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David Ripley: Obama’s AG Wants New Hate Crimes for Pro-Lifers

June 23rd, 2009 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

Attorney General Eric Holder told a group of liberal lawyers last week that he thinks it is time for Congress to enact new, broader “Hate Crimes” legislation to “stop violence masquerading as political activism”.

As justification for a grand expansion of his powers, Holder pointed to the killing of notorious abortionist George Tiller.

According to the Kansas Star-Telegram, Holder said that to stop such violence, Congress should pass updated “hate-crimes” legislation to more effectively prosecute those accused of committing violent attacks based on gender, disability or sexual orientation.

It is certainly not obvious how the killing of Tiller qualifies as a “hate crime” motivated by “gender or disability or sexual orientation.” We can assume that the perpetrator did, in fact, hold hatred in his heart for George Tiller; it is reasonable to further assume that most killers hold intense animosity toward their victims.

But back to Holder’s call for legislation: The murderer of Tiller apparently did so because Tiller made millions slaying innocent children in the womb, (or partially out of their mother’s womb) – not because he was a male. While Tiller suffered from a profound moral disability, we have never heard anyone proposing special protections for people of blackened conscience. And, we can safely assume that Tiller was not a practicing homosexual or transvestite – since he was married and had children.

So how could Holder’s power grab possibly remedy the rare act of violence against an abortion provider?

One anticipates that Holder will propose to Congress that criminal violence against an abortion provider is, by definition, an act of gender discrimination because the abortionist practices his death art on women. So, even white, heterosexual males of reasonable intelligence and ability will garner special protections under Holder’s plan because of the gender of their clients.

This takes the concept of “hate crimes” to a new level of absurdity. The notion itself is, at its core, disturbing because it punishes people not for what they did, but for what they think. That puts judges in the position of playing God – a sorry swipe at justice. But this new initiative by the nation’s highest law enforcement officer is scary stuff. Holder reveals himself as a poorly trained lawyer with a brazen ideological and personal agenda.

It does not take much imagination or paranoia to see Holder expanding his tortured definitions of “hate” and “discrimination” at some point to include even peaceful actions aimed at ending abortion.

Let us see what Pelosi’s Congress does with this diabolical proposal.

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Richard Larsen: Corruption Behind Firing of Corruption Watchdog

June 22nd, 2009 by Halli

By Richard Larsen

It was spring, 2007. The blossoms were budding on the plentiful cherry trees in Washington, D.C., belying the storm fomenting within the halls of Congress and in the national media newsrooms. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales had just dismissed a handful of U.S. Attorney’s, and the media as well as the opposition in Congress, were calling for his head and denouncing the firings, even though the president and the Attorney General, were fully within their rights and the law to dismiss them.

Fast forward to 2009. A new President has rolled out a massive “stimulus” bill purportedly to stimulate the economy, although a closer reading reveals the primary beneficiary will be expanded government growth. An Inspector General, who does not serve at the leisure of the president, as the U.S. Attorneys do, discovers fraud in the disposition of government funds by one of the new President’s ardent supporters. The supporter, who is also Mayor of Sacramento, likely will not get any of the stimulus money because of his misuse of AmeriCorps funds. The White House promptly fires the Inspector General for doing his job.

While we wouldn’t expect Congressional leaders to question the firing or call for hearings as they did of Gonzales, certainly the media will be all over such obvious cronyism and duplicity. Right? Wrong! It seems the mainstream media is so enamored with Obama that they refuse to report anything that may reflect poorly on him. Perhaps they’re also trying to avoid being taken over like the auto industry, like Hugo Chavez did in Venezuela. Hardly a word of suspicion has been uttered by the media that now will broadcast from the White House, and whose anchors participate on a strategy and propaganda call orchestrated by the White House daily.

Inspectors General are hired by the government to investigate waste and fraud. Obviously, Gerald Walpin, the IG for AmeriCorps, a government program which pays volunteers for community service, was doing his job. He filed two reports exposing gross misappropriation by Kevin Johnson, former NBA star, who is also the Mayor of Sacramento and an Obama supporter. Walpin found Johnson had failed to use their federal grant money for the purposes specified, and had used the funds for, among other things, “driving [Johnson] to personal appointments, washing his car, and running personal errands.” Walpin reported that as much as $850,000 had been misappropriated. That’s a lot of car washes!

