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I was starting to write a post on health care and came across numerous blogs and posts on the issue. The major misconception I held was that the health care industry was highly profitable given all the rhetoric, and that competition was a major factor!

The information shows first that the health care industry as a whole shows a very minimal profit margin, 3-7% pre-tax!!! So these companies that are being demonized by Obama as profit whores, clearly does not hold water when the numbers are reviewed.

Second, competition, this does seem to be an issue, without the ability to cross state lines to offer health insurance, this basically means you have 50 independent providers without competition, ultimately the end result of opening up the state lines would increase competition, but further erode the minimal profits these companies now hold, in effect making the game not worth playing!!

The ultimate issue with health care is cost of the provided services, (my bill for 23 hours in the hospital $12366), the general consensus and vague at best is liability!!! So although Tort Reform has been dismissed (due to the powerful trial lawyers lobby) this still appears the best resource to reduce costs. The administration and detractors of the general health care issue, is dealing with the scab and not the reason for the disease!! Otherwise why would a pill I generally pay $10.00 for 100, cost me $25.00 for one dose??

When a business has a tight margin for profit, they are required to generate income in other areas to offset expense, this is basic business. Due to the high cost of liability insurance and rampant law suits along with doctors providing defensive medicine due to the fear of making a mistake this cost has been padded into every nook and cranny of the process.

It would seem that a focus on reducing health care focused on the drivers of the out of control costs, (liability and malpractice insurance) would be a pragmatic point of consensus. The last thing we need is having the government enter into this fray, since it is abundantly obvious they are the last business to look to in producing a product at a profit!!!

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UPDATE: Rumor has it that Panetta was against the politicization of the CIA interrogations, in fact and inside source stated a shouting match at the White House between Panetta and Obama’s stable of attorneys was about his vehement disagreement with Holder performing this investigation. Mr. Panetta also is rumored to be strongly considering resigning his post over this flap. Until more facts are provided, all content about Panettas involvement listed below are redacted and Mr Panetta has obtained a get out of jail free card until further notice.

Now that the Obama administrations polls are in a free fall over his rampant spending and health care debacle, quick and decisive action was required to stop the rats from leaving the ship. How better to distract and divert the attention of the American people than to, you guessed it, ATTACK THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION! In a blatantly obvious political move Obama and his minion Leon Panetta have decided their ace in the hole is to regurgitate the perceived sins of George Bush. Or as the New York Post puts it, ” How best for President Obama to re claim a left-wing base grown restive over what it sees as administration backtracking on health-care reform? Simple: Declare war on the CIA”.

This administration appears to either forget or deny that we are a Nation at war, also lost is the fact that Nancy Pelosi and the intelligence committee were, have been and are aware of the situation they now want to politicize! Least we forget, Pelosi’s cover story on the issue, rather than step up and take the heat Pelosi chose to lie like a two year old with her hand in the cookie jar and state, “the CIA lied to me”!

All this political muckraking of an issue that was reviewed not once but on four different occasions as to it’s legality of which the findings were reviewed with the intelligence committee, the democratic party and the beyond left MoveOn organization want there pound of flesh from the Bush team, and most importantly Cheney. In pursuing this agenda, they are also looking to prosecute the individuals who were following the orders of there superiors. Now the Democrats and Eric Holder (Obamas neutered Pit Bull) have stated they will not prosecute the individuals at the field level, who believes them?

Obama and Rham the Bomb both said and I quote, “it’s time to look forward, Obama”, “it’s time for reflection not retribution, Obama”. and “the individuals involved will not be prosecuted, R. Emanuel”. Now that the Obama team has sufficiently distanced itself, late last week with Obamas team scrambling for a diversion the issue was once again floated but this time, the decision to take action was squarely put in the lap of Eric Holder. Unless you are totally blind to the facts this action can be seen as nothing more that a continuation of Chicago attack and divert politics, to save there political skins.

