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Carol
08-21-2009, 02:27 AM
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Maru Kitteh (1000+ posts) Thu Aug-20-09 10:11 PM
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My response to a right-wing nutjob column in Ben Nelson's (NE) hometown newspaper. Help me please?

This is a bit lengthy, but I would really appreciate anyone who would like to assist me by proofreading my response, offering any criticisms, help, or suggestions.

First, the proudly ignorant, knuckle dragging columnist of the McCook Gazette. Notice how he thinks the Constitution grants him the right to the "pursuit of happiness."


Let's do a town hall
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Dick Trail

For the last seven working days Jarret has called the Senator's office to inquire when Senator Ben Nelson will conduct a town hall meeting in Southwest Nebraska. The usual answer from his staff is "We are working on it." Other comments range from "The Senator likes to have those kinds of meetings!" and we think that "The senator will schedule a town hall meeting in your area in the near future." Yesterday his press release notified the public of meetings in Lincoln and Omaha and further stated, "Future public meetings are expected to be held in North Platte, Kearney, Norfolk, South Sioux City and possibly other communities. The meetings will be announced when finalized and will be posted online at www.bennelson.senate.gov .\" Maybe ordinary citizen Jarret's phone calls had an effect.

Yesterday I note that our President Obama has indicated his long time goal of single source government health insurance, latest iteration "public option," may be off the table. I suspect that Senator Nelson has been working behind the scenes to keep his independent health care insurance industry viable. We his constituency should be encouraging him to keep up the fight against totally socialized medicine.

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Somehow in my reading of the Constitution I can't find any provision for cradle to grave federal government managed healthcare. I do find enumerated powers which again do not include any requirement for the federal government to stick their noses in everybody's personal decisions regarding healthcare but I do find an individual's right to "pursuit of happiness" writ loud and clear. But then I was taught to read by a mother and two older sisters before attending country school, so haven't had the scholarly training of the esteemed justice Sotomayor (Senator Nelson voted FOR her confirmation) or the packed liberal courts of President Franklin D Roosevelt, Democrat.

more at link.....
http://www.mccookgazette.com/story/1563047.html


Here is my response. I have not posted it to the Gazette yet. It is purposefully intoned in the language of the hyper-patriotic and hyper-religious demographic it targets.

I am going to use the response I put together as a kind of base for a stand-alone column and send it to every newspaper in Nebraska, so please, if you have anything constructive or helpful to offer I'd love, love, love to hear it. Thanks so much, in advance.

Edited to add - When I do write this for a general publication column, I plan to economize in both length and content. What do you think I should be sure to keep, or add, or leave out?

Mr. Trail, it is a discredit to your argument when you begin your grievance with the incorrect assertion that any of the viable current reforms in the house or senate call for "totally socialized medicine." This of course, is completely false. You also make a rather common, but distinctly important mistake about the United States Constitution. As I do not like to think ill of my fellow Nebraskans, I instead chose to believe you are merely misinformed and task myself with showing you the truth using evidence, logic, and the greatest book ever written, the Holy Bible.

Summaries as well as full versions of the healthcare reform bills are available online, just as they were with legislation during the Bush administration. A citizen who wishes to be truly informed has a duty to go and investigate these matters for themselves. It is lazy and irresponsible to rely upon Rush Limbaugh, FOX news, CNN or radio and television advertisements (from the left or the right) to inform one of the contents of any legislation that concerns them, as all of these entities have their own selfish interests in the matter which concern them far more than one's own.

Most people will be surprised to find out that this public option, so demonized by the insurance special interest groups and their friends on the far right, will not even be available to many of those working for Nebraska’s greatest employers who already offer affordable health insurance. The public option is available as an affordable option to the working poor, the self-employed, small business and their employees, and those who must pay more than 12.5% of their adjusted gross income for premiums. Being available to such a limited, but needy constituency, it thwarts reason then that the public option could in any way constitute “totally socialized medicine.” The best way to review this information for yourself is to do an internet search for “HR 3200 Library of Congress.” Your local Library (a socialized institution, by the way) will be happy to assist you if needed.

Mr. Trail, you, like all of us hopefully, will one day reach the age of eligibility for Social Security and Medicare. When you do, you will undoubtedly be relieved, even delighted to know, that you are not obligated in any way to benefit from what you believe to be a politically objectionable ponzi scheme. It would seem to me that a person of such moral conviction would certainly refuse to do so, as it is statistically unlikely that you could have possibly contributed as much to the system as you are likely to draw out, given the cost of healthcare without reform in America today. To draw a benefit from such an objectionable scam would seem to make one a hypocrite, I would think. Thank goodness you don’t have to do that.

The even better news is, if President Barack Obama and our good representatives’ reform measures ARE successful, your children’s and your grandchildren’s and their children’s healthcare futures will be secure. I’m sure you realize that Social Security has been used as a political football by both sides of the aisle, and that Democrats and Republicans alike have employed fear tactics to paint the other side as a threat to the programs which have undeniably relieved the suffering of our most vulnerable elderly citizens - our mothers, neighbors, former pastors, grandparents and others.

