George A. Sprecace M.D.,
J.D., F.A.C.P. and Allergy Associates of New
RESPONSE (Archives)...Daily Commentary on News of the Day
This is a new section. It will
quick reactions by myself to news and events of the day, day by day, in
this rapid-fire world of ours. Of course, as in military
a rapid response in one direction may occasionally have to be followed
by a "strategic withdrawal" in another direction. Charge that to
"the fog of war", and to the necessary flexibility any mental or
campaign must maintain to be effective. But the mission will
be the same: common sense, based upon facts and "real politick",
by a visceral sense of Justice and a commitment to be pro-active.
That's all I promise.
to return to the current Rapid Response list
TUESDAY, July 29
through 31, 2012
ZENIT, The world
seen from Rome
Preliminary Injunction in Lawsuit
Challenging HHS Mandate
Federal Government From Applying Law to
Religious For-Profit Company
DENVER, Colorado, JULY 30, 2012 (Zenit.org).- The Becket
Fund for Religious Liberty, a non-profit law firm, announced last
its lawsuits challenging the HHS mandate continue following their
another lawsuit, Newland v. Sebelius, brought on behalf of a for-profit
in Colorado, whose owners are religious.
Judge John L. Kane
Jr., a senior federal district judge
in Colorado granted a preliminary injunction on behalf of a religious
for-profit company challenging the HHS mandate. Granting the
injunction prevents the federal government from applying the HHS
against the company.
Judge Kane's ruling
today in favor of a religious
for-profit plaintiff challenging the coercive HHS mandate got the law
Religious liberty rights don’t stop at the store-front door,
Hannah Smith, Senior Counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.
decision portends the demise of the current Administration’s
to drive religious activity from the public square and confine it
within the four
walls of a church.
The Health and Human
Services (HHS) federal mandate in
question would require employers of religious institutions to be
required to pay for insurance that provides abortion-inducing drugs,
contraception, and sterilization procedures to employees.
The Newland family
– who owns and operates a
for-profit company, Hercules Industries, a private HVAC equipment
– sued to protect its right to administer its self-insured
plan for its 265 full-time employees in a way that comports with the
family’s religious faith. Its employee health plan does
currently cover abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, or
would have been forced to do so beginning August 1st but for
The Becket Fund for
Religious Liberty were the first to
file lawsuits against the HHS mandate representing 5 clients: Belmont
College, Colorado Christian University, Eternal Word Television Network
Ave Maria University, and Wheaton College. There are currently
lawsuits pending around the country against the HHS mandate.
SATURDAY, July 28, 2012
ANOTHER EDITION OF "AROUND THE WORLD IN 80
all of the above and much more going on
around me, I am finding that my vocabulary is more and more including
"Stupido" and "Bull-S@#$.
- Surrounded by a world of "yellow
journalism", with opinion choking every "news"article in the main media
outlets, the only newspaper worth reading regularly is the Wall Street
- Mitt Romney and the European press:
no honeymoon expected there. They prefer their hand-puppet, the
current U.S. President.
- Obama is still lacking a foreign
policy success during his tenure. Even Libya suffered from early
hesitation. And taking out bin Laden was a no-brainer.
Indeed, if he had not taken that opportunity it would have been an
impeachable offense, in my opinion. Look at a map of the world.
Any successes? And the on-going Syrian tragedy is a massive failure,
while our President blindly worships at the U.N. altar.
- Mitt Romney is a rich man, mainly a
self-made man. And he makes use of tax laws available to
anyone. What's wrong with that...except in a country with clearly
Socialist leanings among one of its two major political parties.
- Meanwhile, Wall Street continues to
show that "Business Ethics" is an oxymoron. What to do? The Dodd
- Frank legislation certainly was not the answer. How about
allowing market forces to control results, jailing business
perpetrators for long periods of time, fining companies five times what
they gained from illegal activities instead of making crime pay with
minimal punishments...and restoring Ethics - instead of "situation
ethics" - to the workings of a nation beginning to drown in
- What happened to a rational rating
system for entertainment? It has disappeared...and I am not now
referring to Sex. That's yesterday's story. I'm referring
to VIOLENCE, for violence' sake. The Aurora, Colorado tragedy
comes to mind. The root cause of these occurrences is not the
availability of firearms, but the glorification of violence. And
now we will have to witness a Kabuki Dance related to the defense of
James Holmes. We even have "psychiatrist - patient privilege" in
the mix. Advice: read the landmark Tarasov case regarding this
- Good news - Bad news: as some
public school districts approach bankruptcy - both fiscal and
philosophical - the advantages of alternative schooling approaches are
being more and more embraced...even by the now desperate public school
- Warning: the "Wired Generation" is
paradoxically developing into the isolated generation...unable to
interact on a face-to face level with their living - and not virtual -
human counterparts. This will result in a massive epidemic of
depression and even suicide during their fifth decade - when the
stresses of life tend to "hit the fan". But there is still time:
dump the gadgets and hug someone.
FRIDAY, July 27, 2012
WORSE THAN MEETS THE EYE.
U. S. President
When one observes
President Obama’s unwillingness to accommodate America’s four-century
religious conscience protection through his attempts to require
Catholics to go
against their own doctrines and beliefs, one is tempted to say that he
anti-Catholic. But that characterization would not be correct. Although
recently singled out Catholics, he has equally targeted traditional
beliefs over the past four years. So since he has attacked Catholics
Protestants, one is tempted to say that he is anti-Christian. But that,
would be inaccurate. He has been equally disrespectful in his appalling
treatment of religious Jews in general and Israel in particular. So
most accurate description of his antipathy toward Catholics,
religious Jews, and the Jewish nation would be to characterize him as
anti-Biblical. And then when his hostility toward Biblical people of
contrasted with his preferential treatment of Muslims and Muslim
further strengthens the accuracy of the anti-Biblical descriptor. In
there have been numerous clearly documented times when his pro-Islam
have been the cause of his anti-Biblical actions.
below in chronological order are (1) numerous records of his attacks on
Biblical persons or organizations; (2) examples of the hostility toward
Biblical faith that have become evident in the past three years in the
Obama-led military; (3) a listing of his open attacks on Biblical
finally (4) a listing of numerous incidents of his preferential
Islam’s activities and positions, including letting his Islamic
and influence his hostility toward people of Biblical faith.
