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As writers, we often strive to do the impossible, to create the "perfect" book. To walk on water...
1. SCOTUS Ruling & Individual Freedom

I have not used this forum as a springboard for my personal political beliefs, but rather have stuck to writing-related issues. However, I find today that not only can I not abstain from speaking out, but that I am constrained to speak out.

Our nation is teetering on the precipice of blatant socialism, as evidenced most recently in today's shocking decision by the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) to uphold the individual mandate of the so-called Obamacare legislation through the ability of Congress to tax.

Throughout his presidency, Obama has time and time again made decisions based on personal, socialistic beliefs and counsel from his socialistic advisers. One cannot find a more obvious example than Obamacare. Basically, we are headed toward a system where insurance companies (or exchanges) will determine which tests or procedures they will approve reimbursement for and which they won’t. They already do this to a certain extent, but what will increasingly happen is that a well-off individual can afford to pay for the non-reimbursed procedure privately, whereas others cannot, the latter not getting the test or procedure. Don’t be fooled: this is essentially health care rationing. For more information on the effects and ramifications of today's SCOTUS ruling, there is a plethora of information available online and through news media.

The larger issue is this: do we sit by and do nothing, while an increasingly liberal Congress continues to give more and more of our individual rights and freedoms away to oversight by an “all-knowing” government, who thinks they know better than we do what is good for us as individuals? Or, do we stand up and say, “Enough is enough. I refuse to allow my country to continue it’s distressing slide,” and we get out and support our local politicians, and barring that, register and VOTE!

Voting is not only our right, it is our duty. I have heard so many people complain about governmental issues and politicians, about what the complainants agree with and don’t agree with. Then I find out that these same people didn’t exercise the privilege of voting. How can you complain when you didn’t even share your opinion through voting?

Let’s mobilize! Let’s take our country back! Let’s refuse to stand idly by while our freedoms and rights are tromped on and stripped away. Give financially or with your time to your chosen political candidate. If you haven’t already done so, register to vote! Let your voice be heard in a meaningful way. This is such a pivotal year in our country. Don’t allow the rise of socialism; don’t allow Obama to have another term in office.

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