Friday, March 30, 2012

Easter Care Package For The Troops!

I love MoveAmericaForward.org and try to regularly send packages to our troops.  I hope you will do the same and share this information with all you know so they can do the same.



HELP US GIVE OUR TROOPS A HAPPY EASTER
MAF is working hard to send thousands of care packages to the troops for Easter, but we NEED YOUR HELP! With only 9 days until Easter Sunday, we have hundreds of packages READY TO SHIP but we need sponsors to get them out the door!

Our Easter Care Packages for The Troops each include the same great items that the troops are used to receiving - gourmet coffee, fresh beef jerky, authentic Oreo cookies, gatorade, lip balm, wet wipes, deodorant, Candy Diplomacy Jelly Beans and more, but we're also including a special EASTER item...Marshmallow Peeps!

But the most important item of the whole care package is the one you write - your message of thanks and gratitude for the troops. Your personalized message is what gives our troops the encouragement and morale boost and is the most valuable component of our mission to support our military men and women!


AMAZING STORY YOU WON'T SEE IN THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA
AMERICAN SACRIFICES SELF TO SAVE LIFE OF AFGHAN GIRL

This is an amazing story that you need to see, but chances are that if you only see and hear from the mainstream media sources like MSNBC and Newsweek, you'll never hear about stories like this.

The media only wants to report negative stories about our troops and their mission in Afghanistan.Positive stories don't fit the media narrative - they're trying to convince you that we're losing the war on terror - and positive stories undermine that message. But good things are happening as a result of our  troops and their selfless sacrifice and tireless work. 

This story is about one American - Spc. Dennis Weichel - who CARED SO MUCH that he was willing to sacrifice himself - without hesitation - for an Afghan child who he didn't even know...because it was the right thing to do. 
His sacrifice is a testament to the goodness and compassion of the American soldier, unmatched throughout the world.

Most of the children moved, but one little girl went back to pick up some brass shell casings in the road. Afghan civilians often recycle the casings, and the girl appeared to aim to do that...according to Lt. Col. Denis Riel of the Rhode Island National Guard.

...Weichel saw the massive truck bearing down on the girl and grabbed her out of the way. But in the process, the truck ran him over, Riel said.

The little girl is fine. Weichel died a short time later of his injuries.

“He was a big kid at heart. He always had a smile on his face, and he made everyone laugh,” 1st Sgt. Nicky Peppe, who served with Weichel in Iraq, is quoted as saying in an Army story.
We are sending thousands of care packages to troops in Afghanistan for Easter. We are heartbroken that Dennis gave his life, but we know that he did it to save others. The least we can do in response, to honor his memory and to applaud his selfless acts, is DO SOMETHING to support his brothers and sisters who are still in Afghanistan serving and sacrificing for the greater good. 


Thanks and God Bless!


Monday, March 26, 2012

Freedom From Obamacare ... err, PPACA (UPDATED 3-30-12)

Arguments began today against the individual healthcare mandate, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), aka Obamacare, in the Supreme Court of the United States.


RE:                  Florida v. HHS – What To Expect Today

TODAY’S ISSUE: The applicability of the Anti-Injunction Act (AIA) as it relates to the individual mandate.

BACKGROUND: The Anti-Injunction Act bars challenges to taxes before they have actually been assessed, but allows challenges to fines and penalties. Neither side believes that the AIA bars the challenge to the individual mandate. Because the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed a separate challenge to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on this ground, the Supreme Court appointed amicus curiae specifically to argue that the AIA does bar the current challenge.

OUR POSITION: The penalty associated with mandate is a penalty, not a tax, with the purpose of effecting behavior rather than raising revenue. As such, the AIA does not bar challenge to the individual mandate. Furthermore, the individual mandate imposes a substantive legal requirement separate from the tax penalty, and is therefore reviewable no matter how the Court rules on the AIA.

For real-time analysis of the Florida v. HHS argument, please visit www.PPACAction.com.
This mandate affects every American.

As SCOTUS weighs the fate of our healthcare freedoms, 43% of doctors have said they are considering retiring within the next five (5) years BECAUSE of PPACA.  If it is found to be constitutional, the government will be instructing us where, when, how much and why.  Your body, your choice will cease to exist.

PPACA will mandate almost 50% of Americans pay for 100% of the healthcare.

PPACA will have unaccountable government bureaucrats make the decisions that were once between you and your doctor.

PPACA will force millions to lose their current employer healthcare, despite President Obama stressing repeatedly to the public that this would never happen.

PPACA will make YOU responsible for my healthcare.  Not me.  YOU!

