United States of Hypocrisy

with Greg Tyzzer

Refusing to Fill Prescriptions

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Let me start by saying that I am not savvy whether there are laws about this. Let me also say that I am not sure how often the following scenario happens.

You are a sixteen-year-old girl. You go to your doctor who prescribes you birth control pills. When you hand the prescription to the pharmacist, he refused to fill the prescription. He says, “You’re too young to be having sex. It’s morally wrong to fill this prescription because that would be encouraging you to have sex.” No matter how much you plead with the pharmacist, he refuses to fill your prescription. You call your doctor and let her talk to the pharmacist. The pharmacist still refuses to fill your prescription.

What should be done in a situation like this? What if you were prescribed birth control as a way to help regulate your period (I have several friends who use it for just that)? Is this any of the pharmacist’s business, or should he just do his job?

I believe that it is a pharmacist’s duty to fill any and all valid prescriptions–no questions asked. When you are doing a job, you have to set your morals aside, especially when the actions in question are essentially harmless. It is none of the pharmacist’s business why birth control was prescribed. All he needs to know is the brand and the dosage.

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Written by Greg

March 10, 2011 at 12:00 am

Real Illegal Immigrants

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Many Americans share the opinion that Mexican immigrants who have entered our country illegally need to be sent back to Mexico. This belief is so racially charged that it’s not funny. Many Mexican-Americans (legal citizens, legal immigrants, etc.) face discrimination simply for being of Mexican descent. What so many people don’t realize is that the Mexicans aren’t the first immigrants to enter this country illegally.

The first illegal immigrants came over from England on a boat called the Mayflower. They stole from the natives, tricked them into a pseudo-friendship, and killed many of them. These immigrants thought that they would leave England because their beliefs weren’t tolerated; just as they did not tolerate the beliefs of the Native Americans. These same immigrants then made laws making it illegal to enter the country without being granted special permission. Hypocrisy! 

I believe that instead of sending the Mexicans and other cultures that are living and working in our country illegally back to where they came from, we need to reach out to these people. They are obviously dissatisfied with the way things are in their home countries. Why don’t we do the American thing and offer them citizenship?

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Pro-Life vs Pro-Choice

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The debate on abortion never seems to lose steam. As many Americans know, there are two main sides to this debate: Pro-Life, and Pro-Choice. Typically, the Pr0-Life movement is associated with Christian conservatives and Republicans; the Pro-Choice movement is associated with liberals and Democrats. Both arguments are summarized below:

Pro-Life
Members of the Pro-Life movement believe that a fetus is a complete human being (most often “created in the image of God”) and that aborting the pregnancy at any time after conception is murder. Some people who consider themselves Pro-Life make exceptions for cases of rape, incest, and if the mother’s life would be endangered by carrying the fetus to term.

Pro-Choice
Members of the Pro-Choice movement believe that women have the right to an abortion. They believe that all people have the right to decide what goes into or comes out of their bodies. This includes other human beings. People who call themselves Pr0-Choice are divided between whether an abortion is right at any time during the pregnancy or only during the first trimester.

 

I used to consider myself Pro-Life. I believe that all life is sacred; it deprives an individual of his or her right to life if that life is cut short because of another person’s decision. However, I am also a realist. I recognize that women have rights as well–especially to their own bodies. As I write this, I consider myself Pro-Choice. I have my opinions about what is right and what is wrong, but that does not give me the authority to tell someone what they can and cannot do with his or her own body. I will say, however, that abortions should only take place before the fetus is fully developed. Once the fetus is recognizable as a human child, I consider aborting that pregnancy murder.

Leave a comment below telling me about where you stand on this issue.

Written by Greg

March 8, 2011 at 12:00 am

With Liberty and Justice for the Heterosexual

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What do straight people and gay people have in common? Pretty much everything–except for the United States government is legally forbidden to recognize same-sex marriage. The Defense of Marriage Act (signed into law by President Clinton) defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman for the purpose of interpretation of federal laws about married couples. This law makes it illegal for the federal government to recognize same-sex couples and therefore, such couples (even in states that allow same-sex marriage) are forbidden over 1000 rights granted to married couples by the federal government.

If you agree that this discrimination needs to stop, I urge you to contact your Senators and Representatives.

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Written by Greg

March 7, 2011 at 12:11 am

The American Way of Life

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Take a look at your grocery list. What kinds of foods do you have listed? Do you have things such as whole grain breads, fresh fruits and vegetables, and (if you’re not vegetarian) lean cuts of meat? If you live in the United States, chances are you don’t. In America, sugary, processed foods are much more affordable than their all-natural counterparts.

While I was shopping at my local supermarket, I thought I would take a look at how much of a difference there was between the foods I was buying and the foods I wanted to buy. What I discovered shocked me. A standard box of Fruit Loops (which would last about two weeks at my house) cost about $3; a 3-pound bag of apples (which would last about four days at my house) cost about $4. Think about that for a minute. I can be fed for two weeks by spending $3 or, I can eat a healthy alternative for the same amount of time and spend five times as much. Which is the logical choice for a struggling family?

And we wonder why America is getting fat.

Leave a comment below suggesting a plan of action that we as Americans can take to fix this health crisis.

Written by Greg

March 6, 2011 at 3:07 am