s rights are more equal than others. 

U.S. Endorsement of U.N. Declaration on “Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity”
http://www.alliancedefensefund.org/news/story.aspx?cid=4797&referral=I0109WL

Recently, the new administration signed a United Nations declaration that, according to some, merely called for countries to “decriminalize” homosexual behavior.

In truth, however, the declaration goes far beyond simply “decriminalizing” homosexual behavior.  Consisting of 13 points, this declaration is part of the ongoing agenda to create special rights based on homosexual behavior and even includes so-called “gender identity” as a human right.

What the declaration fails to address – and what this administration has refused to acknowledge – is that the radical activists of homosexual behavior are demanding special rights and that these demands are already being used to punish Christians both in the United States and abroad.

While the previous administration rejected this declaration in December 2008, Christians around the world will likely pay a high price as a result of this administration’s “change.”

Why is this important?

Religious liberty is already in danger.  Here are just a few examples of cases that ADF has fought:

· In Sweden, a pastor was convicted of a “hate” crime and faced imprisonment for preaching on sexual morality from the pulpit. A pastor in Canada was reported to the Alberta Human Rights Commission and faced punishment for having written letters to a local newspaper regarding sexual morality.A Methodist camp meeting association in New Jersey was reported to the government and lost its tax exemption for refusing to allow same-sex couples to rent their property for a ceremony.And a photographer was reported to the New Mexico Civil Rights Commission, tried, found guilty, and fined nearly $7,000 for refusing to photograph the “commitment ceremony” of a same-sex couple—despite the fact that neither same-sex “marriage” nor “civil unions” are legal in New Mexico.
It’s clear that the homosexual agenda is at odds with religious freedom, which is why the ADF alliance of 1,200 attorneys will continue to fight these battles regarding religious freedom.  ADF believes it is equipped to do this because it is a substantial legal force that employs a unique combination of strategy, training, funding, and litigation to protect and preserve religious liberty, the sanctity of life, marriage, and the family.

Additional links:

· Christian News Wire:  World Congress of Families Dismayed by Obama Decision to Sign UN ‘Homosexual Special Rights’ Statement

· LifeSiteNews.com:  Obama Administration to Sign UN Declaration to “Decriminalize Homosexuality”OneNewsNow:  Elevating Homosexuality to New HeightsWeekly Standard:  Banned in Boston – The Coming Conflict Between Same-Sex Marriage and Religious LibertyCatholic News Agency:  U.S. pledges support for U.N. gender identity statement

 

ADF is a legal alliance of Christian attorneys and like-minded organizations defending the right of people to freely live out their faith.  Launched in 1994, ADF employs a unique combination of strategy, training, funding, and litigation to protect and preserve religious liberty, the sanctity of life, marriage, and the family.

September 4, 2009 Posted by | (Un)Limited Government, Agenda of the Left, Christian, Constituional Issues, Family, Govt Oppression, Life with Big Brother, Political Correctness, Politics, Wake Up, WordPress Political Blogs | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Usurpation of Parental Rights, Again

The Obama administration is allowing the courts to attack homeschooling families, as reported in today’s Washington Times (hat tip James Koerner).  Apparently the dispute came to light because the couple is divorced, and the Father is disgruntled enough with the Mother to hurt the daughter’s education.  Thankfully, Mom turned to the ADL for help and they will turn it around.

Home-schooler ordered to attend public school
Mom’s religious views ripped by court
By Julia Duin

A New Hampshire court ordered a home-schooled Christian girl to attend a public school this week after a judge criticized the “rigidity” of her mother’s religious views and said the 10-year-old needed to consider other worldviews as she matures.

Ever since the judge’s ruling came out in July, the case has aroused the interest of home-schooling groups nationwide, who  have asked why a court has the power to decide whether someone’s religious views are too extreme (emphasis mine & throughout).

The girl’s mother, Brenda Voydatch, has engaged the Alliance Defense Fund, a Christian legal group based in Scottsdale, Ariz., to contest the ruling, in which the judge granted a request by the girl’s father, Martin Kurowski, that the girl go to a public school.