Acts of hostility toward people of Biblical faith:
2008 – Obama speaks disrespectfully of Christians, saying they “cling
to guns or religion” and have an “antipathy to people who aren't like
2009 – Obama announces plans to revoke conscience protection for health
workers who refuse to participate in medical activities that go against
their beliefs, and fully implements the plan in February 2011. 2
2009 – When speaking at Georgetown University, Obama orders that a
monogram symbolizing Jesus' name be covered when he is making his
2009 – Obama declines to host services for the National Prayer Day (a
day established by federal law) at the White House. 4
2009 – In a deliberate act of disrespect, Obama nominated three
pro-abortion ambassadors to the Vatican; of course, the pro-life
Vatican rejected all three. 5
19, 2010 – Obama begins deliberately omitting the phrase about “the
Creator” when quoting the Declaration of Independence – an omission he
has made on no less than seven occasions. 6
2010 – Obama misquotes the National Motto, saying it is “E pluribus
unum” rather than “In God We Trust” as established by federal law. 7
2011 – After a federal law was passed to transfer a WWI Memorial in the
Mojave Desert to private ownership, the U. S. Supreme Court ruled that
the cross in the memorial could continue to stand, but the Obama
administration refused to allow the land to be transferred as required
by law, and refused to allow the cross to be re-erected as ordered by
the Court. 8
2011 – Although he filled posts in the State Department, for more than
two years Obama did not fill the post of religious freedom ambassador,
an official that works against religious persecution across the world;
he filled it only after heavy pressure from the public and from
2011 – For the first time in American history, Obama urges passage of a
non-discrimination law that does not contain hiring protections for
religious groups, forcing religious organizations to hire according to
federal mandates without regard to the dictates of their own faith,
thus eliminating conscience protection in hiring. 10
2011 – The Obama administration releases its new health care rules that
override religious conscience protections for medical workers in the
areas of abortion and contraception. 11
2011 – Obama opposes inclusion of President Franklin Roosevelt’s famous
D-Day Prayer in the WWII Memorial. 12
2011 – Unlike previous presidents, Obama studiously avoids any
religious references in his Thanksgiving speech. 13
2011 – The Obama administration denigrates other countries' religious
beliefs as an obstacle to radical homosexual rights. 14
2012 – The Obama administration argues that the First Amendment
provides no protection for churches and synagogues in hiring their
pastors and rabbis. 15
- February 2012 – The
Obama administration forgives student loans in exchange for public
service, but announces it will no longer forgive student loans if the
public service is related to religion. 16
Acts of hostility from the Obama-led military toward people of Biblical
2011 – The Department of Veterans Affairs forbids references to God and
Jesus during burial ceremonies at Houston National Cemetery. 17
2011 – The Air Force stops teaching the Just War theory to officers in
California because the course is taught by chaplains and is based on a
philosophy introduced by St. Augustine in the third century AD – a
theory long taught by civilized nations across the world (except
2011 – Air Force Chief of Staff prohibits commanders from notifying
airmen of programs and services available to them from chaplains. 19
2011 – The Army issues guidelines for Walter Reed Medical Center
stipulating that “No religious items (i.e. Bibles, reading materials
and/or facts) are allowed to be given away or used during a
2011 – The Air Force Academy rescinds support for Operation Christmas
Child, a program to send holiday gifts to impoverished children across
the world, because the program is run by a Christian charity. 21
2011 – The Air Force Academy pays $80,000 to add a Stonehenge-like
worship center for pagans, druids, witches and Wiccans. 22
2012 – The U. S. Military Academy at West Point disinvites three star
Army general and decorated war hero Lieutenant General William G.
(“Jerry”) Boykin (retired) from speaking at an event because he is an
outspoken Christian. 23
2012 – The Air Force removes “God” from the patch of Rapid Capabilities
Office (the word on the patch was in Latin: Dei). 24
2012 – The Army orders Catholic chaplains not to read a letter to
parishioners that their archbishop asked them to read. 25
2012 – A checklist for Air Force Inns will no longer include ensuring
that a Bible is available in rooms for those who want to use them.26
2012 - The Obama administration opposes legislation to protect the
rights of conscience for military chaplains who do not wish to perform
same-sex marriages in violation of their strongly-held religious
2012 - Bibles for the American military have been printed in every
conflict since the American Revolution, but the Obama Administration
revokes the long-standing U. S. policy of allowing military service
emblems to be placed on those military Bibles.28
Acts of hostility toward Biblical values:
2009 – Obama lifts restrictions on U.S. government funding for groups
that provide abortion services or counseling abroad, forcing taxpayers
to fund pro-abortion groups that either promote or perform abortions in
2009 – President Obama’s nominee for deputy secretary of state asserts
that American taxpayers are required to pay for abortions and that
limits on abortion funding are unconstitutional. 30
2009 – The Obama administration shut out pro-life groups from attending
a White House-sponsored health care summit. 31
2009 – Obama orders taxpayer funding of embryonic stem cell research.32
2009 – Obama gave $50 million for the UNFPA, the UN population agency
that promotes abortion and works closely with Chinese population
control officials who use forced abortions and involuntary
2009 – The White House budget eliminates all funding for
abstinence-only education and replaces it with “comprehensive” sexual
education, repeatedly proven to increase teen pregnancies and
abortions. 34 He continues the
deletion in subsequent budgets. 35
2009 – Obama officials assemble a terrorism dictionary calling pro-life
advocates violent and charging that they use racism in their “criminal”
2009 – The Obama administration illegally extends federal benefits to
same-sex partners of Foreign Service and Executive Branch employees, in
direction violation of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. 37
16, 2009 – The Obama administration appoints as EEOC Commissioner Chai
Feldblum, who asserts that society should “not tolerate” any “private
beliefs,” including religious beliefs, if they may negatively affect
homosexual “equality.” 38
2010 – The Obama administration uses federal funds in violation of
federal law to get Kenya to change its constitution to include
2010 – The Obama administration Cuts funding for 176 abstinence
education programs. 40
2010 – The Obama administration tells researchers to ignore a judge’s
decision striking down federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.41
2011 – Obama directs the Justice Department to stop defending the
federal Defense of Marriage Act. 42
2011 – The Obama administration refuses to investigate videos showing
Planned Parenthood helping alleged sex traffickers get abortions for
victimized underage girls. 43
2011 – Obama allows homosexuals to serve openly in the military,
reversing a policy originally instituted by George Washington in March
2011 – The Pentagon directs that military chaplains may perform
same-sex marriages at military facilities in violation of the federal
Defense of Marriage Act. 45
- October 2011 – The
Obama administration eliminates federal grants to the U.S. Conference
of Catholic Bishops for their extensive programs that aid victims of
human trafficking because the Catholic Church is anti-abortion. 46
Acts of preferentialism for Islam:
2009 – While Obama does not host any National Day of Prayer event at
the White House, he does host White House Iftar dinners in honor of
2010 – Christian leader Franklin Graham is disinvited from the
Pentagon’s National Day of Prayer Event because of complaints from the
Muslim community. 48
2010 – The Obama administration requires rewriting of government
documents and a change in administration vocabulary to remove terms
that are deemed offensive to Muslims, including jihad, jihadists,
terrorists, radical Islamic, etc. 49
2010 – Obama speaks with great praise of Islam and condescendingly of
2010 – Obama went to great lengths to speak out on multiple occasions
on behalf of building an Islamic mosque at Ground Zero, while at the
same time he was silent about a Christian church being denied
permission to rebuild at that location. 51
– While every White House traditionally issues hundreds of official
proclamations and statements on numerous occasions, this White House
avoids traditional Biblical holidays and events but regularly
recognizes major Muslim holidays, as evidenced by its 2010 statements
on Ramadan, Eid-ul-Fitr, Hajj, and Eid-ul-Adha. 52
2011 – Obama’s Muslim advisers block Middle Eastern Christians’ access
to the White House. 53
2012 – The Obama administration makes effulgent apologies for Korans
being burned by the U. S. military, 54 but when Bibles
were burned by the military, numerous reasons were offered why it was
the right thing to do. 55
of these actions are literally
unprecedented – this is the first time they have happened in four
American history. The hostility of President Obama toward Biblical
values is without equal from any previous American president.
