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From Nicaragua to Now: One Family’s Sacrifices for Freedom

Less than 12 hours after the ruling of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) on ObamaCare, my Facebook wall took a drastic turn. My wall is normally covered with images of Jesus, our Blessed Mother, saints, or my own little saints in the making, but I made the mistake that day of checking my newsfeed. I nearly hurled my lunch when I saw, “Yay, Obamacare passed, this is the happiest day of my life!” from one of my cousins. For once in my life, I felt like smashing the computer.

Instead, I turned to prayer. “Lord, what is happening? Why would my family of refugees from a socialized nation be happy about this?” Then I saw an image of my father in his military uniform. And a wound that has never fully healed, the death of my father, was being opened again by my own relatives. Reality hit like a ton of bricks…a hundred images flashed before me from the fall of 1979, including the last time I kissed my Papi goodbye. Then I saw another status with a similar message and my eyes went blurry.

My father when he graduated from the military academy in Nicaragua.

My father’s family being happy about the SCOTUS decision was surreal for me and I didn’t understand it. I walked away from my computer and sat looking at my beautiful open backyard. Freedom. Living in the mountains gives me a sense of both protection and freedom, but it wasn’t helping me forget what I was feeling. Worse, the mountains even further reminded me of my Papi, who fought in the mountains of Nicaragua against the Sandinistas for many years. One of the highest ranked commanders in Somoza’s army, my father fought for my freedom while we missed him at home. Military families understand the sacrifice of seeing your loved one go off to war.

I am an unhyphenated American who was born in Nicaragua when it was free of socialism/Communism. My dad was assassinated and left to rot in an abandoned house under the Sandinistas. My mother, at the ripe age of 25, had to fly to another Central American country to identify his remains.

Life without my father was hell for my mother, my sisters, and myself. We left Nicaragua with a suitcase, all of us thinking it was a temporary departure, not a permanent one. We left behind our home and business, both of which my parents had worked so hard for. Eventually, the government managed to carry out its socialist principles to their logical conclusion: it took ownership of all our property and redistributed it. Our home was confiscated and up until a few years ago, was used as the consulate for an African country.

After burying my father, my mother returned to the United States and we lived in fear, hiding for almost two years. Would they come after us, too? We never knew.

These are the kinds of houses I saw around Managua about 20 years ago when I went back for a short visit. My heart sank at the thought that people lived in houses made of cardboard.

And guess what? Things haven’t changed; even after an “open election,” Ortega is back in power! So how is it that my Nicaraguan family members, along with our Cuban and Venezuelan friends, have forgotten why we live in the United States? Should they go live in their native land for a year to be cured of their ignorance?

Before entering the air-conditioned house again, I took a deep breath and prayed my favorite prayer, the Anima Cristi, written by Saint Ignatius of Loyola, who was a soldier like my father. Repeating, “Passion of Christ, strengthen me!” under my breath, I sat back down at the computer and prayed, “Lord guide me!” as I typed a response.

“TO FAMILY AND FRIENDS WHO ARE HAPPY ABOUT OBAMACARE:

If it walks like a duck, acts like a duck, and smells like a duck – it’s a duck! For all my Cuban and Nicaraguan family and friends who still think that we aren’t headed towards socialism, yesterday {Thursday, June 28th} was the day that proved we ARE heading down that road (though actually, it happened the day you voted for Obama). You and I ran away from this kind of government, yet you still are happy with it? WAKE UP and smell the socialism! It’s here! Open the history books and read how it got into our birth countries! Educate yourselves, please, for the love of God, before November! My father–your uncle, in many cases–didn’t die fighting socialism and Communism in Nicaragua for us to accept this.

After that, I was sure I’d started World War III with my family. But three days later, not one of my family members or friends who support Obama had responded. Several decided it would just be easier to unfriend me.

Despite my disappointment with family and friends, the experience made me think long and hard about what the SCOTUS decision means for our country. The decision was to be expected, because judges can’t rewrite laws just to make them Constitutional. Normally, the justices would have struck down the law and instructed Congress to rewrite it. No one knows why Justice Roberts elected to uphold the law, but it’s generally accepted that it wasn’t because he buckled to liberal pressure or was stared down by President Obama. Political experts instead believe that Roberts realized the historical consequences of a ruling that would strike down the landmark healthcare law. With no precedent for the Court to fall back on, it was difficult to say the individual mandate crossed a Constitutional line.

Many commentators have concluded that Roberts’ decision gave Romney the winning ticket since he can now say the Democrats gave us an unconstitutional tax. Some say Congress will be forced to repeal the law due to the public’s complaints–and Roberts knew this. The bottom line is, this SCOTUS ruling upheld an unconstitutional tax and this case will serve as a precedent for allowing other laws that are unconstitutional. Now, Congress knows it can tax behavior and get away with it.

