“Life: Imagine the Potential”

The third release in CatholicVote.org’s national new media campaign “Life: Imagine the Potential” series.

I Will Carry You

This is beautiful. This baby is a child, a gift from God.

Nationalized Healthcare? Not So Sure

Say It Sarah!

As more Americans delve into the disturbing details of the nationalized health care plan that the current administration is rushing through Congress, our collective jaw is dropping, and we’re saying not just no, but hell no!

The Democrats promise that a government health care system will reduce the cost of health care, but as the economist Thomas Sowell has pointed out, government health care will not reduce the cost; it will simply refuse to pay the cost. And who will suffer the most when they ration care? The sick, the elderly, and the disabled, of course. The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s “death panel” so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their “level of productivity in society,” whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil.

Health care by definition involves life and death decisions. Human rights and human dignity must be at the center of any health care discussion.

Rep. Michele Bachmann highlighted the Orwellian thinking of the president’s health care advisor, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, the brother of the White House chief of staff, in a floor speech to the House of Representatives. I commend her for being a voice for the most precious members of our society, our children and our seniors.

We must step up and engage in this most crucial debate. Nationalizing our health care system is a point of no return for government interference in the lives of its citizens. If we go down this path, there will be no turning back. Ronald Reagan once wrote, “Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth.” Let’s stop and think and make our voices heard before it’s too late.

- Sarah Palin

Rep. Bachmann’s speech can be viewed here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CHBvKGmevI

Happy Birthday

I’m not usually a fan of this type of music, but somehow this one just works.  Happy Birthday.

—Beetle Blogger

Happy Birthday :

Please accept my apologies, wonder what would have been
would you have been a little angel? or an angel of sin?
tom-boy running around, hanging with all the guys?
or a little tough boy with beautiful brown eyes?
paid for the murder before they had determined the sex
choosing our life over your life meant your death
and you never got a chance to even open your eyes
sometimes I wonder as a fetus if you fought for your life?
Would you have been a little genius, in love with math?
Would you have played in your school clothes and made me mad?
would you have been a little rapper like your poppa the piper?
would you have made me quit smoking by finding one of my lighters?
I wonder about your skin tone and shape of your nose
and the way you would have laughed and talked fast or slow
I think about it every year, so I picked up a pen
Happy birthday, I love you whoever you would have been

Happy birthday
What I thought was a dream
make a wish
was as real as it seemed

I made a mistake

I got a million excuses, as to why you died
and other people got their own reasons for homicide
who’s to say it would have worked
and who’s to say it wouldn’t have
I was young and struggling, but old enough to be a dad
the fear of being my father has never disappeared
I ponder it frequently while I’m sipping on my beer
my vision of a family was artificial and fake
so when it came time to create I made a mistake
now you got a little brother, maybe it’s really you
maybe you really forgave us knowing we was confused
maybe, every time that he smiles
it’s you proudly knowing that your father is doing the right thing now
I never tell a woman what to do with her body
but if she don’t love children then we can’t party
I think about it every year so I picked up a pen
Happy birthday, I love you whoever you would have been

Happy birthday
What I thought was a dream
make a wish
was as real as it seemed

I made a mistake

from the heavens to the womb
to the heavens again
from the ending to the ending
never got to begin
maybe one day we can meet face to face
in a place without time and space
happy birthday

Happy birthday
What I thought was a dream
make a wish
was as real as it seemed

I made a mistake

Swashbuckler!

I love this video, I saw it the other day just walking past, and was completely riveted.  What a great movie trailer right?  This is what it’s all about.  Awesome!

—Beetle Blogger

From IGen to the G.I. Gen—Turning into the WWII Generation

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There’s only one way to win.

They’re calling this IGen, the internet generation.  We’ve got access to communication and tools we never had before.  We’ve got toys and distractions to abstract and endlessly entertain….we’ve got everything but what we need—good wholesome moorings of morality and self discipline.  As I’m watching these battles going on: Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachusetts, California…. the picture is clear.  We’re in a war for the heart of this country.