It is important to note the medias complicity in this propaganda, in the prevalent style of shock journalism, the headlines read, “CIA Interrogation tapes found” CBS, CIA used inhumane tactics, MSNBC”, and “Waterboarding Interrogations the CIA’s $1000 a day specialists”. You get the picture, but what is different this time is the overt assistance by the appointed CIA director Leon Panetta, who not only floated the KNOW balloon to the intelligence committee, but put in writing his excuse for doing so, http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/08/24/raw-data-panetta-letter-cia-staff-release-interrogation-report.

The byproduct of this emasculation of our front line efforts are clear, Americas war on terror must first pass the ACLU test, then the brain trust of Harvard attorneys of the Obama team. Furthermore Obama went to great lengths to create his own task force, the Interrogation and Transfer Policy Task Force, which created the unit responsible for future interrogations the High Value Interrogation Group. This new unit will “formally strip the C.I.A. of its primary role in questioning high-level detainees, but agency officials said they would continue to play a substantial role” states the New York times. This new unit stated “all interrogations would comply with guidelines contained in the Army Field Manual, which outlaws the use of physical force. The group will study interrogation methods, however, and may add additional noncoercive methods in the future”.

It is proven that the previous methods regardless of how they are judged worked, and the snippets of information about the methods used to gain this valuable information are debatable, but the result that we have not been attacked since 9/11 are clear, this fact cannot be twisted for political gain. We live in a brutal world, and at times the people of the United States hold a false sense of security as to our individual safety. The class or groups of individuals who wish us harm have no rules, they mean to do us harm in anyway possible, I for one do not want to go to a gun fight with a knife, but it appears this administration will go to any length to push there agenda even so far as risking the lives of it’s constituents!

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With all the focus on health care I thought it was topical that I bring my extensive background in medicine to weigh in on the course of events. Seeing as how I have read about twenty seven and a half pages of the health care bill, and listened, evenhandedly I might add to the pundits on both the right and left, I feel confident in issuing my diagnosis.

Our country is being led to destruction by a group of raving NARCISSIST’S, and the fight is being led by the king of kings, the purveyor of pride, the nemesis of nouns, President Obama the Napoleon of our time! Take a look at some of the wisdom of the “little man” “A Constitution should be short and obscure”, “A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights”, “Ability is nothing without opportunity”, and lastly, “Among those who dislike oppression are many who like to oppress”. Do these Napoleon quotes sound familiar?

Why should this concern us, well just look at the Mayo Clinics definition and symptoms of the disease.

“When you have narcissistic personality disorder, you may come across as conceited, boastful or pretentious. You often monopolize conversations. You may belittle or look down on people you perceive as inferior. You may have a sense of entitlement. And when you don’t receive the special treatment to which you feel entitled, you may become very impatient or angry. You may also seek out others you think have the same special talents, power and qualities — people you see as equals. You may insist on having “the best” of everything — the best car, athletic club, medical care or social circles, for instance”.

HMMM, UTTTT OHHHH, boastful, yes, monopolize conversations, yes, look down on people, yes, sense of entitlement, hell yes, impatient or angry, “you betcha ya”, it all fits, and all these symptoms are here for us to witness on a daily basis, we have a mad man at the helm, and he has surrounded himself with people who “you think have the same special talents, power and qualities” AS YOU!

What does our president and his followers do when they don’t get there way, could it be???? “Underneath all this grandiosity often lies a very fragile self-esteem. You have trouble handling anything that may be perceived as criticism. You may have a sense of secret shame and humiliation. And in order to make yourself feel better, you may react with rage or contempt and efforts to belittle the other person to make yourself appear better”.

Rage and the fear of social injustice is driving the engine of the Obama machine, they attack on every front, from every direction, both covertly and overtly to get there way, when in this pathology they fail to see these actions as not healthy, it is second nature for the narcissist to think he/she is right and the rest of the world is just either not smart enough or misinformed. Look at the below symptoms and keep in the back of your mind Obama, and all politicians for that matter, but most of all think Chicago politics and see if you can match the dots.

