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We Will Rue The Day

Voters - Are you able to visualize what a snapshot of the Democratic agenda was on January 18, the day before Scott Brown won the Senate. Pelosi, Reid and Obama were going hell bent for Universal Government Healthcare, irrespective of the citizens overwhelming opposition? In November, 2008, we were promised Hope and Change. Instead, we got the Progressives behaving like a runaway train. In the Senate, provisions had been made to gift public employees and union members $60 billion in exemption from the "Cadillac" tax on generous health plans. Sen. Nelson got his Cornhusker Kickback, exempting Nebraskans forever for additional healthcare costs, Sen. Landrieu from Louisiana got $300 million for her voters and Sen. Nelson from Florida got Medicare Advantage for current Floridians. All this massive pork was going to be taken from the remaining citizens - all to reach the Magic 60 votes.

They did all this with a "Public be Damned" attitude. Now, weeks later, it is all forgotten and hypocrisy is the order of the day. Pelosi and Obama say "Go slow, we have to think this out." Let's go after the banks! (No one will remember that the financial crash was initiated by Congressional mandates forcing the loaning of vast amounts of money to people who could never reasonably be expected to repay it). "The Bush tax cuts might really be a good thing after all." The people will like that. If in November, you have bought into all this "we're thinking only of our country (now)" professed position on the part of the Progressive Congress, you will prove to be a whole lot dumber than I give you credit for and the Progressives a whole lot smarter. The spin will be spectacular. If you buy into it, they will be right back on track to take your Freedom away.

In my humble opinion, there is not a scintilla of change in the hearts and minds of the current Democratic congressional membership. If they had the chance, they would still shove it right down our throats. But, due to their failure to hold onto Massachusetts, for the moment they have lost their opportunity. Now they all will want you to see what good, caring representatives they really are, so you will re-elect them. DON'T DO IT! Don't Re-elect a Single One. If you do, they will be right back at it and you cannot expect that you can avoid disaster again. Take the time and make the effort to check the voting record of each and every candidate from your state and district. If they voted for the Healthcare bill, vote them out!! Let the party of your choice know that you will not vote for those who worked and voted for the massive government takeover of our healthcare system. You will not vote for Republican or Democrat who voted for all the massive, ineffective, wasteful spending which is taking place. We are at a crossroads with our Democracy. We wrest it from the clutches of the Progressives of either party or we will rue the day. Once lost, we will never be able to regain it again, short of some very nasty action on the part of Freedom loving people. Those with ears to hear, let them hear!


Joe McCann

Elk Lake, PA

Drop The Amendment

A few days ago I was flipping through the channels on TV when I came upon the rebroadcast of the March for Life held in Washington DC on Jan. 22. I could not help but marvel at the reality that the hundreds of thousands of people peacefully marching past the camera would be seen only on EWTN the Catholic TV station. For over two hours I watched the marchers who filled Pennsylvania Avenue from side to side as they joyfully made their way to the Capital. I thought of Norma McCorvey, the Roe of Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision which legalized abortion for virtually the full nine months of pregnancy and wondered which of the many nation wide marches she was attending. She has been working tirelessly for years to make the world hear that she had been terribly wrong to allow them to use her as they did; that she did not abort her daughter and that she thanks God every day that she did not. I saw the young men with their signs, “I regret my lost fatherhood” and the young women with their signs, “I regret my abortion.” I saw the young woman who had a career with Planned Parenthood and was suppose to be named to a high position in the mega abortion mill being built in Texas. I saw her grateful joy at coming to understand what her organization was doing to not only babies but our women. Her epiphany that Planned Parenthood was in the business of killing babies, not helping women was clear in her conversation with the news. If you still do not know of this incredible event where the young far outweigh the elderly, where our youth gather in the thousands in the churches the night before the march, and where the peace and brotherhood of mankind can clearly be seen and enjoyed by all, gather your young and join next year through the many busses which leave from our area. There is no better place to teach them the brotherhood of man.

