The Fourth of July, also known as Independence Day and America’s Birthday, is one of our most popular holidays, in part because it comes in mid-summer. Americans celebrate our “birthday” eating watermelon and shooting off and watching fireworks. This holiday commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia which declared that the 13 colonies were Free states and no longer subject to rule of the British King.
“It may be true that the law cannot change the heart, but it can restrain the heartless” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. uttered those words in December 1963 in an address at Western Michigan University shortly after the assignation of President Kennedy. The Civil Rights icon added “It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me and I think that is pretty important also.”
Most people are aware about the money in politics that is out in the open. Not everyone realizes how hidden money is spent to ensure that the system works the way the big spenders want it to.
Women have been fighting for equality in the United States since day one. Slowly, women are making progress. There is one segment of society in which very little progress has been made. We still do not honor women the same way we do men.
There have been three mass shootings in the US this week, two at military bases. After every mass shooting, we hear a lot of talk from politicians, particularly Republicans, about the need to address mental health. It is all bovine excrement. Mental Health has been the illegitimate step child of public health since the beginning of public health. “Mental Health in this country is a luxury, and luxury is only for the wealthy”, wrote Kastalia Medrano in a recent article on Vox. Truer words have never been spoken.
The World Meteorological Organization issued its annual state of the global climate report this week and it was not good news. “Things are getting worse,” said Petteri Taalas, Secretary General of the World Meteorological Organization. “It’s more urgent than ever to proceed with mitigation. The only solution is to get rid of fossil fuels in power production, industry and transportation,” he said.