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Is there a connection between South Carolina’s U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham’s Verizon phone and forced vaccinations? It makes an interesting conversation.

So many people are furious over recent knowledge of the government’s intrusion into calls being made by Verizon users. Graham told us he’s not concerned because he’s not a terrorist. Well, I’m not a terrorist, but I am very concerned.

I’m not a constitutional attorney, either, but I do know that the U.S. Constitution guarantees its citizens certain rights, such as the right of privacy, the freedom of religion and the freedom of choice for medical treatments.

Ever since 9/11, the passing of the Patriot Act by Congress and its extension in 2011, the government has taken the opportunity to further impinge upon our constitutional rights. The excuse is always “protecting us from terrorists.” This has gone way too far. Every member of Congress who signed the Patriot Act should be held accountable.

Mandated, forced vaccines present a similar dilemma. Americans have the right to religious freedom, and all but two states allow for a religious exemption to vaccines. We also have the freedom to decide what drugs we allow to be injected into our bodies and those of our children.

Yet, pharmaceutical companies are churning out new vaccines faster than one can say, “Enough already.” Their goal and the government’s seems to be to make more vaccines for more people and then restricting our right to say “no.”

Vaccine bills are turning up in every state in this country. Some states have made it mandatory for children to present a doctor’s permission slip, besides their other exemption, to avoid vaccines. In New York, there’s a legislative bill calling for children to be allowed to be vaccinated for sexually transmitted diseases without a parent’s consent. The majority of state legislative bills limit our choices.

We need more conversation about wireless phones and vaccine rights, and we need action. We need action from every American who opposes government limitations of our constitutional liberties.

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Jon Lester
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Jon Lester 06/18/13 - 02:12 am
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I really hope

you're not listening to Jenny McCarthy.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 06/18/13 - 07:42 am
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I thought liberals were

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I thought liberals were pro-liberty. Why are so many of them defending this, or at the very least, why are they not condemning this?

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RMSHEFF 06/18/13 - 09:06 am
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HA, they are pro-liberal

Liberals support other liberals. There is nothing Obama could do to loose their support.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 06/18/13 - 09:21 am
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So it appears, RMSHEFF....so

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So it appears, RMSHEFF....so it appears.

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grouse 06/18/13 - 09:23 am
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There is actually no part of

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There is actually no part of the Constitution that specifically protects medical freedom of choice. Vaccinations have wiped out or virtually wiped out diseases that, in the past. When was the last time you heard of a plague? When you are locked in a jail cell because writing a letter to the editor, then you can scream about not having liberties...

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chascushman 06/18/13 - 09:48 am
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"Liberals support other

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"Liberals support other liberals."
One thing most people especially liberals do not understand about Obama is the fact that he is more of a Marxist/communist than a liberal. He is going along with the liberals on a lot of things so he can achieve his agenda of what he calls "Social Justice". The liberals are just to ignorant to understand.

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chascushman 06/18/13 - 09:52 am
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'Graham told us he’s not

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'Graham told us he’s not concerned because he’s not a terrorist.'
Graham is a republican but sure as h**l ain't a conservative.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 06/18/13 - 09:58 am
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Quote from LTE

"We need action from every American who opposes government limitations of our constitutional liberties."

For one thing, I don't think the doctors and researchers that develope medicines have a pertecular "political agenda".

For another thing, you conservatives CAN THANK YOUR PRESIDENT BUSH for The Patriot Act !!

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 06/18/13 - 10:01 am
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"'Graham told us he’s not

"'Graham told us he’s not concerned because he’s not a terrorist.'
Graham is a republican but sure as h**l ain't a conservative."

I guess you can lump REGULAR conservatives in with liberals ! You had better start voting for The Tea Party's Republicans.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 06/18/13 - 10:07 am
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Quote from LTE.

"We need more conversation about wireless phones and vaccine rights, and we need action."

About vaccine rights, I whole-heartedly agree ! About wireless phones, again you can take that one to George Bush's Administration !!

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Ms.Anthrope 06/18/13 - 10:13 am
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I am against anything government or corporations do

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which violates my privacy....
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when the Patriot Act was first enacted after 9/11, I read this book: "How would a Patriot Act?" by Glenn Greenwald. This is the same Glenn Greenwald of the UK paper "The Guardian" which scooped the story of E. Snowden exposing Prism program.
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here is more of what I think:
Is anyone really surprised at the phone surveillance and Prism data collection? Does anyone really believe that the terrorists were not aware of these methods used by the U.S. to avert terrorists attacks? And who is not aware of the mountains of personal data collected by corporations to improve our “consumer experience”? Everywhere you go and everything that you do is tagged these days. Your internet usage, your tv viewings, your electricity usage, and whatever else is known. Cameras document your driving on highways, shopping in stores, ATM usage, etc. On social sites, people show all of their life. Do you really believe privacy exists anymore?
And then think of the “data” or “information” that the average citizen is exposed to. So much noise! All the excessive blatant lies and outright disinformation that pundits and politicians distribute on tv/cable and on blogs and internet “news” sites . Everyone has their own set of “facts”. All information is suspect and untrustworthy. Political Action committees getting tax exempt status as social welfare organization and amassing zillions of dollars from anonymous donors are the result of the Citizens United ruling by the Supreme Court. We Americans are outraged that government is not more transparent…..but are not outraged by this non-transparency of PACs which is the most serious attack on our democracy?

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chascushman 06/18/13 - 10:12 am
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"I guess you can lump REGULAR

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"I guess you can lump REGULAR conservatives in with liberals !"
Bledsoe, I do not believe you have a clue what 'REGULAR conservative' is. The Tea Party members have been badly misrepresented by liberals both dems and repubs.

