Mississippi and North Carolina Democracy versus Liberal Totalitarianism

Mississippi and North Carolina Democracy versus Liberal Totalitarianism

Totalitarianism is defined as “a political system where the state recognizes no limits to its authority and strives to regulate every aspect of public and private life wherever feasible. Totalitarian regimes stay in political power through an all-encompassing propaganda campaign, which is disseminated through the state-controlled mass media, a single party that is often marked by political repression, personality cultism, control over the economy, regulation and restriction of speech, mass surveillance, and widespread use of terror” (Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Totalitarianism). This definition actually describes the type of actions desired by those who want to punish Mississippi and North Carolina for wanting to let their citizens be able to decide for themselves what they want to think and do with their own lives. These liberals want a totalitarian government, not a republic, and not a democracy. They seek to force their viewpoint upon everyone any way they can.

Most of these companies who are voicing public objections to the laws passed by states, which want to allow religious freedom, are solely acting to protect their bottom line financially as they see it and will shift their actions to whichever way they think the wind blows if it will make them money. The same activists who threaten Mississippi and North Carolina also threaten these large corporations if they don’t comply with their demands. If it is okay with people to demand adherence in such a totalitarian fashion, then some other questions should also be asked.

Should Teva Pharmaceutical Industries be boycotted and people be asked to do no business with this company because they refuse to allow propofol to be sold for executions? They are discriminating against what their product is used for on the basis of their belief system even though the death penalty and executions are legal. If Christians should be forced to participate in matters that conflict with their belief system and violates their conscience, then how can one argue that these companies should also not be forced to sell their products without “discriminating”? If it is okay to sue Christians who solely don’t want to perform a service out of moral objections based on their faith, then should not the states who cannot get the medications sold to them for legal executions be able to bring lawsuits against these companies and force them to do what the law states is okay?

Should physicians who have moral objections to participating in abortions be forced to perform them since abortion is legal and physicians who refuse are “discriminating”? How about pharmacists who won’t fill a prescription for an abortifacient drug and are “discriminating”? Should all of these physicians and pharmacists be labeled as promoting “hate”, and boycotted for their “discriminatory” practices?

What about the pastors who refuse to participate in a homosexual “wedding”? Should they also be labeled and treated in the same way? Are these pastors to be listed on a “hate group” registry and hounded for just not wanting to participate?

What about Muslims who will not sell pork, or prepare it for sale, to others based upon their religious beliefs? Should all the pork-loving people all get together and bring boycotts and lawsuits to force the discriminatory Muslims to participate in what they deem objectionable based upon their faith practices?

Should Jewish owned businesses who choose to close their doors on Saturday be forced to stay open and not “discriminate” against those who want to shop on Saturday? Is it offensive to those who don’t hold those beliefs and places undue burdens on those who only can shop on Saturdays since it is possibly their only day off from work?

It is not people of faith who are bringing lawsuits and attempting to ruin others through tactics of fear and intimidation. These are the actions of the liberal, totalitarian activists who people of faith need to be protected from. Should peaceful non-participation be now made illegal also? That is also what totalitarian governments do. No dissent is allowed without retribution.

People of all faiths should be allowed to follow their conscience and faith practices as their traditions commonly dictate and not have their belief systems trampled by totalitarian demands. The pharmaceutical companies should be allowed to followed their conscience while the states are free to pursue other options without forcing adherence. Physicians and pharmacists should be free to practice in ways that do not violate their faith while those who want something different are always free to seek to have services they legally want elsewhere. Pastors should continue to be free to choose whom they will agree to marry as they always have. Jewish people should be free to practice all aspects of their faith as there are other options for those who live under different practices. Muslims should be free to practice portions of their faith practice as they desire to do so and people who want something different can do business with others. Those who want to label these laws as hateful only reveal their own heart toward those whom they disagree. For people of faith, it is about protecting their own conscience by not participating and it is not about doing anything to hurt anyone else. It is about having respect for other people’s faith choices in their lives and giving them the freedom to live their lives with having a conscience intact, unlike those within totalitarian regimes who historically could be argued to have lost any conscience they might have had.

NY – Y’all come on down to MS

For those in our country who proudly declare themselves “pro-choice”, there are clear indications as to how truly “anti-life” they really are. When New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently stated that “extreme” conservatives “have no place in the state of New York”, he revealed his own lack of tolerance for others while also displaying a lack of consideration of the value of each human being. It should not be surprising for him to say such a disrespectful and demeaning statement. It is the natural result of having an “anti-life” worldview in which not all humans are viewed as equally valuable and worthy of being protected.

Even New York City’s Mayor de Blasio chimed in stating, “I stand by that 100 percent,” to reporters at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. Mayor de Blasio then added, “I agree with Governor Cuomo’s remarks. I interpret his remarks to say that an extremist attitude that continues the reality of violence in our communities or an extremist attitude that denies the rights of women does not represent the views of New York State.” The mayor must not have given much thought to his statement regarding “violence in our communities”; there is a lack of logic. What in the world does he think he is approving of happening in his position of violence toward unborn children? What about the right of the unborn children who never live to see the light of day? Has the “anti-life” position become such a protected issue that logic has been thrown out the window? There is no denying the fact that areas with the most “gun control” have the most gun violence; just look at Chicago. The same areas of the country that proclaim they are against violence promote it more by taking guns away from the law-abiding and then allowing a plague of ruthless thugs who also do not value life while robbing and killing others. The “anti-life” folks obviously cannot see the contradictions in their own statements.