PPACA will put us all at the mercy the government for our health decisions.

There are a plethora of facts proving the negative impact of PPACA against American citizens.  They even come from President Obama.  Check out this video from American Crossroads on the individual mandate and President Obama now vs Presidential candidate Obama during his 2008 campaign:





Many of my fellow Smart Girls are joining other protesters against Obamacare in front of SCOTUS during the proceedings over the next few days.   If you could be at SCOTUS to stand up for your healthcare freedoms, would you?

Freedom AGAINST Obamacare 3-26-2012

Even former Governor of Vermont and Democratic Presidential candidate Howard Dean believes SCOTUS will find and declare the individual healthcare mandate unconstitutional.  I pray he's right.

For real time analysis, please visit www.PPACAction.com.


OBAMACARE FLOWCHART via a tweet from the awesome Congressman Allen West:




Does this flowchart look like freedom?!  


Do you think SCOTUS should rule PPACA unconstitutional?   


For real time analysis, don't forget to please visit www.PPACAction.com. 



FINAL ANALYSIS from TPPF:


RE:                  Florida v. HHS – The Final Analysis


ISSUES
 
This week the Supreme Court heard arguments on four issues relating to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act:
1)      Whether the Anti-Injunction Act (which limits the ability to bring a legal challenges to taxes) barred consideration of the challenge to the individual mandate.
2)      Whether the individual mandate itself was unconstitutional.
3)      Whether the individual mandate to purchase health insurance is severable from the remainder of the law. 
4)      Whether the Medicaid expansion provisions amount to coercion of state funding by the federal government.

ANTI-INJUNCTION ACT

KEY POINTS FROM THE ARGUMENT: Most of the justices expressed skepticism about the argument that the challenge to the individual mandate is barred by the Anti-Injunction Act (AIA) as a tax. As Justice Ginsburg noted, “This is not a revenue-raising measure, because, if it’s successful, they won’t – nobody will pay the penalty and there will be no revenue to raise.” Justice Breyer agreed: “They called it a penalty and not a tax for a reason.”

OUR ANALYSIS: It is highly unlikely that the Supreme Court will put off consideration of the individual mandate based on the AIA.

INDIVIDUAL MANDATE

KEY POINTS FROM THE ARGUMENT: Several of the justices expressed skepticism about the propriety of the mandate. Justice Kennedy stated that the mandate “changes the relationship of the Federal Government to the individual in the very fundamental way.” Justice Scalia said that a law which violates the principle of limited powers cannot be “proper” within the meaning of the Necessary and Proper Clause. Justices Roberts and Alito also seemed deeply troubled by the government’s inability to articulate a limiting principle for the federal commerce power. The subsequent arguments on severability reinforced the idea that the mandate is in trouble, with several of the liberal justices seemed concerned to salvage as much as they could of the rest of the law.

OUR ANALYSIS: The federal government was unable to answer the obvious question: if the federal government can require people to purchase health insurance, what can’t it do? The federal government could not articulate a limiting principle. The Court’s ultimate ruling will hopefully give further clarity to the Constitution’s limits on the federal commerce power, particularly by confining the “substantial effects” doctrine to the Necessary and Proper Clause.

SEVERABILITY

KEY POINTS FROM THE ARGUMENT: While some justices seemed inclined to uphold the remainder of the law, others appeared open to striking the whole law down or to selectively invalidating parts of the law while leaving other provisions untouched. Justice Scalia: “My approach would say if you take the heart out of the statute, the statute's gone.” Justice Ginsburg: “[I]t's a choice between a wrecking operation, which is what you are requesting, or a salvage job. And the more conservative approach would be salvage rather than throwing out everything.”

OUR ANALYSIS: If the Court does invalidate the individual mandate, it is likely that the Court will also invalidate the Community Rating and Guaranteed Issue provisions of the law, if not all of Titles I and II. This is important, as without a mandate Community Rating and Guaranteed Issue will cause an “adverse selection spiral” where more and more people drop health insurance as the price of premiums rise.

MEDICAID
 
KEY POINTS FROM THE ARGUMENT: The law’s challengers received their toughest questions on the Medicaid provision. One quote from Justice Roberts provided a good summary of the states’ current predicament: “[I]sn't [this] a consequence of how willing [states] have been since the New Deal to take the Federal government's money? And it seems to me that they have compromised their status as independent sovereigns because they are so dependent on what the Federal government has done, they should not be surprised that the Federal government having attached the – they tied the strings, they shouldn't be surprised if the Federal government isn't going to start pulling them.”

