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Conservatives, Federalists and people of faith must be a voice for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities

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Last year as a way to help me connect with people, a friend of mine introduced me to a group that had ties to a non-profit group called The Arc. Now the overall purpose of The Arc is to serve people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The organization’s roots go back to 1936 with the Children’s Benevolent League which was incorporated in Washington State. It would evolve into the Association for Retarded Children (or Citizens) which was the original acronym for ARC. Retarded these days is a politically incorrect term, and thus The Arc has no meaning anymore in itself anymore. I myself do fall into those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

While I would agree that “retarded” would be a derogatory term and mental disabilities would be a more appropriate term to use, I eventually had to leave my local group of The Arc and it was strictly out of my own choice and my choice alone.

The Arc I soon found out opposed any repeal of the Affordable Care Act. One of the biggest reasons why they support the ACA (aka ObamaCare) is that the law itself allowed for Medicaid expansion, and thus bringing more people into that welfare program including people with disabilities. I also looked at their blog and they were also opposed to the recent signed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and while I have my healthy skepticism about this brand new law signed by President Trump, I do think we need to reign in Medicaid spending cause if we don’t, it will eventually go broke and those who have depended on it really suffer.

Sadly, The Arc has been grounded in a belief that only big government can help those with disabilities. The Arc’s long standing tax policy according to them is; “that it should raise sufficient revenues to finance essential programs that help people with disabilities to live and work in the community. The Arc also supports tax policy that is fair and reduces income inequality; people with disabilities are twice as likely to experience poverty.”

The term ‘income inequality’ should be a red flag for anyone who calls themselves a conservative. What does The Arc consider ‘income inequality?” This is just one of those buzz terms that the left has thrown around for years, and The Arc while they want to give people with disabilities a voice, that voice sadly eventually will advocate for more bigger government and higher taxes and regulation. All in the name of helping the intellectual and developmental disabled. The Arc to me is just another organization that is ran by maybe well intended progressives to liberal thinking people.

I would like to ask The Arc why must people be forced to buy expensive health insurance so that they can take the money out of the consumers to spread to the mentally disabled (via government edict) so that they can be insured? The money could have gone to invest in the needs of individual families who work to the bone just to make a living. Progressives have forced people to work harder for other people that they will never meet. Yet this spreading of the wealth is supposed to make us feel good about our government helping others. Some legitimately do need help from the government and others just stay on the dole and contribute to the collapse of the welfare state.

The welfare state is a sacred cow of the progressives because it is used by progressive politicians to buy votes from their constituents. The Arc is no different as progressive politicians are buying favor with them as well. The short term might be favorable to the disabled but if the socialist scheme crashes and big government can’t help them any longer, I can only tell the disabled community to be on guard.

I am not saying that the disabled should not receive government help. What I am saying is that we need to reform welfare programs so that it does not come crashing down like a ton of rocks. I am afraid that eventually the disabled will be weeded out of the population because they are now a burden to our government. If CBS News enjoys the fact that Iceland murders the preborn that have mental disabilities via legal abortion, then that thinking is only a hop, skip and jump away from coming to America and worse.

If you are part of The Arc, and agree with me that The Arc’s advocacy of big government is wrong, we need to figure out a way to create some kind of organization that is not focused on big centralized government but rather embolden those with intellectual and developmental disabilities to be able to live not only independently but in a culture built on liberty and freedom. We now have stable organizations for senior citizens that promotes conservative values (AMAC, 60+, American Seniors Organization) and are true alternatives to the progressive AARP. Now we need conservative alternatives to The Arc.

This article was originally published in The Christian Post.

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The truth about Thanksgiving

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The truth about Thanksfiving

Thanksgiving for many of us has been presented as a time when diversity worked. When a group of people who came seeking refuge from religious persecution was saved by another group of people. A time when different cultures could come together and share what they had to offer one another, culminating in a feast consisting of corn and turkey that was made to honor that moment.

Sadly, the most recent depiction of this pivotal moment in our history has been turned into an American horror story. A story that depicts white Europeans who came to wipe out all the innocent natives by disease and war. The evil white man brought with them more evil white men who only wanted to destroy and kill, to take land that didn’t belong to them and annihilate anyone who wasn’t white. Because that’s all white people want.

Neither of these versions are remotely true.

The Pilgrims were not fleeing from persecution. Nor did they spread disease or kill an entire village of Native Americans. They simply came to a new world filled with the hope of freedom – freedom to live by the values and principles as defined by the word of God. They came to the new world to give their families that chance rather than being overtaken by a society they felt did not reflect those values. It was so important to them that they risked their lives and the lives of their children to make the voyage. A voyage that landed them far from where they were expecting.

After arriving to the new world it was clear that God had a plan. The circumstances which led up to the first thanksgiving – for both the Europeans and the Native American that helped them – could only be explained by divine providence.

Despite being told this is a time to apologize or to be shameful for our history as a nation, the truth is Thanksgiving should be the most important and revered time for all Americans. A time of remembrance of God’s grace and divine providence for a group of people that risked everything to honor Him, including a Native American by the name of Squanto.

The diversity of God’s grace is what we, Americans, should be celebrating. Not multiculturalism.

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Marco Rubio whips out Bible verse that goes after the Florida recount debacle

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Marco Rubio whips out Bible verse that goes after the Florida recount debacle

There are two prevailing opinions pertaining to the Florida election and subsequent recounts. Democrats generally feel like it’s good to “count every ballot” until they win, even if that means “finding” more ballots to add to their candidates’ tallies. Republicans have been fighting against the recounts despite that play coming across ingenuously to voters on both sides.

We should want every valid vote counted. The operative word there is “valid.”

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), a Catholic, Tweeted a Bible verse that seemed apropos to the current debacle in Florida.

One might even say this draws in one of the favorite punching bags for Republicans, former presidential candidate “Crooked” Hillary Clinton. That wasn’t the intent, I’m sure, but it’s always fun to laugh at Hillary.

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3 reasons President Trump should offer Asia Bibi asylum

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3 reasons President Trump should offer Asia Bibi asylum

There are certain political moves that can be considered “no-brainers” for anyone in Washington DC. Offering persecuted Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi asylum is one of them.

The drawbacks of doing so are few but potent. It would enrage hardline Muslims in the United States who may go after Bibi and her family, but that’s a risk she’ll face anywhere she goes. It would put US citizens and military personnel at greater risk than they already are when traveling abroad, especially in Muslim majority nations like Pakistan. Lastly, it would spark negative press against the President who would ask whether or not he would do the same for a Muslim in a similar circumstance.

All of those negatives are mitigated by three important positives.

  1. It goes against the bigotry narrative. Don’t get me wrong. Mainstream media and leftists will still try to paint the act of offering asylum to a persecuted Pakistani family as racist because she’s Christian. Thankfully, most Americans are smart enough to see through that false narrative.
  2. Pakistan won’t mind. If anything, their preference would be for America, which is already evil in the eyes of most hardline Islamic Pakistanis, to accept a burden that will only perpetuate a narrative that already exists.
  3. It’s the right thing to do. Any time the President of the United States can do the right thing, he should. Lately, there just haven’t been many opportunities to do so.

Every day that passes brings Asia Bibi and her family closer to the dangers that are closing in on them in Pakistan. They need to be taken in as soon as possible. Italy, Germany, and even Canada have offered to step up. The United States needs to do the same.

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