No, you did not read the headline incorrectly. Senator Mark Pryor (D-Ark) just released a new ad touting his decision to vote for Obamacare.
While Pryor never says "Obamacare" or "Affordable Care Act" in the ad, he refers to passing a "law" that "prevents insurance companies from cancelling your policy if you get sick" or to "deny coverage for pre-existing conditions". Of course, he fails to mention the thousands of policies that were canceled due to Obamacare or the millions of insurance rates that went up to cover the litany of healthcare items that many Americans will never need or use.
Imagine living in a world where everyone is equal and there are no differences. A world where every day you receive an injection that removes your ability to see color and suppresses any and all emotion. A world where every individual is given a specific task, and family units are assigned -- all because, “when people are given the freedom of choice, they choose wrong.”
I received an invitation early this week to imagine just such a scenario. It was a special invitation to a pre-screening of the movie The Giver. I was told that the movie had strong Libertarian and Conservative messages and that it was pro-life. Given what I know about the producer, Jeff Bridges, I was skeptical but decided to go. I am glad I did.
The movie is based on the book The Giver, by Lois Lowry, which was written in 1993. Although the book was written for middle school aged children, the themes within are ageless.
The following is a guest post by Tammy Cali, a senior advisor to the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee.
America’s future has been put in jeopardy by increasing divisiveness across the country. Whether it is our political affiliations, religious beliefs, ideologies or socio-economic backgrounds, our nation is being weakened. We continue to focus on our differences and not what we have in common. Our leaders only exacerbate the problem. Entrenched career politicians continue to seek reelection by appealing to their partisan base instead of focusing on fixing the nation’s problems. Congress’ approval rating continues to languish at low levels of 15 percent with the majority of American’s calling for drastic changes or a complete overhaul. It is time to take a hard look at our country and find a way to work together and put America back on top.
As summer has gotten into full swing, gas prices across the nation have once again crept to the $4/gallon mark. The last time gas was under $2/gallon in the United Stages was November of 2008. Since then the price has fluctuated, but the average is consistently around $3.40/gallon. According to the EIA (Energy Information Administration), at the current rate of consumption the US has enough natural gas for the next 92 years, and recently calculated estimates show 7.4 billion barrels of oil and 6.7 trillion barrels of natural gas in the Dakota/Montana region alone. These deposits are just beginning to be excavated. So why are Americans paying so much for gas?
One reason is the constant debate between environmentalism and fossil fuel energy productions. It never ceases to amaze me how if you are pro-drilling you must automatically be anti-environment. I find this argument ludicrous. I love nature, I love animals, I have dozens of “earth bags,” and I attempt to recycle whenever possible. However, whenever I say we should be drilling more I invariably hear that drilling is bad for the environment and we need to care for the earth by investing in alternative energies. Awesome! I am all for investing in alternative forms of energy.
I have a teenage daughter, and have been amazed over the last few years by the pressure she feels to have her makeup and hair just perfect before she exits the house in the mornings. Regardless of how naturally beautiful a girl is, the pressure to be perfect is something that has become more and more prevalent in our society today.
Don't get me wrong, I think makeup is pretty awesome stuff. I've always had the motto that if a barn needs some paint, then by all means, paint it...but I think sometimes the "paint" becomes our identity.
Grammy award-winning, singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat is kinda tired of having that expectation thrust upon her and she's more than a little bit tired of being photoshopped at every turn. After a little inspiration from an unexpected source - a man, she decided to create something for her latest album that would speak to this issue. The video you see below is the result - her new single, Try.
What is happening in the Northern Triangle is tragic. The fact that the families feel they have no other choice but to send their children on a journey over thousands of miles, alone, across several nations, is heartbreaking. However, it was a choice, and that choice included breaking the law. The thousands of Central American citizens that are amassing on the U.S. southern border are attempting to cross into this country illegally. They are circumventing the law, and straining an already overloaded system.
Yesterday, President Obama held a press conference in Texas addressing what he calls a “humanitarian issue on the border.” His speech addressed several things, the first being that he plans to do “the right thing by the children,” although he did not elaborate on what that is exactly. While he did not say when or how the children would be returned, he did say “it is unlikely that they will stay.” Second, he made a point of explaining that that the immigrants are entering mainly through “one sector of the Rio Grande Valley,” that they are being apprehended and detained, and that there are “more agents on the border than ever before.” The third aspect of his speech dealt with Congress. He made it abundantly clear that Congress holds the cards right now, by explaining that his office has petitioned Congress for funding in order to carry out the necessary actions needed to resolve the current border issue. He went as far as saying that if Congress had acted on immigration last year, or the year before (SB 744—an 1198 page immigration reform bill—has yet to be introduced in the House), this border crisis could have been avoided. Essentially, he laid the bulk of the issue on the door of partisan politics, specifically Republican politics.
In 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.”
Merriam-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?
In 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:
On 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.