On Tuesday, the girl, Amanda Kurowski, started fifth grade at an elementary school in Meredith, N.H., under court order. Amanda’s “vigorous defense of her religious beliefs … suggests strongly that she has not had the opportunity to seriously consider any other point of view,” District Court Judge Lucinda V. Sadler said.

And why exactly does the court feel the need to regulate the “opportunity to see other points of view”???  Are they now the purveyors of right-thought and the holders of the moral code by which we judge all political correctness?  God help us all.  This might be an excellent time to donate to the ADL.

Other ADL suits of interest:

  International Law in American CourtsThere is cause for serious concern about the future of America’s national sovereignty and our religious liberty. http://www.alliancedefensefund.org/issues/religiousfreedom/internationallaw.aspx?cid=5000 – 7k – 7/14/2009

 

  ADF seeks to challenge order requiring FDA to disregard parental rightsAlliance Defense Fund attorneys together with attorney Charles Holster of Mineola have filed a motion to intervene to challenge a federal court order that requires the Food and Drug Administration to allow the Plan B drug, which many doctors believe can cause an abortion, to be sold over the counter to minors. The motion was filed on behalf of Concerned Women for America, the Christian Medical and Dental Association, and Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International, who contend that the order disregards parental rights and the safety of minors.http://www.alliancedefensefund.org/news/pressrelease.aspx?cid=4996 – 3k – 6/29/2009

What’s Left of the Constitution?

“What’s Left of the Constitution?” is a periodic news digest featuring Alliance Defense Fund legal analysis of proposals, policies, and trends advanced by the federal government.  On a regular basis, this digest specifically highlights policies and actions that move America away from the principles of the U.S. Constitution and closer to the demands of the political Left, especially ones that threaten religious liberty, the sanctity of life, and marriage and the family.

http://www.alliancedefensefund.org/news/story.aspx?cid=4896 – 9k – 3/13/2009

 

September 4, 2009 Posted by | 1st Amendment, Agenda of the Left, Christian, Culture, Family, Govt Oppression, Leftists Criticize Conservatives, Political Correctness, Politics, Wake Up, WordPress Political Blogs | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Obama: Healthcare Critics Should Shut Up

David Limbaugh’s blog today punctuates my last post of a President-down, Democrat-induced gag order vividly.  Here it is.

Obama: Healthcare Critics Should Shut Up

Tuesday, August 11, 2009 9:06 AM
By: David Limbaugh
The hubris, arrogance, and deceit of President Barack Obama and the Democratic leadership are breathtaking. In their maniacal frenzy to assume control over every aspect of our lives through socialized medicine, they are behaving like the thuggish autocrats they have proved themselves to be.

The jig is up on their designs, evidenced by the very contents of the health bill they’re promoting. As increasing public awareness has translated into increasing grass-roots opposition to the bill, the Democrats have ratcheted up their bullying tactics and deceit.

Our self-styled bipartisan president is telling his critics to shut up, while his partners in crime, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her colleagues, are calling them un-American and Nazis.

Understand this: The people who are showing up in droves with righteous anger befitting a body politic steeped in a unique liberty tradition are exercising the very type of bottom-up citizen protest and government watchdogging our Founding Fathers envisioned. They are not the artificially driven “AstroTurf” phonies the Democrats are depicting them to be. No, such activities are the province of Saul Alinsky/Obama-type “street organizers” and union thugs enlisted by the administration to discredit these legitimate protests.

It wasn’t enough for Pelosi to call us Nazis. She also co-wrote, with House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, an Op-Ed in USA Today calling us un-American and projecting her own nefarious tactics onto her opposition.

Pelosi and Hoyer accuse the protesters of engaging in “an ugly campaign . . . not merely to misrepresent the health insurance reform legislation, but to disrupt public meetings and prevent members of Congress and constituents from conducting a civil dialogue.”

