I received a comment on my letter to the President (if you scroll down you’ll see it, it was my alst post) and I normally wouldn’t dedicate a whole blog post in response to a comment but I couldn’t let this one comment slide by. The comment was longer than my letter itself and this is my reaction to it. I am using simple facts. I was going to use the links provided by the person who commented by I have surpassed using Wikipedia as a reliable source. He also cited Media Matters, The Daily Show and the New York Times.
I first want to start with the suggestion by the man who commented on my post to do a Google search for “Glenn Beck 1990”. So he was obviously hoping I’d find out that Glenn Beck raped a murdered a girl. So I did, and wow look at all the proof I found, proving that Glenn Beck did in fact NOT rape and murder a girl. If you’ll notice this website http://gb1990.com/ “The Official Parody Site about the Controversy”, or this one http://foxnewsboycott.com/glenn-beck/glenn-beck-raped-and-murdered-a-girl-in-1990/ notice the “NOTE: This is a satire/parody, but a valid example of the fallacious reasoning Beck is known for.” Still not convinced check this link out and links supplied by the website. http://urbanlegends.about.com/b/2009/09/03/internet-hoax-says-glenn-beck-raped-murdered-young-girl-in-1990.htm. I’m not sure what I was suppose to find by typing in “Glenn Beck 1990” that would convince me he is guilty of this hideous accusation. What that search did for me was reassure how vicious people can become just because they don’t agree with a person. I have a message for the creators of those sites “GET A LIFE.” If you are really going to resort to those tactics and have people believe them then you are making it okay for anyone to come up with garbage about anyone, so I think it’s your facts that need to be double checked.
On to the next point, he told me that
“in your first paragraph you state that “all you’ve seen is change”. This, is a good thing Jackie, see with change brings hope that tomorrow will be a better day for all of us.”
I have a hard time with this because it depends on what your idea is of “good” change that determines how you feel about a situation and since this man and I obviously disagree the change Obama brings doesn’t give me hope that tomorrow will be a better day. This was followed up by his praise of the healthcare bill that passed the house last night
“The changes taking effect now on this health reform bill is historic and a lot of hard working people (both Democrats and Republicans) put their time and effort into crafting something that can change America, thus bringing a better life to everyone, and especially to those without insurance. See, that’s where the hope lays. With those people who have no way to pay for decent healthcare, do not forget about those people, they are still Americans too, no matter how poor they may be. Let us remember the preamble of the United States Constitution at this moment:
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, Promote the General Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. I don’t think I have to underline the part that I am referring to.” Ah yes the common blunder of using the “promote the general welfare” clause of the constitution to prove that it is the government’s responsibility to provide everything for its people. “
Notice it says promote, not provide. Also if you’ll look at this quote from James Madison (the “Father of the Constitution” and main author of it) you’ll see the founders had a feeling it would be taken out of context.
“With respect to the two words ‘general welfare,’ I have always regarded them as qualified by the detail of powers connected with them. To take them in a literal and unlimited sense would be a metamorphosis of the Constitution into a character which there is a host of proofs was not contemplated by its creators.”
Sounds to me like Mr. Madison knew what was going to happen today, and warned us. And if you’d really like some proof that a government run healthcare plan is a poor idea you can first of all look to Canada or Europe, or hey, here is a crazy idea check out some of the stuff included in the one the house passed last night.