Nicaragua Poverty
The poor in Nicaragua are now poorer, after 33 years under Communism/socialism.

Judge Roberts (a Catholic) gave the federal government the power to tax us for anything, even if the tax it decides to impose doesn’t fit into any tax category the Constitution says Congress can levy. Yes, we have a chance to elect better leaders in November, but now every generation will have to fight against one tax or the next, whatever behavior (or even inactivity) that the government decides we need to be taxed on.

George Washington once said, “Government is not reason, it is not eloquent, it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” How ironic that we just celebrated our country’s independence from tyranny yesterday, when in fact today our government is more oppressive than England ever was, with more citizens depending on that government than ever before. With 236 years of freedom behind us, that freedom ought not to be negotiable.

In many areas of life, we submit to individuals not for their own good qualities, but out of respect for their office, for the authority they represent. But for that authority to be legitimate, the leader himself must submit to God and the objective Truth that He has given us. Only the leader who has, in humility, accepted obedience to a higher authority himself has the right to demand obedience of those he leads. President Obama, in pushing a socialist program onto our nation despite its overwhelming rejection by the people, has failed in this task.

A friend of mine, Brian, said it best:“Obama does not understand the model of American freedom or its Christian foundations. ObamaCare has foisted upon us the greatest human injustice imaginable: allegiance to an ideology, not founded in human freedom or love of liberty, but through radicalism by the force of the state.”

But there is some hope, according to Catholic League president Bill Donahue. “While the Supreme Court decision lacks clarity, the Catholic response will be anything but ambiguous: the battle lines between the bishops and the Obama administration are now clearer than ever,” Donahue said. “Fortunately, not only do practicing Catholics overwhelmingly support the bishops, but tens of millions of non-Catholics do, too. ObamaCare may have survived, but it is by no means a given that the HHS mandate will. It is one thing to levy a tax, quite another to level the First Amendment.”

So where do we go from here? We’ve seen the fruits of Obama’s labor and his unwillingness to submit to God. We know we need to get this man out of office in November. To do that, we need most of all to pray for this country, for God to put His hand once again on it and bring it back to Him as He did with our forefathers.

Are you registered and ready to vote?  Let your voice be heard, come November. I for one won’t allow the death of my father, who fought and died for my family to be free of government control, to be in vain. I will be voting to honor his death by upholding freedom over tyranny, so that my own children won’t suffer at the hands of their government as we did in Nicaragua.

Resources:

Quod Apostolici Muneris (On Socialism) vy Pope Leo XIII
7 Ways Socialism Harms America
 by Gustavo Solimeo (TFP Student Action)
Catholics and Socialism
 by Stephanie Blog (CatholicCulture)
12 Hard-Hitting Facts About Socialist Ideologies by Gustavo Solimeo (TFP Student Action)
Why the Catholic Church Cannot Accept Socialism by George M. Searle, CSP
Socialism Creeps in as America Sleeps
10 Reasons to Reject Socialism by TFP Student Action
What the Popes Say about Socialism by Gustavo Solimeo (TFP)


UPDATED:

Priest issues strong invocation against socialism
http://www.glennbeck.com/2012/07/17/from-radio-priest-issues-strong-invocation-against-socialism/

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Baby Drowned In Bucket After Failed Abortion

The new Internet outrage? A photo of a full term baby drowned in a bucket of water after a forced abortion in China. People are outraged and disgusted, as they should be. This photo has been shared countless thousands of times on facebook now and supposedly was shared at viral quantities over in China after the photo was released. You can read the full story HERE.
This is beyond disgusting. One word. Communism. This is only ONE case out of millions. Chinese mothers are being kidnapped, tied down and forced to abort their unborn. Read this woman’s story HERE.
Then if their baby still isn’t dead after all this, they drown them or shoot their heads full of poison or downright smash their skulls in and then throw them out into dumpsters like rotten garbage. Shocking isn’t it? Disgusting beyond belief? You bet. But why exactly are people so SHOCKED over this? Because that “fetus/clump of cells” is actually a BABY and not a clump of lifeless cells after all? This baby, this sweet innocent child finally put a face to this horror. Humans, being naturally compassionate, are horrified because they finally saw a snapshot of reality.
WTH people?! This is happening countless thousands of times a day all over the world. Babies, all the way to full term and even after birth are the victims of heinous crimes of violence. They are mutilated, chopped to pieces, sucked out of their mother’s wombs by vacuums, shot in the head with poison, drowned, their heads crushed, their body’s disposed of as though they were useless sacks of meat. Pro-CHOICE people are condoning this every.single.time they call themselves “pro-choice.” It’s apparently ok to murder unborn and even born children if they are inconvenient or unwanted by the parents. Infanticide is happening right now as you read this, all over the world. What do most people do? They turn a blind eye to it. They pretend like it’s not happening. They want to be politically correct and blend in with the liberal crowd who condone evil and so they call themselves “pro-choice.” More like “pro-murder-your-child-if-you-want.” They refuse to put faces to these children. They tell themselves they aren’t even human and don’t deserve the right to live. Why is it that our society of death is so shocked by this photo? A drowned baby in a bucket thrown into the corner does not even begin to show the reality of what’s really going on.

