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LIFE, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness

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3 little words….and yet so hard to attain. Our forefathers who escaped from the “Old World” to the “New World” for religious freedom, forged an idea of a country where freedom and liberty where ideals to be given to every one. They valued people’s thoughts, ideas, and that American spirit of ingenuity and drive to succeed. Since our very inception we have strove to show the world that democracy and the common person could change not only a country, but the world.

We are currently seeming to go through an identity crisis. Instead of showing the world what we could be, we are trying so hard to become what the rest of the world is. We have let the rest of the world convince us that their way is best in some matters. We are letting ourselves be persuaded into ideas and taunted with influences that we escaped from over 200 years ago,

And why do I mention it today, January 23, 2012? Because it is the 39th anniversary of one of the most controversial, most divisive, most influential piece of history of our country: the Roe v Wade case in the Supreme Court. And what goes to the core of the basic tenets of Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness than this one single court decision.

Being raised as a human and not a pig or a tree, and having taken biology in school, and deciding that I could think and decide for myself, I have decided that I am a human being that came from other human beings. I don’t care what the popular thinking of the day may be, I will believe that God created me in His own image. That He formed me in my mother’s womb.

Popular thinking, or should I say rationalization, would have us thinking that we were just a bunch of cells or a tumor that suddenly became human when we took that first breath. I am a bunch of cells, knitted together by God’s own hand to form me, the person, the human, the Child of God that I am.

Last year I reposted a status on my Facebook page that sparked a debate between someone who had befriended me that was like minded and my boss, a doctor whom I thought was also Pro-Life. She, I now know, is a modern thinker who believes that we are all just a mass of tissue that is waste. Meanwhile she threatened my job via text messages demanding that I delete the post or comment agreeing with her. I deleted it…I just don’t like people arguing on my page. And neither of them was respecting me. It does bother me that I work for someone who would threaten my job over a personal belief that life begins at conception. But I keep my views on that out of the office and let her be the doctor. (Although it sometimes makes me wonder how she can fight for the life of a patient while denying it to others.)

Today is a day to thank Moms, Mothers, Grams, and Nanas that gave birth to us. For whatever reason, they had the courage to carry us in their wombs and give us life so that we could fight for liberty with others and enjoy the pursuit of happiness.

I cannot answer for those that have chosen to purposely, decisively, and consciously abort a child, but I do have to answer for me. I could not and would not be able to do it. God does not make mistakes. People do. And this is one mistake that shows the selfish nature of mankind. If it’s not a baby, and is just a tumor….then how come other women prepare for this tumor to arrive? If it is just a mass of tissues, then how come we can somewhat accurately predict when it will be come to term and be born? If it is just a mass, why do we plan and pray and hope for a child? I don’t know one brain cancer patient that knows that in approximately 9 months they will have a bouncing baby boy that has their grandmother’s eyes or grandpa’s hands.

I can’t make someone not decide to do something, all I can do is express my thoughts, my reasons, and hope that they listen and heed my words. I will not force them. I will not hate them. But I will pray for them. I will pray that they decide to do as their mother did and carry this entrusted human being to the time of birth. Then decide what is best for the child…to keep him or her, or to give the child to a family that yearns to have one. And trust me, that family is not waiting for a tree or a pig either. They are awaiting a child.

In many cultures, the birth of a child is a cause of celebration. In Native American cultures, the child is presented at the next dawn so that the day can greet him or her. In Chinese culture, children are given their first birthday party at 3 months because of their belief in life at conception. In other cultures, children are greeted and feted because they are the future of their family, their clan, their region, their country, their world.

In 1973, the United States Supreme Court decided that a woman had the choice to end that future. Since that time, laws and regulations have been put forth that have divided families and faiths over the decision of their members. We now see fewer workers having to pay for Social Security costs. We have fewer voters. We have fewer leaders.

Since that time, human life has been devalued. We think nothing of in vitro fertilization where the “extras” are flushed down the toilet. We think nothing of euthanasia. Assisted suicide is fought in the courts and triumphant yells are heard when someone is allowed to kill themselves. We as a country lost our conscience that day.

Pro-Abortionists celebrate today as a day women won the right to do what they wanted to their bodies. They celebrate that now they can have their careers and their lives back without a nuisance of children. They celebrate their selfishness. They forget that not all women are not heartless. They forget that some of those women and girls regret their decision and have problems going on in life.

