If you support our national security issues, you may love and appreciate the United States of America, our Constitution with its’ freedoms, and our American flag.
If you support and practice our fiscal issues, you may value worldly possessions.
If you support and value our social issues, you may love Judeo-Christian values.
If you support and practice all these values, that is all good; an insignia of “Wisdom” . - Oscar Y. Harward
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Monday, November 16, 2009
ConservativeChristianRepublican-Report - 20091116
Promoting "God's Holy Values and American Freedoms"!
Again, I did miss an entire week of this publication as my cataract surgery for my left eye. My left eye was always my best eye and the surgery was completed last Tuesday. Now, I am beginning to see better.
In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress. -- John Adams, US diplomat & politician (1735 - 1826)
"One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes." -- Eleanor Roosevelt
What are the good things in your life? Write down all of the life choices or gifts that you are grateful for and want to celebrate today. -- Gail McMeekin
Talking Your Way to Better Service
Although this year’s “Customer Service Week” has come and gone, the need to deliver top-notch service never ends. That’s why we’ve addressed the subject two weeks in a row … that’s why we offer the following for you to share and discuss with everyone on your team:
TALKING YOUR WAY TO BETTER SERVICE
The 10 important words to say:
I apologize for our mistake. Let me make it right.
The 9 important words to say:
Thank you for your business. Please come back again.
The 8 important words to say:
I’m not sure, but I will find out.
The 7 important words to say:
What else can I do for you?
The 6 important words to say:
What is most convenient for you?
The 5 important words to say:
How may I serve you?
The 4 important words to say:
How did we do?
The 3 important words to say:
Glad you’re here!
The 2 important words to say:
The 1 important word to say:
"Daily Devotions" (KJV and/or NLT)
"Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like Him." (Colossians 3:10)
If you're a follower of Jesus Christ, you've been cleansed and forgiven from sin and given a new nature. Why, then, is it so easy for you to slide into old habits? Why do you fail to live up to all He wishes for you?
Think about the seat belt. It's ready whenever you're in a car, but you must actually put it on to experience its effect. It's easy to hurry to some appointment and forget that life-saving metallic "click." With a conscious decision, you put it on the first few times; by habit, putting it on becomes second nature. Initially, putting it on requires a conscious decision, but eventually it becomes second nature.
In the same way, we know we've been forgiven by God; we are saved, and that won't change. But for practical living, we must "put on" our new nature, as Paul writes to the Colossians. The "old you" keeps sneaking back. It takes a deliberate act of the will to put on the new nature and live by the power of the Holy Spirit. A seat belt makes all the difference in car collisions; our new nature focused on Christ makes all the difference when it comes to living a holy life.
In Christ, God looks at you and sees the holiness and purity of His Son---always. In the physical world, however, you must live purposefully in the power of God's Spirit by "putting on Christ."
"The Patriot Post"
"The foundation of national morality must be laid in private families. ... How is it possible that Children can have any just Sense of the sacred Obligations of Morality or Religion if, from their earliest Infancy, they learn their Mothers live in habitual Infidelity to their fathers, and their fathers in as constant Infidelity to their Mothers?" -- John Adams, Diary, 1778
"Religion in a Family is at once its brightest Ornament & its best Security." -- Samuel Adams, letter to Thomas Wells, 1780
The Rights and Obligations of Liberty
"No country upon earth ever had it more in its power to attain these blessings than United America. Wondrously strange, then, and much to be regretted indeed would it be, were we to neglect the means and to depart from the road which Providence has pointed us to so plainly; I cannot believe it will ever come to pass." --George Washington
In a recent discussion with a colleague, I lamented the fact that too few American citizens understand their obligation, before all others, to support and defend our Constitution, much less, engender the ability to do so. She responded that, though she considered herself a conservative (mostly because she identifies closely with some conservative principles), understanding our Constitution was not her "passion."
