Friday, June 30, 2017

Compassion? Court denies parents' right to try to save son

Physician-assisted suicide is being packaged as a “dignified”, “self-affirming” choice for people to end their suffering by ending their lives. In some cases, like the book/movie, “Me Before You,” choosing death is even glamorized and romanticized. But what about court-ordered death? Such is the case of Charlie Gard, the 10-month-old baby in the United Kingdom who has a rare mitochondrial disease, and who is having his life support withdrawn today after his parents lost their appeal to transport him to America for an experimental treatment. 

Due to his condition, Charlie cannot breathe on his own, has seizures, and suffered severe brain damage as a result of his disease. Doctors told Charlie's parents earlier this year that they felt they could do no more to treat him, and recommended they withdraw life support. 

But Charlie’s parents wanted to try to save him. They heard about an experimental treatment in America that could possibly help. Apparently a lot of people supported them in this hope because they helped Charlie's parents raise over $1 million to move him to the US for treatment.

Well, too bad, according to the European Court of Human Rights: it ruled against Charlie’s parents earlier this week, denying them the right to seek the treatment they want to try for their son. The reason? The court said that they did not believe the experimental treatment would benefit Charlie, and that it would cause him "significant harm." So they ordered Charlie's ventilator be removed instead.

It’s bad enough that a court is telling Charlie’s parents they cannot try at least one more time to help their son, but worse, the court won’t even let the parents take their son home to die there. They are being denied even this dignity, while the hospital is rushing to remove the ventilator.

There are few words to describe the barbaric nature of this cruelty. While the court takes it upon itself to decide that a baby should die on the court's terms, couldn’t the court at least allow the parents to decide the location of their son's death on their own terms?

                            



This whole situation is a frightening commentary on how bureaucrats’ are increasingly taking it upon themselves to decide who gets to live and die, while trying to cloak it as compassion for the suffering. But is it compassion or simply a court-sanctioned co-opting of human life?

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Republicans: Yes, please "take away" my health insurance

I'm not sure what's holding up ObamaCare repeal - whether it's because of spineless RINOs afraid to take on the Democrats' or media's attacks, or zealous conservatives waiting for a better deal, but I am hoping and praying that we can still get rid of at least key parts of this monstrosity of a law. 

At this point, I don't actually care if the Senate's version has every component I would wish for, but from what I can see, it has at least the basics. For starters, it removes the individual mandate. Of course, Senator Chuck Schumer warned us all that if the penalty for not having health insurance were to be removed, about 22 million people would be without health insurance. So you mean if we remove the gun from people's heads regarding forced health insurance, they might just say "see ya"? Does this mean Americans don't actually like to be forced to buy products? That's quite a revelation. Thanks, Chuck.

What I still don't hear enough about though is it's not just the rising premiums that are an issue, but the outrageous deductibles. I know I've said this many times before, but I pay a few hundred dollars every month for my health "insurance" premium just so Nancy Pelosi can brag about giving the masses health insurance. But Nancy is mute about the fact that the premium I pay every month doesn't actually cover any health services - at least not for the first $6,000 in medical services that I have to pay for out of my own pocket before my "health insurance" company will pay even a part of my bills. And this is only for the year. Come January, it all goes back to zero and I have to pay the next $6,000 again - plus the hundreds of dollars a month just to satisfy Nancy and Chuck.

But Nancy warns us that if we repeal ObamaCare, "hundreds of thousands of people will die." She doesn't say how not being forced to buy a bad product will actually cause people to die, but I love how she and the other abortion-supporting Democrats suddenly are concerned about human life, despite promoting and financially supporting the killing of 55 million Americans through abortion since 1973's passage of Roe v. Wade. Sorry, Nancy. Not buying it.

What it comes down to is that people like me are devoting a good portion of our resources to our monthly premiums to keep Nancy and Chuck happy, but since carrying this "insurance" is required by the government thanks to them, we possibly have to choose between paying the premium or receiving actual medical services. Here's hoping I stay healthy. Maybe if we got rid of this horrible bill, people could actually afford healthcare again, if Nancy and Chuck really are interested in affordable healthcare, that is. Better yet, aside from the truly down and out who do need assistance, how about removing the government altogether from our healthcare?

