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I think Francis Scott Key while watching the Battle of Fort McHenry in 1812 must have felt much like I feel tonight: Waiting moment by moment to catch a glimpse of the American flag, to see if this brave new country still stood.

And tonight I wait, moment by moment to see if the America I brought my children into, the America where my grandfather worked in a munitions factory during WWII to secure our nation for his children, me and my children, the America my mother worked hard for minimum wage to provide her children with the opportunity to achieve The American Dream. I want my sons to grow up in freedom, find jobs as freemen, not government men for public sector companies, not government-run companies.

Our founding fathers provided great wisdom and insight into a lasting America.  It would behoove our representatives to stop ignoring them and take heed before changing America into a socialist county. That is change without hope.

a wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned” (Thomas Jefferson, 1801, inauguration speech)

“The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not” (Thomas Jefferson)

“They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security” (Benjamin Franklin)

I am hoping, praying with all my heart that in the morning I will see the following:

“Oh, say, can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thru the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?”

Francis Scott Key

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The story about the US Airport Security forcing a 4-year-old disabled boy to not only remove his leg braces, but forced him to walk through the metal detector sent chills down my spine.

He had leg braces because he could not walk, yet these security officers empowered by our government said, “No walk. No Disney.”

The furious parent demanded to see a supervisor. The supervisor did not see anything wrong with the situation – and, this really burns me up. When the father said he would file a report, the supervisors just turned and walk away.

Just imagine what a health care industry empowered by government employees will be like! No heart for our children.  No heart for us. No Accountability for decisions. Just turning and walking away.

Gee, if the Canadian Prime Minister abandons the highly touted social medical system of his country to come to ours for heart surgery, what does that say the medical care provided in the United States?

Do we truly want a socialist system that does not provide the quality medical care our country does?  Is that the change President Obama promised? Good for failing?  The UK socialist medical system is struggling according to London news site The Independent: ” the hospital’s management was pre-occupied with cost-cutting and meeting crude targets set by Whitehall. But so too, it would seem, were the regulators. The trust appears to have been judged on the quality of its balance sheet rather than the quality of care offered to patients”(The Real Lessons of the NHS Disaster, 02/25/2010). Costing cutting care is not the answer.  I suggest cost-cutting the government.

Government needs to keep its meddlesome fingers out of my carbon emissions (right to exhale), my auto industry (I’ll never by another Chrysler – I’ll only buy Capitalistic Vehicles), the NFL, MLB, the wonderful mothers-day out programs my children attended – and most especially, the amazing health care system that has people literally dying to come here so they don’t die.

I never want to see someone, through sheer government empowered I-don’t-care-if-the-choices-and-my-behavior-are-wrong treat my child callously and then in my earnest appeal for right, turn their back on my argument and walk away.  Because they do not have to answer.  They are the long hand of the government. And you cannot sue the government.


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When I was 4 years old, I was sitting in my grandmother’s lap on the passenger side of the front seat.  Life was good.  My hand was wrapped around the window frame.  We’d just finished Friday grocery shopping and were heading to lunch.  Excited, I held onto the window frame of my aunt’s car doo, eager to eat.  We did not go out often. My grandmother pulled the door, hefting it, slamming the door shut.  Screams!  Major Screams. 1/3 of my thumb was severed.  My aunt and my grandmother rushed me, screaming at the top of my lungs to the pediatrician’s office.  My pediatrician snipped off the dangling 1/3 of my finger, popped it in an ice cup and sent us to the emergency room. 

Still screaming, I was handed to a  young intern and taken to surgery. A young intern re-attached my thumb.  He was not sure the fingernail would grow back.  My mom had to soak and scrape the nail bed nightly.  It did grow back.  Even with a thumb print, today you cannot see where it was severed.  This young intern went on to become a world class limb attachment surgeon. 

Today I wonder if under Obama’s Health Care plan my children or their children receive the same care I got?

A friend of my delivered a baby whose stomach and organs were pushed up into the lung area.  The symptoms were flagged by an experienced nurse, the problem quickly identified and immediate surgery put everything back where it belong.  Timely intervention saved her life.  She is a normal, regular run and fun little girl today.

My mom was diagnosed with a brain tumor. She needed surgery within weeks.  During the pre-surgery testing, a rare separate cancer was discovered in early stages. They were able to quickly do the brain surgery and a month later remove the cancer.  She was 64 years old, earning slightly higher than minimum wage, matching her employer for insurance. No medicaid or Medicare for financial help. In case you are wondering, she raised two children on that type of salary without government assistance. 

A friend of mine’s husband had a heart attack while unemployed.  The hospital agreed to write off the costs.

The state of Tennessee has a program for the “uninsurable” – an exploding, fraud-filled program whose prices have staggered.  I knew people on that program who did not have to pay for doctor visits, treatment, medications or surgery.  They owned businesses.  Some had good incomes.

I like the quality of my health care.  I like the choices I have.  Yes, I admit it.  I am disturbed that they want to destroy a health care system that brings people from around the world because of the quality of medical treatment offered.  Yes, I also know there are readers out there who think Cuba has better care than we do.  I really don’t know of many people eager to go to Cuba for quality health care, but if that’s where you want to go, fine. I still say the United States has the best health care. I find it disturbing that people are trying to fix the part of health care that is not the problem.

What is even more disturbing is government run-health care weighing my treatment by considering “what’s good for the community than for and individual,” said Dr. Exekiel Emanuel, White House Health Policy Adviser.   Author Scott Lazarowitz in his article “ObamaCare and the Value of Human Life, counters, “This implies that if an individual is not useful to the community, he has less value as an individual and may not be a worthy as others for medical treatment.” 