My friend holds degrees from the nation's finest academic institutions and is professional in all her endeavors. However, like most Americans under 50 years of age, she never had a basic civics course and consequently has a difficult time articulating even the most fundamental constitutional principles.
The fact is, as Americans, we not only enjoy the rights affirmed by our Constitution, we have obligations to understand the mechanics of that affirmation in order to sustain it for our generation and those to come.
No matter what our calling, our occupation or our passion, we have a debt and duty as citizens to both learn about and support our Constitution, and we are obliged to do so above and before all other pursuits, for without constitutional Rule of Law, there are no other pursuits.
Of course, because ignorance is institutionalized by most government education systems, including those of "higher learning," and because ignorance is apparently considered virtuous by some social subcultures, there is little probability that a too large portion of Americans will ever comprehend this obligation, much less honor it.
Fortunately, in the words of Samuel Adams, "It does not take a majority to prevail ... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men."
But, what of those like my well-educated colleague, who is among America's "best and brightest", who are, however, uninformed about their obligations as citizens of the greatest experiment in human history? What of those who, as one consequence of enjoying the highest standard of living on the planet, tend to take our legacy of liberty for granted and have become complacent about its attendant responsibilities?
George Washington noted at the conclusion of the American Revolution, "The value of liberty was thus enhanced in our estimation by the difficulty of its attainment, and the worth of characters appreciated by the trial of adversity."
These days, most Americans believe that liberty is their birthright. They enjoy the (relative) personal freedom of our great society but forget the corresponding personal responsibility. For most of us have never had to fight for liberty and, thus, have little concept of its value or any sense of gratitude for its accumulated cost.
In his 1833 Commentaries on the Constitution, Justice Joseph Story wrote, "Let the American youth never forget, that they possess a noble inheritance, bought by the toils, and sufferings, and blood of their ancestors; and capacity, if wisely improved, and faithfully guarded, of transmitting to their latest posterity all the substantial blessings of life, the peaceful enjoyment of liberty, property, religion, and independence."
Likewise, John Adams noted, "Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have a right, from the frame of their nature, to knowledge, as their great Creator, who does nothing in vain, has given them understandings, and a desire to know..." He added, "Wisdom and knowledge, as well as virtue, diffused generally among the body of the people, [are] necessary for the preservation of their rights and liberties."
To that end, James Madison wrote, "What spectacle can be more edifying or more seasonable, than that of Liberty and Learning, each leaning on the other for their mutual and surest support?"
James Wilson, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and one of George Washington's original Supreme Court justices, put it most concisely: "Law and liberty cannot rationally become the objects of our love, unless they first become the objects of our knowledge."
Unfortunately, this wisdom has fallen upon deaf ears. The popular support of the current Democrat hegemony is evidence aplenty of just how uninformed the majority of Americans are regarding their Constitution and the Rule of Law.
That most erudite of contemporary economists, Walter E. Williams, wrote this week in American Idea, "At the heart of the American idea is the deep distrust and suspicion the founders of our nation had for government, distrust and suspicion not shared as much by today's Americans. Some of the founders' distrust is seen in our Constitution's language such as Congress shall not: abridge, infringe, deny, disparage, violate and deny. .... Other founder distrust for government is found in the Constitution's separation of powers, checks and balances and the several anti-majoritarian provisions such as the Electoral College and the requirement that three-quarters of state legislatures ratify changes in the Constitution."
However, writes Williams, "The three branches of our federal government are no longer bound by the Constitution as the framers envisioned and what is worse is American ignorance and acceptance of such rogue behavior. ... The American people, along with our elected representatives, whether they're Republicans or Democrats, care less about what is and what is not permissible under our Constitution. They think Congress has the right to do anything upon which they can secure a majority vote, whether they have the constitutional or moral authority to do so or not."
Williams concludes, "We are losing what's made our country great. Instead of moving toward greater liberty, we're moving toward greater government control of our lives."