* Believing that you’re better than others

* Fantasizing about power, success and attractiveness

* Exaggerating your achievements or talents

* Expecting constant praise and admiration

* Believing that you’re special

* Failing to recognize other people’s emotions and feelings

* Expecting others to go along with your ideas and plans

* Taking advantage of others

* Expressing disdain for those you feel are inferior

* Being jealous of others

* Believing that others are jealous of you

* Trouble keeping healthy relationships

* Setting unrealistic goals

* Being easily hurt and rejected

* Having a fragile self-esteem

* Appearing as tough-minded or unemotional OMG!!!!!!

What did you get I have 15 out of 16, (gave him the benefit of the doubt on “being jealous of others”, I think he feels no jealousy he is the messiah!)

What to do, what to do? The last thing our nation can do is to bow to anyone who’s own self interests outweigh the best interests of the people. Stay vigilant, be vocal, my friends, we are living the biggest power grab in history, and as said by Lewis H. Lapham “As individuals and as a nation, we now suffer from social narcissism. The beloved Echo of our ancestors, the virgin America, has been abandoned. We have fallen in love with our own image, with images of our making, which turn out to be images of ourselves.”

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Tighten your bustles, straighten your bow ties, the Obama dance crew is busy at work changing the program! The only consistency to be found in this group, is that the message is inconsistent. Oh Gibbs tries to save face, and cover the tracks of all the members, but one thing is apparent, video does not lie, and they are reaching the bottom of the balloon box.

While they send there political sheep to spread the word of the Messiah’s health care plan, they are returning to the heard sheered!! Arlen Specter the schizophrenic poster boy of politics failed at quieting the dissent at his first town hall meeting and was handily handed his lunch, not one to give up, and with an ego the size of his home state a different tact was implemented. Result? Numerous excellent video and sound bites to feast on.

The democratic leadership have called the town-hall protesters every name in the book, from AstroTurf movement and Nazis (Pelosi), to Harry Reid’s brilliance of stating the events are “staged” and “Phony” and the protesters are being coached by the republicans and are acting. “like babies for encouraging this type of behavior”.

Also telling, is that since recess started at the beginning of August, not ONE of the democratic party leaders has held a town hall meeting! In an act of sheer arrogance, Pelosi, Reid, Miller, Dodd, Waxman and the primary author of the bill Ed Markey have remained silent, choosing to ignore public debate and the voice of the people.

These elitist members of the ruling class party apparently do not care what their constituents have to say! These meetings have become so out of control, the democratic leadership choose to send in there most cogent voice, and junk yard Pit Pug

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Who better than Barney Frank to spew rhetoric, attack logic with ridicule, and expand Americas vocabulary of adjectives than the democratic parties top smoke and mirrors candidate “The Barney”. In his normal tone, Frank was far from frank, calling people kitchen tables, aliens as in “what planet do you spend most of your time on” all the while dodging valid questions, speaking at people not to them, and generally portraying his “above it all holier than thou attitude. Good job Mr. Frank, you have further added to the clarity of the subject [sic].

Clearly the bloom is off the rose, the people are seeing through the rhetoric, no longer will they accept the preachings of Obama as truth, the inconsistency of the message is amplified each and every day, and most important, the previously quite masses who ignored the rampant political dogma of the past have awakened.

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The Democrats and the Obama team can no longer assume mere words will carry the message, now they are being asked for details, and they clearly appear to be surprised by this action. Have a good vacation President Obama, when you come back maybe you will have some answers and some direction. We the people are waiting, and are on to your Chicago style promise and spend politics.

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One of the most shocking accusations of the Obama administrations has been the detractors labeling of his efforts as a move toward socialism, when is fact history shows Obama’s roots and early years are more closely tied to strict Maoist beliefs. Where socialism has its base beliefs in Egalitarianism (the removal of economic inequalities), Maoism is rooted in the revolutionary struggle of the people against the exploiting classes and there state structures, in short the Proletariat (a social class devoid of wealth) overthrows the bourgeoisie (middle or merchant class). Or in Obama’s own words “spreading the wealth” which was mistaken for socialism.

