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  2. The debate is raging all over cyber-space as the Obama administration attempts to force his will upon religiously affiliated institutions, like Catholic
    hospitals, to include contraception in its health care plans for employees.

    The Catholic Bishops are crying foul that this administration would trample on the Constitutions first amendment rights of freedom of religion. However they do fail to mention that a large percentage of Catholics supported Obamacare at the time it was being proposed. In addition many Catholics voted for Obama in 2008.

  3. The controversy is heated and there is as much support for the measure as there is opposition to it from mainline religious organizations.
  4. Most of the arguments against the mandate are based on a religious exemption. Congress has introduced legislation allowing employers to opt-out of health coverage mandates that they find immoral.
  5. This issue, like so many others, gets bogged down in the weeds with the news media spin and agenda driven discussions. The real issue behind this whole OBAMACARE fiasco is there is no CONSTITUTIONAL power given to the President or any of the many bureaucratic agencies currently writing mandates and regulations governing the American people. All laws are supposed to ORIGINATE in congress, the ONLY authorized LAW MAKING body recognized and empowered under the Constitution. Progressives and liberal politicians on both sides of the aisle have been circumventing the Constitution for decades. They have installed agencies and departments that perpetuate the progressive agenda of centralized power at the  federal level. This ever-expanding leviathan has choked off individual liberties and has made criminals out of everyday ordinary citizens.

    Where does it state in the Constitution that an American citizen needs to ask permission from the central planners in Washington before they can live their lives? The government has gotten so large and intrusive there is hardly anything in our lives that is not regulated or controlled in some way by some agency or department in Washington D.C.

    Yes I agree that forcing religious organizations to violate their conscience is unconstitutional but I argue that most of what the federal government does is unauthorized and thus invalid as far as the Constitution is concerned.

    I know what the opposition is going to say that the Supreme court as ruled the federal government has such powers but I still argue the intent of our founders was to LIMIT the federal government’s powers precisely for this reason. An out of control, all-powerful central government will make slaves of us all. We are no longer a representative republic since we are ruled by the mandates and dictates of a few. This in any other country would be called a dictatorship, whether it is the dictates of one man or the dictates of a few, our nation is supposed to be a government of, for and by the people.

    We have gone far afield from the intents of our founding. We are adrift on the sea of tyranny and are fast approaching the end of a great nation. We the people need to understand the seriousness of our state of affairs and make a major course adjustment quickly and with conviction. The upcoming election is probably the most important election in our live times. We must, if we love America, fight once again to maintain our republic.

    Benjamin Franklin was asked at
    the close of the Constitutional Convention of 1787, when queried as he
    left Independence Hall on the final day of deliberation…

    “Well, Doctor, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?”

      “A Republic, if you can keep it.”

    My friends the future is up to us. Are we going to fight to maintain the Republic which was established upon these shores or are we going to allow an out of control government steal our liberties and destroy our nation?

    This is just a View from the Nest. What say you?

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