30 things we love about America leading to July 4th
Freedom of speech.
It’s a right we all have and enjoy to be able to express ourselves and our beliefs freely. It is a cornerstone of our society. If it was ever taken away or restricted we should be very worried. Even if people say things we don’t like, they have a right to think and say it, and if spoken out loud we know they voiced their view and we know where they stand on a topic. It’s a conscientious way to recognize that censorship cannot regulate “thought”.
Here’s the first amendment:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
According to Wikipedia, there are some limitations laid out here: “Categories of speech that are given lesser or no protection by the First Amendment (and therefore may be restricted) include obscenity, fraud, child pornography, speech integral to illegal conduct, speech that incites imminent lawless action, speech that violates intellectual property law, true threats, and commercial speech such as advertising.”
5 Things to Teach Kids by 5
Parents.com had a good piece on 5 values to teach your kids by the time they reach 5 years of age. It’s a good set and a pretty easy read as they chronicle a few examples of how some have taught these lessons.
The five lessons are:
Origins of Fathers Day
Ever wonder about the origins of Father’s Day? Here’s the scoop on Wikipedia. Recognition of the day was largely avoided as it was feared it would be commercialized (largely the roots were tied to commercial organizations like Menswear, etc.) but eventually the fathers of the country were given the day to recognize them like their counterpart parents (mothers).