WHY WE MUST OPPOSE THE CURRENT HEALTH CARE REFORM BILLS!

I got this email with an attached flyer (Health Care Flyer).  Since the flyer also struck me as useful, I posted it.  What it contains is information compiled by local citizens that you can use.

Friends,

Are you concerned about the current efforts to reform America’s health-care?

Congress is racing in a radical direction.  Most of us would like to see some reasonable health-care reforms, but what is happening is outrageous.  The attached flyer gives specific examples from current legislation that is of grave concern, highlighting  rationing and the paramount life issues.

Please read this flyer and pass it on via email so that it spreads far and wide across the country!

In the President’s recent speech he told the country “death panels are a lie.”  Such sound bites are being used to distort legitimate reservations about Government involvement in the end of life issues.  I recently saw an obituary of an elderly gentleman in a European country with socialized medicine.   He  decided  to end his life in a Euthanasia clinic being convinced that his life no longer had any value to society.

Thirty years ago “partial birth abortion” was unheard of and would certainly have been dismissed as a lie.

“We the people” can have a powerful impact by letting our voices be heard.

God Bless America!

Please keep in mind that the socialists in Congress have yet to give up.  These people want control of our economy.  These devious souls have already taken over the mortgage lending industry (and we can see how well that worked).  Now the same crowd wants control over our health care.

Think about it.  When we want to run our own lives, why does the Federal Government need ever greater control?  The Federal Government strives for control of our education, has control of  home lending, and now seeks complete control of our health care.  Our government even wants control of a large part of the automotive industry.  How does any this help us to be in control?  With such leverage, what is to stop our glorious leaders from taking control of us?  Do you want to be a slave?

Well intentioned or not, too many in Congress do not seem to understand the difference between their job, protecting our rights, and buying our votes.  So we need to remember and remind them.  People who protect our rights help us to stay in control.  They let us decide how we want to run our own lives and make our own decisions.  In particular, they let us keep our own money and let us decide how we want to spend it.  Is that what the rascals we elected are doing?   If you do not think so, you had better make certain they get that message.

If you want to do your own research, here are several links to the bill.

PRINCE WILLIAM COMMITTEE OF 100 DEBATES

Last Tuesday I attended the debate between challenger John Bell and Delegate Bob Marshall.  The Prince William Committee of 100 (PWC100) sponsored the debate.  The PWC100, a well respected nonpartisan organization, strives to provide an educational forum on issues of local interest.  That includes hosting debates between local candidates for political office.

Currently, the PWC100 is hosting a series of debates related to the election of delegates whose districts include portions Prince William County.  In addition, the PWC100 has had some success hosting the debates of candidates for statewide offices.  The PWC100’s home page (here) includes a listing of the time and location of these debates.

Did you miss the debate between Bell and Marshall or between Delegate Jackson Miller and candidate Jeanette Rishell?  Then check out the videos of the debates.  Links to the videos are also on the same home page.

What was my impression of the debate between Bell and Marshall?  I think Marshall clearly won the debate.  Why do I think that?  Marshall distinguished himself by demonstrating expertise, a positive agenda, and a record for integrity.

In particular, Marshall demonstrated respect for our rights.  In that respect, we are unfortunate in that Marshall is in the minority of the General Assembly.  When the General Assembly voted to impose an unconstitutional taxation authority on Northern Virginia (see here, here and here), Marshall fought the legislation and got the Virginia Supreme Court to overturn the law 7 – 0.  In doing so, Marshall kept his oath of office to support and defend the Virginia Constitution.

Unbelievably,  Bell thinks that when Marshall kept his oath of office he made a mistake.  In other words, whenever the Constitution becomes a hindrance to his plans, Bell will set it aside.  On the public’s behalf, Bell is apparently willing to ignore his oath of office.  While Bell may be well intentioned, such behavior is not and would not be honorable.

The Virginia Constitution protects our rights.   Yet those such as Bell would ignore and undermine the Constitution when they think it necessary.  For the sake of short term gains, such dishonorable men ultimately do us far more harm than good.

Once again Marshall needs our help.  Because he has been effective, the Liberals are out to get him.  So as usual Marshall faces a well financed opponent.  As of the last report (here), Bell had raised $224,593.  Marshall has raised only $93,616 (see here).

How can you help Marshall win?  Money would be nice.  Volunteering your time can help even more.  Please contact Marshall’s campaign (go here) and volunteer.

News Reports

Surprisingly, the blogs had little to say.   The news reports generally favored Marshall.

On his website, Marshall cites Dan Roem’s report, Marshall, Bell debate transportation, priorities in race for 13th, on his campaign web site.  This LoudounTimes.com article demonstrates two facts.

  • The debate covered a wide range of state issues.
  • Marshall knows the issues.

Nonetheless, Roem “corrected” Marshall’s reference to an article by Charles Krauthammer.   Roem complained that Krauthammer says that health care bill we all have been arguing about does not contain death panels, and that is true.   However, Roem apparently did not read the whole article.   Here is the part of Krauthammer’s article Marshall referenced.

