November 3, 2022 3-5PM ET
Thursday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:
Sacred Fire of Liberty!
It’s that time of the week where we get to explore the political healing that this country needs so desperately! Jonathan Emord is back to help us dissect the latest political news that’s fit to print:
Miami-Dade County Messes with the Wrong Christian, Gets Hit with Federal Lawsuit A Christian man and former public employee in Miami-Dade County, Florida, has filed a federal lawsuit against the county’s board of commissioners, alleging religious discrimination over mandated re-education training after he expressed personal opinions in his own free time about the insanity that is the U.S. Congress’ “Equality Act.” This is the kind of story you really need to wake up and pay attention to if you have any desire to see religious liberty (and thus, all liberty) preserved in the United States of America at this radical juncture in our nation’s history. In 2021, John Labriola, a media aide for the Miami-Dade County Board of Directors, wrote a full-throated rebuke of the so-called “Equality Act,” which he said has been described as “the most comprehensive assault on Christianity ever written into law.” I’m quite tempted to agree. The legislation, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives last year, would amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, sexuality or gender identity and has been broadly rebuked as posing a major threat to both religious liberty and our nation’s women and girls. In bitter irony quite fitting, sadly, for 2022, Labriola’s own faith appears to have come under the assault of Soviet-style workplace backlash, according to a federal lawsuit filed on his behalf by the law firm Pacific Justice Institute.
Public Schools: From Caretakers to Child Abusers Across the nation many public schools are violating the most basic duty they owe to parents and children: honoring parents’ rights over the education, care, custody, upbringing and control of their children. They are doing so by exercising a pervasive and malign influence over impressionable young people in grades Pre-K through 12, sexualizing them, confusing them into believing their birth genders are changeable at will, and indoctrinating them in Marxist Critical Race Theory. The Supreme Court has long held state action that interferes with parental rights to be presumptively unconstitutional. It is past time for Congress and state legislatures to adopt legislation that puts an end to the abuses and upholds parents’ rights. With custody of children six to eight hours a day, public schools are legally bound to uphold parents’ rights over children’s education, care and upbringing. Instead, many routinely ignore requests for shielding children from Marxist indoctrination, sexualization, and gender orientation instruction. Flouting parents’ desires, many public schools rob children of their innocence, dishonor parents’ religions, alter pronouns used to differ from a child’s birth gender, confuse children as to the status of their genders, invite children to transition without parental consent and despite the horrific and irreversible consequences, and induce children to favor Marxism and condemn their own country and Constitution. Each of these actions is child abuse that causes irreparable mental and physical harm. Schools that condone and promote the abuses are ruining generations of youth, rendering them dependent on government with every ounce of independence, excellence, and love of country driven out of them. They are crushing the hopes and dreams of youth in an all too transparent attempt to bring down the nuclear family, the free enterprise system and our constitutional republic.
Oregon could be 1st state to make health care a human right Oregon voters are being asked to decide whether the state should be the first in the nation to amend its constitution to explicitly declare that affordable health care is a fundamental human right. State Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, a main sponsor of the legislation behind the ballot measure, said making health care a human right is a value statement and is not aimed at pushing Oregon to a single-payer health care system, a longtime goal of many progressives. But opponents warn the amendment could trigger legal and political woes and open the door to lawsuits. Measure 111 got onto the Nov. 8 ballot because the Legislature, where Democrats hold a majority, referred the issue to voters last year. There were earlier efforts, including in 2018 as then-President Donald Trump tried to dismantle former President Barack Obama’s health care law, but they died in the statehouse. Republican lawmakers consistently opposed efforts to ask voters to enshrine health care as a right in Oregon’s 163-year-old constitution. “The bill doesn’t fund any system to deliver on that promise,” then-Senate Republican Leader Fred Girod said when the resolution was debated in March 2021. Steiner Hayward recently told The Oregonian/OregonLive that if the measure passes next month, the state’s current resources can handle any financial impact in the immediate future. But she would not rule out possible future tax increases to help provide that health care. “Can I guarantee no new taxes? No. I don’t make promises like that,” Steiner Hayward said.
Report: Low Diesel Supply May Hike Fuel Costs and Worsen Inflation The low U.S. and global diesel supply may push costs higher and exacerbate the inflation already causing Americans hardship, according to a report from the Hill published Sunday. “The national numbers for distillates are pretty tight,” explained Patrick De Haan, who is the head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy. However, the issue does not mean there would be widespread outages “but if we get a bout of cold weather, things could be challenging,” he added. Farmers and truckers rely on diesel fuel to supply the nation with basic needs, and its price jumped significantly over the summer due to inflation, Breitbart News reported in July. “High diesel costs elevate the prices of everyday goods, since the higher cost of transportation is often passed down to consumers. In turn, consumers restrain their spending habits at grocery and other retail stores, slashing demand and exacerbating an economic slowdown,” the outlet said. In addition, farmers warned in June that high diesel prices could result in food shortages. Now, analysts believe several factors are converging as colder weather means a rising demand for diesel fuel, according to the Hill. The nation reportedly has approximately 25 days worth of it left when, per De Haan, usually the supply was nearer the “low to mid 30s” when it came to the number of days.