1. Sarah Pulliam Baily, "Obama:
‘They cling to guns or religion’," Christianity Today,
April 13, 2008. (Return)
2. Aliza Marcus, "Obama
to Lift ‘Conscience’ Rule for Health Workers," Bloomberg,
February 27, 2009; Sarah Pulliam Baily, "Obama
Admin. Changes Bush ‘Conscience’ Rule for Health Workers," Christianity
Today, February 18, 2011. (Return)
3. Jim Lovino, "Jesus
Missing From Obama’s Georgetown Speech," NBC Washington,
April 17, 2009. (Return)
4. Johanna Neuman, “Obama
end Bush-era National Prayer Day Service at White House," Los
Angeles Times, May 7, 2009. (Return)
5. Chris McGreal, “Vatican
vetoes Barack Obama’s nominees for U.S. Ambassador,”The Guardian,
April 14, 2009. (Return)
6. Meredith Jessup, “Obama
Continues to Omit ‘Creator’ From Declaration of Independence,” The
Blaze, October 19, 2010. (Return)
by the President at the University of Indonesia in Jakarta, Indonesia,"The
White House, November 10, 2010. (Return)
8. LadyImpactOhio, " Feds
sued by Veterans to allow stolen Mojave Desert Cross to be rebuilt," Red
State, January 14, 2011. (Return)
9. Marrianne Medlin, “Amid
criticism, President Obama moves to fill vacant religious ambassador
News Agency, February 9, 2011; Thomas F. Farr, “Undefender
of the Faith,” Foreign Policy, April 5, 2012. (Return)
10. Chris Johnson, “ENDA
passage effort renewed with Senate introduction,”Washington Blade,
April 15, 2011. (Return)
11. Chuck Donovan, “HHS’s
New Health Guidelines Trample on Conscience,” Heritage
August 2, 2011. (Return)
12. Todd Starns, “Obama
Administration Opposes FDR Prayer at WWII Memorial,”Fox News,
November 4, 2011. (Return)
13. Joel Siegel, “Obama
Omits God From Thanksgiving Speech, Riles Critics,” ABC News,
November 25, 2011. (Return)
14. Hillary Rodham Clinton, “Remarks
Recognition of International Human Rights Day,” U.S.
State, December 6, 2011. (Return)
15. Ted Olson, “Church
Wins Firing Case at Supreme Court,” Christianity Today,
11, 2012. (Return)
16. Audrey Hudson, “Obama
religious service for student loan forgiveness,” Human
February 15, 2012. (Return)
Veterans Claim Censorship of Prayers, Including Ban of ‘God’ and ‘Jesus’,” Fox
News, June 29, 2011. (Return)
18. Jason Ukman, “Air
Force suspends ethics course that used Bible passages that train missle
officers,” Washington Post, August 2, 2011. (Return)
Government Neutrality Regarding Religion," Department of
Air Force, September 1, 2011. (Return)
and Injured Partners in Care Guidelines," Department of the
Navy(accessed on February 29, 2012). (Return)
Force Academy Backs Away from Christmas Charity," Fox News
Radio, November 4, 2011. (Return)
22. Jenny Dean, "Air
Force Academy adapts to pagans, druids, witches and Wiccans,"Los
Angeles Times, November 26, 2011. (Return)
23. Ken Blackwell, "Gen. Boykin Blocked At West
February 1, 2012. (Return)
24. Geoff Herbert, " Air
Force unit removes 'God' from logo; lawmakers warn of 'dangerous
February 9, 2012. (Return)
25. Todd Starnes, "Army
Silences Catholic Chaplains," Fox News Radio, February
26. Markeshia Ricks, "Bible
checklist for Air Force lodges going away," Air Force Times,
April 16, 2012. (Return)
27. Patrick Goodenough, "White
House 'Strongly Objects' to Legislation Protecting Military Chaplains
Doing Same-Sex Weddings or Being Forced to Act Against Conscience," cnsnews.com,
May 16, 2012. (Return)
insignia no longer allowed on Bibles," One News Now,
14, 2012. (Return)
29. Jeff Mason and Deborah
lifts restrictions on abortion funding,"Reuters, January 23,
30. "Obama pick: Taxpayers must
abortions," World Net Daily, January 27, 2009. (Return)
31. Steven Ertelt, "Pro-Life Groups
Obama’s Health Care Summit List, Abortion Advocates OK," LifeNews,
March 5, 2009. (Return)
32. " Obama
Signs Order Lifting Restrictions on Stem Cell Research Funding," Fox
News, March 9, 2009. (Return)
33. Steven Ertelt, “ Obama
Announces $50 Million for Pro-Forced Abortion UNFPA,” LifeNews,
March 26, 2009; Steven Ertelt, "President
Barack Obama’s Pro-Abortion Record: A Pro-Life Compilation," LifeNews,
February 11, 2012.(Return)
34. Steven Ertelt, "Barack Obama’s
Budget Eliminates Funding for Abstinence-Only Education," LifeNews,
May 8, 2009. (Return)
35. Steven Ertelt, "Obama
Budget Funds Sex Ed Over Abstinence on 16-1 Margin,"LifeNews,
February 14, 2011. (Return)
36. Steven Ertelt, "Obama Admin
Dictionary Calls Pro-Life Advocates Violent, Racist," LifeNews,
May 5, 2009. (Return)
for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies," The
White House, June 17, 2009. (Return)
38. Matt Cover, "Obama’s EEOC Nominee: Society
Tolerate Private Beliefs’ That ‘Adversely Affect’ Homosexuals," cnsnews.com,
January 18, 2010.(Return)
39. Tess Civantos, "White
House Spent $23M of Taxpayer Money to Back Kenyan Constitution That
Abortion, GOP Reps Say," Fox News, July 22, 2010.(Return)
40. Steven Ertelt, "Obama, Congress
Funding for 176 Abstinence Programs Despite New Study," LifeNews,
August 26, 2010. (Return)
41. Steven Ertelt, "President
Barack Obama’s Pro-Abortion Record: A Pro-Life Compilation," LifeNews,
February 11, 2012. (Return)
42. Brian Montopoli, "Obama
administration will no longer defend DOMA," CBSNews,
February 23, 2011. (Return)
43. Steven Ertelt, "Obama
Admin Ignores Planned Parenthood Sex Trafficking Videos," LifeNews,
March 2, 2011. (Return)
44. Elisabeth Bumiller, "Obama
‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Policy," New York Times, July
2011; George Washington, The Writings of George Washington, John C.