They say: “The first fact is that health insurance reform will mean more patient choice. It will allow every American who likes his or her current plan to keep it. And it will free doctors and patients to make the health decisions that make the most sense, not the most profits for insurance companies.”

How can these government propaganda ministers sleep at night? They are the ones misrepresenting the legislation and closing their meetings to genuine dissent.

In the first place, it is not “health insurance reform.” It is an effort to fundamentally transform the entire healthcare industry and how decisions are made. Their recent move to euphemize this monstrosity as “insurance reform” is part of their strategy to demonize insurance companies in their ruthless quest to shove this down our throats.

The bill would not allow Americans to keep their plans. It would crowd out and eventually eliminate private care; enormously reduce choice, as well as the quantity and quality of care; and be a fiscal nightmare, as verified by Congressional Budget Office projections. Worst of all, it would further destroy our liberties.

And by Obama’s own words, it would decrease doctors’ prerogatives over the type of care they provide. He admits he’d control doctors by making their “bundled payments” conditional on their meeting quality standards imposed by an omniscient, omnipotent government, not doctors and their patients.

Pelosi and Hoyer’s most laughable claim is that their plan “will stand up to any and all critics.”

If that’s so, why don’t they tell the truth about what’s in the bill and truly answer legitimate questions and concerns about it instead of resorting to name-calling and intimidation? If that’s so, why is Obama sending out his hired mouthpiece, Linda Douglass, to deny what Obama most clearly said? She protests that his statements promoting a single-payer system were taken out of context and then gives us absolutely no evidence they were. We are just supposed to disbelieve our lying eyes and ears.

It’s also disingenuous to argue that in any event, Obama’s earlier statements are irrelevant because he says he does not favor a single-payer system today and would protect our right to private care. Again, we have the bill itself, which would phase out private care — mandatorily — so the denials are self-evident lies.

Obama isn’t delegating all the dirty work to his surrogates. Our pseudo-cool leader himself has become conspicuously unglued. About opponents of his outlandishly reckless agenda, he said that he doesn’t “want the folks who created the mess to do a lot of talking;” he wants “them just to get out of the way so [Democrats] can clean up the mess.” He went on, “I don’t mind cleaning up after them, but don’t do a lot of talking.”

He obviously thinks that he has the unilateral right as president, with 53 percent of the vote, to use our money to impoverish and enslave us and destroy our healthcare and that we have no right even to object. We only get to speak every two years.

Well, this president — with a faux-messianic wind boomeranging in his face — has now met his match: an increasingly informed, vigilant, politically engaged and liberty-loving citizenry. And none too soon.

David Limbaugh is a writer, author, and attorney. His book “Bankrupt: The Intellectual and Moral Bankruptcy of Today’s Democratic Party” was released recently in paperback. To find out more about David Limbaugh, please visit his Web site at http://www.DavidLimbaugh.com.

 

© 2009 Creator’s Syndicate Inc.

August 11, 2009 Posted by | (Definitely Not) Free Markets, (Un)Limited Government, 1st Amendment, Agenda of the Left, Constituional Issues, Fiscal (Ir)Responsibility, Leftists Criticize Conservatives, Politics, Wake Up | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Update – Govt Clunker Language Changed

Here is a long excerpt from Glenn Beck’s TV program tonight about the cash for clunkers program and the federal encroachment into our PCs and personal files contained therin (see my post below re cars.gov & ‘What Privacy?’) when the dealers hit the “agree” button on the form.  Thanks to a canny watchdog and Glenn’s asserting the dastardly nature of this usurpation, the government realized we knew they made a mistake and they changed the wording on the agreement.  Good morning, sunshine!

Proof That You Can Affect Change

August 3, 2009 – 21:56 ET
http://www.glennbeck.com/content/articles/article/198/28836/

Apparently, last Friday, I committed the ultimate sin in the liberal blogging world: I questioned a government program. “Cash for clunkers” had some Orwellian wording in it that was quite honestly, pretty creepy and just by bringing that up, the liberal blogs went nuts…

If disagreeing with creepy wording in the “cash for clunkers” is crazy, then apparently the government is crazy too — because they agreed with me.

