I recently had a short conversation with an old friend of the family, an elderly man whose wife now suffers with Alzheimers. "How are things?" I asked, as I shook his hand. A tear formed in the corner of his eye as he stared quietly at the floor. "Not good, Tami. Not good. It's so hard." Our conversation continued, as he told me how little his sweet wife remembers these days, and how she won't let him out of her sight for even a second. "I guess I'm her security blanket now," he explained. "But it's really hard."
The very same night, I ran into Helen, the sweet mother of a girl who was one of my dearest friends in high school. I haven't seen her in months, and quickly noticed that she was walking with a bad limp. When I asked how she was doing, she explained that she'd fallen and broken her hip and had only recently gotten well enough to get out on her own. "I bet this has been tough for you," I said, giving her a hug. She's been a widow for many years, and is very independent. Tears began to roll down her cheeks as she explained that it has, indeed, been a tough season in her life. An avid baker, she is no longer able to stand long enough to do the baking she once did.
In 1996, then first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton published a book named It Takes A Village and Other Lessons Children Teach Us. Billed as “a guide to raising children in the Information Age,” the book outlined policy recommendations to make sure that every child in America had not only basic needs provided for, but was educated enough to compete in the 21st century global economy. The title of the book was taken from the African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.” The expression has caught wildfire since the book was published, but what does Hillary mean?
The real danger in the widespread use of this idea of a village, or collective, is that women across America will hear the catchy slogan, and mistakenly believe that Hillary represents their interests and intends to support them as mothers. But in truth, if you asked most American mothers what the phrase “it takes a village to raise a child” means, they would say that mothers need a community of good, moral people of the parents’ choosing to provide support for the mother, and love and solid role models for the child. Good mothers know that teachers, coaches, and other parents can be a critical part of a child’s life, and provide a foundation for a successful, happy adulthood. But American mothers fiercely assert their right to have the ultimate influence over the guiding forces in their children’s lives, and rightfully so.
I love Thanksgiving. It is such a wonderful and uncomplicated holiday. There are no gifts to bring, no high expectations to meet, it is simply a day to spend time with your friends and family and give thanks for the blessings in your lives.
My Thanksgiving has pretty much gone the same way for at least 10 years. I get up, put the turkey in the oven, make preparations for the rest of our meal, and then I turn on the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. This year was no different. I was especially looking forward to watching the parade this year because my daughter is finally at an age where she was just as excited about the parade as I was.
This year the parade started out as usual with beautiful visuals of the amazing floats and crowded streets. Then came the performances, most of which I enjoyed, but that all changed when Matt Lauer starting talking about the next performance in the parade where the characters in the show "learn to celebrate the differences in each other." That line right there should have tipped me off that I didn't want to watch the next performance, but stupid me kept watching. Onto the screen pops several male performers in full drag queen make-up, prancing around in thigh high, high heeled, sparkly boots - hence the name "Kinky Boots."
When I think of Florida Congresswoman and DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the joke “how can you tell a politician is lying? Her mouth is open...” comes to mind. To be fair, lying and voter manipulation runs high on both sides of the political spectrum, but as of late the bold face lies and damning hypocrisy coming out of the Democratic Party and its leaders not only hurts the country economically, it insults the intelligence of the American people.
Many Democrats tend to believe everything they are instructed to believe, true or not. They stick to talking points like bees to honey. No talking point or lie is too outrageous as long Democrats win. (Remember when Mitt Romney single handedly gave a woman cancer?) So having Wasserman-Schultz appear on talk shows and divert questions with a “but the Republicans are obstructing…blah blah blah” is key for Democrat victories because they know they cannot win on policy alone. For some reason platforms that promote bloated inefficient government that financially enslaves future generations and hinders America’s promise of freedom doesn’t sound very utopian, so Democrats hide their agenda with faux controversies like the “War on Women” and catchy slogans like “Yes We Can.”
On August 20, 2012 President Barack Obama gave a press conference during which he spelled out what conditions would be equal to Syria and the Assad Regime crossing a “red line”. The video below is clear, and his later denial of having set a red line is stunning.
I'm sure we all remember the frantic demands and pleads of the President to help stop the slaughter of women and children at the hands of Assad, the leader of Syria. Assad was accused of having used chemical weapons to kill thousands of his own citizens in a bloody civil war that began over two years ago. President Obama announced to the world that he was prepared to take unilateral action to stop any further chemical attacks from Assad’s regime. This, in spite of Russian and Chinese objections that no clear evidence proved it had been Assad who used the chemical weapons.