Saturday, August 22, 2009

The Hmong Cause

For the most part, this blog is about the American political scene. I am also very interested in issues outside of our borders. Recently, I came across a news article about Hmong refugees in Thailand. Not knowing very much about the Hmong people, other than what you see and hear in the recent Clint Eastwood movie, "Gran Torino", I read the article and was disgusted.

First, some history of the Hmong and how they came into the American eye. The Hmong are an indigenous people in Southeast Asia. They live in and around Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. During the Vietnam Civil War, the US was invited by the fragile democratic government of South Vietnam to provide military assistance and later, full military involvement in the internal conflict. Laos, a small Asian nation, was neutral. The Ho Chi Minh Trail ran through parts of Laos. Due to their neutrality, the US and South Vietnam could not base troops there. The Laotian king was invited to Washington so the US President, John F Kennedy, could meet with him and ask for his help. The Laotian King agreed and the indigenous Hmong were put into action. Fast forward and the current, communist government of Laos, a key ally to the current communist government of Vietnam, is now punishing the Hmong people for their assistance to the US military and CIA. Thousands of Hmong, traditionally Christian, are murdered, raped and persecuted. One of the most atrocious and recent attacks involved a two month old Hmong baby. Her murdered body was used for target practiced. Her head was separated from her body by the Laotian soldiers from being shot so much. Their indifference to this innocent life is shocking. Their aggression is no surprise to people who have known the communist creed of kill all who oppose.
In Thailand, there are communities of Hmong refugees that escaped this horror. The Laotian government, wanting to silence the Hmong, made a deal with the Thai government to deport the Hmong back to Laos. One group of 30, with one adult, 5 boys and the rest girls, were returned. The adult and 5 boys have never been heard from or seen again. Some of the girls escaped back to Thailand and recounted a horrific experience back in Laos. More rape, torture and threats of genocide occurred.

Some relief workers, NGO's and activists have petitioned the UN for intervention. Kofi Annan, the former Secretary-General, failed to act due to a lack of evidence.
Rebecca Sommer, a freelance documentary filmmaker, went to Thailand and made a documentary. I warn you, it is graphic. It needs to be in order to demonstrate the urgency of the situation. Visit her web site, and view segments of the documentary, "Hunted Like Animals."

America, what is going on in Laos is nothing less than genocide. An entire race of people are being systematically killed. If this were happening in our backyard, there would be an uproar of proportions unknown to society. But because this is somewhere else, the national media has not covered this story. Join me in a letter writing campaign to our national leaders to expose this. Write Fox News, CNN and other national media outlets and express your interest in this and your anger in not finding out about it through them.
We needed the Hmong then, they need us now. They served with honor and distinction, will we?

Disclaimer: Rebecca Sommer in no way sponsored this blog. I visited her site, following a link from an independent news organization and viewed the segments and decided to blog about this on my own. DVD's of the documentary are available by emailing her at Copies of the DVD have been distributed to NGO's, The United Nations and other agencies. I would encourage you to buy her DVD and show it to your friends, your Sunday School groups and anyone else you can think of. Beware:Do not show this video to children. Do not show it to anyone without warning them it is graphic.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Obama's Approval Ratings..and why

Obama's popularity ratings are dropping. His approvals ratings are dropping and now his Presidential Approval Rating Index on Rasmussen is a -8. On 1/21, his index was +28. In this short amount of time, he dropped 36 index points. Visit this link to see the trends.

From inauguration, his overall approval went from 65% to 47% today. In this short time, 7 months, he went from a majority of Americans approving of him to a majority disapproving of him. His intense focus on health care, his attempts to rush it through without most members of Congress, himself and the American public knowing just what it is that he was pushing and his waffling on certain aspects or "little slivers" of this catastrophe added to the fact that his unemployment has continued to rise despite his economic recovery package have taken a toll. Unemployment is 9.4% and expected to rise. In Feb, he claimed that without the package, it would rise, but with it, it would get no higher than 8%. When Americans are out of a job and they see Obama still trading like mad with despots in China, Venezuela and other socialist nations, they tend to get a little mad at the guy. Add all of that to the fact that he still has not produced the long form birth certificate, his age on Myspace and on his White House web site bio do not match(they are off by 4 years) and his repeatedly ignoring the issue, simply wishing it away may also have a bearing on his numbers. Americans, regardless of political affiliation, do not like being lied to and they will take a stand when they are convinced this has happened.

Prove your birthplace and date, back off this socialist hell hole and do things that really will stimulate the economy like cutting taxes across the board and maybe, just maybe your approval ratings and index will turn back around.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Health Care, Town Halls, Cash For Clunkers...

The Today Show decided to help President Obama by creating a poll that asked about Michelle Obama's wardrobe. The poll, showing only 17% disapproved, was a blatant distraction from the Health Care Reform Bill and other failed initiatives of the current administration. Good try Today Show.

Several Democrats are holding town hall meetings with some strings attached, including submitting questions in advance, joining the Chamber of Commerce, attending paid dinners and other ridiculous conditions. Is this how Democracy will work in this Administration? The Democrats are so out of touch, they forget they work for us.

Article 1, Sections 8 & 9 limit the powers of Congress. I encourage you to read the Constitution and see this for yourselves. The first 9 sections of Article 1 limits the entire role of the federal government. Some Amendments have changed some of these limits but the 8th and 9th sections are not amended.

As of today, only 2% of the cash payments for the Cash for Clunkers Program has been paid. Some dealers are owed $20,000,000. This attests to how successful the program is but it is an example of how the government operates. The law that provided this program is 137 pages long. This is short compared to the health care bill. If they can't properly administer this program, how can they possibly handle the much larger, much more important program such as America's health care?

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

More About The Health Care Bill

Barack Obama is again, reeling on the public backlash from this failed health care bill. On one hand, he says he wants to pass this socialist bill with bi-partisan support. Yet, within his administration, they are preparing to "go it alone" and instead, concentrate on swaying the Blue Dog Democrats and pass this bill with or without the Republicans.

The last President we had that had a "go it alone" attitude was heavily criticized by the liberal left. This Admin is adopting the same attitude and the media seems to be in favor of it.

Fox News had some Indian leaders on the Glenn Beck Show. They were comparing their federal health care system to the current bill. The Indians are treated worse that animals. I know of animal hospitals and veterinarians offices that have been shut down due to the standards there and yet these people, the Native Americans are being being treated worse and nothing is being done.

The Federal Government mandates their treatment but provides no money for it. They are not on Medicare/Medicaid. They are not provided health insurance at their or government expense. They are told to go to the ER and hope for good treatment.

This is the same bill they are trying to put on us.

One example of free market health care and public option is this. The five year survivability rate for prostate cancer:
United States....................100% (Free Market)
Canada............................95% (Universal Health Care)
United Kingdom....................77% (Universal Health Care)

A simple cancer such as prostate cancer actually has a mortality rate in Canada and Great Britain, yet here in these United States, it is wholly and completely survivable. This is just one example. I will be bringing more.