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It’ll take Federalists to make the tough but necessary decisions

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Whether they know it or not, nearly every Democratic lawmaker and a majority of Republican lawmakers want the people to be completely dependent on government. For some of them, it’s embedded within their ideology without their own full understanding; they could honestly say they don’t believe in complete dependence in spite of actions to the contrary. Others recognize it for what it is and fully embrace the notion.

There’s a third group who want people to be dependent on government. These are mostly Republicans, though some Democrats can fall into this category. They are the people who aren’t philosophically aligned with overreaching government or citizen dependency but who’ve accepted the concepts for the sake of election victories. In mid-2017, we witnessed many GOP representatives on Capitol Hill expose their membership in this category of big-government opportunists by embracing Trumpcare. What they sold as “repeal and replace” was actually “tweak and rebrand.” They said it was a “common sense” approach to government-run health care, but it’s so close in form and function to Obamacare for two reason: the 2018 and 2020 elections.

Those who fall into this category believe that if they were to pull the rug out from underneath those who signed up for Obamacare, they’ll get slaughtered on election day. We would contend that a full and true repeal accompanied by a solid education campaign and proper coordination with the private market would not only help the vast majority of Americans save money, it would also empower full-repeal-representatives to be in the driver’s seat in their upcoming elections. Unfortunately, they’re addicted to the concept of redistribution of wealth as a way to win votes. As much as the Republican Party espouses the free market economy, one would hope they’d be willing to back up their words with actions. Most are not.

Thankfully, it’s within this third category that we believe we can reach people. That’s not to say that those who fall into categories one or two are unreachable, but changing one’s ideology is more difficult than simply assuaging fears.

We can improve health care by getting the government out of it. We can balance the budget, reduce the national debt, and bring the nation back to a state of fiscal responsibility. We can solve these and so many other problems by cutting and eliminating rather than growing and expanding as DC has been wont to do for decades. To do these things, we need people willing to make the tough calls. We need Federalists.

There’s a perception among politicians that the American people are too simple-minded to accept the complexities of tough decisions. They believe that if you take something away, the reactionary and unintelligent masses will vote the “mean people” out of office. They rightfully believe that media, Hollywood, the education system, and every other facet of indoctrination utilized by big-government folks will sway the people away from backing those who are doing the right thing. With all this, there’s a caveat: properly handled, any righteous and responsible move by government can rise above the indoctrination because Americans aren’t as selfish nor slow-witted as politicians believe.

Americans don’t trust government because the people in government have proven to be untrustworthy. This needs to change. As a party, we intend to take the necessary steps to earn the trust of the people. First, we will hold our candidates and representatives responsible for their actions and beholden to the promises they make. While other parties will attempt to hide the missteps and foibles of their people, we will make sure our people know we’re watching closely and are willing to pull our support if necessary. Second, we have to bring truth and reality to the table. Believe it or not, those are missing components in so many pieces of legislation introduced at every level. Lastly, we’ll be transparent. A Federalist representative must be willing to lay out the benefits and acknowledge the drawbacks of every action they take.

We won’t sell our ideas to the American people through subterfuge or doublespeak. We’ll lay out the facts so the people know precisely why we’re doing what we’re doing. Let’s look at Obamacare as an example.

Will people lose their health care if Obamacare is repealed? Yes. Most who “lose” their health care will simply opt out of the mandate. There have always been people who preferred paying out of pocket because they simply didn’t get sick very often. Others who “lose” their health care will have the option of replacing their Obamacare plan with a private market plan. This is where a combination of the free market economy and charitable efforts must come into play. Instead of government saying everyone must be covered, repeal and working with the industry as well as charities will make it so everyone can be covered. That’s where this nation’s health care system needs to be.

Would repealing and not replacing Obamacare fix the entire system? No. There were challenges before Obamacare and there will be challenges after Obamacare is repealed, but these challenges are best met without Washington DC involved. Government should be the last line of defense, not the tip of the health care spear.

Obamacare is just one example. Politicians are only one problem. It’s also up to the people to regain the willingness of our predecessors to say, “stay out of my business and let me handle my own problems.” For both of these challenges to be addressed requires representatives who are willing to do the right thing even if it means in-depth explanations. We’ve elected and groomed too many politicians who rely on slogans and Tweets in lieu of education and explanation.

If politicians continue to be scared of making tough decisions because it could prevent them from winning re-election, they don’t deserve to be re-elected. There are too many huge problems that require bold actions for us to waste time with spineless representatives. Government has become the greatest impediment to the nation’s prosperity and security. We need representatives who will make the tough calls and stand by them. We need Federalists in office.

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Border Patrol arrests 32 at San Diego demonstration

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Border Patrol arrests 32 at San Diego demonstration

SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested 32 people at a demonstration Monday that was organized by a Quaker group on the border with Mexico, authorities said. Demonstrators were calling for an end to detaining and deporting immigrants and showing support for migrants in a caravan of Central American asylum seekers.

A photographer for The Associated Press saw about a dozen people being handcuffed after they were told by agents to back away from a wall that the Border Patrol calls “an enforcement zone.” The American Friends Service Committee, which organized the demonstration, said 30 people were stopped by agents in riot gear and taken into custody while they tried to move forward to offer a ceremonial blessing near the wall.