- Creation of a government-run health plan that experts say would result in up to 114 million Americans losing their current coverage-a clear violation of any pledge to allow individuals to keep their current health plan;
- Nearly half a trillion dollars in tax increases on certain income filers, a majority of whom are small businesses-and $729.5 billion in tax increases overall;
- Insurance regulations that would raise costs for nearly all Americans, particularly young Americans, and confine choice of plans to those approved by a board of bureaucrats;
- New price controls on health insurance companies that provide perverse incentives to keep individuals sick rather than managing chronic disease, while impeding patient access to important services just because those services do not provide a direct clinical benefit;
- Additional federal mandates that would significantly erode the flexibility currently provided to employers-and could result in firms dropping coverage;
- Massive expansion of Medicaid to all individuals with incomes below 150 percent of the Federal Poverty Level ($33,075 for a family of four), replacing the existing private health coverage of millions with taxpayer-funded health care-and imposing tens of billions of dollars in new unfunded mandates on States;
- Denial of health plan choice to 15 million Americans, consigning them instead to a Medicaid program riddled with bureaucratic obstacles and poor access to care, such that its own beneficiaries do not consider it “real insurance;”
- Language opening employers operating group health plans to State law remedies and private causes of action-subjecting employers to review by 50 different State court rulings, thereby raising costs and encouraging more employers to drop their current health plans;
- Liability “reforms” intended to ensure trial lawyers do not have their compensation reduced, rather than meaningful changes that would reduce the cost of health care by eliminating wasteful defensive medicine practices;
- Establishment of a bureaucrat-run health Exchange that would abolish the private market for individual insurance outside the Exchange-and could evolve into a single-payer approach due to the Exchange’s ability to cannibalize existing employer plans;
- Creation of a new government board, the “Health Benefits Advisory Committee,” that would empower federal bureaucrats to impose new mandates on individuals and insurance carriers;
- Taxation of individuals who do not purchase a level of health coverage that meets the diktats of a board of bureaucrats-including those who cannot afford the coverage options provided;
- New, job-killing taxes-$135 billion worth-on employers who cannot afford to provide their workers health insurance, resulting in up to 5.5 million lost jobs, according to a model developed by President Obama’s chief economic advisor;
- Penalties as high as $500,000 on employers who make honest mistakes when filing paperwork with the government health board-which would likely dissuade businesses from continuing to provide coverage, increasing enrollment in the bureaucrat-run Exchange;
- “Low-income” health insurance subsidies to a family of four making up to $88,200;
- Arbitrary and harmful cuts to popular Medicare Advantage plans that would result in millions of seniors losing their current health coverage; and
- Expanded price controls on pharmaceutical products that would discourage companies from producing life-saving breakthrough treatments.
That and more can be found at http://www.gop.gov/resources/library/documents/legdigests/111/Pelosi%20HC%20Bill%20Full%20Summary%20110309.pdf which I would strongly recommend you read through, you might change your mind. Let’s not forget the number of people who are uninsured. I’d use an actual number but the democrats have changed it so many times I’m not sure where it stands as of now. But when you get down to it the majority of the uninsured include: a)Illegal immigrants b)wealthy people who can pay for everything c)young adults who choose not to have it and d) the unemployed. So why not focus on the unemployment issue and illegal immigrant issue?
He also referred to my comment about Barack Obama changing, dismantling and controlling the constitution, in clear violation of his oath and tried to assure me everything the president has done has been constitutional. Well, I’d like to challenge that. Here is a link to a whole slew of things that have questioned the constitutionality of some things the president has done. http://www.stoptheaclu.com/2009/06/10/how-unconstitutional-is-barack-obama-let-me-count-the-ways/.
Moving on to the tea parties this summer and the words that were put in my mouth here is the commenter’s response:
“Really? Every single “leader” of this country handled healthcare reform opponents wrongly in your eyes? Firstly, who are these “leaders” you speak of and why are you lumping the President of the United States in with them?”
I don’t recall saying every single leader I believe I said “I became deeply saddened with the way you and OTHER leaders of this country…” I guess he took the liberty of replacing OTHER with ALL. I didn’t accuse the President specifically of accusing the tea partiers of being Nazi’s or brown shirts, those were accusations from other leaders but the President did take his fair share of jabs at the protestors. I think this video from an Obama rally can be pointed not only to GOPers but also to Tea Partiers http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zkoLgi0pR4 This one is in reaction to him using quotes around NEWS in Fox News this is one of my all time favorites by a news channel I’m sure the man is familiar with, MSNBC http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfGF-wI6KUw&feature=related .