We’ve got to move on from the pleasant distractions of IGen to the concentrated focus of the G.I. Gen.

That generation was the last major generation that fought the fight for families and freedom.  All the generations in between have been adrift in baubles and amusement.  The great war generation mobilized and fought, they survived the depression, they banded together no matter what came against them….they focused their energy on the task of doing whatever needed to be done—And they got it done.

If we’re going to win this current onslaught and turn back the looming tide, we need to take a few pointers from the G.I. Generation. We’ve got to be constantly alert and aware of what’s going on, because there are bigger things at stake here.  We can’t afford to be apathetic or laissez-faire about our situation.  Abortion, same-sex marriage, crippling debt…???  We’re losing our nation, our families and our freedom to those with broken morals and backwards ideals.

We have got to be consistently more dedicated to these issues than the most virulent opposition, or we will lose on every front to the slow and steady creep of this societal decline.

This is one of the comments I got today:

Beetle Babee, Could you tell me which family organizations/websites you think are most important to watch? I am always up to call, write, donate if I can, but most often I get emails last minute saying, ‘The vote is today!’ or ‘tomorrow!’ call your legislators! And they are always big issues to take away the rights of families and freedoms that true Americans hold dear. And sometimes I drop everything and do it, but sometimes I feel so frustrated because I can’t and there is never any time!

It’s like a well coordinated rush to push things through before America wakes up. Every time I look at my inbox there’s a something to stress about….I’m having a hard time while raising my kids, being aware of every courtroom fight, every legislative session, in every state, for our nation, and the UN as well!!!! I’ve accepted the fact that the elite in power are trying to take away our rights and the rights of the family and far over reaching the bounds of the constitution, and I can’t just sit back and expect them to do the right thing anymore. I have to fight! –Karisa

Karisa, I love you!  I wish we had a hundred thousand more just like you.  This is the attitude we need to have.  It’s the can-do attitude of the G.I. Generation.  Honestly look around at what we’re up against and ask yourself, if I don’t do it who will??

I don’t know if you’re on twitter, but I get most of my information on twitter from UFI, DNA_Army and Nomtweets, those are the main family information streams on twitter that I’ve found.  They try to send out a steady stream of updates on what’s going on in the marriage fight, they also cover other family issues.  If you follow DNA_Army, they retweet all the relevant stuff for marriage, family, life and freedom.

If you’re not on twitter, you can sign up for NOM, UFI and DNA emails.  I am also signed up for parentalrights.org updates as well as my local source of information for my state.

For the most part, these fights are on an extremely  short time frame by design.   The dirty little secret is that the legislators pushing anti family measures do not want our input.  They don’t want us making a stink or rocking the boat, they have things on their agenda they want passed and if they’re in power, they can make it happen quickly and there’s nothing we can do about it but take it as it comes, always on the ready.

Family comes first, and if that’s really true then this is part of the new landscape we have to live in if we want to fight for families.  This is guerrilla combat against the powers that be.  Somehow we’ve gotten into a place in this country where the government is working against the people.  They don’t listen, they don’t hear, they don’t stand for their constituents, and they don’t think they’ll be held accountable for it.

At this point we’re putting out a lot of spot fires, constantly rushing from one emergency to the next.  If we had a friendlier whitehouse or legislature on the national level, we could start pushing the national marriage amendment and settle the question once and for all.  It’s already drafted and ready to go, we just can’t bring it up until we root out the current rot that’s in power.

Will they be tossed in four years?  They don’t think so.  That’s what we’ve got to change.  Turn up the heat!  Bring on the pressure!  Shine a light on what they’re doing and pray we never go back to the distracted nonchalance that got us where we are.

With the “Six by Twelve” same-sex marriage strategy the opposition is pushing right now they’re on relentless overdrive.  We’re going to be putting out spot fires all the way up until the next election.   Personally, I’ve dropped some of my outside activities for the foreseeable future while this rash of attacks on marriage play out.  I’ve got a family too, but if families don’t fight who will?  Several times this last month I’ve dropped everything to write or call or do what needed to be done.  That’s a part of my new reality.