Indeed, I was speaking with another colleague recently who is a Slovak national -- he was a "Young Pioneer" raised under Communist tyranny in Czechoslovakia. He has spent five years undergoing the rigors required to become a U.S. citizen (I suggested he should have simply walked across the Mexican border instead), yet he questions his pursuit of citizenship now that the U.S. is rapidly devolving into the sort of tyrannical regime he left behind.
Natural-born Americans have never experienced such a regime, and so we proceed headlong into that authoritarian abyss like so many lemmings following the ignoble piper, Barack Hussein Obama, mmm, mmm, mmm.
Of such pipers, Alexander Hamilton wrote, "Of those men who have overturned the liberties of republics, the greatest number have begun their career by paying an obsequious court to the people, commencing demagogues and ending tyrants."
Regarding the wayward affections for socialism of Obama's minions, Washington wrote, "[W]e ought to deprecate the hazard attending ardent and susceptible minds, from being too strongly, and too early prepossessed in favor of other political systems, before they are capable of appreciating their own."
"If a nation expects to be ignorant -- and free," wrote Thomas Jefferson, "it expects what never was and never will be."
But, ignorance is bliss -- at least until it runs head-on into reality, and reality is just around the corner.
Samuel Adams assured us that, "No people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffused and Virtue is preserved. On the contrary, when People are universally ignorant, and debauched in their manners, they will sink under their own weight without the Aid of foreign Invaders."
It is for this reason that The Patriot launched the Essential Liberty Project on Constitution Day last.
Essential Liberty is the most cost effective means for educating Americans of all ages and all walks of life about the proper context for understanding our Constitution and the liberty it preserves and safeguards.
We have created through Essential Liberty a foundation to accomplish the most important task we have ever undertaken. Our mission is based on the principles outlined in the Legacy of American Liberty and will utilize a whole series of educational tools to accomplish this mission.
I will continue to write concerning the Essential Liberty Project in the next couple of months, as we move to full throttle for 2010.
We must never forget our debt of obligation to those generations of American Patriots who have extended, at great cost in their fortunes and lives, the legacy of liberty to us, and we must remain steadfast and irrevocably committed with our fortunes and lives to extend that legacy to our posterity.
Semper Vigilo, Fortis, Paratus et Fidelis!
Our nation has received sobering news.
As you probably heard: The U.S. government deficit has hit another record high.
For months we have written you about all of the liberal policies Obama has shoved through Congress, spending more and more taxpayer money.
Obama's spending has included trillion dollar stimulus plans, auto bailouts, funding for ACORN, and budget plans that taxed too much, borrowed too much and spent way too much.
Literally the spending list could go on and on.
Now there are new rumors that they might just try another round of stimulus spending.
New stimulus rumors - we warned you about this before, as well.
This made a point crystal clear in our minds. As the Senate debates the $1.3 trillion and climbing Pelosi health care plan, as the House considers more "stimulus," as demands from liberal constituents for more pork earmarks grow - there is a need to step back and make sure that Congress hears one simple message:
THE WASTEFUL SPENDING MUST STOP.
It is really that simple. And, there could not be a better time to send that message right now.
HELP ACU SEND THE MESSAGE, HERE AND NOW, THAT WASTEFUL SPENDING MUST STOP. SIGN THE ACU PETITION: TELL CONGRESS TO STOP WASTEFUL SPENDING.
We need to send this message to our conservative friends to keep them strong, and also to all Republicans and Democrat Members of the House and Senate.
The Associated Press reported today that the US government deficit hit a record high for October as the new budget year began (the government budget runs October - September). The new fiscal year begins where the old one ended: with the government awash in red ink.
The AP went on to say, "Economists worry that if such a deficit continues it could push up interest rates, further dragging on the fragile economic recovery."
It had already been reported that the previous fiscal year's deficit had tripled - for the fiscal year that ended last month.
That's right, Obama had already tripled the deficit for the previous ending fiscal year. Now the red ink is continuing to flow with no end in sight right into the new fiscal year.
