Thursday, January 17, 2013

Politics

I don't usually write anything political....I'm conservative but I don't I don't get into big political debates.  But I am in fear for my rights as an American citizen at this point. 

I am very concerned about Obama's push for gun control.  He is overstepping his role as president.  He is evoking "executive powers" to  make new laws without going through the legislative branch.  That is a SCARY thing people! 

He surrounds himself with children as he signs executive orders restricting guns, so if you oppose Obama, it would seem that you oppose "protecting" the children.  He doesn't want YOU to have the right to protect your family yet his family is protected by many guns! 

I grew up around guns.  I learned to shoot and like to go target practing.  And I'm actually pretty good!  When I graduated from high school 30 years ago, it was nothing to see trucks in the parking lot with gun racks filled with rifles.  I didn't think anything of it.  Guns were just a part of life.  People went hunting, my family all hunted.  I know many people who collect various types of guns, it's a hobby to them. 

There is just so much hypocrisy in this whole mess....never are violent movies and games addressed.  I grew up knowing healthy teens who hunted and target practiced and had RESPECT for guns.  Now I have to say I know unhealthy teens and young adult men who glory in watching violence on tv and playing crazy video games.  They have not been taught to respect a gun and the damage it can do to a person.  They have a silly mindset of "shoot them up"   And they do that without any respect for life. 

There is hypocrisy in the president sending his kids to a private school where there is already armed security and of course the girls have the Secret Service to protect them also, but then NOT wanting anyone else'  child to have the same protection. 

I am sorry for the tragedy that happened in Newtown.  I am sorry for any loss of life but we must remember that a criminal will break the laws to get what he wants.

The worry I have about our country goes far beyond just this new push for gun control.  Our country has changed.  We are headed into becoming a Socialist nation as fast as we can.  Our rights are being taken away from us on all fronts.

When we were in Ukraine last year we would have very interesting conversations with anyone who spoke English and without fail we would be asked about Obama and "did we know he was a socialist???"   They knew what they were taking about and they could see it from afar!    Some liked Obama but most did not but they would all say the same things to us.  It was very eye opening. 

I'm sad and worried about where our country is headed.   It's not just gun control, it's the abortion issue, the "redefining of marriage" , the attack on Christianity.....  the violence and materialism being glorified throughout Hollywood, the lack of morality, the attack on the family, the attack on the Constitution....our nation is FAR from where it started. 

33 comments:

  1. Please do not speak against socialism so rabidly and then take part in it .. You participate in Medicaid. You are grateful for that. Medicaid is a socialistic program, as is Medicaire. So please be careful of your tirade lest you have to give up that which you so freely participate in. Funny how that is that we are so willing to criticize something unless it benefits us. Please be more careful in the future. And be grateful for socialism it is paying for your daughters care.

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    1. We have our own insurance that is her primary insurance. It pays the GREATEST amount of all her medical care. We are grateful to a govermental program that helps families like ours who work and pay taxes in AND have a good private insurance that we pay out of pocket for, thousands of dollars a year. To me that is NOT socialism. We pay for our own insurance and yes there is a goverment program that helps out as a SECONDARY insurance! And remember my husband works and pays into the very system that is helping our daughter!!! BIG DIFFERENCE THERE!!!!!!!! Thank you for the prayers. I do not feel like everyone has to agree but these are my views

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    2. ANd my blog was more about gun control than anything..... but socialism is scary. I don't want the goverment to control my life. My husband loves his job working as a chaplain but one practical reason he took it is for the insurnace, even tho we have to pay thousands of dollars out of pocket. AND for a child like Selah, we have been told no matter what our income, she would be placed on Medicaid wavier for her extra care. America is a country that helps out it's most vulerable citizens but helping out a family that also contributes to the system is really WHAT the system should be all about!

