I am extremely perturbed right now...I am sick to death of hearing Rush Limbaugh get blasted for calling someone promiscuous for having "so much sex that they're going broke paying for birth control".
Uh, I beg your pardon, but if you're having sex so frequently, that you need the "Morning After Pill" that many times that you're running out of money to pay for it, what do you think you are? A modern woman? BULLSHIT!!!
And to expect the government to require your insurance provider (something you are NOT required to participate in, by the way!!!) to cover the expense???? OH MY GRACIOUS SAKES!!!
OK...let me back up a bit here...
I am a conservative, Bible-believing, born-again Christian. I believe that the Bible is the word of God given to man as a living, breathing document, in which are contained the rules and regulations by which we are to live. I believe that there are things that are just WRONG (lying, cheating, gossiping, stealing, killing, extra-marital sex, homosexuality, addiction, substance abuse, abuse period to name a few). That being said, I also know that when God had to boot Adam and Eve from Eden, our sinful nature - our ability to choose right or wrong in every situation - was flipped to the "on" position. We are created with the desire, the void, the need for God. Unfortunately, we are inundated on every side by things that we use as a substitute.
With that little picture in mind, let me tell you that I do not believe in abstinence-only sex-ed courses in school. Quite frankly, I don't think the school system should be teaching our children anything other than the mechanics of the human reproductive system in classroom time, but I also realize that is an unrealistic picture...I believe, as with anything, that it is better to say "here are the facts - when people have sex, there is the chance that the girl will conceive. There is a chance, every time you have sex, that you will get an STD (I REFUSE to call them STI's...). There are things you can to CUT DOWN THE CHANCES that you will get an STD or that a girl will get pregnant. The only way to ELIMINATE THOSE CHANCES is to NOT HAVE SEX."
I do NOT believe that an employer should be required to offer coverage of contraception if they are a religiously-based employer. If an employee wants their insurance to cover their contraception, don't work for a company that believes contraception is something that ought not to be used. If you don't agree with the basic philosophy your employer embraces, perhaps you should seek another job - I would!
I am tired of seeing people who hold conservative beliefs labeled as ignorant, backwards, stupid, jerks, assholes, dumbf*&ks and the like.
Guess what? I am entitled to my own opinion and beliefs. I don't call you an ass because you're liberal and think that Americans are endowed with the right to life, liberty and the assurance of happiness...last time I checked, it says "the pursuit of happiness". No one said if I pursue it, I'm guaranteed to get it.
I am also tired of seeing Americans allow the government to legislate what we can eat, drink, sell, say, write, or even legislate the manner in which we raise our children.
I am not advocating anarchy, just that we are slowly allowing ourselves to become engulfed in an Orwellian society a la 1984!
Big Brother is alive and well in Washington D.C. - our elected officials rarely actually represent the people by whom they were elected, but rather choose to represent those who footed the bill for their campaigns.
I think that forthwith, every single elected official should forgo their salary. Until such a time as our budget is actually balanced and deficit spending is stopped. Until such a time as we stop attacking one another and actually work together for the good of the common man. Until such a time as we realize that when we allow people to break the rules, no matter their station in life, we are undermining our own selves. Until such a time as we can set aside our personal agendas and actually have a government of the people, by the people and for the people. Until such a time as there aren't handouts for people who aren't willing to work.
I'm sorry, but I have a strong opinion about people who abuse the welfare system. I know there are truly those who need assistance from things like WIC, or State Aid. I also know there are plenty more out there who see that the more kids they have, the more money they get, and the less they actually have to do to attempt to care for their own families. I know there are a lot more who are substance abusers, who have falsified their documents, and are actually here illegally. I know that there are those who are working as hard as they can to provide for their families.
I also know that there are people out there making 6-figure salaries that are wallowing in debt, thinking that they are entitled to have gross abundance of unnecessary things.
I am not promoting socialism, communism, capitalism, or any other "ism"...
I think we, as a Nation, have completely lost sight of that which our Founding Fathers envisioned - a Nation wherein we are not subjected to the whims of a tyrant who happened to be born into the "right" family. A Nation wherein the voice of every person is valued. A Nation in which we, the people, can speak our opinions and ideas, and have them be heard. A Nation which stood for equality, not special treatment of the few. A Nation which would fight for right and freedom. A Nation governed by men and women that realize their position is one to be taken seriously, with great responsibility, not kowtowing to the biggest pocketbook in the arena. A Nation that allows its citizens to have many mid-level freedoms, so that the smaller and larger freedoms would not be missed (such as the freedom to have a firearm in your house, but NOT the freedom to use it randomly to kill people).
I could go on for days and days on this, but I won't.
I just get so mad that our Federal Government is still acting like a bunch of spoiled children who've been told they can't have a cookie before dinner...
If I, as a non-college graduate, can keep my family of 5 living BELOW the income BB brings in, that we spend less than we earn, that we work our butts off to take care of the home in which we live - keeping it in good repair, looking neat and tidy inside and out - caring for our possessions, and raising children who not only know right from wrong, but understand why we choose the right, and not the wrong, then surely these men and women with several degrees, and lots of money should be able to work together right?
I seriously think I'm running for President in 2016...maybe a stay-at-home Mom of 3 can whip this Nation back into shape...because the man in office now has done a lousy job of creating a good work environment and helping his team to work together in harmony to create a great place to live!