Where Do Your “Rights” Come From?

If your rights are not endowed by God, but are arbitrarily granted by man, then those rights can arbitrarily be taken away by man. We are seeing that taking place RIGHT NOW. Also, a “right” does not take away from another. If you look at many/most of the so-called “rights” granted by government, they take from one to redistribute to another. “Free” healthcare, “free” education, etc. The government takes by force from those who have earned these things to provide them to those who have not. When men and government decide that your rights are inconvenient, they can arbitrarily take them away. Right to bear arms? Government sees that as a threat, so they are trying to take it away. Right to choose your own doctor? Government views that as unnecessary and “unfair,” so they HAVE taken that away. The right to free speech? Already gone. The government can decide if your words are “hateful” and whether or not you can speak them. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? Yes, now even your basic right to LIFE is at the whim of the government if we have allowed them to take our other rights AND the ability to defend them.

Do you think you STILL live in a free country? Think again. Do you want to live in a truly free country? Then fight for it.



Liberty — Endowed by Whom?

The Eternal Bequest

By Mark Alexander · Jul. 3, 2013

“God who gave us life gave us Liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever.” –Thomas Jefferson (1774)

Amid all the contemporary political and cultural contests, too many conservatives fail to make the case for overarching eternal truths – whether in debate with adversaries across the aisles of Congress, or with neighbors across Main Street.

Lost in the din is the foundational endowment of Essential Liberty, and any debate that does not begin with this eternal truth will end with temporary deceits.

The most oft-cited words from our Declaration of Independence are these: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

The eternal assertion that Liberty for all people is “endowed by their Creator” and is thus “unalienable” should require no defense, because “we hold these truths to be self-evident,” and because the rights of man are irrevocable from the “Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.”

But the root of all debate between Liberty and tyranny – or, in political parlance, between Right and left – is the contest to assert who endows Liberty – God or man. Continue reading

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Obama 2008: VA will be ‘leader of health care reform’

Obama promised to “make the VA a leader of national health care reform” back in 2008. You probably think he broke that promise. On the contrary. The VA, with its wait lists, denial of healthcare, inability to provide care, and vets dying of neglect, is THE example of what Obamacare is leading to. Promise kept.

Hero of the left, Paul Krugman, said this about the VA in 2011:

Krugman added, “Yes, this is ‘socialized medicine’ … But it works, and suggests what it will take to solve the troubles of US health care more broadly.”

This was when they thought they could still sell us full scale socialized medicine like Canada, the UK, and others have.  Well, that’s effectively what we will have once this all takes full effect, but it’s because they lied about what we were being sold, AND the shoved it down our throats despite MASSIVE objections from the majority of the American people.  Over 80% of people were happy with the health insurance they had at the time, and remember that NOT. ONE. SINGLE. REPUBLICAN voted for this abortion of a law.

Yes, the problems in the VA were identified during the Bush administration.  But here’s the deal.  Obama was briefed thoroughly on those problems when he took office, AND he campaigned heavily on fixing those problems as illustrated above.  So, just like the economy that has never recovered and is heading for another full scale recession due to Obama’s policies, Obama OWNS the VA mess just like he OWNS the economy now after 5 and a half years of promises and failed progressive policies.

Oh, and don’t fail to notice that Obama and his willing state-run media have moved on to the prisoner swap for Bowe Bergdahl as a means of distracting Americans angry about the treatment of our veterans with another issue.  But as usual, Obama’s distraction is turning out to be another scandal in itself.  Huh.

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OBAMA 2008: VA WILL BE ‘LEADER OF HEALTH CARE REFORM’

N.Y. Times columnist cited ‘huge success story’ of ‘socialized medicine’

Published: 05/22/2014 at 7:55 PM

WASHINGTON — It’s one of those promises the president would probably like to forget.

In vowing to make the Veterans Administration the model of national health-care reform back in 2008, the outlook for scandal-plagued Obamacare suddenly seems even worse.

WND has discovered that during his transition into the White House in 2008-09, President Obama proposed in his “Obama-Biden” plan to “make the VA a leader of national health care reform so that veterans get the best care possible.”