Worse, the 2009 deficit was 9.9% of the gross domestic product. That was the highest level since the World War II-era deficit hit 21.5% of GDP in 1945.
Don't forget that as the government runs up the red ink, the money has to be borrowed. Where is it coming from? China.
The AP story continued, "China, the largest foreign holder of U.S. Treasury securities, has expressed concerns about the size of the U.S. deficits, prompting administration officials to issue repeated pledges that it will start to tackle the deficits as soon as the recovery is on more sustained footing."
So, our President - our administration - is answering to China to assuage their concerns.
HELP ACU SEND THE MESSAGE, HERE AND NOW, THAT WASTEFUL SPENDING MUST STOP. SIGN THE ACU PETITION: TELL CONGRESS TO STOP WASTEFUL SPENDING.
Let's not forget that when the stimulus spending plan passed, Obama and Biden promised us that jobs would be created.
Obama said that the unemployment rate would go no further than 8%.
Now unemployment is over 10% and they seem to be at a loss for words as the taxpayer dollars continue to flow.
And, just as we warned, there is waste and fraud in the stimulus spending.
Vice President Joe Biden himself admitted as much. He told the ASSOCIATED PRESS that some waste was inevitable and that a team of federal auditors had already uncovered problematic projects. "People are being scammed already," Biden said.
Unfortunately the people being "scammed" are the taxpayers who will have to pay back all of this spending.
HELP ACU SEND THE MESSAGE, HERE AND NOW, THAT WASTEFUL SPENDING MUST STOP. SIGN THE ACU PETITION: TELL CONGRESS TO STOP WASTEFUL SPENDING.
Please help ACU send this message.
Let our conservative members of the House and Senate know we are standing behind them as they fight wasteful spending.
Let the liberals know that we are holding their feet to the fire!
Let the moderates know that it is time to put the brakes on as they increasingly fear the next election.
Together our voice matters.
Executive Vice President
Former Reagan Deputy Secretary of Labor
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Prayer for Dad
Dear God, this year please send clothes for all those poor ladies in Daddy's computer,
4 Sheets of Parchment v. 2032 Pages of Government Control
by Gary DeMar, Nov 09, 2009
The Constitution of the United States was written on four sheets of parchment. If you count the Preamble and all 27 Amendments (remember there were originally only ten), it comes out to 20 typed pages. If you don’t count the signatures and amendments, you’ll have a document of 11 typed pages. No single Amendment is a full page. Many are only a single sentence in length. The First Amendment covers a multitude of freedoms: religion, press, assembly, speech, and the right to petition the government. It does it with only 45 words. Those original four sheets, about 4500 words, were good enough to serve as a document to govern a nation.
Can you imagine a 2032-page healthcare care bill with similar interpretive powers for Congress, the courts, and an always-in-power bureaucracy? Consider how much damage the two governmental branches have been able to do with just four sheets of parchment. What will they be capable of doing with 2032 pages of a healthcare bill that will enable them to govern every facet of our lives?
Do you remember how the Supreme Court came to legalize abortion in 1973? Seven of the nine justices agreed that they had found in the “penumbra”—the “shadows” of the Constitution—the right to abortion. Here’s how Justice Harry Blackmun, who wrote the majority opinion, argued for the shadowy “right” to kill preborn babies:
The Constitution does not explicitly mention any right of privacy. In a line of decisions, however . . . the Court has recognized that a right of personal privacy, or a guarantee of certain areas or zones of privacy, does exist under the Constitution. In varying contexts, the Court or individual Justices have, indeed, found at least the roots of that right in the First Amendment . . . in the Fourth and Fifth Amendments . . . in the penumbras of the Bill of Rights . . . in the Ninth Amendment . . . or in the concept of liberty guaranteed by the first section of the Fourteenth Amendment . . .. .These decisions make it clear that only personal rights that can be deemed “fundamental” or “implicit in the concept of ordered liberty” . .. . are included in this guarantee of personal privacy. They also make it clear that the right has some extension to activities relating to marriage . . . procreation .. . . contraception . . . family relationships . . . and child rearing and education ..
