Happy Birthday, America

Statue_of_Liberty.jpgIn July of 1776 the U.S. fought a war of independence against the British crown. They fought against unfair taxes, quartering acts, lack of representation, and an overreaching monarch and parliament that governed from afar. The Declaration of Independence states:

“But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

The founding fathers did not enter the War of Independence lightly; it was not smooth sailing, they did not all hold the same opinions, and victory was uncertain.  Though today we think of the founding fathers as wise older gentlemen and America as a land of wealth, in 1776 America was a vastly different place.  The majority of the founding fathers were around the age of 40, most were of modest means holding several occupations to provide for their families, and America was far from having a military that could face the power of England’s well trained and supplied army and navy. However, what the founding fathers did have was a determination and a united belief that:

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A Patriotic Look Back: "The Star-Spangled Banner"

American_Flag.jpgOn this day, as we celebrate our nation's independence, many of us will sing our national anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner”. Although we often sing this song, many of us rarely stop and think about why, and under what circumstances, this song was written.

Thirty-eight years after the Declaration of Independence was signed, America was still fighting for her freedom. In August of 1814, English soldiers had captured and burned Washington, D.C. and were planning to capture Baltimore as well. In an effort to stop the attack, Dr. William Beanes attempted to arrest a group English soldiers. In retaliation for the attempted arrests, English soldiers took Dr. Beanes as a prisoner aboard an English warship.

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With Contraception, Are People Majoring on the Minor?


hobby.jpgIn the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling on Hobby Lobby and the HHS contraception mandate, there has been a social media firestorm. In the hours after the ruling, many came out and stated that the Justices had “turned back the clock for women’s rights.” This is an idea that will surely be promulgated as election season gets into full swring (for both the November Midterms and the 2016 Presidential election).

If nothing else politics is a game of perception. If you can create the appearance of something, then you have created a reality; especially in a society, culture,  and generation that typically believes what they hear and never reads past a headline. The constant propaganda of a “war on women,” the political correctness to the point that the NFL and paint companies are having to change names, the idea that corporations are evil for making money, and insinuating that conservatives hate everyone just because they have differing views from the mainstream media are just a few examples of the things that inundate American media on a daily basis.  What is alarming is that while these types of stories, and the debates that coincide with them, continue to make headlines the real issues of this nation and world quietly pass by. 

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PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi: Women Cannot Have It All

The ladies on Fox News' Outnumbered discussed a topic during yesterday's show that I found incredibly fascinating. The Atlantic owner David Bradley interviewed the CEO of PepsiCo, Indra K. Nooyi, during a session at the Aspen Ideas Festival and he asked her "what's your opinion about whether or not women can have it all?" Her answer was quite uncommon, if you consider the average woman in America today. 

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“Like a Girl” Rocks the Nation: Thank you Sarah Palin!

Proctor & Gamble’s female empowerment campaign “Like a Girl” is sweeping social media and earning high accolades. Unlike the ill-fated ‘Ban Bossy’ crusade, this message exemplifies strength and self-confidence.

In an effective social experiment, P&G’s Always division illustrates how being told to run, throw, or fight like a girl holds a negative stigma. The experiment ends in an uplifting, “Why can’t 'run like a girl' also mean 'win the race'?”

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