Friday, November 6, 2009

A letter from a Cincinnati 912 Project Member

Representative Boehner:
It is the blood of citizens who love this nation and its Constitution that has moistened the earth throughout this nation’s history. It is their blood that soaks into the soil of Iraq and Afghanistan today. It is they, their parents and grandparents, their children, their brothers and sisters who arrive in their nation’s capitol today. It is they who rally on the capitol steps and seek out their representatives to tell them "NO", "NO" to nationalizing the nation’s health care system, "NO" to a Cap and Trade Tax, "NO" to ignoring Constitutional Restraints imposed on the federal government.

These citizens who show up in Washington today come out of concern for their nation and its Constitution. They have taken funds from their meager savings to travel to their nation’s capitol. They have left their lives on hold and taken time away from their families and their jobs to travel to their nation’s capitol to express the sense of dread they have for the future of their nation and the future of their children. For each citizen who has traveled to their nation’s capitol today, there are thousands whose spirit they carry with them, mine among them.

These citizens who show up in DC today do not come out of hate, or even fear. They come out of concern for their nation and their nation’s Constitution. They come out of disappointment; they come for lost confidence in their representatives. They come because of the call they hear as their nation and their nation’s Constitution calls out for help, for protection from the assault upon it from members of Congress who neither understand nor appreciate the unique nature of this great nation, this great nation that simple citizens of the world see as a "Shining beacon on the hill."

Probably what most motivates these citizens arriving in their nation’s capitol today and so infuriates those whose sentiments they carry with them is the sense of disgust that is felt as protected and pampered members of Congress poise themselves to "ram down the throats of citizens" a nationalization of the nation’s system of health care and a Cap and Trade Tax that will so damage our nation, if not literally destroy her. They come out of a realization of the unfunded mandates that same Congress has imposed on our nation through a congressional monopoly over Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. They come knowing that Congress has diverted reserves from Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds to other purposes. They come to say "NO" to expanding congressional monopolies over health care and the nation’s energy resources.

These citizens arriving today are the Minutemen and Women of this generation. When they arrive, welcome them, do not hide in alcoves, behind assistants or in some shady lair. Look into their eyes, for they are the Minutemen and Women of this nation’s generation. Take solace from their presence and act with them to defend our nation and our nation’s Constitution from assault within, from enemies domestic. It is their and the blood of their brethren that gave birth to this nation and has protected and nourished her and her Constitution throughout her two hundred plus years of existence. Step up to the challenge and join them in defending her today. Step up to the challenge and thank the Lord that citizens such as these still exist to lead the way today.

Emmette Boone
College Corner, OH

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Let your voice be heard! Often.

How many times have you overheard a one-sided cell phone conversation where someone is complaining about something that just happened to them. You hear this sort of thing at the mall, your workplace, the grocery store or a sporting event. They even have a special number to call to rat out an obnoxious fan that might spoil your experience at a game. In trying times like these we just can't afford to have some jerk make us miss the play that won the game! No matter what the situation we have to call someone on our speed dial to vent our frustrations.
What about your freedoms? Have you noticed lately how many of them are slipping away? Ever feel like complaining about that? We can complain about the things that really matter to our elected officials any time we please. All you have to do is save the numbers of your US Senators and US Representative on your cell phone and make the call. It only takes 30 seconds. How awesome would that be if they heard from us each time we were pissed off about paying too much taxes, wasteful spending, loosing our freedoms, or maybe when we think our civil rights have been eroded or violated?
I have those very important numbers on my phone and I urge you to do the same. Instead of saying someone should do something about that, be that someone, make the call. It sure makes me feel better than just yelling at the TV or radio.
When you call, be polite and calm. They will be much more likely to listen to your talking points. After all, the politicians always say "feel free to contact me anytime."

