The Beauty of Getting Older

American societal norms can be a curious animal. It is probably why college students take classes called “Sociology”. In most places around the world, the elders of the population are revered. People look up to them and respect them for their wisdom and life experience. In America though, we frequently overlook the senior citizens in our population. We dismiss them, ignore them, younger people don’t really pay attention to them because they are not up to date when it comes to pop culture. They often end up in deplorable conditions.

But one American company is attempting to change the way we look at older Americans, particularly older women. When we think of models, we think of teenage to twentysomething girls who we just want to force feed a sandwich to. They do things like chain smoke and subject themselves to ridiculous dieting habits in order to maintain their refugee-like weight. They are all too aware that their years of modeling earning potential are about as long as Olympic figure skaters and gymnasts have to compete. By 25 they are has-beens.

Enter Cover Girl and their newest spokes model Maye Musk. Maye may not be all that well known in the U.S., but she ought to be. She was born in Canada, and moved with her family to South Africa at age 2. She began modeling at 15, and entered the Miss South Africa beauty pageant in 1969. Her face has graced the cover of such magazines as Time, New York magazine, and Elle Canada. She is also a Dietician, having earned a Master’s degree in Nutritional Science from the University of Toronto. On April 19, Maye Musk will celebrate her seventieth birthday.

American women have spent most of last 100 years being told what the ideal American woman should look like. She is very young, usually white, and extremely thin. With the advent of the Women’s movement in the 60’s and 70’s, those ideals slowly began to change. The women in those magazines don’t look like the women in the grocery store or at PTA meetings. They might have a few extra pounds; they don’t have hair and makeup people swooping down on them every day before they leave the house. The lines and wrinkles that inhabit their faces tell the stories of real lives. They are Black, Hispanic, Asian, and everything in between. They have jobs and children and some days are lucky if they have time to chug a single cup of coffee before they deal with real life.

It has taken longer than it ever should have for the beauty industry to figure out that beauty comes in all shapes, sizes, colors, and ages. The fact that Cover Girl has put Maye Musk up as one beauty ideal sends a vitally important message to young girls and women in general. In a society and culture where women and girls starve themselves to look like the airbrushed waif on the cover of “Vogue”, watching Maye strut her stuff in a Cover Girl commercial is encouraging, long overdue, and tells women that they do not need to check off the beauty boxes that the culture has brainwashed them into thinking are mandatory. And if you learn about Maye, you learn that the combination of beauty in whatever form it comes in, self-confidence and brains is an unbeatable combination. It will take you where-ever you want to go.

With any luck what Cover Girl has started will spread to other cosmetic companies. American women, especially those who are over 50 are tired of being told that as soon as they reach that magical age they should no longer worry about their looks, that no one is looking anyway. Cover Girl is saying, “MAKE them look.” But the best message comes from Maye herself in a Twitter hashtag,

#JustGettingStarted.

Is Conservatism the New Counterculture?

Ah the 60’s, what a heady time. America was experiencing growing pains in a way she had not seen since her inception. It was a time of war, an unpopular one at that. It was a time of Americans demanding racial and gender equality. At times it was violent and ugly. It also spawned a generational gap that had never been seen before. Teenagers and college age students in the 60’s were a completely different animal than their WWII era parents. While tradition defined the greatest generation, rebellion defined their children. Those coming of age in the 60’s wanted completely different lives than their parents. Their values and beliefs were the opposite of their parents. It was practically a requirement, it was also hip and cool.

Fast forward to today. Those teenagers are all grown up. And quite a few of them teach today’s teenagers and college students. And they are guilty of the very behavior of the generation that came before them. They insist that they are all for freedom of speech, equality for all, tolerance and inclusivity all around. But that is not what happens on today’s college campuses. What used to be a sacred place for the free exchange of ideas is now a repressive safe-space filled place where one had better go along with the group-think of one’s designated group. So, one had better figure out quick to which group one belongs. Are you a minority, female, gay? Shut up and think with your respective group and no one gets hurt.