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    3. Yvonne .... you rock!!! :)

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  2. Please do not post rants about socialism when you freely participate in it and take the benefits. Your daughter is on Medicaid. That is socialism at its finest. I just find it hard that people are glad to participate in something when it benefits them but don't recognize it as the very thing they are being soooo critical of..Just be careful in the future of what you criticize. it is like the pot calling the kettle black. You should be grateful that we have the socialistic program of Medicaid because without what would have happened to your daughter.Have prayed for you and will continue . But just had to respond to this post.

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    1. We have our own insurance that is her primary insurance. It pays the GREATEST amount of all her medical care. We are grateful to a govermental program that helps families like ours who work and pay taxes in AND have a good private insurance that we pay out of pocket for, thousands of dollars a year. To me that is NOT socialism. We pay for our own insurance and yes there is a goverment program that helps out as a SECONDARY insurance! And remember my husband works and pays into the very system that is helping our daughter!!! BIG DIFFERENCE THERE!!!!!!!! Thank you for the prayers. I do not feel like everyone has to agree with me but these are my views.

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    2. Our primary insurance Blue Cross, requires us to go on a medical wavier form of Medicaid, it would happen regardless of our income.

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  3. I agree with you 100%, Yvonne. The old democratic idea of a safety net (paid for by the rest of society) for those who cannot take care of themselves adequately (the poor, elderly, widowed, orphaned, and handicapped) has morphed into an expectation that government take care of all our wants and needs, and that that govt therefore has the right to intrude deep into our lives and tell us what to do "for our own good." I think it is interesting that the Ukrainians see this dange. We are always being led by the media to believe the rest of the world loves this President and fears conservative America.

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    1. thanks, we found it very interesting too, the discussions we would get into in Ukraine. And across the board, all kinds of different people would say the same thing...."O is a socalist or O has socailist leanings" One man told me of his friends who have moved to American and how they are sick about how America is changing and becoming more like Europe. they say they moved here to get away from all of that and now they are seeing it here.

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  4. This is your blog and you have the right to state your views here!

    I disagree with some of what you said, but I respect your right to have differing opinions! We all care about our kids and want to keep them safe. Personally I will never own a gun--but my father has been teaching my kids about gun safety/target practice. I'm ok with that. They're just using a Red Ryder BB gun ;)

    I don't see the need for heavy duty guns for any reason except in the case of military. But I am not against the idea of an armed officer/military vet at each school to protect our kids! So many vets come home needing a job--I say this is a win/win situation (as long as the vet is mentally healthy).

    As for where our country is headed--my views differ from yours. I am happy to see equal human rights. You mentioned Selah had a lovely Muslim nurse. All religions and all people deserve equal rights.

    But no matter what--we can both agree that we believe in a loving God who is always watching over your jewel Selah and that we can both pray for healing for her.
    xoxo

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    1. I love & adore people that i may disagree with....I LOVE our muslim nurse and I only point out that she is muslim because we have so much fun laughing together about "being a submissive wife" she quotes from the Koran and Jon quotes from the bible...both seem to love the idea of women submitting LOLOL

      I believe in America that all religions should be protected but in saying that, I also do not believe that christianity should be attacked or expected to change to meet the anyoneelse'sviews

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    2. I don't either--no religion should ever be attacked or forced to change. We teach our kids to respect others in all things--even if it's something we don't agree with.

      Submissive...um, yeah LOL I am definitely not a submissive wife ;)

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  5. I do not agree with some of what you said but I respect your opinion and it is your blog. God bless!

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  6. I have been reading your blog since it came across my fb when the accident first happened. I don't go to sleep at night without reading. I pray for your family & I have high hopes for what is yet to come. I feel this is your blog. That's why it's called "MY Real Life Yvonne". I feel how dare anyone tell you to be careful of what you post. It's your blog if that's how you feel go for it. If someone doesn't like it that much then don't read it. I'm all for a good debate...hence I said good debate. Stay strong Miss Yvonne!! Be blessed!!

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    1. Thanks I love a good debate too!!!!!!!

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    2. What Jacqui said ;) Your blog--your rules!