Maoism, first became apparent in the United States when the Black Panther Party (for self-defense) was originated by Huey P. Newton in the mid 60’s. The tenant or ten commandments of the organization called for, Land, Bread, Housing, Education, Clothing, Justice and Peace in its “Ten Point Program” listed below.

The Ten Point Program was as follows:

1. We want power to determine the destiny of our black and oppressed communities’ education that teaches us our true history and our role in the present day society.
2. We want completely free health care for all black and oppressed people.
3. We want an immediate end to police brutality and murder of black people, other people of color, and all oppressed people inside the United States.
4. We want an immediate end to all wars of aggression.
5. We want full employment for our people.
6. We want an end to the robbery by the capitalists of our Black Community.
7. We want decent housing, fit for the shelter of human beings.
8. We want decent education for our people that exposes the true nature of this decadent American society.
9. We want freedom for all black and oppressed people now held in U. S. Federal, state, county, city and military prisons and jails. We want trials by a jury of peers for all persons charged with so-called crimes under the laws of this country.
10. We want land, bread, housing, education, clothing, justice, peace and people’s community control of modern technology.

President Obamas previous background has been basically expunged, but if one looks at the past “documented” associations of our current president it will show a who’s who of “social activism”. As brought up in the campaign and at the top of the list, Bill Ayers, who’s antiwar movement in the 60’s is legendary primarily for it violent nature, but others also appear and in no particular order, Jeff Jones, Van Jones, Carl Davidson, Mike Klonsky, and lastly Betita Martinez. I find the comments from Dr. Marable the founder of the “New Party” of which President Obama joined in 1995 most telling.

“What makes Obama different is that he has also been a community organizer. He has read left literature, including my works, and he understands what socialism is. A lot of the people working with him are, indeed, socialists with backgrounds in the Communist Party or as independent Marxists. There are a lot of people like that in Chicago who have worked with him for years”

“My argument is simple. The left must force him to carry out the agenda he promised, and that includes a national healthcare system…That is the number-three priority. The main priority is ending the war in Iraq. The second is the economic crisis. We need a robust Keynesian approach to employment and investment in infrastructure – a lot of the bridges built by the works projects administration of Franklin D Roosevelt 75 years ago need to be rebuilt and the roads are crumbling”.

Pretty clear in that the foundation for the current administration and its association with the primary social activists of the past is not the platform used to win the 2008 election. Pure Chicago politics utilizing grass roots social activism which has expanded exponentially and growing daily. With Obama as there leader, combined with the apparently endless supply of money from Soros and the assistance of the MDS, and newly ignited SDA, the message is being carefully crafted as not to alert the generally excitable public which is focused on the headlines the liberal media put’s in front of them daily as a distraction of the efforts of the “Obama Machine”

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This machine, is expanding via the internet utilizing web pages such as Change.org, Whitehouse.gov, mybarackoboma.com where the basic premise is to expand the message for social activism, and change. The proposed change that has become apparent is not the change President Obama stumped for in the last election, this has become obvious by the appointments of the various Czars which will be covered in another post, this is clearly not change we can believe in!!!

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List of web sites and information about the ‘New Obama Paradigm”

http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/changeorg_social_network.php

http://movementforademocraticsociety.org/

http://www.studentsforademocraticsociety.org

http://www.factnet.org/A_Summary_of_Social_Activism_Techniques.htm

http://newzeal.blogspot.com/2009/01/obama-file-62-obama-understands-what.html (A must read)


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While the nation is preoccupied with the current health care debate Obama’s team of internet guru’s are actively fighting the war for the hearts and minds of the nations populous in ways that test the very fabric of our right to free speech. In addition and in concert with the well planned and implemented backroom activities the Democratic party is supporting the takeover of the internet by introducing the Senate bills No. 773 and 778 both part of what’s being called the Cybersecurity Act of 2009.

A very critical part to one of the bills is that the Secretary of Commerce will have at his discretion the ability to have access to all privately owned information networks deemed critical to the nation’s infrastructure “without regard to any provision of law, regulation rule or policy restricting such access”. Currently the act as with many others in the current administration allows broad non defined powers that are left wide open for interpretation. The bill is being sold as an effort to address the countries unacceptable vulnerability to massive cyber network and infrastructure.

