American Imperial Edicts

Vic Biorseth, Sunday, January 29, 2012
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Today at Mass Archbishop Schnurr’s letter of January 25, 2012 was read from the pulpit, and a copy was placed in the bulletin. It seems that the systematic destruction of the foundation and Constitution of America is now going on steroids. First, Rick Santorum warned us about the direct challenge to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness – the very foundation stones upon which America is Constituted – and now we have this informative letter from the Archbishop of Cincinnati going one better. First, let me present that letter right here.


January 25, 2012 Office of the Archbishop
100 East Eighth Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
513-421-3131

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

I write to you concerning an alarming and serious matter that negatively impacts the Church in the United States directly, and that strikes at the fundamental right to religious liberty for all citizens of any faith. The federal government, which claims to be “of, by, and for the people,” has just dealt a heavy blow to almost a quarter of those people – the Catholic population – and to the millions more who are served by the Catholic faithful.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced last week that almost all employers, including Catholic employers, will be forced to offer their employees’ health coverage that includes sterilization, abortion-inducing drugs, and contraception. Almost all health insurers will be forced to include those “services” in the health policies they write. And almost all individuals will be forced to buy that coverage as a part of their policies.

We cannot – we will not – comply with this unjust law. People of faith cannot be made second-class citizens. We are already joined by our brothers and sisters of all faiths and many others of good will in this important effort to regain our religious freedom. Our parents and grandparents did not come to these shores to help build America’s cities and towns, its infrastructure and institutions, its enterprise and culture, only to have their posterity stripped of their God given rights. In generations past, the Church has always been able to count on the faithful to stand up and protect her sacred rights and duties. I hope and trust she can count on this generation of Catholics to do the same. Our children and grandchildren deserve nothing less.

And therefore, I would ask of you two things. First, as a community of faith we must commit ourselves to prayer and fasting that wisdom and justice may prevail, and religious liberty may be restored. Without God, we can do nothing; with God, nothing is impossible. Second, I would also recommend visiting www.usccb.org/conscience, to learn more about this severe assault on religious liberty, and how to contact Congress in support of legislation that would reverse the Administration’s decision.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Dennis M. Schnurr
Archbishop of Cincinnati


This is a situation we simply cannot stand still for. Last week, Santorum pointed out, for the second time, and again to largely deaf ears, that the legal mandate part of Obama-care is not only un-Constitutional – it strikes at the Declaration of Independence itself, which is the very foundation stone of America. The God-given rights to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness are the very reason for the existence of America. Defense of these rights is, precisely, what our government is Constituted to do. To protect these rights is why the Constitution was written in the first place. (See the Santorum gets it page.)

This blatant Imperial Edict from on high that lit the good Archbishop’s fire is even more egregious than the one that set Santorum off, because the Obama-care mandate, at least, was legislated, even though it violates the Constitution, the Declaration and everything America stands for. In the case that Archbishop Schnurr points out, it wasn’t even legislated, and there is nothing representative about it; it is a mere regulation, with full force of law, authored by some nameless, faceless bureaucrat under orders from the Emperor, proving once again that we are not being represented – we are not even being governed – we are merely being administered.

No level of American government can legitimately force anyone to buy anything, or force any business entity to provide anything, or force any employer to contribute to anything against their will. That, you see, would be an infringement on liberty, and on the pursuit of happiness – the ability of a citizen to work for his own self interest and thereby make profit. At the same time, it would be an infringement on the free market – that natural thing, called Capitalism, which just naturally happens when men enjoy liberty and the right to pursue happiness. Liberty and Capitalism go together; indeed, they are inseparable. Whatever injures one injures the other.

Government did not grant us these rights – God did. Government cannot legitimately take them away.

Pray about this. And then do something about it.

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Date: Sat Feb 11 05:58:3 2012
From: Sybil
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Location: Manchester, UK
Comment:

As an American woman I find it interesting that a woman’s health issue should stir up such vitriol. There was no intention in this action to violate anyone’s rights under the constitution. The President has since modified the rule to apply to insurance providers and not to any Catholic institutions, proving that he had no intent to infringe on the first amendment. Women have a right to access to health care, and that right extends to all women, not just Catholic women. The Catholic position seems to me to be to force their religious beliefs on non-Catholics in violation of the first amendment. This is a woman’s health issue, pure and simple.


Date: Sat Feb 11 08:03:07 2012
From: Vic Biorseth
Comment:

Sybil:

The President’s recent change of the unrepresentative and unlegislated bureaucratic rule issued by an unaccountable bureaucracy changed nothing in regards to the original violation of the First Amendment. Instead of the Catholic employers providing the coverage, the insurance companies – all insurance companies – are required to provide the coverage. Who pays for the coverage? The Catholic employers, and all other employers, and every employee who contributes to his own health care insurance.