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chascushman 06/18/13 - 10:16 am
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"About wireless phones, again

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"About wireless phones, again you can take that one to George Bush's Administration !!"
Just how long are you going to blame Bush for what the Marxist/communist in the WH continues to do? Obama could have stopped it from the 1st day he was in office. How long are you folks going to keep making excuses for him?

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t3bledsoe 06/18/13 - 10:18 am
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Quote from chascushman.

"Bledsoe, I do not believe you have a clue what 'REGULAR conservative' is. The Tea Party members have been badly misrepresented by liberals both dems and repubs."

SOOO, if regular Republicans are somewhat liberal, WHAT OTHER choice do you have but The Tea Party ?

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t3bledsoe 06/18/13 - 10:21 am
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"Just how long are you going

"Just how long are you going to blame Bush for what the Marxist/communist in the WH continues to do? Obama could have stopped it from the 1st day he was in office. How long are you folks going to keep making excuses for him?"

I thought ALL Republicans would have been OVER-JOYED that Obama was embrassing stuff left over from Bush !!

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Humble Angela 06/18/13 - 10:25 am
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t3bledsoe....are we also

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t3bledsoe....are we also supposed to thank Bush for the fact that Obama extended the patriot act and made it much more intrusive?

"I thought ALL Republicans would have been OVER-JOYED that Obama was embrassing stuff left over from Bush !!"

You obviously misunderstand true conservatism. It is not about watching a liberal fail, it is about watching the USA succeed. Being happy about Obama continuing a bad program would be a very childish reaction.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 06/18/13 - 10:26 am
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Where are the liberals ?

Where are all my liberal commenters when I need them for arguements!

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 06/18/13 - 10:26 am
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"About wireless phones, again

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"About wireless phones, again you can take that one to George Bush's Administration !!"

Again....you want to blame Bush for what Obama is doing? How does that make sense?

Ms.Anthrope
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Ms.Anthrope 06/18/13 - 10:29 am
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Conservatives are .....

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"watching" the USA succeed by voting against all jobs bills .....
where are the jobs they promised in the 2010 election process?

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 06/18/13 - 10:32 am
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Good morning HA, engageing me now ??!!

"t3bledsoe....are we also supposed to thank Bush for the fact that Obama extended the patriot act and made it much more intrusive?"

If there is no small house, then you can't add on to it. If there is no pile on the field in football, the players can't pile on. I am trying my darndest to make my point as CLEAR as I can ! Without your presidents ORIGINAL LAW, my president would not have had anything to extend !!

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J.C.King 06/18/13 - 10:36 am
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echo chamber.....

t3bledsoe....and whoever
if you put the liberal commenters on "ignore user" then you have created an echo chamber where conservatives can repeat the same views to each other.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 06/18/13 - 10:41 am
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HA, are you copying chascushman ??

"Again....you want to blame Bush for what Obama is doing? How does that make sense?"

HA, please don't just say stuff that chascushman has allready stated. Perhaps that is conservatives' modus aperandi, to repeat stuff over and over and over trying to brain-wash us libs.

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Humble Angela 06/18/13 - 10:47 am
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Then maybe you could answer

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Then maybe you could answer one of us?

" Without your presidents ORIGINAL LAW, my president would not have had anything to extend !!"

And without Obama's extension, there would be no Patriot Act....so what's your point? And aren't they both "our Presidents?"

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 06/18/13 - 10:49 am
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I thought it was Hope and

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I thought it was Hope and Change, not Extend and magnify?

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Humble Angela 06/18/13 - 10:53 am
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Brainwash, no.....Educate,

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Brainwash, no.....Educate, maybe. To blame Bush for something that Obama is currently doing is just absurd.

Ms.Anthrope
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Ms.Anthrope 06/18/13 - 10:57 am
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here is an answer....

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I was alarmed when W.Bush and his congress passed this Patriot Act back in 2003?.... and yes I know Obama was against it. However, when Obama became president and was able to be completely informed about what the program does, he must have been convinced that it was a program that needed to continue to avert terrorists attacks. None of us know what attacks this program may have stopped.... At least, Obama tried to improve the checks and balances by requiring a court approve the expansion of surveillance when a possible terrorist threat arose. The FISA. However, I could believe that this court is just rubber-stamping all such applications....
Either way..... the terrorists are winning when Our Freedoms are being curtailed or violated.......

Ms.Anthrope
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Ms.Anthrope 06/18/13 - 11:00 am
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the Patriot Act ....

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would not have been "extended" without bipartisan support in Congress to pass it. So think.... your state representatives which you elected and sent to Congress are also a part of this.... Obama did not "extend" this all by himself !

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 06/18/13 - 11:03 am
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HA, your "come-backs" are sharper than I thought !!

"And without Obama's extension, there would be no Patriot Act....so what's your point? And aren't they both "our Presidents?""

"I thought it was Hope and Change, not Extend and magnify?"

"Brainwash, no.....Educate, maybe. To blame Bush for something that Obama is currently doing is just absurd."

HA, you have me at a temporary loss of words !!

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 06/18/13 - 11:10 am
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"And without Obama's

"And without Obama's extension, there would be no Patriot Act....so what's your point? And aren't they both "our Presidents?""

"I thought it was Hope and Change, not Extend and magnify?"

"Brainwash, no.....Educate, maybe. To blame Bush for something that Obama is currently doing is just absurd."

Let's take this one answer at a time:

1.) Technically Bush is no longer president,"THANK GOODNESS !!"

2.) I think the jury is still out on Hope and Change.

3.) Liberals are the ones that are educated !

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 06/18/13 - 11:24 am
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The vaccines issue:

Let's go to the "vaccines issue" part of this LTE. How do conservatives feel about the issueing of vaccines ?

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