Fitzpatrick, editor (Washington: U. S. Government Printing Office,
XI, pp. 83-84, from General
Orders at Valley Forge on March 14, 1778. (Return)
45. Luis Martinez, "Will
Same Sex Marriages Pose a Dilemma for Military Chaplains?,"ABC
October 12, 2011. (Return)
46. Jerry Markon, "Health,
abortion issues split Obama administration and Catholic groups," Washington
Post, October 31, 2011. (Return)
47. Barack Obama, “ Remarks
by the President at Iftar Dinner,” The White House,
1, 2009; Kristi Keck, “ Obama
tones down National Day of Prayer observance,” CNN, May
2009; Dan Gilgoff, “ The
White House on National Day of Prayer: A Proclamation, but No Formal
News, May 1, 2009.(Return)
Graham Regrets Army's Decision to Rescind Invite to Pentagon Prayer
News, April 22, 2010. (Return)
Bans Islam, Jihad From National Security Strategy Document,” Fox
News, April 7, 2010; "Counterterror
Adviser Defends Jihad as 'Legitimate Tenet of Islam'," Fox
News, May 27, 2010; "'Islamic
Radicalism' Nixed From Obama Document," CBSNews, April
50. Chuck Norris, “ President
Obama: Muslim Missionary? (Part 2),” Townhall.com, August 24,
2010; Chuck Norris, "President
Obama: Muslim Missionary?,"Townhall.com,
51. Barack Obama, “Remarks
by the President at Iftar Dinner,” The White House,
Comes Out in Favor of Allowing Mosque Near Ground Zero," Fox
News, August 13, 2010; Pamela Geller, "Islamic
Supremacism Trumps Christianity at Ground Zero," American
Thinker, July 21, 2011. (Return)
Fails to Release Easter Proclamation," Fox Nation,
25, 2011; "President
Obama ignores most holy Christian holiday; AFA calls act intentional," American
Family Association (accessed on February 29, 2012).(Return)
Obama’s Muslim Advisers Block Middle Eastern Christians’ Access to the
House," Big Peace (accessed on February 29,
54. Masoud Popalzai and Nick
Walsh, “ Obama
apologizes to Afghanistan for Quran burning,” CNN,
official apologizes for Quran burning," International
News Agency (accessed on February 29, 2012). (Return)
burns unsolicited Bibles sent to Afghanistan," CNN, May
THURSDAY, July 26, 2012
INTERESTING...AND REFLECTING MY COMMENTS IN THIS SECTION A SHORT WHILE
JUST NEGLECTED TO MENTION THE OTHER LIKELY OUTCOME OF A CLOSE OR
ELECTION: PUBLIC UNREST...OR WORSE. NO JOKE!
encounters of the worst kind: Why the country doesn’t need a nail-biter
election in 2012
News – Tue, Jul 24, 2012.
by the rhetoric coming from the campaigns, this election pits a party
that will dismantle the social safety net and put the rights of women,
gays and African Americans on the endangered species list against a
party that will drag the nation ever closer toward a socialist-inspired
spending and regulation binge that will cripple the free enterprise
system. Is there anything--anything--that partisans of every
stripe can enthusiastically root for?
Yes, all of us should be rooting for a decisive election outcome. Why?
Because a close or contested election would deal a body blow to the
nation’s political health. Right now, every poll, and just about every
pol, says the same thing: that this is going to be very close. This
isn’t written in stone, of course: We’ve seen close races become
blowouts in the final days (think Reagan-Carter in 1980). If the
political wisdom is correct, however, we can expect razor-thin margins
in half-a-dozen states or more, any one of which could determine the
election. Right now, polls report spreads of three points or less
Florida, Virginia, Iowa, North Carolina, Colorado and Missouri. Others
hint at tightening races in Wisconsin, Minnesota and possibly Arizona.
If November brings us a raft of states that are, as Dan Rather might
put it, tighter than granny’s corset on an August Sunday in Del Rio, it
would hardly be unprecedented. In fact, we’ve had a remarkable number
of such races.
• When Truman upset Dewey 1948, he won three big states--Illinois, Ohio
and California--with margins of less than one percent.
• John Kennedy’s 1960 win--with a national spread of about one tenth of
one per cent of the popular vote--featured not just the
still-controversial 8,800 vote win in Illinois, but very close
victories in New Jersey, Delaware, Missouri, Minnesota, New Mexico and
• In 1976, a switch of 6,000 votes in Ohio and 7,500 in Mississippi
would have kept the White House in Jerry Ford’s hands.
• In 2000--a race decided by Florida’s 537-vote margin (out of 6
million cast)--it’s often forgotten that George W. Bush won New
Hampshire by 7,000 votes, while Gore won both Wisconsin and New Mexico
by a fraction of one percent.
So why does the prospect of another very close election--that is, a
series of very close statewide elections--chill the marrow?
To put it mildly, this is not your father’s political climate. Back in
1960, there were voices determined to charge that the Democrats will
stealing the election (reporter Earl Mazo of the New York
Herald-Tribune was particularly dogged). But Richard Nixon himself
echoed the dominant mood of the times, arguing--at least publicly--that
the country had to unite behind the apparent winner.
Half a century later, our political culture has become far more
litigious. Republicans have embraced voter fraud as a cause celebre;
Democrats are convinced that voter suppression is the real goal of
tougher voter ID laws. More broadly, the whole idea of good-faith
disagreement among political combatants has pretty much gone the way of
the mimeograph machine. A close election would deny the winner the
mandate he will need to have any chance of enacting meaningful reform.
