Archive for the ‘politics’ Category

Helath Care Reform and the Catholics

February 9, 2012

There has been information in the news recently about further implications of the health care reform and the impact that it will have on Catholic institutions, such as universities and hospitals.  Simply put, these institutions will be required to provide coverage in their health care packages for their employees that goes against Catholic teaching.  Specifically, “preventative care” including birth control pills, the morning after pill, and RU 486, which is a medication that induces an abortion.

Catholic institutions do not forbid their employees to use these products, they simply do not provide for them in their health care package.  They do not provide them because of a conflict with their religious teaching.

Churches are exempt from this part of the reform, why not religious institutions?  This is government control of religious practice.  This mandate should have no place in a country that practices religious freedom.

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In God We Trust

September 29, 2011

I appreciate that we still have the saying “In God We Trust” on our money.  These days it seems even more important to realize that our ultimate trust is placed, not in our government, nor our own resources, but in God.

As the fiscal year for our country comes to an end, we have serious problems  facing our country.  I regularly pray that our leaders will make good choices and good decisions, that God will give them the wisdom to know what to do, and the strength and courage to do what is right.

I think I need to pray harder…perhaps you will join me.

Perhaps we can hold meaningful discussions of possible solutions, rather than shouting matches of entrenched ideology.  Perhaps if we worked together, we would collectively find the wisdom and strength that we need to build a stronger country.

May God help us.

A Better Plan?

September 8, 2011

Who, in their right mind, would spend a dollar, that they need to borrow,  to make a dime?

I ask this question in advance of the president’s speech tonight because I am hoping that he is not going to propose spending billions of dollars on a job stimulus project.

We would  have to borrow the money.

We would get back only a small portion in taxes.

It would provide only a temporary improvement.  When the federal money runs out, those people would again be out of work.  It is not a permanent solution.

I sincerely hope that he has a better plan, than spending money we would have to borrow.  The increased debt would last longer any benefit.

Stalemate

May 17, 2011

Our politicians need to find a way to move forward.  We have a House controlled by republicans and the Senate is controlled by democrats.  They need to work together to get any legislation passed.  It is time to get creative.  It is time to look for common ground and a new approach.  It is time to work together.  We are currently at stalemate and with a stalemate, nobody wins.

The Egg and Political Reformation

April 26, 2011

When the time is approaching for a chick to break out of its shell it needs to be left alone.  If someone standing by were to decide that they wanted to help the chick, by helping to break it out of its shell, that bird would certainly die.  It is necessary for the chick to remain in the shell until it has sufficiently developed and is able to break out on its own.

There are countries throughout the Arab world experiencing political turmoil.  It is hard to passively watch as these countries are in the throes of breaking free, but we are doing them no favor when we interfere with the natural process of political reformation.  When outside forces assist, the developmental process is hindered and a weakened, dependent, political agency is the result.  That is not good for the nation’s sovereignty.

We should let a countries internal conflicts be resolved by the people of that country.  The social contract will be worked out in time.

Budget Compromise

April 9, 2011

The threatened government shutdown has been averted.  The politicians in Washington realized that no one would appreciate the idea of our military being in combat, and their families not receiving financial support.  That would cost them votes next election.

I have not seen the details of the compromise.  If it is a good compromise then everyone should be equally unhappy.  Yes, I said unhappy.  A compromise means that you have had to give up something that you wanted originally.  It means that you hoped for more than you are receiving in the deal.  It is a fair compromise, when both sides give up equal shares.  Of course, each side also should receive things that are important to them., but they should come at the cost of other things of lesser importance.

Hopefully, our political leaders will figure out what is truly important.

1000 Dead Civilians?

April 4, 2011

Last week I heard that our primary reason for the use of military force in Libya was to protect civilian life.

Saturday, I read about 1000 civilians that had died in the Ivory Coast due to internal conflict.

Should we have been involved there as well?

If we are trying to protect civilian life there are many places in the world experiencing turmoil.

We cannot be everywhere.  How will we decide who gets our support?

Our interjection of force into a nation’s internal conflict is not the way to go.

Libyan No-Fly Zone

March 22, 2011

The United Nations has decided to impose a no-fly zone in Libya.  American forces have launched attacks in Libya, destroying much of the ability of Libya to control the skies of their own country.  The reason given is to protect civilian life.

Libya was in the process of quashing an armed rebellion.  This was not simply massive, peaceful protests such as has occurred  throughout the Arab world, it was an armed rebellion with the rebels taking control of significant portions of the country.

So, in effect, we are supporting a rebellion.

I appreciate that we are there at the direction of the United Nations, with broad support from Arab countries.

That does not make it right.

Libya should have been left alone.  Our involvement is costly and unnecessary.  I do not believe that it was a good use of our resources.

Sticks and Stones

January 12, 2011

Remember when, as children,  if other children were saying mean or hurtful things our mothers would tell us  “Sticks and stones may break our bones, but words will never hurt us.”

It is a good saying.

It is not exactly true.  Hurtful words can have a lasting impact.  Hurtful words can inspire hurtful actions.

The Bible tells us in Proverbs 18:21 that “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.”

What we say to people has an impact on their lives.  It would be good to ask ourselves if our words are bringing life or death to the people who hear us.

Think before you speak.

This goes for politicians, celebrities, and everybody else.

Divided Congress

January 8, 2011

The Senate is controlled by the Democrats and the House is controlled by the Republicans.  One benefit of a divided congress is that in order to get anything passed it will be necessary to achieve some level of bi-partisanship.

That is not a bad thing.

It will be necessary to hammer out some common ground…or do nothing but argue for two years, which is unacceptable to everyone.  Congress will have to find a way to work together.  A shared goal and agreed path will have to be found.

Perhaps, having a divided congress will help to unite a divided country.

That would be a good thing.