What makes this firing of Walpin even more egregious is the fact that Senator Barack Obama, in 2008, cosponsored legislation that was designed to assure the political independence of Inspectors General. According to that law (do you get the uneasy feeling that laws don’t seem to matter to our chief executive who is constitutionally the top law-enforcer?), the president must first send a letter to Congress declaring his intention to fire an Inspector General and provide the specific reasons why. It can’t be done as an afterthought as was attempted the next day by Obama. That letter is also designed to serve as a statutory 30 day notice to Congress of a dismissal. And yes, that 30 day statutory notice was required by the legislation that Obama cosponsored a mere two years ago. But that’s history, and one thing we’ve learned is that this president seems to have a hard time with history.

The law and constitutional limitations don’t seem to have much weight with this administration. Hillary Clinton was ineligible according to the Constitution, to be Secretary of State, having voted for a pay raise for that post. At last count, eight Obama appointees have a problem with paying taxes. Appointment of numerous “Tsars” within the administration is unconstitutional, even by Sen. Robert Byrd’s reckoning. The manner and details of the auto industry bailout and forced bankruptcy are illegal. The administration forced AIG to renege on contractual retention bonuses. President Obama failed to consult Congress, as promised, before carving out exceptions to the omnibus spending bill he signed into law, breaking his own signing-statement rules two days after issuing them.

I don’t think any of us who think about our politics, versus “feel” about them, are surprised by this duplicity. You remember all that talk about a new openness and transparency in Washington with the new administration? It obviously was just a ruse. With each passing day it becomes increasingly obvious that while our President can give a good talk and say some good things, his words are illusory and mask what’s really being done behind closed doors. What was Chicago-style politics has now gone big-time. Welcome to Washington-style politics!

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For Your Convenience: States’ Rights Petition to the Idaho Legislature and Governor

June 20th, 2009 by Halli

Please feel free to copy and paste this petition in order to copy and circulate.


We the Undersigned People of the State of Idaho hereby request that the Idaho
Legislature and Governor commence immediate action to enforce the statements as set
forth in House Joint Memorial No. 4 concerning the Constitutional violations of the Tenth
Amendment, said statements are as follows:

“NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by members of the First Regular Session of the Sixteenth
Idaho Legislature, the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring therein, that the State of
Idaho hereby claims sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United
States over all powers not otherwise enumerated and granted to the Federal government by the
Constitution of the United States.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this serves as notice and demand to the federal government, as
our agent to cease and desist, effective immediately mandates that are beyond the scope of
these constitutionally delegated powers.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that all compulsory federal regulation that directs states to comply
under criminal or civil penalties or sanctions, or requires state to pass legislation or lose federal funding, be prohibited.”

It is recognized, that the greatest impediment to the above requested enforcement of saidTenth Amendment action is the alleged dependency of the State of Idaho on federal funding
grants conditioned on restrictive mandates and spending guidelines. Therefore, we the
people of the State of Idaho hereby request that the Idaho Legislature and Governor
refuse any and all federal funding that impose any mandates, restrictions, or spending
guidelines that may hinder the complete freedom of action by the State of Idaho to exercise
it’s lawful tenth Amendment rights.

And finally, we the people of the State of Idaho also request that the Idaho Legislature
and Governor support and enforce a proposed bill now being drafted known tentatively as
the “Idaho Firearms Freedom Act” (short title).

Name Address Idaho City/Town Reg. Voter ?










Return Completed form to Dorothy Walker: 1206 Hall st. Grangeville, Idaho 83530: 208-983-2344

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Jesse Higgins: Open Letter to the Idaho Congressional Delegation

June 18th, 2009 by Halli

Letter written by Jesse Higgins

Senator Mike Crapo Fax: (202) 228-1375
Senator Jim Risch FAX: 202-224-2573
Congressman Mike Simpson Fax: 202-225-8216
Congressman Walt Minnick Fax: (202) 225-3029

Have you got the message, enough is enough. The time has come to stand up and be counted. The slide to socialism needs to be fought with everything we have. Deficit spending is bad, I don’t care if it is George Bush or President Obama. President Bush ran up record deficits but President Obama has made him look like a PIKER. He quadrupled that deficit in just four months. I have been waiting for any of you to tell me the authority, under the Constitution, for the bailouts and the ownership/control of private companies. In the past few months the government (that is you) has taken over the financial markets, 2/3 of the auto industry, the administration has been directly involved in bankruptcy proceedings, (command influence). The list goes on and on, WHEN DO WE STOP? As s student of history, we saw the same thing in Germany in the 30’s. I bet if you ask the people of Germany in 1930 they would have told you “it can’t happen here”. We know how that turned out. I see so many similarities that it literally scares me for the future of my country and my grandchildren.