There’s another reason to fear an election clouded by uncertainty. Back
in 2000, the Bush-Gore runoff took place in a time of unprecedented,
seemingly permanent peace and prosperity. The Cold War was over,
al-Qaida was a concern to a tiny handful of officials, unemployment and
inflation were both negligible, real incomes for average Americans were
rising and the big debate was what were we going to do with those
trillions of dollars in surpluses. As one writer put it, “America was a
hotbed of rest.” There seemed so little at stake that a catchphrase of
the day labeled it “the Seinfeld Election--a contest about nothing.”
Now we live in a country mired in economic woes, still in the grip of
the longest, darkest environment since the Depression and increasingly
divided over which party--if either--offers a credible path out. An
election that ends with recounts, court fights and state legislatures
threatening to take control of its electoral votes will take place in a
country where divisions, suspicions and passions are utterly unlike the
atmosphere a dozen years ago.
Four years ago, Barack Obama won the presidency with a clear,
convincing margin, winning 22 states and 264 electoral votes by margins
of nine points or more. Only the fire-breathers and the birthers could
argue that he had not won the election fair and square. This time
around, with the victor facing painful decisions, fiscal cliffs and
continued gridlock, it would be a genuine gift to our battered
political process if the citizenry could grant that same gift of
unquestionable legitimacy to the next president. He’s going to need it.
WEDNESDAY, July 25, 2012
As I have already noted, the candidates' and media
commentaries during this critical election season leave less fresh meat
to offer. And you all recognize my preference for much (but not
the reportage in the Wall Street Journal over that of the New York
But a few articles are worth underlining.
- "What's Really Behind The
Entitlement Crisis", by Ben J. Wattenberg, WSJ Friday, July 13,
2012, Opinion pA11.
- "The Tax Cliff Is A Growth Killer",
by Arthur Laffer and Ford M. Scudder, WSJ Monday, July 16, 2012,
- "Obama lets The U.N. Tie His Hands
On Syria", by Douglas J. Feith, ibid.
- "Radical Islamists Wage Muslim
Civil War In Africa", by Melik Kaylan, WSJ Saturday-Sunday, July
14,15, 2012, Opinion pA13.
TUESDAY, July 24, 2012
REPORT. YOU DECIDE"
Israeli Psychologist on Obama
Dr. Sam Vaknin is
psychologist. Interesting view on our president.
Vaknin has written
extensively about narcissism.
Vaknin States "I must confess I was impressed by Obama from the first
I saw him. At first I was excited to see a black candidate. He looked
spoke well, appeared to be confident -- a wholesome presidential
package. I was
put off soon, not just because of his shallowness but also because
there was an
air of haughtiness in his demeanor that was unsettling.. His posture
body language were louder than his empty words. Obama's speeches are
political speech we have heard in American history. Never a politician
land had such quasi "religious" impact on so many people.
fact that Obama is a total incognito with Zero accomplishment, makes
inexplicable infatuation alarming. Obama is not an ordinary man. He is
genius. In fact he is quite ignorant on most important subjects."
Sam Vaknin, the author of the Malignant Self Love believes "Barack
appears to be a narcissist." Vaknin is a world authority on narcissism.
understands narcissism and describes the inner mind of a narcissist
other person. When he talks about narcissism everyone listens. Vaknin
Obama's language, posture and demeanor, and the testimonies of his
dearest friends suggest that the man is either a narcissist or he may
narcissistic personality disorder (NPD).
project a grandiose but false image of themselves. Jim Jones, the
leader of People's Temple, the man who led over 900 of his followers to
cheerfully commit mass suicide and even murder their own children was
narcissist. David Koresh, Charles Manson, Joseph Koni, Shoko Asahara,
Saddam, Mao, Kim Jong Ill and Adolph Hitler are a few examples of
of our time. All these men had a tremendous influence over their
created a personality cult around themselves and with their blazing
elevated their admirers, filled their hearts with enthusiasm and
their minds a new zest for life. They gave them hope! They promised
them the moon,
but alas, invariably they brought them to their doom.
you are a victim of a cult of personality, you don't know it until it
late. One determining factor in the development of NPD is childhood
"Obama's early life was decidedly chaotic and replete with traumatic
mentally bruising dislocations,"says Vaknin. "Mixed-race marriages
were even less common then. His parents went through a divorce when he
infant two years old. Obama saw his father only once again, before he
died in a
car accident. Then his mother re-married and Obama had to relocate to
, a foreign land with a radically foreign culture, to be raised by a
step-father. At the age of ten, he was whisked off to live with his
(white) grandparents. He saw his mother only intermittently in the
few years and then she vanished from his life in 1979. "She died of
must never underestimate the manipulative genius of pathological
They project such an imposing personality that it overwhelms those
Charmed by the charisma of the narcissist, people become like clay in
hands. They cheerfully do his bidding and delight to be at his service.
narcissist shapes the world around himself and reduces others in his
inverted image. He creates a cult of personality. His admirers become
co-dependents. Narcissists have no interest in things that do not help
reach their personal objective. They are focused on one thing alone and
power. All other issues are meaningless to them and they do not want to
their precious time on trivialities. Anything that does not help them
beneath them and does not deserve their attention.
an issue raised in the Senate does not help Obama in one way or
another, he has
no interest in it. The "present" vote is a safe vote.. No one can
criticize him if things go wrong. Those issues are unworthy by their
nature because they are not about him.
election as the first black president of the Harvard Law Review led to
contract and advance to write a book about race relations. The
Chicago Law School provided him a lot longer than expected and at the
evolved into, guess what? His own autobiography! Instead of writing a
paper focusing on race relations, for which he had been paid, Obama
resist writing about his most sublime self. He entitled the book Dreams
surprisingly, Adolph Hitler also wrote his own autobiography when he
a nobody. So did Stalin. For a narcissist no subject is as important as
self. Why would he waste his precious time and genius writing about
insignificant things when he can write about such an august being as
are often callous and even ruthless. As the norm, they lack conscience.
evident from Obama's lack of interest in his own brother who lives on
dollar per month.. A man who lives in luxury, who takes a private jet
vacation in Hawaii, and who raised nearly half a billion dollars for
campaign (something unprecedented in history) has no interest in the
his own brother. Why? Because, his brother cannot be used for his
power. A narcissist cares for no one but himself.
election was like no other in the history of America . The issues were
insignificant compared to what is at stake. What can be more dangerous
having a man bereft of conscience, a serial liar, and one who cannot
distinguish his fantasies from reality as the leader of the free world?