Do you really want someone besides God determining your value, someone else to tell you to throw in the towel – or rather grab the towel away from you before you make a decision to stop fighting for your right to live? There is a reason now why you have to sign a legal document giving someone that right – most of use have few people we trust to make that decision for us – much less a government appointed “advocate.”

ObamaCare smells when you look at the behavior of the Senators supporting the Legislation.

Florida (D) Representative Alan Grayson asked Attorney General Eric Holder to send a blogger who criticized him to jail – that’s – Go directly to jail – do not file a complaint, do not go to trial befor a jury – just go to jail. People like him are going to decide if my mama, my boys, or I have value?

It sounds so “high school” to have someone judge your ability to give to society in order to determine whether you “earn” the really good treatment.  Who is going to determine what adds value to a community? Money? Belief System? Skin Color? Political Beliefs?

Do you really want a bunch of stab-you-in the back, send-you-to-jail-for-disagreeing-with-me people determining whether you contribute value to society?

When a government starts playing God, while taking God out of the public square, the public school house, and public history lessons, I would think their definition of value would be different than mine.

As  a matter of fact, their values seem vastly different than mine – I do not make decisions that affect millions under the cover of darkness.  I do not take money for favors.  I do not turn off the phone so I cannot hear the people I am responsible for. I do not blatantly lie.  I read all documents before I sign my name because I am ultimately responsible.  I pay my taxes. If I hold my hand over a bible, place my hand over my heart, and pledge to uphold the Constitution, I would.  Oh, wait – I do not even need to play my hand over a bible, my hand over my heart – and I don’t even have to pledge it.  I live it.

Yes, their values are vastly different that mine.  I guess a bonus to ObamaCare is that I will not even have to pay to go to a lawyer to give permission for the government appointed advocate to make that decision.  The government will trump family and law. Amazing, isn’t it. Who do you trust to determine whether you have enough value to live?

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“We’ve got to pass health care now.  People are dying right now,” is what I heard Senator Harry Reid say before Christmas last week. Reid’s comment was not quite forthright. This bill will not help people “dying right now” – It does not take effect for a few years. Hence, the urgency was subterfuge – an artifice or expedient used to evade a rule, escape consequences, hide something.

For the last month, Congress has met under the cover of darkness, voting in the early a.m. hours deep in the weekends to push this reform forward.  On weekends, apparently, you do not have to answer your phones, so phone calls went unanswered from the people they represent. They shut the people’s voices down in this stealth attack.

These not-so- illustrious representatives have broken rules to stop the reading of the bill, shorten debate and keep the bill behind closed doors.  It boggles my mind that these “representatives” do not read the bills – they boast about not reading the bills.  If I did not read the essays I used to grade, I would be fired.  What kind of people are they to not read a bill that will change my life expectancy and take money out of my pocket? Capricious! Reckless! Unthinkable in real world business.  Maybe I would not read the small print in contracts either if I were irresponsible and somebody else was paying the bill – but then I would be foolish, inconsiderate, and immoral to act on wrong principles instead of right.

While the D.C. Federal government closed on a Monday morning due to harsh winter conditions, the Senate managed get to the Capitol, open it, and vote.  You know something is fishy when someone decides to work on a snow day! I could see this determination if we were in war, but we are not-or at least that is what our president says.  Why our president was not even notified of a foiled terrorist attack on one of our planes for three hours – is health care more important than our national security?  Is not that the only job specifically define for our representatives in the Constitution?

These representatives gave the little people an additional back-handed slap by voting on Weekends.  Do you realize that when they were meeting and voting on Saturdays, they did not have to answer their phones – because it was a weekend?

Deals in the dark smell – liars, cheats, thieves, and sell-outs deal in the dark – that is the modus operandi people use to shield you from seeing the truth. Jesus was betrayed and arrested under the cover of darkness – sold out by one within the inner circle – sold out for gold coins.

Which is what our Congress has done to us.  Just as surely as Judas betrayed Jesus, so did our Congressmen betray the people of this country. I would think buying votes was illegal – but vote-buying is splashed all over the front of the newspapers.  I guess Congress thinks the laws are only for people like me – like this insurance deal will be for people like me, while they get premium-Congress only policies.

Even more insidious than cutting deals in the dark of night behind closed doors is that the money my family earns, tithes from, thanks God for will be used to fund abortions – it will be required that each person contribute to abortion coverage in this new insurance deal they are cutting in these back rooms under the cover of darkness..  Lila Terhune in her book, Cross Pollination points out that every great move of God is preceded by the killing of children.  Granted, I want God to move, but I do not want the blood of unborn children on my hands from money taken out of my pocket and handed to my government.  Do you realize that most abortions are of the first born child? And my government wants me to pay for that?  I do not think so! Can I be a conscientious objector?

This is not a political blog – it is a blog about a simple mom raising American sons to be Godly young men worthy of the sacrifice that our ancestors and your ancestors made to live in this country – and as such, this discussion is about them. I want my sons raised in the free American where I was raised where through sheer work ethic and determination you can make a life better for your self, where you have the best medical care available in the world, and where you have the choice to lift up your fellow man-not a government-mandated choice, but a personal choice.

Last week, I watched the Jimmy Stuart movie, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.  I recommend watching it.  It’s a lesson of our government at a time where when our representatives were held accountable for noble and ignoble actions.

Last week, Congress played foully with the American people while their attention was turned to their families, their faith, and the hustle and bustle of Christmas. Maybe there is a war going on and that is why they worked on Christmas Eve – Sadly, this war is against their own people.

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