Many issues weigh heavily on my heart, mind and conscience regarding the direction the country I was born into — the United States of America — and to which I have pledged allegiance is descending.
The United States seems to be heading toward socialism. Never did I think I would be confronted with scary thoughts about actions taken by the U.S. government and its numerous agencies regarding the edicts, actions and Presidential executive orders that are impacting life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness — my inalienable, God-given rights.
One issue that seems to be a burr under my saddle is the fact that we were sold a bill of goods about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq as the “immediate” reason for going to war, which turned out to be a “foul ball.” Instead, we destroyed a country that may never return to the prosperity and culture it had when Saddam Hussein was at the helm.
For the record, I did not like Hussein nor approve of his alleged actions, but to destroy a country — for what? Oil fields? Or, perhaps, strategic Mideast presence? It seems, and the nightly news documents, “the march” through other Mideastern countries continues, not only decimating them but also taking down the lives of U.S. service men and women. Didn’t we learn anything from Vietnam?
What about the U.S. depleted uranium (DU) weapons civilians and our armed forces are exposed to? If you aren’t aware, DU warheads are designed to penetrate anything. DU is a byproduct of enriched uranium. This website tells an abbreviated story about DU weapons, which ought to connect some dots as to why U.S. service men and women return from combat as “basket cases.” That’s in addition to the legacy of deformed children being born in countries where DU weapons were/are used in combat.
Birth defects in Iraq resulting from DU weapons are something the U.S. media will not discuss. That bothers my conscience more than anything, as this website documents what happens to innocent children. These are issues U.S. citizens need to know about. However, they are purposely kept from us because they just may motivate us to rebel against what’s going on, as we rightly rebelled when that infamous photograph of the naked Vietnamese child — Phan Thi Kim Phuc — running from the napalm bombing motivated us to stop that war. It’s referred to as a photograph that changed the world. Maybe the 1960s world, but the current world is “media-controlled” and that’s why we have what we have, I say. See the photo here. The photograph documents running from napalm, not depleted uranium. God help us, please. Man’s inhumanity toward man has to stop.
It is my opinion the United States should lead in stopping inhumane actions that “concretize” war, poverty, deceit and a litany of sins against humankind.
Additionally, my conscience is troubled with major issues that have been germinating since the Richard Nixon Presidency years. Those concerns hit full bore when the 2000 Presidential election was handed over to the Supreme Court to determine the winner, whereas actual vote counts undoubtedly were “hijacked.” For those who don’t remember, here’s a refresher.
I have nightmares about that very same thing happening in November when SCOTUS just may be employed again to determine the Presidential election — God forbid. Aren’t we, the voters, supposed to elect the President of the United States, not SCOTUS? Please don’t retort with, “Well, aren’t we a nation of laws?” Um, what laws?
Those laws seem to be skewed toward vested interests not what the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights set forth and not what supposedly have been the guiding principles for more than two centuries. And here’s a real hairy issue for me: Presidential executive orders interfere with many Constitutional rights, if you aren’t aware.
Recently, SCOTUS played another role in what I think is steering the United States down the slippery slope to socialism. That happened when SCOTUS voted Obamacare was a “tax” — not healthcare — that, in five justices’ opinion, did not violate the U.S. Constitution. As a result, Americans will have to pony up for 21 higher and/or additional taxes. Here they are:
- A 156 percent increase in the Federal excise tax on tobacco
- Obamacare Individual Mandate Excise Tax
- Obamacare Employer Mandate Tax
- Obamacare Surtax on Investment Income
- Obamacare Excise Tax on Comprehensive Health Insurance Plans
- Obamacare Hike in Medicare Payroll Tax
- Obamacare Medicine Cabinet Tax
- Obamacare HSA Withdrawal Tax Hike
- Obamacare Flexible Spending Account Cap — aka “Special Needs Kids Tax”
- Obamacare Tax on Medical Device Manufacturers
- Obamacare “Haircut” for Medical Itemized Deduction from 7.5 percent to 10 percent of adjusted gross income
- Obamacare Tax on Indoor Tanning Services
- Obamacare elimination of tax deduction for employer-provided retirement prescription drug coverage in coordination with Medicare Part D
- Obamacare Blue Cross and Blue Shield Tax Hike
- Obamacare Excise Tax on Charitable Hospitals
- Obamacare Tax on Innovator Drug Companies
- Obamacare Tax on Health Insurers
- Obamacare $500,000 Annual Executive Compensation Limit for Health Insurance Executives
- Obamacare Employer Reporting of Insurance on W-2
- Obamacare “Black liquor” tax hike
- Obamacare Codification of the “economic substance doctrine” 
My conscience was rattled during the 2008 Presidential election cycle, as I believed there were no credible characters I felt I could vote for, so I chose not to vote. As a matter of fact and conscience, I drove to the polling place but turned around and went home after questioning my sanity about voting for characters whom, in good conscience, I could not trust. Forget party politics! By the way, I’m a registered independent for those who want to know.
Maybe I was correct in my thinking that Barack Obama was a “Trojan horse.” In retrospect, I think I may have been correct. I felt I could not trust someone who would not produce verifiable information about his life, education, etc., or a person who seemed to speak out of more than one side of what appeared to me to be two faces.
Over these past four years, I have had those concerns enhanced to the point where I feel I must write this article. For the record, I cannot and will not support Obama for President of the United States or any office, including dogcatcher. My reasons are legion. However, the most egregious, as far as I’m concerned, are Obama’s Presidential executive orders (PEO) that may, in essence, confer upon him “tin hat dictator” status.
Why do I say that? Because no one, not even Congress or SCOTUS, can challenge or revoke a PEO once it’s been published in The Federal Register. In essence, there’s a “dictator-in-waiting” status, I feel, in the more than 126 PEOs Obama signed since the day after he was sworn into office. His first PEO (No. 13489) dealt with Presidential Records. In essence, no one could investigate, publish, etc., any information about Obama. Why? Red flags flew about that for me and confirmed my reasons for not voting for him.
Another of my major concerns is the secret deal(s) the National Security Agency (NSA) seems to have made with past and present White House Administrations after that infamous date, 9/11. Please view this link and you will understand why I say that.
Then there’s this information one needs to consider seriously, I think.
My conscience prods me on to share my reasons for not supporting the biggest boondoggle in politics the United States may have ever experienced. Obama promised change. What we got, in my opinion, was an Administration that I think has been the most corrupt ever, with numerous czars put in place, seemingly like vultures, ready to pounce on a dying animal — in essence our pre-Obama governance style — and the transparency that Obama campaigned on as a key plank in his Presidential platform but has failed miserably to produce.
Voters, please wake up and listen to your conscience. It’s talking to you. You know deep down that the United States is not what it used to be. We need change now more than ever. November is dirty-diaper-changing time for Congress and the White House. Let’s clean up the mess!
–Catherine J. Frompovich