Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Obama Campaign Ad Victimizes Women

Scrolling through headlines on TheBlaze, I came across what is possibly one of the most ridiculous campaign ads I’ve seen since I became interested in politics four years ago. Put out by the Obama campaign, the ad features a woman named “Jenni” who “has never felt this way before” and believes “it’s a scary time to be a woman” because Mitt Romney “opposes requiring insurance coverage for contraception,” “would outlaw all abortion,” and would “overturn Roe v. Wade” (actually, the Supreme Court could only do that…). Apparently, the Republican candidate’s pro-life stance makes him “so out of touch.”
Back the campaign train up a little bit. It’s a scary time to be a woman because the candidate who may become the next President of the United States is pro-life and thinks you should pay for your own contraceptives? The Obama camp has stooped to a new and just plain laughable low in trying to reinvigorate the originally fabricated “war on women.”
I’m not sure what disgusts me more—the Obama camp’s glaring attempt to victimize all women who want insurance-provider funded sex-lives, the attempt to create a gender war that isn’t there, or the absurdity of the selfish statement that “it’s a scary time to be a woman” because of Mitt Romney’s stance on abortion.
“It’s a scary time to be a woman,” says “Jenni” of the Obama ad. I think Jenni—and the Obama campaign—need to wake up, stop victimizing all women, pay for their own contraceptives, and not expect pro-life Americans to be “cool” with funding abortion with our tax dollars. Grown American women really have no excuse to be afraid.
It’s a scary time to be an unborn child. We have a President who twice voted against a partial birth abortion ban, and who stated that he wouldn’t want his daughters to be “punished with a baby.” We have an administration that dished out several million dollars in federal funding to Planned Parenthood branches in Tennessee, New Jersey and North Carolina when those states voted to defund Planned Parenthood of federal money.
It’s a scary time to be an unborn baby girl. Especially when those federally funded Planned Parenthood branches condone and counsel on sex-selective abortion.
Liberals cry for “women’s rights!” and for “a woman’s right to choose!” constantly. But under Obamacare, pro-life women don’t get to choose whether to support abortion or not, because insurance providers including religious institutions will be forced to fund practices against religious conscience. Obama and liberal politicians have already made that choice for us.
Jenni might be right—that it’s a scary time to be a woman—but for the wrong reasons. It’s a scary time to be a woman in a society that increasingly views women as objects for sexual gratification.
It’s a scary time to be a woman when those that supposedly so strongly support “women’s health” are the same groups that profit from emotionally scarring and life-changing procedures like abortions. I can’t count how many times I’ve seen an ad for Planned Parenthood in my school newspaper, entreating college students to “have a happy sex life” thanks to Planned Parenthood’s available contraceptive options. In a sick and twisted model of business, Planned Parenthood promotes promiscuity which inevitably leads to unwanted pregnancies, resulting in millions of abortions—and profits for Planned Parenthood—a year.
“Jenni” is afraid because she may have to pay for her own birth control and be told she’s not allowed to kill her unborn child. But she doesn’t seem afraid of the actual act of abortion, nor is she afraid of the repercussions she could be subject to. The ad doesn’t mention the two lives that were lost just recently when a young woman died after an abortion procedure. Jenni should be much more afraid of being exploited by the practices of Planned Parenthood than she should be of Mitt Romney’s pro-life stance.
This ad’s depiction of Romney is quite impressive to me, and actually reaffirms my support for him. But the ad is even more so a testament to the miniscule value that the Obama administration and most liberals give life itself. The claim that “it’s a scary time to be a woman” is selfish when you think about the baby girls who never have the chance to become women because of the mother’s decision for abortion rather than life.
It’s a scary time to be a woman if you find it necessary to paint yourself as the victim of individuals and candidates who believe it’s deplorable to force insurance providers to pay for procedures against their beliefs, and who believe that life is sacred, not something to be thrown away for convenience.
I’m a woman, but not a victim. President Obama, this ad doesn’t speak for me, or any other American woman that understands the definition of personal responsibility and values life.
Also posted on TheCollegeConservative.com, Eagle Forum Collegians, RedState, and RedPill Report.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Obamacare Brings More Taxes to the Middle Class

