“Don’t Tread on Me”, even when we disagree

This article is difficult to write because, quite frankly, I know it is going to anger a lot of people who I care about, but I feel the need to jump into the fray to express an opinion about TRUE freedom.  This “stand4life” and “fight for life” movement is going too far.

Thomas Jefferson Quote Tea Party Poster

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The life of a child is not a choice…it is a blessing.  Children are precious and helpless and need love and nurturing.  With that being said, I CANNOT advocate the state legislating away the privacy of the individual under the guise of protecting the unborn.  I am proud of my state and I love that i am from the Lone Star State.  One of the proud legacies of this state is that individuals are able to have more freedom than other states.  We build great businesses and we thrive when other states are struggling in bankruptcy and being forced to buy sodas less than 24oz.  We protect our fellow Texans property rights, their right to own a gun, their right to put a manger in their front yard at Christmas, but now we’re saying that Texas women don’t have the right to make a medical decision without the permission of the state?

Yes, I know, I know what your response may be, something like…”It’s a child, not a medical decision!” or “It’s up to us to protect those who cannot speak for themselves!” or “Every person should have the chance to live, your mother gave you the opportunity!” or some variation of those statements.

In a pregnancy of less than 20 weeks, regardless of how conception occurred, the child’s life is not viable outside of the mother’s body and therefore attempting to force her to remain pregnant is an absolute violation of her right to privacy as she dictates her own medical care.

I understand that those of you fighting for the bill want to help innocent babies and I want that as well, however I am NOT willing to advocate for stepping on the rights or violating the privacy of the ALREADY BORN women simply to make you feel better.  If we begin to say that the state can regulate what happens between a woman and the physician that she chooses, why can’t the state regulate how many guns we own?  If we violate an adult woman’s right to privacy, why can’t the state tell you what to put in your front lawn on any given holiday?  Consider that your attempts to protect the innocent are doing more to violate what you claim to protect—freedom.

Freedom is not pretty.  Freedom is not easy.  Freedom is choice and means allowing people to make choices that we don’t agree with.

To my fellow Christians, consider this…

God believes in choice and freedom.  God loves us so much that He gives us the freedom to choose Him.  He does not force us into a relationship with Him and He loves ALL without regard for their choices.  Making or supporting the state regulating an individual’s choice is not a holy thing.

Any state that regulates choice of ANY kind, that does not infringe on the rights of another, especially to this degree is no different from the state forcing us all to practice a religion that we did not choose.

Before you begin the argument that abortion infringes on the right to life of another human being, consider that if a mother who is 14 weeks pregnant dies in a car accident, the child dies as well or if she is murdered and the child’s life was not viable outside of the womb, we do not charge the suspect with the murder of that child.  If we begin to give rights to a person who is not yet born, especially one whose life is not viable outside of another’s body, we begin to tread down a slippery slope in a self righteous effort to control the lives and decisions of others.

To my legislators, if you are TRULY interested in helping the unborn rather than creating more laws, consider bolstering reproductive education.  Consider offering counseling, subsidized by the state, to women who are considering or have had abortions.  Consider that investing more time educating women on the effects of abortion, both physical and mental, does more to support your citizens than over regulating them.  Consider that as you create more laws, you are not encouraging life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, you are finding ways to turn citizens into subjects.

Don't tread on me


The Cougar got it right…

High above, over a true "home of the brav...
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…and there’s winners and there’s losers but they ain’t no big deal ‘cause the simple man baby pays for the thrills, the bills, …Oh, but ain’t that America for you and me. Ain’t that America somethin’ to see baby…

John Mellencamp had it right and as I sit and consider the direction that our country is going in, I must ask “Ain’t this America?”

If so, why is it that we are going from being the land of opportunity to the land of “you owe me”?  When did we become a land of whimpering sissies apologizing for our every decision instead of the strong confident rebels?  We spend a monumental amount of time telling our children and ourselves that “your best is good enough”.  It is now time to cease the therapeutic pampering that has become prevalent in our modern society which is directly responsible for our world dominance and excellence transforming into American laziness. 

I will gladly hand some of the blame to Hollywood attempting to apologize for our great nation and also to our current president who was the first commander-in-chief to offer such an admission to nations who would sooner see us destroyed.  It is true that America has participated in some violations against humanity, however we have also ushered in the greatest and most powerful civilization in the free world.  Despite what our first lady may have said, I am and will always be proud of my country.  I still tear up when someone sings “…for purple mountain majesties, above the fruited plain…America, America, God shed his grace on thee.  And crown thy good with brotherhood, from sea to shining sea.”

We are facing tough choices in an effort to right our sinking economic ship.  As is true in life, to the chagrin of our nation’s Marxist, tough decisions must be made especially by those who we elect to lead our great land.  The repeal of Obamacare is not an exercise in futility rather it is the elected conservatives in the house of representatives demonstrating their understanding of this nations’ reluctance to accept the socialistic mediocrity of “progressive” Marxists and the willingness of constituents to “go Donald Trump” on congress.  We must resist the urge to demonize the legislators who are attempting to save our country and our great state from bankruptcy and realize that it is no different than when our personal budgets need to tighten because we have outspent our income. 

Let us now stand together, in our blessed land of opportunity, and support our legislators as they attempt to make cuts and trim fat in order to get us back to our fighting weight.  Let’s return to the America that was willing to “let the tough get going” in our harder times, pull up our bootstraps, and work our big American butts off!

…ain’t that America, home of the free, little pink houses for you and me.