Upholding Freedom – On Today’s Supreme Court Ruling

Thank God some people in this country have sense.

I am THRILLED that the U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Barack Obama’s health care reform today in a landmark ruling. This is not about abortion and it’s not about birth control and it’s not about controlling what a woman does with her body. In fact, I’m not sure how this conversation got so out-of-hand judgmental.

When did electing leaders become a religious issue? Who mistook leading for preaching, a platform for a pulpit?

I don’t usually throw my voice into the political arena, but I can’t stay silent any longer. There is inspired leadership and there is bullying and today, I see way more of the latter than the former.

Here’s how you lead: do what is right for you, live with integrity, build a life of meaning and purpose, and others will be inspired and follow along. That’s all. It’s simple, really, and does not need anyone else to validate or approve. Trust your own conscience – time and again, this uproarious arena focuses on what others do, on controlling the masses, on saving our damned souls, when no one can do that for you. You have to do it yourself.

This victory for President Obama is a victory for lovers of freedom and equality. For 13 years, I paid at least $500 a month for health insurance that didn’t cover everything. Thank God I never had a calamity, and my three pregnancies were covered.

What if you don’t have employer-covered health coverage? What if tragedy befalls you? We are a nation with bad habits and strange vices, a nation of people who indulge our worst temptations and don’t understand what it means to be healthy.

And we are paying that very high price of indulgence. Kudos to a government who has the foresight to look out for those most oppressed among us, to help those who cannot help themselves.

And it’s not about abortion. It’s not about contraception. Who gives a s**t whether insurance covers these items? You don’t have to engage in either one; both are personal choices for the private arena and no one else’s business. In fact, shame on the outspoken arrogants who believe they are holier-than-the-rest-of-us enough to say health care should be denied on the basis of these personal private choices. Apples and oysters.

Was I asked for my opinion on religious righters who have umpteen kids? Was I asked to bless the decision to silence and sequester women in religious communities? I don’t agree but it’s their lives to live – not mine. Please respect my rights in return.

I don’t need saving. I’m perfectly fine with the options in front of me and I can live with my choices. After all, in eternity it is me and me alone who has to commune with my Self. Let’s eliminate the inappropriate from the political conversation once and for all and get back to business at hand: helping people live better, fuller lives with all the information and none of the rhetoric.

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