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The bills summary as put forth by John D. Rockefeller is clear in that it is vague and basically will allow the government the ability to shut down what “IT” deems a threat, read below.

Official Summary

4/1/2009–Introduced.

Cybersecurity Act of 2009 – Directs the President to establish or designate a Cybersecurity Advisory Panel to advise the President. Defines “cyber” as:
(1) any process, program, or protocol relating to the use of the Internet or an intranet, automatic data processing or transmission, or telecommunication via the Internet or an intranet; and
(2) any matter relating to, or involving the use of, computers or computer networks. Directs the Secretary of Commerce to:
(1) develop and implement a system to provide cybersecurity status and vulnerability information regarding all federal information systems and networks managed by the Department of Commerce; and
(2) provide financial assistance for the creation and support of Regional Cybersecurity Centers for small and medium sized U.S. businesses. Requires the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to establish cybersecurity standards for all federal government, government contractor, or grantee critical infrastructure information systems and networks. Makes NIST responsible for U.S. representation in all international cybersecurity standards development. Directs the Secretary to develop or coordinate a national licensing, certification, and recertification program for cybersecurity professionals and makes it unlawful to provide certain cybersecurity services without being licensed and certified. Requires Advisory Panel approval for renewal or modification of a contract related to the operation of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority. Requires development of a strategy to implement a secure domain name addressing system. Requires the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support specified types of research and to establish a program of grants to higher education institutions to establish cybersecurity testbeds. Amends the Cybersecurity Research and Development Act to expand the purposes of an existing program of computer and network security research grants. Requires the NSF to establish a Federal Cyber Scholarship-for-Service program. Requires NIST to establish cybersecurity competitions and challenges to recruit talented individuals for the federal information technology workforce and stimulate innovation. Requires the Department of Commerce to serve as the clearinghouse of cybersecurity threat and vulnerability information. Grants the Secretary access to all relevant data concerning such networks notwithstanding any law or policy restricting access. Directs the President to:
(1) develop and implement a comprehensive national cybersecurity strategy;
(2) on a quadrennial basis, complete a review of the cyber posture of the United States; and
(3) work with representatives of foreign governments to develop norms, organizations, and other cooperative activities for international engagement to improve cybersecurity. Requires the Director of National Intelligence and the Secretary of Commerce to submit to Congress an annual report on cybersecurity threats to and vulnerabilities of critical national information, communication, and data network infrastructure. Establishes a Secure Products and Services Acquisitions Board to review and approve high value products and services acquisition and establish validation standards for software to be acquired by the federal government.

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The bill in it’s current state is seen as a far greater privacy intrusion that the last administrations Patriot Act, “The cybersecurity threat is real,” says Leslie Harris, president of the Center for Democracy and Technology, which obtained the draft of S.773, “but such a drastic federal intervention in private communications technology and networks could harm both security and privacy.” Similar to other Obama bills, the effort to pass the bill has been accelerated, Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, who is co-sponsoring the bill, added, “If we fail to take swift action, we, regrettably, risk a cyber-Katrina.” Detractors of the bill have boldly stated this bill is “contrary to what the Constitution promises us”.

If this bill is written into law, the government at it’s whim can access, your bank, medical, email, or whatever else the directors of the policy see as or deem items “critical infrastructure”, note the office of Cybersecurity will report to the President who will have the ultimate authority to decide as he see’s fit what criteria delegates a “critical threat” or in other words one individual will have the power to implement this policy.

This becomes ever more critical given the current conditions and heated debate over health care, if this were law, the President could shut down any internet blog sites for the ostensible reason of national security and quite his detractors, so any contrary opinion that would impede the passing of the health care bill that is being voiced via the intranet could be quashed, not unlike “marshal law for the web”.