Border Patrol spokesman Theron Francisco said 31 people were arrested for trespassing and one was arrested for assaulting an officer.

More than 300 people, many the leaders of churches, mosques, synagogues and indigenous communities, participated in the demonstration at San Diego’s Border Field State Park, which borders Tijuana, Mexico.

The rally held on a beach divided by the border wall was the second confrontation for Border Patrol agents since a caravan of more than 6,000 migrants, predominantly Hondurans, reached Tijuana last month. A confrontation with rock-throwers from Mexico led to U.S. agents firing tear gas into Mexico on Nov. 25 and a five-hour closure of the nation’s busiest border crossing.

Thousands of migrants are living in crowded tent cities in Tijuana after undertaking a grueling journey from Central America to the U.S. border. Many face waiting weeks or months in Mexico while they apply for asylum. The U.S. is processing up to about 100 claims a day at the San Diego crossing, which is creating a backlog.

The demonstration Monday was meant to launch a national week of action called “Love Knows No Borders: A moral call for migrant justice,” which falls between Human Rights Day on Monday, and International Migrants’ Day on Dec. 18, the group said.

“Showing up to welcome and bless children, mothers and fathers seeking asylum from very difficult and dehumanizing circumstances is the right and humane thing to do,” said Bishop Minerva G. Carcano, from the San Francisco Area United Methodist Church. “How we act in these moments determines who we will become as a nation.”

The group also is calling on Congress to defund Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection.

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Latest Godzilla: King of Monsters trailer may mean it’s actually getting released next year

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Latest Godzilla King of Monsters trailer may mean its actually getting released next year

One of next year’s early blockbusters will be Godzilla: King of the Monsters. It is scheduled for May 31 after being pushed repeatedly to position it against the competition. This newest release date will give Marvel’s Avengers: End Game plenty of time to eat up audience dollars before passing the baton.

Originally slated for this year, executives kept looking for the best window for their second installment of what they hope to be a franchise similar to the successful Planet of the Apes reboot. The first installment of Godzilla in 2014 was widely seen as the first legitimate blockbuster featuring the Japanese monster after a handful of clunky attempts. It did well with a strong cast (including Bryan Cranston) and chalked up over $500 million at the worldwide box office against 75% on Rotten Tomatoes.

This installment features Millie Bobby Brown who has experience fighting demonic beasts in Netflix Stranger Things.

My only concern is that they seem to be putting out all the major bad monsters in this one – Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah. It lends to the notion that this will be limited to a trilogy with the climax being Godzilla vs. Kong, crossing over the giant ape’s own franchise.

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Brett Kavanaugh punts on Planned Parenthood cases, leaving conservatives baffled

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Brett Kavanaugh punts on Planned Parenthood cases leaving conservatives baffled

Conservatives were cheering when Justice Brett Kavanaugh was finally confirmed after a tumultuous process that polarized the nation. Leftists argued that Kavanaugh’s confirmation would be the end for women’s rights to make choices about abortions, among other things, even before the confirmation turned into a high school sexual assault circus.

Instead of hearing arguments in his first major abortion-related case since taking the bench, Kavanaugh sided with Chief Justice John Roberts and the four left-leaning Supreme Court Justices to decline to review it. Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch all wanted to hear the case, but it takes four.

According to Thomas, the move was political.

Kavanaugh, Roberts, side with liberal judges on Planned Parenthood case

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/12/10/supreme-court-planned-parenthood-defunding-case-845056?lIn February, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling that Kansas was wrong to to end Planned Parenthood’s Medicaid funding, writing that states can’t cut off funding for reasons “unrelated to the provider’s competence and the quality of the healthcare it provides.” Four other appeals courts have ruled that Medicaid patients have the right to access the provider of their choice.

But the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has held that states do have the right to terminate a provider’s Medicaid contract and that residents cannot challenge that decision.

The Supreme Court’s action Monday allows the split decisions to stand in different federal circuits. Thomas, in his dissent, wrote that the Supreme Court should have taken the cases to resolve conflicting findings from lower courts.

“Because of this Court’s inaction, patients in different States — even patients with the same providers — have different rights to challenge their State’s provider decisions,” Thomas wrote.

My Take

Thomas is right. This is the type of case that is ideal for the Supreme Court to resolve the rights of individuals, who are currently bound by different laws in different states. The majority of the time, this isn’t a bad thing. States can and should act differently from one another. However, when it comes to a person’s right to challenge a federal funding, which Medicaid is in part, there needs to be clear direction from the Supreme Court.

As Thomas noted, the reasons for punting on this issue were clear.

“So what explains the court’s refusal to do its job here? I suspect it has something to do with the fact that some respondents in these cases are named ‘Planned Parenthood.’ That makes the Court’s decision particularly troubling, as the question presented has nothing to do with abortion,” Thomas wrote.

This case had nothing to do with abortion, at least not directly. It was about the rights of the people to challenge how their tax dollars were spent, a fundamental right that drills down to the core of our republic. The mere mention of Planned Parenthood, even outside of the abortion issue, was enough to spook Justice Kavanaugh. He joins Chief Justice Roberts and Republicans on Capitol Hill who are so terrified of Planned Parenthood, they refuse to address the issue even at its most basic level.

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