Our political cartoonist, Noel Alcoba, produced a video blog (we hope, the first of many) to share with our audience. Please let us know what you think of this new feature ~ Clio
“A Better America” began last night with Governor Mitt Romney’s five-state primary sweep, putting him closer to acquiring the 1144 delegates required for the Republican nomination. Romney’s current delegate tally is 844 (846 by some accounts). The next primaries are on May 8: Indiana (46 delegates), North Carolina (55) andWest Virginia (31). It is expected that Romney, the presumptive nominee, will garner the final 300 delegates in upcoming primaries , by the end of May.
Below is the video of Governor Romney’s rousing victory speech in New Hampshire on April 24:
I may be just another veteran, and while I am not the only veteran with a story to share, I’m going to share my story now, because I may not ever get another chance to do so. The reason is, I am dying of cancer.
DNC Chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz claims she needs ObamaCare because she is a cancer survivor. Interestingly enough, ObamaCare happens to be the reason I won’t be a cancer survivor. At age 61, I am facing my own impending death, a fate I wouldn’t wish on anyone, especially any of the men or women who so unselfishly put their lives on hold to serve with pride in the preservation of this great country of ours.
There are two facts you should know about me. First, I have always been a fighter and a survivor. Second, the first 55 years of my life were fulfilling and productive. Though I was faced with many difficult challenges, I fought to overcome them, and was usually successful.
One of my first successes occurred in the early eighties. Through no fault of my own, I was involved in a horrific fall from a two-story building. As a result, I was told by several doctors that I would never walk again. Even so, I refused to give up. Seven years later, after some experimental surgeries and a great deal of physical therapy, I not only walked again, but I returned to the work force. I went on to continue my education and finish raising my children. None of those tasks were easy to accomplish, but I simply refused to give up. That’s just who I am.
In 2008, I was diagnosed with a brain tumor. The doctors were able to remove it, and thanks to the VA’s exceptional care and treatment, I was on my way to a full recovery. It was at this point where things began to change drastically in my life. While undergoing a routine check-up in October 2010, the doctors discovered cerebral matter in my sinuses.
I was sent immediately for an MRI, but for unknown reasons, the results of the scan were not revealed to me until February 2011, four months later. When I asked why, the reasons were rather shocking. First, they claimed that there were no neurosurgeons available at the local VA hospital. Second, they told me that President Obama had halted all outsourcing to other doctors or facilities for services which were not currently available at the VA Hospital. That meant that even though a second tumor had been discovered, and this time there was a bleeding cyst growing on the tumor, their hands were tied by this new policy. The doctors treating me made numerous attempts to get approval to have me treated outside the VA system, and each time it was denied.
Four months had passed since the discovery of the second tumor, and the many resulting symptoms were being treated as separate issues. Since it was apparent the VA was not going to help me, I was forced to take matters into my own hands. Because I live on a small pension of less than $900 a month, there was no way I could afford any additional medical insurance, even if it had been available. I applied to the state of Arizona for assistance, hoping that would give me access to a neurological surgeon. The state denied my application three times because my pension, while small, still put me over the maximum income levels to qualify for assistance. Additionally, because of a federal mandate requiring the state to provide medical assistance to illegal immigrants, the state medical system was stressed to the breaking point. Even so, I continued to fight.
I worked with a VA Oncology doctor who had been involved in my treatment from the beginning to make a special appeal to the Governor of Arizona. I got temporary approval for assistance, but by then, six months had passed since the second tumor had turned up. I could now go outside the VA system for care, but there was still a lot of red tape involved. I saw two surgeons, both of whom were approved to treat me,but they no longer provided the services I needed. Another month passed before I was able to see the Surgeon the VA recommended, but after taking one look at my films, he told me there was nothing further he could do.
There was no insurance for surgery and the tumor had grown to the point where, even if surgery had been possible, the cancer could not be contained. I was referred to a cancer specialist for possible treatment, but once again, I found myself faced with insurmountable obstacles. (Thank you, Mr. Obama.) Neither the temporary assistance from the state of Arizona, nor the VA would pay for the consultation or the necessary treatment.
Nine months after the discovery of the second tumor, I was finally granted an opportunity to see a VA doctor in another state. Unfortunately, that doctor told me it was too late. They offered me morphine to ease the pain but I was told there wasn’t anything more that could be done at this late stage. If I had just been seen earlier, I may have had a chance.