hate to sound alarmist, but one is a fool if one is not alarmed. Many
politicians are narcissists. They pose no threat to others. They are
self serving and selfish. Obama evidences symptoms of pathological
which is different from the run-of-the-mill narcissism of a Richard
Nixon or a
Bill Clinton for example. To him reality and fantasy are intertwined.
is a mental health issue, not just a character flaw.
narcissists are dangerous because they look normal and even
intelligent. It is
this disguise that makes them treacherous. Today the Democrats have
their hopes in Obama. But this man could put an end to their party. The
majority of blacks voted for Obama. Only a fool does not know that
support for him is racially driven. This is racism, pure and simple.
downside of this is that if Obama turns out to be the disaster I
will cause widespread resentment among the whites. The blacks are
give up their support of their man. Cultic mentality is pernicious and
unrelenting. They will dig their heads deeper in the sand and blame
detractors of racism. This will cause a backlash among the whites.. The
supremacists will take advantage of the discontent and they will
widespread support. I predict that in less than four years, racial
will increase to levels never seen since the turbulent 1960's.
will set the clock back decades. America is the bastion of freedom. The
of the world depends on the strength of America , and its weakness
into the triumph of terrorism and victory of rogue nations.. It is no
that Ahmadinejad, Hugo Chavez, the Castrists, the Hezbollah, the Hamas,
lawyers of the Guantanamo terrorists, and virtually all sworn enemies
America are so thrilled by the prospect of their man in the White
is on the verge of destruction. There is no insanity greater than
pathological narcissist as president.
MONDAY, July 23, 2012
that the dust has settled, I’ve come to realize after
analyzing the whole situation that my opposition to Obamacare/ObamaTax
multi-faceted: it will break the country, it is not affordable, it
rather than increases access to quality health care, it contains 20+
tax increases to pay for a system that doesn’t work, etc., etc. I could
and on, ad nauseum- after all the actual Obamacare/ObamaTax contains
of pages in content. However, as a 56 year old, soon to be Senior,
idea of removing at least $500 Billion from the Medicare coffers is
latest Obamacare/ObamaTax lie perpetuated
by the Democratic Party liberal machinery as a “talking point” is that
Obamacare is essentially the same as the Massachusetts plan passed
Romney gubernatorial term. Quite frankly, this is textbook Obama
Chicagoan politics and is an outright and complete LIE!
are the Top Ten, major differences between
and the Massachusetts plan- and they are major! (note:
I choose to use the term the Massachusetts plan rather than
because, as you will see below, Obamacare/ObamaTax was a full-blown,
calculated, totally, 100% partisan bill completely drafted and passed
was at the time a super-majority in the Senate and the House while the
Massachusetts plan was a non-partisan product of long-standing and
negotiations by and between the Massachusetts House and Senate and
Romney, a Republican Governor actually working with a Democratic
New Taxes were required to implement the Massachusetts plan.
Obamacare/ObamaTax requires $1 Trillion in tax increases (only a small
due to the mandate), almost 75% of which is to be borne by middle
Americans making less than $120,000. There are a total of 20+ taxes
with the Obamacare/ObamaTax legislation. Mandatory taxes to pay for
gargantuan ineffectual system. There are so many tax ramifications that
who will be enforcing these taxes is hiring a minimum of 16,000….that’s
16,000 new enforcement agents to make sure you pay your share of these
used Medicare and Medicaid funds to provide insurance for those unable
insurance. Not only does the Federal government have no
to provide those extra funds besides the taxpayer, Obamacare/ObamaTax
actually cutting $500 billion from Medicare, most of which will be done
gutting Medicare supplemental insurance for those who have no other
Massachusetts plan actually saved money during the term of Governor
Not until changes to the plan were made under Governor Duval Patrick
supporter, and one Obama’s “idols”) did it cost the state money.
Obamacare/ObamaTax was scored at losing money beginning the first week
passed. It’s been revised upward three times, without any
changes, from a
$900 billion loss, to a $1.2 trillion loss, to a $2.7 trillion loss by
Congressional Budget Office.
Massachusetts plan did not require religious organizations to violate
tenets of their beliefs.
In fact, the Boston Archdiocese is part of the lawsuit against
Obamacare/ObamaTax for violating their religious freedoms.
expanded only one department to facilitate their health care plan.
Obamacare/ObamaTax creates 159
government agencies at a cost exceeding $1.7 trillion.
are very few exemptions to the Massachusetts plans—mainly conscience
The Obama administration has given thousands of exemptions, almost
Union and other supporters of his re-election campaign. If it’s
why do they need exemptions?
are allowed under the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to
mandatory healthcare. The Supreme Court found that
could NOT be implemented under Article 7 of the Constitution, but only
right under Congress’ inherent TAXING AUTHORITY. Taxes must be
implement the mandate.
Romney proposed the Massachusetts plan. He sent it to a
and Senate, where they made changes, and he worked with them to decide
changes would be acceptable before he would sign it. Obama
Obamacare/ObamaTax, sent it to a Democratic Congress, who refused ALL
changes requested by the opposition. In order to get it
passed, a tax
bill was COMPLETELY gutted, and the entire Obamacare/ObamaTax bill was
substituted in its place in order to pass the bill that otherwise could
have passed. In fact, Mitt Romney has promised to help overturn
Obamacare/ObamaTax as one of his first acts as President because of its
intrusiveness, and detrimental effects on the country.
Massachusetts bill took effect in one fell swoop and the people knew
they were getting immediately.
only implemented those parts which would have been acceptable to all
parties, were popular with the people, and held off on the onerous
parts of the
bill until after the election (sound like all his plans—don’t do
would hurt his re-election chances). I am convinced that not a single
or Congressman read the entire Obamacare/ObamaTax law before it was
And, I am certain that no citizen read it because it was unavailable to
public almost entirely until just a very few hours before its passage
Democrats. NO transparency as promised as a key component of his
by Obama. No posting of it (much less “all bills voted on in Congress”)
C-span within a reasonable period of time as promised by Obama. All
the now infamous statement by Nancy Pelosi quite fantastically that “we
pass the bill to find out what is in the bill.” Sheer madness!!
In fact, the only similarity
is that both the Massachusetts law and Obamacare/ObamaTax call
everyone to have healthcare. Obamacare/ObamaTax does not even
the same levels of service as Massachusetts’ plans for the estimate
TRILLION in deficits it will incur. Obamacare/ObamaTax calls for a
European style panel to decide if treatment should be provided as “cost
effective,” as the British and Canadian plans do. Both of these
have recently announced they will no longer provide any treatment for
of cancer after age 65, including prostate and breast cancer, because
cost effective—but they aren’t death panels, right
NOTE: most of the substantive content for this piece was provided by my
friend and patriot, Donivan Earhart.