At the packed Pro-Life breakfast in Scranton the next week I found my favorite new slogan. It comes from Umbert the unborn cartoon character created by Gary Cangemi. “Save Social Security - Stop Aborting Future Contributors.” If you have not already done so please contact Chris Carney 866-846-8124 and ask him to stand firm against dropping the Stupac Amendment.


Annette Corrigan

Jackson, PA

Hey, Teabaggers

Once upon a time, the Federal government was running record surpluses. We could have kept on this course and paid off the National Debt, but we had a President who insisted on giving huge, unnecessary and unrequested tax cuts to the rich. On top of that, he started an expensive and totally optional war. The result was record debt. Back then, I tried to raise concerns about the Deficit, but such concerns were brushed off by the kind of people who later became Teabaggers. (That is, when they weren't accusing me of "hating America" for my efforts.) I want to know, why are you so concerned about the Deficit NOW? Why not then?

I have a challenge for you: Since you oppose tax increases, that leaves only one option. I want you to come up with a list of $1.6 trillion in spending cuts so we can balance the budget. Don't come back - and don't hold any more Tea Parties - until you do.


Stephen Van Eck

Rushville, PA

The West's Golden Triangle

There are two golden triangles. Curiously, each is the mirror image of the other.

The Asian Golden Triangle is the familiar one. It is the nexus of illegal opium trafficking where Myanmar, Thailand, and Laos meet. Opium is the base substance from which heroin, morphine, and codeine are derived. As such, it is extremely lucrative.

The other - and more lucrative - Golden Triangle is in the West and recognized by only a few. It is an incestuous alliance among Big Pharma, the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Centers For Disease (CDC) to hawk legal drugs. Here's how it worked to scam Europe and the United States for $50 billion in just one year, 2009.

First, Big Pharma “influenced“ - bribed and paid off can be used interchangeably with “influenced” - WHO to change its definition of pandemic. Formerly, WHO's criteria for a pandemic had to meet four conditions: it must be a new disease, cause severe illness, be contagious, and - here's the important part - must be accompanied by both a high morbidity and mortality rate.

The new definition deleted the last part. Now it did not matter how many were infected or how many died. If the disease spread beyond the borders of a few nations, then it was a pandemic. A lax definition into which the swine flu, a mild strain of flu causing few fatalities, easily fit.

Declaring the swine flu to be a pandemic triggered the implementation of contracts between European nations and Big Pharma to purchase massive quantities of H1N1 flu vaccines.

But the swine flu pandemic turned out to be the pandemic that wasn't. The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) smelled a rat. The 47-nation organization launched an emergency investigation. Directing its comments toward WHO it wrote, “In order to promote their patented drugs and vaccines against flu, pharmaceutical companies have influenced [there's that word again] scientists and official agencies.”

The last lag of the West's Golden Triangle is the CDC. Dr. Julie Gerberding headed the agency where she energetically promoted the H1N1 vaccine. Dr. Gerberding is no longer employed at the CDC. Her new position is with Merck, the mega pharmaceutical company. Dr. Gerberding is in charge of the $5 billion global vaccine division. She is responsible for the commercialization of vaccines, a field in which she has had extensive experience. (“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.”)

Stateside, the actions of PACE and WHO fueled fears. The CDC advised everyone to be vaccinated twice. And Big Pharma was protected against all adversarial legal actions. Previously, it had “influenced” Congress to have laws passed which insulated vaccine manufacturers from lawsuits resulting from the deaths and injuries caused by their “life-saving” vaccines. But as in Europe, the pandemic never materialized.

Despite the hype, many refused to be vaccinated. Now there's a worldwide fire sale for unused flu vaccines. France is crying foul. She blames WHO for the panic-based recommendations to purchase 95 million doses. Now France has 90 million surplus doses.