I’ve even got a new section in my household budget for donating to pro family organizations.  What are they going to do?  Throw rocks?  We can’t have our guys out there running in the red, they need tools to fight with, and that costs money.  If families don’t fund them who will?

We can’t afford to be content with being the wii generation, we’ve got to become the WE generation.  It’s just got to be done, and WE can do it!

It’s like washing the dishes or making the dinner.  Put on the helmet, tighten your belt, change your expectations and incorporate this war into your lifestyle.  It’s not going away anytime soon.

—Beetle Blogger

Consequences of Freedom of Speech on Religion

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Post Show Thoughts on Freedom of Speech

Today on “Voice of the Nation”, we had Brian Brown from NOM on the show.  That guy is a firehose!  I have to say it never ceases to amaze me that after six months of beetle blogging, there are STILL things I have not heard of or considered regarding the fight for marriage.

Here’s what got me thinking today.  I of course, listen to the show after it’s over to take note of how this or that went, make mental notes of what to try next time etc.  Well today it took me three times through the show….Mr. Beetle came home and wanted to hear it also, so I actually heard the show at total of three times and finally, the third time through I had to actually stop the audio and bounce what I’d heard off Mr. Beetle because frankly it hit me like a ton of bricks.

Here’s what it was:  In San Francisco about a month, perhaps two months ago, they released a study that showed that no politician who voted for gay marriage ever lost his position as an elected representative of the people, in fact, not only was that the case, but often the politician’s electability actually INCREASED.  Now, at the time, this was big news to me.  How could the good people of my state and others continue time and again to elect people who kept their own agenda and not the people’s while in office when it came to family values issues?

Well, this is where the ton of bricks hit.  I had made a comment on the show about the gracious nature of family oriented people,  somehow good Christian, religious folk just didn’t have it in their hearts to hold people down to a standard.  Too much “turn the other cheek” to be effective legislative watchdogs.  Well, yeah, maybe there’s that, maybe it’s apathy, or maybe it’s that we’re busy toting kids to soccer practice instead of watching to make sure our families are safe from government— but Brian Brown took a different angle and he took his time getting there but when he did, it really hit home.  It was intimidation.  Our people are being intimidated into not saying anything.  The silent majority is silent because of brute intimidation.  Here’s how it plays out:

The groups that care about family values are churches, naturally.  Churches, church affiliated groups, those are the core groups that fight for and pass legislation in favor of families and values.  BUT when it comes to politicians, there is a limitation for these religious nonprofits.  They cannot point the finger and say, This man did not hold up to what he said he would, he ought to be thrown out!  Because!  If they did, they would be crossing the line with the IRS and they would lose their tax exempt status.

One entire section of the population is completely muzzled by the threat of suffering punitive monetary damages if they speak.  These are the most organized on our side.  The ones who have the most at stake in the moral arena.

Curtailing the free speech of religious institutions is an outrage.  What is the reason?  Separation of Church and State?  No way.  If anything, controlling with threats of exorbitant fines is no less interference than if POTUS was crowned by the Pope himself.

If you limit the religious voice in the political arena, the natural consequence is for morality to suffer and secularism to flourish.

How is it that we’ve allowed our government to muzzle our churches?

—Beetle Blogger

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Voice of the Nation

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Voice of the Nation:  Today at 12:00 PST

Today: Voice Of The Nation will discuss same-sex marriage initiatives that are taking root across the country, most notably in Vermont as the state Senate and House are voting on same-sex marriage legislation this week.  Will the Governor Veto the legislation?  Does he have the votes to hold?

Also, William Duncan, Director of the Marriage Law Foundation, will be a guest on the show this week to talk about the dangers of legalizing same sex marriage.

