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The Founding Fathers of the United States of America had a keen understanding of the importance of rights. They were on the other end of an oppressive tyranny that stifled their rights to express dissent. As a result of this oppressive culture, the founding fathers and a new nation raised arms against their oppressors. They would eventually win the Revolution, and as a result, the birth of a new nation occurred — The United States of America.

After living for years under an oppressive government, they knew their nation must be free of government overreach and excessive powers. Therefore, they drafted the Constitution and established the first ten amendments — the Bill of Rights. They were keenly aware that a free nation must protect its citizens from its government. They wrote the first two amendments to achieve that protection. The first amendment gave protection to citizens’ speech, freedom of the press, freedom of religion. The second amendment gave the people the right to bear arms (presumably because they wanted to give citizens the power to overthrow a government that violated the first amendment). …


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On January 6, 2021, Donald Trump held a rally for his most loyal supporters. At this rally, Trump’s statement insinuated that the crowd should march down to the Capitol and force Congress to overturn the election by force, if necessary. The protest inevitably led to violence and escalated quickly to becoming, by all appearances, a violent attempt to overturn a free and fair election — sedition.

As the events transpired, Trump did what he always did, turned to Twitter to express his dismay. Over the next few days, Big Tech took action. Due to insidious statements, Trump had his accounts shut down on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat. …


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Donald Trump will have his last day in office on January 19, 2021. He plans to issue 100 pardons on his final day to criminals of many different backgrounds. People have begun to question whether he will pardon himself.

In this article, we will discuss who Trump should pardon and who Biden should pardon.

At this point, you are probably ready to tear into me. Why in the hell should Biden pardon Trump? Trump is a traitor. He committed treason and should be in prison!

I know. I have many of those same feelings. What Trump did, by inspiring his supporters to commit insurrection, is wholly un-American and unpatriotic. However, at this moment, this nation is the most divided it has been since the Civil War. People on the right and left hate each other. …


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Student Loan forgiveness is once again a major topic in the political landscape today. This should not be a surprise to anyone as the debt has reached a staggering $1.5 trillion and is burdening millions of Americans. The burden was heavy before the pandemic and is now an enormous weight that many have no clue how to get out from underneath.

The current administration has been active in allowing forbearance and 0% interest on these loans, at least through the end of the year. This is obviously helpful, but many Democrats are wondering if this is enough. …


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Over the last several years, specifically in regards to social media, I have noticed a disturbing trend. That trend? The binary thinking that we place ourselves into.

What do I mean by this?

Binary thinking, is the thought process that everything is right or wrong, yes or no, bad or good. When we, as human beings, allow ourselves to only think in this way we remove the possibility that not all things are as simple as they seem. We fail to take into account that humans are nuanced.

If we are being honest with ourselves would we stop and look at any one subject objectively and see that there are no right answers. As Thomas Sowell said, “there are no right answers, only trade-offs.” Meaning that regardless of the decision we make, there is something we lose in the process. …


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Most people who take their general health seriously or have at minimum tried to lose weight in the past are familiar with calorie counting. Calorie counting is one of the best ways to make sure you are eating the proper amount of calories to lose, maintain, or gain weight. Most experts agree that a calorie deficit of 500 per day is equal to losing 1 pound of weight per week.

Calorie counting is simple to understand and easy to do if you comprehend basic mathematics or have a calculator handy. There are also hundreds of apps that relate directly to tracking food intake. …


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When I began my weight loss journey I found it important to establish a timeline to reach my goal. Having a timeline helps to give you checkpoints to achieve as time goes along. If you do not have a timeline the odds of achieving your goal are likely going to decrease. The reason for this is simple, we tend to put off today what can be done tomorrow.

Consider a project or goal you want to achieve, it could be professional or personal. …


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Most people have either heard or been told that losing weight is important to living a long and healthy life. This couldn’t be more true in the United States as more than 70% of the population is now considered “overweight” according to the CDC using BMI — body mass index.

This is a significant problem that we as a nation need to discuss in the open. Not only does obesity cause individual problems, but it also puts a strain on the medical community and contributes to a rise in healthcare costs — this is due to more services needed.

Although the medical community says to “lose weight” what they really mean is “lose fat”. However, they typically say lose weight because it is a simple data point for the average person to track. A scale only costs the price of a dinner out at a half-decent restaurant and is something that nearly everyone can afford. …


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Self-improvement is a big topic and has been for the last several years. People are always looking for ways to improve themselves and look to self-improvement books and articles. This is an excellent first step.

What if I told you that most self-improvement steps are wrong and will not work for you in the long term?

I know, you think I am crazy because there are thousands of people who have benefited from self-improvement. The odd thing is, these people are outliers. The vast majority of people sit back and consume the material but never put it into action.

Worse yet, the first step many people make isn’t sustainable. People try to change their mindset. While this is a noble goal, it’s difficult to obtain without making changes to your environment. What is the most critical factor in your environment? …


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As gyms around the nation begin to reopen many people, including myself, are eager to get back to their routines. There are only so many bodyweight exercises a person can do before they get bored. When this happens there are a few things you can do from making bodyweight more difficult, buying some dumbbells, or getting a gym membership.

All of us should be doing some sort of resistance training due to the several health benefits that it provides from strengthening bones and joints to preventing illnesses.

As you begin a new lifting routine you are likely going to get delayed onset muscle soreness to some capacity, especially as you push your body to its limit. Delayed onset muscle soreness, commonly referred to as DOMS, is muscle soreness that occurs 24 to 72 hours after you perform an exercise. This type of soreness is not something that you feel when you are rest, but rather feel as you attempt to use those muscles, such as walking up and down the stairs. …

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Mitch Massman

I just enjoy writing and discussing what I am passionate about. Advocate for healthy living and well-being.

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