But there is a different group rearing its head, and the problem is, well, they appear to be free thinkers, and it does not look like they are going to reform their evil ways any time soon. We are talking about college conservatives. Go to any college campus and it’s the Conservatives who are the kooks, the freaks, the ones who just do not it in. They are insulted, if speakers they invite to campus manage to step foot on campus they are shouted down, threatened, and harassed. They are not allowed to say what they think, that is hate speech. And don’t even think about publicly supporting the political candidate of your choice. Because if it not the choice of those tolerant former flower children, it is not going to happen.

So, have conservative college students become the new counter culture? Are they the new rebellion? They are certainly the underdog, and in many cases, curiosity gets the better of those want to know more about the underdogs and why they have achieved that status. Will the curious want to know what sort of values and beliefs this totally unacceptable group holds and why they hold them? Will they mull conservatism over, roll it around in their heads, even agree with it? More and more studies are showing that the generation behind Millennials is leaning more conservative in their beliefs. Will they relish the idea that they are, in a way, the odd men out? And will it make conservatism hip and cool? Maybe not right away, liberals are not about to let the cool factor of being a hippie, even an aging one, go without a fight. But maybe the fight stage is where we are now. More conservative students speak up even when they see the treatment of others like them. They are standing up and fighting “the man”. Rather ironic that liberals have become exactly what they warned each other about back in the old days.

Liberals love to ramble on about revolutions and resisting. What may be on the horizon is probably not what they had in mind.

ANNOUNCING: The Talk America Radio “Kitchen Cabinet”

We are very pleased to announce the Talk America Radio Kitchen Cabinet.

Talk America Radio Kitchen Cabinet

There is an old saying that “successful people surround themselves with great people”.  No one will argue that this is a very accurate statement.

Well the same philosophy should hold true for any group, organization, company, or talk radio network.

I’ve been asked, “what is a Kitchen Cabinet” and “why does Talk America Radio need one”?

The term “Kitchen Cabinet” often refers to a President’s trusted group of friends or colleagues that are unofficial advisors.

The members of the Talk America Radio Kitchen Cabinet are just that…  very trusted friends and colleagues that share in the desire to see Talk America Radio succeed with integrity.

They will offer advice and counsel on any variety of matters and issues that the Executive Team is faced with from time to time.

The Talk America Radio Kitchen Cabinet is comprised of highly respected, top experts in economics, politics, the military, counter-terrorism, the Middle East, Asia, Russia, foreign affairs and national security.  These people are considered the very best of the very best!

On a personal level, I have known many of these people for quite some time.  Their integrity is unquestionable.  Their level of expertise is unsurpassed.  Their willingness to offer assistance, guidance and advice is unconditional.  They have proven time and time again to be accessible to me whenever the need arises for advice and guidance.  I am honored to consider these stellar people my friends.

And I am also grateful that they have accepted our offer to become members of the Talk America Radio Kitchen Cabinet…  What an honor…

It’s been just less than two month since we launched the new Talk America Radio Network.  Every day, the Executive Team works diligently to better the #TalkAmericaRadio brand and the Talk America Radio Network.  And every day we do so with the utmost of integrity.

There are some who are doing everything possible to inflict harm on Talk America Radio.  On a daily basis, we battle left wing individuals and organizations who try their best to silence us.  Heck, even other Conservative radio networks try to damage us daily in social media…  But despite the efforts of those that fight against us, we continue to fight back with quality and integrity.  That will not change.

Integrity…  The backbone of Talk America Radio.  We will never compromise our integrity.

Please join me in welcoming the members of our Kitchen Cabinet.  I encourage you to research them, and the organizations they represent.  Many are authors…  I highly encourage you to read their books.  You will see many of them on the various news networks.  Watch their videos and interviews on YouTube.  And you will very quickly understand why it is such a great honor that Talk America Radio has their support.

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