You (collectively) have allowed the courts to control the future of the country. Most Supreme Court decisions in the past few years have been 5 – 4 that means ONE (1) un-elected un-accountable person is making decisions that effect all of us. How stupid is that? I will only use one example here to show how dumb the elites in Washington think we are: In the “Bill of Rights”, the first ten amendments, congress is used only once. The first amendment starts “ Congress Shall Make No Law”. Courts have interpreted that to apply to every government entity down to the local school board. We now have judges, including our newest Supreme Court nominee, that have interpreted the second amendment to only apply to DC. She has said that it doesn’t apply to the states. Senators, if you do not use every means at you disposal, including a filibuster, to stop this attack on the Constitution, then you have violated your oath of office and you need to retire.

You (collectively) have given your authority, as written in the Constitution, to the administration, the courts, and the Federal Reserve. I have to ask why? Are you lazy or just incompetent? In searching the government site I find that none of you in the house have signed on to the “Enumerated Powers Act” H.R. 450. That bill will only require a bill to quote Constitutional authority for any law. One of you, I will not use your name, has three time refused to answer on different issues when asked, “what is the Constitutional authority to do that”? Also, I cannot find a companion bill in the Senate. Are we still a Constitutional Republic or not?

When my grandchildren and great-grandchildren ask, “What did you do to stop the slide into Socialistic Tyranny”? I will show what I have written and tell them, as Edward Everett Hale said “I am one. I can’t do everything, but I can do something. The something I ought to do, I can do. And by the grace of God, I will”. What will you tell them?

Jesse Higgins
Aberdeen, Idaho 83210

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Jesse Higgins: Letter to the Editor – Where Has My Country Gone, Part II

June 18th, 2009 by Halli

Letter written by Jesse Higgins

This letter was started several months ago (while George Bush was president). It has been very difficult to write as I keep hoping “common sense” will break out in Washington and the rest of the country.

After making a statement on the radio in response to statements that some of our political leaders are proposing Socialist ideas, I received a lot of flack. I will try to show how I arrived at this conclusion.
The following is copied from the Manifesto of the Communist Party by Karl Marx and Frederick Engels. When stating what is needed to be accomplished to achieve communism Marx and Engels wrote;
“Nevertheless, in most advanced countries, the following will be pretty generally applicable.
1. Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes.
2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.
3. Abolition of all rights of inheritance.
4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.
5. Centralization of credit in the banks of the state, by means of a national bank with state capital and an exclusive monopoly.
6. Centralization of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the state.
7. Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the state; the bringing into cultivation of waste lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.
8. Equal obligation of all to work. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.
9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of all the distinction between town and country by a more equable distribution of the populace over the country.
10. Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children’s factory labor in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production, etc.”

And where are we currently?
(1) If you think you own property stop paying property tax and see how long the state (taxing agency) allows you to live in their house.
(2) IRS anyone?
(3) Death tax (inheritance tax)
(4) We are safe for the time being
(5) Think about the latest bailout and the government buying into private banks and auto companies (by force)
(6) The license requirements for radio, TV and transportation (fairness doctrine has now been changed to diversity standards) and we have our new cyber czar. Enough with the czars. They were not nice people when they were in control.
(7) The latest farm bill and central planning
(8) Obama’s plan for PAID volunteers
(9) Not there yet
(10) If you think you have local control of your school, please go to the school board meetings and find out just how much is mandated by Washington and Boise. Several Socialist leaders have said, to the effect, give us control of the primary schools and we will control the population for a generation.

I was wrong. I said we were 70% communist. We are 80% if you include Obama’s plan.
A recent article in Pravda, printed last week, an organization that should know, headlined “American capitalism gone with a whimper”. The first paragraph stated “It must be said, that like the breaking of a great dam, the American descent into Marxism is happening with breath taking speed, against the back drop of a passive, hapless sheeple, excuse me dear reader, I meant people.” If there was ever any doubt the direction our country is going this article should remove any question. How is your day Comrade?

