Congress Should Avoid Making Same Mistakes Made With Obamacare

Back in 2013 I wrote an article called “Let the People Decide,” which you can read here, wherein I argued that the people, you know, those who elected politicians to pass laws on our behalf, ought to have a say in what laws are passed. Specifically, I discussed legislation concerning Obamacare, Illegal Immigration and the definition of marriage. On Comprehensive Immigration Reform I noted:

We are, for some reason, entrusting our elected leaders to handle this very sensitive potential piece of legislation, one that will affect America and what she becomes in a most profound way, without a proper discussion about the horrendous effects on a massive scale it will have. On such a monumental issue with monumental consequences, shouldn’t we have an open debate, one that is not controlled by the media, so that every side is allowed to be heard fairly?

Congressional Republicans now find themselves in the midst of the healthcare debate, with an opportunity to make good on their promise to repeal and replace Obamacare, and they’re missing the point.

First of all, they’re having such a hard time repealing a piece of awful legislation because they’re also trying to replace it, and I understand why. Obama and company made such a mess out of healthcare with Obamacare that to simply and immediately repeal it could leave many Americans in a bad place and possibly feeling betrayed. That would do immense harm to the Republican party, potentially affecting the outcomes of future elections.

The point Congress is missing, though, is that government has no business involving itself in healthcare. Obamacare is free to exist but only as a private entity absent any government involvement, which means no individual mandate to purchase healthcare insurance.

At this stage, however, it’s important to have a plan, a backup plan and another backup plan. It’s also important to consult with professionals who actually know something about the issue. Why aren’t we involving doctors, medical professionals, healthcare insurance specialists, and other experts in the field? They are the ones who can really offer advice and knowledge that most who serve in Congress simply don’t have.

And what’s the real rush? I’d rather Congress take the time to get it right than to push something through just for the sake of saying they got it done. That’s usually when bad legislation gets passed.

Once they do hash out a sensible plan a passing majority of Republicans can agree on, I want to hear a discussion about the pros and cons, advantages and disadvantages, for and against a proposed bill. The people deserve that. The last thing they need to do is make the same mistakes made with Obamacare.

Like I suggested in my 2013 article, I want a debate and discussion publicly aired without the  mainstream media being overly involved. That means no panel of moderators playing biased political tricks and laying sneaky traps by asking “gotcha” questions. Sorry CNN, you’re fake news and have no credibility. There should be no mainstream media involved other than to air the discussion and organize commercial breaks. That’s about it.

I don’t even want to hear much from the key politicians who craft the bill. I want to hear from experts so that all can hear what needs to be heard about such an important topic. Then I want Congress to hear from American citizens. I can’t trust politicians to pass laws on issues they’re not familiar with, much less be able to understand and explain complex principles about those very specific issues? Much of Congress is comprised of lawyers and bureaucrats. Why would we leave such important tasks solely in their hands?


Tom Folden is a political strategist, conservative thinker, and Editor of, a website for conservative viewpoints. A human rights activist, he is a firm believer in the Constitution and the rule of law. He is also a singer/songwriter and recording artist. For interviews and/or appearances, please contact him at

Mainstream Media Masters the Art of Oppositism

The mainstream media (MSM), which is also the left wing media, has been trying subliminally to spread the false narrative that most people have a negative view of President Donald Trump. They think that if they can report with a straight face that most people, whether in America or abroad, share a common disdain for our president, then most people will be inclined to believe what the media tells them. Smart people recognize this deception and reject it. Unfortunately, too many people are naive and believe the lies they’re spoon fed by the MSM.

This is what we call fake news and another example of oppositism.

The MSM have been successful in putting into people’s minds anything they want. They do this with any crackpot idea they can conjure up. The Russia collusion story, for example, is such a fabrication it’s hard to deny, even if you’re a diehard liberal. Now, with evidence that recently emerged of CNN staff admitting that the story is mostly contrived, their credibility is shot and they’re not to be trusted as a legitimate news source.

To add to their lack of credibility, CNN was recently caught staging a protest in London just after a terrorist attack left several dead and wounded. The pretend protest was comprised of a small group of Muslims holding signs with messages denouncing the terrorist attack. This is a clear violation of journalistic ethics, but what does CNN care about ethics?

Let’s face it, most news organizations use bully tactics. They dictate what the news is. Instead of going to the story and reporting the news, they create it. With the exception of FoxNews, every major news outlet, network or cable, whether it’s CNN, ABC, CBS or NBC, including CNBC and MSNBC, tilts to the left. FoxNews still tilts to the right, but not as much as it used to.

The MSM constantly deceive people and manipulate the news, and consequently how people view the news and current events. They do this by posing as the intelligentsia and purveyors of wisdom, then form a superior/inferior relationship with the public. It’s an indoctrination technique that if started early enough in one’s life is hard to escape. It’s up to us to catch it, see it for what it really is and reject it.

Fake news is not a new phenomenon. It didn’t just start this last election cycle. There has been a steady stream of misreporting on important stories and issues that have major impact in peoples’ lives. Indeed, it’s been a years-long campaign of not just false news, but deception.

Deception in news comes by way of editing and omitting certain facts and contexts. When misreporting occurs in news broadcasts and print media, it’s usually not absent of malice. The intention is to harm and do damage to the reputation of someone or something. But when a guilty news organization is called out and forced to submit a retraction or announce a misreport, what are the chances that the same people who heard the misreport will hear or read the retraction?

The reason the reporting today is so dismal is because the MSM is part of “The Resistance.” Sore losers the left are, they won’t let up on trying to disrupt the new Trump administration by constantly haranguing him. Leftist reporters refuse to accurately tell the public what’s really going on and Hollywood, academia and mainstream media refuse to accept that Trump is president, and a better one than Obama.

But Trump doesn’t care. He’ll continue to fire back and utterly lambaste the media when they’re biased, unfair and dishonest, which is most of the time.


Tom Folden is a political strategist, conservative thinker, and Editor of, a website for conservative viewpoints. A human rights activist, he is a firm believer in the Constitution and the rule of law. He is also a singer/songwriter and recording artist. For interviews and/or appearances, please contact him at