OUR ANALYSIS: As Justice Kennedy noted at during the argument, conditional federal grants break down the accountability that is necessary to our democratic system. For democracy to function properly, legislators must be responsive to local preferences and the federal government must be accountable for its own policies. If the Supreme Court does not fashion real restraints on the ability of the federal government to impose conditional grants on the states, action to restore state sovereignty will have to come from states themselves learning to resist the temptation that federal funds pose. 

Friday, March 2, 2012

I Am Andrew Breitbart

Just 24 hours ago, I was checking the morning news on twitter when to my horror, I read a tweet from @seanagnew about the death of Andrew Breitbart.  My immediate response: NOOOOOOOOO!  Immediately I went to the article expecting to read about the hoax.  It was not.  The article was written by Andrew's friend and business partner Larry Solov on Andrew's own website.  Then another tweet from @Ben_Howe further confirming the news after he spoke to a personal friend who knew Andrew.  My day from there was a complete mess.

I cried.  I couldn't concentrate. I prayed for his wife, his children and his family.  I still do.  I found myself sitting in front of my laptop staring and reading tweet after tweet and searching the internet for all news Andrew.  I even tried to write this, but knew there would be tributes out there from those who were much better writers and truly knew him.  But in reality, it was that I was unable to put a sentence together without feeling a deep sense of sadness with a hole in my heart.  Today I still have this feeling, but in honor of Andrew, I'm picking up my sword to continue as a happy warrior.

I've seen Andrew speak on several occasions while attending CPAC, RightOnline, and the Smart Girl Summit.  It was at the Smart Girl Summit in St. Louis last summer that I was fortunate enough to actually meet, talk and get a picture with Andrew.  He was so gracious as so many of us waited to talk to him.  He listened, had long conversations and smiled in every photo with us.

When I was able to get the courage to walk up to him and talk, I was nervous because I admired him so much, but he immediately put me at ease with his wicked grin.  I introduced myself and said "and I'm from Texas."  He grinned even larger and said "I LOVE Texas!" I then proceeded to tell him that I just started blogging that year as a citizen journalist and recently started writing for his website Big Government.  I shook his hand and thanked him. His response?  "No, thank YOU!"  :)

Smart Girl Summit July 2011

Later that weekend, I was hanging out with my fellow Smart Girls in the lobby bar after dinner and here comes Andrew with his young son Samson.  Samson is the first person I thought of after I processed the news of Andrew's passing. Prayers. They were both came over and we all talked about life and the greatness of America.  Samson drew pictures of my friends and we all laughed together at various stories.

Andrew was nothing like the vile tweets and articles on the web from those who hated him.  They didn't know him like we did.  They didn't know or want to believe he could possibly be the wonderful husband, loving father and amazing person that he truly was in life. They are ignorant and blinded by their own lies and hatred.  I will pray for them.  You should too.

My friend Sarah put together a beautiful tribute on Andrew noting we have lost a giant.  She included links to other tributes from across the country.  Including this one made by @Ben_Howe for the @Franklin Center:  Warrior: Franklin Center Remembers Andrew Breitbart.  Please read their stories and memories.  This will keep Andrew's spirit alive.

As we continue to grieve, we know Andrew can never be replaced.  He was a one-of-a-kind genius with more energy than anyone I have ever met.  I would have loved to bottled up an ounce of that energy because ...  damn.  I could get so much done.  :)

To honor him, we must pick up his sword ... our own sword ... and carry on the good fight against any hatred, injustice, and lie we see across our great nation.  Andrew knew it would be the average American citizen ... not the politicians ... who would stop the runaway freedom stealing culture and race war spending train.  Join me in stopping this crazy train!

We must unite.  No more my candidate is better than your candidate.  No more if [insert the candidate you despise the most] wins, we lose.  That's CRAP.  And no more if so-in-so wins, I'm not voting or I'm writing in what's his/her face name.  That's giving your vote to 0bama.    

The fight is against the 0bama administration and their freedom squashing policies.  The fight is against the mainstream media who is the Super PAC for the progressive movement.  The fight is for our own livelihood and for a smaller government, a stronger economy with a strong military, less federal regulation for more jobs, with focus on personal responsibility and prosperity for all.

Focus!

In April 2010, Andrew said:

"it's good that freedom loving Americans are finally realizing the power of their collective action, the power of expressing their voice and are no longer being cowed out to the powers of political correctness and multi culturalism and the threat that you're going to be called an 'ist' ... a racist ... a sexist ... or homophobic ... for disagreeing on policy."



We are all Andrew now.  Don't leave it to someone else.  You ARE someone else.  

I am Andrew Breitbart.