Stop Using Our Lives In Your Power Games

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An Open Letter to President Trump and Members of Congress:

I write to you today, not as your supplicant or subject, but as your employer.  I realize that may come as a shock to most of you, but you are only in your position by the vote of the peons that you claim to “serve”, but ignore the majority of the time.  With very few exceptions, you are more worried about keeping your job than you are doing your job.  You make promises to us during elections that you never intend to keep.  Then you get to DC and turn into something we never intended to elect.

I will say, shame on us for always believing your lies and thinking, “maybe THIS time he/she really means it”, knowing full well that you don’t.  But, shame on you for taking advantage of our need to get through each day with the hand of government shoving itself deeper and deeper into our wallets and lives.

For 7 years, the Republican Party has been saying to their voters, “Obamacare is a disaster.  In 2010 it was, “just give us the House and we’ll get it repealed.”  So, in 2010, we “gave” you the House.  You passed a lot of sham votes to fully repeal every word of Obamacare with the full knowledge that nothing would happen without the Senate and President.

“Give us the Senate, and we’ll repeal Obamacare,” you said.  So, in 2014 we increased your presence in the House and “gave” you the Senate.  More sham votes to fully repeal, and defund, Obamacare that you knew would go nowhere because the President would veto it.

Over 50 times in 7 years you voted to either fully repeal, or defund large portions of, Obamacare.  During each election, you promised that this disaster would be gone as soon as you had the power.

“We need the White House,” you said.  “We can’t do anything without a Republican in the White House.”  Against all odds, and in large part due to your promise, and that of the Donald Trump, to fully repeal Obamacare, we now have a Republican in the White House.

And yet…now that you have Congress and the White House, suddenly you can’t fully repeal Obamacare.  Apparently, you don’t want to give up the power a new entitlement program gives you.

“There are parts that aren’t so bad,” you say.  Funny, that’s not what you said in 2010 when not a single one of the Republicans in Congress voted for it.  “It’s a disaster,” you said.  “It’s gotta go,” was the promise.  Now, suddenly, when you have the opportunity to live up to the promises you made to fully repeal this train wreck, now it’s too complicated.  We, the peons, just don’t understand.

We understand that it wasn’t too complicated in 2015 when you held the last vote to fully repeal, knowing it wouldn’t make a difference.  Now that it would make a significant difference to many lives, it’s too complicated.

Do you all have even the smallest understanding that your power games are having real life consequences on those of us just trying to get by each day?  That Obamacare is having real life, detrimental, effects on lives?

Case in point:  I have a long-time friend who has lived in Nebraska for many years.  She’s married to a great guy, who is a very hard-working independent contractor, and they have 4 beautiful daughters.  One of those daughters was diagnosed as a Type 1 diabetic when she was a baby, and another received the same diagnosis within the last 6 months.

That’s TWO children with significant medical needs and costs.  Before Obamacare, they had several options in their state for individual insurance plans for their family.  They were not cheap, but they covered everything they needed.  Then, Obamacare hit, and over the last 7 years their individual insurance options became fewer and fewer until last year there was only 1:  Blue Cross/Blue Shield.  As of January 1, 2018, they will no longer offer individual coverage in the State of Nebraska.

Every year their premiums and deductibles went up, while the amount of coverage they could afford went down.

Funny, I seem to recall President Obama and the Democrats in Congress telling us all over and over and over that our premiums would go down…that we could keep our coverage if we liked our coverage…that we could keep our doctor if we liked our doctor.

Lies…every single time it came out of their mouths it was a lie, and they knew it.

A couple of weeks ago, my friend received notice that Blue Cross/Blue Shield will no longer be offering individual coverage plans in Nebraska.  There is no Obamacare exchange in the state.  Where does that leave her family?

“Most of the health providers here have closed out anything other than group plans. I kid you not, thanks to the screwed up pile of crap that the last 8 years administration “gifted” us with, the ACA, we may have no other choice but to move out of state just to have health insurance coverage for our privately insured family.  We have accepted HUGE premiums/deductible/copay/coinsurance for YEARS just to have access to quality healthcare. My husband literally works around the clock, harder than any person I know, to provide enough so we can pay our health costs and still eat. Now, due to this power game between politicians and corporations, my family is very possibly at risk of not having the healthcare we NEED on 1/1/18…or we seriously may have to pick up and move to a state that we can get private coverage.”