No one is left out. Private companies are forced by government to provide it. Private employers are forced by government to purchase it. Private citizens are forced by government to participate in it.

The flat out immorality and illegality of this entire issue is dumbfounding. Everything about it is wrong. Let me count the ways:

  1. There is nothing in Article 1 Section 8 or any other part of the Constitution regarding government providing health care to the population.
  2. There is nothing in Article 1 Section 8 or any other part of the Constitution regarding government providing any kind of insurance to the population.
  3. There is no right to health care, or to health care insurance, or to “women’s health.”
  4. Government has no legal authority to order any private business to provide any product or service.
  5. Government has no legal authority to dictate any price of any private product or service.
  6. Government has no legal authority to order any employer to provide any product or service for any employee at any cost.
  7. Government has no legal authority to order any citizen to purchase any product or service at any price.
  8. Contraception has nothing whatsoever to do with health care.
  9. Sterilization has nothing whatsoever to do with health care.
  10. Abortion has nothing whatsoever to do with health care.
  11. Requiring any Catholic person, or any person, or any institution to do or participate in anything that is intrinsically evil is a direct violation of the First Amendment.
  12. Prohibiting (or editing) any bishop from preaching to his congregation is a direct violation of the First Amendment.

There is simply no part of any of this that is natural, Constitutional, legal or moral. See the Contraception page for the history of where all this evil nonsense began, and how we got to this point.

To oppose God is to oppose nature. To oppose nature is to oppose God. Comrade Obama (peace be upon him) opposes nature, God, the family, the Church, free enterprise, Life liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, the Constitution and Truth. He is a typical MEJTML14 . He is guided by the ethos of BMDFP10 and his fellow Marxists.

This ain’t no women’s health issue. It’s much bigger than you imagine.

Regards,

Vic




Date: Sun Feb 12 21:22:41 2012
From: Carolyn
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You are making a mountain out of a molehill and you are turning the issue upside down. You don’t believe women have a right to equal health care coverage, others believe they do. Are those who oppose your ideas not to have a voice at all? You are the one who is imposing your values on us. No one is forcing you to pay for anything.


Date: Mon Feb 13 05:29:27 2012
From: Vic Biorseth
Comment:

Carolyn:

This is no molehill.

It doesn’t matter what you or I believe; what matters is the state of law in the matter. Women do not have any such right to equal health care coverage, any more than they have a right to equal food, or to equal anything else.

There is no legal right to any health care in America. Nor is there any legal right to public indoctrination. I mean education. Yet, here we are.

You are the one who has it backwards; the state is imposing its values on us, the sovereign citizens, by force of bureaucratic regulation, which is tantamount to imperial edict.

The American government is not authorized, qualified or Constituted to practice medicine without a license, nor it is authorized, qualified or Constituted to practice Insurance without a license, nor is it authorized, qualified or Constituted to direct any private business or citizen in how to provide these services. The government has stuck its long nose deep into the private sector, and it is now time for a major government nose job.

The government is indeed forcing everyone to pay for this diabolical practice under the title of health care; there is nothing in this world that is free. Providers are to cover it at no expense to beneficiaries, but it still has a cost, and the providers are going to get that money from the premiums. We all are being forced by law to participate in programs supporting acts that are intrinsically evil perversions of nature.

All providers are to include it in coverage; all employers are to purchase it; all employees are to participate in it, and most will also contribute to it. No exceptions.

Contraception is legal and available to you. Sterilization is legal and available to you. Abortion is legal and available to you. No one is preventing you from practicing and enjoying your sick and disgusting lifestyle choices.

Why must you insist that I pay for you to avail yourself of these evil, twisted and perverted lifestyle choices?

Regards,

Vic


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Date:   Wed Jul 16 2014
From:  Vic Biorseth
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Changes pursuant to changing the website URL and name from 
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Pulled the trigger on the 301 MOVE IT option June 1, 2014. Working my way through all the webpages.  . 

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The Dem's October Surprise involves another flip-flop of their public "standard". The clearly pro-sodomy Party that openly seeks the "Gay" vote goes Victorian for another pre-election October Surprise ploy.

Some Problems with NuVo: the so-called Null-Vote Initiative. A "philosophical" movement aimed at keeping religious conservatives from voting? Seriously? Let me state my problems with NuVo.

Come, let us sit and reason together. Jews and Christians of various stripe and spot can say to each other, 'Come, let us sit and reason together.' But we can't do that with the Moslems.

Regarding SANE works dropping NuVo: Nul Vote Initiative dies with a whimper. If you can't really present a good argument, sit down. On SANE Works dropping the NuVo Initiative: a program that works hard to SOUND pro-American while ACTING to oppose American National Existence.

