Off the Cuff

Op-Ed from our Managing Editor

From Wilderness To Statehood, Early Tennesseans Displayed The Power Of Unity

From Wilderness To Statehood, Early Tennesseans Displayed The Power Of Unity

June 1, 2018

At a time when many of our democratic and institutional norms are being challenged and, in some cases breached, in the United States, it is helpful to reflect upon June 1st, 1796, when Tennessee was officially admitted to the Union as the 16th state. Back then, as is the case today, many divisive and opposing […]

BriteHeart Annual Report

BriteHeart Annual Report

April 30, 2018

BriteHeart Annual Benefit Report The BriteHeart Company’s intended public benefit is to engage in public dialogue and advocacy to promote awareness of the importance of democracy and individual rights and the values embedded in the U. S. Constitution. BriteHeart First Year Review 2017 was a big year for civic action. It was a generative year […]

#Get Civic And Stop The NRA Now

#Get Civic And Stop The NRA Now

March 11, 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 […]

We Must Keep Marching

We Must Keep Marching

February 9, 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 […]

Awake The Sleeping Giant!

Awake The Sleeping Giant!

December 29, 2017

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. The […]

What Every American Should Know

What Every American Should Know

October 6, 2017

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 […]

We The People Must Register And Vote

We The People Must Register And Vote

July 4, 2017

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 […]

Behind The Headlines, Democrats Are Working For All Americans

Behind The Headlines, Democrats Are Working For All Americans

June 30, 2017

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 […]

Credibility

Credibility

May 22, 2017

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 […]

Something Different

Something Different

May 12, 2017

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. BriteHeart embraces […]