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I’m going to need someone to explain this to me.  Seriously.  And, I guess I should specify.  I would like a democrat to explain this to me.  I honestly would, because it just doesn’t make sense to me.  I’m not looking for a fight, just a simple explanation.

Ok, this is what I fail to grasp.

In New York City, the liberal government wants to ban the sale of large sugary drinks.  It’s supposed to help people be healthier.  Apparently, people aren’t capable of making their own choices when it comes to what they drink.  And, it’s not just large sugary drinks.  Trans-fats, too.  And even lunches children bring to school from home are being monitored.  All under the guise of making sure we stay healthy.  So, just to be clear, they believe the government has the right to regulate what you consume.  Do I have that correct?

Next, liberals fight for abortion rights.  Shoot, Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, just endorsed Barack Obama and donated $1.4 million to his campaign.  Liberals and the abortion industry seem to go together like peanut butter and jelly.  They fight for the “right” of women to have abortions.  For women to be able to “choose.”  After all, they argue, it’s a woman’s body, and she should decide what happens with it.  Do I have that right?

I’d hate to be going on wrong information here.

SO—-

Why is it not OK for the government to tell a woman what she can do with her body, but it is OK for the government to tell her what she can eat or drink (which, I think would be considered what she can do with her body)?

Is anyone else confused by this?

I find it awfully hypocritical that liberals can fight for abortions under the guise of “it’s my body and I can do what I want,” but they feel perfectly justified and logical in dictating what people can and can’t eat and drink.

So, it’s OK to kill babies, but not to drink large sodas?

Just looking for some clarification and reasoning here.

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I’ve been thinking about this for quite a long time, and I’d really like to talk about Obamacare and some of my thoughts on it.

Let me start by saying that I don’t believe our freedoms have ever been under the attack they are now.  The nanny state has gone into full swing and has become a tyrannical monster!  Think about it.  Remember the Amish farm that was selling milk that the government shut down?  How about a couple days ago when a farmer was forced to close down his roadside ice cream stand because the government said so?  And, I can think of several little lemonade stands children have had to close down because the government said.  And, did you hear that bake sales are now banned in Massachusetts?  A few days ago, a Utah high school was fined $15,000 for selling a soda during lunch.  Because we certainly can’t have people choosing for themselves what they will drink.  A few months ago, we saw stories coming out of North Carolina about how children who had healthy lunches packed from home had their lunches taken and replaced with a school lunch because a government inspector decided the healthy lunches from home were not up to state standards, but chicken nuggets were.  And, remember when the City of San Francisco banned Happy Meals at McDonald’s because of the toys in them?  Because apparently we can’t trust parents to make the correct decisions about feeding their children.

So much for Father Knows Best.  The government knows best right??  What’s the phrase?  We’re from the government and we’re here to help.

Now, these are just a few examples; there are so many more.

So the question is, why is the government getting involved in what we eat?  Why does the government feel the need to tell people what they can and cannot eat?  Ahhh…good questions.

The answer is simple.  The government thinks you and I are too stupid to make the choices they think are correct.  Yeah, if McDonald’s sells me a toy, I’m totally going to buy a Happy Meal.  I was going to go home and eat salad and mixed vegetables, but that Happy Meal toy pushed me over the edge.  I just couldn’t resist.  WHAT?!?!

This is ridiculous.  All of it.

BUT….it’s not just about our collective stupidity.  It’s about money.  Yeah, that’s right.  It’s about money.

See, here’s how this works.  Under Obamacare, the government will pay for everyone’s health care.  Now, if someone has unhealthy eating habits, they are likely to be unhealthier than those that eat healthy foods.  And, if they are unhealthy, that means more money the government has to pay for their healthcare (yes, suddenly they are caring about what they are spending).  So, if they intervene and save you from your stupid self, they won’t have to pay as much in the long run for your health care.

But, it’s not just the food that’s an issue.  Did you know that a little while back, the government changed their recommendations on how often women should have a mammogram?  The recommendation went from being once a year to once every two years, and in some cases every five or ten years.  Holy cow, that sure seems to go against all the conventional wisdom we’ve been told.  So, why change it?  To save money on the tests.

How about vaccines?  Now, I’m not against vaccines, not at all.  But, I am against being forced to get them.  I do believe people should have the right to choose whether or not they want any or all of them.  However, in some states, little girls are required to get a vaccine that is supposed to prevent certain types of the HPV virus, which can lead to cervical cancer.  The problem is, it’s only those forms of the virus that are passed solely trough sexual activity. So, now we have to have our 10 and 11 year old girls being vaccinated against an STD?  But, the nanny knows best, right?

There certainly are many more examples, but in the interest of time and interest, I’ll stop there.

So, what does this have to do with homeschooling??  Stick with me, here.

Here’s the thing.  When the government starts dictating to you what you can and can’t eat, what medical tests you can and can’t have, what medications you can and can’t have, what doctors you can and can’t see, they’ve already gone into the most personal parts of your life.  When the government takes over your medical care- the very thing you depend on for your health and well being- they’ve crossed a line on a very intimate level.  When the government is mandating your life and death decisions, everything else looks like small potatoes.  Telling students they can’t drink soda suddenly doesn’t seem like that big of a deal when they are telling your grandma that she can’t have her medication because she’s too old.  Perspective.

Or, rather, it’s the Overton Window.  The Overton Window is basically the theory that the government (or whatever power) can alter people’s sense of normalcy by slowly changing what is acceptable.  The example I like to use is with gas prices.  Remember way back when, when gas hit $2.00 a gallon, and everyone was outraged?  But, we were told there was nothing to be done.  It would only be temporary.  And, finally, at least it wasn’t $3.00 or $4.00 a gallon.  At least we weren’t in Europe, where it was much higher.  So, people started just accepting the prices.  And what happened??  They stayed there for a while, then started climbing again.  And we heard the same answers, the same talking points.  And it’s still going.  Up, up, up!  And we still here the same rhetoric.  Boy, I’d sure love $2.00 gasoline now!  See, how that works, over a matter of just a few years, our view of what is normal has shifted.  That’s what the Overton Window is.  The views of normal are slowly shifted until we accept what we initially thought was unacceptable.

That’s likely how it will be with Obamacare.  Start now, by regulating soda in school or kids’ lunches.  We all think it’s awful now, but just give it time.  How complacent we are likely to become to those things, once the government starts telling us what medications we are allowed to have.  Our views will forever be changed.

Ok, back to homeschooling.

As I said earlier, under Obamacare, the government is going to be involved in your intimate daily life, and it’s all under the guise of doing what is best for the mindless citizenry.  So, if the government can mandate your life and death decisions, what will stop them from regulating other aspects of life, too??  Nothing.

If the government already thinks we are too stupid to make our own food and medical choices, don’t you think that they will soon think we are too stupid to educate our own children??  Plus, they aren’t going to want to have children being taught anything contrary to what the governmental powers that be deem good and acceptable.

When the government becomes involved in the intimate details of a person’s life, when and where to they stop??

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