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Kent Conwell: Time to Speak Out


Last updated 8/15/2012 at Noon

I can remember decades back how surprised I was when I discovered how political parties, unlike leopards, have changed their spots over the last couple hundred years. Their political philosophies did an almost 180 degree turn.

At first I puzzled over it, then I realized such is the natural course of any endeavor in which individuals participate for their beliefs and philosophies will affect their decisions involving the venture. That’'s one reason you often hear remarks such as ‘this is not the Democratic (or Republican) party of my grandfather’. You'’ve heard similar comments. So it is no surprise that over the last three years, the current administration has been changing the philosophical premises of the Democratic party.

Some of these changes, however, are so subtle as to have slipped past many of us. While I was aware of some of the obvious changes, others passed by me like the proverbial ship in the night.

What opened my eyes was an article by Steve McCann on The American Thinker, an online political site with conservative views. I repeat, ‘conservative views’, not Republican, not Democrat, but views held by a majority of Americans--the same kind of Americans that stood up for Chick-fil-A.

I, as Mr McCann and just about everyone I know, recognize the upcoming election as one of the most important in the history of our country. I firmly believe if Obama is re-elected, America will change dramatically in that it will no longer be the dominant country in the world. And what is wrong with being dominant?

We are dominant because of the free enterprise system. Free enterprise and capitalism has made America a world leader. Work you butt off and you succeed. But if you are one of the ignorant who believe we should lower our own standards of living so those who take advantage of welfare won'’t feel slighted or have their poor feelings hurt, then while I wish you no harm, I hope that your car breaks down, or the bus doesn'’t run, or a wheel falls off your bicycle when you go to vote in November.

Obama, during his first term, put in place, says Mr. McCann, executive powers that enables him in his second term to fulfill the campaign promise of transforming America, regardless of which political party controls Congress.

During his first term, he has made Congress irrelevant. Don’t believe me? Look what Congress has done. Nothing.

Cleverly exercising executive orders, Obama continues making decisions that alters the direction we are going, and Congress sits on its collective thumb. During his election honeymoon, he was clever enough to pass a wide variety of laws that transferred vast, almost unlimited powers to the executive branch.

If you say, ‘so what?’ then please don'’t vote. You see, the Executive Branch (Obama), the Judicial Branch (Supreme Court) and the Legislative Branch (Congress- ha, ha! What a joke!), by our Constitution have equal power.

He has taken those powers and established them in the Executive Branch Why do you think the health care plan was 2,700 pages long?

A Chicago political move, it was deliberately written in vague terms so that Obama’s bureaucrats appointed to interpret the laws could place just about any interpretation they wanted on them.

No? Then why did House Speaker Nancy Pelosi imploring the House to pass the bill screech out to pass it ‘so we can read it and see what is in it.”? In this 2,700 pages, the Secretary of Health and Human Services is referenced 2,500 times; he is instructed he ‘shall’ do something 700 times; he ‘may’ take some action on his own discretion 200 times; the law states ‘the Secretary ‘determines’ 139 times.

In essence, Mr. McCall concludes, one person, appointed by the present, will be in charge of the health care of 310 million Americans once Obamacare is fully implemented in 2014. Look at the way the Secretary of Health and Human Services is ordered to be in charge. He ‘shall’; he ‘will’; he ‘may’; he ‘determines’.

Where, I ask, is there room for our input, for our doctor’s input? Are we back to the Middle Ages where a landlord ‘shalls’, or ‘wills’ or ‘determines’ what we do? And if that isn’t enough, the same holds true for the 2,319 pages of the Dodd-Frank Financial Reform Act, which confers almost unlimited power to control financial, banking, and investment sectors; and create new agencies not subject to any control by Congress. “

This overall process,” concludes Mr. McCann, “was repeated numerous times with other legislation all with the intent of granting unfettered power to the executive branch that is controlled Barack Obama and his radical associates.

It’s time for America to stand up and reclaim the inalienable rights guaranteed us in the First Amendment.

I can'’t help thinking of that mournful soliloquy regarding the holocaust.

First they came for the communists, And I didn’t speak out because I wasn'’t a communist. Then they came for the trade unionists, And I didn'’t speak out because I wasn'’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn'’t speak out because I wasn’'t a Jew. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me.

Right now, folks, there’'s enough of us left to speak out. It’'s time.


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