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On healthcare, voters know actions speak louder than words

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There is a well-known meme one can find with a simple Internet search: “What if I told you that the left wing and the right wing belong to the same bird?” At first it seems like this should not be possible. Comparing the platforms of the Democratic and Republican National Committees, the DNC refuses to acknowledge God and considers abortion to be a right; on the other hand, the RNC acknowledges God and supports a pro-life stance. So how is it that I can accuse the GOP of being the conservative arm of the Democratic Party? Quite simply, actions speak louder than words.

A lens can help us improve our observation of matter, people and objects – e.g., microscopes, telescopes, magnifying glasses, etc. When we want intimate understanding of something, we use a lens to gain otherwise difficult to observe information, or to clarify the details. Imagine Obamacare as a metaphorical lens, a tool with which we can observe the actions of one party and conclude with my hypothesis.

Republicans have repeatedly told the American people that they would repeal Obamacare. There were GOP Senators and Congressmen who ran in 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016 on the message that they would repeal (and replace) Obamacare. So, anyone voting Republican should have been able to count on some action. Given all the energy (and money) spent campaigning with the primary message to repeal Obamacare, how come nothing has been done? Well, back in 2015, Senate Republicans drafted a bill to repeal Obamacare, the [not-so] Affordable Care Act. There were then 48 current Senators that voted for the repeal measure.
The most obvious problem for Republicans had been that, from 2010 through 2016, had they crafted anything that mentioned repeal of the A.C.A., President Obama would have vetoed without so much as a glance. They knew this so essentially masqueraded as tough, Constitution-minded representatives of the People. You know, like that guy that has his friends hold him back from a fight so he can look fearless and macho in the eyes of some fair dame he wants to impress. Well, come November 8, 2016, we gave the Republicans everything they said they needed.

Republicans finished the elections with the House, the Senate and the Presidency. We were ready. We were told that within 100 days Obamacare would be repealed and replaced. There were no more excuses. The Democrats should be all but powerless to stop the inevitable – the best they could do was practice being speed bumps. The Senate has the power of the purse. The House has the opportunity to show real Constitutional leadership. I expected a version of the 2015 Repeal and Replace Bill to hit President Trump’s desk within 2 weeks of him taking his oath of office. They already had 48 votes. So what happened?

It is well documented that Democrats believe federal government can solve our problems. I had always thought Republicans favored limited government. However, given what I have observed over the last couple of years, when the GOP refers to small government, I think they mean, smaller than the Democrat’s big government. What we begin to observe is that today’s GOP is much more left of, say, Ronald Reagan’s GOP. And that GOP was further left than a decade prior. And, if the prospects of the GOP’s healthcare bill are any indication, they are still pushing a big government agenda that is even further left.

As if it isn’t bad enough that the GOP has lied to us for 7 years and proposed something diametrically opposed to small government, Congress seems to have misplaced their spines. The nicest way of putting it is that they are displaying a hysterical fear of carrying out the mandate voters laid upon their shoulders. For a party that soundly defeated the Democrats in 2016, they are acting like the biggest losers. Either that or they’re feigning fear while willfully obstructing the People’s mandate. Two Senators, Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rand Paul (R-KY), seem to be willing to fight for a full repeal of Obamacare. How is it that these are the only two who get it? What about Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)? Well, he was close but decided to capitulate and try a compromise. There should be no compromise (since healthcare and health insurance are not rights) and I expected Cruz to stand strong alongside Lee and Paul – they could have been called the Three Musketeers. Oh well.

So, here we are, late July, 2017 and we have nothing. While the GOP-owned, do-nothing Congress led by do-nothing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) cannot seem to figure out how to repeal the bill, no one, including President Trump, seems to be able to provide real leadership on the matter. Between the campaign lies, the Obamacare repackaging scheme and the massive government encroachment on our rights, I would have thought Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) were running Capitol Hill.

I am not a great political mind with an intimate understanding of the inner workings of the halls of Congress, but I bet, against more than 2300 pages of A.C.A. regulations, they could have already figured out how to prioritize and repeal the majority of it using the good ‘ol divide and conquer method. At least it would be better than 6 months of obstruction, deceit and general buffoonery. My guess is that, come Nov, 2018, the GOP better get it right or expect to be replaced not by Democrats, but by Constitution-minded statesmen and women who understand the role and scope of the federal government.

David is a Christian, a husband, father and patriot. He loves the fundamental first principles of the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. As a full-time student at Regent University (online), he is earning a BA in Paralegal Studies with the intent to continue on to law school at the University of Texas, Austin. Whenever possible, David argues for the principles of natural law with whoever will listen. David lives in Georgetown, Texas with his wife, Mandy and two children, Ethan and Meredith.

