Off the Cuff

Op-Ed from our Managing Editor

We Must Keep Marching

We Must Keep Marching

March 30, 2018

No question about it. Women’s March 2.0 brought the kind of fierce energy, joyful civic participation and positive activism to the forefront that we all hoped it would. Tens of thousands of people took their hopes, dreams, partners, parents, and children to the streets to show the world that the repeated attacks on women and our democracy, coming directly from the White House, will not be tolerated.

When the sun came up on Sunday, January 21st, after all the signs and buttons had been put away and pink hats removed, we didn’t just look in the mirror and wonder, “What now?” Nope. We continued to march with resolve toward our elected positions of the future.

Awake The Sleeping Giant!

Awake The Sleeping Giant!

March 17, 2018

What a year it’s been for BriteHeart! For us and a lot of you, 2017 began with the sad reality of the 2016 election results. For many of us, the best remedy for this winter of our discontent was the Women’s March and the good feelings generated by so much energy, commitment and togetherness.

#Get Civic And Stop The NRA Now

#Get Civic And Stop The NRA Now

March 17, 2018

The questions come with more of an edge to them now that Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell is running for governor. But when asked by a reporter, after the school massacre in Parkland, Florida, whether she supported raising the minimum age to buy assault weapons, she was ready. Harwell said she bought one for her son, then flippantly added: “When that’s the only thing he wants for Christmas, what do you do, right?” It was as if a giant billboard with neon lights had just sprung from her head flashing the letters ‘N.R.A.’

This is just another example of a politician choosing the NRA’s money over people’s safety.

What Every American Should Know

What Every American Should Know

March 17, 2018

Thirty years ago, E.D. Hirsch activated civic conversations throughout America with his book Cultural Literacy. He argued that every American should have a grasp of fundamental information about our country in order to be culturally literate. Hirsch listed 5,000 names, facts, phrases, dates and cultural references that he believed represented a reasonable core of knowledge that all Americans should possess.

Via: Wikipedia was sourced for specific information within this essay

We The People Must Register And Vote

We The People Must Register And Vote

March 17, 2018

No matter what side of the great political divide you occupy, odds are that you’re dissatisfied with the dysfunction on display in Washington, D.C. Conservatives are unhappy because their agenda is stalled, with their best efforts stymied by presidential tweets and unpresidential behavior. Progressives are disillusioned because the current administration’s agenda is dominated by a continuous assault on President Obama’s legislative legacy.

Behind The Headlines, Democrats Are Working For All Americans

Behind The Headlines, Democrats Are Working For All Americans

March 17, 2018

 In these conflicted times of ours where almost everything is seen through perceived pro-Trump or anti-Trump bias, there exists a myth among some political pundits that progressive Democrats cannot effectively function as long as their attention is diverted by inquiries into the Trump campaign’s ties with Russia. While Democrats plead for cooperation from Republicans in discovering the truth about Russia’s hack, their pleas are generally met with disinterest, slow walking committee hearings or outright refusals to explore any Trump linkage to the Russians.

Something Different

Something Different

March 17, 2018

You might have noticed something different about the feeling in America right now. We have too. That’s why we started BriteHeart. Many of us believe that powerful forces are at work trying to change the underlying culture and the very fabric of our constitutional rights. It’s time to stand up and say something.

Credibility

Credibility

March 17, 2018

 Credibility: the quality of being trusted and believed. Credibility is the currency that we all need to navigate successfully through our lives. Without credibility a person is an unmoored vessel drifting on its own, alone in a world that regards each word with suspicion or outright contempt. The only way forward without credibility is to lurch through each day, transaction by transaction; showing your cards or your cash on the spot.