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“History will record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the (so called) good people.”  –Martin Luther King Jr.

Excuses on the left and excuses on the right.  Oh, the little games that the so-called grown-ups have played. The lack of gratitude toward the sacrifices given for the freedoms that Americans have, and yet, Americans play the game of blaming others for what all are responsible, doing the right thing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wxMaEllJkA

I headlined Edmond Burkes quote where he stated:

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke 

Yet, the statement is not true. Good is defined in Webster’s 1828 Dictionary as “Having moral qualities best adapted to its design and use, or the qualities which God's law requires; virtuous; pious; religious; applied to persons, and opposed to bad, vicious, wicked, evil.”

Therefore, the good are those who do the right thing under God’s Moral Government (Exodus 20), not the wrong thing.

Americans have been conditioned to call themselves the “good people.”  Yet, they do nothing concerning the “bad people.”  As a matter of fact, today’s conservatives are, without a doubt, yesterday’s liberals.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzZAR1VFZHY

God is speaking to those would call themselves the good people of the day:

“They are waxen fat, they shine: yea, they overpass the deeds of the wicked: they judge not the cause, the cause of the fatherless, yet they prosper; and the right of the needy do they not judge.” –
Jeremiah 5:28

Sound familiar?

Let me give you an example.  This week, someone had posted a meme on a live feed, which read:

“This is what the Democrats have done to America:

  • Let illegals in

  • Let criminals out

  • Coddle the lazy

  • Persecute the Christians

  • Demonize police officers

  • Let boys into girls bathrooms

  • Tolerate and accept radical Islam

  • Advocate for the murder of the unborn”

First of all, I would ask the reader where in any founding document is there a divided party system? (Article 4, Section 4, US Constitution)

Furthermore, President John Adams said

“There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution” (Exodus 18:21).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYzSEBx12LM

All that was posted concerning the Democrats and their crimes are only a reflection of what the so-called good people have tolerated from those they call the Left or Democrats.  There is no such thing as the Left, America.  It is simply a scapegoat to blame others for what the Right has left off.

Martin Luther King, Jr. rightly stated”

“When evil men plot, good men must plan. When evil men burn and bomb, good men must build (Isaiah 58:12) and bind. When evil men shout ugly words of hatred, good men must commit themselves to the glories of love (1 John 4:8). Where evil men would seek to perpetuate an unjust status quo, good men must seek to bring into being a real order of justice (Isaiah 26:9).”

Spot on. Justice is the answer (Isaiah 56).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qP61fgvmcLk

“There is a war between you and God’s Law. The Ten Commandments are against you.  The first comes forward and says, ‘Let him be cursed.  For he denies Me.  He has another god beside Me.  His god is his belly and he yields his homage to his lust.’  All the Ten Commandments, like ten great cannons are pointed at you today.  

For you have broken all God’s statutes and lived in daily neglect of all His commands.  Soul, you will find it a hard thing to go to war with the Law.  When the Law came in peace, Sinai was altogether on a smoke and even Moses said, ‘I exceeding fear and quake!’  

What will you do when the Law of God comes in terror; when the trumpet of the archangel shall tear you from your grave; when the eyes of God shall burn their way into your guilty soul; when the great books shall be opened and all your sin and shame shall be punished… can you stand against an angry Law in that Day?” - Charles Spurgeon

And that Law is a school master (Galatians 3:24), which drives us to the foot of the Christ, who came not only to deliver His people from their sins (Matthew 1:21) but also manifested Himself and empowered His church (2 Corinthians 7:10) to destroy the works of the devil (I John 3:8).

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The Senate Republicans’ Better Care Reconciliation Act takes federal money dedicated to America’s poor and gives it to the rich. While Obamacare raised taxes on high-income Americans to subsidize insurance for the poor, the Republicans intend to cut those taxes and reduce federal funding to insure low-income Americans.

So instead of insuring the most Americans and lowering the collective tax burden of uninsured hospital visits, the Republicans’ plan is to insure fewer Americans and increase that collective burden for which we all pay. Those visits by uninsured Americans cost $900 each.

Those likely to be hit hardest are those on Medicaid, which includes nearly 40 percent of all American children. The Republicans are proposing a maximum payment to states per enrollee, and while it’s set to increase annually, it will be at a lower rate than medical costs increase. So Medicaid enrollees will be forced to flip more of the bill or go uninsured. As time goes by, fewer and fewer Americans will be insured, and we’ll be right back in the mess Obamacare fixed.

I realize the Republicans are all about personal responsibility, but they have to realize that many Americans are not personally responsible. A 30-year-old, healthy American who doesn’t partake in dangerous activities (i.e. driving, which is the most dangerous activity) could likely go uninsured and not cost the American taxpayer a dime during the year. But those aren’t the people that caused the health insurance mess in the first place. Insurers have caused this mess, and the Republicans just want to keep paying them more.

The moment this idea for private health insurance came about the average American was screwed. Profiting from people’s health is not unlike the undertaker profiting from death. People will pay anything to live longer, and people will pay just about anything for someone to “make the arrangements” for loved ones who have died. “Just because we’re bereaved doesn’t make us saps!” says Walter Sobchak in The Big Lebowski. Well, people are saps when faced with death, which is exactly why private insurance is wrong on every level.

Faced with death, money's no object. It doesn’t matter how rich or poor you are, you’d give anything you had to live longer. Republicans realize this and intend to take everything you have so you have nothing to give when faced with death. It’s why they take affordable insurance plans and make them unaffordable behind the guise of “personal responsibility,” and it’s why they move federal dollars from benefiting those who need them most to people who don’t need them at all.

I am one of the 74 million Medicaid enrollees that only has insurance because of Obamacare and because my home state expanded Medicaid. I feel sorry for the states that have elected not to expand Medicaid. I pay $264 annually for health insurance. I have made two doctor’s visits in the last year. Before that I was uninsured and paid nothing. At least now I’m creating revenue and saving the American taxpayer money by not making hospital visits while uninsured.

I will lose insurance because of the Republicans’ bill and won’t feel guilty about costing the American taxpayer money if I’m forced to see a doctor while uninsured. Nobody should. This bill will be a disaster for America, and in five years or so, we’ll be attempting to fix the same problem Obamacare fixed. Hopefully, next time, a Medicaid-for-all plan will be the only one considered. Until then, low- and moderate-income Americans will either pay a higher percentage of their income to private insurance companies or go without, raising the tax burden for all Americans. How is this bill supposed to help everyone again? Oh, right. It’s not about everyone for the Republicans. It’s about them and their deep pockets, and the rich people like them.

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