Oct 18 2012

what actually matters?

With the 2012 Presidential election just 3 weeks out, the debates are getting harsh. The candidates are getting to the nitty-gritty, and the parties and just getting down right nasty towards each other. Can I write myself in as a candidate? Some days, I honestly think I could make better progress and decisions than these men do… Then I remember – oh yeah, the President is one branch of a three branch system. If the branches don’t all work together in sync, nothing will happen, except leaves falling to the ground. Now, elect me as the speaker of the house, then I’d really have a chance to make a difference. Well, maybe not with our horrifically split congress. I digress.

As we all get ready to march over to our local polling centers on 06November, we must all really take a minute to step back and analyze what we are really voting for. Not just who they are, their family background, how they part their hair, what religion they claim to follow, but what they actually claim to want to change when/if they take office – if congress doesn’t filibuster every act they try to pass. Yay bipartisanship! *sigh*

What matters most to you this year? For me, its health care. Having worked in the health care and psychiatric fields for many years, the advances that Obama has made in the past 4 years have increased the availability of insurance to many of the people I have worked with. Uninsured and under insured will hopefully soon be a thing of the past. This whole survival of the fittest, richest will soon be over. As long as we continue to allow health care reform to evolve to the needs of this nation. Dear Mr. Romney… why are you now opposing “ObamaCare”? Oh, it’s not coined “RomneyCare”? I see, since you enacted essentially the SAME THING in Massachusetts?

Secondly, Women’s issues. Oh, Mittens… Really? Just silence your self while you are already behind. Let me state this. I do not support abortion. If I met a person that is considering it, I will do everything in my power to help them chose an alternative. But I do not believe that we should make it illegal. I believe that making abortions illegal will create and undo strain on the health care field. Instead of being in a safe, healing, understanding, accredited, nonjudgmental environment – we will have women finding back alley “doctors”, and becoming very, very, sick septic patients. Just think of the medical expenditures, the multitude of tests, surgeries, blood products, medications, and medical staff. Remember the phrase “outlaw guns, and only outlaws will have guns”? Or during the prohibition when people got “jake’s walk” and botulism from bootleg liquor? We must protect our people. In this case, providing a safe outlet for them. Abolition is not the answer, education is.

Side note: Adoption. Currently, here in the states, the supply is much less than the demand. Thousands of to-be parents wait on adoption waiting lists just hoping to get a call that someone has elected to give their child another chance at a family. Lets put some more government spending into this; as part of education in places like Planned Parenthood to (increase) this encouragement of the option to mothers.

Thirdly, Gay rights. If you don’t believe in gay marriage, don’t have one. Growing up my parents, and school teachers stated over and over again, “your right to swing your fist, ends at the tip of my nose”. It took me years really think of it outside of the context of bullies, but it applies to everything. And in this case, religion. Yes, I am religious, but the God that I read about in my Bible, surely states that I am not to throw a stone. Our nation was built upon the liberty to be who you are, free. My right to extend my religious beliefs, end where you begin. I (and the rest of religious folk) have no right to say, “God does not agree with gay marriage, therefore it is illegal for you”. Rachel Maddow had a great quote the other day “Heres the thing about rights. They’re not supposed to on. That’s why they call them rights.”

Just my two cents.


Dec 22 2010

love.

photo by joemiller1 on flickr.com

I came across this photo today while exploring flickr. It really hit me when I saw it, it reminded me of how, even in the depths of our sin, Christ came to us and loved on us. He never threw us out onto the the streets, mocked or harassed us, nor took away our rights. Yet, here in the 21st century, we claim to be Christians, to be Christ-like. But we throw out, we judge, we assault, we rebuke, we take away their rights. All of this in the name of the Lord. What does he think off all of this? He distinctly tells us to love one another, and to come to them in love. He says to correct + rebuke with love, not hate. Their is a vast difference between rebuking a sinner, exposing corruption, correcting someone in love or disciplining ones children; and judging wrongfully. Over the centuries, our world has been distorted, and our view of it more-so.

1 Corinthians 6: 1 Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints? 2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? 3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? 4 If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church. 5 I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren?”

I am sorry. I am  sorry that we as a people who claim to love Christ, and claim to love others, cast such judgement upon you. I am sorry that I have done the same. It is my prayer and petition that this year, and the years that follow, we learn to love,  like Christ loved. Like Christ Loves.

Thats my two cents.


