This ad appeared in one of the emails I get from a conservative Web site. My readers know I’m intending upon never going on the public dole (including Social Security and Medicare). Freedom? Medicare is supposed to be Freedom?
To my way of thinking, Medicare brings these conditions with it:
Medical treatment confined to “What Medicare Will Pay For”.
Being denied needed treatment recommended by your physician, because a bureaucrat in Washington D.C deems it “not medically necessary”.
Not being able to see your longtime physician, because he or she does not accept Medicare (doctors who see Medicare patients are not allowed to turn down any patient, thus being denied their freedom).
You become a line item on the Federal Budget, not a human being.
Your doctor having to get permission from the federal bureaucracy before he can treat you.
Nope, not my idea of Freedom.
That phrase is commonly called a fallacy (after this, thus because of this), but you can judge this instance for yourself, with a couple of stories from KOMO-Seattle.
First, there is this story about the low morale at the Seattle Police Department. In recent years, there has been an increase in low-level street crime, and many cases of neighborhood-dwellers who shout and jeer at police officers while they are trying to do their job. The incidents in Ferguson, Missouri and the rise of the “Black Lives Matter” movement have led to distrust of the police, and the feeling in some communities that the police do not serve them, but are a threat. The city government has not dealt well with the rise of homeless and drug-dealing people living in broken-down, unsightly RVs in city neighborhoods, among other things. Some neighborhoods have to hire their own private security, when the City ignores their plight.
Then, there is this story, of how one local company has responded to the conditions above. Street Crime Forces Environmentally-conscious company to Flee Seattle. Seattle prides itself on being very “green”, funding companies such as this one, banning those evil plastic bags and plastic straws, and building street-narrowing bike and bus lanes where automobiles are not allowed.
In these cases, Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc is NOT a fallacy, but very true.
There have been many stories in the (so-called) Press in the past few years of small-business owners having their businesses destroyed because they would not engage in activities that violated their religious beliefs. It seems that most states have “public accommodation” laws that forbid “discrimination” on the basis of race, religion, or “sexual orientation”. These state laws have been used to deny business owners their religious liberty, by insisting that they cater, or bake cakes, or provide flowers, or create custom invitations for same-sex “weddings”. Some businesses have literally had to close down their businesses, because they refused to violate their moral code.
Now, just think about it this way. If the State can force a business to engage in any creative activity (and catering, baking cakes, providing flowers, and creating custom invitations are ALL creative activities) against its will, isn’t that tantamount to slavery? Isn’t being forced to serve customers whose activity violates your own conscience, against your will, Slavery?
Funny, the Democrats and Progressives, who trumpet to the world how much they detest Slavery, turn out to actually advocate it.
He does, does he? It seems that the Seattle Times did a story about all the “incidents” at private psychiatric institutions in Washington. Sorry, no link here due to paywall at the Times web site. How quickly they forget. Just recently, there were many stories of the horrific conditions at the State of Washington psychiatric institution, Western State Hospital.
That institution lost its Federal accreditation, due to less-than-stellar conditions there. There have been inmate escapes, staffing shortages, and lawsuits due to mistreatment of patients.
Maybe, Jay Inslee should try getting his own house in order, before going after the private institutions.
The first Delusion in which I do not participate is the delusion of “man-made climate change”, and the corollaries that demand that we abandon the benefits of plastic items like grocery bags and straws. It makes me angry when the all-powerful Government decides for me which light bulbs I must use (and no longer may use), and insists that I from now on “bring my own reusable bag” to the grocery store, since it is banning retail stores from providing plastic bags to their customers. This came in my utility bill recently.
The worst part of this is that the Government is Requiring retail establishments to charge a FEE for providing paper bags! This is so ridiculous! So, what does the retail establishment do with all the fees they collect? Are they required to remit those funds to the City Government? This flyer does not say. I hope they do not have to.
