Wednesday, September 30, 2009
This from Wednesday's Observer:
Bishops Support Universal Health Care Policy
"Universal health care is an intrinsic human right that proceeds from human dignity, according to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)."
The article continues:
The following appears on USCCB's website: "Every person, created in the image and likeness of God, has a right to life and to those things necessary to sustain life, including affordable, quality health care."
The Bishops were pleased by President Obama's reference to a conscience clause and a recognition of the ethical issues at hand. "[Let's] make sure that all of our health care policies are grounded not only in sound science, but also in clear ethics, as well as respect for the equality of women," said Obama at the ND 2009 Commencement ceremony.
Bill Purcell, Associate Director for the Center for Social Concerns, sees the issue within the framework of Catholic Social Teaching. "Yes, there needs to be health care; it has to be universal, especially for the poor and the vulnerable; but health care has to protect life from conception to natural death," Purcell said.
Some may feel as I do...that if a convincing majority of the American people, the Catholic Church, and many of the medical professionals support universal health care, what is holding us back? Left Coast Lefty suggested a fairly probable answer yesterday. What are your thoughts? What more should it take?
Anyone who has been following politics for the past year is aware that the right has taken up a crusade against the community organizing group ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now). Most people have no idea what ACORN actually does, but they consume Fox News soundbites just enough to know that they don't like it. They even recently passed, with Bipartisan support, the De-fund ACORN Act, stripping the organization of federal funding.
What you may not be aware of, was that the case that pushed ACORN over the edge has since been exposed as a conservative undercover hoax. You may also be unaware that such a bill, which directly targets ACORN for "breaking campaign finance laws" and "filing fraudulent paperwork," is now under question for unconstitutionality, because it unfairly targets an individual (or individual organization) without applying the law to all organizations that have violated such provisions. Rachel Maddow does a great job exposing the issue. Enjoy!
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
The hypocrisy and hysteria being displayed by the media right now concerning Iran, is overwhelming, yet not surprising. I don't know why anyone would trust the Mainstream media regarding war and peace issues after their collective failure on Iraq, but as Gore Vidal said, we do live in the "United States of Amnesia."
It is not clear that Iran has broken any rules, Iran has disclosed the existence of it facilities to the IAEA in the allotted time, (lets not even discuss how often we break international rules, yet still find the audacity to accuse others when they do it). Beyond that there is little evidence Iran is building nukes right now.
But lets assume that they are building nukes, which many already are assuming. Why would they do that? Probably because they are evil, defiant, and inherently dangerous and irrational. But maybe, its because they feel threatened by the US, who in the last 8 years, invaded 2 of Iran's neighboring countries, and Israel, which continues to threaten to bomb Iran quite loudly.
Of coarse more countries with nukes is not a good thing, and i believe that Iran is party to the Nuclear non-proliferation treaty, (unlike rogue nations such as Israel), but lets imagine that evidence was found that they were building nukes. Is that really a threat to the American people? Are they really so irrational and self destructive as to actually use their nukes on another country? And would it really be in our best self-interest to bomb them if it was proved that they had nukes? What would that do to oil prices, and would the bombing even work? We really don't know the answers to these questions, and it is shameful for the media to pretend like it has one scrap of credibility or wisdom regarding this issue. Anyways China will veto any new sanctions...so this is moot.