Notice that first line: “The Constitution does not explicitly mention any right of privacy.” But it doesn’t matter. One can be found in its shadows, and like shadows, they can be interpreted in almost any way, like the game parents play with their children asking what they see in cloud formations. “I see a bear. . . I see a dog . . . I see healthcare rationing . . . I see the right to abortion because the Supreme Court says it’s a right.”
But didn’t some Congressmen vote for the healthcare bill because abortion was stripped out? A lone Republican fell for this nonsense. Once government is in control of something, it gets to define it. Bureaucrats, judges, special interest groups, and all around guilt-manipulators will shine their lights on the dark places of this bill and create the shadows they need to force their long-term agenda on all of us. This healthcare bill is not about health; it’s about control.
It’s a shame that many in the pro-life community don’t see this. They believe they won one for the unborn. They haven’t. They only made it easier for so-called moderates to vote for a bill that one day will support abortion on demand and many new government mandated provisions that will affect us in ways that we cannot now imagine.
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), the Democrats' chief deputy whip in the House, said that she and other pro-choice lawmakers would work to strip the amendment included in the House health bill that bars federal funding from going to subsidize abortions.
"I am confident that when it comes back from the conference committee that that language won't be there," Wasserman Schultz said during an appearance on MSNBC. "And I think we're all going to be working very hard, particularly the pro-choice members, to make sure that's the case."
While abortion is a violation of the sixth commandment, this healthcare bill additionally violates the second (sets up the State as an idol), fifth (makes the State our parent), eighth (supports legislative theft), and tenth (makes covetousness a national pastime) commandments. No one has described what we are in for better than Herb Schlossberg did in his book Idols for Destruction:
“Rulers have ever been tempted to play the role of father to their people. . . . The state that acts like a wise parent instead of a vindictive judge has been an attractive image to many people. They include ecclesiastical authorities who have completely missed the point of the gospel warning to ‘call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven’ (Matt. 23:9). The father is the symbol not only of authority but also of provision. ‘Our Father who art in heaven. . . . Give us this day our daily bread’ (Matt. 6:9, 11). Looking to the state for sustenance is a cultic act [an act of worship]; we rightly learn to expect food from parents, and when we regard the state as the source of physical provision we render to it the obeisance of idolatry. The crowds who had fed on the multiplied loaves and fishes were ready to receive Christ as their ruler, not because of who he was but because of the provision. John Howard Yoder has rightly interpreted that scene: ‘The distribution of bread moved the crowd to acclaim Jesus as the new Moses, the provider, the Welfare King whom they had been waiting for.’
“The paternal state not only feeds its children, but nurtures, educates, comforts, and disciplines them, providing all they need for their security. This appears to be a mildly insulting way to treat adults, but it is really a great crime because it transforms the state from being a gift of God, given to protect us against violence, into an idol. It supplies us with all blessings, and we look to it for all our needs. Once we sink to that level, as [C.S.] Lewis says, there is no point in telling state officials to mind their own business. ‘Our whole lives are their business’ [God in the Dock, p. 134]. The paternalism of the state is that of the bad parent who wants his children dependent on him forever. That is an evil impulse. The good parent prepares his children for independence, trains them to make responsible decisions, knows that he harms them by not helping them to break loose. The paternal state thrives on dependency. When the dependents free themselves, it loses power. It is, therefore, parasitic on the very persons whom it turns into parasites. Thus, the state and its dependents march symbiotically to destruction.
“When the provision of paternal security replaces the provision of justice as the function of the state, the state stops providing justice. The ersatz [artificial and inferior substitute] parent ceases executing judgment against those who violate the law, and the nation begins losing benefits of justice. Those who are concerned about the chaos into which the criminal justice system has fallen should consider what the state’s function has become. Because the state can only be a bad imitation of a father, as a dancing bear act is of a ballerina, the protection of this Leviathan of a father turns out to be a bear hug.