In any case, I refuse to participate in their delusion that banning plastic bags will help “save the planet”, since the Planet is not in need of saving. And, just in case they need to know, I re-use lightweight plastic bags to take out my home trash, so every bag gets re-used. I have purchased a big box of lightweight plastic bags, which I will use at my grocery store, every time I shop in the city (which I will try my best to avoid in the future). If they think they can prevent me from using lightweight plastic bags, they are sorely mistaken. Maybe they should train their sights on the real culprits responsible for all the plastic waste in the oceans…Asia. Asian countries put thousands of times more plastic waste into the oceans than the United States does. Go ban bags there!
The second delusion in which I refuse to participate is that someone born Male can decide that he is really Female, and must have his God-given body altered. The so-called “gender dysphoria” syndrome (funny, it’s so newly-popular) is a Mental Illness, and cannot be treated with surgery. Just check out the statistics on suicide by “trans-gender” people who have had that bizarre surgery. Near 40%!! It is plain to the eye and the mind that a person born with two X chromosomes is Female, and someone born with one X and one Y chromosome is Male. Removing the male body parts does NOT make a person Female. So I refuse to call the admin at my place of employment by His chosen new female name. And HE had better keep out of MY Women’s bathroom.
My thanks to GOPUSA.com for publishing this cartoon.
As a result of lower tax rates for businesses, and the Trump Administration’s attack on regulations, there are more open jobs in our country than unemployed workers. Pretty much anyone who wants to work can find work. Especially blacks and Hispanics, whose unemployment rates are the lowest ever recorded. Please keep this in mind while enjoying your leisure time today.
Did you know that there are pockets of “non-civilization” within our civilized United States? And we host them, and encourage them to continue to be not-civilized. We spend significant federal dollars on maintenance of these pockets of non-civilization. Those pockets of non-civilization are called Indian Reservations, and they are everywhere in the United States. One of the main definitions of civilization is people giving their allegiance to a Nation-State instead of a clan or tribe. Out of guilt for the way the early Americans treated the natives of North America, we continue to support their tribes, when we should be urging them to get civilized, and join America.
If it were up to me, this is what I would do. I would give the descendants of the original inhabitants of North America two choices. First, they could choose to become sovereign nations within the boundaries of their Reservations. Each tribe would be given title to the land on its reservations, and to no other land. If the Cherokee wished to be the Nation of Cherokee, they would have all their reservation land for themselves. The US Treasury would also give the Tribe all the money currently held in trust for them, recognizing that they are fully-capable adult human beings, and should be able to look after themselves and their families without the Big Brother Uncle Sam doling out the money and services. All services currently provided by Uncle Sam (like the Indian Health Service, schools, etc.) would then become the responsibility of the Tribal Government. Within their own sovereign territory, they would be able to have their own police, schools, banks, and public services. They would continue to own and operate any casinos or other retail businesses for themselves, and keep all the profits therefrom for their Tribal members. They would have no future call on the taxpayers of the United States for any goods or services in their own country. And they would have the responsibility to take care of their own people, and would never be able to blame any other entity for their problems.
The second alternative would be for all Indian Tribes to be immediately disbanded, and reservations done away with. All the money currently held in trust by the United States, and all reservation land would be divided up among all tribal members. All Native Americans would become full US Citizens, with no allegiance to any entity other than the United States of America. Old Tribes would simply become social clubs, where tribal members could celebrate their heritage in any legal way they wished. Tribal property like casinos and commercial land would also be divided up among the current owners, and they would become independent businesses, subject to the rules of the area in which they operated. All businesses would be subject to the tax and laws of their respective jurisdictions, as would individuals. Without the tribe to hold their allegiance, Native Americans would be able to become truly civilized.
Do I think this could ever happen? Probably not! But it’s been over 150 years since the Europeans conquered the Natives, and it’s time they surrendered. They just might find it a pretty good deal to become real US Citizens instead of pockets of non-civilization in our very civilized country.