I notice you seem to worry very much about what the letter of the constitution provides for. I’m willing to bet however you have often availed yourself of the not constitutionally provided for United States Postal Service which has been available to you from your days of the cradle and will remain unto your grave. The same may be said of the local and state police who keep our communities safe, the schools which take our children far beyond their abc’s and 123’s, and many other socialized institutions.

We do not limit access to the life and property saving services of the fire department based on ability to pay. We do not limit access to a basic education based on the ability to pay. We do not limit access to rescue service based on the ability to pay. We do not limit access to public libraries based on the ability to pay. We do not restrict access to public roadways based on the ability to pay. We do not limit 911 service based on the ability to pay. Our fighting men and women do not defend and protect only those Americans who are able to pay. They protect and defend ALL Americans and the Constitution of this great country.

In your column, Mr. Trail, you state that the constitution speaks of a right to the “pursuit of happiness.” It does not. The document you refer to is the Declaration of Independence. The Constitution is a legal document, the Declaration of Independence, however, is not. The Declaration remains though a pivotal document that lends us great insight to the spirit that founded this nation. The Declaration speaks of a universal right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. In this, the richest country in the world, we deny 47 million – that’s 47 MILLION – of our fellow American citizens all of those rights. A poor working American who contracts, say, cervical cancer at the age of 25, has only the liberty to go home and plan the premature end of her life – for without very a very robust health insurance policy, her pursuit of happiness is over.

I leave my fellow Nebraskans and Americans with a few simple contemplations from the bible. We are charged to love our neighbor as ourselves. 47 million of our neighbors are in need. For the most part, they aren’t really asking for much. They want to take their daughter in to the doctor if her fever doesn’t break. They want to go to sleep knowing if they get hurt in an accident tomorrow, they won’t have to lose their home and their business. When they are sick, will you help them? When your time on this Earth is done, will you find yourself at the right hand of the Lord, or his left, asking, "'Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you? Then he will answer them, Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.'" (Matt 25:44-45)
Think it will fool or shame any of those nasty right wingers? :rolleyes:

Sonnabend
08-21-2009, 07:22 AM
We are charged to love our neighbor as ourselves.

It would help thy cause, and thy abilty to sway others, if I were to believe that thou hast the strength and moral courage to practise what thou preachest.

That thou dost not, hast not, and will not, says that thou art a hypocrite.

Physician, heal thyself.

AmPat
08-21-2009, 09:34 AM
Summaries as well as full versions of the healthcare reform bills are available online, just as they were with legislation during the Bush administration. A citizen who wishes to be truly informed has a duty to go and investigate these matters for themselves. It is lazy and irresponsible to rely upon Rush Limbaugh, FOX news, CNN or radio and television advertisements (from the left or the right) to inform one of the contents of any legislation that concerns them, as all of these entities have their own selfish interests in the matter which concern them far more than one's own.
OMG, :eek: The irony. Read the "summary," get the Cliff Notes, rely on the word of our elected liars. Health care for all. It's right there in the Constitution, what? Really? OK, it's right there in the Bible,,,,,,,,,What? Crap! Ok then, it should be in the Bible and the Constitution. Afterall, WWJD? What? He didn't? Well he should have. He did have the ability.:cool:

AmPat
08-21-2009, 09:45 AM
47 million of our neighbors are in need. For the most part, they aren’t really asking for much. They want to take their daughter in to the doctor if her fever doesn’t break. They want to go to sleep knowing if they get hurt in an accident tomorrow, they won’t have to lose their home and their business.

"They" weren't "asking" for anything. The LIBERAL SOCIALISTS in power are DEMANDING it on THEIR behalf and at OUR EXPENSE.

Those of us with health insurance want the same. We wanted it so much that we sacrificed to do the necessary thing like get an education, get (and hold) a job, forego a big screen TV, buy a lesser car, (not nearly as cool as an ECALAMADE), rent UNTIL we could afford a mortgage.

Here's an idea that won't cost the good (productive) citizens of this once great country a dime. The patronizing SOB's in power can get their lying @$$3$ out of the way: Organize the alleged 47 million who want/need health care insurance into a group and give them PRIVATE and cheap insurance on a group rate.

Leave me and my family alone. You've done enough to ruin our country forever as it is. Stop while I can still recognize it as my country.

KCornett
08-21-2009, 12:00 PM
Why the hell do DUmmies keep bringing up "Police, Fire Departments etc.. " as examples of socialism that is not in the constitution?

Have they not read the effin Pre-amble? It lays it out right there:

"...establish justice"- courts and police
"insure domestic tranquility"- police and fire
"provide for the common defense" - The military the liberals so hate
"promote the general welfare" - infrastructure (and note that it says promote not provide)
"secure the blessings of liberty..." An argument could be made for education.

That is it!
NO MORE NO LESS

AmPat
08-21-2009, 01:42 PM
"secure the blessings of liberty..." An argument could be made for education.

This reminds me of a story:

When Benjamin Franklin was stopped on the street and asked by a passerby, " What have you given us sir?" "He replied, a Republic if you can keep it."

Possibly meaning don't allow the tyrants to change the very nature of the Republic newly established. The group now doing this is more than a political party or movement. They are the enemy of this same Republic.