By Lawrence Fedewa – – Wednesday, September 6, 2017
“It was a great gift to be able to own something like a house and be able to be surrounded by people willing to help me reach this dream.” The speaker is Andrea, a mother of three, one of whom needs 24-hour care. She was giving a tour of her new house, which she with her friends from Habitat for Humanity of Washington, D.C., had built with her own hands.
Andrea and her children had previously been paying an unaffordable rent for a tiny apartment with no room for her son’s wheelchair and other equipment, among neighbors who complained about her son’s disability. She was facing an impossible situation which every day threatened to get worse if she was evicted. The new home felt like a gift from heaven.
It Matters Radio
Published on Aug 29, 2017
Host Kenneth Weene welcomes writer of The Washington Times, Lawrence Fedewa to speak about his thoughts on politics and why he is a conservative.
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As long as the future of Obamacare is still undecided, we still have time to discuss alternatives. The debate thus far appears to center on how much government subsidies should be included in the final package. Today we look again at how much government involvement is necessary (rather than how much can we afford) to achieve our national goals. With a $20 trillion national debt, a “government lite” approach seems to be in order.
So, let’s look again at what a truly free market healthcare system might really look like — without the hang-ups of past assumptions.
(This column is edited from a version originally published on January 6, 2017. Unfortunately, we haven’t progressed very far since then. )
As always, comments welcome. Thank you for your support.
By Lawrence J. Fedewa – – Friday, January 6, 2017
As long as we are repealing and replacing Obamacare, the starting point should be setting our goals. American health care should be:
1, High quality, state-of-the-art
2. Available to all — which means
What are the principal obstacles to these goals?
a. The first and most obvious obstacle is the shortage of medical personnel. This shortage has two facets: not enough medical professionals are produced in the first place, and of those who do enter practice too many drop out before their time. There are whole areas of inner cities and rural America, for example, which have no physicians at all. Why? Because our medical schools do not graduate enough doctors to serve the population of the United States. Why not? Lack of intelligent students? Lack of students who are motivated to give their lives in service to their fellow man? Not at all.
The reason is lack of money
FILE – In this May 24, 2017, file photo. U.S. President Donald Trump stands with Pope Francis during a meeting at the Vatican. Some evangelical supporters of Trump are seeking a meeting with Pope Francis over a recent critical article
By Lawrence Fedewa – – Friday, August 11, 2017
A controversial article in La Civiltà Cattolica, a Vatican-approved publication, by editor-in-chief Jesuit Fr. Antonio Spadaro and Marcelo Figueroa, an Argentine Presbyterian pastor who leads his country’s edition of the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, has attacked the American Christians who supported Donald Trump for the American presidency.
Singled out for special opposition are the so-called “conservative” Catholics and the evangelical Christians and their alleged representative in the White House, Steve Bannon. Mr. Bannon is accused of advocating an “apocalyptic geopolitics.”
Taken by itself, the article is long, confusing, wildly inaccurate in its interpretation of American Christianity, and an unremarkable critique by uninformed foreigners of a “straw man,” that is, an opponent created by the authors for the purpose of attacking it (not unlike the “fake news” of America’s media stories).
What gives the article importance is the presumed association with Pope Francis I. Although the Pope has not commented publicly on the article, the publication is published by the Jesuits, the Pope’s religious order, sponsored by the Vatican, and the authors are well-known associates of the Pope. At several points in the text, Pope Francis’ positions are cited as differing from those of the supposed opposition. This context strongly suggests that this article speaks for the Pope. If so, it speaks poorly for the Pope.
In summary, the essence of the piece seems to be that conservative Catholics and evangelical Protestants have formed a political alliance in the United States to create a theocracy, based on an Old Testament-oriented, fundamentalist ideology, which seeks to establish the literal interpretation of the Bible as the basis of American law. Adherents to this view are called “value voters.” As their means of promoting this view, they are full of “gloom and doom” scenarios about threats to the “American way of life.” The need for drastic changes is therefore urgent. It is not surprising that the authors liken this movement to the jihad of radical Islam. To top off their point of view, they describe the vehicle for this domination of American life as the Trump administration.
They contrast this terrifying threat of apocalypse with traditional Catholic (and biblical) belief that the Kingdom of God is not of this world. Here they are a little ambiguous (to say the least) because the Bible clearly sequences the Last Judgement as part of the apocalypse. Nevertheless, the authors accuse their opponents of seeking a “heaven on earth” which can only be achieved by winning the “war of religions.” The true Christian message is to treat everyone with love as preached by Pope Francis, “Love not war!” How all this ties together is not made clear by the authors..