I wrote this piece, also, for the Eagle Forum Collegians blog. Enjoy!
“If, from the more wretched parts of the old world, we look at those which are in an advanced stage of improvement, we still find the greedy hand of government thrusting itself into every corner and crevice of industry, and grasping the spoil of the multitude. Invention is continually exercised, to furnish new pretenses for revenues and taxation. It watches prosperity as its prey and permits none to escape without tribute. ” –Thomas Paine
No doubt you’ve heard, by now, that the Supreme Court ruled that Obamacare is constitutional as a tax. If you think small businesses and the average American citizen give enough hard-earned money to the government now, take a look at the new or higher taxes the American people and businesses will see within the next ten years:
View the Heritage Foundation article in full here.
The one that stood out most to me is the Flexible Spending Account Cap. Under the Obamacare law, FSA’s will be capped at $2500 (right now, it’s unlimited). As the link above states, this change is going to seriously impact many families with special needs children who use FSA’s to pay for special education. In effect, this poses the opportunity to create more dependency on government.
Without even looking at any of the specifics, though, it’s not difficult to see that Obamacare is quite simply a law that is bad for this country and the average American citizen, especially considering the current economic climate. Aside from the negative aspects of socialized medicine—fewer doctors, longer waits for care and procedures, lower quality care…all the reasons that people from countries like Canada have sought medicinal refuge in the United States because Canadian socialized medicine is so incompetent—Obamacare (or Obamatax, either one…) is a fiscal nightmare. Many of the tax hikes that we will see in the coming years are going to fall upon the middle class (ironic, because Obama pledged to not raise taxes on the middle class in 2008). When jobs are few, times are tough, and families are pinching pennies to get by, what’s the sense in draining more money from them via taxes? If families and individuals have to scrape by to give their “fair share” to the government via taxes, they’re not going to be taking their hard earned paycheck into the private sector economy—Americans won’t be buying goods or investing because with crippling taxes, there is no incentive to, and at times, no opportunity to do so.
Small businesses face daunting taxes, too, and this is undoubtedly going to cost jobs. But we can’t be too surprised, because this administration still can’t comprehend the basic free-market truth that the private sector, not the public sector, creates jobs, grows the economy, and fuels prosperity. As the Heritage Foundation article stated, “All tax increases have negative economic effects because higher taxes take resources from the productive hands of the private sector and transfer them to the wasteful hands of politicians.”
Obamacare/tax isn’t going to improve the healthcare situation in the United States—it’s going to tax us into oblivion and reduce the quality of American medical care, at the same time killing jobs and giving Americans less opportunity or prosperity.
And just for fun…

Independence Day...a day late

I wrote this blog post for the Eagle Forum Collegians blog, and didn't get a chance to post it on Present Day Patriots until now...but enjoy my thoughts on the meaning and importance of Independence Day, as written on July 3rd :)