Yes, you read that right.  Her family may be forced to move just to be able to get health insurance coverage.

Does that seem right to any of you?  Senator Susan Collins – do you believe funding Planned Parenthood should take precedence over a family having to move to get coverage?  Speaker Ryan – does keeping the power in DC over people’s healthcare coverage take precedence over their ability to even GET individual policies?   Majority Leader McConnell – do you think it is okay that two young girls who need significant medical help, and supplies, just to survive should go without because your Party doesn’t want to give up power?  President Trump – The people believed you when you said you would get Obamacare repealed.

Senators Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse…where you do stand on this issue?  How about you Congressmen Jeff Fortenberry, Don Bacon and Adrian Smith?  You’re all from her home state, yet when she and her husband have tried to contact their Members of Congress over the years to make you aware of just how serious this is, they’ve been blown off.

No family should have to move from their home to another state just to get some kind of health insurance coverage.

And, before you say it, no…the solution is not government run, single payer healthcare.  Wherever that has been tried, it has either failed, or is in the process of failing.  Just look at the VA if you want a “local” example.  Government, any government, is not efficient.  It cannot make better decisions for you and your family than you can.

Sadly, it would appear that you, the Republicans, have no intention of keeping the promises you made to us for nearly a decade.  We get excuses for why it, now, can’t be done.  We are told that we just need to accept the turd burger you offered in the House, and now the Senate, because it’s a more tasty turd burger than Obamacare.

It’s still a turd burger.  There is no way to make that taste good.

And, NOTHING proposed in the House or Senate’s repeal and replace bills will solve my friend’s problem.  There are no market based solutions in what you have proposed!!!  Neither offers portability from job-to-job.  Neither allows us to shop for healthcare coverage the way that we shop for car insurance – across state lines with the ability to choose the coverage we need for our families.  Both continue to offer us a mandate…you just call it something that sounds a little better.  Both continue to dictate the coverage we will be forced to buy.  Both still favor big insurance over the people who hired you to make a difference.  Yes, premiums may end up being lower, but that’s not going to bring back the individual insurance market.

You’re making a difference alright…just not the one we expected or need.

And, to the Democrats:  Lest you think I’m only angry with the Republicans, just remember:  You gave us this mess, knowing full well it was going to be a disaster from day one because you want single-payer, government run healthcare.  That gives you more power, and you don’t give a damn about the people this has crushed.  If you did, you wouldn’t be fighting to keep it.  You lied about it, you used manipulation of the process to get it crammed through, and you didn’t care who it would hurt.

Shame on you all.  We are not pawns in your game of power chess.  We are not your subjects to just take the scraps, and crap, you decide to feed us.  We are the people who will decide in 2018 and 2020 if you get to keep that cushy job or not.

Keep your promises, and give us something that will truly make a positive difference.  Not something that will just bring even more government into our lives, while removing any other choices we might have had.

We are real people, with real lives, and the decisions you make in DC are messing with those lives.  Stop it!

Sincerely,
Susan Murphy
An Average American

#RepealObamacare

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The American Genocide

holocaust-bodiesToday, January 27, 2017, is a dual day of remembrance.  First, it is Holocaust Remembrance Day – the day we remind ourselves to never forget that one man tried his very best to exterminate a race of people, and to renew the vow of “never again”.  And, second, today was the March for Life in Washington DC to stand for the life in the womb.

Do you realize, that since Roe v. Wade was upheld in the Supreme Court in 1973, more than 55 million American lives have been snuffed out before they even had a chance to pursue the happiness they are guaranteed under the Constitution?  If this were in any other context, it would, rightly, be called a genocide.

Let’s compare it to the other genocides that took place in the last century:

  • Hitler and the Nazis exterminated an estimated 11 million people during their reign. 6 million of those were Jews.
  • Stalin and the Communists of the Soviet Union caused the “unnatural deaths” of an estimated 20 – 60 million people.
  • Mao Zedong and the Communists in China executed an estimated 45 million people in 4 years.
  • Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge murdered approximately 1.5 million people in their 4-year reign of terror.
  • In Rwanda, over the course of 100 days, the Hutu extremists attempted to wipe out the entire Tutsi population, and they succeeded in murdering between 800,000 – 1 million people.