Even though partisan hacks will tell you otherwise, there’s nothing wrong with demanding answers on these giant government programs, watching what the government is up to and holding them accountable is exactly what we should be doing.

I’ve been trying to wake people up on that front and through our constitutional watchdogs, I am seeing just how awake you guys really are. We’re getting so many leads — like the one in the “cash for clunkers” program. When dealers logged in to apply for the cash part of the “cash for clunkers” program, the site cars.gov/dealership prompted them with the warning:

“This application provides access to the DOT CARS system. When logged on to the CARS system, your computer is considered a federal computer system and is property of the United States government… users have no explicit or implicit expectation of privacy.”

“Any or all uses of this system and all files on this system may be intercepted, monitored, recorded, copied, audited, inspected and disclosed to authorized CARS, DOT and law enforcement personnel, as well as authorized officials of other agencies, both domestic and foreign.”

“By using this system, the user consents to such interception, monitoring, recording, copying, auditing, inspection, and disclosure at the discretion CARS or the DOT personnel.”

Why in God’s name would you click “accept” to that? I mean, other than you just sold a bunch of cars at a wildly discounted rate and need to make your money back.

Apparently, you and I aren’t the only ones who thought this was ridiculous… We received a statement today from the DOT and here it is:

“A security warning on the CARS.gov dealer support page that stated computers logged into the system were considered property of the federal government has been removed. We are working to revise the language. The language was posted on the portion of the Web site accessible by car dealers and not the general public.”

The blogs had a field day making fun of me — “Oh, that crazy Glenn Beck is at it again!’ But apparently, we must have a decent point, otherwise why would the government remove the old statement? Liberal bloggers spent another dateless weekend defending this crap and then the government agreed with us and changed the wording (emph mine).

Of course, questions remain unanswered: Why did they have that wording in the first place? We don’t know yet. But I’m confident we’ll find out, because today you proved that one person can make a difference.

Step back for a second and look what happened: White House policy was changed — not by me — but by one single person. One person who was so fed up with an out-of-control government they decided to be a constitutional watchdog and now things are changed for better.

Good job — keep it up.

______________________________ // ______________________________
8/06/09 update
Good comments discussion on American Missive  about how this was a dealer site, but still relevant.
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As regards the 4th Amendment:
In Katz v. United States, 389 U.S. 347 (1967), the Supreme Court ruled that the amendment covered a person’s “reasonable expectation of privacy”, rather than solely on whether that person’s property had been intruded upon. *
* Friedman, Leon. The Justices of the United States Supreme Court: Their Lives and Major Opinions,
Volume V. Chelsea House Publishers. 1978. Page 292.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fourth_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution

August 4, 2009 Posted by | (Un)Limited Government, 4th Amendment, Agenda of the Left, Leftists Criticize Conservatives, Politics, Wake Up | , , , , | Leave a comment

One Reason is enough to reject Obamacare

A friend had emailed this list to me yesterday, but it was garbled and the formatting was messed up somehow.  Then I found Steve’s site and he had it at the bottom of his page.  Giving him full credit, a two links and a ping, I hope he’ll allow the reprint.  If this isn’t a Huxley flashback, I surely don’t know what is!  (Bold emphasis mine throughout.)

52 Reasons to Reject Obamacare: 

Steve Hilton @ 7:34 PM
You are encouraged to look into these matters for yourself. This is far too important to wait for the agents of “spin” to “explain” the matter.

1.    Page 22 of the Healthcare Bill MANDATES the Government will audit books of ALL EMPLOYERS that self insure!!

2.    Page 30 Sec 123 of Healthcare bill – THERE WILL BE A GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE that decides what treatments and benefits you get.

3.    Page 29 lines 4-16 in the Healthcare bill – YOUR HEALTHCARE IS RATIONED!!!

4.    Page 42 of Healthcare Bill – The Health Choices Commissioner will choose your Healthcare Benefits for you. You will have no choice!