Friday, October 2, 2009

The Cost of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty was a gift to this country symbolizing international republicanism. Republicanism asserts that people have inalienable rights that cannot be voted away by a majority of voters. A democracy. When we say The Pledge of Allegiance, we say "and to the republic for which it stands", not to the democracy. We live in a republic. Although we believe in democratic law, the Rule of Law and clearly defined constitutional principles dictate the actual administration of government. "With Liberty and Justice for all." Websters dictionary defines liberty as, a: the power to do as one pleases, b: freedom from arbitrary or despotic control, c: the positive enjoyment of various social, political, or economic rights and privileges, d: the power of choice.

We enjoy our liberties and freedoms purely through the limitations of our government, and not through the powers of the government.

An inscription on the Statue of Liberty written in 1883 by Emma Lazarus reads "Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free....". This poem reinvented the statue's purpose, turning Liberty into a welcoming mother, a symbol of hope to the outcasts and downtrodden of the world.
Our elected officials now want to impose a surcharge or duty for the privilege of residency in this country. The proposed health care bill requires each citizen to enroll and pay the premiums, or opt out and still pay $1900 per year just to be left alone.

The plaque on the Statue of Liberty should now read "Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free, your $1900 per year, and if not paid in full, face up to $25000 fine and one year imprisonment." Where is choice and freedom now? This is the new cost of liberty.

We would be best served if the interstate restrictions placed on insurance companies were removed and the free market system was allowed to flourish as other industries do. Regulation is also needed to keep insurance companies honest and fair.

Keep in mind that free people can treat each other justly, but they can't make life fair. To get rid of the unfairness among individuals, you have to exercise power over them. The more fairness you want, the more power you need. Thus, all dreams of fairness become tyranny in the end.

Our constitution guarantees us equal opportunity not equal results.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Steve Driehaus townhall meeting Aug. 26

The town hall meeting with Steve Driehaus sponsored by the Green Township Democratic Club, held at the Nathaniel Green Lodge, was a ticketed event designed to invite a more friendly crowd. Tickets were given primarily to Democratic Club members. The parking lot was full of people carrying signs trying to get their message out, myself included.
The meeting started with Mr. Driehaus taking questions from people (five at a time) and then answering them after everyone had returned to their seats. Admittedly a good way to avoid confrontation and to keep the event more productive. I don't think he could have handled one-on-one questions.
I was surprised to see a number of admitted democrats in strong disagreement with the health care bill. Some of them were Steve Driehaus good family friends. People in favor of government run health care keep harping on the same old song "because it's a right". No it's not. Read the Constitution! Is it a moral obligation? Why certainly. There isn't a health care facility in this country that already receives taxpayer dollars that will shut their door to the poor.
What about my rights as a citizen of this country?
Doesn't anyone remember the AT&T monopoly? Ma Bell as they were so often referred to had a strangle hold on the communications industry. It wasn't until the federal government broke it up that we had real competition to drive down prices and spur new technologies. Long distance charges for just minutes used to be outrageous. Before the break up of AT&T Asian and European markets had cell phones and thriving industries involving communications and the associated equipment. We had none of this.
Let alone the fact that government run health care is unconstitutional, a government monopoly of the health care industry will eliminate competition in the insurance market. Stifle new treatments and technologies as well as pharmaceutical products since they will all be funded by our tax dollars, which are in short supply. Can you say rationing care?
Speaking of tax dollars. Did you know that we are currently sending $26 billion a month overseas just to pay the interest alone on the money we have already borrowed from countries like China. So where will this money come from to pay for our health, America? Big businesses are laying people off by the thousands to protect their profit margins. Yes I said profit.
Although profit is a bad word these days, they need those profits so that you and I can retire on that money thats tied up in our retirement plans on Wall Street. Or did you think the banks just kept it all in a lock box like the federal government?
Steve Driehaus kept saying that the costs of health care just keep going up and up. Why doesn't someone address what drives the cost rather than just find another way to pay for it?
How about tort reform and letting insurers carry policies out of state? One of the duties of Congress is to promote interstate trade which is stated in the Constitution. Currently health care providers cannot work across state lines.
The health care issue is complex one to say the least. It will not be solved by one person, one point of view, or one political party, but it must be solved by one country.