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The Obama intranet team which was formed from the Obama campaign lists a who’s who of the cyber world, the hurt feelings Czar Cass Sunstein who like Obama was a former Harvard Law professor, has been granted “chillingly broad powers states the New York Post, Sunstein believes “bloggers have been rampaging out of control and new laws need to be written to corral them”. Sunstein also states he will use the courts to implement his policy to shut down any dissent that is contrary to the “truth”. One has to ask is there only one truth, and by granting Sunstein these powers he will in fact be the top cop of the thought police! Further comments and quotes from Sunstein exhibit his lack of understanding of what the Constitution has been interpreted, and or he is of the revisionist ilk that has become the new vogue of this group of politicians. Sunstein states; “people’s beliefs are a product of social networks working as echo chambers in which false rumors spread like wildfire”, “We hardly need to imagine a world, however, in which people and institutions are being harmed by the rapid spread of damaging falsehoods via the Internet,” and lastly “whether you’re a blogger, The New York Times or a Web hosting service – you should be held responsible even for what your commenters say. It is clearly obvious to any believer in the Constitution and the First Amendment that this direction is more than a slippery slope it is an infringement on the rights of free speech.

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This path becomes exceedingly incongruent when measured by the facts and data that one of the primary reasons Obama won the election was due to his structured use of the intranet as stated by Chanuka Wattegama, “Throughout the presidential campaign, the Obama team had the most complete and progressive tech policy and tech-policy team ever assembled. The policy team fashioned a document that hit every right note, starting with “Protect the Openness of the Internet: Support the principle of network neutrality to preserve the benefits of open competition on the Internet.” The policy team had many of the leaders in the field and a large advisory group from across the tech spectrum”. Now that the election is over, the current direction has been to hit the delete button on these methods of information and placing them under the control of the President himself, hardly a fair and balanced dictum.

Along with Sunstein, Obama has assembled the following alliances and hired these individuals to direct his intranet policy; Google CEO Eric Schmidt, Jon Leibowitz, as chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, Julius Genachowski picked to be the FCC chairman, Genachowski is a law-school friend of the president who had been legal counsel to an FCC, Katie Stanton, Director of Citizen Participation from Google where she was a Principal in the New Business Development team responsible for OpenSocial, Google Moderator, and various election-related initiatives and lastly Joe Rospars, a veteran of the Dean campaign and the Democratic National Committee, was hired as new-media director.

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Also tasked with spreading the word of the new “Messiah” are the “Web Soldiers” of the Huffington Post, affectionately called the “Sluttiest Team on the intranet” or 23/6, who have set up an intranet “War Room” per the web page, out of this War Room these individuals were directed to; “form a rapid response internet “war room” to track and respond aggressively to online rumors that Barack Obama is unpatriotic and a Muslim. This took place during the campaign, it is important to note that three of the four individuals noted in the article range from the ages of 12 to 16 years old, with one adult who’s screen name is “BushGottaGo, they proudly show Internet Military Experience, and Battles, BushGottaGo contributers claim to fame is the following post in defense of Obama, the comment: “He should be thrown in Guantanamo for war crimes along with George ‘Adolf’ Bush and Dick ‘Goebbels’ Cheney.” Received numerous “nice ones” and six track-backs. Although this comment was made by the one supposed adult of the listed group, it shows first the organization of the internet blog wars, and second, no holds have been barred in this fight!

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This fight goes on while the nation sleeps, on a daily basis new policies are being tested without us knowing, this administration is hell bent on a consolidation of power under one roof, they can only be successful if the powers to be can control the voice of the nation. The use of propaganda and ridicule are becoming more apparent in that the blogging and conservative news outlets are bringing these facts to the general public. Now that the counterpoint is gaining traction the current administration is crying foul against the very methods they have been and are currently using to steer public opinion, numerous comments by Democratic leaders clearly show that what is good for the goose is not necessarily good for the gander, also obvious is the hypocrisy of these individuals. It is imperative regardless of what side your beliefs lie that you have the right to voice that opinion, given the current state of discourse it is ever more important for people to stand up for what they believe, this is the American way and the foundation of our freedom so granted us as a nation, let no person, party or policy stop you, for if they do, you are not free.

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