5.    Page 50 Section 152 in Healthcare bill – Healthcare will be provided to ALL non-US citizens, illegal or otherwise.

6.    Page 58 Healthcare Bill – Government will have real-time access to an individual’s finances and a National ID Healthcare Card will be issued!

7.    Page 59 Healthcare Bill lines 21-24 Government will have direct access to your bank accounts for electronic funds transfer.

8.    Page 65 Sec 164 is a payoff subsidized plan for retirees and their families in Unions and “community organizations” such as ACORN.

9.    Page 72 Lines 8-14 Government is creating another “agency”, the Healthcare Exchange to bring private heathcare plans under government control.

10.    Page 84 Sec 203 Healthcare bill – Government mandates ALL benefit packages for private healthcare plans in the Exchange.

11.    Page 85 Line 7 Healthcare Bill – There will be specs regarding benefit levels for Plans: another way in which the Government will ration your healthcare.

12.    Page  91 Lines 4-7 Healthcare Bill – Government mandates “linguistic appropriate services”. Translation – Spanish or other languages for illegals.

13.    Page 95 Healthcare Bill Lines 8-18 The Government will use groups such as ACORN and Amiericorps to sign up individuals for the government healthcare plan.

14.    Page 85 Line 7 Healthcare Bill – A reiteration of the specs regarding benefit levels for Plans which means, AARP members, your health care WILL be rationed no matter what you are being told now.

14.    Page 102 Lines 12-18 Healthcare Bill – Medicaid eligible individuals will be automatically enrolled in Medicare; you will have no choice regarding that enrollment.

16.    Page 124 lines 24-25 Healthcare No company can sue the government on a charge of price fixing. No “judicial review” will be permitted against a government monopoly.

17.    Page 127 Lines 1-16 Healthcare Bill – Doctors:  The Government will tell YOU what you can make.

18.    Page 145 Line 15-17 An Employer must automatically enroll employees into the public option plan; there is NO CHOICE. However, this plan is so convoluted that obviously there must be someway this can be avoided (see #s 20 and 21: the mandated payroll taxes for employers who do NOT off the public option); this is an apparent contradiction, but this is what the bill says.

19.    Page 126 Lines 22-25 Employers MUST pay for healthcare for part time employees AND their families.

20.    Page 149 Lines 16-24 ANY employer with a payroll of 400k and above who does not provide the public option must pay an 8% payroll tax (see # 18 above).

21.    Page 150 Lines 9-13 Businesses with a payroll between 251k & 400k who don’t provide the public option will pay 2-6% tax on all payrolls (see #18 above).

22.    Page 167 Lines 18-23 ANY individual who doesn’t have acceptable healthcare according to the government will be taxed 2.5% of his income.

23.    Page 170 Lines 1-3 Healthcare Bill Any NONRESIDENT Alien is exempt from individual taxes but Americans will pay.

24.    Page 195 Healthcare Bill – officers & employees of Healthcare Administration (Government) will have access to the financial records of ALL Americans.

25.    PAGE 203 Line 14-15 Healthcare – “The tax imposed under this section shall not be treated as tax” Yes, it says that!

26.    Page 239 Line 14-24 Healthcare Bill Government will reduce physician services for Medicaid. Seniors, low income and poor affected.

27.    Page 241 Line 6-8 Healthcare Bill – Doctors, it doesn’t matter what your specialty is, you will all be paid the same.

28.    Page 253 Line 10-18 Government sets value of doctor’s time, professional judgment, experience etc. Literally, the government will be setting the value on human life.

29.    Page 265 Sec 1131Government mandates & controls productivity for private healthcare industries.

30.    Page 268 Sec 1141 Fed Government regulates rental & purchase of power drive wheelchairs, scooters etc.

31.    Page 272 Sec. 1145. Treatment at certain cancer hospitals – Cancer patients, welcome to rationing!

32.    Page 280 Sec 1151 The Government will penalize hospitals for what GOVERNMENT deems preventable re-admissions.

33.    Page 298 Lines 9-11 Doctors treating a patient during an initial admission which later results in a re-admission will be penalized by the government.

