When you throw religion, politics and a seminal tragic event in modern American history into a pot, it's going to get sticky, messy and potentially unpleasant. Such a cocktail requires a thoughtful discussion.
Our dependency on plastic is not purely physical; it is the word used for surgery of many of those most of us envy. And sadly it is a word that describes many of us, certainly in how we deal on the outside.
There is no question that Obama is repairing the perception of the U.S. throughout the world, but the stark reality is this: He is up against those who still want to make us smaller than we ever were throughout history.
Americans remain an optimistic lot. Across all ages, races, sex, location and economic background, Americans are expressing a sense that their individual and collective action can and will move the world forward in a positive way.
I stumbled across a list of the only countries in the world that don't offer guaranteed paid maternity leave. You might expect to see Liberia, Papua New Guinea, and Swaziland on the list. But the United States?