In each of the examples above, the perpetrators were condemned for what they did.  We look at the photos of the bodies piled up, the mass graves, and we are horrified.

Yet, in the United States, the only land with a guaranteed right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, more human beings have been exterminated than all but the Soviet government under Stalin.

And, we say it is our “right” to do this.

Where are the rights of the unborn human being growing in its mother’s womb?  Because, whether you want to admit it or not, the woman is not going to be giving birth to a Buick or a giraffe.  That individual inside of her is, genetically, a human being.  It is not just a “blob of cells”.  Well, not after the first few weeks anyway.

13-week-ultrasoundMost women don’t really realize they are pregnant until around week 12-13.  This ultrasound shows a 13-week old baby.  A baby with a head, body, arms and legs, etc.  It is certainly more than a blob of cells.

But, if you can imagine, there are science deniers on the liberal side of the political aisle who look at this ultrasound and say that what is there is not a person.  They cannot define when “personhood” begins, but it’s not at this stage.

Again, this is not a typewriter – it is a human being.

The Atlantic published an article on January 24th with the headline: “How Ultrasound Became Political”.  No great bombshell there.  No, that comes with the sub-headline: “The technology has been used to create sped-up videos that falsely depict a response to stimulus.”

Wow…conspiracy theory much?

The article was in response to a bill that Republicans proposed called the “Heartbeat Protection Act” that would require doctors nationwide to “check for a fetal heartbeat” before performing an abortion, and prohibit them from performing one if the heartbeat is detected.

The article then goes on to tell the history of the ultrasound – how it was developed as “stealth technology” for underwater applications – and then goes on with such winning commentary as “ultrasound made it possible for the male doctor to evaluate the fetus without female interference.”

There is one line in this article that really betrayed the author’s true feelings about the subject: “For them, “informed consent” laws add insult to inconvenience, slowing down their access to care while belittling their ability to make decisions about their own bodies.”

The key word in that sentence is “inconvenience”.  That is the heart of the abortion fight.  It is not whether the fetus in the womb is a child or just a clump of unfeeling cells.  It is about the fact that the woman would be inconvenienced by carrying that child.

Is it inconvenient to be pregnant when you’re not ready for it?  Yes, I expect it is.

Whose fault is it that you’re pregnant?  Yours.

It is a harsh reality, but reality nonetheless.  The only “choice” in the equation is whether or not to have sex.  If you ask yourself prior to the act, “am I ready to potentially end up pregnant?”, and the answer is “no”, then you’d darn well better not be having sex.

There is no 100% sure form of birth control but abstinence, and it is not the innocent unborn child’s fault that you were not responsible.

Really…how inconvenient is it?  It is 9 months out of your life, only about 4 of those that may prove really “inconvenient”.  There are millions of couples in this country who are desperate to adopt a child, yet find themselves having to go outside the country to adopt babies because there are not enough babies here for adoption.

Imagine the joy that could be brought to a childless couple for a few months of “inconvenience”.

4d-ultrasound-20-weeksI must admit…I am floored by my friends who say, “I am anti-abortion, but I don’t want the government telling women what they can and can’t do with their own bodies.”  There is no logic in that.  The second part of that statement completely negates the first part.

One of the few constitutional jobs our government has is the protection of life, and if you are for life, then you have to understand that there are times when the government must step in to protect that life if you are not going to.

However, I would rather women wake up to the reality that it is up to us.  We are the ones who will have to bear the consequences, quite literally, of our decisions and actions.  Choose responsibility in the clear light of day.  Should you decide to go forward with the act of sex, then do so with your eyes wide open.  Don’t punish the baby that may come from it because you made a choice that is no longer convenient.

I dream of a world where no child is ever “unwanted” again.  That each life that is sparked in a woman’s womb will be allowed to breathe the air of this world, and grow into the individual God intended them to be.  That they will be a part of a family that will love them, even if they are not blood of that family.

I believe in the future history will not regard us well.  Future generations, I expect, will look back at these decades of mass murder of the unborn, and refer to it as the American Genocide.