34.    Page 317 L 13-20 PROHIBITION on ownership/investment. The government will tell doctors what and how much they can own.

35.    Page 317-318 lines 21-25,1-3 PROHIBITION on expansion. Government is mandating that hospitals cannot expand.

36.    Page 321 2-13 Hospitals have the opportunity to apply for an exception BUT “community input” is required. This opens the way to an incredible amount of extortion by “community groups” who might demand a quid pro quo from any hospital wishing to expand.

37.    Page335 L 16-25 Page 336-339 – Government mandates the establishment of outcome based measures; that means, healthcare as they want it, a/k/a rationing.

38.    Page 341 Lines 3-9 Government has authority to disqualify Medicare Adv. Plans, HMOs etc. thus forcing people into the government plan.

39.    Page 354 Sec 1177 – Government will RESTRICT enrollment of “special needs people” a/k/a the handicapped!! Eugenics and euthanasia become a part of medical treatment.

40.    Page 379 Sec 1191 Government creates more bureaucracy, that is the “Telehealth Advisory Committee (can you say “healthcare” by phone?).

41.    Page 425 Lines 4-12 Government mandates Advance Care Planning Consultations for Senior Citizens which in effect lets seniors know that it’s time for them to die and get out of the way.

42.    Page 425 Lines 17-19 Government will instruct and consult regarding living wills, durable powers of attorney etc. This will be MANDATORY! (So much for individual liberty and privacy!)

43.    Page  425 Lines 22-25, 426 Lines 1-3 Government provides approved list of “end of life resources” to help guide you into death. I’m sure that “Dr.” Kevorkian will have a job with this group.

44.    Page  427 Lines 15-24 Government mandates program for orders at the end of life; the government has a say in HOW and WHEN your life will end. This is called euthanasia.

45.    Page  429 Lines 1-9 An “advanced care planning consultation will be used frequently as a patient’s health deteriorates. Again, much American health care involves people with chronic conditions but who can still have many years of productive life WITH PROPER MEDICAL CARE. If you are deemed to be unworthy of such care by virtue of criteria such as your race, gender, socio-economic condition etc., the chances are good that you will be DENIED that care and you life will end far sooner than would otherwise be the case under today’s healthcare system.

46.    Page  429 Lines 10-12 the “advanced care consultation” may include an ORDER for end of life plans – an ORDER from the GOVERNMENT. Again, we will have government ordained euthanasia – which is nothing less than legalized murder.

47.    Page  429 Lines 13-25 – The Government will specify which Doctors can write an “end of life” order. This means that the physician(s) who cared for you may not even be consulted and you will be condemned to death by some uncaring bureaucrat in Washington who knows nothing about you and your situation.

48.    Page  430 Lines 11-15 The Government will decide what level of treatment you will have at the end of your life.

49.    Page  469 – Community Based Home Medical Services regards services provided by non profit organizations like ACORN.

50.    Page 472 Lines 14-17 Dictates payment to a community based organization like ACORN for such treatment. Both the treatment and the organization are determined by the government.

51.    Page  489 Sec 1308 The Government will cover Marriage & Family therapy which means they will insert themselves into your marriage. If you are a Christian, it is possible that the government may be able to intrude into decisions made by your family as a result of your religion.

52.    Page 494-498 Government will cover Mental Health Services including defining, creating, and rationing those services. Again, you could be adjudged “mentally ill” if you disagree with the prevailing agenda such as homosexual rights, abortion etc.

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What Privacy? Govt takesover PCs

Caution:  Do not go to the cars.gov website

The $4500 cash for clunkers deal sounded too good to be true, and as it turns out, our benevolent government has had alterior motives.  When the dealership logs your information into the cars.gov website and hits ‘agree’ the page that comes up then says that the govt can use your computer — and any files on it for its purposes as its property!

August 1, 2009 Posted by | (Un)Limited Government, Agenda of the Left, Politics, Wake Up | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments