Wednesday, December 23, 2009
I wonder how our Democrat friends would feel if this shoe were on the other foot. Does fairness matter to them, or only getting what they want, regardless of the consequences to others? I haven't talked to a single conservative who does not agree that we desperately need health care reform. Not one. But the Democrats only want health care reform done their way. No bi-partisanship there. The really sad thing is that so many of those who are blindly insisting this bill must pass are in serious denial about what it is going to do to even their own healthcare options, and financial situation. And if they do know but continue to push for it, that is even more tragic.
So what are the Democrats hiding that necessitates this process to be held behind closed doors without the input of representation of the other half of the country? I want to know. Before the bill is passed. If he really is the president of the whole country and not just a select few, then what does Obama have to hide?
The following article says it better than I can:
Boehner to President Obama: Keep Your Promises of Transparency in Health Care Negotiations
GOP Leader: “The American people don’t want the future of their health care being decided behind closed doors by three liberal Washington Democrats.”
Washington, Dec 23 -
WASHINGTON, DC – House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement in response to news reports that Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) will hammer out a final government takeover of health care bill behind closed doors with President Obama:
“The American people don’t want the future of their health care being decided behind closed doors by three liberal Washington Democrats.
“Instead of keeping his campaign promises of transparency, President Obama has allowed Speaker Pelosi and Senator Reid to operate in secret and play ‘let’s make a deal’ with one-sixth of our economy. It’s just wrong to shut taxpayers out and then spend their hard-earned money on payoffs, kickbacks, and sweetheart deals to jam through this monstrosity.
“Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL) has introduced a resolution (H.Res. 847) demanding that any health care negotiations be opened up to the public, and Democrats should join Republicans in supporting it. Given all that's at stake, including whether taxpayer dollars will be used to fund abortions, the American people are right to demand an open and honest discussion of the consequences of this government takeover of health care. That’s what Republicans are fighting for.”
Click here for the rest of the article
By Dr. Fred Shessel
December 23, 2009
As a doctor, I know that the most important thing in quality healthcare is my relationship to you, the patient. You are a unique individual, not disease entity. I must tailor my diagnosis and treatment to your particular needs rather than simply assign you to a disease category. Because none of you are exactly alike, there is an art as well as a science to medicine.
Tragically, the so-called healthcare reform legislation currently before Congress will make it impossible for me to do my best for you. Both the House and the Senate Bills will firmly insert a Washington bureaucrat between you and me. The House legislation creates a National Health Care Board whose mandate is to reduce your care to a cost-benefit analysis. It also establishes a Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research that is designed to slow the development of new medications and technologies in order to reduce costs. The Senate Bill gives sweeping powers to the Secretary of HHS to delineate the appropriate treatment for any given diagnosis. In all of these cases, non-doctors who have no relationship to you at all will determine your care.
Read the rest of the article here
Monday, December 21, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Once I felt very strongly about an issue but felt it best to contact one of my senators "behind the scenes" in a private message, which I did. It got no response, but I wasn't surprised. He is a busy man. But, like others, I also made public comments to some of his posts. I disagreed with him on several issues along the way but not obnoxiously. Or at least not as blatantly and rudely as others do (though that does not excuse any impoliteness on my part).
Imagine my surprise when I received this private message from the good senator:
Thanks for all your posts on my Facebook site. I always enjoy hearing what you have to say.
I can't help but notice that every time you post you only have negative things to say about me. I'm trying my best to represent all (of our state's citizens) and I understand we are not always going to agree on every issue, but certainly there must be sometimes when I do things you believe are good.
Many days, when I do things I know you would normally approve of from most other representatives, I am surprised to find your daily vicious attack or underhanded jab at me once again. I continue to try and do what is right in absolutely everything I do. Perhaps you would be willing to post something nice or complimentary once in awhile.
It's up to you, but I was hopeful there would be a time you would actually like something I'm doing. I'm trying hard to please you.
Just a thought. I hope you're well.
(he signed his first name)
Ok, I have to say, I don't think I made any "vicious attacks" though I would have to admit to some "underhanded jabs". I was surprised that he wrote to me, and admit to feeling his chastisement, as polite as it was.
Here is my reply to him:
Dear Senator ( ),
I thank you for your kind note, and observation of the tone of my posts. I apologize for my public rudeness, but the private contacts I’ve made have been ignored. I have been writing, emailing and calling your office for a few years now. The responses I have gotten (when I received any) have always been a figurative pat on the head with a patronizing tone of “Now, now, thanks for writing but I know better than you.” I understand you have many, many years of service in the Senate, and I acknowledge the time and hard work with which you have served (our state), and thank you. But you have been there so long that I fear you do not see what has happened slowly up to this time, and now very rapidly as we reach the possible end of our Republic as we have known it. Trust me, Senator, I am not the only angry person in (our state). I am one of very many. If I can help you see what is happening before your very eyes, then perhaps you’ll find it in your heart to forgive my rudeness. And now that I have gotten your attention, I will no longer oppose you on your Facebook page.
Senator, I realize that you represent hundreds of thousands of people, of which I am only one. But your first obligation as a senator is to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States so that we ALL may continue to enjoy the freedoms that are built into it and guaranteed by it.
Do you really understand why so many Republicans/Conservatives are showing up at Tea Parties and other political rallies these days? It’s not just the individual issues that are being protested (socialized medicine, the horrendous spending of the federal government, etc), it is what these bills as a whole will do to our freedoms. You may not believe this Senator, but Barack Obama is taking steps to totally dismantle our free republic. If you look at the big picture, at the steps he has already taken and at the ones coming at you so fast and furious that you can’t keep up with them, and if you look past that to see what will happen at the end of his road, it is the total collapse of our economic system. There is no compromising with these people. They mean to turn us into a socialist nation or worse with rampantly growing government control over every single facet of our lives – what we drive, what we eat, what doctors we can see, whether we can vote privately against a union in our workplace, whether we can afford to arm ourselves after the horrendous taxes they plan to slap on the ownership of guns and/or ammunition through some backdoor regulation. Can’t you see it, Senator?
I know you were doing the gentlemanly thing when you voted to confirm Cass Sunstein. In the old days (just a few years ago), I would have found no fault in that. But the people you are up against now are not gentlemanly. They are deceivers of the worst kind. They are sly and clever, and good, kind people such as yourself either can’t see that, or think you can do business as usual and all will be well. I think those days are past, Senator. You must quit compromising with those who wish to surrender our national sovereignty through clever regulation and treaties made through the United Nations – not thru the correct channels where you and others would have the opportunity to stop them, but through regulation within existing government departments by people like Cass Sunstein who have no authority to make these changes.
Joe Biden may very well be your friend. (Note: My post which elicited the Senator's message to me was regarding his being praised by the VP as one of the easiest Republicans to work with. I replied "Obviously VP Biden thinks of you as someone on their team. If that's the case, Senator, you're not on my team.) I believe in his heart he believes that the political philosophy he follows and promotes is the right one. He is undoubtedly a good person. But the agenda he is supporting through this president goes against everything you and I believe in and fought for and have promised to continue fighting for. I know you mean well, too, Senator. But you have gotten too close to the problem to see it.
Please step back and take a look at the big picture. Consider what all of this spending is doing to our country. You know in your heart it can’t go on. Consider the damage men like Cass Sunstein can do to us through regulation without the oversight of Congress, notwithstanding their “promises” not to. Please stop compromising away the precious few liberties that are still somewhat intact. These people are not making changes openly, but rather in cover of darkness. They’re keeping you so busy with 1000+ page bills that you cannot possibly read in the time they give you, that you can’t see what they are planning and scheming and carrying out behind the scenes.
I apologize for my rudeness, and I will no longer leave such messages on your Facebook. Believe it or not, it is not my nature to be unkind. I am so frightened for our country, and so frustrated at the seeming ignorance of those who serve in Congress that I don’t know what I can do to help stop the wave of socialism or worse that is threatening to destroy us. I've tried polite, respectful letters and email. They didn't seem to get through.
(my name and city)
Here are a few quotes that you are probably familiar with:
I have been preaching against Communism for twenty years. I still warn you against it, and I tell you that we are drifting toward it more rapidly now than some of us understand, and I tell you that when Communism comes, the ownership of things which are necessary to feed your families is going to be taken away from us. I tell you freedom of speech will go, freedom of the press will go, and freedom of religion will go. I have warned you against propaganda and hate. We are in the midst of the greatest exhibition of propaganda that the world has ever seen. Just do not believe all you read or hear. THE ELECT ARE BEING DECIEVED.
- Pres. J. Reuben Clark – CR Oct 1941
No greater immediate responsibility rests upon members of the Church, than to protect the freedom vouchsafed by the Constitution of the United States.
- Pres. David O. McKay – CR April 1965
Our struggle is freedom versus socialism. The amount of freedom depends on the amount of socialism. America was built on the principles of self-reliance, individual action, voluntary charity, faith in God, and in themselves. Today these principles are not dominant in the life of the people. Too many Americans believe it is the responsibility of the government to take care of their every need. The government cannot give anything to the people that it does not first take from the people.
- Ezra Taft Benson – Four Pillars of a Moral Nation
You cannot fully live the gospel without working to save freedom and the Constitution, and to stop Communism.
- Ezra Taft Benson – CR Oct 1966
I would like to point out here to anyone of a different political persuasion than I, that this good man whom I respect personally, is a member of the same party to which I belong. I'm an "equal opportunity" complainer. I detest what George W. Bush and others of both political parties did to put us in the situation that we find ourselves in today. I think any of our public servants who has strayed from doing what is good for our country based on Constitutional principles needs to be called out and held accountable. At this juncture of our country's history, it is imperative that as good citizens we put party loyalties aside, consider the basic principles upon which this nation was founded (i.e. our Constitution), study out what is happening today that is counter to those principles by listening to varied news sources, and then do what we can to bring our local, state and federal government back in line with those principles.
It has been over six weeks since this exchange took place between the Senator and myself. He has not responded to what I wrote, but I hope that he received my message in the spirit it was intended. I'm not a rude person, but there are some things that need to be said to the people who represent us.
Friday, November 20, 2009
"You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. You
cannot build character and courage by taking away people's initiative and independence. You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves." Abraham Lincoln
I would honestly appreciate your thoughts and input on this subject -- any exchanges you've had with Democrat, Liberal or Independent friends that clarify what they're thinking. Or, if you know of anyone who has changed positions, why they did, what was their turning point?
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Not long after, Kathie received a response from one friend who believes this bill is the right way to solve our country's health care issues. It follows below, in white text. Interspersed in red italic text is the reply Kathie sent back to her.
Congress has excellent health care paid for by their employers, us. They do not pay for it but they will deny the employers, us, the same care they receive. Why should private employers pay for coverage for the people who work for them and again for the congress? If you watch the news you will realize that more We still will not receive the same care and coverage as Congress has if this bill is passed. Nor will they have the coverage that we will have under the bill because they won't lower themselves to the conditions that the government healthcare bill (all 2000 pages of it) will provide us. and more employers are dropping health care as being too expensive. There will be no competition between government health care coverage and private coverage because government with its unlimited supply of money from us, the taxpayers, and their printing presses, will always be able to make premiums lower than private insurance companies. Dropping the premium prices to where private insurance companies cannot afford to compete will put private insurance companies out of business. The government also will set the standard for prices for care and procedures, medications and medical devices (which are they are doing thru medicare now) and doctors will not be able to afford to do business at the rates set. That is the reason that so many doctors now do not accept Medicare patients, or only a limited number of them. However, I believe that with the current plan, doctors will not be allowed to "opt out." They'll be forced to accept patients at the reimbursement rate offered by the government healthcare plan. Don't you understand that private industry can always provide a service more cheaply than government can? Large companies are at a disadvantage on the global market due to the fact that all other first world countries have national health care. Yes, other countries have national health care, but it is always substandard to ours, no matter what Michael Moore says. Why else are people from England and Canada coming to our country for healthcare for serious disease or surgery that is readily accessible here? I hope you are reading the accounts of people who are having to wait months for tests we can get here within days. Their employers do not have to figure that cost into their prices. Ultimately we are all paying more taxes, and that affects the prices of goods and services as much as the cost of the healthcare policies companies pay. We the taxpayers will always bear the burden of cost, regardless of where government or business tries to hide it. They then flood the American market with their cheaper products. Jobs are being out sourced to other nations at an alarming rate. And this will only increase as it costs our domestic companies more in taxes to pay for the "free" healthcare the government is promoting -- actually nowhere does it say "free". The truth is that working people will be paying higher premiums to help cover the cost of the "underprivileged." Take a look at the "underprivileged" in this country. They have cell phones, flat screen TV's, subsidized housing, free breakfasts and lunches, ad infinitum. No one in this country really goes without health care. They just walk into an emergency room. Then add the benefits of being an illegal immigrant. We the taxpayers, through the generosity of our Congress, foot the bills for them also instead of sending them back where they came from. Where does it stop? At what point does it stop making sense to work because you are footing the bill for masses of people who won't work? My neighbor has had a cleaning business for years, and she tells me that she can't get blacks to work for her. I've cleaned for others. I don't understand how someone who needs money can afford to turn down employment. American companies say they cannot compete. Unemployment goes up. Young people fall into poverty at an alarming rate for the cheaper labor. If you read a reliable source for who is without health insurance, you will find that many are young adults who choose to spend their money on things other than insurance -- their choice in a free country. They lack coverage because they choose not to buy it. Under the new plan, they will either buy it or be fined an amount probably comparable to what it would have cost them to purchase the insurance. And I could be wrong here, but I think the bill also gives the IRS the right to collect this "fine".
Insurance companies decide if and when you can have surgery and\or other treatment. Now the GOVERNMENT will make the decisions, and there is no recourse -- who do you turn to when the government says "no" to that expensive treatment because it doesn't guarantee you a cure or you're too old or unproductive to spend the money on? They will have a panel to decide what is "cost effective" treatment based on a formula they devise. The details of this are not spelled out in detail in the bill, but rather creates a panel to "study" and set the standards. They also decide where you have it and who provides it. Again the government will now be holding the pursestrings and will be deciding for you. Maybe not a big issue if you're 25 and healthy, but for those of us are retirement age and not too many years ahead of us, it is a scary proposition. Meanwhile their CEO's are given multi-million dollars pay checks and golden parachutes if they fail to make a large enough profit for the stock holders. You can choose not to buy any product whose company pay policies you object to. And what is wrong with this in a free country? Every person in this country is born into it with the same opportunities. CEO's got where they are through their own efforts. Maybe not all of us are CEO material, but we all have the opportunity to work hard and be rewarded for our efforts. In this the richest country in the world no one should be denied basic health care in order to allow someone else to live an opulant lifestyle. This country IS the richest nation in the world because of CAPITALISM. With the policies this administration is rushing to put into place, not just healthcare but also cap and trade and others, we will become a socialist nation. There will be no incentive to work hard and produce because of the "spreading the wealth". Really, would you work hard and make sacrifices if you were going to be paid exactly what the slacker next to you will be paid? I don't think so. What makes you think that after the government takes money from the richest of the rich, it won't be taking more money from you too? No one should lose their home, car etc., because they are ill. No one should have their insurance capped or cut off when they get sick. If you are really sick and unable to work you are laid off and you then loose your insurance. Cobra doesn't help because if you are unemployed you can't pay the full cost of the insurance. This happens all the time. It is time something is done about it. I agree that serious reforms are very much needed. But this bill is more than simply health care reform -- it's a means to control you and many facets of your life which you cannot begin to realize until you try to read and digest almost 2000 pages of convoluted legal-speak that makes reference to other legislation, the IRS, etc. Honestly. The bill is online. Try to read it. Tell me how anyone in good conscience can vote for a bill they haven't read in its entirety. And tell me where it guarantees that you will receive whatever treatment you choose or you need. You won't be able to because there are no such guarantees in this bill.
Many other suggestions have been made (including a petition that would bind our lawmakers to signing up for this healthcare program, but none have agreed to that, nor will they. They, our Congress, will become the new elites in place of the corporate CEO's whose earnings you resent.) Tort reform -- ridiculous lawsuits -- are a huge part of the cost of our current health care. But every attempt to make necessary changes to the process to seek redress for medical damages, has been blown out of the water by Congress because most of them are lawyers and profit from the laws they create. Another option that would help to increase competition and bring down prices would be to loosen the restrictions on insurance companies enabling them to compete across state lines. That possibility has also been denied by the Democrats. Ask yourself why. What do they have to lose? What is the REAL agenda here? I guarantee you that healthcare is not the primary agenda. It is merely the means of building a huge government bureaucracy that will insert itself in our lives in ways we can't begin to comprehend. Where are these congress people obtaining their financing? Chances are they are paid by the health insurance and pharmasudical lobbies. Look them up. You are probably right, there is plenty of graft in the congress, both houses and in both parties, and that should be addressed as well. That is a separate issue and won't be resolved in the slightest by this bill. If anything, 2000 pages of legislation will make way for more opportunites for fraud and corruption.
I'm sorry to disagree with these people but I think we can do better, much better. If this great country is to survive we must. Linda, we as a country will survive, but if this legislation passes, you will not recognize the country you grew up in. Your choices will become very narrow as the government decides what is best for everyone, not just with regard to your healthcare, but in virtually every facet of your life. Prepare yourself for a shock.
Here are links to some additional reading. You may or may not agree, but you owe it to yourself to understand both sides of an issue:
http://www.heritage.org/LeadershipForAmerica/health-care.cfm Many additional articles and resources
http://www.gopusa.com/news/2009/october/1030_health_business1.shtml This one shows the wheeling and dealing done behind the scenes.
http://docs.house.gov/rules/health/111_ahcaa.pdf Here's the actual bill. Take a peek. Good luck. I heard the other day that the bill that created the federal highway system was 36 pages long. Not that a highway system and healthcare are comparable, but the concept of keeping bills readable and understandable by an average person is pertinent.
Now this bill has passed in the House of Representatives by a mere two votes. It still must be reviewed and voted on by our Senators before returning to the House for their final vote and then to the President to be signed into law. If we don't stop it in the Senate, it will become law. Please, please email and call your own senators and others each and every day until it is defeated. Much is at stake, far beyond who does or does not get some semblance of health care. Ask your friends, family and neighbors to do the same.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Allie's brother, James, was born with an undiagnosed condition which has affected him and his family for all of his life. I think James would be in his late 20's or early 30's now. He recently fell from his wheelchair, broke his hip, and has suffered subsequent complications, in addition to the multiple problems that he lives with each day.
With her permission, I'm sharing this "Message to the World" that Allie posted on her Facebook page yesterday because I believe people like Allie know better than I what works for people in her family's situation. I hope you'll read it with your heart and feel moved to do something to make a difference for good in our country. If not us, then who? If not now, then when?
My Message to the World
Allie Winegar Duzett
As many of you know, my brother is very probably in the act of dying. And so, I feel a need to write an overall message to the world. But first, a recap of his issues:
- broken hip, which has been replaced but which reduces his mobility by about 100%
- pancreatitis, potentially incurable
- possible stroke
- cranial cancer
- rectum 1200% the normal size, last seen almost puncturing his lungs
- distended bowel
- atrophied esophagus
- muscular dystrophy
- missing gallbladder (yeah... awkward. just discovered this one today.)
- seizures every 2-5 minutes (grande mal, tonic, and all the other kinds too)
- possible cirrhosis of the liver
- potential osteoporosis
- bent spine (I know this has an official term, but I don't remember it--his spine is shaped to his recliner)
In addition, he is unable to talk; he has never been able to talk; he cannot communicate in any way; he does not respond to pain; and he requires diapers.
His overall condition is undiagnosed; we describe it as an undiagnosed chronic degenerative metabolic condition, essentially meaning that 1) we don't know what's overall wrong with him; 2) as time goes on, it gets worse; and 3) the overall condition has something to do with the inability to process nutrients.
People ask what they can do to help. My husband was asking what he could do to help earlier tonight, and I thought of something.
The obvious one is to pray. Right now, we're just praying for him to go peacefully. I invite you to join us in our supplications.
But the not-so-obvious one is to wake up--politically.
I know a lot of you probably think I'm crazy. My politics are unconventional for this age, and I am very passionate about them. But I want you to know that everything I do regarding domestic politics has its root in my brother, and everything I do regarding foreign policy has been influenced by my years living overseas with my grandfather, a former official for the United Nations.
My brother has taught me so much about life. About freedom: he has none. He can't choose anything in the world. He has taught me kindness, compassion; he has taught me to realize that just as people would never know that I have dealt with this grief every day of my life, I would never know how other people suffer every day. He taught me that we all have secret pains, secret sorrows that break us and break against us until we are either broken or strong. He has taught me what it means to have strength, and to fight back.
In the practical world, he has taught me that the government is largely incompetent. That they are the last people you should ever go to to solve a problem. The inspectors that come so frequently to observe our care of James--they are absolutely incompetent. We tell them James cannot speak, or sign, or communicate in any way and he never has been able to, and yet they insist on asking him all the moronic questions anyway. They WILL have these conversations with him, dang it! A normal person would be satisfied with the fact that James has never had a bedsore in his life. A typical government inspector probably doesn't even know what that would indicate.
I could tell you about the time we tried to sign him up for Medicaid, and they wouldn't let him until he'd signed up for the Selective Service. Yes, my 100% dysfunctional brother had to be enlisted in the Selective Service to gain access to the money his own parents paid in taxes to help the handicapped. Retarded? Yes.
I could tell you about how my parents had to start charging my brother rent to live with them, because otherwise the government wouldn't let them keep their own money to support their son.
Or I could tell you about how growing up, we never had much money, because so much of it went to James. I could tell you about wearing mostly hand-me-downs from other people, and about living on iceberg lettuce and cereal, and growing up in a neighborhood where every last soul picked on me and my little brother constantly, because we were white.
I could tell you about how even now, my parents each work multiple jobs, and while they make lots of money, most of it just gets siphoned back into James. We have a big house, but we got it at a discount because the previous owners took pity on us since it was the only house in the entire Village with the right floor plan for my brother's continued survival. The house is for him. We make a lot of money that goes right back into care for James--his medicines, his insurance, his babysitters, his schools, his therapy, the house we had to buy for him, our freakishly high water bills every month from having to wash every linen he owns practically every day without fail--but the government doesn't care. We are still taxed at obscene levels, because apparently we are "rich." Because the government doesn't give a damn about actual reality; it's all about the redistribution of wealth, to take from the "rich" to give to those "more deserving."
Please. Find me someone more deserving than my family. Find me someone more deserving than my family. I have been providing full personal care for my OLDER brother since I was eight years old--that was when I learned to use the gastric tube. I began changing his diapers when I was twelve. I cared for him every day after school every single day of high school. I have carried him in my arms; I have picked him up off the floor, despite the fact that until recently he's been bigger than me. Even now we are just the same size, although he's gotten pretty skinny. I have helped to plan his funeral multiple times. I have written music for it. My parents have worked 2+ jobs each just to keep our family afloat ever since I can remember. We're better off now than we ever have been financially, but that doesn't change the past, or the potential future. If the liberals of America get their way, my family will be screwed indefinitely.
And I will tell you why: because currently, our political climate is determined by the outliers--but only one set of them. You always hear about the welfare queens, the single mommies who were too selfish to marry before having kids; you hear about white-on-black racism and families too poor to afford health care because the parents never married, or they didn't graduate from high school, or they're too drunk and addicted to whatever to get a freaking job. Don't you feel sorry for those people? Don't you just want to steal from the rich and give to the poor to make their lives easier? The lives of those poor unwitting victims of that awful capitalism?
Here's who you don't hear about: the families that make a lot of money but who siphon all that money into medical care for their extremely handicapped children. The families who work hard and get their money taken away to pay for other people's illegitimate children. The families who struggle to make ends meet, and when they succeed, their "excess" is taken away for "the greater good."
And you don't hear about the racism so prominent in the black communities. I grew up thinking that people were just different shades of brown--lightish brown and darkish brown. It wasn't until kindergarten that I got my first taste of racism: when other kids parents' wouldn't let their children play with me because of the color of my skin. I tell you, the only time I've ever seen white-on-black racism was in Europe--never in America. Ever. But I've been the victim of the opposite since I was four years old.
I was an outlier in high school. People with high IQs are not really catered to in the public school system. I was bored in every class I ever took--in my life--and when I tried to graduate early every official known to man tried to stop me--because they needed my test scores. My guidance counselor sunk to the level of attempting to set me up with cute boys so I would stay. And yet, when I took night school to get my last English credit, I was surrounded by people who could barely read--who were all graduating early because the school wanted to help these poor losers get a head start on life.
My family is an outlier, too. We are just as much outliers as the welfare queens and the crack babies. But no one is standing up for us. We are outliers because we are honest; we are hard workers; we are smart and we sacrifice and prioritize. We plan ahead. We don't believe in taking advantage of others. And so, we are taken advantage of by the government and every self-righteous lib out there. I always say--I don't have a problem with people being Democrats; my grandparents have been Democrats. There are many good people who are registered Democrats. I have no problem with my own self voting Democrat. The problem is liberalism. I could vote for a Dem, but not for a lib. The problem is when other people think they know what's best for America, because they think they are just soooooo compassionate and smart, they know better than anyone else what's best for Americans. And that is the attitude that makes up liberalism.
Well, how about this? How about making the government butt out of "equalization" of the economy, so people like my family can actually take a breath for once? The redistribution of wealth is killing us, and I don't care if you think promiscuous minorities are more worthy of our money than we are. You need to tune into reality, because these "progressive" policies are tearing down the people who should be encouraged most to succeed.
And who are you to say that my family deserves to succeed less than the family of crack addicts who chose to sleep around and spend recklessly and all the rest? Who are you to decide who should keep MY money?
The fact is, no matter what, some people will suffer. Under a capitalist system, people suffer because of their choices. Under a socialist system, people also suffer because of their choices. The difference is that under a capitalist system, people suffer when they make stupid choices. When they decide to sleep around, they pay for it by dealing with the consequences out of their own pocket. When they decide to fail out of school, they pay for it by not being able to get jobs to support themselves. On the other hand, capitalism rewards people naturally for being smart, for working hard, and for trying.
Under a socialist system, those who produce, who try, who work, are exploited for the gain of society's losers. People are punished for working hard; they are punished for trying to succeed. In the short term, the morons who waste their lives with TV and addiction benefit, and in the long term, no one benefits, because eventually the producers just give up. Eventually, Atlas shrugs--and when he does, the world rolls right off his shoulders to shatter on the floor of the universe.
Right now, we are living in a partially-socialist system that is already taking its toll on millions. Here is your choice: you can choose to go all the way with either system. You can choose one that rewards producers and lets those who fail, fail; or you can choose a system that rewards failures and taxes to death those who produce. It is YOUR CHOICE. It is all up to you.
And I will tell you, the lives of people like my brother are in your hands. The lives of my parents are in your hands. My mother has stressed herself into Hashimoto's disease from working so hard to care for my brother under these political conditions. She could literally die from it at any time, if she forgets to take her medication. Never thought I'd see the day that my mother might die before my older brother. And my father has developed degenerative disc disease from it all--from working so hard to keep my brother well and healthy and taken care of. They are good people who work hard to honestly pay for their son's medical care. They work all day, and half the night, and spend the rest of their time caring for their son. Will you really turn around, and knowing all this, seriously vote for yet another tax-and-spend liberal Democrat whose only goal is to blindly tax the "rich" without even considering that the so-called "rich" are people too, with problems of their own?
This is my message to the world. Grow up. If you've never cared about politics before, start caring. This is your future. The crap going on in Washington is your future. Right now, debt and corruption is the future we're all looking at, and if we get it, it will be YOUR FAULT. Don't give me any crap about how you don't have time to get involved, or it's too hard to learn the history of how we got here, or it's too tough to keep up with current events. You have time for what you make time for and people's lives and livelihoods are at stake. Do you not get this? What kills me is when my best friends say they care about me, and about my brother, and then don't even bother to lift a finger when major legislation goes through that would seriously further damage our already foul situation. EARTH TO EVERYONE: LAWS MATTER! LAWS AFFECT PEOPLE! LAWS AFFECT MY DYING BROTHER, YOUR DYING GRANDMA, YOUR FUTURE CHILDREN AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, YOU! And the fact is, either you care, or you don't. If you care, you're the one marching in the TEA Parties, emailing your congresspeople and talking to your friends about this stuff. If you don't care, you're the one making pathetic excuses not to get involved or informed.
Those who don't care are the fence-sitters, the ones the Bible says God will spew out of His mouth in disgust. Sucks, huh? And if you don't believe in the Bible, believe in this: you are the one we will all look down on when either side wins. Because the strong take sides and fight. The pathetic sit and make excuses.
Here is a fact: it doesn't matter what side of the aisle you're on--if you knew what was actually going on in Washington, you would be outraged. You would be ashamed. You would be embarrassed for your votes. I know good people who have liberal views--and all good people know that corruption is wrong. Hi. We are operating under a grossly corrupt political system and no one can seriously deny that. Everyone should care about that. And furthermore, we should all care enough about that to take a stand for it. So here are the real questions--
Who are you?
What do you believe?
Do you believe in freedom, or do you believe in government control?
Do you believe people should deal with the consequences of their actions, or do you believe that it's society's job to prevent anyone from dealing with their own foul mistakes?
Do you believe that people know what's best for themselves and their own families, or do you think the government actually knows what's best for you and yours?
Have you seriously researched every aspect of the issues at hand? Have you bothered to look at the other side of the stories?
The fact is, either you're fighting for your freedom, or you're not. Either you're fighting for the rights of the handicapped, or you're not. Either you're standing up for truth, or you're not. So where are you? What are you even doing?
Where you will stand when it comes to my brother?
And you know, if this post is too controversial for you, I invite you to please unfriend me. I don't need fairweather friends attacking me on a stupid networking site while my brother dies.
If you'd like to know more about what it was like to grow up in my particular situation, let me know--I've been working on a memoir and it would be great to see how many people would be interested in reading it. I hope it doesn't make me a narcissist to think that perhaps the world could gain a thing or two from learning about the things I've lived through.
And in the meantime, please ponder these things. Open your mind a little. Today, millions of Americans participated in the making of history with our 9/12 March on Washington. Where were you?
If you were among them, I commend you. And if you were not, I beg you to please choose today. Take a side and fight. For as it's written in Ephesians, "we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." Things are going on today that you should know about--and if you don't, it's because you are choosing to remain in the dark. The information is there and waiting for you to find it. There are things you can do today to make a difference. So where do you stand?
Saturday, July 4, 2009
I was at the starting line for the 5K Freedom Run, part of Provo's annual Freedom Festival. Events for this festival begin in January, but then gear up in a big way for the week long celebration of Freedom that ends with the grand finale, the Stadium of Fire, a huge fireworks display with lots of music and entertainment. The host once again this year is Glenn Beck, and the top billed entertainment will be the Jonas Brothers.
I was also at the finish line of the 5K run, but must confess to taking a shortcut between. I was not there to run, but to take pictures and to support my candidate for U.S. Senate from Utah in 2010, Cherilyn Eagar.
Here she is: Ready for the race -- and for the 5K run.
Here's Cherilyn's husband, Randy, also ready for the race, and the 5K run.
Earlier this morning, the Hot Air Balloon launch provided this backdrop for the day's festivities which also includes a parade.
Here's my friend, Julie. Doesn't she look happy and fresh? She's always happy and fresh. And fun.