      I'm on a great mom's group--Scary Mommy--and there is a vast group of women there, but for the most part, debates are civil, opinions respected, and we all try to see where the other mom is coming from.

      I think too many people forget there is a real human being on the other side of the computer screen!

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    3. I love to discusss things with others, it makes life interesting . If we were all the same life would be boring

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  7. Wahoo the drama, It's better then Face book, Think I'll start reading the comments, Seems like it's better then the soap's

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  8. Wahoo the Drama, Better then Facebook and the soap's, Don't know about Judge Judy though, Gonna start reading the comments. Gotta to Love it. (LOL)

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  9. I'm sorry, I love your blog and I support you so much with Selah and your kids, but I disagree with what you are posting about gun control and I feel I must speak up. I truly do not understand how anyone can be against background checks for guns? And why does anyone need a high caliber assault weapon? Certainly not someone who hunts or wishes to protect his home! Obama is not taking away the right to own a handgun or rifle legally and responsibly. It truly concerns me that people are taking such minor regulation and distorting it to "taking our second amendment rights away". Pass a background check and get your gun. There are people out there insisting that Obama is "dictator" like Hitler who needs to be eliminated. They think he's so evil that he arranged the murders at Sandy Hook and planted actors to pretend to be grieving parents (!). This is why his children need armed guards. Mine do not need this protection to simply walk to school- thankfully.
    I also disagree about the poor and socialism, but I am too tired to rant some more:)
    Now let's get back to following Selah and her progress! I am rooting for her.

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    1. thanks:)
      I don't know about every state but florida does require a background check and a wait of 3 or 5 days ( I can't remember which) so that is in place in my state and most if not all others. Unfortunately background checks would not have stopped the awful shooting in Newton Ct. The mom bought everything legally.

      the 2nd Amendmant is very important. It was not put in place so people could have a gun to hunt....

      Another thing that is scary to me is the whole doctor confidentalty thing where a doctor/therapist could speak of the possiblity of someone doing something...... in America, someone is not considered GULTY of someting until they go to trail and is found guilty....not because someone thinks they "might" do something!!!!

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    2. Background checks have not been a universal requirement in this country- loopholes needed to be closed. I do believe I mentioned self- protection in addition to hunting. We do not need a military like assault weapon to protect ourselves- or to maintain a "hobby". I am starting to wonder if some people are anticipating (at best- or provoking at worst) a civil war so that such weapons would be useful.

      I am actually a psychologist and often must weigh in on "risk"- we take this role very very seriously and are trained specifically for such assessment. In fact, many people with mental illnesses are not considered at risk for violence. However, I dont think anyone wants a gun in the hands of someone with paranoid schizophrenia and delusions that small children are actually programmed robots intent on taking over the earth (a recent case).

      It is a difficult exercise to parse out each mass shooting and the factors that led to it. I think gun regulation is looking at the big picture, although certainly the Newtown shooting was a catalyst (this is very common historically by the way). We could say that Lanzo would have afflicted less damage with a less powerful weapon (ie if the Bushmaster and similar weapons were illegal). However, I believe the case was also a wake up call for the mental health field and whether Lanzo would have been identified as at risk and if he and his family got the appropriate treatment- and guidance.

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    3. Unfortunately background checks would not have stopped this young man! Since the guns were not his....

      Having worked as a probation officer for many years I had to LEARN that a person could only be convicted for laws that were broken....NOT laws I was sure the person may break!!!

      There has to be a balence somewheres but it is scary that a medical professional can start making judgement calls on someone....THAT could get out of hand very quickly!!!

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  10. I have also been following your blog for some time and praying for Selah and the whole family. Everyone is entitled to their views but it saddened me when you referred to the US as taking care of its weak 'better than any other country on the face of the earth'- when you still do not have a health system that supports the weakest in society. To me that slightly boastful comment about America cannot be true until healthcare is freely available for all. As for gun control, well I am blessed to be from a country where we do not need to protect our families with guns and where people can happily participate in gun-related sports without having guns sitting at home. Obama may not be perfect and there is no clear solutions for many issues, but I pray that God will guide Obama, other politicians and you and I, so that the weak are taken care of and all of us protected from gun-related violence. I continue to pray for you all.