Other nations with unused vaccine vials are the Netherlands with 19 million doses and Switzerland with 4.5 million excess doses. Spain is trying to sell its unwanted stocks back to Big Pharma. Germany reduced its order by 70 percent and the U.S. by 50 percent, but they are still overstocked.

The CDC's latest marketing campaign coincides with Valentine's Day, “Do something for someone you love, “ the ad urges, “get vaccinated.” Well, if it's Big Pharma that makes your heart pound harder, by all means, get vaccinated. Otherwise, don't. The vaccine does not work.

I did an extensive, in-depth examination of all the independently done clinical trials on flu vaccines that proved they were effective. I checked all the randomized, double-blind, and placebo-controlled flu studies. It didn't take long. There weren't any.


Bob Scroggins

New Milford, PA

Can’t Force Your Beliefs

The problem with telling your Congressman to make and support legislation of what your religious master (in the case of Catholics, that would be the person called “the Pope”) tells you to do, is that there are more religions than one in this country, and none is superior to any other. This diversity of religions, and the freedom to choose from the many religions that exist, or none at all, are some of the basic objects for the formation of this country.

Although many of the founders of this country were Freemasons, “old order” Deists and members of a variety of Christian and other sects, the freedom for every person to choose from any, or none, of the existing religions, is a built-in “given.” The term our forefathers used was “religious tolerance.”

Let’s take a look at the word “tolerance” though. It comes with baggage. That baggage is an attitude, that of “condescension.” This encourages such thought as, “I am Catholic (of Fundamentalist/Evangelical Christian, or whatever else), and you are not; therefore, I will tolerate (or put up with) your religion’s existence, but my religion is the only true way, so get out of the way of my religion; yours is inferior.” My word, how arrogant that sounds!

Our forefathers who wrote our Constitution should perhaps have used different wording, to enlist a truer feeling of equality rather than words that lean toward that of condescension towards others. Equality is what was meant. No legislation should be written that would risk a break in that equality.

If you are told by the master of your religion, for instance, that “abortion is wrong,” and you believe that to be true, there is no reason for new legislation. There are no laws in place that would force you to have an abortion, or force you to promote abortion. You have the right to not have an abortion. But - you do not have the right to tell anyone else what they will do, nor do you have a responsibility to push your beliefs off on others. So long as it doesn’t “pick your pocket or break your leg” [Thomas Jefferson], or interfere with your own personal safety and well-being, you do not have that right. You may tell me of your beliefs, but you may not force those beliefs on me, or on anyone else. To do so is unconstitutional.


Gail Rendle

Nicholson, PA

Choke And Yoke Freedom

In a recent interview, Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) said, “Conservatism remembers, Progressivism forgets.” I interpret that to mean that conservatives value the lessons of history, our founding as a nation and the singular greatness of the Constitution as a foundation of a free people. We value our culture, values and struggles to preserve the United States as a bastion of freedom and opportunity.

Those who would choke and yoke our freedoms to a “progressive” form of government point to countries like Cuba, Venezuela and the old Soviet Union as models. Using freedoms guaranteed by our Constitution, progressives would turn that document into nothing more than an artifact. They have been working at it for over a century. They will fail.

Many of us have forgotten the greatness and importance of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Their birthdays are used for commercial sales events. Their wisdom, however, remains:

“From the gallantry and fortitude of her citizens, America has derived her independence. To their industry and the natural advantages of the country she is indebted for her prosperous situation. From their virtue she may expect long to share the protection of a free and equal government, which their wisdom has established and which experience justifies as admirably adapted to our social wants and individual felicity.” - George Washington, 1791

“You may deceive all of the people part of the time, and part of the people all of the time, but not all of the people all of the time.” - Abraham Lincoln

We the people of the United States must remember the lessons taught to us by these great men, and strive to safeguard our freedoms always. Sadly, there will always be those who will try to take them away.


Bruce Paskoff

Montrose, PA

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