Barack Obama is a not only an abortion zealot, he's also a fascist control freak — determined to make government the ultimate arbiter of morality on all matters political and economic.
That's the only conclusion one can reach from his efforts to force individuals like me, institutions like the Catholic Church and insurance companies and employers nationwide to provide "free" abortions, "free" sterilizations and "free" contraception to those who are part of any health insurance program in the U.S.
It's a natural manifestation of Obamacare — and something advocates of the legislation assured would never happen as a result of its passage. It didn't take very long to reveal the administration's deceit.
There's no compromising with this hideous plan. Last week, in an effort to defuse what has become a constitutional crisis prompted by the administration's edicts, Obama suggested no one's moral compass would need to be adjusted from true north because he would simply require insurance companies to pay for the taking of innocent human life rather than religious institutions.
This misses the point of the objections by 180 degrees. Let me make this personal: I am not part of the Catholic Church. I am just an employer who runs a private business. I have religious and moral views that are as deserving of respect and constitutional protection as are the Catholic Church's. I will not be coerced into participating in abortions and sterilizations because the federal government says I must. Period. End of story.
Religious freedom, as protected by the First Amendment, is not a matter for compromise by institutional churches. It is a private and personal matter — a matter of individual conscience.
What Obama is attempting to do with his "compromise" is the old Saul Alinsky divide-and-conquer strategy for all to see. It doesn't matter how many people may like it. America has always been about protecting the rights of the minority from the tyranny of the majority.
Obama believes if he can reach an accommodation with the Catholic Church leadership, he can effectively destroy the First Amendment's religious liberty protections. But the First Amendment nowhere mentions institutional churches. The protections afforded in the Constitution are individual protections — protections for people like you and me who govern themselves according to their personal relationship with the God of the universe and what we believe he requires of us.
What Obama has done with this health-care power grab is, in my estimation, an impeachable offense.
I don't want to hear from House Speaker John Boehner that "it will not stand." What I want to hear is what we're going to do about a man sitting in the White House who is dishonoring and abrogating the Constitution. I don't want to hear Boehner tell the American people not to worry about this — and just leave it to him. What I want to hear is when we're marching on Washington by the millions. I don't want to hear the Catholic Church negotiating a statist solution that accommodates its concerns. What I want to hear is how we're all going to get together to force this tyrant from office and save America from going the way of other nations.
Listen to the arrogance exuding from Obama in his statement on this controversy: "As part of the health care reform law that I signed last year, all insurance plans are required to cover preventive care at no cost. That means free check-ups, free mammograms, immunizations and other basic services. We fought for this because it saves lives and it saves money - for families, for businesses, for government, for everybody. That's because it's a lot cheaper to prevent an illness than to treat one."
This is the heart of the problem with Obamacare. The federal government is exceeding its constitutional authority by establishing individual mandates and corporate mandates. There is no compromising with that kind of tyranny.
"We also accepted a recommendation from the experts at the Institute of Medicine that when it comes to women, preventive care should include coverage of contraceptive services such as birth control. In addition to family planning, doctors often prescribe contraception as a way to reduce the risks of ovarian and other cancers and treat a variety of different ailments," Obama continued. "And we know that the overall cost of health care is lower when women have access to contraceptive services."
Obama is not concerned with lower costs. He's concerned with extending his power over all of us. Contraception is not an expensive thing. It's cheap.
"Nearly 99 percent of all women have relied on contraception at some point in their lives — 99 percent. And yet, more than half of all women between the ages of 18 and 34 have struggled to afford it," he continues. "So for all these reasons, we decided to follow the judgment of the nation's leading medical experts and make sure that free preventive care includes access to free contraceptive care."
It makes one wonder how the 99 percent have gotten along for all these years without "free" contraception. It doesn't seem to have been a problem up until now. This is just another step toward command-and-control, centralized authority. Everybody has a stake in fighting back — not just the Catholic Church, which has often been too complacent is promoting the socialist agenda.
There's no compromising with Obama on any of this. The only acceptable solution is ending Obamacare, 100 percent.
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