Cherilyn and Randy cross the finish line.
Julie, too. It should be noted, the last leg of this run was uphill.
This is when I will run...
(when pigs fly)
So, let's celebrate our wonderful country today (and every day). Let's go to our parades, Tea Parties, and backyard barbecues. But when day is done, let us fall on our knees and thank our Heavenly Father for the blessings we enjoy in this magnificient country.
And when we awake each day, let's once again give thanks, roll up our sleeves, and engage ourselves in the business of preserving the freedoms we enjoy as individuals and as a nation by taking part in the political process.
God Bless America, and thank Him for this wondrous blessing which it is.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
"I am an American because I believe in a government of laws and not of men, and in national allegiance to high principle and lofty ideal instead of to a personal sovereign." -- J. Reuben Clark
I've been thinking about this today. What a difference there is between striving to live according to "laws, high principle and lofty ideal" and being at the mercy of leaders who, at their own whims, would lead blind followers around by their noses.
Principles never change. People change. If as a nation we make decisions and laws based on proper principles, then we will not go wrong. We will remain free and strong. If we put our "hope" in any human being, we are setting ourselves up for disappointment at best; tragedy, or worse.
In the news just this week was Mark Sanford, governor of South Carolina. A good man, a true fiscal and social conservative. Someone who we needed to lead out with these principles in these times. But he has fallen from grace. He made some very poor personal choices and has drastically altered the course of his life, like it or not. He is a sad disappointment to countless people, not the least of whom are his family and close friends. In this instance, the change was a personal one, not one that directly will affect the nation as a whole, other than we lose a man who could have been a great leader. Men are human; they make mistakes, sometimes very serious ones. Sometimes their mistakes affect only themselves and the people closest to them, but other times, their choices will affect nations.
Another example of change: Obama. He campaigned on change. We surely need it as a nation. We need to change the way Washington works -- the graft, the deceit, the self-serving politicians. Yes, there are many things that need to be changed. But I don't think changing the very principles and foundations of the country is what most voters had in mind. Our core national values and principles are sound. I doubt very few voters had or have any idea where Obama's vision of "change" will take our country. Some still don't care -- they love the man, they love his empty words and lofty deceitful rhetoric. They can't see that his words and actions are not the same. They will follow him, like a herd of lemmings, to the edge and beyond.
Our Founding Fathers carefully constructed our government in a way that best protects and preserves our personal and national freedom. The closer we strive to base our laws on the Constitution and personally live moral lives, the safer our country is from tyranny. Putting our faith in any man leaves our nation vulnerable to his whims. The rule of (righteous) law, unwavering unbendable law, and man's striving to live lofty ideals will not lead us into the abyss. A corrupt sovereign will.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
I am an American because I believe in a government of laws and not of men, and in national allegiance to high principle and lofty ideal instead of to a personal sovereign.
I am an American because I believe in a government with three distinct, separate branches, each mutually independent of the other, with no power of delegation or appropriation of rights or powers by any one to or from any other.
I am an American because I believe that government must derive its "just powers from the consent of the governed" and that branches of government and officers shall have such powers and such only as shall be given by the people; because I believe that the assumption by branches of government or by officers of rights or powers not specifically conferred upon them is usurpation; and because impeachement or other trial lies against an officer who so usurps rights or powers not specifically conferred.
I am an American because I believe in the greatest possible measure of self-government and because I believe in a federal system of government which keeps local affairs in the hands of local governments.
I am an American because I believe in a bill of rights which places wholly beyond the reach of lawful government certain matters affecting "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness," and specifically the right of freedom of conscience and worship, the right of free speech and a free press, the right peaceably to assemble and petition government, and the right to gain and hold property without molestation except by due process of law.
I am an American because under our form of government the people of the United States have made a progress never before made by any other people in the world in an equal time during the whole period of recorded history.
I am an American because standards of life and of living of the entire American people are far beyond those enjoyed by any other people in any other part of the world, either now or at any other time, which is a living testimony and evidence of the kindly beneficence of our free institutions.
I am an American because this Nation has no scheme or plan of conquest, because it has a respect for the rights of other peoples and of other nations, because it promotes justice and honor in the relationships of nations, because it loves the ways of peace as against war, as shown by the repeated peaceful adjustment of its own international disputes, because it has conquered the land greed which so afflicts the nations of the world, as demonstrated in Cuba and the Philippines.
I am an American because my country abolished slavery after it had become deep-rooted and because men still are free to work, and are secure in the enjoyment of the products of their labor.
I am an American because I firmly and earnestly believe that our Constitution is an inspired document designed by our Maker to set up a government which would make sure and secure the rights set forth in the Bill of Rights, and particularly the right of freedom of conscience and worship.
I am an American because I believe that the destinty of America is to be the abiding place of liberty and free institutions, and that its own practice and enjoyment of these blessings shall be to the world a beacon light wich shall radiate its influence by peaceful means to the uttermost parts of the world, to the uplifting of all humanity.
--Reprint from Congressional Record, June 11, 1940.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Our current senators and representatives were back in Washington preparing for the upcoming votes on Cap and Trade and Card Check, but they arranged for assistants from their local offices to read their messages about the ills of socialized medicine and the pitfalls of the President's plan to the quietly protesting crowd. The highlight of the evening was the broadcast of an address that then-actor Ronald Reagan gave in 1961 or 1962 declaring government sponsored healthcare as a giant step toward socialism, and a serious threat to our country. His message was eerily applicable to our situation today.
Dave Hansen, Chairman of the Utah GOP, with Cherilyn Bacon Eagar, conservative candidate for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Robert Bennett
Larry Jensen, protester
Chris Herrod, Utah House Rep from District 62, also one of the originators of The Patrick Henry Caucus
Thanks to David Kirkham and Brian Halladay for organizing this important event!
J. Reuben Clark
"Inroads upon the Constitution by the Roman Law"
Stand Fast by our Constitution, Deseret Book Company, Salt Lake City, 1962, pp.4-5.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Tonight I received an email from my niece that contained an open letter written by a retired official of Proctor and Gamble to President Obama, which the New York Times had declined to publish, but which has circulated on the internet. The letter was a series of one-sentence paragraphs that start "You scare me because...", listing all of the headline items of the past four months, all the things that have made me sick and sad and horrified, that rendered me first to head-shaking, then hand-wringing. I wasn't standing in the restroom crying, but in my head I could hear Irma chiding me, "Don't feel bad, Pam, get mad."