Even experts grossly underestimate the Marxist zeal of the American Left. The sharp Left turn happened in the Hoover-FDR era, and the Marxism of the American Left has been deepening ever since.

Thinking American, in a nutshell: When one has lots to say, but time is limited. The older I get, the busier I get. Answering multiple questions as a thinking American, but in a hurry.

"We are an Easter People, and Hallelujah is our Song." (John Paul the Great) Our absolutely unique and singular Easter story, and the incredible force with which it struck human history.

Witnessing, grieving and weeping for our dieing culture.  What might it take to call a whole people back from the brink of cultural death?

If we have an inherent right to something, then, who must supply it?  Rights and Responsibilities exist in paired sets; a right does not exist in the absence of a related responsibility.  If indeed we have a right to our job, then, someone must provide it. Who?

So how come we have all these homeless people if our system is so great? The strong "Utopian Idealist" firmly believes that absolute worldly perfection is actually possible.  Therefore, there should never be any such thing as a hungry or homeless person.

Taking a look at Illegal Imigration and Tax Problem solutions. In our view, the minimum wage and income tax have outlived their usefulness, and only contribute to the illegal alien problem. 

First journal / blog entries when the thinking catholic blog first opened up. Notes to readers about what I was doing. 

On-going WebSite work and planned WebPages as of 09/07/2006. Adding items to book store. 

Vic's busted finger status - life goes on. Another busted finger status report, since the original one rolled off of the 50-entry BLOG update records.

Website Status as of 02/05/2009. No more Bookstore; no more Contact Me; no more complexity.

Website Status 03-09-2009. Just a note to bring you up to date on website status 03-09-2009.

Website Status 04/06/2009. Busy driving daily now; most website work will be weekend and as available.

The Plastic Bags and Eco Doom theory: will plastic bags end life as we know it? Plastic Bag and Eco Doom predictions tell us that plastic grocery and garbage bags will still be buried in the land fills and dumps a thousand years from now.  Well … so what?

Farewell Smokey Biorseth; Rest In Peace.  Hello Coal Biorseth; Welcome Home. As we were laying our beloved Smokey Biorseth to rest in his grave beside the lilies, a carbon-copy of Smokey, in younger form, emerged from the lilies.

Honky Biorseth really runs this house. If you want to know what's in any cabinet in the house, just ask Honky Biorseth.

Kill the illegal alien marketplace, and illegal aliens will leave on their own. Why should we "imagine" life with no Mexico? Shouldn't the Mexicans be trying to imagine no such thing as the USA?

More Marxist infiltration of higher education. Public school and the media are not the only places dominated by Marxist thought; even Catholic institutions are infected.

Of Families and Fortunes, and Inheritance Vs. Redistribution. Families and Fortunes are despised by Marxists, because Marxism demonizes the family, demonizes fortunes, and even demonizes profit.

Website Status Update 11/09/10. Just a Website status update; where we are and where we’re going.

Regarding the 2010 Tax Deal Pledge Breaker: Pledge? What Pledge? How can Republican deal makers even face us? We need to hang a Tea Party target on all professional politicians for 2012.

Pray for peace in Jerusalem, and for deliverance of Israel from harm. To pray for peace in Jerusalem is to pray for deliverance from Obama.

A tale of Promised Financial Melt-Down Debt Ceiling Nonsense and Happy Marxists. Everyone, on both sides, believes the Debt Ceiling Nonsense.  Why?

God and Nature: on the Nature of Things, established by the Creator of Things. God and Nature: on man’s Perversion of the Nature of Things, even with the best of intentions.

Our Ohio voter Guide for the 2012 Election. The 2l012 Ohio Voter Guide – The Choices Have Never Been Clearer, or more critical.

Evangelization enters the animal kingdom with the first bear prayer. It is fitting that the first bear prayer would be a prayer of thanksgiving.

Is the Internet down in Lithuania? Sudden loss of Lithanian traffic suggests the internet is down in Lithuania. 

The rise of the Femi Nazi Green Beret, and the decline of military victory. The first Femi Nazi Green Beret will be awarded out of fairness, not excellence.

Food Insurance: Is this stuff really any good? All of us conspiracy-theorizing, global-calamity doomsday-preppers need their Food Insurance.

We just had to try to do Robert Irvine's Plastic Wrapped Baby Back Ribs. Put plastic wrapped baby back ribs in the oven? What? Are you nuts?

Thoughts on the first Eucharist, established by the Last Supper.  The first Eucharist was recognized by the Apostles for what it was on that holiest Holy Thursday.

Tea-Party-Candidates-04-18-2014.  The Constitution is not going to be restored to legal preeminence unless we replace leadership incumbents of BOTH PARTIES.

Ecce homo; Behold the man.  Ecce Homo.  Behold the Innocent Lamb, who takes away the sins of the world.

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