However, instead of fixing the VA, the administration has had to defend its role in the death of veterans by neglect. Continue reading

The Collapse of the Healthcare System and Insurance Industry is Beginning

The total crash of the insurance industry and healthcare system, caused by Obama, the democrats, and Obamacare (and enabled by progressive (R)epublicans who refused to stand for defund and repeal efforts) is RAPIDLY approaching.  The warning signs are there, but are being purposefully ignored.  WHEN it collapses, Chairman Obama will step in and force government run single payer, socialized healthcare.  It has failed EVERYWHERE it has been tried, and it WILL fail here.  You were warned.
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Moody’s Downgrades Health Insurers on Obamacare Fears

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Published January 23, 2014

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The rocky rollout of Obamacare and the uncertainty surrounding its future has a major credit ratings firm nervous about health insurers.

Moody’s Investor Service downgraded its outlook for the U.S. health care insurance sector to negative from stable on Thursday. Continue reading

The Free Market Only “Fails” When Liberal/Progressive Politicians Interfere With It

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It’s both entertaining and frustrating to hear liberal progressives making the claim that “capitalism and the free market has failed.”  That’s funny since nearly every “failure of the free market” can pretty easily be traced to intervention by government, and the resulting market distortion of that intervention.  Here are a few examples.

  1. Healthcare & Wage/Price Controls – Up until around the time of WWII, most people paid cash or bartered with their doctor for medical services.  During WWII, the government implemented wage and price controls across the economy.  Because wages were fixed, businesses had to come up with other ways to attract the few quality workers who hadn’t gone off to war.  Many started offering medical “insurance” as one of their perks.  Medical care is a limited commodity, and when you subsidize the price of a limited commodity so that the consumer doesn’t feel the regulating pain of price, people consume more of that product than they otherwise would.  When the demand for a commodity goes up and supply can’t be immediately increased, price naturally increases as a means to regulate demand.  When you artificially hold the price down, you create a shortage.  Fast forward to today with Obamacare.  The government subsidizes healthcare for millions who couldn’t afford it before, which seems like the compassionate thing to do.  But at the same time millions MORE will be getting access to a limited number of doctors, the government is limiting what doctors will be reimbursed, thus controlling price, but not addressing real COST.  A demand for medical services is created that outstrips capacity.  Government created shortage.
  2. Housing Market – All you need to look at here is the 2008 economic crash precipitated by the bursting of the housing bubble.  How did that bubble inflate?  One word: government.  There were many contributory causes, but the main causes were manipulation and coercion of the banking industry in an attempt to achieve a specific SOCIAL outcome.  The Community Reinvestment Act is one of those causes.  Banks were pressured to abandon sound historic banking practices to make more loans in high risk areas.  Hiding under the fallacy that this was all to prevent the practice of racial “red lining,” banks were told directly or indirectly to either make the loans, or else.  Normally if a bank makes bad loans, they go out of business.  But government removed the moral restraints, and overrode the sound banking practices that had been in place for centuries, all with the promise that if the loans went bad, government would bail out the banks.  Sound familiar?  Thus through provisions in the law (written by government), banks sold bad loans as securities spreading out the risk to many other sectors of the economy.  The sheer volume of these bad loans, and the mounting risk, was pointed out in the early 2000’s, but the liberals lead by people like Maxine Waters and Barney Frank told us “Remain calm.  All is well.”  Fast forward to 2008 and the economic crash caused by government intervention in the free market, NOT by the free market itself.
  3. The labor market – There are so many ancillary issues to this one.  Illegal immigration/amnesty, tax code, government regulations, etc.  The one I’ll speak to specifically here is the government imposed minimum wage.  As mentioned above with health care, health care is labor, and labor is a commodity.  Businesses pay wages for labor commensurate with the value which that labor adds to the company.  It might be worth $3/hr for a store owner to pay a kid to sweep his floors a few times per week.  But if forced by government to pay $15/hr for that same unskilled labor, the store owner will likely not hire that young kid, and will sweep his floors himself.  This eliminates entry level jobs, prevents young people from gaining work experience, and distorts the labor market and the price of goods.  The artificially inflated labor costs also hasten the move to automation.  Automation and the advancement of technology is inevitable, but when you ARTIFICIALLY raise the minimum wage, you will only hasten the day when companies will choose to replace their unreliable carbon-based employees with robotic employees who don’t take breaks, don’t have healthcare costs (other than maintenance), can’t unionize, and don’t get pensions.  In general, businesses have 4 choices when faced with an artificially increased labor cost.  Absorb the cost by reducing profit, raise prices (which may reduce demand, thus not paying for the increased labor, leading to layoff or closure), eliminate the job/not create the job, or go out of business.  Thus the minimum wage actually harms the very people it was claimed to be helping.

