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Democrats are right about Trump’s actions but wrong about his motives

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Democrats are right about Trumps actions but wrong about his motives

Donald Trump sent out a tweet over the weekend accusing Democrats of being “obstructionists” on the issue of so-called immigration reform. According to Trump, this is causing “needless pain and suffering” while creating the conditions responsible for the “horrors taking place on the Border.”

Besides being a blatant example of how Trump and the GOP have turned the politics of distraction into an art form, his blame game is a lie — at least, where the “horrors” on the border are concerned — because Trump has full constitutional power to stop the border invasion without Congress.

So, why perpetrate the lie that the border problem is not his fault? It could be, and most likely is, Trump’s ignorance of the Constitution and his blame-everyone-but-himself narcissism. In this case, however, I think there’s more to it.

I believe we are also witnessing Trump’s adaptation of the “never let a crisis go to waste” Saul Alinsky-inspired rule perfected by the Obama administration. Trump uses the border “crisis,” which he promised to fix and could fix if he wanted, to orchestrate a political advantage for himself by spreading the lie that the “horrors” at the border are the Democrats’ fault.

Meanwhile, Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi have their own theory concerning Trump’s motivation. They believe he’s trying to put the focus on immigration as a way to “change the subject” away from health care.

Considering the fact that Trump and the GOP have failed to repeal Obamacare as promised, I can see how “Chuck and Nancy” might reach that conclusion. However, they’re incorrect because the NY Liberal in the White House and his swamp buddies in Congress are all-in with the Democrats on the healthcare issue.

Earlier this month, I wrote a piece about an op-ed allegedly written by Trump where he decried the Democrat Party’s call for “Medicare for all” — which is Washingtonese for single-payer — while promising to protect Medicare and parts of Obamacare. He doubled down on this commitment a few days ago.

Despite promising for the fourth election in a row to really, really repeal Obamacare if voters let them keep their majority, Republicans have assumed complete ownership of Obamacare. And when you add that reality to the inevitable expansion of Medicare, the creation of single-payer, government-run socialized health care is guaranteed, which has been the goal of Obamacare from the very start.

Heck, there’s even a movement within the GOP to advance single-payer as the conservative answer to the health care crisis.

The sad reality of today’s Republican party is that it has been transformed into the Trumplican Party. Equally sad is how so-called conservatives have become Trumpservatives whose betrayal of conservative values is so obvious, they aren’t even hiding it anymore.

Democrats are right about Trump using the immigration problem as a way to change the subject, but they’re wrong about what’s motivating him to do so. He isn’t doing it to avoid the Democrats’ goal of single-payer, government-run socialized health care … he and the GOP love it just as much as they do.

Originally posted on StridentConservative.com.

 


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Free speech and the anti-vaxxer movement

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Free speech and the anti-vaxxer movement

Put aside, for the briefest of moments, whatever you believe about vaccines. I’m not going to try to convince you one way or the other about vaccinating children and the alleged health risks posed by vaccines. I’m not even going to get into the debate about whether or not parents should be compelled to have their children vaccinated. I want to talk about free speech (technically, freedom of thought) and whether or not human adults can be trusted with making their own choices.

I’ve done my own research about the science in favor and against the anti-vaxxer movement. I made my decision based on this information. What my decision was isn’t relevant for this discussion. The point that needs to be first considered is the fact that there is data is out there for people to read. The videos are there for people to watch. The opinions are available for people to digest.

But that may not be the case for long. Those opposed to the anti-vaxxer movement are urging everyone from tech companies to the federal government to the United Nations to essentially outlaw any information that does not conform with the majority opinion. Much of these efforts are driven by the pharmaceutical industries themselves, but most is driven by concerned citizens who believe parents should not have a choice about their children’s healthcare as it pertains to vaccines. Their argument is a good one: When anti-vaxxers put their own children at risk, they put other people’s children at risk. This is a textbook argument about one person’s rights impeding on another person’s rights.

The counter argument is that if vaccines are so effective, then there’s no reason for those who have their children vaccinated to worry about being exposed to children who are not vaccinated. Again, it’s a good argument.

And that’s the point. There are good arguments on both sides when it comes to rights. The science is heavily weighted towards favoring vaccinations, but that doesn’t mean the science that talks of risks of vaccinations should be stifled.

As is usually the case, I am referring specifically to freedom of thought rather than freedom of speech, since technically there’s no freedom of speech issue here with private companies banning anti-vaxxer information. They are private companies, and while they inappropriately enjoy certain protections as content platforms while simultaneously invoking their privilege as content aggregators, the bottom line remains the same: thoughts are being suppressed because they’re considered dangerous by some.

This isn’t a 1st Amendment issue because as of right now, the government isn’t involved in the suppression as far as we know. That means the battle over whether or not information from anti-vaxxers should be shareable on social media, searchable on Google, and discussion-worthy on mainstream news outlets is becoming a series of oversteps on the part of the companies helping with suppression. This should concern everyone regardless of their choices and beliefs regarding vaccinations.

Those who have followed this topic over the past few months are likely aware Google and Facebook, among others, have embraced certain types of policies with varying levels of transparency behind them in an effort to make anti-vaxxer information as inaccessible as possible. Those opinions are quashed now and the crackdown hasn’t even reached its apex. Now, GoFundMe is no longer allowing fundraisers for anti-vaxxer organizations on their platform, either.