Obama does not scare me. He angers me. He's quick to blame anyone and anything for what is wrong in our country -- except himself, of course -- saying that he "inherited" this mess, but as Rush pointed out today, what Obama inherited was a free, Christian nation, a country governed by the rule of law and not by the whims of man. He is quickly turning our country into a socialist dictatorship.
So if you are still in the head-shaking or hand-wringing mode, it's time to gird up your loins and prepare to fight for your country. If not us, then who?
Sunday, June 7, 2009
It is my prayer that this fast day provides all of us involved with this movement the inspiration necessary to accomplish the task before us. It is more than one campaign or one issue. It is the beginning of the last fight.
That last line, "It is the beginning of the last fight", was particularly poignant. A few weeks ago a friend who is involved and knowledgeable in government, and whom I greatly respect, said almost exactly those words. I had felt them in my heart before either man spoke them. I had hoped for comfort and reassurance that "all is well" but I know better.
Still, there is hope. People are waking up. After all, it is pretty hard to sleep through the nationalization of our banks and large segments of our private business, the unprecedented seizure of power by the executive branch of our federal government and delegated to others without more than a hint of resistance from the legislative branch, extravagant and unrestrained government spending in the name of "stimulus", and unspeakable debt being heaped upon our heads and those of at least two future generations.
These things are happening at break-neck speed, which has left many shaking their heads or wringing their hands. To be honest, I've done my share of both. I've also written letters to my senators, Orrin Hatch and Robert Bennett, both R-UT, who don't listen to their constituents -- and to my Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), who fortunately gets it and does listen. I've shared appropriate news articles with friends and relatives, I've attended Tea Parties, participated in online political forums, and sent money to conservative candidates. I've learned that head-shaking and hand-wringing offer no consolation. Even the letter writing, Tea Party protesting, and news sharing offer limited comfort.
Where I have found a measure of purpose and greater hope has been in finding a candidate I believe in, and spending as much time as I can in supporting her. The only real say I have in the federal government is through representatives with proper principles and some backbone. I will do all that I can to put such representatives into office. They ultimately are the ones who will be fighting on the front lines in the Last Fight for our freedom and and our country as we know it.
Friday, May 15, 2009
"Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"
On March 23, 1775, with hostilities between Americans and British troops breaking out in New England, Patrick Henry stood in a packed St. John's Church in Richmond, Virginia, and made a fiery argument to the Second Virginia Convention that the time had come for the colonies to gather their strength and commit themselves to action. His ringing words will remind us that freedom must be defended:
Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs, and hugging the delusive phantom of Hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot?...The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat, but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged, their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable -- and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come!
It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, peace, peace -- but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death! (1)
While our country is not at war in the way Patrick Henry and his friends were at the time he rallied his countrymen with this speech, our country and our freedoms are in jeopardy as they were then. The words ring true --- Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs, and hugging the delusive phantom of Hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot?
Are we among the vigilant, the active, the brave?
To this end, five state Congressmen from Utah, Keith Grover, Chris Herrod, Stephen Sandstrom, Ken Sumsion, and Carl Wimmer, have formed the Patrick Henry Caucus as a means of challenging our federal government in its current massive drive to subjugate the states and enslave "we the people". Hundreds of thousands of concerned citizens the country over have held massive "Tea Party" demonstrations in protest over the past few months. Many have been writing their legislators regularly, but still feel impotent to fight the good fight -- to do something more, not from lack of desire, but from lack of knowing the means by which this threat to our Constitution and our very way of life can be successfully engaged. The Patrick Henry Caucus will use the tenth amendment to the Constitution as a means of reclaiming our state's sovereignty and limiting the power the federal government is attempting to exert over us. These modern day Patriots have issued a Call to Action.
Please visit their website, and get involved to the extent you are able. If you do not live in Utah, please bring this information to the attention of your state representative. Texas, Montana, and a few other states have already begun similar legislative action. The more states who do, the better our chances of success.
Click on this link for The Patrick Henry Caucus.
(1) Bennett, William J. and John T.E. Cribb, The American Patriot's Almanac (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2008), p.92.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
When Carter was here a few days ago, he found an American flag that I had bought a few weeks ago to use at the Tea Parties I attended.
He asked, "What's the name of this flag, Grandma?"
I was puzzled. "What do you mean?"
"What's its name?" he asked again.
I still didn't understand what he wanted to know "Well, it's an American flag."
"But what's its name?"
"United States? Is that what you mean?"
Haltingly he began in a hushed tone, "...of America ... Republic.. which it stands...." He was shyly looking down at the floor, flag in hand.
"What did you say?" I couldn't have heard that right. It sounded like...
"...Nation... under God...." he said quietly.
Almost apologetically, with a hint of a smile on his face, he finished, "...inavisible...liberty...justice for all."
My four year old grandson had just said the Pledge of Allegiance in the most reverent spirit I have ever heard it recited.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
May 5, 2009
Cloward-Piven Crisis Care
by Jeannie DeAngelis
The fear of a swine flu pandemic may be a crisis too good for President Obama to waste in his quest to take over national health care. Chaos is becoming a commodity for an ideologically driven Obama Administration, which appears to depend on crisis to promote policy initiatives.
Barack Obama has shown himself proficient at utilizing negative circumstances as tactical policy initiators and seems to benefit politically by"...discovering opportunity in the midst of great crisis."
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Cloward-Piven instructed activists that if a crisis did not exist, promote or manufacture one by exaggerating a benign or unthreatening predicament. In doing so, contrived commotion would serve as a tool to convince the masses of their urgent need for rescue. In order to achieve the ultimate goal, students were encouraged to stress the social system to the breaking point, which would quash capitalism and institute socialism through a massive infusion of government intervention.
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In the same way it sought to undermine economic and social issues, the Cloward-Piven strategy functionally applies to the worldwide flu crisis to benefit health care reform. Obama has the power to compel the present system to provide every American with precautionary care. For instance, in anticipation of a global pandemic, "...a seed stock of a vaccine against the swine flu, which could be pushed into production should the number of cases jump significantly." Long lines of American citizens, lined up for hours, waiting to be vaccinated and eager to do whatever is necessary to assure the safety of their children is custom made for an Obama-type policy initiation.
Read the rest of the article HERE.
There's so much more to glean from this informative and eye-opening article. The Cloward-Piven strategy has been applied to almost everything that the current administration has dealt with in its first hundred plus days. This article shows how the administration is using it to push it's socialized medicine agenda into being.