Tomorrow marks the 236th birthday of America. How will you be celebrating it? I’ll probably sleep in, go for a run, put up the American flag outside my house, eat good food, shoot off fireworks, and relax.
When I read that description of what I plan to do on July 4, and then compare it to what brought about the day’s importance in the first place, I’m disgusted at myself.
I’m disgusted at myself because of the fact that what I’ll be doing on July 4 is so safe, so comfortable, so relaxed and so privileged compared to what the Founders were doing on July 4, 1776. On that hot summer day in Philadelphia, they literally attached their names to a document considered treason, pledging their lives, fortunes and sacred honor to a cause greater than themselves, knowingly risking death by hanging at the hands of their mother country. But it’s because of those Founders and their sacrifice—and because of the thousands throughout history who have fought to keep the mission of the Founders intact and safe—that we can enjoy our holiday tomorrow in safety and in freedom.
Fifty-five colonists, American colonists, signed their names to a document that did what no other had before in the history of the world. That document proclaimed that the colonies were breaking free of the tyrannical rule of their mother country, Great Britain, and would henceforth be free and independent. Why did they do it? Because they believed in the natural rights of man—not in being overtaxed, underrepresented subjects of the British crown, and they believed in the value of individual liberty and merit. It was a step of faith and one that was not achieved at anything but a high cost, but the result was the United States of America.
I’ve made it a habit to read through the Declaration of Independence on July 4 every year—I think I’ll do that tomorrow, too.
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—That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…
It’s the least I can do to remember that July 4 is not just a day off from work to relax and light things on fire.
In fact, John Adams thought July 4 to be much more than just another holiday. He said that it’s a day that, “…out to be commemorated as the day of deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty.” John Adams believed the July 4 should be commemorated in a “particular manner” and with a “specific spirit.” I take that to be one of gratitude to God for the blessings of liberty we so lavishly enjoy in this country.
I know I write constantly of what’s wrong with our government, what’s wrong with society, culture…the list goes on. The truth is that we as a nation and a people do have serious issues—be it the economy, the culture of entitlements, or our ever-increasing tendency as a society to replace God with government. But as bad as it may seem, I still have hope. We’re a nation founded on principles of individualism, faith, and freedom, and even when the odds are against us, there’s still millions of American’s not willing to let go of those principles we know to be truth.
Ronald Reagan summed up the kind of hope I’m talking about in his second Inaugural address in 1985:
History is a journey. And as we continue our journey, we think of those who traveled before us…A general falls to his knees in the hard snow of Valley Forge; a lonely president paces the darkened halls and ponders his struggle to preserve the Union; the men of the Alamo call out encouragement to each other; a settler pushes west and sings a song, and the song echoes out forever…
It is the American sound. It is hopeful, big-hearted, idealistic, daring, decent, and fair. That’s our heritage; that is our song. We sing it still. For all our problems, our differences, we are together as of old, as we raise our voices to the God who is the Author of this most tender music. And may he continue to hold us close, as we will the world with our sound—sound in unity, affection, and love—one people under God, dedicated to the dream of freedom that He has placed in the human heart, called upon now to pass that dream on to a waiting and hopeful world.
When I read the description of my plans for tomorrow, I was a little disgusted, like I said before, but I’m also thankful. God has blessed us with a nation that has, for centuries, been a beacon of freedom and liberty to millions around the world—and for that I am thankful. We cannot take it for granted, nor can we allow apathy and ignorance to whittle the sacrifice of our Founders down to nothing. In our past, we as Americans have been blessed with prosperity and compared to the rest of the world, we’ve been given so much opportunity. Tomorrow, I think I’ll also spend some time reflecting on the blessings of liberty I’ve grown up enjoying, and I’ll also thank God for my country, my freedom, and for the faith of those fifty-five signers of the Declaration and the early Americans who felt compelled enough to pledge everything they had to fight for a free country.
I wonder what our Founders would think of modern American politics, government and society. I think they’d be disheartened that a nation of people who once desired so strongly for freedom from government oppression and for the opportunity to prosper would now protest, riot, and lobby for government handouts. And I think they’d be disgusted at the size and scope of the federal government, and how the government has taken on the role of charity.
July 4 marks the beginning of not just a country, but of an idea—the first recognition of the idea of self-government, the first acknowledgment of individual liberty. America has her scars, her problems, her divisions—but we can unite under the fact that America is exceptional, and America is blessed. And I hope you feel as called as I do to ensure the principles that brought us the events of July 4, 1776 never fade away. Because as much as we fear the future for the future of this country, we can rest easy in Jeremiah 29:11:“’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” God has a plan, and everything happens for a reason. July 4 was no accident, and God has a plan for America and her people.
Tomorrow is the anniversary of the United States of America; how will you commemorate it?

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

A Riot in Dearborn...

I hope you all are having a great summer so far. I've been busy blogging and with my internship, but it's going great so far. I have a new post up on TheCollegeConservative you'll want to check out... "Flirting with Radicals: Obama & The Muslim Brotherhood." I did some research on the administration's odd relationship with this radical Islamic group, and on the motives of these radical Islamists as well, and it's pretty disheartening and disturbing considering the Muslim Brotherhood just won the presidential election in Egypt, and MB members (including the new president) are already speaking words that seem almost threatening to Israel. Check it out here: http://thecollegeconservative.com/2012/06/27/flirting-with-radicals-obama-the-muslim-brotherhood/

Today I was scrolling through TheBlaze.com (love this site... ) and came across another disturbing article. At an International Arab Festival in Dearborn, Michigan, a few Christians demonstrated by holding signs with Bible verses printed on them. I'm not sure of the wisdom of choosing that venue to demonstrate, but regardless, the result is a little unnerving. An over 20 minute long video shows Muslims at the festival shouting obscenities and literally hurling rocks, bottles of water, plastic crates, and more at the Christian demonstrators who did not retaliate. The group of Muslims turns into a riot and ends up injuring a few of the Christians. The police do not intervene, and actually end up kicking the Christian demonstrators out because their holding signs and "demonstrating" itself is what they consider to be a disturbance and threat to public safety (not the riot throwing rocks and water bottles).

Watch the video, at least part of it... I have to wonder why the police didn't take more action to calm the riot down, but rather made the Christians leave. As the man videoing says in the video footage, it appears that by doing this they're rewarding riotous behavior.

I haven't seen this on any other news outlet, either. I have to wonder, also, what the reaction would have been if the situation had been flipped... if Christians had been the ones throwing rocks and bottles at a group of Muslim demonstrators. My guess is there would've been a lot more media coverage and victimization of the demonstrators if that had been the case.

Read the article and watch the video here:

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Obamacare & Immigration...New Blog Posts

I've been busy blogging these last few days! I have several new posts I hope you'll check out if you haven't already. For the sake of space, I'll just provide you with a brief excerpt followed by the hyperlink to get to each new post! 