William C. Duncan is director of the Marriage Law Foundation. He formerly served as acting director of the Marriage Law Project at the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law and as executive director of the Marriage and Family Law Research Grant at J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, where he also served as a visiting professor. He has published numerous articles on constitutional and family law issues in a variety of legal journals.

Voice Of The Nation: Family Values Blog Talk Radio show is a joint effort between United Families International, the Digital Network Army, and other Pro-Family organizations. The show highlights current Family Values news and discusses the logic behind the Pro-Family Movement.  All shows are archived and you may listen at you convenience.

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The Rest of the Story—One man stood for us.

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Yesterday on Voice of the Nation, we talked with Laura Knaperek, a United Families International representative who was at the United Nations last week to help support and protect the family.  Our time ran out on the show before she was able to tell us the conclusion of what happened during the last day of their time at the U.N., this is from their official report:

“The final three days were blurred into one long day as the delegates worked until 2 a.m. on Wednesday and until 7:30 a.m. on Thursday. The delegates, and those of us who had stayed up all night with them, had only two hours to prepare for the final round of negotiations on Friday. Negotiations became so intense on Thursday night that delegates from pro-family nations would need to leave the room to get rejuvenated by the support and nourishment brought by our small coalition of pro-family organizations. The large International Planned Parenthood Federation had employed a large, imposing man to represent them. Several times United Families International representatives had to block the door to the negotiating room so he would not enter to influence the proceedings.

It was amazing to watch the intimidation tactics that were used in an attempt to force small countries, who want to protect families and the unborn child, to change their votes. It was apparent that the European Union and the United States were attempting to use various persuasive means to convince smaller, pro-family countries to join them in supporting abortion language.

One delegate from a small country told us that he finally yelled at the other delegates, “I cannot join you! It would go against the instructions from my capital! It would go against ideals of the people in my country! And, it would go against my own personal beliefs! I will not change my vote!”

This brave delegate continued to stand strong despite the agonizing, tortuous attacks he was getting. At times, he came out of the room to talk to us and to vent his feelings before going back in to face the opposition again.

During the two weeks of CSW, we saw many delegates abandon the principles of their country and their citizens. We saw delegates fawning over the EU and the US in an attempt to gain favor and money from them by supporting their ideas. We also saw delegates who came from small countries stand up against the tidal wave of pressure that was exerted against them.

The Commission on the Status of Women lasts for two weeks. It is hard to believe that in two weeks so much can happen that affects families. There were many tears shed at the conclusion. It is wonderful to know that because a small group of pro-family organizations teamed up with a small group of pro-family delegates, the family was protected one more time.”  —Beverly Rice, UFI

I used to think that what happened at the U.N. stayed at the U.N. but in becoming an active participant in the political conversation I have learned otherwise.  We in the United States need to give closer heed to the goings on in this group or it will be hijacked for purposes against our interests.

The Obama Administration is the first to take this body seriously and is in the process of pushing through treaties formed years ago including the UNCRC which usurps parental rights  and CEDAW which takes direct aim at the core of the family through it’s mothers.

Barbara Boxer is currently pushing for both of these treaties to be ratified by the United States Senate.  She believes she has the votes or the muscle to force these treaties through.  If she succeeds and these treaties are enacted into law, they will supercede all state and federal laws.  Even the Constitution will have no protection for us because as it says in Article VI, paragraph 2:

“…all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution [of any State] or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.”

This my friends, is what a ticking time bomb looks like.  The adoption of these treaties would take away the sovereignty of our nation and hand it over to world body consensus.  Handing over our sovereignty voluntarily?  Pressuring smaller nations into giving up their moral convictions? There is nothing about the United Nations that I want.  Europe is morally bankrupt, why would I want my beloved country to answer to their views?

To the one man who spoke out for families and the small handful of delegates who stood strong against the belligerent tide, you have my complete respect, thanks and admiration.  You are heroes.

I first heard this story early this week and have not been able to get the picture out of my head since.

As Laura said.  We are in the fight of our lives.

