5 FREE Online Courses for a Deeper Look at the Constitution

I love posting guest articles on my website, and this one is a treasure. Thanks to Mariana Ashley for submitting this piece on where to go to educate yourself about the only document in the brutal history of mankind that guarantees your freedom. Every American should have more than just a passing knowledge of this document for which hundreds of thousands have given their lives. If you would like to listen to my reading of Elizabeth Claire’s translation of the Constitution into simple English, click here.

5 Free Online Courses for a Deeper Look at the Constitution by Mariana Ashley

You may think you learned everything you really needed to know about the Constitution of the United States in high school or college. After all, the Constitution was written centuries ago, and it can be difficult to really feel the impacts of this document in our everyday lives. However, there is a huge difference between memorizing the Bill of Rights in high school and really doing the work of poring over the written Constitution as an adult. As soon as we do, we can see immediately how these laws affect everything about our lives. We also begin to see the huge importance of this single document and why it is imperative to understand, as U.S. citizens, what it means and what we believe about how it should be interpreted in the modern world.

If you feel you could use some brushing up on our founding document, look no further than your nearest laptop. Many different organizations, including some of the best academic institutions in the country, offer information and coursework about the Constitution online, completely free of charge.

Check out this roundup of some of the best free online courses for a deeper look at the Constitution:

1. Constitution 101: “The Meaning and History of the Constitution

This is a 10-week complete college course offered by Hillsdale College. Students can watch lectures by real faculty members, read assigned texts, submit to weekly Q&A sessions with faculty, take tests, and access study guides.

2. Montpelier Center for the Constitution Free Online Course

This is a free online course in Constitutional Foundations offered by the Montpelier Center for the Constitution. Students explore the written text of the constitution, its language, and what the Constitution says about Congress, the President, the Supreme Court, States, Ratification and Amendment, and People.

3. Law and Society in US History

This course, offered as part of the MIT Open Courseware database, takes a look at how the Constitution affects law and society in the United States. It covers the role and decisions of the Supreme Court and covers the concepts of liberty, equality, and property.

4. Harvard Law School Multimedia Archives

Harvard Law School provides all web users with access to a wide variety of lectures, symposia, panels and conferences in the worm of Webcasts. Sit front row as some of the world’s most proficient minds delve into all areas of Constitutional Law.

5. North Carolina Wesleyan College U.S. Constitution

This U.S. Constitution course is offered by North Carolina Wesleyan College and provides an overview of the framing of the U.S. Constitution and how laws have been enacted as a result. Students can access online lectures and original class notes.

Mariana Ashley writes about educational topics for Onlinecolleges.net and specializes in colleges in Connecticut. She can be reached at mariana.ashley031@gmail.com.

My deepest thanks, y’all. District 25 got the best Libertarian turn out in Texas.

To all of those who have supported my campaign, who rode around with a Got Freedom? bumper sticker, or who voted for me or any Libertarian, I am deeply grateful. To Steve Wolf, for offering up Stunt Ranch for my campaign headquarters, thank you. To everyone who donated their time, talents, energy, or money, thank you. Your efforts would have made the founders of this country proud.

I was going for 10,000 votes, and the results were encouraging. I ended up with 10,822 votes or 4%the highest percentage of votes of all Libertarian congressional candidates in Texas who ran against both a Republican and a Democrat.

We have an uphill battle before us to restore Liberty in America. The movement is growing.

I want to congratulate Roger Williams (R) on his win. He will be a freshman congressman this year. I hope he will steadfastly hold to the Constitution and the Bill Of Rights, and that he will not sell out to corruption as so many of our unscrupulous lawmakers do. As my congressperson, I hope that in two years I am proud of you.

I am going to donate what is left of my campaign funds to LOLA – the Ladies for Liberty Alliance, the Texas LP, and the Cato Institute. These are libertarian organizations that are making strides in research and outreach for Constitutional Liberty in America.

I am not sure at this point where I’ll take my momentum and passion, but I’ll be sure and let you know.

Let Freedom Ring,

Betsy Dewey

The cloth menstrual pad revisited

I finally found a favorite

10 golden stars to New Moon Pads. They are easy, comfy, and even cute. Here is how to use them: you just put the fleece side down which naturally grabs on to your undies, and you snap it underneath. There are no cloth holders or inserts to worry about. If you can wash them mid-cycle you should only need 6 day time ones and 3 night time ones. You can start with the pad a little forward and inch it back a little from time to time until you need a new one. You can also double up on heavy days.

