Kay Hagan Thinks "The Pill" Trumps the First Amendment

kay.jpgIn light of the Supreme Court ruling on the Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby case, the two candidates facing off in North Carolina's hotly contested senate race came out swinging.

In a statement following the ruling, Republican candidate Thom Tillis said “Today the Supreme Court made a strong stand in two cases for important First Amendment freedoms – the right to not be forced to pay union dues and the right to religious freedom. Although today was a loss for Kay Hagan, Barack Obama, and the Washington bureaucrats who want to run our lives, the American people are the clear winners".

Incumbent Kay Hagan's campaign followed his statement with their own press release,

“I am extremely disappointed in today’s Supreme Court decision. It is shameful that a woman’s access to contraception is even up for debate in the year 2014. The choice about whether to use birth control should be between a woman and her doctor, not her boss, and no employer should be allowed to interfere with a woman’s access to contraception. The contrast on women’s health in North Carolina could not be clearer today as the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision allows some employers to interfere in women’s access to health care. While Kay opposed an amendment that would let employers interfere with access to health care for their employees, Thom Tillis believes that it’s acceptable to let corporations and employers interfere with contraceptive access for their female employees.”

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Are Americans Scared of Freedom?

Freedom.jpgMerriam-Webster defines freedom as “the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action.” Other definitions include: “exemption from external control, interference, or regulation,” and “the power to determine action without restraint.”

We sing of freedom in our patriotic songs:

“Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave, O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?” –The Star Spangled Banner

“My country, 'tis of Thee, Sweet Land of Liberty, Of thee I sing;…From every mountain side Let Freedom ring.”—America, My Country Tis of Thee

“The red and white and starry blue Is freedom's shield and hope.”—The Stars and Stripes Forever

But do we truly understand what freedom is? Do we truly want and seek freedom?

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Happy Birthday, America

Statue_of_Liberty.jpgIn July of 1776 the U.S. fought a war of independence against the British crown. They fought against unfair taxes, quartering acts, lack of representation, and an overreaching monarch and parliament that governed from afar. The Declaration of Independence states:

“But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

The founding fathers did not enter the War of Independence lightly; it was not smooth sailing, they did not all hold the same opinions, and victory was uncertain.  Though today we think of the founding fathers as wise older gentlemen and America as a land of wealth, in 1776 America was a vastly different place.  The majority of the founding fathers were around the age of 40, most were of modest means holding several occupations to provide for their families, and America was far from having a military that could face the power of England’s well trained and supplied army and navy. However, what the founding fathers did have was a determination and a united belief that:

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A Patriotic Look Back: "The Star-Spangled Banner"

American_Flag.jpgOn this day, as we celebrate our nation's independence, many of us will sing our national anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner”. Although we often sing this song, many of us rarely stop and think about why, and under what circumstances, this song was written.

Thirty-eight years after the Declaration of Independence was signed, America was still fighting for her freedom. In August of 1814, English soldiers had captured and burned Washington, D.C. and were planning to capture Baltimore as well. In an effort to stop the attack, Dr. William Beanes attempted to arrest a group English soldiers. In retaliation for the attempted arrests, English soldiers took Dr. Beanes as a prisoner aboard an English warship.

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With Contraception, Are People Majoring on the Minor?

hobby.jpgIn the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling on Hobby Lobby and the HHS contraception mandate, there has been a social media firestorm. In the hours after the ruling, many came out and stated that the Justices had “turned back the clock for women’s rights.” This is an idea that will surely be promulgated as election season gets into full swring (for both the November Midterms and the 2016 Presidential election).

If nothing else politics is a game of perception. If you can create the appearance of something, then you have created a reality; especially in a society, culture,  and generation that typically believes what they hear and never reads past a headline. The constant propaganda of a “war on women,” the political correctness to the point that the NFL and paint companies are having to change names, the idea that corporations are evil for making money, and insinuating that conservatives hate everyone just because they have differing views from the mainstream media are just a few examples of the things that inundate American media on a daily basis.  What is alarming is that while these types of stories, and the debates that coincide with them, continue to make headlines the real issues of this nation and world quietly pass by. 

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