So why get Medicare to pay the doctor to do the counseling? Because we know that if this white-coated authority whose chosen vocation is curing and healing is the one opening your mind to hospice and palliative care, we’ve nudged you ever so slightly toward letting go.

It’s not an outrage. It’s surely not a death panel. But it is subtle pressure applied by society through your doctor. And when you include it in a health care reform whose major objective is to bend the cost curve downward, you have to be a fool or a knave to deny that it’s intended to gently point you in a certain direction, toward the corner of the sick room where stands a ghostly figure, scythe in hand, offering release.  (from here)

On his website, Bell cites Jonathan Hunley’s report, Bell pushes Marshall on social issues in debate.   This InsideNoVA.com publication highlighted Bell’s effort to paint Marshall as a Conservative focused solely on social issues.  Oddly, however, the article provides little to demonstrate Marshall’s supposed myopia.  Why?  What is implied is that Bell’s effort flopped.

WHAT HAPPENED TO OUR CONSTITUTION? — PART 4

constitution1.pngThis is the fourth post in a series.  The first post, What Happened to Our Constitution?  — Part 1, linked to posts at American Civilization by James Atticus Bowden.   Below, I provide links to the second and third posts.

Public Education

Our public school system cannot fail to teach children the wrong lesson.  However, before we consider that problem squarely, let’s consider a passage from the Bible.

Ephesians 6:10-20 (New International Version)

The Armor of God

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.

Tradition has it that the Apostle Paul’s life ended in martyrdom (see here and here).  As an apostle, Paul taught the Gospel.  Due to the opposition of the Roman state, Paul risked his life to teach.  Eventually, Roman authorities put him to death.

In Paul’s time, state authorities left no doubt they opposed religious freedom.  In our era, we are filled with doubts.  Unlike the Roman state, our government supposedly supports religious freedom.  Nonetheless, politics remains a struggle over power.   Just as in ancient times, unethical men and women still strive for power.   Just as in ancient times, some still seek to thwart our efforts to put on the full armor of God.

So it is not by accident that the public school system is a government-run monopoly.  That fact severely complicates the educational responsibilities of parents, particularly the instruction of their children in word of God.

  • Government-run schools soak up the time children have to learn.  Because government-run schools cannot teach religious values, children have less opportunity to learn about the Bible.
  • Government-run schools permit parents no choice over who instructs their children.  So the example set by school authorities may not be reflective of the parent’s values.
  • Government-run schools provide special interests the opportunity to use their influence to manipulate educational content.  Such manipulated content may be directly contrary to what parents believe.
  • Government-run schools function as socialist entities.  Such schools are inherently inefficient.  Even those administrators and teachers with the best of intentions may be thwarted by an inept government bureaucracy.
  • Government-run schools provide an example directly contrary to the operation of a free society.  Instead of preparing children to operate in a free market economy, government-run schools prepare children for socialism.  In a government-run school, children begin their public lives immersed within a wholly socialist institution.

In an ideal world, each child would be taught by its own loving parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, and elder siblings and cousins.  Since this is not an ideal world, the second best solution is a school chosen by loving parents.  Unfortunately, we have foolishly given up that choice.   Because of that foolishness, we have no reason to wonder how a socialist such as Barack Obama got elected to the presidency.   We have a simple and obvious answer.  From our earliest years, we are taught to vote for socialism.  Wrong though that choice may be, too many absorbed the lesson.

For the hand that rocks the cradle, is the hand that rules the world.  — William Wallace in this poem

COMMUNITY PLANNING MEETING

What follows is an announcement that some of your neighbors are circulating.  Various folks are adding their own two cents.

Subject: Brentsville District Town Hall Meeting

Brentsville District Supervisor, Wally Covington will hold a town hall meeting to discuss the Land Use and Transportation Chapter update to the Comprehensive Plan.

This meeting is scheduled for

Wednesday, September 30, 2009, 7 PM to 9 PM

Marstellar Middle School

14000 Sudley Manor Dr

Bristow, VA 20136

This is an opportunity to voice your opinions on the plan update.  Residents may also offer comments and ideas by e-mailing planning@pwcgov.org. For more information on the proposed changes, visit http://www.pwcgov.org/PlanUpdate.

You are receiving this email because you signed up for ENotification through the Prince William County, Virginia Web Site.  If you would like to unsubscribe to this service – please go to www.pwcgov.org/eservices/enotifications.

For more information, contact the planning office at 703-792-6830.

Here is the meeting announcement on the county’s website.

Here are some of the comments on the emails.

Comprehensive Plan Town Hall – sounds boring but it is the future of our community!  Pass this along.

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People wonder how the asphalt plants ever managed to get zoning so close to neighborhoods or how did our schools get so overcrowded???  It is because development slips by when people don’t pay attention to planning.  The Brentsville district still has a lot of land to be developed.  If you care about how it is developed, then please come to this meeting to learn what the “big plan” for our area is.

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If you think are schools are over-crowded now, read below and see what the vision of PWC is for some-
please attend and voice your concerns.

Well, I did not include the entire email.  Instead, if you really want to know what the vision of PWC is for some, I think you ought to attend the meeting.  The people there will be the some who count.  They are the ones who bothered to show up.