Archive for March, 2012

Individual Mandates

26 March 2012

So, the Nine Black-Robed judges currently sitting on the bench of our nation’s highest court have started the process in determining the constitutionality of what has become known as “Obamacare.”

 

Today’s hearing were procedural in nature and needed to determine if the SCOTUS could even hear the case since “Obamacare” had not been fully implemented.  Seems the “fine” imposed by failure to purchase the government insurance is just that and not a “tax” as the administration has argued.  Real arguments commence tomorrow.

 

A government run program is not the answer.  Governments have no money of their own only revenues that come from the taxes individuals pay.  The only way for the government to pay for your health care is for you to pay higher taxes.

 

We have the best health care in the world.  So good in fact, people that can afford to come here for needed care do so.  The problem we have here is how you purchase and use your health insurance.  Most people in this country purchase their health insurance through their employer.  The problem is where does the employer look to get the best coverage for their employees?  Glad you asked that.  In most places, your employer must purchase that insurance from a state approved provider.  You cannot buy health insurance like you can buy other insurance.  While in the process of purchasing the Command Post, I was able to purchase my homeowner’s insurance from a company in another state.  I can transfer that insurance to my primary dwelling as necessary.  However, if I move to another state, I can keep my homeowners and auto insurance the same.  Just update my carrier and all is well.  However, if I have insurance through my employer, I could not keep that same insurance if I changed employers when I made my move.  If employers could purchase health insurance like we purchase our life, auto and homeowners insurance, I believe the costs would be reduced as each insurer could offer their service to a larger customer base, spreading their risk further and thereby reducing costs.

 

The second problem is how we use our health insurance.  We expect, and so do our providers, our health insurance to pay for routine maintenance, physicals, check-ups and so on.  This is like asking your auto insurance to pay for oil changes and brakes.  All other types of insurance are used for those things you don’t see coming, car accidents, hurricanes, etc.  Why shouldn’t health insurance be used in the same way?  In other words, for those catastrophic events; heart attacks, strokes, broken bones, etc.

 

Now to Sarge’s opinion on the subject of this post, the Individual Mandate.  It is bad for a lot of reasons unrelated to health care.  If the government can tell you what insurance you have to buy, what is to stop them from telling you what type of car you can buy, or what shoes you can buy?  This is a good example of the camel’s nose under the tent.  Pretty soon, the camel is in your tent and you have a nice view of the night sky.  Hope it doesn’t rain.

 

Look, do you want the same people handling your health care that managed the so called “lock box” your social security payments went into, the same social security program that will not be there when I retire after paying in for 40+ years? 

 

Sarge, Out

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Stand Your Ground

25 March 2012

A lot of discussion in the media these days about Florida’s “Stand your ground” law.  As EVERY CCW permit holder is provided a copy of the relevant statutes along with their permit, it is presumed they have read and understand the law about when the use of deadly force is authorized.  Now would be a good time to for all permit holders to review the statutes and if they are unsure as to what it means, seek advice and not carry until they do understand it.  This is the ONLY time I would ever advocate for someone not to carry.  If you don’t understand the law, don’t carry.  Pretty simple.  Ignorance of the law is not an excuse especially since they are on-line and I am sure your local county sheriff would be more than happy to help you understand the law and how it applies to you.  For those that are a bit challenged, here is the relevant portion of the Florida Statute on the Use of Deadly Force:

 

Florida Statute 776.013 (3) states:

A person who is not engaged in an unlawful activity and who is attacked in any other place where he or she has a right to be has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony.

Pretty self-explanatory I believe.

 

Let’s break it down by the numbers:

  1. First, you must NOT be doing anything illegal.  If you are, you are NOT protected
  2. You must have a RIGHT to be there.  Whether a sidewalk, store, or city park, etc
  3. You have to be attacked.  To me the biggie.  Without an attack, nothing else matters
  4. There has to be the possibility of death or great bodily harm.  While this section does not define great bodily harm, IMNSHO to me “great bodily harm” would require a stay in a medical treatment facility (i.e. hospital) and not just a trip to the ER or
  5. Prevent commission of a forcible felony (i.e. rape, assault, etc)

 

Now, as to the tragedy of young Mr. Martin and Mr. Zimmerman.  I do not have all the facts in this case so I can only provide an opinion on what has been published in the media and what has been played on the air from the released 911 tapes.  And my opinion is this, If Mr. Zimmerman failed to follow proper procedure and violated F.S 776.013, then he needs to be charged and tried and if found guilty, sentenced appropriately.  However, with all of the media attention now being given to this tragedy, I am afraid if he is charge, Mr. Zimmerman will not get a fair trial. Win or lose, he will be on the losing side.

 

As to the presence of the likes of Al $harpton, he will only exacerbate the situation.  I don’t even have to hear him speak on this to know he is riling people up.  He is a self-appointed leader of the African-American community and does nothing to actually lead.  A true leader would stand up and encourage the community to remain calm and work with the Sanford PD, the FDLE, and other law enforcement agencies to find the truth.  He should work to keep the likes of the New Black Panthers and Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan away.

 

Also, it seems Senator Schumer (Dimwit-NY) has called for the Justice Department to “investigate” stand your ground laws.  Senator, with all due respect, BUTT OUT!  You stopped believing in freedom a long time ago.  Since this is not one of the enumerated powers of the Legislature, that makes it a state’s issue under the 10th Amendment to the United States Constitution.  Pick it up and read it some time, you might be surprised how easy it is to understand.

