Dr. Bob Nelson speaks to the Palmetto Panel about importance of Healthcare Freedom in our Republic

Georgia Chapter Free Market Medical Association spokesperson, Dr. Bob Nelson, had the honor of addressing the 3rd annual Citizens in Action, Palmetto Panel held at Clemson University on February 25th about healthcare freedom and the importance of liberating markets with price honesty in healthcare.


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The Electoral College Still Makes Sense Because We’re Not A Democracy

What appears to deprive the populace of its power to decide a president is the very mechanism that preserves its power. The Electoral College works that way because the United States isn’t a pure democracy.

Source: The Electoral College Still Makes Sense Because We’re Not A Democracy

Immigration Controversies – Thomas Sowell

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Thomas Sowell

Despite controversies that rage over immigration, it is hard to see how anyone could be either for or against immigrants in general.

Both in the present and in the past, some immigrant groups have made great contributions to American society, and others have contributed mainly to the welfare rolls and the prisons. Nor is this situation unique to the United States. The same has been true of Sweden and of other countries in Europe and elsewhere.

Sweden was, for a long time, one of the most ethnically homogeneous countries in the world. As of 1940, only about one percent of the Swedish population were immigrants. Even as the proportion of immigrants increased over the years, as late as 1970 90 percent of foreign-born persons in Sweden had been born in other Scandinavian countries or in Western Europe.

These immigrants were usually well-educated, and often had higher labor force participation rates and lower unemployment rates than the native Swedes. That all began to change as the growing number of immigrants came increasingly from the Middle East, with Iraqis becoming the largest immigrant group in Sweden.

This changing trend was accompanied by a sharply increased use of the government’s “social assistance” program, from 6 percent in the pre-1976 era to 41 percent in the 1996-1999 period. But, even in this later period, fewer than 7 percent of the immigrants from Scandinavia and Western Europe used “social assistance,” while 44 percent of the immigrants from the Middle East used that welfare state benefit.

Immigrants, who were by this time 16 percent of Sweden’s population, had become 51 percent of the long-term unemployed and 57 percent of the people receiving welfare payments. The proportion of foreigners in prison was 5 times their proportion in the population of the country.

Source: Immigration Controversies – Thomas Sowell

The Rule of Law

Professor Tom W. Bell

Chapman University

Academic Research Shows Minorities Get Hurt When Government Tries to Help | International Liberty

Two economists, one from the University of Virginia and the other from the University of Oregon, conducted a study of “ban the box” laws that restrict employers from figuring out whether job applicants have criminal records.

So it sounds very compassionate to impose these laws, right? Who could object to helping ex-cons get in the door for interviews, at which point they can hopefully show potential employers that they have value.

Well, the study shows that these laws hurt more than they help. Here are some passages from the abstract.

We find that BTB policies decrease the probability of being employed by 3.4 percentage points (5.1%) for young, low-skilled black men, and by 2.3 percentage points (2.9%) for young, low-skilled Hispanic men. These findings support the hypothesis that when an applicant’s criminal history is unavailable, employers statistically discriminate against demographic groups that are likely to have a criminal record.

Source: Academic Research Shows Minorities Get Hurt When Government Tries to Help | International Liberty

We Need to Stop Lying to Ourselves About Ideological & Theological based Terrorism

The narrative goes like this.  Violent extremists are everywhere and throughout history all religions are equally represented among the perpetrators.  The next point is to remind the listener about all the ethnic cleansing and politically-motivated attempts to exterminate those that don’t agree with a certain political agenda or that stand in the way of power; all of this is held up as proof that there is nothing new going on here and no need to point fingers.

The point that the elite-minded want us commoners to grasp is that the problem of terrorism is not unique to anyone religion or a certain part of the world.  Therefore, we should not focus on just one religion or just certain parts of the world for, oh I don’t know, maybe for clues as to motive or targets.

I guess connecting the dots is just too sophomoric for them; somehow akin to “profiling” and that is just not the way sophisticated intellectuals are supposed to think.  And let’s not forget the Crusades.  Those Knights were “Christians” you know. Never mind that Christians stopped that practice almost 1000 years ago and the closest I’ve come to seeing a Knight was when I attended a Mason’s meeting 20 years ago. And there were no chants or slogans calling for the death of any groups or religions.  Just saying.

I’m fed up with being told how I should think about the Orlando shooting and all the other violent acts against people of certain beliefs or lifestyles.  With the recent murder by ISIS of a French Catholic priest during mass services, I couldn’t stay silent any longer.