If this bill passes the Senate, abortion will be the least of our problems because the government will have a new definition of welfare to work with. Healthcare can and will be interpreted to mean what the judges say it means. We are under a Constitution, but as history has shown the Constitution is what the judges say it is.
Can an anti-creationist reveal the truth of Scripture?
A well-known University of Minnesota–Morris professor who has a history of hate speech against creationists—especially Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum—inadvertently admitted recently that we were not wrong. This was kind of a blessing in disguise and also reveals much about his character. Professor Paul (P.Z.) Myers said:
First, there is no moral law: the universe is a nasty, heartless place where most things wouldn’t mind killing you if you let them. No one is compelled to be nice; you or anyone could go on a murder spree, and all that is stopping you is your self-interest (it is very destructive to your personal bliss to knock down your social support system) and the self-interest of others, who would try to stop you. There is nothing ‘out there’ that imposes morality on you, other than local, temporary conditions, a lot of social enculturation, and probably a bit of genetic hardwiring that you’ve inherited from ancestors who lived under similar conditions.
Myers admits there is no morality or anything that imposes it either (i.e., God) in his worldview. This means that from his own worldview, there is no such thing as right and wrong. Accordingly, this means that there must be nothing wrong with teaching the truth of creation as revealed in the Bible. Ironically, perhaps, it also means that there is nothing wrong in showing the problems with false religions like humanism and evolution.
Christianity and America
Passed on by a friend....
A father wanted to read a magazine but was being bothered by his little girl, Shelby. She wanted to know what the United States looked like.
Finally, he tore a sheet out of his new magazine on which was printed the map of the country. Tearing it into small pieces, he gave it to Shelby and said, "Go into the other room and see if you can put this together. This will show you our whole country today."
After a few minutes, Shelby returned and handed him the map, correctly fitted and taped together. The father was surprised and asked how she had finished so quickly.
"Oh," she said, "on the other side of the paper is a picture of Jesus. When I got all of Jesus back where He belonged, then our country just came together."
If Obama Is So Bright, Why Does He Keep Drawing the Auto Insurance Analogy?
By Timothy H. Lee
[President Obama's] recent habit of analogizing automobile insurance with health insurance may set a new low for someone so supposedly brilliant.
Since Barack Obama charged into the spotlight with his 2004 keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention, we have received constant instruction from our high cultural arbiters about Obama’s supposed intellectual prowess.
Never mind that when speaking without his teleprompter, Obama typically appears ineloquent and befuddled when forced to think on his feet. Or that despite having taught Constitutional Law, he has confused rudimentary provisions of the Constitution itself.
To his apologists, Obama’s elevated chin and inspirational cadence from behind his teleprompter are conclusive evidence of his brilliance. National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman even lionized Obama as “the most powerful writer since Julius Caesar.”
But if those sycophants are correct, why does Obama constantly say things that are so facially absurd? Examples are legion, from his misstatement that the world stood “unified” during the Cold War to his suggestion that our economic difficulties somehow derive from structural flaws within the healthcare, education and energy sectors that overactive government must now “fix.”
But his recent habit of analogizing automobile insurance with health insurance may set a new low for someone so supposedly brilliant.
In an interview this week with ABC News’s Jake Tapper, Obama declared that Americans should be forced under penalty of law to purchase health insurance under the House legislation, just as we’re allegedly required to purchase auto insurance already:
“What I think is appropriate is that in the same way that everybody has to get auto insurance, and if you don’t, you’re subject to some penalty, that in this situation, if you have the ability to buy insurance, it’s affordable and you choose not to, forcing you and me and everybody else to subsidize you, you know, there’s a thousand-dollar hidden tax that families all across America are burdened by, because of the fact that people don’t have health insurance, you know, there’s nothing wrong with a penalty… Penalties are appropriate for people who try to free ride the system and force others to pay for their health insurance.”
There are just a few problems with this theory, which should be obvious to anyone who has devoted serious thought to the matter.
