When I think back on my childhood, I fondly remember loving to read – and I still do. I hope to pass my bookworm tendencies on to my young son. But perhaps more importantly, I remember my father teaching us about the American Founding, and how special our freedoms and values are. I fervently hope to pass that onto my son too. I imagine many of our readers feel the same.
So I was so pleased to come across “10 Steps to Freedom: A Growing Patriot’s Guide to the American Revolution”, the second book in Amelia Hamilton’s Growing Patriots series. The book features 10 poems that together tell the story of the Revolution, with adorable illustrations to match. The book is officially recommended from ages 5-8 but I personally think it is more versatile than that. While young children will enjoy the catchy rhymes and opportunity to hear new words and syllables, toddlers will enjoy the illustrations of our Founders’ faces and 18th century clothes. Preschoolers and young school age children will enjoy practicing their new reading skills with these catchy poems.
When I write about conservative values and politics, it is very easy for me to start to feel like I am preaching to the choir. I often ask myself "am I making a difference?" Many times it feels like I am not and sometimes I may not be, but I felt very encouraged today when I read a new statistic showing that conservatives are making a difference and have made a huge difference in the last 20 years. According to a report released this week by the Centers for Disease Control, the number of abortions performed in the United States has dropped significantly since 1990.
According to the report released by the CDC:
- In 1990, 47.7% of all pregnancies among unwed women ended in abortion.
- In 2009, the abortion rate among unwed women had dropped to 28.9%
- The abortion rate for married women also dropped from 10.6% in 1990 to 6.1% in 2009.
Last month I wrote a piece titled “Shining a Light on Wendy Davis” to highlight Texas’s new pro-choice icon. Wendy Davis was featured in a few magazines, including Vogue, after she filibustered to block an “anti-abortion” bill. In case you cared, the Vogue article featured a defiant Wendy Davis outfitted in a Carolina Herrera dress, and discussed her humble beginning as a struggling single mom and her subsequent climb up the political ladder. While Wendy Davis’s accomplishments are admirable, is she the real hero?
When politicians fight for certain issues like abortion, they are branded a hero by their supporters. By standing up for abortion rights and fighting to preserve a woman’s right to choose, Wendy Davis symbolized choice and female empowerment to Democrats across the country. Several articles gushed over her clothes, hair, and pink tennis shoes. While we know too much about Wendy Davis’s wardrobe, we rarely hear personal stories from women affected by abortion. We never hear from women who exercised their right to choose and regretted choosing abortion. Behind every well-intentioned politician in designer duds lies untold stories of hardship and suffering. These stories are rarely exposed, because the media wants to avoid staining the image of their so-called heroes.
One of the greatest influences on what we find acceptable as a society is the American Psychiatric Association. Their definitions of “mental disorders” have been instrumental in helping us understand certain types of behaviors. However, sometimes these definitions are so broad that they can have a negative impact on society as a whole and allow for people to claim a disorder as a defense for an unspeakable crime.
In 2011, it was brought to my attention that pedophile activists were applying pressure on the APA to remove pedophilia as a “mental disorder”. Having seen the psychological damage that sexual abuse of a child can do, I was naturally upset and decided to keep an eye on the issue.
The APA has been discussing the issue of pedophilia for many years now and there has been tremendous pressure by pedophile activist groups on the APA to declassify pedophilia as a disorder. Now that the new DSM-5 has been released, the issue is front and center for the APA.
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?
Hillary talks a good game about parental rights in her 1996 book. But take a look at her long standing associations with radicals like Marian Wright Edelman, and one can’t help but be suspicious. In fact, Hillary’s fellow statists have often taken up the rallying cry “It Takes a Village” to justify infringement of parental rights. The most recent example of this was MSNBC Host Melissa Harris Perry helpfully explaining to parents that “We have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents or kids belong to their families, and recognize that kids belong to their communities.”
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.
Thanksgiving in the United States can be traced back to a 1621 celebration in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The puritans brought the tradition of a Day of Thanks with them when they came from England to the new world. The first nationwide Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1789 when George Washington declared November 26 "as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favours of Almighty God".
Although a specific time frame for the holiday was not set until 1941, America has been celebrating a day of Thanksgiving and praise for almost 400 years. It has only been in recent years that Thanksgiving has become little more than a placeholder between Halloween and Christmas. Retailers completely gloss over the holiday and almost refuse to acknowledge that it exists except for the acknowledgement that it is a day off of work so that people can rest up for a big day of shopping on Black Friday. However, this year retailers are going even further in their dismissal of the holiday by treating the holiday as simply a way to draw in more customers, make more money, and further commercialize an already over commercialized holiday season.