In the meantime, while Nancy, Chuck and friends go around warning people that the mean, old Republicans are trying to take away my health insurance, all I can say is, yes, please take it away. Let's start over. I know we can do better and it would be nice to no longer have to choose between satisfying the government and seeking any medical services I may actually one day need.

But for that to happen, the spineless RINOs need to realize why Republicans were given control of the government in November. Living in fear of Democrats or what the media might say is hardly the way to go about achieving the change we are all craving.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Left's evil rhetoric vs. the real thing

I just have a simple question: With American kids enacting mock assassinations of President Donald Trump in school, “entertainers” like Kathy Griffin holding a decapitated “head” depicting Trump, Snoop Dog shooting Trump in the head in a video, Robert De Niro saying he wants to punch Trump in the face, Madonna saying she has thoughts of blowing up the White House, the New York City Shakespeare in the Park production of Julius Caesar showing a vicious stabbing of Trump, complete with a grieving “Melania Trump” at his dying side, Marilyn Manson depicting the killing of Trump in a video, and on and on…I am just wondering: do you think this disgusting, deadly, violent mindset of the Left helped motivate the real-life attempt to murder Republicans yesterday in Virginia as they practiced for a charity baseball game?

The shooter was careful to identify his victims as the “Republican baseball team”. He has in the recent past made public comments about hating and wanting to kill Republicans, and while Democrats try to portray Republicans as wanting to kill people because they want to repeal the brutal Obamacare, actual Republicans are being targeted in lethal ways. Of course no amount of rhetoric can be blamed exclusively for someone's actions, but to what extent is the unprecedented hatred we are seeing toward President Trump and Republicans in general creating an atmosphere of anything goes?

I don’t see any conservatives calling for the death of liberals as a form of so-called entertainment, or celebrating when someone makes an attempt on their lives, do you? Did you ever see or hear this kind of behavior directed at Barack Obama in such a public, constant, vicious way?  And what are the haters on the Left saying about the incident today? They're celebrating it, for starters. Vicious posts on Twitter and other venues express downright glee that it was Republicans who got shot, or remorse that more Republicans weren't shot. And of course, the Left can't resist taking a page right out of Obama's playbook and calling the crime nothing more than another example of the need for more gun control. 

So let’s get this straight. The Left’s diabolical rhetoric toward Trump and Republicans in general is nothing less than the potential inciting of violence, yet their only response is to celebrate the attempted murder of Republicans and then recommend taking away our means to protect ourselves from the violence they encourage with their own words and actions.

Once again, the Left shows its true colors. 


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Happy Flag Day!

Hi Everybody - I hope you have all been doing well. Long time, no speak! I won't insult or bore you with excuses as to why it's been so long since I've posted here, but I wanted to make sure to carve out some time today because the day means a lot to me. Today is Flag Day! On May 30, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a presidential proclamation establishing a national Flag Day on June 14 to commemorate the flag's adoption on June 14, 1777, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. 

The flag is so much more than three colors, stripes and stars. It stands for our country, in particular the freedom we all enjoy. Our flag is the symbol of the things we as Americans hold in our hearts and minds. It stands for our right to hold and express our beliefs and our values, to protect our homes and our loved ones, and to enjoy general safety and the abundance of God's bounty in our land. To think of all that has been given over the years - the sacrifices, the suffering, the lives, so that our flag can fly freely as a symbol of America is truly humbling. 

It's sad how many people have been conditioned to think of America as evil, exclusive, and prejudiced, and therefore, see the flag as a symbol of dark things, something that should be disdained, and in some cases, even banned -- instead of being seen as the most visible symbol of the country that has been the greatest force for good the world has ever known.

If you have a US Flag, I hope you're displaying it proudly today. And if you get the chance, take a moment to teach a young person about how blessed they are to live in the greatest nation on earth! 

Happy Flag Day! (and Happy Birthday to President Trump!!)