For those New Yorkers who feel devalued and unappreciated just because they support the worth of everyone and care enough to speak the truth as they see it, come on down to Mississippi, the most conservative state in the union. Mississippians would be glad to have you just as much as anyone who has enough sense to respect the fact that everyone is valuable and has inherent worth solely because of the fact that they are human. Mississippi has learned from its own jaded past when people were not valued equally and now those with differing opinions generally get along well. Just think about where you hear about all of the racial problems and it isn’t in the state with the largest percentage of African Americans. Mississippians get along better now than at any time in the past because of learning respect for each other which is something lacking in New York’s elected leaders presently.

Not agreeing with someone should not cause one to have such a cowardly position to want to push them out of your way. If your arguments for your own position hold water, they can stand up on their own. People who start feeling threatened and honestly have no true way to defend their positions typically resort to personal attacks and attempts to gag the opposition such as these statements from the New York governor to deflect attention from the fact that they have no facts upon which to base their selfish and disrespectful opinions. If all of the pro-life people left New York to the anti-life people, it would certainly be a state that would slowly die – physically and spiritually. Hopefully, that will not happen if those liberals who usually are ones claiming such tolerance would learn to practice that which they preach.

Lack of Knowledge Doomed Initiative 26

The failure of Mississippi’s Initiative 26 to pass is a shock to many people, especially since polls only a couple of weeks ago showed the initiative likely to briskly sail into it’s place in the state constitution. That was before the national media and pro-abortion groups began their campaign to cause confusion in the minds of those who initially voiced support for the measure. Even the governor of Mississippi, Haley Barbour, displayed his lack of knowledge regarding the difference between conception and fertilization (there is no difference). Eventually, Barbour stated that he would vote for the measure, but the way in which this was handled gave the impression that he did so reluctantly; whether this was purposeful or not is open for debate. Campaigns using robo-call machines were widespread and spewed confusion and outright untrue statements meant to cause mass misunderstanding. For a populace trying to understand an issue that became quite technical in the final few weeks before the vote, there was plenty of information available to confuse them, but a lack of widely available explanations to help people understand why they should vote for the measure. Most Christians know from where and whom confusion originates, but unfortunately many who call themselves Christians were confused and didn’t seek to understand the issue. Hosea 4:6 reads, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…”, and only God knows how many children will be destroyed now because of that lack of knowledge.

“Bye Bye” to the AMA

The announcement that the American Medical Association is now advocating the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” policies in our military is one more piece of evidence that the organization has departed from representing the majority of physicians in this country.  The AMA just recently threw it’s weight (which is shrinking) behind the passage of the current proposal for health reform, also, which has drawn the ire of the majority of physicians.  The AMA has membership which consists of only 17% of the physicians in this country now; it has been declining for many years now.

 

Further alienating themselves from the majority of Americans, the AMA also adopted a resolution stating that bans on homosexual “marriage” (quotes are mine) are contributing to health disparities for homosexual couples and the children in their households.  The AMA should be adopting a resolution acknowledging that those same health disparities are also due to the homosexuals’ lifestyle choices which are hazards to health, but this is just too politically incorrect for the AMA to consider such a medical fact.

 

Given that the AMA’s membership among physicians continues to decline, one certainly must wonder how they are able to financially able to keep putting out these liberal policy decisions that are an affront not just to physicians, but to the general public as well.  Most people are not aware of this, but most of the revenue to the AMA comes from a copyright which the AMA holds for CPT coding (codes used for medical diagnostic reporting).  These codes must be used for all Medicare billing and most private insurance billing by medical providers.  Therefore, their revenue is not mainly from membership dues anyway, but from overpriced books (several hundred dollars yearly in cost for these paperback books for an office).  The government granted the AMA this monopoly on these codes and they change every year so you have to buy the books every year.  Even court challenges have not stopped this unfair practice which leaves physicians with non-competitive prices for something forced upon medical professionals.  Congress should nullify this sweetheart deal and bring competitiveness to the process of providing this information.

 

The AMA’s membership will decline further, most assuredly.  In September, the Mississippi State Medical Association delegates voted 209-31 in support of no longer requiring its members to join the AMA.  The vote for de-unifying was after two hours of debate.  It remains to be seen how many Mississippi physicians will be leaving the AMA, but one thing is obvious from the vote—it won’t be a small number.  The AMA will, unfortunately, become more and more liberal in its policies as conservative physicians continue to look elsewhere for representation.  Personally, the vote for de-unifying was long overdue.  I had been a member of the AMA solely because of the desire to be in the state medical association and have long detested some of their positions.  I will not be continuing my membership any longer and never will renew it again.  My conscience won’t let me.

Blinded in the Face of Contemporary Genocide

An article on NewsMax this week (Black Abortions Outpace Seven Deadliest Diseases) would certainly generate more media attention if it involved several hundred thousand people being killed in this country each year in a way where the new “hate crimes” laws could apply.  It’s amazing that many of the leaders of organizations that profess to be advocates of blacks in this country also advocate that they vote for the very ones who want abortion to be so readily available and legal.  These “leaders” should wake up and start seeing beyond their limited viewpoint of who really is allowing for the destruction of the black community.  When will these “leaders” promote families with fathers marrying mothers and providing for each other and their children instead of constantly going on tirades to raise funds at every perceived wrong use of words by some?  Can’t these “leaders” see where their efforts should be placed?  When will those who claim the name of Christ, and even claim the title of “Rev.”, start advocating what really is representative of Christ through speaking out against abortion and everything else that destroys black families?  It’s time for some new thinking and not the same thinking of constant victimization that these “leaders” promote continually.  The real victims are those millions of babies that were never given a chance to live.