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  11. I have been following your blog for some time and praying for Selah and the whole family. You are a brave woman and an amazing family. I was saddened though when you referred to the US as taking care of its weak 'better that any other country on the face of the earth' when there is still no health system that supports the weakest in society. As for gun control, I am blessed to be from a country where it is not necessary for us to have guns to protect our families (perhaps because so few people have guns? surely its a vicious circle?) and where people can happily participate in gun-related sports without having guns sitting at home. I pray for Obama, politicians everywhere and you and I that we are guided by God in how best to take care of the weakest and to have our families safely protected without having to rely on the possibility of violence. I will continue to pray for you all.

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    1. thanks

      I'm not sure what country you are from ( I'd love to know-I find it so interesting) but I do know of any coutry I have ever gone to, I see what a difference the health care is in the US. I get calls/emails all time from families who children have the vision issues my son has and they can not get the care their child needs in the home country either becasue they don't have the ability OR they refuse to treat the child (in some countries with "universal" health care) will not do anything to help the child! We know Candanians who have to come to the US for treatment/testing

      America may not be perfect but it has been the example to the world thus far..... I know when I've gone to other countries I've seen people standing in line at the embassy to come to the US. I dont' see many people standing in line at embassys here in the US to leave the US.

      I am not a person who believes America is somehow the perfect nation that is just bless of God no matter what..... No country lasts forever....BUT I do believe that America has been a great country and is still but is on the brink of decline.

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  12. Yvonne, a couple of weeks ago, I downloaded a book from amazon for $.99 called "The End of America". If you are looking for a book to read, I'd love to hear your opinion of it. My church is planning on doing a series on Revelation "in 2013". I don't know when, but I'm anticipating it. What it said was disturbing but seemed to me to be biblical and certainly plausible. However I'm not as much of a bible scholar as I would like to be. There are kindle apps that are free for the computer and your phone, if you are interested.

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  13. Oh girlfriend, we could NOT be more different. The one thing that connects us is our love of orphans, and that's stronger than most anything else. But you are a smart woman who can understand that not everyone else agrees, and that's ok. Thank you for saying that you believe that all religions should be protected. I've had people say that since I'm Jewish I should just "go back to where my family came from" if I expect religious protection. To which I say, listen, I've read the bible (I've read most major religious texts actually) and that is NOT what Jesus would say.

    In terms of exec orders and gun control, he has issued less than W Bush, HW Bush, and Reagan. He's pretty low on the list. What Obama wants to do is reinstate the assault weapons ban that George W Bush signed, which which banned the same weapons George H. Bush and Ronald Reagan both said had no place in the hands of ordinary civilians. His other proposed changes include background checks for people who want to buy guns, regardless of the state, Money for more law enforcement officers, and money for schools to fund armed security on campus. He also has an order in to prevent people who are mentally ill from obtaining weapons. Honestly, I'm for all of this. Something has to change. When my friend has to bury her nephew, a little boy shot by Adam Lanza 11 times, something HAS to change.

    Regardless of our differing opinions, I am praying my heart out for your beautiful girl. Thanks for letting us into your life, and allowing us to be part of Selah's story.

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    1. Thanks:)
      I believe that Obama has signed more executive orders than anyother president.

      Nothing other than total confisction of guns would have stopped what happened in Newton Ct. Those were not the man's guns..... A crimainal will get a gun if he wants one.

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    2. I guess the conflict in the gun debate I see is when people say they want guns to protect their family....what happens when that family member turns the gun on them? There was just a case here in the Tampa Bay area where a guy killed his daughter then himself. In Newton, the mom had the guns, the son killed her. And then there are accidental shootings where a child gets a gun, or a family member mistakes a loved one for an intruder....there are just no easy answers :( I certainly would not want the responsibility of having to decide on legislation.

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