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Unless repealed, governement administered healthcare will give federal bureaucrats the power to impose so-called “quality” measures on all health care providers, under which treatment that a doctor and patient deem needed to save that patient’s life or preserve the patient’s health but which runs afoul of the imposed standards will be denied, even if the patient is willing and able to pay for it.  In 2015 and thereafter, an 18-member “Independent Payment Advisory Board” is directed to inform the federal Department of Health and Human Services how to use those imposed standards to limit what private citizens are permitted to spend on their own families’ health care to below the rate of medical inflation.

I strongly urge you to attend one of the Fortnight for Freedom events at Holy Ghost with me or have encourage your church to start a similar effort.  Our last hour of prayer will be July 4th at 9am before we spend the day celebrating what is left of Liberty and Justice for all in this nation.

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How will we respond to the action taken by our SCOTUS and the direction of decay by our country?

The answer lies in the fact that there are two types of laws: just and unjust.  I would be the first to advocate obeying just laws.  One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws.  Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.  I would agree with Saint Augustine  that “an unjust law is no law at all.”
–Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  ”Letter from Birmingham Jail” April 16, 1963

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The Parable of the Kosher Deli

A great resource to understand why people of all faiths should be concerned of how the current administration is attempting to creep into the conscience of its citizens.

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THE STRENUOUS LIFE
SPEECH BEFORE THE HAMILTON CLUB,
CHICAGO, APRIL 10, 1899
 Thanks to Damon Drinnon providing this link speech from Theodore Roosevelt.  While we may not agree with all of his policies as President notice the stark contrast of the vision for the country and how moral charactar is esteemed in this speech in relation to what many of our current leaders focus on today.
In speaking to you, men of the greatest city of the West, men of the State which gave to the country Lincoln and Grant, men who preëminently and distinctly embody all that is most American in the American character, I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life, the life of toil and effort, of labor and strife; to preach that highest form of success which comes, not to the man who desires mere easy peace, but to the man who does not shrink from danger, from hardship, or from bitter toil, and who out of these wins the splendid ultimate triumph.    1
  A life of slothful ease, a life of that peace which springs merely from lack either of desire or of power to strive after great things, is as little worthy of a nation as of an individual. I ask only that what every self-respecting American demands from himself and from his sons shall be demanded of the American nation as a whole. Who among you would teach your boys that ease, that peace, is to be the first consideration in their eyes—to be the ultimate goal after which they strive? You men of Chicago have made this city great, you men of Illinois have done your share, and more than your share, in making America great, because you neither preach nor practise such a doctrine. You work yourselves, and you bring up your sons to work. If you are rich and are worth your salt, you will teach your sons that though they may have leisure, it is not to be spent in idleness; for wisely used leisure merely means that those who possess it, being free from the necessity of working for their livelihood, are all the more bound to carry on some kind of non-remunerative work in science, in letters, in art, in exploration, in historical research—work of the type we most need in this country, the successful carrying out of which reflects most honor upon the nation. We do not admire the man of timid peace. We admire the man who embodies victorious effort; the man who never wrongs his neighbor, who is prompt to help a friend, but who has those virile qualities necessary to win in the stern strife of actual life. It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed. In this life we get nothing save by effort. Freedom from effort in the present merely means that there has been stored up effort in the past. A man can be freed from the necessity of work only by the fact that he or his fathers before him have worked to good purpose. If the freedom thus purchased is used aright, and the man still does actual work, though of a different kind, whether as a writer or a general, whether in the field of politics or in the field of exploration and adventure, he shows he deserves his good fortune. But if he treats this period of freedom from the need of actual labor as a period, not of preparation, but of mere enjoyment, even though perhaps not of vicious enjoyment, he shows that he is simply a cumberer of the earth’s surface, and he surely unfits himself to hold his own with his fellows if the need to do so should again arise. A mere life of ease is not in the end a very satisfactory life, and, above all, it is a life which ultimately unfits those who follow it for serious work in the world.    2
  In the last analysis a healthy state can exist only when the men and women who make it up lead clean, vigorous, healthy lives; when the children are so trained that they shall endeavor, not to shirk difficulties, but to overcome them; not to seek ease, but to know how to wrest triumph from toil and risk. The man must be glad to do a man’s work, to dare and endure and to labor; to keep himself, and to keep those dependent upon him. The woman must be the housewife, the helpmeet of the homemaker, the wise and fearless mother of many healthy children. In one of Daudet’s powerful and melancholy books he speaks of “the fear of maternity, the haunting terror of the young wife of the present day.” When such words can be truthfully written of a nation, that nation is rotten to the heart’s core. When men fear work or fear righteous war, when women fear motherhood, they tremble on the brink of doom; and well it is that they should vanish from the earth, where they are fit subjects for the scorn of all men and women who are themselves strong and brave and high-minded.

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If you have not already, please let me know if you are able to attend Friday’s discussion of The City of God.  Also, the Catholic Bishops of the United States are promoting a couple of wonderful prayer-filled weeks leading up to Independence Day.  Fortnight for Freedom is in direct response to the attack on the freedom of conscience and religious liberties in our country.  At my parish, these two weeks will consist of a holy hour of prayer from 7:30pm-8:30pm on the weeknights and 4pm-5pm Saturday and Sunday.  The hour of prayer on Independence Day will be at 9am.  I want to make sure my non-Catholic bretheren know I would love for them to attend, as well.  For all denominations and faiths stand much to lose.  Below is an article I came across that was quite enlightning.  Hope you find it the same.

http://www.firstthings.com/onthesquare/2012/06/the-meaning-of-the-ldquopursuit-of-happinessrdquo

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Fellow appreciators of what is left of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness:

Just a friendly reminder that we will gather at the Institute this upcoming Friday, June 22nd at 6:30pm to discuss City of God.  The Penguin Classic Version I am digesting is a monster of awesomeness.  I also challenge the potential naysayers out in the interweb who may feel this is too much of an overtly “religious book” to read it and enjoy the classical philosophy held within.  Let me know as soon as possible if you can come for food preparations.  I hope to have an overwhelming crowd to discuss, whether the attendees have read the book or not.

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To be brief, a lesson I believe we can learn from the Knox County budget situation and the recall vote in Wisconsin is…just say stop.  We as a country, a state, and a community may have disagreements over the Fed, military, education, and/or property rights.  These days, it seems most people I run into just want a government regulation and spending freeze just to spell relief.  Why keep making the State’s pocket full and their job easier while the citizen tightens their fiscal belt and face uphill challenges on personal improvement? If we can just say STOP, the other problems can be worked out in due time, maybe.  

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