For the first 150 years of our country’s existence we were honor bound to pay the debts of our own generation. It was considered the ultimate of “Taxation without Representation” to pass a debt to the next generation. Although I considered President Bush’s 450 billion dollar deficits to be obscene, he was a PIKER compared to President Obama’s 1,800,000,000,000+ (I put the zeros in for effect). This is not only obscene but I consider it IMMORAL to pass this debt on to your children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mr. President, where is the exit strategy?
Jesse L. Higgins
Aberdeen, Idaho

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Jesse Higgins: Letter to the Editor – Where Has My Country Gone? Part I

June 18th, 2009 by Halli

Letter written by Jesse Higgins

If you are offended by “Political incorrect” talk stop reading now and go on to something else. I have never been accused of being politically correct.

Where did this movement of “Political Correctness” come from? The Institute for Social Research in Frankfurt, Germany, which was founded in 1923 and came to be known as the “Frankfurt School.” This school was founded to determine why world communism was not spreading. Their conclusion: Western Civilization was in its way. Its belief in the individual, that an individual could develop valid ideas was in direct conflict with the root of communism, the theory that all valid ideas come from the effect of the social group of the masses. The individual is nothing. They believed the only way for communism to advance was to help (or force, if necessary) Western Civilization to destroy itself. How to do that? Undermine its foundations by chipping away at the rights of those annoying individuals. One way to do that? Change their speech and thought patterns by spreading the idea that vocalizing your beliefs is disrespectful to others and must be avoided to make up for past inequities and injustices. Call it something that sounds positive: “Political Correctness.” Mao, in the 1930s, wrote an article on the “correct” handling of contradictions among the people. “Sensitive training” – sound familiar? – and speech codes were born.

What has this to do with “Where has my Country Gone”? I’ll start with Carrie Prejean, Miss California 2009. She was vilified in the press and attacked unmercifully in the blogisphere, where she was called names that I will not allow in my home. What did she do? She stated a position more than 50% of her home state agreed with. “Marriage should be between one man and one woman”. By the way, President Obama, Hillary Clinton, and the last four Presidents have said the same thing. Also, 70% of your friends and fellow Idahoans said the same thing. What about “Joe the Plumber”, what was his crime? He asked, during the campaign, will your redistribution plan raise my taxes? The answer was yes. Then everyone from state of Ohio officials to the “media” (I use that term very loosely) set out to destroy this man. Sarah Palin – where do I start? Her crime? She was not part of the elite. She didn’t go to a prestigious school, she spoke in plain language, she lives her personal life in compliance with her beliefs. She didn’t speak or act in a “Politically Correct” way. Everything about her had to be attacked and she had to be destroyed.

To finish for this time I will try to explain a few things I think you need to know if you, like most Americans, get most or all of your news from what had been described as the Main Stream Media (ABC, CBS and NBC). Did you know: The department of Home Land Security has listed the following people as “Right-Wing Extremist”: people that oppose same sex marriage (70% of Idaho), people that believe the 2nd amendment means what it says (most of Idaho), people that believe the government has over-reached in its spending and control of the economic system (tax day Tea Parties). Has the mainstream media told you the drawbacks of “Universal Health Care”? Have you heard limited coverage, long lines, government officials determine what will be covered? Have you been told about the “Hate Crimes” bill? It has passed the house & is now before the Senate. Have you been told that under this law if your child is accosted by a pedophile and you push them away the pedophile is guilty of a misdemeanor. You on the other hand are guilty of a federal felony. There are so many things wrong with this law it would take a full newspaper to cover them. Has the mainstream media told you that there have been more than ten gun control bill introduced in the last few months? The worst would allow the Attorney General (he has argued before the Supreme Court there is NO reason for a private person to own a weapon) “To increase public safety by permitting the Attorney General to deny the transfer of a firearm or the issuance of firearms or explosives licenses to a known or suspected dangerous terrorist” (this was cut and pasted from the bill, emphases mine). This puts the right to buy a weapon under control of ONE (1) person. No court, no law broken, just his opinion. If you get your news from “The Main Stream Media” please use your common sense and question what they are not telling you. More to follow next week I hope, if I have time, and DHS hasn’t moved me to GITMO.

Jesse Higgins
Aberdeen, Idaho

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David Ripley: Trust Your Family’s Health Care to the Government?

June 18th, 2009 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

The Idaho Press Tribune carried a fascinating background report prepared by the AP in yesterday’s edition. Entitled, “Promises, Promises: Indian health care”, it looks at how well the federal government has managed to meet its obligations and promises to American Indians dependent upon it for basic health care.

It is a chilling picture, and one every American should read as we enter the hot summer debate over whether the rest of us should turn our lives and families to the care of Obama’s grand health care vision.

