Edmund Pettus Bridge

The Edmund Pettus Bridge, in Selma, Alabama, is the site of many civil rights marches in the 60s, including Bloody Sunday. Although Martin Luther King Jr was not there on Bloody Sunday, he would be two days later to march to the site of the violence and pray. Due in part to this nonviolent protest, President Johnson submitted voting rights legislation to Congress.

That’s a horribly short encapsulation of a whole movement which still carries on today, and a blog post here couldn’t do near the justice needed to cover the full range of the civil rights movement. When we lived in Montgomery, we drove over to Selma one day to explore an old base that my husband’s father had been stationed at. This was the only shot of the bridge that I got, but if you go online, you’ll see other (better) pictures that show just how beautiful the bridge is.

The Edmund Pettus Bridge where many civil rights marches occurred in Selma, Alabama. Not So SAHM

Edmund Pettus Bridge – ProjectEdit365 – 16 Jan

The original was probably taken with my iPhone back in 2009. Please go to Project Edit 365 to see the original and the edits that I made. Thanks!

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A piece of the Berlin Wall on exhibit at the Newseum in Washington D.C. has an open mouth with the words ACT UP painted in the mouth NotSoSAHM

Act Up – Berlin Wall #2

A section of the Berlin Wall on display at the Newseum in Washington D.C.

The Newseum has great exhibits. When we went several years ago they had a large section of the Berlin Wall on display. Yesterday’s picture was taken during the same trip to the Newseum as the one below. Such a fascinating exhibit, and museum.

A piece of the Berlin Wall on exhibit at the Newseum in Washington D.C. has an open mouth with the words ACT UP painted in the mouth NotSoSAHM

ACT UP! – ProjectEdit365 – 19 Feb

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Party like it’s 1773!

The mainstream media, so I hear–I don’t watch it, is downplaying the birth of the latest grassroots movement: the new revolution. In 1773, colonists who were tired of being taxed without being represented decided to take matters into their own hands by dumping English Tea into the Boston Harbor. Unwelcome taxes had been being levied on the colonists for a while but they hadn’t been able to get England’s attention. Boy did the Boston Tea Party. The British closed the port until colonists could pay for the tea. One thing led to another and the result of the American Revolution was a new nation with the promise of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

I’m hoping that the metaphorical tea parties that were held in all fifty states on the 15th will resonate in Washington like the original party resonated with King George III. We aren’t being taxed without representation, we’re being taxed with misrepresentation. I’m not going to get into the political details right now (are you sighing with relief?), but things have got to change, and not the kind of change Obama has brought to the country. Not the kind of change Congress passed without even reading first. Actually, not so much as change really, more of a reverting back to what the Founding Fathers envisioned for this country. And that wasn’t a hand-out national government ruling over emasculated states.

As for the tea party I went to, it rocked. I’ve never been to any other protest, but I’m guessing this isn’t how regular liberal protests occur. We started off with a prayer and a patriotic song. I know, can you believe it? It almost felt like that was the rebellious part of the whole day. Religious and patriotic. It was peaceful. No one was calling for the death of anyone. Nobody was violent. No one was destroying things…unless you care about a couple of tea bags that were thrown about. I’m hoping that this really is the beginning of a new revolution. Our nation, as the Founding Fathers saw it, cannot survive on the path we’re taking now. Sure, we can become some other type of nation, but we would lose our greatness and wouldn’t be the beacon of light for the rest of the world.

I’ll leave you with some eye candy from the festivities!

Tea partiers!

Tea partiers! (And please for the love of all things innocent DO NOT call these protests “tea b@gging” and DO NOT call yourselves “tea b@ggers”. Google it if you don’t know what I’m talking about.)

Young revolutionary

Young revolutionary
This local business was giving away free pork sandwiches.
Pork in buns: delicious.
Pork in stimulus bills: disgusting.
In front of the Alabama State House

“When the people fear their government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty.” Thomas Jefferson

What do we want? Smaller government! When do we want it? NOW!

P.S. This is the second anniversary of the Va Tech shootings. Du and I will always remember what a special young lady Lauren McCain was. She’s waiting for us in Heaven!