Chinese mothers can only have one child. If they get pregnant with a second the government tracks them down, kidnaps them and forcefully murders their child that they so desperately want. What do Americans do in general? They have their one or two token children and then refuse to have anymore because children are inconvenient and it means not buying that new car or house.
It means no more partying and coming home drunk and having sex with whoever you want. It means being a responsible adult.So what do they do? They convince themselves that they aren’t pregnant with a baby(even though it is scientifically proven that life begins at conception) and they go and volunteer their child’s life up for their own benefit. Some might say “the baby is only a couple weeks old…It can’t feel pain.” Umm…Can you prove that? And even if the child can’t feel pain, does that condone murder? Oh and just so you know, it is not uncommon for women in the USA to have abortions all the way into the third trimester.

The only difference between China and ourselves is that we are not YET forced to have an abortion – thank God! – but babies are still being murdered the same way and thrown into dumpsters, regardless. Don’t be fooled though because that is the path we are heading down very quickly. Obama has tricked so many fools. He is trying to get the HHS Mandate passed and it will be a huge step towards communism. The government is trying to force us all to pay for abortions, sterilization and birth control(which is also an abortifacient) because he has no morals and these children have no faces to him. He wants to be sure we have blood on our hands right along with him. This goes way beyond “affordable health-care for women.” This is just plain evil. Anyone who does not see this forces their eyes closed and covers their ears, screaming “it’s not true, it isn’t happening.” Obama is trying to force YOU to pay for that baby to be drowned. Obama is trying to force you to pay for that baby’s head to be injected with poison or his/her head smashed in. I, for one, would rather not have health-care at all then know that I knowingly put even a penny towards the murder of a child. I don’t want to face God and tell him that it was too “inconvenient” to stand up and fight for these children and that it was much easier to bow down, kiss Obama’s a** and pay for these demonic baby-slaying abortions. Yes, you’ve been horribly lied to. There is absolutely nothing in any way shape or form that is good about Obama-care. If you have any morals at all you will absolutely NOT support the HHS Mandate or any of the evil things our president and government are trying to force down our throats. Don’t turn a blind eye to what is really going on not only in our country but other’s like China. Be the first to stand up for the basic human rights of these children – LIFE!

Please do be horrified by this picture and please let this be a wake up call. This is happening in your own town, right down the street from you. Every time you call yourself “pro-choice” you are telling the world that you believe a woman has the right to choose whether her child lives or dies according to what she feels she wants or needs with no regard to the child. You are condoning the drowning of the full term baby in this picture. Either you are for what this picture represents or you aren’t. There is NO grey area here. DO NOT support abortion in any way, shape or form and that includes calling yourself pro-choice or giving your money to anybody/thing that supports abortion. Boycott the companies who donate any amount of money to Planned Parenthood (the biggest abortion slaughterhouse in the US) to name a few big ones: SGK – Susan G.Koman breast cancer foundation, Girl Scouts, PayPal and Ebay,etc. View the list to boycott HERE.

DO NOT support China! America is a HUGE consumer of Chinese products and that money is going towards the communist government, forced abortions and slave labor. Don’t buy Chinese cr**! Thirdly, for your own good and the good of our beloved country just STOP supporting Obama and his plans of suicide and destruction. Don’t vote for him. Don’t support the HHS Mandate which is a baby slaughtering move on the government’s big ole’ chessboard. They are using you as their pawns.
Be the first to stand up and say NO! Fight for the rights of unborn children! They cannot speak for themselves and they are the current victims of the biggest ever holocaust on earth. Their silent cries go unheard because too many people turn a blind eye to their deaths.Thousands of them being brutally murdered daily but it goes unnoticed by the majority because it’s not “politically correct” to fight for them. Educate yourself on what is REALLY going on in this world and don’t let the evil surrounding us fool you. Do not let this child’s death be in vain. If enough people stand up and fight this child will have died a martyr for many others who cannot defend themselves against this horror.