Dear Ms. Glass,
I hope this finds you in good health and that you are surrounded by peace and happiness. We all deserve a little peace and happiness, that’s for sure.
I wanted to write you because I came across you article you recently wrote about how you look down at women who have husbands and kids. I must admit I was a little taken back by it, considering I am a mother and a wife. I wasn't offended by your article in any way though - this isn't a “hate” letter - and when I mentioned above that I hope you are surrounded by peace, I truly meant it. I can’t help but think, however, that maybe there isn’t much peace in your life. I read your article, and wondered what it is that's lacking in your life that would cause you to be so awful to others.
When I read your article, all I could sense was anger and resentment - there was so much hatred. Why are you so mad over something that really doesn’t have anything to do with you? For example, you wrote “I want to have a shower for a woman when she backpacks on her own through Asia, gets a promotion, or lands a dream job not when she stays inside the box and does the house and kids thing which is the path of least resistance.”
I will admit that I was surprised by the reaction the Coke commercial received during the Super Bowl. I didn't see it live (I found the company of my friends and husband much more delightful than anything happening on the television during that game) and as an information junkie and activist, I've seen far worse happening in certain public schools where 'balkanization' is institutionalized. (Read about what is happening at Tucson public schools with La Raza studies, and note that this is written by liberal democrat Loretta Hunnicut.)
The thing that really struck me is that those consumers of Coca-Cola products who were offended, have no idea how the corporation spends its money on activism and social causes.
In December, during the flak over Duck Dynasty and A&E, I read about an app call 2nd Vote. A commenter on the Cracker Barrel Facebook page mentioned that she already knew that Cracker Barrel is more liberal than expected, but that their removal of Phil Robertson merchandise was the last straw for her. This piqued my curiosity about 2nd Vote and her reference to Cracker Barrel being liberal.
I am a firm believer that the saying “do as I say, not as I do” is a very inappropriate attitude to have when raising children. Maybe I believe that because when I was a child my parents actually practiced what they preached. And maybe I believe that because in my adult life I have seen the effects of that hypocrisy in other's children. Whatever the root cause of my belief, I strive everyday to set the example for my daughter through my actions and choices and have seen the simplest of choices have an enormous impact.
Every year at Christmas, my parents ask each of their grown children what they would like for their home. My response is usually something kitchen related or maybe even something practical like a new vacuum. This year I wasn’t given a choice. My parents surprised me with a new state of the art television that practically takes up an entire wall in my living room.
So here I am with this wonderful new TV and I decide to upgrade my cable package so I can get HD channels. That was my Christmas gift to my little family. Then last weekend my HD receiver was acting up and I had to go to the cable company and exchange it. This is where the choice I mentioned earlier comes into play.
...because that would make life so much better!
Think about it! No laughing children to annoy us, no toothy grins to ruin our day, no comical outbursts to make our dinner less enjoyable - a world full of adults and nothing else would make everything perfect...or so says our current society.
In recent weeks and months I have heard more than my fair share about people wanting to ban kids from adult locales such as upscale restaurants, airplanes, movie theaters, church, etc. As a mom of 4 children and as a mom who takes her kids everywhere, I am more than a little tired of it.
Comedian Jimmy Kimmel made headlines recently with his satirical ObamaCare ad highlighting the health care law’s disproportionate burden on young people. He closed the segment with a snarky promotional catchphrase, “The Affordable Care Act: Maybe next time pick up a newspaper.”
It’s sadly true that young Americans got mindlessly swept up by Obama-mania in 2008. But the rose colored glasses are off now. Millennials recognize a bad deal when we see one, and ObamaCare – we’re looking at you.
According to recently released numbers from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, fewer than one-quarter of individuals enrolling in ObamaCare are between the ages of 18 and 34—a far cry from the estimated 40 percent needed for the law to work.