"In the first 100 days of the war, President George W. Bush increased homeland security and built a worldwide coalition that...began to destroy al-Qaeda's grip on Afghanistan by driving the Taliban from power...helped the innocent people of Afghanistan recover from the Taliban's reign of terror...helped Afghans put aside long-standing differences to form a new interim … Continue reading THEY ARE OUR SISTERS
"Its most famous tolling, however, was on July 8, 1776, when it summoned Philadelphia citizens for the first reading of the Declaration of Independence." ~ Liberty Bell tolls to announce Declaration of Independence, history.com The Liberty Bell cracked beyond repair on February 23, 1846.~ National Park Service “A lady asked Dr. Franklin Well Doctor what … Continue reading SILENCING LIBERTY
Jeanne's "I Got The Shot" Collection “It may be socially inappropriate [to ask someone if they've been vaccinated against COVID-19], but there is more of a compelling need if it’s a potential health threat like an infectious disease. You may fear that if an unvaccinated person accompanies you into a restaurant, then they can be … Continue reading VAX REVEAL ETIQUETTE: I GOT THE SHOT – DID YOU?
. "We do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.” ~ Thomas Jefferson "We have a saying around here, use it or lose it." ~ Former U.S. Secretary of State George P. Shultz. Dear Readers, Please forgive my delay in posting. Like many others, I've been shell shocked … Continue reading USE IT OR LOSE IT
"This week marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment. And we celebrate the women who fought for that right. Yet so many of the black women who helped secure that victory were still prohibited from voting, long after its ratification...We're not often taught their stories. But as Americans, we all stand … Continue reading THE 19TH AMENDMENT AND WOMEN OF COLOR
"You cannot create experience. You must undergo it." ~ Albert Camus "I want a president with a record of public service, someone whose life's work shows our children that we don't chase fame and fortune for ourselves: we fight to give everyone a chance to succeed." Michelle Obama "Achievement is talent plus preparation." ~ Malcolm … Continue reading HOW TO HIRE A PRESIDENT – PART 2
"Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for 'tis better to be alone than in bad company." ~ George Washington (Note: As a teenager, Washington wrote a book of etiquette.) Never hire someone who knows less than you do about what he’s hired to do. ~ Malcolm Forbes … Continue reading HOW TO HIRE A PRESIDENT – PART 1
What It Will Mean If She Wins
In the early days of the American Revolution Abigail Adams wrote to her husband, John, “I long to hear that you have declared an independency. And, by the way…if particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion.” Well, the American Revolution lasted nearly eight years and Abigail’s ladies’ “rebellion” has lasted nearly two-and-a-half centuries. And it’s still going on.
"My candle was nearly burnt out,
when, by the glimmer of the half-extinguished light,
I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open."
~ Frankenstein, Chapter 5, by Mary Shelley
This year as Halloween approaches we find ourselves facing a terror that surpasses the usual seasonal frights of Michael Myers, werewolves, ghosts, poltergeist and vampires: the Presidential election season.
For many of us, the shocks we have received are akin to the horror that Dr. Frankenstein felt about the creature he had created. We've watched with revulsion as our modern-day monster of incivility, bullying, intimidation and hatred has opened its eye and been unleashed upon our nation.
"Voting is a civic sacrament."
~ The Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh
According to an article in The Atlantic, the right to vote is mentioned five times in the Constitution of the United States, more than any other right, including the rights to "the freedom of speech," the "free exercise" of religion, "to keep and bear Arms," or "unreasonable searches and seizures." Yet there is strong disagreement among experts -- including elected officials, Constitutional scholars and Supreme Court Justices -- whether the Constitution grants the right to vote or rather implies that it is merely a privilege. But if the right to vote -- and not the privilege to vote -- is mentioned five times, in those words, it seems pretty iron-clad to me that it is indeed a right and not merely a privilege. I decided to check.