But then we live in a world where the death penalty is also celebrated by those same people. Their “we are educated and you are not” attitude lets them think that they are better than the common man and can stop common man from killing while they kill the common man for his mistakes.

And now we have Obamacare or PPACA….the first ones to cry out separation of church and state are the first ones to force demand religious institutions to go against their beliefs, their tenets, their faith and demand that they allow abortions. We as a nation are losing our Life, our Liberty, and our pursuit of Happiness. We allow our officials to vote our very freedoms out of our existence. We are becoming the socialized community that Europe is. We are becoming the communistic country we didn’t want in the 1950’s. We are letting the government and its many branches decide what is right and wrong instead of making those decisions for ourselves. (http://patriotupdate.com/17466/obama-orders-free-birth-control-for-all)

We must repeal PPACA. We must choose life. For if we choose death, then we have let the future down.

SOPA/PIPA…..CENSORSHIP AT ITS BEST

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Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) are part of the Motion Picture Association of America’s (MPAA’s) ideas of protecting their property by opening the door for Congress to limit who, what, when, why someone can access information and ideas on the internet.

I totally understand that MPAA wants to protect its property—their movies, sounds, ideas, etc.  I understand Piracy is a problem.  BUT….at what cost do we start censoring and limiting something that should be free??

These bills would open the door to censor all sorts of things, just like China, Iran, Cuba, and other countries monitor what their citizens can access on the internet.  It should be the the WIDE WORLD WEB, not the WE’RE WATCHING WEB.  Do we really want to be limited by what only the powers that be allow us to view.

We have given our elected officials so much power and they have taken it and more. They pass laws and fight over more laws that impact our lives everyday….and somehow avoid impacting their own.   They pass health bills, tax bills, import/export bills, security bills, war bills, etc.  Very few of these impact the Senators and so-called Representatives that we elect.  They exempt themselves from all sorts of laws that take our very freedoms away.

If they pass these 2 bills….THEY will still have the access they will say you don’t deserve, don’t need, don’t know how to use, or whatever excuse they come up with.

They are already wanting to keep our personal information for up to 5 years…just in case we do something illegal now or illegal soon.  For an administration that ran on TRANSPARENCY they sure are doing alot of secret deals to take away what little we have.

Perhaps soon we should all be wearing little brown uniforms and reciting the new rhetoric of the government.  The first amendment be damned in their opinion, we need to be kept dumb and mute.

The dumbing down of America continues.  We no longer teach our children the basics of life–reading, writing, arithmetic, critical thinking, and ingenuity.  Instead we teach them to sit and work a computer and let the computer do all of the thinking for them.  This is how the Congress needs the general public to be so that they can continue to do as they want when they want how they want.  They thought this would be one more way to control the populace.

Let us prove them wrong!  Contact your Congressmen today!  Tell them to VOTE NO ON SOPA AND PIPA!!

a few links to read more:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-16628143

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/microsoftpri0/2017272889_anti-sopapipa_efforts_by_the_numbers.html

https://www.google.com/landing/takeaction/

how to contact congress…a few ways:

https://www.google.com/search?q=how+to+contact+congress+about+sopa&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a

Addendum:

I did write my Congressman, Mike Ross and let him know that I expected him to vote NO…..here is his response:

Dear Friend:

Thank you for contacting me regarding H.R. 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act. I appreciate hearing from you.

As you know, H.R. 3261 was introduced on October 26, 2011, as legislation that would combat the theft of U.S. intellectual property and promote creativity and innovation. This legislation was referred to the House Judiciary Committee.

The intent of this legislation is to prevent foreign illegal internet content; however rest assured that if the bill goes farther in any way to restrict Americans’ access to the internet, I will oppose it. While I support laws that protect and respect the creativity and innovation of hardworking Americans through our long-standing copyright rules, I believe we must be careful that these laws do not infringe on Americans’ First Amendment rights of free speech and we absolutely must not limit the ability of people to access lawful Internet content.

Please know that I will continue to monitor this issue and will keep your views in mind should I be called to vote on any related legislative initiatives.

As your Congressman, please know that I will work to ensure that a fair and commonsense solution can be implemented that will not restrict Americans’ right to lawful Internet content.

Thank you again for contacting me. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future.

Sincerely,

Mike Ross

At least it is a response. Now if we can just get a solid NO vote.