MONDAY through SUNDAY, July 16
through 22, 2012
This is amazing. There are two parts. Be sure to read the
2nd part (in
Thomas Jefferson was a very remarkable man who started
early in life and never stopped.
At 5, began studying under his cousin's tutor.
At 9, studied Latin, Greek and French.
At 14, studied classical literature and additional
At 16, entered the College of William and Mary.
At 19, studied Law for 5 years starting under George
At 23, started his own law practice.
At 25, was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses.
At 31, wrote the widely circulated "Summary View of the
British America ” and retired from his law practice.
At 32, was a Delegate to the Second Continental Congress.
At 33, wrote the Declaration of Independence .
At 33, took three years to revise Virginia ’s legal code
and wrote a
Public Education bill and a statute for Religious Freedom.
At 36, was elected the second Governor of Virginia
At 40, served in Congress for two years.
At 41, was the American minister to France and negotiated
treaties with European nations along with Ben Franklin and John Adams.
At 46, served as the first Secretary of State under
At 53, served as Vice President and was elected president
American Philosophical Society.
At 55, drafted the Kentucky Resolutions and became the
active head of
Republican Party (originally known as
the Democratic-Republican Party).
At 57, was elected the third president of the United
At 60, obtained the Louisiana Purchase doubling the
At 61, was elected to a second term as President.
At 65, retired to Monticello .
At 80, helped President Monroe shape the Monroe Doctrine.
At 81, almost single-handedly created the University of
served as its first president.
At 83, died on the 50th anniversary of the Signing of the
Independence along with John Adams
Thomas Jefferson knew because he himself studied the
attempts at government. He understood actual history, the nature of
laws and the nature of man. That happens to be way more than what most
understand today. Jefferson really knew his stuff. A voice from the
lead us in the future:
John F. Kennedy held a dinner in the white House for a
group of the
brightest minds in the nation at that time. He made this statement:
is perhaps the assembly of the most intelligence ever to gather at one
the White House with the exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined
"When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as
we shall become as corrupt as Europe ." -- Thomas Jefferson
"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away
who are willing to work and give to those who would not."
"It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts
goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the
"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can
government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of
care of them."
"My reading of history convinces me that most bad
results from too much government."
"No free man shall ever be debarred the use of
"The strongest reason for the people to retain the right
to keep and
bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny
"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time
blood of patriots and tyrants."
"To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the
ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical."
Thomas Jefferson said in 1802:
"I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous
liberties than standing armies.
If the American
people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency,
by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will
around the banks will deprive the people of all property - until their
wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered."
SATURDAY and SUNDAY, July 14 and
CAN START AT U
CONN, WHERE THE MEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM HAS BEEN BARRED FROM NEXT YEAR'S
TOURNAMENT BECAUSE OF POOR ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE OF ITS PLAYERS.
EXPLOITATION OF YOUNG PEOPLE IS WHAT ALL OF THIS
IS. DOES ANYBODY CARE?
published Jul 15, 2012
report on Paterno, Penn State
week's scathing report that found Penn State head football coach Joe
Paterno and other top university officials covered up child sex abuse
allegations against Jerry Sandusky more than a decade ago exposes
shockingly abominable behavior nearly as morally bankrupt as the
original criminal violations.
most saddening and sobering finding is the total disregard for the
safety and welfare of Sandusky's child victims by the most senior
leaders at Penn State," said former FBI Director Louis Freeh, who was
hired by university trustees to investigate the scandal. "The most
powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to
protect the children who Sandusky victimized."
disturbing had been how quickly supporters of the disgraced and now
deceased Mr. Paterno angrily denounced those critical of the former
coach, provoking a near riot on campus. Ordinarily, loyalty is an
admirable quality - when the cause is honorable.
Mr. Paterno's case, according to the 267-page report, his disregard for
victims was "callous and shocking" in that it allowed Mr. Sandusky, a
former assistant coach awaiting sentencing after having been convicted
of 45 criminal counts for abusing 10 boys, to continue molesting his
Freeh's report underscores the worst aspect of sports, which our
culture for far too long has regarded less as a pastime and more as a
religion. We worship coaches like messiahs and players like saints and
demigods - not just at Penn State, but on campuses and in living rooms
across the country.
blind faith continuously encourages fans to overlook sin in virtually
every discipline at virtually every level.
illegal use of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs has
contaminated professional baseball, football, bicycle racing, and track
and field, to name a few sports; fans cheer when professional
basketball players punch out their rivals; football players have been
paid bounties to injure foes; hockey players routinely clobber
opponents in ways that would result in assault charges on the street;
tennis stars scream at or smash balls toward line judges.
have had to break up fights among soccer moms and dads, and to arrest
parents for throwing objects and even pointing lasers into the eyes of
coaches, who are typically paid more than any 10 tenured professors and
wield more power on campus than the president, have deliberately
tripped opposing players running down the sidelines, encouraged players
to cheat on exams and have angrily fought penalties that would keep an
academically challenged team from playing in post-season tournaments.
yet kids continue to line up for autographs, sponsors continue to pay
professional athletes for commercial endorsements and fans continue to
be sure, most players and coaches throughout the land are honorable and
embrace the value of hard but fairly fought competition.
it's certainly possible to behave admirably while still sharing the
sentiments of legendary coach Vince Lombardi: "Winning isn't
everything. It's the only thing."
when scandal destroys the legacy of one of the nation's most celebrated
coaches, all those affiliated with the university and its football
program - built on the motto "success with honor" - must examine where
also must make real and symbolic changes - removing the campus statue
of Mr. Paterno, for instance, would be a good place to start.
challenging will be to de-deify football on campus - to acknowledge
that it's an important part of the university, but not the most
important. Beaver Stadium, the home of Penn State's Nittany Lions, is
not hallowed ground - it is a place to play football.
faculty, staff, administrators and alumni must recognize that the sport
is a false idol unworthy of misplaced faith.
attitude shifts will help lead to redemption.