We are told over and over again by progressives that Violent Extremism isn’t about Religion.  Well if some manner of religious belief is not juxtaposed to the radical part, then where does the EXTREMIST part come in???  How then does one become “extreme” if there are no reasonable core beliefs to begin with.  I guess someone could just simply start out crazy and skip the whole religious part.  That would explain some of it, no doubt.

I’ve had it up to my eye balls with all the comparisons ostensibly trying to prove the moral equivalence between ANY gun violence, shooting or mass murder ANYWHERE, by ANYONE with that of the ideological/theocratic-based hatred exhibited by radicalized jihadists; the same who target specific people or groups just because of beliefs or lifestyle which doesn’t coincide with their own.

And the repartee wouldn’t be complete if apologists didn’t mention Timothy McVeigh as an example of “home-grown” terrorism.  “So how is what he did any different”, they opine?  Well, it isn’t when it comes to death and destruction. It is vastly different when it comes to the target and the motive.  As sick and disturbed as this act was, he was not advocating death to Jews, Christians, Muslims, Gays or any certain groups.  Of course he was wrong to do what he did and deserved to be convicted. His motivation, reckless and violent as it was, was to strike out against what he thought was a police state in the making.

Someone in a recent post on LinkedIn actually tried to compare the 30,000 people killed by “gun violence” in the U.S. every year with that of religious-based sharia hatred that we see carried out against Jews and Christians even still in the 21st century.  Their point was that almost all of the gun violence in the U.S. is carried out by Christians!  No kidding?!  WOW!!!  Now think about that statement for a millisecond, which is all the time you should need for your jaw to drop off of your face.  At last count, about 83% of the population of the U.S. identified themselves as Christian.  So by the same logic, all the rapes in Saudi Arabia are committed by Muslims, right?  

Do you see how silly that sounds when we turn it around?  But this is supposed to silence the opposition. Well, I’m not buying it and I’m not going to be quiet.

The vast majority of gun violence in America is a combination of domestic squabbles, money and drug-related violence; and not related to an attempt to extinguish an entire lineage of people or annihilate western way of life and its governance.

I actually had someone warn me about all those violent Hindus that might stone me if they catch me eating beef, which in her mind is evidently NO different from the killings in Orlando.  Now maybe I’ve been living under a rock, but I’ve not heard of nor seen any Hindu groups attacking Golden Corral or Wendy’s lately.  Did I miss that on CNN?

Here is the ideological imperative that we must come to grips with: Not all violence is created equal, neither is what we label as terrorism.

Yes, the end result is equally horrible for the victims and the justification of each act are the ruminations of uncaring-unfeeling humans.

FirstAmendmentThis is why it is of paramount importance to distinguish and call out ideological/theological based terror for what it is: An attempt to destroy cultures and civilizations and eliminate lifestyles that are considered infidels just for their belief system and replace them with a Theocratic – Sharia system.  These Theocratic systems of government do exist in multiple countries in which women’s rights are trampled, being treated as second class citizens and where gays are tortured or worse.

Sharia is against everything that we as Americans hold dear.  It violates are basic principles and flies in the face of our constitution and Bill of Rights.  It should not be tolerated; those who love liberty and understand the role of government know this.

It matters not that the Orlando shooter was “domestically radicalized” with “no direct ties or support from ISIS”, as the FBI was so quick to point out. It was still the same ideology that spawned that hateful act (radical Islamic jihad-ism) whose hate knows no borders.

And just recently, the murder of an 86 year old French Catholic Priest by ISIS cut-throats. They over-ran the church and slit his throat during Mass, killing him almost instantly and mortally wounded another.

The last time I checked, there were no radicalized Quakers, Mormons, Baptists, Buddhists, Hindus or Zionists that were committed to, let alone accused of, destroying entire cultures or groups of people just because of lifestyle and belief systems.

Had we lived through it, I hope we wouldn’t apologize for the tactics of the Crusades and would have called it by what it was: Radical Christian Religious Cleansing.

We need to have the same clear stance against Radical Islamic Jihad-ism, which is the “Crusade” of the 21st century. It would be nice if we had a president that could utter those words.

Nine Key Takeaways from Brexit | International Liberty

What an amazing vote. The people of the United Kingdom defied the supposed experts, rejected a fear-based campaign by advocates of the status quo, and declared their independence from the European …

Source: Nine Key Takeaways from Brexit | International Liberty