Jun 2 2010

somewhat topical.

No, I don’t pee in the water… stop asking… but this card made me crack up. Yes, I do believe that what is happening in the Gulf is a tradegy that could have been avoided. My heart aches for all of those effected + the wildlife that have not only lost their home, but commrades as well.

However, whether you tweet or not, you need to check this out: twitter.com/BPglobalPR


Mar 22 2010

40 years in the making. (why I support health care reform).

Last night. History was made. America took one huge step towards a greater tomorrow. A greater tomorrow for ALL citizens. A great step that hasn’t been made since the passing of medicaid in 1965.

To view how this reform could effect you. Click here. To see the year by year breakdown from Reuters, click here. To view the PFD document of the bill. Click here.

As soon as health care passes, the American people will see immediate benefits. The legislation will:

  • Prohibit pre-existing condition exclusions for children in all new plans;
  • Provide immediate access to insurance for uninsured Americans who are uninsured because of a pre-existing condition through a temporary high-risk pool;
  • Prohibit dropping people from coverage when they get sick in all individual plans;
  • Lower seniors’ prescription drug prices by beginning to close the donut hole;
  • Offer tax credits to small businesses to purchase coverage;
  • Eliminate lifetime limits and restrictive annual limits on benefits in all plans;
  • Require plans to cover an enrollee’s dependent children until age 26;
  • Require new plans to cover preventive services and immunizations without cost-sharing;
  • Ensure consumers have access to an effective internal and external appeals process to appeal new insurance plan decisions;
  • Require premium rebates to enrollees from insurers with high administrative expenditures and require public disclosure of the percent of premiums applied to overhead costs.

By enacting these provisions right away, and others over time, we will be able to lower costs for everyone and give all Americans and small businesses more control over their health care choices. (Crossposted from the House Democrat’s blog)

View President Barack Obama’s response to the historic victory in the struggle for health care reform as the House of Representatives passed a sweeping bill overhauling the American medical system.

See the debates + minute by minute breakdown from cnn.com here.

As Bono Vox once stated: “Where you live, should not determine if you live or die.” My belief extends that to, not only where you live; what your families income level, or what illnesses you are succumbed to; – should not determine if you are eligible for affordable heath + life sustaining care.

I personally know 100’s of people, clients, patients + friends; whom if this reform did not pass, could be stripped of their insurance with a slight tank in the economy + deemed “uninsurable” because of their pre-existing conditions. Its never seemed ethical to me that businesses could do this to people who need the most help, they end up being the ones who don’t get it because they can’t afford the costs. It’s not ok, its time to change.


Feb 20 2010

commitment.

So, this week in my sesh’s, we talked about some triggers that have came up recently. The biggest of late is totally the lady Olympians. Life would be SOOO easier if they didn’t have to show to the world that this little skier or skater is x ft tall + weights x lbs. Blah. I know I am not the only one that feels this way. I can’t be. I know the whole, “you have different body type”,”don’t compare yourself to others, you don’t know what they have/are going through”,  “of course so-and-so-skater-chick has ED, look you can see her bones!” or here’s the best one “they are trained athletes, on strict diets”. Blah blah blah. But seriously, who’s little mind isn’t racking the numbers and trying to calculate their BMI’s at rate, I dunno; your self worth; on the comparison?

Then of course the McDonald’s commercials are sooooooo lamely retarded and inaccurate. I don’t know a single competing athlete that would even eat their salads – yet alone a Big Mac or Chicken McNuggets. Oh, please. My mind just wants to scream every time I see these commercials.

One of the blogs that I follow ED BITES by the ever so fabulous Carrie Arnold, wrote this post the other day (why I didn’t watch the opening ceremonies), and well – it really hits the nail with the hammer. Dead on.

So, I came to the conclusion, that since I kinda have tossed my self into a crummy place, and my mind keeps reverting back into the little corners of an ED-lifer – I am not going to watch any female athlete sport that posts their weight (especially when height it given too…) until my mind is “fixed”.

P.S. the US teams have scored us 20 medals thus far! Rockin! And I got this update from Chad Hedrick‘s wife Lynsey:

*SO* many special memories being made here in VanCity!!! To recap: Hadley said “dada” and started walking in the Pampers lounge, Chad won a bronze medal in the 1000 meter AND my baby brother is getting married!!!!

Woot! I am super bummed that they are moving to Texas after the Olympics are over. Hadley was my fave baby!