Senior advisor to President Obama, Valerie Jarrett, wrote for the White House blog and The Huffington Post that, "A Woman's Health Care Decisions Should Be in Her Own Hands, Not Her Boss's." I couldn't agree more.
Odd then that the administration is trying to insert bosses, many of them against their deeply held religious beliefs, into the private health care decisions of women. Ms. Jarrett writes that, "The ACA (Affordable Care Act) was designed to ensure that health care decisions are made between a woman and her doctor, and not by her boss, or Washington politicians."
In fact, the administration has done the opposite. It has forced employers to act as middlemen between women and their doctors by forcing them to participate in providing four potentially life terminating drugs and the whole gamut of FDA-approved contraceptives, even when they object on religious grounds. And then it thrust the issue right into the portfolio of Washington politicians by making it an election wedge issue, by using it to stoke partisan bickering, and by peddling lies about a "war on women." more >>
The administration of President Barack Obama is the most secretive she has ever had to deal with, Jill Abramson, executive editor of The New York Times, complained in an interview with Al Jazeera.
The Obama White House, Abramson said, "is the most secretive White House that I have ever been involved in covering," noting that she has covered every White House since President Ronald Reagan.
"I dealt directly with the Bush White House," she added, "when they had concerns that stories we were about to run put the national security under threat. But, you know, they were not pursuing criminal leak investigations. more >>
A lawyer who specializes in religious liberty cases has expressed approval of the Defense Department's recently announced new policy on religious grooming for military personnel.
Daniel Blomberg, legal counsel with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, told The Christian Post that the Wednesday announcement by the Pentagon was a "good step."
"We think that it's a very good step in that it incorporates, for instance, much of the language from the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which applies to the federal government," said Blomberg. more >>
Speaking to roughly 400 people at a Martin Luther King Day breakfast on Monday, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright lashed out against the Supreme Court, incarceration and the Tea Party.
"Tell your children we have some unfinished business on the agenda with the voting rights bill gutted by a right-wing dominated Supreme Court, … with mass incarceration robbing black and brown communities of any positive future … with jobs being shipped overseas … with one branch of the Tea Party being nothing but a 2.0 upgrade of the lynch mobs … with some folks doing everything they can to get that black man out of their White House," said Wright, as quoted by the Wilmington News-Journal.
In a 30-minute speech, Wright, who filled in after the previous speaker canceled, called upon his predominantly African-American audience to remember their "great and glorious heritage" that started back from the African royalty and extended to the current day president and First Lady Michelle Obama. more >>
President Barack Obama enjoys the celebrity and uniqueness of being America's first black president but loathes the accountability that comes with the job. Since day one Obama, has cried racism as the cause for his inability to work with Republicans in Congress or basically get anything meaningful done in five years of his presidency.
The very thing that got Obama elected, his race, is the very crutch he continuously use to eschew criticism for a job poorly done. So, it was no surprise to read in The New Yorker's sweeping interview with the president that he blames the failures of his presidency on racists.
"There's no doubt that there's some folks who just really dislike me because they don't like the idea of a black President, said Obama. more >>
President Obama has invoked Dr. King's powerful phrase-the fierce urgency of now-as a spur to get his troops in line for the takeover of health care. They achieved their purposes to the extent that they rammed through Congress a monster of a bill-around the corner, over the walls, and parachuting down the chimney, if necessary, as an entranced Speaker Nancy Pelosi gushingly told us. They knew they had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make it happen. And they did.
What Dr. King's "fierce urgency of now" referred to was the centuries-long deferred promise of American life, that all of God's children could live together in peace and justice, that freedom would ring from the red hills of Georgia to the California redwoods. Dr. King cried out in the voice of the prophet. And the nation heeded. It was then that the great Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 were passed. This was the greatest advance for equal justice under law since the victorious Union ratified the Civil War era amendments to the Constitution.
We can embrace a fierce urgency of now, too. We have a cause every bit as compelling as that of President Obama and Nancy Pelosi. Where they want to shackle every American to the government, we want our people to be free. Where they want to force every American to participate in the slaughter of innocents, we believe every one deserves a birthday. more >>