Thursday, October 30, 2008

Thoughts....

As the elections are drawing near (ALLELUIA!!!) and my stomach is getting more into knot everyday over what the results will be, I have spent the last weeks thinking a lot about a few things...

I have been reading a few things, listening to a lot of things and I am drawing my own conclusions...

What started the ball rolling was my friend Annie's comments on her facebook page.

Annie and I have been friends for over ten years. We were in the St-Jean Branch back when entered the young women. She was a Laurel and I totally admired her! Still do: she is an awesome person! Annie married a born and raised Utahn and they now live in Vermont where he is finally working as an MD. I love her but we have such different views!

Her comment was something like this: "I don't know why Americans are scared of Socialism, Canadians have it and it's GREAT!" She then went back and forth with friends about the pros and cons of socialism... One of the things she pointed out is that capitalism mostly brings greed and lets the little people to suffer. Her friend said capitalism is the only way to be truly free...

I have been thinking long and hard. I even went back to read the Constitution of the United States! I read it a few times and let it sink. Then I thought of the things I hold dear, and of my LOVE for this country I married into...

Here are some of my thoughts; do with it what you wish!
My only purpose is that you may gain something from it, that maybe you will feel the need to go back to the basic principles this great nation was founded upon and understand the way we should go.

Having been raised not only in Canada but in Quebec (which is even more socialist than the rest of Canada!) I never knew different until I married (extremely well!) and moved here. We were expecting of first child with no insurance... I was a little stressed. When Matthew was born, a lady visited me in the Hospital. She asked a few questions about our income. Then she said: " I am pretty sure you are income eligible for medicaid". I replied that although I was here legally, I was not eligible to receive Medicaid. She said my status didn't matter... I talked with Joseph. He said NO. It took me a while to understand that it was more than the selfish pride of providing for his family: it was a strong held belief that in America, YOU are responsible to provide. The government stays out of your personal matters.

We had 2 babies without insurance.

$14000 and five years later, we are no longer paying on them, but it took until Matthew was 6 and Zackary was 4...

I believe this nation was founded on principles of hard work, sacrifice and honor.

The declaration of independence says that we are all entitled to "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness".

I do not believe this mean we will all be rich.

I believe it means that we can strive for what is important to us.

Joseph and I are not what people would consider rich. But we are rich because of what we DO have. We have 3 handsome boys, we are striving to better our lives. I married someone who is willing to do what it takes so that our family will be provided for. At one time, he was working 3 jobs, another time 2 jobs going 48 hours almost without sleep... Didn't I tell you he is GREAT!

This is the life we chose. I stay home and take care of raising our children while he makes sure there is bread on our table.

I do not believe we will stay "materially poor" forever. Joseph graduates in less than 5 days with his Bachelor's!

We decided to SACRIFICE for two more years while he does his masters... That means we won't see him as much. Our lives are busy. Between kids, church callings, work and school...

Sacrifice: restrain from something now to have something better later.

What I believe the Founding Fathers meant for us to be is a moral people.

Not an entitled one...

Greed is reduced when we have a strong sense of Honor.

Honor is what makes you understand that pride is a vice.
Honor is what keeps your VALUES in check.
Honor is what we need to remember as a nation.

The Constitution was established to "establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity".

I would urge you to review the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence and find out where you stand before you enter the voting booth.

Are your positions in line with the INSPIRED vision of the founding fathers?

10 comments:

emily said...

I hope my positions are in standing with the vision of the founding fathers. I took a whole class on the constitution in college so I feel like I know it pretty well. That said, while my positions may be good, I don't believe there is a perfect candidate out there who embraces all the things I believe. Believe me, I wish there was. So I think I'll vote the best way I can and hope whoever wins holds to the constitution as it was meant to be interpreted.

emily said...

by the way, i love how involved you are even when you can't vote.

Emilie Ahern said...

Very interesting thoughts. I really appreciated reading them over. Interestingly enough, we felt quite differently about Medicaid.

We signed up for it when pregnant with Ella because Matt was between jobs since we were moving from Brigham City to SLC. We struggled with that decision, but felt it was too important that I receive Pre-Natal care to leave it to chance. My pregnancy was compeltely normal. I wondered if we had made a poor decision.

We never could have known the kind of complications that little Ella would face after her birth. Above and beyond the birthing cost we utilized a 19 day stay in the NICU ($40,000), at home oxygen tanks and asthma preventatives (not sure of the cost) and a series of 6 RSV shots that first winter that racked up to $9,000.

We felt it was such a blessing that we took advantage of that wonderful State provided care. I came to feel very emotional about it...that receiving that care is part of what makes America great. That during a time when I spent everday traveling back and forth to the hospital, pumping breastmilk and wondering if my baby would live, I was not also dealing with the crushing weight of wondering how we would ever survive financially.

At the end of that difficult time period I wrote a multi-page letter to the commissioner of Utah Medicaid, expressing my overwhelming gratitude for the programs in place. I never take it for granted. I am so so grateful...I still feel that way.

We sacrificed and scrimped and saved for the following three years as Matt received a wonderful education which will provide a great salary in teh future. I look forward to paying back into the Medicaid program through our State and Federal tax dollars for the rest of our lives.

WOW! Longest comment ever. LOVED your post and totally see where you're coming from.

Maude said...

Thanks ladies! Emilie, Medicaid is there for a reason! In your case it was worth it. We are not anti-help! Our kids are on CHIP! But only as long as we need it and not a day longer. I was blessed that I never had to go through all the things you went through with Ella. I had normal pregnancies with normal uncomlicated births. I did get VERY GOOD prenatal care, we just paid for it ourselves... I just do not see socialism as the way the founding Fathers envisioned America. I really appreciate your comments! After all this is why america is soo great: we can debate, differ in opinions and still respect each other! We need more healthy debates!

Maude said...

BTW Em, I don't think there ever is a perfect candidate either!

EX Canuck NEW American said...

AMEN SISTA
I'll be voting for you, as a French Canadian who is now an American.....
You have verbalised my thoughts!! Love youxxx

Aimee said...

I was hoping you would run for president. I was shocked to find out that my daughter qualifies for free or reduced lunch. I am pretty sure that my husband, a public school teacher, makes enough to feed his teacher. The government doesn't think so. Maybe they should think about what they pay their teachers then hey? Anyways thanks for your words of wisdom
Aimee

Nat said...

Loved this post! I see both sides of the medicaid argument and commend you for your decision...wow! The problem with medicaid and MANY other government programs are that they are abused...heavily! Too many people take it as their entitlement to not work and buy material stuff instead. Nothing ticks me off more. While the do have a purpose and has blessed many families like the one previously mentioned, I would be safe to argue that they (especially medicaid) have been abused far more thus creating a dependancy in people that is NOT what our great country is about.

And in regards to Annie and socialism...it sucks in Canada! (Not sure American's would love to adopt the canadian sales tax either) I encountered a few health issues while living in Quebec that were that big of a deal but in need of testing and treatment. After months of waiting for tests and not to mention my nightmare experience in a socialized hospital in Montreal, I was sent back to the great land of American where all tests were performed within a week of my arrival, a diagnosis was made, medication prescribed and within weeks I was back. I've never been more greatful for the medical care of our country. I'll end there! Thanks for sharing.

Nat said...

One more thought...if Canada is so great then why not be an MD there?

Barb said...

Beautiful thoughts! Thanks for sharing! (I came to your blog through Nancy just if your wondering)