The Indian Health Service system serves almost 2 million Native Americans in 35 states, or is supposed to.

The AP reports one symptomatic story: a little 5 year old girl complained of a stomach ache. The government health clinic workers told her mother that the girl was depressed. The girl’s condition worsened; her family went back 10 times seeking help. After several months, her lung collapsed and she was airlifted to a Denver hospital. There she was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Her family wonders with tears what could have been done if she had been diagnosed properly at an earlier stage.

Because of financial constraints, tribal leaders describe the federal system as one of “rationed health care”.

An official at the Indian Health Service is quoted as saying, “Doctors every day in our organization are making decisions about which cataracts are removed, which gall bladders [get]fixed.”

Under the care of the federal government, Native Americans suffer an infant mortality rate 40% higher than that of white Americans. After Haiti, men on the Rosebud reservation of South Dakota have the lowest life expectancy rate in the Western Hemisphere.Congressional politics and spending priorities are at the core of this travesty, and we all must really question whether these are the people we want in charge of health care for all Americans.

It is understandable that many Americans have wanted to believe in the promises of President Obama, especially in the absence of any credible reform plan from Republicans to solve real and painful problems in our current system. Yet the painful reality is that history shows us the utter inability of the federal government to deliver on such grandiose promises.

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Richard Larsen: Russian View of American Socialism

June 18th, 2009 by Halli

By Richard Larsen

It has been alarming to me how the landscape of the American economy has become so dramatically altered over the past few months. The lines have become increasingly blurred between government ownership and corporate control with what’s happened in the auto and banking industries, and it appears the administration is not going to stop there. Next stop is healthcare. Even more alarming, is the fact that so many of our fellow citizens fail to recognize in that blurring of the lines, the transition to a more socialist system where the government controls the means of production in the economy, even though that tenet is fundamental to socialistic dogma.

Sometimes it takes an outsider who has been there and done that, to point out how far we have slid down that slippery slope. Last month Pravda, the Russian news agency, ran a column by Stanislav Mishin that served that very purpose. But since not too many of us frequent the pages or the online postings of Pravda, I’m sure most of us missed his astute observations.

Mishin states at the outset, “It must be said, that like the breaking of a great dam, the American descent into Marxism is happening with breathtaking speed, against the back drop of a passive, hapless ‘sheeple,’ excuse me dear reader, I meant people.” Who better to recognize the symptoms of an economic and political system in transition, than one who has lived under it!

He continues, “The initial testing ground was our Holy Russia and a bloody test it was. But we Russians would not just roll over and give up our freedoms and our souls, no matter how much money Wall Street poured into the fists of the Marxists. Those lessons were taken and used to properly prepare the American populace for the surrender of their freedoms and souls, to the whims of their elites and betters.” Harsh words, no doubt, but stated with alarming clarity and perspicacity.

Describing how this descent has been made possible, he explains, “First, the population was dumbed down through a politicized and substandard education system based on pop culture, rather than the classics. Americans know more about their favorite TV dramas than the drama in DC that directly affects their lives. They care more for their ‘right’ to choke down a McDonalds burger than for their constitutional rights. Then they turn around and lecture us about our rights and about our ‘democracy.’ Pride blind the foolish.

“Then their faith in God was destroyed, until their churches, all tens of thousands of different ‘branches and denominations’ were for the most part little more than Sunday circuses.

“The final collapse has come with the election of Barack Obama. His speed in the past three months has been truly impressive. His spending and money printing has been record setting, not just in America’s short history but in the world. If this keeps up for more than another year, and there is no sign that it will not, America at best will resemble the Wiemar Republic and at worst Zimbabwe.” No wonder Hugo Chavez declared that he and Fidel Castro are ideologically to the right of Obama!

Referring to the financial advisors of the administration, and their role in this transformation, he says of these financial “oligarchs,” that they “…are now gorging themselves on trillions of American dollars, in one bailout after another. They are also usurping the rights, duties and powers of the American congress. Again, congress has put up little more then a whimper to their masters.”

He reminds us, “Prime Minister Putin, less than two months ago, warned Obama and UK’s Blair, not to follow the path to Marxism, it only leads to disaster. Apparently, even though we suffered 70 years of this Western sponsored horror show, we know nothing, as foolish, drunken Russians, so let our ‘wise’ Anglo-Saxon fools find out the folly of their own pride.