 

Agree or disagree, comments are welcome.  Just play by the rules.

 

Sarge, Out

Three Boxes

20 March 2012

I have a theory, and believe we, as Americans, have at our disposal three boxes.  Some of you know the boxes I speak of, but some of you may not.

First we have the Soapbox: According to Wikipedia, a soapbox is a raised platform on which one stands to make an impromptu speech, often about a political subject.  Get a box, flip it over, step-up and orate to any and all who will listen.  In this electronic age, anyone can get a virtual soapbox and accomplish the same thing, just less tiring on one’s voice.  This little corner of the internet just happens to be my soapbox and I appreciate you stopping by.  If you have something to say relevant to the discussion at hand, feel free to leave a comment, just be sure to read the rules before you do so.  In case you missed them look over here –>

Next up is the Ballot box: While this shouldn’t need any explanation, let me say this.  Irresponsible use of this box leads us, as a nation, astray.  I have stated to those that know me that I will never tell anyone how they should vote.  I only ask that before you approach this box, that you understand what the issues are and where your candidate stands.  If you don’t know where your candidate stands on an issue, may I suggest traipsing over to ontheissues.org?  While you’re there, take their quiz and see what it says about you.  It is quite revealing.  I was surprised about who best matched my core beliefs.  (No, I will not tell you).

Lastly, we have the Bullet box: Do I really need to cover this one?  If we have to open this box, the freedoms we all hold near and dear are in dire straits.  Do you want to know why the current Secretary of Homeland Security is scared of Honorably Discharged Veterans, especially combat Veterans? Google up the Battle of Athens 1946.  This did NOT happen in Greece, but in Tennessee.  I will not go into the details, but as a result of a failure of the Soapbox and corruption at the ballot box, these battle-hardened veterans had little choice to stem the corruption in McMinn County.  Check constitution.org/mil/tn/batathen.htm for more information.

It is important to note, these boxes MUST be used in this order, and we have a responsibility to utilize these boxes wisely.  We can’t effect positive, needed changes by going straight to the bullet box.  Use the soapbox, to influence the people who use the ballot box so we can avoid the bullet box.

The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States guarantees among other things two very important freedoms, Freedom of Speech, and the Right to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.  These are two of our freedoms that some would like to see go away.  These were the issues in Athens, Tennessee in 1946.  The people that had a grievance with the government were ignored.  When they tried to use the soapbox, they were arrested, beaten, fined and jailed.  When they tried to use the ballot box, they were arrested, beaten, jailed and shot at.  That was when they had to resort to the bullet box.

My friends and neighbors, let’s utilize the first two and avoid breaking the seal on the third.  There is a right way to effect change and a wrong way.  And resorting to using the bullet box means that all other avenues to effect change failed.  Use your voice and petition your Government to fix what is wrong.  Do what is right, not what is expedient.  And remember these words as you prepare for your visit to the ballot box: “A Government big enough to give you all you need, is big enough to take all you have.”

Sarge, Out

Freedom isn’t Free

19 March 2012

As stated by the greatest President of my lifetime:

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.  – Ronald Wilson Reagan
Address to the annual meeting of the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, (30 March 1961)

I still live by an Oath I took on March 29, 1985.  What do you live by?  I voluntarily put my life on the line to protect yours.  What have you risked?  I have a Bible and a copy of the Constitution of the United States within arm’s reach for guidance.  Where do you turn for guidance?  I stand with the Catholic Church in their opposition to the contraceptive mandate.  Where do you stand?

If the Catholic Church can be forced to provide something they are morally against, what can they force on your congregation?

For God, for Country, for your neighbors we must take our country back.

We are at a crossroads in this country and the next few months will determine whether we will pass along the torch of freedom to our children and grandchildren or watch it flicker and be extinguished never to be re-lit.  Read the instruction book to being an American and pray for guidance.

Sarge, Out

 

Free Lunch

5 March 2012

Aint no such thing.  Period, full stop, end of sentence.  Doesn’t matter if that “Free Lunch” is health care, birth control, cell phone, or whatever those members of the entitlement class think they deserve or are owed.  The liberals in this country are on the verge of destroying everything we have worked for.  For example, the only “free” birth control is for the party of the first part to keep her knees firmly clamped together and since most people in our society wear clothing of some sort, how about keeping zippers zipped and buttons buttoned.  If you believe that you should get “free” birth control, you are now engaging in RECREATION and that, my friends, is fine, just don’t expect me to pay for it, unless you are willing to pay for my recreational activities.  And trust me, I have some expensive recreational activities that I would love to engage in.

Special for Ms. Fluke:

You want the fun without the expense and you let yourself be used.  If the shoe fits and all, just don’t expect me to pay for them.  From what I have read, you are approaching the age of 30.  By that time I was established in my first career, married and had started a family.  Now, almost 2 decades later, I am well into my second career with a child in college and I own my own home.  I have little debt and I am working to pay it off.  Along the way, I have earned my degree and various certifications that show I am dedicated to my chosen career.  And you want me to fund your recreational activities while you earn your degree.  Get a life and get over yourself.

 

Sarge, Out