There is something you can do -- you can contact your senators and your representative in congress and let them know how you feel about socialized or nationalized health. Do it now. This is going to be run through the legislative process as fast and furious as everything else has been since the current president took office. If he gives us time to consider what he's doing, he knows it won't pass the smell test with you or with me. Don't wait. Send those emails now and send them often. See the button on the side bar of this website for an easy way to do it.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
If you haven't been in the habit of writing your congressman and your senators, now is the time to start. On the side of this page, you'll find a link to "Write to Congress". I hope you'll check it out -- the site it leads to makes contacting them very easy, and even provides suggested wording for your emails regarding various important issues.
More now than ever, we have to prepare for some really tough times ahead.
Here's an article that is not about Arlen Specter but about the financial difficulties our country is in.
M E R I D I A N M A G A Z I N E
A Dangerous First 100 Days
By Stephen M. Studdert
This week President Barrack Obama marks his first 100 days in office. Never in my experience as a White House advisor or since have I witnessed such a torrid pace of monumental policy change. Cloaked in economic stimulus language, the astonishing breadth and depth of policy transformation and government intervention into the private economy is nothing short of staggering.
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As a nation, with zeal and haste we are building just such a house – one of unwise and unrestrained federal debt – a house with no foundation that ultimately cannot stand.
With our national house being built on sand, more than ever each of us has a duty, to ourselves and to our families, to be informed. We need this economic information – no matter how serious and troubling it may be. And serious and troubling it is! (emphasis mine)
The grinding daily news unceasingly bombards our senses with gloomy information, and for most of us we end up with feelings of distress, worry, and even fear. It makes me not want to read or watch any news reports.
As we follow the Brethren and listen carefully and heed their inspired counsel, we like the Apostle Paul can say “ We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair .” (2 Corinthians 4:8).
The rest of the article here
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Who "they" are, is uncertain, but people in high places who could have prevented panic in the streets of New York when Air Force One and two accompanying fighter jets buzzed Ground Zero and the Statue of Liberty yesterday afternoon, did not.Instead, they cowered under threats of federal sanctions from some unidentified "someone" even higher.
Their lack of courage to do the right thing leaves me incredulous, but here's the frosting on this bitter cake: the president expects to get to the bottom of this ---in two or three weeks. It will take him two or three weeks to find out whose brainchild this imbecilic "mission" was?! It didn't take him that long to push his sinfully huge "stimulus" bill through the congress.
I realize this is probably one of the least important news stories of the day. With each of our freedoms quickly eroding faster than ice cubes in the Sahara, surely there are other issues more noteworthy. But this one broke my heart on a more personal level for the terrified New Yorkers who ran from their workplaces with flashbacks of 9-11 reeling in their heads. How callous, how uncaring, how thoughtless every single person in the chain of command who suggested, approved, allowed, took part in, and remained quiet about this blunder!
FAA Memo: Feds Knew NYC Flyover Would Cause Panic
Threatened Federal Sanctions Against NYPD, Secret Service, FBI & Mayor's Office If Secret Ever Got Out
Thursday, April 16, 2009
The noontime Salt Lake Tea Party had about twelve hundred people attending. Provo had more, though I'll wait for the news to suggest a number. There were also Tea Parties in Layton, St. George, Vernal, and a few other Utah towns. Jason Chaffetz and Rob Bishop, U.S. Congressional Representatives from Utah; Mark Shurtleff, Utah Attorney General, and Chris Herrod, Utah House Representative from the 62nd District, were the few political speakers, and each was limited to just three or four minutes. All stayed on task regarding the economy and governmental intrusion and did not use the platform for campaigning. Provo Tea Party organizer David Kirkham, owner of Provo Motor Sports, included citizen speakers and walked through the crowd asking people why they came. Their replies often drew applause and cheers.
Here's what the Deseret News had to say:
By Arthur Raymond
Published: Wednesday, April 15, 2009 7:36 p.m. MDT
Linda Nelson would do most anything for her children. On Wednesday, that included driving from Lindon to Salt Lake City and braving freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall to join a loud and large tax-day "tea party."
Nelson joined more than 1,200 other Utahns who called for tax relief and reduced federal spending because she is worried that decisions now being made by the federal government will unfairly burden her five children.
"As my kids come out of college, I can't imagine the taxes that they'll be responsible for," Nelson said. Government leaders "are not asking our generation to pay for this. They're going into debt that will take decades to pay off."
Nelson also was bothered by government involvement in private business, citing the forced resignation of General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner as a move that should "never be allowed to happen."
The sign she held over her head at the Wallace F. Bennett Federal Building — "Debt is the problem, More debt is not the solution" — was popular, eliciting honks and waves from passing cars.
Speeches by Utah Republican congressmen Jason Chaffetz and Rob Bishop and state Attorney General Mark Shurtleff were popular, too, as they roundly criticized the federal stimulus package, financial bailouts and the growing budget deficit as missteps by the Obama administration and members of Congress — sentiments greeted with loud cheers by a crowd Salt Lake City police estimated at 1,200 to 1,500.
Salt Lake Tea Party held at noon at the Federal Building.
Provo Tea Party pictures
Click on this link to read what the Herald had to say about the Tea Parties.
The hours I spent at the Salt Lake City and Provo Tea Parties was time well spent. Since before the election I have been concerned about the direction our country has been heading, and the recent economic and other policy decisions by our current President and Congress have deepened that concern. The scriptures and the Church that I belong to teach us to live providently, and we do not run up massive debt to leave to our children. It is incomprehensible to me that the government has no qualms about conducting its business this way. It isn't a single administration or one party who is at fault, but rather the Federal Government in general. For example, not a single member of Congress read the huge omnibus spending bill which they recently passed. Who among us would vote for something that would impact so many people without reading it?
If we connect the dots, we can't help seeing what is coming if the direction of government doesn't make a sharp turn very soon. Government spending is just the tip of the iceberg. It is a means to an end, the mechanism for completely transforming our country into something which will not come close to what was envisioned by our Founding Fathers and laid securely in place by our Constitution.
I have been sending emails to my elected officials for some time. Attending these Tea Parties was just the next logical step to helping my voice be heard. It was comforting to know that I'm not alone in my concern for our country. I was surrounded by a thousand people at each of these events who feels much like I do, and I know there are thousands more in our neighborhoods. The theme of both of these Tea Parties was the need for each of us to be vigilant and to get actively involved in the political process. I will. Will you?