American Mania

American Mania

American Mania and the Creamsicle Führer

Do you remember where you were when the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage in all 50 states? I do. I was sitting at my desk when my cell phone started to buzz with Facebook and Twitter notifications. My feeds were washed with rainbow colored photos and virtual declarations of progress and equality. A monumental achievement in civil rights.

Other civil rights milestones, such as the abolition of slavery and women gaining the right to vote, make me proud to be an American. We are a tolerant, progressively open minded society that embraces equality.


The recent rise of the Creamsicle Führer has shattered my confidence and my trust in my fellow Americans. Donald Trump, Republican presidential front-runner and overall bigot, is surfacing an ugly side of the American people. They show up in droves to his rallies, mania and violence teeming in the air.

Trump unapologetically encourages violence and even offers to pay legal fees for those that carry out violence at his request. All over the United States, violent crimes are skyrocketing. Donald Trump is throwing gasoline on the fire! He hardly denies this fact. He certainly doesn’t repent against his bias for violence. As if inciting violence weren’t bad enough, his candor has rendered election coverage R-rated. Violence. D*** jokes. The disgustingness of women needing to use the restroom. Assuming strong, articulate women must be menstruating if they dare challenge him. Hateful, small-minded thoughts about Muslims and Mexicans.

When Donald Trump is on TV, I usher my children out of the room to protect them from his offensive speech. That is so sad. We should be proud for our children to witness the process and power of democracy. We shouldn’t have to muffle their ears because a “Presidential” candidate is validating bigotry and condoning violence! It is no longer shocking to hear his vicious words. What is surprising is that Americans are embracing Trump.

Can’t they hear what he says?

How are they not ashamed to defend his hateful rhetoric?

[Scared, tiny voice inside] Oh my goodness, are Americans just closeted bigots?

Now I am really frightened. Is Trump gathering support because they finally found a champion to normalize their secret, chronic hate?

A clever tool helped me identify Facebook friends who like Trump. I was sickened to see some good friends and family on the list. Do they hate like him too?

I think about the national celebrations when gay marriage was legalized. Was it all a lie? Were Trump supporters simmering while waiting for an icon to corroborate their feelings of disgust?

It wasn’t a lie for me. And I hope many of you. Please tell me Americans are still pursuing and embracing equality for all. Tell me we continue to grow in tolerance and diversity. Share and comment on this post to tell the world our equality achievements aren’t a lie. Tell the world America’s civil rights progress isn’t a lie. It is #StillTrue.

Not Just Any Woman, Hillary

Not Just Any Woman, Hillary

The New York Times asked: Is It Important to Elect a Woman as President?

Author, speaker and expert on women in business, Dr. Betty Spence shares why:

Because the candidate — Hillary Clinton — is a fighter for all generations. No generation gap among women exists when it comes to women’s access to healthcare, affordable child care, paid family leave, equal pay, an equal shot at the executive suite and the board room, or ending violence against women here and abroad. As these are the priorities of America’s women across age groups, so they are hers – as demonstrated by her life’s work. Those who would foment women against women need to recognize that no matter how much the media likes a catfight, today’s educated and energized women won’t take the bait.

As President of the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE) and co-founder of Executive Women for Hillary, I can happily report that women of all ages are supporting other women. The senior executive women from major companies that I work with on the NAFE Roundtable are committed to ensuring the success of the women who work with and for them, and they are advocating actively for other women. Though each generation may have specific age-related priorities (for millennials, it’s college debt, landing a job; for Gen X & Y, it’s having a family and career success; for boomers, it’s retirement and a safe world for their grandchildren), Secretary Clinton gets this and will fight for these as well as for women’s common priorities. Women of all generations will benefit beyond what we now imagine when she is our first woman president.

Learn more about Hillary’s vision for America, and key policies she will fight for as president. As Hillary campaigns across the country, she’ll be talking about more issues—stay tuned.

On behalf of!