Archive for March, 2010

Evan Coyne Maloney Looks Back to the Bush Days

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on March 31, 2010 by raingeg

This is good stuff. I don’t think that the Tea Party protesters or any right wing protesters should act like these people, but this does show that this kind of stuff happens on both sides of the political spectrum.

Hat tip Powerline.

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Tucson Based Medical Society Sues Federal Government

Posted in Health Insurance, Politics with tags , , , on March 30, 2010 by raingeg

The Tucson based medical society, The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, is suing the federal government, in hopes that they can overturn the recently passed health care reform bill, also known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, in AAPS vs. Sebelius.

According to Mondays press release:

Court action is necessary “to preserve individual liberty” and “to prevent PPACA from bankrupting the United States generally and Medicare and Social Security specifically,” AAPS stated.

Executive director of AAPS Dr. Jane Orient said “If the PPACA goes unchallenged, then it spells the end of freedom in medicine as we know it.”

AAPS is claiming that the bill “violates the Fifth Amendment protection against the government forcing one person to pay cash to another.” And according to the release “AAPS is the first to assert this important constitutional claim.” They also say that the bill “violates the Tenth Amendment, the Commerce Clause, and the provisions authorizing taxation.”

AAPS may be the first medical society to sue the federal government over the health care bill, but I’m sure they will not be the last. I had the pleasure of producing the KVOI radio program Americas Fabric, a show that featured AAPS’ Dr. Jane Orient who spoke to this subject.

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C.S. Lewis on Subjectivism and Politicians, Dennis Prager on America

Posted in Education, Health Insurance, Humanity, Life, Politics with tags , , , , , , , on March 26, 2010 by raingeg

One could make the case that the United States is a few generations behind Europe when it comes to how far to the left we’ve moved. After two brutal wars during the first half of the 20th century it seems that Europe thought the best way to never again be in that situation was to pacify itself and embrace collectivism. In America, it was different, we were aiding the Europeans in the World Wars, and it wasn’t effecting us at home to the degree that it was effecting Europe. We didn’t have men blown to bits in our neighborhoods as did the Europeans.

America had her moments, in the latter half of the 20th Century, internationally we had to deal with the Cold War, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and both wars in the Middle East among other international conflicts. We also had our share of economic and political woes. That has had some of the same effects that the first half of the 20th Century had on Europe, and now we are finally realizing this. As Dennis Prager has said on his show earlier this week we are seeing the results of the seeds we have sewn, the chickens are coming home to roost.

C.S. Lewis had the opportunity to live in Europe during the first half of the 20th Century. And if one believes that we are becoming more European, as I do, then I think that it is appropriate to look at Lewis’ view of the world from time to time and apply it to ours here in America. I think you will find Lewis’ comments on the politician interesting.

The quote that I’d like to highlight comes from an essay entitled “The Poison of Subjectivism” which came from (I am assuming a magazine) Religion in Life Vol. XII which was released in the summer of 1943.

I’d like to preface the quote by giving you Lewis’ explanation of subjectivism and another excerpt from the essay.

“It does not believe that value judgments are really judgments at all. They are sentiments, or complexes, or attitudes, produced in a community by the pressure of its environment and its traditions, and differing from one community to another. To say that a thing is good is merely to express our feeling about it; and our feeling about it is the feeling we have been socially conditioned to have.”

Does that not sound like something that someone might be taught today by their first grade teacher, a professor, some parents or even some churches? Morality doesn’t exist, it is merely something that is a result of our society. They tell you that you need to find “your truth,” you need to find what you think is right and wrong.

“Many a popular ‘planner’ on a democratic platform, many a mild-eyed scientist in a democratic laboratory means, in the last resort, just what the Fascist means. He believes that ‘good’ means whatever men are conditioned to approve. He believes that it is the function of him and his kind to condition men; to create consciences by eugenics, psychological manipulation of infants, state education and mass propaganda. Because he is confused, he does not yet fully realize that those who create conscience cannot be subject to conscience themselves. But he must awake to the logic of his position sooner or later; and when he does, what barrier remains between us and the final division of the race into a few conditioners who stand themselves outside morality and the many conditioned in whom such morality as the experts choose is produced at the experts’ pleasure? If ‘good’ means only the local ideology, how can those who invent the local ideology be guided by any idea of good themselves? The very idea of freedom presupposes some objective moral law which over arches rulers and ruled alike. Subjectivism about values is eternally incompatible with democracy. We and our rulers are of one kind only so long as we are subject to one law. But if there is no Law of Nature, the ethos of any society is the creation of its rulers, educators and conditioners; and every creator stands above and outside his own creation.”