First and foremost, it is not true that “everybody has to get auto insurance” in America. If you voluntarily choose not to own an automobile, you are not forced to purchase insurance. In contrast, ObamaCare would force every American to make a purchase that many freely choose not to make for a variety of reasons. This is so obvious as to render his declaration facially preposterous.
Second, it’s not always true that we collectively “subsidize” people without auto insurance or health insurance. If an uninsured motorist inflicts damage to another driver, or an uninsured citizen falls ill, they can be held personally responsible to pay the costs that they’ve incurred. After all, widespread health insurance is actually a recent phenomenon in American history, as citizens traditionally paid healthcare debts just like any other form of debt. Most people possess assets and future income from which they can pay costs without shifting them to taxpayers at large. There are obviously instances in which indigent citizens are unable to pay auto accident or healthcare costs, but it’s simply inaccurate for Obama to assume that such costs are always involuntarily dumped onto other American citizens.
Third, we aren’t on the same slow-motion course toward a government monopoly of auto insurance that would commence under ObamaCare. The auto insurance market remains fairly healthy due to free and open competition, whereas Obama insists on a public “option” that would inevitably become a public “mandate” after taxpayer-subsidized government insurance and draconian regulations ultimately drive private health insurers out of business.
Fourth, what provision in the Constitution empowers Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid to commandeer the healthcare sector and command private citizens to purchase health insurance? What would the Founding Fathers have thought of the prospect that sanctimonious federal officials could compel purchases of specific goods or services? The Constitution empowers the federal government to regulate interstate commerce, but that’s a far cry from dictating to every single American citizen that he or she buy something or face fines or imprisonment. Auto insurance is very different because it is governed by state law, not federal law. And as noted above, American citizens can abstain from purchasing auto insurance by foregoing their privilege of driving, but ObamaCare would not allow such freedom – every citizen would have to make that involuntary purchase.
When asked by a member of the press what provision of the Constitution justified this compulsory provision, Nancy Pelosi could only glibly reply, “Are you serious? Are you serious?” If an obvious answer existed, Pelosi would presumably be capable of providing a simple answer. But no – the Speaker of the House of Representatives couldn’t even answer that fundamental question.
The auto insurance analogy is pure sophistry, and it’s frightening that our nation’s highest elected officials are fatuous enough to thrust it upon the American people.
The Year 1909, 100 Years Ago
Wow! Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years. It staggers the mind.
“Ford 1909 Model T”
Image courtesy of http://www.classiccar.com/photopost/showphoto.php/photo/2499.
One hundred years ago. So much has happened. What will it be like in another one hundred years? Also found at Winnasoc.
THE YEAR 1909.
This will boggle your mind. The year is 1909. One hundred years ago. What a difference a century makes!
Here are some statistics for the Year 1909:
The average life expectancy was 47 years.
Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.
Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.
There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads.
The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.
The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower !
The average wage in 1909 was 22 cents per hour.
The average worker made between $200 and $400 per year.
A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year, a dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year, and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.
More than 95 percent of all births took place at HOME.
Ninety percent of all doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION!
Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press AND the government as ’substandard.’
Sugar cost four cents a pound.
Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.
Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.
Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.
Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into their country for any reason.
Five leading causes of death were:
Pneumonia and influenza
The American flag had 45 stars.
The population of Las Vegas, Nevada, was only 30!!!
Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and ice tea hadn’t been invented yet.
There was no Mother’s Day or Father’s day.
Two out of every 10 adults couldn’t read or write.
Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.
Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at the local corner drugstores. Back then pharmacists said, ‘Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach and bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health.’
Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant of domestic help.
There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE! U.S.A.!
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No Nativity Scene in White House this Year
There will be no Nativity Scene in White House this year!
The Supreme Court has ruled that there cannot be a Nativity Scene in the U.S. White House this Christmas season.
This isn't for any religious reason.
They simply have not been able to find Three Wise Men in President Obama's entire administration.
A search for a Virgin continues.