Today, almost a full year since the discovery of the second tumor, all treatment has ceased. Nothing can be done, other than monitoring the situation. My cancer is now in the third stage, and it has literally taken over my lymphatic system and invaded other critical systems in my body.
I live one day at a time, with and through the grace of God. If it were not for the assistance I receive daily from the wonderful people in my church, even this would not have been be a possibility. The effects this has had on my children and their young families, no family should have to go through.
Now, let me explain why now is the time for my story to be heard. President Obama wants four more years in office, which will enable him to destroy even more lives than he already has. ObamaCare may end up being ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, but the damage already done to me and people like me cannot be reversed. His horrific policies are literally killing people – people like me.
I am begging you to help put a stop to this, now. Don’t let President Obama ruin more lives. The next person they do this to may be you, or someone you hold dear. Please… do not give President Obama another four years to undermine our health care system, snuff out the lives of our veterans, and destroy this great country of ours.
I will fight until I take my last breath, and I am asking you to join me in this fight.
I Believe In America.
Publisher’s Note: The Bold Pursuit wishes to thank Judi Rustin for sharing her story with our readers. In addition to her valiant battle against cancer, Judi, a veteran, continues her selfless devotion to our nation by bringing her personal experience and hope for America together in support of Governor Mitt Romney for President – for the nation she loves and has served in uniform.
Judi is also a founding member and administrator for Mitt’s Chicks, a Facebook group that endorses Governor Romney for President of the United States.
by Hartley Atkins
Now that Romney is the presumptive GOP nominee, it is interesting how Obama has resurrected his Buffett Rule, which would increase taxes for people earning over a million dollars per annum.
Obama is obviously putting Romney on the defensive on a tax increase for millionaires only, and he even cited Ronald Reagan for his tax proposal, claiming that Reagan had a similar Rule to tax millionaires, saying that Reagan even used similar language regarding about paying their ‘fair share,’ which is true, but Obama took what Reagan said out of context. Here is an excerpt from Reagan’s speech about his tax plan as it relates to “fair share,”
“It stands to reason that the more complex our tax code is, the more open it is to abuse. So, we’re making it simple to make it fair. America’s tax plan will do away with special breaks for a few so we can lower the tax rates for all. Our simpler, three-bracket design will assure that no American pays one penny more than his fair share.”
Still, Obama artfully remarked that the Buffett Rule could be the “Reagan Rule,” in principle.
Then I started thinking Obama is really good at this game of politics, when he can evoke the name of Ronald Reagan to attack Mitt Romney’s tax plan and bolster his own. Romney, a multi-millionaire who pays a tax rate of 14% on income earned only from investments, would be firmly in the cross hairs of that strategy, Obama believes, even if it doesn’t have merit.
But, on second thought, the problem with such a strategy is that Obama is attacking Romney’s personal success in the private sector of the economy. An economy that Obama mismanaged with an unemployment rate of 8.2% and an anemic GDP growth rate of only 2 to 2.5% per annum. An economy that Obama’s policies have hurt, not help, in particular, the private sector. An economy in which Obama cannot claim any positive achievement on which to run, and so he finds himself caught in a stupid irony of running against the individual, economic success of his opponent.
The American people will soon see through Obama’s unwise strategy, I “hope” … Regardless, it is time for a “change.”
This weekend, as we celebrate our Christian and Jewish holy days, The Bold Pursuit wishes our readers a Happy Easter and Pesach Same’ach ~ Clio, Publisher
The Gospel According to St. Luke, Chapter 24
1 Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the asepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. 2 And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. 3 And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: 5 And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? 6 He is not here, but is arisen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, 7 Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. 8 And they remembered his words, 9 And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest. 10 It was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles.
“God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the Gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.” 1781, Query XVIII of his Notes on that State of Virginia.
And this day shall become a memorial for you, and you shall observe it as a festival for the L-RD, for your generations, as an eternal decree shall you observe it. For seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, but on the first day you shall remove the leaven from your homes … you shall guard the unleavened bread, because on this very day I will take you out of the land of Egypt; you shall observe this day for your generations as an eternal decree. – Exodus 12:14-17
James Monroe, 5th U.S. President
“When we view the blessings with which our country has been favored, those which we now enjoy, and the means which we possess of handing them down unimpaired to our latest posterity, our attention is irresistibly drawn to the source from whence they flow. Let us then, unite in offering our most grateful acknowledgments for these blessings to the Divine Author of All Good.”
–Monroe made this statement in his 2nd Annual Message to Congress, November 16, 1818.