That is where America stands today. You have a congress and a president that arbitrarily decide what your “rights” are. They tell you that you have a “right” to “health care,” yet they prohibit you from freely exercising your “right,” and force you to accept something whether you want it or not, doesn’t sound like liberty to me. And the reason why they have the hubris to do such a thing is because they do not believe in an objective moral law, or a Law of Nature. They believe that your rights are given to you by the state. They believe themselves to be what Lewis calls the “conditioners.” They believe that they know better than you, that you cannot be trusted with your money or your freedom.

They throw money at state education, and science, and they believe themselves to be the ones that are to be looked to when there are problems in the country, and sadly they often are by people that think they actually have something to offer them. Why do you think that the administration didn’t address the jobs issue and create a job friendly environment over the last year? Think, if more people went to work more people would probably have health insurance, and if more people had health insurance through their employer they would have had a weaker case. So, they took advantage of the jobs crisis, and they put forth many types of legislation that do anything but create a job friendly environment. Cap and trade, nationalization of the student loan industry and the health care bill are all sure to be private sector job killers as opposed to private sector job creators, because they all burden the taxpayer and the people who are supposed to employ the taxpayers.

Now that you have some context, the next quote, the quote that really caught my eye, will make a lot more sense.

“While we believe that good is something to be invented, we demand of our rulers such qualities as ‘vision’, ‘dynamism’, ‘creativity’, and the like. If we returned to the objective view we should demand qualities much rarer, and much more beneficial – virtue, knowledge, diligence and skill. ‘Vision’ is for sale, or claims to be for sale, everywhere. But give me a man who will do a day’s work for a day’s pay, who will refuse bribes, who will not make up his facts, and who has learned his job.”

-C.S. Lewis

Sadly, many of our rulers lack virtue, knowledge, diligence and skill. They have not done a day’s work for a day’s pay in quite some time, they all take bribes and make up their facts. This is not a ridiculous call to vote everyone out of office, this is a call to vote people in that know why America is great, and that is as Dennis Prager put it in his latest column, because with a small state the “individual can be free and great.”

New Local Tucson Blog

Posted in Site News with tags , , on March 23, 2010 by raingeg

I’ve started a local version of eXrai, I call it eXrai Tucson, I know, real original. There is a lot going on locally in Tucson and I think that it is a good idea to start blogging on some of the issues that Tucson faces, events that are happening in Tucson and what I think are some of the ways that we can make things happen in Tucson.

This, like my original eXrai blog, will be a politics and news oriented site that comes from a conservative Christian perspective. If you live in Tucson for any amount of time it won’t take you long to start to see that it is not really the most conservative city in the world. Tucson is a university city and we also seem to attract a lot of the lefties that couldn’t imagine living in Phoenix that still want to live in the desert. That doesn’t mean that we don’t have our conservative areas, it just means that we are to the left of neighboring Phoenix.

This blog will probably be updated less than my national news oriented blog, I’m hoping to update about twice a week, probably after I do my news shifts at work on Thursday’s and Friday’s.

I will also hook this up to Town Hall Tucson, a community blog that my boss Doug started a while back for Tucsonans to share their opinions. There is a bit of a problem, they use Blogger and not WordPress, so I’ll have to create a Blogger account and try to find a way to syndicate this blog over to that site, I might start using Windows Live Writer to do that.

I will also find other creative ways to get the word out on this blog.

I hope you enjoy it and I hope that I can make it work.

-Ray

The “Right” To Health Care

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on March 22, 2010 by raingeg

I watched last night as Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House, who had an almost sickening aura about her face, exclaimed that health care is a right, not a privilege. And the government will now, by force, make sure that you exercise your right to health care. But the last time I checked our rights are to be freely exercised.

I don’t see anyone from the federal government telling you that you have to speak, that you must use your 1st Amendment rights. I don’t see anyone from the federal government telling you that you must own a gun and that you must exercise your 2nd Amendment rights. Why then is there a difference here, when it comes to the supposed right to health insurance? The only logical answer is that Nancy Pelosi is wrong, that health insurance or as it is mistakenly called these days “health care,” is in fact not a fundamental right. We constantly hear about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, but forcing someone to buy something is in direct conflict with liberty.

The government can now force you to buy health insurance, but it doesn’t mean that as a result the government can keep you healthy or even alive for that matter. That my friends is your job. It does mean that you are now forced, at gunpoint, to buy something, whether you want it or not.

