The Latest Epidemic: Obesity In America

Obesity In AmericaWith all of the news coverage on the latest tragedy in America the conversation has been shifted back to gun control. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m a firm believer in the right to bear arms granting me the ability to protect myself and my family. I’ve taken a strong stand in protecting that right. And while I will continue to fight to ensure it is legal that my glock 19 with a surefire X300 weapon light stays on my nightstand, today I want to discuss another incredibly important issue: obesity in America.

Did you know that since the 1970s obesity rates have doubled in this great country? Did you know that obesity is the silent killer that is literally sucking billions of dollars out of our economy in lost wages? It is one of the leading health problems in America. And while experts agree obesity rates have likely peaked, they still aren;t declining.

How Can We Help Fight Obesity?

Setting an example for your children is one of the most important things you can do to make sure we spread a positive message. It doesn’t take a scientist to realize that exercise and diet are the two factors which contribute to this epidemic. For most American’s there is no good excuse. We’re all busy and the economy is lousy. Can’t afford a gym membership? Take up running or buy some simple exercise equipment for your home. For example, a home pull up bar is an excellent place to start. With crunches, pull ups, burpees and pushups you practically have a full body work out.

Once again, setting the example with regards to diet can go along ways. Guess what if they see mom chowing down on an Mars Bar for a mid morning snack and then a Big Mac for lunch they’re going to expect that’s just normal.

I can remember one story of a supporter who was a long time smoker. When he was wife was pregnant he quit cold turkey. I remember asking him if he had ever tried before. His response, “dozens of times but I never had a very compelling reason. My daughter being born into this world was the best reason I could have ever hoped for. I didn’t want her to grow up smoking – I know the statistics, I know I was setting the example”. This is exactly the kind attitude we need to take towards setting an example so the next generation isn’t the first generation to have a shorter life expectancy than their mom and dad.

Right now approximately 2/3rds of adults in America are obese. That is shocking. 66% of the adults in this country are setting poor examples for their children. They’re teaching them that this is acceptable and the norm when it shouldn’t be.

Gun Rights and Personal Safety in America

They died for your freedom. Let's not give it away willingly to Government.

They died for your freedom. Let’s not give it away willingly to Government.

Since the foundation of the United States of America, the right to own guns have been a part of our nation. In the Constitution, our Bill of Rights written in 1791, we have the right to bear arms. For over 200 years we have defended our rights, and they’re in our life to help protect the people of America and save lives of those you love.

No matter where you are in the world, there will be those people who obtain guns illegally. It’s unfortunate, but they will find their way around the law and bring these guns into our country to commit crimes. So why shouldn’t we, as citizens, be able to protect ourselves from these criminals? It’s been proven than less than 1% of shootings are by licensed gun owners (and odds are, these people probably would have found another method if they didn’t have a gun handy). There are more shootings done by the police force than by rightful, responsible Americans with gun licenses. Seventy eight percent of shootings are by gangs, criminals, and drug-related incidents that wield illegal weapons. Protecting ourselves and our families against these sort of situations is exactly why we need to retain the right to own guns.

There are over 90 million lawful gun owners in the country. Some have one for personal protection, some own one for sport/hunting, and others are just your full blooded American exercising their rights. The fact that these owners contribute so little to the percentage of lethal/wounding shootings definitely proves that our right should not be taken from us. If anything, law enforcement should do a little more to control the illegal guns coming into America from other countries, and keep them off the streets. My thoughts is that the government at the moment doesn’t want to take responsibility for this kind of importing, and are taking it out on you, on us, by taking away one of our constitutional rights.

This really comes down to a matter of our freedom. If we are going against the rights that were set for us when America was founded, what’s next? Our right to religion? Our right to free speech? It’s unethical to put you in harms way just because some criminal came across an illegal weapon and because you’re “not allowed to have one” legally. Keeping guns out of the hands of the law abiding people of the USA will only put us in more danger from those who will always fail to obey the laws.

Mass shootings, school shootings, and sick acts of violence have been a horrific occurrence in our country. These shooters were by mentally ill people who did not obtain their guns legally. As I mentioned above, criminals exist and will continue to exist no matter what the laws on guns are. Taking away our right to guns will only put more innocent people in danger when something such as a mass shooting takes place. We need protectors in our homes, protectors on our streets, and responsible, free Americans who will stand beside me in our right to protect our fellow citizens.

Obamacare and the Health Care Crisis in America

In today’s society, it’s a shame how little choice we have in certain parts of our lives. Health care for example. What ever happened to the Land of the Free? Our nation is so saturated with diverse types of people, it seems only fitting that there should be different options of health care plans out there for everyone.

You’re a fairly poor college student, just trying to scrape by with your necessities: food, water and shelter. While your grandmother with a heart condition is filthy rich living in a paid off home with a hefty retirement check coming in every month. Which of you is going to have to pay more for your “mandatory” Obamacare? That’s right, you are, because you’re young. How does this make sense? Odds are, you’re not going to need as much medical attention as your 80 year old grandma will.

Just have a watch of this video to get more of a sense of what is going on:

I feel that government needs to take step (or ten) back from the forefront of our insurance choices. Faced with repercussions if you want to opt out of Obamacare, they don’t make it easy to make your own choices. Not to mention their “plan” to cut costs in the medical system. How successful has this been in the past? Not very. People are losing their jobs because of this “cut back”, and in turn are then going to be unable to afford the necessities of life unless they land something else quickly. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather have enough doctors and nurses to tend to patients than have a very outnumbered ratio of sick patients to personnel available and end up with overflowing emergency rooms. Not to mention the employees losing hours or their jobs because of the ACA’s act to make it mandatory for businesses with over 50 employees to provide health care. Good news for you if you’re working for a big corporation, but if you work for a small business that has, let’s say, 60 employees, 10 of you are most likely getting the boot to save the company a ton of money. Either that, or a fair share of you will be losing hours to become part time employees and therefore ridding of the need to give you benefits.

What we need in our country is a competitive, free market for health insurance, much like we have for car insurance, home insurance, and so forth. You pick the company that is right for you, the plan that is right for your life style and any health conditions you have. We could have this, all while not contributing to the loss of jobs and the decaying quality of life we are facing.

We’re being herded into these decisions that the majority of us would not make if we had more choice. The government has taken control of something that we, as American’s deserve the right to control ourselves. Please, take control of your life where you can, and vote for what you believe in. Just because something is new, definitely doesn’t make it right.