Yes, I do believe the president has very little respect for our Constitution and a lot of the bills, like healthcare and cap and trade are just a power grab.
“Seriously? You think President Obama, one of the MOST powerful men in the world -already- is still trying for “power grabs” and is not trying to help the American people? But then again, like I stated in my paragraph above, if you believe President Obama has been “hatching some diabolical secret scheme” over the past 10-20 years you probably wouldn’t have gotten this far into my reply.”
A cap and trade plan that would allow the government to check and make sure your home meets energy standards sounds a bit like a power grab or a healthcare plan that allows the government to dictate which doctors you can go to sounds like a power grab.
In terms of taxes I’m glad I can agree with the guy that I don’t like taxes, however he doesn’t feel so bad once he thinks about all the great programs his taxes are going to to help fund. Ah yes the beauty of Social Security and the Post Office and the DMV and let’s not forget all the stuff in the stimulus we are paying for: $1.7 million “for a honey bee factory” in Weslaco, TX, $475,000 to build a parking garage in Provo City, Utah, $200,000 for a tattoo removal violence outreach program that could help gang members or others shed visible signs of their past, $300,000 for the Montana World Trade Center 6. $1 million for Mormon cricket control in Utah, $650,000 for beaver management in North Carolina and Mississippi, $2.1 million for the Center for Grape Genetics in New York 3. $332,000 for the design and construction of a school sidewalk in Franklin, Texas, $2 million “for the promotion of astronomy” in Hawaii, $1.7 million for pig odor research in Iowa. He also alluded to tax money going to education, mmhhmm you gotta love that your money is going to help teachers indoctrinate their students.
On the topic of Obama’s crazy advisors I never said those people shouldn’t be allowed to say those things, I realize what the first amendment is and they had every right to say those things, but that doesn’t remove that fact that what they said is ridiculous and should send a light off in the American peoples mind because I’m not exactly excited about having someone working for our President who is a big fan of Chairman Mao or Hugo Chavez, but that’s just me I guess.
And there is the topic of fox news where once again words were put into my mouth, I don’t recall saying the White House has censored Fox News, although it wouldn’t surprise me. And believe me Fox News isn’t asking the President or aides to come on in order to help their ratings, their ratings are high enough as is, they’re practically untouchable by any other news channel. Oh, thanks for the Daily Show clip but I didn’t laugh I did however roll my eyes. But I will respond to it. I can assure you when FOX News says their shows from 4pm on are not “news” shows they didn’t mean everything reported on those shows is pure fallacy. They are the opinions of those commentators but those opinions are backed up by hours of research from a excellent team of researchers. If you look at anything said by his FCC Czar you’d see why I’m a bit worried about freedom of speech, not only on television but also radio.
Also concerning FOX News here is an article from today where the White House has told a democratic strategist “We better not see you on there again” after he appeared on FOX News http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-obama-fox7-2009nov07,0,7720786.story
The Copenhagen Treaty, yes I realize there is not a final draft yet or that the President has not said whether he will or will not sign it. However, in terms of that treaty I’m preparing for the worst but hoping for the best. I’d like to think he would not if the final draft did include a new government like the rough draft does. But to think Barack Obama, now a Nobel Peace Prize winner would not sign a treaty like that would be surprising to me. I will highly commend him if he walks away from that meeting and didn’t sign it, but I am in fact skeptical. Being a Christian and knowing what I do about end times prophecy makes me so staunch on believing he will sign it. Regardless if he does or doesn’t the idea of one world government is here to stay.
I do believe the men who founded this country were aware of our Creator, look at any of their writings and you will see that. I’m not saying every one of them believed in God, I do know that Jefferson and Franklin were deists. I’ve watched movies and learned history and history has told me that this country was founded upon a Creator.
I would like to thank the man who commented on my blog for his input, however I do disagree and I hope I’ve supplied plenty of facts to state my position. I do not regret anything I wrote in my letter nor do I take any of it back.