It’s extremely important to understand this point: I would rather a government say vaccinations are mandatory than for the “information czars” of social media and search engines to quash ideas that are unpopular with the majority. That’s not an opinion swayed by my personal perspectives on vaccinations; I’d feel this way whether I was a Big Pharma lawyer or Charlie Sheen. But we’re adults. We can discern information and should be allowed to do so. Some will choose wisely. Others will not. It’s not the responsibility of tech companies or governments to tell us which information is too dangerous for our petty little minds to access.

Just give us the facts and let us make up our own minds.

When government says vaccinations are mandatory, there’s recourse for those against them. When Facebook, Google, or GoFundMe think anti-vaxxer advocates are worth hiding or removing altogether from their platforms, there’s no recourse.

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With Kasich out of the way, Ohio poised to pass ‘Heartbeat Bill’

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With Kasich out of the way Ohio poised to pass Heartbeat Bill

It appears the third time is a charm for pro-life Republicans in Ohio who have now passed their “Heartbeat Bill” again. The difference this time is Governor Mike DeWine will sign it. His predecessor, John Kasich, vetoed it twice.

This bill will prohibit most abortions beyond the moment a heartbeat can be detected in the fetus, which is normally around six weeks from conception. Opponents to the bill, including Kasich, argued that it doesn’t give the mother enough time to even know she’s pregnant before the door is closed on her ability to have an abortion.

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There will be challenges and even if it gets signed, it will likely have a hard time being codified. As I noted when Kasich vetoed it last time, one of his arguments is that he wouldn’t sign a bill that would go through all the legal challenges and be found unconstitutional. It was a cop-out, but there’s some truth to what he said.

Nevertheless, we must continue to get these types of bills passed even if there’s a good chance they won’t make it all the way through. The fight for the rights of preborn babies isn’t one that must rely on practical victories only. We need to win on the cultural level. To do that, we need debate. To have debate, we need bills like these to his the news and make people talk. Only then will we have sufficient opportunities to make out case before the nation for the sake of the children.

Women’s rights groups are already swarming on Ohio. We’re likely to hear from Hollywood soon just as they made their fuss over Georgia. While this may seem like a bad thing, a mobilized and passionate pro-life advocacy is more than enough to counter their narrative. Lest we forget, we have both facts and emotions on our side. Arguments about women’s rights being trampled upon for the sake of killing babies is are all ludicrous.

I’m very proud of Ohio and I will pray this becomes law.

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“The bill — which makes no exceptions for rape or incest — is among the most restrictive abortion measures in the country.” – Nicole Darrah

Final Thoughts

With an actual Republican governor ready to sign it, Ohio is demonstrating what can be done when RINOs leave office. The Heartbeat Bill will protect the lives of thousands of preborn babies. It’s a good day for the pro-life movement.

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There is no fix for Obamacare

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There is no fix for Obamacare

At least not one that can maintain the virtues of a free market and the independence of the American consumer.

There have been many who have postulated that Obamacare was “rigged to fail”. Maybe that’s true, maybe it isn’t. But, I think it can be clearly inferred that it was not designed to be fixed with efforts that attempt to revive market forces or consumer choice and independence. You see, for the health insurance market, the ACA was a “total buy-in”. Its roots spread through the entire foundation of the Healthcare industry and its basic premise was a guarantee that too many consumers would become dependent on its mechanisms for continued coverage, that any alteration would appear dooming to large numbers of insured Americans.

While the ACA may not have been designed to fail, it was nevertheless designed to falter and its crafting was of such a manner so that the only way to prop it up was to move further towards socialized medicine. Any move to allow market forces to re-enter and re-invigorate the health insurance market would only hasten Obamacare’s collapse because it has been rigged to respond to such attempts catastrophically, so as to delegitimize such attempts.

Obamacare is quintessentially socialism in embryo. Capitalism cannot save it, for its precepts are counter-intuitive to the principles of the free market and consumer independence. The only way to save the health insurance system from inevitable, and possibly designed, collapse is Obamacare’s end.

This is why every Republican attempt to fix the health insurance market has been rated by the CBO and other entities as making more problems instead of less, and leading to less coverage instead of more, because as long as the bulk of Obamacare remains in place as the main propellant of the health insurance market and the healthcare industry, it will respond as designed and swirl out of control as the market becomes more and more confused by the application of counter-intuitive principles (socialism and capitalism). What we are witnessing in the steady collapse of the health insurance marketplace is a fast-paced demonstration of what American society has been steadily experiencing for over half a century: the failure of mixed economics. This foolish attempt to wed socialist ideas with capitalist ones ignorantly assumes that two fundamentally opposed economic models could be combined in a successful manner.

The only way to fix the health insurance market, and the only way to continue invigorating an American economy once the greatest and most industrious in the world, is to hack away the creeping vines of socialism taking hold of our economic sectors and reaffirm the benefits of market forces and, above all else, consumer independence. The fastest way to regain confidence in capitalism for the current and rising generations is to responsibly repeal Obamacare and craft piecemeal steps towards a truly free market in its stead.

The focus cannot be on fixing Obamacare, or even on replacing it. It must be on saving consumers from destructive ends… both from catastrophic premiums and the growing threat of absolute government dependence.

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