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Jim Acosta is building his own celebrity, not seeking the truth

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Jim Acosta is building his own celebrity not seeking the truth

The press shouldn’t be part of the news. It happens from time to time based upon proximity; because they have to be close to situations, they occasionally get drawn in. What a good journalist should never do is intentionally insert himself into the news, but that seems to be exactly what CNN’s Jim Acosta is doing.

He doesn’t care about reporting. It’s as if he now enjoys being the news. That’s the only logical conclusion one can come up with when viewing his actions over the past several months. Once an obscure media figure during the Obama era, Acosta has found true celebrity status by going after the President and his staff.

He tasted blood and he liked it. Now, it seems he’s addicted to it.

The latest “outburst” against him came from the President himself. It happened during an event with the President of Kazakhstan in which Acosta asked an unrelated question:

‘OUT!’ Trump orders CNN star Jim Acosta to leave Oval Office after reporter’s newest outburst

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2018/01/16/out-trump-orders-cnn-star-jim-acosta-to-leave-oval-office-after-reporter-s-newest-outburst.html“Did you say that you want more people to come in from Norway? Did you say that you wanted more people from Norway? Is that true Mr. President?” Acosta frantically shouted.

“I want them to come in from everywhere… everywhere. Thank you very much everybody,” Trump responded as Acosta continued to bark questions.

That’s all acceptable, albeit slightly inappropriate considering the reason for the event. Acosta took it up several notches with his followup question:

“Just Caucasian or white countries, sir? Or do you want people to come in from other parts of the world… people of color.”

This was intended to insert himself into the news once again. It’s a ridiculous question to ask and embarrassed the President and the nation on an international stage. “Journalists” like Acosta are willing to harm the country and its people as long as they can harm the President at the same time.

I’ve treated the President fairly since he was elected. When he pushes a big-government agenda, I voice my concerns. When he does well, I give praise. I would never attempt to shame him (and the nation as a result) with petulant outbursts of absurd questions. Jim Acosta apparently doesn’t hold such standards.

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Culture and Religion

The strange tale of the Turpin family

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The strange tale of the Turpin family

Abuse of children is one of the most horrible things anyone can do. Rarely do I even read stories about abuse. I know it exists. I’m against it. I don’t want reminders of how evil some people really are. The story of the Turpin family drew me in and made me weep for a world that allows such things to happen.

Here’s the story, followed by my brief thoughts:

California family: Parents charged after children found shackled

http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/16/us/california-turpin-13-siblings-held-captive/index.htmlDavid, 57, and Louise, 49, are accused of holding their children captive in their Perris, California, home in filthy conditions, some of them shackled to beds with chains and padlocks. The 13 siblings range in age from 2 to 29.

The parents are charged with torture and child endangerment, and scheduled for a court hearing Thursday. Bail was set at $9 million each. It was not immediately clear if the suspects had attorneys or whether they had entered a plea.

On Sunday, one of their daughters, a 17-year-old, managed to escape from their home by climbing out a window and called 911 from a deactivated cell phone she found in the house, police said. She told officers her parents were holding her 12 siblings captive inside the home, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said.

My Take

There’s a danger here. We have to be mindful of children who are being abused. Unfortunately, that also means there will be times when the state must intervene. Any time that happens, I get worried. I want as little intervention as possible and only when absolutely necessary. The story of the Turpin family is an example of it being necessary.

The problem is that this evil was allowed to continue for decades. How can that happen? How do we respect the rights of parents and embrace a non-interfering government when there are people like the Turpins in the world? It’s a slippery slope and I have no answers.

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Is the Republican Party racist?

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Is the Republican Party racist

Racism isn’t broken down by party lines. There are racists in every political party in America. Some are more public than others, but generally speaking it’s clear there are racists everywhere. Thankfully, there are fewer of them today than in the past. A good part of the reason for this is cultural, but politically it’s been the Republican Party, not the Democratic Party, that has championed the cause of equal rights.

Unfortunately, there are two things that are changing the way history is perceived by many Americans. The first is a false narrative created by both mainstream media and liberal activists who paint the GOP as racists. The second is the reality of conservative values. While the fight for smaller government and more freedom is a righteous one, it’s also a fight that is more appealing to racists than the liberal ideologies of more government and less freedom.

Historically, the evidence is clearly on the side of the GOP, as this PragerU video demonstrates.

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