Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Dr. Kathryn Allen


Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz has won his last four congressional races by at least 46 points.  His congressional race record  will be tested by Dr. Kathryn Allen from Salt Lake City, who has never held public office. 
Many Democrats have decided to get involved in politics, because they have recognize that democracy isn’t a spectator sport.  Dr. Kathryn Allen understands that we the people must sustain our democracy.  She started by sending petitions to Rep. Chaffetz, and showing up at his town halls looking for answers.  After getting no satisfactory response from her congressman, she decided to get his attention, by daring to unseat him from Congress.
She started by asking people to send money if they thought that she’d be a good contender for that congressional race next year against Jason Chaffetz.  She explained, that she is a doctor with 30 years of medical experience, and considers health care a right.

Chaffetz was told: “But access for lower income Americans doesn’t equal coverage.”  He answered: “Well, we’re getting rid of the individual mandate.  We’re getting rid of those things that people said that they don’t want.  And you know what?  Americans have choices.  And they’ve got to make a choice.  And so, maybe rather than getting that new iPhone that they just love and they want to spend hundreds of dollars on, that maybe they should invest in their own health care.  They’ve got to make those decisions themselves.”

Thirty-Six hours after Chaffetz made that reply, Dr. Allen announced that she had raised $80,000 and officially entered the race to unseat Congressman Chaffetz.

Regarding individual mandates, New York State passed a law in 1956 requiring compulsory auto insurance.  By 2010, 49 states and the District of Columbia required compulsory auto insurance.  Will states begin repealing those mandates?

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