What to make of all this?
We have elections to let the people, the US citizens, voice their opinion in the form of a vote. For many years I have professed that we overthrow the current government with ballots, and not bullets. The US was one of the few countries where the loser did not have to get out of town. The loser could even still display the bumper sticker of his losing candidate, and not worry about his windows getting shattered, or his car burned and vandalized. It was OK to express your opinion, and after the election, the two parties blended together to make America flourish, make a better life for the kids and grandkids, expand the family living quarters, save up for a new car, or college. Become a journeyman at a trade, like electrician, HVAC, auto maintenance, new buildings, new roads and bridges. Politics was at least 2 years away, and the Presidential election was 4 years away.
In the interim, people respected the office of the President. It was taught in our schools to do so. We rallied for or against policy, legislation bills, changes in treaties, new treaties, American involvement on the world front to keep us safe.
President Donald Trump stops to greet Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, left, and Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis. at a luncheon with GOP leadership, Wednesday, July 19, 2017, in the State Dinning Room of the White House in Washington.
By Lawrence Fedewa – – Friday, July 21, 2017
America has watched with growing disgust the behavior of our politicians in the debate about Obamacare. The press accounts of the continuing turmoil assert that the reasons for the discord are almost entirely political – in the worst sense of that word. According to them, the primary reason for the deadlock is each member’s own analysis of how a vote will affect his or her re-election.
If true, this charge makes a mockery of democracy and the “right to free and fair elections,” as well as the entire system which it supports. It leads to the conclusion that the entire Congress is motivated by a selfish thirst for power so the desire to win re-election outweighs any consideration of the good of the country, that is, the people whom they are sworn to serve.
Saturday, July 15, 2017DC
[Veterans are men and women who have had to live out the consequences of political decisions, often with dire results.] (Josh Bachman/The Las Cruces Sun-News via AP)
The Sixth Annual Bipartisan Tribute to Veterans and Those Who Serve in Congress was held in Washington on June 27, honoring veterans of military services and especially those who have continued their service to the nation in Congress.
The program began with a presentation of the flag by the Joint Armed Forces Color Guard, the National Anthem sung by Anthony Kearns, an invocation by the Chaplain of the House of Representatives Rev. Patrick Conroy, and a Pledge of Allegiance led by Pfc. Fame Academia and Will Hubbard. Hubbard is vice president of the Student Veterans Association, serving more than 1.1 million student veterans – the largest student organization in the country.
Other dignitaries in attendance included Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin, former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore, New Zealand Ambassador Tim Groser, Irish Deputy Chief of Mission Michael Lonergan, and many others. Shulkin’s presence underscored his commitment to work with Congress on reforming the Veterans’ administration, and the president’s pledge to make it a priority.
A long list of Congressional veterans in attendance were represented by Reps. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., and Steve Russell, R-Okla., at the podium. Coffman is the only member of Congress who served in both the Marine Corps and the Army. Russell was an Army Ranger and was part of the team that captured Saddam Hussein (Russell’s book, We Got Him, describes that episode in vivid detail).
Their remarks reflected a characteristic notable in all the speeches, what might be called a new seriousness about governing. These veterans, no matter their party allegiance, are a no-nonsense group, who have learned the importance of national policies and priorities in combat, risking their own lives and watching their comrades fall in battle.
To them, legislation is not a matter to be delayed, with decisions to be “kicked down the road” for fear of not being re-elected. These are men and women who have had to live out the consequences of political decisions, often with dire results.
The evening then honored Academia, retired Marine Cpl. Jeff DeYoung, and DeYoung’s war-dog, Cena.
Master of Ceremonies Jennifer Griffin, Fox News’ National Security Correspondent, told Academia’s extraordinary story. At 89 years old, he is a walking oral history of the World War II Japanese occupation of the Philippines.
In memoriam: James Goeser (1940-2017)
May he rest in peace
Like a lion, he searched the plains
and found a way to stake his claims.
With vision, purpose, strength and grit,
he stayed the course and never quit.
He made the village on the plain
a place to live and work and gain
a life with kids, and love and games.
Now the Lion sleeps, his work is done.
His quiet strength has won
his place at the Savior’s feast.
But here the village weeps.
The dawn breaks and the sky is black,
the Lion is gone and never coming back.
-LJF (July 5, 2017)