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Category Archives: politics
“The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it–and the glow from that fire can truly light the world.” John Kennedy When Kennedy was inaugurated I was only … Continue reading
I am one of those people who has spent a lifetime studying societal trends, working within the system, and trying to effect change. I did this in my career and my community involvements. I come from a long line … Continue reading
The government reopened this week. President Obama extended something not akin to an olive branch when he said, “You don’t like a particular policy or a particular president? Then argue for your position. Go out there and win an election,” Obama … Continue reading
Grass roots efforts have always been the ideal for me. You see, I have always been involved. I have always been the type of person who tries to help people find a middle ground. When factions form, and verbal attacks … Continue reading
One of my junior high students was complaining about learning history. Of course, I explained that “those who do not learn from history are destined to repeat it”. We discussed at length some of the societal trends and events that … Continue reading
Do you remember panel discussions? Panel discussions usually involve a bringing together of a cross-section of views about an issue. With all of the hollering and worrying about the health care issue, and the government shut down, I have been … Continue reading
I have amazing friends. This particular friend (I will call her R, in case she wants to stay anonymous) is a wonderful woman. She is kind, caring, compassionate, and fair. She is one of those people who looks at both … Continue reading
The President will deliver his State of the Union address this evening. As usual, there will be sniping and strutting among our elected officials, members of the press, and the general public. It becomes difficult in this climate to safely … Continue reading
My 6 word saturday….. The Lost Lives of Newtown, Connecticut
My wonderful niece, Kristen, voted for the first time yesterday. Today she posted this question, that I want to share with you. She understands an important part of the big picture, but due to her age, she doesn’t understand the … Continue reading
We have heard SOOO much about the “swing states” for the past few months that many of us are ready to scream. Those of us who live in non-swing states at times feel that our vote is irrelevant, and that … Continue reading
Most of the time I do not blog about politics. We are closing in on election day. My long ago ancestors cherished the right to vote. I, like most citizens walk in the footsteps and stand on the shoulders of … Continue reading
I am copying most of a previous post into this post. But I want to precede that with some other bits of commentary. There is less than a week to go. The political ads have become even more vicious and … Continue reading
In matters of style, swim with the current; In matters of principle, stand like a rock.~ Thomas Jefferson There were so many subjects I loved in junior high and high school. I loved my literature classes, algebra classes, and my … Continue reading
Well before I was born, but not nearly long enough ago, women were granted the right to vote in the U.S. A precursor of the 19th amendment was The League of Women Voters. My grandmothers, great-grandmothers, and great aunts were … Continue reading
I came of age during the Women’s Lib Movement. My grandmothers were part of the suffragettes. My mom cautioned me during the Women’s Movement to never trade superiority for equality….I was never completely sure what she meant by that. That … Continue reading
I first saw this story on Katharine Trauger’s blog. This story has to get out. this family is going through heck. …pray for them….pass the word, please, please, please.
I know I have expressed before that I love to vote. I love that I get to make my voice heard. I have followed Presidential primaries since 1968; I was in junior high and our history teacher got us all … Continue reading
I came of age in the 60s and 70s. My generation cut their teeth on the dream of changing the world, making it better. I remember the folk music and the protest music. When the dream was very young, JFK … Continue reading
Have you ever protested for anything?. I have protested but not in the Occupy Wall Street Way. Instead, I got involved and worked “within the system”. When I became upset about poverty and hunger, I spent my hard earned money … Continue reading
Write a story by finishing this sentence….”I told him where I was going, and he hurried me out, pointing to the door with the gun, but what he didn’t know was…” that I was actually Wonder Woman in disguise. My … Continue reading
Today is the 10th anniversary of the attack on the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, the airliner downed in PA, and the attack on the heart and soul of America. On 9/11 I happened to be at home after dropping my … Continue reading
Today is a lovely day. The sky is a brilliant, brilliant blue.It rained last night–so the trees and lawn look freshly scrubbed and vibrant. The rain cleared the dust in the air and the mountains look bigger than life—not hidden … Continue reading
If you started your own nation, what would be in your constitution?.I would begin with the US Constitution. I would add a clause that states that whatever laws or policies are enacted also apply to current member of all branches … Continue reading
What does freedom mean?. topic 177 Freedom means that you have life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Not happiness, but its pursuit. It means that we can start a business, invent a product or procedure. It means that the … Continue reading
What war is worth fighting?. The wars that are worth fighting are wars that are in self-defense in the case that another country has attacked your country or declared war upon you; and wars to defend people suffering genocide such … Continue reading
What would cause you to protest or riot for something?.First of all, I would never riot. Riot implies violence to me. I could never justify using violence to get my point across. I would protest if there was a cause … Continue reading
Who should you be remembering today?. My grandpa that fought in WWI, my uncle that fought in WWII, my dad’s best friend Don that was part of the Berlin Airlift, my dad and uncle in the Korean War, friends that … Continue reading
Make a prediction about life in 2021. How about this—we will no longer pay the senate or house unless they do what we want them to do!