So, if you’re an employee with minimum skill, minimum motivation, and minimum education who contributes minimum value to the company’s bottom line, you deserve minimum pay.  You want $15/hr to flip burgers?  Sorry, your not worth it.

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Dr. David Janda explains rationing

When this video was made 46% of doctors surveyed said they would leave practice when the provisions of Obamacare that put bureaucrats in charge of treating patients instead of doctors kick in. That was in 2010. Now the percentage of doctors who say they will leave practice is as high as 83%. 83% fewer doctors, $500 billion fewer dollars in Medicare, and 20 million more non-paying patients. What could go wrong?



Appeals court rules against Obama healthcare mandate

The “cornerstone” of Obamacare is indeed without a doubt UNCONSTITUTIONAL. The appellate court got that part right without question. In the court’s decision they said…

“This economic mandate represents a wholly novel and potentially unbounded assertion of congressional authority: the ability to compel Americans to purchase an expensive health insurance product they have elected not to buy, and to make them repurchase that insurance product every month for their entire lives,”

In the dissenting opinion, we see the clear difference between Constitutionalism and liberal activism.

The majority “has ignored the undeniable fact that Congress’ commerce power has grown exponentially over the past two centuries and is now generally accepted as having afforded Congress the authority to create rules regulating large areas of our national economy,” wrote Marcus, also a Clinton appointee to the appeals court.

Contrary to what liberals would like to be the case, the Constitution is NOT the living, breathing document that changes with the winds of a few court cases, or with the winds of opinion. Judge Clinton (ironic, no?) is correct that “Congress’ commerce power has grown exponentially over the past two centuries ,” but what he fails to address is HOW congress acquired that additional power. Was the Constitution amended as provided for in the Constitution to grant them the additional power? NO. Therefore, congress has UNCONSTITUTIONALLY been exercising power it is NOT entitled to.

Get the picture now? There is indeed a process for changing the Constitution. That process is difficult for a very good reason. Using mob rule, also known as ‘popular opinion,’ to change the Constitution on a whim is a recipe for tyranny. Smooth talking politicians tell you what you want to hear during a tough time so you will give them power, they change the rules before anyone figures out what they are doing, and all of a sudden the liberty you once knew is gone. That’s why the founders made the Constitution difficult to change, and that’s why we need to protect and defend the Constitution with all that we are, and all that we have.
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http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/08/12/us-usa-healthcare-idUSTRE77B4J320110812

Appeals court rules against Obama healthcare mandate

By Jeremy Pelofsky and James Vicini
WASHINGTON | Fri Aug 12, 2011 6:26pm EDT

(Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law suffered a setback on Friday when an appeals court ruled that it was unconstitutional to require all Americans to buy insurance or face a penalty.

The U.S. Appeals Court for the 11th Circuit, based in Atlanta, ruled 2 to 1 that Congress exceeded its authority by requiring Americans to buy coverage, but it unanimously reversed a lower court decision that threw out the entire law.

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Indiana Will Defy Obama Admin Order to Not De-Fund Planned Parenthood

Mr. Berwick, Mr. Obama, is or is not the 10th Amendment still a valid part of the constitution? Yes? The BACK OFF. It’s time for the states to flex their 10th Amendment muscles on many issues and tell the tyrannical Federal gubmint “we’re not playing.”


http://www.lifenews.com/2011/06/02/indiana-will-defy-obama-admin-order-to-not-de-fund-planned-parenthood/?pr=1

Indiana Will Defy Obama Admin Order to Not De-Fund Planned Parenthood

by Steven Ertelt | LifeNews.com | 6/2/11 8:07 PM

State officials in Indiana say they will defy the decision by the Obama administration asking it to not proceed with implementing a new pro-life state law that would revoke taxpayer funding for the Planned Parenthood abortion business.

Yesterday, the top Medicaid official in the Obama administration denied Indiana’s use of its new state law that would deny millions in taxpayer dollars to the Indiana affiliate of the nation’s largest abortion business.

Governor Mitch Daniels signed the law, which would cut off anywhere from $2 million to $3 million the Planned Parenthood abortion business receives in federal funds via the Indiana government through Medicaid. Daniels said that “any organization affected by this provision can resume receiving taxpayer dollars immediately by ceasing or separating its operations that perform abortions.”

However, the Obama administration told the state it can’t implement the new law, with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Donald Berwick denying a request to deny funds saying the federal Medicaid law stipulates that states can’t exclude providers based on the services they provide.

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