Special Guest Patty Myers
Patty is the mother of 2 children, Chelsea and Charlie. Charlie was diagnosed with Autism in 2004. He is 21 years old. Patty graduated from King University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and then received her BCaBA (Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst) certification through Florida Institute of Technology. Patty is the author of Autism Is A Blessing which was first published in 2008. Her son accompanies her to radio, television, and various speaking events to share their book and journey with autism. She has volunteered her time to help fellow parents of children with special needs understand their child’s rights regarding services and support. Her passion and heart for children and adults with special needs is evident in all that she does. Patty and her husband for years have advocated for children and adults with disabilities in many areas. She previously was the Founder and President of a PT/OT/ST Therapy Company (All Southern Care Rehab) in Fort Lauderdale for over 9 years and then was the Principal for over 8 years at The First Hope of The First Academy (private Christian school for students with unique needs). She is currently the President/CEO of Pathways For Life Academy in Winter Garden, FL (www.pflacademy.com) where she serves students with learning differences incorporating life and social skills integration for Middle and High Schoolers. She is also the President/CEO of Building Pathways Foundation, a nonprofit in Florida (www.building-pathways.com) that helps teens and adults with disabilities learn life, social, and job skills. Patty has been married to her husband Tony for 31 years + 1 in heaven and lives in Winter Garden, Florida. They were honored to receive the Heart Award from the Florida Network on Disabilities for the work they do to help Floridians with disabilities. Tony passed away in September 2021 due to deadly hospital protocols and it has been a difficult season for her. She now advocates for patients across the country giving them valuable information to save their lives.
Supreme Court leaves intact ruling that let US require masks on planes, trains The US Supreme Court let stand a ruling that said the Transportation Security Administration could require airline passengers to wear masks during the height of the pandemic, keeping in place a precedent issued by a key federal appeals court. The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit ruling said TSA has broad authority to maintain security and safety during national emergencies. TSA scrapped its mask mandate in April after a federal judge in a different case said the requirement exceeded the agency’s power. The Supreme Court order is a defeat for Jonathan Corbett, a California lawyer and self-described frequent flier who sued to challenge the mask mandate. He asked the Supreme Court to either take up his appeal or declare the case legally moot and wipe away the DC Circuit opinion so it couldn’t serve as a precedent. President Joe Biden put the mandate in place on his first full day in office, issuing an executive order requiring masks in airports and on planes, trains, intercity buses and other forms of transportation. His administration urged the Supreme Court to keep the DC Circuit opinion in force. The DC Circuit handles an outsize share of cases involving the power of federal administrative agencies. The case is Corbett v. TSA, 22-33.
Be Afraid?: Ads for Tamiflu Prey on Flu Fears, But Cure May Be Worse Than the Disease It’s been more than 20 years since Tamiflu, the first orally active neuraminidase inhibitor to prevent and treat influenza A and B, was rolled out by drugmaker Roche. Not a flu vaccine, Tamiflu (oseltamivir) blocks the flu virus’s neuraminidase protein. The medication is available only by prescription and is often prescribed for people at high risk of flu complications. As the world navigated bird flu (H5N1) in 2005, followed by swine flu only four years later, fear of pandemics rose rapidly. The World Health Organization (WHO) was even forced to rename swine flu as “H1N1,” as the public feared eating pork, and countries began banning imports from the United States, Mexico and elsewhere. Swiss-based Roche was already well positioned in the influenza “space,” as drug marketers call it. First, the company, whose biotech arm is Genentech, hired the marketing and communications firm Young & Rubicam (now called VMLY&R) for an educational campaign about flu as early as 2000. Then, in 2006, Roche hired the advertising agency GSW Worldwide for a Tamiflu media blitz, despite industry voices cautioning against fearmongering about a “pandemic,” which could provoke panic and hoarding of resources, PharmaExec reported. According to a 2013 article about Tamiflu in The Atlantic, a major danger of flu season is panicky patients rushing to emergency rooms even though they aren’t sick enough to need hospitalization. “When emergency rooms are crowded, death rates among people who really need immediate care go up,” the article reads. “Not only are patients with minor flu-like symptoms exposing themselves to a load of other bugs when they rush to the ER, they’re potentially standing between some other patient and lifesaving treatment.”