“Again, the American public has taken this with barely a whimper.” Remember the “Tea Parties” from April? At least a few of us are whimpering. And we should do much more!

Forcefully, and insightfully, he concludes, “The proud American will go down into his slavery without a fight, beating his chest and proclaiming to the world, how free he really is. The world will only snicker.”

Five decades ago, then U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Ezra Taft Benson spoke of a visit he had with then Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev. “He [Khrushchev] indicated that my grandchildren would live under communism…He arrogantly declared, ‘You Americans are so gullible. No, you won’t accept communism outright. But we’ll keep feeding you small doses of socialism until you’ll finally wake up and find you already have communism. We won’t have to fight you. We’ll so weaken your economy until you fall like overripe fruit into our hands.’”

Prophetic? It appears to be. But the Russians learned. Apparently we will learn the hard way as well.

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David Ripley: Minnick Casts First Pro-Abortion Vote

June 13th, 2009 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

In his first pro-abortion vote, Democrat Walt Minnick supported Hillary Clinton’s bid to create a new “Office of Women’s Issues” in the State Department. The head of this propaganda arm of the Abortion Lobby will hold the rank of ambassador-at-large with a charge to promote “women’s empowerment internationally”.

During testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Secretary Clinton acknowledged that she and the Obama Administration are committed to “protecting the rights of women, includ­ing their rights to reproductive health care.”

Pro-lifers in the Congress attempted to amend HR2410 to ensure that this new office would not engage in promoting abortion in other nations. That restriction was rejected by House Democ­rats. Congressman Simpson voted against the bill, which passed on a vote of 235-187.

Operation Rescue reports that the Philadelphia Women’s Center held a “Free Abortion Day” this past week to honor their hero, George Tiller.

“There seems to be no comprehension of the value of human life with these people,” observed OR President Troy Newman. “Killing babies for free to honor someone who was murdered can only be described as sick. And there is no such thing as a ‘free’ abortion. It costs the life of an innocent baby and puts their mothers at risk for increased problems in their lives, including drug and alcohol abuse.”

The first hard drafts of a revolutionary overhaul of the nation’s health care system have surfaced and the picture is a frightening one.

The Family Research Council reports that both Senate and House versions of the legislation require that abortion be covered by both governmental and private insurance carriers. Presumably such federal legislation would trump state laws in places like Idaho—which specifically prohibit private insurance carriers from offering abortion coverage.

Essentially, this provision will force every American taxpayer to participate in the Death Regime. It will also certainly increase the death rate among preborn children.

The health care proposals will also put our children and grandchildren into permanent financial bondage. Democrat Congressman Charlie Rangel boldly admitted this week that his version will raise federal taxes on American families by some $600 billion each year—with an additional $400 billion financed by “budget cuts” to Medicare and Medicaid. Given the proven inability of Congress to cut government budgets, that really means more deficit spending.

When pressed by reporters, Rangel admitted that the revealed $1 trillion price tag of his socialized medicine plan is but a down payment.

FRC’s Tony Perkins points out that this health care boondoggle represents something like 17% of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product.

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David Ripley: Sotomayor No Closet Baby Rights Advocate

June 12th, 2009 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

It should probably not need saying, but there is just no chance that Judge Sonia Sotomayor will turn out to be a pro-Lifer once enthroned at the Supreme Court. For one thing, it is impossible to believe that President Obama would make the kind of “mistake” that Republican presidents make too regularly: i.e., appointing a person to the court who does not share their purported values and political principles.

And if there is one thing we know for sure it is that President Obama is zealously committed to advancing abortion rights.

The only reason this topic is even being seriously discussed stems from the hopeful musings of the legendary Rush Limbaugh. During at least one broadcast, Mr. Limbaugh suggested the possibility that Sotomayor’s Catholic heritage might be enough to induce her to consider the moral and spiritual consequences of destroying innocent life at the rate of 3500 a day.

Judge Sotomayor herself stomped all over such silly speculation this week during a meeting with Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC). According to LifeNews.Com, DeMint questioned her on whether “unborn children have any rights whatsoever”. Her answer?

“I was surprised that [Sotomayor] said she had never thought about it,” reports Sen. DeMint.

We join the wise editorial voices at the Washington Times in encouraging pro-Lifers to engage in actively opposing Judge Sotomayor’s confirmation to the nation’s highest court.

Wrote the paper this week, “Pro-life groups should not follow the famed radio host in assuming the Supreme Court nominee will have empathy for their legal or moral positions.”

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