For information on how to wash cloth pads, see my first post on the subject. Click here.

I feel a little sad for women who haven’t rediscovered cloth pads.They’re not only comfortable, they’re easy, healthy, cheap, and environmentally conservative.

If you don’t know it, tampons are bad for you and can cause toxic shock syndrome (TSS).

Cloth menstrual pads are one of those things I’ve discovered, like home birth and home school, which make me so happy and almost no one else seems to know about, yet they were a part of everyone’s experience for most of history. You won’t be sorry if you order some New Moon Pads. My experience with cloth pads is that they will last for a decade or more. It certainly wouldn’t hurt to try them. If you know of other brands that rock, please let us all know!

How to Take Control of Your Pelvic Disorder

Guest post by Elizabeth Carrollton

Thank you, Elizabeth, for submitting this informative guest post which seeks to educate women about pelvic disorders, treatments, and the dangers of vaginal mesh. Remember ladies – kegels and a healthy lifestyle...

How to Take Control of Your Pelvic Disorder by Elizabeth Carrollton

Pelvic disorders have become a common diagnosis, especially in women who have reached menopause. Two of the most common pelvic disorders are stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP). While severe cases of these conditions can require surgical intervention, a woman can often mitigate her symptoms — or even reverse the condition altogether — with careful attention to her pelvic health. This can involve dietary or lifestyle changes, as well as specialized exercises and physical therapies. By taking control of her pelvic disorder, a woman has a lower chance of needing surgical intervention, including risky procedures that use transvaginal mesh.

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that non-invasive measures be considered first, before surgical intervention is suggested. There are several non-invasive treatment options available to women who suffer from mild to moderate POP and/or SUI.

Taking Control of Stress Urinary Incontinence

SUI occurs when muscles and tissues in the urethra and bladder are weakened. This can happen as the result of the natural aging process, excessive weight gain, or after pregnancy and childbirth. When a woman with SUI participates in any activity that puts stress on the bladder or urethra, she can experience incontinence. This can happen from running, jumping or lifting heavy objects, or as the result of less active events like laughing, coughing or sneezing.

Non-invasive methods that can reverse the symptoms include:

  • Living a healthy lifestyle.
  • Daily Kegel exercises.
  • Visiting a pelvic physical therapist.
  • Electrical stimulation.
  • Vaginal pessary.

Women should discuss these options, or ask their doctor for other suggestions, to see if they are candidates for non-invasive SUI treatment.

Surgery can be used to treat severe cases of SUI. Some procedures use a bladder sling, a narrow piece of mesh that is inserted to provide support for the bladder and/or urethra. Unfortunately, high numbers of health complications have occurred when bladder slings are inserted transvaginally, or through the vagina. In severe cases of SUI, where surgery is the only alternative, women should ask their doctors about options that do not involve a transvaginal procedure.

Taking Control of Pelvic Organ Prolapse

POP shares the same risk factors as SUI: aging/menopause, pregnancy and childbirth, or excessive weight gain. However, while urinary incontinence can be a symptom of POP, POP occurs when the connective tissues in the pelvis weaken, allowing organs to drop lower in the pelvic cavity. In severe cases, pelvic organs can begin prolapsing into the vagina. In addition to the non-invasive methods listed for treating SUI, pelvic massage has also been shown to help women with POP, as it realigns organs and tissues and promotes healing.

When surgery is needed for POP, doctors often use vaginal mesh to support compromised organs and tissues with a hammock-like structure. Unfortunately, vaginal mesh can erode into pelvic tissues and organs, causing irreversible damage. Vaginal mesh has also been linked to several other severe side effects like organ perforation, vaginal wall shrinkage, and painful sexual intercourse. The FDA still has yet to mandate a recall, but in 2011, they finally acknowledged that vaginal mesh complications were not rare. If surgery is required, women should discuss alternative procedures with their doctor. Many women who have had vaginal mesh surgery and suffered the dangerous complications have decided to file vaginal mesh lawsuits.

No woman should be unknowingly exposed to a risky surgical procedure. The more educated women become about pelvic disorders and their treatments, the more they can take control of their pelvic disorder and their overall health.

Elizabeth Carrollton writes about defective medical devices and dangerous drugs for Drugwatch.com.