What Will You Tolerate?

“We have abundant reason to rejoice, that in this land the light of truth and reason have triumphed over the power of bigotry and superstition…” ~ George Washington, letter to New Jerusalem Church of Baltimore, 27 January 1793 _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Washington might have declared victory too soon. It seems like the light of truth and reason […]

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Liar Liar Pants on Fire

“Associate yourself with Men of good Quality if you Esteem your own Reputation; for ‘**tis better to be alone than in bad Company**.” ~ George Washington, copy of *Rules of Civility* ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Integrity used to mean something. Heck, George Washington was so concerned about making sure he always did what was right that he spent […]

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Meddling Matters

“Our detached and distant situation invites and enables us to pursue a different course. If we remain one people under an efficient government, the period is not far off when we may defy material injury from external annoyance; when we may take such an attitude as will cause the neutrality we may at any time […]

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Peaceful Transitions

…are what makes America great… “This government, the offspring of our own choice, uninfluenced and unawed, adopted upon full investigation and mature deliberation, completely free in its principles, in the distribution of its powers, uniting security with energy, and containing within itself a provision for its own amendment, has a just claim to your confidence […]

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Citizenship

It’s interesting how something so simple can create so many problems. Who is American? What does being American mean? Who has the right to come here and become American? But there’s a deeper issue buried beneath the haze of conflict that revolves around these questions – does being American mean anything when you don’t have […]

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Sides

Black Lives Matter. Blue Lives Matter. All Lives Matter. We have a problem in America. A problem buried deep down in our core. Deep down in the heart of what makes people, people, of what makes a society a cohesive unit. A fundamental trait that as people in this nation we have exaggerated instead of […]

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What’s Right?

…when you’re talking about our Rights, does being a right make something not wrong?… “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” ~Second Amendment to the United States Constitution __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ In the light of yet another […]

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Outsider

…tends to mean you actually come from “outside” something… “That liberty [is pure] which is to go to all, and not to the few or the rich alone.” –Thomas Jefferson to Horatio Gates, 1798. ME 9:441 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ You know what’s interesting? All the people in this particular presidential election cycle positioning themselves as “outsiders”. Wealthy […]

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It’s Not Fair

…because it’s not supposed to be… “It has been observed that a pure democracy if it were practicable would be the most perfect government. Experience has proved that no position is more false than this. The ancient democracies in which the people themselves deliberated never possessed one good feature of government. Their very character was […]

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The Wrong Answer

…is usually easier than the right one….that’s why it’s always so easy to go wrong…     “But lest some unlucky event should happen unfavorable to my reputation, I beg it may be remembered by every gentleman in the room that I this day declare, with the utmost sincerity, I do not think myself equal […]

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