FRIDAY through FRIDAY, July 6
through 13, 2012
To all my friends, particularly those conservatives who are despondent
searing betrayal by Chief Justice John Roberts and the pending demise
beloved country, I offer this perspective to convey some profound hope
evidence of the Almighty’s hand in the affairs of men in relation to
Supreme Court’s decision on Obamacare.
initially thought we had cause for despondency when I only heard the
the decision and not the reason or the make-up of the sides. I
read a large portion of the decision and I believe that it was
result that Scalia, Alito, Thomas, Roberts and even Kennedy wanted and
defeat for conservatism or the rule of law. I believe the
on the court have run circles around the liberals and demonstrated that
libs are patently unqualified to be on the Supreme Court. Let me
me assure you that John Roberts is a conservative and he is not dumb,
unstable, diabolical, a turncoat, a Souter or even just trying to be
He is a genius along with the members of the Court in the dissent. The
the decision I read the more remarkable it became. It is not obvious
requires a passable understanding of Constitutional law but if it is
anyone can see the beauty of it.
decision was going to be a 5-4 decision no matter what, so the
the decision was a partisan political decision was going to be made by
losing side and their supporters. If the bill was struck down
Roberts on the other side there would have been a national and media
against conservatives and probably strong motivation for Obama
come out and vote in November. With today’s decision that dynamic is
and there is a groundswell of support for Romney and Republicans, even
people who were formerly lukewarm toward Romney before today,
Romney raised more than 3 million dollars today.
merely striking the law without the support of Democrats and libs would
left the fight over the commerce clause and the “necessary and proper “
and the federal government’s role in general festering and heading the
way as it has since 1942. As a result of the decision the libs are
things about Roberts; how wise, fair and reasonable he is. They would
have said that without this decision, even after the Arizona
decision on Monday. In the future when Roberts rules conservatively it
harder for the left and the media to complain about the Robert’s
fairness. That’s why he as Chief Justice went to the other side for
decision not Scalia, Alito, Thomas or Kennedy, all of whom I believe
been willing to do it.
let’s look at the decision itself. Thankfully Roberts got to write it
Justice and it is a masterpiece. (As I write this the libs don’t even
has happened; they just think Roberts is great and that they won and we
going to have free, unlimited healthcare services and we are all going
happily ever after.) He first emphatically states that Obamacare is
unconstitutional under the Commerce Clause saying you cannot make
stuff. Then he emphatically states that it is unconstitutional under
“necessary and proper,” clause which only applies to “enumerated
powers” in the
US Constitution. Justices Ginsberg, Breyer, Sotomayor and Kagan all
with these statements. They never would have gone along with that
that was the basis for striking the law in total. This is huge because
means that the Court ruled 9-0 that Obamacare was unconstitutional
under the Commerce
clause which was Obama’s whole defense of the bill. They also ruled 9-0
“necessary and proper” clause. Even better, both of these rulings were
unnecessary to the decision so it is gravy that we got the libs to
and it will make it easier to pare away at both theories in the future,
we must do. Well done.
through very tortured reasoning, goes on to find that the taxing law
the Constitutionality for the law. Virtually everyone agrees that the
government has the power to do this as it does with the mortgage
federal income taxes. This too is huge because Obama assiduously
the term “tax” and now he has to admit this law is a tax and it is on
even the poor. That will hurt him hugely in the polls and will help
More importantly though is the fact that this makes this a budgetary
can be voted on in the Senate by a mere majority instead of 60 votes
stop a filibuster. That means that if the Republicans can gain a
the Senate, it can vote to repeal Obamacare in total.
the Court voted 7-2 to strike down the punitive rules that take away
states that do not expand Medicare as required in Obamacare. This too
because we got Kagan and Breyer to join this decision and it can easily
applied to many other cases of extortion the Federal government uses to
states to do things they don’t want to. This is also amazing because
has no "severability clause," so by striking the Medicaid mandate
portion as unconstitutional the whole bill should have been struck. If
happened none of these other benefits would have been accomplished. I
read far enough to know how he did it but I am sure it is brilliant.
recap the Roberts court through a brilliant tactical maneuver has:
the limitations of the commerce clause and the necessary and proper
clause by a
unanimous decision, made Obama raise taxes on the poor and
classes, converted Obamacare into a tax program repealable with 51
votes in the
Senate, enhanced Romney’s and Republican’s fundraising and likelihood
elected in November, weakened federal extortion, and got the left to
Roberts and sing his praises all without anyone even noticing. Even
now espousing the rule of law just 2 weeks after violating it with his
deportation executive order.
is why I have decided
this was a genius decision and that I did in fact get a great birthday
today -- not to mention U. S. Attorney General Eric Holder being held
contempt. What a day.
THURSDAY, July 5, 2012
PEOPLE OF ALL
BELIEFS, ALL MEDICAL STATUS AND ALL SOCIAL STANDING, OBAMA-CARE IS A
TROJAN HORSE. STOP IT IN NOVEMBER!
The world seen from Rome
Bishops Note Fundamental Flaws With Health Care Law
Government to Repair Affordable Care Act After Supreme Court Upholds
D.C., JUlY 3, 2012 (Zenit.org).- The United States Conference of
Catholic Bishops urged Congress and the Obama administration to repair
the Affordable Care Act (ACA) after the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday
decision upholding the law.
into law in 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
requires individuals not covered by employer or government-sponsored
plans to maintain minimal essential health insurance coverage or pay a
unless exempted for religious beliefs or financial hardship, a
commonly referred to as the individual mandate. Certain provisions and
within the health care law have been a point of contention since its
a press release posted after the Supreme Court decision, the USCCB
that for nearly a century they have been and continue to be consistent
advocates for comprehensive health care reform to ensure access to
life-affirming health care for all, especially the poorest and the most
the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops did not participate
in these cases and took no position on the specific questions presented
Court, USCCB's position on health care reform generally and on ACA
is a matter of public record.
bishops ultimately opposed final passage of the Affordable Care Act for
allows use of federal funds to pay for elective abortions and for plans
that cover such abortions. The USCCB noted that such a move contradicts
longstanding federal policy. The risk we identified in this area has
materialized, particularly in the initial approval by the Department of
and Human Services (HHS) of 'high risk' insurance pools that would have
abortion, the USCCB stated.
U.S. bishops also found fault with the ACA’s lack of conscience
both within and beyond the abortion context. The Health and Human
(HHS) mandate within the ACA would force religious institutions and
employers to cover sterilization, contraception, and abortifacient
Several rallies have been held nationwide opposing the HHS
USCCB statement also noted that the Affordable Care Act fails to treat
immigrant workers and their families in a fair manner, saying that it
them worse off by not allowing them to purchase health coverage in the
exchanges created under the law, even if they use their own money.
undermines the Act's stated goal of promoting access to basic
life-affirming health care for everyone, especially for those most in
their statement, the USCCB stated that the U.S. Supreme Court’s
decision does not diminish the moral imperative of health care for all.
bishops also stated that it does not eliminate the need to correct the
outlined in their statement.
therefore continue to urge Congress to pass, and the Administration to
legislation to fix those flaws, the U.S. bishops urged.
SUNDAY, July 1 through WEDNESDAY
July 4, 2012
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