—Beetle Blogger

Freedom of Conscience Under Assault

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President Obama is moving toward rescinding the ability to enforce our nation’s conscience laws. These laws provide legal protections against discrimination and intimidation for those in the health care industry who refuse to participate in procedures or activities that go against their moral belief. These laws include:

  • the 1973 “Church Amendments” which protect doctors and other healthcare professionals from discrimination due to religious belief or moral conviction;
  • the 1996 “Public Health Service Act Amendment” which prohibits government from discriminating against individual and institutional healthcare providers who choose not to provide abortion services or receive abortion training; and
  • the 2004 “Hyde-Weldon Amendment” which prohibits certain federal funds going to federal and state agencies and programs that discriminate against healthcare providers who decline to offer or refer abortion services.

Taking the enforcement of these legal protections away leaves citizens vulnerable.  The protective laws are still on the books, but not enforced— if they’re not enforced, what good are they?

In an article at NewsMax, Newt Gingrich wrote a detailed piece about the current threats to freedom of conscience in the United States.  He says of Obama’s actions this week:

“Without enforcement, healthcare personnel will have scant legal recourse for intimidation and bigotry rendering the laws intended to protect them meaningless.”

He goes on to name the consistently aggressive efforts being made nationally since Obama came to power, which demonstrate intolerance for not only policies, but people who support a culture of life:

  • In the first month of his presidency, Obama reversed the established Mexico City policy that kept taxpayer money from being used by international organizations for abortions as a method of family planning protecting millions of American from paying for a procedure that they find morally objectionable.
  • Last week, the President unilaterally lifted embryonic-stem-cell research restrictions.
  • In the President’s recent healthcare summit, groups that support abortion were invited but pro-life groups with a stake in healthcare were excluded.
  • With the President’s support, Congress recently approved $50 million in funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). UNFPA is complicit in China’s unspeakably cruel one-child enforcement policy, which employs forced abortion and sterilization.
  • In February, the Administration decided that it would no longer extend hiring protections to faith-based organizations but would instead review on a “case-by-case basis.

These moves are being made unilaterally, often without considering the voice of the people or even our representatives in the congress.  Where is the freedom guaranteed by the constitution?  Who gave the president a mandate to  “change”  the founding principles of this nation?

Newt goes on to say:

“Yet, the most hostile assault against the civil liberties in the medical profession may be yet to come.

In 2007, Obama promised a Planned Parenthood gathering on the 35th anniversary of Roe v. Wade that, as president, he would sign the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA).

If enacted, FOCA would repeal all federal and state restrictions on abortion including the ban on partial-birth abortion. FOCA would force all public hospitals and health programs offering maternity services to provide abortions. Moreover, provisions in state constitutions that protect speech and the free exercise of religion of those whose conscience is opposed to abortion could be invalidated. Having no reason to believe that President Obama will not fulfill this radical campaign pledge, some Catholic bishops are talking openly about engaging in civil disobedience to protect Catholic hospitals and their doctors from being forced to perform abortions.

The chilling effect of the Obama administration forcing doctors and nurses to choose between their losing their careers and being compelled to participate in abortions against their moral and religious belief is incalculable. Not only will pro-life doctors and nurses be driven from the professions, but patients will lose the ability to choose doctors who reflect their own religious and moral convictions, doctors who now help them to make healthcare choices based upon them. The fact is, there are doctors and nurses who have no moral objection to abortion. Why then, should some medical professionals be compelled to do something that compromises their conscience? It is one thing to hold fast to the pro-abortion position as a matter of a personal opinion, it is quite another to force someone else to compromise their moral integrity. ”  (entire article here: NewsMax)

People have the freedom and the right to choose how they will believe, and how they will act.  Are we so secularized as a nation that we cannot make room for those of religious belief to practice as they choose?

We should be free to be a doctor or nurse without being forced to check morality at the door.   No one should be forced to take life against their will.  This is after all, America—land of the free!  Not slave to the secular.

—Beetle Blogger

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