And this is a right? No, it is an entitlement. It is one more thing that we can now add to a long list that keeps the less fortunate dependent upon the state, not independent from the state. We used to live in a society where we were expected to work for ourselves, to freely better ourselves and the people around us. It was a system that said that if you were doing good, the people around you will benefit from that good, provided they have the same desire to work hard. We now live in a society where we are expected to work, to have our money stolen, all to better the people around us, or to not work and benefit from those who choose to do what we won’t. It is a system that discourages the hard workers and that encourages dependance. At what point do the driven among us decide that it is too much, that they can no longer carry the burden?

On the one hand they ridicule the “greed” of the business world, they wrongly call the drive to succeed what it is not. On the other hand they know that that drive to succeed, that many of us have, that they call “greed” is not going away anytime soon. So what do they do, they take advantage of those who do the most in order that those who do the least can benefit. They surround it in moral terms and they play to your guilt and your desire to just have someone else do the dirty work of taking care of the poor and less fortunate. That latter part is not greed, it is laziness, something that must be remedied apart from government.

As this dependent class grows, as they push out the individual and turn the individual into an economic cog in their machine, the ability of the leftist politician to get the vote of that dependent class becomes easier. They no longer have to offer up bribes in order to get elected, they can just point the finger at their opponent that wants to take away your entitlements or what they call your “rights.” And we now see that the insatiable desire for power is actually not wielded by the “greedy” businessman or corporation, but by the greedy politician. And the myth that was perpetuated by the leftists, that says equality of result is more important than equality of opportunity, has now left everyone equally sharing in the hardships of life. We will find ourselves in the situation our ancestors were once in, that every government eventually gets to, provided there is enough time. A place where we will be forced to relinquish our freedoms and survive under the ultra powerful state. A place where instead of trying to make things good for ourselves, we find ourselves on our knees or in the fetal position, over taxed, over regulated and overwhelmed by the power of the state.

We are not there yet, they are still bribing the voters with promises of “free” this and “free” that, but every step that the ultra greedy government takes towards gaining more and more power we find ourselves becoming subjects as opposed to citizens. Some will just shew this away as right wing rhetoric, but I think that it is the truth of the matter. We have the ability to fight as government greed drives the growth of government, as they try to take over more and more of our lives. The best thing that you can do to help is to elect the people that are opposed to what this administration is doing, and when it comes to health insurance that is every single Republican. Next, we can be defiant, we can make sure that the states influence in our lives is small. Stay close to your family, friends and church. Work within the church or give to churches and independent organizations that help the poor and less fortunate among us. We can help individual people when we see that there is a need. If we can work hard to put people in government that are not going to take over our lives, and if we freely work hard to live lives that are not dependent on the government we can beat the greedy, power hungry people that want to take our freedom.

The People are Tired of Health Care Reform

Posted in Health Insurance, Humanity, Life, Politics with tags , , , on March 12, 2010 by raingeg

Politics, what an interesting subject that is right now. The Democrats are trying their hardest to get something in the way of health care “reform” passed. They are having trouble bringing Democrats on board to vote on the bill. The far left Democrats are upset because the bill lacks the public option and conservative democrats are upset because it has abortion language they don’t like.

Republicans have stood strong and united in opposition to the bill. Right now there is not bipartisan support for this bill, there is bipartisan opposition. I know these are fairly basic talking points but that’s all we really can do right now, aside from calling and emailing our congressmen and women.

To be honest, I’m just a regular guy, a lot of these procedures are going over way my head and the process has become very confusing and convoluted. This is that “pig” that Sarah Palin spoke of during the election, and the Obama administration and the congressional Democrats have smothered it in lipstick. That could be one of the reasons why so many people don’t like what we now know as Obamacare. They are tired of a process that they are not really part of. They are tired of watching as the Democratic party acts based what is “historic” and “monumental.” Democrats are constantly looking out for their legacies and leaving the American people, the very people they represent, out of the picture.

Commentary on the current health insurance debate has become repetitive, and it seems a bit of a waste of my time and energy to write day in and day out about the same thing. I realize that my post quantity has been quite low these days. This is an interesting time in my life. I’ve just started going to a new church and I’ve been working a lot. Sometimes when I get home I just want to relax and that’s what I’ve been doing. I am going on vacation next week, but after I get back I will be back to posting almost every day and I am contemplating starting another blog that will deal solely with issues facing the Tucson area.

Mark Levin at Reagn Library

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , on March 9, 2010 by raingeg

I am not an avid listener to Mark Levin, but I have to give him props for this speech.

This part of my attempt to start sharing with you anything that keeps my attention for more than a minute.