"Obama's 'Policy Change': Flawed, Political, Tyrannical"

"I love this country, and I truly love the fact that for centuries, America has been a beacon of hope for people of all races, colors, and creeds looking for the opportunity to succeed and live free. Perhaps this kind of policy would be worth consideration if our border were secured and in the influx of illegal immigrants stifled. But this latest policy change simply rewards illegal actions that will gradually diminish the opportunity for prosperity and the prospects for success in this nation.
This is no DREAM come true for anyone—legal or not—who loves America and wants a future here. The President’s disregard of Congress and the American people is deplorable. I agree wholeheartedly with Glenn Beck’s blunt analysis of Barack Obama’s actions: “This is exactly what a dictator does.”
"This is What a Dictator Does" 
"It’s great the President knew, at one point, how our system of checks and balances is supposed to work. But apparently, basic civics don’t apply to Barack Obama during an election year.
This is a double slap in the face to legal Americans, first and foremost in the manner in which Obama’s going about this “policy change” by simply implementing it, with no consideration as to his “appropriate role as president” as he said he understood in 2011. But secondly, this action shows blatant disregard for legal, working Americans. Unemployment is above 8%, and the President just added 800,000 new employees to the workforce when legal folks are still struggling to find the few jobs that remain. Let’s hope Breitbart reporter Mike Flynn is right when he says, “This message will not be lost on working-class voters.”
"Religious Liberty First, Religious Liberty Always"
"It’s ironic how President Obama placed his hand upon the Holy Bible and swore an oath to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States. But for a majority of his presidency, he and many other liberal Democrats have been trampling upon the very first Amendment of the Constitution, ramming their arrogant agenda through Congress and into law against the will of the American people.
Something I find equally as ironic is the deafening silence from groups like the ACLU. Put a cross up in your yard, post the Ten Commandments in a public school, say the word “God” within earshot of their offices (I hope I’m kidding on that one), and you’ve got a huge lawsuit on your hands for “violating religious liberty.” But when the government—the President himself—signs into law a bill that will force religious institutions to violate their religious beliefs or face a fine, the ACLU literally overlooks it and says the Catholic Church is in the wrong."
Thanks for reading, everyone! Feel free to pass these articles on to your friends, even if they don't agree with your political views. Comments are always welcome, as well :) God bless, have a great week!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

God & Self-Government

Today was a productive day at Eagle Forum. I posted a blog post about Senator Rand Paul here, if you would be so kind as to check it out! A few words about Rand Paul: in my blog post, I included a youtube video of the Senator literally demolishing a woman from the Department of Energy over whether the government should be able to tell you what kind of light bulbs to buy to put in your house. (He points out, lucidly, that an administration that is so pro "choice" when it comes to human life is staunchly NOT pro "choice" when it comes to choosing one's lightbulbs.) In other words, the government thinks you're capable of making the choice as to whether to terminate an unborn life, but when it comes to choosing light bulbs, that's a decision left up to Uncle Sam. 

I also posted a link to a video I made of Paul's CPAC speech on the EFC blog (my first time using iMovie, and I loved it! There will be many more similar videos to come on the efcollegians Youtube channel!). But, here's a quote from Senator Paul's speech that, in working on this blog post today, has stayed with me since I heard it in Chicago last weekend: 

“And when they come to retrieve from my freedom and the fruits of my labor, I will reply that no man, and no government can take my freedom. My freedom predates government. My freedom comes from my Creator, and preexists before all schemes that attempt to confine and restrict it.”

It's good to be reminded of this, especially in the politically volatile world we're living in. Government doesn't give us freedom. Our politicians don't give us freedom. Nor do either of those two entities give us "rights." Our inalienable rights and our freedom come from He who created us in the first place. There are those who seek to suppress this individual liberty granted to us by our Creator; there are those in government who truly think that they--the Ivy League "educated," the "elites"--know better than we do what's best for ourselves, our families, our homes, our futures. There are those that would have us replace our faith in God with faith in government. And there are those on the left who believe that man is not capable of governing himself. But if man is not capable of governing himself, what's to say that he has the right and the capability to govern other men? 

I believe that we are capable of individually governing ourselves without the assistance and guidance of government. This principle of self-government, though, is grounded in the fact that "man must be governed internally by the spirit of God rather than by external forces." In doing a little research on this subject, I came across this great page from the Foundation for American Christian Education. (http://www.american-heritage.org/Content/Docs/Parent/7Principles.pdf) "The principle of self-government," it says, "is God ruling internally from the heart of the individual." So in effect, I contradict myself--we are not capable of governing ourselves...unless we have God's help. Because even though we may be free politically, living in a free nation with little suppression, if we don't have God ruling internally within us guiding our actions, then we are then governed by "external forces" which will likely enslave us just as much as an intrusive government will.

In essence, then, God makes us free!